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SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket after launching military satellite

The company’s fourth ground landing<p>This morning, SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground again, after launching the vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The vehicle’s first stage — the 14-story core of the rocket that contains the main engines — touched down at the company’s …

We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

Too Cold<p>For years, scientists have been baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years across. …

Flying car successfully completes maiden flight

An electric flying car that promises to revolutionise how we travel has completed its maiden test flight in Germany.<p>Lilium, the company developing the jet-propelled vehicle, says it could eventually change the face of transport by allowing passengers to rapidly travel through cities or commute long …

Aerospace
Singularity

A Flying Taxi Service Will Soar Through the Skies by 2018

Flying to the Future<p>Who doesn’t love flying cars? Almost every science-fiction flick that’s set in the future features flying vehicles, which shows …

The iPhone 7 Has Arbitrary Software Locks That Prevent Repair

The home button is no longer swappable, a concerning move for people who think they actually own the electronics they buy.<p>Apple has taken new and extreme measures to make the iPhone unrepairable.<p>The company is now using software locks to prevent independent repair of specific parts of the phone. …

Mobile Technology

A Tumor-Zapping Electric Cap Doubled the Survival Rate of Cancer Patients

Wearable Cancer Treatment<p>A concept that seems almost purely science fiction may actually be an effective therapy for combating cancer. A five-year …

Flexible Thermoelectric Fabric Lets You Power Devices Using Your Body Heat

Heating Up<p>While researchers tinker away at making us part cyborg — or otherwise enhanced humans — scientists at Purdue University are working to make …

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

Genetics

Just How Good Is China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter?

The fifth-generation fighter should be fully operational by 2019 at the latest.<p>China's first stealth fighter, the Chengdu J-20, "has the potential to provide China with a variety of previously unavailable air combat options and enhance its capability to project power." That's the conclusion of the …

Aerospace