drones
US Air Force Releases Video of New Combat Drone, the XQ-58A Valkyrie

The U.S. Air Force has released the first images of its latest combat drone, the XQ-58A Valkyrie. The new aircraft, which went from concept to first test flight in 2.5 years, “behaved as expected” on its first test flight this week, according to the Air Force. Read More >>

science
Ancient Viking Ship Found Buried Next to Busy Norwegian Road

Using ground-penetrating radar, archaeologists in Norway have discovered an ancient Viking ship buried just 20 inches beneath the surface of a farmer’s field. The 66-foot-long ship, deliberately buried during a funeral ritual, appears surprisingly intact – and it could contain the skeletal remains of a high-ranking Viking warrior. Read More >>

space
Spacecraft Spots Signs of Standing Body of Water Under Martian Surface

After decades of debate, scientists have spotted hints of liquid water trapped beneath the planet’s south polar ice cap. Read More >>

cars
My First Ride in a Self-Driving Car Was Harrowing as Hell

The future of city driving—at least in theory—sounds amazing. We’ll have digital assistants in our vehicles to book last-minute restaurant reservations, and we’ll never have to touch a steering wheel again because our cars will drive themselves. At CES, I got a glimpse of how this technology is coming along, and though it was in the context of a carefully designed demo rather than a real-life experience on the city streets, I walked away thinking that a driverless society is a long, long time away. Read More >>

research
Students Hacked a Chip to Give Your Smartphone a Sense of Touch

Project Soli, which debuted at Google I/O in 2015, is a tiny chip that uses radar to detect discreet hand and finger motions. It was designed as a unique way to interact with mobile devices, but students at the University of St. Andrews found a way to use the simple chip to give electronics an actual sense of touch. Read More >>

Tesla
Tesla Attacks Former Supplier

The battle is on. Tesla is accusing Mobileye, a former supplier, of blocking the development of its own proprietary vision system used in the Autopilot driver-assistance feature. Read More >>

Tesla
Tesla’s Announced Upcoming Changes to Autopilot

Following the death of a driver, Tesla has announced upcoming updates to Autopilot designed to make the feature safer. Read More >>

science
This Flexible Film Uses Liquid Metal to Absorb Radar and Cloak What It Covers

If you want to fly under the radar, you could do with a sheet of this material. Using a series of liquid-metal absorbers, the new film can soak up radar in order to cloak whatever it happens to be covering. Read More >>

space
Radar Scans Beamed to Earth via Laser Can See Ships in Almost Real-Time

This grainy black-and-white image may not look much, but it’s a record-breaker. A radar scan acquired by satellite and beamed back to Earth by laser, it allowed the European Space Agency to identify ships off the coast of Brazil in less than 18 minutes—without any satellite ground stations nearby. Read More >>

space
This Chip Will Make Satellite Radars Way Sharper

It may look like any other picture of a silicon chip, but this one’s rather special: It’s the centrepiece of a new 94 GHz radar system being developed by the European Space Agency, that will transform radar systems in space missions. Read More >>

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Why is NASA Building This Massive Football?

Because it has a goal! But a different kind of goal to the ones found on the players' pitch: instead, it’s one to help put astronauts on Mars. Read More >>

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Radar Eyes

This photo looks like a still from a sci-fi movie about cyborgs. In fact, it shows an operations specialist monitoring radar during a general quarters drill aboard the 10-year-old guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99). [Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jackie Hart/U.S. Navy] Read More >>