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Giant space shuttle tank arrives in L.A. by sea

The space shuttle external tank known as ET-94 never flew, but it finished a decidedly different journey, by sea, early Wednesday when it docked in Marina del Rey atop a sea barge.<p>The 15-story tank began its journey last month from<p>NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana, where it was built, …

Why All Athletes Should Be More Like the Oracle Team Sailors

Oracle Team USA is a sailing crew of 14 athletes bankrolled by billionaire software tycoon, Larry Ellison. Every three years, these Olympians and world champions are called upon to compete for the America’s Cup title in a 46 mile-per-hour spectacle that’s been dubbed the world’s most dangerous …

Beijing schools close as city issues 1st smog red alert

BEIJING (AP) — Schools closed and rush-hour roads were much quieter than normal as Beijing invoked its first-ever red alert for smog Tuesday, closing …

Pollution

Here's the Drone Footage of That Smokestack Demolition Gone Horribly Wrong

After two unsuccessful attempts to topple a 115-year-old chimney stack with explosives, construction worker Tim Phifer from Pell City, Alabama, …

Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, towed during storm (VIDEO)

A video of the Russian rescue tug boat towing the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in stormy weather has resurfaced online.<p>The clip was allegedly …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

The US Coast Guard is 225 years old — here are 33 jaw-dropping photos of the branch in action in some of the most intense places in America

Today marks the 225th anniversary of the creation of the US Coast Guard.<p>One of the five service branches in the US military, the Coast Guard is responsible for maritime rescue, drug interdiction, smuggling prevention, and humanitarian aid distribution. Tracing its history to August 4, 1790, the …

Rowing

Surveillance Video Shows Intruders Poking Around House as People Slept — and Then the Moment a Woman With a Gun Woke Up

A homeowner in South Africa not only captured footage of intruders robbing him while he slept, but also the moment his girlfriend woke up and opened fire on them.<p>According to Craven Coetzee, the man who posted the footage on YouTube, the incident happened in Port Elizabeth early Tuesday morning.<p>The …

Look, Ma!! No Hook!!!

The C-130 has been the workhorse of cargo aircraft for the the Marines and the Air Force since it entered service in 1954. As of 2009, there have …

Chris Everett's answer to How daunting is the task of sinking a 2014 U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier protected by a typical deployed strike group?

Extremely.<p>Problem one: Finding it. Carriers move. And they really move pretty quickly. The supposed easy method of sinking a carrier is use a …

Guest blog: Racing isn’t everything. Teach children to have fun sailing and watch the numbers grow

<b>Who says racing is the only way to acquire sailing skills? I say teach children sailing is fun and watch the numbers grow, writes Daria …

Coast Guard Boardings and Your Fourth Amendment Rights, Part 1

Sorry, but when it comes to Coast Guard boardings, you don’t have any rights.<p>I’m surprised how many boaters don’t know this. The US Coast Guard can …

Ohio State is a rowing school

If the Ohio State football team needs help formulating a blueprint for how to proceed in the wake of a national championship, they need only head …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Lockheed Martin laser weapon takes out truck

The battlefield of the future recently came a step closer, as a Lockheed Martin laser weapon took out a truck in a field test. The 30-kW fiber laser …

Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

World's largest plane graveyard of US military fighters in desert can now be explored online in amazing interactive map

The largest “plane graveyard” in the world where more than 4,400 aircraft are collecting dust in the Arizona desert can now be explored in intricate …

10 ways to boost chances of surviving a plane crash

<b>(CNN) —</b> Survival and rescue stories from the deadly crash of TransAsia Airways Flight 235 in Taiwan are inspiring as well as intriguing. They raise the question: Why do some passengers survive plane crashes and others tragically don't?<p>Some of those who lived through Wednesday's crash credited their …

FAA

TransAsia Taiwan plane crash: 12 months of Asia air travel disasters

The Taiwan TransAsia plane crashed on Wednesday is the latest in a tragic 12 months for Asian air travel<p><b>TRANSASIA AIRWAYS GE232</b><p>An ATR 72-600 plane operated by TransAsia Airways, a private Taiwanese airline, turned on its side in midair, clipped a bridge, hit a taxi and careened into a river on …

SkyMall's Demise Could Save American Airlines $350K a Year on Fuel

SkyMall is dead, and that’s a bummer, at least for those prone to nostalgia, enamored of garden gnomes, or inept at charging devices before boarding …