NASA's New Recoverable Telescope Will Float Above the Clouds by Balloon

Both terrestrial telescopes and their orbital counterparts have some pretty significant limitations—ground based observatories must deal with the obscuring effects of the Earth's atmosphere and space telescopes are incredibly expensive to launch. But NASA's newest telescope will deliver space-quality observations at a… » 9/30/14 11:40am 9 minutes ago

Here's Bastard Squad's First Live Show in Nearly Two Decades

Throughout the mid-1990s Bastard Squad was a mainstay of the Boston punk scene, regularly demolishing crowds with their brand of manic rock and playing alongside luminaries like The Freeze, Gang Green, Dropkick Murphys, Showcase Showdown, Ignite, Good Riddance, and Swingin' Utters before breaking up in 1999. But after… » 9/29/14 7:30pm Yesterday 7:30pm

TCL Roku TV Review: A Decent Smart TV for a Great Price

While many television manufacturers have taken to padding their features lists (and price tags) with everything from 3D to curved screens, streaming set-top box maker Roku has just released a whole new breed of barebones smart TV. Practical, intuitive, and surprisingly affordable, the TCL Roku TV may not have the best… » 9/29/14 12:18pm Yesterday 12:18pm

The Planes of Red Bull's Air Race Championship

After a three-year hiatus for safety and organizational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity—and each other—as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters through a series of challenging "air gates" in as little time as… » 9/29/14 11:40am Yesterday 11:40am

A Belgian Brewery Will Tap Its Own Underground Beer Pipeline

The famed De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges, Belgium has been cranking out tasty drafts for more than five centuries—all from the same historic building. But with its fleet of beer trucks now tying up traffic getting to a new processing plant two miles away, the brewery is taking the only logical course of action: It's… » 9/26/14 3:00pm Friday 3:00pm

This 3D Underwater Camera Rig Records Renewed Life on a Canadian Reef

Unless samples and specimens are brought up from the seafloor or researchers hop aboard a submersible, a significant portion of underwater exploration is done in 2D, but that could soon change thanks to the recent installation of a revolutionary new scientific camera rig. We'll never look at the ocean's depths the… » 9/26/14 12:20pm Friday 12:20pm

Raekwon's "Heard It All Before" Is the Latest Reimagining of a Classic…

It's Throwback Thursday and you all know what that means! That's right, it's time to sit down, kick your feet up, and put on Raekwon's newest reimagining of classic hip-hop and pop hits. This week, the Wu Tang member and Mafioso rap pioneer takes on Sunshine Anderson's 2001 song, "Heard It All Before." » 9/25/14 7:58pm Thursday 7:58pm

SeaRAM Outfits the Navy's Favorite Gatling Gun with Homing Missiles

Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy's Phalanx Close-In Weapons System's (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn't enough to neutralize incoming threats—like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America's Navy relies on the Phalanx's bigger, badder, rocket-propelled… » 9/24/14 11:44am 9/24/14 11:44am

Smushing Three Robots Together Could Save Your Life

It would appear that we've finally reached the phase of UAV development where researchers get tired of coming up with new ideas and say, "You know what? Lets just smash a few of the ones we've already got together and see what happens." The result is, well, this ungainly mechanization but it's one that could save your… » 9/23/14 6:02pm 9/23/14 6:02pm

Old SARS Iso-Tubes Are Keeping Ebola Patients Alive On Planes

When doctors are stricken by the infectious disease they are fighting—the recent and ongoing West African Ebola outbreak, for example—you can't very well stick them on a commercial flight back to the states for treatment. Instead, highly infectious disease (HID) patients must instead be transported under complete… » 9/23/14 1:12pm 9/23/14 1:12pm

Boeing's New Space Taxi Has the Cleanest Cabin on Earth

With NASA's rather surprising decision to split the Commercial Crew Program prize between Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule, America is officially back in the manned space exploration game! Woohoo! And even better, our astronauts will be shuttled to the ISS in style aboard the spacious CST-100 from Boeing. » 9/19/14 11:40am 9/19/14 11:40am

Radio Tornadoes Could Deliver Neverending Wi-Fi Capacity Some Day

Coaxial wiring—like what runs into your cable box—revolutionized data transmission by drastically widening the wire's data pipeline. Two years ago, a research team from University of Southern California accomplished the feat using a vortex of lasers. Now, that same team is back with a means of coiling radio waves… » 9/18/14 4:45pm 9/18/14 4:45pm

The Navy's New Triton Drone Just Flew Clear Across America

Less than half a year after being greenlit, the US Navy's newest broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) platform, the MQ-4C Triton, has just passed a major developmental milestone—as well as the whole of the contiguous United States. » 9/18/14 2:42pm 9/18/14 2:42pm

The World's First Powered Submarine Arrived 60 Years Before Its Time

The Axis war effort throughout the first half of the 1940s led to some incredible advances in submarine technology. That includes the anaerobic Walter turbine—a newfangled engine that didn't need oxygen to work. Even more incredible, these discoveries were not entirely new, but in fact more than 60 years old—the… » 9/18/14 11:40am 9/18/14 11:40am