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Rendering of Apple's planned headquarters in Cupertino, California

Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

An amateur drone video is shedding new light on Apple's future headquarters. Shot in August with a GoPro Hero 3 camera mounted onto a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter drone, the video shows construction on the iStuff maker's new Cupertino headquarters. The creator of the video said that footage was shot at the FAA-approved altitude of …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Sep 2014

Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

Researchers at Harvard University have developed a small robot designed to work in large groups to build structures. Dubbed TERMES, the project draws its inspiration from termites, relying on multiple units who repeat a simple task relentlessly in order to build massive structures. The system would take relatively simple …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2014
The second Sonic Screwdriver

Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

Doctor Who @ 50 The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver has become steadily more iconic as the years progressed. Despite disappearing in the middle of the Time Lord’s career, it’s now firmly – not to say commercially – integrated into the Doctor Who canon. So there’s no more to say on the subject, right? Wrong. Earlier this year, the Sonic …
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2013

Steve Jobs' 'spaceship' threatened by massive cost overruns

Comment It appears that the late Steve Jobs' dream of new "spaceship" Apple headquarters is going to cost far more than the $3bn originally planned – that is, if it gets built at all. That price tag has ballooned to $5bn, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing "five people close to the project who were not authorized to speak on the …
Rik Myslewski, 4 Apr 2013
Stonehenge from the north east

Ancient revellers came to party... and build Stonehenge - boffins

Stonehenge was actually an ancient rave spot for Brits from all over the country, new research has suggested. Stonehenge from the north east There are more theories about the origins and reasons for Stonehenge than there are stones in the monument - Ancient clock? Wiccan ritual site? Alien-built technology? Secret location …
WikiHouse plan

Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan

WikiHouse, the "print your own open source pad" project, has called for contributors and cash to help it establish an online archive of downloadable dwelling designs. The site’s aim is nothing short of the democratisation of the construction industry: to allow, in short, “anyone to design, download and 'print' CNC-milled …
Tony Smith, 1 Mar 2013
Lego Barad-dûr by Kevin J Walter

Lego lover builds big Barad-dûr replica

Some folk have got too much time on their hands. Then again, sometimes those people deserve to be applauded for their efforts. Like this guy, a dedicated Lego fanatic who whiled away the final months of 2010 building this incredibly detailed Barad-dûr replica out of roughly 50,000 Lego blocks. Lego Barad-dûr by Kevin J Walter …
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Bridge made of recycled plastic supports 70-ton tank

Vid The US Army, seeking to embiggen its green image, has proudly announced the building of the world's first bridge made from recycled plastic and able to support heavy loads. To test the recycloplast bridge, troops drove a monster 70-ton Abrams Main Battle Tank across it. “This represents a ‘first of its kind’ event in …
Lewis Page, 23 Sep 2009
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Israelis' invulnerable, 60-tonne robot bulldozer force to double

The Israeli armed forces have announced plans to double their existing force of robot bulldozers, after unmanned "Black Thunder" droid diggers apparently covered themselves with glory during the recent Gaza incursion. The IDF armoured version of the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer An IDF killdozer in a quiet moment. According to …
Lewis Page, 31 Mar 2009
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Boffins: Send robot lawn tractors to the Moon

Corporate and academic robotics boffins in the States say they have validated plans for creating a spaceship landing field on the Moon using small droid dump-trucks "the size of riding mowers". You might think that there's no great need for a prepared spaceship field on the Moon - after all, the ships will have to set down …
Lewis Page, 26 Feb 2009
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South Pole stilt-base builder to give lecture in Sadville

The man in charge of constructing a scientific base mounted on extending stilts at the South Pole will give a talk on his experiences next Wednesday - in Second Life, the online masquerade park popular with bedroom explorers. Jerry Marty is the facilities construction and maintenance manager for the National Science Foundation …
Lewis Page, 5 Feb 2009
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Prof's robotic pole-snake goes big in Korea

Engineering profs based in Virginia have scooped a Korean tech prize by designing a robotic pole-climbing snake. The snakey pole-robot in action 'Unique even in nature' The snake, known as HyDRAS-Ascent (Hyper-redundant Discrete Robotic Articulated Serpentine) is intended to climb up scaffolding, pillars or whatnot and …
Lewis Page, 22 Dec 2008
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NASA kids' compo: Name the inflatable moon habitat

US space agency NASA has announced a competition for schoolchildren to name a prototype inflatable habitat module intended for use on the Moon. An early test model is currently being tried out for resistance to cold at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Inside the inflatable habitat Fly me to the moon - what spring will be like …
Lewis Page, 23 Oct 2008
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Concrete-jet 'printers' to build houses, Moonbases in hours

Most readers will be aware of so-called "3D printing" techniques, in which solid objects can be constructed automatically from computer models. Researchers in California intend to scale the process up radically, using "contour crafting" concrete extrusion to erect buildings in a matter of hours. "Instead of plastic, Contour …
Lewis Page, 1 Sep 2008
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NASA's robotic moon-dirt grubbing contest is go

August is almost here, and 'tis the season to be building moon-dirt digger droids. That's because the annual NASA lunar autoscoop contest is to be held in California this weekend, with 25 design teams competing for $750,000 in prizes. NASA, plainly no fans of calling a robot spade a robot spade, refer to the contest as the …
Lewis Page, 28 Jul 2008

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