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Watch fireball flash across Maine sky

May 17th, 2016

In this eerie, short video shot by a dashboard camera in a Portland, Maine police cruiser, a huge fireball drops from the sky, giving officers on duty more than they bargained for while scoping for speeders.

Watch the world’s biggest plane land in Australia

May 16th, 2016

Tens of thousands of Australians turned out to gawk as the world’s largest plane descended into Perth’s airport on Sunday. The hulking Antonov An-225 cargo plane, which boasts six engines and wings that measure almost 300 feet long, was delivering a 100-plus-ton generator for a refinery. It landed smoothly with puffs of smoke from its …

Hidden high-tech ocean pods will unleash Naval drones

May 12th, 2016

What if the U.S. could seed secret pods deep in the oceans that suddenly burst out of the water unleashing devastating surprise attacks on the enemy? While this sounds like the stuff of science fiction the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working to make this amazing project science fact. Known as Upward Falling …

Cool robot hand learns as it goes

May 10th, 2016

It’s a device that brings to mind the bodyless hand, Thing, from The Addams Family: a human-like robotic hand, engineered by scientists at the University of Washington, that can learn on its own as it handles a specific task. The hand has five fingers, tendons, joints, over a hundred sensors, and is capable of moving …

This humanoid robot diver is a submersible avatar

April 29th, 2016

A professor at Stanford University has designed a robotic humanoid diver with articulated hands that is designed to be an underwater avatar, exploring the way a human would— while its driver remains safely up at the surface. The robot, which measures about five feet long, uses artificial intelligence and also a haptic feedback system to …

DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

April 27th, 2016

DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded contracts to eight organizations to develop more intelligent, more agile ground vehicles that aren’t burdened by extra armor. The problem that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said that it wants to address is that as weapons get better at piercing armor, adding armor to ground vehicles …

Alien hunters claim Venus has buildings

April 26th, 2016

Space might very well be considered the “final frontier,” but according to alien hunters, intelligent life on Venus includes cities for its inhabitants. A 20-minute Spanish-language video posted to YouTube by mundodesconocido magnifies and examines images of the planet taken by NASA’s Magellan probe.

Titanic artifacts reveal gruesome discovery of tragic ship’s last lifeboat

April 20th, 2016

Photos and a handwritten note detailing the grisly discovery of Titanic’s last lifeboat will be auctioned in the U.K. later this week. The three photos were taken on May 13, 1912, almost a month after Titanic’s sinking, and show crewmembers from RMS Oceanic attempting to recover one of the doomed liner’s lifeboats. Inside the lifeboat, …

Startup Livit merges mobile live streaming, virtual reality

April 15th, 2016

Los Angeles-based startup Livit wants to bring a new type of content to mobile users by harnessing live streaming and virtual reality. Livit, which describes itself as the first mobile live virtual reality streaming platform, delivered VR livestreams from Ultra Music Festival in Miami and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington …

2015 was a big year for Canadian UFO sightings, report says

April 14th, 2016

Canada experienced a very high number of reported UFO sightings in 2015, according to an annual survey released by Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Ufology Research. Chris Rutkowski, one of the researchers that compiled the survey, told CBC that reported sightings in Canada last year were the second highest since the survey began in 1989. There were 1,267 …