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Terrafugia Transition flying car’s first public flight demos practicality

Terrafugia Transition flying car’s first public flight demos practicality

Flying car? Road-going plane? Whatever the Terrafugia Transition is, it's finally starting to show its airborne skills, being publicly shown off going from road to flight to road again for the first time in a 20 minute demonstration at the EAA AirVenture show this weekend. The $300k hybrid went from trundling the runway at the Oshkosh, WI airshow - wings furled - to taking off and performing a fly-by for the crowd.

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Blue planet with 2,000-degree glass rainstorms could help find new Earth

Blue planet with 2,000-degree glass rainstorms could help find new Earth

NASA's Hubble space telescope has identified the true color of a planet 63 light years away from Earth, a distant blue marble that, unlike our own planet, has torrential rainstorms of glass. HD 189733b, orbiting star HD 189733, would be seen by human eyes as a striking cobalt blue, the Hubble team says, ostensibly similar to Earth when viewed from space. However, in actual fact the exoplanet is one of a bizarre collection of "hot Jupiters" where temperatures can reach almost 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (over 1,000 degrees Celcius).

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James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine goes up for auction

James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine goes up for auction

James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine, one of the most memorable cars from the 007 movie franchise, is going up for sale in September. The car, which saved Bond - as played by Roger Moore - from a murderous helicopter gunship in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, will go under the hammer on September 8 at RM Auctions in London; it's actually one of seven different cars created to film the surprise submarine transformation.

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Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon high-wire walk sets risky record

Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon high-wire walk sets risky record

A daredevil high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon, with no safety net or harness, has set a new world record, with so-called "King of the High Wire" Nick Wallenda taking almost 23 minutes to cross the 1,400 foot wide chasm. Broadcast live on Sunday, the stunt saw Wallenda risk a 1,500 foot plummet as he gingerly walked along the 2-inch thick cable above the Little Colorado River Gorge.

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Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood heavyweights are at war with a bike lane, though the movie industry isn't anti-cyclist, only at the color the path has been painted. The lane - which runs a 12-block length of Historic Core, California - was painted lurid green less than two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter writes, in the process allegedly ruining the area's potential as a convenient New York City stand-in for film crews. They want the paint changed to match the Big Apple, something cycling lobbyists say will end up being dangerous.

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Vodafone phone-charging sleeping bags could pave way to the Internet of Things

Vodafone phone-charging sleeping bags could pave way to the Internet of Things

It's not quite humans as fleshy batteries, Matrix-style, but Vodafone's latest attempt to coax talktime out of its users is pretty close. The carrier has put together a number of prototype sleeping bags - just in time for festival season - it's calling "Recharge Bags" that convert your body heat while sleeping into electricity for your phone. Eight hours of sleep is good for 24 minutes of talk or 11hrs of standby, though the future could be a phone that recharges simply by sitting in your pocket, and wireless sensors for the Internet of Things that don't require any external power source.

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Pagani Zonda Revolucion: 800HP of utter madness

Pagani Zonda Revolucion: 800HP of utter madness

As monstrously over-the-top supercars go, anything from Italian marque Pagani is going to pretty much count, but seldom do they get quite as extreme as the new Zonda Revolucion. Revealed this week, the carbon fiber beast is probably about as close to an F1 car as most (obscenely rich) people could afford, borrowing liberally from performance motor-racing to deliver on the promise of its €2.2m ($2.9m) price tag.

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Curiosity puzzle completion unlocks new Godus god

Curiosity puzzle completion unlocks new Godus god

Solve a puzzle: become a god. That's the treat video game designer Peter Molyneux has revealed is at the end of the Curiosity mobile game, which a UK teenager won over the weekend and found that he would be the all-powerful deity in upcoming title Godus. In addition to getting unknown powers in the new game, winner Bryan Henderson will get "a small piece" of each transaction made in Godus.

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ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield wows with Bowie’s Space Oddity

ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield wows with Bowie’s Space Oddity

When you're arguably the best-known astronaut ever to spend a stretch on the International Space Station, what better way to commemorate your ending tenure than recording David Bowie's Space Oddity while in orbit? Commander Chris Hadfield, who returns to Earth along with Thomas H. Marshburn and Roman Romanenko late on Monday, May 13, recorded his own version of the classic from the ISS, complete with lingering views of Earth and almost as much lens-flare as a Star Trek reboot.

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Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept: When EVs go race-car crazy

Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept: When EVs go race-car crazy

Of everything we could've said after driving Renault's bonkers Twizy EV, "fast" probably wouldn't have been included. Turns out, we just needed to wait for the Renault Sport F1 team to breathe some guts into it, and come up with the "improbable and spectacular" (and that's in Renault's own words!) Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept, capable of the same 0-62mph speed as the company's highest-performing road car.

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