Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This Is What It Looks Like When Your Plane Catches on Fire

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Warning: If you already have a fear of flying, just sit this one out. At 2:25am Monday local time, Singapore Airlines flight SQ368 took off for Milan, only to turn around hours later due to engine oil warning, according to the airline. But as soon as the plane touched down at Changi Airport in Singapore, passengers were greeted with this hellish scenario:

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Better Air Bubble Generation Could Lead To Faster Submarines

Pulsating Supercavity

It's a gas

Superfast submarine technique improved.
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Blue Origin breaks ground on new Florida rocket factory

Jeff Bezos announced today that his private spaceflight venture, Blue Origin, has begun construction on the new rocket manufacturing facility the company is building in Florida. The facility, which will span 750,000 square feet, will be used to build the company’s future orbital rocket, according to an email Bezos sent out today. Currently, Blue Origin’s only working vehicle, the New Shepard, can travel to and from suborbital space but cannot achieve orbit.

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Western Digital announces new 4TB My Passport drives

Western Digital's My Passport Ultra hard drives are now available with 4TB of storage, the company announced today. The new drive, which features USB 3.0 and comes with a three-year warranty, will cost you $140, which actually isn't too bad. Previously the drive was only available with up to 3TB of storage so it's a nice improvement for power users who eat up a ton of storage.

The company says it is also releasing 4TB versions of its My Passport Ultra Metal and My Passport for Mac drives before the fall, but there's no indication on how much those will cost yet. You can purchase the new 4TB My Passport Ultra from Western Digital's online store today.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Risky South Pole rescue saves sick worker from isolated research station

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A rare wintertime rescue attempt at the South Pole has succeeded in bringing a sick contractor for the National Science Foundation (NSF) away from the frigid pole and to the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Base, which is located on the Antarctic Peninsula, about 1,500 miles north of the pole, the NSF announced on Wednesday. 

This was only the third-ever wintertime rescue attempt at the South Pole.

The 20-hour roundtrip flight from Rothera to the South Pole Station, where temperatures were close to minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit, was flown by a small de Havilland Twin Otter propellor plane. Read more...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Faraday Future cleared to test self-driving cars in California

503695502.jpgFaraday Future isn't waiting for Michigan to get its act together before it starts testing self-driving cars in the US. Reuters has confirmed that the fledgling company has received approval to try autonomous vehicles on California roads later this...
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American F/A-18s intercept Russian bombers allegedly striking US-backed rebels

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ff4bf33b9ee5da11af9f0014c2589dfb.jpeg Aerial tensions in the skies over Syria have increased after an encounter between armed US fighters and Russian bombers.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Huawei’s MateBook tablet is up for pre-order in the US, shipping July 11th

Huawei MateBook We’re here 102 floors above Manhattan at One World Trade (for some reason) to commemorate the US launch of Huawei’s MateBook tablet. The two-in-one, which was shown off at Mobile World Congress back in February, is now up for pre-order here in the States, with shipping starting July 11th. The productivity device is a truly lovely piece of hardware, constructed with the same sort… Read More
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Chinese supercomputer is the world's fastest — and without using US chips

A Chinese supercomputer built using domestic chip technology has been declared the world's fastest. The news highlights China's recent advances in the creation of such systems, as well the country's waning reliance on US semiconductor technology.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

NASA’s new X-plane and the future of electric aircraft

NASA's X-57 Maxwell aircraft / Image courtesy of NASA The world is on a quest to create cleaner, quieter airplanes that could replace the fuel-guzzling, roaring commercial aircraft in use today. NASA is leading much of the research and development effort in this area and today they’ve announced an official name for their next X-plane concept: the X-57 “Maxwell.” Maxwell is a hybrid electric research plane equipped with 14… Read More
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