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Remote-Controlled Helicopter Kills 19-Year-Old In Brooklyn

The Wall Street Journal's Metropolis blog is reporting that a 19-year-old man was killed today when the remote-controlled helicopter he was flying struck him in the head. A quoted official says the helicopter "scalped" his head, which is horrifying, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.<p>According …

Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin (i.e., Sint Maarten) is the famous Maho Beach. While it has the characteristic …

BionicOpter dragonfly drone flutters about, blows minds

Festo isn't quite the household name that Boston Dynamics is. (And, really, we're not entirely sure Big Dog is a regular topic of conversation at dinner tables yet.) But, it certainly deserves just as much attention for the work they're doing with robotics. After crafting a machine last year that …

New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

Let’s face it: battery life in smartphones is pretty awful, with only a few devices that are actually worthy of a battery-life crown. However, what …

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Watch a Navy Laser Gun Blast a Drone Right Out of the Sky

It may sound like sci-fi, but lasers are definitely the future of war. As are drones. So what could be better than to see them go up against each …

Fusion Rocket Would Shoot People To Mars In 30 Days

One team will be testing fusion propulsion this summer in Redmond.<p>A research team in Washington state is on its way to making a fusion rocket that could carry people to Mars in 30 days, NBC News reported.<p>Scientists spent much of the last century trying to harness fusion energy, but never succeeded. …

Meet The Creator: Kenzo Digital And Directing Beyond The Screen

Here, we talk to graffiti artist/DJ/agency creative director/director/orchestrator of multi-platform spectacles, Kenzo Digital.<p>Not many artists can say they have been working consistently since they were in third grade. But Kenzo Digital isn’t exactly your typical artist. “I have had very …

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Doodle3D aims to make 3D printing easy enough for anyone, is totally rad

You'll forgive us for frontloading this informational post about Doodle3D -- a simple sketching software tool, complete with hardware dongle, that's being Kickstarted -- with superlatives like "totally rad," but it's difficult to feel otherwise. The software is very accessible, enabling 2D drawings …

This Is What A 10,000-Strong iPhone Domino Effect Would Look Like

When deciding whether to buy an Apple product, there are a few things most people would want to take into consideration. “How clear is the resolution?” you might wonder. “Is it within my price range?” Way farther down the list, probably, is the question, “How does it function in an enormous domino …

Look At This Insane 2-Ton Insect-Robot

Stomping in from the future at a menacing 1 kilometer per hour<p>Meet the Mantis Walking Machine. Designed by Matt Denton and his team at Micromagic Systems, it's a 2-ton, 9-foot-tall, 50-horsepower hexapod (six-appendaged) robot drivable through a cockpit or via wi-fi.<p>And look at this robot! Look at …

LG’s first flexible OLED phone due before the year is out

LG plans to launch a flexible OLED smartphone before the end of the year, the company’s VP of mobile has confirmed, though it’s unclear to what …

9 Incredible Objects That Prove 3D Printers Are Totally Worth it

If you've got a 3D printer and a little bit of imagination, you can make pretty much anything. While these machines are still too expensive to be …

Self-assembling foam chair expands right before your eyes

Imagine a world where all of the furniture you buy isn't just flat-packed, it can be condensed to five percent of its original size ready for you to take home. It's a future that Noumenon designer Carl de Smet wants to make a reality, by working with polyurethane shape-memory polymers (SMPs) to …

Terrifying Robot Snake Will Rescue You Whether You Like It Or Not

The snake 'bot will slither through collapsed buildings on its way to saving you and/or scaring you out of your mind.<p>Carnegie Mellon's modular snake robot has been tested for use in both rescue operations and situations where neck-shaped objects need a good stranglin'. Now it has a new trick: …

Gecko-Like Drone Can Land On Walls And Ceilings [Updated]

This quadrotor uses a nature-inspired, dry adhesive to cling to surfaces for extra-covert spying.<p>This drone could become the proverbial fly on the wall. Thanks to a joint research project between the University of Maryland's Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory and Stanford's Biomimetics and Dexterous …

Watch A Laser Tear Through 100 Balloons In One Shot

Poor balloons.<p>A mad genius with the YouTube username WorldScott set up this, uh, experiment? With a hollowed-out flashlight and a laser diode from a Blu-ray burner drive, he zapped a series of 100 balloons lined up in a row, popping them in succession.<p>It's really, really fun to watch, obviously, …

X-51A WaveRider hypersonic missile successfully hits Mach 5.1 in final test

In its fourth and final test, the X-51A WaveRider pulled off three and a half minutes of flight under the power of its supersonic combustion ramjet (Scramjet), the longest such flight ever. The WaveRider, developed by Boeing, DARPA, and the Air Force, is designed to test the feasibility of …

Terrafugia considering TF-X, a vertical-takeoff flying car (video)

We've been hearing about Terrafugia's Transition "flying car" for, well, far too long, considering that it has yet to even venture beyond the prototype phase. The prop plane / roadworthy vehicle combo has its fair share of fans -- some of them with deep enough pockets to place an order -- but it …

When Physics Looks Like A Bouncy Castle–Inside “On Space Time Foam”

Tomas Saraceno’s new aerial installation is a study of physics that speaks to the interrelationship of people and space. But it sure looks like a lot of fun.<p>It’s been described by one observer as a giant adult playground that behaves like a suspended trampoline crossed with a see-through bouncy …

June guide to the bright planets

Here’s how to find the bright planets – Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Mercury – in June 2018.<p>Click the name of a planet to learn more about its …