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Where money’s no object, cliff-hangers and aircraft wing homes can be yours

Our Top 10 most unique luxury homes

It may not be able to buy you love, but money can certainly pay for an architect to design you a one-of-a-kind home. From a fun Manhattan pad with a slide running through it, to a clifftop retreat perfect for a real-life Bond villain, the following luxury homes stand out for their uniqueness and desirability.

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New thrill ride proposed for NYC’s Penn Station

Described as the tallest and fastest ride of its kind in the world by AE Superlab, ...

Brooklyn studio AE Superlab has unveiled an ambitious proposal to build a new thrill ride atop NYC's Pennsylvania Station. Featuring 11 gondolas that free-fall toward the ground at a rate of over 100 mph (160 km/h), the ride would rise to three times the height of the London Eye and offer fantastic views of the area.

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Solar Impulse 2 completes first solar transatlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 approaching touchdown in Seville

Solar Impulse 2 has flown into the history books again as it completed the first solar-powered flight across the Atlantic. With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the single-seater aircraft touched down in Seville, Spain, at 7:38 am CET – over 71 hours after it left JFK airport in New York. Covering a distance of 6,273 km (3,900 mi), this completes the 15th leg of the experimental aircraft's bid to be the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the world.

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Review: 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel offers rugged style

During our week with the Range Rover Sport HSE in diesel, we really came to love ...

Through its history, Land Rover has retained a well-deserved reputation for offroad ruggedness and capability. In more modern times, however, these vehicles – especially the Range Rover models – have stepped away from their military builds and entered the sophisticated realm of modern luxury without losing the root expertise and capability Land Rover is known for. With the 2016 Range Rover Sport, a new diesel powerplant makes for a get-anywhere machine worthy of royalty.

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Rolls-Royce predicts robotic ships will be on the water by 2020

In the not too distant future, robotic ships without any decks could be sailing the world's ...

In 2014, Rolls-Royce unveiled its vision of the robotic cargo ship of the future that it believes will become a reality by 2020. This week at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam, the Rolls-Royce-led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications initiative (AAWA) presented a white paper outlining what such autonomous vessels might be like and what hurdles stand between them and the open sea.

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Yamaha offers quirky take on urban mobility with 05Gen and 06Gen concepts

The latest additions to Yamaha's line of GEN concepts

Yamaha is best known for its work on two wheels, but we've seen a recent raft of weird and wonderful concepts designed to improve or redefine our idea of mobility on three, and even four wheels. The most recent 05Gen and 06Gen concepts fall on the weirder side of the ledger and are designed to provide a unique way to cover short distances at a leisurely pace.

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BMW rips the battery out of the i3 and hangs it on your wall

The 2017 BMW i3 uses a larger 33-kWh lithium-ion battery (vs the 22-kWh battery in earlier ...

Electric vehicle manufacturers are eager to give their cars another selling point by using them to put electricity back into the home and grid, not just pull it out. Tesla has the Powerwall and Nissan Leafs have been used in car-to-grid programs in the US and UK. BMW is continuing its own efforts by developing a system that could repurpose old i3 batteries for home and business energy storage.

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Google highlights five main safety concerns surrounding AI

Safety risks posed by artificial intelligences are a genuine concern, but it's not just the apocalyptic robot uprising that we need to worry about. More seemingly mundane problems, such as an AI agent knocking over a vase while it's cleaning, also need to be addressed. Google Research has discussed methods for keeping AI on the straight and narrow in the past, and now the company has released a research paper outlining areas that are minor problems today, but will need more attention as AI technologies become more ubiquitous.

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