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A NASA Architect Designed a Camper

9:00 am PDT, May 25, 2019

Bringing the minimalist comforts of space habitats to the campsite.

Why Portland, Oregon, is the Knife-making Capital of the U.S.

6:00 am PDT, May 25, 2019

It's home to more knife companies than any other U.S. city. These blades explain why.

China Says Its New Bullet Train Will Hit 373 mph

11:37 am PDT, May 24, 2019

That would be a really fast train.

While You Were Sleeping, SpaceX Launched Its Starlink Satellites

10:30 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Sixty sats take off from Cape Canaveral in the first step to delivering high-speed Internet everywhere.

Now You Can Take an Uber Straight into the Sea

9:52 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Fire up the app and book a ride to the Great Barrier Reef.

Best Memorial Day Sales on Tools, Appliances, Electronics and More

9:43 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Save big on everything you need to make your home, yard, and next adventure even better.

How I Learned To Build With Metal

9:37 am PDT, May 24, 2019

When my Jeep needed more storage, I learned how to build it with the help of a metalworker.

Everything That Goes Into Making an Arc'teryx Jacket

9:00 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Vancouver-based company keeps entire process in-house for intricate handmade gear.

Make This Flavor-Packed Old Fashioned for Memorial Day Weekend

6:10 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Kick off summer with a deliciously complex rye that bourbon drinkers love.

Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Trek: Picard'

6:00 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Patrick Stewart returns to his iconic role, but what's next for Jean-Luc Picard?

Gaining Speed: A History of the Indy 500 Racing Tire

5:00 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Tires have evolved along with racing machines in the ultimate effort to gain more and more speed.

The Last American Transatlantic Slave Ship Has Been Found

2:08 pm PDT, May 23, 2019

A long search has finally led to the Clotilda, which landed in Alabama in 1860.

Score an Apple Watch Series 3 for $80 off From Walmart

12:59 pm PDT, May 23, 2019

Stay connected for less this summer

Watch Four Air Force Transports Thread Through a Valley

12:05 pm PDT, May 23, 2019

MC-130Js usually fly at night to avoid being spotted by the enemy, but this clip captures them in broad daylight.

The Future of Medicine Lives in Your Gut

12:00 pm PDT, May 23, 2019

Dozens of biotech companies are targeting your microbiome to create a whole new class of drugs.

What Could This New Handheld System Mean for the Future of Gaming?

11:45 am PDT, May 23, 2019

We've never seen anything quite like it.

Look What Star Trek Fans Accidentally Did to This M41 Walker Bulldog Tank

11:14 am PDT, May 23, 2019

It was an honest, noble mistake.

Las Vegas Is Getting a Loop from Elon Musk

10:42 am PDT, May 23, 2019

The Boring Company hopes its first commercial project will emerge under the bright lights of Sin City.

How Archivists Saved Damaged WWII Film for 'The Cold Blue'

7:01 am PDT, May 23, 2019

The biggest problem with old film? Shrinkage.

Working the Line: What's It's Like To Build a Volvo S60

6:00 am PDT, May 23, 2019

Want to know what it's like to work on the line? I went inside Volvo's Charleston plant to find out.

F-35 Fighter Pilots Might Soon Fly With Robotic Wingmen

6:46 pm PDT, May 22, 2019

One fighter jet could control many unmanned jets, changing the face of aerial warfare forever.

DARPA Wants Soldiers To Control Machines With Their Minds

3:35 pm PDT, May 22, 2019

Future machines, including weapons, won’t need handheld controls.

This Super Rare Mud Meteorite Crashed into a Costa Rican House

2:22 pm PDT, May 22, 2019

It could provide huge clues about the origins of our solar system.

Amazon's Daily Deal Will Help Get Your Lawn in Shape for Summer

12:28 pm PDT, May 22, 2019

Melnor sprinkers and watering equipment are up to 30% on Amazon today.

Where Did This Massive Underwater Volcano Come From?

10:40 am PDT, May 22, 2019

It's been giving a tiny African island headaches since last year. Scientists still don't know what it means.

How the World's First Digital Circuit Breaker Could Completely Change Our Powered World

10:36 am PDT, May 22, 2019

3,000 times faster than the fastest mechanical breaker, this innovation could radically alter how we manage power.

Walmart Takes Huge Discounts Off Tires for Memorial Day

9:08 am PDT, May 22, 2019

Act quickly to get savings up to 40 percent off.

Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

8:00 am PDT, May 22, 2019

Sorting through the gossip of the galaxy far, far away.

NASA Is Launching Yeast Into Deep Space

3:15 pm PDT, May 21, 2019

Some people use it to make bread. Astronauts will use it to study radiation.

The U.S. Army Is Putting Tiny 'Black Hornet' Drones in the Hands of Troops

3:07 pm PDT, May 21, 2019

The Black Hornet personal reconnaissance system can fly for 25 minutes and see at night.

These Creepy Stone Jars Used to Have Dead People Inside Them

2:39 pm PDT, May 21, 2019

And no one knows who built them—or did the burying.

Could Airships Really Revolutionize the U.S. Navy?

12:42 pm PDT, May 21, 2019

Forget the Hindenburg, today’s airships don’t burn and could defend the fleet with radars and missiles.

Upgrade Your Home Theater With Samsung’s TV Sale

11:00 am PDT, May 21, 2019

Over a dozen models are up to 50% off at Walmart through Memorial Day.

Meet the New Flying Robots That NASA Is Sending Into Space

10:35 am PDT, May 21, 2019

The Astrobees are here to help.

Need a Dremel? Today's Your Lucky Day

8:31 am PDT, May 21, 2019

Save 35 percent on one of the most multi-purpose tools out there.

Are We Reaching the End of Spacewalks?

7:39 am PDT, May 21, 2019

Robots can handle many dangerous jobs. But sometimes, you need an astronaut's brain.

The U.S.'s Aging 'Nuclear Coffin' Is an Ecological Disaster Waiting To Happen

2:15 pm PDT, May 20, 2019

A lonely concrete dome on an uninhabited island in the central Pacific could end up being a very big headache for the U.S.

China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.

12:59 pm PDT, May 20, 2019

But sometimes quantity doesn't trump quality.

Why the World's Measuring Systems Just Changed—and What It Means

12:45 pm PDT, May 20, 2019

"If you tell aliens that our units of measurement are based on a hunk of metal, you will be the laughingstock of the galaxy."

What Is Dead May Never Die: So What's Next for Game of Thrones?

12:17 pm PDT, May 20, 2019

Although one epic story in Westeros has come to an end, 'Game of Thrones' is far from over.

Amazon's Popular DIY Guest House Is Back

9:08 am PDT, May 20, 2019

You can order it on Amazon and build it in 8 hours.

Detailing a Lamborghini Countach Is as Tricky as You Think

8:14 am PDT, May 20, 2019

The Countach's original paint is extremely delicate and thin, so making it look like new is no walk in the park.

Humans Broke Up with Neanderthals Much Longer Ago Than We Thought

5:00 am PDT, May 20, 2019

A big study analyzes dental records and finds a surprisingly early split in Europe.

What’s Going on With Russia’s New Stealth Fighter?

6:00 am PDT, May 18, 2019

The troubled Sukhoi Su-57 gets an order boost from Moscow.

How to Set Your Tire Pressure for Off-Roading

2:14 pm PDT, May 17, 2019

You know you should run a lower tire pressure in certain terrain. But what terrain, and what tire pressure? Here's a handy guide.

A Back to the Future Musical Is Finally Coming, So Here Are Some Song Ideas

1:28 pm PDT, May 17, 2019

Featuring the Tony-winning “Oh No, I Kissed My Mom."

Here's What You Need to Know About Tonight's Blue Flower Moon

1:19 pm PDT, May 17, 2019

Including the gear to help you catch the best views.

The Air Force Wants to Use Air Taxis to Rescue Troops

12:15 pm PDT, May 17, 2019

The service thinks the same technology that would transport people in cities could get them out of tight situations in wartime.

Tesla Model 3 Autopilot Involved in Third Fatal Crash

10:09 am PDT, May 17, 2019

Should 10 seconds of Autopilot be enough to save someone's life?

An Interview With My Wife, Who's Never Seen Star Wars, After I Made Her Watch 'The Phantom Menace'

9:17 am PDT, May 17, 2019

Twenty years later, is Episode I really as bad as we thought? Let’s ask an impartial observer.

Kenya's New Museum Will Pay Homage to Our Ancient Heritage

9:15 am PDT, May 17, 2019

But it needs to raise $7 million in order to break ground in 2022.

After Only 3 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt’s Mission Is Changing

6:56 am PDT, May 17, 2019

Once slated to bombard targets on land, the three destroyers of the Zumwalt-class are changing course.

An F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed into a California Warehouse

6:47 am PDT, May 17, 2019

"It looked like a bomb had gone off in the building," said one witness—but there were no major injuries.

Japan Is Sending Gundams to Space for the 2020 Olympics

2:46 pm PDT, May 16, 2019

Okay, they're 4-inch model Gundams. But still.

This New Armored Vehicle Can Launch a Swarm of Killer Drones

12:46 pm PDT, May 16, 2019

The “multipurpose drone launching armored vehicle” can locate and destroy targets in the same mission.

Surprisingly, Bed Bugs Are As Old As Dinosaurs

12:40 pm PDT, May 16, 2019

A true pest persists in any era.

Triumph Is Also Building an Electric Motorcycle

12:05 pm PDT, May 16, 2019

Just like Harley-Davidson and Ducati.

Report: U.S. Police Are Abusing Facial Recognition Technology

11:54 am PDT, May 16, 2019

Departments may be feeding their software flawed data. Will there be consequences?

The Best Commuter Bikes for Any Commute

8:26 am PDT, May 16, 2019

From big cities to small towns, one of these commuter bikes is for you.

Turns Out You Can Learn a Lot from 10,000-Year-Old Chewing Gum

7:26 am PDT, May 16, 2019

Back then, gum came from trees and was used to build weapons.

The 10 Best Portable Air Conditioners for Beating Summer Heat

2:26 pm PDT, May 23, 2019

Why mess with window A/C units when you don't have to?

18 Famous Women Who Explored Space

10:13 am PDT, May 23, 2019

These female pioneers broke barriers to study the great unknown.

10 Best Gas BBQ Grills We're Obsessed With

8:07 am PDT, May 23, 2019

Get ready for summer with these new gas grills for all budgets.

20 Movies Based on PlayStation Games We’d Love to See

8:39 am PDT, May 22, 2019

Our best pitches for Sony's new film studio.

15 of the Most Impressive Solar Projects Powering Our World

6:00 am PDT, May 22, 2019

The sun's limitless energy is all around us. We just need to harness it.

The Wildest Proposals for Notre-Dame’s New Roof

5:00 am PDT, May 22, 2019

Following last month's fire, France wants to restore its historic cathedral—fast. Naturally, architects have some ideas.

How To Build Cornhole Boards for Memorial Day

11:00 am PDT, May 21, 2019

Cornhole (a.k.a bean bag toss) is the one of the most popular summer outdoor games, and it's a beginner-level building project that will only take you an afternoon.

Save Big on These Top Notch Cuisinart Grills and Smokers

2:24 pm PDT, May 20, 2019

Order these appliances and tools today on Amazon for up to 55 percent off—just in time for Memorial Day.

The 11 Best Deals During Walmart's Memorial Day Weekend Sale

12:31 pm PDT, May 20, 2019

Upgrade anything from your home tech to backyard grill this Memorial Day weekend.

9 Cool Things We Learned Driving the Spectre Land Rover Defender

8:00 am PDT, May 20, 2019

Created by the custom shop Himalaya, this Defender is a Land Rover like you've never seen before—complete with a Chevy V8 and a Jeep steering box.

REI’s Huge Anniversary Sale Can Help You Prep for Summer Adventures

11:14 am PDT, May 17, 2019

Save up to 30 percent on our favorite camping, hiking, and other outdoor gear.

24 Amazing Animals That Are Almost Extinct

7:00 am PDT, May 17, 2019

It's not too late, but the future looks bleak for these species.

8 Things Your Lawn Is Trying to Tell You

9:59 am PDT, May 16, 2019

Keep your lawn green and lush by spotting and fixing these problems before they take over.

The 10 Best Game of Thrones Moments That I Heard Were Pretty Cool

6:00 am PDT, May 16, 2019

I've never seen the show, but these are my all-time favorite scenes.

The 10 Best Buys in Motorcycles for 2019

8:00 am PDT, May 15, 2019

If you're motorcycle shopping this year, here's where to get the most bang for your buck.

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

1:01 pm PDT, May 13, 2019

New air conditioners are smarter, quieter, cooler.

30 Creepy Abandoned Military Sites From Around the World

9:00 am PDT, May 13, 2019

Remnants of WWII and the Cold War still remain.

The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now

8:52 am PDT, May 13, 2019

For when you really need to escape reality.

The 10 Best Travel Apps for Exploring the World

6:00 am PDT, May 11, 2019

These are our favorite digital tools for getting there, getting around, and getting a better travel experience.

Solar Drones Are Filling the Skies, But There's Still No Clear Winner

10:32 am PDT, May 9, 2019

The promising contenders and past failures of our attempt to create solar-powered flight.

The 15 Biggest Space Missions of the Next Decade

6:43 am PDT, May 8, 2019

A look at what's to come as we continue to explore the vast expanse of the cosmos.

The Best Gear for Spring Skiing

6:00 am PDT, May 8, 2019

There are still slopes to ski, you'll just need the right gear

These Are the World's 30 Tallest Buildings

6:00 am PDT, May 7, 2019

Few things say that a city or a country has arrived more than a gleaming, awe-inspiring skyscraper.

The 40 Toughest Movie Characters

10:51 am PDT, May 6, 2019

From James Bond to The Bride, we count down the most hard-nosed heroes (and vengeful villains) in film history.

The 10 Best Electric and Gas Mowers for Any Yard

8:43 am PDT, May 6, 2019

Whether you want the muscle of a gas engine, or the zip of an electric one, these are the best riding and walk-behind mowers for you.

The Iconic Sci-Fi Cars at This Museum Make Us Wish Batmobiles and Light Cycles Were Real

6:00 am PDT, May 5, 2019

Peek inside eight classic vehicles from futuristic flicks.

The 25 Weirdest Birds You've Never Heard of But Need to Know

1:45 pm PDT, May 3, 2019

Here are some of the most exceptional dinosaur descendants in our skies, seas, and lands.

The Smarter Way to Water Your Lawn

11:30 am PDT, May 3, 2019

Follow these eight tips for healthy grass with a deep, strong root system.

This Spring’s Seven Best Electric Lawn Mowers

7:29 am PDT, May 3, 2019

All of the power, none of the noise, of a gas mower.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard

11:14 am PDT, May 2, 2019

These 6 tips will prevent mosquitoes from settling near your home.