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 Friday 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 Thursday 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 Thursday 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 Thursday 11:40am

Eyes On With the 270-Degree Future of Cinema

A 270-degree, wraparound triple-screen theater system has just begun rolling out to very select theaters nationwide—only five, in fact—with hopes of delivering an immersive movie-going experience that succeeds where 3D has so miserably failed. I got a sneak peek at the new technology recently and it's, um, really … » 9/17/14 3:29pm Wednesday 3:29pm

The Razor UAV Only Costs $800 to Print--Yeah, Print

Our multi-million dollar fleets of Predators and Reaper drones are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule. As UAV technology continues its breakneck advance, the cost of producing even high-performance ISR drones is plummeting. This new UAV, for example, is so inexpensive and quick to create that it's… » 9/17/14 11:40am Wednesday 11:40am

Living in the Future Entails More Space Raves Than You'd Expect

Risk of spontaneous nuclear annihilation aside, the Cold War proved a potent period in the history of technological development. I mean, just look at all this cool stuff we invented for little reason more than simply sticking it to the Soviets. It's amazing the lofty heights mankind can achieve when inspired by smack… » 9/16/14 7:00pm 9/16/14 7:00pm

Chicago's New Electric Garbage Trucks Give Trash the Silent Treatment

You know how I know it's garbage day? Because it's 5 am and it sounds like the trucks from Pump are getting busy on the curb. VROOOOOM, CRUNCH, SLAM, WAKKA WAKKA WAKKA, SLAM, CRUNCH, VROOOOOM. But some lucky Chicagoans will soon be able to sleep all the way through the night thanks to a new fleet of (mostly) silent… » 9/16/14 1:40pm 9/16/14 1:40pm

A Million-Dollar Buoy Will Spot the Best Sites for Wind Farms

With roughly 12,383 miles of coastline, the US has plenty of potential installation sites for offshore wind farms. Floating data collection centers like the one shown above will help energy companies and government agencies alike find the windiest, and most effective locations along America's shores. » 9/16/14 11:46am 9/16/14 11:46am

The Latest Smart Thermostat Knows When You're Away from Home

Smart home thermostats are becoming quite common and, for the Nest at least, downright popular. But most of these systems only monitor from one direction—that is, the user remotely checking the home. The new Wi-Fi-equipped Ecobee 3 system, however, works both ways; the device is watching its watchers with remote… » 9/16/14 8:00am 9/16/14 8:00am

This Dunkable Drone Will Suck Up Whale Snot for Science

Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than… » 9/15/14 11:40am 9/15/14 11:40am