NASA Asks for Help to Name 7 New Planets and the Internet Delivers

New planets lead to fascinating new potentials for further discovery. They also lead to some of the best opportunities for fresh names. In the original live stream Q&A with NASA scientists, someone even asked via Twitter what the new names would be. One of the researchers chuckled before explaining that naming every new discovery with an appropriate title would...

The Real Reason Why the Supersonic Passenger Jet Concorde Failed

It is the year 2003 and one of the greatest aircraft ever designed and built touches down for the last time. After 27 years of service, the world’s most famous plane, Concorde, was retired. Air France was the first to let this graceful jet go swiftly followed by British Airways. This signaled the end of supersonic passenger flight, at...

The Smart Ring: From the 17th Century Wearable Abacus to Today

It appears that wearable technology is not as new as we think. Chinese traders were using the smart ring as early as the 17th century in the form of abacus rings.The 300-year-old Chinese abacus ring was developed in the Qing Dynasty era which took place between 1644 and 1911. It is thought to have been created by a famous...

These Cool Energy Storage Trains Simply Work With the Power of Gravity

Energy storage trains are a fantastic idea to save energy. Energy grids supplied by renewable energy sources naturally benefit from energy storage of any kind. “Pumped” hydropower is one of the common “go to” solution for energy storage. As we are sure you are aware, water energy storage uses electricity off peak to pump water.  This more “traditional” method...

Examining the Downfall of American Civil Infrastructure

If you didn’t already know, modern day American cities are struggling for money. Detroit is one of the most prime examples of how a once booming city became a bankrupt wasteland. All of the budget plight across America’s infrastructure began with an experiment our city planners began in the 1970s.Many cities across America thrived for hundreds of years. They were...

Top 10 Coolest Nerf Gun Rigs for the Kid in Everyone

Nerf guns might be made with kids in mind, but leave it to the “big kids” to take toy guns to a whole new level. These are our 15 favorite Nerf gun rigs – those same plastic pieces reconfigured for cool new uses.Adam Savage’s Nerf Gun Sniper RifleTested’s Adam Savage walks you through how to build a science-fiction inspired...

Tesla Autopilot Sends Model S Into Concrete Barrier

While the Tesla Autopilot system certainly has a ton of benefits, this flaw might be one of its major downsides. A Model S hit a barrier full-speed earlier this week due to an autopilot misread of the road.The driver posted images to the Tesla sub-Reddit on Monday with this description:“I was driving in the left lane of a two...

How Engineers Can Market Themselves to Get a Job

As an engineer, you may struggle with marketing yourself or even marketing your creations. We aren’t known for our ability to communicate, and some of us may even have a disdain for the world of marketing. However, learning how to properly market yourself as a technical professional is key to landing the right job. Let’s explore some ways in...

The Future of Portable Power: Batteries or Tiny Micro Generators?

We all know the struggle of having a nearly dead phone battery, but will we always have to rely on batteries or could some Iron Man reactor tech come to the rescue?Battery technology has been improving for many years now at a fairly steady pace. Due to the nature of battery science, it is unlikely that huge breakthrough will...

Richard Branson Announces Virgin Galactic’s New Space Plans

In what seems to be two decades in the making, Richard Branson announced he’s launching small satellites into space.Virgin Orbit will join the growing privatized small satellite market with the leadership of former Boeing executive Dan Hart. Hart served with Boeing for 34 years and most recently operated its satellite programming.Branson took Virgin Galactic’s small satellite launcher called LauncherOne...