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Monster Machines: The Planes Of Red Bull's Air Race Championship

After a three-year hiatus for safety and organisational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity — and each other — as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters through a series of challenging “air gates” in as little time as possible. These are the planes that get them there.


Monster Machines: This 3D Camera Rig Records Renewed Life On A Canadian Reef

Unless samples and specimens are brought up from the seafloor, or researchers hop aboard a submersible, a significant portion of underwater exploration is done in 2D, but that could soon change thanks to the recent installation of a revolutionary new scientific camera rig. We’ll never look at the ocean’s depths the same way again.


Monster Machines: This Mobile Dialysis Machine Will Clean Your Blood On The Go

The days of hemodialysis patients spending hours upon hours sitting in a hospital lounge while waiting for their blood to be cleaned could soon be a thing of the past — assuming, of course, that the world’s first wearable artificial kidney passes FDA muster later this year.


Monster Machines: SeaRAM Outfits The US Navy's Favourite Gatling Gun With Homing Missiles

Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy’s Phalanx Close-In Weapons System’s (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn’t enough to neutralise incoming threats — like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America’s Navy relies on the Phalanx’s bigger, badder, rocket-propelled brother: the SeaRAM.


Old SARS Iso-Tubes Are Keeping Ebola Patients Alive On Planes

When doctors are stricken by the infectious disease they are fighting — the recent and ongoing West African Ebola outbreak, for example — you can’t very well stick them on a commercial flight back to the states for treatment. Instead, highly infectious disease (HID) patients must instead be transported under complete biological isolation inside one of these portable, personal clean rooms.


Monster Machines: The F-22 Is Finally Seeing Action After 7 Years

A mere seven years (less than two presidential terms) after it was declared fit for combat operations, and then repeatedly grounded for operational issues, the F-22 Raptor has finally had its first taste of war, in the skies over what used to be Syria.


Monster Machines: Everything You Need To Know About NASA's New Mars Orbiter

It took just ten months for NASA’s water-seeking satellite to traverse the 711 million kilometres between Earth and Mars. And, now that it has successfully entered stable orbit around the red planet, it’s time to get to work figuring out where the heck all that water went.


Boeing's New Space Taxi Has The Cleanest Cabin On Earth

With NASA’s rather surprising decision to split the Commercial Crew Program prize between Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon 2 capsule, America is officially back in the manned space exploration game! Woohoo! And even better, our astronauts will be shuttled to the ISS in style aboard the spacious CST-100 from Boeing.


Monster Machines: The World's First Powered Submarine Arrived 60 Years Before Its Time

The Axis war effort throughout the first half of the 1940s led to some incredible advances in submarine technology. That includes the anaerobic Walter turbine — a newfangled engine that didn’t need oxygen to work. Even more incredible, these discoveries were not entirely new, but in fact more than 60 years old — the fruits of a Victorian-era engineer’s labours during construction of the world’s first powered submarine.


US Navy's New Triton Drone Just Flew Clear Across America

Less than half a year after being greenlit, the US Navy’s newest broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) platform, the MQ-4C Triton, has just passed a major developmental milestone — as well as the whole of the contiguous United States.


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