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Chinese firm claims its laser rifle burns clothes and skin up to 800m away

A Chinese firm wants to arm the country’s police forces with a whole new kind of weapon for the battlefield: an assault rifle that fires lasers and can burn your clothes and skin from up to 800m away. Oh, and those lasers are silent, invisible, and can pass through glass windows too.<p>The rifle (not …

President Trump directs Defense Department to 'immediately begin the process' of establishing 'space force' as sixth military branch

President Donald Trump declared Monday he will move to make a new branch of the military focused solely on space.<p>"I am hereby directing the …

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Close-up photos of Russia's new 'stealth' jet reveal its true purpose — and it's a big threat to the US

Russia's "fifth-generation," "combat-tested," "stealth" fighter jet has a lot of dubious claims made about it, but recent close-up photography of the plane from Russia's Victory Day parade on May 9 reveals it's just not a stealth jet.<p>Russia has tried to sell the plane as a stealth jet to India, but …

20 Shockingly Useful Amazon Items Under $20

Some of them WAY under.<p>Amidst all the knockoff smartwatches and suspiciously cheap bulk batches of condoms, there are some seriously great deals on …

Physicists cracked the mystery of teleportation — but it's nothing like what you see in Star Trek

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains how teleportation can be done. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Brian Greene:</b> I'm Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and …

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China Claims To Have Built A Version Of NASA's 'Impossible Engine' That Uses NO Fuel

For it to work it actually has to break the laws of physics.<p>The USSR-USA space race might be history, but China has confirmed that NASA still has …

Google engineer's anti-diversity manifesto sparks outrage

Google employees are reacting with outrage to a manifesto written by a senior engineer that criticizes the company's efforts to improve workforce diversity and its "left leaning" bias.<p>The 10-page treatise, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," argues that women are underrepresented in tech …

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

The Masochist's Marathon

The world's top ultrarunners fight to compete in the Barkley Marathons, an ever-shifting race designed by a madman to break their spirits through 100 miles of hellish Appalachian mountains. So far, only 14 people have completed it.<p>A man is begging on the side of a Tennessee mountain. He's crumpled …

After Delays, SpaceX and Boeing Aim to Launch Astronauts Next Year

The race is on between the Dragon 2 and the Starliner.<p><b>• The space shuttle retired in 2011.</b><p><b>• No American-made spacecraft has launched American astronauts into orbit since then.</b><p><b>• NASA tasked SpaceX and Boeing with the job. Following delays, both are now scheduled to start in 2018.</b><p>Back in 2014, SpaceX …

25 iPhone Secrets and Stories We're Only Learning 10 Years Later

The iPhone first went on sale 10 years ago. Here are some of the behind-the-scenes secrets.<p>Ah, the iPhone. Roughly a third of American adults use them. In fact, my analytics suggest there's a better than even chance you're reading this article on one right now.<p>As we reach the 10-year anniversary of …

How The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” Was Retooled To Sound Fresh 50 Years Later

Giles Martin remixed The Beatles’ most ambitious album with a blend of vintage technique and modern tools. It’s out May 26.<p>For such a plain-looking room, it sure carries a massive, almost eerie, historic weight. Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London is nearly empty, except for some old …

Paul McCartney Praises Pot, Slams Fans on ‘Fixing a Hole’: The Story Behind Every ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Song

For a while, there were two prevailing opinions on what “Fixing a Hole,” the fifth track on the Beatles’ <i>Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band</i>, was …

Who Exactly Is Sir Paul McCartney Playing In ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales?’

<b>This post contains spoilers for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, so read on with caution, mateys.</b><p>The time has come for the latest <i>Pirates Of The Caribbean</i> film to hit theaters and for Johnny Depp to break out his Captain Jack Sparrow schtick once again. While people are a little bit …

What a Chance Meeting with Sir Paul McCartney Can Teach Us

What not to do when your face is your brand.<p>When I decided to end Twisted Sister as a live entity in early 1988, as pragmatic as that decision was, I was confronted by a huge sense of loss since my identity was connected with that brand, which I helped develop, for more than 15 years. We went from …

The 50 Best Beatles songs

The best Beatles songs: 50-41<p>50<p>‘Within You Without You’<p>Kicking off in the middle of a red-eyed conversation about human isolation, this spiritual …

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Lennon and McCartney Show Modern Pop Stars How To Brush Off A Controversy In This Exclusive Clip From New Beatles Doc

The Beatles released Sgt Pepper half a century ago.<p>Many a pop star has faced a public controversy over the past five decades – an unfortunately timed …

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Sgt. Pepper at 50: 10 Highlights from the Beatles' Newly Unearthed Session Outtakes

Imagine finding one of van Gogh’s early sketches for “Starry Night,” or a rough draft of Fitzgerald’s <i>The Great Gatsby</i>. For anyone who loves music, …

When the Patient Is a Gold Mine: The Trouble With Rare-Disease Drugs

With a flagship treatment that helps fewer than 11,000 people, how is Alexion making so much money?<p>Kerry Owens, a doctor in Oklahoma City who …

11 Signs That You Might Be Experiencing High-Functioning Depression (Yes, It's A Real Thing) –

If I were to ask you to picture and describe a depressed person, what would you envision?<p>Someone having trouble getting out of bed every day? Someone …

Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways

MagazineFeature<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but scheming and dishonesty are part of what makes us human.<p>In the fall of 1989 Princeton University welcomed into its freshman class a young man named Alexi Santana, whose life story the admissions committee had found extraordinarily compelling.<p>He had …

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Get Ready for an Another Breakthrough in the World of Quantum Mechanics

For the first time ever, scientists have achieved direct counterfactual quantum communication. This type of quantum communication is where no …

Ask Ethan: What Was The Entropy Of The Universe At The Big Bang?

The second law of thermodynamics is one of those puzzling laws of nature that simply emerges from the fundamental rules. It says that entropy, a measure of disorder in the Universe, must always increase in any closed system. But how is it possible that our Universe today, which looks to be …

Don’t Leave Your Performance Review Without Asking This One Question

Make sure you have this answer by the time you get back to your desk.<p>When you’re heading into your performance review, you probably come armed with a …

This Is How To Stop Checking Your Phone: 5 Secrets From Research

How long do you think the average work email goes unread? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? <i>1 minute?</i>Try 6 seconds.From Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive …

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How two companies hooked customers on rarely used products

Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), has a quirky way of deciding which companies he likes. It’s called “The Toothbrush Test.” According to the New York Times, when Page looks at a potential company to acquire, he wants to know if the product is, like a toothbrush, …

The complete guide to spring cleaning your computer

Blow away those digital cobwebs<p>If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring clean.<p>We're not just …

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Buried Alive: Stories From Inside Solitary Confinement

It is brutal. It is torture by definition. It destroys the mind, body, and soul, making rehabilitation next to impossible. It is also outrageously expensive, and it doesn't work. Yet at the end of the Obama era, and the dawn of Trump's, isolation is as widely used as ever in the American penal …

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INSIDE MEDIUM'S MELTDOWN: How an idealistic Silicon Valley founder raised $134 million to change journalism, then crashed into reality

Four days into 2017, Medium's employees came to work and were told that one-third of them — 50 people — were being let go.<p>They were shocked. Their adored boss, billionaire CEO Ev Williams, best known as the cofounder of Twitter, seemed to care so deeply for each of them.<p>But he told the world about …

A Synopsis of Your Failed Relationships, or Why You’re Now Married to an Invisible Man

You’ll date a man who can’t see faces, just blurred heads on bodies. He’ll tell you that you’re beautiful, like Lupita Nyong’o, because you just impulsively shaved your head after you learned that your little sister was getting married before you. You’ll pull up a photo of Lupita to show him that …