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Pentagon fires 60 troops after sex-assault review

WASHINGTON — Sixty troops have been fired as sexual assault counselors, recruiters or drill instructors after the military investigators found they had committed violations ranging from alcohol-related offenses to child abuse and sexual assault, USA TODAY has learned.<p>Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

The Moore, Oklahoma Tornado, From Space

What the destructive tornado looked like from satellites high above.<p><i>Click to launch the gallery.</i><p>Satellites from NASA, NOAA, and others captured the devastating tornado that this week destroyed many towns and houses and claimed the lives of several (the exact death toll is still unclear) in …

What It'd Be Like To Drown In Space

Water doesn't fill a helmet so much as attempt to choke the life out of you. The horrifying behind-the-scenes, below.<p>Two weeks ago, we were impressed by how calm ground control stayed when Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano's helmet sprung a water leak. Now, after watching this video of astronaut …

10 Things to Know About Performance Tires

Forget turbochargers, nitrous oxide, suspension kits, and all other go-fast goodies. The two best and cheapest ways to make your car quicker are a set of super-sticky tires and a serious upgrade of the organic software (that being you, the driver).<p>Forget turbochargers, nitrous oxide, suspension …

U.S. Forest Service Solves Mystery Of Exploding Baseball Bats

Major League Baseball has teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to make baseball players' favorite bats safer to use.<p>Maple is the unofficial wood of baseball. Thanks to good old Barry Bonds, who used maple bats in his 2001 marathon home-run season, players increasingly favor the lighter wood, …

Why Russia Helped Snowden: 5 Grievances Against the U.S.

Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport, having been granted a year of temporary asylum by the Russian government. If you're wondering why Putin would antagonize the U.S. like this, allow us to catch you up on the reasons Moscow-Washington relations have been a bit frosty of late.<p><b>Many Americans</b> …

Component of the Month: The Transistor

<i>Each month this year, we’re exploring a different electronic component, delving into what it is, how it works, and how you use it in projects. Last month we covered capacitors, and before that we looked at LEDs and diodes. This month we examine tranistors! As always, we’ll start things off with an</i> …

10 Tips for Better Spray Painting

A few simple tips are all you need to get professional results with nothing more than a can of spray paint.<p><b>1. Read the Instructions</b><p>The instructions on the can are valuable. Take the minute to read them. They'll tell you how far to hold the spray can from the object, how long to shake the can before …

The Weird Way Alcohol Behaves In Space

Quantum tunneling holds a clue for one of the great mysteries of space chemistry.<p>A few years back, scientists discovered a giant cloud of hooch floating around in space. The 288 billion-mile cloud of gaseous methanol, an alcohol present in antifreeze and some moonshine presented a conundrum: How do …

Apple ‘applauds’ veto of ITC iPhone/iPad ban, Samsung ‘disappointed’

Following the decision from the Obama administration from earlier today to veto an ITC product ban on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, first-generation 3G iPad, and 3G-capable iPad 2, both Apple and Samsung have responded.<p>Apple has praised the decision:<p>We applaud the Administration for standing up for …

What The X-47B Reveals About The Future Of Autonomous Flight

Five things you need to know about the X-47B, the U.S. military's first unmanned, autonomous combat jet.<p>When the Navy's X-47B drone screamed skyward off the aircraft carrier <i>USS George H.W. Bush</i> in May, those of us standing on the flight deck knew we were witnessing history: a robot flying …

A Submarine In Space And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Do Adults Keep Making New Brain Cells? Cold War-Era Radiation Reveals Answer

A different kind of carbon-14 dating<p>When the U.S. and Soviet Union tested nuclear weapons aboveground in the 1950s and 1960s, they left their mark on everyone alive at that time. The tests released unusual amounts of carbon-14 into the atmosphere, which people's cells would sometimes incorporate …

Portland, Oregon, Says No To Fluoridation

So when is Portlandia going to do a skit about this?<p>Residents of Portland, Oregon, voted down, yet again, an effort to add fluoride to their tap water.<p>With 80 percent of the expected ballots counted, Mayor Charlie Hales "conceded defeat," the Associated Press reported.<p>Portland is the largest U.S. …

Ten Tips for Adhesive Tape

Tape, tape, tape! There are so many different kinds and so many applications. Tape can be used for the jankiest repairs up to near-permanent fastening.Tape can be quite useful in the workshop and in the making process if you know which type is best for different situations and materials.<p>I’d like to …

Oklahoma Tornado Teens Search For Remains Of Home Amid The Ruins

MOORE, Okla. -- Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, two days after the tornado, Darius Joseph and his friend Brandon Dick set out for the disaster zone that used to be their neighborhood to see what they could salvage from the rubble.<p>Their eyes searched for contours of geography they could place, some shape …

Oklahoma Tornado Health Risks May Lie In The Rubble

Chris Whitley had already survived three tornadoes and had worked at the scene of dozens more before arriving in Joplin, Mo.<p>"It was unlike anything I'd ever seen," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman recalled of the devastation left by the deadly twister that struck the town two …

Telecom companies threaten to sue reporters for uncovering privacy breach with Google

After being made aware of a large and potentially costly privacy breach exposing more than 170,000 records containing Social Security numbers and financial information, the two companies responsible for the blunder are threatening legal action against the journalists that uncovered it. The …

Was The Oklahoma City Tornado The Worst In History?

A disaster by the numbers.<p>Monday's tornado in the Oklahoma City area killed at least 24 people and leveled a massive number of homes and businesses. The <i>L.A. Times</i> quoted weather officials as saying the twister "was at least in the same league" as the harrowing tornado that struck the same area in …

Got A Wound? Science Says Rub Some Dirt In It

Antibacterial clays can kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli and MRSA, researchers found.<p>The colloquial medical advice "rub some dirt in it" appears to have some merit. Researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have been experimenting with different clays, and it appears in …

Navy Completes First Flight Of Game-Changing MQ-4C Triton Spy Drone [Video]

The long-range maritime drone will give the U.S. unprecedented surveillance of the world's oceans.<p>For the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman, it's shaping up to be a banner year in unmanned flight. While the carrier-based autonomous X-47B continues to hit milestones aboard the USS George H.W. Bush …

Can Kepler, NASA's Planet-Hunter, Be Saved?

Two broken reaction wheels have paralyzed NASA's premier planet-hunting telescope. Can it be salvaged?<p><b>From its orbit around the sun</b> 40 million miles from Earth, the Kepler space telescope stares toward the Cygnus constellation, watching for planets that might reveal themselves by passing in front …

The Marathon Bombing: What the Media Didn’t Warn You About

Boston, and the other big explosion—in West, Texas<p>During a meeting on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, …

WHO in Boston: Bombing Story Mysteries

Most of the national and international media have left Boston—and essentially moved on from the Marathon bombing story. But at WhoWhatWhy, we’re just …

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Pedestrian Walks On Car Hood: Payback For Driver Stopped In Crosswalk (VIDEO)

The Russian dashboard cam is the gift that keeps on giving. Today's present: a pedestrian took equitable revenge on a driver who stopped in the crosswalk. The driver was not pleased.

The Xbox One reveal: Live from Microsoft (liveblog, livestream)

At 10 a.m. Pacific today, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, the next-gen Xbox home video game console. GamesBeat lead news writer Dean Takahashi is onsite at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Wash., reporting live and updating this article as the news breaks.

How to Tell if Your Roommate is a Monster

Looking at all this Monsters University stuff coming out lately, we got to thinking: what if monsters went to OUR universities? Would we be able to …

Monsters University - Teacher's Pet vs. Party Animal