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Did Google Just Achieve Quantum Supremacy?

11:42 am PDT, September 23, 2019

A deleted paper—from NASA, no less—hints at the major computing benchmark. But what does it mean?

Once Considered 'Simple,' the Ancient Edomites Were Actually Tech Geniuses

10:07 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Copper was the must-have tech of the ancient world, and Edomites were its master.

F-16 Crash Leaves Pilot Dangling from Power Lines

9:37 am PDT, September 23, 2019

It’s the second Belgian F-16 lost in two years.

Cool New Method Curves Wood Without Machines

8:40 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Why waste wood when warping works?

Plenty Comfortable and Good Looking to Boot, These are the Best Hiking Socks

8:22 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Keep your feet happy, no matter where the trail takes you.

Troops Could Have Night Vision Injected Into Their Eyes

7:55 am PDT, September 23, 2019

The procedure would do away with bulky, electrically powered goggles.

How We Test and Review Gear

7:22 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Our team is obsessed with tools, appliances, tech, and outdoor gear. Here’s how we test every product.

Inside the Forever War Against Parasites Trying To Control Our Brains

6:00 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Insidious organisms have spent tens of millions of years trying to hijack their hosts’ bodies – and behavior. But one researcher wants to know just how much have brains changed to fight the threat.

How To Camp in the Cold Like a Pro

12:00 pm PDT, September 22, 2019

Dropping temperatures are no reason to stay indoors this fall and winter.

Why the 3.5 EcoBoost Is the Best Ford F-150 Engine

10:00 am PDT, September 22, 2019

Ford offers six engines to choose from—but the 3.5 EcoBoost is the only choice.

The Border Wall Now Threatens a National Monument

1:13 pm PDT, September 21, 2019

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an important site for many. Now it's caught up in politics.

Can-Am Ryker Rally Edition: The Most Fun You Can Have on Three Wheels

9:00 am PDT, September 21, 2019

The off-pavement machine of your dreams.

Things Come Apart: Bafang G310 E-Bike Motor

5:31 am PDT, September 21, 2019

E-bikes are booming...here's how they work.

We Must Destroy the Spotted Lanternfly, a Useless Garbage Insect

2:36 pm PDT, September 20, 2019

And we must do it without mercy.

Three Mile Island Has Powered Down

2:22 pm PDT, September 20, 2019

Economic conditions in 2019 do what a partial meltdown in 1979 could not.

How Your Bottle of Champagne Is Basically an F-16

2:06 pm PDT, September 20, 2019

Gases burst out of a popped bubbly bottle as fast as the exhaust of a fighter jet.

Watch a Rubik's Cube Solve Itself While Levitating

1:46 pm PDT, September 20, 2019


Area 51 Raid: Everything That’s Happening in the Desert Today

1:25 pm PDT, September 20, 2019

Our live blog of the most anticipated (and illegal) alien party of the year.

The Global Climate Strike Is Here, and Students Are Leading the Way

12:00 pm PDT, September 20, 2019

The third such strike appears to be the largest yet, demanding "climate justice."

Ad Astra Is a Great Sci-FI Film, But Event Horizon's Neptunian Journey Is Even Better

11:25 am PDT, September 20, 2019

A look back at one of the weirdest (and maybe greatest?) 90s sci-fi films.

How Century-Old Ice Data Is Helping Track a Melting Arctic

9:58 am PDT, September 20, 2019

Thanks to the U.S Revenue Cutter Service (and Alexander Hamilton), climate scientists have a new source of historic data for tracking climate change.

The Best Dash Cams for Your Next Road Trip

7:06 am PDT, September 20, 2019

When you want to capture some footage—whether in case of an accident or just for your own memories—turn to one of these.

Why the U.S. Air Force Is Looking Into Its Own 'Flying Cars'

7:04 am PDT, September 20, 2019

An ultra-quiet air transport vehicle has its advantages.

Upgrade Your Charging Station With Amazon’s Power Strip Sale

7:00 am PDT, September 20, 2019

These Belkin power strips and surge protectors will ensure you’ll never be left without an outlet again.

The Best Ways to Customize Your Home Bar This Summer

6:00 am PDT, September 20, 2019

It's all in the details.

We Can't Stop Watching This Helicopter Chainsaw Slice Up Tree Limbs

2:09 pm PDT, September 19, 2019

Meet your new favorite monster machine.

Here's What a Solar Eclipse Looks Like on Jupiter

1:00 pm PDT, September 19, 2019

A giant eyeball, basically.

IBM Unveils the Most Powerful Quantum Computer Yet

12:36 pm PDT, September 19, 2019

Big Blue is open for business.

The Air Force Names Its New Jet After the Tuskegee Airmen

12:00 pm PDT, September 19, 2019

The T-7A Red Hawk commemorates the achievements of the African American fighter pilots in World War II.

The Best Logitech PC Accessories Are 40% off on Amazon Today

11:55 am PDT, September 19, 2019

Find a new mouse and keyboard to speed up your productivity or headsets and speakers for gaming.

500 Years Later, da Vinci's Mechanical Lion Is Brought to Life

11:23 am PDT, September 19, 2019

The automaton—reimagined from the inventor's mechanical sketches—is on display at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris.

The Universe Might Be 2 Billion Years Younger Than We Thought

11:02 am PDT, September 19, 2019

Hey, what's a few billion years between friends?

The Future Looks Like Salt Reactors

9:23 am PDT, September 19, 2019

They just might change how you see nuclear energy.

How to Make an Eight-Passenger Jeep Gladiator

8:57 am PDT, September 19, 2019

Using the back seat of a '93 Bronco, natch.

An Exclusive Image of the Interstellar Comet That Stunned Astronomers

7:36 am PDT, September 19, 2019

Here's what scientists are saying about our solar system's newest visitor.

The F-35 Is About to Enter Beast Mode

6:24 am PDT, September 19, 2019

Here's the missile that will seriously boost the fighter jet's firepower.

How to Kill the Zombie Apps Destroying Your Phone

2:45 pm PDT, September 18, 2019

They're lurking in the background and they need to be stopped.

The Air Force Is Working on 'Hacksaw,' a Mach 5 Missile

12:46 pm PDT, September 18, 2019

It will overwhelm enemy air defenses with blistering speed.

The Very Best Airlines for Holiday Travel

12:43 pm PDT, September 18, 2019

These carriers are standouts in the categories of customer service, sustainability, and more.

How Your Favorite Vinyl Record Is Pressed

12:25 pm PDT, September 18, 2019

For this New York-based printer, fixing car engines led to a passion for vinyl.

This Lodge Cast-Iron Pan Costs Just $20 at Walmart Now

12:06 pm PDT, September 18, 2019

Perfect timing to whip up some warm meals this fall.

When Brad Pitt Called the International Space Station

11:22 am PDT, September 18, 2019

Watch the actor chat with astronauts aboard the ISS.

NYC Has a New Secret Weapon to Defeat All the Rats

9:49 am PDT, September 18, 2019

They'll never smell it coming.

The Space Force Could Be Up and Running in 90 Days

9:00 am PDT, September 18, 2019

Now we just have to figure out how to create a military branch from scratch.

Bugatti Is Building a $33,000 Car for Kids

8:00 am PDT, September 18, 2019

We have some thoughts.

What Happens If an Astronaut Dies in Space?

7:36 am PDT, September 18, 2019

Two words, many problems: Space. Corpse.

How to Shovel Snow Without Hurting Yourself

6:13 am PDT, September 18, 2019

This task can be a pain in the back, so here are some tips for avoiding the pain.

What We Know About the Navy’s UFOs

2:30 pm PDT, September 17, 2019

They're unlike any aircraft we've ever seen.

The Government Has Banned Flights Above Area 51

12:12 pm PDT, September 17, 2019

The raid might be off, but people still plan to storm rural Nevada this weekend.

Russian Facility That Houses Smallpox Virus Rocked by Explosion

9:15 am PDT, September 17, 2019

The explosion raises the question: Should samples of eradicated diseases be kept for study or destroyed?

This Sun Joe Pressure Washer Is Half Off Today Only

8:33 am PDT, September 17, 2019

Clean up after the summer thanks to Amazon’s Deal of the Day.

11 Powerful, Portable Camp Stoves That Bring the BTUs

8:16 am PDT, September 17, 2019

Whether you’re cooking on a mountain top, or a mountain of food, these portable stoves get it done.

Corpses Keep Moving Long After Death

6:37 am PDT, September 17, 2019

Scientists at a human body farm watched a dead body dance while it decomposed. For 17 months.

The Navy Says Those UFO Videos Are Real

1:53 pm PDT, September 16, 2019

And they were never meant to be released to the public.

The Best Survival Knives to Get You Through Any Adventure or Disaster

12:33 pm PDT, September 16, 2019

For when the situation calls for more than your trusted folder.

This Tech Could Completely Change How We Predict Volcanic Eruptions

12:22 pm PDT, September 16, 2019

The revolutionary technique works like a weather forecast.

The Best Stud Finders for Any Job

12:04 pm PDT, September 16, 2019

Whether you’re looking for wiring, pipes, or just the usual stud, there’s a model here to help you find it.

Scientists Create the Blackest Material Ever

11:32 am PDT, September 16, 2019

How much more black could this be? The answer is none. None more black.

Florida Man Selling Bugatti Veyron for $125,000; It's Actually an '02 Cougar

11:12 am PDT, September 16, 2019

The 2002 Mercury Cougar does look like the supercar, kind of, but that 170-hp V-6 is going to be a dead giveaway.

China's Enormous Radio Telescope Is Already Picking Up Mysterious Signals

8:39 am PDT, September 16, 2019

Are they coming from a black hole?

15 Incredible Facts About Rhinos

6:00 am PDT, September 22, 2019

Everything you need to know about these awesome mammals.

The Best Pocket and Folding Knives to Keep on You Every Day

9:35 am PDT, September 20, 2019

A knife is one of the most convenient tools you can carry. Here are the models worth buying.

What Fitbit (or Other Fitness Watch) Should I Get?

2:36 pm PDT, September 17, 2019

The differences, features, and price points of the popular athletic trackers.

REI Outlet’s Top 20 Deals on Outdoor Gear This Week

9:11 am PDT, September 17, 2019

Plus, save an additional $15 when you spend at least $100 on new gear.

10 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

7:03 am PDT, September 17, 2019

Put in the work now and save money all winter long.

7 Apps You Should Delete from Your Phone Right Now

10:52 am PDT, September 16, 2019

You can't even trust the Bible.

The Best Bar Tools for Mixing Epic Cocktails at Home

10:24 am PDT, September 16, 2019

Be sure to stock up.

A Coloring Book of the Most Maniacal Patent Drawings You'll Ever See

11:46 am PDT, September 13, 2019

Our 10 favorite contraptions include chicken glasses, saluting hats, and something called "sandwiched bread."

Get 20% off Great Outdoor Gear During Backcountry’s Camping Sale

12:54 pm PDT, September 12, 2019

Prepare for your last camping trip of the summer or stock up for the fall.

10 of the Toughest Math Problems Ever Solved

2:59 pm PDT, September 11, 2019

They're guaranteed to make your head spin.

These Are the Best Deals on Apple iPads, Watches, and Macbooks Right Now

9:17 am PDT, September 11, 2019

Apple just dropped some new tech, which means deep discounts on current products we love.

The Best Accessories to Help Improve Your Mac's Performance

10:56 am PDT, September 10, 2019

Don't worry about buying a new computer.

How To Soundproof a Room

8:00 am PDT, September 8, 2019

Because we could all use a little extra peace and quiet.

15 Ways Hummingbirds Are Even Weirder Than You Think

11:45 am PDT, September 6, 2019

These strange, beautiful birds contain multitudes.

7 Ways Hong Kong Protesters Used Low-Tech Hacks to Fight Back

1:40 pm PDT, September 5, 2019

For the past month, the people of Hong Kong have used some ingenious methods to withstand a high-tech police force.

The 7 Amazing Discoveries That Won the 2020 Breakthrough Prize

8:00 am PDT, September 5, 2019

The awards have been called “the Oscars of Science."

8 Facts About the Amazon That'll Blow Your Mind

6:00 am PDT, September 5, 2019

Like, did you know that the vast expanse of rainforest was named after female warriors from Greek mythology?

15 Amazing Animals That Call the Amazon Home

6:00 am PDT, September 5, 2019

These guys–and so many more—are why you should be concerned about the fires ravaging the Amazon.

10 Pieces of Gear You Need for Fall Camping Trips

3:00 am PDT, September 5, 2019

You don't want to find yourself in the woods without these essentials this season.

20 Times When Animals Shaped Our Modern World

9:24 am PDT, September 4, 2019

Here are some of the most brilliant examples of biomimicry at work.

The 40 Most Extreme Animals on the Planet

6:00 am PDT, September 3, 2019

These incredible creatures will do just about anything to survive.

Which of These Doomsday Scenarios Is Most Likely to Kill Us All?

6:00 am PDT, September 2, 2019

A disaster expert—and a really fun guy at parties—reveals how the apocalypse will come.

8 Tech Items That’ll Upgrade Your Living Space

3:00 am PDT, September 2, 2019

Start living large with these awesome products.

Will It Grill?

6:00 am PDT, August 31, 2019

Grill a caesar salad? You bet.

L.L. Bean's Huge Labor Day Weekend Sale Takes Up to 70% Off

8:08 am PDT, August 30, 2019

Plus, get an extra 20 percent off already discounted gear and apparel!

A Timeline of the Craziest Land Speed Records

11:49 am PDT, August 29, 2019

From Henry Ford to Jessi Combs, racers have had the need for speed for over a century.

10 Hacks Every Grill-Meister Should Master

9:02 am PDT, August 29, 2019

There's an art to grilling the perfect meal, and these 10 tips will help you master it.

Why the TSA Just Banned a Star Wars Souvenir

2:45 pm PDT, August 28, 2019

Travelers to TSA agents: "These are not the souvenirs you're looking for."

Backcountry Is Having a Huge Labor Day Sale on Our Favorite Outdoor Gear

9:12 am PDT, August 28, 2019

Get up to half off Patagonia, The North Face, Osprey, and more.

20 Extinct Animals We've Lost in the Past 150 Years

10:00 am PDT, August 27, 2019

These incredible animals will never roam Earth again.