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A Security Flaw Lets Hackers Overfill Your Pet's Bowl

11:43 am PST, November 16, 2019

Maybe check that food bowl twice if your cat or dog is on a diet.

Superfast High-Bandwidth Internet Just Reached the Arctic

9:51 am PST, November 16, 2019

Time for some Netflix and chill...literally.

A Privacy Guide for Voice Assistants in a World Where You Cannot Escape Them

7:03 am PST, November 16, 2019

"Hi, its me, Alexa!" *Shudders and hides.*

Yellow Lights Are Too Short

2:03 pm PST, November 15, 2019

The formula that sets the timing is flawed, but change could be coming.

Russians Will Do This to You, Whatever This Is, If You Want

1:11 pm PST, November 15, 2019

Seems like a solid investment.

Microsoft is Storing Source Code in an Arctic Cave

12:28 pm PST, November 15, 2019

In case, you know, the apocalypse happens.

This Is the Last Front-Engine Chevrolet Corvette

11:56 am PST, November 15, 2019

The final C7 Corvette, a manual Z06, rolled off the line at Chevy's Bowling Green, Kentucky plant yesterday. It marks the end of an era.

This Is an Entirely New State of Matter

11:37 am PST, November 15, 2019

Let's party.

In 'The Mandalorian,' the Galaxy Far, Far Away Gets Weird

11:22 am PST, November 15, 2019

I'll never look at Jawas the same again.

How to Power a Steel Blast Furnace Using Only Hydrogen

11:04 am PST, November 15, 2019

Germans just did it. Will the rest of the world follow suit?

The Feud that Created America's Greatest Race Car

11:00 am PST, November 15, 2019

The true story behind 'Ford v. Ferrari' and the 1966 Le Mans.

You Can Own This Former ICBM Silo in the Arizona Desert

8:58 am PST, November 15, 2019

The ex-Titan II silo hosted a missile fitted with a nine megaton thermonuclear warhead.

Scientists Are Fighting Over One of the Hottest Places on Earth

8:30 am PST, November 15, 2019

Some say life can exist there. Others say no way.

The Internet Thinks These Things Are Aliens. The Truth Is Much More Sinister.

2:51 pm PST, November 14, 2019

A scientist reveals what makes the creatures so creepy—and incredible.

Introducing Japan's Lithium Ion Battery-Powered Submarine

2:09 pm PST, November 14, 2019

The battery tech in your smartphone finally goes to sea.

Motorola's New Razr Proves That Flip Phones Can Be Cool in 2019

12:30 pm PST, November 14, 2019

Forget the "2006 just called" jokes. This phone is legitimately worth your attention.

400,000 Insect Species Face Extinction

12:25 pm PST, November 14, 2019

What's to blame for a possible bug die-off?

Ford's First All-Electric Crossover Finally Has a Name

9:51 am PST, November 14, 2019

The Mustang Mach-E will make a full appearance on November 17 at the L.A. auto show.

Stretchy, Degradable Semiconductors Are the Future of Everything

9:42 am PST, November 14, 2019

It's no wonder the DOD, DOE, and Air Force all want in.

How SMS Works—and Why You Shouldn’t Use It Anymore

8:49 am PST, November 14, 2019

It's time to start practicing safe texting.

Why Is Russia’s Spy Ship Near American Waters?

7:34 am PST, November 14, 2019

Yantar is designed to look at objects underwater, and maybe do some spying.

How To Get Rid of Cockroaches for Good

1:49 pm PST, November 13, 2019

No one wants a cockroach in their home, so here's how to get rid of them—permanently.

The U.S. Is on the Verge of Testing a New Ballistic Missile

12:48 pm PST, November 13, 2019

The new missile is the first American intermediate range missile since the 1980s.

Would You Eat Meat Made from Air?

11:54 am PST, November 13, 2019

Because this is our reality now.

Our First Impressions of the New MacBook Pro

11:28 am PST, November 13, 2019

Been pining after the older, less-jamming-prone Pro keyboard? This 16-incher (which replaces the 15-inch version) answers your prayers.

Everything We Know About Tesla’s Mysterious New Pickup Truck

11:04 am PST, November 13, 2019

Plus, where we stand with the state of electric trucks.

Did Ukraine Really Create a Missile That Can’t Be Shot Down?

10:42 am PST, November 13, 2019

It won't be impossible to shoot down the new Lightning missile, but it will be awfully hard.

Wind Turbines Are Getting Wild

9:12 am PST, November 13, 2019

This one transmits energy using a superconducting rotor.

'The Mandalorian' Explores the Star Wars Universe in All the Right Ways

8:26 am PST, November 13, 2019

Star Wars' first live-action TV show adds some fascinating depth to a sprawling universe.

Like a Ghost, the Iconic F-4 Phantom is Slowly Fading Away

8:17 am PST, November 13, 2019

The formidable fighter jet was the F-35 of its day.

Apple’s New AirPods Pro Are Already on Sale at Amazon

7:32 am PST, November 13, 2019

But be quick—this deal won’t last long.

Formula One's Path to Total Carbon Neutrality

3:06 pm PST, November 12, 2019

Here's how it will happen by 2030.

2019 Streaming Guide: Should You Sign-Up for Disney+?

2:32 pm PST, November 12, 2019

Disney+ is the latest streaming service let loose upon the world. How does it stack up to what's out there (and what's coming)?

More Americans Buying Electric Cars Than Manual Transmission Cars

1:34 pm PST, November 12, 2019

It finally happened: EV sales, small as they are, outpaced manuals in the third quarter of 2019.

The 'Han Shot First' Debate Just Took the Dumbest Turn Imaginable

12:47 pm PST, November 12, 2019

Who shot first? Why not both!

New EV Battery Can Charge in 10 Minutes

12:03 pm PST, November 12, 2019

This could change everything.

The 3 Toys That Made This Year's Toy Hall of Fame Class

11:27 am PST, November 12, 2019

Because why should athletes and rock bands get all the love?

NASA Telescope Spots Massive, Trippy Thermonuclear Blast

9:48 am PST, November 12, 2019

Just another day in deep space.

The X-37B Could Become a Fighter Jet's Orbital Wingman

8:49 am PST, November 12, 2019

The X-37B space plane could one day pass info to F-22, F-35 jets—but what kind of info?

The Witnesses

8:39 am PST, November 12, 2019

What, exactly, did the Navy encounter 15 years ago off the Southern California coast, when fighter pilots spotted a UFO? These men were there, too⁠—and it's time they tell their side of the story.

A Look Inside the Cockpit of the World's Fastest Car

8:02 am PST, November 12, 2019

There's a reason that the man in control is a pilot, not a driver.

Lost World War II Submarine Rediscovered 75 Years Later

7:15 am PST, November 12, 2019

USS Grayback was found after an amateur historian made a startling discovery.

The World's First Talking Dog Is a Very Good, Very Smart Girl

1:14 pm PST, November 11, 2019

Stella uses a soundboard to talk to her humans—and her 170,000 Instagram followers.

AI Can Tell If You're Going to Die Soon. We Just Don't Know How It Knows.

12:38 pm PST, November 11, 2019

What patterns are the algorithms picking up?

How To Fix Your Car's Heater

11:30 am PST, November 11, 2019

Here's what to do if your vehicle is struggling to turn up the heat.

Apple Is Entering the AR Fray

11:25 am PST, November 11, 2019

Just not for a while.

Missing for 30 Years, a Rare Deer Species Is Rediscovered in Vietnam

10:47 am PST, November 11, 2019

The silver back chevrotain has never been seen alive—until now.

Should Ships Have Speed Limits?

9:32 am PST, November 11, 2019

What slowing down by 20 percent could do for the world.

We Tested Yeti's New V Series. It's Even Better than the Tundra.

9:24 am PST, November 11, 2019

The Texas company introduces the first ever vacuum-insulated hard cooler.

Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars 'The Mandalorian'

9:00 am PST, November 11, 2019

Jon Favreau's Star Wars show is coming together, and its a lawless sci-fi adventure.

Score A Renewed Macbook Air For Hundreds off on Amazon Today

8:54 am PST, November 11, 2019

These 2018 good-as-new Macbooks now cost under $1,000.

The Enduring Appeal of 'I Will Always Love You,' Explained by Science

8:47 am PST, November 11, 2019

And iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.

The History of Veterans Day

8:30 am PST, November 11, 2019

Here's what you should know about the day dedicated to those who serve and protect.

The Best Home, Tech, and Gear Deals for Veterans

6:33 am PST, November 11, 2019

These stores will be honoring vets and active military with big discounts through Veterans Day.

Watch Mercury's Transit of the Sun Right Here

3:00 pm PST, November 10, 2019

The smallest, most dense planet will begin its 5.5 hour pass across the sun tomorrow morning at 7:35 a.m. EST.

How Scrabble Pros Bend Words to Their Will

12:00 pm PST, November 10, 2019

It's all about word power, board vision, and lexical flexibility.

How to Track and Photograph Secret Spacecraft

6:00 am PST, November 10, 2019

The gear and skills you need to capture elusive craft in action.

Small Yet Mighty Mercury Still Holds Many Mysteries

3:00 pm PST, November 9, 2019

Two different spacecraft have visited the planet, but there’s still so much we don’t know about it.

How To Prepare Your Garage for Winter

12:00 pm PST, November 9, 2019

The winter can be tough on your garage. Here's how to prep for the cold months ahead.

This Technics Turntable Powered Hip-Hop’s Early Sound

9:00 am PST, November 9, 2019

The machine's overbuilt motor made scratching, backspinning, and breakbeats possible.

8 Hero Dogs That We Don't Deserve

4:00 pm PST, December 31, 1969

From trained search and rescue doggo's, to a cosmonaut, to a boxer with a penchant for recycling, here are 8 dogs who deserve all the belly rubs.

The Best Deals on Outdoor Equipment from REI's Gear Up, Get Out Sale

2:05 pm PST, November 15, 2019

Score up to 50 percent off boots, base layers, ski gear, and more.

20 Great Gifts for Boys Who Love to Tinker

1:13 pm PST, November 15, 2019

Toys to make learning fun for your budding scientist.

The Gift Guide for the Sophisticated Geek

2:15 pm PST, November 14, 2019

Buying a thoughtful gift for a nerdy friend can be tough—these 19 ideas will help.

The Evolution of Sports Cheating

2:11 pm PST, November 14, 2019

The Houston Astros are hardly the first team to use illegal tech. For centuries, athletes have tried all kinds of dirty tricks to get ahead.

The Best Outdoor Gifts for the Adventurer in Your Life

12:18 pm PST, November 14, 2019

Tents, jackets, and, yes, even socks that will make your friends’ and family members’ time outside more enjoyable.

Lodge Cast Iron Is Up to 63% off on Amazon Right Now

10:01 am PST, November 14, 2019

Snag our favorite Lodge cast-iron skillet for under $20.

25 Last-Minute Gifts and Stocking Stuffers on Amazon

2:12 pm PST, November 13, 2019

When you’re under time pressure, you’ll need great gift ideas and Amazon Prime.

7 Common Recycling Myths, Debunked

10:00 am PST, November 13, 2019

Are you snipping the zippers from your ZipLoc bags?

Take 20% off Full-Priced Winter Gear and Apparel at Backcountry

2:03 pm PST, November 12, 2019

Today’s the last day to save on a new winter jacket, boots, and more.

The 7 Best Computer Monitors For Extra Screen Space

2:11 pm PST, November 11, 2019

Sometimes a cramped laptop screen just isn’t enough for productivity or gaming.

41 Well-Designed Gifts for Cycling Enthusiasts

7:55 am PST, November 11, 2019

For those who prefer bike spokes to piston strokes.

25 Great Gifts For Tech-Loving Foodies

7:53 am PST, November 11, 2019

Bonus: You’ll probably reap the benefits of their spoils.

7 Wild Conspiracy Theories That'll Make You Say 'What?!'

9:00 am PST, November 10, 2019

According to these theories, the portal to hell is either in Switzerland or under the Denver International Airport.

9 Ingenious Smuggling Machines That Beat the Berlin Wall

6:00 am PST, November 9, 2019

30 years ago today, the Berlin Wall fell. But long before that, amateur engineers modded machines to escape the grip of the Soviet Union.

11 Ways To Hang Anything on a Wall

2:00 pm PST, November 8, 2019

TVs, mirrors, pictures, and more. If you need to hang something on the wall, we've got you covered.

11 Drill Bit Sets for Every Job

7:39 am PST, November 8, 2019

Drill holes through wood, metal, concrete, even glass with one of these bit sets.

The 9 Best Insulated Thermoses

2:15 pm PST, November 7, 2019

These stylish containers guarantee steaming hot coffee and ice-cold water.

7 Genius Ways to Trick Surveillance Systems

8:09 am PST, November 6, 2019

Try these hacks to avoid being tracked.

The Best Bike Lights to Illuminate Your Ride

2:39 pm PST, November 4, 2019

See what’s coming (and help others spot you) with these 11 bicycle lights.

How To Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey

12:00 pm PST, November 4, 2019

Celebrity chef Wylie Dufresne shows you how to carve a turkey and not to embarrass yourself at the holiday table.

The Most Cringe-Worthy 90s Internet Guides That We Can't Stop Watching

9:00 am PDT, November 2, 2019

The 90s were an interesting time.

The 50 Greatest Moments in Internet History

2:40 pm PDT, October 31, 2019

What a long, strange trip it's been.

11 Malware Attacks That Nearly Wrecked the Internet

2:15 pm PDT, October 31, 2019

Have you updated your security settings recently?

8 Hiking Boots and Shoes We Love From Backcountry’s Big Sale

12:02 pm PDT, October 31, 2019

Because spending time in nature shouldn’t cost a fortune.

50 Tips for Better Interneting

9:42 am PDT, October 31, 2019

The internet is everywhere, now use it like a pro.

7 Amazing Facts About Jellyfish, the Aliens of the Ocean

8:48 am PDT, October 30, 2019

Did you know that jellyfish have been to space and that there is one species that's discovered the secret to immortality?

50 Tool Gifts Under $200

1:47 pm PDT, October 29, 2019

The best (and most reasonably priced) gifts you can find for anyone who likes to work with their hands.

The Internet Wouldn't Be the Same Without These 11 Women

12:54 pm PDT, October 29, 2019

Neither would our world.

A History of PopMech's Ambitious (And Sometimes Inaccurate) Internet Predictions

10:45 am PDT, October 29, 2019

Too bad we didn't have a time machine to help out.