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NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission took its first image as it completed a dramatic lunar flyby this week. On May 17, 2018, the next-generation planet hunter passed within 5,000 mi (8,000 km) of the Moon to execute a slingshot maneuver that hurled it towards its final orbit, where it will spend at least two years making a full-sky survey in search of planets beyond
If you crossed an albatross with a sailboat, what would you get? According to a team of MIT engineers, you'd end up with a hybrid robotic glider that enjoys the best of both the aerial and on-water worlds. The team's Albatross glider soars like a bird and skims the water like a sail craft, yet requires less wind than an albatross needs to stay aloft, and can travel 10 times faster than a s
Sanjay Dastoor, the former CEO of electric skateboard manufacturer Boosted Boards, is branching out into two-wheeled modes of urban transport. He has today launched Skip, a new scooter sharing service kicking off in Washington DC. .. Continue Reading New scooter sharing startup starts rolling in DC Category: Urban Transport Tags: Electric Vehicles Last-mile transport
Could renewable sources meet 100 percent of our energy demand? Yes, according to new research which scrutinises the arguments against. "There are no roadblocks on the way to a 100-percent renewable future," the research states, while pointing out that existing research already holds the answers to the common objections raised... Continue Reading New research confirms energy needs can be me

Aurora Flight Services' Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) took another step forward as an AACUS-enabled UH-1H helicopter autonomously delivered 520 lb (236 kg) of water, gasoline, MREs, communications gear, and a cooler capable of carrying urgent supplies such as blood to US Marines in the field... Continue Reading AACUS-equipped autonomous helicopter makes first cargo deliver
An international team of astronomers has completed the most comprehensive ultraviolet survey of the local universe to date, with the help of the venerated Hubble Space Telescope. The newly-released survey data will help scientists to better understand how stars come to form, and the processes by which galaxies like our own Milky Way evolve over time... Continue Reading Hubble reveals the l
If you shoot a lot of handheld video of extreme outdoor activities, then it's possible that you use a motorized camera-stabilizing gimbal. Such devices, however, typically don't offer much protection to the camera – or to themselves. That's why the enclosed-design Arculus Onyx was created... Continue Reading Arculus Onyx makes gimbals less gawky Category: Digital Cameras Tags:
Back in 1987, the global community signed an agreement known as The Montreal Protocol, which called for all countries to phase out the production of ozone-layer-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). According to a new study, however, one of the most abundant CFCs is likely still being made... Continue Reading Banned ozone-destroying chemical is probably still in use Category: Environment
High-profile architecture firms rarely show any interest in the small living movement. However, if this project by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is anything to go by, that's a shame. The Danish firm has created a very appealing prefabricated tiny house/cabin that will eventually be made available for purchase... Continue Reading BIG goes small with off-grid tiny house Category: Tiny House

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