The world's fastest jet – that can get you from Sydney to Los Angeles in just over six hours – has received $43million in funding. Boom Supersonic's XB-1 – dubbed the 'baby boom' - has been backed by a group of tech bosses, engineers and astronauts – including Virgin boss Richard Branson. It's a technically representative version one-third to scale of the Boom Airliner that is set to be faster than Concorde – and cost more than $262million to build.Around 500 routes fit the aircraft's route, which when complete, the jet could take you from Tokyo to San Francisco (more than 8,000km) in just five hours. You could also make a trip from London to New York and back in a day with a flight time of 3 hours and 15 minutes. The jet will fly at around 60,000 feet, higher than any other aircraft before it, and break the sound barrier, but passengers won't notice it. The design is quieter and 30 per cent more efficient than Concorde was – with the interior split into two single-seat rows so every passenger has a window and aisle seat. However, fares will be similar to the cost of business class seats on major airlines. When launched, the Boom Airliner's 45 seats are expected to cost $6,600. But chief executive Blake Scholl says budget tickets could also be a possibility for the passenger jet, which could take to the skies by the early 2020s. 'Now we have all the pieces we need – technology, suppliers and capital – to go out and make some history and set some speed records,' he said last week.
A group of intrepid fisherman came up with a novel way of catching a fish by using a drone. The men attached some fishing wire along with some bait to a drone that they were using on the beach. After sending the flying machine out over the ocean, the team were able to see exactly what was swimming beneath them thanks to the on board camera.
The Zehlendorf transmitter, a 36m high long-wave tower that has existed since 1936 in Oranienburg, Brandenburg, was blown up on Saturday.
If you were to see a sleek Bugatti Veyron speed through the streets of Dubai, you might not expect the driver to be the one doing the chasing. But the vehicle is the latest addition to the force's line of supercars and has been declared the fastest police car in the world, reaching speeds of 253mph. Dubai police own 14 superfast cars, including a limited edition Aston Martin One-77, a Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari FF. The line of cars was launched in 2013 to help improve the public image of the police force, according to CNN. The vehicles are mainly used to drive around tourist areas as a marketing tool. But officers now want to cement their eco-friendly credentials and plan to have electric and hybrid cars make up a quarter of the government fleet by 2030. The second fastest police car is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, which is owned by the Italian force.
Video shows US Forces and NATO allies from the German army, Dutch army, Romanian army and Finish army during a intense large scale NATO combat training involving live fire of marines, soldiers, M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks, urban combat and much more.
With the energy of 100 million supernovae, gravitational waves may have ejected a supermassive black hole from the center of a distant galaxy. The Hubble Space Telescope spotted a rogue black hole that’s said to be the largest yet to be found outside of a galactic core, weighing more than 1 billion suns. Astronomer suspect the ‘monster object’ was kicked out of the center as two large black holes merged, unleashing powerful gravitational waves. The find, according to NASA, was out of the ordinary. ‘When I first saw this, I thought we were seeing something very peculiar,’ said team leader Marco Chiaberge of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and Johns Hopkins University. ‘When we combined observations from Hubble, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, it all pointed towards the same scenario. ‘The amount of data we collected, from X-rays to ultraviolet to near-infrared light is definitely larger than for any of the other candidate rogue black holes.’ Hubble images in visible and near-infrared light revealed a bright quasar named 3C 186 in a galaxy 8 billion light-years away. But, the object was far from the galaxy’s core. These are known to be energetic signatures of black holes, and are typically found in the center. ‘I was anticipating seeing a lot of merging galaxies, and I was expecting to see messy host galaxies around the quasars, but I wasn’t really expecting to see a quasar that was clearly offset from the core of a regularly shaped galaxy,’ Chiaberge said. ‘Black holes reside in the center of galaxies, so it’s unusual to see a quasar not in the center.’
Marines in action as US Marines at Marine Corps Combat Center Twentynine Palms train for war in heavy live fire exercise preparing the United States Marines for real combat.
This dude just dropped a knowledge bomb on these misguided youngsters.
Reddit user Nobilitie created a simulation of our Solar System showing dwarf planets orbiting around it. The simulation was created using a gaming software called Universe Sandbox ²
The heart of a nuclear reactor has been captured turning a piercing blue colour as it produces energy. Footage of The Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, a research facility at Pennsylvania State University, was taken using a GoPro sunken deep within one of the plant's cooling tanks. The eerie blue glow is created from Cherenkov radiation, a kind of electromagnetic radiation that occurs when a charged particle races through water faster than the speed of light. A nuclear reactor splits atoms of uranium, a naturally radioactive element, to release energy. The reactor's core sits in steel pressure tank so the water surrounding it remains liquid at temperatures of 460°C (860°F). The footage shows the the underwater reactor as it is switched on and as it begins to operate at 500kW and then one MW. As the reactor begins to work harder, the electric blue colour given off by the machine starts to intensify. That's because as the plant produces more energy, more Cherenkov radiation is emitted. The electromagnetic radiation appears a brilliant blue to the human eye as the reaction causes shorter wavelengths of light to become more intense. But most Cherenkov radiation appears on an ultra-violet spectrum that is invisible to the human eye.
Video shows giant jet engines in action that are so powerfull to blow grown men away during B1 Lancer and F-16 Fighting Falcon afterburner tests.
The first 24-hour police drone unit is to be launched, amid fears that forces may have to rely on them because of falling officer numbers. The ‘flying squad’ will pursue suspects, find missing people and help solve murders. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, national spokesman on drones, predicted forces across Britain would soon be using them as they are cheaper than helicopters and can perform some duties of bobbies on the beat. But the move has prompted privacy concerns and warnings that the technology should ‘never be an excuse to cut officers’. Devon and Cornwall Police has advertised for a drone manager to lead its new dedicated unit, which will be launched in the summer and shared with Dorset.
Stefan Kraft breaks the record for the world’s longest ski jump, gliding an astounding 253.5 meters (~832 ft) through the air.
Armed police have played out the chaos of a "pleasure boat" terrorist attack on the Thames in a unique marine-based exercise to test the emergency response to gunmen. A sightseeing vessel became the scene of a fierce mock-gun battle between armed officers and police volunteers posing as terrorists shortly after 11am on Sunday, close to the London Docklands area. The exercise marks the first time the Metropolitan Police have enacted a live-action, water-borne exercise of its kind, with over 200 officers involved. Armed officers boarded the moving vessel in a hail of gunfire just over two hours after a simulated hijacking in which a group of around five officers posing as gun-wielding terrorists assumed command of the boat in a role-play hostage scenario. At least one "body", played by a police volunteer, was cast overboard, and officers were deployed in a bid to assess the effectiveness of rescue operation tactics in life-like conditions. The multi-agency operation was carried out between the Met, the Port of London Authority, London Coastguard, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade. It was designed to test every phase of the emergency services´ effectiveness with a river-based terrorist attack in the capital – from the moment an incident is reported, to the conclusion of a rescue operation. Commander BJ Harrington, head of the Met´s Public Order Command, said the exercise was not planned in response to any "specific intelligence" about an impending marine attack. He said: "Of course, we have seen a number of incidents abroad in the past few years: Nice, Berlin – we have seen different methodologies developing, and, of course, the river runs right the way through London so why wouldn´t we prepare for that." The exercise comes just two weeks after the Met´s most senior counter-terrorism officer, assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, revealed that security services have thwarted 13 potential terrorist attacks in the UK in less than four years. The figure is one higher than the last tally given in October. Assistant commissioner Rowley said up to 500 counter-terror investigations are operational at any one time, with investigators making arrests at a rate of close to one a day on average since 2014. The official threat level for international terrorism in the UK has stood at severe – meaning an attack is “highly likely” – for more than two years. Commander Harrington said the exercise marks the first time all the involved agencies have come together to test their interoperability and effectiveness as a group, and hoped it would act as a deterrent to any would-be attackers. Sunday’s operation, code-named Anchor, comes just 24 hours after French police shot dead a 39-year-old gunman at Paris’s Orly airport. Speaking from the scene of the exercise, Commander Harrington praised the bravery of service personnel who deal with terrorist situations: “They go forward to face what is a deadly attack – they have no concern for their own lives. They’re potentially heavily armed and add to that the complexity of a tidal river and I think we should have all praise to them. It fills me with confidence that these people are prepared to do this kind of thing.”
Subaru ad where Mark Higgins drive a Subaru WRX STI down an Olympic Bobsled Run. The car is fitted with special tires with spikes so it can adhere to the snow. The car has a small crash but finishes anyway.
An incredible video posted by a self-proclaimed extreme aerobatics pilot shows just how difficult it is to land a commercial airline in extreme wind. Artur Kielak posted a video of himself as he landed a Boeing 737 plane in extremely difficult weather. The polish man put his camera near his feet to take the video, which got an astonishing 2,500 reactions on Facebook in its first 24 hours live. In the video he appears to be smiling and laughing as he makes small talk with his co-pilot and lands in the tricky conditions. Kielak uses both hands which appear to be going wild to maintain control of the plane in the conditions. With the video on Facebook he wrote: 'I'm always saying that airline pilot gets his salary for one landing per month... this is the day I earned mine.
A photographer has shot portraits of more than 130 beautiful redhead women for a book raising awareness of bullying. Brian Dowling, who is originally from Mississippi but now lives in Berlin, photographed models from 20 countries for Redhead Beauty, which will be available from St Patrick's Day on March 17. He normally works as an entertainment photographer but decided to take a year off to work on the project.
Suffer from sea sickness? Then this super boat might help you find your sea legs again. The Nauti-Craft's high-tech suspension means it can cut through rough waters and keep its passengers in blissful comfort on board. Initially the boat was designed for commercial use on wind farms, but the technology will soon also be available for recreational use. Stunning pictures and video footage have revealed the impressive new suspension system created by a research and development company called Nauti-Craft based in Dunsborough, Western Australia. The Nauti-Craft, which has been dubbed the 4x4 for the ocean, can handle rough sea at high speed with the help of a hydraulic suspension system for multi-hulled vessels. These hydraulic shock absorbers minimise the impacts for those onboard. 'Our marine suspension technology is on the path to widespread adoption with three companies with programs in place to build boats using the technology during 2017,' said Nauti-Craft's Managing Director Ken Johnsen.
US Marines and Romanian Army Soldiers conduct a joint armored assault during heavy live fire exercise in Europe as part of allied military training.
Video shows the ultra powerful German Panzerhaubitze 2000 Self-Propelled Artillery in action during German Army (Bundeswehr) PzH 2000 live fire in Germany. The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is a self-propelled armored artillery , made by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall produced. It's the standard vehicle of the German artillery battalions and have replaced the old self-propelled howitzer M109 . Compared to the previous model, the PzH 2000 with almost identical performance weight gained military value. In particular, effective range of the weapon, accuracy , rate of fire , armor protection, an independent operational capability and range of the vehicle, speed and comfort have been significantly improved.
The plane's high degree of maneuverability and unique takeoff and landing characteristics can be explained by its integrated aerodynamic configuration, combined with its thrust vectoring control ability. In terms of the aerodynamic efficiency, the Su-30SM has no rivals. The Su-30SM is equipped with a digital fly-by-wire system, which enables the aircraft to perform some of the most advanced aerobatic maneuvers attempted by fighter jets, including the Pugachev's Cobra and the tailslide. During the Pugachev Cobra maneuver, an airplane flying at a moderate speed suddenly raises the nose momentarily to the vertical position and slightly beyond, before dropping it back to normal flight. As for the tailslide, it is an aerobatic maneuver in which an aircraft that has been pulled into a steep climb stalls and then loses altitude by dropping backward.
Video from Afghanistan shows Afghan Special Forces in action during intense heavy kive fire combat training. These Special Forces are also often called Afghan Commandos.
A burger-flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at a restaurant in California, replacing humans at the grill.
Flippy has mastered the art of cooking the perfect burger and has just started work at CaliBurger, a fast-food chain.
The robotic kitchen assistant, which its makers say can be installed in just five minutes, is the brainchild of Miso Robotics.
“Much like self-driving vehicles, our system continuously learns from its experiences to improve over time,” said David Zito, chief executive officer of Miso Robotics.
“Though we are starting with the relatively 'simple' task of cooking burgers, our proprietary AI software allows our kitchen assistants to be adaptable and therefore can be trained to help with almost any dull, dirty or dangerous task in a commercial kitchen — whether it's frying chicken, cutting vegetables or final plating.”
Cameras and sensors help Flippy to determine when the burger is fully cooked, before the robot places them on a bun. A human worker then takes over and adds condiments.
Watch the astonishing moment a US Marine is sent to the ground after being 'chopped' in the neck by a colleague.
ADDLE BROOK, N.J. (WTXF/AP) - Dash cam video from police in North Jersey shows two Good Samaritans rushing to save an elderly woman trying to cross railroad tracks in front of an oncoming train. Police say Jon Mango was waiting at a Saddle Brook railroad crossing, Wednesday afternoon, when he saw the 89-year-old with two canes trying to cross. Mango and sprinted out of his car and pulled the woman away from the tracks, with help from an unidentified person. They got her off the tracks just as a NJ Transit train barreled past them