The craziest NASA test ever is this giant supersonic Goldberg machine

NASA is sending new and bigger spaceships to Mars, which means they need bigger supersonic parachutes. So big, in fact, that they don't fit in any wind tunnel anymore, so their engineers had to find new ways to test them. New crazy ways. Really crazy. In fact, it's the craziest test they got so far. » 4/10/14 9:44am 4/10/14 9:44am

Incredibly clear footage shows the blast effect of 1953 atomic bomb

Kaboom. And fireball. And ground shake. And shockwave. And boom. AtomCentral shows us some amazingly clear HD footage restored from 1953 of the Atomic Cannon test from Upshot-Knothole Grable. In the video below, you can see cars, jeeps, buses and tanks against the backdrop of the ginormous blast's initial burst and… » 2/26/14 9:44pm 2/26/14 9:44pm

Watch a genius crow solve 8 complex puzzles in perfect order

Meet 007. Not Bond but the bird. But they might just be as smart as one another because the crow can use tools to figure out complex puzzles just as well as a spy. Here's a crow taking one of the most complex tests for the animal mind ever created. If he succeeds, the BBC says it'll be a world's first. Spoiler: he… » 2/10/14 10:24pm 2/10/14 10:24pm

This Electric Motorcycle Changes Everything

The Mission RS isn’t notable because it’s electric or because it’s designed and made in America. Or even because it’s really, really fast. Why you’re going to sit down and read every single word of this world-first review is simply because it’s a superior performance motorcycle to any yet made. Period. » 8/02/13 2:34pm 8/02/13 2:34pm

iPhone 5 Network and Wi-Fi Speed Tests: Which One's Fastest?

The new iPhones are here for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint and at long last, they've got 4G LTE. So which iPhone 5 is fastest? And does it make any difference that it supports both 5GHz Wi-Fi in addition to 2.4GHz. There's pretty definite winner, but more importantly a very clear loser. » 9/21/12 5:50pm 9/21/12 5:50pm

Tourists Watching Nuclear Explosions Is a Terrible Idea But a Great…

I love these images—created by photographer Clay Lipsky—and their premise: "Imagine if the advent of the atomic era occurred during today's information age. Tourists would gather to view bomb tests, at the 'safe' distances used in the 1950s, and share the resulting cell phone photos" on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. » 8/01/12 5:20pm 8/01/12 5:20pm

The Science of Sight, in Interactive Cartoon Form

Our eyes are wonderfully complex biological devices, which most of us take for granted. But do you know that our perception of detail varies massively across our field of view? Or understand why we can walk in the dark but not read? This interactive cartoon does a great job of explaining those complex ideas and more,… » 7/11/12 4:21am 7/11/12 4:21am

1600-Question Test Shows How Bad Siri Really Is

Pitting Google search against Siri using a monster 1600-question test shows how useful Siri really is: not at all. Google answered correctly 86 percent of the time. Siri achieved just 68 percent accuracy. At that point, it's not much better than a crystal ball. » 6/29/12 11:00am 6/29/12 11:00am

The Galaxy Nexus Outperforms the iPhone 4S

Like we weren't excited about the Galaxy Nexus enough already. The crew at AnandTech has been busily benchmarking Android's new flagship against Apple's top performer. The results? The Galaxy Nexus is the new king of the hill in some key areas. » 11/20/11 3:13pm 11/20/11 3:13pm