Fortnite’s Galactus live event was an epic sci-fi shooter with flying space buses

For a few blissful minutes, players of the popular Fortnite battle royale game finally got to fly, sci-fi style, in a fight to save reality itself.



Fornite launched players into space on laser-firing buses to fight the giant Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, in an epic live event to end Chapter 2, Season 5 on Dec. 1, 2020.


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Fornite launched players into space on laser-firing buses to fight the giant Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, in an epic live event to end Chapter 2, Season 5 on Dec. 1, 2020.

The game’s Chapter 2, Season 4-ending live event Tuesday (Dec. 1) saw players take control of Fortnite’s iconic Battle Bus, which drops users onto the playing field at the start of every game, and fight the planet-eating Galactus in an epic battle to save reality.

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Marvel characters Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Storm and others gave players an assist in the battle against Galactus, a cosmic entity that needs to consume energy to survive. (Galactus has been hurtling through space toward the Fortnite island the entire season.)  Here’s

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6 hot startups that can make flying cars happen

  • Companies creating electric aircraft for short-distance flights have secured hundreds of millions of dollars, but it will be years before any deliver on their goals.
  • While you may have to wait to take your commute airborne, investors looking for payoffs in the shorter term have another way into this industry. 
  • Just as important as investing in the companies making aircraft is investing in those developing the myriad technologies that will enable the likes of Joby and Lilium to take off.
  • We asked venture capitalists and industry experts to name the companies best-poised to succeed by enabling the flying-car future. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Few investment realms are as riddled with unknowns as aerial mobility, the young field hoping to turn commuters into aeronauts with air taxis, or flying cars.

It’s a new form of aviation that uses novel propulsion strategies, and it requires world-class engineering, is up

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SpaceX flying ex-football players, flight controller, Scout

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s second crew has two military officers who played college football, a former space shuttle flight controller, and the first person in decades to launch aboard three kinds of rocketships.

The three Americans and one Japanese should reach the International Space Station late Monday for a five- to six-month stay, following Sunday’s liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

A brief look at each:

—Crew commander Mike Hopkins, 51, is an Air Force colonel and former space station resident who grew up on a hog and cattle farm in Missouri. He played football for the University of Illinois and, before becoming an astronaut in 2009, worked at the Pentagon. He was working as a special assistant to the vice chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff when he got the call from NASA. He and wife Julie have two college-age sons.

—Navy Cmdr. Victor Glover, 44,

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Mysterious remains of ancient flying reptile found hidden among shark fossils

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A type of North African pterosaur, believed to be similar to the one uncovered by the University of Portsmouth researchers.


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Combing through a drawer of shark fossils early this year, British doctoral student Roy Smith made a surprising and thrilling discovery: remains of a flying reptile that lived more than 60 million years ago. 

Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at the UK’s University of Portsmouth, was examining fossils of shark fin spines from two British museum collections when he noticed some fragments contained neural foramina, or tiny but perceptible holes where nerves come to the surface to sense prey. Sharks fin spines don’t have these, so Smith instantly knew some of the fragments weren’t like the others. 

In fact, they didn’t even come from creatures of the sea, but from creatures of the air: toothless pterosaurs, an enigmatic flying reptile and the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered

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How engineering firm Magnomatics is using its technology to make flying taxis a reality

The vision to design and build flying taxis to beat busy city traffic has long been a fantasy for global manufacturers like Hyundai and Toyota but momentum is gathering to make this technology a reality.For an aviation fan like David Latimer, the chance for his company to design motors for first air taxi prototypes is a thrilling opportunity.The CEO of Sheffield-based Magnomatics, which uses magnets to make gears for the renewable energy sector, particularly wind, oil and gas, says: “There are something like 215 different drone vehicles being designed at the moment.“We can make very lightweight motors so we’re doing some specific designs for people you would have heard of, but we’re also trying to develop a more generic product that would appeal to everyone.”Latimer’s fascination with flying stretches back to childhood. “I was really into aeroplanes as a kid and I went on to study aeronautical engineering at

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We’re not flying to Mars: ASX on using distributed ledger for new CHESS system

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has been building the world’s first, actual industrial-scale blockchain use case — a new post-trade solution to replace its legacy Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) platform, which has been running for around 25 years.

“When it was implemented in 1995 it was world-leading and some would say, is still world-leading in its functionality today,” deputy CEO Peter Hiom said. “That said, it’s also one of those 25-year-old systems that in some point in time you run out of COBOL programmers who know how that system works.”

See also: Here’s what to expect from ASX’s blockchain-based CHESS replacement

After a few setbacks due to market readiness and the COVID-19 pandemic, go-live for the CHESS replacement is now scheduled for April 2023.

Discussing the project at the Future of Financial Services 2020 virtual conference on Thursday, Hiom said given how new distributed ledger technology (DLT) is,

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Flow Science Receives the 2020 Flying 40 for the 5th Year in a Row

Flow Science named one of the fastest growing technology companies in New Mexico for the fifth year running.

SANTA FE, N.M. (PRWEB) November 04, 2020

Flow Science has been named one of New Mexico Technology’s Flying 40 recipients for the last five consecutive years. The New Mexico Technology Flying 40 awards recognize the 40 fastest growing technology companies in New Mexico each year.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the fifth year in a row by the Flying 40. As Flow Science continues to grow and expand its operation in New Mexico, we strive to appear on this list for years to come,” said Flow Science President & CEO, Dr. Amir Isfahani.

These awards are given out by the Flying 40 program based on three revenue categories: the top revenue growth companies with revenues between $1 million and $10 million, the top revenue growth companies with revenues of

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Here’s a Flying Car That Really Is a Flying Car

Some will contest that many of the “flying cars” we hear about today are really no such thing, as their design prevents them from being driven on regular roads.

An amazing vehicle built by Slovakian research and development company KleinVision, on the other hand, is about as flying-car as you can get, with its rapid transformation from road vehicle into aircraft an impressive demonstration of what can be achieved in this sector of growing interest.

The AirCar, as it’s called, was recently taken for a test drive/flight at Slovakia’s Piestany Airport, with footage of the outing posted on YouTube (above).

The seemingly smooth conversion from car to plane occurs at the push of a button and only takes three minutes to perform. After that, you can step on the gas and take flight — though you do need about 330 yards of clear road in front of you to get

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Study uses new method to show that Pterosaurs became twice as good at flying over their existence — ScienceDaily

Pterodactyls and other related winged reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs steadily improved their ability to fly to become the deadly masters of the sky over the course of millions of years.

A new study published in the journal Nature has shown that pterosaurs — a group of creatures that became Earth’s first flying vertebrates — evolved to improve their flight performance over their 150 million-year existence, before they went extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

Scientists from the Universities of Reading, Lincoln and Bristol carried out the most detailed study yet into how animals evolve to become better suited to their environments over time. They combined fossil records with a new model of flight based on today’s living birds to measure their flight efficiency and fill in the gaps in our knowledge of their evolutionary story.

This allowed the scientists to track the

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First Drone Goes Flying to the North Pole on a Climate Mission

(Bloomberg) — Roberta Pirazzini set out an Arctic expedition to do something no one had ever tried before: fly a drone near the North Pole.



a group of people riding skis on top of a snow covered mountain: The white surfaces of Arctic ice reflect solar radiation back into the atmosphere, while the ocean’s blue surfaces absorb it.


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The white surfaces of Arctic ice reflect solar radiation back into the atmosphere, while the ocean’s blue surfaces absorb it.

Sensors on the drone would assess sunlight reflected from the ice. This measurement, known as surface albedo, is key to understanding how much solar radiation is absorbed by the Earth and how much is reflected back into the atmosphere. It’s one of the scientific puzzles that can help predict how fast sea ice will melt.

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But flying a drone over the planet’s northernmost reaches is no simple feat. Pirazzini and a colleague, Henna-Reetta Hannula, spent months learning to fly at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, where both are on staff as scientists. Technicians designed and built a sophisticated navigation system

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