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Are Russian ‘weapons’ just filled with hot air?

October 13th, 2016

The same technology that produces bouncy castles is reportedly a part of Russian military strategy. MIG-31 fighter jets, T-80 tanks and even a S-300 missile system are all available for sale from a company called Rusbal— and all of them are as solid as a hot air balloon and as deadly as a bouncy castle …

Scientists study ‘Death Star’ to save Earth

October 12th, 2016

Computerized modeling of Mars’ moon Phobos has a connection with keeping the Earth safe from asteroids, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced on Wednesday. Phobos has a huge crater, more than five miles across, and a new computer model out of the LLNL in California simulates the dramatic impact that could have caused that …

Astronauts going to Mars could face brain damage, study warns

October 10th, 2016

Going to Mars could be bad for astronauts’ brains, a new study using rodents has found. While the Earth’s magnetosphere mostly protects people on this planet from cosmic radiation, any trailblazers on a long-distance trek to Mars would have to contend with the harmful radiation of space. To study this, researchers exposed rodents to charged …

Yahoo built email spying software for intelligence agencies, report says

October 4th, 2016

Last year, Internet giant Yahoo built software to spy on incoming emails of hundreds of millions of accounts for U.S. intelligence agencies, according to Reuters. Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported that Yahoo complied with a classified government directive to scan YahooMail accounts at the request of the National Security Agency or FBI. …

Out with a bang: Rosetta crashes into comet

September 30th, 2016

After a journey of billions of miles and a historic cosmic rendezvous, the Rosetta spacecraft met its end after a “controlled impact” with the comet it had been studying. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed a loss of signal from the probe on Friday at 1:19 pm, Central European Summer Time. The maneuver to slowly …

Wearable translation device promises a science-fiction future, almost

September 28th, 2016

A company called Waverly Labs is working on a wearable translation device that has captured people’s imaginations, generated plenty of buzz, andraised over $3 million on Indiegogo. Its promise? That two people wearing earpieces made by the company could speak in different languages, and with the earpieces working in conjunction with a smartphone app, each person could …

Facebook apologizes for video viewing-time error

September 23rd, 2016

Facebook apologized on Friday for what it described as a “miscalculation” in the way it reported how long, on average, videos on the site were viewed— an error that caused the metric to be exaggerated. The error stemmed from how the company did the math on video viewing length, taking into account only people who …

Army building new ‘ambidextrous’ multi-purpose grenade

September 22nd, 2016

Engineers at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are developing an ambidextrous multi-purpose hand grenade, which is the military’s first new lethal hand grenade in more than 40 years. The Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) grenade will let soldiers set the grenade to fragmentation or concussive effect with the flip of a switch. The …