Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

That red button is easily accessible from both the front seats and the passenger seats behind them, and Safe Return is hardwired into the $2 million Vision Jet’s controls, using autopilot functionality and the small jet’s simplified engine management system to steer the aircraft to a smooth landing and brake to a stop.

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

The study was limited—the sperm was in microgravity for less than 9 seconds, for example—but it suggested that reduced gravity has negligible effects on the health of frozen sperm.“We are at the frontier of knowledge about human reproduction in space,” says Antoni Perez-Poch, an engineer at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a coauthor on the paper.

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

It’s Starship : the upper stage of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket that Musk hopes will soon carry humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.In fact, Musk said, the Super Heavy will produce about twice the thrust of the Saturn V.Starship is quite unlike anything that’s ever been sent to space.

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

Many of our air traffic controllers are relying on 50 year-old radar installations and antiquated equipment to safely guide passengers through our increasingly crowded skies.

Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

We had eight suitcases plus carry-on bags, and were flying from Hartford to New York on TWA, connecting to a flight to Toronto on Air Canada.Not wanting to wait three days for a standby flight, we piled into a cab and headed to the Greyhound Terminal in downtown Manhattan.

New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Footage Shows Rey Breaking Bad

New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Footage Shows Rey Breaking Bad

But most of all, it's got an enticing addition to the Star Wars lightsaber canon .Sure, you could pick apart individual screenshots from the trailer.

The Cosmic, Psychedelic, Glow-in-the-Dark Art of Alex Aliume

The Cosmic, Psychedelic, Glow-in-the-Dark Art of Alex Aliume

In Cosmic Consciousness, Aliume has created something that’s difficult to describe, other than to say that it reminds pretty much everyone who sees it of something they’ve already seen , whether it’s the lights you see when your eyes are closed or the cosmic web/matrix that sometimes appears when you’re in the midst of a psychedelic trip.

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

And it would have gone entirely unnoticed by faraway humans if it weren’t for the assistance of a company called Vaisala, which operates the sensor network and uses it to triangulate a lightning strike, feeding the data to outfits like the National Weather Service.

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

The two MAX jet crashes—on Lion Air in October and Ethiopian Airlines in March, which together killed 346 people—happened just minutes into each flight, while the planes were climbing to their cruising altitude.

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

Since Loon spun out of X last summer, the company’s balloons have logged 1 million hours of flight time and found some novel ways to navigate the stratosphere.

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

Carrying improvements like seats that swivel between patient-bearing stretchers and enemy-facing machine guns, the Combat Rescue Helicopter could enter service next year. The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

It’s called a solid-state greenhouse effect—light penetrates the surface, passes through the translucent ice, and then hits darker regolith, which warms up. Could an insulating material create a solid-state greenhouse effect warm enough to make Mars habitable?

Bentley Envisions Zero-Emissions Luxury Car by 2035

Bentley Envisions Zero-Emissions Luxury Car by 2035

In honor of its 100th anniversary, the maker of the official car of Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the EXP 100 GT concept, sketching a vision that fuses self-driving technology with interior comforts featuring special scents, wood from naturally fallen trees and seats made from wine-making leftovers.

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data

Perhaps the question should be: Does white reflect MORE thermal radiation than black clothing (I'm equating thermal radiation and infrared light—same thing). The T-shirts (both the black and the white) have an emissivity very close to 1—they don't really reflect much infrared radiation.

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

And everyone described the faces of all four humans as green.“We were expecting to see that people match fruit to have a little subtle tinge of typical fruit color, and skin to have a typical tinge of typical skin color,” says Bevil Conway, a color vision researcher at NIH and the lead author on a new paper about this research.

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

Sikorsky is pitching the funky, fast S-97 Raider as a replacement for today’s light attack and scout helicopters, via the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

Now, though, RoboBee becomes RoboBee X-Wing, as Harvard researchers have added solar cells and an extra pair of wings, freeing the robot to blast off to a galaxy far, far away.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.Using Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Spotlight quickly returned a list of online sex ads featuring the girl’s photo. Thorn has previously built language processing tools to help law enforcement officers find child abuse content on the dark web.

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

But it was also on Flickr that Smith discovered the then-small community of "light painters"—photographers who shoot at night, using colored light sources and long exposures to create intricately composed images.

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

Simply put, ray tracing is a technique that makes light in video games behave like it does in real life. This newfound excitement around ray tracing comes just as home gaming hardware is on the cusp of being able to process lighting effects in real time.

A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars

A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars

"I don't know how long it's been going on," Friend says, "but I looked up one of the license plates, and it was 40 or 50 years old.". "I was looking for places where the natural and the manmade collide," Friend says, "creating these new forms that are beautiful and ugly.".

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

New aviation startup Alaka’i says its Skai aircraft will be able to fly for up to four hours and cover 400 miles on a single load of fuel, which can be replenished in 10 minutes at a hydrogen fueling station.

The Secret to Soap Bubbles' Iridescent Rainbows

The Secret to Soap Bubbles' Iridescent Rainbows

When it comes to reflected light, you get a half wavelength phase shift if it reflects off a material with a higher index of refraction. As the film thickness changes, different wavelengths of light achieve constructive interference.

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

The USC team is one of several groups of college students across the United States and Europe that have been racing to send a rocket above the Kármán line, the imaginary boundary that separates Earth’s atmosphere and space.

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

When aerial photographer Joshua Smith flew over the Simpson Desert for the first time four years ago, on his way to visit a friend in a remote town, he couldn't stop snapping.

Like Game of Thrones Languages? Here's How to Make Your Own

Like Game of Thrones Languages? Here's How to Make Your Own

Like Game of Thrones Languages? Those languages on Game of Thrones sound so, so cool. Peterson, the man behind the languages on Game of Thrones just how he does it.

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News. A cruise in a self-driving Tesla turned deadly, the air taxi of the future has taken flight, and climate change is speeding up. A new report on a fatal Tesla crash looks grim.

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

The aircraft would pitch the fan assemblies vertically for takeoff, then transition them 90 degrees for horizontal flight, with the aerodynamic wing and fuselage providing most of the lift at cruising speed.