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China: the new space superpower

For years, its space programme was shrouded in secrecy. Now, with plans for lunar and Mars missions, and crowds at its launch sites, China is ready for liftoff<p>At 8pm Beijing time on 25 June this year the tropical darkness over China’s Hainan province was temporarily banished by a blinding orange …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk leads Tesla effort to build house roofs entirely out of solar panels

In latest clean energy plan, Tesla purchases SolarCity to make solar ‘shingles’: ‘It’s not a thing on the roof. It is the roof,’ CEO says<p>A new venture spearheaded by Elon Musk will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions.<p>Tesla has …

Solar Panels

The Large Hadron Collider Is Back, And Set to Flip The Science World on Its Head

You ain’t seen nothing yet.<p>The world’s largest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has only been around for eight years, and it’s …

New evidence suggests bigger 100 kWh battery for Tesla Model S and Model X

Increased battery size could boost Model S range to 380 miles<p>New evidence has emerged that Tesla is preparing to release a 100 kWh battery option for its Model S and Model X cars. Both vehicles currently offer 90 kWh batteries as their largest capacity, and the increased size would boost their …

Tesla

The world’s largest aircraft ’Airlander 10’ now prepares to take off

<b>The world's largest aircraft 'Airlander 10' has finally completed its hangar tests to take off after the completion of all indoor testing. British</b> …

Aviation

The Greatest New Innovative Technologies of 2016

The World Economic Forum (WEF) and Scientific American have recently joined forces and devised a list of the top ten most innovative technologies of …

World Economic Forum

The Engineering Trick That Keeps Rolls Royce Car Ornaments From Being Stolen

Rolls Royce cars are expensive items, so it wouldn't be surprising if an industrious passerby wanted to hack off a piece of that luxury for …

Hyperloop and our misplaced love of futuristic technology

It’s generally easier to improve transport systems incrementally; Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is another idea that may captivate imaginations but fail to deliver<p>It’s like something out of the 1980s futuristic cartoon show The Jetsons: floating commuter pods are propelled through low-pressure tubes at …

Transportation

This week in patents: Boeing purifies its potties

Mobile devices are increasingly offering multiple high quality cameras. The camera functionality is power intensive which causes the battery to drain quickly.<p>Amazon has solved this problem with an ingenious solution. They have invented a camera that can power itself.<p>The image sensor of the camera …

Bugatti Airplane Replica Final Test Flight Ends In Tragedy, Pilot Killed In Crash

The Bugatti 100P replica project was possibly the finest example of a dream taking flight. But now that dream has crashed into the ground, taking …

In defence of Koryo Air, the world's 'worst' airline

With its ageing fleet, timeworn cabins and flight attendants prone to confiscating the cameras of passengers who ignore its ban on photography, there are very few reasons to commend Air Koryo.<p>Indeed, the North Korean carrier has been named the worst in the world by the aviation website Skytrax for …

What has happened to the Boeing F-15SA?

Boeing, like many other manufacturers, has long been reluctant to speak openly about its projects for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). However, much …

Creator Of Bugatti 100P Replica Dies In Test Crash

The Bugatti 100P was an airplane unique in its use and its existence—it was a one-off project by company founder Ettore Bugatti around the start of …

Navy is on course to send a Blue Angels Hornet jet to the Museum of Flight

One of the F/A-18 Hornet jets used by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels is due to be landing in Seattle’s Museum of Flight … to stay.<p>Word of the deal was …

5 Crazy (Or Not-So-Crazy) Green Aviation Concepts Greenlighted By NASA

<b>Published on</b> August 8th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>0<p>5 Crazy (Or Not-So-Crazy) Green Aviation Concepts Greenlighted By NASA<p>August 8th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>If …

Jetfuel

Five Ways The F-35A Fighter Totally Transforms Air Warfare

The Air Force’s announcement last week that its first squadron of F-35A joint strike fighters has become operational is good news for the Pentagon’s biggest weapons program. If production proceeds as planned, the Air Force will acquire over 40% of the 4,000 F-35s built. The rest will be bought by …

Aviation

13 Secret Codes That Unlock Hidden Features on Your Phone

The USSD protocol allows you to access hidden features you didn't know about right from your smartphone's dialer. But there is some trickiness you'll …

Gadget Thirst Trap: A tattoo robot, a pen that creates 16 million colors, and a booze gadget

<i>Gadget Thirst Trap rounds up the weirdest gadgets of the week that made us thirsty for more. Be sure to follow The Verge on Snapchat for the video edition.</i><p>A tattooing robot<p>The first thing that grabs my attention about this GIF of a robot tattooing a human is the duct tape. That leg is strapped down …

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Tech Dive: Why It’s the Best 911 of Them All

Sports Cars

4 Habits of the Most Resilient People | Inc.com

The truth is that life can be tough, business can be hard-hitting and success comes with challenges. What separates those who can hold their own and keep going in times of adversity is a cluster of habits that center on resilience.<p>Resilience means developing a strong solid level of mental …

Self-help

Death Spiral: 4th Phase of Life May Signal the End Is Near

Biologists separate life into three phases: development, aging and late life. But a growing body of research now suggests that there is a fourth …

Bioengineering

How Fast Is The Universe Expanding? Conflicting Estimates Continue To Fuel Debate

That the universe is expanding is a well known fact. What is less well known is the rate at which this expansion is taking place.<p>Initially, …

These 5 mind-melting thought experiments helped Albert Einstein come up with his most revolutionary scientific ideas

One of Einstein's most defining qualities was his remarkable ability to conceptualize complex scientific ideas by imagining real-life scenarios. He called these scenarios Gedankenexperiments, which is German for thought experiments.<p>Here are a few thought experiments that demonstrate some of …

Apple patents stylus that doubles as a joystick, air mouse

A simple, high-quality pressure-sensitive stylus is all well and good for tablets, but can such a device <i>really</i> meet the needs of a desktop user? That seems to be the question Apple's asking with its latest patent. The company's latest technology patent dreams up a do-everything stylus capable of …

Finding MH370: How algorithms are helping to hone in on the missing plane

More than two years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished almost without a trace, researchers may finally be zooming in on the location of …