Alex Mahnke

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Blue Origin Rocket Booster Survives Test Launch, Defies Odds

A triple success for today's launch<p>The reusable rocket booster that made history has survived to see another day. Blue Origin's New Shepard booster, which became the first rocket to launch into suborbital space and then come back for a vertical landing in November 2015, was expected to explode in a …

Space Travel

14 psychological tricks to get people to do what you want

Psychological research suggests there are plenty of ways to motivate people to do what you want — without them even realizing you've persuaded them.<p>We've rounded up 11 science-backed strategies for getting people to like you, to buy stuff, and to give you what you're after.<p>All of them will leave …

China Sells A New Laser Gun

The Low Altitude Guard II can shoot down drones and aircraft with its 30 kilowatt laser<p>At the Africa Aerospace and Defense 2016 tradeshow in South Africa, Poly Technologies revealed new details about its lethal laser gun, the Low Altitude Guard II.<p>Built as a joint venture by the Chinese Academy of …

Military

23 successful people who wake up incredibly early

Waking up with (or before) the sun allows executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook and "Shark Tank" investor Kevin O'Leary to get a head start on the day, knocking out tasks before the rest of the world has rolled out of bed.<p>Those "extra" hours with less distractions and fresh energy also give them a …

Steve Aoki Is Getting Cryogenically Frozen

He was inspired by influential technologist Ray Kurzweil to make the move.<p>EDM celebrity Steve Aoki's Netflix documentary <i>I'll Sleep When I'm Dead</i> only just came out this past Friday, August 19, but he's already throwing the accuracy of its title into question with the recent revelation that he's …

Which Brands Of Hard Drive Are Most Likely To Fail?

A new analysis points fingers<p>The shelf life for the average drive is about four years, according to research by data storage company Backblaze.<p>The company’s latest analysis of more than 60,000 hard drives details which brands of drive fail with greater frequency. This isn't a sweeping investigation …

Schadenfreude

Insane Startup Wants to Create a Man-Made Meteor Shower For the 2020 Olympics

In today’s ‘I can’t believe they’ve been funded’ news, a startup called Star-ALE wants to create a man-made meteor shower over the city of Tokyo for …

Scientists made see-through wood that's stronger than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. "We were very surprised by how …

Space architecture: Six buildings for the final frontier

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Mars has captured the world's attention recently, but space agencies around the globe haven't forgotten that there's a whole slew of other planets out there. And with continued planetary exploration, of course, comes the necessity to set up bases that can support life, research and …

Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs

Ever since the EU restricted sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs, homeowners have complained about the shortcomings of their energy-efficient replacements.<p>The clinical white beam of LEDs and frustrating time-delay of ‘green’ lighting has left many hankering after the instant, bright warm …

Living Rooms

The 10 Worst Entrepreneurs of 2015

The biggest risk all of you face as you try to make it in the business world is that you buy into the massive hype of the entrepreneurial craze and …

Elon Musk calls Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard,’ warns of the complexities of car manufacturing

Apple’s so-called “poaching war” with Tesla has been a hot topic for the company’s CEO Elon Musk and in a recent interview, Musk fired even more shots at Apple. Speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Musk voiced his lack of concern regarding Apple’s tendency to hire Tesla engineers and …

Tesla

The Department of Defense plans to unveil its Iron Man-style TALOS suit in 2018

Taking a page directly out of Marvel's Iron Man franchise, the United States Department of Defense announced it's just two years away from debuting the innovative and futuristic Tactical Light Operator Suit, or TALOS. Designed to increase the strength, mobility, and (most of all) safety of Special …

Dark, star-filled skies draw visitors to national parks, survey finds

What do you look for in a vacation -- rest and relaxation? Gorgeous vistas? Cultural experiences? How about a view of the cosmos?<p>A new study suggests that gazing upon a naturally dark sky that is unpolluted by artificial light plays a significant role in visitors' enjoyment of national parks.<p>"There …

Sphero BB-8 teardown reveals its robot tech inside the rolling 'Star Wars' droid

The Sphero BB-8 toy may not be powered by the Force, but Bill Detwiler cracks this rolling robot open to show you the tech inside.<p>" Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters this December, but you don't have to wait until then to get up close and personal with one of the movie's new …

Robotics

A British Man Built A Chariot Out Of Drones

Just look at this thing<p>“Never intended for making a significant journey or flying much above head height” reads the disclaimer below the video of “Swarm Man.” The aircraft looks improbable - the kind of machine a middle schooler would sketch out, then attempt to build from old childhood toys. It …

Drones

The Future Is African

Barrett Nash Contributor<p>Barrett Nash is the co-founder of Rwanda-based SafeMotos.<p>This is a call to action for the dreamers of the world.<p>Imagine being in a market where more people live in a high-speed mobile Internet zone than have electricity. Where farmers with $50 Android 5.0 smartphones use …

Indiegogo Sets Sights On ‘Holy Grail’ Of Crowdfunding

The site is hoping to take things to the next level.<p>Indiegogo is eyeing its next milestone.<p>The site, along with many in the startup industry, awaits a federal ruling on equity crowdfunding, which would allow crowdfunding campaign supporters to invest in startups through equity.<p>Currently, people can …

Crowd Funding

Can This Startup Make The Ultimate Ethical T-Shirt?

Zady is trying to prove that it’s possible to manufacture clothing that’s good for workers and the environment–and at a reasonable cost.<p>How do you make a T-shirt that does no harm?<p>It’s not a simple challenge. Growing cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop in the world, and processing the …

How To Build A Home Fusion Reactor

The tale of a teen physics prodigy<p>The Boy Who Played With Fusion <i>had its beginnings in 2010 when, as a contributing editor at PopSci, I discovered a small and unusual community of makers, high-energy hobbyists who were taking on both the formidable theory and the precision engineering of applied</i> …

Nuclear Energy

Stanford Scientists Develop A Computer That Runs Using Water Droplets

Imagine a computer that instead of transferring data around a circuitboard, transfers physical matter. Now imagine that the physical matter is in …

Apple is finally fixing the reason your Mac and iPhone's Wi-Fi sucks

Noticed your iPhone and Mac’s Wi-Fi weren’t so good over the last year? You’re not alone, and Apple is finally fixing it, albeit quietly.<p>If you’re wondering exactly what happened, there are a few moving parts. First, you need to understand what the Domain Name System (DNS) does.<p>Each computer on the …

Domain Names

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

Watch A Tiny Robot Pull Something Nearly 2,000 Times Its Size [Video]

Do you even lift?<p>Could you pull a blue whale across a beach? How about scale a skyscraper carrying an elephant on your back? Of course you can't. But it would be really awesome if you could, right?<p>Tiny robots built by members of the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab at Stanford University …

Robotics

Airtame wants to be the Chromecast for enterprises

Streaming dongles are all the rage, with the likes of Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku Stick, and Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter all vying for your hard-earned dollars. So when a newcomer from a young startup enters the fray, it’s difficult to get too excited by the …

Startups

The Magnetic Elevator Of The Future Is Almost Here

One company has seen this technological change and applied it to elevators.<p>German company ThyssenKrupp has announced that the era of lifts being winched up by cables is over - the future is magnets.<p>The firm has invented a cable-free elevator system that can move cabins horizontally as well as …

Google admits that advertisers wasted their money on more than half of internet ads

Online advertising is a fickle thing. It accounts for 20% of the ad industry’s total spending, and over 90% of revenue for the internet giants Google and Facebook. That said, no one seems to have any idea whether it actually works.<p>That uncertainty reached a new high this week, as Google announced …

Digital Advertising

12 Brilliant Ways to Use a Dehydrator

Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth are both dedicated to classic Southern dishes as well as addicted to modern technology. Here, they share a …

Jaguar's smart windshield will eliminate blind spots

It's hard to spot every possible road hazard. Mirrors and cameras will show what's behind you, but your car's roof pillars can still hide careless pedestrians and aggressive drivers. They won't be issues if Jaguar's 360-degree Virtual Urban Windscreen comes to fruition. The update to the company's …