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New US Navy diving suits conserve helium for longer missions

New US Navy diving suits conserve helium for longer missions

Diving can be a serious business, and no one takes it more seriously than the US Navy. Working to engineer a new diving suit, the Navy has come up with a new design that will be safer, lighter weight, and most importantly the suits are designed to conserve helium which is a precious resource. The new diving suits are part of the US Navy's Initial Response Diving (IRD) project which is engineering new ways for divers to reach salvage targets up to 600 feet deep.

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How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

If there's one thing you won't mistake the F 015 Luxury in Motion for, it's any Mercedes-Benz currently on the road. Previous autonomous development had started with a production car and then added self-driving abilities, Mercedes designer Till Varailhon explained to me; this time around, the team started from scratch: not only in how the car looks and drives, but how it shares space responsibly in the cities of 2030. After the cut, no-go zones, flocks of scurrying research robots, and why Tesla only proves the smart city is inevitable.

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EnChroma glasses bring color to the world of color blind

EnChroma glasses bring color to the world of color blind

Enchroma wants to color your world, especially if your vision is missing a few colors. Showcasing the new EnChroma specs is a short documentary entitled "Color for the Colorblind." This video will tug at your heart-strings. It puts a face on the perception of colorblindness, as we get to see how impaired color vision affects individual lives, dulling their perception of the world. Thanks to EnChroma's new glasses, a color-blind father can see his child's drawings in full color for the first time, and a man realizes he was missing out on good chunk of the rainbow.

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This giant crocodile ancestor prowled Carolina 231m years ago

This giant crocodile ancestor prowled Carolina 231m years ago

Nine feet long, huge jaws, and a taste for wild meat - it might sound like your typical dinosaur, but in fact paleontologists believe this fearsome crocodilian ancestor actually predated T-Rex and friends. Dubbed Carnufex carolinensis, or the "Carolina Butcher," the land-dwelling predator would have been top of its food chain before the dinosaurs arrived, researchers at North Carolina State University and the North Caroline Museum of Natural Sciences believe, having discovered chunks of fossilized skull, spine, and upper forelimb in the local area.

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Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

While traditional 3D-printers build objects using layers of plastic, we've seem some great strides in 3D-printing like lattices emerging from amorphous, resinous goo. Now bioprinters are entering the ring with their ability to create 3D models from biological materials. There's no need to wait for an ear to grow on the back of a mouse; this bioprinter from the ETH Zurich Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration Group can print a nose from biopolymers and living cartilage cells in only 16 minutes. Best of all, no mice are harmed in the process!

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The most expensive car to insure… is a Nissan?

The most expensive car to insure… is a Nissan?

When affordable motoring is the topic, Nissan declaring war on your wallet isn't the first thing that would usually come to mind, but one of the company's cars has the (perhaps unpleasant) crown in insurance expense. The Nissan GT-R Nismo is, with a price tag that starts at almost $150k, hardly in the same league as your average Sentra or Leaf, and the even-more-ridiculously-powerful version of an already capable sports car will take a sizable bite out of your budget when it comes to insurance, too, according to some new research of what's on forecourts in 2015.

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Google’s delivery drone prototype fails, new design in the works

Google’s delivery drone prototype fails, new design in the works

Google's drones were part of its drone-delivery system Project Wing, under the Google Project X research lab. The goal was for these delivery drones to be capable of vertical take-off and landing. Such a feature would be useful in busy commercial and residential areas, but Google hasn't quite perfected it yet. The prototype used a single-winged design spanning five feet. Google announced at SXSW that it has actually scrapped the design completely, opening the door for new designs and engineering innovation. This, honestly, sounds like they put a positive spin on an expensive failure.

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Researchers create machine capable of assembling complex molecules

Researchers create machine capable of assembling complex molecules

One of the more complex and time consuming tasks that researchers perform in the laboratory is the synthesizing of complex small molecules. Sometimes it can take years for a chemist to figure out how to build the molecule and describe its functionality. A group of researchers from the University of Illinois have created a machine that aims to make the process of creating these complex molecules much easier.

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Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph car gets a bullet-proof exterior

Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph car gets a bullet-proof exterior

The world's first 1,000 mph car, the Bloodhound SSC, just became bullet-proof. This car isn't going to hit the highway in a hail of gunfire, obviously. It plans to break the World Land Speed Record in 2016. At 1000 mph, the wheels will be doing 10,000 rpm, which is 167 revolutions per second. Going that fast, any tiny rock kicked up from the car could become a lethal projectile, derailing the entire run and killing its driver, Andy Green. The Bloodhound's design team is most concerned that a chunks of metal could get dislodged from the wheels themselves and then fly towards the cockpit at incredible speeds.

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