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First four images from Virgin Galactic’s successful new test flight

We've had our first glimpse of Virgin Galactic's new test flight and it's out of this world.<p>Aiming to be the world's first commercial spaceline, …

Space Travel

India has a new caste for native English speakers only

Sometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it, perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It doesn’t matter.<p>What did …

Linguistics

Here Are Rotten Tomatoes' Best Reviewed Movies of 2017

If you’re looking to close out 2017 by watching the best reviewed movies released this year, Rotten Tomatoes has more than 100 options to choose from.<p>…

Rotten Tomatoes

A New History of the Second World War

In 1936, Charles Lindbergh arrived in Berlin to inspect the Luftwaffe. The visit had been arranged by Truman Smith, an ingenious intelligence officer who knew that Herman Göring, the Nazi air marshal, would find the American aviator’s celebrity irresistible; Lindbergh flew to Berlin with his wife, …

World History

NASA Just Communicated With Our Only Spacecraft Outside The Solar System

Voyager 1 heard us from over 20 billion kilometres away.<p>In the cold darkness of interstellar space, way past the Kuiper belt, Voyager 1 is continuing …

Stunning images of Air France A380 engine destroyed in flight

Commentary: Passengers on an Air France flight look out the window and see that one of the plane's engines has been mysteriously wrecked.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When planes perform spectacularly, we celebrate them.<p>Sometimes, …

Air France

The Young Physicist Creating Matter From Light

Growing up, Jonathan Simon loved playing Dungeons & Dragons — but not because the game involved elves, orcs or other fantastical creatures. It was …

Quantum Mechanics

Voyager: Inside the world's greatest space mission

In 1977, two spacecraft started a mission that has redefined our knowledge of the Solar System – and will soon become our ambassadors on a journey into the unknown. BBC Future looks at their legacy, 40 years after launch.<p>In a beige-coloured cubicle, on the ground floor of a nondescript suburban …

Space

Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days

Last July 4th, NASA's Juno spacecraft slowed its record breaking pace just enough to get caught in the pull of Jupiter's gravity. (The timing, …

MIT nuclear fusion record marks latest step towards unlimited clean energy

Scientists create the highest plasma pressure ever recorded with the Alcator C-Mod reactor in a breakthrough for clean energy technology<p>A nuclear fusion world record has been set in the US, marking another step on the long road towards the unlocking of limitless clean energy.<p>A team at the …

Energy

Amazon patents intelligent noise-canceling headphones

Noise-canceling headphones are great for tuning out the din around you when you just want to focus on listening to music or enjoy some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, they also mute sounds that you might need to hear – like someone calling your name.<p>Amazon has a pretty cool idea for solving that …

World’s most bizarre natural phenomena

From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights.<p>Majestic mountains and sparkling seas always attract travellers – but sometimes nature has a bigger trick up her sleeve. To track down some of the world’s …

Nature

Why the Modi government decided to deliberately leak information about the Myanmar strikes

A behind-the-scenes reconstruction of the daring Special Forces attacks on North Eastern rebel groups.<p>At approximately 2.45 am on June 9, two teams …

National Security

Is this the end of particle physics as we know it? Let’s hope not

The restart of experiments at CERN's Large Hardron Collider could mark the start of a new era of discovery or a big disappointment.<p>Physicists around …

Big Data and Big Oil: GE’s Systems and Sensors Drive Efficiencies for BP - SPONSOR CONTENT INSIGHT FROM GE

<i>Sponsor Content Insight from GE.</i><p>With energy demands rising and reserves of oil and gas becoming more challenging to access, the productivity revolution promoted by the Industrial Internet is of vital importance to the oil and gas sector. By combining decades of manufacturing expertise with its …

Oil & Gas Industry

China is building the most extensive global commercial-military empire in history

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power like …

China

'I've Never Thanked My Parents for Anything'

In America, saying thank you is routine. In India, it can be insulting.<p>I have been living in the United States for more than a decade, and I now say thank you about 50 times a day. Most of the time, I do it without thinking. I say thank you to the bus driver who takes me from point A to point B …

India

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant<p>One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford …

India

A mixed blessing for India

The Oil Ministers of 12 member states of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) concluded their meeting in Vienna on November 27 by …

China's Surprise Rate Cut Signals Desperation, Bad News Ahead

In a move taking virtually everyone by surprise, the People’s Bank of China on Friday announced a cut in the one-year benchmark lending rate of 40 basis points, the first reduction in more than two years. The central bank also lowered the benchmark one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. Both …

8 Great Chrome Extensions to Transform your 'New Tab' Page

The ‘new tab’ page is something you probably look at for a lot more time than you think every day, so why not put it to work or get it to do something other than just show new tabs?<p>Here are eight great Chrome New Tab page extensions to beautify, redesign or put your new tab page to work.<p>My personal …

European Parliament to call for breakup of Google, report says

The Internet giant faces yet another tussle with European officials, who want Google to split off its search business.<p>The European Parliament is getting ready to call for a breakup of Google, according to a report (subscription) Friday by the Financial Times.<p>A draft motion cited by the FT suggests …

Europe

Watch the Leonid Meteor Shower for a Weekend Spectacle

The Leonids will put on a show of shooting stars Sunday night into Monday morning.<p>Sky-watchers are getting ready for a meteor shower from a celestial lion: The Leonids peak this weekend.<p>While this year's performance is expected to be dampened somewhat by the partially illuminated moon, there will …

Alienware's got a massive, $300 dock for your new graphics card

We know what you're thinking: What the hell is a "graphics amplifier"? (Some of you smartasses are probably also wondering if it goes to 11.) In fact, it is what it sounds like: The Amplifier, a new accessory from Alienware, is a big ol' shell that lives on your desk, with room for nearly any …

Amazon: Monopoly or capitalist success story?

<b>According to the New Republic's Franklin Foer, internet retailer Amazon is a 21st Century monopoly, quietly squashing public interests and edging out important competition.</b><p>He writes that even if Amazon isn't breaking the letter of antitrust laws, which attempt to regulate industry to promote an …

eCommerce

Samsung's experimental 5G network delivers 150MB per second at freeway speeds

5G isn't quite a thing yet. Industrial standards and the finer details are yet to be completely cemented, but that's not stopping companies with a thumb in the carrier network pie trying to show us some crazy (but awesome) ideal of future wireless... ness. Samsung's next in line, and it's been able …

War against the Islamic State

What a difference a few weeks can make in West Asia! Established foreign policy positions, touted as fundamental principles, have been overturned, …

NVIDIA's latest GPU crams 4K images on 1080p displays

Back in February, NVIDIA trotted out the very first desktop GPUs to feature its new Maxwell architecture: the GeForce GTX 750 and 750i. These entry level cards were paragons of efficiency, but they were hardly strong examples of what the company's latest graphics technology was truly capable of. …