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How to get your hands on a historic M1911 pistol from the US Army stockpile

Americans will soon have the rare opportunity to get their hands on a historic military gun.<p>Only American citizens can purchase one of these World War II combat pistols, the M1911, from the U.S. Army stockpile. And only one can be purchased a year by a qualified buyer.<p>The 1911 is one of the most …

Military

Agents Try 72 Times to Buy Guns Illegally Online — Result Will Only Shock Gun Control Advocates

<i>Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images</i><p>The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently set out on a quest to “illegally” purchase firearms on the “surface …

How to Watch SpaceX Rocket Launches

Live-stream it, or watch it in person.<p>When the first SpaceX rocket lifts off to Mars, you can bet that a lot of us here on Earth will be watching. …

Watch Live! SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches NASA's GRACE-FO, Iridium Satellites

<b>Update for 4:30 pm ET:</b> NASA's webcast has ended but SpaceX's launch webcast continues for today's launch. See it live above.<p>A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket …

Space Exploration

This Ultimate Doomsday Rifle Shoots 21 Different Calibers Of Ammunition

In a post-apocalyptic scenario where survival is dependent upon scavenging resources, it pays to be prepared. That’s the thinking behind Scavenger 6, …

Grace Potter rocks out with NASA in new video on the women of America's space program

Share this inspiring video with every kid or teen you know who dreams of space. John Streeter of NASA Television has sent us some wonderful NASA TV …

Epson's AR glasses will let you see what your DJI drone sees

Epson has announced a partnership with drone-maker DJI to ensure its Moverio AR smart glasses are fully compatible with the Chinese company’s aerial …

Now you, too, can get the iOS 10 beta

If you’ve wanted to try out all the new stuff in iOS 10, you can do it now.<p>Apple on Thursday released the first public beta for iOS 10. This beta …

Jet-powered hoverboard shatters world record

When footage of a flying hoverboard first emerged last month, many thought it was fake, because the relatively tiny device appears to be breaking the laws of physics. But the "Flyboard Air" from inventor Franky Zapata is real, spectacular and just set a world record for the longest hoverboard …

43 Apps and Extensions Making Google Chrome the Best Small Business Browser

From collaboration to productivity, Google Chrome does it all for business users. In honor of National Small Business Week, here are 43 add-ons that …

Adhesive 'patch' monitors blood glucose without needles

Researchers from Cardiff University's School of Engineering have developed a glucose monitor that doesn't require you to prick your finger. It doesn't even need blood after the initial calibration, because it uses microwave to keep track of your glucose levels. The device then sends the data it …

3D-printing vending machines aim to customize your food

No more basic trail mix and bland chips. 3D-printed snacks may be coming to a vending machine near you.<p>Finnish VTT Technical Research Centre is …

A man just smashed a world record with a jet-powered hoverboard

Flyboard Air inventor Franky Zapata sets Guinness World Record for farthest hoverboard flight<p>Franky Zapata, the French jet ski champion who invented the Flyboard Air, has set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight. Zapata achieved the feat Saturday morning off the coast of …

DARPA Prepares to Build the Next Space Shuttle

Boeing's idea for a new unmanned space shuttle. Image source: Boeing.<p>DARPA wants a new space shuttle -- and it's getting closer to building one.<p>For two years now, we've been following the progress of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's "XS-1" project, a continuing mission to build a …

Space Exploration

911bot is a chat bot that could save your life

When you find yourself in an emergency situation, it’s hard to know what to do. And even if you do, panic can take over.<p>911bot, a product built at the Disrupt Hackathon here in New York, aims to help you out in a pinch.<p>The Facebook Messenger-based chat bot lets you report emergencies to the …

Hyperloop Technologies drops a new name ahead of its first public track test

At a press event, Hyperloop Technologies today announced several bits of news — including a name change — in preparation for its propulsion open-air test (POAT) on Wednesday.<p>The company — now known as Hyperloop One — announced the closing of an $80 million funding round that should help to propel …

High-speed Rail

Students create a drone that can perch on the ceiling like a spider

In case drones weren't insect-like enough, students at Stanford have created one that can stick to walls and ceilings like a spider.<p>To perch on a …

Is Stephen Hawking's 'StarShot' Really Possible?

If you want to reach another star system, the conventional wisdom is that you either need a new propulsion technology, you need to have multiple generations’ worth of patience, or you need to break the laws of physics. But if you weren’t concerned about sending a human or even a traditional …

Engineering

The innovators: Irish lab develops coating to ward off superbug

George Osborne was just one of the latest people to warn about the growing threat of antibiotic resistant superbugs, telling the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington last month that without urgent action the bugs would soon kill more people every year than cancer.<p>The chancellor’s warning …

Microbiology

Scientists made see-through wood that's stronger than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. "We were very surprised by how …

The world didn’t end as predicted

A NEW theory warning Mercury passing in front of the sun is linked to the Bible’s prophecy of destruction and could signal the end of the world was …

Astronomy

Micro drone controlled with VR headset lets you explore the world in a new way

<b>The concept</b><p>The Antro is a micro drone which you control by using a virtual reality headset and a handheld controller. Using it, you have the capacity to explore our world in a completely new way and look at it from a very different perspective.<p>Images provided by Charles Bombardier<p><b>The background</b><p>VR …

This Texas barbecue joint will give you a discount for carrying a gun

The brisket at Brooks' Place arrives with a deep, smoky bark that the grill master lovingly refers to as "black gold."<p>The line outside the barbecue joint, little more than a trailer and a few picnic tables parked outside an Ace Hardware in this Houston suburb, starts building midmorning. Customers …

SHOT Show 2016: Is Ruger American Pistol poised to dominate?

Just a few decades ago, it was not an unusual sight to see a Ruger revolver being carried by an American police officer. Ruger’s Security Six graced …

Shooting Guns In Real Life!

Scientists Have Charted The Optimal Route to Mars

Who's up for a pit stop?<p>In order to get to Mars, NASA should make a brief detour to the Moon first, according to a group of MIT researchers. It’s a …

This could be the US Air Force’s next spy plane

The US Air Force has been locked in a years-long battle over the retirement of the famous U-2 spy plane. In the meantime, Lockheed Martin has unveiled what could be the successor to the U-2. It's called the TR-X, and it could be ready as early as 2025, according to Lockheed.<p>The image you see above …

Aviation

Hawking, Musk and others call for a ban on autonomous weapons

If you don't like the thought of autonomous robots brandishing weapons, you're far from alone. A slew of researchers and tech dignitaries (including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak) have backed an open letter calling for a ban on any robotic weapon where there's no human input …

How to download the iOS 9 public beta

Fancy trying out the new iPhone and iPad software ahead of its autumn release date? Here’s how to test out the first public beta<p>Apple’s iOS 9 public beta is now available to test, following its reveal at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).<p>The new software for iPhone, iPad …