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3 Animals (Other Than Birds) That Mimic Human Speech

Everyone knows that parrots can mimic human speech. So can a few other birds, including ravens and starlings. But it’s not just birds that speak up. Here are a few less obvious examples of animals that have learned to sound like people. 1. Asian Elephant At least one elephant is using his trunk for more than just [...]

The Whale That Speaks Human

Image: U.S. Navy Ever heard of the whale that speaks human? Meet NOC, a white beluga whale that "talks" just like you and me: For years, NOC was part of the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program in [...]

World War I Centennial: Even Bigger Battleships, Part III

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

Which Science Fiction Franchises Depict Space Warfare the Most Accurately?

It’s all speculative, of course. Humans have never engaged in a space naval battle…that we know about it. Star Trek and the like aren’t real, but physics is. So Foreign Policy interviewed naval analyist Chris Weuve about the real science behind interplanetary combat in science fiction: FP: What about ships turning in space like airplanes? CW: Babylon 5 was closer [...]

World War I Centennial: Even Bigger Battleships, Part II

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

USS Constitution to Sail Once Again

Launched in 1797, the frigate USS Constitution is the oldest vessel in active service in the United States Navy. Since 1881, it has sailed without the aid of tugs only once. Tomorrow, it will do so again to mark the 200th anniversary of its battle with HMS Guerriere: During Sunday’s sail, the Constitution’s crew of about 65, accompanied [...]

A Brief and Incomplete History of Launching Animals Into Space

Pretty much ever since humans discovered flight, we’ve been strapping animals into our new devices just to see what would happen. Over the last 330 years or so, we’ve launched dogs, cats, chimps, monkeys, roosters, ducks, spiders, fruit flies, silk worms, ants, bees, moss, turtles, rabbits, jellyfish, amoebae, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, goldfish, and one Enlightment-era [...]

10 Things We’re Supposed to Remember

Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com 1. …the Alamo A quick refresher on the basics of the Battle of the Alamo: fought from February 23-March 6, 1836, between Mexico and the Republic of Texas as a part of the Texas Revolution of 1835-1836. The first 12 days were a siege by Mexican General Santa Anna and his troops [...]

Underwater Art Gallery

Above is a scene that scuba divers stared at while drifting underwater. No, it is not the effort of a brave model holding her breath. It’s a photograph mounted on the shipwrecked Vandenberg, part of an underwater art gallery set up by Andreas Franke. The Vanderberg was first commissioned in 1944 by the U.S. Navy [...]

Navy SEAL Team 6’s Next Target: Disney!

Osama bin Laden was one thing, but The Mouse? I think the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 is in for bruiser of a fight. You see, it has a new bigger and badder adversary: Disney and its team of lawyers. SEAL Team 6 isn’t going down without a fight.The Navy is challenging Disney’s attempt to trademark the [...]