Michael Bieniek

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HydroHouse houseboat, dock and seaplane mooring is transportable by land

Throw in the spectre of global warming submerging the most valuable terra firma first, and the fact that there are countless architects exploring the …

Full-face SV2 snorkel lets you see clearly and breathe easy

The overall design is fairly similar to the original Seaview 180, but that's definitely not a bad thing. Rather than having to clench the pipe in …

Stratolaunch Rocket-Launching Airplane Could Carry a New Space Shuttle

In a new book, Paul Allen said he hopes to use the biggest plane in the world to launch a reusable space shuttle.<p>The twin-fuselage Stratolaunch airplane, with the longest wingspan in the world, is designed to carry as many as three rockets up to altitude and then drop them so they can launch …

Why is Paul Allen building the world’s biggest airplane? Maybe to launch a space shuttle called ‘Black Ice’

A massive airplane being built by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen moved a step closer to flight last week, when it crept out of its hangar in Mojave, …

New desalination membrane produces both drinking water and lithium

Seawater is a complex cocktail of useful minerals, but it's hard to separate out the specific ones we need. Now, a team of scientists from Australia …

Wastewater

First look at Boeing's unmanned MQ-25 Stingray aerial tanker candidate

Boeing has lifted the lid ever so slightly on its entry in the US Navy's MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker competition. The company released a partial …

Cheap biomaterial can be tapped or squeezed for cleaner power

With their ability to generate electricity from mechanical stress, piezoelectric systems made from synthetic materials are great and all, but you …

Engineering

Magnetic "nerves" to let vehicles sense damage

There's nothing more frustrating than getting home from the store to find a huge dent in the side of the car and having no idea when it happened. But …

Electric paper could detect leaks in pipes

As can be imagined, finding a leak deep within the piping of someplace like a water treatment plant can be an arduous process. Thanks to ongoing …

Graphene-based armor could stop bullets by becoming harder than diamonds

While bullet-proof body armor does tend to be thick and heavy, that may no longer be the case if research being conducted at The City University of …

Nanotech

Want longer-lasting roads? Just add graphene

It's getting to the point where it seems like adding a dash of graphene can improve just about anything. The latest example is something you probably …

Graphene

FCC neuters net neutrality, votes out Obama-era rules

In a controversial vote, the FCC rolls back net neutrality rules adopted in 2015 and strips the agency of its authority to regulate the internet.<p>Internet service providers got an early Christmas gift.<p>The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, …

Net Neutrality

Mars and beyond: Modular nuclear reactors set to power next wave of deep space exploration

NASA is planning to put astronauts on Mars one day and since the Red Planet is about as off the grid as you can get, the space agency is developing a …

Energy

Cummins Aeon concept beats Tesla to the all-electric semi punch

The new Class 7 Urban Hauler EV, also known as the Aeos, eschews the usual diesel engine for a 140-kWh battery pack and electric motors. That means …

Magnetic sails could put the brakes on interstellar space probes

Our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is just four light-years from Earth, and while that's pretty close in the grand scheme of things, we …

Space Travel

Project Maximus concept rearranges the superyacht

Heeson Yachts' Project Maximus is named not for the concept yacht's size, which at 272 ft (83 m) barely sneaks into the 100 largest privately owned …

The Tesla Semi electric truck exceeds the hype

The much-awaited reveal of the Tesla Semi electric truck took place in Hawthorne, California, in typical Elon Musk style. Speculation prior to the …

Russian unmanned, long-range, hybrid multirotor wants to do the heavy lifting

It seems inevitable that large, electric multirotors are going to play a key role in the coming decades, and not just as flying cars. Much simpler, …