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NASA has some wild ideas for the future of flying

NASA recently announced that it will start studying a bunch of cutting-edge aviation ideas — four of which could make commercial air travel much …

Perseid meteor shower 2016: peak times, how to live-stream, and where to view this spectacular meteor shower

Every year in August, the Swift-Tuttle comet puts on a brilliant show. When the Earth plows into its wake, tiny bits of debris left behind from the comet slam into our atmosphere at 132,000 miles per hour, reach temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees, and streak across the sky in what we call the …

Watch F-22 Raptors Refuel At Night

Pitstop on the way to fighting ISIS<p>Like an outstretched ovipositor, the refueling rod lowered itself to the glistening opening above. Like a suckling calf, the state-of-the-at stealth fighter approached the essential fuel supply in the sky, and attached itself, refilling its tanks. There is no …

LG 34UM88 UltraWide Monitor Review

LG 34UM88 UltraWide Monitor Review Gadget Review - Your lifestyle gadget siteAs the ultrawide revolution in monitors continues to gain steam, …

Gear & Gadgets

Watch Electromagnets Explosively Shred a Soda Can in Half

Everyone knows you can do some crazy stuff with magnets, but things get really insane when you start playing with <i>electro</i>magnets. When you run an …

Missouri is installing solar power grabbing pavement on Route 66

Part of its ‘Road to Tomorrow Initiative,’ Missouri’s Department of Transportation is teaming with Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup (seriously, what’s going on in Idaho?) to cover an undetermined length of Historic Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.<p>“We expect them to be in place, I’m …

Sony's prototype projector turns any tabletop into a touch-sensitive display

A step toward holograms<p>Sony's Future Lab is a R&D group responsible for taking crazy ideas into the prototype phase, and one impressive vision shown here at SXSW in Austin this week is a projector that turns any flat surface into a screen for light to play on. The "Interactive Tabletop" concept …

Augmented Reality

Free HTPC, Home Server, and Media Center eBooks - SmartHomeBeginner

While free resources are easy to find on the internet, it is hard to find resources organized in a easily follow manner. Listed below are some freely …

Raspberry Pi

Building an airplane: from kit crate to flying

Types of Bearings and What to Use Them For

When you think about what makes the modern world tick, you might think of electricity, cell phones, airplanes, or any number of modern conveniences. What we don’t normally think of, however, is the humble bearing that makes at least two out of three of those function.<p>Without bearings, the wheels on …

World War II

Know Your Screws: An Intro to Thread Pitch

When you look at a screw, the most obvious dimension is the outer diameter of the threads. Most of the time a ¼″ screw fits into a ¼″ tapped hole or nut. Sometimes, however, this doesn’t hold true as the male (screw) thread doesn’t match up with the female threaded nut or hole. Most likely they can …

Woodworking

Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter Motorcycle

We don't expect that you'll actually take it into combat. But the Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter Motorcycle does resemble something from a …

Confederate States of America

New analysis reveals Shigir Idol is more ancient than first thought

World's oldest wooden statue is TWICE as old as the pyramids: New analysis reveals Shigir Idol is more ancient than first thought<p><b>Shigir Idol was</b> …

Archaeology

Mysterious Russian Statue Is 11,000 Years Old - Twice As Old As The Pyramids

A mysterious wooden idol found in a Russian peat bog has been dated to 11,000 years ago - and contains a code no one can decipher.<p>The Shigir Idol is …

Archaeology

Screentendo can turn almost anything on your computer into a Mario level

When I start daydreaming online, I’ve found myself wondering why I can’t control a little Mario and make him jump around the eBay ads for crap I looked up two weeks ago. Well, it turns that out that I can.<p>Developer Aaron Randall has coded together something that he calls Screentendo. This is a Mac …

Let This F1 Brake Test Hypnotize You

If they're going to bring a car down to a dead stop from 200 mph, they'd better work properly.<p>Among the brake manufacturers in the industry, Brembo might just be the best known when it comes to high performance braking systems. As the supplier for F1 teams such as Ferrari, STR, Sauber, Lotus, Force …

The Chemistry of Contact Lenses

For objects that essentially look like thin plastic films, there’s a surprising amount of chemistry behind contact lenses. This chemistry is designed …

Contact Lenses

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

Engineering

The first results of a brain study reveal something fascinating about smart, successful people

The researchers found that people with more traits the researchers classified as "positive," like high IQ, tended to have a greater number of brain connections than people with more traits the researchers classified as "negative," like high drug use.<p>But some say we should be cautious in how we …

The Brain

How to Tape Drywall

A color-coded guide to flat, smooth, perfect walls.<p>Each coat of joint compound is a different color in this article so you can easily see the order …

Home Improvement

Waze app directions take woman to wrong Brazil address, where she is killed

<b>Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (CNN) —</b> The couple followed their Waze GPS app, thinking it would lead them to a touristy avenue in Niteroi, a large city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro.<p>Instead, it led them to another street of the same name in Niteroi in one of the city's most notorious slum areas. The …

Brazil

Watch State-of-the-Art Computer Graphics and Music from 1968

In 1968, the future was approaching fast: the moon landing was just a year away, the film <i>2001</i> hit the silver screen, and Boeing introduced the first …

Making Movies
Arduino
Microcontroller
Scanners

Here Are All the U.S. Air Force's Fighters in One Chart

So so so so so many planes.<p>The U.S. Air Force has <i>a lot</i> of fighter planes. Go figure, right? But knowing there are hundreds of planes is very different from seeing them all in one place, which is exactly what this graphic will let you do.<p>Made by <i>Contemporary Issues and</i> <i>Geography</i>, this poster accounts …

Engineering