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Phantom VIII: Rolls-Royce evolves its flagship

New Rolls-Royce Phantoms don't come around very often. The badge has been around for more than nine decades, but it's graced just seven generations …

Luxury

Successful test flight for hypersonic glider

The dream of a flight from London to Sydney in two to four hours came a step closer to reality after the latest iteration of the HiFIRE hypersonic …

Aerospace

Underwater search commences for flight models of famous Canadian jet fighter

Canada may not be known for its jet fighters <i>now</i>, but in the 1950s it was working on an aircraft that many people say represented the state of the art …

Aerospace

Rolls-Royce adds psychedelic John Lennon car to Phantom VIII party

There's a new Phantom on the way, and Rolls-Royce has big plans for the launch. Phantoms owned by movie stars, military generals and land-speed …

Luxury

New ceramic brings hypersonic travel closer to reality

A team of scientists from Britain and China have developed a new ceramic material that could one day make hypersonic air travel a reality. The …

Engineering

50 Adventures in 50 States

From hiking volcanic cliffs to racing down snow-capped mountains, take a look at the greatest adventures across the country.<p>Adventure enthusiasts from all over the world travel to the United States to explore stunning national parks, trek iconic trails, and immerse themselves in America’s vast …

Who was fastest up the Goodwood Hillclimb this year?

One of the best parts of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is watching supercars – modern and classic – hustle up the Hillclimb. Although they're not …

Goodwood

$200 lightweight underwater breathing device raises $1m

Scorkl is a compact, lightweight breathing device for quick shallow dives. It can be topped up using a hand pump, and lets the user swim underwater …

Cool Stuff

Just add seawater: Ancient Roman concrete gets stronger over time

Leave modern concrete structures in the ocean, and a few decades later they'll be in need of replacing, or at least a serious patch job. Meanwhile, …

Roman Empire

Wonka-style multi-directional elevator is finally a reality

After unveiling its Multi concept in 2014, German engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp has made its vision of a cable-free, Willy Wonka-style …

Construction

UK's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, sets sail for the first time

Another line was written in the history books today as the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy set sail for the first time. Under the …

Military

NASA's supersonic X-plane project passes key milestone

Those still nostalgic about the Concorde can take heart because a new era of supersonic flight just came a step closer. NASA says that its Quiet …

Aerospace

Continental details speaker-free in-car audio systems

If luxury car manufacturers are to be believed, more speaker hardware is the best way to deliver a quality in-car audio experience. But a concept …

Audiophile

Putting the brakes on runaway electrons brings fusion power a step closer

A functional fusion reactor may still be a dream, but it's a dream that is slowly becoming a reality with numerous research efforts and experiments …

Physics

Snapchat Spectacles review: Pricey fun for social media addicts

Snapchat Spectacles – the funky-looking specs with a built-in video camera – are now on sale across Europe as well as the US, and New Atlas has been …

Gear & Gadgets

Bill Cosby Mistrial: Hollywood Reporter Legal Experts Debate How It Happened and What's Next

"Are either of you surprised? Can’t say I am," says THR senior editor Eriq Gardner as a trio of trial watchers discuss the reasons for the hung jury, …

Entertainment

SkEye: Billion pixel camera in the sky covers 80 square km

The Paris Airshow next week will see the first public showing of a breakthrough commercial avionics system. The SkEye Wide-Area Persistent …

Drones

Insider Q&A: CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association

NEW YORK (AP) — A slew of banking issues are on the agenda in Washington right now, from proposals to roll back some of the regulations implemented after the financial collapse a decade ago to questions over the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Wells Fargo is still in the …

"Railless train" debuts in China

According to China's CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Co Ltd, most smaller cities can't afford to build light rail systems – even though they would still …

Transportation

This Is Your Brain on Exercise

Human beings evolved to move. Our bodies, including our brains, were fine-tuned for endurance activities over millennia of stalking and chasing down prey. “We’ve engineered that out of our lives now,” says Charles Hillman, a psychology professor at Northeastern University who has spent decades …

In photos: The best of the best at Concorso d'Elegenza Villa d'Este

The press release touts Concorso d'Elegenza Villa d'Este as "the world's most exclusive beauty contest for historic automobiles and motorcycles," a …

Classic Cars

Stratolaunch, the world's largest plane, emerges from its hangar for the first time

After four years of construction, the world's largest plane has just rolled out of its giant hangar for the first time. The Stratolaunch aircraft, …

Aerospace

Welcome to the golden age of social awkwardness

Awkwardness never seemed like something to aspire to. The paralyzing uncertainty of what to do at a party, the weird obsession with “Dungeons and Dragons,” the ill-considered fashion choices — exhibit any of these, and your social life was doomed.<p>But not anymore. Now, all you have to do is flip on …

Introverts

How Wells Fargo’s Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers to Fraud

Most Americans have assumed their bank accounts are sacrosanct. But with the major scandal unfolding at Wells Fargo, angry former employees illuminate the alarming pressure that allegedly led local bankers to defraud perhaps more than a million customers.<p>Once upon a time, in 1970, long before …

Stunning bespoke Sweptail pays tribute to Rolls-Royce legends

Rolls-Royce dedicates an incredible amount of time to creating beautiful, bespoke versions of its existing cars, but that isn't enough for some …

Luxury

First stone laid on the European Extremely Large Telescope

Construction has finally begun on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), with the first stone laid in a ceremony last week. Being built by …

Astronomy

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

Meet the Real Jared Kushner

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>He’s a lot tougher than he looks.<p><i>Editor's note: The original version of this story said, incorrectly, that a representative for Kushner did not reply to a request for</i> …

Caroline Kennedy on JFK: I miss him every day

<b>(CNN) —</b> Had he lived, John F. Kennedy would turn 100 years old on May 29. To commemorate his birth, Kennedy's daughter and grandchildren put together a video message honoring the former President.<p>Caroline Kennedy, his only living child and a former ambassador to Japan, said on CNN's "The Lead with …

John F. Kennedy

World's most beautiful car up for sale

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if there's a consistent entry in any list of the world's most beautiful cars, it is the Talbot-Lago T150C …

Luxury