A kinetic missile that flies at mach 7
Here's hoping this month's release of the Hollywood sea-fighting epic Master and Commander will do justice to those magnificent men and their sailing machines. On these pages, the mightiest ships of then and now.
Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger blows up an elephant tusk
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
In his book The Most Human Human, Brian Christian looks at the artificial intelligences we've built, and what they say about us
A rocket torpedo that swims in an air bubble
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
According to the laws of physics, the world should not exist. To explain why we're here, scientists are recreating the universe's fiery beginnings by pitting matter against antimatter and watching them annihilate.
Physics can't find the biggest thing in the known universe, so it's looking beyond our paltry three dimensions. Michael Moyer enters the zone of insanely hard mathematics, translates what he finds into plain English, and makes it back alive.
The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity
A Russian missile test or a meteor remain the top guesses for a strange spiraling light phenomenon
Proof of a bioterror program is hard to come by. In the Iraq conflict, impatient politicians and media jumped to conclusions.
A compendium of the fastest things the world has to offer, and a celebration of the technological breakthroughs that feed the rush
A room full of computers gets shut down while the missile flies by above the building.
A physicist in Congress weighs in on electronic voting, missile defense and why politicians tend to ignore science
A former spy's excruciating death by radiation poisoning marks the beginning of an era of high-tech hit men who can kill from anywhere
Toxin sniffers, missile jammers, dirty-bomb detectors: Will a new security arsenal make us safer?