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Perpetual Steam Powered Spacecraft + Are *We* Alien Probes?

By mining water from asteroids and using solar power to create steam for propulsion, an asteroid mining space probe would “never” run out of fuel for exploration. This simple propulsion strategy could be part of a self-repairing self-multiplying army of space exploration drones. Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to asteroid is now … Continue reading

Probe Returns Image of “Rock Snowman” Beyond Pluto

This is far out. A billion miles beyond Pluto, that’s how far. The New Horizons space probe has beamed back the first images of an object it was directed to encounter a billion miles beyond the orbit of the former planet Pluto. Ultima Thule (officially 2014 MU69) is now the farthest object in our solar … Continue reading

Probe from China Lands on Far Side of Moon (Videos)

An unmanned probe from China called Chang’e-4 has just landed on the moon in the Von Kármán crater, the first spacecraft to soft land on the far side of the moon. Contrary to popular belief, the far side of the moon, while always facing away from the earth, is not always dark. Both sides of … Continue reading

A New Small Planet is About to be Explored (Hours from Now)

Happy New Year. In just a few hours we will not only have ushered in 2019, but humanity have also explored a new little world. One of the inner planetessimals, of potentially billions in our solar system beyond pluto, will get a flyby from the New Horizons spacecraft very soon. The craft will send back … Continue reading

Epic Sea Journey for 71-Year-Old in a Barrel

A French septuagenarian has “set sail” in a self-designed 10-foot-by-7-foot barrel, hoping to drift across the Atlantic Ocean driven only by ocean currents. Jean-Jacques Savin is now at sea alone on a three month adventure in his specially designed capsule. Mr. Savin will spend New Year’s and his 72nd birthday adrift in pursuit of his … Continue reading

British Airways Warning: Small Risk of Bullet Fragments (In Food)

We knew it from all those James Bond movies, but here is another reminder that the Brits are a tough lot: Bullet fragments among the wilted kale? Common practice to warn us about that, they say. The business class menu featured a bizarre warning It read: “Even though greatest care has been taken, due to … Continue reading

Video: A Run of Giant Spools on Texas Freeways

How do you tie down your giant spools when you move them around? If you have a good method that doesn’t result in freeway surprises, please share your tip with contractors in the city of Houston, Texas where there have been no less than three recent incidents (Oct 25, Nov 12 and Dec 7 in … Continue reading

First Flight: Heavier Than Air Plane With No Moving Parts

Here is a new surprising and impressive achievement: the first non-secret flight (10 seconds) of a solid state model airplane powered by an ion drive with no moving parts. Researchers from MIT have flown a plane without moving parts for the first time. It is powered by an ‘ion drive’ which uses high powered electrodes … Continue reading

Dubai Police Hoverbike Training Begins

The future we have seen in many science fiction movies is getting closer. The video below shows a motorcycle-sized quad copter successfully carrying an adult rider, hovering and moving a few feet above the ground. If the Scorpion 3 ridable drone by the Russian company “hoversurf” performs well (and especially if criminals start using their … Continue reading

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