This Plane That Carries Planes Costs a Quarter of a Billion Dollars

With a front end like Megamind's noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of airplanes but her whopping 47 ton cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the "Beluga," this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It's a whale of a plane. » 11/19/14 11:40am Wednesday 11:40am

America's First Flying Aircraft Carriers Just Couldn't Stay in the Sky

Flying aircraft carriers are a great idea on paper—especially when they're commanded by the likes of Nick Fury—but in reality, they're more death trap than sky island. Or, at least, the short-lived USS Akron was. When it crashed off the New Jersey coast in 1933, it took nearly everybody on board with it. » 11/12/14 11:40am 11/12/14 11:40am

Fast-Acting Nuclear Reactor Will Power Through Piles of Plutonium

Even the latest generation of nuclear power reactors can only harvest about five percent of the energy stored in their radioactive fuel supplies, and the toxic leftovers must then be buried deep underground to slowly decay over hundreds of thousands of years. But thanks to a new breed of sodium-cooled pool reactor, we… » 11/07/14 11:40am 11/07/14 11:40am

This Wave-Skimming Pontoon Is Unimpressed by Motions of the Ocean

When bouncing between five-foot swells in a conventional-hulled boat, a case of seasickness will be the least of your worries; enough speed and those bone-jarring impacts can rattle joints clean out of their sockets. That is, unless you're aboard the Velodyne Martini 1.5 prototype, the world's first sea-faring vessel… » 11/03/14 11:40am 11/03/14 11:40am

These Secret Cold War Radio Stations Are Still Broadcasting

In the early days of espionage, long before the advent of burner phones, satcoms, and other modern-day spy gadgets, getting word to field agents—especially those working behind the Iron Curtain—proved a dangerous game with global consequences should the agent's cover be blown. But that's where number stations, and… » 10/31/14 11:41am 10/31/14 11:41am