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The Lamborghini Urus Is a Driver-Friendly Supercar With an Endearing Lack of Logic

6:00 am PST, January 20, 2020

The most accessible, usable supercar still takes some know-how.

How To Clean Tarnished Brass

9:00 pm PST, January 19, 2020

It's known for being beautiful, but not so much when it's tarnished.

Artist Lights Up the Sky With Baby Yoda 'Painting'

12:00 pm PST, January 19, 2020

The light painter has also created other pop culture sky images, like Iron Man and the bat signal.

The World's Largest Flower Absolutely Reeks

9:00 am PST, January 19, 2020

It’s been nicknamed the stinking corpse lily for a reason.

The Navy and Marines Want a New Land-Based, Ship-Killing Missile

9:00 am PST, January 19, 2020

The U.S. military hasn't used such a weapon since World War II.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Abort System Delivers a Flawless Victory

8:00 am PST, January 19, 2020

Crew Dragon's in-flight abort test is a critical step in launching astronauts from U.S. soil.

How to Zip or Unzip a File (And Why That's Even a Thing)

12:00 pm PST, January 18, 2020

Become a master of sending massive files.

How To Build the Ultimate DIY Workbench

6:00 am PST, January 18, 2020

Smart design. Solid construction. On this workbench, you can build anything.

One of Our Favorite Cast Iron Brands Just Added A New Skillet to Its Lineup

1:44 pm PST, January 17, 2020

Smithey Ironware’s no. 14 skillet is the perfect size for baking and grilling.

18 Things You Probably Don't Know About Prohibition

1:08 pm PST, January 17, 2020

A century ago, the government effectively banned booze. The details are much weirder than what you remember from history class.

The Best Robot Mowers to Take Care of the Lawn for You

12:37 pm PST, January 17, 2020

Put your feet up and let the droid handle it.

Some Weird Gas Balls Are Swirling Around Sagittarius A*

11:57 am PST, January 17, 2020

But they behave just like stars.

George Lucas Met Baby Yoda

11:40 am PST, January 17, 2020

The Mandalorian EP Jon Favreau shared the photo on Twitter and Instagram—and Twitter and Instagram went expectedly nuts.

Razer’s Elite Gaming Mouse Is 65% off Today on Amazon

11:23 am PST, January 17, 2020

You’ll find gaming keyboards and accessories at great discounts too.

Soldiers Could One Day See Around Corners With the Help of Lasers

8:33 am PST, January 17, 2020

As battlefields move to cities, seeing around corners will give soldiers a huge advantage.

Does Microsoft Want to Put Solar Panels on the Surface Pro?

8:27 am PST, January 17, 2020

This patent sure suggests so.

These Smart Contact Lenses Deliver AR Tech Straight to Your Eyeballs

8:15 am PST, January 17, 2020

Our heads are in our phones already, why not directly on our eyeballs?

The Tale of the Tape

5:00 am PST, January 17, 2020

It was the video that ushered in the UFO renaissance: a grainy clip showing the Navy’s encounter with a mysterious aircraft in 2004. The Pentagon says the public was never supposed to see it. So who leaked it? How’d they do it? And what does the footage actually show?

Who Wouldn't Want a Pocket-Sized Neutron Detector?

3:05 pm PST, January 16, 2020

This thing is loaded with lithium.

Even Jeep Is Making Big Claims About Its Electric Future

2:31 pm PST, January 16, 2020

If you like Jeeps' old-school vibe, you're about to get a shock. On the other hand, imagine how nice it will be to have a silent EV while out in the backcountry.

You Could Be Your Cat’s Favorite Meal

1:57 pm PST, January 16, 2020

Cats—and other pets—aren’t afraid to dig into human remains.

We're All Going to Live in Mushroom Houses on Mars

1:42 pm PST, January 16, 2020

See why NASA thinks fungi are the future.

Team Uncovers Major New Truths About the Legendary Giant Squid

11:35 am PST, January 16, 2020

After sequencing the elusive creature's genome, scientists finally have some answers.

The Air Force Is Testing a Hypersonic Rocket Booster

11:31 am PST, January 16, 2020

The X-60A will propel vehicles at speeds in excess of Mach 6.

Watch Tesla Sentry Mode Foil a Model 3 Break-In

11:15 am PST, January 16, 2020

Wonder what the video-capturing Tesla feature can do for owners? After trying to open the door, the would-be thieves start kicking the charging port, but Sentry mode scares them off.

NASA's NEID Exoplanet Scale Is Ready To Weigh the Galaxy

11:02 am PST, January 16, 2020

The scale is the most sensitive planet-weighing scale ever created and will help bring far-flung worlds into sharper focus.

The 10 Headlamps Worth Your Hard-Earned Buck

9:28 am PST, January 16, 2020

Whether you’re in the backcountry or simply under the kitchen sink, there’s a light for everything.

Math Proves the Fastest, Most Efficient Way to Board a Plane

9:03 am PST, January 16, 2020

The key: start with the slowpokes first.

Tardigrades Can Survive In Space, But They Have One Surprising Weakness

8:50 am PST, January 16, 2020

Turns out these guys can't handle the heat.

Is There a Hidden 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Orbiting Our Closest Stellar Neighbor?

8:31 am PST, January 16, 2020

A new exoplanet only 4.2 light years away would prove that there's plenty left to discover in our own cosmic backyard.

Fishermen Accidentally Catch a Secret U.S. Navy Microphone Planted on the Ocean Floor

7:59 am PST, January 16, 2020

The EARS system was designed to record ocean sounds for undersea warfare.

At Last, Engineers Solve the 15-Year Mystery of the Spinning Huygens Probe

3:23 pm PST, January 15, 2020

What caused the probe to spin in the wrong direction as it plummeted toward Titan's surface?

Marathon Record Shattered at Charleston Marathon by Man in Exoskeleton

3:18 pm PST, January 15, 2020

After 33 hours for the marathon, he did a beer mile the next day.

The Nasal Ranger: A Hobbyist Weed Farm's Worst Enemy

11:45 am PST, January 15, 2020

Have a smelly investigation? The Nasal Ranger is on the case.

What's Cooler Than Being Cool? Exoplanet GJ 433 d

11:34 am PST, January 15, 2020

Meet 'Cold Neptune,' a newly discovered exoplanet that redefines the word 'cold.'

Navy Says Releasing UFO Videos Would ‘Gravely Damage’ National Security

8:52 am PST, January 15, 2020

What “TOP SECRET” video is the government hiding?

Michigan's 75-MPH Speed Limit Has Made Highways More Dangerous

8:06 am PST, January 15, 2020

Study finds crashes are up 17 percent on roads with the higher speed limits—and four times as many people driving on them now exceed 80 mph.

Was Columbus Right About Cannibals in the New World?

8:00 am PST, January 15, 2020

New evidence points to the possibility that the famous explorer's journals were more fact than fiction.

Rust: The U.S. Navy's $3 Billion-a-Year Oxidation Problem

7:35 am PST, January 15, 2020

Where there's a lot of metal, there's a lot of rust.

Why the B-52 Is Such a Badass Plane

6:00 am PST, January 15, 2020

America's longest-serving aircraft also remains one of its most impressive.

Detroit's Glorious Robocop Statue, Nearly a Decade in the Making, Is Almost Done

3:24 pm PST, January 14, 2020

The wait was worth it.

A Complete Guide To Choosing and Using a VPN

3:11 pm PST, January 14, 2020

Everything We Know About Tardigrades, the Only Animal That Can Survive in Space

3:00 pm PST, January 14, 2020

New research suggests that tardigrades—the only creatures that can survive the cold, irradiated vacuum of outer space— may have an unexpected vulnerability.

I Want to Ride This Whale

2:32 pm PST, January 14, 2020

At last, the beastly Airbus BelugaXL has hit the skies. Let’s take a closer look at the absolute unit.

Two Trucks, 1.5 Million Total Miles

2:04 pm PST, January 14, 2020

One, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado DRW crew cab, has 1 million miles, and the other, a 2015 GMC Sierra SRW, has 500,000 miles.

The Navy’s Smallest Warship Gets a Big Laser Gun

1:53 pm PST, January 14, 2020

The USS Little Rock is the fourth ship to get a laser gun.

5 Music Inventions that Rocked the ’80s—and Every Decade After

1:38 pm PST, January 14, 2020

Digital tech that inspired air drummers everywhere.

The 7 Best Pillows for All Sleeping Positions

12:49 pm PST, January 14, 2020

Follow this strategic test to determine whether you need a new pillow. If you do, we’ve got tips to help you find the best one to improve your sleep.

This Machine Keeps Livers Alive for a Week Outside the Body

12:10 pm PST, January 14, 2020

And it could possibly bring bad livers back to life.

These Are the First Living Robots: Machines Made from Frog Stem Cells

11:43 am PST, January 14, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new kind of life.

Scientists Solve 50-Year-Old Mechanics Problem

11:20 am PST, January 14, 2020

Is a 2D liquid different from a 3D liquid?

China’s Big Boy Telescope Is Finally Ready to Hunt Some Aliens

9:08 am PST, January 14, 2020

Come on. We know you're out there.

The Army Found a Way to Keep Your Hands Warm Without Gloves

8:12 am PST, January 14, 2020

It's not magic. It's science.

U.S. Navy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Budget (and More Boats)

7:16 am PST, January 14, 2020

The Navy wants to grow the fleet by 62 ships in 10 years. It probably won’t happen.

Scientists Just Discovered the Oldest Material Ever Found on Earth

6:38 am PST, January 14, 2020

The ancient stardust grains are 7.5 billion years old (and smell like rotten peanut butter).

China's Airborne Laser Weapon Would Change Dogfighting Forever

2:47 pm PST, January 13, 2020

Airborne lasers can be used offensively or defensively.

NASA Has Loaded Its Big Ol' Rocket Onto Its Big Ol' Barge

2:29 pm PST, January 13, 2020

Next stop: Mississippi.

We Don't Need to Be Afraid of Depleted Uranium

2:04 pm PST, January 13, 2020

It's much more useful than you think.

The Best Snow Shovels for Clearing Driveways and Sidewalks

1:59 pm PST, January 13, 2020

Shoveling snow can be a pain. These tools will make it easier.

A Hyperloop, but for Packages, Not People

1:31 pm PST, January 13, 2020

Could these underground maglev pods transform shipping?

The 25 Best PSP Games

6:00 am PST, January 19, 2020

Console-sized action. On-the-go goodness.

7 Quick Home Projects for When Winter Keeps You Indoors

9:00 am PST, January 18, 2020

The winter winds are howling outside. Good. Stay inside and get something done.

Bundle Up in One of the Best Winter Coats

8:53 am PST, January 17, 2020

Wind, snow, and frigid temperatures are no match for these jackets and parkas.

10 Home Prep Tips Before Going on Vacation

11:00 am PST, January 16, 2020

Before jetsetting across the world, make sure your home is ready for your extended absence.

Architecturally Bound: 20 of the World’s Most Stunning Libraries

9:00 am PST, January 12, 2020

The way we house human knowledge takes on many impressive architectural forms.

The 9 Things You Need in Your Car This Winter

12:00 pm PST, January 11, 2020

Every car should have an emergency kit that includes supplies such as jumper cables and first-aid supplies. But there are some essential winter items you need to carry once the temperature drops.

The Best Podcasts for Avid Conspiracy Theorists

9:00 am PST, January 11, 2020

And one for the conspiracy skeptic.

The 7 Best Web Browsers for Every Kind of Netizen

12:54 pm PST, January 10, 2020

Which browser reigns supreme? It all depends on what you want to accomplish while online.

All the Insane Surveillance Tools the Government (Maybe) Has

11:44 am PST, January 10, 2020

Including a tombstone camera.

23 Exoplanets That Could Be a 'Second Earth'

2:59 pm PST, January 9, 2020

How likely is it that these distant worlds are habitable?

The Best Power Strips and Surge Protectors to Keep You Going

1:15 pm PST, January 8, 2020

Protect your cherished devices and multiply your outlets with these well-reviewed options.

How Many of These Tough Logic Puzzles Can You Solve?

12:45 pm PST, January 6, 2020

Strap on that thinking cap.

The 10 Best Power Sanders, Cordless and Corded

1:56 pm PST, January 3, 2020

Handheld sanders let you quickly strip weathered exterior paint, remove a finish, smooth a tabletop, or do basic metal prep.

The 20 Most Badass Machines of the 2010s

6:00 am PST, January 3, 2020

From incredible military planes, to revolutionary nuclear fusion reactors, to all-electric dump trucks, these are the 20 coolest machines of the 2010s.

Star Wars, Ranked

8:00 am PST, January 2, 2020

Ranking Star Wars films used to be easy, but the field has gotten crowded.

18 Inventions that Changed Our Lives in the 2010s

8:53 am PST, December 31, 2019

From autonomous vehicles to the selfie stick, it was a decade of innovation.

The 40 Best TV Shows of 2019

8:03 am PST, December 31, 2019

Your next binge watch could be a click away.

The 50 Tools Everyone Should Own

1:39 pm PST, December 30, 2019

They won’t all fit in your toolbox, but these are the essential tools you need for all sorts of repair jobs, DIY projects, and general upkeep.

REI is Having an Epic End-of-the-Year Sale Right Now

1:27 pm PST, December 30, 2019

This sale has Mother Nature's seal of approval.

37 Great Gifts for DIYers

12:58 pm PST, December 30, 2019

Noticed that your loved one is always tinkering or holed up in their workshop? Get them one of these.

The 40 Best Movies of 2019

7:43 am PST, December 30, 2019

From Marvel masterpieces to thrilling space documentaries, these are the year’s standout flicks.

The 10 Biggest Math Breakthroughs of 2019

11:51 am PST, December 27, 2019

From answering ancient questions to finding new innovations, these are the year’s magnificent mathematical highlights.

The 20 Best Apps of the 2010s

6:37 am PST, December 27, 2019

This is how we flicked and swiped our way through the decade.

The Most Powerful Space Moments of the 2010s

1:39 pm PST, December 26, 2019

We look back on a decade that was out of this world.

The 40 Best Video Games of 2019

2:05 pm PST, December 19, 2019

It's been an epic year for gaming. These titles are proof.

This Is What It Looks Like When Octopuses Attack

12:37 pm PST, December 19, 2019

An expert gives play-by-play on the cephalopod's most vicious takedowns.

The Gift Guide for the Sophisticated Geek

12:23 pm PST, December 19, 2019

Buying a thoughtful gift for a nerdy friend can be tough—these 21 ideas will help.

44 Well-Designed Gifts for Cycling Enthusiasts

10:40 am PST, December 19, 2019

Look here if your loved ones prefer bike spokes to piston strokes.

The 25 Best Multiplayer Games

6:00 am PST, December 19, 2019

Because everything’s better with friends.

8 Baby Yoda Toys You Can Preorder Now

2:08 pm PST, December 18, 2019

Some may not ship until next year, but it’s worth the wait.