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Jun 23, 2019

Eviation sets sights on regional travel with nine-seat electric Alice aircraft

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Early days it may be, but there are plenty of exciting things happening in electric aviation. Earlier this month we saw the first public outing of the largest hybrid-electric plane to ever take flight, following other significant milestones such as the first electric aircraft to cross the English channel. Making its mark at the Paris Air Show this week is Eviation’s Alice, which is a light nine-seater all-electric plane designed to service regional areas.

Jun 23, 2019

New deepfake algorithm allows you to text-edit the words of a speaker in a video

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It is now possible to take a talking-head style video, and add, delete or edit the speaker’s words as simply as you’d edit text in a word processor. A new deepfake algorithm can process the audio and video into a new file in which the speaker says more or less whatever you want them to.

Jun 23, 2019

New Railgun-Like Device Stabilizes Fusion Reactions

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When in doubt, build a railgun.

Jun 23, 2019

These Wildlife Crossings are Animal Bridges to Ensure Animal Safety

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Conservationists are employing animal bridges as wildlife crossings to save our furry friends. Take a look at how they work across the globe.

Jun 23, 2019

Stealthy, all-electric classic Mustang on its way to Goodwood

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London’s Charge Automotive is preparing to emerge from the smoke and shadows with an impressive sports car that’s sure to terrify small children, even without a V8 rumbling under its hood scoop. The blacked-out, 1967-style Mustang fastback features a 536-hp (400-kW) electric powertrain spinning all four wheels for up to 200 miles (322 km). The prototype will make its debut at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Jun 23, 2019

A Bizarre New Species of Mollusk Eats Rocks, Poops Sand, and Shapes Rivers

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Lithoredo abatanica, a very weird shipworm found in a river in the Philippines, represents both a new species and genus.

Jun 23, 2019

Liquid body armor tested in Poland

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In 2013, SOCOM expanded their development of such a suit, which they call the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). Navy SEALs or Special Forces would use these suits for special operations.

Scientists at a Polish company that produce body armor systems are working to implement a non-Newtonian liquid in their products.

The liquid is called Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF). STF does not conform to the model of Newtonian liquids, such as water, in which the force required to move the fluid faster must increase exponentially, and its resistance to flow changes according to temperature. Instead STF hardens upon impact at any temperature, providing protection from penetration by high-speed projectiles and additionally dispersing energy over a larger area.

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Jun 23, 2019

How to make a Stable Plasmoid ( Ball Lightning ) with the GMR ( Graphite Microwave Resonator )

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Synthetic Ball-Lightning:

How to make a Stable Plasmoid ( Ball Lightning ) with the GMR v1.0 ( Graphite Microwave Resonator )by Jean-Louis NaudinCliquez ici pour la version Française created on March 1st, 2003 — JLN Labs — Last update December 22, 2005freely.

Jun 23, 2019

With this graphene jacket, you’ll never be too hot, too cold or too smelly

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The Goldilocks coat.

Jun 23, 2019

Elements of science and fiction

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Scientists and non-scientists alike have long been dreaming of elements with mighty properties. Perhaps the fictional materials they have conjured up are not as far from reality as it may at first seem.

The periodic table of elements has become one of the defining symbols of chemistry. It is, of course, a handy chart of the building blocks that make up absolutely anything and everything around us, but it is also the outcome of the work of a huge number of scientists, which led to the current understanding of the elements’ atomic structure and behaviour. For those who like organization, patterns and chemistry, what’s not to love?