The Truth Behind The Million Dollar Space Pen Hoax

There's a famous legend that America spent millions on the development of a "Space Pen" that writes upside down, while the Russians used a pencil. Here's the truth behind the legend. » 3/27/15 9:30am Friday 9:30am

Study Suggests Magnetic Fields Can Control Heat And Sound

More than a hundred years ago, physicists discovered that heat is simply the energy stored in the vibrations of atoms. This meant that heat and sound are related. Now, for the first time ever, scientists have experimentally shown that these atomic vibrations have magnetic properties, too. » 3/25/15 11:40am Wednesday 11:40am

Lose Yourself In The Captivating Kinetic Sculptures of Jennifer Townley 

Just A Really Mesmerizing Video Of A Mochi Machine At Work

Watch this video of a mochi machine working its transformation magic on a portion of rice, and three things are pretty likely to happen: 1) You will feel very relaxed; 2) Your sweet tooth will start making demands; 3) If you're me ... both. » 3/08/15 10:41am 3/08/15 10:41am

World’s Most Powerful Solid Booster Set for Test Firing March 11

All systems are go for the inaugural ground test firing on March 11 of the world's most powerful solid rocket booster ever built that will one day power NASA's mammoth new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket and propel astronauts to deep space destinations. » 3/08/15 9:15am 3/08/15 9:15am

President Obama Has Vetoed The GOP's Keystone XL Pipeline bill

The Keystone bill cleared the senate in January and passed in the House earlier this month, but the legislation was swiftly vetoed this afternoon by President Barack Obama. » 2/24/15 2:38pm 2/24/15 2:38pm

UMass Has Banned Iranian Students from Engineering and Science Programs…

Starting this month, the venerable University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer allow Iranian nationals to matriculate as graduate students in many of its programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including physics and electrical/computer engineering. » 2/17/15 1:32pm 2/17/15 1:32pm

This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally… » 2/04/15 11:30am 2/04/15 11:30am

Robots Are Now Learning How To Cook By Watching YouTube Videos

DARPA-funded researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a system that enables robot a robot to interpret, learn and perform the tasks demonstrated in YouTube cooking videos. » 1/30/15 1:01pm 1/30/15 1:01pm

High-Speed Video Reveals The Source Of That Incredible After-Rain Smell

That smell has a name. It's called petrichor. For decades, scientists have speculated on where this smell comes from, but the mechanism behind the phenomenon has remained elusive. Now, researchers at MIT studying high-speed video of raindrops think they've found the answer: The smell is released in tiny aerosol clouds… » 1/15/15 5:30pm 1/15/15 5:30pm

Incredible Spinal Cord Implant Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Researchers have developed a thin, electrode-embedded ribbon which, when implanted along the spinal cord, lets paralyzed rats move again. Researchers are hoping to advance to clinical trials in humans soon. » 1/09/15 6:30pm 1/09/15 6:30pm

Researchers Turn DNA Into Robotic "Transformers"

Inspired by full-sized mechanical parts like hinges and pistons, researchers at Ohio State University have designed pieces of DNA that could eventually be used to construct nano-scale robots. » 1/06/15 2:00pm 1/06/15 2:00pm

How to Prevent Lava from Flowing into Your City

Once lava from an erupted volcano starts moving, it tends to keep moving that way, regardless of what we want. But Hawaiian researchers have figured out some ways to redirect a lava stream away from you or your property — even if the eruption goes on for several months. » 12/30/14 10:20am 12/30/14 10:20am

Watch A Pair Of Tank-Mounted Fighter Jet Engines Extinguish An Oil Fire

Pretty much what it says on the tin, folks. "The Big Wind" is a colossal, roving fire-extinguisher of Hungarian design that combines one part T-34 Soviet tank with two parts MiG-21 turbine engine. Bring it all together, add a trio of operators, and you've got a Mad-Maxian chimera that can gush water at a rate of 220… » 12/28/14 9:30am 12/28/14 9:30am

MIT Students Build Handmade Wooden Roller Coaster For Incoming Freshmen

The coaster was designed by three mechanical engineering juniors and built in the span of a week by the incoming freshmen who would ride its wooden rails. In early designs, the coaster even had an internal loop. Unfortunately, MIT's Environment Health and Safety department said "no upside-down people. Period." » 12/27/14 7:48am 12/27/14 7:48am

Google's New Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Roads In January

Google's self-driving cars are getting an upgrade. The latest model trades in the kludgy, rack-mounted, rooftop LIDAR system for a marginally sleeker form factor – a thimble-shaped peduncle that looks like a police siren crossed with a Mac Pro. It's also getting real headlights! » 12/26/14 9:20am 12/26/14 9:20am

Buy This "Jigsaw Puzzle" Mansion For a Mere $22 Million

As the old real estate saw goes, location is everything. And sometimes, one's 500-year-old mansion is simply in the wrong spot ... and one must move said mansion, brick-by-brick, to a more desirable address 70 miles away. » 12/15/14 1:00pm 12/15/14 1:00pm

Watch A Man In A Jetpack Fly In Formation With A Plane Above Dubai

Swiss pilot Yves "Jetman" Rossy is best known for piloting a jetpack of his own design above some of the world's most gorgeous landscapes. Now, the "aviation enthusiast" has returned in a video that shows him tearing up the atmosphere high above Dubai – and this time, he's got company. » 12/11/14 10:20am 12/11/14 10:20am

Listen to the Music Created By Radioactivity

Moscow-based musician/engineer Dmitry Morozov has built an incredible instrument called the Metaphase Sound Machine. It produces music based on radioactive particles sensed by its built-in Geiger Counter. Just watch this video. » 12/08/14 3:28pm 12/08/14 3:28pm