Filming Atomic Blasts Requires This Massive, Complicated Camera

There's a truly monstrous camera at the "Churchill's Scientists" exhibition at London's Science Museum right now. The C4 Rotating Mirror High Speed Camera was developed at the end of World War II to study explosive reactions. » 3/03/15 7:45pm 3/03/15 7:45pm

Massive Spacecraft Transport Vehicles Are Still Going After 50 Years

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has two of the largest vehicles ever built on treads. Crawler-transporter No. 1 and crawler-transporter No. 2 (CT-1 and CT-2) have carried rockets and spacecraft to the launch pad for the last 50 years. » 3/02/15 7:00pm 3/02/15 7:00pm

The Magnificent Evolution of Polar Icebreakers

Modern icebreakers are the most marvelous of civilian ships. They are huge, they are strong, they are powerful, and their history is amazing. Without them, there would be no safe waterways for other ships in the icy waters around the poles of the Earth. Here is a spectacular look into their evolution, from steamers… » 2/18/15 8:00pm 2/18/15 8:00pm

This Camera Is Going to Hell, and Will Send Us Pictures

European Space Agency engineers are going where no human will ever go. They've put a camera inside an automated spacecraft full of garbage (including sewage) to see what will happen during its reentry into Earth's atmosphere this weekend. » 2/11/15 8:00pm 2/11/15 8:00pm

The R&D Machines That Push Your Smartphone 'Til it Breaks

Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone's now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they're fit for purpose, so that's got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and… » 2/10/15 8:00am 2/10/15 8:00am

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Competitive target shooting is as old as shooting weapons, from bows to laser pistols. But air pistols went through impressive evolution in the past few decades, thanks to manufacturers putting amazingly futuristic arms into the hands of competitors. Some of them look like Han Solo should be shooting. » 2/06/15 4:00am 2/06/15 4:00am

This Gleaming Monolith May Spawn the Next Space Shuttle

This is the European Space Agency's test spaceplane, which is planned to go on a 100 minute mission without a crew on February 11. It will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana. » 1/28/15 10:45pm 1/28/15 10:45pm

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

Korea's Black Panther Battle Tank Shoots Parachute Bombs

When your neighbors are Kim Jung-Un-level crazy, you'd better make sure your defenses are bigger and badder than anything they can throw at you. Or at least just as crazy, like the K2 Black Panther's parachute munitions. » 1/13/15 11:40am 1/13/15 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

This Aim-Assisted Rifle Is Now Accurate Up to a Mile

Oh, what a difference two years make. The Precision-Guided Firearm (aka the Linux Gun) from TrackingPoint that blew many a mind at 2013's CES is back and better than ever. And by "better" I mean able to hit a target traveling at 30 mph, 1,800 yards out. » 1/09/15 11:58am 1/09/15 11:58am

The Army's Biggest Tug Boat Can Haul an Entire Aircraft Carrier

Parking a 567-foot guided missile cruiser is tougher than it sounds. So when the Army's largest ocean-going vessels need a helping hand squeezing into foreign ports, they call on the biggest and baddest tugboats in the armed forces: the MGen. Nathanael Greene-class large coastal tugs. » 1/09/15 11:40am 1/09/15 11:40am

This Tabletop Gadget Steers Light with a Wall of Sound

Our collective Holodeck-Danger Room fantasies are one step closer to reality thanks to a new acousto-optic device described in the latest issue of the journal Optics Express. It can manipulate laser beams in near real time using nothing but sound waves. » 1/08/15 11:40am 1/08/15 11:40am

Explore the Ocean Deep in a Personal Submarine

If you ever find yourself staring out at the sea, thinking, "Holy shit, I have way too much money. I should blow some of it on a personal submarine," the Deepflight Super Falcon Mark II is here to part you from that troublesome cash. » 1/07/15 11:40am 1/07/15 11:40am

The ISS Is About to Get a Shipment of Laser CATS

It may not leave a trail of destruction and pew-pews in its wake but NASA's newest atmospheric sensor, the laser-beaming CATS module, could afford researchers a fuller understanding of how our reliance on nonrenewable energy fuels climate change. » 1/06/15 11:40am 1/06/15 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