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First Pictures of Earth and Moon Taken from Mars and Saturn

In a series of images taken from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 127 million miles away from Earth, the watery planet and its moon are pictured …

"Miniature" Nuclear Power Plants Could Create a New Age in Energy

Power on a New Scale<p>In the case of nuclear power plants, one company thinks bigger isn’t always better. NuScale Power has just submitted a design for …

Energy

Solution to Riddle of the Week #6: The Burning Rope Problem

Difficulty level: Moderate<p>The concept of this riddle is simple, but solving it requires some clever thinking. What combinations of rope ends can you light to measure out 45 minutes? You can see the original question here.<p>Solution<p>Because the ropes burn at inconsistent rates, you can't simply measure …

We Might Save the Internal Combustion Engine by Flipping It on Itself

Engineers hope to stave off the death of the internal combustion engine by perfecting the opposed piston design.<p>It's commonly understood that the internal combustion engine has to die. Nations have considered banning fuel-burning vehicles beyond a certain future date, though none of these proposals …

25 striking wildlife photos that show nature at its most tranquil and brutal

LONDON — The winners of the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have already been declared, but now you can have …

Chernobyl disaster site enclosed by shelter to prevent radiation leaks

Ukraine plant reactor, scene of worst nuclear accident in history in 1986, covered with airtight structure after years of work<p>Reactor No 4 at Chernobyl, the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, has been enclosed by a vast steel shelter designed to prevent radiation leaks from the …

Chernobyl

Men's Tie - Ship Necktie - Men's Boat Tie - Navy GIfts

Men's Ship Necktie<p>Vintage boat image carefully screen printed in house on an Umo Lorenzo necktie. 3.5 inches at it's widest point, 58 inches long<p>*************************************<p>Skeletons, octopuses, rhinoceroses and more! See all our other necktie designs at …

Trump’s finger soon will hover over the nuclear button. Will he be ready?

Sometime in the next few weeks, Donald Trump will sit down for one of the most consequential briefings of his transition, when military commanders …

Donald Trump

'Diamond-age' of power generation as nuclear batteries developed

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists …

Physics

Glow-in-the-Dark Mushrooms Are a Blacklight Poster Come to Life

Mother Nature may be timeless, but some of her creations seem kind of, well, dated. Take bioluminescent fungi, for example: funky fluorescent figures …

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'Shockingly Stupid': Trump to Eliminate NASA Climate Research

By Nika Knight<p>President-elect Donald Trump plans to entirely eliminate all climate research at NASA, a move that climate scientists warn will send us …

In first since 1914, 'extremely rare' dodo skeleton sold

All that's left of the dodo bird is a smattering of bones—a nearly complete set of which has just sold for $431,000 at auction. This "extremely rare" version is one of the most complete with about 95% of bones present, reports the BBC.<p>Only a portion of the skull and a set of claws are lacking, …

Paleontology

Results of “Impossible” EmDrive Propulsion Experiment Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal

On 17 November 2016, a team of engineers from an experimental research group (nicknamed Eagleworks Laboratories) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center …

Physics

Here's How You Win A Race Upside Down

The Audi R8 LMS is almost as fast sliding on its roof than on four wheels, but Laurens Vanthoor won mostly because red flagged laps don't count.<p>Would you like to crash your race car? Visit the Guia Circuit in Macau! It's nuts alright!<p>Poor Laurens Vanthoor was fighting Earl Bamber to get back his …

The Camless Engine of the Future Is Almost Ready for the Real World

Koenigsegg's Freevalve technology gives 47 percent more torque, 45 percent more power, uses 15 percent less fuel, 35 percent fewer emissions. And a Chinese car should be the first to get it.<p>Chinese car brand Qoros tried to conquer Europe before, but they are no Geely just yet. While the brand is …

Trump can now loot millions of dollars from the Secret Service with no disclosure

It’s thanks to the plane, oddly.<p>When he’s president, Donald Trump will fly on Air Force One. Which means the Boeing 757 that Trump owns through a holding company will be free for use by Ivanka, Melania, Eric, Donald Jr., or whomever else. And if Trump requests Secret Service protection for those …

Donald Trump

Japan Filled a Sprawling Sinkhole in One Week and Here's How

The magic of competent government and time-lapse photography.<p>We tend to think of big road construction projects as endless slogs of orange cones. But when a 100-foot sinkhole opened up and swallowed part of a road in Japan, workers wasted no time, sealing it up and making it look like new within a …

A Bunch of WWII Shipwrecks Have Mysteriously Vanished

American, British and Dutch warships have likely been the victim of scrappers.<p>Allied warships that sank off the coast of Indonesia during World War II have completely vanished. Recent sonar images of known shipwrecks have turned up empty seabed, leading to speculation the wrecks were pillaged for …

Hidden Structure Discovered Within Famous Mayan Temple

Thousands of years old, the Temple of Kukulcan still has a few tricks up its sleeve.<p>A third, hidden structure has been found inside a pyramid at the famed Mayan archaeological complex known as Chichen Itza. The structure was discovered through the use of electrical signals, and offers new insight …

The supercar we've all been waiting for is here — the next McLaren F1

With examples selling for as much as $14 million at auction, the 240-mph, three-seat supercar is an automotive icon.<p>In the years since the F1 went out of production in the late 90s, McLaren has released a series of supercars varying levels of success.<p>In 2013, McLaren even rolled out the P1 — a $1 …

McLaren

Did the U.S. Navy Pirate Half a Million Copies of VR Software?

The Navy has admitted to installing the program free of charge, but insists it had permission to do so.<p>Sometimes software can be expensive, but that's never an excuse to pirate it. That's especially true if the software in question is 558,000 copies of a virtual reality program and you are the U.S. …

How a Ridiculous Racing Boat Survived 660 Miles of Open Ocean

The world's first off-shore catamaran flew to Bermuda in just 66 hours.<p>In early November, four thrill-seeking sailors navigated 660 miles from New York to Bermuda in just 66 hours. They were not traveling in luxury aboard a heavy-duty boat, with creature comforts and the ample horsepower required …

The Physics of Grinding

They look like they're defying gravity, but they're really taking full advantage of one of the most fundemental laws of the universe. Super Deluxe …

Physics

Scientists develop a laser version of 'Maxwell's demon,' get closer to quantum computing - ExtremeTech

Scientists develop a laser version of ‘Maxwell’s demon,’ get closer to quantum computing<p>By on November 8, 2016 at 11:00 am<p>This site may earn …

7 of the Most Ambitious Plans to Transform the World's Iconic Cities

Because sometimes even the greatest cities need a change.<p>Whether due to a sheer influx of people or the changing face of our environment, cities need to find ways to modernize and adapt to the growing world. In some cases, this change will occur slowly and organically. Other times, cities take a …