Gecko-inspired gloves let you scale walls of glass

Being able to scale walls like Spider-Man has just gone from being comic-book fiction to an exciting reality. A newly developed synthetic adhesion system inspired by geckos has been created and tested, enabling a 70-kilogram (154-pound) human to scale a 3.6-metre (12-foot) pane … Continued

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The two exiles of Napoleon

The Napoleonic Wars had been raging since 1799 but by 1814, the French troops were in full retreat. The armies of the Coalition (Austria, Russia, Spain and United Kingdom) had entered France and were…

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Cyborg cockroaches could help find survivors in disaster zones

Cockroaches are known for being hardy creatures, and now they could be put to work as assistants in dangerous disaster zones. Researchers at North Carolina State University have fitted cockroaches with electronic backpacks that could help them find survivors trapped in the rubble after an earthquake or building collapse. These cyborg … Continued

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If the Germans had invaded England…Part 1

In the late 19th century, Britain feared that the centre of the Empire, London, was not protected sufficiently from an attack. As a result, over a dozen forts were built surrounding London in the…

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Google unveils Project Ara modular smartphone prototype

The first working prototype of Google’s Project Ara smartphone has been revealed. Six months after the design was unveiled, a video has appeared online that shows an engineer turning on and using the device. Project Ara aims to enable users to … Continued

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Is it possible to build a time machine?

So far it is only possible to travel forward in time, and only by fractions of a second. Imagine there are two identical twins; the first travels into space in a high-speed rocket, while the other remains on Earth. When the … Continued

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The inside story on Navy SEAL training

Interview with Rick Kaiser, an ex-Navy SEAL who specialised in winter warfare, sniping and combat swimming. He was assigned to an Assault Squadron and was selected for the Enlisted Education…

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What did HMS Victory really do at Trafalgar?

Interview with the curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum, Dr James Davey
What was the Victory’s role at Trafalgar?
Its key role was as flagship for the commander in chief,…

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