China's New Pain Laser Makes It Feel Like Your Organs Are Boiling

Sure, it looks like somebody strapped a satellite dish to the roof of a box truck and painted it camouflage, but that doesn't make China's newest nonlethal weapon any easier to stomach. In fact, take a gut shot from this thing and your stomach will feel worse than a kitten in a microwave. Yet somehow, it won't kill… » 12/11/14 11:40am 12/11/14 11:40am

This Giant Vacuum Sucks Prairie Dogs Right Out of Their Holes 

For years, prairie dogs have been the bane of cattle ranchers, whose livestock are routinely injured when stepping in prairie dog holes. In response, ranchers have gassed, poisoned, drowned, or buried entire colonies alive. But one enterprising pest control company has devised a more humane method of removing the… » 12/09/14 11:40am 12/09/14 11:40am

The U.S. Spent $7 Billion Developing This Helicopter It Never Built

The Kiowa Warrior is slated to retire in 2025, the Chinook in 2035, and both the Apache and Black Hawk will be gone by 2040. We thought we had a suitable replacement for all of these platforms in the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche. But then, this next-gen stealth chopper vanished in a puff of bureaucratic smoke. » 12/05/14 11:40am 12/05/14 11:40am

This Trusty U.S. Chopper Is Heading Home After a Decade of War

"We fly like nobody else in the Army," Col. Michael Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, recently told Stars and Stripes. He's right. The OH-58 Kiowa family of helicopters has been serving on the front lines—both as an advanced scout and emergency evacuator—for nearly 50 years. But as its tenure in… » 12/03/14 11:40am 12/03/14 11:40am

This Jet-Powered Race Car Nearly Won the Indy 500

While electric race cars and superbikes are all the rage these days, these wheeled power plants are hardly the first revolutionary engine technology. Why, back in 1967, one racing team blew more than a few minds when they dropped a genuine jet engine into their car and nearly drove it to victory at the Indianapolis… » 12/02/14 11:40am 12/02/14 11:40am

This New Global Satellite System Is Bringing 3G to the Battlefield

The US military is undergoing a radical change in its communications capabilities. Not only is DARPA's Persistent Close Air Support cutting response times by nearly 90 percent, but a new satellite-based comm system will soon deliver a 3G smartphone experience to soldiers anywhere on the planet. » 12/01/14 11:58am 12/01/14 11:58am

The AMSTAF Patrols Dangerous Borders So Soldiers Don't Have To

Effectively maintaining a nation's borders requires manpower, and lots of it—especially when that nation is on bad terms with its neighbor. But rather than put its military personnel in undue danger, both Israel and South Korea have begun using this autonomous ground vehicle to secure their borders. » 11/28/14 11:30am 11/28/14 11:30am

Robotic Submarine Finds Antarctic Ice Is Thicker than We Thought

The size and thickness of the Antarctic ice sheet acts as a barometer for global health but figuring out exactly how much frozen water is sitting atop the southern pole is difficult. Satellite results are often obscured by layers of snow and ice core boring requires people to brave the extreme cold to collect them.… » 11/25/14 11:51am 11/25/14 11:51am

A California Power Plant Is Getting the World's Biggest Lithium Battery

The power shortages, brown-outs, and rolling blackouts that have long plagued Los Angeles county during times of peak energy usage may soon be a thing of the past now that the region's energy utility has signed on with battery-maker AES Southland to install a massive, 400MW auxiliary power solution. » 11/24/14 11:40am 11/24/14 11:40am

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 11/19/14 11:40am