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Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down on Syrian Border

Russian authorities have announced that one of its Su-24 strike jets has “crashed on Syrian territory, having been hit from the ground” while flying …

Military Aircraft

U.S. Navy destroyer nears islands built by China in South China Sea | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday sent a guided-missile destroyer to challenge 12-nautical-mile territorial limits that China claims around artificial islands it built in the South China Sea.<p>USS Lassen (DDG 82), (R) transits in formation with ROKS Sokcho (PCC 778) during exercise …

Rare Ferrari Enzo Prototype for Sale, You Have to See It

For sale now through German Ferrari specialists Modena Motorsport is a one-of-a-kind patchwork beauty, a 348-based test mule used to develop what would become the iconic Ferrari Enzo. The prototype would be an incredible addition to any Ferrari collector’s stable—a true piece of prancing horse …

Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster

In what amounts to a back-to-school gift for pupils with nerdier leanings, researchers have added a fresh line to the cosmic address of humanity. No longer will a standard home address followed by "the Earth, the solar system, the Milky Way, the universe" suffice for aficionados of the extended …

NASA’s Latest Space Drive Breaks The Laws Of Physics

It is one of the most fundamental laws of physics: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We all learned it in high school. It’s a principle we use every day, just by existing. And it might just have been proven to be completely wrong in a lab.<p>This requires some explaining. Space travel …

Could We Ever Build an Artificial World?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Death Star and replica planets.<p><b>Name:</b> Artificial world<p><b>Selected Science Fiction Portrayals:</b> The two Death Stars from the <i>Star</i> …

Engineering

2016 Acura NSX Spy Photos: Finally Nearing Its Release

Honda's long-awaited supercar laps the 'Ring, changes shape again.<p><b>What It Is:</b> The latest and most production-ready version of the upcoming NSX supercar spotted yet. It will be sold as a Honda in most of the world and peddled here as an Acura. We’ve seen a plethora of NSX concepts since the first …

California company reinvents the rotary engine

Addresses shortcomings of past rotaries while promising better power and efficiency.<p>The rotary engine could be on the verge of a revolution.<p>California startup GoTek Energy has received a patent for a new type of motor – one that addresses some of the shortcomings of past rotaries, while promising …

U.S. Finds No Direct Link to Russia in Downing of MH17

The United States has found no direct link between the Russian government and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week, three senior intelligence officials said Tuesday.<p>The officials repeated their belief that pro-Russian separatists fired the missile that took out the jetliner over …

Scientists baffled by appearance of giant crater in Siberia

Mysterious hole discovered in remote tundra in Siberia leaves Russian scientists looking for answers<p>It is a barren landscape so remote that even the locals call it "the end of the world." Now the bleak tundra of Russia's remote Yamal peninsula has been scarred by a vast crater that has left …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Blackphone preorders ship; new orders to open 7/14

Blackphone, a privacy-obsessed smartphone developed in response to Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of Americans' phone records, started shipping Monday.<p>The $629 phone, created as a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, was unveiled …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Nature and man

One frame from a time lapse of the Milky Way, with some light pollution and fast-moving cloud cover … and an iridium flare.<p>Mike Taylor in Maine …

New superconductor sets world record, packing three tons of force into the size of a golf ball

Scientists at the University of Cambridge broke a decade-old superconducting record<p>Scientists at the University of Cambridge packed a 17.6 Tesla magnetic field into a crystal about the size of a golf ball, breaking a decade-old world record. That magnetic field strength -- 17.6 Tesla -- is around …

Watch This Nissan 240SX Set A New RWD Record In The Mt. Washington Climb To The Clouds: Video

The hillclimb is a dying art in North America, thanks to a litigious public and an unreasoning disregard for rally-style motorsports. But at Mt. …