Back-up electric power “will save pilots’ lives”

Light aircraft are exciting and convenient – but if an engine fails it can be disastrous. Seventy people every year die when two-or-four-seater aircraft crash. Spanish firm Axter Aerospace and researchers at Madrid’s UC3M University say they have the answer – a backup electric powered engine. Axter co-founder and pilot Miguel Suarez.:  “The worst case…

Stick-on smart sensor offers hassle-free car hire

A small sensor stuck to the windscreen could spell the end of liability disputes if a rented car is damaged while on loan. It continuously monitors a car’s accelerations and impacts, with the data gathered giving a clear picture of who is to blame in the event of an accident or if the car is…

Study discovers sharks with positive buoyancy

Two deep-sea shark species swimming in the waters off the Hawaiian Islands are having a difficult time diving to deeper depths. A joint study by the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Tokyo has found that the sixgill and prickly sharks have positive buoyancy, making it more difficult for the two predators…

Buenos Aires project uses plants to absorb pollutants

A team of researchers from the University of Flores [UFLO] in Buenos Aires has begun a small-scale planting project on the bank of the heavily polluted Matanza-Riachuelo river basin that could have long-awaited environmental results. The river basin, which divides the city of Buenos Aires from Buenos Aires province, is currently considered one of the…

New York hospital pioneers robotic-assisted therapy for children

A children’s hospital in New York is one of the pioneers of the pediatric use of robotic-assisted physical therapy. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, the city’s largest provider of post-acute care to children with medical complexity, has a robotic neuro-rehabilitation program to treat young patients suffering from different types of brain injuries with the use…

Are invasive species good for giant tortoises? Ask the dung

From the Congo to the Galapagos Islands, Stephen Blake has dedicated his career to protecting endangered animals.  He says that in most cases, invasive species spell trouble for native species, especially if they are endangered.  “While introduced species, in general, are generally a bad thing for Galapagos ecosystems and any ecosystem, there are bits to…

Japan’s chef of the future is a robot

Motoman SDA5 knows his way around a kitchen.  He can mix, chop and fry … and has the unique ability to mimic human arm movement. His deft skills are making this woman’s heart beat a little faster.  Motoman is just one of the latest developments on display at a food industry expo in Japan. A…

Honey-based mead may curb antibiotic resistance, say makers

The word Elixir means medicinal potion…..Swedish scientist Tobias Olofsson says his new alcoholic drink Honey Hunter’s Elixir is just that.  It’s a new type of mead – a honey-based brew dubbed ‘the drink of the Gods’ by Vikings.  But Oloffson has a secret ingredient – 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of…

Brain-computer interface reverses paralysis in stroke victims

After three strokes that left the right side of his body paralyzed, Rick Arnold told his wife Kim that he had just one wish. “All I really wanted to do was to be able to hold her hand. In the very beginning, it was to hold her hand,” said Arnold, a paramedic firefighter from Missouri…

Windscreen chip that detects illegal vehicles in gas stations

The problem of illegal cars smuggled across Bolivia’s four borders seemed intractable. But that could all change, thanks to this mandatory windscreen chip fitted to vehicles. Director of Information and Communication at the National Hydrocarbons, Einard Jofre: “The system works through the implementation of R-FID technology, that is to say, auto-identification using radio frequency. For…

Largest Telescope gets Approval for Construction

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization has announced on Wednesday (June 3) that its 11 international partners have committed more than $500 million (USD) to begin construction on a mountaintop in Chile of the largest optical telescope ever built. The telescope’s seven mirrors span 25 meters and will focus more than six times the amount of…

Gazan man creates solar cooker in backyard

Gaza resident creates solar cooker in his backyard to challenge constant electricity and gas cuts. Amid the enclave’s power cuts, a Gazan man has found a way to cook his food without having to rely on gas or electricity.  Engineer Khaled Bsheir has made use of the year-round sunshine to provide a solution to Gaza’s…