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Did another advanced species exist on Earth before humans?

New paper explains how we might go about looking for evidence of earlier civilizations.<p>Our Milky Way galaxy contains tens of billions of potentially habitable planets, but we have no idea whether we’re alone. For now Earth is the only world known to harbor life, and among all the living things on …

Universe

Virgin Hyperloop One unveils a new ultra-fast cargo system ‘at the cost of trucking and speed of flight’

Virgin Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop One before they secured a new investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin, has announced a new partnership with DP World for a new ultra-fast hyperloop cargo system with global ambitions.<p>DP World is one of the world largest port operators and it has …

High-speed Rail

Elon Musk went on a Twitter rant about America's failing infrastructure — and it made his Hyperloop idea sound less crazy

Elon Musk's ideas for future transportation systems might sound a little crazy at first.<p>The Hyperloop, a high-speed transit system, first proposed by Elon Musk in 2013, would send pods full of passengers through tubes at over 500 mph and require tunnel networks to be built from scratch.<p>His Boring …

Hyperloop

GM Is Getting Ready to Mass Produce Cars With No Steering Wheels

Or pedals, for that matter.<p>General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals.<p>The company says it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year with no human backup …

General Motors

Scientists Discover 'Miracle' Mineral That Could Make Internet 1,000-times Faster

A rare mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830′s could hold the key to boosting internet speeds 1,000 times faster than today. The mineral, perovskite, has a number of incredible properties, many of which scientists are now realizing.<p>Perovskite (CaTiO3) is a calcium titanium oxide mineral, but the …

Perovskite

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Does Backflips Now and It's Full-Tilt Insane

Atlas, the hulking humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics, now does backflips. I’ll repeat that. It’s a hulking humanoid that does backflips.<p>Check out …

Fisker patents car battery with 500-mile range on a minute’s charge

Car designer Henrik Fisker’s new company, Fisker Inc., recently filed to patent a car battery – which is currently in development – that has a range of 500 miles and can be charged in one minute.<p>Fisker told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney that he could see the new battery technology in …

Fisker claims solid-state battery ‘breakthrough’ for electric cars with ‘500 miles range and 1 min charging’

When Henrik Fisker relaunched its electric car startup last year, he announced that their first car will be powered by a new graphene-based hybrid supercapacitor technology, but he later announced that they put those plans on the backburner and instead will use more traditional li-ion batteries.<p>Now …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla Torque: Elon Musk Brags The Tesla Semi Could Drag A Diesel Semi-Truck Uphill In Tug Of War

Elon Musk seems excited about the new Tesla Semi truck he’s unveiling this month. After driving a prototype earlier this year, Elon declares it …

Tesla

Elon Musk: Your future Tesla will drive you where you want to go without you even having to tell it

Imagine getting into your car and it automatically takes you where you want to go without you even having to tell it.<p>Though it may feel Jetson-like, …

Tesla

Driving Hardware

Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future. …

Tesla

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is starting work on Baltimore-DC underground Hyperloop

Earlier this morning, we reported about Elon Musk announcing that his Boring Company is getting a second multi-million dollar boring machine.<p>Now we might have an idea where that new machine is going after what appears to be a new digging site spotted in Maryland today.<p>Earlier this year, Musk …

These 12 Elon Musk quotes are all the inspiration you’ll ever need

Image Credits: EPA-EFE/MORGAN SETTE<p>Whatever you’ve wanted to achieve in life, Elon Musk has probably already done it. The Pretoria-born entrepreneur …

Regulatory filings suggest SpaceX plans November launch with mystery payload

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at launch pad 39A in Florida. Credit: SpaceXInformation found in federal regulatory filings suggests SpaceX …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk might have another $50 billion company on his hands (TSLA)

If you haven't watched one of SpaceX's live rocket launches, and subsequent landings, you are really missing out.<p>Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, started the company in 2002 with the eventual mission of colonizing Mars. It's a lofty goal, and one that's hard to totally comprehend. But, as SpaceX …

Space Travel

Astronomers Just Found an Epic Ring Around an Exotic Dwarf Planet in Our Solar System

BREAKING: It's the first of its kind in our Solar System.<p>Beyond the orbit of Neptune there are hundreds or even thousands of mysterious dwarf …

The Most Badass Buildings in America You've Probably Never Heard Of

Cities large and small across America have some incredibly cool architecture -- but what, exactly, makes for “good” architecture? The legendary …

Injectable glue heals wounds in seconds

Australian and American biomedical engineers have developed a stretchy surgical glue that rapidly heals wounds, a “breakthrough” that has the …

Workers: Fear Not the Robot Apocalypse

Automation commonly creates more, and better-paying, jobs than it destroys. A case in point: U.S. retailing<p>For retailers, the robot apocalypse isn’t a science-fiction movie. As digital giants swallow a growing share of shoppers’ spending, thousands of stores have closed and tens of thousands of …

Walmart

SpaceX Launches 10 New Iridium Satellites, Sticks Rocket Landing

The private spaceflight company SpaceXsuccessfully launched 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit today (Oct. 9) and landed the spent …

Space Travel

90-story tower in Denver would be city's first supertall

If approved, the $400M project would transform the city’s skyline<p>Denver may be known for many things—like craft beer, the Broncos, and access to skiing—but skyscrapers is not one of them. A Manhattan developer wants to change that, however, with plans for a 90-story high-rise in downtown Denver …

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company has its first Asian customer

Blue Origin, which is Jeff Bezos' rocket company, just announced a milestone at the 68th Annual International Astronautical Congress. It has partnered with the connnectivity company mu Space, based in Thailand, to launch a satellite with the New Glenn rocket. This is the first partnership between …

Russia and US agree to co-operate on building first space station to orbit the moon

Russia and the United States have agreed to co-operate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to explore deep space and send humans to Mars.<p>Following in the footsteps of the International Space Station, the moon ship would be open to astronauts and …

Physicists Just Quantum Teleported Complex Light Patterns For The First Time

A whole new level.<p>Wrapping your messages up with quantum weirdness is a great way to avoid sneaky eavesdropping, but in its current form it's more …

Quantum Mechanics

BMW at Last Unveils a Tesla-Fighting Electric Sedan

Perhaps the biggest threat now facing Tesla isn’t its ability to scale up Model 3 production or nail down autonomous driving software; it might …

Elon Musk shares first full-body photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit

Elon Musk has shared a photo of the SpaceX spacesuit the company has designed in-house. This is the second photo shared by Musk of the new spacesuit design created by the company, and the first to feature the suit’s full-body look.<p>The first photo focused on the head and shoulders of the outfit, …

Breaking: An Entirely New Type of Quantum Computing Has Been Invented

"It's amazing no one had thought of it before."<p>Australian researchers have designed a new type of qubit - the building block of quantum computers - …

Experiment reveals evidence for a previously unseen behaviour of light

Light is useful, versatile and perplexing. We see with it - that is, we make sense of our surroundings (sometimes) using signals that our eyes send to our brains when light impinges upon them. We also use it to “see” far beyond the limits of our own sense organs. We peer deep into space, or – as at …

Physics

The Tesla Model 3 Will Get Smart Air Suspension, Dual Motor In 6 Months, Says Elon Musk

It won’t be long before the Tesla Model 3 would be able to tackle uneven roads without breaking a sweat. In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk …

'Major Pucker Factor': Will SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Ace Its Maiden Launch?

SpaceX says its Falcon Heavy, which is slated to make its maiden launch in November from the historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in …