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US Navy destroyer tests new defense system, takes out ballistic missile

February 10th, 2017

The U.S. and Japan successfully completed a ballistic missile intercept in a spectacular test off the west coast of Hawaii last week. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Japan’s Ministry of Defense and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John Paul Jones conducted the intercept test on Feb. 3. The test marks the first time that …

‘Punch a Nazi’ goes from meme to video game

February 8th, 2017

The recent ‘punch a Nazi’ meme has inspired a video game of the same name. The brainchild of game developer Super Deluxe, “Punch a Nazi” invites gamers to launch punches at digital avatars of Adolf Hitler, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer and Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos. A livestream of the game posted to Facebook …

Super Bowl LI will tap tech to give viewers a player’s POV

February 3rd, 2017

The Super Bowl dates back to 1967, and now, decades later, the big game of 2017 will make use of modern tech that will boost viewers’ experiences. For one, FOX will feature technology called “Be the Player,” utilizing a network of nearly 40 cameras in the rafters of NRG Stadium in Houston. Those cameras will …

Experts uncover 38,000-year-old engravings

January 31st, 2017

Thirty-eight thousand years ago, someone in southern France carved the image of a wild cow surrounded by rows of dots into a slab of limestone. Today, nearly 40 millennia later, that limestone slab, uncovered only five years ago, is giving anthropologists a new look at the first modern human beings known to have lived in …

By squeezing and twisting, new robot could keep hearts pumping

January 30th, 2017

Like Wall–E, a new robot may soon find its way into– or rather onto– your heart. Researchers from Harvard have created a silicone sleeve that has been proven to help a pig’s heart continue to pump blood after it’s failed. With some tweaks, there’s a chance the soft, squishy robo–sleeve could work in humans, keeping …

Controversial video game gun study gets retracted

January 25th, 2017

A controversial study about video games and guns titled in part “Boom, Headshot!” has been pulled because of issues with the original data, the website Retraction Watch reported recently. The now-retracted study argued that training with a violent video game can actually make people better at shooting with a real gun. The study, published in …

Stunning fossil discovery: Giant otter was size of wolf

January 23rd, 2017

Millions of years ago, a wolf-sized otter swam around ancient swampy China, scientists have discovered. The huge otter would have weighed about 110 pounds, and lived about 6.24 million years ago, according to a new report. The fossilized remains of this now-extinct ancient otter— one of the largest otters known— were discovered in a mine …

New species of moth named for Trump, thanks to ‘yellowish’ mop

January 18th, 2017

With a mop of yellow-white scales on its little head, a newly-identified species of moth has been named for Donald Trump— a move that its discoverer hopes will highlight the importance of conservation. The new moths are native to both California and, somewhat ironically, Mexico. Some of the specimens first came from a museum at …

Orlando nightclubs deploy radar technology to detect weapons

January 17th, 2017

Some nightclubs in Orlando are looking to deploy radar-based weapons detection technology in the aftermath of last year’s deadly mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse. Weapons detection specialist Patriot One Technologies announced on Tuesday that it is partnering with VGroup Concepts to launch a ‘Safe Districts’ initiative. VGroup Concepts is a management company of several …