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Incredible footage has revealed the moment that the world’s biggest jet engine took to the skies for the first time, ahead of its planned maiden commercial flight in 2020.

The huge GE9X powerplant, which is as wide and tall as the fuselage of a Boeing 737, is being built for the latest version of the firm’s long-haul 777, the 777X ‘megaplane’.

General Electric has now begun flight trials of the prototype, after delays caused by technical problems stopped tests originally planned for late last year.

Weapon Wednesday – New Cruise Missile Coming

Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to develop a replacement for the current AGM-86 air-launched cruise...
Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to develop a replacement for the current AGM-86 air-launched cruise missile(Credit: US Air Force)

Lockheed Martin may have lost out on designing America’s next-generation ICBM, but the company has been selected to help replace the vintage AGM-86 Air Launched Cruise Missile. The US$900 million US Air Force Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contract tasks the company with developing the technology needed to build the nuclear-capable Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) missile. read more

Ground Based Delivery Drones

Plans call for Eliport robots to travel on sidewalks, amongst pedestrians
Plans call for Eliport robots to travel on sidewalks, amongst pedestrians(Credit: Eliport)

When you think about all the logistical challenges involved, perhaps the use of aerial drones to deliver goods to peoples’ homes just isn’t feasible. That’s why several groups are now developing ground-based delivery drones. One of the latest, Barcelona-based Eliport, envisions a system in which people don’t even need to be involved. read more

New Full Face Snorkel Mask

To prevent the mask fogging up, the Seaview 180 SV2 has separate chambers for breathing and...
To prevent the mask fogging up, the Seaview 180 SV2 has separate chambers for breathing and the lens area(Credit: Wildhorn Outfitters)

If snorkeling is a window into a watery world, it’s not much good if that window is too small or fogs up all the time. read more

Maybach’s Projection Headlights

Mercedes-Maybach's Digital Light can paint all sorts of useful symbols on the road in bright, high-resolution...
Mercedes-Maybach’s Digital Light can paint all sorts of useful symbols on the road in bright, high-resolution light from the headlamps(Credit: Daimler)

New S-Class Maybachs will soon get an impressive intelligent headlight upgrade. Digital Light puts a million pixels of resolution into each headlight, and works with the car’s sensors and computers to display a bunch of driver-assist information right there on the road in front of you. read more

STINGel Doesn’t Give Cancer a Chance

A scanning electron microscope image of the injectable cancer-fighting hydrogel, dubbed STINGel
A scanning electron microscope image of the injectable cancer-fighting hydrogel, dubbed STINGel(Credit: Hartgerink Research Group/Rice University)

The cure for cancer might have been inside us all along – our own immune system. The trick is to give it a boost to find and destroy those rogue cells, and that’s the focus of the field of immunotherapy. To that end, a new hydrogel has been developed that can be injected directly to the site of a tumor, where it stays to slowly release its payload of immunotherapy drugs for longer.

Put the two into a ring, and the immune system will win every round against cancer. To give itself a fighting chance, the Big C instead focuses its attention on stealth attacks, using a variety of tactics to evade detection by the immune system until it can grow strong enough to overwhelm the body. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Infantry Sniper Rifle

HECKLER AND KOCH

The U.S. Army has chosen a new rifle designed to allow infantry squads to hit targets at greater ranges. The Heckler and Koch G28 designated marksman rifle will give infantrymen a weapon guaranteed to penetrate enemy body armor at longer ranges than existing M4 carbines. The move is an acknowledgement that the Army could someday fight enemies equipped with advanced body armor, which is part of the Army’s reorientation to the world of conflicts between large powers. read more

Physicist and Pop Culture Icon Steven Hawking Dead at 76

Stephen Hawking at the 2015 BAFTA awards
Stephen Hawking at the 2015 BAFTA awards(Credit: Twocoms/Depositphotos)

Pioneering theoretical physicist and science popularizer Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76. Details have not been released yet, but the BBC reports that his children Lucy, Robert and Tim have released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.” read more

Samsung See Through TV

Samsung's new wall-mounted QLED TVs have an Ambient Mode that mimics the pattern behind them, allowing...
Samsung’s new wall-mounted QLED TVs have an Ambient Mode that mimics the pattern behind them, allowing them to blend into the background(Credit: Samsung)

Samsung has whipped the covers off its lineup of 2018 TVs, just a day after LG did the same. Along with some OLED devices, the flagships of the range are built with Quantum dot light-emitting diode (QLED) display technology, and the entire line varies in size from a modest 40 in up to a monstrous 88 in. Since they can take up so much living room real estate, Samsung has also packed in a few new features to let the TVs earn their keep even while not in use. read more

New Tesla Semi

Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada
Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada

Tesla made quite a statement when it finally unveiled its all-electric long hauler last year, listing some truly impressive numbers in terms of range and acceleration. The might of the Tesla Semi’s is now being put to the test, with a production model rolling out of the Gigafactory with a load onboard for the very first time. read more