Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created the world’s thinnest pico projector – less than quarter of an inch thick. To ensure that the image from the 6x6 millimeter device was still visible, they used a new micro-lens system that allows it to project a bright 800 by 480 pixel display.
Built to battle skyscraper fires, this jet-propelled water cannon is the new pride and joy of China’s Luoyang City fire department. It is made from a jet-fighter engine and is capable of spraying 4 tons of water per minute.
The price tag of $456,000 seems to be worth it, as the water is said to blast fast enough to separate fires from their oxygen supply. It has a range of almost 400 feet and can rotate a near-full 360 degrees. And if the firefighting business slows down, China can always deploy the cannon to clean the sure-to-be-megadirty streets of its future megacity.
If you’re feeling a little bogged down by winter’s wrath, fear not. When others are snowed in, you can simply whip out your inflatable snow shoes and continue your commute as nimbly as Legolas on the snow-laden mountains of Middle Earth.
It all depends on the size, physical fitness and hydration of the person in question, but it’s possible to sweat buckets before heatstroke sets in and we pass out. After all, there are about three million sweat glands on the human body (the highest concentration is on our palms), and the average person aggressively working out perspires about 0.7 to 1.5 liters per hour. Theoretically, if we were attached to a treadmill and pumped full of liquids, it’s possible to keep sweating forever.
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have successfully induced an artificial kind of “natural selection” to create enzymes that can protect animals against the effects of nerve gas. It's almost an accelerated evolution--one that could help protect people from nerve agent poisoning using our own natural defenses as a starting point.
A magnet-powered method of pouring beer from the bottom up that works nine times faster than traditional methods, further proof that great ideas can be fueled by alcohol.
The cup features a small hole at the bottom, covered up by a circular magnet. Pressurized beer lifts the magnet up, filling the cup until the weight of the beer on top of the magnet pushes it back down, sealing the bottom.
When I came into the office hobbling like Igor last week, thanks to a Muay Thai-related sprained ankle, any regular boss would’ve just offered a “get well soon.” Instead, my boss tells me we have some high-tech, ergonomically designed crutches left from Best of What’s New, and won’t I please take them for the holiday weekend? Sometimes it’s good to work at PopSci.
Just in time for the holidays comes a robot designed to swiftly and efficiently de-bone your ham. Wielding a fearsome knife reminiscent of the stabbing bot we saw months ago, HAMDAS-R, developed by Mayekawa Electric, removes the bones from 500 hams in one hour, twice as fast as the fastest human ham boner.
Transportation to some of America’s most iconic tourist destinations will be a little more high-tech and eco-friendly come April. Statue Cruises, which provides ferry service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, has signed an agreement with Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut to create the world’s first hybrid ferry that runs on hydrogen, solar and wind power.