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Taxi Fabric Turns Cabs into Traveling Art

Designers bring their visions to taxi interiors and completely change the experience of riding in a cab.<p>Imagine sliding into a taxi and realizing, once you settle down, that you are sitting on top of a bright blue landscape with carefully painted horses leaping across the seat. In front of you, the …

Secret Air Force Space Plane Gets Darth Vader-Style Engine

For secret reasons, like turning in secret directions<p>The Air Force’s secret robot space plane is going to try out a new engine. The X-37B has so far spent a total of 1367 days tooling around in Earth’s orbit, doing classified things. Yesterday, the Air Force Research Lab announced that on its …

Military

Russia's Big Plan To Finally Put Cosmonauts on the Moon

Making sense of the latest shakeup at Roscosmos.<p>The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, typically celebrates the new year in a traditional Russian fashion: With a two-week bash lasting through Orthodox Christmas and up to January 14. But this year, things were a little more subdued. Workers building …

Pentagon weapons tester calls F-35 evaluation into question

By Christian Davenport<p>Christian Davenport<p>Reporter covering the defense and space industries<p>Email Bio Follow<p>When the Marine Corps put its version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through a series of tests aboard an amphibious assault ship last spring, officials said that the aircraft performed so …

Military

Jeff Bezos-Owned Blue Origin To Build And Launch Rockets On Florida’s Space Coast

Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, announced Tuesday that it was building a manufacturing facility on Florida’s Space Coast, just south of the Kennedy Space Center, and would be launching from there “later this decade.” The company is investing at least $200 million …

The challenges of building a hypersonic airliner

Could an airliner that flies anywhere in under three hours be in service by 2030?<p>“It is a magic aircraft… the pleasure of flying in it is almost a carnal one.” So said Joelle Cornet-Templet, a chief stewardess for Air France, about Concorde: one of the world’s first supersonic civilian airplanes, …

Take a Ride in the First Airplane That Anyone Can Fly

Aircraft startup Icon has begun selling the A5, its eight-years-in-the-making amphibious sports plane.<p>After almost a decade of anticipation, research and development, rigorous test flights, and $100 million in costs, Icon Aircraft, a consumer plane manufacturer based in Vacaville, California, has …

Microwave-powered rockets could be a game changer for space travel

Escape Dynamics, a start-up in Colorado, recently tested a prototype of their new rocket engine. But instead of launching a rocket powered with …

'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed<p>Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.<p>…

16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Leaves Jon Stewart Speechless With Comment About Pacifism

<i>Editor's note [6/18/2015]: Pakistani activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will appear on the Daily Show for the second time on June 18, 2015, at 11 ET.</i><p>Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for womens rights and access to education, appeared on the Daily Show …

Russia's newest armored vehicle swims and picks its own shots

Russia's latest armored prototype was recently spotted rehearsing for the nation's upcoming May 9th Victory Day parade following more than half a decade of top-secret development. Dubbed the Kurganets BMP-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), this amphibious personnel carrier has been designed to …

Cold War

White Label App for Hip-Hop Should be Made for Every Genre

White Label is a music discovery app that charts the most popular hip-hop being listened to and discussed online daily.<p>The app works by monitoring engagement between Twitter and SoundCloud hourly, allowing you to scroll down from a song you are playing to see ongoing discussions via Twitter. You …