Impact Lab

Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Record Breaker

Cambridge startup claims breakthrough electric car battery that can charge in 6 minutes

September 6th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

A startup that spun out of Cambridge University claims a battery breakthrough that can charge an electric car in just six minutes. It’s something we heard before, but the difference here is that they claim that they can commercialize the new battery as soon as next year. The startup, Echion Technologies, was founded by Dr. […]

The U.S. Air Force’s shadowy X-37B space plane has broken a space flight record

September 3rd, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  At 6:43 am US eastern time today, the Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane broke a new spaceflight record, surpassing the 717 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes its predecessor spent in orbit just a couple years prior. The X-37B, explained: The Air Force is notoriously tightlipped about the X-37B program. The space plane […]

French inventor successfully soars over English Channel on hoverboard

August 20th, 2019 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

  How a French inventor crossed the English Channel with one short refuel and in 22 minutes on a hoverboard. The French inventor of the jet-powered hoverboard soared over the English Channel despite wind gusts Sunday, becoming the first to cross the channel in such a futuristic way after failing in his first attempt last […]

World’s longest hyperloop track in the works for Saudi Arabia

August 9th, 2019 at 4:03 pm » Comments Off

A 35-km-long (21.- mi) hyperloop test track is planned for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City Virgin Hyperloop One has expanded its relationship with Saudi Arabia, with the two announcing plans to develop a new test track in the country’s west. The facility would become the world’s longest Hyperloop tube, and would be used to […]

The Crab Nebula just blasted Earth with the highest-energy photons ever recorded

June 26th, 2019 at 10:48 pm » Comments Off

One measured photon has roughly the energy of a falling ping-pong ball. The Tibetan Plateau is a vast elevated plain almost five kilometers above sea level, sometimes called the Roof of the World. It is bordered to the south by the world’s highest mountain range and to the north by desert lands. It is one […]

New Details Revealed for 204,000-ton Mega Cruise Ship

June 19th, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Dream Cruises which is a luxury cruise line based in Asia has revealed further details about its huge new 204,000-ton mega ship which will arrive in 2021. She will have the largest cabins in the industry, groundbreaking features including a roller coaster and will even cruise from the U.S. west coast. If you thought the […]

Long-nosed prototype of ‘world’s fastest bullet train’ ALFA-X unveiled in Japan

May 15th, 2019 at 3:44 am » Comments Off

RIFU, Miyagi — A long-nosed prototype of the next-generation Tohoku and Hokkaido shinkansen bullet trains, which are set to have the world’s fastest regular operation speed of 360 kilometers per hour, was unveiled to the press here on May 9.

China opens world’s longest sea bridge and tunnel to connect Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland

April 15th, 2019 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated China’s latest mega-infrastructure project on Tuesday: The world’s longest sea crossing. The 34.2-mile bridge and tunnel that have been almost a decade in the making for the first time connect the semi-autonomous cities of Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai by road. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau […]

This new $12 billion airport will be the biggest in the world — take a look inside

April 15th, 2019 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

This airport will cost $12 billion to make — take a look inside On April 6, Istanbul Ataturk Airport — which was considered one of the busiest airports in the world with 70 million annual passengers — officially ceased operations. All commercial flights were transferred to Turkey’s new flagship international airport, which means Istanbul New […]

‘Spaceplane’ that flies 25 times faster than the speed of sound passes crucial test

April 15th, 2019 at 7:55 am » Comments Off

Hypersonic plane passes crucial test A hypersonic ‘spaceplane’ just passed a crucial test for its precooler component. If and when the jet becomes available for commercial use, it could fly people from London to New York in less than 60 minutes. A ‘spaceplane’ that flies 25 times faster than the speed of sound has successfully […]

Cruise line proposes 60,000 passenger cruise ship nearly one mile long

March 26th, 2019 at 10:34 am » Comments Off

Think cruise ships are big now? A cruise line has proposed a new ship that will carry 60,000 passengers and will be nearly one mile long. Freedom Cruise Line International is proposing the largest vessel in maritime history. It will be 4,500 feet long, as wide as 2 1/2 football fields, and 350 feet high. […]

These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

February 28th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes […]

City of the future