science
New, Ultrafast Swimming Drones are Tiny Ocean Explorers

The future of drones isn’t in the skies. It’s in the ocean. That’s what the OpenROV team proved in 2012 with their wildly successful remote-controlled ocean-going drone (complete with underwater camera). And now they’re back with the Trident, a sleeker, faster model – which I took for a test swim last week at San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay. Read More >>

military
How the Navy of the Future Will Find—And Destroy—Underwater Mines

You don't joke about mining important maritime trade routes—Iran did and nearly started WWIII. And while America's fleet of MH-53E Sea Dragons and Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships are still quite effective, they're getting really, really old. Both platforms entered service in the mid-1980s and are quickly nearing their retirement dates. Here's what the US Navy has in store for its future countermining operations. Read More >>

monster machines
NASA’s Student-Designed Explorer Launches Today

Whether you think it's our fault or not, the simple fact of the matter is that the Earth is heating up—so much so that last summer's heat caused surface melting along an unprecedented 97 percent of the Greenland ice sheet. Now, researchers are turning to an ever-ready solar rover to survey the damage. Read More >>

drones
This Grizzly Won’t Eat You So Much as Carry Your Luggage

It's a long hike through difficult terrain out to your favourite picnic spot—a trek made worse when you have to lug the champage flutes and foie gras along. But with this autonomous ATV from Cleartrail, you'll barely have to lift a trigger finger. Read More >>