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Geography

Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe -- as well as another planet like our own -- are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.<p>That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not …

Model 3 will be Tesla Motors’ electric car for the masses

200 miles of range, a $35,000 price tag, and an arrival date some time in 2017<p>There have been rumors about a low-cost version of Tesla Motors’ …

The classic VW Beetle goes electric

If you want an electric car with some personality, how about a classic Volkswagen Beetle? Not many cars have more personality than that.<p>A man in Southern California is working to turn old Beetles into clean-running all-electric plug-in cars. David Benardo, who has given himself the official title …

In 20 Years, Most New Cars Won't Have Steering Wheels or Pedals

By 2030, most new cars will be made without rearview mirrors, horns, or emergency brakes. By 2035, they won’t have steering wheels or acceleration …

The Future of Moon Exploration, Lunar Colonies and Humanity

A rocket carrying more than a dozen privately built probes touches down on the moon. The robots burst from the vehicle in a race to beam back …

Space Exploration

SpaceX Successfully Tests The Reusability Of Its Falcon 9 Rocket

Last week, when SpaceX successfully launched six Orbcomm satellites on top of its Falcon 9 rocket, the company also tested out its system to attempt a “soft landing” of the first stage of the rocket. This was part of a series of tests that the company is doing in hopes of making the first stage of …

Good news for electric cars: New battery tech uses peroxide to boost energy density by 7X

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs.<p>Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very important — the aim being to make future electric car batteries cheaper, more stable and more energy-dense for longer …

Battery Life 'Holy Grail' Discovered. Phones May Last 300% Longer

It comes top of almost all ‘most wanted’ polls, but manufacturers rarely listen. <i>Battery life</i> has become the great unloved element of the modern smartphone and it has built an entire industry of spares, charge cases, mini power cables and much more as a consequence. But that could all change after …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

China says mining on the moon may help solve the world's energy crisis

Could the moon fuel Earth for 10,000 years? China says mining helium from our satellite may help solve the world's energy crisis<p><b>Helium 3 in dumped on</b> …

UK to Launch Commercial Spaceport by 2018

The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane …

Evidence Of Hidden Ocean Found Deep Below Earth's Mantle

The results of the study will help scientists understand Earth's water cycle, and how plate tectonics moves water between the surface of the planet and interior reservoirs, researchers say.<p>The Earth's mantle is the hot, rocky layer between the planet's core and crust. Scientists have long suspected …

What you need to know about commercial drones

Wondering why you don't see drones everywhere, despite the intention of Amazon and others to deliver <i>all the things</i> with flying robots? Here's why: It's illegal. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doesn't permit filming, crop-spraying, spying, tour-guiding, pizza delivery or any …

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

Is the hoverbike about to become reality?

Those childhood dreams of doing the commute on a Star Wars Speeder Bike might be possible if a revolutionary hoverbike design takes off. (Video above has no sound)<p>Getting from A to B is very rarely boring in the world of science fiction – sadly real life is often a let-down in comparison. We do not …

ATVs

A 3D-printed car is coming that stretches the boundaries of design

Local Motors has been building cars with the help of community-submitted part designs for years now, but this September, it has far more ambitious plans: creating a working, 3D-printed electric vehicle, also based on a design by someone from its community. The contest ran during May, and a winner — …

Balloons could power space tourism by 2016

Richard Branson is investing in a plane that'll take tourists to the edge of space, but who needs that when you've got balloons? A company in Arizona is working on a high-altitude craft that'll use a huge balloon to gently carry passengers voyagers to the edges of the atmosphere. It's already …

NASA Is Helping To Build Supersonic Passenger Planes

NASA scientists are working on the next-generation of supersonic jets, that hopefully will one day carry passengers.<p>Ever since Concorde was …

Sending Robots To Print Infrastructure On Mars, So It's Ready When We Get There

A two-year NASA grant is funding the creation of robots that will build landing pads, hangars, and roads in space before humans get there.<p>Where we’re going, we’ll need roads. But before long-term settlers arrive on Mars or the moon, one engineer is working under a NASA grant to make sure that the …

'Super-Earth' is closest planet yet that could support life

Thanks to a wobble in its host star, researchers from UNSW have spotted a planet only 16 light-years away that could harbor life (shown in an artist's conception, above). However, being there would bear little resemblance to living on Earth. It's at least five times as massive, for starters, and is …

Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and …

Drones Enlisted in China’s ‘War on Pollution’ - TIME

China has a novel approach to addressing its air pollution issues: drones.<p>In the country’s first aerial pollution-monitoring efforts, China deployed …

Every Time You Shower, This Gadget Makes Energy From The Extra Heat

An engineer’s eureka moment while in the shower is aimed at improving the shower itself.<p>A few years ago, an engineer was taking a shower and started looking at the water going down the drain and wondering how much energy was going with it. The answer, it turned out, was pretty large: after heating …

This New Smartphone Device Can Check Your Cholesterol

Now, researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York have developed a device that can add testing cholesterol and vitamin D levels to your phone's already impressive list of functions.<p>"What this is really about is enabling you to obtain health information about yourself quickly," said David …

3D printer drones will take to skies by 2040, claim BAE scientists

3D printers could be so advanced by 2040 they could create small unmanned aircraft, BAE Systems claim.<p>These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could then potentially be used as a group of wide-winged aircraft for protracted or enduring surveillance or as rotary-winged UAVs to rescue single civilians or …

Voyager 1 is officially the first manmade object to enter interstellar space

Hedging controversy, NASA also announced that the probe is still in the solar system<p>In 2012, NASA's Voyager 1 probe became the first man-made object to leave the solar system, catapulting itself into the farthest reaches of the universe ever touched by humans — or, it didn't. Determining the exact …

The Future Television Will Be Paper Thin and Rollable, LG Says

Perhaps in a few years we'll see people carrying around their rolled-up televisions the way they used to carry newspapers.<p>LG Display unveiled a paper …

Flying Cars Predicted In Two Years: What Then?

People are already putting down money for self-driving flying cars. Are American motorists up to the challenge?<p>Since the dawn of aviation, Americans have dreamed of buying a flying car and opening up the skies to everyone. The utopian dream is embodied in the opening credits of <i>The Jetsons</i>, in which …

This Package Could Help Amazon Use 200 Times Fewer Boxes

Feel guilty about all the packaging waste when you order toilet paper shipped to your door? It doesn’t have to be like that.<p>This year, consumers will spend over $1.5 trillion buying things online, more than five times more than they did a decade ago. As e-commerce sales continues to grow–and …