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This NYC music venue uses springs to soundproof itself

National Sawdust is an event space that took five years (and a bunch of engineering magic) to realize. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the building is a nonprofit looking into the creative process behind making music. Which we're sure is fascinating, but it's the design that caught our attention. Show More Summary

MIT researchers develop ingestible sensor to measure vital signs

Stethoscopes listen to your body. These acoustic devices have been around since the 19th century and are still the norm for auscultating or examining the internal sounds of your body. But a team of researchers at MIT have developed an ingestible sensor that could measure your vital signs from the inside, specifically from the gastrointestinal tract. Show More Summary

Scientists chart Mach 7 winds on a Jupiter-sized exoplanet

When scientists discovered a Jupiter-sized exoplanet in the Vulpecula constellation, they knew the weather there wasn't great. That's because HD 189733b orbits its star every 2.2 days at a speed of 341,000 mph and has an average surface temperature of around 2,240 F. Show More Summary

Scientists want to laser-heat stuff to ten million degrees

Researchers at Imperial College London believe that they've created a method that could prove critical in the search for unlimited clean energy. The team has produced a theoretical method that, at least on paper, is capable of super-heating an object to ten million degrees in a fraction of a second. Show More Summary

Stanford scientists get a little closer to a medical tricorder

Being able to identify problems with a person's body without subjecting them to invasive procedures is the fantasy of all Star Trek doctors. There's even a prize offering a fortune to anyone who can effectively recreate the tricorder technology out in the real world. Show More Summary

Watch this graphene paper slither around like it's alive

Researchers from China have taken shape-memory materials to a creepy new level with a self-folding paper that can propel itself by "walking." Sorcery? Not quite. It's actually made from everybody's favorite wonder-material, graphene, and heated by an infrared laser that causes active regions to contract, then expand when it shuts off. Show More Summary

Citizen Mars: the bonus bits

The Mars One candidates have a single goal: to help establish the first human settlement on the Red Planet. Over the course of five episodes, we've seen them weigh up what it takes to become a Mars One astronaut and the costs of leaving everyone and everything behind. Show More Summary

Cheap satellite-launching rocket fails on its maiden flight

Satellite-launching rocket programs like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are household names thanks to the larger-than-life personalities behind them. But you may not know about a modest program called Super Strypi. Developed...Show More Summary

World's biggest floating wind farm is coming to Scotland

Just days after Danish energy provider Dong announced it had signed off plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm comes news of another milestone in the UK's push for renewable energy. The Scottish Government has confirmed...Show More Summary

This NYC music venue uses water springs to soundproof itself

National Sawdust is an event space that took five years (and a bunch of engineering magic) to realize. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the building is a nonprofit looking into the creative process behind making music. Which we're sure is fascinating, but it's the design that caught our attention. Show More Summary

Disney Research has a faster way to render realistic fabrics

Computer graphics have come a long way, but there are still a few aspects that are pretty time consuming to get right. Realistic fabric movement that reacts to gravity and other forces is one of 'em. The folks at Disney Research have found a way to make life-like cloth simulations by six to eight times in certain situations, though. Show More Summary

World's largest offshore wind farm to be built in the UK

When the UK government began pulling subsidies for onshore wind farms, it meant that private companies dedicated to harvesting renewable energy would no longer receive financial kickbacks when they sold their electricity to energy suppliers. Show More Summary

Egypt hunts for hidden pyramid chambers with cosmic rays

Egyptologists, rejoice. A new project was launched on the weekend with the goal of scanning Egypt's pyramids to find secrets about how they were built, and even discover hidden rooms and chambers. The project is headed by Egypt's antiquity ministry, which is heading a team of experts from Japan, France and Canada. Show More Summary

Social media users give UK storms the most British names ever

Last month, the Met Office announced it would begin naming the storms that batter the UK and Ireland and asked social media users to put their suggestions in the hat. By giving them a moniker, the weather service hopes that people will track storms when they hit our rainy isles and raise awareness of their impact. Show More Summary

Asteroid making surprise flyby at an 'unusually high' velocity

A newly discovered asteroid (not pictured) will make Halloween more thrilling by passing within 1.3 lunar distances (310,000 miles) of Earth. The object, which measures between 300 and 600 meters (1,000 and 2,000 feet) across, was discovered last week by the asteroid-hunting Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii, according to NASA. Show More Summary

Stanford researchers make artificial skin that senses touch

A team from Stanford University might have made a breakthrough that could change the lives of people with missing limbs. Researchers have developed an artificial substitute for skin that is capable of sensing when it is being touched and sending that data to the nervous system. Show More Summary

A robot made me (marginally) better at ping pong

We're back for a rematch. The ping-pong robot has had an upgrade or two, and in Rocky-style, your rival is now your trainer. Yep, the newest demo from Omron (a company better know for its healthcare products), aims to help you play it at table tennis. Show More Summary

'RoboHon' is the tiny robot smartphone you never knew you needed

Watch the teaser video after the break. Skip along then come back to me. Sharp's RoboHon is so damn adorable, I can't look away from this kawaii singularity. This robot smartphone is also jammed full of skills and features. A projector, articulated animated arms and legs, talkative but in a cutesy Japanese robot sort of way. Show More Summary

Mealworms convert Styrofoam waste into usable soil

Researchers have found a scourge for the 33 million tons of plastic dumped each year in the US: mealworms. A team from Stanford and China's Beihang University found that the beetle larvae stay perfectly healthy eating just Styrofoam, which is normally considered non-biodegradable. Show More Summary

Volkswagen says 1.2 million UK cars involved in emissions scandal

After confirming that it will spend more than 6.5 billion euros (£4.8 billion) to fix the 11 million vehicles affected by its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen has come clean over how many of those are in the UK. The company saysShow More Summary

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