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The Next Space Shuttle: Hybrid Engines Make Runway-To-Orbit Missions A Reality

A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes<p>A disembodied jet engine, attached to a hulking air vent, sits in an outdoor test facility at the Culham Science Center in Oxfordshire, England. When the engine screams to life, columns of steam billow from the vent, giving the …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …

Will the iPhone 5C Have a Halo, Too?

Martin Hajek<p>A few hours from now, Apple will unveil a pair of new iPhones, expanding a smartphone strategy that has seen the company field only a …

Unprecedented 'black budget' leak reveals the scope of $52 billion US spy complex

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has leaked documents that map out a $52.6 billion budget for the NSA, CIA, and other security agencies in unprecedented detail. <i>The Washington Post</i>, which reviewed the documents, describes a detailed list of objectives, failures, technologies, recruiting, and …

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

Staying in control in the cloud

Organisations moving to the cloud need to establish a risk profile to determine which IT infrastructure and applications they can trust to be managed …

Why The Future Of 3D Printing Is Now

Few topics are as hot in manufacturing as 3D printing (also termed additive manufacturing). 3D printers spit out bits of metal or plastic in much the same way an ink jet printer spits out ink. While layering ink on ink doesn't get you much, layering plastic on plastic allows for objects to …

3D Printing

The Googlization Of GE: Targeting New $514 Billion IT Market

The machines are taking over big data. In 2008, the number of things connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth, according to Cisco. Last year, IDC estimated that in 2020, there will be 26 times more connected things than people. And this week, Wikibon issued a forecast of …

Finally, an Exercise App Built for Lazy People

Luxury Daily

Department store chain Neiman Marcus is driving traffic to its bricks-and-mortar locations and ecommerce site by promoting an ongoing sale through a …

Google just put the market research biz on notice

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Pixsooz<p>It’s not so much the statistics from its various mobile industry surveys that make Google’s new …

The NSA cracked the Kryptos sculpture years before the CIA

It took more than eight years for a CIA analyst and a California computer scientist to crack three of the four coded messages on the CIA's famed …

Apple And Google Are No Longer Among America's Favorite Brands

<b>Go straight to the list of America's favorite brands ></b><p>In the second half of 2012, Apple fell from the list while Google held on to 10th place. Both drops are a surprise considering Apple's dominance in consumer satisfaction and Google's market share lead with Android and search.<p>Impressively, Amazon …

Advertising

Google is about to spend half of Apple’s annual marketing budget promoting a single phone

Google’s forthcoming, Samsung-killing Moto-X Android “superphone” is also going to have a super-size advertising budget of up to half a billion dollars, reports the Wall Street Journal. That’s half as much as the $1 billion Apple spent advertising all of its products in 2012.<p>So why is Google—or …

Mobile

Best Buy Defeated 'Showrooming' And Is Having A Renaissance

So how are companies like <b>Best Buy</b> (BBY) and even smaller <b>H.H. Gregg</b> (HHG) still around? Surely the ease, availability and better prices of companies like <b>Amazon</b> (AMZN) are well-known by now, and should have put those brick-and-mortar retailers out of business.<p>But they haven't. Not by a long shot. In …

Shopping

The Next Google Maps App Has the Best of Waze's Features

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The one drawback of the new app so far is the lack of offline maps. But Google's engineers built in …

The Social Media Advertising Ecosystem Explained

How can you solve this problem? Social media offers a solution.<p>Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are daily destinations for millions of consumers. Increasingly, their ad products offer targeting according to specific demographics, social connections, interests, and habits.<p>In a <b>recent report</b> …

Digital Advertising

Nanosolar is now selling off its solar assets

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Time is up for eleven-year-old thin film startup Nanosolar: the company is now selling off its assets.<p>Following layoffs, a …

A Botswana Safari Camp Is The New Best Hotel In The World

It received a score of 96.60 out of 100.<p>Located in the Moremi Game Reserve, the hotel, which is made up of two camps, offers unparalleled luxury in the thick of the wild.<p>The hotel is designed to take advantage of its natural surroundings: There are outdoor plunge pools, al fresco dining areas, and …

Wildlife