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Nasa's laser-powered engine could get us to Mars in 72 hours (if it works)

For all its real-life benefits and future potential for saving our entire civilisation, space travel is still a long-term effort. Current estimates …

Why Martian Concrete Might Be The Best Building Material In The Solar System

To colonize Mars, researchers are developing a new kind of concrete that doesn’t require water and is more than twice as strong.<p>Concrete has been critical to the colonization of our own planet. The Romans and Egyptians built their empires upon it, and when their formula for concrete was lost, …

If There Are Aliens In That Megastructure, They Aren't Pointing Lasers At Us

Another study fails to find evidence for E.T. around star KIC 8462852<p>A mystery is circling around the star KIC 846285. Hundreds of light-years away, the star's light dims by as much as 22 percent, and in erratic patterns. It can't be a planet, so astronomers' best guess is that a messy family of …

Aliens

The Secret German Scheme To Invade America Before The First World War

Nearly two decades before the onset of World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II set his imperialistic sights on the Americas. But to establish a presence …

Thanks to Einstein, my starships can break interstellar speed laws

Relativistic physics imposes one of the most frustrating limitations predicted by science. It tells us that an inescapable speed limit exists in the …

Physics

Germany’s About to Switch on a Revolutionary Nuclear Fusion Machine

This thing is a monster.<p>For more than 60 years, scientists have dreamed of a clean, inexhaustible energy source in the form of nuclear fusion. And …

Nuclear Energy

This man is closer than ever to building the world's first time machine

It was a personal tragedy that started the timeline. After Boyd Mallett died of a sudden heart attack in 1955, his 10 year old son, Ronald, made a …

Scientists are days from finding out if that mysterious star could actually harbor aliens

For the last week, Vakoch and his colleagues at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute have been pointing the ground-based Allen Telescope Array in California at the enigmatic star with one goal in mind.<p>"We're trying to rule out the hypothesis that maybe it's intelligence out …

Jeb Bush: A Moon Colony Would Be "Pretty Cool"

During campaign stops this week, Jeb Bush proclaimed his zeal for space exploration, defending Newt Gingrich’s widely mocked plan to colonize the …

NASA Inches Closer To Sending Manned Mission To Mars

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that the dream of sending a manned mission to planet Mars is closer to reality than ever before.<p>Bolden, who …

NASA seeks student ideas for landing massive cargo on Mars in one piece

NASA has announced a competition for bright young researchers to help devise a US journey to Mars by developing a fresh concept for landing cargo on …

The WWII-Era Plane Giving the F-35 a Run for Its Money

The war in Afghanistan proved that we can't just rely on new technology, but the Pentagon wouldn't listen—and troops paid the price.<p><b>John Ismay, Adrian Bonenberger, and Damien Spleeters</b><p>On December 5, 2001, an American B-52 flying tens of thousands of feet above the ground mistakenly dropped a …

Check out this swarm of 50 drones being flown by a single operator

As drone flight technology continues to advance at an incredibly rapid clip, the ways in which people make use of these revolutionary devices never …

Nasa admits delays to Orion deep space craft

Nasa has announced that its new deep space craft Orion probably won't carry humans to orbit or beyond until 2023.<p>The new capsule is designed to form …

The challenges of building a hypersonic airliner

Could an airliner that flies anywhere in under three hours be in service by 2030?<p>“It is a magic aircraft… the pleasure of flying in it is almost a carnal one.” So said Joelle Cornet-Templet, a chief stewardess for Air France, about Concorde: one of the world’s first supersonic civilian airplanes, …

Aviation

Boeing Supercopter SB-1 Defiant will be flying in 2017, Eurocopter X2 first flew in 2013

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 DEFIANT™ Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) helicopter is their third X2® aircraft in less than 10 years. The …

Physicists discover ring of exotic 'exceptional points' - Futurity

Physicists have long known about the existence of "exceptional points" where two physical states coalesce. Now they've discovered a continuous ring …

Physics

5 Reasons Why An International Space Station Should Really Orbit The Moon

If the $100 billion International Space Station (ISS) had been constructed to orbit our Moon instead of Earth, prospects for the U.S.’ human spaceflight program would arguably be much brighter than today.<p>Here are a few reasons why:<p><b>An International Lunar Space Station (ILSS) would have guaranteed</b> …

Space Exploration

NASA Creates Material That Can Self-Heal in Less Than A Second

We’re one step closer to a real T-1000.<p>Scientists at NASA, along with a student fellow from the University of Michigan, are designing materials for aircrafts and spacecrafts that can heal itself in less than a second. Similar to how the human body responds to repairing a wound, the material’s …

University of Michigan

Take A Look Inside SpaceX’s Spiffy New Space Capsule

SpaceX just lifted the curtain on its updated Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The interior shots reveal a design that is just what you might expect from CEO Elon Musk, who also serves as the head of luxury electric car brand …

The 'oldest galaxy ever found' is upsetting astrophysicists

Astrophysicists have discovered the oldest, most-distant galaxy ever observed. EGS8p7 is just 500 million years younger than the universe itself, and …

Universe

Viking 2

Viking 2 landed on Mars in September 1976 -- immediately following the first successful spacecraft landing on Mars by Viking 1 -- and was part of …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

What Is a Gravitational Wave Detector, and Why Do We Want to Send One to Space?

ESA is getting ready to launch LISA Pathfinder, a mission that will test the technology for a million-kilometer-large gravitational wave detector.<p>By the end of this year, the European Space Agency will launch a demonstration mission that could lead to a whole new way for astrophysicists to observe …

Rocket with Denmark's first astronaut lifts off to space station

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying a three-man crew blasts off from Kazakhstan, heading to the International Space Station<p>A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a three-man international crew, including Denmark's first astronaut, roared off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, beginning a …

Britain's battleship of the future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Torpedoes that travel at almost 350 mph, an electromagnetic rail gun with the range of cruise missiles, a quad-copter that fires lasers, drones made on board and a holographic control room.<p>Those are just a few of the things that some of Britain's youngest and brightest scientists and …

Military

Jellyfish with tiny jets can turn on a dime - Futurity

Colonial jellyfish have an unusual feature: multiple water-shooting jets. This simple but elegant system makes them great swimmers.

Star Wars: Battlefront's multiplayer beta launches early next month

One of the most exciting things about <i>Star Wars: Battlefront</i> is its multiplayer mode, which features massive space battles where you can pilot iconic ships like the Millennium Falcon. And you'll be able to experience the madness for yourself before the game launches in November: a multiplayer beta …

Amazon's crazy new crystal dome headquarters is under construction — here's what it will look like when it's finished

Amazon is building a new headquarters in Seattle. The company scrapped original plans for a rectangular design and replaced it with three connected domes.<p>The structure's design inspiration comes from buildings all over the world, including a zoo in Germany and gardens in Singapore. It will be tall …

Skyscrapers

Why use a whole plane when you can fly one wing?

Flying wings<p>Sleek. Efficient. Wildly unstable.<p>1946<p>Since the days of the Wright Brothers, aviation engineers have experimented with the concept of a …