Category: Engineering Marvels


Aimpoint Launches Affordable New ‘Carbine Optic’ Red Dot

 

 

 

” Aimpoint is getting into the entry-level market — entry level for Aimpoint, anyway — with its new ACO red dot sight. The ACO, or Aimpoint Carbine Optic, is tailored for the “black rifle” crowd, AR-15s in particular.

  The design draws on some of Aimpoints existing products, chiefly the Aimpoint PRO, the company’s previous entry-level optic, and delivers on the ruggedness and reliability the market has come to respect from Aimpoint, just at a more approachable price.

  With an MSRP of $393, the ACO is sure to be a hit with rifle owners of all stripes looking for a non-magnified optic. Realistically the sight will have a significantly lower retail price when it hits shelves later this October.

“ By choosing this optic, shooters get a premium Aimpoint sight at an extremely friendly price point. If you own an AR-15 rifle, the ACO is exactly what you need to complete the package,” Brian Lisankie, Aimpoint’s president, said in a press release. “

 

Read more at Guns.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paralyzed Man Darek Fidyka Walks Again After Pioneering Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A man who was completely paralyzed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries.

  Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow.

  The 38-year-old, who is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves, can now walk with a frame and has been able to resume an independent life, even to the extent of driving a car, while sensation has returned to his lower limbs.

  Professor Geoffrey Raisman, whose team at University College London’s institute of neurology discovered the technique, said: “We believe that this procedure is the breakthrough which, as it is further developed, will result in a historic change in the currently hopeless outlook for people disabled by spinal cord injury.”

  The surgery was performed by a Polish team led by one of the world’s top spinal repair experts, Dr Pawel Tabakow, from Wroclaw Medical University, and involved transplanting olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) from the nose to the spinal cord.”

 

Read more at The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How The Feds Block Ebola Cures

 

 

 

 

 

 

” We have technology to potentially control Ebola and other viral outbreaks today. But the federal bureaucracy refuses to catch up with 21st-century science.

  For example, diagnostic startup Nanobiosym has an iPhone-sized device that can accurately detect Ebola and other infectious diseases in less than an hour.

  Two other companies, Synthetic Genomics and Novartis, have the capacity to create synthetic vaccine viruses for influenza and other infectious diseases in only four days. Both firms can also share data about outbreaks instantaneously and make real-time, geographically specific diagnosis and vaccine production possible.

  These companies could start producing Ebola vaccine/treatments tomorrow — except that the Food and Drug Administration’s insistence on randomized studies and endless demands for more data means firms have to spend millions on paperwork instead of producing medicines.

  And for every small company drained by such tactics, many others conclude it’s not even worth trying.

  These advances aren’t available because the FDA is using 19th-century science to decide which medical technologies should be used in the 21st century. “

 

Read more at the NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Device Could Detect Dozens Of Cancers With A Single Blood Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Early detection, we’re often told, is the surest way to beat cancer. It’s the reason why, year after year, men and women of a certain age dutifully visit their doctors and undergo uncomfortable tests to screen for things like prostate and breast cancer.

  But what about the other hundred or so types of cancer out there—the brain cancers, the ovarian cancers, the leukemias and lymphomas? And what of the millions of young people who never get tested at all, even though they’ve been found to have worse outcomes than adults?

  Current diagnostic methods for other cancers are invasive and expensive, so the vast majority of cancer patients never realize they might have cancer until something goes wrong with their health. By that point, in many cases, it’s already too late.

  That’s why a new startup, dubbed Miroculus, is building a device that could easily and affordably check for dozens of cancers using a single blood sample. Known as Miriam, this low-cost, open source device made its public debut at the TEDGlobal conference in Rio De Janeiro on Thursday, with TED curator Chris Anderson calling it “one of the most thrilling demos in TED history.”

  For the company’s founders—a global team of entrepreneurs, microbiologists, and data scientists—the goal is to make Miriam so simple that even untrained workers in clinics around the world could use it. The project is still in the early stages, but if the early trials of Miriam are to be believed, Miroculus could make regular cancer screenings as simple as getting blood drawn. “

 

Wired has much more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats To Defend Its Ships

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated the need to protect warships in port.

  To counter asymmetric attacks—the 505-foot Cole was attacked by a small craft packed with explosives that ripped 40-foot gash in the destroyer—the Navy uses small patrol craft for close-quarters defense. And that means placing sailors in the line of fire. That got the Office of Naval Research into developing autonomous technology for small “swarmboats” that could be used for risky jobs.

  These vessels would, much like the autonomous minesweepers the Army is testing, act as a force multiplier, allowing one sailor to do the work of several, from a safe location.

  The technology, called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS), is essentially an autopilot on steroids that can be installed on nearly any boat. During a test in August on the James River in Newport News, Virginia, Navy researchers used 13 rigid-hulled inflatable boats equipped with the technology to escort a “high-value” ship and swarm an “enemy” vessel. The boats decide on their own where to go, when to steer, and when to apply the throttle. A human operator, who can be in another ship, a helicopter, or well away from the action, uses a laptop to tell the swarmboats which craft are to be protected and which are to be attacked. Think of it as an officer giving his (robotic) sailors a mission—protect this guy, attack that one—and letting them determine how best to fulfill it.”

 

 

 

Wired has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisherman’s Heaven: Viking Yacht’s 92′ Enclosed Bridge

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

 

” There have been countless milestones in the 50 plus year history of the Viking Yacht Company, and among them is the launch of the new flagship, our 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible. Beyond its impeccable style and thunderous performance, the largest Viking afloat today is truly the sum of its numbers.”

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

” 6 spacious staterooms, each with a separate head and shower including a full-beam master suite “

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

” 37 the overall length in feet of the enclosed bridge, which is longer than the first all fiberglass boat Viking built in 1971, the 33 Convertible

55 the length in feet of the Rupp outriggers

81 ft. 10 in.  waterline length

93 ft. 3 in.  length overall

238 square feet of the cockpit “
Learn all about this awesome fishing machine at Viking Yachts

Incredible Close-Up Drone Video Of An Erupting Volcano In Iceland

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano—close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video.

  Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, joined photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson for a last-minute trip to the eruption site in the Bardarbunga volcanic system. Sigurdsson had access to the proper permits and connections with the local authorities to get close enough to send a drone over the eruption.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The trip to the volcano had to happen within a day-long window on Sept. 20 when skies would most likely be clear and winds would be blowing in the right direction to avoid exposure to poisonous gases. Cheng wanted to shoot at night, when the glow of the lava would be most prominent. After flying to Iceland, Cheng and Sidurdsson drove about 15 hours from Reykjavik—four of those hours were over rivers and rough terrain that tore the front bumper off of their 4×4.

  After driving as far as cars were permitted, about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the main caldera, Cheng launched his quadcopter. The drone is a DJI Phantom 2—an off-the-shelf model costing less than $1,000—toward the volcano. The drone flew out of visual range after a few minutes, and Cheng used a wireless video transmission system, using the video signal to peer virtually through the Phantom’s camera. He recorded the wireless HD video locally. “If the Phantom didn’t make it, at least we would still have the footage,” Cheng said. “

 

Wired 

 

 

Making A Homemade Metal Semi-Automatic Rifle Just Got Crazy Easy

 

 

 

 

” Eighteen months after demonstrating that he could make a 3D-printed gun, Cody Wilson announced Wednesday that his nonprofit group, Defense Distributed, has now moved on to simplifying the process of manufacturing traditional metal guns.

  Defense Distributed is now selling a $1,200 computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) mill—dubbed the “Ghost Gunner“—that can complete an unfinished lower receiver for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle as part of a limited pre-order. While designed to mill an AR-15 lower, the CNC could theoretically mill anything of a similar size.

  Wilson’s new Ghost Gunner makes home gunsmithing faster, cheaper, and more portable than ever before.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Now, the total cost of semi-finished lower, a parts kit, an upper, a magazine, and the Ghost Gunner costs around $2,000—not a significant savings over buying the whole thing lock, stock, and barrel—but many hobbyists are excited at the opportunity. The price is expected to rise to at least $1,500 in 2015. As of this writing, Wilson had already sold 38 as part of that $1,200 pre-order.

  The Ghost Gunner name is a jab at California State Senator Kevin De León, who introduced a bill that would have banned the sale, manufacture, purchase, and trafficking of untraceable “ghost guns” unless they were pre-registered with the Department of Justice through a serial number and gun owner background check. However, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill on Tuesday. (De León’s office did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.)

” We’re getting better at throwing back the nightmare scenario,” Wilson, a self-described crypto-anarchist, said. “

 

 

    Ars Technica has more on Cody Wilson’s latest contribution to personal liberty . Mr Wilson and Defense Distributed have done more for liberty and personal rights in a year than all the “republican/conservative” members of Congress have in their entire careers .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Growing up what boy didn’t try to create his own flamethrower with a match and a can of Lysol ? Well , these “boys” have taken that idea to entirely new heights so if you feel the need to prepare for the zombie apocalypse check out these videos .

 

 

This guy scared the crap out of his girlfriend , who was filming the video …

 

 

 

Published on Nov 12, 2012

” To see what this thing can really do check my other video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n6xj…. This is with a full tank of fuel. Bad ass for info jdbum28@gmail.com “

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the how-to video from Mr Bumgardner explaining how he created his very cool flamethrower … Warning – plenty of “F words” …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on May 25, 2013

” Ok yall here is the instructions on how to build it. Any questions just email me jdbum28@gmail.com and dont be stupid with it, its not a toy. Im not liable for your dumb ass killing yourself or others “

 

 

 

 

This video is offered by a guy who actually has plans available so that you can make your own . 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 5, 2013

” Our latest flamethrower update! A daylight video to see all the flamethrower details in action. To purchase plans or your very own flamethrower, visit http://www.flamethrowerplans.com “

 

 

 

 

 

     These videos are offered for entertainment purposes only and we shall not be held liable by any idiot that survives blowing him/herself up .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet The Terra Wind Amphibious Motor Home

 

 

 

” The Terra Wind is a first class motor coach that is as comfortable on the lake as it is on the land with a highway speed of up to 80 mph and up to 7 knots on the water.

  The padded leather dash resembles an aircraft’s cockpit with its many instrument gauges amd system controls. An on board computer docking system with internet access, GPS, moving maps, and navigational charts are standard equipment.

  The Terra Wind can be custom designed to fit virtually any decor with floor plans, entertainment systems, electronics, cabinetry, floor coverings, furniture, paint, and graphics that can be tailored to suit individual needs.

Price is dependent on the options chosen. The Terra Wind shown is approximately $1.2 million.”

 

 

HT/Mobile88.Com Sdn Bhd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Scientists Unveil ‘Invisibility Cloak’ To Rival Harry Potter’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series.

  Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed.

” A lot of people have worked on a lot of different aspects of optical cloaking for years,” John Howell, a professor of physics at the upstate New York school, said on Friday.

  The so-called Rochester Cloak is not really a tangible cloak at all. Rather the device looks like equipment used by an optometrist. When an object is placed behind the layered lenses it seems to disappear.”

 

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Watch This Crazy Drone With Arms Fly and Turn A Wheel In Mid-Air

 

 

 

 

” Sure, drones can take videos of Martha Stewart’s farm and maybe even save the environment. But… can they unscrew a bottle cap? Play Twister? Spin a dreidel? Do anything that involves having arms? Well, now we have a drone with arms—that can fly and turn a valve wheel mid-air.

  Above is the video, and here’s the paper’s title and abstract (flip to 1:00 in the video to see the really cool stuff):

“Towards Valve Turning using a Dual-Arm Aerial Manipulator,” by Christopher Korpela, Matko Orsag, and Paul Oh, from Drexel University. “

Time has more 

 How A Light Bulb Raised $1.3 Million On Kickstarter In 6 Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 1879 Thomas Edison patented the incandescent light bulb. Over the next hundred years the light bulb largely remained unchanged. It was inefficient and it used an excessive amount of energy. Thanks to Phil Bosua and the team behind LIFX that’s all changed. LIFX is a Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color, LED light bulb that’s controlled by your smartphone. LIFX was launched on Kickstarter in October of 2012 and raised $1.3 million in just six days.

Here’s how it happened (from founder Phil Bosua):

Q: What were your business goals and objectives for your Kickstarter campaign?
A: The goal of our Kickstarter campaign was to first find out if people liked the idea. We really wanted to know if it resonated before we built it. Secondly, the pledges help fund your first production run so the money we raised was a big part of it.

Q: Why did you decide to seek funding on Kickstarter as opposed to seeking funding from investors or other more traditional sources?
A: I was only just becoming aware of the more traditional sources of funding. We’re from Australia and we don’t have the same well-worn paths to investment that exist in the US so Kickstarter was the only real choice.

Q: Why did you choose Kickstarter over other crowdfunding platforms?
A: Kickstarter was the best crowdfunding platform at the time and with such an engaged user base we thought it would be a perfect way to find out if people liked LIFX.

Q: Many crowdfunding campaigns have difficulty gaining traction. Did you do any marketing or promotion to draw more traffic to your campaign?
A: We didn’t use any marketing or PR for the Kickstarter project, not even one out bound email. This was a conscious decision. Early on I remember saying that all the effort we were going to put into PR and marketing should be put that into the Kickstarter project itself. If the product and the project was good enough, people would back it on its own merits.”

 

 

 

What is LIFX?

” LIFX is the smartest light bulb you’ve ever experienced. It’s a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences we think you’ll love.

  LIFX is incredibly easy to set-up. Simply replace your existing bulbs with LIFX smartbulbs, download and install our free app from the App Store or Google Play and you’re good to go.”

 

 

 

 

   Read the rest of the interview here and learn more about this revolutionary new light bulb that can change color and last 25 years at the company’s website .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lightbulb Reinvented

” LIFX® is a wifi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your smartphone.

  With LIFX there is no need for electricians or complicated control boxes. Just replace your existing bulbs with LIFX bulbs. The LEDs in LIFX bulbs are also rated to last up to 40,000 hours. That’s 27 years at 4 hours use per day, so sit back and relax.”

 

 

Connect with LIFX:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

600kph Turbine Powered RC Jet!

 

 

 

 

Just effing awesome !

See Pride Mega Yachts’ 115m Superyacht Estatement At The Monaco Boat Show

 

 

 

Estatement super yacht Pride Mega Yachts Monaco boat show

 

 

 

 

” This enormous megayacht concept comes from the specialist superyacht division of the Chinese CIMC Raffles shipyard. She follows the sale of the yard’s 88.8 metre new build superyacht Illusion, which is due for delivery in late 2015.”

 

 

Here is a video of Illusion … 

 

 

 

 

 

” Based on her smaller sistership Illusion, Estatement was designed by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. She will feature an 18.1 metre beam, a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure with a displacement of 5,500 gross tons.

  Her spacious, contemporary interior will accommodate 22 guests in a master stateroom, two VIP cabins and eight double cabins. She will also be able to accommodate 35 crew.

  With a fuel capacity of 300,000 litres, Estatement will have a cruising speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 17.5 knots. She is expected to have a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

  As well as presenting the Estatement concept, Pride Mega Yachts will also be providing an update on Illusion‘s building progress at the Monaco boat show. “

 

 

 

Estatement

 

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Overall length: 115 m
Maximum beam: 18.1 m
Maximum draft: 4 m
Gross tonnage: 5,500 GRT
Maximum speed: 17.5 KT
Cruising speed: 15 KT

 

Range: 6,000 nautical miles
Fuel capacity: 300,000 liter
Fresh water capacity: 75,000 liter
Hull material: Steel
Superstructure material: Aluminum

ACCOMMODATION

Guest capacity
22 persons 8 double cabins, 2 VIP cabins, owner stateroom
Crew capacity 35 persons
14 double cabins, 6 staff, 1 captain)
Water sports
2 x sports tender, 1 x limo tender, 4-6 wave runners

CREATION CONCEPT

Builder
Pride Mega Yachts

Exterior & Interior Design
Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design “

 

 

 

Thanks to BoatInternational

See here for more on the Monaco Yacht Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GHOST: An Anti-Terrorism Vessel Built To Outperform Stealth Aircraft

 

 

 

GHOST

 

 

 

” Like all branches of the military, the U.S. Navy is undergoing revolutionary change, where time-tested military tactics and cutting-edge technological advances can potentially meet formidable challenges. One of the greatest threats on the high seas is low-tech vessel attacks with conventional explosives; for example, the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors and wounded 39 others.”

 

 

 

 

 

” That horrific event alerted America’s military to the clear and present danger of those tactics being used again against our Navy and other military branches. It also underscored the need for new solutions. One innovative company is stirring great excitement among a variety of naval leaders. Juliet Marine Systems, a maritime technology company headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, takes historically proven systems, combines them with new technologies and comes up with breakthrough solutions to existing needs.”

 

 

 

 

 

” With regard to the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks against America’s naval and coalition ships, the company has developed a first-of-its kind anti-terrorism vessel called GHOST. It is a combination of stealth fighter aircraft and attack helicopter technologies packaged in a marine platform. The unique capabilities of GHOST are designed to provide a marine surface and subsurface platform for tracking and identification of multiple targets. Systems for integrating onboard weapons will be designed to be capable of multi-target firing solutions while GHOSToperates at very high speed. These weapons integration systems will also allow for attacking several targets simultaneously with a variety of weapons systems options. Already GHOSTvessels have the ability to create a protective fleet perimeter, while providing sensor and weapons platforms to deny surface or subsurface intrusions.”

 

 

 

 

 

Some specs from the manufacturer:  

 

 

Products

 

  • Very High Speed Surface Craft
  • Manned and Unmanned Surface Craft
  • Manned and Unmanned Subsurface Craft
  • ROVs
  • UUVs
  • LDUUV

 

Missions

  • Force Protection
  • Special Operations Support
  • Anti-submarine Warfare, (ASW)
  • Mine Warfare, (MIW)
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, (ISR)

 

Additional Applications

  • High Speed Maritime Ferry/Taxi
  • Offshore Oil Rig Supply Vessel
  • Pleasure Craft

 

 

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Meet The RSh-12: The Most Powerful Revolver In The World Is Russian

 

 

 

 

 

” Well, the most powerful production revolver in the world anyway, and that’s just according to the manufacturer. For whatever reason, Russian designers took to creating a revolver to fire their 12.7x55mm cartridge (speculated to be a cut-down .338 Lapua case; it and the rifle it was designed for have been covered previously on TFB here), it has been suggested for the purpose of destroying locks and other objects.”

 

 More at The Firearm Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Motors Will 3D-Print A Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Local Motors, purveyor of the excellent Rally Fighter that TG had a go in a few years back, is in the process of making the world’s first full-sized, driveable car using parts made almost entirely using 3D-printing technology. Yes, ladies and gents, it seems the future is truly upon us.

  The car will be called the ‘Strati’ and is being printed and assembled by Local Motors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which is currently being held in Chicago.

  As the printers spray out each individual piece of the car, a team of ‘rapid assembly’ engineers will then put the individual pieces into place. Local Motors claims that the ‘Strati’ will only have 40 parts – as opposed to the average 2,000 parts found in most vehicles – and will take 44 hours to print. Then, on the final day of the IMTS it hopes to drive its creation off the show floor. “

 

 

From Local Motors press release:

 

” Chicago, IL. (September 8, 2014) – History will be made when the world’s first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. During the six-day IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, the vehicle will be printed over 44 hours then rapidly assembled by a team led by Local Motors with the historic first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, September 13.

  Called the Strati, the vehicle will be 3D printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first time this method has been used to make a car. Mechanical components, like battery, motor, wiring, and suspension are sourced from a variety of suppliers, including Renault’s Twizy, a line of electric powered city cars.

“ The Strati was designed by our community, made in our Microfactory and will be driven by you,” said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Local Motors. “This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way.”

  The innovative and bold vehicle uses the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques pioneered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “

 

 

 

 

Top Gear has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kibo Interior & Exterior Photos

 

 

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” The 266.40ft Custom motor yacht motor yacht ‘Kibo’ was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany at their Lemwerder shipyard , she was delivered to her owner in 2014. Terence Disdale is responsible for her beautiful exterior and interior design.”

 

 

Kibo

Construction & Dimensions

” Kibo features a displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. She was built to Lloyds Register classification society rules.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

 

  1. Length 266.40ft /81.2m
    Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
    Exterior Designer Terence Disdale
    Interior Design Terence Disdale
    Built | Refit 2014
    Model Custom
    Beam 41.34ft /12.6m
    Gross Tonnage 2350 Tonnes
    Draft 10.99ft /3.35m
    Crusing Speed 12 Knots
    Top Speed 16 Knots

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Russia Releases Photos Of Its Submarine Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

” The Russian Defense Ministry released photos of a cargo ship transporting two of its nuclear-powered attack submarines in a pretty stunning set of photos.

  Russia is transporting the Bratsk and the Samara Akula II-class submarines from Kamchatka to Severodvinsk where both are set to receive massive modernization upgrades at the Zvezdochka shipyard. The submarines will be ferried by the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet  along Russia’s frigid northern coast before it is set to arrive Sept. 20.

  The release of the photos along with an update on the modernization of the Russian’s highly-secretive submarine fleet is what sticks out. RT was the first to publish the photos. “

 

Read/see more at Defense Tech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorewood Man Builds Concrete Castle With Homemade 3D Printer

 

 

 

3D Castle

Click pic for video

 

 

 

” You’ve heard the saying that a man’s home is his castle. In Shorewood, there’s one man who has taken that to the extreme.

  When Andrey Rudenko couldn’t find a tree large enough to construct a fort, he took to building a 3D printer. But it’s what he did with the printer that is truly something to behold.“It was my dream to build someday castle,” Rudenko said.

   He is a contractor by trade, with a passion for computers and architecture. But he also has quite a mind for invention. “

 

 

CBS Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could This Nail Polish Help Prevent Date Rape?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Remember the pd.id, the tiny, lighter-sized device that women could slip in their drinks to detect the presence of date-rape drugs? Soon you won’t need to carry around a sensor with you to protect yourself during a night on the town—all you’ll need is a manicure before you go.

  The startup Undercover Colors, which is marketing itself as “the first fashion company to prevent sexual assault,” is currently developing a brand of nail polish that can detect the presence of date-rape drugs, which are generally colorless and odorless, in someone’s beverage. All you have to do is surreptitiously dip a nail into your drink, and wait to see if it changes color.”

 

 

 

 

” Undercover Colors was founded by four undergraduate engineering students at North Carolina State University. The idea for the startup, cofounder Ankesh Madan says, arose from personal experience.

“ We were thinking about big problems in our society, [and] the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up,” he recently told Higher Education Works. “All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience, and we began to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use.” “

 

 

Read more and read also some naysaying regarding the practical application of the detection system 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

johngalt:

Very Cool …

Originally posted on Hackaday:

Steam Powered Tank for the 21st Century

Steam power anything these days is pretty cool, but rarely have we ever seen such a complex build as this steam powered, remote controlled 1/16th scale tank.

[Ian] is an electronics design engineer whose hobbies include messing around with steam power. The Steam Turret Tank is based on a 1/16th scale Tamiya King Tiger die-cast model tank. It features a 3.5″ diameter marine boiler from MaccSteam, which is a fully equipped miniature version of a real boiler, complete with pressure gauges, safety valves, and a ceramic burner. It can produce pressures of up to 70PSI (max 120PSI), but for this project, [Ian] is limiting it to around 30PSI.

A small 2″ diameter fuel tank contains a propane mixture to fuel the boiler. Two Regner 40451 Piccolo steam engines make up the drive train, with mechanical linkages controlled by servos to engage the various features. The tank can go forward, backward…

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