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Watch Adam Savage Build the Barbarella Space Rifle

The Mythbuster's latest One-Day Build recreates a weapon seen only on a magazine cover.<p>A 1968 <i>Life</i> cover gave Mythbuster Adam Savage the inspiration he needed for his new One Day Build project: recreating Barbarella's space rifle.<p>As any diehard fan of the titillating 1968 Roger Vadim movie could …

Lego

Citizen Ends Police Chase By Ramming Perp Head-On

Ramming speed.<p><i>Photo by YouTube</i><p>A 14-year-old boy in Syracuse, Utah, swiped the keys to his grandfather's Hyundai Veloster on Saturday and went for a joyride. When the grandfather reported the car stolen, police responded, and a chase ensued. The boy attempted to ditch the cops by cutting through an …

HeadOn

You Should Be Shaving With a Laser

Having trouble shaving perfect lines with an ordinary razor? We test the Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer Series 9000, featuring a laser guide.<p>(Photo by Julia Stotz)<p><b>Price:</b> $90<p><b>Length Settings:</b> 17<p>Tycoons, MLB pros, and archvillains, rejoice: The <b>Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer Series 9000</b> will help you …

Men's Fashion

Leaked Photos: Star Wars Episode VII Millennium Falcon

Images have surfaced of a new Millennium Falcon for a new Star Wars movie under construction.<p>We're waiting for any hints we can get as to the plot of Star Wars Episode VII, J.J. Abrams' franchise revival coming next year. Today brought a very cool reveal: Photos have surfaced via TMZ of an …

Science Fiction

Fantastic Four Director Josh Trank Gets a Star Wars Film

Disney begins to fill in the directorial lineup for its standalone movies from a galaxy far, far away.<p>Josh Tranks, director of <i>Chronicle</i> and the forthcoming <i>Fantastic Four</i> film, has been hired to direct a standalone <i>Star Wars</i> film. This movie will not be part of the upcoming trilogy by director J.J. …

Movies

10 Tools to Buy Your DIY Dad This Father's Day

There are two types of Father's Day giftsthe one that's tossed in a drawer or closet and forgotten about, and the kind that puts a smile on Dad's face every time he uses it. Here are 10 great tool gift ideas that your father will use again and again

Woodworking

The Geek's Guide to World Cup 2014

One week from today, the biggest, craziest sporting event in the world opens in Brazil. Before the best players on the planet get their kicks, get to know the tech on their bodies and on the pitch.

Geek

How Ships Survive a Hurricane at Sea

For oceangoing ships, hurricanes are a threat long before they make landfall. This is how they prepare.<p><b>Storms at sea are harrowing experiences</b>. Towering walls of water, driven by powerful winds, slam into the ship. A major storm can batter even the largest, sturdiest vessels. And they're an …

Sailing

The Return of the E-Skateboard

Kickstarter has spoken. The Marbel Board—the lightest electric skateboard ever built—has just been crowd-funded almost three times over. Popular Mechanics spoke with Matt Belcher, a materials engineer and founder of the Florida-based company, about the 9 lb board's inception, the technological …

Engineering

An Ode to the Circular Saw

"The saw that build America" is now made in China. But in one family, the classic power tool soldiers on.<p><b>Good man. You don't hear people say that</b> much anymore. On the rare occasion when they do, it's as if they are deliberately being old-fashioned. It seems we can't speak from the heart the way we …

Woodworking

What Germans Said About American Troops Right After WWI

In 1919, the United States compiled a report on German attitudes towards American troops and their behavior during the war and subsequent occupation. …

Mardi Gras

What French People in 1900 Thought Life Would Be Like in 2000

These images, which were drawn by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists, originally appeared on paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, …

14 Facts About the Cookiecutter Shark

The cookiecutter is a cinematic star thanks to a supporting role in the 2011 horror film <i>Shark Night 3D</i>, but there’s a lot about this rarely-seen …

Fish

7 Practical Uses for Tattoos

Ink! Not just for sailors and sideshow freaks anymore! Tattooing has become a legitimate art form. And, like art, something magical happens when …

What’s the Difference Between “Prison” and “Jail”?

Many use the terms “jail” and “prison” interchangeably, and while both terms refer to areas where people are held, there's a substantial difference …

International Olympic Committee

6 Crazy Science Experiments That "Worked"

From Dr. Frank-N-Furter to Dr. Doofenschmirtz, we've all grown up hearing about our fair share of mad scientists and their crazy experiments. A trip …

Nikola Tesla

The Weird Week in Review

D-day Paratrooper Recreates His Jump at Age 93<p>World War II veteran Jim "Pee Wee" Martin belonged to the 101st Airborne Division that parachuted into …

Crime

15 Things You Might Not Know About the YMCA

Between cigarette dogs and Nobel laureates (not to mention a certain disco anthem), it’s been an eventful 175 years for the Young Men’s Christian …

Literature

Behind the Scenes at The Price is Right

Behind the Price<p>Watch this very long and extremely detailed video look at what things are like backstage at a taping of <i>The Price is Right</i>.<p>*<p>Check the …

Democratic National Convention

19 Wildly Dangerous Home Remedies From 100 Years Ago

It's hard to understand just how far medical science has progressed over the last hundred years ... until you look at what passed for standard, …

Alternative Medicine

12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

Just as there is nothing certain in this world but death and taxes, there is nothing certain in language but that it will change, and that people …

Language

Japanese Artist Carves Realistic-Looking Lobster Out of Boxwood

25-year-old Ryosuke Ohtake is a master craftsman who recently tried his hand at ‘jizai okimono’ – the Japanese art of carving realistic wooden …

10 Buildings That Look Like Penises (PHOTOS)

In an episode from the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," Ted's firm designs a skyscraper for a bank. The only problem is that it looks like a giant penis.<p>Architects in real life can't seem to avoid the same aesthetic.<p>Here are 10 buildings that look like penises. Two of them are twins.<p>Feel free to …

Balloon Sex Really Blows For Kinky Clown Couple

A kinky couple who thought it would be fun to clown around with balloons had their sexual expectations blow up in their faces, according to the emergency room physician who had to treat them.<p>Dr. Leonard Herman said the couple came to the hospital in Norristown, Pennsylvania, because the woman was …

15 Amazing Science Discoveries Inspired By Complete Accidents

But frequently, some lucky accident leads to a transformative finding, provided the right person is there to realize the potential implications of that accident.<p>Then, in the part that isn't an accident, they turn that observation into something useful.<p>All of these discoveries began with an accident.<p>…

Eli Lilly

'SSL added and removed here' - Google mocks NSA in crypto code joke

It’s an open secret that the NSA is keeping tabs on Internet users through various means. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations suggest that the agency does not even have to take an active role in eavesdropping, as it’s the Internet and tech companies that do this for them. Case in point: …

Information Security

Virtual reality is going to make everyone sick — including companies that dump billions into it

When my kids and I walked into a coffee shop one sunny day last month, we were greeted by a row of tables holding laptops with gaming demos.<p>My son gravitated toward the biggest display, a huge TV screen with a giant, face-obscuring set of goggles set in front of it. This was the Oculus Rift, the …

How do submarines get online?

<i>This article was taken from the June 2014 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …

3-D Printed Food That Melts In Your Mouth

It looks like a sausage. It is a sausage. But what’s that? It’s really a pureed sausage goo, printed back into a sausage-like shape. Now the more important question: Why on earth?<p>A food company in Germany is working on a way of 3-D printing almost any food. In a few years time, you’ll be able to …

3D Printing

Taxonomist shortage means newly discovered animals are unclassified

Shortage is delaying naming of a spotted wolf spider found last week in WA's Kimberley region<p>Hundreds of newly discovered animals remain unclassified due to an international shortage of taxonomists.<p>Head of the Western Australian Museum's department of terrestrial zoology, Dr Mark Harvey, said …