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DARPA wants to build an Avengers-like flying aircraft carrier, to make drones even more effective - ExtremeTech

By on November 11, 2014 at 9:41 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Drones are an increasingly …

US Navy's first laser weapon cleared for combat, blows up a boat, a small plane (video) - ExtremeTech

US Navy’s first laser weapon cleared for combat, blows up a boat, a small plane (video)<p>By on December 11, 2014 at 7:17 am<p>This site may earn affiliate …

What Caused California’s Napa Valley Earthquake? Faults Explained

Different kinds of faults make different kinds of earthquakes.<p><b>The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck California’s Napa Valley north of San Francisco on Sunday morning—collapsing older buildings, sparking fires and causing scores of injuries—fell along a series of cracks in the Earth tied to the</b> …

6 Strange Body Hacks That Are Actually Useful

Some people choose not to accept those limits.<p>Neil Harbisson was born without the ability to see color. Now, he can perceive more than 360 colors and even discern the infrared spectrum. Kevin Warwick, the U.K.-based cybernetics professor and author of "I, Cyborg," was the first person to implant a …

Climate Bomb? Methane Vents Bubble on Seafloor off East Coast: Study

Methane appears to be bubbling up from more than 500 vents on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the U.S. East Coast, according to a new study in a finding that could have profound long-term implications for the global climate.<p>While scientists suspected these so-called seeps existed there, until now they …

Earth Science

Experimental U.S. hypersonic weapon destroyed seconds after launch | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hypersonic weapon being developed by the U.S. military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska early on Monday after controllers detected a problem with the system, the Pentagon said.<p>The weapon is part of a program to create a missile that …

Five finalists for Philae landing site on Rosetta’s comet

Five finalists named as potential landing sites this November for Philae lander in ESA’s fabulous Rosetta comet mission. Comet …

Space

Life Discovered In Antarctic Lake That Hasn't Seen Sunlight For Millions Of Years

Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, teems with microscopic life. Tiny organisms dwell on the ice and live inside glaciers, and now, researchers confirm, a rich microbial ecosystem persists underneath the thick ice sheet, where no sunlight has been felt for millions of years.<p>Nearly 4,000 species …

Watch A Robot Ride A Hovercycle

Drones riding drones to finance even bigger drones.<p>A white plastic robot zooms a hoverbike over the English countryside, grains blowing beneath the bike's four fans. The robot's 3-D printed body is lightweight, and where its face would be there’s a GoPro camera instead, filming the flight. This …

Why Are Israeli Startups Leading The Tech World?

Cross-pollination between military and civilian technologies fuels a fast-moving industry.<p>People lined both sides of Boylston Street, rounds of cheers going up as runners approached the end of the 2013 Boston marathon. Then white smoke plumed. Windows splintered. Fifteen seconds later, another …

Scientists Create Working Organ From Scratch For First Time Ever

In what's being hailed as a scientific first, researchers in Scotland have created a fully functional organ from scratch inside the body of a living animal.<p>The feat--the creation of a working thymus gland from "reprogrammed" embryonic cells--is seen as an important step toward the development of …

Sensorized 'Skin' Could Help Aircraft Detect Damage

I feel you, man<p>Engineers at BAE Systems have announced that they’re trying to develop a “smart skin” for aircraft. The coating would have tens of thousands of tiny sensors embedded within it to constantly measure wind speed, turbulence, temperature, damage, and more.<p>If the engineers succeed in …

Old Voyager 2 images make stunning video of Neptune's moon Triton

Call it a cosmic coincidence. On its quest to reach Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is crossing Neptune's orbit today, Aug. 25 -- the same day that the Voyager 2 spacecraft visited the giant icy planet in 1989.<p>In honor of Voyager 2's encounter with Neptune, Paul Schenk at the Lunar and …

Cancer leaves a common fingerprint on DNA

Regardless of their stage or type, cancers appear to share a telltale signature of widespread changes to the so-called epigenome, according to a team …

NASA Spacecraft Reaches Neptune on Its Way to Pluto

NASA’s Pluto-bound spacecraft has reached Neptune, officials said Monday.<p>Passing through Neptune’s orbit is the last major crossing before the …

Space

Google Testing Its Self-Driving Cars In A Complete Virtual "Matrix California"

They must have taken the red pill.<p>The idea of sharing the road with one of Google’s autonomous cars can be a bit unnerving. What if one of them malfunctions mid-drive and turns right into the middle of a busy intersection? Plus, who do you get to yell at if one cuts you off?<p>Well, in order to …

SpaceX rocket self-destructs after detecting an 'anomaly' - reusable space launchers are tricky business - ExtremeTech

SpaceX rocket self-destructs after detecting an ‘anomaly’ – reusable space launchers are tricky business<p>By on August 25, 2014 at 10:10 am<p>This site …

NASA maps out geysers, finds evidence of liquid water on surface of Saturn moon

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the surface of one of Saturn's icy moons, scientists have discovered the possible existence of a very important, life-sustaining element: liquid water.<p>NASA scientists announced Monday the identification of 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests …

The hackers who recovered NASA's lost lunar photos - CNN.com

Earthrise over the Moon as seen by Lunar Orbiter 1 on August 24, 1966.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar Photos<p>NASA's Lost Lunar …

The undersea drones revealing the ocean's secrets

When Typhoon Rammasun swept through the South China Sea in July, a tiny ship was trapped in its path. The deadly storm whipped up waves over 10 meters high and winds approaching 200 miles per hour. Any regular boat would have been smashed to pieces, but this craft just a few feet long sailed …

Man 'hears' colors, claims he's a cyborg - CNN Video

NASA's next Mars rover will make oxygen, look for farmland

For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.<p>Footprints are to follow someday.<p>The last three rovers -- Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity -- confirmed the Red …

Could Rosetta unlock Earth's secrets? - CNN Video

Need to escape? Look at this space view - CNN Video

Voyager 1: 'The little spacecraft that could' - CNN.com

Scientists may dispute the exact location of Voyager 1, but the spacecraft remains one of NASA's greatest success stories. Take a look at some of the amazing images the probe has provided its Earthbound audience.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>What Voyager saw<p>What Voyager saw<p>What Voyager saw<p>What Voyager saw<p>What …

The spaceship reinvented for new frontiers

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than half a century after Sputnik, space travel remains shockingly wasteful. Every rocket we launch at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars can only be used once and completes its mission by falling to Earth in pieces. This disposable design has scarcely advanced since the 1960s.<p>…

2014: NASA fails first supersonic parachute test - CNN Video