How The World's Largest Solar Plant Wants To Fix Its Fried Bird Problem

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has a problem. The myriad mirrors that reflect the sun’s searing rays onto towers that generate electricity also create a death ray that fries anything in its path, namely poor innocent birds flying through the desert. But don’t worry. They’re working on it.


Monster Machines: Africa's First Indigenous Aircraft Will Compete With Surveillance UAVs

While Africa’s backyard space program has yet to get off the ground, the continent’s first (arguably) homegrown aircraft has already taken flight. Throughout the continent, these ultralight two-seaters could soon fill the skies where long-range surveillance UAVs are too expensive to fly.


The World's Most Expensive Hallway Is Under New York City

The exorbitant costs of the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub have been well-reported: the station cost $US4 billion. New Yorkers can already experience one element of the pricey hub, a walkway under West Street. And if calculations are correct, this 180m corridor is the most expensive hallway on the planet.


DARPA Wants To Make Tanks Sleeker, Faster And Deadlier

Tanks are Goliaths. They’re covered with layers and layers of thick armour for protection, which makes them huge and slow-moving. Now, DARPA wants to change that.



John Oliver On Ferguson: No, You Don't Need That Tank

It’s no question that the police in Ferguson, Missouri, are absurdly over-armed, and their LRADs, tear gas, and other military-grade gear are making things worse, not better. And on last night’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver did a spectacular job of breaking it all down in a way that’s almost as funny as it is utterly horrifying.


Watch How Bolivia Built The World's Longest Urban Cable Car System

In most parts of the world, cable cars are relegated to ski areas or amusement parks. But in South America, cities use the gondolas to navigate undulating terrain as public transportation. Later htis year, two more lines will open in Bolivia’s La Paz-El Alto network, making it the longest urban cable car system in the world.



Why Chinese Hackers Stole 4.5 Million US Hospital Records

This month’s instalment of Chinese hackers stealing your data focuses on breaches at an especially scary type of venue: hospitals. A massive hospital empire that mostly serves small towns and rural areas reports that hackers lifted 4.5 million patient records earlier this year. You might be surprised by what the hackers were after.