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The World's Largest HD LED Display Takes Over US Town

Not everything is bigger in Texas. The gargantuan LED display housed in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, and the even the slightly more humongous display in the Houston Texans’ stadium, have just been displaced by the mega-jumbotron debuting today in Jacksonville in the US.


Monster Machines: This Tank Thinks It's A Beach-Storming Hovercraft

As the US military explores the idea of moving our forward operating bases offshore, it is faced with the issue of actually getting troops from ship to land. However, at last month’s RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii, the US Navy showed off the future of landing craft with a gargantuan aquatic tank prototype — and even that’s only half the size of the final design.


Monster Machines: Sonic Cannons Are Going To Wreck US East Coast Ecology In Search Of Oil

The Obama administration’s record on environmental responsibility took a huge hit last Friday when the Feds approved not only energy exploration off the Eastern US seaboard for the first time in 40 years, but also the use of sonic cannons, which have been linked to immense disruptions of oceanic life. Who cares about the survival of the world’s 500 remaining Atlantic right whales; Virginia and the Carolinas need more fossil fuels to burn!


Monster Machines: America's Next Big Space Launch Rocket Is A Total Beast

With its forthcoming Space Launch System, NASA hopes to send astronauts farther into space than it ever has ever before — to Mars and beyond. And when the first crew does leave to make interplanetary history, they will do so aboard these rocket engines.


Monster Machines: NASA's Moon-Bound Geology Lab That Never Quite Got Off The Ground

The rigour of operating outside the atmosphere has often led to rather outlandish NASA vehicle designs, but few have been more alien than this mobile lunar field laboratory from the heyday of the Space Age. Shame it never actually made it past New Mexico.


Monster Machines: Robots With Digital Eyes Could Pick Your Next Peck Of Peppers

The days of hand-picked fruits and vegetables — at least those picked by human hands — are quickly coming to a close as robotic farming technology continues its rapid advancement. A team of roboticists from the EU, for example, have just debuted an automated fruit and vegetable harvester that can spot ripe produce just by looking at it.


Monster Machines: The Fighter Jet The US Could Have Built Instead Of The F-35

The mid-1990s found the US military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent — and highly contentious — design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $US200 billion defence contract, which in turn became the debacle we know as the F-35. But what about the plane we could have had instead?


Monster Machines: America's Best Aeroplane Since The SR-71

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit’s inaugural flight. Through its quarter-century of service, the original Stealth Bomber has earned its place among the most elite warbirds in the USAF fleet and remains a vital weapon of the US arsenal to this day. It’s a plane that could start — or stop — WWIII single-handedly.


Monster Machines: Russia's Military Is Getting Killer Wall-E Robot Soldiers In 2018

Russia’s newest line of robotic soldiers took part in their first wargames recently. They may look suspiciously like Wall-E, but Russia’s Platform-M isn’t nearly as benevolent.


Monster Machines: This Floating US Special Forces Base Sure Doesn't Look Like One

The US military, facing a distinct shortage of allies willing to let them build forward operating bases on their land, has developed an ingenious solution: build the base on a boat and moor it in international waters. All of the shock and awe, none of the messy legal entanglements.