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Scientists in Japan have produced a plastic with the highest heat resistance ever reported, and done so by using natural materials as the building blocks. This biomass-derived plastic therefore promises not just greater performance in some aspects than conventional plastics, but paves the way toward greener production for the omnipresent material.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags:
Award-winning artist and director Lynette Wallworth released her documentary Awavena in 2018 to critical acclaim. The project's director of photography, Greg Downing, utilized numerous cameras during production, including the specialized Canon ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera.Awavena follows the first female shaman of the Yawanawa tribe in the Amazonian rainforest. As part of the film, the crew docu
Thirteen years after it made a name for itself with its first world speed record, SSC has done it again, absolutely blowing the field away with a new official world speed record. On Saturday, October 10, on a dry, sun-drenched stretch of state highway outside Las Vegas, pro driver Oliver Webb took the wheel of the 1,750-hp SSC Tuatara and pushed it past the elusive 300-mph (483-km/h) barrier ...
Private space company Blue Origin had a doubly successful outing with its New Shepard rocket today, reusing the same booster for a record seventh time and doing so with a particularly important payload onboard. The return trip to space was used to test out a suite of lunar landing sensors for NASA for the first time, which will be key to the agency’s ambitions to return to the Moon.Continue Readi
Somebody has bought an almost complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton for over US$30 million. Lovingly nicknamed Stan, the rex was the star attraction in Christie’s Evening Sale of 20th Century Art on October 6, and that price makes it comfortably the highest amount ever paid for a dinosaur fossil.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Dinosaurs, Bones, Christie's, Auction, World Records, Fossil
After having its operations impacted by the coronavirus through the early and middle parts of the year, Tesla has posted a new quarterly record for deliveries. The automaker shipped just under 140,000 cars in the third quarter of 2020, boding well for its post-pandemic recovery and smashing its previous record set last year.Continue ReadingCategory: Automotive, TransportTags: Tesla, Electric Vehi
A sixteen-year-old driver has set a new Guinness World Record for "fastest vehicle slalom," and Porsche now has a new performance metric to brag about for its 718 Spyder as the most agile car on the planet.Continue ReadingCategory: Automotive, TransportTags: Porsche, World Records
Over 6 million players logged time in Marvel's Avengers across all platforms, with enough doing so on PlayStation 4 to set a new record. ...
A German driver has set a blistering new lap record for the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in a variable cab tractor. Without the use of racing slicks, Christian Menzel was able to slash the previous record – held by a Porsche – by more than half.Continue ReadingCategory: Automotive, TransportTags: Nurburgring
SpaceX’s rocket landings have now become so routine that it’s easy to forget such a thing had never been accomplished five years ago. Its engineers' recycling methods were in full swing again today, with the company sending up and welcoming back the same refurbished Falcon 9 rocket for a record sixth time.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: SpaceX, Rocket landing, Launch


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