According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, “this watermelon was completely destroyed by a firework the size of a stick of gum.” Now, we’ve set off a lot of commercially available fireworks in our day yet we have yet to find any the size of a stick of gum that can blow up a watermelon. But now that we know something like this exists, WE WANT TO TRY IT: -- Mayor Eric Garcetti @MayorOfLA: “Fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles and even small ones can cause a lot of damage. This watermelon was completely destroyed by a firework the size of a stick of gum. 🎆 This #FourthOfJuly be safe, find a professional show near you.” -- That was the mayor’s intended effect, no? He’s trying to sell watermelon-killer explosives?
Liam Dillon @dillonliam: “I feel like this incredibly awesome video may not have its intended effect of reducing interest in fireworks.” -- Marc Luber @JD_COT: “Are you trying to tease us all? That video made me want to buy fireworks!” -- Chris Owens @Chris_J_Owens: “I need to know what was used in the demonstrations… because reasons.” -- Paul Farhi @farhip: “Millions of people thinking the same thing: How can I get my hands on some of these awesome gumstick fireworks?” -- Mitchell Prothero @mitchprothero: “Are you trying to entrap me into blowing up fruit with exploding gum? Are you a narc?” -- Don’t feel guilty … everyone wants to blow up a watermelon after seeing this: -- Gabby Velasquez @not_gabriela: “I feel so guilty that my first instinct is wanting to blow up a watermelon.”
SpaceX marked the end of an era this morning as the last of its old-generation Falcon 9 rockets blasted beyond orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
On board was a ball-shaped artificial intelligence robot nicknamed the 'flying brain', which is designed to fly around the International Space Station and interact with a German astronaut.
The rocket's Dragon cargo ship is also carrying an experiment to measure plant stress in space and a study of a new cancer treatment. It is expected to dock with the International Space Station next week.
The launch formally ended the reign of the Falcon 9 Block 4 rocket as SpaceX makes way for its next-generation Block 5 boosters, which the company hopes to launch and re-use up to 100 times before they need replacing.
A team from Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center (CMU NREC) demonstrated shape-shifting wheel-track mechanisms that transition from a round wheel to a triangular track and back again while the vehicle is on the move, for instant improvements to tactical mobility and maneuverability on diverse terrains.
U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade conduct airborne jump at Aviano Air Base in preparation for airborne operation onto Juliet Drop Zone in Italy.
The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of projecting ready forces anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Commands' areas of responsibility.
In the never-ending parade of weird phenomena erupting from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano comes a "rain" of green crystals, which have supposedly been spotted on the ground after falling from the sky.
"It is literally raining gems," tweeted Tucson meteorologist Erin Jordan, who posted a photo sent to her by a friend in Hawaii.
The gems are also known as olivine, "a common mineral in basaltic lava, which is what this eruption is producing," said Concord University volcanologist Janine Krippner. "Olivine is formed in hot and deep magmas and is brought up to the surface during an eruption."
Although photos have been posted on social media, no scientists have confirmed any official sightings on the ground.
If verified, this olivine could have fallen out of the lava as it was spewed into the air, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Wendy Stovall told Mashable.
It's certainly not unusual to find olivine crystals in most Hawaiian lava rock, both new and ancient. "It's pretty common," Stovall said to Mashable. "There’s often olivine in rocks all over Hawaii."
With tensions still high between Israel and Iran, a new supersonic air-to-surface missile designed for the annihilation of high-quality targets has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industry Systems (IMI).
Dubbed “The Rampage” after a popular video-game, it is an accurate supersonic, long-range air-to-ground assault missile with a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation suit which allows for precision targeting at a very low mission cost compared to existing solutions.