NASA: New "impossible" engine works, could change space travel forever

Until yesterday, every physicist was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Shawyer. It's called the EmDrive and everyone said it was impossible because it goes against classical mechanics. But the fact is that the quantum vacuum plasma thruster works and scientists can't explain why. » 8/01/14 10:48am 8/01/14 10:48am

Beautiful architectural alphabet engravings should be built for real

Antonio Basoli was an Italian artist that lived between the 18th and the 19th century working mostly in Bologna. Among other things, he created these beautiful architectural alphabet engravings called Alfabeto Pittorico. I wish there was a place called Alphabet City* where all these buildings were real. » 8/01/14 7:27am 8/01/14 7:27am

This skier must be a wizard or use anti-gravity skis

This guy's name is Adam Delorme, although I will just go ahead and call him Darth Delorme. Or His Wizardness Lord Delorme of Snow. He can go by either name. Like the rest of the skiers in the documentary Less, his skiing seems more like an act of magic than actual skiing. At one point I thought it was all CGI. » 7/30/14 12:34am 7/30/14 12:34am

Stunning selfie of a lone man facing a terrifying volcano pit

Look at that lonely guy, so tiny and fragile on the edge of the fiery Gates of Hell—the Kilauea Volcano's Halemaumau Crater. His name is Andrew Hara, the photographer who took this amazing self-portrait, which was just featured as photo of the day in National Geographic's Your Shot. How the hell did he do it? » 7/24/14 12:53am 7/24/14 12:53am

The amazing system that tested the most powerful rocket engine ever

A photo of the Rocketdyne F-1 rocket engine—"the most powerful single-nozzle liquid-fueled rocket engine ever flown"—being tested at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. Five of them powered the first stage of the Saturn V. Watch and listen to all of them being tested—in Dolby 5.1 sound. It's amazing. » 7/18/14 3:16am 7/18/14 3:16am

Holy crap, a supersonic ping pong ball can destroy a ping pong paddle

Ping pong balls are fragile—they can be easily be crushed with your fingers. Ping pong paddles are really hard—they can easily break your finger bones and do serious damage. With that in mind, watch this video of a supersonic ping pong ball destroying a paddle in slow motion. It's incredible. » 6/19/14 2:07am 6/19/14 2:07am

Amazing close-up photos capture war planes and birds' majesty in motion

I've seen many photos of airplanes and nature in my life, but very few photographers get close to Tom Dean's ability to capture any kind of flying bird. The action, the right mix of motion blur and crispy detail, and the sheer awesomeness of them all are simply stunning. Feast your eyes, my friends. » 6/13/14 1:47pm 6/13/14 1:47pm

The entrance to hell is in the center of Asia and it's terrifying

You are looking at the city of Mirny, located right in the heart of Asia, in the Republic of Yakutia, an estate associated to the Russian Federation. That terrifying hole is an open quarry 525 meters deep and 1.2 kilometers in diameter right next to the city itself. It looks like the gates of hell to me. » 6/13/14 2:50am 6/13/14 2:50am

This may be the most awesome image of the kids who hang from buildings

This is awesome. Not awesome as hot dogs, but awesome in the real sense of the word: "extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear." Say whatever you want about Mustang Wanted and his friends. Call him crazy, insane, borderline suicidal—like you did in the comments here—I don't… » 5/16/14 12:05pm 5/16/14 12:05pm

These fully-automatic Wolverine claws are as badass as the real ones

Holy crap, Colin Furze made the best Wolverine claws replicas ever. These 12-inch steel blades are fully automatic: they can deploy or retract with the push of a button. I've seen many tries at making these, but nothing as amazing as this these ones. And for sure, you can use these as real—very—mortal weapons. » 5/15/14 6:08pm 5/15/14 6:08pm

Truck transported on a ropeway going up a 5,400-foot mountain

Linthal 2015 is one of the most fascinating power projects going on in the world right now. When finished, this 2.35-billion-dollar pumped storage system will be able to generate as much power as a nuclear power plant—1,480 MW. The only problem is that there are no roads connecting the construction sites, so they have… » 5/15/14 1:04pm 5/15/14 1:04pm

Watching a human navigate like a bat is impressive

Daniel Kish, who lost his eyesight to cancer, is now an expert in echolocation - the technique that a bat uses to navigate at night. This is why he is sometimes known as the real life Batman - although Daredevil would be more accurate. Using these skills Daniel is able to enjoy independence and freedom from many of… » 5/06/14 6:55am 5/06/14 6:55am