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11 Things You Need to Know About Ferrari's Insane New Supercar

Ferrari has unveiled the LaFerrari-based FXX K. It's also perhaps the most mind-bending thing to roll out of Maranello since the F40 set us on our ears more than a quarter-century ago. We went to Abu Dhabi to see the latest, craziest horse prance around t

1035-hp Ferrari FXX K unveiled!

The K is for KERS.<p>Ferrari has unveiled its latest FXX-series track-only special, based on the LaFerrari hybrid supercar. It's much the same formula as the original 2005 FXX, which was based on the Enzo.<p>That means lots of aero tweaks, more power, and not a hint of conformity with any major racing …

“Groundbreaking” state spyware targeted airlines and energy firms

The security firm Symantec has detailed a highly sophisticated piece of spyware called Regin, which it reckons is probably a key …

The FAA's upcoming commercial drone rules could be brutally restrictive

The Federal Aviation Administration's forthcoming drone rules might require all operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, according to a new report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, which cites sources familiar with the rule-making process. The report says that licenses "likely to …

Back-To-Back Spaceflight Failures Were A Coincidence, Not An Indictment

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Virgin Galactic pilot recounts how he survived being ejected at 50,000 feet

When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed in late October, the company attributed the loss to an unidentified "serious anomaly." Now, thanks to the ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, we finally have a clearer picture of what happened 9 miles up in the air that day. …

What it felt like to fly Concorde

Concorde was the most glamorous airliner the world has seen. But what was it like to fly? Jack Stewart delves inside the Science in Action archive to find out.<p>It was the ultimate airliner. From 1976 until its retirement in 2003, few things in life signified luxury quite so much as a flight on …

How NASA will launch four spacecraft at once to study magnetic fields

NASA has been planning to study the magnetic reconnection between the Earth and the sun for years, and now the agency has revealed how its scientists are going make it happen. Magnetic reconnection is a process that converts magnetic energy to kinetic or thermal energy. It happens all over the …

New Mexico spaceport scrambling to get tenants, maintain lawmakers' support

The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a …

Virgin Galactic Crash Puts Journalist On Other Side Of Questions

As a print journalist, I am used to asking the questions. But the recent crash of a Virgin Galactic test flight put me squarely on the other, receiving, end of them. It was eye-opening, to say the least.<p>When SpaceShipTwo disintegrated on Oct. 31, media crews began scrambling for interviews with VG …

Elon Musk shows off rockets with 'X-wings' and landing pads in the sea

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk couldn't resist showing off some of his new toys on Twitter yesterday. First up is the latest version of SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9R rocket, which is now fitted with a set of four independently adjustable fins. Or, as Musk described them: real-life "X-wings." The …