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The Devolution of 'Star Wars' Ridiculous Walker Tanks

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, they never apparently thought of tank treads or even, like, wheels.<p>There are many unanswered questions that came from the Star Wars prequels. For instance, was the Galactic Republic set up as a unicameral or bicameral system, and how did they balance the …

Star Wars

Why the New Star Wars Walker Is Even Stupider Than the Old One

The AT-AT is one of the worst ideas ever created for an all-terrain vehicle—until the AT-M6.<p>For snarky defense wonks like me, a new <i>Star Wars</i> movie means one thing: new military hardware to lambast. George Lucas' original sci-fi trilogy may have inspired a billion-dollar franchise, but it is a …

Movies

5 Reasons 'Star Wars' Tanks Make Absolutely No Sense

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, war machines were stupidly designed.<p>There are no shortage of ways in which a person could take issue with the war machines in the <i>Star Wars</i> universe. But instead of the illogical design of the lightsaber or the TIE fighter, we want to focus on the armored …

Star Wars

The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer

What's with the obsession with pizza wedge spaceships?<p><i>Star Wars</i> combat vehicles are iconic, sure, but almost always dumb in design and employment. Look no further than all-terrain transports that have legs instead of treads and are now shaped like apes for no good reason. So when <i>Star Wars</i> spilled …

Military

5 Reasons 'Star Wars' Spaceships Make Absolutely No Sense

An exercise in overthinking a great sci-fi series.<p>The <i>Star Wars</i> films are great escapist fantasies, and like all escapist fiction, it's best not to think about it too much. The films take place, as the saying goes, "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," where apparently almost everything is …

Military

SpaceX Has Launched an Experimental Space Junk Sweeper Into Orbit

Space may be about to get a lot less cluttered.<p>A Monday launch by SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private aerospace company, saw a Falcon 9 rocket lift off from …

Yes, The Multiverse Is Real, But It Won't Fix Physics

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.” Niels Bohr spoke these words to Wolfgang Pauli about the latter’s theory of elementary particles, but it could just as easily apply to many of today’s most …

Dark Matter

Mysterious letter reopens case over whether Alcatraz escapees survived the infamous 1962 jailbreak

It was supposed to be the jail from which no inmate could escape - or if they were foolhardy enough to try, would surely perish in the attempt.<p>Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary sat on the eponymous island in the San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles from the mainland and surrounded by strong, unpredictable …

This out-of-this-world diamond-studded rock just got even weirder

A tiny chunk of stone that looks like nothing else ever seen in the solar system might be even weirder than scientists thought.<p>The Hypatia stone was found in southwestern Egypt in 1996. It was hardly more than a pebble, just 1.3 inches (3.5 centimeters) wide at its widest and a smidge over an ounce …

Great Pyramid may have throne carved from ancient meteorite

A real-life “Iron Throne” carved from the core of a meteorite could be hidden inside the Great Pyramid.<p>Professor Giulio Magli of Milan Polytechnic …

NASA finds easy-to-access water all over Mars

NASA and private companies like SpaceX are busy planning Mars missions, but only have a vague idea of how they're going to find critical water supplies. Now, using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers have discovered abundant, easy-to-access H20. A survey found no less than eight …

Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars could speed manned missions

Huge ice sheets more than 300 feet deep have been discovered on Mars, making it possible that human astronauts could have access to almost limitless water, scientists said Thursday.<p>"Astronauts could essentially just go there with a bucket and a shovel and get all the water they need," said one of …

Georgia Tech

NASA’s upcoming WFIRST telescope has legit superpowers

Just when you thought Hubble and Kepler were everything, something almost unfathomably awesome has emerged from the brains of NASA.<p>Telescopes are …

Chinese food on Christmas 'a sacred Jewish ritual'

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — It’s a tradition that goes back more than a century. It’s a manifestation of the American dream. It’s about community and family and, to some extent, social justice.<p>Jews eat Chinese food and go to the movies on Christmas.<p>The reasons why that custom has flourished are …

Religion

Maria Sharapova Being Investigated by Indian Police in Housing Fraud Case

Tennis star Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police for her potential involvement in a housing fraud case in India.<p>According to Muneeza Naqvi of the Associated Press, Sharapova's name was attached to a housing project called "Ballet by Maria Sharapova" run by real estate firm Homestead …

Donald Trump Says Staying in Locker Room During Anthem Almost as Bad as Kneeling

President Donald Trump criticized a reported proposal Wednesday that would ask NFL players to remain in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem rather than kneeling.<p>In a tweet, Trump expressed his belief that remaining in the locker room wouldn't be much of an improvement and took …

Quebec police probe possible cases of child sexual abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses congregation

Quebec provincial police are investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by two members of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Mont-Laurier in …

What Leah Remini’s Emmy Win Means For Scientology – And Could Mean For Elisabeth Moss

<i>The 2017 Emmy Awards air on Sunday, September 17th and Decider is here to help you get ready for TV’s biggest night. Check here all week long for all</i> …

The Zen Buddhist Nuclear Weapons Expert in Trump's White House

A senior official in the White House tasked with advising President Donald Trump on weapons of mass destruction is an ordained Zen Buddhist …

Foreign Policy

The House just passed a bill that could politicize churches

Ironically, the idea is deeply unpopular with people of faith.<p>The U.S. House of Representatives quietly passed a spending bill on Thursday that could …

I’m a Descendant of Holocaust Survivors. Why I’m Appalled at the Comparison of Christian Bakers to Nazis.

It’s November 1938, and the Nazis have confiscated a silk factory owned by the same Jewish family for over a decade, arresting the owner.<p>Fast forward …

Religion

Air Force chaplain: Don’t let non-Christian service members practice their faith

Military Religious Freedom Foundation says Donald Trump’s election doubled religious discrimination cases<p>Captain Sonny Hernandez, a chaplain at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, has become the subject of a formal complaint after he published an article claiming that Christians …

Why Buddhism is True (And Why You Can Blame Natural Selection for Your Suffering)

At the risk of overdramatizing the human condition: Have you ever seen the movie <i>The Matrix</i>? It’s about a guy named Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), who …

Spirituality

Trump is apparently so mad at Gary Cohn, he won't even make eye contact with him

That's according to a New York Times report in which current and former administration officials said the president was using some familiar tactics to communicate his displeasure with Cohn, who apparently found himself on Trump's bad side last month after he criticized the way the president handled …

Bannon: 'The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over.'

With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by …

What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

There is a telling photo that has gotten some attention in social media after Steve Bannon's exit as President Trump's chief strategist. (You can see it above.)<p>It shows President Trump behind the desk in the Oval Office, surrounded by his top advisers: Seated are Vice President Pence and national …

Trump More Isolated Than Ever After Worst Week Yet

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>Trump more isolated after worst week yet<p>WASHINGTON — For a presidency that’s contained some ups and many more downs, this has been President Trump’s worst …

Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest | Reuters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming weekend violence in Virginia on anti-racism activists as well as white nationalists.<p>A parade of prominent …

White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — White House officials, under siege over President Trump’s reluctance to condemn white supremacists for the weekend’s bloody rallies in Charlottesville, Va., tried to clarify his comments on Sunday, as critics in both parties intensified demands that he adopt a stronger, more …

Rights & Freedoms