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Hyperloop: Testing of 700mph train inspired by Elon Musk will begin in January

Hyperloop, the 700mph train dreamed up by American inventor Elon Musk, is edging closer to reality and will begin testing in Las Vegas in January …

Father of computer science Alan Turing issued royal pardon 59 years after his death

British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing was convicted of "gross indecency" in 1952, before being sentenced to chemical castration. Now, 59 years after his death from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide, he has been issued a posthumous pardon by Queen Elizabeth. Turing — who …

Watch this: Fukushima engineers perform risky extraction of nuclear fuel rods

A job at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is notoriously dangerous: in the aftermath of a massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami, reports have emerged of low wages, steep risks, and shoddy management throwing the plant cleanup process into disarray and exacerbating onsite hazards. Now, …

Accident at Russian launchpad kills 2 officers

Russia's Defense Ministry says two officers died and three servicemen were hospitalized after cleaning rocket fuel tanks at a military launchpad.<p>The ministry said Tuesday that the officers appeared to have violated safety rules during the regular cleaning of the fuel tanks at the Plesetsk …

NASA's MAVEN Prepared for Trip to Mars

Sony SmartWatch 2 review: a fair effort that still hasn't cracked it

Cast your mind back to the period between August and October 2012, and there was barely a whisper about a smartwatch round these parts. Pebble was funded and well underway, and we discovered a curious Google patent -- but that was pretty much it. In that same period one year later, you'll find …

Will Samsung always be Pepsi to Apple's Coke?

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Mobile

America’s Cup: how the yachts go faster than the wind

The victory by Sir Ben Ainslie and his Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup is being ranked as one of the most astonishing comebacks of all time. The Telegraph’s science correspondent Richard Gray examines the technology that allows the boats to travel at up to three times the speed of the …

Sailing

Cars of Futures Past – GM Firebird Concepts

<i>Harley Earl poses with the Firebird concepts in 1958. All photos courtesy General Motors.</i><p>In the car-obsessed 1950s, showing off technical capability …

Jaguar Unveils The New C-X17, And The Supercar Hybrid Still Matters (Barely)

Jaguar has just unveiled the latest in its concept lineup: The 4×4 family-hauling C-X17.<p>The lightweight crossover will form the basis for a new range of future Jaguars; the first product will be a mid-size premium sedan of diesel and conventional engine variants launching in 2015 (North America in …

Lenovo intros the Miix2, its first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet; coming soon for $299

Remember when we reviewed Acer's (sorta crappy) W3 tablet, and assured you it wouldn't be long before we saw more 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets? Well, with that latest Windows update due out tomorrow, you'd better believe the smaller Windows tablets are about to start pouring in. Now that we've heard …

What’s the best smartphone? The top models face off

The big guns are out from all the major phone manufacturers, and it's a real battle royale on all carriers. Big, powerful phones with 4G LTE connections, high-quality cameras, and HD screens — which do you really want? To help thin the herd a bit, we've put together this little cheat sheet with the …

Phones

Air pollution can cause cancer, says World Health Organisation

Pollutants from traffic and industrial fumes are linked to lung and bladder cancer, finds team charged with monitoring risks<p>Outdoor air pollution has been officially classified as carcinogenic by the cancer arm of the World Health Organisation.<p>The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) …

What you should know about flexible displays (FAQ)

What do Samsung and LG mean when they talk about flexible displays, and how is that different from a bendable phone? CNET breaks it down.<p>Samsung, LG, and others have been showing off flexible displays and even a prototype phone for years, but it's only now that bendy screens are going …

Gear & Gadgets

Wave of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuke reactor

It wasn't a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of the world's largest nuclear reactors to shut down -- a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become more common.<p>Operators of the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southeastern Sweden had to scramble reactor …

SpaceX knocks down claim that Falcon 9 rocket exploded in orbit

The engine nozzle on the second stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket glows hot during Sunday's launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.<p>The SpaceX launch company and its billionaire founder, Elon Musk, on Tuesday smacked down suggestions that the upper stage of its upgraded Falcon 9 …

Space Travel

Airbus Prepares to Ramp Up Flight Testing of Next-Gen Passenger Jet

Author: Jason Paur. Jason Paur Autopia<p>Date of Publication: 09.16.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Over the course of just a few years, the …

Hyperloop sounds crazy … but simulation says it just might work

Early simulations show that the design of the Hyperloop pods will need to be tweaked before they can hit the speeds that Elon Musk envisions for them.<p>SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk's plan to shunt humans through a pneumatic tube at speeds of 700+ miles per hour via a "Hyperloop" may boggle the …

Hyperloop

The lab pushing petrol car engines to new extremes

Some say the future of cars is electric, but the humble internal combustion engine may have some life left in it yet, if a set of outlandish tests succeed.<p>As anyone who has accidentally put petrol into their diesel vehicle knows, it’s usually an experience to be avoided at all costs. Yet at a …

Engines

Take a walk through car tech history at Autoworld Brussels (pictures)

Horseless carriages<p>1922 Ford Model T<p>1927 Ford Model T Speedster<p>FN 1300 Sport<p>1925 Hanomag Kommissbrot<p>1927 Darmont Type DS Special<p>1927 Ravel Type B.12.26<p>1934 Citroen Type 7A<p>1930 FN Type 1400<p>1940 BMW Type 326<p>1947 Crosley Type 4, 1954 Standard 10<p>1964 Panhard and Levassor CD Grand tourisme<p>1950 …

Classic Cars

Android vs. iOS: The race has never been closer

The next stage of the smartphone wars has been set with the release of the iPhone 5S, which joins high-end phones like the HTC One, Galaxy S 4, and Moto X for the final battle — of 2013, at least. But in the big competition between iOS and Android, the choice is harder than ever, because the two …

iPhone

Hack your ride with Motobrain, the smartphone controllable fuseblock (video)

Tweaking your car's electrical system can be downright scary, but one Kickstarter project hopes to make it <i>a little</i> easier. With Motobrain, you can control up to eight accessory circuits on your vehicle of choice (boat, car or motorcycle, basically anything with an engine) with a compact box and a …

Tetrapod quantum dot LEDs could lead to cheaper, better HDTVs soon

Until Sony started shipping its Triluminos HDTVs, the future of quantum dot (QD) technology in real-world products was mostly theoretical. Now, a company called Quantum Materials has started shipping its "Tetrapod Quantum Dots" material to an unnamed Asian electronics manufacturer, hinting at the …

Act Now to Save U.S. Water Efficiency Standards

This afternoon I learned from the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, that Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced a bill that would repeal the enormously successful and crucially needed national water efficiency standards for plumbing fixtures.<p>A vote could …

Intel launches Bay Trail tablet processors: here's what you need to know

Tablets sound like a fantastic idea. Who wouldn't want to do all their work on a featherweight portable touchscreen, like the crew of the Starship Enterprise does day after day? Yet most of us who buy tablets find ourselves consuming media and playing addictive games. The performance hasn't been …

Watch this: Slow-motion footage of a queen bee mating with a drone in mid-air

Amid colony collapse disorder, bees have been the subject of much attention, but a new documentary called <i>More Than Honey</i> has captured an unusually close look at an often ignored aspect of the colonies: mating. The footage captures a rare look at a queen as she descends on a male drone in …

New ultra-thin glass is just two atoms thick, earns Guinness World Record

A new record for the world's thinnest sheet of glass has been set, and it comes in at just two atoms thick. The ultra-thin glass, now recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, was an accidental discovery by scientists at Cornell University and Germany’s University of Ulm. As they were …

Why Apple's 64-bit iPhone chip is a bigger deal than you think

iOS is about to go beyond post-PC<p>In the wake of Tuesday's iPhone event, you've likely heard the news that iOS 7 and its core apps have been ported to 64-bit, and Apple's new iPhone 5s now has a 64-bit "A7" system-on-chip (SoC) inside. You might have also heard that it's just a marketing stunt; a …

Meet Hacking Team, the company that helps the police hack you

Hacking Team may not have any clients in the US yet, but it's not for lack of trying<p>In 2001, a pair of Italian programmers wrote a program called Ettercap, a "comprehensive suite for man-in-the-middle attacks" — in other words, a set of tools for eavesdropping, sniffing passwords, and remotely …