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American gun sales soar as enthusiasts buy weapons fearing new restrictions post Orlando shootings

Gun sales are soaring in the US as enthusiasts stock up fearing fresh curbs following the Orlando shootings in June.<p>Earlier this week Smith & Wesson, one of America’s largest gun manufacturers, reported a 40 per cent increase in sales compared with the same period last year.<p>The attack on the Pulse …

Project Exodus

What’s behind the dream of colonizing Mars?<p>On March 27th, an American astronaut named Scott Kelly blasted off from Earth and, six hours later, clambered onto the International Space Station. He’s been there ever since. Each day, the I.S.S. orbits the planet fifteen and a half times, which means …

Saturn's Spectacular Sights Stun Skywatchers, On Earth, In Orbit And At Saturn Itself

Once per orbit, as the Earth completes its annual revolution around the Sun, it also passes and laps the outer worlds, who move so slowly they take decades — or, in the case of Neptune and Pluto, centuries — to complete even one orbit around our central star. It’s for this very reason that Saturn, …

Memorial Day BBQ: Seven things you can grill that aren't meat

From peaches to asparagus, pineapple rings to polenta, there’s a wealth of tasty alternatives – and you don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy them<p>I was going to start this article by consoling all vegetarians and vegans, reminding them they don’t need to feel sorry if attending a BBQ on Memorial …

Black Hole Winds Quench Star Formation in Entire Galaxies

Giant winds from black holes can blast gas through galaxies at extraordinary speeds, pulling the plug on star formation, researchers say.<p>This finding …

This inflatable plane could explore the clouds of Venus

Northrop Grumman has a new idea for exploring Venus. Announced earlier this month, the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverability Platform (or VAMP) would let NASA skim Venus' upper atmosphere with an inflatable aircraft, deployed from space.<p>Since the craft is self-inflated, it would be light enough to stay …

The Big Picture: NASA images typhoon eye in stunning detail

NASA's CloudSat has imaged the eye of a category 4 typhoon, a feat the space agency likened to a "golfer hitting a hole in one." Its cloud-penetrating radar has a field of view of just .5 square miles, making it a challenge to zone in on such a tiny, fast-moving target. The pass produced an …

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NASA finds hidden water ocean in Saturn moon, may contain alien life

NASA has found a subterranean ocean in Enceladus, <i>“a large underground ocean of liquid water.”</i> According to the space agency, this may be a potential …

A brief survey of the short story: David Foster Wallace

For all its elaborate formal tricks, Wallace’s work is marked by a deep desire for authentic connection, to his subjects and to his readers<p>David Foster Wallace was a maximalist. His masterpiece, Infinite Jest, is a 1,000-page, polyphonic epic about addiction and obsession in millennial America. His …

Could This Hydrogen-Powered Drone Work?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯<p>The biggest physical constraint on small drones is their power supply. Batteries can only hold so much energy, and as adding more batteries to a drone also increase the weight of that drone, there are finite limits on how long quadcopters can fly in a single flight. A new drone concept by …