Australia seeks public help to design its 1st moon rover, Roo-ver

Australia’s first lunar rover has a name — now, it needs a design.  The Australian Space Agency is building a semi-autonomous rover, called “Roo-ver,” that will launch to the moon as early as 2026 in partnership with NASAs Artemis lunar program. The rover will collect samples of lunar “soil,” specifically known as regolith, from which … Read more

Small Spaces in the City review: Can we thrive in a smaller future?

Takeshi Hosaka’s micro-home, Love2 House, in Tokyo, features in the Small Spaces in the City exhibition. © Takeshi Hosaka Small Spaces in the City: Rethinking inside the box ROCA London Gallery, until 16 March 2024 “Cook’s at it again,” reads one Antarctic station log entry from the 1970s. “Threw a lemon pie and cookies all … Read more

‘Starfield’ spacesuit contest  — win your own custom design (video)

While working in the most hazardous environments known to humankind, it’s vital that intrepid astronauts and brave galactic voyagers not only have the skills, training and courage to execute their mission objectives in extreme conditions, but they should also look darn good while doing it!   The sci-fi gaming world is well aware of this … Read more

Could DARPA’s enigmatic X-65 plane revolutionise aircraft design?

Artist’s rendition of the X-65 experimental plane from DARPA DARPA The US military is developing an aircraft that can fly without mechanical control surfaces such as ailerons, elevators and rudders, which most current planes use to manoeuvre. Experts say the technology could improve stealth aircraft, but it is unlikely to break into the risk-averse world … Read more

Physicists Design a Way to Detect Quantum Behavior in Large Objects, Like Us : ScienceAlert

Quantum science is usually concerned with ultra-small scales, where the mathematics of probability becomes a more useful tool than ‘classical’ descriptions of matter. Now, new research has put forward a way to measure the quantumness of much larger masses. Scientists have been wanting to test the quantum nature of bigger objects for a long time: … Read more

AI-Optimized Catheter Design Could Prevent Urinary Tract Infections without Drugs

January 12, 2024 3 min read A 3-D-printed tube stymies microbes with a tiny obstacle course to combat rampant infections in hospitals By Joanna Thompson More than 100 million people worldwide require a urinary catheter every year. The devices can be lifesaving, especially after surgery. But many of those who used them—about one quarter in … Read more

AI comes up with battery design that uses 70 per cent less lithium

A researcher tests batteries that use a new material designed by AI Dan DeLong for Microsoft Artificial intelligence can accelerate the process of finding and testing new materials, and now researchers have used that ability to develop a battery that is less dependent on the costly mineral lithium. Lithium-ion batteries power many devices that we … Read more