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Photos of the Day: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 27, 2015 8:23 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market,” aka the world's first commercial flamethrower. The XM42 doesn’t require pressurized tanks or a backpack filled with fuel....

Photos of the Day: Jet engine powers world's fastest ship

March 25, 2015 9:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When the first C-5 transport plane took off in 1968, it became the world’s largest aircraft,...

Photos of the Day: Test flights for Mars landing tech

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing...

Photos of the Day: The Satellite 2015 expo

March 18, 2015 9:33 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

SATELLITE 2015 had "communications solutions for every end-user of satellite communications and...

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Photos of the Day: Italy's first-built F-35A unveiled

March 13, 2015 2:14 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment....

Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

Photos of the Day: The "Ghost Gunner" milling machine for AR-15 lower receivers

February 27, 2015 10:21 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The “Ghost Gunner” tabletop milling machine can “manufacture any mil-spec 80% AR-15 lower receiver that already has the rear take down well milled out ... lowers with non-mil-spec trigger guards that are otherwise mil-spec are also compatible”....

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Photos of the Day: Military's largest cargo plane transports pathfinder backplane

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Rare glimpse into the mouth of a C-5 Galaxy military transport plane, the largest cargo plane in the U.S. fleet, which was designed to carry tanks, just before STTARS (the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea) was loaded for transport....

Photos of the Day: World's 1st compact rotary 3D-printer-scanner

February 17, 2015 1:09 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

The device is the brainchild of Blacksmith Group's founders, NTU engineering graduate Dr Alex Pui Tze Sian and Mr Fang Kok Boon. Mr Fang, CEO of Blacksmith Group, said their aim is to make 3D printing easy and accessible to the average consumers....

Photos of the Day: Restored 'Flying Pancake' unveiled by retirees

February 12, 2015 8:26 am | by the National Air & Space Museum | News | Comments

On February 10, 2012, retired Vought employees unveiled the one-of-a-kind Vought V-173 Flying Pancake, after eight years of restoration work. The Flying Pancake dates to World War II when the Chance Vought Division of the United Aircraft Corporation ...

Photos of the Day: Railguns, robots, and shark drones at the Naval Future Force Expo

February 6, 2015 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

ECN’s Digital Editor, Jason Lomberg, paid a visit to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC yesterday, and this is what caught his eye. In particular, the Navy unveiled their electromagnetic railgun to the public for the first time, along with showcasing ...

Photos of the Day: Urban solar electric car with 3D-printed body

February 3, 2015 2:45 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category....

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Photos of the Day: 'World's First Family Robot' raises $2M

January 29, 2015 9:03 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

Jibo, “The World’s First Family Robot,” raised more than $2 million on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, making it one of the most funded projects in the site’s history. Turning to crowdfunding with the hope to raise Jibo awareness, as well as the social robotics movement ...

Photos of the Day: SpaceX rocket crash-lands on ocean barge

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This image from video provided by SpaceX shows its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic after launch, in an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion. The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting ...

Photos of the Day: The 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is unveiled

January 15, 2015 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays ...

CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique (Part 2)

January 13, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. And CES goes above and beyond. Here’s a small sampling of what I saw, and be sure to check out part 1....

CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique

January 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention....

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Photos of the Day: This is how you train for the ISS

January 8, 2015 2:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Training for a space mission is no joke. Those lucky enough to make it to the International Space Station are basically on their own and must be prepared for all situations. Every part of living on the ISS is practiced on earth in specialized training facilities to ensure that nothing...

Photos of the Day: CES 2015

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and it's where a lot of the major players make their announcements for the year about the new technology. For the 2015 show, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg hit the show floor. Here ECN offers a roundup of a...

Photos of the Day: Robotic entertainment system debuts on cruise ship

December 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by ABB | News | Comments

With the Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, the cruise line operator wanted to do something truly groundbreaking: create a cruise ship environment that was not only fun, but one that could also compete with the best that entertainmen ...

Photos of the Day: 15 best drone images from 2014

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

The drone enthusiast community has been very inspired this year. With thousands of stunning pictures published on our platform, the future of photography is in good hands. Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world....

Photos of the Day: Holiday lights from space

December 22, 2014 1:10 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Here, a house in Virginia is decorated for the holiday season....

Photos of the Day: "Rat rods" pieced together from vintage parts

December 17, 2014 10:33 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

The fast machines are pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds. They are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. Old vehicle parts that will be used in Rat Rod projects are stored outside Peter Duvaloois' shop....

Photos of the Day: Low-cost alternatives to the F-35

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

Canada (and a host of other allied nations) are wavering in their support in the F-35, and some, like our neighbors to the north, are actively considering alternatives, including the Eurofigher Typhoon (seen above), Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet. None of these ...

Photos of the Day: U.S. launches classified defense satellite

December 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The mission is classified for national security reasons, so no details ...

Photos of the Day: Navy's laser weapon destroys moving targets at sea

December 11, 2014 10:31 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. The system is operated by ...

Photos of the Day: A smartgun that calls for automated backup

December 3, 2014 9:14 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The .9 mm pistol would contain a chip that communicated with the officer’s smart phone to send a “yellow” alert when the gun is drawn and a “red” alert when fired. Santa Cruz Sheriff Phil Wowak — whose department is testing the new system ...

Photos of the Day: China's J-31 stealth fighter

November 25, 2014 3:52 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Shenyang J-31 (aka, “Gyrfalcon” or “Snowy Owl”) is a mid-sized, twin-engine stealth fighter intended for medium and low-altitude missions like close-air support, aerial bombardment, and suppression of enemy air defenses. With a twin-rudder, twin-engine configuration ...

Photos of the Day: 3 umbrella designs that will never catch on

November 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Everyone who lives in a moderately wet climate has complained about the traditional umbrella design at least once in their lives. In fact, during a particularly nasty torrential downpour last summer, I remember cursing my umbrella’s metal rods for ...

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