John Rutledge

351 Added | 5 Magazines | 1,101 Likes | 15 Following | 37 Followers | @armyjohn | Infantry Officer, history major, conflict resolution and international relations. Assistant Professor of Military Science

California needs to stop saying everything causes cancer

Coffee is just the beginning.<p>You may have heard that coffee gives you cancer. Or that <i>everything</i> gives you cancer—if you live in California.<p>The reason: Proposition 65. It’s a California state law that requires businesses with 10 or more employees to provide reasonable warning about the use of any …

University of Cambridge

NASA's New Parker Probe Will Skim the Sun's Surface

Early on Easter Sunday, around 4 am local time, a C-17 transport plane carrying a cargo worth $1.5 billion will take off from Joint Base Andrews near …

Astronomy

What Critics Don't Understand About Gun Culture

I carry a weapon—and it’s tied me closer to my community.<p>My wife knew something was amiss when the car blocked our driveway. She was outside our house, playing with our kids on our trampoline, when a car drove slowly down our rural Tennessee street. As it reached our house, it pulled partially in …

Guns

The Falcon Heavy test flight included a copy of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels

A single man who successfully plans the long-term future of human civilization through the course of his own singular vision surely isn’t a metaphor for anything here<p>SpaceX has just successfully launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, and just before launch, the company revealed on …

Falcon Heavy

New method efficiently generates hydrogen from water

Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water—an important key to making clean energy …

Chemistry

NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a habitat on Mars

Everyone from Elon Musk to Donald Trump wants to send a manned mission to Mars in the not too distant future, but there are quite a few problems that need to be solved before we can achieve that goal. A major one is the issue of energy. Long-term stays on Mars, or anywhere else for that matter, …

German Idea to Fight Anti-Semitism: Make Immigrants Tour Concentration Camps

Alarmed by displays of anti-Semitism among new immigrants to Germany, a German politician has offered a novel idea that appears to be gaining traction: required visits to Nazi concentration camp memorials.<p>The idea, proposed by Sawsan Chebli, a Berlin state legislator of Palestinian heritage, …

Israel

Top U.S. Military Adviser Says ISIS Fighters Will Be Beaten to Death With Shovels

The U.S. military’s top enlisted leader warned ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria on social media they will be shot in the face or beaten to …

James Mattis

Lockheed to Air Force: We'll Put a Laser on a Fighter Jet By 2021

30 years after Reagan, "Star Wars" weapons will soon be a reality.<p>The U.S. Air Force wants to put laser guns on fighter jets.<p><b>Lockheed Martin</b> …

SpaceX unlocks “steamroller” achievement as company eyes 19 launches in 2017 | Ars Technica

"I think we will see them grab an even bigger slice of the market."<p>Prior to this year, the most successful launches SpaceX had performed in any given …

Space Travel

Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan's Hospital del Niño (Children's Hospital), in what company founder Elon Musk calls "the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico."<p>The project came about after Puerto Rico was hit by …

Caribbean

The Air Force Is Sending Its Light Attack Plane Competition to War

Two of the aircraft involved in the service's OA-X light attack plane competition are headed to a war zone.<p>The U.S. Air Force is sending two of the four aircraft involved in its OA-X light attack aircraft competition to the battlefield. The move, likely unprecedented, will allow the service to …

Trump blocks Chinese purchase of U.S. company for national security reasons

President Donald Trump has blocked a Chinese venture capital fund from purchasing a U.S.-based semiconductor company because of national security concerns, the White House announced Wednesday.<p>The president’s order prohibits the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation by China Venture …

Donald Trump

In Interview, Top Indonesian Muslim Scholar Says Stop Pretending That Orthodox Islam and Violence Aren't Linked

Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, has a constitution that recognizes other major religions, and practices a syncretic form of …

Religion

Voyager 1 at 40: Scientists 'amazed' 1970s space probe still works

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/av_pv7_pa3/modav/bUnknown-1fa6eafa-cc8c-4660-a6f1-745dff8045fd_p05f46ss_1504531868779.mp4?__gda__=1522312991_b01a4831ee9b2a69e0fbf0961fe0b137<p>The Voyager 1 and 2 space probes were launched 40 years ago and continue to send back data from the outer solar system …

Space

Delta Air Lines' Refinery Bet Is About to Pay Off Again

Delta Air Lines' foray into the refinery business has included plenty of setbacks. But it's about to pay off in a big way, after Hurricane Harvey …

Oil

Here's why Russian soldiers are riding around the Arctic on sleds pulled by Reindeer

It's well known by now that Russia is winning the race to snatch up the Arctic's untapped oil and gas reserves that are becoming more accessible due to climate change.<p>In the last few years, Russia has activated a new Arctic command, four new Arctic brigade combat teams, 14 new operational …

Military

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

College Football

The U.S. Army Missile That Terrorized Russia is Back

<i>The Stinger has not been used much in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan, largely because it is less necessary in combat environments where the US</i> …

Military

Almost time for a “major pucker factor,” as Falcon Heavy readies for launch | Ars Technica

"This is one of those things that's really difficult to test on the ground."<p>Thursday night, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that the Falcon Heavy …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk’s Mars rocket may be about to lose half of its engines | Ars Technica

Downscaling the Mars booster suggests that Musk may be bending toward reality.<p>Last year, SpaceX founder Elon Musk shared plans for his transportation …

Elon Musk

The Army's Drone-Killing Lasers Are Getting a Tenfold Power Boost

U.S. Army laser guns will increase in power by a factor of ten by 2022.<p>The U.S. Army's laser weapons will experience an enormous increase in power over the next five years as the laser industry continues to make rapid technological gains. The army's two main laser programs will each receive a …

Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on Friday, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China’s territorial ambitions in the maritime region.<p>Indonesia's Deputy Minister for …

China

Japan Bids to Put a Man on the Moon by 2030

JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, wants to put people on the moon before 2030. But they won’t go on their own rockets instead it will …

NASA is Developing Nuclear Reactors that Would Operate on the Planet Mars

The power for future human settlements on Mars could very well be nuclear. An operating source of power is required for providing air, fuel, and …

The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him

Twenty years ago, Richard Rorty warned that “a spectatorial, disgusted, mocking Left” would give rise to a populist demagogue. Is it ready now to take his advice?<p>Twenty years ago, in a series of lectures on the history of American civilization, the philosopher Richard Rorty offered a prediction. …

Political Science

SpaceX's Final Falcon 9 Design Coming This Year, 2 Falcon Heavy Launches in 2018

WASHINGTON — SpaceX intends to launch a final upgrade to the Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Block 5, later this year, and has three Falcon Heavy …

Canadian Sniper Hit A Target More Than 2 Miles Away, Military Confirms

A sniper with Canada's elite special forces is being credited with making a world record shot, after the military confirmed Thursday that he hit a target from nearly 2.2 miles away during a recent operation in Iraq.<p>Military sources tell Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper that the sniper killed …

Special Forces

Modern Wars Are a Nightmare for the Army's Official Historians

The researchers compiling the U.S. Army’s accounts of Iraq and Afghanistan have an unprecedented—and overwhelming—volume of material to work through.<p>When Major Spencer Williams was ordered to “shut down shop and move out” of Afghanistan in 2005, he closed his final message from the field as he …

National Security

How one company wants to recycle used rockets into deep-space habitats

Why destroy when you can reuse?<p>As NASA works toward sending people into deep space, the agency is looking for new types of space habitats that astronauts can live in far from Earth. One company, Nanoracks, has a design idea in mind — but rather than build something completely new, the company has a …

Space Exploration