Meet the 'Real-Life Q' Who Builds Secret Spy Gadgets for a Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favorite part was always the same: the part where "Q" would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for operators in the field. » 2/18/15 9:00am 2/18/15 9:00am

Israel May Be Dropping Spies In Iran Using Secret American Stealth…

Former Pentagon senior policy analyst F. Michael Maloof claims that Israel is using the same ultra-secret stealth H-60 Blackhawk helicopter that US Special Forces used to hunt down bin Laden. How is this possible? » 5/17/12 4:20pm 5/17/12 4:20pm

Did You Know That Seals Sound Like Alien Spaceships?

I just came across this clip from Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World (2007). What you can hear in it is fascinating: the sound of seals in the Antarctic are like nothing you could have imagined. » 2/02/12 10:20am 2/02/12 10:20am

Rare Arctic Panda Seal Visits Seattle Woman's Dock

OK it's not really called a panda seal. But it should be! It's actually a ribbon seal, and it seems to have taken a wrong turn and paused for a nap on the dock of a Seattle-woman's riverside home. » 1/20/12 1:20pm 1/20/12 1:20pm

Melting Ice Is Crushing and Drowning Baby Seals

Harp seals use sea ice as their chilly love nests, and after the lovin' leads to babies, parents nurse for just 12 days before the pups are on their own. But their ice dens have been melting beneath the baby seals, and when that happens, their chances of survival are slim. » 1/13/12 9:20pm 1/13/12 9:20pm

Navy SEAL's Dog Mourns His Fallen Friend

Watching this image of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog guarding his best friend coffin makes me all teary. He's refusing to leave his side, as 1,500 mourners witnessed. » 8/25/11 12:47pm 8/25/11 12:47pm

Did a New Taliban Weapon Kill a Chopper Full of Navy SEALs?

The US suffered a tremendous loss Saturday in Afganistan when the downing of a Chinook helicopter took the lives of 31 special forces troops. As Danger Room reports, it may have been an entirely new Taliban weapon that did it: » 8/08/11 1:20pm 8/08/11 1:20pm

The Amazing, Movie-Like True Story of What Happened in Operation Kill…

The New Yorker has pieced together an amazing report about the Abbottabad raid aka Operation Kill bin Laden. Comprised from the personal accounts of the SEALs themselves, it has it all: Obama, Crankshaft, Pacer, DEVGRU, Cairo the Dog and more. » 8/01/11 10:03am 8/01/11 10:03am

Bin Laden Killing Team May Have Used Night Vision Contact Lenses

Christian at's Kit Up! has heard an interesting rumor on one of the technologies that Seal Team 6 used to kill Osama bin Laden: Night vision contact lenses! Holy pants, Batman. » 6/28/11 5:00pm 6/28/11 5:00pm

Is This the Navy's Secret Helicopter?

Ever since SEAL Team 6 blew up its downed, stealth Black Hawk, aviation geeks around the globe have been trying to figure out what the hell it was. One flight expert has gathered the clues and created this detailed rendering. » 5/05/11 3:16pm 5/05/11 3:16pm

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9 Tools That Probably Helped the U.S. Military Take Down bin Laden

Unless you've been living in Tora Bora, you've undoubtedly heard that a few minor things happened this week. As such, for this week's toolkit, we've rounded up nine objects that we think the U.S. military probably found helpful in their pursuit of Osama bin Laden. » 5/04/11 2:00pm 5/04/11 2:00pm

Hyperspectral Imaging Helped Kill Osama bin Laden. But What the Hell Is…

Killing ol' OBL wasn't just the work of SEAL Team 6—the beyond-badasses had a cadre of support staff backing them up behind the scenes, including classified hyperspectral imaging device experts. So, uh, what does that mean? » 5/04/11 12:00pm 5/04/11 12:00pm

Here's More Proof that Navy SEALs Are Unbelievable Supermen

If the perfectly executed killing of Osama bin Laden didn't convince you that SEALs are walking nuclear bombs with bear claws and the tail of a velociraptor, consider the above photo. » 5/03/11 9:20pm 5/03/11 9:20pm

The Navy SEALs' Booty Was Yesterday's Biggest Victory

The most important achievement of yesterday's operation wasn't killing Osama. It was the US Navy SEALs' booty: dozens of computers, memory sticks and disks loaded with information that might just crush all of al Qaeda's network. » 5/03/11 7:30am 5/03/11 7:30am

Seals Are Helping Chart the Ocean Floor

What better way to learn about the ocean's depths than plastering this contraption on a wild seal's head? This guy and 56 of his friends are gathering information about the seafloor to help scientists model the ocean's reaction to climate change. » 10/09/10 12:01am 10/09/10 12:01am

Navy SEALs' New Combat Sub Actually Keeps Water Out This Time

Apparently when a Navy SEAL takes a minisubmarine to a combat zone, his ride is an open system, meaning they literally spend hours with their bodies exposed to the water. Sounds terrible! Fortunately, they just got an upgrade. » 2/26/10 2:40pm 2/26/10 2:40pm

Paro the $5000 Therapeutic Seal Now Available in America

Paro, the Japanese robotic therapy seal is now available in the US. Paro is a medical device developed by folks who have built therapy robots for years, and they say this robo-companionship can relieve some of the symptoms associated with long-term illness and even Alzheimer's. Why a seal, and not a cat or dog?… » 4/12/08 2:00pm 4/12/08 2:00pm

Pink Taser Looks, Stuns Like a Toy

It's unfortunate that this pink seal Taser isn't an actual Taser and only gives people a slight zap. Why's that? Because it would be quite funny to see a mugger be taken down with a cellphone strap that's shaped like a pink seal when trying to steal some lady's bag. On second thought, instead of a pink seal, it may be… » 5/15/07 1:50pm 5/15/07 1:50pm