Mach 5 Plane

Pentagon Working on Hypersonic Plane Capable of Flying Anywhere in the World in 4 Hours

By on July 4, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Pentagon Working on Hypersonic Plane Capable of Flying Anywhere in the World in 4 Hours

If you take a look at a list of the fastest airplanes to ever grace the skies, many of them, for whatever reason, were primarily active in the 1960s. That may change soon enough.

Military.com is reporting that the U.S. Air Force is looking to partner up and develop a hypersonic jet capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound, otherwise known as Mach 5. By way of contrast, the famed Concorde aircraft traveled at Mach 2.04.

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Spacex Falcon 9

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Minutes After Takeoff

By on June 28, 2015 at 7:04 PM.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Minutes After Takeoff

SpaceX early on Sunday launched a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral with the intention of delivering supplies and food to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Alas, just two minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 rocket began to break up mid-air, ultimately exploding after being consumed by fire.

At the time of this writing, SpaceX is still investigating the root cause of the malfunction. Per usual, engineers will examine HD video of the launch to determine what went wrong, where, and why.

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Scott Kelly Astronaut Selfie

How a NASA Astronaut Takes Awesome Selfies in Space

By on June 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM.

How a NASA Astronaut Takes Awesome Selfies in Space

We’ve already explained how astronauts take showers in space, but what do they do when they’re not freshening up or, you know, engaged in important scientific research? Why, take selfies of course.

Now taking a selfie in space, in and of itself, is no big technical feat. But what makes an otherwise ordinary activity all the more interesting is that astronauts can use light emanating from different areas of earth to apply some makeshift filters to their photos.

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Surfboard Meth

Battery-powered Surfboard Stuffed With $100,000 Worth Of Meth Washes Up On Beach

By on June 20, 2015 at 5:26 PM.

Battery-powered Surfboard Stuffed With $100,000 Worth Of Meth Washes Up On Beach

Smugglers have long been notorious for coming up with ingenious ways to conceal drugs and transport them across the globe. From submarines to catapults, drug dealers are never in want of creativity when it comes to fleshing out their global distribution network.

Some plans, however, are better crafted than others. Case in point: a battery-powered and hollowed out surfboard loaded with $100,000 worth of crystal meth recently washed up on shore on a Tijuana beach.

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Crystal Pepsi

The ’90s are back: Crystal Pepsi is making a comeback

By on June 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

The ’90s are back: Crystal Pepsi is making a comeback

Crystal Pepsi, the often mocked soft drink Pepsi released in the early 90s, is poised to make a long-awaited return. According to Ad Age, competitive eater Kevin Strahle relayed a message he received from Pepsi earlier in the week which strongly suggests that the cola that famously looks like Sprite but tastes like Pepsi is about to make a comeback.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Takeoff

This is what it looks like when your plane takes off… vertically

By on June 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

This is what it looks like when your plane takes off… vertically

Unless you’re the thrill seeking type, you might want to avoid, at all costs, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Ahead of the 2015 Paris Air Show, Boeing wanted to show off what the Dreamliner can do and the result is positively frightening.

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Dog Tribute Video Denali

Tribute video that a lovable dog made for its owner will leave you in tears

By on June 11, 2015 at 4:42 PM.

Tribute video that a lovable dog made for its owner will leave you in tears

“There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times.”

So reads the tagline for a wonderfully touching film about a man and his loyal dog, Denali. Put together by photographer Ben Moon, the film has already won a few film festival awards and was an official selection at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival.

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Belgium Coins

Belgium just punked France in the most hilarious way

By on June 10, 2015 at 10:41 AM.

Belgium just punked France in the most hilarious way

This past March, France took offense when it learned of Belgium’s plans to release a 2 euro coin to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the French defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. France vigorously protested the coin’s release, arguing that it would create conflict within the European Union. France also penned a letter arguing that the coins would elicit an “unfavorable” reaction from French citizens.

When the dust settled, Belgium’s hand was forced, resulting in them scrapping over 180,000 commemorative coins that they already minted.

But as it turns out, Belgium had a bit of a trick up its sleeve.

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World Trade Center New York Final Tower Design

Revealed: Here’s what the final World Trade Center tower will look like

By on June 9, 2015 at 4:58 PM.

Revealed: Here’s what the final World Trade Center tower will look like

It’s been a long time coming, but we now know what the final tower will look like when it’s built at the site of the old World Trade Center in New York. Wired has an exclusive report about the design of Two World Trade Center, which will be next to One World Trade Center and will be a massive tower in its own right that measures in at 1,340 feet tall. This still isn’t as tall as One World Trade Center, which is a gigantic 1,368 feet from the ground to its roof and 1,792 feet when you account for its spire.

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China Drones

How China is using drones to stop cheating on University entrance exams

By on June 9, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

How China is using drones to stop cheating on University entrance exams

Beginning this week, over 9 million high school students in China will sit down for a test called the Gaokao, an exam similar in nature to the SAT. As China’s University entrance exam, the Gaokao, otherwise known as the Higher Education Exam, is both high stakes and high pressure as it helps determine which tier of University each student can attend. As CNN points out, “failure means no degree, poorer job prospects and possibly a life of regret.”

With so much on the line, some students over the years have increasingly turned to high-tech cheating in order to improve their scores.

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Suicide Bombers Kill Themselves Fight

Suicide bombers detonate themselves after heated argument turns into fight

By on June 8, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Suicide bombers detonate themselves after heated argument turns into fight

Remember the selfie-taking terrorist that got his headquarters blown up by the Air Force last week in a swift attack? It turns out there are even more outlandish stories out there, with new reports revealing that at least one suicide bomber in Sargodha, Pakistan, may have died after accidentally triggering a suicide vest during an argument with a second individual who was also potentially a suicide bomber. More →

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ISIS Terrorist Selfie

‘Moron’ terrorist takes a selfie in front of ISIS headquarters, Air Force bombs it 22 hours later

By on June 5, 2015 at 6:45 AM.

‘Moron’ terrorist takes a selfie in front of ISIS headquarters, Air Force bombs it 22 hours later

Apparently, looks can kill. In a very real story that we assure you did not originate from The Onion, a terrorist from ISIS recently took a selfie of himself and posted it online.

Shortly thereafter, U.S. Intelligence, which heavily monitors social media accounts from ISIS members and supporters, managed to pinpoint an ISIS headquarters building in Syria by using the selfie photo as a reference point.

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