Laser satellite shatters space-to-Earth data transmission speed record

A small satellite developed by MIT engineers has set a new record for data transmission between a satellite and Earth. The TeraByte InfraRed Delivery (TBIRD) system used a laser to beam huge amounts of data at up to 100 gigabits per second.

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Major obesity advance takes out targeted fat depots anywhere in the body

Scientists at Columbia University are reporting an exciting advance in obesity treatment, demonstrating how positively-charged nanomaterials can be injected into unhealthy fat to return it to a healthy state.

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Awful video celebrates Archer’s first full-transition eVTOL flight

There are very few full-size aircraft capable of transitioning between vertical takeoff and landing and wing-borne horizontal cruise flight, so it's a big deal when a company manages the feat, as Archer has now claimed. But the video is a shocker.

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Orion spacecraft leaves lunar orbit and heads for home

NASA's Artemis 1 Moon mission has left lunar orbit and is returning to Earth. At 4:53 pm EST, the uncrewed Orion spacecraft fired its main engine for one minute and 45 seconds, placing it on a lunar flyby trajectory that will ultimately send it home.

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Custom 3D-printed joints may restore full movement to disabled fingers

We hear a lot about artificial hips and knees, but finger joints? They do exist, but their fit and functionality is limited. Germany's Fraunhofer research group aims to change that, with artificial finger joints that are 3D-printed for each patient.

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Uphold puts a reusable set of cutlery in your pocket

If you grab fast food while out and about, there's a good chance that you use the restaurants' disposable plastic cutlery. Uphold offers a more eco-friendly alternative, as it's a reusable modular cutlery set that packs away into a slim case.

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Retro-cool electric motorcycle picks up where 2020’s Falcon left off

Back in 2020, Cleveland CycleWerks revealed a retro-modern electric motorcycle called the Falcon. The company co-founder splintered the project into a new startup in August of that year, and now the Falcon has taken flight as the District.

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Facial strain sensor could give a voice to the voiceless

While some assistance is available to individuals who lack the power of speech, verbally communicating with other people can still be challenging. A new face-worn strain sensor could help, as it's able to "read" the wearer's silently mouthed words.

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Foster + Partners embraces timber for sustainable London development

Foster + Partners has been given the green light for an ambitious new project in London. The mixed-use development will feature significant sustainable design and, according to the firm, will be one of the city's largest timber buildings.

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