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BAE Systems and The University of Manchester set to change the future of aircraft design with unique flight control technology

Together with The University of Manchester, we have successfully completed the first phase of flight trials with MAGMA – a small scale unmanned …

Aerospace

Watch a Couple of Cars Get Destroyed by a Wrecking Ball in Slow Motion

For some reason this is oddly satisfying to watch.<p>Seeing cars get destroyed isn't usually entertaining, but when a four-ton wrecking ball is involved, it's hard not to be at least a little bit interested.<p>The Slow Mo Guys on YouTube decided it would be a good idea to smash a couple of cars using a …

Honda

Stop Tailgating, It Only Makes Traffic Jams Worse

New research from MIT shows that leaving a little space between the cars in front of and behind you can make traffic jams disappear almost completely.<p>If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, you might have tried to go faster by tailgating the car in front of you. Instinctively, you probably know that …

Transportation

New Horizons' Target Could Be Two Objects and Might Have a Moon

"The more we examine it, the more interesting and amazing this little world becomes."<p>NASA's New Horizons space probe is charged with exploring some of the farthest reaches of the solar system: the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt beyond. The spacecraft's next target, a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) …

Solar System

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what 'dark energy' is

There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent collision of two ultra-dense, massive stars more than 100m light years from the Earth …

Physics

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight – here's how to see it

Make sure Star Wars isn’t the only celestial event you see tonight. The bright Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak in the early hours of Thursday morning<p>The latest chapter of events in a galaxy far, far away isn’t the only thing worth staying up late for tonight in the UK. Just as cinema goers …

Astronomy

This New Russian Sniper Rifle Is a Huge Battlefield Upgrade

A new report warns that a new new Russian sniper could change the shape of future battlefields.<p>Common Russian battle tactics, currently on display in Ukraine and elsewhere, uses three rows of snipers in battle. Although the first two rows present a challenge for even the best marksmen, it’s the …

U.S. Secret Service

How Monopoly Games Helped Allied POWs Escape During World War II

<i>Even trivial changes to a trivial board game can shift the course of history.</i><p>In Monopoly's case, those consequences came during World War II.<p>During the war, large numbers of British airmen were felled over enemy airspace and then held as prisoners behind enemy lines. Germany, however -- in part as …

European History

3.6-million-year-old human skeleton found, shocking scientists

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Researchers in South Africa have unveiled what they call “by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found.”<p>The University of the Witwatersrand displayed the virtually complete Australopithecus fossil on Wednesday.<p>The skeleton dates …

Evolution

On the Second Try, the Silverdome Implosion Succeeds

The old home of the Detroit Lions comes tumbling down a day after a botched implosion that left it standing.<p><b>Update</b>: If at first you don't succeed, set off the explosives again.<p>Adamo Group demolition company took another crack at the Silverdome on Monday night, and this time the old stadium came …

Detroit Lions

The Turkey Whisperer

Occurred on October 31, 2017 / Glasgow, Montana, USA. “A couple of good friends and I were pheasant hunting on a public piece of property in Montana. …

Glasgow

The U.S. Navy's Railgun May Never See Combat

After spending more than $500 million, the Department of Defense is instead leaning towards a mixture of new and existing technologies.<p>After spending more than $500 million, the Department of Defense is moving away from its railgun project and instead leaning towards a mixture of new and existing …

War

I Am Dangerously Close To Buying This Soviet Mechanical Calculator

Please do not tell my wife.<p>The "Odhner Arithmometer" is a pinwheel style mechanical adding machine that was invented in Russia by Swedish immigrant W. T. Odhner in the 1870s and produced until 1917 when, during the revolution, the factory was nationalized and closed down. The Odhners relocated to …

Sweden

Watch a Diesel Engine Literally Explode on the Dyno

This is the most literal "blew an engine" we've ever seen.<p>When you're building an extreme performance engine, there's a very real chance that things will go wrong. Like, explosively wrong.<p>Say, for instance, if you're running three turbos on a Cummins diesel engine and you're dyno-testing the life …

Trucks

A probe detected a mysterious signal that physics can't explain

China’s Dark Matter Foray<p>Amidst seemingly endless advances in quantum physics and the hunt for dark matter by American and European scientists, China …

Dark Matter

29 of The Most Surreal Landscapes on The Planet

Alien landscapes on Earth.<p>Earth is full of bizarre landscapes. Some are land formations moulded over thousands of years, while others are human-made …

List-Worthy

My Climbing Accident

<b>July 29, 2017:</b><p>After a successful summer morning of bouldering in Little Rock Canyon, sending my old problem Fire & Ice….<p>….and sending the adjacent, …

Outdoors

Answer to housing crisis is in plain sight: manufactured homes

This may be remembered as the year California’s leaders finally grasped that a lack of housing was an enormous problem, driving up the cost of homes …

Housing

What Are Snow Bikes and How Are They So Awesome?

The snowmobile's little brother is poised to seize the slopes.<p>The bike is narrow, but stable enough that I can easily rest my feet on the pegs and balance without moving. The first time I give it some gas, I stall. On a second try, as I get to the end of a straightaway, I struggle to turn and …

Snowmobiling

The Worst Video Game Ever Created Just Won't Die

Desert Bus lives in virtual reality now.<p><i>Desert Bus</i>, the worst and also very best video game ever created, is back from the dead. Again. A new version called<i>Desert Bus VR</i> resurrects the spectacularly boring title in stunning virtual reality, and is now playable free on Steam.<p>These are some salient …

Virtual Reality

Here's What the Family Road Trip Looked Like in 1954

No GPS, no satellite radio, and a nation without a unified highway system. Here's how your grandparents did it.<p>Road tripping today is easy—pack up and hit the road. You don't even need to know where you're going: GPS guides you there, picking the fastest route with the least traffic. You can even …

Road Trips

Uber advances self-driving push with 24,000 autonomous Volvo SUVs

Uber is bolstering its driverless vehicle push in a major way. The ride-hailing platform has agreed to purchase 24,000 Volvo-branded SUVs that’ll be …

Uber

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

• <b>New bitcoin is created by computers solving complex cryptographic problems, a process known as "mining."</b>• <b><br>PowerCompare.co.uk says the amount of electricity used by computers mining bitcoin so far this year eclipses the annual usage of countries like Ireland and most African countries.</b>• <b><br>Bitcoin's</b> …

Bitcoin

Something caused an Earth-shaking boom near Denver and nobody can figure out what it was

Thanksgiving week is supposed to be a pretty laid-back affair — unless you’re preparing to fight the mobs during Black Friday, of course — but things …

Earthquakes

Ancient Human Skeletons Reveal the Plague Got to Europe During the Stone Age

By sequencing the genomes of ancient human skeletons, scientists finally have a likely explanation for how the Stone Age plague entered Europe. The …

Anthropology

Bitcoin's little brother Ethereum is at an all-time high

It's not only Bitcoin that's breaking records these days.<p>Now that the dust around the cancelled Bitcoin fork has settled, several other …

Cryptocurrency

Songbirds may have 'universal grammar' - Futurity

New findings with zebra finches "have important contributions for our understanding of human speech and music."

Zebra

Hundreds of Perfectly-Choreographed Printers Are the Real Stars of This Fun Music Video

By now the band OK Go is better known for its over-the-top, impossibly choreographed music videos than its actual music. So much so that you can …

Cool Stuff

Supreme Court to determine whether police can track you with your cellphone

WASHINGTON — Thousands of times a year, the nation's police departments get phone company records allowing them to plot the movements of individual customers. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether access to that data should require a search warrant issued by a judge.<p>The …

Surveillance