Boeing Wants to Make Weather Testing Planes Easier With 3D-Printed Fake Ice

Even on a hot summer day, the outside temperature at 30,000 feet can hit 50 below zero. Ice forming on a plane’s fuselage is inevitable, despite how dangerous it can be. So to help ensure planes can survive freezing temps, Boeing is developing fake plastic ice to make it easier to test its aircraft. Read More >>

Japanese AI Bot Blitzes Uni Entrance Exam

An artificial intelligence engine received such high scores on a standardised test that it’d have an 80 per cent chance of getting into a Japanese university. Read More >>

Doping in eSports is Somehow Now a Problem

A pro gamer competing in the big cash winning leagues has admitted to playing while on the mental stimulant Adderall, also claiming that "everyone" uses it for getting a bit of an edge when reacting to virtual sniper fire. Read More >>

How Cosmetics Companies Farm Human Skin to Test Their Products

As you slathered conditioner onto your noggin this morning, you probably weren’t thinking about lab-grown skin coins (if you were, r u ok?). But human skin grown in a lab is a booming business — and how it’s made is a little-known and fascinating story. Read More >>

The Massive Proving Ground Where Extraordinary New Trains are Tested

General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5,000 feet. These photographs capture the train’s gruelling journey. Read More >>

Faces of Test: The R&D Machines That Push Your Smartphone Until it Breaks

Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone's now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they're fit for purpose, so that's got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and pummelling. Read More >>

Android Facebookers Can Now Test Fresh New Features

Facebook has announced a new alpha program for its Android app, so super-early adopters can excitedly try out new features. Be warned, though: even Facebook engineer Christian Legnitto says it's "not for the faint of heart." [Google Groups] Read More >>

In Theory, This is How the Xbox One Stacks Up Against the More Powerful PS4

There's no doubt that on paper, the way Sony's designed the PS4 and the AMD components it's selected offer 50 per cent more power in the GPU department over the Xbox One. But does it really make any difference when you get down to playing a game? Read More >>

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Driving an F1 Car Is Way More Complicated Than I Ever Imagined

I know there are a load of buttons on an F1 steering wheel, but there's a heck of a lot more to adjust than I actually thought was possible mid-drive. This testing lap recorded from what looks like the lap of Nico Rosberg, with commentary from one of his engineers, shows these guys have to be absolute machines to cope with it all while blasting round the track at breakneck speeds. Read More >>

A Look Inside Nokia’s Absurd Phone Testing Labs

Nokia phones are pretty sturdy. Sturdier than most, actually. And while all phones go through similar stress tests, we've got a look into Nokia's specifically. It's petty impressive! Read More >>

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Which? Magazine: The iPhone 5 is the Slowest Smartphone of Them All

The testing gurus over at Which? have right royally sunk their teeth into the iPhone 5. They tested the seven most popular smartphones in Britain and found the iPhone 5 severely wanting. Read More >>

Watching Samsung Torture Galaxy S4s Is Weirdly Satisfying

No matter how careful you try to be, you're going to do some damage to your phone. Accidents happen, especially when you try to avoid them. So to emulate your tender, loving care, Samsung took its Galaxy S4 through hell and back before it got to shelves. Somebody has to prepare that phone for you, you monster. Read More >>

How Many Times Can You Stack a Lego Brick Before It Stops Connecting?

The moulds used to create plastic Lego pieces are engineered with extreme precision so that the bricks stay connected via friction alone. But over time your Lego pieces will wear out with use and eventually stop sticking, and Phillipe Cantin wanted to know exactly when that would happen. Read More >>

Apple’s Currently Testing HDTVs at 46 and 55-Inches

We've had rumours floating around that Apple's been testing Apple HDTVs for a while now, but after Tim Cook actually said it's "an area of intense interest" that tired old rumour seems to inching ever closer to fact. Now, it seems, Foxconn's currently testing 46 and 55-inch Apple TV panels. Read More >>

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This Future-Proofing Torture Test Puts Next-Gen Materials Through the Ringer

Our gadgets sure have it rough. Between change-filled pockets, waist-high falls onto concrete, and dunks in the toilet bowl, gadget surfaces need to be tougher and more resilient than ever. To develop the next generation of durable surfaces, materials scientists rely on specialised torture testing equipment like the Bruker Universal Mechanical Tester to put prototype samples through their paces. Read More >>