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SpaceX successfully lands a Falcon 9 rocket at sea for the third time

And its fourth overall<p>SpaceX just successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the third time in a row the company has landed a rocket booster at sea, and the fourth time overall.<p>The landing occurred a few minutes before the second stage …

Space Exploration

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Ask Ethan: How Do We Know The Earth Isn't Flat?

Every once in a while, a hoax or claim that’s so spectacularly absurd goes viral that even the most circumspect bystanders can be taken in. Yet science doesn’t stop being true just because some people refuse to accept it. The beautiful thing about any scientific question is this: if you yourself …

Flat Earth

Japanese engineers say their flying cars will be in the air by the Tokyo Olympics

A team of young Japanese engineers is developing a flying car with the goal of launching it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.<p>The futuristic vehicle – dubbed Skydrive – is fitted with three wheels, a motor and four rotors, enabling it to take off and land vertically from public roads without the …

Groundbreaking affordable, paper-thin filter removes viruses from water

Though over 748 million people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking water, water filters aren’t as widely used as they could be due …

A man-made meteor shower launched by satellite could open the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Japanese research company ALE is bidding to create an artificial meteor shower for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The project, Sky Canvas, goes beyond your average fireworks display: It involves launching a satellite into space “loaded with about 500 to 1,000 ‘source …

Particles

The 2002 Hommage concept pays tribute to BMW's most important car

Before the M3, before the 3 Series, BMW sold the world on compact sports sedans with the 02 Series — a line of cars that traces its heritage all the way back to 1966. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first 02 off the line, BMW just unveiled the 2002 Hommage concept car at Villa d'Este in …

BMW

Researchers find invasive, 'man-eating' crocodiles in Florida

Researchers at the University of Florida recently discovered several Nile crocodiles living in Florida's swamps, <i>The Guardian</i> reports. The team's research, published recently in the <i>Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology</i>, took place in Miami-Dade and Hendry counties from 2000 to 2014, …

Zoology

The world's first 3D-printed motorcycle will cost you €50,000

Airbus subsidiary APWorks is using its 3D printing expertise to build what it calls "probably the world's lightest motorcycle," a lithe, bicycle-like all-electric machine weighing 35 kilograms (77 pounds) held together with an intricate web of aluminum. Actually, it's more than aluminum: it's what …

3D Printing

Wallpaper Weekends: The NASA Collection for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch

Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple</i> …

Apple Watch

Sunday night, be dazzled by a bigger, brighter Mars

Mars is reaching its closest point to Earth in a over a decade, offering spectacular nighttime views.<p>This weekend brings a spectacular cosmic show …

Neuron-Based Chips Will Soon Become Commonplace, This Startup Founder Says

What does it mean to be alive? This question has been haunting us since the beginning of time. Thousands if not millions of novelists, philosophers, scientists have tried to answer.<p>However, for practical purposes, you don’t really need to know: you just live. You just learn to move in this world …

Singularity

Inside Project Ara, Google's Lego-like plan to disrupt the smartphone

Next year, Google will sell a smartphone that lets you swap in interchangeable parts to get new abilities.<p>Rafa Camargo is playing ping-pong. Thirty minutes ago, he placed the world's most interesting smartphone into his jacket pocket. Now that jacket and its precious contents are lying on the …

Mobile Technology

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