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Airplanes have a secret engine hidden in the tail

Check out any average commercial jetliner. If you look close enough, you'll noticed that it has a hole on the back of the tail.<p>It's called the auxiliary power unit, and it's the smallest engine on the plane. But that doesn't mean it serves a small purpose.<p>It provides the necessary power to start …

Engines

This new Airbus jet gives you a view of the sky above

For the vast majority of air travelers, a jet is just a big metal tube that delivers you to your eventual destination, but for wealthy among us, a …

Food & Dining

Flying cars: closer than you think

Stuck in ground-level traffic gridlock, many of us will have looked to the skies and dreamt of using the space above to fly to our destination. …

Flying Car

Watch Kitty Hawk’s early test pilots learn to love the flying motorbike

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a sort of a flying car except it’s not a car at all – it’s much more like a flying ATV, which is probably more legitimately all-terrain than most. Linguistics aside, it’s a very cool piece of tech that’s backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, and it’s already in the …

Flying Car

Airbus says a ride in its 'flying car' will cost the same as a regular taxi — here's a first glimpse of what's to come

Airbus is inching closer to the very first test flight of its electric aircraft and says a ride in the vehicle will be as cheap "as taking a taxi" per mile.<p>Airbus' Silicon Valley arm is developing a flying taxi as part of an effort to alleviate congestion by taking commuting to the skies. Zach …

Aviation

AeroMobil 3.0 - official video

AeroMobil 3.0 prototype Test Flight 2015-03-23

Robotic drone bee pollinates flowers

Japanese researchers demonstrated how a tiny remote-controlled drone could help bees pollinate flowers in areas where bees populations have been …

Drones

Robot goes rogue after being handed the controls to a drone

Robots controlling robots; what could possibly go wrong ?<p>One bemused owner found out when he allowed his pet robot to take control of a …

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Acer Aspire S7 review (2013): the second time's a charm for Acer's flagship Ultrabook

It wasn't easy writing a conclusion (much less a headline) for our original Acer Aspire S7-391 review. The company's third Ultrabook was near-perfect, with a stunning full HD display, exceptionally fast performance, an extra-light chassis and one of the most sophisticated designs we'd seen on any …

Pangolins: why this cute prehistoric mammal is facing extinction

The pangolin’s body armour protects it from all known predators – except man. Martin Fletcher travels to Vietnam, where the unique animal is being eaten to extinction<p>A what? A pangolin. It’s the only mammal in the world that is completely covered in scales. It looks like an artichoke on legs. Or a …

Drool Over Every Detail of the McLaren F1 LM

Talk about a rare car. Only one prototype and five customer cars were ever produced.<p>With only 106 examples ever produced, the McLaren F1 is a incredibly rare and tremendously valuable car regardless of which version it is. But some F1s are a bit more rare than others. Take the F1 LM, for example. …

Sports Cars

Daimler leads $17.2M round in rolling delivery drone startup Starship Technologies

Daimler has led a new $17.2 million funding round in Starship Technologies, a startup created by Skype founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, the WSJ reports. The round will help U.K.-based Starship expand its efforts to bring rolling drone deliveries to city sidewalks around the world.<p>Starship’s …

Drones

This $4,000 robot could end your days of shoveling snow

The milder-than-average temperatures across most of the U.S. last winter gave homeowners a reprieve from the monotony of shoveling snow. Not so …

Home Ownership

Sunflower's Personal Drone Security Guard Will Protect Your Home From Above

While home security systems are great, most only cover the inside of your house. That might take care of you in a pinch, but wouldn’t you rather be …

Security

Yet Another F-35 Fighter Catches Fire

The incident did at least two million dollars in damage.<p>A Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter caught fire in mid-air, causing at least two million dollars in damage to the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely and the pilot was unharmed. It's the third fire for the controversial jet.<p>The incident …

Still waiting for your Mavic Pro drone to arrive? DJI says it’s working on it

Two compact, foldable quadcopters – DJI’s Mavic Pro and GoPro’s Karma – hit the drone market in quick succession last month, but it soon became clear …

Drones

The Dobby is a tiny selfie drone with some big features (hands-on)

It takes photos, records video and folds up to fit in your pocket when you're done.<p>The Dobby selfie drone is small. At least, it's small enough to fit in your pocket. It's cheap. At least, it's cheap compared to its competitors. And it packs in features like 4K video recording, image stabilization, …

Drones

Mitsuku chatbot wins Loebner Prize for most humanlike A.I., yet again

With all the hustle and bustle going on in the world of chatbots at the moment, one crucial event that is very relevant to the future of A.I. has gone relatively unnoticed. If you are interested in chatbots and A.I., you may have heard about the Loebner Prize, which was created by Hugh Loebner and …

Milton Keynes now has self-driving cars (sort of)

Milton Keynes, a city known for its grid-like road system and roundabouts, now has autonomous cars.<p>The LUTZ Pathfinder autonomous car, built by the …

Driverless Cars

Mustang And Lamborghini-Inspired Xbox Consoles Up For Grabs

Xbox is celebrating the launch of Forza Horizon 3 by giving away two bespoke Xbox One consoles, one in Australia and one in France. <br>The most …

Forza Horizon

Microsoft's Giving Away This Custom Audi R8 Xbox One Console - The Drive

Microsoft’s Giving Away This Custom Audi R8 Xbox One Console<p>Hopefully with an apology.<p>Microsoft Germany via Facebook<p>Max PrinceView Max Prince's …

Audi R8