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Rocket Lab Nails First Orbital Rocket Launch from a Private Pad

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its 56-foot-tall Electron rocket for the first time. The relatively tiny vehicle, designed to ferry small …

Boeing Will Make the Military’s New Hypersonic Spaceplane

As reported by The Verge: For the last few years, the US military has been looking to make an entirely new hypersonic spaceplane — one that can be …

Uber Freight Is the First Step to Automating Away Truckers

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Want to move truckloads of stuff across the country? There’s now an app for that.<p>Uber has finally unveiled the …

Heavy Duty Drones Tow Snowboarders, Firehoses, and Safely Drop a SkyDiver

As reported by The Verge: Aerones is a Latvian company that specializes in drones that can carry really heavy weights — up to 100 kilograms, …

Little boy lost finds his mother using Google Earth

BBC World Service<p><b>An Indian boy who lost his mother in 1986 has found her 25 years later from his new home in Tasmania - using satellite images.</b><p>Saroo was only five years old when he got lost. He was travelling with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India's trains. "It was late at night. We …

Elon Musk's Underground Traffic Tunnel Looks Like Hyperspace

Elon Musk works fast. Just last month the Tesla CEO was showing off a concept video for how his solution to gridlocked traffic: a giant underground …

Lilium's Electric Personal Jet Manages a Vertical Takeoff

The Lilium jet may look like somebody's wacky concept of a futuristic aircraft that will never be able to fly, but that couldn't be further from the …

The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming

As reported by Bloomberg: Electric cars are coming fast -- and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA, one of the world’s biggest …

Toyota is Testing a Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Semi

As reported by Engadget: Toyota built a larger sibling for the hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai, a semi truck. The automaker is testing a …

This Driverless Electric Pod could be the Delivery Guy of the Future

As reported by FastCompany: Inside a new type of truck, there are no seats and no windows. The vehicle—which founders call a “T-pod”—is the first …

The Promise of Self-Driving Cars Starts with Better 'Eye-Sight'

As reported by Engadget: San Francisco's Pier 35 usually hosts cruise ship guests boarding and unboarding their giant floating hotels. It's a …

Boeing Uses First FAA-Approved 3D-Printed Parts for the 787

As reported by Engadget: Boeing expects to shave $2 to $3 million off each 787 Dreamliner's manufacturing costs by 2018, thanks to 3D-printed …

Unintended Consequences: Self-Driving and Electric Cars Are Going to Have Tons of Strange Effects on Society

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Electric cars will be good for the planet and autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road accidents. …

Homemade 'Iron Man' Suit Requires a Special Kind of Crazy

As reported by Engadget: Remember the, insane record-shattering flight of a jet-powered hoverboard? UK inventor Richard Browning thought that riding …

Falcon 9 first stage has landed on Of Course I Still Love You — world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

Falcon 9 first stage has landed on Of Course I Still Love You — world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.<p>— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 30, …

Tesla Releases 8.1 Software Update and Improves Autopilot 2.0 Features: Autosteer at 80MPH and Summon

As reported by Electrek: Last week, Elon Musk said that Tesla’s highly anticipated 8.1 update was coming March 28-29 and he delivered this time. We …

Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the Brink of a `Wright Brothers moment’ with Reused Rocket

As reported by The Seattle Times: If the rocket that Elon Musk’s SpaceX expects to launch this week looks familiar, that’s because it is. <br>The Falcon …

Google Maps Introduces New Location Sharing Feature With Real-Time Friend Tracking

As reported by Mac Rumors: Google today announced an update coming to the iOS, Android, and desktop versions of Google Maps will introduce a way for …

Self-Driving Cars’ Spinning-Laser Problem

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Many components go into making a vehicle capable of driving itself, but one is proving to be more crucial and …

Driverless Flying Taxi Service set to Launch in Dubai

As reported by CNN: Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it's not the world's first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed …

SpaceX is Pushing Hard to Bring the Internet to Space

As reported by The Verge: For months, SpaceX has been quietly meeting with the FCC to advocate for one of its least-known projects. According to …

These Toaster-Oven-Size Radios Will Help Bring 5G to Life

As reported by MIT Technology Review: Live-streaming a virtual-reality broadcast. Downloading a 90-minute high-definition TV show to your smartphone …

Virginia is the First State to Pass a Law Allowing Ground Robots to Deliver Straight to your Door

As reported by Recode: Virginia has made robotics history. The commonwealth is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to …

SpaceX Plans to Send Two People Around the Moon

As reported by The Verge: SpaceX has plans to send two private citizens around the Moon, CEO Elon Musk announced today.<p>It will be a private mission …

Elon Musk Is Really Boring...Tunnels

As reported by Bloomberg News: <b>The pit is at least 15 feet deep and more than 50 feet wide.</b> It’s in a nondescript lot at Crenshaw Boulevard and West …

The Gita is Your Personal Robot Porter

As reported by Engadget: Though robots are increasingly making their way into factories, offices and even airports, they're still not something you'd …

Tesla to Transition from ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ to ‘Fully Self-Driving’ in ‘3 to 6 Months’

As reported by electrek: Tesla’s software timeline to fully autonomous driving on its new Autopilot hardware can be somewhat complicated. There’s …

Kreisel and Schwarzenegger​ Reveal 483-HP 190-Mile All-Electric Mercedes G-Class

As reported by New Atlas: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class isn't really the first vehicle to come to mind when it comes to "green vehicles," especially with …

Tesla's Ludicrous Plus mode beats Faraday Future's 0-60 time

As reported by Engadget: Faraday Future claims its FF 91 SUV will be the fastest accelerating production vehicle to date with a 0-60 mph time of 2.39 …