Yesterday, the Air Force conducted a third test flight of its X-51a "Waverider" hypersonic cruise missile, hoping for 300 seconds worth of sustained scramjet-powered flight at over Mach 5. It could have gone worse, but not by much: a faulty control fin caused the vehicle to break apart and crash into the ocean just over 30 seconds after launch.
The ability to print out your own 3D objects from open source schematics in your very home is absolutely the future. But technology enables all kinds of gray areas, such as people printing out homemade weapons. In this case, one guy managed to print himself parts for an assault rifle using a 3D printer. This article has been updated.
Batman has always been the gadget-lover's superhero. If you need a reminder to that end, here's his expansansive arsenal from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and, though not comprehensively, The Dark Knight Rises.
This, people, is the Army's shiny new laser plasma lightning cannon. It shoots lightning bolts down plasma channels created by laser beams to disable electronics and blow sh*t up. It's a laser plasma lightning cannon. A laser plasma lightning cannon!
The Lightning Gun, or Tesla Gun, is a video game staple, but it's also a real thing that you can build for yourself with enough know-how and a well-equipped local hackerspace. Rob Flickenger shows the world how to create a hand-held weapon that shoots lightning bolts, from scratch. As Rob says: you pull the trigger, and lightning comes out the front.
The military has been investing in several different kinds of fancy bullets over the last few years, from bullets with smart microgrenades to bullets with fins that can steer to their target. And in order to be able to use the right bullet for the right task, the Army wants a gun that can custom-select ammo at hundreds of rounds per minute.
Don't cry to us when the Mayan Apocalypse comes with a horde of brain-dead zombies because we'll just shake our heads at you for not stocking up on Arsenal Firearms' double barrel handgun that fires two bullets with every trigger pull.
We've all seen videos where security personnel use an inappropriate tool to stop a perpetrator, and often it's simply because they don't have something more suitable with them. This arm-worn weapon is designed to avoid that, by giving them a choice between four different non-lethal weapons.
Nerds, geeks, weaklings — it's time to stop getting your butts kicked. Slingshot expert Jörg Sprave is here to defend you from having your lunch money taken with his latest creation: the Nerd Revenge 2000. With this, no bully will ever mess with you again.
Vortex technology has been used in everything from rocket-powered fire extinguishers to Nerf guns, but neither of those things are capable of giving the beat-down to hapless protesters. By giving spinning vortices an electric charge, though, pepper spray can be sent over 150 feet at between 60 and 90 mph.