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Virgin Space Plane

VSS Unity returning from its feather test flight
VSS Unity returning from its feather test flight (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity suborbital spacecraft took to the skies over the Mojave desert in an unpowered flight test of the ship’s feather re-entry system. Piloted by Mark Stucky and Mike Masucci, the glide test is the fourth independent flight and the eighth total flight of the craft, which is designed to carry paying passengers on brief excursions to the edge of space. read more

President’s Nightwatch Fleet

Wherever Air Force One is in the world, an E-4B Doomsday plane isn’t far away.

There are four E-4B ‘Nightwatch’ planes in the fleet that are made up of specially modified Boeing 747s that follow the President of the United States, particularly when he goes overseas.

The planes are outfitted as complete command centers for the president and his top officials including the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the case of nuclear war or national emergency.

These aircraft have unique capabilities that cannot be duplicated by any other aircraft that the Air Force use.

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There are four E-4B 'Nightwatch' planes, one is pictured in 2013, in a fleet that are made up of specially modified Boeing 747s that follow the President of the United States almost wherever he goes

These planes are some of the most unique in the Air Force's total air fleet and are designed to be airborne military command centers

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Humans in America Long Before First Thought

A controversial find could rewrite the history of humans in North America.

Archaeologists claim to have found evidence an unknown species of human was living on the continent as early as 130,000 years ago – 115,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Researchers discovered the butchered remains of an enormous mastodon in San Diego, with evidence of chips and fractures made by early humans – but they admit they don’t know if they were Homo sapiens, Homo erectus, Neanderthals, or something else.

The findings could dramatically revise the timeline for when humans first reached North America, although many researchers are sceptical of the find, claiming there are issues with the dating technique used and ‘many questions’ over the research.

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In 1992, archaeologists discovered the fossilised remains of an enormous mastodon in San Diego – a mammoth-like creature that roamed North America 130,000 years ago
In 1992, archaeologists discovered the fossilised remains of an enormous mastodon in San Diego – a mammoth-like creature that roamed North America 130,000 years ago

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Knightscope Security Robot

At just 5ft, they may not seem like the most imposing security guards, but they could soon be patrolling shopping centers around the world.

The Knightscope K5 robots are the creation of a Silicon Valley startup firm and have been specially designed for fighting crime.

And the company says it has just signed a deal which will see the droids roll out across 16 cities.

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Knightscope has just signed a deal which will see its K5 security droids (pictured) roll out to shopping malls across 16 cities in the United States. And they could one day become a common sight in shopping precincts worldwide
Knightscope has just signed a deal which will see its K5 security droids (pictured) roll out to shopping malls across 16 cities in the United States. And they could one day become a common sight in shopping precincts worldwide

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Pools Made From Shipping Containers

The Modpools also come with a color-changing LED
The Modpools also come with a color-changing LED (Credit: Modpools)

Shipping containers are by nature rather easy to move around, and more and more we are seeing clever ideas around how their strengths can be put to use. The latest example of this is a little something called a Modpool, a relocatable above-ground swimming pool that can be installed within minutes of delivery. read more

Electric Flyer

The Kitty Hawk Flyer being flown by Cimeron Morrissey in the company's slick promo video
The Kitty Hawk Flyer being flown by Cimeron Morrissey in the company’s slick promo video (Credit: Kitty Hawk)

Silicon Valley startup Kitty Hawk – backed by Google’s Larry Page, who also threw his weight behind a rotor-based flying car a few years back – has released a video showing off the prototype of an upcoming all-electric personal flying machine it’s calling The Flyer. The company says that users won’t need to secure a pilot’s license to fly the eight rotor vehicle, and promises a swift learning curve. read more

Ice Age Predicted

Stone pillars at Göbekli Tepe, adorned with animals that archaeologists believe indicate a specific date and ...
Stone pillars at Göbekli Tepe, adorned with animals that archaeologists believe indicate a specific date and tell of a cataclysm (Credit: Travel the Unknown)

Around 12,800 years ago, the Earth suddenly dipped into a mini ice age, and nobody really knows why. One of the leading theories is that the cataclysm was triggered by a comet striking the planet, and now, archaeologists believe they’ve found a first-hand account of the story recorded in the remains of an ancient Turkish temple.

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Industrial Iron Man Arm

Lockheed Martin is giving industrial workers a hand with an Iron Man inspired tool.

Called FORTIS Tool Arm, the exoskeleton is capable of supporting up to 50 pounds in order to relieve fatigue for those who work with heavy machinery.

Users reported two-thirds less fatigue after using the tool, which resulted in higher quality work, greater productivity and fewer musculoskeletal injuries.

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FORTIS Tool Arm is capable of supporting up to 50 pounds in order to relieve fatigue for those who work with heavy machinery. Users reported two-thirds less fatigue after using the tool, which resulted in higher quality work, greater productivity and fewer musculoskeletal injuries
FORTIS Tool Arm is capable of supporting up to 50 pounds in order to relieve fatigue for those who work with heavy machinery. Users reported two-thirds less fatigue after using the tool, which resulted in higher quality work, greater productivity and fewer musculoskeletal injuries

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Cancer Killing Sperm

Sperm that’s been loaded with chemotherapy drugs could be used to fight cancer in women.

The guided missile technique involves using drug-treated sperm to deliver the medicines to tumors deep inside the body.

The revolutionary treatment could help thousands of women affected by cancers of the reproductive system, which can be reached by the drug- carrying sperm. Cancer of the womb kills more than 2,000 women a year in the UK and cervical cancer claims the lives of around 900.

Treatment includes chemotherapy to try to poison the cancer cells before they spread.

But this also damages healthy cells. For years, scientists have been exploring ways to deliver toxic anti-cancer medicines directly to tumor sites, leaving healthy tissues unscathed.

One method used bacteria as a form of transport, as they can penetrate the body easily.

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Wristband Diagnoses Disease

An ultra-sensitive wristband may improve diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other conditions, researchers said on Monday.

Unlike previous sweat sensors, the new model requires only a trace of moisture to do its job and doesn’t require patients to sit still for 30 minutes while it collects a sample.

The device contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands.

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Researchers at the University of California have designed a wearable device that contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands
Researchers at the University of California have designed a wearable device that contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands

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