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Artist's impression of Theia colliding with Earth (Image: NASA/JPL)

There are a number of ideas about where the Moon came from, but, based on orbital mechanics, the accepted theory is that about 150 million years after the Solar System formed some 4.6 billion years ago, the primordial Earth was struck by an object the size of Mars called Theia. Out of the debris of this massive impact, the Moon was formed. Scientists at the University of Maryland (UMD) have for the first time found evidence to support this theory by analyzing the isotopic “fingerprints” of rock samples brought back by the Apollo astronauts.  Read More

The EBR 1190 SX streetfighter (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

In disappointing news for bike fans, Erik Buell Racing announced on April 16 that it has ceased operations. Initial reports blame the closure on poor sales of EBR’s commercial models, the 1190 RX superbike and the 1190 SX streetfighter.  Read More

From a distance, the City Sand Tower resembles a huge rock rising out of the desert (Image...

Parisian architecture firm OXO Architectes, in association with Nicolas Laisné Associés, recently revealed its proposal for a futuristic mixed-use tower – or "vertical city" – that promotes sustainable high density living in the Sahara desert. The conceptual project calls for the tower to be run using renewable sources including rainwater collection, solar power, and geothermal energy.  Read More

The Camlet Mount adds a second screen to your DSLR or mirrorless camera

The integration of cameras in smartphones and tablets has seen many become accustomed to the oversized viewfinder provided by such mobile devices. But such devices can't compete with dedicated DSLRs or mirrorless cameras when it comes to image quality and features, which is why Vancouver-based Camlet Products and New York-based IC Art NY have created the Camlet Mount to connect a mobile device to your camera.  Read More

T1 and T6

Volkswagen revealed the all-new Transporter series van this week, and while it's not the Bulli concept-inspired Microbus revival that the world is hungry for, it is notable as an all new generation for VW's highly successful, 65-year-old workhorse. The new T6 will arrive at dealerships and camper van conversion workshops with a host of styling, equipment and technology upgrades.  Read More

A hybrid supercapacitor combines high power and energy density (Photo: UCLA)

Scientists at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute have developed a new device that combines the high energy densities of batteries and the quick charge and discharge rates of supercapacitors. The hybrid supercapacitor is reportedly six times as energy-dense as a commercially available supercapacitor and packs nearly as much energy per unit volume as a lead-acid battery.  Read More

The production version of the Civic coupe has an toned down style compared to the Concept ...

Honda revealed the first preview of its 2016 Honda Civic in concept form at the New York International Auto Show last month but these new pictures show the car as it will look in showroom form when it’s officially released towards the end of the year.  Read More

The T25 housing is located inlet to the high-pressure compressor and protects the sensor e...

We've only just begun to see the huge impact 3D-printing technology will have on manufacturing, and the aerospace industry is a prime example. Earlier this year we saw the first example of a 3D-printed jet engine, now GE has announced the first 3D-printed part certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a commercial jet engine. The fist-sized T25 housing for a compressor inlet temperature sensor was fabricated by GE Aviation and will be retrofitted to over 400 GE90-94B jet engines on Boeing 777 aircraft.  Read More

The Vulcan rocket will use a reusable booster engine configuration

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has entered the reusable launcher race with its Next Generation Launch System (NGLS), also known as the Vulcan rocket. This replacement for the current generation of launch systems will incorporate a rocket engine assembly that jettisons from the first stage and is snared in mid-air by a helicopter after reentering the Earth's atmosphere  Read More

The Toroidion 1MW was born and raised in Finland

Normally more of a place a car manufacturer might go to cold-test its latest sports car, Finland is sliding its name into supercar design in a rather big, bold way. The all-new Toroidion 1MW concept car was designed, developed and built entirely in Finland. The car wrestles the title of world's most powerful all-electric supercar away from the Rimac Concept One. At a full megawatt (1,341 hp), it's one of the most powerful supercars, period. Besides sheer power, the car showcases some interesting technologies with a wide range of potential applications, from a scalable powertrain to a fast-swap battery system.  Read More

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