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Military vehicles carry an earlier version of China’s hypersonic missile during a 2019 parade. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

China’s hypersonic missiles threaten US power in the Pacific – an aerospace engineer explains how the weapons work and the unique threats they pose

China’s newest hypersonic missile, the DF-27, could sideline US aircraft carrier groups in the Pacific, while missiles in the works in China, Russia and the US threaten global security.
It only takes light about eight minutes to go from the Sun to Earth. loops7/E+ via Getty Images

Have we made an object that could travel 1% the speed of light?

The fastest things ever made by humans are spacecraft, and the fastest spacecraft reached 330,000 mph – only 0.05% the speed of light. But there are ways to go faster.
Cockpit of the Airbus A330-900. P. Pigeyre/Airbus

Airbus: flying high on the wings of corruption

In January Airbus agreed to pay nearly 4 billions euros to settle bribery charges. Theories developed by criminology researchers explain how the firm was able to operate so long with such impunity.
The Bell Nexus is a full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle, powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system. Bell/Cover Images

Flying taxis within five years? Not likely

CASA says we could have flying taxis operating in Australia within five years. But there are a few hurdles to clear before we see ride sharing happening in the air rather than on the ground.

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