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The Top 50 F1 drivers of all time, regardless of what they were driving

Mathematics is the language of the universe, and given the exponential growth of computing power and advanced modeling techniques, it is beginning to make sense of even the most complex of problems. A team from Sheffield Methods Institute in the UK has analyzed all of the drivers, teams and results in Formula One history to produce a ranking of the best 50 F1 Drivers of all-time (with the car/team effects removed), as well as the best wet weather and street circuit drivers. It has also quantified how much of the performance equation is down to the team/car and how much is due to the driver. The results contain some big surprises.Read More

Mobile Technology Feature

2016 Smartphone Comparison Guide

Your process of buying a new phone doesn't always have to start and end with one or two brands. Sure, Samsung and Apple are the commercial leaders, and makers of some of the best phones out there, but our Best Smartphone of 2016 pick so far comes from HTC, a company that doesn't even do much (if any?) TV advertising these days. No matter which phone you go with, make the best possible decision by starting with this latest installment of our biannual Smartphone Comparison Guide.Read More

Automotive Feature

McLaren's 570S and 540C Sport series shine in absolutely horrific weather

Howling wind, lashing rain and deep standing water on the road: ideal conditions to test the braking and stability electronics of two gorgeous British supercars. McLaren Australia helicoptered Loz Blain and Scott Collie out to the Yarra Valley to drive the exquisite 570S and 540C Sport series cars in some of the worst driving weather we've ever experienced. The most affordable and accessible cars McLaren has ever made managed to shine regardless of this biblical deluge.Read More

Computers Feature

Game changers: Do clever machines add up to AI?​

In March, a computer achieved what many thought impossible when it won a best of five series against world-class go champion Lee Sedol. The victory by the DeepMind computer was the most significant milestone in artificial intelligence since Deep Blue beat chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, and once again sparked many predictable headlines about humans being knocked off our IQ perch. The question is, what do such human versus computer matches tell us about AI? Is it the harbinger of a machine-led future or are computers just very good at playing board games? To see how this might play out, we first need to look to the past.
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Inventors & Remarkable People Feature

Dezso Molnar interview Part 2: A different way of thinking about flying cars

It's not what you want to hear, but flying cars shouldn't be for everyone. Not in the short term. Not for a long time. In fact, according to multi-disciplinary inventor Dezso Molnar, who's about to launch the world's first flying car race series, anyone who's trying to build a multi-seat, VTOL flying commuter is wasting their time, building a heavyweight energy hog that's over-engineered for the benefit of passengers that just aren't there most of the time. Molnar says it's time for a reality check; there's dozens, maybe hundreds of existing roadable aircraft out there that fly as well as they drive and work within both sets of rules - and that's the small segment he sees a big future in. Here's part two of our rapid-fire interview with Dezso on a road trip in California.Read More

Aircraft Feature

These boots were made for flying: A chat with France's very own jet-powered fly boy, Franky Zapata

On the last day of April we joined Zapata Racing in the south of France to witness an attempt to remain aloft for more than 280 meters and snatch the "farthest flight by hoverboard" record from Alexandru Duru. That record was pulverized when the Flyboard Air covered over 2 km in around seven minutes. We managed to grab a few words with a jubilant but quite exhausted Franky Zapata after his record-breaking flight.Read More

VR Feature

2016 VR Comparison Guide

There are only a few VR headsets you can buy today – or at least only a few that matter – but now that consumer virtual reality is officially here, this sounds like a good time to compare your best options (both present and near future). Read on for our very first VR Headset Comparison Guide.Read More

3D Printing Feature

3D printing goes to war

From the bow to the bunker buster to the hydrogen bomb, new technologies have changed the face of warfare, and 3D printing looks set to be just as revolutionary. It's been around since the 1980s, but as key patents expire and access to the technology becomes more readily available, its effects on the military promise to be considerable – though the biggest and most immediate impact may be from a surprisingly humble quarter.Read More

Around The Home Feature

In style: Highlights from Milan Design Week 2016

Sprawling over 204,850 m2 (2.2 million ft2) of the Rho Milan Fairgrounds in Italy, the 55th Salone Internazionale Del Mobile (aka Milan Design Week) this year showcased the latest home-furnishing designs of more than 2,400 exhibitors from Italy and around the globe. The huge range of products on display combined quality craftsmanship with technology and innovative solutions for a diverse range of spaces and lifestyles. After wandering through the maze of design houses amid the staggering 372,151 total attendees, we've put together a photo gallery of the highlights.Read More

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