This Is What It Looks Like When a Giant Drone Crashes on US Soil

We often think of drones as distant hovering sparrows in the sky, buzzing and cooing, firing off the occasional Hellfire missile. But they're enormous flying machines with massive wingspans. And when they crash, they sure leave a giant flaming mark. » 6/12/12 7:00pm 6/12/12 7:00pm

Who Steals a Cigarette the Size of a Telephone Pole?

Missing: 10-foot long, 150-pound wooden cigarette. Last Seen: the front yard of Silver Spring, MD resident Jeannie Roule. If you have any information: contact local authorities right away. » 6/01/12 3:20pm 6/01/12 3:20pm

This Guy Robs Banks by Threatening Nuclear Annihilation

I'm not sure if I should be more impressed that this Prince George's County criminal has successfully knocked over a string of banks without being caught or the fact that he had the balls to rob them while threatening to detonate a nuclear weapon. » 2/29/12 1:40am 2/29/12 1:40am

The Human-Powered Helicopter That Hopes to Take Flight

A team from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is hoping to take to the skies in their human-powered helicopter tomorrow. » 5/11/11 11:27pm 5/11/11 11:27pm

Would-Be Pipe-Bomber Busted By His Own Facebook Profile

Thank goodness most criminals aren't masterminds. Like Ernesto Garcia-Bristo here, a 26-year old man who was recently arrested in Ocean City, MD for possession of two pipe bombs. How did the cops track down such a menace? Oh, you know, just cruising by his Facebook profile. » 3/04/11 4:00pm 3/04/11 4:00pm

FCC Scolds Verizon Over 10,000 Dropped 911 Calls During Blizzard

A dropped call to 911 during emergency conditions? Bad. Ten thousand of them? Very bad. Verizon did just this during a recent Blizzard in Maryland, and the FCC is ticked—asking for an internal investigation. [Bloomberg via Engadget] » 2/22/11 8:52am 2/22/11 8:52am

The Night When NASA Let People Watch as They Fired Lasers at the Moon

As part of Saturday's International Observe the Moon Night, NASA fired a ton of lasers at the moon. They weren't declaring war on alien life form, or trying to melt the cheese, but instead tracking the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. » 9/20/10 7:20am 9/20/10 7:20am