The World's First Powered Submarine Arrived 60 Years Before Its Time

The Axis war effort throughout the first half of the 1940s led to some incredible advances in submarine technology. That includes the anaerobic Walter turbine—a newfangled engine that didn't need oxygen to work. Even more incredible, these discoveries were not entirely new, but in fact more than 60 years old—the… » 9/18/14 11:40am Yesterday 11:40am

The Razor UAV Only Costs $800 to Print--Yeah, Print

Our multi-million dollar fleets of Predators and Reaper drones are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule. As UAV technology continues its breakneck advance, the cost of producing even high-performance ISR drones is plummeting. This new UAV, for example, is so inexpensive and quick to create that it's… » 9/17/14 11:40am Wednesday 11:40am

Chicago's New Electric Garbage Trucks Give Trash the Silent Treatment

You know how I know it's garbage day? Because it's 5 am and it sounds like the trucks from Pump are getting busy on the curb. VROOOOOM, CRUNCH, SLAM, WAKKA WAKKA WAKKA, SLAM, CRUNCH, VROOOOOM. But some lucky Chicagoans will soon be able to sleep all the way through the night thanks to a new fleet of (mostly) silent… » 9/16/14 1:40pm Tuesday 1:40pm

A Million-Dollar Buoy Will Spot the Best Sites for Wind Farms

With roughly 12,383 miles of coastline, the US has plenty of potential installation sites for offshore wind farms. Floating data collection centers like the one shown above will help energy companies and government agencies alike find the windiest, and most effective locations along America's shores. » 9/16/14 11:46am Tuesday 11:46am

This Dunkable Drone Will Suck Up Whale Snot for Science

Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than… » 9/15/14 11:40am Monday 11:40am

These Hard Suit Power Gloves Give You the Grip of a Kraken

Lobsters never took over the world because their claws are terrible at grasping. It's the same reason deep sea divers, especially those that venture so far down that they require Atmospheric Dive Suits to keep from imploding, have such difficulty manipulating their tools at depth—the suits' conventional lobster-like… » 9/11/14 11:40am 9/11/14 11:40am

This Emergency Smartboat Won't Need Sailors to Help It Navigate

While GPS has enabled a degree of autonomous function in many modern maritime vessels, ships are very much unable to steer themselves upon the high seas—or even navigate out of the harbor. But, like a naval Knight Rider, this new "smart" search and rescue boat could soon be patrolling your local shores, all by itself. » 9/09/14 12:00pm 9/09/14 12:00pm

The Army's Laser War Truck Can Now See (and Shoot) Through Fog

The problem with the current iterations of combat laser prototypes is they can easily be foiled by suspended condensation, smoke, fog, and other obscurants that deflect and defract the beam as its en route to its target. The HEL MD, however, proved earlier this year that the solution is simple: Just increase the power… » 9/05/14 5:05pm 9/05/14 5:05pm

Here's What the Future of Nuclear Fusion Research Looked like in 1962

At the onset of the atomic age, governments on both sides of the iron curtain sought to harness the power of nuclear fusion. Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in New Jersey stood at the forefront of the American effort when, in 1953, they began using Stellarators—one of the earliest controlled… » 9/03/14 11:40am 9/03/14 11:40am

This Dazzling Laser Show Is Way More Effective Than Any Warning Shot

Warning shots are a waste of ammunition and not a particularly effective deterrent. Instead, modern warfighters inform potentially lost civilians/potential suicide bombers that they're in the soldier's rifle sights by blasting them with laser light from barrel-mounted laser dazzlers like these. » 9/02/14 11:40am 9/02/14 11:40am

This Robotic Bridge Inspector Was Originally a Disney Camera-Bot

De-icing slippery winter roads is a vital public safety measures in cold-weather climates. However, the annual cycle of salting streets only to have the mineral seep into the blacktop and rot it from the inside wreaks havoc on transportation infrastructure throughout the U.S. and around the world. This little bot… » 8/29/14 11:40am 8/29/14 11:40am