Czechs present bicycle that can fly
Is it a bike? Is it a plane?
Engineering team proposes storing extra rocket fuel in space for future missions
Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space, according to MIT engineers: A spacecraft might dock at a propellant depot, somewhere between the Earth and the moon, and pick up extra rocket ...
Air-breathing rocket engine gets funding infusion
The technology, which sounds straight out of a science-fiction movie, has enough reality to it for the United Kingdom government to offer $90.62 million (£60 million), in stages, to a company looking to ...
GPIM spacecraft to validate use of "green" propellant
(Phys.org) —Milestone progress is being made in readying NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) for launch in 2016, a smallsat designed to test the unique attributes of a high-performance, non-toxic, ...
New aluminum-water rocket propellant promising for future space missions
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers are developing a new type of rocket propellant made of a frozen mixture of water and "nanoscale aluminum" powder that is more environmentally friendly than conventional propellants ...
Findings suggest how swimming cells form biofilms on surfaces
New research findings point toward future approaches to fighting bacterial biofilms that foul everything from implantable medical devices to industrial pipes and boat propellers.
NASA tests new technologies for robotic refueling
(Phys.org) —It's corrosive, it's hazardous, and it can cause an explosion powerful enough to thrust a satellite forward in space. Multiple NASA centers are currently conducting a remotely controlled test ...
Top robotic helicopter team sets sights on impossible mission (w/ Video)
If the mission sounds impossible, that's because it is—at least with today's technology: Build a three-pound flying machine that can, under its own control, take off, fly through a window into a model building, ...
Japanese inventor develops flying sphere drone
A Japanese defence researcher has invented a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground.
From cancer treatment to ion thruster: The newest little idea for nanosat micro rockets
(Phys.org) —Nanosatellites are smartphone-sized gadgets that can perform simple, yet valuable, space missions. Dozens of these little spacecraft are now tirelessly orbiting the earth performing valuable ...
Ship will make its own waves for rig safety (w/ Video)
Student-built rocket with experimental motor blasts to 1st-place finish
(Phys.org) -- A team of University of Washington students designed a unique rocket motor and launched it 5 miles up to claim first prize this summer in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.
Electron microscopes with a twist
Vortex beams, rotating like a tornado, offer completely new possibilities for electron microscopy. A method of producing extremely intense vortex beams has been discovered at the Vienna University of Technology ...
Scientists find 'man's remotest relative' in lake sludge
After two decades of examining a microscopic algae-eater that lives in a lake in Norway, scientists on Thursday declared it to be one of the world's oldest living organisms and man's remotest relative.