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Heads Up

Brought to you by Clay Swartz, associate editor of Boys’ Life magazine, Heads Up is your one-stop destination for the coolest stuff from around the globe. Plus there will be plenty of chances to win free stuff, so check in as much as possible.

  • This Indestructible Coating Makes a Watermelon Unbreakable
    Line X is one of the world’s most unique substances. The polymer spray makes almost anything indestructible. It’s most commonly used in truck beds, but Line-X can also protect a watermelon, an egg and a lightbulb from shattering on impact.In fact, it’s even being used to make bulletproof vests and other protective gear for soldiers and police officers. According to Popular Mechanics: Line-X is a mixture of two different molecules with very long names. The two molecules are kept separate until they’re sprayed on a surface, at which point they undergo a chemical reaction. In this chemical reaction, the two molecules bind together, creating a single molecule called polyurea. This molecule contains very long chains of atoms, and these long chains are the secret of Line-X’s strength. These chains are long enough that they get tangled together at the atomic scale, which makes them extremely hard to pull apart. At the same time, they’re extremely flexible, which produces the elastic effect. In the video below, a scientist dives into how Line-X works.
  • Can You Solve This Tricky Star Wars-Themed Brainbuster?
    Can you spot the hidden Oscar statue in the crowd of C-3POs?
  • Use This Throwable Gadget To Capture Epic GoPro Footage
    Drones are cool, but they’re also expensive and have some major federal rules associated with them. That’s what makes this throwable GoPro gadget from AER so cool. You simply lock in your GoPro into the foam AER flyer and you can safely toss it around your campsite, backyard or anywhere else. The result? Epic videos and photos from angles you’d never achieve without a drone. AER hits stores in January 2017. It’ll cost around $50. Click here to learn more about AER.
  • Watch the Brand-New ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer
    The countdown to Rogue One is on. The brand-new Star Wars spin-off movie will hit theaters on Dec. 16, and we’re finally seeing lots of new footage. Check out the latest trailer below.  
  • Nine Things You Might Not Know About John F. Kennedy
    In honor of the 35th President, take a look at a few lesser-known facts about JFK.

Book Zone

Love books? This is the right place. Get chances to win free books, the latest info on cool new books and pretty much anything else related to – wait for it … BOOKS! The Book Zone is ruled by Boys’ Life Senior Editor Paula Murphey.


Scouting Around

The Scouting Around blog is your source for Scouting news. Get ideas for your troop by reading about Scouting activities across the country. Biking in Buffalo? Caving in California? Fishing in Florida? Mountain climbing in Montana? Shooting in South Carolina? It’s all in Scouting Around.


Fishing

Love fishing? Want to learn how to catch more fish? Check out Boys’ Life‘s ultimate fishing blog for tips, tricks and expert advice.

  • Trick casting with Tom Redington
    After making millions of casts in a lifetime, fishing pros like Tom Redington can get pretty precise with their casts.
  • 25 funny fish jokes
    What do you get when you cross a fishing lure with a gym sock? Find out in our collection of hilarious fishing jokes.
  • Fishing the Summit
    Whether you’re headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that’s not just a load of hype.
  • Where to find fish in a river or stream
    Fishing pro Tom Redington reveals the best places to catch fish in a river.
  • Build a fishing rod rack
    Organize your fishing rods by building this simple wooden rack.

Games Guru Q&A

Stuck in a tough spot? Can’t figure out how to get past a monster? Just looking for an easier way? The Games Guru has the answers you need to succeed in your favorite video games.


Ask the Gear Guy

Not sure which gear to buy? Need tips for maintaining your equipment? Just send in your questions for the Gear Guy to answer.


boonDOCS: Wilderness First Aid Q&A

Wilderness first aid expert “Dr. K” explains how to be prepared for medical emergencies that can occur in the outdoors where resources run thin and accidents are sure to happen.