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Colonizing Mars with robot bees

Shay Harris, Reporter

May 3, 2018

Researchers at the University of Alabama received funding from NASA last week for a study involving Marsbees: tiny, winged robots that have high expectations to colonize Mars. These flying robots might navigate Mars’ rocky terrain better than traditional rovers, which move slowly and often get stuck...

Evidence of Life on Mars?

Shay Harris, Reporter

April 2, 2018

Tiny star and swallowtail shaped bumps in fine layered bedrock on Mars are drawing close inspection to NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. The shapes look familiar to geologists who have studied gypsum crystals formed in drying lakes on Earth, but the team is considering multiple possibilities for the orig...

Translating Technology

Shay Harris, Reporter

April 2, 2018

  Google released their Pixel Buds in Nov. of last year. While many were looking forward to the built- in translating feature that the earbuds have, many are starting to agree that the pricy product didn’t particularly live up to the hype. The Pixel buds are wireless headphones that have t...

3D metal printing “Steels” up profits

Nicolas Sloan, Reporter

April 2, 2018

3D printing is about to get a lot more practical and useful. It all started out by printing ABS, plastic that is cheap and can be easily produced. The downside is how weak it is. A solution to printing stronger materials is to print with metal. As a result, laser-melted metal printing and metal injection...

Psychic Scientists Predict the Future

Keegan Oldham, Senior Design Editor

April 2, 2018

Psychics and fortune tellers may soon be losing their jobs to science as geneticists can now predict an individual’s future based on his/her DNA. With the advancements in science and technology, there have been many new innovations in our world. One of the biggest and most controversial being the ab...

Cloning primates

Keegan Oldham, Senior Design Editor

February 28, 2018

In 2002, George Lucas released Star Wars, Attack of the Clones, a movie about an army of cloned human beings fighting in a war rather than sacrificing human lives. Science fiction is now becoming reality as two monkeys were cloned from a cell by Shanghai scientists, in the same way Dolly the Sheep ha...

Autonomous cars: dream or danger?

Nicolas Sloan, Reporter

February 28, 2018

Self-driving cars has been taking the innovative world by storm, showing very likely promise of a more efficient future, however they still have a few deadly flaws. There has already been numerous crashes involving self-driving vehicles, and certainly more to come if something doesn’t change soon. On av...

Apple usurps 8 release with pricey X

Shay Harris, Reporter

November 15, 2017

This month Apple launched the new iPhone 8- something many iPhone users around the world have long expected. The 8 has many loyal iPhone users extremely unimpressed because the iPhone 8 is almost identical to the iPhone 7. The only differences are that the 8 now has wireless charging, a new gold finish, a ...

LG releases case to repel mosquitoes

Shay Harris, Reporter

November 15, 2017

LG has launched a new smartphone, the LG K7i, that the company says will repel mosquitoes using ultrasonic waves. The company claims the device addresses a real concern in the phone's target market in India as Indians spent $733 million last year on home insecticides, according to a recent study by ...

Antifreeze fish blood study

Shay Harris, Reporter

November 15, 2017

A recent study on why fish in the Arctic Ocean don't freeze has hit a breakthrough discovery showing how a natural antifreeze that keeps blood flowing at sub-zero temperatures actually works. This discovery was made about 50 years ago, but scientists at Bochum University  are just now discovering how ...

BIKI: underwater bionic wireless drone

Keegan Oldham, Senior Design Editor

November 13, 2017

  The drone market is about to introduce BIKI, the first underwater bionic wireless drone. This drone has a unique design with a propulsion method closely resembling fish. The design allows for it to swim similar to a fish and get close to underwater wildlife, while recording in 4k video. What mak...

SPACE X announces plans to colonize Mars

Mariah Wood

October 31, 2017

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of SpaceX. Its seven years away: to colonize mars, to make life multi-planetary, to boldly go where no man has gone before. Billionaire Elon Musk’s plans for the future continue as he has announced he aims to send an unmanned cargo ship to Mars by 2022. ...

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