Engineering Professor: Rocket Boots Are Possible Thanks To The Segway

Rocket boots are one of those things that comes up again and again in science fiction because the fundamental idea is so basic and desirable. More stylish than a jetpack, too. Iron Man loves them, as does the Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I just never thought they could work, until I talked to Dr. Larry… » 10/07/14 7:14pm 10/07/14 7:14pm

The USAF Can't Find A Downed Pilot And The Quiet Zone Might Be Why

An F-15C crashed earlier this morning in the mountains of western Virginia, and hours later, the pilot seems to have vanished without a trace. Part of the reason offered has been because it's so hard to communicate in that part of the country. But communications are silent in the National Radio Quiet Zone on purpose. » 8/27/14 4:54pm 8/27/14 4:54pm

Someone Is Tweeting Top Gun One Frame At A Time

If you've got, I don't know, a couple months nine years to kill with nothing else to do, start following @555uhz on Twitter. That person will let you watch Top Gun for free, just as long as you don't mind watching it without sound — and about a frame at a time. » 2/18/14 6:27pm 2/18/14 6:27pm

The World Was Awesome When Airships And Blimps Ruled The Skies

At the turn of the 20th century planes were still in their infancy, but people still wanted to get off the ground and go somewhere while doing it. That's when everybody got into blimps, and their rigid cousins, airships. And goddamn were they pretty. » 10/13/13 3:20pm 10/13/13 3:20pm

The Flying Crowbar: The Insane Doomsday Weapon America Almost Built

The Cold War had plenty of disadvantages for the world as a whole, true, but there was never a better time to be a mad scientist with crazy doomsday devices. No longer limited to freelance work delivering threats to the UN, the Cold War meant governments would actually hire you to make things. Things like Project… » 10/02/13 1:22pm 10/02/13 1:22pm

Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II

As the generation that fought World War II passes on, it can be difficult for younger people to remember that it was a war fought not by the elderly in black and white, but by millions of Americans in vivid color. These gorgeous images, via Shorpy, remind us just how vivid that war was. » 6/30/13 2:33pm 6/30/13 2:33pm

This Man Had The Equivalent Of A Teleportation Device In 1901

I try not to seek out the "best" of anything. The idea of best is so subjective, it becomes useless. Try picking a "best" car, for example. I'll save you the hassle: you can't. But there is one exception. It's for the overall concept of personal transportation, and the person who did it best was Alberto Santos-Dumont. » 6/06/13 2:32pm 6/06/13 2:32pm

Experimental Flying Car Crashes Near Canadian School

An experimental flying car crashed this morning near a school in Canada. Does this mean it is also the first ever flying car crash? (UPDATED) » 5/10/13 5:45pm 5/10/13 5:45pm

The Ten Most Unbelievable Military Testing Videos

Sometimes the insane engineering projects the military industrial complex attempt actually work. Sometimes they don't. In between, there's testing, and Jalopnik readers have the ten most unreal videos of these projects. » 3/28/13 1:57pm 3/28/13 1:57pm