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Exploded model of the Cosmos gearing of the Antikythera Mechanism

Science

March 14, 2021

A team of scientists at the University College London has used 3D tomography to shed new light on the Antikythera Mechanism – the world’s first computer, which was an accurate model of the Cosmos as it was known to the ancient Greeks.

Mighty Buildings is putting together a community of 3D-printed homes in California it says will be net zero energy thanks to rooftop solar

Architecture

March 14, 2021

A new community being constructed in California is another interesting take on the trend of 3D-printed architecture, with local company Mighty Buildings taking a pre-fab approach to offer kits for more efficient construction on site.

  • A camera-wearing test subject approaches a staircase

    Good Thinking

    Integrated cameras and AI could make for easier-to-use exoskeletons

    March 15, 2021

    Robotic exoskeletons are already making a huge difference to people who are otherwise unable to walk, but the things do still have some limitations. Researchers are now seeking to address those problems, using onboard cameras and AI.

  • The Hytte

    Architecture

    British design firms launch “hotel in a box” for natural settings

    March 15, 2021

    London-based design firms Koto Design and Aylott + Van Tromp have joined forces to create a modular “hotel in a box” concept. Dubbed Hytte, the innovative accommodation concept transforms an outdoor space into a ready-to-go nature retreat overnight.

  • The technology could ultimately be incorporated directly into irrigation systems

    Science

    Consumer camera tech used to measure moisture of agricultural soil

    March 15, 2021

    While it’s important to keep crops irrigated, you certainly don’t want to overwater them – particularly where water is scarce. With that in mind, scientists have now developed a method of gauging the moisture levels in soil, using an ordinary camera.

  • The Eco-Floating Hotel would be connected to the shore with a pier

    Architecture

    Eco-Floating Hotel puts ambitious spin on sustainable design

    March 15, 2021

    Qatar isn’t lacking in notable architecture but a new floating hotel would be a head-turning addition to the country. Named the Eco-Floating Hotel, it would rotate in place like a revolving restaurant and boast wind, solar, and tidal sustainability.

  • GigaDrive is an SSD with read and write speeds of up to 2,800 MB/s

    Computers

    Lightning-fast GigaDrive SSD boasts read/write speeds of 2,800 MB/s

    March 15, 2021

    In this world overflowing with data and content, external solid state drives are becoming faster. A new SSD called GigaDrive boasts read and write speeds of up to 2,800 MB/s thanks to its architecture and Thunderbolt 4- and USB4-compatible port.

  • Deals

    This tiny audio studio makes sound clear cut and ready to go viral

    March 14, 2021

    You’ve used the time isolated from the world wisely. Your home improvements look great and your chef skills are bar none. Maybe you even picked up a vlogging side hustle. For the latter, you’ll need the latest audio tech and we’ve got you covered.

  • An artist's impression of a planet with a molten magma surface, similar to how Earth may have been in the early days

    Science

    Ancient crystal graveyards carry clues of Earth’s magma ocean phase

    March 14, 2021

    Some scientists speculate that for a while Earth’s surface was one big ocean of magma. Now, a team of Cambridge researchers has found elusive evidence from that time, dredged up from an ancient crystal graveyard at the fringe of the mantle and core.

  • Peat fires can burn for weeks and are difficult to extinguish

    Environment

    Wetting agent douses underground “zombie” fires with great efficiency

    March 14, 2021

    Researchers in the UK have come up with a new formula for tackling smoldering “zombie fires”, which can burn through carbon-rich organic matter underground and trigger flaming wildfires again once the danger appears to have passed.

  • An artist's impression of a supermassive black hole

    Space

    “Restless” supermassive black hole may be wandering round its galaxy

    March 14, 2021

    Supermassive black holes are usually stationary objects, thanks to their huge masses anchoring them in place. But now, astronomers have found evidence of a supermassive monster on the move within its home galaxy.

  • Researchers suggest we may be at the global peak of twin births

    Biology

    Twin births hit record high

    March 14, 2021

    A global study tracking birth data from 165 countries has found more twins are being born than ever before. The study reveals twinning rates rose by a third over the past 40 years but the researchers suggest this trend may have reached a natural peak.

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