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The Airbus name might be more well known for people-carrying aircraft, but Airbus Defence and Space is looking to develop unmanned aircraft for series production through its Sagitta project too. Towards that goal, an unmanned jet-propelled demonstrator has made first flight test, flying autonomously on a pre-determined course for around seven minutes...Continue Reading Maiden flight for Airbu
Not all scientific journals are created equal. With the advent of "predatory" journals that seem legitimate but function essentially on "pay-for-publish" economies, some commentators are claiming we are facing a looming crisis in science. One journalist set out to test the credibility of several journals by writing a fictional research paper inspired by the science of Star Wars. Four journals
Conventional multicopter drones are excellent at hovering and VTOL, but they can't cover long distances as efficiently as fixed-wing aircraft. A team of students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design is trying to get the best of both worlds with the Transformable HOvering Rotorcraft (THOR)...Continue Reading "THOR" hybrid UAV hovers like a helicopter, flies like a plane Categ
After almost 10,000 km (6,214 mi) of hard-fought racing through Russia, Kazakhstan and China, the Silk Way Rally has reached its (early) conclusion. Although he set a strong pace early, a wrist injury forced Sebastien Loeb to retire – putting his Peugeot teammates into the lead in the process. Here are some of the best images from the final stages of the race...Continue Reading Gallery: Peuge
The SETI Institute, in partnership with French startup Unistellar, wants to up the game for amateur astronomers by marketing a new small telescope that acts as a crowd-sourcing instrument. The Unistellar eVscope is a computerized 4.5-in (11.4-cm) refracting telescope that combines advanced optics with networking technology that allows amateurs to work together on observation campaigns feeding
The US Navy got a bit bigger today as the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was welcomed into the fleet. At 10:00 am EDT at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, the 100,000 tonne (110,000 ton) nuclear-powered supercarrier was formally commissioned in a ceremony where President Donald Trump gave the principal address inaugurating the vessel into its half century of active service...Continue Reading Worl
Could Elon Musk's tunneling company go from nothing to responsible for one of the biggest infrastructure projects the US has ever seen, inside the space of a year no less? Maybe. The tech tycoon today claimed he has received verbal approval from the government to build a high-speed underground transport link between New York and Washington, cutting travel time between the cities to just 29 mi
Work has begun on the first Type 26 frigate for the Royal Navy. Today at BAE Systems' Glasgow shipyard, the British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallow pressed the button that started the cutting of the first steel for the City-class warship now named HMS Glasgow. The first of eight Type 26s, it's expected to enter service sometime in the mid-2020s as an advanced anti-submarine warfare ship
Nissan introduced a hybrid model for the best-selling Rogue. We used it as a family hauler for a week and learned that the fuel economy payoffs for the relatively low hybrid premium are excellent. Plus it's a bit more driveable than the deadpan standard gasoline model...Continue Reading Rogue Hybrid review: Efficiency takes front seat in Nissan's new compact crossoverCategory: AutomotiveTags:
Earlier this month, the Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Group made a low-key announcement with frightening implications. The company revealed it had developed a range of combat robots that are fully automated and used artificial intelligence to identify targets and make independent decisions. The revelation rekindled the simmering, and controversial, debate over autonomous weaponry a

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