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Is this the world’s best ship design? The Austal 102 trimaran

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Shipbuilder Austal first came to Gizmag’s attention in 2005 with the launch of the world’s largest aluminum vessel, the 127 meter Benchijigua Express. The company then started building Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the US Navy, based on the same trimaran design. And, now, Austal is launching an even … Continue reading

FTC calls for “Do Not Track” mechanism for Web browsers

Image via Wikipedia Nearly all companies with a big Web presence, and search engines in particular, are known for gathering the user’s browsing history and other personal information to improve on the services they offer, such as by offering better targeted advertisements. A preliminary report compiled by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) addressing the lack … Continue reading

Robot Improves Quality of Life for Autistic Children Read

In what could be called a breakthrough in the world for the betterment of children with special needs, Charlie could be the latest name. Charlie is a robot designed by University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing doctoral student, Laura Boccanfuso and she hopes that her invention could help children with autism improve … Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept – could cars be grown in a lab?

Get ready to have your concept of how a car is manufactured flipped upside-down and turned inside-out. Picture a production process that has plenty in common with agar jelly (used to culture organic materials in laboratories) and little in common with what we would normally think of as production-line automotive manufacturing. You are starting to … Continue reading

Therapy over the phone as effective as face-to-face

Phone therapy also increases access and potentially decreases costs. A new study reveals that cognitive therapy over the phone is just as effective as meeting face-to-face. The research was published today, 28 September, in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers at the University of Cambridge together with the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership … Continue reading

Sandia probability maps help sniff out food contamination

“If stochastic mapping was widely used now, perhaps outbreaks, such the recent ones involving salmonella, could be more quickly tracked down and contained” Uncovering the sources of fresh food contamination could become faster and easier thanks to analysis done at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC). The study, in the International … Continue reading

Robotic Surgery Through The Mouth Safe For Removing Tumors Of The Voice Box, Study Shows

Robotic surgery though the mouth is a safe and effective way to remove tumors of the throat and voice box, according to a study by head and neck cancer surgeons at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) This is … Continue reading

$2500 in photovoltaic cells could provide enough electricity for the consumption of a 4 person household

New Efficiency Record for Photovoltaic Cells, Thanks to Heterojunction In the medium term, an investment of only $2500 in photovoltaic cells would suffice to provide more than enough electricity for the consumption of a four people household. This promising scenario has been made possible by the innovations accomplished by EPFL’s Institute of Microengineering in Neuchatel. … Continue reading

Sahara Solar Breeder Project aims to provide 50 percent of the world’s electricity by 2050

This is ambition with a capital A. Universities in Japan and Algeria have teamed up on a project that aims to solve the world’s energy problems. Called the Sahara Solar Breeder Project, the plan is to build manufacturing plants around the Sahara Desert and extract silica from sand to make solar panels, which will then … Continue reading

Scientists make old muscles young again in attempt to combat aging

An international team of scientists have identified for the first time a key factor responsible for declining muscle repair during aging, and discovered how to halt the process in mice with a common drug An international team of scientists have identified for the first time a key factor responsible for declining muscle repair during ageing, … Continue reading