So Who Shut Down North Korea's Internet?

Just this past Friday, North Korea's already shaky internet access started to crumble. Over the weekend, things just got worse, and by yesterday morning, the country was in a state of total blackout. Considering that the U.S. just officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack, and that the U.S. asked China for help… » 12/23/14 3:50pm Tuesday 3:50pm

World's Fastest Fiber Line Can Support an Internet's Worth of Data

Currently, the fastest commercially available fiber optic line tops out at 100 Gbps. That's super fast, sure, but isn't nearly a wide enough pipeline for our increasingly interconnected systems. That's why this new, multi-modal, fiber line is so exciting—it can pack 2,550 times as much data into the same glass strand. » 10/27/14 2:01pm 10/27/14 2:01pm

A Glimpse Of How We’ll Use Our Land In 2051

It's the year 2051. Welcome to a view of the American landscape. Urban areas have swollen with people. Range and pasturelands have shrunk. There's a bit more forest than there was back in 2014, a result of economic incentives driving more timber production. These are a few of the predictions of a new study on how… » 5/11/14 9:00am 5/11/14 9:00am

More than half of the US population lives in this thin border line

Reddit user metricmapsore made this great visualization showing how our country is divided and found that more than half of the entire US population—54% that is—live on the edges of the map. It makes sense, that's where the biggest cities are and thus, that's where the people are. Why would anyone live anywhere else! » 5/09/14 8:20pm 5/09/14 8:20pm

Clearer photo of mysterious unidentified flying object taken in Kansas

A clearer photo of the mysterious unidentified flying object in Texas has surfaced. The image—enhanced above—clearly shows a boomerang-shaped blended wing object with two exhaust nozzles that seems clearly different from a B-2 bomber. It was "completely silent" and did "severe 180 degree turns in the sky in the shape… » 4/17/14 9:02pm 4/17/14 9:02pm

Here's a Map of the 47 Percent of America Where No One Lives

As anyone who's driven through Middle America knows, it feels like there's very few places in the U.S. that don't have at least a few inhabitants. But as a map by cartographer Nik Freeman proves, there are still some amber waves of grain and fruited plains that remain. Emphasis on some. » 4/16/14 4:40pm 4/16/14 4:40pm

The U.S. Built a Bizarre "Cuban Twitter" To Help Undermine Castro

In one of the oddest reports of spy games we've heard in years—and that's saying something—the AP has uncovered a United States plot to create a "Cuban Twitter" that would lure in users with soccer scores and music news before evolving its message into anti-Castro rhetoric. If any part of that made you say what, don't… » 4/03/14 8:53am 4/03/14 8:53am

The US Is Sending an Armada of Aid to Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm on record, bludgeoned the Philippines last week with 235 mph gusting winds and 50 foot tall waves. By current estimates, the storm's fury has impacted 6.9 million people in 41 provinces, taken countless lives, and razed more that 150,000 homes, entire towns simply washed away by… » 11/19/13 11:40am 11/19/13 11:40am

DARPA wants drones to have lasers too

Laser pods mounted on drones to shoot down missiles. Yeah, that's science fiction warfare, right there. And that's exactly what the US military wants. The US just gave Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman contracts to develop aircraft-mounted laser weapons to protect drones from getting hit by missiles. Or create a… » 10/30/13 11:12pm 10/30/13 11:12pm

The Navy's Largest Chopper Is an Aerial Mine Hunter

Submerged mines were once the scourge of sea warfare, silently lurking in bays and channels to blow a hole in your hull. That's why the US military has developed a trident countermeasure, hunting for the underwater bombs from below the waves, along the surface, and from the air using the biggest bird in the Navy's… » 5/28/13 12:27pm 5/28/13 12:27pm

The Chinese Army Is Hacking the United States From This Building

To no one's real surprise, the culprit behind all the hackings against the United States is the Chinese Army. Specifically, they're known as the 'Comment Crew' or 'Shanghai Group' (two rather non-intimidating names if you ask me) and they're in P.L.A. Unit 61398, a 12-story office tower located just outside of… » 2/18/13 11:04pm 2/18/13 11:04pm