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The Crabster Deep Water Dive-Bot Gets its Sea Legs

The Crabster CR200 autonomous underwater vehicle has finally skittered off the drawing board and into development. Here it is, without protective exterior panels, clambering around the KIOST labs with its inventor, Bong-huan Jun, at the helm. Read More >>

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These High-Flying Drones Almost Hit Satellite Status

Low earth orbit is becoming increasingly crowded with satellite traffic and, as Gravity showed us, increasingly treacherous. So rather than try to squeeze yet another spacecraft into the mix, a French consortium has begun development on a super-high altitude, autonomous dirigible that will skim along the edge of the stratosphere. Read More >>

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Why Did Lockheed Blow Up its Own Prototype UAV Bomber?

Even with recent advances in rapid prototyping techniques and computer aided design, developing new aircraft is an expensive venture—especially when the US Department of Defence isn't footing the bill. So what on Earth could have coerced Lockheed to destroy the only prototype of its blended wing UAV bomber in mid-flight? Read More >>

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This Five-Bladed Behemoth is the World's Largest Cargo Ship Propeller

Modern international trade is only possible because of our fleets of seafaring cargo ships. And as these gigantic vessels continue to grow to meet the increasing demands of a rapidly globalising marketplace, so too do their components. Spanning nearly 34 feet in diameter and weighing a stout 113 tonnes, this massive cargo ship propeller is the largest of its kind (by width, at least) ever built. Read More >>

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The Sensor Array That Made the Big Bang Discovery Possible

Astronomers have long sought tangible proof that the Big Bang caused the universe to violently and exponentially expand in the first few milliseconds of its existence. Now they have it, thanks in part to a radio telescope in Antarctica that recently detected primordial gravitational waves, the "smoking gun" evidence of the Big Bang. This changes everything. Read More >>

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How NASA's Supercritical Wings Save Airlines Millions Every Year

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, aviation engineers struggled to overcome an important issue: That planes became increasingly difficult to control, the closer they got to the sound barrier. It wasn't until NASA strapped a pair of custom-made wings onto this fighter that supersonic flight became not just feasible, but downright commonplace. Read More >>

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NASA's Vomit Comet Trains Astronauts in the Ways of Weightlessness

With limited lab space aboard the ISS and skyrocketing launch costs, only the very best extra-terrestrial experiments make it into orbit. To put prospective experiments and astronauts alike through their weightless paces over the last six decades, NASA has relied on a gracefully arcing series of cargo planes called The Vomit Comet. Read More >>

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This Absurd Flying Whale Ushered in a New Age of Stealth Technology

Not every program DARPA undertakes can be another Big Dog—the agency has had its fair share of fizzled experiments over the years—but even those failures can yield exciting new insights. Just look at the Northrop Tacit Blue, a plane so unwieldy it incorporated more redundancy than the Space Shuttle but also demonstrated the potency of curved stealth design. Read More >>

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General Electric's "Walking Truck" Was a Cold War AT-AT

The Boston Dynamics Big Dog is only the latest in a long line of semi-autonomous cargo carriers developed for the US military. Back in the late 1960's, GE unveiled the Big Dog's spiritual predecessor: a mammoth mechanical pack mule strong enough to push Jeeps around like Matchbox cars. Read More >>

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How the Granddaddy of US Recon Planes is Helping Search for Flight 370

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off the coast of Vietnam has prompted a massive multinational maritime search for hints of the plane's fate. Among the growing armada of surface and aerial search vessels is the US Navy's venerable P-3C Orion, a long-range surveillance platform still just as effective today as it was in the early Cold War. Read More >>

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The Panama Canal's Newest Gates are Truly Gargantuan

By linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Panama Canal revolutionised global shipping when it opened nearly a century ago. However, the canal's capabilities are quickly being outpaced by the ever-growing ships that pass through it. In order to accommodate the next generation of over-sized vessels, the Panama Canal is receiving its most ambitious upgrade in 93 years—a third channel hemmed in by these gargantuan flood gates. Read More >>

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The 500 MPH Superplane That Bugatti Had to Hide From the Nazis

This is the Bugatti Model 100P: a 900 bhp, 500 mph, race plane imagined by none other than legendary automotive designer Ettore Bugatti. A plane so technologically advanced that it could have single-handedly dominated the skies of WWII for Germany, had the Nazis ever got hold of it. But after more than seven decades of obscurity in a French barn, the "Veyron of the Skies" is ready to finally take flight for the first time. Read More >>

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The Newest Tomahawk is a Mighty Morphin' Cruise Missile

The Tomahawk is among the most widely used and effective conventional weapons in the US military arsenal, especially since they began covertly launching them from the safety of submerged submarines during the Cold War. Recently, Raytheon debuted the latest upgrades to its newest generation of Tomahawks—cruise missiles smarter and more adaptable than ever before. Read More >>

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Boeing's X-36 is the Single Coolest R/C Plane in the History of Aviation

McDonnell Douglass (which would later merge with Boeing), Phantom Works, and NASA began development on the X-36 in 1989, as a means of validating cutting-edge, tailless aircraft designs of a new generation of fighter aircraft that could compete with the rapidly increasing capabilities of Soviet MiGs. Read More >>

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The Quantum D-Wave 2 is 3,600 Times Faster Than a Super Computer

Quantum computing is being hailed as the future of data processing, with promises of performing calculations thousands of times faster than modern supercomputers while consuming magnitudes less electricity. And in the span of just two years the only commercially available quantum computer, the D-Wave One, has already doubled its computational power. Kiss your law goodbye, Mr. Moore. Read More >>

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The Grandfather of the Space Shuttle Looked Like a UFO

In the late 1950s, at the dawn of the Space Age, the idea that a wingless vehicle could somehow generate lift just from its body shape was seen as beyond preposterous. But less than a decade later, this early forerunner of the Space Shuttle proved the design far more science than fiction. Read More >>

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