The Skylon C2 is a new type of aircraft that uses the SABRE engine system, which relies on a device called the precooler - technology that cools down the air entering the engineer system by more than 1,000° C in a mere .01-seconds, resulting in an unheard-of cooling rate of 400 megawatts, enabling the plane to 'breathe' oxygen. SKYLON will also be able to take passengers into outer space, taking off and landing horizontally like a normal plane. SABRE will also be used in the LAPCAT A2. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Yes, engineers have already devised an extremely simple machine that can make better versions of itself. To be more specific, Reaper on DamnInteresting.com says it's "a processor which can 're-carve' its communication pathways on-the-fly was given random arrangements and charged with executing a program that identified tones, and the most successful arrangements were combined over and over until a nearly 100% success rate was achieved." Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have built a time machine simulator. In other words, this system can mimic how a quantum particle would behave if it passed through a closed time-like curve and interacted with a younger version of its self. They fired pairs of entangled light particles through a circuit, in which entangled particles are created from the same parent particle, so they are identical to each other and any force that acts on one immediately affects the other. Think of this as meeting the younger version of yourself right at the entrance to a time travel loop. Continue reading for a video and to hear what happened.
Most toolboxes are designed purely for function, the $179 Coolbox is not only functional, but packs an internal rechargeable battery, Bluetooth speakers, LED lights, wheels, bottle opener, and lots more. There's also a magnetic lid for keeping track of loose screws, bolts and the other magnetic pieces, a whiteboard under the lid and dual tablet stands both on the top of the box and inside. On the lower left side, there's a built-in power strip that operate when you have the Coolbox (Indiegogo page) plugged into an outlet via a retractable cord, which doubles as an extension cord of sorts. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos for today.
For the first time in history, scientists have captured footage of a laser beam's flight path using an ultra-high-speed camera capable of detecting single particles of light. Scottish researchers recorded 2-million laser pulses over a 10 minute period, as individual photons collided with the air. Normally, scientists can only see light when it reflects off other objects, or when smoke gas is blown over it. Continue reading for the video and more information.
For the first time in history, the US Navy will publicly demonstrate their crazy railgun at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington D.C. on February 4. The U.S. Navy plans to integrate a railgun that has a range of over 160 km (100 mi) onto a ship by 2016. By that time the Navy expects to have a weapon that can fire multiple projectiles per minute. The hyper-velocity rounds weigh 10 kg (23 lb) and cost about $25,000 each. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Dremel's Idea Builder 3D Printer makes it easy for anyone to get into the hobby of creating things from scratch, thanks to its user-friendly features. Not only does it come with a pre-installed extruder for fast setup right out of the box, but a full-color touch screen for object previews as well. Best of all, on-board software permits standalone operation when needed, without requiring a computer. Product page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Roly Poly can either be considered the ultimate prank gadget, or one that's perfect for long distance relationships. If you choose the former, simply gift someone without telling them what it does, and then start making it move on its own at the most random of times. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on pricing or availability. Click here to view the first image in this week's internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never snoop on your child's mail.
Mark Cornell, who became legally blind after serving in the US Air Force, was able to see for the first time in 20-years, thanks to a pair of high-tech eSight electronic glasses. This $15,000 device uses a camera and advanced computing to create real-time video that can be enhanced / magnified for people suffering from vision impairment. Continue reading for the touching video and more information.
HoloLens by Microsoft is basically a futuristic headset with a transparent screen, enabling users to see the hologram in front of them while also seeing the real world a la augmented reality. Manipulating the holograms can be achieved through gestures and voice commands. Developers can use HoloStudio to 3D print the objects they've created in their holograms. NASA will be using HoloLens to view 3D holograms of Mars using images sent back by the rovers to let scientists feel as if they are walking on the Martian surface. Continue reading for a video and more information.