Forget 0-60 MPH – How About 60-120!

The SSC Tuatara is designed to go 300 mph, so it handles the sprint from 60-120 mph absolutely effortlessly
The SSC Tuatara is designed to go 300 mph, so it handles the sprint from 60-120 mph absolutely effortlessly
SSC

At 1,750 horsepower (on E85 fuel), the ludicrous rear-wheel drive SSC Tuatara hypercar is designed to break 300 mph (482 km/h). So it barely gets into 4th gear on the hectic sprint from 60-120 mph (100-200 km/h) in this newly released video.

On our live list of the world’s most powerful production cars, the SSC Tuatara currently sits at #6. If you exclude electrics and hybrids, only the monstrous Hennessey Venom F5 makes more power from a combustion engine. It’s very hard to put this kind of power into any context us regular humans can understand, since for most of us a 500-horsepower sportscar feels outrageously fast.

But perhaps this piece of road testing video can help. If you didn’t look at the speedometer, you’d think it was accelerating from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) at violent speed. But then, you realize this is an American hypercar; the speedo’s in miles per hour and this thing is blasting through double the speed limit in the blink of an eye, feeling like it’s barely getting out of bed.

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What did Dinosaurs Eat? Now we Know

An artist's illustration of Borealopelta markmitchelli, enjoying a meal of ferns
An artist’s illustration of Borealopelta markmitchelli, enjoying a meal of ferns
Julius Csotonyi, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

There’s only so much we can learn about dinosaurs from their dusty old bones. But now, palaeontologists have gathered some fascinating new insights by studying the stomach contents of an incredibly well-preserved nodosaur. They can tell not just what its last meal was, but how it browsed for food and even what time of year it died. read more

Replace Worn Out Proteins with a Quick Bike Ride

The researchers note that the maintenance of healthy muscle is important not just for strength and physical activity, but also plays an important role in regulating metabolism
The researchers note that the maintenance of healthy muscle is important not just for strength and physical activity, but also plays an important role in regulating metabolism

There’s no question that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but there remains a lot to discover about the ways physical activity positively influences the human body. A new study has delved into the mechanics of muscle maintenance, finding that even short stints on a bike can boost the activity of the “death marker protein,” which clears out damage to keep things healthy and in working order. read more

AeroTec’s Electric Aircraft

The maiden voyage of the electric Cessna took place at AeroTEC’s test facility in Moses Lake, Washington
The maiden voyage of the electric Cessna took place at AeroTEC’s test facility in Moses Lake, Washington
AeroTEC

The future of aviation is looking a little greener today, with a nine-seat Cessna aircraft fitted out with an all electric propulsion system successfully completing its first flight. This maiden voyage for the world’s largest electric aircraft marks another step forward for a nascent industry out to shake up the world of air travel, which could one day look a lot cleaner and cost effective than it does now. read more

Smartphone Helps Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

Researchers test out a new smartphone-based diagnostic tool to detect diabetes-induced blindness
Researchers test out a new smartphone-based diagnostic tool to detect diabetes-induced blindness
University of Bonn/Sankara Eye Foundation

One of the disastrous effects of diabetes is the harm it can cause to the retina, with this degeneration of blood vessels in the eye now the leading cause of new blindness in working-age adults. An international team of scientists has developed technology that could pick up this so-called diabetic retinopathy in its early stages, using a standard smartphone as the basis for a low-cost diagnostic method that could greatly improve care in developing regions. read more

Think You’ve got High Speed Internet?

One of the micro-comb photonic chips, which allowed internet speeds of up to 44.2 Tb/s
One of the micro-comb photonic chips, which allowed internet speeds of up to 44.2 Tb/s
Monash University
An Australian research team has recorded the fastest ever internet speed from a single light source – an absolutely astounding 44.2 Terabits per second. That’s more than 44,000 times faster than the highest speed connection available to consumers today. This incredible feat was made possible by a new kind of optical chip.

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Compact Carry Fire Pit

The Firekorf packs tiny but supports a sizable blaze
The Firekorf packs tiny but supports a sizable blaze
By Arnaud

There’s nothing wrong with the classic rock fire ring, but building one isn’t always possible, legal or ethical. So with the growth of a more “camp anywhere” culture spurred on by overlanding and #vanlife, we’ve seen a growth in the number of portable, collapsible fire pits out there. The new Firekorf from Belgium’s By Arnaud is lighter and more collapsible than average, relying on four folding legs and a mesh basket to pack small but fire up big. An available cooking grate and spit turn it into a go-anywhere wood-fire cooker. read more

Air Jordons Smash Auction Records

The1985 Air Jordan 1 Vintage Originals were produced for Jordan in the white, black and red of his Chicago Bulls, and were the colourway he wore most often on court. In 1984, Nike gave Jordan a signature line of shoes and clothes – a crucial, unprecedented move to entice Michael Jordan to sign with Nike. Produced between February to April 1985, Jordan wore this pair of Air Jordan 1s during an early, pivotal point of his career, catalysing an unprecedented sales spike and paving the way for Scottie Pippen, Penny Hardaway, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James to have their own signature shoes … and ultimately for the birth of sneaker culture.
The1985 Air Jordan 1 Vintage Originals were produced for Jordan in the white, black and red of his Chicago Bulls, and were the colourway he wore most often on court. In 1984, Nike gave Jordan a signature line of shoes and clothes – a crucial, unprecedented move to entice Michael Jordan to sign with Nike. Produced between February to April 1985, Jordan wore this pair of Air Jordan 1s during an early, pivotal point of his career, catalysing an unprecedented sales spike and paving the way for Scottie Pippen, Penny Hardaway, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James to have their own signature shoes … and ultimately for the birth of sneaker culture.
Sotheby’s / NewAtlas.com

With three days left, the first pair of Air Jordan 1s have already reached $240,000. read more

PHILIP Laser Powered Lunar Rover

An ESA rover undergoes night-time field tests in Spain
An ESA rover undergoes night-time field tests in Spain
Fernando Gandía/GMV

Solar power is not just a great energy source on Earth, it can work on the Moon and Mars too. But there are some places that a solar-powered rover just can’t reach, like the Moon’s polar regions that are permanently in shadow. Now, ESA has outlined a new system where a lander shines a laser at a rover to keep it powered from miles away. read more

Portable Inflatable Bike

The Poimo portable ebike prototype currently needs an external air compressor, but a production model would have that built in
The Poimo portable ebike prototype currently needs an external air compressor, but a production model would have that built in
Tokyo University

We’ve seen our share of portable ebikes, but this adorable little cutie takes things to the next level. Presented at this year’s ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing, Poimo (POrtable and Inflatable MObility) is an inflatable ebike that fits in a small backpack when you’re not riding it. read more