The Drone 3 In Flight I bet this would've caught Luke Skywalker on Endor. Malloy Aeronautics 15.4: combined weight in pounds of this robot riding a hovercycle.
Pumpkin King Scarecrow Imagine how much scarier this would be with a drone controlling it. SolarSurfer via Wikimedia Commons Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.
Stunning Stinger The Portuguese man o' war is named after an 18th century warship. The creature may look like one organism, but it is actually a siphonophore -- a colony made up of different individual animals.
Project Wing Drone Delivers Google In rural Australia, a drone delivers dog treats to a farmer. The robot is a proof of concept, part of Project Wing by Google X.
Jill Tarter, co-founder of the SETI Institute and formerly the senior scientist for the Allen Telescope Array (pictured)—the only radio telescope dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life.
Madrid From Space. DigitalGlobe The WorldView-3 satellite, which launched on August 13, has sent back its first images. They’re gorgeous, and kind of creepy.
Cover, August 1989 Popular Science As a magazine with 142 years of history, Popular Science sits on a treasure trove of vintage illustrations, perceptive predictions, obsolete technologies, essays by Nobel prize-winning scientists, and some seriously awkward advertisements.
An unholy trinity of forces – levees along the Mississippi River, sea level rise due to climate change, and fossil fuel extraction – have caused about 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana to disappear into the Gulf of Mexico over the past eight decades.
Egg Ancestors The evolution of a successful strain of egg camouflage. Project Nightjar Call it a case of virtual selection.
Walk This Way A Polypterus senegalus fish on land. Nature The old idiom about “being a fish out of water” just lost some of its luster.
Super Ball Bot An early prototype of the robot V. SunSpiral et al. As the Mars Curiosity rover's "Seven Minutes of Terror" video showed us, landing on a distant world can be extraordinarily difficult.
The Gladiator, from the PC game Star Citizen 498,500 players have spent more than $48.1 million on virtual ships available for purchase.
Where Dreams Come True Andrey Rudenko, Total Kustom This is a castle that a man 3-D printed from concrete, using a printer he built himself.
Lab Mouse Wikimedia Commons A team of researchers has found a part of the brain that controls how motivated mice are to exercise, according to a new study.
Supercavitating Submarine South China Morning Post The submarine of the future may come to America in a super fast bubble, traveling under water.
Giant Panda Flickr CC by 2.0 Ai Hin was all set to be a star. The 6-year-old giant panda had shown signs of pregnancy last month, and staff at the Chengdu Breeding Research Centre in China had planned to film her labor in the first ever live broadcast of a panda giving birth.
Good luck hacking into this guy. Photograph by Brian Klutch Between revelations of NSA spying and a sense that marketers and hackers are picking our digital pockets, we’re all getting a little edgy about cellular security.
Partial Map of the Internet, 2005 "Internet map 1024" by The Opte Project - Originally from the English Wikipedia.
Unencrypted Connection Les Goldsmith Like many of the ultra-secure phones that have come to market in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks, the CryptoPhone 500, built on top of an unassuming Samsung Galaxy SIII body, features high-powered encryption, along with a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that Goldsmith's team found in the stock installation of the OS.