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Monster Machines: This Gleaming Monolith May Spawn The Next Space Shuttle

This is the European Space Agency’s test spaceplane, which is planned to go on a 100-minute mission without a crew on February 11. It will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana.


Monster Machines: We Find Out What It's Like To Ride Inside An Authentic WW2-Era Tank

The Matilda II Mark IV was an Allied infantry tank of the Second World War. Noted for its formidably armored hull, it was one of the primary tanks used by Australian Army regiments during New Guinea, Bougainville and Borneo campaigns. Last week, we stepped inside one of these 25-tonne death machines for an authentic taste of World War II driving. Here are the photos.


All The World's Cows On Treadmills Could Power 6% Of Earth

When roaming open pastures, cattle can walk up to eight hours a day while grazing but they can’t always get as much exercise when confined to a barnyard. One enterprising farmer, however, has invented an ingenious means of getting his herd moving — and generate a bit of free electricity on the side.


Monster Machines: Say Hello To China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers, auto-cannons and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defence against frickin’ lasers, China’s newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four times the speed of sound.


Monster Machines: GE's 'Point And Shoot' Microscope Snaps Spectacular Cellular Shots

The microscopic worlds contained within a droplet of water are just as fascinating — and just as inaccessible to humans — as the farthest reaches of space. But the universe of the very small is now a little closer thanks to a highly-automated, cell counting microscope-camera hybrid from GE.


Monster Machines: South Korea's Black Panther Battle Tank Shoots Parachute Bombs

When your neighbours are Kim Jung-un level crazy, you’d better make sure your defenses are bigger and badder than anything they can throw at you. Or at least just as crazy, like the K2 Black Panther’s parachute munitions.


Monster Machines: The Golden Gate Bridge Gets The Massive Median Mover It Needed

After a marathon weekend installation, the Golden Gate Bridge has finally gotten the $US30 million movable median barrier system that it so desperately needs. These are the oversized mechanical zipper pulls that will be in charge of changing lanes (quite literally) twice a day to keep traffic flowing smoothly.


This Aim-Assisted Rifle Is Now Accurate Up To 1.6km

Oh, what a difference two years make. The Precision-Guided Firearm (aka the Linux Gun) from TrackingPoint that blew many a mind at 2013′s CES is back and better than ever. And by “better” I mean able to hit a target travelling at 50km/s, 1800 yards out.


Monster Machines: The US Army's Biggest Tug Boat Can Haul An Entire Aircraft Carrier

Parking a 173m guided missile cruiser is tougher than it sounds. So when the US Army’s largest ocean-going vessels need a helping hand squeezing into foreign ports, they call on the biggest and baddest tugboats in the armed forces: the MGen. Nathanael Greene-class large coastal tugs.


Monster Machines: This Tabletop Gadget Steers Light With A Wall Of Sound

Our collective Holodeck-Danger Room fantasies are one step closer to reality thanks to a new acousto-optic device described in the latest issue of the journal Optics Express. It can manipulate laser beams in near real time using nothing but sound waves.