What's The Easiest Way To Feed Millions Of Bees? A Bee Food Truck.

The next time you're driving, you might want to be on the lookout for bees. If you see one or two, no big deal. But if you see two million of them cruising down the highway, hanging out on the back of a flat-bed truck, congratulations — you've witnessed someone doing the unique job of bee transporter. » 3/24/15 4:42pm Tuesday 4:42pm

Read The Bullshit Charts A "Scientist" Is Hawking To Sports Teams

Every team wants the perfect draft pick. It's a deceptively simple-sounding goal that haunts every executive in sports, because they are being asked to do the nearly impossible—predict what human beings will do. Sure, every few years a player like Andrew Luck or Bryce Harper comes along who simply can't fail (even… » 3/13/15 3:14pm 3/13/15 3:14pm

Why Flying Cars Are Difficult And Dumb

By this stage, it's fairly clear that flying cars aren't going to happen any time soon, despite what the media might want to say. And there's a simple reason for that — the whole concept of flying cars is pretty stupid in the first place. » 2/21/15 11:00am 2/21/15 11:00am

This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally… » 2/04/15 2:57pm 2/04/15 2:57pm

ATLAS, The Pentagon's Humanoid Robot, Just Got A Major Upgrade

Tremble at the sight of the new and improved ATLAS. Redesigned for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, this robot is now stronger, more energy efficient, more dextrous, and quieter than its clunky predecessor. And best of all, it no longer requires a safety tether. » 1/20/15 3:40pm 1/20/15 3:40pm

What Would A Ride In The Millennium Falcon Actually Do To Your Body?

The Millennium Falcon pulls some pretty crazy stunts in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while we recognize Star Wars takes place in a fictional universe, we couldn't help but get pedantic about the physics of the scene, and the effects it might have on the human body. » 12/27/14 2:59pm 12/27/14 2:59pm

Prepare to Have Your Mind Blown by a Balloon and a Minivan

If you don't already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you're going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won't regret it. » 11/27/14 10:37am 11/27/14 10:37am

How WWI Shaped Air Combat — And Still Influences Modern Missions

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Planes first appeared over a century ago, but they've changed considerably since then. What hasn't changed, however, is their role in controlling the air, striking, reconnaissance, and mobility — the roots of which go back back to the first World War. » 10/16/14 11:31am 10/16/14 11:31am

Wreck Of The S. S. Connaught Discovered Off The Coast Of Boston

The S.S. Connaught — a luxurious ocean liner considered the Titanic of its era — has finally been discovered. The 380-foot iron-hulled side-wheeled steamer sunk in 1860 after it caught fire en route to Boston. The ship hadn't been seen in 154 years. » 10/03/14 3:51pm 10/03/14 3:51pm

These Actions Have Done The Most To Curb Carbon Emissions

As our leaders gather in New York for a UN meeting on climate change, it's fair to ask which measures to date have contributed the most to slow global warming. Because no one has really thought to ask this question, The Economist recently tried to find out. » 9/24/14 10:24pm 9/24/14 10:24pm

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

Shaylee was busy playing with her toys on the couch when footage from one of NASA's Space Shuttle launches started playing on television. Anyone who's witnessed something as awe-inspiring as human spaceflight will surely identify with her sense of wonder. All together now: ISSAWOCKETSHIIIIIIIIP! » 8/24/14 10:02am 8/24/14 10:02am

Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 2:26pm 8/01/14 2:26pm

This Man Wants to Genetically Engineer Trees to Save the World

Carbon fiber is one of the strongest and most resilient materials on the market, used in everything from car frames to body armor. It's also incredibly expensive to make. But one plant biologist says that in fifty years, we'll be growing it on trees. » 7/17/14 5:15pm 7/17/14 5:15pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Us A Detailed Breakdown Of NASCAR Physics

Back in May, astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson found his show was bumped due to a NASCAR race. Undeterred, he took to Twitter to explain some of the physics of racing. We're fans, but we thought his math was a little off. So Dr. Tyson just showed up in the comments to explain it all. » 7/03/14 9:43am 7/03/14 9:43am

This Weird Morphing Skin Could Make Future Vehicles Super Aerodynamic

This strangely alive-looking blob isn't a prop from a sci-fi movie. It's a smorph, a morphing material that could make the cars, trains and airplanes of tomorrow extremely aerodynamic, using the same trick that helps golf balls fly faster and straighter. » 6/28/14 4:18pm 6/28/14 4:18pm

The First American Rocket Pilot

The Bell X-1 in which Chuck Yeager shattered the sound barrier or the fabulous X-15, perhaps the world’s first spaceship, hardly sprang into being from nothing. They were the products of a long evolution of rocket-propelled aircraft that had its roots as far back as the seventeenth century, when legend tells (in… » 6/15/14 11:43am 6/15/14 11:43am

Here's NASA's New Design for a Warp Drive Ship

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Screwed Up A Tweet About Basic Physics

When an episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson's (frankly excellent) Cosmos gets postponed for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race, Neil deGrasse Tyson got revenge the only way he knew how – by dropping knowledge. But one of those tweets might have been just a bit wrong. » 5/27/14 1:59pm 5/27/14 1:59pm