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Build A 300-MPH Ping-Pong Cannon

Using air rifle technology<p>A world-class table-tennis player can smash the ball at almost 70 miles per hour. From my experience, it is darn difficult to return the ball at such speeds. Imagine a shot delivered more than four times faster—could even the best player hit it? To find out, I designed a …

DIY

Taurid fireballs photos and videos

The Leonids were sparse this year, but 2015 has been an incredible year for the long-lasting shower Taurids. Photos and video here.<p>We’ve had …

Electric Comb Could Zap Lice From Your Scalp

It's safe for humans, but bad for bugs<p>Lice infest the heads of up to 12 million people per year in the United States, but historically it hasn’t been difficult to get rid of them. The infected person can simply wash their hair with a special shampoo that kills the parasites, and then carefully comb …

Hair

These Drones Start Fires And Drop Bombs--For Good

Dangerous tasks for unfeeling machines<p>Not all fires set by robots are bad. Sometimes an avalanche, even one triggered by a drone’s bomb, is a good thing. We live in a weird world, and part of maintaining that weird world sometimes means asking robots to do horrible things. Meet the University of …

Drones