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The Navy Wants To Fire Its Ridiculously Strong Railgun From The Ocean

They want to test firing it from a ship in 2016, and again in 2018.<p>In 2016, the U.S. Navy is going to test a railgun—a weapon that can repeatedly launch a projectile at more than 5,000 MPH—from a boat. In 2018, they're going to do it again. And in the 2020s, the Navy is going to figure out just …

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Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Ooh-and-Aah Science: How Fireworks Get Their Color

The elements behind the brilliant blues and bright reds of Fourth of July fireworks.<p>We celebrate U.S. independence with hot dogs. We celebrate it with parades and Old Glory-emblazoned T-shirts. And we celebrate it, in true American fashion, with explosions.<p>Every year are there are more than 14,000 …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

16 Reasons To Love (And Respect) The Ocean

The ocean can be described in an endless number of ways. It's refreshing, beautiful and humbling. It's vast, mysterious and terrifying. It's magnificence has inspired countless novels, films, documentaries, songs, and HuffPost articles.<p>If it were a god, it would already have millions of devoted …

Engineer Makes World's First 3D-Printed Kayak for Just $500 with a Homemade 3D Printer

An engineer for leading 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems, Jim Smith decided to build his own large scale 3D printer at home and then used it to …

This robot can teach you how to play golf and find that perfect swing

If you want to figure out how to fix that nasty slice that’s been hampering your golf game for years, a robot sitting in South Seattle wants to help …

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7 Million Pound, 112-Year-Old Temple Appears to Float Effortlessly in Mid-Air

It's not every day that you see an almost 7 million pound building suspended in mid-air. But that's the case with this Tabernacle located in Provo, Utah. The Provo Tabernacle, originally constructed from 1883-1898, suffered extreme fire damage in 2010. However, the 112-year-old exterior continued …

The House that Inspired the Movie "Up"

Does this house look familiar to you? Fans of the Pixar film <i>Up</i> might recognize that it looks remarkably like the house in the movie, which similarly occupied a lone space in the middle of rapid change and development that unfolded around it. The filmmakers were allegedly inspired by the story of …

Australian Investigators: Two Objects "Possibly Related" to MH370 Found

Australian responders are rushing to a site off the west coast of Australia where satellites spotted two objects.<p><b>Update: March 20, 9:40 a.m. Eastern</b>: It's nighttime in Australia, and the first day of aircraft and ships searching for the debris possibly related to MH370 spotted by an Australian …

Mapping the human face in 900 megapixels

Daniel Boschung is a cartographer, but not as you know it.<p>He creates intricate photographs captured by his robotic camera that provide incredibly …

Instrument reads tattoos as sheet music

Musical instruments, by design, usually require a human agent to work (player pianos and robotic bands notwithstanding). Usually, though, this …

You're In A Spacesuit, Blind. This Astronaut Survived It And Explains What He Did Next

“There is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So with that old astronaut principle in mind, what is the best reaction to take when your …

How we can protect wildlife, while meeting our energy needs

A common misperception is that responsible energy development cannot coexist with vibrant wildlife. And it’s counterintuitive for some to contemplate …

Photo: The delicate details of a sea shell

This pretty shell was photographed at Burying Hill Beach in Westport, Connecticut.<p>Do you want your photo of the great outdoors featured on …

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Everything You Need to Know to Start 3D Printing

Ready to join the new DIY revolution?<p><b>The work I've done on spacecraft got me</b> hooked on 3D printing. When I was an electrical engineer for RCA Astro (now part of Lockheed Martin), I helped design, build, and launch the Mars Observer and other interplanetary probes. Back then I had dreams of building …

A Boy and His Drone

Leaf peepers. European tourists. Motorheads from a ­nearby car show. On a Friday in September, maybe 100 visitors milled around Clingmans Dome, a popular lookout atop a high ridge in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park.<p>Some made the push to the ovoid, <i>Jetsons</i>-esque observation deck. The …

Scrabble-playing robot learns how to sass its rivals

<i>-- Transcript of staff appraisal for Robot PX31i</i><p>Hey PX31i, thanks for coming in, please take a seat!<p>So, I wanted to talk to you about your personal development today. No, don't look down, because you're great at moving heavy objects and scaring the visitors, but we're all worried about your work / …

Forget text messaging, the 'oPhone' lets you send smells

Holiday albums could be less forgettable when pictures of a Mediterranean meal carry the scent of olives; a selfie on the beach contains a trace of salt spray or a rainy London scene conveys the distinctive aroma of freshly wet concrete.<p>If the digital age has increased the volume of communication, …

What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

Taiwan Navy Launches New Stealth Boat

Can it sink aircraft carriers?<p>Delivered last Friday, Taiwan’s new twin-hulled Tuo Jiang weighs 551 tons, carries 41 crewmembers, and is designed specifically to destroy aircraft carriers. Classified as a “missile corvette,” it’s the Republic of China’s answer to the People’s Republic Of China's …

FYI: Does Thinking Too Hard Wear You Out?

If it does, it's all in your head.<p>The brain makes up about 1⁄50 of our body weight but consumes about one fifth of the oxygen we breathe. It's natural to assume that overtaxing the cerebrum would leave one feeling lethargic, but that's not quite true. The brain uses most of its energy just to …

Apple files patent for wireless iPhone camera remote

<b>Apple has filed a patent for a remote control that will let you take photos from an iPhone without needing to touch the handset itself.</b><p>The patent, as …

Climate Change Will Test Turtles’ Mettle

Sea turtles face a raft of threats in a warming world.<p>These are tough times for sea turtles. Historically plundered for their meat, shells, skins, and eggs, turtles continue to be poached even where they're legally protected.<p>And they suffer injury and drowning when they come into contact with …

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.<p>The Earth is the "Blue Planet" because more than 70 percent of its surface is covered in water. But what does the Blue Planet look like without the blue? How would Earth appear as ... the Green Planet?<p>Something …

Glowing Bacteria Control Squid Hosts

<b>Being jolted awake every morning by an alarm clock is plenty annoying, but at least that alarm doesn’t actually live in your body.</b><p>The Hawaiian bobtail squid (<i>Euprymna scolopes</i>) has an internal alarm clock that’s run by a species of glowing bacteria known as <i>Vibrio fischeri</i>. This bacterium and the …

How a New Bird Species Was Discovered Right in the Middle of Phnom Penh

First Killer Whale Reintroduced to Wild Has Baby

Springer, who was rescued in 2002, is a success story, experts say.<p><b>The only killer whale known to be put back into the wild after human intervention was spotted with her first baby last week.</b><p>In 2002, a young killer whale named Springer was reintroduced to her pod in northern Vancouver Island (map), …