This Mortar-Hunting War Truck Just Got a Powerful New Laser Cannon

The Army's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) has been under development for some years now, however until this point, it's been little more than a proof of concept. But thanks to a new upgrade to its firing system, the HEL MD can now burn most any incoming threat clean out of the sky. » 12/13/13 2:40pm 12/13/13 2:40pm

Scientists Are Making Oysters Safe to Eat With Electron Beams

You know what's a turn on? Oysters. You know what's a turn off? Vomit. Oysters might be a delicious aphrodisiac, but they have a tendency to be pretty unsanitary and they can make you sick. But researchers at Texas A&M University have found a way pasteurize the bivalves using electron beams, getting rid of some of the… » 5/01/13 5:20pm 5/01/13 5:20pm

What Would Happen If Every Single Person in the World Pointed a Laser…

XKCD's hilarious 'What if?' series answers another farfetched question as only they can. The question: If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the Moon at the same time, would it change color? The simple answer: not if it's a regular laser. But if the lasers were stronger... we might just die. » 10/03/12 11:00pm 10/03/12 11:00pm

This Guy Built a District 9 ARC Rifle Out of Legos

There aren't many movies in recent history with more badass weaponry than District 9. And of course, badass weaponry inspires people to make their own models—but not with Legos. Legohaulic has done just that and the results are pretty amazing. I mean, normally it's pretty easy to tell if something is made out of… » 5/02/11 9:40pm 5/02/11 9:40pm