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XOS 2 Exoskeleton Brings Iron Man
Closer to Reality

Imagine hefting 200 pounds as though it were a mere 12. Raytheon Company has just released a full-body suit that could make the Iron Man fantasy become a reality.

Called the XOS-2 Exoskeleton, it essentially grants the wearer superhuman strength (and also looks really awesome). The new suit has made significant improvements over its predecessor, the XOS-1, which was first demonstrated two and a half years ago.

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Workshop: Mother-Daughter Tech Training, 2010-2011

girlshcThe Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) events are 1-day professional development workshops to train participants in holding their own Mother/Daughter TEAs. Facilitated by Celeste Baine of Engineering Education Service Center. 2010-11 Dates and Locations: March 4, 2011 in Joplin, MO; April 2, 2011 in Boston, MA. Costs begin at $999; check Website for details.

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Airbus to Make an Invisible Plane

Wonder Woman has been jetting around in an invisible plane since 1942. Now, sometime this century, the rest of us non-superheros might be able to do so, as well.

Not for those with easily-induced vertigo, a future Airbus passenger plane would have the ability to turn its fuselage (the main body of the airplane) completely transparent. Next time your captain turns on the fasten seatbelt light, he or she might next announce that the cabin is about to…disappear from sight!

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Study Habits

Everything you know about how to study properly is probably wrong. So says a recent article in the New York Times by science writer Benedict Carey. There is, he writes, no empirical evidence that grinding study schedules, quiet work spaces, and hard-set goals help students learn.

“We walk around with all sorts of unexamined beliefs about what works that are mistaken,” Robert A. Bjork, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, tells Carey.

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Chainless Bicycle Prevents Hassle and Mess

Some people choose not to ride a bicycle to work or school because it would simply be too inconvenient; not every place has a bike rack outside, and sometimes the chain grease can make for a messy commute.

Well, now you don’t have to worry about those problems, thanks to a new chainless bike that can be easily disassembled.

Designed by Hungarian engineers, the Stringbike uses two steel cables attached to pulleys, which move on swinging discs as you pedal. The discs replace a traditional round gear system, and they can be changed depending on your needs.

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