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Bell Made A Tiltrotor Drone With Missiles For Marines

Meet the V-247 Vigilant<p>Runways are a hassle. Long, flat strips of unobstructed land are work to defend at the best of times, and can’t always be found in rugged terrain or on small islands. Yet having a fixed-wing plane fly air support is useful, because plane bodies are faster and much more …

Military

According To DARPA, This Is What The World Will Look Like In 2045

The U.S. military’s scientific and technological wing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is essentially tasked with constructing …

Singularity

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: The Case for Commercial Rockets

PM catches up with SpaceX's Shotwell to find out about the company's Grasshopper tests, the way to get to Mars, and how she'd like to see space in person.<p>Why commercial spaceflight, as opposed to government-run programs?<p>After I finished my master's degree, I moved to a company called Aerospace …

Space Travel

Uber competitor says its drivers will own the company

Juno is a stealth new startup that's gearing up to take on Uber with a laser focus on keeping drivers happy.<p>Juno will give its drivers equity in the company. On top of that, Juno will take a smaller cut off every ride: Just 10% compared to Uber's 20% to 25%.<p>It's not trying to undercut Uber -- it …

Startups

How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in Its Head

It weighs only four or five ounces, its brain practically nothing, and yet, oh my God, what this little bird can do. It’s astonishing.<p>Around now, as we begin December, the Clark’s nutcracker has, conservatively, 5,000 (and up to 20,000) treasure maps in its head. They’re accurate, detailed, and …

Nature

A world of greener cars is coming sooner than we ever might have guessed

If you’re an average consumer, you’ve had little reason to take electric cars seriously—they cost too much, and don’t go far enough on a charge. But starting about this time next year, you will.<p>It’s hard to keep track of all the competing mainstream electrics coming soon to showrooms, as major …

Electric Vehicles

Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy

And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction hours, the institute completed the world's largest nuclear-fusion machine of its kind, called a stellarator.<p>The machine, …

The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

Florian Graillot Contributor<p>Florian Graillot is a VC investor at AXA Strategic Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Bitcoin Might Be The Next Big Thing In The Remittance Market<p>To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he …

The World’s Mother Tongues Mashed Up Into A Big Data Bubble

Of the 7,100 languages on the planet, only 23 are spoken by more than 50 million people natively.<p>Most maps are structured according to the world’s geopolitical borders, but there are other ways to map the globe. In his latest infographic, Spanish designer Alberto Lucas López creates a globe filled …

Prostate cancer breakthrough as scientists crack genetic code behind nine in 10 tumours

Nine out of 10 cases of late stage prostate cancer can now be linked to changes in the DNA of sufferers, the Institute of Cancer Research<p>Thousands of men suffering from advanced prostate cancer have been offered new hope of a cure after scientists discovered the genetic cause behind 90 per cent of …

Cancer

New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops

People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA<p>Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research.<p>Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening …

Cancer

Most Of The Web Is Invisible To Google. Here's What It Contains

A roadmap of the Internet's darkest alleys<p>You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.<p>It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires …

Exponential Finance Conference

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

Clean Energy

The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again Is Probably Going to Be a Billionaire Soon

Rob Rhinehart's hobby of <a href=http://www.vice.com/read/rob-rhinehart-no-longer-requires-food>eating nothing but a smoothie that looks like semen</a> has become a career thanks to a crowd-funded campaign that gave him $800,000 to produce his product...<p>Remember Rob Rhinehart? I'm sure you do …

45 minutes, wide-ranging interview with Elon Musk and his brother Kimbal (video)

Elon Musk needs no introduction by now. Most of you probably know him because of his involvement with electric cars at Tesla Motors, solar power at …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk