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Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Bugatti hit the water

The late Roger Moore’s James Bond was apparently out of love with Aston Martin during 1977’s <i>The Spy Who Loved Me</i>, preferring instead to dally with …

Carbon Fiber

On board the Maxi 72 – monohull racing’s most extreme machine

Travelling at well over 20 knots in the stiff Caribbean breeze during this year’s Les Voiles de St Barth regatta, the bow of Sorcha, our 16-tonne …

Sailing

The US Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

Plenty of people around the world got new gadgets Friday, but one in Eastern Tennessee stands out. Summit, a new supercomputer unveiled at Oak Ridge …

Machine Learning

Scientists say cost of sucking carbon from thin air could tumble | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - High costs of extracting greenhouse gases from thin air could tumble with new technologies that can help to combat climate change, scientists said on Thursday.<p>FILE PHOTO - A facility for capturing CO2 from air of Swiss Climeworks AG is placed on the roof of a waste incinerating …

Carbon Dioxide

Crypto's 32-Year-Old Billionaire Mining King Considers an IPO

With his baby face, eyeglasses and go-to outfit of T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, Jihan Wu looks more like a geeky teenager than a self-made …

Cryptocurrency

Half of all patents for genes from marine species owned by one company

A single corporation owns half of all existing patents for genes from marine species, according to a new study.<p>Researchers found that nearly every …

Sustainable Development Goals

A decade after debut, first A380 jumbos to be broken up | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A German investment company said on Tuesday it would strip two unwanted Airbus A380 superjumbo passenger jets for parts after failing to find an airline willing to keep them flying following a decision by Singapore Airlines not to keep them in service.<p>An Airbus A380 aircraft is …

Aviation

Airbus' H160 Helicopter Helps Save Pilots from Their Own Mistakes

In most helicopters, turning upside down is somewhat alarming, since it’s the sort of thing that usually precedes a crash. In the new Airbus …

Aviation

U.S. Commandos Have Their Own Mobile, Modular Workshops

High-tech Mobile Technology Repair Complexes can build or repair equipment in the field.<p>U.S. Special Operations Forces operate a fleet of portable, rapidly deployable field workshops that can repair, manufacture, or even improve equipment in the field. The workshops, known as Mobile Technology …

Military

A revolution in farming

On a recent walk one afternoon in Manhattan, I stumbled upon a shipping container. Parked on a small patch of concrete next to a subway exit in Soho, …

Aquaponics

Commentary: What are critical minerals and what is the US going to do about them? | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - NioCorp Developments, which is in the process of raising financing for a minerals project in Nebraska, has just seen its Toronto-listed shares surge from C$0.52 to $0.70 in the space of two days thanks to the U.S. government.<p>File photo: An employee works with a titanium ingot at …

National Security

The impact of Masayoshi Son’s $100bn tech fund will be profound - The Son kingdom

HERMAN NARULA named his company Improbable for a business plan so outlandish and fraught with computing problems that only two outcomes are …

Remittances to Africa cost far too much—more competition would change that

In 2018, about $40 billion will be sent to Sub-Saharan African countries from people working abroad. They will be charged exorbitantly. It doesn’t have to be this way.<p>A recently released World Bank report shows that the cost of sending remittances to Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be far higher …

Economic Development

Financial inclusion is making great strides - Exclusive access

Special report<p>Exclusive accessFinancial inclusion is making great strides<p>AS THE EBOLA virus was devastating parts of west Africa in 2014, Sierra …

Airbus Combines Satellites, Planes, and Drones for a New View of the World

You may know Airbus as that Boeing competitor that also makes planes, but the European company is in fact an defense and aerospace giant that makes …

Russia's Floating Nuclear Power Plant Sets Sail

The Akademik Lomonosov will soon be powering 100,000 residents on Russia's east coast.<p>While the threat of a meltdown is scary, fossil fuel kills thousands every year and nuclear power is one of the best alternatives. But nuclear plants are also incredibly difficult and expensive to build. Even …

Smaller, Cheaper Nuclear Reactors Are on the Way

Thanks to new regulatory approval, so-called modular reactors can finally start replacing old fossil fuel plants.<p>As the U.S. moves away from fossil fuels with renewable energy like wind and solar taking its place, one cleaner alternative has been largely ignored: nuclear power. Over the last 20 …

Born in a dishwasher drawer, an Italian spin on currency mining | Reuters

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Two Italian entrepreneurs are raising up to 20 million euros ($25 million) as they try to carve out a new niche in crypto-currency mining - a dream that began in a dishwasher drawer.<p>A "Mining rig" computer server is pictured in Bitminer Factory in Florence, Italy, April …

Mud near this small Japanese island could change the global economy

<b>(CNN) —</b> A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan's economic future. How huge? One economist called it a "game changer." The researchers who helped find it said it had "tremendous potential."<p>It's mud. A whole bunch of mud -- an estimated 16 million …

Houston Mechatronics Raises $20M to Bring NASA Expertise to Transforming Robot Submersibles

Engineers from NASA's Robonaut and Valkyrie projects team up with industry veterans to develop transforming underwater vehicles Image: HMIDeep ocean …

Robotics

Saudi Arabia Pushes to Use Solar Power for Desalination Plants

With photovoltaic costs dropping, oil states turn to solar power to desalinate their water Photo: Chip Hires/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images Photo: Chip …

Meet the All-American Omega Rocket, the Next Contender to Launch Air Force Satellites

Orbital ATK announced the name of its next-gen rocket.<p>The competition for future Air Force launches is heating up as more companies vie for their share of the 21st century rocket launch market. Yesterday, one of the big players, Orbital ATK, announced the name of its newest rocket: Omega.<p>This …

The Rocket Fuel Rivalry Shaping the Future of Spaceflight

The red-hot debate over rocket fuel inside a bastion of solid fuel power.<p>Rocket science, it turns out, is no different from the rest of society. People have divided themselves up into two tribes.<p>When it comes to space launches, there are two basic options for rocket fuel, solid and liquid. Solid …

SpaceX gets approval to develop its BFR rocket and spaceship system at Port of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve a permit that allows SpaceX to build and operate a facility at the Port of L.A. to develop its BFR rocket and spaceship system.<p>The formal approval came days after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that SpaceX would …

AI companies spot a business opportunity in space

Innovation, massive investment and lower costs are fueling a new commercial space race.<p>One area that's booming? Geospatial analytics, an industry where satellites are used to track everything from retail footfall to food production.<p>Companies working on the technology have attracted big money. …

Does the U.S. Stand a Chance Against Russia's Icebreakers?

Entire Arctic shipping routes, once thought impassable, are becoming major economic channels, and icebreakers are making it possible.<p>The world is warming, and nowhere is this more evident than in the melting Arctic. As once-impassable sea ice becomes less formidable, countries are upgrading …

How U.S. Special Forces Get Their Armored Pickups

These pickup trucks don’t look any different but can pack nearly two tons of armor.<p>U.S. special forces don't just ride around in any old truck. Their vehicles, which may appear normal from the outside, are anything but. A new video shows how one company takes civilian pickup trucks and SUVs common …

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: From ships to satellites

As last year drew to a close, I had the enviable opportunity to travel to Japan and tour several of the facilities within the Mitsubishi Heavy …

New vending machines in Malaysia will help people exchange their plastic waste for gold

One man's trash can end up being his gold too.<p>HelloGold is launching 500 vending machines across Malaysia that convert plastic bottles and aluminum cans to investment-grade gold.<p>The Southeast Asian fintech company has teamed up with Malaysia's reverse-vending machine (RVM) company KLEAN to bring …

Lockheed Martin Now Has a Patent For Its Potentially World Changing Fusion Reactor

When it first announced the project, the company said it could have a working prototype of the revolutionary power source as early as 2019.<p>Lockheed …