Stealth bomber concept splits in three, reassembles like Voltron

This "Voltron" stealth bomber seems out of a science fiction movie, but it's one of the aircraft concepts that military powerhouse BAE Systems is working on: A single bomber/drone would fly as one from the home base, then divide into three airplanes to execute different tasks in the same area and reassemble to return… » 7/09/14 4:41pm Wednesday 4:41pm

In the future you'll be able to learn a whole language eating a pill

When MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte says that humans will be able to learn an entire language by eating a pill, you better listen. In this new TED Talk, Negroponte shows all the times he was right predicting the future in the 1970s and 1980s even while people laughed at him. Here's what he thinks that… » 7/08/14 10:22pm Tuesday 10:22pm

What a space city would actually look like in real life

We are used to seeing space settlements in sci-fi illustrations and movies, but these are not realistic. Bryan Versteeg—from Spacehabs—uses scientific principles to develop concepts that can actually happen one day. The Kalpana One Space Settlement is one of them. Bryan has sent us new renders of this awesome place. » 6/11/14 1:02pm 6/11/14 1:02pm

This prediction for Humanity's next 40,000 years is worth fighting for

The last two minutes of Cosmos' eleventh episode are perhaps the most inspiring in the entire series—or at least the most uplifting. The sequence gives us a glimpse of humanity in the next few thousands years—the first few minutes of the next Cosmic Calendar year*—in the most optimistic way imaginable. » 5/28/14 8:01pm 5/28/14 8:01pm

The Future of Cars Will Be Awesome for Enthusiasts (and Everyone Else)

Hang out with an old-time car enthusiast, and you're bound to hear some serious grousing about the state of modern cars. "Can't fix 'em with a screwdriver like you used to," et cetera, ad nauseum. Perhaps that's true. But that doesn't mean that a world of electric-powered, computer-controlled, self-driving cars will… » 5/06/14 3:20pm 5/06/14 3:20pm

Using Plastic Surgery To Keep Astronauts Human On Long Space Missions

A brief exchange in the back of last week's issue of New Scientist asks: "I understand that the lines and sagging skin we acquire as we age are due to the sun and gravity. If I lived in a space station in zero or microgravity away from the sun, would I stay looking young?" A perfectly innocuous, if even somewhat… » 4/21/14 5:41pm 4/21/14 5:41pm

Americans Are Surprisingly Optimistic About the Future of Technology

Even in an age of security leaks and government surveillance, amazingly, Americans still feel pretty good about the role that technology will play in their lives, according to a new study. However, when you ask them about the specific advances—like bioengineering, wearable tech, drones, and robots—Americans are a bit… » 4/17/14 2:00pm 4/17/14 2:00pm

I've seen the future and it's this touchscreen Pizza Hut menu table

Behold the future, my friends. It isn't hoverboards or laser swords or transportation hailing apps or drone deliveries, it is this: a gigantic touchscreen that lets you build your own pizza on the table that you will eat it on. Use the touchscreen to perfectly customize your order, play games while you wait and pay… » 3/04/14 1:08am 3/04/14 1:08am

A Glimpse of the Strange Sci-Fi Houses of Earth's Alien Future

Admit it; you've thought about life in the far flung, alien future. Maybe you've thought about it today, whether it's a skyscraping utopia or a scarred nuclear desert full of mobile monoliths. Artists and architects are thinking about it too, and their visions of what may come will really get your future fantasies… » 2/28/14 4:00pm 2/28/14 4:00pm

Prepare Yourself For the Age of the Super-Rat

Do you hate rats? If so, you're not going to like what Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz, a University of Leicester paleobiologist, has to say about the future of Earth. This week, Dr. Zalasiewicz reported on the heartiness—and ambitiousness—of rats, explaining how our rapidly changing planet is soon going to be filled with… » 2/04/14 4:20pm 2/04/14 4:20pm

This outstanding photo shows the future we once dreamed of—and lost

This incredible photo of a SR-71 Blackbird being refueled in mid-air was taken by Sgt. P.A. Tubridy in 1988. It was the symbol of the United States' military power. It was the symbol of the country's incredible technological prowess. Now, it represents the future that we used to dream of—and make. A future that feels… » 12/30/13 11:51am 12/30/13 11:51am

World's most powerful electric motorcycle looks like the future

This brawny futuristic mini tank on two wheels is supposedly the world's most powerful electric motorcycle. The battery-powered beast can re-charge its 12.8kWh juice pack in 30 minutes and has the power of a 1000cc motorcycle. Called the Voxan Wattman, the bike can hit 0-60mph in less than 3.4 seconds and reach a top… » 12/06/13 12:21am 12/06/13 12:21am

Super stealth MIT camera can take 3D images in complete darkness

Anyone with a smartphone knows how impossible it is to take pictures in the dark. At best you get a picture that looks like a pile of dark to darker grains of sand. Researchers, however, have come up with a better way. They've been able to take 'ultra sharp images' with little to no light. Basically, it's creating… » 12/02/13 11:13pm 12/02/13 11:13pm