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Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:26:42 +0000 | David Szondy
Space, David Szondy

The T6 ion thruster will help send BepiColombo to Mercury

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission is on its way to Mercury, but instead of coasting to the smallest planet in the Solar System, it will be helped along by four state-of-the-art ion thrusters developed by an industrial consortium led by British company QinetiQ. The new solar-electric propulsion system in conjunction with a series of nine planetary flybys will allow the unmanned spacecraft to reach its destination against the pull of the Sun's gravity.

.. Continue Reading BepiColombo's journey to Mercury relies on ion power

Category: Space

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 09:44:31 +0000 | David Szondy
Aircraft, David Szondy

GE Aviation engineers have unveiled Affinity, a new family of supersonic jet engines for civilian aircraft

GE Avionics gives us a glimpse at the revival of civilian supersonic flight as it reveals a new family of engines designed to fly faster than the speed of sound. Called the Affinity, the new engine will be incorporated into Aerion Supersonic's Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet, which is being developed in partnership with Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation and Honeywell and could cut the time of a transatlantic flight by three hours.

.. Continue Reading GE unveils new supersonic commercial jet engine

Category: Aircraft

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 03:28:36 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Environment, Nick Lavars

Skysource/Skywater Alliance develops deployable machines that can harvest freshwater from the air

Two years ago, XPrize extended its list of pioneering technology competitions with a new contest aimed at the problem of global water security. After revealing the five finalists earlier in the year, the foundation has today announced the grand prize winner, which outshone almost 100 competitors with its superior ability to harvest fresh water from thin air.

.. Continue Reading Atmospheric water harvester takes out $1.5m XPrize

Category: Environment

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:29:51 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Science, Rich Haridy

What are the questions we hope the Canada experiment will help us answer?

As Canada becomes only the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana the world is closely watching for the country will offer the grandest social experiment we have ever seen in drug legalization and may help answer some questions that have been divisively debated for decades.

.. Continue Reading Legal marijuana: The world watches as Canada’s massive social experiment begins

Category: Science

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10:03:51 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Digital Cameras, Rich Haridy

Land's End, Cornwall, England by Josef FitzGerald-Patrick - Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

Painterly valleys, evocative storms, and chilly mountain vistas feature in the winning images for this year's Landscape Photographer of the Year, a unique photographic competition that is designed to showcase the British countryside.

.. Continue Reading Arresting nature: The winners of the 2018 Landscape Photographer of the Year

Category: Digital Cameras

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 05:47:40 +0000 | David Szondy
Space, David Szondy

BepiColombo on its way to Mercury

ESA's first mission to the planet Mercury lifted off today from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. At 10:45 pm GFT (October 20, 01:45 GMT), the BepiColombo spacecraft rose on a tail of fire into the night atop an Ariane 5 booster on the start of a voyage that will take seven years and a total travel distance of 9 billion km (5.6 billion mi) to cover the 240 million km (149 million mi) between Earth and the closest planet to the Sun.

.. Continue Reading BepiColombo on its way to Mercury after successful launch

Category: Space

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:48:25 +0000 | Ben Coxworth
Health & Wellbeing, Ben Coxworth

The Vital Scout patch is worn on the skin, over the heart

It would be an understatement to say that a lot of people suffer from too much stress. Unfortunately, though, it can sometimes be difficult to determine just what the causes of that stress are. VivaLNK's new Vital Scout is designed to help you find out.

.. Continue Reading ECG patch is made to sniff out stress

Category: Health & Wellbeing

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:05:12 +0000 | Ben Coxworth
Biology, Ben Coxworth

Although it evolved along similar lines as the piranha, Piranhamesodon pinnatomus is not thought to have ...

Sharks are in the ocean, piranhas are in freshwater, and that's the way it's always been … right? Well, it turns out that 150 million years ago, the sea was also home to a very piranha-like fish known as Piranhamesodon pinnatomus. The recently-classified creature is officially the earliest known flesh-eating ray-finned fish.

.. Continue Reading Newly-classified fossil fish was like a saltwater piranha

Category: Biology

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:43:01 +0000 | Ben Coxworth
Health & Wellbeing, Ben Coxworth

The AlertnessScanner app photographs users' pupils every time they unlock their phone

Given that our level of alertness varies throughout the day, it only makes sense that we should avoid performing attention-demanding tasks when we're at our drowsiest. An experimental new Android app is designed to determine when those times are, by examining users' eyes.

.. Continue Reading Cornell app looks users in the eye to gauge alertness

Category: Health & Wellbeing

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:31:53 +0000 | James Holloway
Science, James Holloway

The researchers think the discovery could inform the design of tiny airborne drones

Carried by the wind, dandelion seeds can travel enormous distances of more than a kilometer (0.6 miles). Now, researchers at The University of Edinburgh have discovered that this is thanks to a remarkable form of flight never before seen in nature.

.. Continue Reading Scientists unlock the secrets of flying dandelion seeds

Category: Science