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Graphene's First Commercial Application To Shed A Little Light

A bulb more efficient than an LED? Now there's a bright idea<p>Graphene is a material with marvelous properties: It can be used to make square ice and night vision contact lenses. It can even be made from your leftover dinner. And soon this form of pure carbon--which boasts a super-strong hexagonal …

Graphene

New aluminum battery for smartphones can be charged in a minute

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists said they have invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery made of aluminum for use in smartphones that can be charged in as little as one minute.<p>The researchers, who detailed their discovery in the journal Nature, said the new aluminum-ion battery has the …

37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be totally illegal today

One of the most interesting ways to utilize drone technology is photography. Photographer Amos Chapple knows this better than most. As soon as consumer drones came on the market, Chapple knew he needed one. After purchasing one and learning how to fly it, he began traveling the globe, photographing …

Drones

There's New Evidence About How Life on Earth Began

How did life on Earth start? Did it emerge from the primordial ooze as is popularly believed, or did it land here from a comet or some other …

4 Super-Simple Protein Bars You Can Make at Home

Whip up muscle-building treats without the bogus ingredients<p>Protein bars are a convenient source of muscle-building nutrients, but they often come packed with unwanted ingredients. Some mass-market companies load their bars with chemicals to optimize shelf life and taste, says <i>Men’s Health</i> nutrition …

How to make your Gmail address public without going nuts

At a time when we're all socially connected, making your email address publicly available is often the friendly and approachable thing to do.<p>It can …

Apps

NASA's wild experimental plane wing has 18 propellers attached to it

And it looks nuts<p>NASA is working to make a more efficient, electric-powered plane, and the proposed wings for it look like something out of a dream. Eighteen small engines sit atop the 31-foot wingspan and work together to lift and propel the plane forward. The wings are part of NASA's Leading Edge …

Finally! A Flying Car Could Go On Sale As Soon As 2017

It’s the future promised to us by the Jetsons, “Back To The Future” and even as far back as Jules Verne: Finally after decades of dreaming and waiting, a company has plans to make a flying car commercially available to the public within 24 months.<p>Last year, Slovakian company AeroMobil unveiled its …

Flying Car

Cancer: The mysterious miracle cases inspiring doctors

A few patients have made rare and unexpected recoveries leaving doctors scratching their heads, says David Robson. Can these cases provide vital clues for tackling cancer?<p>It was a case that baffled everyone involved. The 74-year-old woman had initially been troubled by a rash that wouldn’t go away. …

Solar Impulse 2 will begin its around-the-world flight on Monday

The solar-powered airplane will launch from Abu Dhabi<p>The Swiss-engineered airplane Solar Impulse 2 will begin its solar-powered flight around the world on Monday. If weather permits, the plane will launch from Abu Dhabi early in the morning. The plane was scheduled to launch earlier this month, but …

World's 20 best places to invest in property

23 Pictures Prove Why Norway Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Norway offers a little bit of everything, snow-capped mountain peaks, lush beautiful forests, incredible fjords, awesome displays of northern lights, …

Machu Picchu | A Flight Through Heaven

Flying the dream: Martin Aircraft puts jetpack joyrides within reach

What we're effectively creating is three-dimensional travel.

Flying

Watch Mapmaking Drones In Action

Two new videos show of drones mapping ruins and protecting endangered species<p>Drones are made of existing technologies: cameras, remote controls, flight, mapping software, and waypoint navigation -- but it’s the way drones incorporate all the parts into a fusion that’s makes them new, and it’s the …

nanoFlowcell Quantino is a saltwater-powered sports car that can drive up to 621 miles

Saltwater-powered cars may be the wave of the future. nanoFlowcell AG has announced plans to reveal a second concept car at the Geneva Motor Show …

Auto Shows

Why You Should Learn to Love the Transmission That Never Changes Gear

Corvette geeks may hate them, but continuously variable transmissions aren't going away.<p>CVTs are our least favorite type of transmission, mainly because their only nod to driver involvement is engine drone under heavy throttle. In spite of the lost love, CVTs are making inroads against manuals and …

Future Transportation - Green Cars: Three-wheeled Peugeot Q could end parking woes

Eco Factor: Car powered by electric engine.<p>The use of electric in-wheel motors, has not only proved to be an eco-efficient way to power our cars in …

Eco Bikes: Green Speed air-powered motorcycle aims to smash land speed record

<b>Eco Factor:</b> Zero-emission air-powered motorcycle to use solar energy to compress air.<p>Industrial designer Edwin Yi Yuan is hinting toward a future …

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Will Get You Off The Grid For Under $10K

For the new issue of Forbes Magazine I wrote an article about David Crane, the visionary CEO of NRG Energy. When I met Crane for lunch a couple weeks ago, no sooner had we sat down than he began singing the praises of this new contraption he had in his basement. The machine — which can generate 10 …

Space Shots: The Universe's Best Images

A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.<p><i>This post was last updated on Friday, May 12, 2017.</i><p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love space—and we know you do too. From seeing the nearly-true colors of Europa, a molten metal orb levitate in microgravity, or even a map of a …

Astronomy

The perfect trip: Norway

This country does not do nature on a small scale. It is a land of earth-shattering glaciers, fjords of epic proportions and countless coastal islands scarcely touched by civilisation.<p>Traverse Norway'­s dramatic landscape in this ideal excursion, taking in one of the world's great rail journeys from …

13 reasons you need to see Europe by train

If you’ve spent any time in Europe, you know there’s so much more than what’s in your guidebook. Sure, there are the major sightseeing attractions, …

Trains

Airbus Home

Farnborough 2018 Media Briefing, 6th July 2018, London (UK)<p>Airbus’ majority stake in C Series partnership with Bombardier and Investissement Québec …

How to make old homes energy efficient

Thirty five years ago I bought a row of 350-year-old Welsh half-timbered industrial workers’ cottages. Good move, except for the several kinds of damp, the beetles, woodworm, rotting windows, multicoloured moulds, doors that did not fit and a resident cat.<p>Over the years, nearly everything has been …

The sky is the limit when it comes to creative uses of drones for photography. Given this new golden age of #aerialphotography, we are showcasing what's out there. Click the link in our profile to see our picks for the best photos that #drones took in 2014, like this shot of the star-shaped village of #Bourtange, in eastern #Netherlands. (Image: Amos Chapple Photography)

The Pros and Cons of Off-Season Travel

<i>Athena Lao / Flickr</i><p>For many destinations around the country -- and the world -- the off-season has arrived. This brief period of time -- usually brought on by the start of the school year and less-than-ideal weather -- can often be the best time of the year to travel. Why? You'll find more deals …

Scientists Find Differences In The Brains Of People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

<i>By Nathan Collins</i><p>Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States -- perhaps more. Despite that, there's been slow progress in understanding the disease, and researchers still aren't exactly sure what causes it. Now, a small new study hints that subtle …

What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

<i>This story has been corrected.</i><p>The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned out 747 fuselages for …

Space Travel