A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

It landed at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 4:43 am local time—a crossing time of just 4 hours and 56 minutes, and a new record for subsonic aircraft.

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Across the street a retro McDonnell Douglas sign perches above the aerospace giant’s former factory, and just around the corner Virgin Orbit is developing air-launched rockets .It’s a fitting headquarters for SpinLaunch, a company breathing new life into the decades-old idea of using giant mechanical slings to hurl rockets into orbit.

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

And while that might not be a day-to-day use case for many prospective buyers, it’s very handy if you’re showing off the prowess of your latest all-electric model for the first time at a glitzy event in Los Angeles, as Tesla (and SpaceX ) CEO Elon Musk did Thursday night.

Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News

Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News

The science behind Hurricane Dorian, why vaping is killing mice, and how a Bugatti became the first production car to surpass 300 miles per hour.That's the top speed of Bugatti's new Chiron, the first production car to top 300 mph .

Bugatti's Chiron Clocks 305 MPH Thanks to Top Notch Tires

Bugatti's Chiron Clocks 305 MPH Thanks to Top Notch Tires

BugattiBugatti’s new champion is a pre-production prototype of a special edition of the $3 million Chiron , which in its base form is electronically limited to 261 mph and goes from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds.

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

Ozkan’s team also created a new category called “frequent sitting,” with outdoor cafés and restaurants in mind, where wind shouldn’t exceed 5.6 mph.

Ford’s Bid for Safer Scooters? Sensors Everywhere

Ford’s Bid for Safer Scooters? Sensors Everywhere

Of the 300 scooters that Spin will drop upon Virginia Tech's 4-square-mile campus, 50 will be wired with sensors to record very specific data about how the two-wheeled vehicles are moving through space.

The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life

The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life

Emphatic caps feel like the quintessential example of internet tone of voice, and sure enough, they’ve been around since the very early days online: Linguist Ben Zimmer found people in old Usenet groups explaining that all caps meant yelling as far back as 1984.

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

A former tennis pro himself, Kovacs works with some of the best players on Earth to help them wring as much power as possible from their serves.

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.

Ferrari’s Latest Goes 211 MPH With 986 HP—and It’s a Hybrid

Ferrari’s Latest Goes 211 MPH With 986 HP—and It’s a Hybrid

On Wednesday, Ferrari unveiled the plug-in hybrid electric that, thanks to a battery, is the most powerful production vehicle ever to roll out of Maranello .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.The two-seat, midengine supercar combines a V-8 engine with three electric motors drawing power from a 7.9-kWh battery to generate 986 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.

Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

The image of Sansa taking her throne suggests a curious proposition: What is the value in continuing to look on when we can't see much, when things don't quite make sense?. Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe.

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

A Tesla Model 3 sedan that crashed into a truck on a Florida highway in March, killing its driver, had its Autopilot semi-autonomous feature engaged, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.

How Measles Hacks the Body—and Harms Its Victims for Years

How Measles Hacks the Body—and Harms Its Victims for Years

“They’re supposed to be on a mission to destroy viruses, and instead they act as a shuttle, delivering measles straight to the closest lymph nodes.” Once they’re in the lymph nodes, a sort of bustling immune system transit hub, the virus hops to its intended target—a subset of cells responsible for making antibodies to remember past pathogens.

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week Self-driving car developer Aurora bagged a $530 million Series B funding round this week, which doubled as Amazon's biggest step to date into the autonomous driving industry.

How to Ride a Bike at 168 MPH

How to Ride a Bike at 168 MPH

“That was like a match to gasoline,” says Mueller-Korenek.This weekend’s attempt comes two years after Mueller-Korenek hit 147.7 mph on her bike at Bonneville, setting the women’s speed record (by virtue of being the first woman to try it).

Mercedes Challenges Tesla With an All-Electric SUV

Mercedes Challenges Tesla With an All-Electric SUV

Mercedes Challenges Tesla With an All-Electric SUVThe all-new EQC's range and performance specs may not match those of the Model X or Jaguar I-Pace, but the SUV brings traditional luxury and German performance to the electric segment.Daimler AGMercedes-Benz unveiled its first fully electric SUV today in Stockholm, the first in a long line of electric vehicles the automotive juggernaut will roll out over the coming years as part of its new EQ sub-brand.

The Coolest Bugatti Ever Goes 18 MPH (and Is Made of Lego)

The Coolest Bugatti Ever Goes 18 MPH (and Is Made of Lego)

Where the real Chiron produces 1,500 horsepower from a quad-turbocharged W16 engine and can hit 261 mph, the Lego lookalike makes 5.3 horses from 2,304 tiny motors, can go 18 mph—surely the slowest any vehicle has driven at Germany's Ehra Lessien proving ground.