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The Fighter Jet We Could Have Built Instead of the F-35

The mid-1990s found the U.S. military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent—and highly contentious—design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $200 billion defense contract, which in turn… » 7/18/14 2:11pm 7/18/14 2:11pm

Nowhere Under the Sea Is Safe from Britain's Newest Nuclear Submarine

Russia isn't the only nation launching a nuclear sub hunter after two decades of development. The UK recently rolled the third of seven £1 billion Astute Class nuclear submarines, the HMS Artful, out of its cavernous dry dock for a year of demanding sea trials and a quarter century of service beneath the seas. » 7/05/14 3:28pm 7/05/14 3:28pm

This Manure-Tossing Monstrosity Can Shred and Spread a Whole Car

Fertilizing your garden is no easy feat when you've got acres upon acres of farmland to cover. That's why industrial farming complexes rely on massive mechanical manure spreaders to evenly distribute cow crap. And atop this poopy pile sits the king of shit slingers, the Artex CB1200. » 6/19/14 4:54pm 6/19/14 4:54pm

The Navy Wants to Mount an Anti-UAV Laser on a Hummer--A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It's only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI… » 6/17/14 2:26pm 6/17/14 2:26pm

12 Pieces of Tech That Turned the Tide At Normandy

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The Allied Invasion of Normandy was one of the single most logistically and strategically complex maneuvers ever concocted by the US military. With a strike force numbering in the hundreds of thousands and the momentum of the entire counter-offensive hanging in the balance, there was simply no room for failure. » 5/20/14 9:24am 5/20/14 9:24am

A Quadriplegic Racer Will Steer a Stingray With His Head at the Indy 500

It takes a special breed to enter the Indy 500, but to attempt to do so without the use of your arms or legs is simply out of the question. Until now, that is. With the aid of his semi-autonomous race car, former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt is in it to win it—or at least the four promotional laps he'll be… » 5/13/14 1:31pm 5/13/14 1:31pm

Terrifying GoPro video from tanks in Syria's war zone

Need a quick reminder as to why war should be avoided at all costs? Spend an hour in the driver's seat of a Syrian Army T-72 tank column as it spews destruction through Syria's Darayya warzone. Then watch the rebels destroying the tanks. Warning: Although you can't see the bodies, fighters on both sides are dying.… » 3/20/14 2:28pm 3/20/14 2:28pm

The 500 MPH Superplane That Bugatti Had to Hide From the Nazis

This is the Bugatti Model 100P: A 900 HP, 500 MPH, race plane imagined by none other than legendary automotive designer Ettore Bugatti, so technologically advanced that it could have single-handedly dominated the skies of WWII for Germany, had the Nazis ever gotten their hands on it. But after more than seven decades… » 3/10/14 11:59am 3/10/14 11:59am

The F-111 Aardvark: A Flying Transformer With a Two-Man Escape Pod

Packing cutting-edge technologies and pioneering design elements, the General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" was among the most ambitious aviation programs of its era. Even the plane's humble ejection system sported a design more at home in a NASA spacecraft than a USAF aircraft. » 2/04/14 3:58pm 2/04/14 3:58pm

This Auto-Speed System Will Keep Trains from Going Off the Tracks

Last week's deadly Metro-North commuter train derailment was an undeniable tragedy. It's also one that could potentially have been avoided regardless of human error. An automated train speed control system already exists, but neither Congress nor the rail transportation industry has actually gotten around to… » 12/10/13 11:55am 12/10/13 11:55am

Bang, Zoom, Straight to the Moon: China Launches Its First Lunar Rover

Just a decade after entering the space race, China is headed to the moon. With the successful launch of a Long March rocket carrying the Chang'e 3 lunar lander earlier this morning, China is attempting to become the third nation in history to land (rather than crash) a spacecraft on the lunar surface. » 12/02/13 4:45pm 12/02/13 4:45pm

These Autonomous Dump Trucks Let Mines Operate Around the Clock

As the pace of robotic integration into the modern workforce continues to increase, automatons are finding their way into an ever wider variety of industries. Already making an impact in the agricultural sector, automatons are now poised to perform the task of driving massive, house-sized mining trucks—a job once held… » 11/13/13 5:15pm 11/13/13 5:15pm

This Unmanned Blimp Could Settle the Bigfoot Debate Once and For All

Does Sasquatch (or Sasquatches) really exist? That question has been hotly debated by the scientific community for decades. But now, one Idaho State University cryptozoological team is hoping to finally provide a definitive answer—using this autonomous blimp outfitted with NASA-quality photographic equipment. » 10/10/13 11:58am 10/10/13 11:58am