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This was the US Navy's cutting-edge stealth ship

Although submarine-based missiles were a well-established leg of the nuclear "triad," along with ballistic missiles and strategic bomber aircraft, the US realized the strategic applicability of stealth for vessels at sea.<p>Specifically, US military researchers wanted to test the viability of making …

How the U.S. Military Comes Up With Designations for Its Missiles, Rockets, and Drones

Alphanumeric jumbles like AIM-9X may seem like gibberish or backronyms, but they actually pack in a ton of valuable information.<p>The U.S. military's rockets and missiles and drones have their popular names that you're familiar with—the Sidewinder, the Minuteman III, Trident II, etc. But their …

The world's largest aircraft is hitting the skies this summer

But idiomatic or not, the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 , is a pretty sweet machine. 302 feet long (60 feet longer than a jumbo jet), this monster of a flying contraption is a hybrid in the truest sense — combining aspects of a fixed wing aircraft, a helicopter, and super-light …

Aviation

Meet the Robot Apple Built To Rip Apart Old iPhones

Liam is a master or precision destruction.<p>If you're not super interested in a 4-inch iPhone or a smaller iPad Pro, the coolest thing that Apple announced at its spring event yesterday wasn't a consumer product, but an industrial tool: Liam, the robot arm built to rip apart old iPhones.<p>In a process …

Six tiny robots can pull a two-ton car

Stanford university's uBots have pulled off a feat that makes ants look like slackers. Working in concert, six of the robots managed to tow a 3,900 pound car, despite weighing just a half-ounce each -- much less than other car-towing robots. The secret, according to the team, is biomimicry. The wee …

US government: 'it's not a surprise Google's car crashed'

US transport secretary Anthony Foxx expects autonomous driving technology to prevent 80% of accidents – but it won’t be perfect, and what the future holds is unclear<p>The fact that a Google self-driving car had a crash is “not a surprise” according to the US transport secretary Anthony Foxx.<p>Talking …

Does the discovery of gravitational waves foretell the end of physics?

It took us 100 years to confirm the last big puzzle of Einstein’s theory of relativity. On Feb. 11, scientists announced that they have detected gravitational waves, which are created when two accelerating masses generate “ripples” in the curvature of spacetime—just like frolicking children on a …

Physics

21 Insane Gadgets To Make Your iPhone Even Cooler

Because carrying a handheld computer isn't high-tech enough.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.</i>

New Software Turns Drones into Bloodhounds that Could Track You Through the Woods

The machine learning program can identify and follow human-made trails through the wilderness.<p>A team of Swiss researchers from the University of Zurich and the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence have developed a machine learning program that quadcopters can use to identify and follow …

Oregon standoff: Protesters may leave Thursday; Cliven Bundy arrested

<b>(CNN) —</b> The armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge in Oregon say they will turn themselves in on Thursday morning, hours after Cliven Bundy -- the father of protest leader Ammon Bundy -- was arrested by federal agents.<p>Oregon siege: What the armed group wants and why<p>A Facebook page for his ranch …

Drone-fighting eagles – a reminder of nature’s superpowers | Patrick Barkham

Scotland Yard is looking at using eagles to take down unmanned flying objects – yet another argument for preserving all species, in case they might prove useful later<p>If we ever needed persuading that animals are smarter than technology, we should take heed of the drone-fighting eagles. Scotland …

Drones

The best custom keyboard for the iPhone is now on Android too

Slash's main feature is a blue forward slash key that sits at the bottom of the keyboard. This slash works wonders by allowing you to call up things from your favorite apps without leaving messages (or whatever app you are typing in, let's say Twitter).<p>Here's an example of how Slash works.<p>If you …

Apps

Remaining occupiers in Oregon reduced to stunts, taunting FBI by driving federal vehicle

More than five weeks after armed men seized an wildlife refuge in Oregon, leading to a deadly standoff and a dozen arrests, the occupation continues.<p>And it’s getting weird.<p>In a video posted online Sunday, one of the four remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge films himself …

We Assemble and Review One of the First 2017 Ford GT Supercars

Last year, Ford unequivocally won the Detroit auto show, shocking everyone with the new F-150 Raptor, the Mustang GT350R, and the new GT supercar. At the 2016 Detroit show, Ford’s stand is a little quieter—but then, how could an automaker follow up such an insane performance? Not all is lost in …

Ford GT

Your Foul Mouth Proves That You’re Smart, Says Science

Fluent use of profanity can be a sign of an articulate nature and a deep intelligence, say researchers from two separate studies. So, the next time you find yourself unleashing a string of f-bombs next to a set of raised eyebrows, take comfort in knowing mom did not (necessarily) create a …

Should Apple Receive All of Samsung's Phone Profits Because of a Patent?

Samsung Electronics on Monday filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review the way that design patent laws have been applied in …

The 50 best US military pictures of the year

Military

These Idiots Recorded Their Own 208-mph Lamborghini Highway Crash

Sociopathic recklessness preserved on a phone camera.<p>The Lamborghini Huracan is, quite simply, too fast for normal humans to operate. <i>Especially</i> on public roads. That didn't stop these two morons from taking a brand-new, lime green example up to an indicated 336 km/h—or 208 mph—on a busy Hungarian …

Ahoy, the Navy's $4 Billion Experiment

The Zumwalt will have lasers and an electromagnetic rail gun. But can it save money?

Electromagnetism