It's called an acceleration lane people, can you guess what it's used for?
Odd and intriguing things about the planet we call home.
SpaceX made a historic landing, and this guy had the best seat in the house.
SpaceX made history last night by launching the world's most powerful rocket on a mission to Mars.
Falcon Heavy, the 230ft megarocket, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida - the same pad where NASA sent man to the moon almost 50 years ago.
There are no humans on board the Falcon Heavy - but it's not without a passenger.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk sent one of his Tesla Roadsters along for the ride with a crash test dummy called 'Starman' strapped into the driver's seat.
David Bowie's 'Life on Mars' blasted from the car's stereo and a message on the dashboard reads "Don't Panic".
Rocket tests are usually weighted with concrete blocks but Musk said he wanted to do something different this time.
Boffins first unveiled plans for the Valkyrie II last month, which they aim to build in the next 10 to 20 years.
Boeing said if the finished design matches initial plans the aircraft would be able to fly across the globe in “one to three hours” and carry out deadly airstrikes and reconnaissance missions.
Kevin Bowcutt, a senior technical fellow at Boeing, added: “This is one of several concepts and technologies we’re studying for a hypersonic aircraft.
“This particular concept is for a military application that would be targeted for an intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR and capabilities.”
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The most detailed model of the universe ever created has been unveiled by computer scientists.
Dubbed 'Illustris: The Next Generation', or IllustrisTNG for short, the computer model boasts never-before-seen levels of details about the forces at work in the universe.
Scientists say the detail and scale provided by the advanced computer simulation has enabled them to observe how galaxies form, evolve, grow, and trigger the creation of new stars over 13 billion years.
They have already used it to provide new insights into how black holes influence the distribution of dark matter, how heavy elements are produced and distributed, and where magnetic fields originate.
Europe's tallest building has reached its final height of 1,500ft (462m) - but not everyone likes the design.
The skyscraper, dreamt up by British architect Tony Kettle, has been compared to a tower used by an evil wizard which features in Lord of the Rings trilogy by disgruntled residents.
It has taken the title from Europe's previous tallest building, the Federation Tower in the Russian capital city of Moscow, which stands 374 metres (1,227 feet) high.
Those who have caught a glimpse of the huge building have already started making comparisons to Barad-dur, the tower of Sauron the Dark Lord in the Peter Jackson-directed films.
Adrenaline junkies, get ready to face a zip line unlike any other - and not just because it will be the longest zip line in the world.
Not only will you be soaring high above the desert after being launched from the top of a mountain, but you'll be face down and flying just like Superman for the whole journey!
A new project by the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and Toro Verde sees the world's longest zip line launching from the top of the UAE's highest peak, Jebel Jais.
After months of anticipation the The Jebel Jais Flight zipline has finally opened to the public, with prices starting from £125pp.
Starting from 1,680m above sea level, the zip line itself measures 2.8km; that's more than three times the length of Dubai's Burj Khalifa and the equivalent of 28 football pitches.
It's sure to make for a hair-raising experience, especially with speeds reaching from 74mph (120kph) to 93mph (150kph)!
A teenage boy with Down's Syndrome made an incredible basketball trickshot to cheering crowds at his school - and a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
James Meiergerd's special moment was captured on camera and shows just how pleased he was in the heartwarming moment.
The 18-year-old pulled of an amazing backward half-court basket - for the second time - after his first attempt went viral and was picked up by local news channels.
The clip was watched by the Harlem Globetrotters and they were so impressed that they decided to send one of their players, Orlando Melendez, to the teen's school in Nebraska to witness it for himself.
As British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday touched down in Wuhan to start her three-day visit in China, the city's workers had just completed an engineering task that would be unimaginable to the West.
They managed to build a massive motorway in the middle of the city and above China's busiest railway line - without interrupting any traffic.
Part of the Changqing Road Overpass, in downtown Wuhan, was rotated for nearly 90 degrees during the wee hours to connect with the other parts of the flyover located at either side of the railway.
This is the geography lesson you didn't learn in school.
Russian soldiers have been put through their paces performing physical and mentally tough military drills inside the Arctic Circle at freezing temperatures.
The Russian Marines were battling minus 30 degrees Celsius as their white uniforms blended with the snow in leaked video footage filmed near the city of Murmansk in north-western Russia.
It has been released by the country's Ministry of Defence to show the West just how tough Valdimir Putin's marines really are.
The elite soldiers are seen undergoing weapons training with AK-74 assault rifles, grenade launchers and explosives in deep snow.
A Russian Ministry of Defence spokesman said the marines trained in very harsh weather to ensure they were prepared for combat in all conditions.
Video shows US army GoPro helmet cam footage of joint helicopter air assault and urban operations training to improve and practice their basic soldier tasks and drills.
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Soldiers familiarize themselves with their rifles, prep their Ghillie Suits, and learn how to stalk through the forest with maximum concealment during training at the U.S. Army's Sniper School at Fort Benning, GA.
This dramatic drone footage shows Europe’s biggest building site, Hinkley Point C, with nearly 3,000 workers on site every day.
The nuclear power station, built by EDF Energy, will generate enough electricity for 5.8 million homes and is costing £19.6 billion to build.
A roadway is being installed for a 500m long jetty on the site in Somerset and when it is complete, the building materials will be delivered to the site by sea.
This is the stunning moment a nuclear-powered icebreaker ship powered through the frozen sea just a few metres from a group of Arctic explorers.
The monstrous vessel is Taymyr, one of only a handful made the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
It is powered by a single nuclear fission reactor that produces superheated steam to propel the motors.
Built in 1989, she can operate in temperatures of minus 50.
The crazy footage was posted on Instagram by Russian journalist Anton Panov who is on an expedition in the Arctic Circle.
He wrote: "On the way to Dikson, we met "Taymyr" - an atomic icebreaker. A huge machine.
"Even as she approached us the ice began to tremble.
"And when she came up it was so cool that it's hard to describe in words!"
At first glance you might mistake this set-up for a reclining chair at the dentist .
But the bizarre contraption is really a desk-and-chair combo, designed to combat back problems at work.
The ‘Altwork’ is a new chair that not only claims to help posture and health problems caused by sitting hunched over a laptop all day, but actively enables working while lying down.
The chair looks like recliner, but with a keyboard desk and computer screen/laptop bracket attached.
Steve-O is currently filming for new YouTube series Ultimate Expedition - which sees nine adventurers brought together to climb a 20,000-ft mountain in the Peruvian Andes, with Chuck also among them. It only takes a few seconds for Steve-O to pass out from Lidell's pressure.
Boffins in Shanghai, China, have been designing the world's most powerful laser.
The team has already made history with its earlier invention, the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility have already set records.
The machine is small enough to fit on a tabletop, and contains a disc, the width of a frisbee, which is made of titanium-topped sapphires.
But this small device, by pushing light through the crystal and refracting it off a series of mirrors and lenses, is able to produce unbelievable amounts of power.
The laser set records in 2016 when it produced a pulse of 5.3 petawatts (million billion watts).
The blasts are incredibly brief, lasting less than a trillionth of a second.
The capability of the new B61-12 nuclear bomb seems to continue to expand, from a simple life-extension of an existing bomb, to the first U.S. guided nuclear gravity bomb, to a nuclear earth-penetrator with increased accuracy.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) previously published pictures of the drop test from October 2015 that showed the B61-12 hitting inside the target circle but without showing the bomb penetrating underground.
But a Sandia National Laboratories video made available by the New York Times shows the B61-12 penetrating completely underground.
The evidence that the B61-12 can penetrate below the surface has significant implications for the types of targets that can be held at risk with the bomb. A nuclear weapon that detonates after penetrating the earth more efficiently transmits its explosive energy to the ground, thus is more effective at destroying deeply buried targets for a given nuclear yield. A detonation above ground, in contrast, results in a larger fraction of the explosive energy bouncing off the surface. Two findings of the 2005 National Academies’ study Effects of Earth-Penetrator and other Weapons are key:
“The yield required of a nuclear weapon to destroy a hard and deeply buried target is reduced by a factor of 15 to 25 by enhanced ground-shock coupling if the weapon is detonated a few meters below the surface.”
The US' Special Operations Command recently posted a video on Twitter showing what it's like to be on the "business end" of the A-10 Warthog's Gatling gun.
We first saw the video at SOFREP. The 137th Special Operations Wing, which shot the footage, captured a rather unique perspective.
The special operations wing put a camera on a training ground before the A-10 performed a strafing run on it.
The A-10's GAU-8/A Avenger rotary canon fires 3,900 armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds per minute — and you can almost feel it in the video.
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Eons ago, the land Down Under wasn't so far away after all.
Rocks recently discovered in Australia bear striking similarities to those found in North America, a study finds. The sandstone sedimentary rocks the scientists uncovered are not "native" to present-day Australia, but instead are common in eastern Canada.
The rocks were found in Georgetown, Queensland, Australia, which is some roughly 250 miles west of Cairns in the northeastern part of the continent.
Scientists believe that one region of what's now modern-day Australia was once attached to North America, but broke away 1.7 billion years ago. After drifting around for some 100 million years, the chunk eventually crashed into what’s now Australia, forming the "supercontinent" Nuna.
Researchers then determined that when Nuna broke apart an estimated 300 million years afterward, that chunk of land did not drift away. It instead became a new piece of real estate permanently stuck to Australia.
“This was a critical part of global continental reorganization when almost all continents on Earth assembled to form the supercontinent called Nuna," said study lead author Adam Nordsvan of Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
“This new finding is a key step in understanding how Earth’s first supercontinent Nuna may have formed," he added.
Nuna, sometimes referred to as Columbia, was one of several supercontinents that existed before the most well-known and recent one, Pangea.
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Tesla Semi’ is an heavy-duty all-electric truck program at Tesla led by Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s former Model S Program Director and VP of Vehicle Engineering.
Before joining Tesla, Guillen was an executive at Daimler where he successfully led the development of the Cascadia truck program
Levitating humans could be in our future, thanks to a scientific breakthrough in acoustic tractor beam technology, which can now lift larger objects than ever before.
Engineers from the University of Bristol have demonstrated that it’s possible to stably levitate objects using the world’s most powerful acoustic tractor beams. Their findings were published in the Physical Review Letters on Monday.
Acoustic tractor beams use soundwaves to hold particles in the air. It was previously believed they could only be used to levitate very small objects which were about the same size as a wavelength of sound, but the research demonstrates the potential for far larger objects to be levitated.
“Acoustic researchers had been frustrated by the size limit for years, so its satisfying to find a way to overcome it,”said the study’s lead author, Dr Asier Marzo of Bristol’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. “I think it opens the door to many new applications.”
The technique creates a tornado-like effect with acoustic vortices, which researchers said are like, "tornadoes of sound, made of a twister-like structure with loud sound surrounding a silent core."
A Hong Kong architect has invented what he believed to be the solution of overcrowded cities by turning concrete water pipes into tiny homes.
The OPod Tube Housing system aims to re-purpose concrete tubes measuring just over eight feet in diameter, and turn them into 'micro-homes' with 100 square feet of living space.
It is the brainchild of architect James Law of James Law Cybertecture who designed the build as a possible solution to the lack of both space and affordable housing in Hong Kong.
With a population of 6,690 people per square kilometer in 2014, Hong Kong has one of the most competitive real estate markets in the world.