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When Kerbal Space Program Hype Reaches Dangerous Levels

When Kerbal Space Program Hype Reaches Dangerous Levels Pictured above: a flying revolver destroying a locomotive, in a creative expression of one’s hype towards Kerbal Space Program’s big upcoming 1.Made by redditor JeanTheDragon, the winged gun was an answer to a series of Hype Trains posted to the KSP subreddit in anticipation to the update.

Hyperloop One conducts first ever full-scale test of Hyperloop propulsion system

Hyperloop One conducts first ever full-scale test of Hyperloop propulsion system The aptly named Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) just demoed its system on Wednesday, and it worked.A Hyperloop like the one tested by Hyperloop One could potentially be able to reach speeds of 700 mph inside low-pressure tubes.

Bee-inspired robot uses static electricity to land anywhere

Bee-inspired robot uses static electricity to land anywhere The micro-drone can already fly like a bee, but what if it could land like one too?The RoboBee was first unveiled by Harvard in 2013, and the basic design hasn’t changed much since.

New helium discovery could boost the world’s dwindling supply

New helium discovery could boost the world’s dwindling supply A new discovery in the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley could loosen up supplies considerably, though.Scientists there have uncovered huge deposits of the gas in ancient volcanic rocks, and this could lead to more discoveries in the future.

The Olympic Torch Is Borderline Indestructible

The Olympic Torch Is Borderline Indestructible The Olympic torch’s one job is to stay lit no matter what.Seriously, this thing is built like a tank, with concentric rings and spokes of aluminum, a telescoping, snake-like tip, and a spring-loaded central gas line.

Octobot is the world’s first completely soft robot

Octobot is the world’s first completely soft robot Scientists have been working on so-called “soft robotics” in recent years to make machines a little more flexible in the real world, and a team from Harvard has created the first ever completely soft robot using a combination of 3D printing, pneumatics, and chemical reactions.The body of the Octobot was built with a combination of 3D printing, molding, and soft lithography.

Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives?

Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives? There are lithium-air batteries, aluminum-graphite batteries, and even bacterial batteries.Most battery technologies fade away before they reach the point any of us will benefit from them.

Best laptops for engineers and engineering students: When work requires a real workstation

Best laptops for engineers and engineering students: When work requires a real workstation Not every engineer will make the same compromises, but there are a few laptops that stand out for use by engineers, depending on their specific needs.This year we’ve also included a couple options aimed a little more towards Engineering students — who are usually on a more limited budget, and may also need something smaller and lighter.

SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach

SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach Several weeks ago, SpaceX suffered another blow to its efforts to make private spaceflight a viable business when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad during a pre-flight test.The explosion resulted in the loss of the rocket and the payload, a satellite that was to be used for Facebook’s internet.

Samsung used internal lab to test Note 7 battery instead of third-party

Samsung used internal lab to test Note 7 battery instead of third-party A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals Samsung used an internal lab to test the battery in the Note 7, which sets it apart from all other smartphone makers, which use independent third-party labs for such testing.There’s no guarantee that Samsung’s use of an internal testing lab has anything to do with the Note 7 defect, but it is very unusual.

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue It has been almost two months since a SpaceX rocket exploded during launch preparation, taking a Facebook internet satellite along with it.The company has been hard at work to track down the cause of the failure, and SpaceX now says the explosion was caused by a helium loading issue.

SpectroDrone system uses lasers to detect explosives from afar

SpectroDrone system uses lasers to detect explosives from afar They can aid in construction, explore nuclear disaster sites, and even detect explosives and other dangerous materials.Now, a company called Laser Detect Systems is taking that mission to the air.

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space If anything, Millennium Tower appears to be sinking even faster.Some in San Francisco say you can see the minor tilt from a sufficient distance away, but that might be confirmation bias.

Chinese company begins construction of full-sized Titanic replica—what could go wrong?

Chinese company begins construction of full-sized Titanic replica—what could go wrong? It has been more than a century since the RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.The real Titanic sank on April 15 1912, taking 1,500 people down with it.

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day British energy supplier Ovo Energy decided to pull together all the available data on the Death Star and estimate how much it would cost to power.To be accurate, this analysis is not estimating what it would cost the Galactic Empire of Star Wars to power the Death Star.