20,400 Tons of Deliveries Later, the Pilotless K-Max Is Coming Home

Even though it's still officially a prototype transport system, the K-max unmanned delivery helicopter from Lockheed Martin and Kamen has become a workhorse for US Marine Corps But despite its strong showing throughout the War in Afghanistan, the future of this pilotless chopper remains uncertain. » 7/28/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

The World's Largest HD LED Display Takes Over Jacksonville

Not everything is bigger in Texas. The gargantuan LED display housed in the Dallas Cowboys' stadium, and the even the slightly more humongous display in the Houston Texans' stadium, have just been displaced by the mega-jumbotron debuting today in Jacksonville. » 7/26/14 11:30am Saturday 11:30am

How 3D Printing Is Making Better Movie Monsters

Cinematic special effects have come a long way since Jason and the Argonauts. What once required dedicated and labor-intensive filming sessions can now easily be generated in near-lifelike quality by modern CGI. But Luma Pictures, an animation studio responsible for some of the biggest blockbuster movie effects of the… » 7/25/14 4:21pm Friday 4:21pm

This Tank Thinks It's a Beach-Storming Hovercraft

As the U.S. military explores the idea of moving our forward operating bases offshore, it is faced with the issue of actually getting troops from ship to land. However, at last month's RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii, the Navy showed off the future of landing craft with a gargantuan aquatic tank prototype—and even that's… » 7/25/14 11:40am Friday 11:40am

There are No Words for the World's Weirdest Street Dancer

If you want your busking business to start raking in some serious small change, your act will need to stand apart from the rest of the jam bands and drum circles crowding the subway platform. Take a page from this guy's unique dance routine, bash your head into a wall a few times, and watch the quarters come pouring… » 7/24/14 7:00pm Thursday 7:00pm

Sonic Cannons Are Going to Wreck East Coast Ecology in Search of Oil

The Obama administration's record on environmental responsibility took a huge hit last Friday when the Feds approved not only energy exploration off the Eastern seaboard for the first time in 40 years, but also the use of sonic cannons, which have been linked to immense disruptions of oceanic life. Who cares about the… » 7/24/14 12:50pm Thursday 12:50pm

Why Can't We Protect Commercial Planes From Attacks?

Last week's downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the disputed territory of Eastern Ukraine has set off worldwide outcries against the conflict, and calls to better defend commercial airlines from missile attack. But is it even possible to defend civilian jets against military-grade weapons? » 7/24/14 12:08pm Thursday 12:08pm

Humans Could Achieve Digital Immortality Within 30 Years


The Internet isn't just a repository of humanity's information (and porn), it could soon serve as a final resting place for the mind after our bodies wear out. Johnny Depp attempts to do just that—but with disastrous results—in Transcendence. But how close are we to accomplishing the same in real life? Quite close,… » 7/21/14 8:00pm 7/21/14 8:00pm

Robots with Digital Eyes Could Pick Your Next Peck of Peppers

The days of hand-picked fruits and vegetables—at least those picked by human hands—are quickly coming to a close as robotic farming technology continues its rapid advancement. A team of roboticists from the EU, for example, have just debuted an automated fruit and vegetable harvester that can spot ripe produce just by… » 7/21/14 12:08pm 7/21/14 12:08pm

How to Save Water (And Not Get Fined) In This Drought

Sprinkling scofflaws in the drought-stricken state of California are about to get an expensive wake up call. As water consumption rates climb despite Governor Brown's call for a voluntary 20 percent per household reduction, the State Water Board has voted to impose fines up to $500 for a variety of wasteful outdoor… » 7/19/14 12:00pm 7/19/14 12:00pm

The Fighter Jet We Could Have Built Instead of the F-35

The mid-1990s found the U.S. military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent—and highly contentious—design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $200 billion defense contract, which in turn… » 7/18/14 12:40pm 7/18/14 12:40pm

B-2 Spirit: America's Best Airplane Since the SR-71

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit's inaugural flight. Through its quarter-century of service, the original Stealth Bomber has earned its place among the most elite warbirds in the USAF fleet and remains a vital weapon of the US arsenal to this day. It's a plane that could start—or stop—WWIII… » 7/17/14 11:40am 7/17/14 11:40am

America's Littlest Black Ops Whirlybird Is Armed to the Teeth

Operation Eagle Claw was supposed to free 52 diplomats held during the Iran Hostage Crisis. Its failure not only shamed President Carter's administration and paved the way for Reagan's successful 1980 presidential run, it also instigated the formation of the Army's Special Operations Command, and the development of… » 7/16/14 11:40am 7/16/14 11:40am