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Gadget in extremis: Student-built Aausat4 satellite undergoes harsh testing

Truly Gadget-in-extremis. A nice picture from the European Space Agency (ESA) of the miniature Aausat4 satellite undergoing repeated temperature testing in a vacuum chamber.

The CubeSat is cooled to –10°C and heated up to +45°C for more than two weeks, to replicate the harsh conditions in…

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Gadget in extremis: Gadgets in Space - NASA chooses

A robot submarine for exploring the methane oceans of Saturn’s giant moon, Titan, a greenhouse on Mars and a spacecraft that hitches rides on comets to the outer solar system are just three of the far-out ideas NASA is backing in its latest round of funding for the…

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Gadget in extremis: Wearable submarine hunts world's oldest computer

The world’s most advanced robotic diving suit is getting ready to help search for one of the world’s oldest computers, writes Mark Harris of New Scientist.

Called Exosuit, the suit has a rigid metal humanoid form with Iron Man-like thrusters that enable divers to operate safely down…

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Gadget in extremis: High-tech origami leads to self-folding humanoid

Room has to be made for this one from MIT, reported by New Scientist – High-tech origami folds itself when heat is on

Aviva Rutkin takes up the story:
Tray bakes will never be the same again. A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created flat cut-outs…

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Gadget in extremis: LEAF, the killer European sound system

Wow. How about this? Thanks to Engadget for highlighting something custom made for our Gadget-in-extremis category.

It’s a sound system so powerful it would kill you to hear it in full force! It’s at the European Space Agency and is the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF…

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Gadget in Extremis: DIY induction heater

When I was a kid, there were books of things for boys to make and, I kid you not, one included a mains-powered Pb-melting induction furnace complete with transformer winding hints and tips.

Sadly, gone are those adventurous days – and probably gladly as I suspect some people who…

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Gadget in-extremis: Devising a starship warp drive

The goal? Nothing less than building a warp drive! To pave the way for rapid interstellar travel, NASA propulsion researcher Harold “Sonny” White plans to manipulate space-time in the lab, reports New Scientist.

Anne-Marie Corley interviews Harold “Sonny” White:

The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of…

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Gadget in extremis: Nvidia GPU-powered supercomputer

How do you solve a problem like predicting the weather in Switzerland? [Ed - Sound of Music reference? That was Austria!]

Well, if you are the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) – a major European institution for computational research – you might throw a petaflop of GPU-accelerated processing power at the problem…

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