Size matters: meet the world’s biggest jet engine

The GE9X on a test bed in Ohio. Credit: GE Aviation

This beast is called GE9X — the largest jet engine ever built. Standing at 13 feet in diameter, it’s wider than a Boeing 737’s fuselage.

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Driverless trucks are coming – and they’re going to automate millions of jobs

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Six convoys of semi-automated, smart trucks drove across Europe, arriving at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

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You don’t need a brain to learn, scientists found

Many-headed slime.
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A new study from the University of Toulouse found that intelligence and learning aren’t limited to organisms with brains. By studying the mold P. polycephalum they found it can, over time, learn to navigate even irritating environments.

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Tesla’s Autopilot reduces car accidents by 50%. Are you ready to give up the wheel?

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During a meeting with Norway’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk claimed that since ‘autopilot’ was rolled out, there have been 50% fewer car accidents.

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Our best bet at stopping food waste is to be more responsible, not more efficient

Consumer behavior is the main driver of food waste in developed countries.
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Humans are throwing away an insane quantity of food, both in the developed and in developing countries. While in the latter case this can be attributed to economic and technological constrains, the former is primarily consumer-driven. And the sum of individual choices adds up to major impacts on a global scale, a new study finds.

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Hackers rob $80 million from a central bank because it had $10 routers and no firewall

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Being a cheapskate can sometimes backfire spectacularly as a central Bank in Bangladesh just found out.

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Can’t get any rest when sleeping in a new place? It’s just your brain keeping you safe

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A new study offers insight into why you might have a hard time sleeping on the first night in a new place: half of your brain stays awake to watch out for potential dangers.

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Trees trade carbon through their roots, using symbiotic fungi networks

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A forest’s trees capture carbon not only for themselves, but also engage in an active “trade” of sorts with their neighbors, a new study found. University of Basel botanists found that this process, conducted by symbiotic fungi in the forest’s soil, takes place even among trees of different species.

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U.S. Air Force breaks Maglev speed record with a magnetically levitating rocket sled

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Engineers at the 846th Test Squadron simply shattered the Maglev record with a sled powered by a very powerful rocket. The sled raced through a magnetic levitation track at an incredible 633 mph, or 120 mph faster than the previous record which they set only two days before.

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Israeli archaeologists uncover roman-period glass factory underpinning trade throughout the empire

Small fragments of raw glass as they were found at the site.
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Israel Antiques Authority (IAA) archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of a 1,600 year-old complex of glass kilns in the Jezreel Valley. Their size indicates that Israel was one of the most important glass manufacturing center in the ancient world, says Dr. Yael Gorin-Rosen, IAA’s Glass Department head curator.

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