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Introducing Lilium Jet, The World’s First Electric Flying Taxi

The makers claim it can fly as fast as a Formula One car.

Flying cars may no longer be just a thing of the future. One Munich-based company has introduced what they claim to be the world’s first electric vertical take-⁠off and landing jet, which pretty much looks like a flying car. Lilium Aviation last year did a test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype called the Lilium Jet. They also call it an ‘air taxi.’

The Lilium Jet takes off vertically like a helicopter, and then accelerates into forward flight using wing-borne lift. It is powered by 36 separate jet engines mounted on its 10-meter long wings via 12 movable flaps. Only small and inexpensive landing pads that, according to the creators of the aircraft, can be made by anyone are needed.

The aircraft is still being further developed.

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According to the company’s timeline, they expect that their first fully functional jet will take off by 2019. By 2025, they aim to have on-demand air transport available to the public – like Uber for air travel. According to the company’s website:

“Lilium enables you to travel 5 times faster than a car by introducing the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet: an air taxi for up to 5 people. You won’t have to own one, you will simply pay per ride and call it with a push of a button. It’s our mission to make air taxis available to everyone and as affordable as riding a car.”

The Lilium Jet is set to change the way we travel.

The company believes their flying taxi can make a great impact on the environment and on people’s lives. They say that people’s travel time will be reduced by a factor of 5, that there will be less for cars, and that there will be virtually zero operational environmental impact. Their further website says:

“Quiet electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) is the technology that will change travel forever. It enables you to access city centres with an aircraft. A large network of small and inexpensive landing pads and central places in cities will allow you to quickly enter an aircraft anytime and fly anywhere you want. Leaving the city after a stressful day will soon be transformed into a thrilling ride. By travelling through the air you’ll be able to avoid time-consuming traffic jams, while enjoying a magnificent view.”

Watch the Lilium Jet’s maiden flight that took place last year:

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Ancient 99-Million-Year-Old Frogs Look Just Like Modern-Day Toads

Frogs will always be frogs, whether they were born today or in the Cretaceous Period.

The world is filled with exciting new discoveries from ancient times. Scientists have just uncovered evidence that frogs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. Interestingly, these ancient toads seem to look just like their modern-day descendants.

A new report confirms that scientists have found four frog fossils in northern Myanmar. The tiny bodies were encased in amber and offer a clear glimpse at what tropical rainforests looked like in the Cretaceous Period. In any case, the discovery is groundbreaking since frogs rarely become fossils.

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Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Get Misused On Social Media Despite Strict Terms & Conditions

What better way to start a particularly hot summer?

There is little doubt that Elon Musk's flamethrowers are the hottest new commodity right now. After all, the fiery device produced by The Boring Company have just been sold out. However, it looks like consumers have already started misusing the dangerous product despite its lengthy terms and conditions.

The Boring Company finally rolled out Not A Flamethrower at a celebrated pick up event held at the company's headquarters. People who had pre-ordered the gadgets were given a chance to sample the power of the flamethrower on unfortunate marshmallows. Although safety was reinforced during the event, things took a dangerous turn once everyone got home.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organics On Mars, Possible Life On Planet In The Past

The new discovery might confirm life thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on the surface of Mars. The rover has just found possible evidence of life on the planet billions of years ago. NASA might not quite ready to confirm that creatures once roamed the Red Planet. Nevertheless, the agency believes that the findings could mean positive things for future missions.

The NASA rover has found organic molecules in sedimentary rocks near the planet's surface. These molecules may contain hydroxen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and are usually associated with life. However, their presence in the billion-year-old rocks does not confirm life on Mars just yet.

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