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All You Need to Know NASA's Mammoth SLS Rocket in Less Than 3 Minutes

The most powerful rocket in the world will likely take the first people to Mars.<p>The Space Launch System is the biggest and most expensive rocket ever developed. Each launch is projected to cost $500 million when we finally blow some of these things off the Earth. For that kind of money, we're …

The top 10 trends of CES 2016

After four days of journeying through some of the 2.47 million square feet of exhibit space at the 2016 International CES, I felt like I had a good download on the patterns and trends that I was seeing over and over again. My Intel Basis Peak smartwatch told me that, over four days at CES, I walked …

Virtual Reality

New Star Wars stamps - in pictures

The Royal Mail are issuing a new set of 18 first-class stamps celebrating the Star Wars movies. They will be on sale from October 20, featuring a scene or character from the first six films and three from the new release, Star Wars: the Force Awakens.

Royal Mail

Ball-shaped camera could put 360° photography on the map

It would have been easy for Jonas Pfeil to pivot away from pictures and towards video.<p>Since Pfeil first started working on the Panono camera, a …

Star Wars Battlefront gameplay trailer shows Hoth multiplayer

It’s time to get busy from a first-person perspective with Star Wars Battlefront. This is a game that’ll be released on multiple platforms in late …

Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Is Coming – Will Robert Downey Jr. Be Inside?

Samsung is indeed making a special Iron Man-themed edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, as The Korea Times reported in April. The mobile maker posted a teaser image to its official Twitter account today, depicting what looks like a special edition box wherein the phone is likely to be …

Iron Man

CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In fact, at the time of this writing its approaching $500,000. Like the Pi, …

The 19 most game-changing weapons of the 21st century

We've come a long way since the stealth bomber.<p>Just as smart gadgets have invaded our homes and revolutionized our lives over the last 15 years, next-level weaponry has transformed the military.<p>The imperatives of the military have always been one of the main drivers of technological …

4 things you should know about Freightliner's self-driving truck

The self-driving truck has debuted, becoming the first of its kind to receive an autonomous license for use on public roads.<p>This week, at a dramatic event atop the Hoover Dam, Freightliner and Daimler pulled the wraps off of their Inspiration truck, the first self-driving commercial truck in the …

Autonomous Vehicle

'Kerbal Space Program' finally launches on April 27th

Squad's <i>Kerbal Space Program</i> has often seemed like a never-ending experiment. The first public version of the spacecraft building game was released in 2011, and it's been in a rough state ever since. At last, though, it's officially ready for action -- the developer has revealed that <i>KSP</i> 1.0 will be …

Star Wars BB-8 toy a reality: Sphero confirms Disney team-up

This morning amid rumors and a fan-made creation, Sphero have revealed that they’re actually making a real BB-8 toy in the near future. Not only were …

New High Res Video Shows SpaceX Rocket (Almost) Landing in Slow Motion

Elon Musk is one step closer treating himself to a volcano lair.<p>After a slight delay due to weather, private space transport company SpaceX launched …

Space Travel

SpaceX Preps for Another Try at Rocket Launch and Landing

SpaceX will try again to make history during the launch of its robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Monday.<p>The company aims to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a soft touchdown on an unmanned "spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean …

Space Exploration

Is aluminium the answer to all our battery prayers?

New research pushes aluminium batteries as the next generation technology to revolutionise mobile devices, but what else could finally make smartphones last more than a day<p>New research by Stanford University into aluminium batteries promises to produce cells that are big enough for a smartphone and …

Clean Energy

Liquid metal printing puts flexible circuits on 'anything'

Thanks to top universities and some companies, soft robots and stretchy electronics are already a reality. Now a group of researchers from Purdue claim they've found the right manufacturing process to produce those types of devices en masse. Their method entails printing out circuits using an …

Jeff Bezos' rocket company to start suborbital test flights this year

After an extensive series of test flights, Blue Origin hopes to begin launching people, payloads or both as a commercial endeavor.<p>Blue Origin, the historically secretive rocket company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has completed development of a new hydrogen-fueled engine and plans to begin …

Space Travel

Deep Space Exploration Will Demand Artificial Gravity

Long stays in space have a major hitch. Medical studies on the effects of microgravity on astronauts after many months in low-Earth orbit (LEO) can’t get around one hard truth — humans aren’t cut out for life without gravity. Thus, artificial gravity habitats are now being discussed as a crucial …

Space Exploration

DARPA is working on something way better than GPS

When your location marker on Google Maps is pinging all over the place, it's usually due to temperamental GPS signal. DARPA thinks this isn't cutting it anymore, and is developing a "radically" new tech that will offer real-time position tracking -- something that'll work despite blind spots or …

This $300 cybernetic arm gets its smarts from your cellphone

Iron Man isn't the only one 3D-printing artificial limbs these days. But unlike the mechanical hand delivered by Robert Downey Jr, this recently unveiled prosthetic from Japanese manufacturer Exiii costs just $300 and leverages your mobile device's computing power to act just like the real thing. …

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

Dyson charges ahead with battery-maker Sakti3

Dyson sets aside $15 million for an investment-collaboration with solid-state battery manufacturer, Sakti3.<p>Sakti3, an offshoot of the University of Michigan's engineering department, develops solid-state battery cell prototypes. The team claims to have achieved an energy density exceeding 1,100 …

Engineering

China's Largest-Ever Space Rocket Takes Another Big Step Forward

Hainan Island is becoming China's Cape Canaveral<p>On sunny, tropical Hainan Island, China is assembling its largest-ever space rocket, the Long March 5. Chinese authorities state that this LM-5 prototype will launch in early 2016 from the Wenchang Space Launch Center. The LM-5 is a 62-meter-tall, …

Space Exploration

Lockheed is getting into the reusable spacecraft business

Far and away, the most expensive part of manned spaceflight involves just getting the payload off the ground. But as humanity expands its extraterrestrial influence beyond the International Space Station to the moon, Mars and beyond, space-faring nations are increasingly turning to reusable shuttle …

1 million UK children to be given a free computer for coding

Samsung, Microsoft, ARM and the people behind Raspberry Pi are collaborating with publicly funded UK broadcaster the BBC on the Micro Dot device.<p>The UK's 11-year-olds will be issued with a basic computer by publicly-funded broadcaster the BBC this year, to encourage them to get into coding.<p>The …

Raspberry Pi

20 March 2015: Time to Take Happiness More Seriously

<i>A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that 'progress' should be about increasing human happiness</i> …

Watch NASA test-fire the most powerful rocket booster ever built

NASA's got a new rocket booster with enough power to launch future missions to Mars. This week, the agency tipped it on its side and roasted some Utah desert to prove it works.<p>In the coming decades, NASA is planning to lasso an asteroid and eventually launch a manned mission to Mars thanks to the …

Space Exploration

Ready For Its Global Solar Flight, Solar Impulse With Omega Show How Innovation Can Change The World

It all started in 1999, as Dr Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss scientist and aeronaut, completed his non-stop around-the-world balloon flight with Brian Jones in a record-breaking 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes in the air – a challenge that aeronautic experts had deemed impossible. Their flight, the …

Solar Impulse

National Bank of Abu Dhabi: Even at $10 per barrel, oil can't match solar on cost

Game-over<p>Some people might think that the recent drop in oil price is bad for the solar industry, that it'll slow down investment and reduce demand …

Renewable Energy