Drone Manufacturers Pin Their Hopes On Hollywood

Camera-mounted drones have been used to stunning effect in blockbuster films such as Skyfall and Iron Man 3, though restrictions on the commercial use of unpiloted vehicles have made it difficult for filmmakers to use the technology. But that changed this week when the FAA granted exemptions to six movie studios. » 9/30/14 1:37pm Yesterday 1:37pm

Every Type of Satellite Data Gathered from Earth, In One Amazing Video

Imagine that you're orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station. What if you could access a heads-up display, offering multiple views of the planet below, as seen through the eyes of NASA's fleet of Earth observation satellites? This stunning simulation reveals what it could look like. » 9/30/14 11:30am Yesterday 11:30am

A Sculpture Shows a City's Mood By Translating Tweets Into Colored Goo

Monolitt is an Oslo art exhibit created by Norwegian artists Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvoll. The waist-high object identifies the emotions in tweets, matches the emotion to a predetermined color, and oozes that color in paint out of the top. It's like city-wide techno-mood ring. Only cooler than that… » 9/26/14 2:30am Friday 2:30am

Shapeshifting Metal Brings Us One Step Closer to the T-1000

Composed of liquid metal, the robot assassin in Terminator 2 could change its shape at will. In boring real life, surface tension makes forming non-spherical liquid shapes impractical—at least until now. New research has yielded a technique that makes it possible to manipulate liquid metal into multiple configurations. » 9/23/14 1:40pm 9/23/14 1:40pm

The 1960s TV Series U.F.O Predicted Today's Cutting-Edge Military Tech

Yes, this classic show created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson had its share of late-'60s, early-'70s schlock, such as military officers whose mini-skirt uniforms included purple wigs. But U.F.O also had strong characters, nuanced plots and extremely cool technology that, in retrospect, was decades ahead of its time. » 9/17/14 9:20am 9/17/14 9:20am

​Is The Military Developing Banned Laser Tech To Blind Enemy Soldiers?

Until the mid-1990s, the U.S. Air Force funded research on how to destroy human eyeballs at a distance with lasers. There were at least 10 such programs with names like BOSS, Nighthawk and Y-Blue. An international treaty banned these weapons, but, according to one report, the research has continued. » 9/15/14 1:40pm 9/15/14 1:40pm

Hackers Could Sabotage 3D Printers, Turning Some Of Them Into Bombs

For years, aerospace and defense companies have used 3D printers to mass-produce precision parts. Guided by digital blueprints, the printers create solid objects from layers of metal powder. A new report, however, warns that hackers could reconfigure the machines' settings, turning them into volatile explosives. » 9/12/14 6:20am 9/12/14 6:20am

This Wearable Lets Us See the Future Better than the Apple Watch

Like Google Glass, the Apple Watch is the beta version of a technology that might one day exist. It suggests a future of effortlessly wearable data devices, more graceful than phones. But one science fiction writer thinks Apple has it all wrong — and that future wearables will be a lot simpler than you think. » 9/11/14 11:00am 9/11/14 11:00am