A Face-Tracking Marshmallow Cannon Aims Straight For Your Mouth

Normally, you wouldn't want to have a cannon aimed at your face, much less a cannon that can see your face and follow it around. But a team of mechanical and electrical engineering students at Olin College decided to challenge that notion with their marshmallow-firing Confectionary Cannon. It's worth getting in this… » 1/13/14 11:00am 1/13/14 11:00am

Five Ancient Cannons Were Just Rescued From Blackbeard's Sunken Ship

Looking like something straight off of Davy Jones' ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean, five cannons saw air for the very first time in almost 300 years yesterday as they were lifted from what's believed to be legendary pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship. » 10/29/13 12:08pm 10/29/13 12:08pm

What Happens When a 900MPH Ping Pong Serve Hits Your Paddle

There's no shortage of plans online for building a simple ping pong cannon that can fire balls at hundreds of miles per hour. But you're probably not going to find the details of Purdue University Professor Mark French's cannon, since his creation can accelerate a ping pong ball to 900 miles per hour, or just over Mach … » 2/04/13 8:34am 2/04/13 8:34am

Abandoned Russian Military Base Filled with Rusty, Violent Ghosts

Built in 1946 to protect Russia's northern coastline, this base near Murmansk city was abandoned semi-intact, its once deadly weapons rusting in the grass like an old Chevy. The full gallery is strangely haunting, a post-industrial rendition of the Anasazi—here one day, gone another. [ EnglishRussia » 9/24/08 3:00pm 9/24/08 3:00pm via ]

Maker Faire: Remote Controlled Battleships Fighting With BB Gun Cannons

Why do I need goggles to watch R/C ships sailing in a pond? Because these replicas of WWII battleships fire C02-powered projectiles. In the video above, you can see munitions bounce off the plexi shields protecting the crowd and make splashes as they ricochet off enemy hulls. The Western Warship Combat Club is… » 5/03/08 6:40pm 5/03/08 6:40pm