This is how they remove crashed airplanes off an aircraft carrier deck

A cool photo of a crash crane lifting a damaged Harrier jet off the deck of the US Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. The crash and salvage team regularly practice this kind of operations in case of an airplane crash. That crane is surprisingly huge—just look at the guy in the cabin and the airplane itself. » 7/29/14 9:05pm Yesterday 9:05pm

Scientists reveal the secrets of mysterious ship found under 9/11 ruins

Scientists have found the secrets of the old ship unearthed in 2010 under the ruins of the Twin Towers. First, the large vessel—buried under 22 feet (6.7 meters) of soil and wreckage—was built around the same time the Declaration of Independence was signed. There's more—but there's also one big mystery left unsolved. » 7/29/14 6:09pm Yesterday 6:09pm

Clever crow knows exactly how to solve different puzzles to get food

I love it when animals can solve puzzles and problems that I can't even figure out. Here's a crow going through a bunch of different exercises to show its understanding of size, weight, density, the elements and even the amount of effort it should put in to a puzzle to win its reward. » 7/25/14 10:41pm Friday 10:41pm

The evolution of video game controllers in 16 cool photos

Javier Laspiur made this series of pictures showing the evolution of video game controllers throughout history. I played with most of these, even the 1983 Teletenis, and it feels like it was yesterday. It's been quite a journey that's not over yet. I can't wait to see what the future of video games will bring next. » 7/25/14 9:42pm Friday 9:42pm

Mind-twisting short shows that ignorance is bliss

Imagine that you have the ability to know how many times people lied in their life. Or how many days they will live just by looking at a number displayed on the top of their heads. That's the premise of this mind-twisting short film by Robert Hloz: Two people with that rare ability meet randomly on the street. » 7/24/14 9:58pm Thursday 9:58pm

Here's a satirical glimpse of Earth's dystopian future

Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet, cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they're during a nuclear winter. » 7/23/14 11:17pm 7/23/14 11:17pm

Calvin and Hobbes creator's new comic strips are now for sale

Bill Watterson's new comic strip originals—born from his collaboration with Stephan Pastis—are now up for sale for the benefit of Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. They published very high resolution scans of the three original uncolored strips so yo can enjoy the finest details of his ink brushwork: » 7/23/14 9:24pm 7/23/14 9:24pm

Nothing says summer like these slow melt ice cream time-lapses

This is exactly how summer feels like here in Spain. Everything seems to be melting around me: Trees, buildings, dogs, even me. Despite the air conditioning I feel like I'm slowly melting on my chair. That's what Mateo Cabeza—a filmmaker based in Seville, Spain—seems to be thinking too. » 7/22/14 7:51pm 7/22/14 7:51pm

Magician can guess the card you're thinking about through this video

Our eyes are too slow and our brains are too easily fooled. Just watch this video where Illusionist Eric Leclerc shows off by reading our minds through a simple YouTube video. He plays around with us in the beginning but at the end, he just jumped through the computer screen to peer into our wrinkled brain. » 7/21/14 8:58pm 7/21/14 8:58pm

Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

Bovey Lee—an artist based in Pittsburgh—has the skills and the endless patience to make these amazingly detailed illustrations. She hand cuts each one on a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper using a wide array of cutting instruments. The resulting pieces are delicate and mesmerizing. » 7/18/14 9:17pm 7/18/14 9:17pm

The new Predator drone cockpit looks like a dream gaming setup

General Atomics has a new cockpit for their MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers, two of the most common hunt-and-kill drones used by the USAF, capable of destroying basically any ground—and some air—targets. It looks like a dream gaming setup. Heck, it even includes a gamepad (check out that guy's lap.) » 7/17/14 3:49pm 7/17/14 3:49pm