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  • A Universe Of Cargo

    Giants of the sky.

    A gallery of giant cargo aircraft…
  • skyline of shenzhen, china

    The city is known for its world-building factories. Now it's cultivating something else entirely: a global community with an experimental spirit.

    This city is known for its world-building factories, but it’s actually creating something far more important than silicon and plastic. Shenzhen is ground zero for the…
  • They're a potential source of food, air, clothing, and more. But will they survive the journey, and can we avoid contaminating the red planet?

    Some of the astronauts on missions to Mars will be too small to be seen with the naked eye. But that doesn’t mean they won’t have a vital role to play.
  • Elon Musk's plan for solar roofs, shareable cars, and maybe an Iron Man suit

    Elon Musk recently released his Master Plan for Tesla’s future, which calls for cars with solar roofs, full autopilot, and even the ability to make money for their…
  • The hackers, technologists, scientists, celebrities, and just plain average folks who have bestowed genius on us so far this year

    The hackers, technologists, scientists, celebrities, and just plain average folks who have bestowed genius on us so far this year.
  • china space race

    To gain an edge here on Earth, China is pushing ahead in space

    After years of investment and strategy, China is well on its way to becoming a space superpower—and maybe even a dominant one.
  • The 10 most innovative young minds in science and engineering

    These researchers bring creative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.
  • Data-mining tools are helping cops bust open online human trafficking

    Chris white went from Harvard science to military intelligence. Now his tools are helping bust sex-trafficking rings…
  • Exclusive photos of the capsule and rocket that could carry humankind to Mars

    NASA’s $18 billion Orion program will deliver humans to the surface of Mars sometime in the 2030s.
  • In just 12 years, he built an empire of 1.71 billion followers. His next goal: to friend the rest of humanity.

    The Most Social Man On The Planet…
  • New York City's L Train Canarsie Tunnel cleared after Hurricane Sandy

    What companies are doing to prevent future L Train shutdowns

    As New York and other city’s rush to deal with the new reality of climate change, it seems the future is arriving fast.
  • A conversation with the founder of Moon Express

    A conversation with the founder of Moon Express…
  • Pressing pause could mean the difference between life and death

    One afternoon in February 2011, Kelly Dwyer strapped on a pair of snowshoes and set out to hike a beaver pond trail near her home in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
  • As everybody moves in to virtual reality, who's making the rules?

    “It’s the first medium that creates the sensation that you’re somewhere else,”…
  • Pokémon Go brings friends together IRL

    The pocket monsters' revival is fueled by something beyond nostalgia and technology

    A combination of technological leaps and limitations inherent in the game makes it so that players must engage with one another in reality, much more so than any other…
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