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January 20, 2015 1:56 PM First global solar plane flight to stop in India, Myanmar, U.S.

(CNN)The quest to complete the first solar-powered flight around the world moved a bit closer to reality Tuesday. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg announced the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft will depart the United Arab Emirates on their historic adventure in late February or early March, making a total of 12 planned stops. The route includes 18

January 20, 2015 11:50 AM Solar plane set for round the world flight

Tuesday 20 January 2015 11.33 A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight using nothing but the sun's energy to power it. Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered plane to be able to fly for several days and nights, will land in 12 destinations along its roughly 35,000km trip, including a five-day 25

January 19, 2015 5:51 PM Red Dot Awards: young designers imagine the future of everyday objects

Running out of juice? How about a tiny, disposable cardboard battery for a couple of extra hours of instant charge? The idea is from a design concept called Mini Power: these "power pills" would provide your phone with an additional two, four or six hours of use when you most need it, and you could buy them cheaply at convenience stores or from vending 14

January 18, 2015 8:04 PM Internet of Things Needs Industry Cooperation to Make It Big

Your TV knows who's sitting in front of it. Your light bulbs know when someone's in the room. Your sleep monitor knows when you're dreaming. The "Internet of Things" is invading our homes, but these connected devices face a big challenge: They all speak different digital languages. And chances are it's going to be a while before your "smart" fridge can send cooking 40

January 17, 2015 8:08 PM Car companies shine in CES: Glimpse of future cars revealed

LATEST STORIES IN MOTORING Several car companies took part in the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and illustrated that the industry is ahead of the gadgets’ markets in offering consumers a glimpse of the future. Visitors of CES were impressed with some of the technologies on offer including a Samsung mobile phone that charges its batteries 23

January 17, 2015 3:08 PM ESA Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Of Huygens’ Landing On Titan

Ten years ago, European Space Agency’s (ESA) Huygens space probe entered the history books by landing on the surface of Titan, which is Saturn’s largest moon. Huygens was an atmospheric entry probe that landed successfully on Titan on January 14th, 2005. It was part of the Cassini–Huygens mission and became the first spacecraft ever to land on Titan 29

January 17, 2015 2:14 PM Tesla Motors Inc’s Gigafactory Will Cost $5 Billion

The US automaker is breaking the bank to finance its new gigafactory; the foundation alone cost $16 million Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is pushing to build a hub of lithium ion batteries for its innovative sport utility vehicles (SUVs). However, the factory’s construction will require substantial resources. The factory is expected to be completed by 2020, and will cost about 21

January 17, 2015 11:29 AM ESA’s Huygens celebrates 10 Years on Titan

European Space Agency's (ESA) atmospheric entry probe landed successfully on Saturn's moon Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, about ten years ago. On January 14, ESA's Huygens probe celebrated its 10 years on Saturn's largest moon. The probe was the first ever robotic mission to land on a world in the outer solar system. The probe had taken about two hours 31

January 17, 2015 9:36 AM ISU solar car races on in Abu Dhabi contest

A team of solar-car builders from Illinois State University had a tough day at an international race. But the team gets to race on. Team President Sarah Noll tells The Pantagraph in Bloomington ( ) that the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge allowed the 11-member group to continue racing even after its car failed to finish Thursday's run. Noll said the problem 14

January 16, 2015 11:58 PM Fred Grimm: How guards play the retribution game in Florida prisons

Shawn “Jiggaman” Rogers must have seemed the perfect instrument for bloody retribution. Vicious, violent, angry, racist, known for his prison gang affiliations, known for his brutal attacks on other inmates, known to rape other prisoners, known for bragging about his status as a lifer with nothing to lose, Jiggaman, at 6-4 and 210 pounds, had all the attributes 15