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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:39:52 +0000 | Adam Williams
Architecture, Adam Williams

New Atlas interviews the Burj Khalifa's structural engineer, William F. Baker

Even in the cutting edge world of skyscraper design, the Burj Khalifa stands apart. Officially opening in 2010, it remains the world's tallest building by a long way, and represents an amazing engineering achievement. To get the inside story on its design and construction, along with the unique challenges the project posed, we spoke with the Burj Khalifa's structural engineer, William F. Baker, a structural and civil engineering partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

.. Continue Reading Bill Baker interview: Building the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa

Category: Architecture

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:10:57 +0000 | Michael Irving
Environment, Michael Irving

An MIT professor has studied the worst mass extinction events in Earth's history, and calculated that ...

In the history of life on Earth, there have been five mass extinction events, with the most extreme example, the Permian extinction, wiping out some 95 percent of all marine life. Now, an MIT professor has analyzed the changes that took place in the carbon cycle leading up to these five main events – as well as dozens of smaller ones – and found that the end of this century could mark the tipping point for a sixth mass extinction event.

.. Continue Reading A sixth mass extinction event could reach the tipping point by 2100

Category: Environment

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:27:18 +0000 | Scott Collie
Automotive, Scott Collie

The Dynamiq GTT 115 taking to the water

Porsche has an instantly-recognizable product on the road, but translating that to a marine vessel isn't necessarily an easy task. Having revealed renders last year, Dynamiq has turned the Porsche-inspired GTT 115 Hybrid into a reality, launching it ahead of the Monaco Yacht Show.

.. Continue Reading Dynamiq GTT 115 superyacht takes its Porsche-inspired lines to the water

Category: Automotive

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:15:40 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Space, Nick Lavars

This snap of Saturn's rings was taken on September 13, two days before Cassini burnt up ...

Cassini might have been reduced to nothing when it burned up in Saturn's atmosphere last Friday, but the spacecraft has left a legacy of readings and observations that will be pored over for years. A set of images shared by NASA offer a taste of what's to come in terms of scientific discovery, along with a little window into the moments leading up to the unmanned probe's spectacular demise.

.. Continue Reading Cassini says goodbye with images from dying moments

Category: Space

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:03:05 +0000 | Michael Irving
Robotics, Michael Irving

Columbia University engineers have developed a soft actuator that mimics natural muscle, but is three times ...

The classic image of a robot is one clad in a rigid metal shell, but that's not going to be practical in situations where man and machine will need to work together. The emerging field of soft robotics is helping to make that collaboration safer, but recreating muscle is no easy task. Now, mechanical engineers from Columbia University have developed a synthetic soft muscle that's much more simple to make and run than others, and is three times stronger than the real thing.

.. Continue Reading 3D-printable synthetic muscle is three times stronger than you

Category: Robotics

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:35:22 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Biology, Rich Haridy

This illustration shows how the exosomes (represented by pink spheres) are separated from other materials by ...

A few years ago, a team of MIT scientists developed a novel way to separate blood cells using sound waves. Now the team, in conjunction with scientists from several other institutions, has taken the technology even further by demonstrating that the process can isolate exosomes from blood samples. This has the potential for a fast way to detect biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

.. Continue Reading Sound waves enable blood sample analysis in minutes

Category: Biology

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:53:09 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Mobile Technology, Nick Lavars

Many of the HTC staff who worked on the Google Pixel will move across to Google's ...

Google is ramping up its efforts in the mobile space, with a US$1.1 billion purchase of HTC talent to play a key role in its development of smartphone hardware. The agreement sees Google bring HTC brainpower in-house to build Google products, while leaving HTC free to continue virtual reality and smartphone pursuits of its own.

.. Continue Reading Google splurges US$1.1 billion on HTC smartphone talent

Category: Mobile Technology

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:05:08 +0000 | Scott Collie
Automotive, Scott Collie

The Shelby Raptor builds on the base of the already-tough Ford Raptor

Ford would argue the F-150 Raptor is the roughest, toughest production truck available on (and off) the road. Shelby American would beg to differ. The new Shelby Raptor builds on the base Raptor with more power, better off-road capability and tougher looks – but you'll need to get in quickly, with a production run of just 500.

.. Continue Reading Shelby Raptor shapes as the ultimate off-road truck... for a lucky few

Category: Automotive

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:50:15 +0000 | Michael Irving
Space, Michael Irving

Astronomers have discovered a brand new type of celestial object: an active binary asteroid, meaning it's ...

Astronomers have discovered a brand new type of object in our solar system: an active binary asteroid. That means the object, named Body 288P, is the first known hybrid of two rare types of asteroid: a binary that's made up of two rocks orbiting each other, and an active asteroid that acts more like a comet, leaving a trail of gas and dust in its wake.

.. Continue Reading Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

Category: Space

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:38:16 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Automotive, Nick Lavars

Kriesel Electric developed the one-off prototype electric Hummer to demonstrate the capabilities of its technology

Arnold Schwarzenegger's love affair with Hummers is well documented, with the action star-turned politician acquiring several of the gas-guzzling military vehicles for his personal collection, even converting them to run on hydrogen and biofuel. Battery specialist Kreisel Electric has now unveiled a conversion truly befitting the so-called green governor, with the man himself on hand to present the an all-electric Hummer H1 at the company's new headquarters in Austria.

.. Continue Reading Kreisel and Schwarzenegger​ show off all-electric Hummer

Category: Automotive

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