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Dynamic software aims at eliminating updates by responding to environment

17 Apr 2015

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is embarking on a project to eliminate software updates by establishing a computer program that avoids obsolescence. 

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LOCUST displays potential for multifunctional UAV swarms Video

17 Apr 2015

The US Navy is demonstrating a development version of a system to launch an autonbomous swarm of drones for a variety of missions.

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Oil-catching net could help clean up pollution

16 Apr 2015

Cleaning up oil spills could become easier thanks to a new steel net developed at the Ohio State University that captures the fossil fuel but lets water pass through.

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Synthetic muscles set for work out on International Space Station

17 Apr 2015

Astronauts are due to test a synthetic muscle that could give future space robots more agility.

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Excess lateral velocity scuppers rocket landing at sea Video

16 Apr 2015

SpaceX has narrowly failed in its latest attempt to land a reusable rocket booster following a successful launch.

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Portable sensor warns of rotting meat

16 Apr 2015

Consumers may soon be able to assess whether meat is edible with a portable sensor developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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ARFL confirms feasibility of Reaction Engines’ SABRE engine concept

15 Apr 2015

The US military has confirmed the feasibility of Reaction Engines’ SABRE, an air breathing engine concept designed to operate in the atmosphere and in space.

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Sonar treadmill senses runners needs

15 Apr 2015

Researchers have developed a new treadmill that automatically changes speed to match the pace of the runner. 

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Software pins down correct vertebra for surgery

15 Apr 2015

Researchers have developed a software program that works with currently available procedures to assist surgeons in determining which vertebra to operate on.

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Last week's poll: Hadron collider restart

15 Apr 2015

The Large Hadron Collider has restarted for a second series of experiments, colliding particles with twice the energy of its previous runs. Where are commercial spin-offs most likely to occur from its work?

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Reusable Vulcan space rocket unveiled by United Launch Alliance

15 Apr 2015

A new space rocket that could enable partly-reusable launch systems and end US reliance on Russian technology has been unveiled.

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Looking into the depths of a masterpiece without scraping the surface

14 Apr 2015

British researchers have refined a technique to look at the composition of Old Master paintings without damaging them

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Robot chef cooks up a storm Video

14 Apr 2015

Human movements have been captured in 3D to help create the world’s first robot chef.

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US wind financing surges 82 per cent to $7.1bn

15 Apr 2015 | By Jessica Mills Davies

The US witnessed an 82 per cent surge in wind energy project financing following the release of guidance last year that clarified the qualifying criteria for the wind energy Production Tax Credit.

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Alevo targets growth through acquisitions and factory ramp-up

20 Feb 2015 | By Jessica Mills Davies

Alevo has hit the ground running since it emerged from stealth mode in October 2014, with a 700MWh per year production line already under its belt that is due to come online in July this year. 

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Falling oil prices unlikely to impact renewable energy projects

7 Jan 2015 | By Jessica Mills Davies

The decline in Brent crude oil prices is unlikely to have a detrimental impact on the bankability of renewable energy projects, claim industry sources.

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New details on compact fusion reveal scale of challenge

22 Oct 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Lockheed Martin’s Revolutionary Technology team admits its new fusion reactor is at a very early stage, but sets out the reasons it is optimistic

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High-speed office fit-out Video

25 Jun 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Bloodhound’s newly unveiled cockpit was custom-designed by the driver who will make the 1000mph record attempt.

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The new Boeing/Lockheed reusable space rocket was unveiled this week as upstart firm Space X attempted another test of its reusable model. But are these rockets the best vehicle for future space activities? What form of launch transport do you think the space industry and agencies should be focusing on?