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Filming Monster Atomic Blasts Requires Monster Cameras

There’s a truly monstrous camera at the “Churchill’s Scientists” exhibition at London’s Science Museum right now. The C4 Rotating Mirror High Speed Camera was developed at the end of World War II to study explosive reactions.


Removing A Tunnelling Machine From The Ground Is Difficult

Video: Tunnel-boring machines are genuine marvels of modern technology — self-contained contraptions big enough to build entire subway tunnels, a job that used to require thousands of pick-axes and the sacrifice of quite a few lives. But once construction is finished, getting the machines out can take months.


The Magnificent Evolution Of Polar Icebreakers

Modern icebreakers are the most marvellous of civilian ships. They are huge, they are strong, they are powerful, and their history is amazing. Without them, there would be no safe waterways for other ships in the icy waters around the poles of the Earth. Here is a spectacular look into their evolution, from steamers and diesel vessels to nuclear powered ships.


This Camera Is Going To Hell And Will Send Us Pictures

European Space Agency engineers are going where no human will ever go. They have put a camera inside an automated spacecraft full of garbage (including sewage) to see what will happen during its reentry into Earth’s atmosphere this weekend.


Monster Machines: The R&D Machines That Push Your Smartphone 'Til It Breaks

Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone’s now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they’re fit for purpose, so that’s got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and pummelling.


These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons From Star Wars

Competitive target shooting is as old as shooting weapons, from bows to laser pistols. But air pistols went through impressive evolution in the past few decades, thanks to manufacturers putting amazingly futuristic arms into the hands of competitors. Some of them look like Han Solo should be shooting.


Monster Machines: This Gleaming Monolith May Spawn The Next Space Shuttle

This is the European Space Agency’s test spaceplane, which is planned to go on a 100-minute mission without a crew on February 11. It will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana.


Monster Machines: We Find Out What It's Like To Ride Inside An Authentic WW2-Era Tank

The Matilda II Mark IV was an Allied infantry tank of the Second World War. Noted for its formidably armored hull, it was one of the primary tanks used by Australian Army regiments during New Guinea, Bougainville and Borneo campaigns. Last week, we stepped inside one of these 25-tonne death machines for an authentic taste of World War II driving. Here are the photos.


All The World's Cows On Treadmills Could Power 6% Of Earth

When roaming open pastures, cattle can walk up to eight hours a day while grazing but they can’t always get as much exercise when confined to a barnyard. One enterprising farmer, however, has invented an ingenious means of getting his herd moving — and generate a bit of free electricity on the side.


Monster Machines: Say Hello To China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers, auto-cannons and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defence against frickin’ lasers, China’s newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four times the speed of sound.