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Rex Tillerson

Solar Team Great Britain designs the UK's first family-sized solar-powered car

Solar Team Great Britain has created the UK’s first family-sized solar-powered car. The newly formed team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help …

Solar Power

The Legend of the Vietnam War’s Mystery Fighter Ace

Col. Nguyen Tomb — or “Toon” — is one of the names immortalized in military aviation, like Baron von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker.<p>I first …

Military

Here's How Much Power You'd Actually Get from Solar Panels on Your Roof

Or from a wind turbine in your backyard.<p>One of the problems with setting up renewable power sources—like solar panels or wind turbines—is that it can be difficult to predict just how much power they will generate once they're built.<p>Say you're considering installing some solar panels on the roof of …

Renewable Energy

Businesses Could Make Solar Panels And Electric Cars As Commonplace As Home Computers

Energy officials are working to bring companies into the fold<p>Energy officials from the world’s largest economies are meeting in San Francisco with the aim of accelerating the shift to zero-carbon power. Today, they announced a new campaign that will grease the wheels for businesses to buy into …

New SpaceX photos show Falcon 9 rocket's angled landing

SpaceX just released new high-resolution photos of last week's "challenging" rocket landing, taken from the company's drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You. The images were seemingly captured from two cameras on opposite sides of the ship, showing the high angle at which the rocket touched down on …

Space Travel

A Visual History of Air Force One

Presidential air travel over the past 100 years.<p>Air Force One isn't a specific plane, it's the air traffic control designation given to any Air Force aircraft with the President of the United States on board. The designation was first used when an Eastern Airlines commercial flight entered the same …

Franklin D. Roosevelt

This Is What It Looks Like When You Inflate A Habitat On The Space Station

NASA successfully blew up the BEAM module over the weekend<p>While we were grilling and camping over Memorial Day weekend, NASA was setting up its own pop-up tent on the International Space Station.<p>The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was supposed to deploy on Thursday of last week, but ran …

Why Did King Tut Have A Knife Made Out Of Meteorite?

It's not as weird as you'd think<p>I hate to tell you this, but aliens had nothing to do with ancient Egypt.<p>I know. I'm sorry. But to make it up to you, there is evidence that some bits of ancient Egypt did come from outer space.<p>In a recent study researchers found that one of the iron daggers in King …

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Begin January 6

After years of anticipation, it's finally here<p>Experts predicted CES 2016 to be a proving ground for new for virtual reality headsets. We said it too. And now, days before the conference actually kicks off, we have a glimpse at what is likely to be the biggest announcement of the entire convention: …

Nvidia's New Chip Aims To Power The Next Generation Of Driverless Cars

Comes with teraflops to spare<p>Nvidia is quickly making itself the mainstream computer option for artificial intelligence, especially for the cars of the future.<p>In an announcement at CES today, the company announced an update to their computer chip specifically targeted towards powering self driving …

SpaceX is working on a 'pizza box' that should scare your internet company

In January, entrepreneur Elon Musk announced that's exactly what he intends to do with his rocket company SpaceX. The idea is to launch 4,000 internet-providing satellites into orbit by 2030.<p>Writer Tim Urban sat down with a top SpaceX engineer to learn more about how this game-changing satellite …

Space Travel

The Tiny Town That Hates Elon Musk

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Tesla

If we live in one of multiple universes, here's how we could find out

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics.<p>But the idea that we live in a "multiverse" made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility — …

Dark Matter

The Internet Reacts To Google’s Alphabet

Google birthed itself a parent company and the Internet made jokes<p>Yesterday, Google shook the tech world with news that it was creating a new, larger, umbrella company. Google, formerly an empire unto itself, would now be one business among many owned by Alphabet. Rarely does a change this big come …

DNA Can Store Your Digital Data For Up To 2,000 Years

Stop throwing all your data into a digital black hole<p>Your DNA holds an incredible amount of information in a very small space. Recently, researchers have looked to DNA as a method to store large amounts of digital information that are currently saved on hard drives. DNA storage has another …

Genealogy

Samsung Wants To Blanket The Earth In Satellite Internet

Data for all<p>A paper published by Farooq Khan, president of Samsung Research America in Dallas, details an interconnected net of 4,600 low-orbit satellites that could bring each of the world’s 5 billion people 200 gigabytes of internet per month. Samsung expects global internet traffic to reach one …

IBM Chips Could Make Your Smartphone Think Like A Mouse

No reports of finding cheese in mazes, yet<p>Last year, IBM introduced TrueNorth, a high-powered, low-energy-consumption chip inspired by the human brain. At the time, IBM compared it to ENIAC, the earliest iteration of a general computing machine.<p>IBM has taken that technology over the last year and …

Update 73: Surreal Vision Joins Oculus · Oculus Rift: Step Into the Game

Surreal Vision is one of the top computer vision teams in the world focused on real-time 3D scene reconstruction - generating an accurate …

What does Windows 10 mean for gaming?

Although the overwhelming majority of PC gamers run Windows, it would be fair to say that their relationship with Microsoft has been fraught throughout the years. The disastrous Games for Windows Live initiative was a tone-deaf attempt to turn online gaming on Windows Vista into an Xbox-like …

Microsoft

Hypersonic spaceplane could fly at 10 times the speed of sound

US research agency Darpa awards Virgin Galactic and two others contracts to investigate how spaceplane could slash cost of putting satellites into space<p>Airbus’s plans for a Mach 4 passenger jet have been left in the slow lane by US researchers’ hopes of building a spaceplane capable of flying at …

The most beautiful plane never flown is just weeks from its maiden flight

The year was 1939. Ettore Bugatti — one of the most interesting and innovative individuals involved with the auto industry's formative years — was furiously working on his company's only aircraft. But this wasn't just any aircraft: like his cars, Bugatti's 100P was a technological marvel, featuring …

Apple Denies Reports That It Is Working On Wireless Service

Maybe not selling consumers the whole package<p><i>Update: As of August 4, Apple uncharacteristically responded to the claims that it was testing a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service. However, Apple's MVNO patent still stands, and the Apple SIM (which provides a similar service) continues to</i> …

You Can Finally Afford A Tesla

A Tesla Powerwall, that is<p>Installing solar power at home is good for your wallet and the environment, but storing it is no easy feat. Until recently, the process involved connecting a series of finicky, fragile, glorified car batteries. The Powerwall, unveiled by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk earlier …

A Wind Machine You Can Call Home

This futuristic building will provide power and panoramic views<p>Windmills have dotted the Dutch countryside for centuries. But in densely populated cities, whooshing turbines are a tough sell. A new concept called the Dutch Windwheel could offer a silent, low-maintenance alternative.<p>Whereas most …

NASA Chip Reflects Wi-Fi To Save Your Smartphone Battery

Thanks, NASA<p>Our modern world rests squarely on the shoulders of wireless communications; phones, computers and wearables all rely on a select few wireless protocols, like Wi-Fi. Upgrading one of these protocols means a potential upgrade to the way the world interacts.<p>A researcher at NASA’s Jet …

Twitter Turns Down The CRISPR Hype

Gene editing gets surprisingly funny with #CRISPRfacts<p>The gene editing technique CRISPR was launched from relative public obscurity to the mainstream today when #CRISPRfacts began trending on Twitter, quieting some of the hype surrounding a <i>Wired</i> story.<p>CRISPR does hold a lot of promise. Unlike …

Genetics