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Architecture

New thrill ride proposed for NYC's Penn Station

Brooklyn studio AE Superlab has unveiled an ambitious proposal to build a new thrill ride atop NYC's Pennsylvania Station. Featuring 11 gondolas that free-fall toward the ground at a rate of over 100 mph (160 km/h), the ride would rise to three times the height of the London Eye and offer fantastic views of the area.

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Aircraft

Solar Impulse 2 completes first solar transatlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 has flown into the history books again as it completed the first solar-powered flight across the Atlantic. With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the single-seater aircraft touched down in Seville, Spain, at 7:38 am local time – over 71 hours after it left JFK airport in New York. Covering a distance of 6,765 km (4,203 mi), this completes the 15th leg of the experimental aircraft's bid to be the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the world.Read More

Automotive Review

Review: 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel offers rugged style

Through its history, Land Rover has retained a well-deserved reputation for offroad ruggedness and capability. In more modern times, however, these vehicles – especially the Range Rover models – have stepped away from their military builds and entered the sophisticated realm of modern luxury without losing the root expertise and capability Land Rover is known for. With the 2016 Range Rover Sport, a new diesel powerplant makes for a get-anywhere machine worthy of royalty.Read More

Marine

Rolls-Royce predicts robotic ships will be on the water by 2020

In 2014, Rolls-Royce unveiled its vision of the robotic cargo ship of the future that it believes will become a reality by 2020. This week at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam, the Rolls-Royce-led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications initiative (AAWA) presented a white paper outlining what such autonomous vessels might be like and what hurdles stand between them and the open sea.Read More

Automotive

BMW rips the battery out of the i3 and hangs it on your wall

Electric vehicle manufacturers are eager to give their cars another selling point by using them to put electricity back into the home and grid, not just pull it out. Tesla has the Powerwall and Nissan Leafs have been used in car-to-grid programs in the US and UK. BMW is continuing its own efforts by developing a system that could repurpose old i3 batteries for home and business energy storage.Read More

Computers

Google highlights five main safety concerns surrounding AI

Safety risks posed by artificial intelligences are a genuine concern, but it's not just the apocalyptic robot uprising that we need to worry about. More seemingly mundane problems, such as an AI agent knocking over a vase while it's cleaning, also need to be addressed. Google Research has discussed methods for keeping AI on the straight and narrow in the past, and now the company has released a research paper outlining areas that are minor problems today, but will need more attention as AI technologies become more ubiquitous.Read More

Environment

Looking to the past to learn more about a warming planet's possible future

Expectations of what a warmer planet might mean range from the inconsequential to the much more dire, but researchers are working to bring more scientific data to the debate. For geologists at Florida State University (FSU), one way to learn more about the future is by visiting the past, 94 million years ago to be exact. By studying a major warming event at that point in the Earth's history, the researchers have found that it caused changes in ocean chemistry that were incompatible with vital nutrients needed to support life.Read More

Automotive

Grimsel claims top spot in EV acceleration wars by hitting 100 km/h in 1.512 seconds

Instant electric torque means warp-drive acceleration from standstill, allowing family cars to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) faster than a McLaren F1. Couple that accelerative potential with determined students, and it's not hard to guess what happens next. A team based out of Switzerland has just shattered the acceleration record for EVs, hitting 100 km/h in a staggering 1.513 seconds.Read More

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