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Google's 'Stadia' Is the Latest Attack in the War on Games You Can Actually Own

2:21 pm PDT, March 19, 2019

Cloud gaming is coming, like it or not.

How the U.S. Navy Launches Anti-Submarine Torpedoes from Ships

1:05 pm PDT, March 19, 2019

The torpedoes are designed to home in on enemy submarines.

A Whale Washed Up on a Beach with 88 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach

11:13 am PDT, March 19, 2019

This is a symptom of the increasing amount of plastic clogging up their oceans.

The Air Force's New AI Is Like R2-D2 for Fighter Jets

10:39 am PDT, March 19, 2019

The U.S. military wants to put artificial intelligence in the cockpit, as an assistant or AI-powered wingman.

New Coating Keeps ISS Toilet Door Almost-Bacteria Free

10:24 am PDT, March 19, 2019

Space can mutate bacteria into something fierce. A new surface is keeping them at bay.

The Vessel, New York City's Newest Tourist Trap, Plans to Use Your Photos as Marketing Fodder

9:30 am PDT, March 19, 2019

Hudson Yards is inviting criticism over a privacy violation already.

U.S. Court Affirms Your Right to Flip Off Cops, But Here's Why It's Not Always Legal

7:27 am PDT, March 19, 2019

Flipping the bird is a fine line to tread during a traffic stop.

Some Humans Can Detect the Earth's Magnetic Field

7:04 am PDT, March 19, 2019

Only in very, very specific circumstances, but the data shows it is possible.

I Invented a Socket That Could Save My Life

6:51 am PDT, March 19, 2019

The story of U.S. Patent Application No. 62/436,808

America's New Energy Coast

6:43 am PDT, March 19, 2019

In the coastal bend of South Texas, the future of the global energy market is being constructed one epic infrastructure project at time.

Why the F-15 Is Still Going Strong After 50 Years

1:13 pm PDT, March 18, 2019

Upgrades have kept the jet relevant well into the 21st century.

SpaceX Is Finally Ready to Test Its 'Starship'

1:06 pm PDT, March 18, 2019

SpaceX is likely going to test its next-gen rocket this week, two months after the prototype was knocked over by wind.

The Pentagon Wants to Test a Space-Based 'Particle Beam' by 2023

11:46 am PDT, March 18, 2019

The exotic directed energy weapon would be used to shoot down enemy missiles moments after takeoff.

Report: Boeing Had Too Much Authority in Approving Its Own Jets

9:43 am PDT, March 18, 2019

According to new reports, the FAA was pressured to approve the 737 Max 8 too quickly.

A Meteor Hit Earth With the Force of a Nuclear Bomb and We Hardly Even Noticed

9:29 am PDT, March 18, 2019

The Kamchatka meteor's impact last year was remote and sudden, showing the limits of detecting objects from space.

4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire

7:50 am PDT, March 18, 2019

The Boeing 737 Max 8 isn't the only plane that's had these issues.

The Saga of a Stranded Space Station Supercomputer

7:09 am PDT, March 18, 2019

The ISS crew gives some attention to a computer that is paving the way for deep space missions. If it can ever get back to Earth, that is.

This Might Be the Greatest Private Honda Collection on Earth

6:50 am PDT, March 18, 2019

Peter Cunningham, the head of RealTime Racing, knows how to curate a solid group of cars.

This Machine Makes Canned Beer Taste Like Draft

7:00 am PDT, March 17, 2019

I couldn't believe it, but the Fizzics actually works

These Great-Sounding Headphones Also Come With Some Smarts

7:00 am PDT, March 16, 2019

These feature-packed headphones combine the functionality of AirPods and the sleek aesthetic of Bose.

The DIY Guide to Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner

1:00 pm PDT, March 15, 2019

The weather's warming up and it's time to check that your central air-conditioning system is ready for the summer.

What's the Closest Planet to the Earth? Surprise, It's Mercury

12:45 pm PDT, March 15, 2019

A new calculation provides a new way to think about our solar system.

Here's What Every Button on a Modern F1 Steering Wheel Does

10:52 am PDT, March 15, 2019

The steering wheel is one of the most complex pieces of an F1 car. Here's how it works.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Be Limited to 180 MPH

10:47 am PDT, March 15, 2019

Ford Performance wanted to create a Mustang to dominate quarter-miles and road courses.

Phone Saves Man From Incoming Arrow

9:35 am PDT, March 15, 2019

Trying to take a picture of your assailant won't always protect you, but it did this time.

Get Some Much Needed Car Tech For Cheap Today Only

9:08 am PDT, March 15, 2019

If your car doesn't have many modern conveniences, these Anker car accessories will help.

Self-Docking Boats Are Coming Soon

8:38 am PDT, March 15, 2019

"I'm the captain now," says Raymarine's autonomous docking system.

Stan the Adorable Robot Could Be the Future of Parking Lots

6:47 am PDT, March 15, 2019

Stanley Robotics is starting in French airport parking lot. Who knows where it will be next?

What We Know About the 2021 Tesla Model Y Crossover

6:13 am PDT, March 15, 2019

Elon Musk promises a smaller crossover built on the same platform as the Model 3 will enter production in 2020.

Tesla Reveals the New Model Y Crossover

11:58 pm PDT, March 14, 2019

The taller, bigger Model 3 variant goes live.

If SLS Won't Launch NASA's Moon Mission, What Will?

1:54 pm PDT, March 14, 2019

NASA's big next-gen rocket won't be ready in time for the agency's upcoming moon mission, meaning NASA will have to rely on someone else.

The U.S. Navy Wants To Build a “Ghost Fleet” of Drone Warships

1:37 pm PDT, March 14, 2019

The naval service, having kickstarted flying carrier drones, is now turning its attention to ship drones.

Explorers Have Found the Wreckage of the Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp

12:04 pm PDT, March 14, 2019

The crew of the R/V Petrel does it again, locating a third sunken capital ship in just two months.

Our Best Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Circular Saw

12:01 pm PDT, March 14, 2019

Why the circular saw is one power tool every DIYer should own.

How to Fix Squeaky Brakes

11:25 am PDT, March 14, 2019

Squeaky brakes are a common automotive nuisance, but fortunately it's a fairly easy and affordable fix.

Natural Gas-Powered Bus Explodes After Colliding With Low Tunnel Overpass

10:35 am PDT, March 14, 2019

Fortunately, the bus was out of service during the incident.

Solar-Powered Hydrogel Collects Clean Water Out of Thin Air

10:15 am PDT, March 14, 2019

Hydrogels can act as super sponges for the sky.

James Bond Is Getting an Electric Aston Martin

9:02 am PDT, March 14, 2019

The world's most famous spy is going green.

Evidence of a Monstrous, Ancient Solar Storm Found Hidden in Greenland's Ice

7:49 am PDT, March 14, 2019

The second largest solar proton event in history took place over 1,000 years ago.

These Laser-Sharp Japanese Knives Are a Kitchen Staple

7:26 am PDT, March 14, 2019

Snag them at their lowest price point yet.

GE Just Switched On Cypress, Its Experimental Next-Gen Wind Turbine

6:48 am PDT, March 14, 2019

The prototype Cypress turbine blades come in two pieces and are assembled on site for larger and more durable turbines.

The Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Asks for Nearly 380 Aircraft, But One Buy Is Raising Eyebrows

3:19 pm PDT, March 13, 2019

Fighters are down, but helicopters are up.

Why Are Some Animals Impossible To Domesticate?

1:59 pm PDT, March 13, 2019

Bad news for your pet tiger dream.

Another Reason Why You Should Always Wear Safety Glasses

1:38 pm PDT, March 13, 2019

Just one of many, manyreasons why safety glasses are a must-have for any DIYer.

It Looks Like A U.S. Air Base Is Coming To Poland

12:35 pm PDT, March 13, 2019

And base for drone activities, too. Putin beware.

The United States Grounds All Boeing 737 Max 8 And 9 Jets

12:20 pm PDT, March 13, 2019

In the wake of two deadly plane crashes, the U.S. finally follows the lead of other countries' aviation administrations in grounding the plane.

New Report Claims Tesla Engaged in Lies, Threats to Stop Leaks

11:31 am PDT, March 13, 2019

The company reportedly went to fanatical lengths to stop the flow.

Watch The Harrowing Way A Osprey Refuels in Midair

11:25 am PDT, March 13, 2019

It doesn’t look safe, but it’s done every day.

Clever New Landing Gear Allow Drones To Set Down Like Birds or Bats

11:00 am PDT, March 13, 2019

"I'm like a bird."

Study: Ancient Stonehenge Pig Roasts Brought in People From All Over Britain

10:58 am PDT, March 13, 2019

The bone study suggests that pork BBQ goes back a long, long time.

Watching the World's Fastest Electric Motorcycle Go 236 MPH is Terrifying

9:24 am PDT, March 13, 2019

Three-hundred sixty degrees of salt-flat speed.

Pilot of Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight Reported Control Problems Shortly After Takeoff

8:16 am PDT, March 13, 2019

The pilot of the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight was granted permission to return to the airport.

How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson

7:44 am PDT, March 13, 2019

The trades are hiring! The most important requirement? Wanting a career.

The State of American Trade Schools

7:44 am PDT, March 13, 2019

Trade and technical schools are being praised and promoted by the Department of Education, corporate America, and industry associations. How well is the system working?

Scientists Design a Network That Lives Inside Your Body

7:04 am PDT, March 13, 2019

To keep pacemakers and insulin pumps secure.

A New Way To Build Atomic Clocks Could Make GPS Even Better

2:58 pm PDT, March 12, 2019

Thanks to a new discovery, atomic clocks of the future might be handheld instead of the size of a refrigerator.

Newly Remastered Archival Video Shows the Power of the First Nuclear Weapons Test

1:50 pm PDT, March 12, 2019

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

An Advance in Bioengineering Could Pave the Way for Tomorrow’s Superplants

12:21 pm PDT, March 12, 2019

We know now how to stab a plant and squirt in some DNA.

This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else

12:11 pm PDT, March 12, 2019

This is the most convincing video yet on how buzzword technologies could actually become useful for 21st century armor troopers.

Destroy Wi-Fi Dead Zones with Today's Eero Sale

10:30 am PDT, March 12, 2019

Amazon's is taking $100 off its latest acquisition.

The 7 Best Window-Mounted Air Conditioners For Staying Cool and Comfortable

2:27 pm PDT, March 19, 2019

The mercury's rising, and unless you've got central air, you could be in for one hot, sticky summer. We tested the newest window-mounted air conditioners to suit all your home or apartment-cooling needs.

The Best Weed Wackers for Taming an Overgrown Lawn

11:00 am PDT, March 15, 2019

Which trimmer should do the job around your house this spring?

The Ides of March and 29 Other Superstitions Explained

3:21 pm PDT, March 13, 2019

Why is March 15 so unlucky? Why do we bless people when they sneeze? We looked at 30 old, weird traditions that subtly impact how we go about our days.

How To Grow Your Own Roses

7:55 am PDT, March 12, 2019

Roses have a reputation for being fickle, but growing these flowers doesn't have to be an arduous affair. Here are a few smart tips that will have your roses in bloom soon.

Indoor Gardening: How To Start Growing Your Own Vegetables Inside the House

7:04 am PDT, March 12, 2019

We ask a longtime garden expert for her top tips for successful seedlings. There's no time like the present to get growing.

The Best Large Walk-Behind Mowers for Tackling Big Lawns

7:53 am PST, March 8, 2019

If you have too much lawn for a small push mower but not enough for a riding mower, consider one of these capable machines.

12 Times Alex Trebek Proved He's the Greatest Gameshow Host of All Time

8:58 am PST, March 7, 2019

He's everyone’s smart, sophisticated Canadian uncle! Who sometimes raps!

The Most Expensive Star Wars Toys

6:59 am PST, March 7, 2019

Astronomical prices from a galaxy far, far away.

A Slice of Pi History: How π Took Over The World

6:55 am PST, March 7, 2019

The endless number has been useful, puzzling, and an obsession.

10 Face-Melting Production Cars That Go 0 to 60 in Under 3 Seconds

12:51 pm PST, March 6, 2019

Here are some of the quickest cars currently on the market.

The Rugged, Unstoppable Survival Gear You'll Need for the Apocalypse

10:33 am PST, March 6, 2019

Whether you're camping or waiting out the end of the world, here's the best gear to help you survive.

The Best Summer Road Trip Destination in Every State

6:51 am PST, March 6, 2019

No matter where in the USA you live, there's a terrific (and probably surprising) road trip destination nearby. This summer, gas up the car, pack up the family, and see these amazing destinations organized by state.

10 Stouts to Drink This St. Patrick's Day

1:20 pm PST, March 4, 2019

Few beers are more typically Irish than the stout, and few days are better for drinking them than St. Pattys

The 50 Best New Board Games

11:30 am PST, March 4, 2019

Order a pizza, invite over one to three friends, and try out the best new board games.

We Tested the 7 Best Cordless Power Sanders

9:37 am PST, March 4, 2019

Power sanders are a fast way to prep weathered exterior paint, remove a finish, smooth a tabletop, or do basic metal prep.

The Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now

1:00 pm PST, March 1, 2019

For when you really need to escape reality.

The Best War Movies on Netflix

1:00 pm PST, March 1, 2019

For when only a war film will do.

Award-Winning Tech Gadgets That Grabbed Our Attention at MWC 2019

8:52 am PST, March 1, 2019

They include cutting-edge smartphones, laptops, and more.

The 15 Best Train Movies

10:48 am PST, February 28, 2019

A subgenre with surprising versatility.

25 Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Old Junk

1:06 pm PST, February 27, 2019

Here are some fun ways to turn your trash into treasure.

The Best Sunglasses for Every Outdoor Activity

11:10 am PST, February 26, 2019

Spend enough time outside, and your eyes will need protection—purpose built for the activity at hand.

The 11 Best Bike Locks for Keeping Your Wheels Safe

12:30 pm PST, February 25, 2019

A bike is only as good as the lock that keeps it safe. Make sure yours can thwart any would-be thief.

The Best Cycling Gear for Hitting Trails and Backroads

11:34 am PST, February 22, 2019

Gear up, get on your bike, and ride.

The Best Toys of Toy Fair 2019

6:17 am PST, February 18, 2019

The raddest new toys coming this year.

The Best Tech Deals From Walmart’s Presidents' Day Sale

6:00 am PST, February 17, 2019

Save major $$$ on wireless headphones, cameras, TVs, and more.

The Best Tactical Backpacks for Tackling Whatever Comes Your Way

9:55 am PST, February 15, 2019

For carrying what you need, when you absolutely need it.

The Top Computer Monitors To Give You Extra Screen Space

11:20 am PST, February 14, 2019

Sometimes a single screen just won't do. If you're looking to add a monitor to your computing setup, look no further.

11 of Opportunity's Most Impressive Scientific Triumphs

12:38 pm PST, February 13, 2019

The unstoppable rover offered an unparalleled study of the Red Planet.

The 25 Best College Basketball Arenas

6:00 am PST, February 13, 2019

Using architecture to cheer on your favorite teams.

The Best Budget Drills for Under $60

6:00 am PST, February 12, 2019

If you’re picky, you can find a great deal.