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The USMC's Amphibious Tank Killer Gets a New Pop-up Missile Launcher

The US Marine Corps is the tip of America's spear—a fast-moving, flexible, forward operating force geared to take and hold territory quickly and efficiently. This flexibility is exemplified in the USMC's favourite armoured troop carrier: the eight-wheeled, tank-hunting LAV-AT. The only thing it can't do is fly. Read More >>

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Why Freezing Yourself is a Terrible Way to Achieve Immortality

What happens after we die? It's a question that has plagued the human mind since we first developed the concept of "death." The search for an answer—and, more importantly, a means of circumventing its effects—has incited organised religion and served to shape one of the foundations of human culture. Read More >>

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This Super-Sized Cargo Plane Carries NASA's Biggest Loads

When NASA needs to ship its outsized spacecraft components between production, testing, and launch facilities around the country, there is only one plane big enough, powerful enough, and—most importantly—wide enough to do the job: the Aero Spacelines Super Guppy. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Very Own Supercut

Along with memes and animated GIFs, the video supercut constitutes one of the three most fundamental formats of internet cultural reference. But with a bit of dedication and imagination, you could create the next Christopher Walken Dancing. Read More >>

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The Lick Observatory's Newest Telescope is an Exoplanet Hunting Robot

Exoplanets—planets orbiting stars that aren't our Sun—seem to be popping out of the cosmic woodwork now that we know where and how to look for them. The Kepler mission alone has discovered 961 of them, and it's only looking at a tiny sliver of distant space. Just think of how many we'll find when the new James Lick robotic telescope comes online and starts surveying one thousand of our closest solar neighbors. Read More >>

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This Brilliant Coming-of-Age Space Opera Will Leave You Breathless

For some, the path to adulthood is gradual and fluid, as if maturity could somehow seep into one's pores like steam from a warm bath. For others, the yolk of real responsibility is thrust suddenly and heavily upon their shoulders, though neither have a say in which path to maturity they will take. Read More >>

Philips Hue 3D-Printed Luminaires Look Like Glowing Nests

Alongside the upcoming release of the Hue Lux and Hue Tap smart lighting products, Philips has also today shone a light on its new Luminaires, a range of premium, 3D-printed lamps and lighting fixtures. Read More >>

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Reaper Drones Might Add Dual-Mode Brimstone Missiles to Their Arsenal

Just in case the RQ-9 Reaper wasn't effective enough as it is, the DoD is considering adding a hyper-accurate, collateral damage-minimising supersonic missile to its armament. These things are nuts. Read More >>

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This Deep Diving Robosub Could Find the Remnants of Flight 370

As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 comes to a frustrating and unsuccessful close, the likelihood of locating the plane's final resting place are astronomically small. However, where an international fleet of search vessels and scanning satellites have failed, this autonomous submarine from Bluefin Robotics could very well succeed. Read More >>

This Synthetic Seaweed Stops Deadly Algae Blooms Before They Start

The potent synthetic fertilisers used in modern industrial farming are a double-edged sword. Sure, they help grow more robust, higher-yielding crops, but the nutrient-rich runoff from these farms can also help incite deadly algae blooms downstream. This new nanoscale filter from GE, however, prevents effluent fertiliser from ever reaching our delicate waterways. Read More >>

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How Global Warming is Dissolving Sea Life (and What We Can do About It)

The last time Earth's oceans were this acidic, a six mile-wide sulphur-rich space rock had just smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, unleashing a deluge of acid rain that exterminated all sea life in the the top 400 metres of the water column. Now, some 65 million years after the Cretaceous extinction, human activity is threatening to similarly decimate the ocean's ecosystem—this time, from the bottom up. Read More >>

The New Click & Grow Herb Garden Does Everything but Harvest Itself

Click and Grow's second generation home hydroponic system launches today that, like its predecessor, provides urban gardeners an organic, pesticide-free, and nearly autonomous herb garden. Except the new Smart Herb Garden doesn't need a bright window spot—it includes its own miniature sun. Read More >>

The F-35 is Delayed Again, Now Because of Software

A US government report reveals that the DOD's F-35 will be delayed yet again. This time, the problem is stalled software development. It's just the latest in a long line of delays and problems. Read More >>

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The Crabster Deep Water Dive-Bot Gets its Sea Legs

The Crabster CR200 autonomous underwater vehicle has finally skittered off the drawing board and into development. Here it is, without protective exterior panels, clambering around the KIOST labs with its inventor, Bong-huan Jun, at the helm. Read More >>

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This Fevered Dream is Enough to Give You Night Terrors

Blending live footage of a snow-enshrouded NYC with CGI animation over a frenetic soundtrack by Pilotpriest, The Dream by filmmaker Christian Haberkern tears through a frantic, nonsecquitor vision of subconscious distress. But what does it mean? Read More >>

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These High-Flying Drones Almost Hit Satellite Status

Low earth orbit is becoming increasingly crowded with satellite traffic and, as Gravity showed us, increasingly treacherous. So rather than try to squeeze yet another spacecraft into the mix, a French consortium has begun development on a super-high altitude, autonomous dirigible that will skim along the edge of the stratosphere. Read More >>


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