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Monster Machines: 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.


Monster Machines: The Razor UAV Only Costs $US800 To Print

Our multi-million dollar fleets of Predators and Reaper drones are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule. As UAV technology continues its breakneck advance, the cost of producing even high-performance ISR drones is plummeting. This new UAV, for example, is so inexpensive and quick to create that it’s practically disposable.


Monster Machines: This New Electric Garbage Trucks Give Trash The Silent Treatment

You know how I know it’s garbage day? Because it’s 5am and it sounds like the trucks from Pump are getting busy on the curb. VROOOOOM, CRUNCH, SLAM, WAKKA WAKKA WAKKA, SLAM, CRUNCH, VROOOOOM. But some lucky Chicagoans will soon be able to sleep all the way through the night thanks to a new fleet of (mostly) silent dump trucks.


Here's A Natural Gas-Powered Cargo Ship Getting Its 490-Tonne Engine

Work on TOTE shipholding’s new Marlin-class cargo ships is progressing quickly. Late last month crews were photographed installing the vessel’s main engine, a 490-tonne behemoth that runs on liquefied natural gas rather than diesel.


Monster Machines: A Million-Dollar Buoy Will Spot The Best Sites For Wind Farms

With roughly 20,000km of coastline, the US has plenty of potential installation sites for offshore wind farms. Floating data collection centres like the one shown above will help energy companies and government agencies alike find the windiest, and most effective locations along America’s shores.


Monster Machines: This Dunkable Drone Will Suck Up Whale Snot For Science

Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than blood: expelled mucus.


This Is The Largest Spacecraft Welding Machine In The World

Photo: Behold the new welding “tool” at the Vertical Assembly Center in NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the largest spacecraft welding tool in the world for the largest rocket ever, the Space Launch System that will take us one day to Mars.


These Flare Gas Trucks Get High On Their Own Supply

America is undergoing a fossil fuel renaissance thanks to a resurgent natural gas industry. But with many new wells being built far from existing oil pipelines, crews often vent excess gas. One such field in North Dakota is putting that gas to work running the company’s fleet of field equipment.


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