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This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail?

(From Vox.com article of the same name by Phil Edwards) You might remember the Concorde, the supersonic plane that came to symbolize technological optimism and extreme luxury. Though it always had critics and a high ticket price, it delivered on the promise of supersonic transport, giving riders ...
Aerial Footage of new Petra monument

Massive New Monument discovered near Petra

An overhead image of the monument photographed from a drone, and a detail overlay of the surface features in which the image is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. PHOTOGRAPH BY I. LABIANCA (LEFT) AND PHOTOGRAPH BY I. LABIANCA; GRAPHICS BY J. BLANZY (RIGHT) (from Kristen Romey – National ...
LIGO detector at Hanford, Washington

Gravitational-wave detection earns LIGO the Breakthrough Prize

The LIGO detector site at Hanford, Washington. Each arm of the detector is 2.5 miles long (Photo credit: LIGO) GeekWire.com is reporting that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and associated researchers earned a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics of $3 ...

Have we become too reliant on GPS?

In 2008, a Syrian truck driver was faithfully following his satellite navigation system and ended up 1,600 miles away from where he was supposed to be. He’d meant to go to Gibraltar, off the south coast of Spain. He arrived at Gibraltar Point, England, surrounded by a group of befuddled ...

California (and the Northwest) may be in for greater weather extremes

The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge is depicted in shades of red on this map. KQED, the San Francisco-based affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) released an article by Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at Stanford University working in conjunction with Northwestern and Columbia ...

SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat for the ISS

The space station’s Canadarm attaching the BEAM inflatable module to Node 3 of the ISS. GIF courtesy of NASA. On its next trip to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s Dragon rocket will be carrying an inflatable module on its payload. The module–the Bigelow Expandable ...

The Future Will Be Quiet

The Atlantic magazine has released an article for their April 2016 issue about how the expansion of electric cars and appliances will lead to a future with less noise due to having fewer petroleum-powered engines around. Presently, U.S. cities are fairly loud places with car horns, traffic, and ...

This tiny bot glows to diagnose tuberculosis

This nanomachine created by Brock University in Canada helps to diagnose diseases with much quicker results.  Scientists from Brock University in Canada have engineered nanoparticles to help with diagnosing tuberculosis more quickly and accurately than existing tests. The nanomachine–as it ...

Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory

The video above produced by The New York Times describes the method in which gravitational waves were detected on Earth for the first time by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Washington and Louisiana. Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicted ...

Babylonians tracked Jupiter with sophisticated geometry

Trustees of the British Museum/Mathieu Ossendrijver. (from John Timmer – Ars Technica) Even when a culture leaves behind extensive written records, it can be hard to understand their knowledge of technology and the natural world. Written records are often partial, and writers may have been ...
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