A.J. Saloga

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Nasa hits problems with world’s first inflatable room for astronauts

Problems emerged while releasing air into experimental room at the International Space Station on Thursday, putting everything on hold<p>Nasa hit a snag while releasing air into an experimental inflatable room at the International Space Station on Thursday and put everything on hold for at least a day.<p>…

Space Exploration

Everybody should read Gen. John Kelly's speech about 2 Marines in the path of a truck bomb

Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground.<p>Heck, they even leaned in.<p>I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today, I had never heard then Marine Lt. Gen. John …

Iran Threatens the US and the Middle East: Stay Away from Our Redlines. Obama's Response?

There used to be a time when the Islamic Republic showed some discretion with regards to its regional hegemonic and ideological ambitions, or skirting and breaching international laws. At least the ruling clerics of Iran preferred soft power and were more covert about these issues.<p>But not …

Breaking: SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

It’s also the second time the company has pulled off a landing<p>SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended …

US election: Could Trump really cut the US $19tn debt in eight years?

<b>Donald Trump's policy proposals have generated a lot of headlines over the course of his presidential campaign. But none has made economists shriek more than the Republican front-runner's suggestion that he could eliminate US government debt in eight years.</b><p>Official US public debt is over $19tn …

Donald Trump

U.S. Special Operations units are using faulty rifle sights

U.S. Special Operations forces are using rifle sights that are supposed to help shooters accurately hit their targets but instead have a defect, acknowledged by the manufacturer, that potentially endangers the lives of service members in combat, according to court records and military officials.<p>The …

Military

X-43A Soars on Scramjet Power

NASA's second X-43A hypersonic research aircraft flew successfully today, the first time an air-breathing scramjet powered aircraft has flown …

The recapture of Palmyra – in pictures

On 27 March, the historic Syrian city was recaptured by the government army, ending a 10-month period of Isis devastation that led to the destruction some of its most famed monuments

Middle East

Sikh-American Army Officer Wins Ability to Serve With Beard, Turban

In a decision by the U.S. Army Thursday, Capt. Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh-American officer and combat veteran, has received a long-term religious accommodation to serve with long hair, a beard, and turban in accordance with his Sikh faith.<p>In December, Singh — a West Point graduate, Army …

Religion

50 documentaries you need to see

<b>Joshua Oppenheimer</b><p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The Look of Silence (2014), explore the aftermath of massacres in Indonesia. Both were nominated for Oscars.</b><p>Salaam Cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995<p>For this film, Mohsen Makhmalbaf announces a casting …

Filmmaking

These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell

Photographer Beth Moon traveled the world in search of centuries-old trees.<p>Over three trillion trees live on planet Earth, and yet we know so few of their stories. Of course all trees play an important role—purifying the air, hosting the feathered and the furry, teaching kids (and kids at heart) …

Nature

DARPA’s New ‘LightningStrike’ Plane: Up Like a Chopper, Out Like a Jet

The U.S. military thinks it may have found the holy grail of aviation—but will the new hybrids be any safer than the deadly Ospreys?<p>An aircraft that …

Stem cell breakthrough restores eyesight in blind rabbits

Scientists have been able to restore vision in blind rabbits by creating eye tissue from human stem cells, a development that could lead to human …

The Perlan 2 Glider Will Fly 90,000 Feet Higher Than Most Aircraft

No jet fuel required<p>This summer, two pilots sandwiched in a 36-inch-wide cabin could take the Perlan 2 glider to 90,000 feet, higher than most aircraft have flown. To reach such heights, the glider will ride stratospheric waves—powerful and little-understood currents that flow over mountain …

The US government is playing with fire in its fight with Apple

The fight between Apple and the FBI over iPhone security has turned nasty and dangerous. Especially for the US government’s credibility.<p>Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.<p>In an April 5th, 1887 letter to archbishop Mandell Creighton, Lord Acton coined words that were to be widely …

Privacy

Troops betrayed as Army dumps hundreds of heroic war dogs

By then, Daniel had been in Afghanistan two months. It was July 2012, his third tour of duty and his first with Oogie, his military working dog. They …

Insightful Photos of 1960s Afghanistan Reveal What Life Was Like Before the Taliban

When asked to visualize modern-day Afghanistan, images of a war-torn nation under the control of the Taliban often comes to mind. However, there was once a time when this country exuded peace and good fortune. University professor Dr. Bill Podlich captured this phase in history when he travelled to …

AirMule military drone set to dodge trees in tests

<b>The maker of a drone designed to carry loads of up to 500kg (1,100lb) says it plans to see if it can fly itself between trees and other obstacles before the end of the year.</b><p>The Israeli company behind the AirMule has already successfully tested it flying itself without being tethered to the ground …

Imperial College London

Photo of injured military dog with Purple Heart goes viral

A military K-9 injured in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan along with his military police officer partner now has a lot of support after a photo of the dog wearing a Purple Heart Medal in a hospital in Germany has gone viral, the Killeen Daily Herald reports.<p>Spc. Andrew Brown, 22, and his military …

Exclusive: ISIS in Sinai held back by Egypt's Bedouins

<b>The Sinai Peninsula, Egypt (CNN) —</b> The Sinai Peninsula is the new front line in the battle against ISIS.<p>But the men defending Sinai aren't soldiers or police. They are Bedouin tribe members, who say they have stopped the terror group without firing a shot.<p>"They are not Muslims," says Sulieman El …

Middle East

Japan's insanely tiny homes are the future of cities

Tiny homes are exotic to many of us, but they are extraordinarily functional as a reprieve from the busy neighborhoods of Tokyo.<p>As I discuss in my book, "The Hyperlocalization of Architecture," the secret to these Japanese tiny houses is not only the imaginative designs, influenced by centuries-old …

The Taliban Don't Shock You Anymore, But This Will

I would be exhausted of hearing about Afghanistan if I didn't live here. Because how incredibly repetitive it must be to hear words like Taliban, war, failure, and now "fleeing" over and over... and never really hear much else. How sick I would be of hearing that troops should stay, troops should …

The Fourth Man To Walk On the Moon Also Paints Beautiful Space Art

Since you consume the internet excessively, you’ve probably at some point seen the image above, maybe with the added text: MY NOSE ITCHES. This is a …

A Japanese lifestyle guru explains how to organize your home once — and then never again

Marie Kondo is the queen of organization. Her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," reveals her instructions for organizing your space in one sitting, and then never having to do it again.<p>Her methods have garnered a significant social media …

List-Worthy

U.S. military is on its way to getting its Iron Man

<b>(CNN) —</b> After an American commando died kicking in a door during a raid in Afghanistan, the top commander of U.S. Special Operations vowed to prevent similar tragedies.<p>Two years later, the U.S. military is closer than ever to putting Iron Man on the front lines -- or at least something that closely …

Military

Portable Wind Turbines Supply Clean Energy for People on the Move

As renewable energy prices continue to fall, many people struggle to have it in their lives. Wind energy, while often a viable option, isn't exactly possible if you don't own land to accommodate a giant turbine generator. Minnesota-based company Janulus is trying to change that with Trinity, a …

Renewable Energy

303 Aerospace Protectant really preserves plastic and vinyl

I like classic motorcycles and cars. I live by the sea. 303 Aerospace Protectant keeps plastic and rubbery bits looking fresh and new.<p>I don't know …

70 Years of Military Mediocrity

<b>The Shared Failings of America’s Military Academies and Senior Officers</b><p><b>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</b><p>Thomas Jefferson Hall, West Point’s library and learning center, prominently features two quotations for cadets to mull over. In the first, Jefferson writes George Washington in 1788: “The power …