As interest in flying cars continues to swell, one of the most prominent start-ups working on the technology has gained a big new backer.
Lilium Aviation, a German company that held a successful test flight of the Eagle, its two-seat electric jet at their Munich base this year, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $90 million in a new round of financing.
The investment was led by Tencent Holdings, the Chinese internet giant. Other investors in the round included LGT, the investment vehicle of Lichtenstein’s royal family; Atomico, the venture firm run by a founder of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom; and Obvious Ventures, the investment firm co-founded by the Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. Mr. Zennstrom has previously invested in the company.
Lilium is among several companies looking to usher in an era of Jetsons-type flying cars, including those backed by the Google co-founder Larry Page, Uber and Airbus. But the two-year-old company is trying to stand out by focusing on an electric jet — unlike other models that effectively function more like hovercraft.
The design, by the four graduates of the Technical University of Munich who founded Lilium, is meant to be more energy efficient than competitor’s models. As the start-up demonstrated with its Eagle in April, Lilium’s vehicle is designed to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.
An awesome video of 15-year-old Patrick Ponce who on Saturday smashed the world record for the fastest time to solve a Rubik's cube. Ponce, who was competing at the Rally in the Valley tournament in Middletown, Virginia, solved the cube in just 4.69 seconds. In the video of the impressive feat, Ponce drops the solved cube to stop the clock and can barely believe his eyes when he looks at the time. When the other competitors realise what Ponce has just done, the whole hall erupts with excitement. The previous record was held by an Australian named Feliks Zemdegs, with a time of 4.73 seconds. Ponce has been "cubing" for more than five years.
NATO members conduct annual mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operation in the Baltic Sea. The aim of the operation is to clear World War I and World War II naval mines that could pose a threat to shipping and fisheries, from the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Footage includes various shots of the Latvian and Canadian dive teams during the operation. When the area around the sea mine was secured, the dive team then conducted a controlled underwater detonation.
Newly released footage from Nasa on Monday, 28 August, shows a spacewalk conducted by astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer at the International Space Station sometime in May 2017.On 12 May, the two astronauts participated in the 200th spacewalk performed at the ISS. It was Whitson's ninth spacewalk and Fischer's first.
A university student has been caught on film going ballistic after her professor apparently confiscated her fake ID.
The Syracuse University student had the very public meltdown on the first day of a public policy class taught by professor William D. Coplin.
But former pupils have come forward online revealing that the clip is actually a stunt pulled every year by the professor to frighten new students from carrying fake ID.
G Foster said on Twitter: 'He's been doing that for years! Same thing happened in '98 except it was a dude.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the richest athletes of all time and he’s not afraid to show off his wealth. The former boxing champion was recently caught on tape piling tons of cash into the back of a SUV. The footage can be seen above courtesy of TMZ Sports.
The reason for the massive cash withdrawal is the grand opening of Mayweather’s Las Vegas strip club, called Girl Collection in Vegas. It will apparently be an upscale club featuring exotic dancers from all over the world and enough cash on hand to put any high roller in his place.
While Mayweather stands to bank yet another $100 million in a potential superfight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, that combat clash is temporarily at a standstill. Still, that hasn’t stopped “Money” from hyping up the fight and building McGregor’s already meteoric stock.
Until the two touch gloves and exchange leather, Mayweather will have ample time to fund his own Vegas ventures and continue to flash stupid cash.
A group of teens decided to take full advantage of the flooding in Houston and do something that looks incredibly fun, yet incredibly dangerous since you can't see what lies beneath the water of these Houston streets.
Video of MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle in flight over Southern California and near March Air Reserve Base, California.
The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (sometimes called Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems primarily for the United States Air Force. The MQ-9 and other UAVs are referred to as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft by the USAF to indicate their human ground controllers. The MQ-9 is the first hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance. (Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics_MQ-9_Reaper)
Two big cats had an emotional reunion with the woman who hand-reared them as cubs when they saw her for the first time in seven years.
The lions came running towards a gate when they spotted the woman who had helped them when they were tiny.
They can be seen leaping, standing on their hind legs and putting their front paws around her neck as if giving her a great big hug.
She hugs them back as the large animals act like domestic pets and try to rub themselves all over her before licking her face.
The suppressor used in this video was a Silencerco SWR branded can. We fired 700 rounds in one continuous burst through a full-auto M249 saw. The can ended up breaking around the 350-400 round mark. The gun itself ran wonderful and had no problems. The only problem we had afterwards was someone was going to have to clean it. We wanted to see how far we could push a full-auto rated suppressor.
Passengers on board a London to Miami Virgin Atlantic flight enjoyed a unique view of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the US in nearly a century.
Millions of Americans watched day turn to night for a couple of minutes wearing protective glasses, but few got the chance to witness the once-in-a-lifetime experience above the clouds.
One passenger said: “It made such a difference being at 39,000 feet and seeing it so clearly. It was brilliant.”
Fernando Alvarez held his own minute's silence in Budapest after his initial request was rejected
Separate attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils have so far killed 14 people, with over 100 more injured.
Alvarez competed in the Masters World Championship in Budapest over the weekend and requested for a minute's silence to be held ahead of the 200m breaststroke race.
His plea was rejected by the International Swimming Federation.
But Alvarez took matters into his own hands in an incredible moment before the race.