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The low-cost fighters to serve tomorrow’s air forces

Fighter jets, like the Lockheed F-35, are becoming increasingly expensive. Is it possible to make something much cheaper? Angus Batey reports on a new breed of plane poised to take to the skies.<p>At this summer's Farnborough Air Show in England, the talk was dominated by the mishaps of one plane: the …

Aviation

Hands-on with the new Apple Watch

After Tuesday's unveiling of two new iPhones and a heavily anticipated smartwatch, Apple gave press and special guests (including models, fashion bloggers and Gwen Stefani) some supervised hands-on time with the gadgets. Here are our first impressions of the Apple Watch.<p><b>This watch is still under</b> …

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Max More will have his brain frozen after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.<p>In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being …

Singularity

Image overload: Help us sort it all out, NASA requests

NASA is asking for your help.<p>No, you do not get to go to space.<p>You do, however, get to view hundreds of thousands of images taken from space. Via The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, NASA is making available images ranging from the Mercury missions of the 1960s to photos recently snapped …

Audi TT's virtual cockpit blends the old and the new

Having made it its debut in the Lamborghini Huracan, Audi’s virtual cockpit places a 12.3-inch TFT screen behind the steering wheel where the …

Audi

Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects?

From Virgin Mary in a slice of toast to the appearance of a screaming face in a man’s testicles, David Robson explains why the brain constructs these illusions.<p>We are primed to see faces in every corner of the visual world.<p>It’s not often that you look at your meal to find it staring back at you. …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Brownsville, Texas named as site for SpaceX spaceport

The office of Texas Governor Rick Perry has revealed that SpaceX has selected Brownsville, Texas as the site of a new launch facility for sending …

Space Travel

When Wearable Health Trackers Meet Your Doctor

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ben Maximilian Heubl, is a tech blogger, a data journalist (data journalism ambassador for Infogr.am), digital health geek and technology advocate and speaker. Ben founded a European chapter of the non-for profit organization Health 2.0 and currently advocates for improved online</i> …

NASA says puzzling new space drive can generate thrust without propellant

The basic principle behind space propulsion is very simple: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Use a rocket engine to throw …

Space Travel

World-record 43 Tbps data transfer speed set by Danish researchers

Using a new type of optical fiber, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have transmitted data over a single optical fiber at a …

Nanotech

New Holland launches the world's most powerful combine harvester

Is there a horsepower war in the combine harvester segment? Probably not, but it's more fun if we pretend there is. New Holland Agriculture has …

Ebola: How easily do germs spread on planes?

The Ebola outbreak is stoking fears of a deadly virus spreading across the world through air travel. We talked to experts to discover the risks of catching the disease mid-flight.<p>Are plane cabins hotbeds of disease? Frequent flyers are often on guard against sneezing or coughing co-passengers, in …

Disease

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

The problem with TCP/IP<p>Data is sent over the internet in "packets," or small chunks of digital information. The exact format of the packets and the …

Extracted

New microchip promises to streamline and simplify diabetes diagnoses

For people who don't already know, here's the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes: the body produces little or no insulin in the case of …

Diabetes

Shelter on the Moon could be the pits

Moving into a new neighborhood means finding a place to live, and 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, our largest satellite is still …

Astronomy

Can brain scans help make cars safer?

Could a car one day sense when the driver is overloaded – and help get them out of danger? Jack Stewart gets wired up to find out.<p>We keep being told the future of transport is autonomous; our vehicles are going to end up driving themselves. But it may be of comfort to driving enthusiasts that …

Brainwaves

ESA prepares IXV concept spaceplane for maiden flight

The European Space Agency is preparing to test the atmospheric re-entry capabilities of its new early concept spaceplane, the Intermediate …

Space Exploration

Marines test new beach assault vehicle

Call it part tank, part boat and part beer cooler. But it's unquestionably all cool.<p>It's a new U.S. Marine Corps vehicle for getting stuff like troops, tanks and trucks from ships to shore and back.<p>The Corps showed off a prototype of its Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) last week during …

What science fiction can teach big business

Why are household brands that sell us kitchen appliances or snack food now commissioning science fiction authors and artists? Chris Baraniuk reports.<p>Tasers. Mobile phones. The world wide web. All these technologies can be found in science fiction stories, decades before they became realistic – and …

Blade Runner

Neuroscience: ‘I built a brain decoder'

What are you looking at? Scientist Jack Gallant can find out by decoding your thoughts, as Rose Eveleth discovers.<p>Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you.<p>Gallant, a researcher at the University …

The Brain

Futurama in photorealistic 3D is absolutely stunning

Whoa. Artist Alexy Zakharov re-imagined the world of Futurama in 3D and transformed the cartoon into a complete stunner. It makes me want to watch a …

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 …

'Roll-up' television: coming soon to your living room

LG unveils flexible screen that can be rolled into a tube just 3cm in diameter, paving the way for new types of portable devices with large displays and space-saving televisions<p>LG has demonstrated an 18 inch screen which is so flexible that it can be rolled into a tight tube just 3cm in diameter, …

Gear & Gadgets

How to create a comfortable economy class

Airliners tread a fine line between comfort and squeezing in as many passengers as possible to be profitable. How can designers make them more comfortable for the average flier?<p>If you read some of the recent reports about luxury accommodations on airliners, you might be forgiven for thinking that …

Air New Zealand

DOL-Fin is designed to let you swim like a dolphin

There are actually several models of "Dynamic Oscillating Lateral"-Fin, designed for different applications (such as freediving or recreational scuba …

Radical dual tilting blade helicopter design targets speeds of over 270mph

For some decades now, the US Army has been incrementally upgrading its aging fleet of helicopters, but that approach is becoming expensive and limits …

Aviation

Scientists create a mini Mars on Earth

If you want to drive on Mars, you are going to need a very large sand pit to prepare.<p>Engineers for Airbus Defence and Space in the UK have done just that, building what they call a "Mars Yard" just outside London at a cost of about £500,000 ($832,000).<p>It contains 300 tons of sand (about 660,000 …

Sonar sticks use ultrasound to guide blind people - CNN.com

The "SmartCane" has been developed in India as a low-cost smart technology to provide independent mobility for blind people.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>SmartCane<p>SmartCane<p>SmartCane<p>SmartCane<p>Ultracane<p>Ultracane<p>UltraBike<p><i>Vital Signs is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- "On …

Happy 35th birthday, Walkman

It was 35 years ago Tuesday that Sony, not Apple, revolutionized the way we listen to music.<p>The Walkman, a portable cassette player that, for the first time, let us take our music with us without bothering our neighbors, hit the market on July 1, 1979.<p>Today, it's all about Apple's iPod. But in its …

Silicon Valley's satellite revolution - CNN Video