All the World's Cows on Treadmills Could Power Six Percent of Earth

When roaming open pastures, cattle can walk up to eight hours a day while grazing but they can't always get as much exercise when confined to a barnyard. One enterprising farmer, however, has invented an ingenious means of getting his herd mooving—and generate a bit of free electricity on the side. » 1/16/15 11:40am 1/16/15 11:40am

Say Hello to China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers, auto-cannons, and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defense against frickin' lasers, China's newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four… » 1/15/15 11:40am 1/15/15 11:40am

GE's "Point and Shoot" Microscope Snaps Spectacular Cellular Shots

The microscopic worlds contained within a droplet of water are just as fascinating—and just as inaccessible to humans—as the farthest reaches of space. But the universe of the very small is now a little closer thanks to a highly-automated, cell counting microscope-camera hybrid from GE. » 1/14/15 11:40am 1/14/15 11:40am

The Golden Gate Bridge Gets the Massive Median Mover It Needed

After a marathon weekend installation, the Golden Gate Bridge has finally gotten the $3o million movable median barrier system that it so desperately needs. These are the oversized mechanical zipper pulls that will be in charge of changing lanes (quite literally) twice a day to keep traffic flowing smoothly. » 1/12/15 11:40am 1/12/15 11:40am

The Stratoliner Was the First Plane to Fly Above the Storm

In the early days of commercial air travel, planes were limited to just 14,000 feet in order to protect their passengers from the the dangers of thin, high altitude flying. But in 1938, Boeing changed the face of commercial air travel with the model 307 Stratoliner, the first commercial airplane to offer a pressurized… » 1/05/15 11:48am 1/05/15 11:48am

Researchers Use GPS to Track Antarctica's Ice Migration in Real Time

Antarctica's melting ice sheets have been a major contributor to global sea level increases over the last decade, and the losses are expected to accelerate over the next two centuries. But researchers attempting to study the rate at which these sheets move and melt have been hamstrung by conventional monitoring… » 12/31/14 2:00pm 12/31/14 2:00pm

In-Air Fueling Turns the V-22 Osprey Into One Badass Mama Bird

After a bit of a shaky start to its career, the V-22 Osprey is finally coming into its own. Following news that the Marine Corps could be properly arming the tilt-rotor aircraft in the near future, the USMC has announced that it's also considering a modular aerial refueling system for the V-22. » 12/29/14 3:29pm 12/29/14 3:29pm

These "Christmas Trees" Sit on the Bottom of the Ocean

There's a veritable gold rush going on beneath the world's oceans as nations and multinational corporations alike vie to discover and exploit a wealth of minerals and energy trapped within. Off the coast of Western Australia, for example, General Electric has tapped into a massive reserve of oil and natural gas,… » 12/26/14 2:00pm 12/26/14 2:00pm

The Sparkle Guns that Keep Military Air Transports Safe

Commercial airlines aren't the only planes under attack from shoulder-fired rockets and missiles these days, a number of slow-moving vehicles in the US Air Force have come under increased threat of being shot down. That's why the USAF is outfitting many of them with sparkling laser blasters to confound inbound threats. » 12/24/14 12:20pm 12/24/14 12:20pm

Chevy's Insane PowerWall Display Has More Pixels Than an IMAX Theater

Used to be that even the smallest tweaks to an upcoming automobile's design could require weeks of fabrication to produce the modified clay, wood, and metal models. And while physical representations of prototype vehicles are still a big part of the production process today, a new 4K UHD monitor wall from Chevrolet… » 12/23/14 11:40am 12/23/14 11:40am

China's Laser-Guided Grenade Launchers Are Deadly from Half a Mile

Not to be outdone by their their American counterparts' M203 grenade launchers with fancy new SAGM rounds, China's People's Liberation Army has been hard at work ripping off the design developing an under-barrel grenade launcher with similar laser-guided capabilities. There's nowhere to run (or hide) once you're in… » 12/22/14 1:15pm 12/22/14 1:15pm

NASA: Let's Explore Venus in Solar Zeppelins and Build Cloud City There

There's a lot we can learn about Earth's atmosphere from studying Venus, however, it's Venus' crushingly thick air—precisely what we want to study—that is preventing us from sending manned missions there. But this radical zeppelin could finally help us unlock the secrets of our celestial neighbor. » 12/19/14 11:40am 12/19/14 11:40am

The Air Force's Stealth Cruise Missile Just Got Even More Stealthy

In order to keep its pilots out of enemy cross-hairs but still be able to deliver devastating strikes against hardened bunkers, the USAF has spent the better part of two decades developing a family of long-range, semi-autonomous cruise missiles called the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. And the latest JASSM… » 12/18/14 1:42pm 12/18/14 1:42pm