US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon

Military
US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon
The laser goes from the weapon of tomorrow to the weapon of today as the US Navy announces the completion of its successful deployment of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Laser Weapon System (LaWS). read more
Medical
Seven life-changing surgeries made possible by 3D printing
The ability of 3D printing to produce customized implants tailored to a patient's anatomy has opened up many possibilities in medicine, with 2014 turning up one world-first surgery after another. Let's take a look at some of the recent life-changing surgeries made possible by 3D printing. read more
Science
Study finds that retina "language" changes with brightness
Contrary to prior assumptions about the vision system, scientists have shown that the pattern of neural activity for a given scene changes fundamentally when the brightness of the environment increases or decreases – even within the same luminance range. read more
Health and Wellbeing
Organic blood-oxygen sensor can be stuck on like a Band-Aid
For those needing to keep an eye on their blood-oxygen levels there's plenty of monitoring devices around, but these can be somewhat unwieldy. To make things a little less cumbersome, scientists have developed a cheap, organic sensor that can be worn just like a Band-Aid. read more
Space
Rosetta sheds light on origin of Earth's oceans
The European Space Agency's (ESA) unmanned Rosetta probe orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is throwing new light on one of the fundamental questions in Earth's history – where did the oceans come from? read more
Architecture
Photon Space glass home to help residents get in the (circadian) rhythm
A new building called The Photon Space, however, will take a more natural approach to help residents get in the (circadian) rhythm, being made almost entirely of glass. read more
Medical
Hormone combo a triple threat to obesity and adult-onset diabetes
By molecularly combining three hormones to form a new peptide, researchers have effectively cured obesity and adult-onset diabetes in rodents, with human trials of the molecule now planned. read more
Around The Home
What's the point of a curved TV?
Over the last year or so, we've seen a number of curved TVs hitting the market. Sure, they look slick and stand out from the crowd, but what, if anything makes a curved TV better than a flat one when it comes to your viewing pleasure? read more
Space
ESA ATV tests new docking technology
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Georges Lemaitre captured the International Space Station (ISS) in a new light in August, as it fired up a set of experimental sensors that may form the basis of the next generation of automated docking systems. read more
Outdoors
Best adventure gear of 2014 for rock, dirt, snow and sand
It's been a triumphant year for adrenaline. It hosted the introduction of all kinds of wild, innovative adventure gear for every type of terrain and weather known to man. Here are our favorite pieces of new adventure gear hardware of the year in no particular order. read more
Robotics
iRobot launches new version of its Roomba-based educational Create robot
Seven years ago, iRobot unveiled the Create – an educational robot based around the platform of the company's existing Roomba vacuum-cleaning robot. Both robotics in general and the Roomba specifically have advanced since then, so it only makes sense that iRobot has now announced the Create 2. read more
Space
NASA releases stunning global maps of six of Saturn's moons
NASA has released global maps of six of the Saturnian moons. The system has been under the intense examination of the Cassini-Hyugens mission for the past decade, and the completion of the global maps represents the end of one of the legendary spacecraft's key mission objectives. read more
Science
New alloy claimed to have higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other metal
When it comes to metal that's being used in the automotive or aerospace industries, the higher its strength-to-weight ratio, the better. With that in mind, researchers have developed a new alloy that reportedly has a low density similar to that of aluminum, but that's stronger than titanium. read more
Health and Wellbeing
Experimental food additive makes people feel full sooner
When we feel full, it's because our gut has released hormones that tell our brain to stop being hungry. It would follow, therefore, that people who overeat might benefit from producing greater amounts of those hormones. Well, that's what a new food additive is claimed to cause the body to do. read more
Music
Ukelation adds electric color to sea, sand, surf and song
Monty Ross from the state of Washington has given a four-string beach party regular similar "be heard anywhere" amplified superpowers to the Vox Apache Series travel guitars with a range of electric ukuleles named Ukelation. read more
Architecture
SOMA's ambitious Bobo project blends old with new
You might think that anyone hoping to erect a large building in a spot currently occupied by a house with protected status would be out of luck, but SOMA Architects proves otherwise with Bobo – a mixed-use residential building that dramatically overhangs the facade of a home in Beirut. read more
Architecture
Burj Khalifa's At The Top Sky observation deck is the highest in the world
The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai is already the tallest building in the world. Now, it also boasts the record for having the highest observation deck of any building. At The Top Sky opened to the public in October and is situated up on the 148th floor of the building. read more
Around The Home
Brio promises a safer, smarter power outlet
Brio promises a safer and smarter power outlet that can tell the difference between a kid's fingers and an electrical appliance, only turning on the juice for the latter. read more


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