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The electric aircraft is taking off

In 2008, the electric motor vehicle experienced a rebirth triggered by a rise in oil prices. Now in 2018, it is the time for another rebirth — in electrical aviation. Over the decades, advances have been made across the aviation field and on all fronts. In 1986, Burt Rutan made the first non-stop, …

This man never served, but got nearly $200,000 in VA benefits

A South Carolina man pleaded guilty Wednesday of defrauding Veterans Affairs out of nearly $200,000 after falsely claiming to have served in …

NASA’s electric X-plane soars closer to its first flight

Despite once appearing to be a far off dream, electric transportation is largely commonplace today. Sales of Tesla cars are already surpassing that of their gas powered competitors, electric boats are sailing the seas and even electric buses are displacing traditional gas powered mass transit.<p>While …

We took an exclusive ride in a flying car

"It's as easy to use as playing Minecraft," Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun said as we watched my colleague Rachel Crane pull on a motorcycle helmet.<p>Rachel and I had just flown into Las Vegas for an exclusive first look at the Silicon Valley single-seat flying machine, Flyer.<p>Kitty Hawk, funded by …

Flying Car

Siemens electric plane prototype caught on fire in the air before crashing and killing both occupants

Electric flight just had a major setback after a tragic fatal accident last week in Hungary.<p>One of the few all-electric airplane prototypes in operation today, Siemens and Magnus’ eFusion, crashed near Budapest during a test flight last week – killing both the pilot and a passenger.<p>We first …

U.S., Allies Strike Syrian Targets in Response to Regime’s Chemical Attacks

U.S., French and British forces struck targets in Syria as punishment for Syrian leader Bashar Assad using chemical weapons against his own people.

Middle East

Pentagon acknowledges US contractor presence in Syria for first time

The US military revealed in a new report that some 5,500 contractors are helping fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

RNC fundraiser resigns after report of $1.6 million Playmate payoff

GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy has stepped down as Republican National Committee deputy finance chair, according to three people familiar with the matter.<p>The departure followed reports on Friday afternoon that in 2017, President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen had negotiated a $1.6 million …

Donald Trump

Secretive spyware: APD using tech to snag cell phone information

Cell phones typically send information to a nearby cell tower, including calls, texts and the owner's location. The stingray instead tricks phones …

Remington, one of America's oldest gun makers, files for bankruptcy

Remington Outdoor Brands has filed for bankruptcy.<p>The bankruptcy filing allows Remington to stay in business and keep making guns while restructuring its massive debt. The company plans to reduce its debt by $620 million through the Chapter 11 process.<p>The company said, when it first announced its …

Guns

Teen with Down syndrome 'distraught' after he's allegedly stripped of Boy Scout badges

The father of a boy who has Down syndrome is suing the Boys Scouts of America for allegedly blocking his son from becoming an Eagle Scout and …

Ford is investing in Desktop Metal, a 3-D printing start-up

Ford is leading a $65 million venture investment in Desktop Metal, a start-up that wants to give U.S. manufacturing a boost with its 3-D metal …

IBM just unveiled the ‘world’s smallest computer’

IBM is kicking off its IBM Think 2018 conference this week with “5 in 5,” a collection of IBM Research inventions and technologies “that could change our lives in the next five years.” If you want to hear a large corporation tell you about AI, blockchain, and quantum computing all in the same …

Pipistrel Surges Electric Airplane Production

Although electric airplanes still inhabit a regulatory backwater, Slovenian-based Pipistrel Aircraft is boosting its production of battery-powered …

This 3D Printed House Goes Up in a Day for Under $10,000

There aren’t a ton of ways to build a house other than the way houses have always been built, which is to say, by putting up four walls then adding a …

Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat, Giving Democrats a Map for Trump Country

Conor Lamb, a Democrat and former Marine, scored a razor-thin but extraordinary upset in a special House election in southwestern Pennsylvania after a few thousand absentee ballots cemented a Democratic victory in the heart of President Trump’s Rust Belt base.<p>The Republican candidate, Rick Saccone, …

Republicans

Farewell Toys R Us, We Will Miss You

The latest headlines aren’t looking good for the toy industry, or the real estate industry for that matter.<p>Some companies (think Amazon, Walmart and Target, namely) are expected to benefit from the demise of Toys R Us, but it looks like a staple shop of my children’s lives could soon be nothing but …

World’s first 3D-printed camper trailer breaks records

And it only took nine days<p>It may seem futuristic, but 3D printing is one of the hottest tech trends making its way into your home. From printing houses to manufacturing intricate ceramics, there will likely come a time when many of the things we use and live in are built with a 3D printer.<p>Just …

Hands-on with Android P—Is this the beginning of a new design language?

We play "spot the differences" with the Android P Developer Preview.<p>Android P Developer Preview is out this week, and the whole Android community is …

Android News

No Huge Energy Storage Breakthrough Needed For Renewable Energy To Flourish

<b>Published on</b> March 4th, 2018 | <i>by Jake Richardson</i><p>0<p>March 4th, 2018 by <b>Jake Richardson</b><p><i>This article is part of our “CleanTechnica Answer Box” collection.</i> …

Putin, before vote, unveils 'invincible' nuclear weapons to counter West

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.<p>Putin was speaking ahead of an election on March 18 that polls …

Russia

Rising bond yields stomp out stock rally after Fed report confuses market

Stocks and bonds duked it out over how to interpret the Fed's latest minutes, and it seems the bond market is winning.<p>The Federal Reserve signaled in …

Drop Everything, Japan's Aspark Owl Electric Hypercar Just Did 0-60 In 1.9 Seconds

Time and space have seemingly been bent, and it was a small engineering firm in Japan that made it happen. Until today, the idea of a sub-2-second …

Before They Can Take Off, Flying Cars Must Defeat Bureaucracy

At 8:52 on the morning of January 31, eight buzzing rotors lifted a black bubble of an aircraft off the ground for the first time. About 20 feet from …

A NASA Observatory Just Saw a Total Solar Eclipse ... in Space!

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured gorgeous views of a total solar eclipse on Sunday (Feb. 11), making the mission's birthday even …

Military added 4,000 veterans to gun ban list after Texas church shooting

Dishonorable discharge records quietly added to background check system after veteran with domestic violence conviction killed dozens<p>In the weeks after a US air force veteran murdered 26 people with a gun he should not have been able to buy, thousands of records that barred dishonorably discharged …

Guns

This Photo of a Single Trapped Atom Is Absolutely Breathtaking

It looks incredible when zoomed in.<p>At the very centre of the image above is something incredible - a single, positively-charged strontium atom, …

Solar Panel Prices Continue Falling Quicker Than Expected

<b>Published on</b> February 11th, 2018 | <i>by Zachary Shahan</i><p>0<p>February 11th, 2018 by <b>Zachary Shahan</b><p>Solar power prices have been dropping faster than people …

Solar Power