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Choosing Servos for Helicopters — Analog vs. Digital

(Opener) Flybarless helis like this large Robinson R22 are rapidly taking over, but these impressive machines impose heavier demands on the …

Arduino
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This electric jet can take off vertically but drives like a car

With zero emissions and zero runway, the Lilium Jet will be the world's first entirely electric jet capable of a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). Able to fly up to an altitude of about 9,800 feet, the two-person airplane will have a cruising speed of 180 mph, a maximum speed of about 250 mph, …

Aviation

Authorities: 'drone' that hit plane could have been a plastic bag

Remember the news from earlier this week that a pesky drone hit an airplane in flight near London’s Heathrow airport? Yeah, so that may not be the case at all.<p>According to Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, authorities have yet to confirm it was a drone at all. He claims local police <i>tweeted</i> (!) …

Drones

Watch this bonkers-looking aircraft with 18 rotors take its first crewed flight

Is the Volocopter the 'dawn of a revolution in urban mobility'?<p>The Volocopter, a helicopter-drone hybrid with 18 rotors, took its first manned flight in Southern Germany on March 30th, the company e-volo announced today. With e-volo's managing director Alexander Zosel in the cockpit, the truly …

Drones

Google is making the excellent Nik Collection for professional photographers completely free

Big news for the professional and enthusiast photographers out there: Google is making the entirety of Nik Software’s photo editing suite completely free.<p>It’s a big deal – Nik Software has been around for about two decades, and its film-like filters and other editing tools are some of the most …

Tutorials

Would you bet against sex robots? AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated.<p>Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of …

Artificial Intelligence

Watch: Boeing On How They Developed The World’s Lightest Material

For years, Boeing has been developing an extremely lightweight material that could be used for airplane parts. Despite being made from metal and being nearly as strong as titanium, the material is 100 times lighter than styrofoam.<p>This week, they released a video explaining how the material is …

Engineering

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Doctors have implanted a 3D-printed ribcage in an actual human being

3D printing seems to be finding a niche in medicine. The latest feat: Two weeks ago, doctors implanted a 3D-printed titanium sternum and ribs into a patient in Spain. According to CNET, he’s doing well.<p>The patient is suffering from a form of cancer that formed tumors in his chest cavity. To get rid …

3D Printing

Windows 10 Features You Should Know About

At last! Windows 10 has finally arrived and the upgrade is still rolling out to users around the globe. For those of you who are not familiar with Microsoft's latest flagship, there is a few hidden features that can help you get the maximum out of the system. Here are some to get you started:<p><b>Have</b> …

With sales flagging, Toyota unveils a sportier Prius

With all the fanfare of a Las Vegas show, Toyota unveiled the fourth generation of its Prius hybrid on the rooftop deck of the Linq Hotel & Casino on the Strip on Tuesday night.<p>The automaker estimates a 10% jump in fuel economy, to about 55 mpg, but that may be less important to sales growth than …

Elon Musk says humanity is currently running 'the dumbest experiment in history'

People are running "the dumbest experiment in history" by continuing to burn fossil fuels,Elon Musk said in an interview earlier this year with Wait …

This App Shows How Climate Change Is Affecting the World Around You

You’ve heard about what climate change is doing the arctic and to the sea levels around the world. But sometimes it can be hard to understand what’s …

Climate Change

This Is the Single Biggest Threat to Boomers' Retirement Savings

401(k) balances for longtime savers soared to $250,000, but many are taking big risks in the stock market.<p>IRA and 401(k) balances are holding steady …

Retirement

Electric aircraft prepares to make landmark English Channel flight

Didier Esteyne's groundbreaking cross-Channel journey could herald a new era of electric aviation<p>It is more than 100 years since Louis Bleriot made the first cross Channel flight from Calais to Dover ushering in a new era of aviation.<p>But next week Airbus will take the next giant leap in air travel …

Computer Aided Design and Developing RC Airplane Plans

One of the best tools I ever discovered while being involved in RC scale modeling, is Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. It opened an entirely new …

Model Aircraft

​What you need to know about shooting raw images on your phone

Not sure what raw images are or why you want them on your phone? Read on to find out everything you need to know.<p>Shooting in raw is a term that's been familiar to digital camera users for several years now, but it's only recently started to spread out into the world of camera phones. It has various …

Mobile Photography

The five worst places to keep your money

A staggering £450bn is trapped in 'dinosaur’ investment funds – here’s how to escape<p>They roam the savings landscape like behemoths from another era – the hordes of outdated funds and savings plans in which hundreds of billions of pounds remain invested.<p>And, just like the monsters of the Jurassic …

Siemens

VideoBlocks Launches New Stock Video Marketplace, Pays 100% Commission To Content Creators

The trend in startup stock video and imagery services right now seems to be toward all-you-can eat plans. We recently saw the launch of StockUnlimited, which currently focuses on vector graphics; VideoBlocks follows a similar model for stock videos with plans that start at $99 per year. VideoBlocks …

Vector Graphics

Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

Rap Genius was just the first step to fulfilling Marc Andreessen’s Netscape dream of letting people annotate the whole Internet. Today, the lyric explanation startup tries to achieve its destiny with the launch of its new genius.it/ prefix that lets you add annotations to any web page.<p>Just put the …

iOS Apps

Oil Prices Fall Amid Record Inventories

Oil prices fell Thursday on expectations that record-high crude inventories would continue to grow.<p>Light, sweet crude for April delivery settled down 70 cents, or 1.6%, to $43.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.<p>Brent, the global benchmark, fell $1.48, or 2.6%, to $54.43 a barrel on ICE …