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The Navy's stealth destroyers are getting new missiles that will turn them into long range ship killers

The Navy's most technologically advanced surface ships, the Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers, are getting new weapons that will turn them into long range ship killers, according to budget documents spotted by Defense News.<p>Ships will be armed with is Raytheon's SM-6 missile, a ballistic missile that …

Military

Insane photos of US Marines drinking cobra blood during a jungle survival drill in Thailand

US Marines in Thailand for the Cobra Gold training exercise took part in one of the wildest parts of the drills — drinking cobra blood.<p>Cobra Gold is an annual military exercise for Marines and one of the largest in the Indo-Pacific region. The 6,800 US personnel attending this year represents a …

Military

Scientists Discover New Form Of Light That Could Change The Game In Quantum Computing

A team of physicists appears to have created a new form of light, one that could have some exciting implications in the field of quantum computing.<p>In …

Quantum Mechanics

How to Build a Smart Home That's Actually Secure

The number of smart connected devices in our homes is growing at a rapid rate, and that means more opportunities for unwelcome visitors to access …

Smart Homes

The White House Blames Russia for NotPetya, the 'Most Costly Cyberattack In History'

It's been nearly eight months since the malware known as NotPetya tore through the internet, rippling out from Ukraine to paralyze companies and …

Russia

Uber settles dispute with Alphabet's self-driving car unit

Uber has settled its courtroom battle with Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo.<p>Uber will pay Waymo a 0.34 percent equity stake amounting to about …

Autonomous Vehicle

What is the environmental impact of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch?

From damaging the environment to contaminating the solar system, Space X's successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket also poses risks.<p>SpaceX has …

Space Exploration

Front row for Falcon Heavy: Calgary space enthusiast describes historic launch

'TV does not show you the intensity and the brightness of that flame that’s coming out and the rumble'<p>Watching from just a few kilometres away as the …

Space Travel

SpaceX fans, here are 30 hi-res wallpapers for your phone or PC

SpaceX just put a Tesla Roadster into orbit, and by now, you’ve probably seen all the mind-bending footage of the Falcon Heavy, the red Roadster, and the Starman behind the wheel. But how about a nice pack of SpaceX-themed wallpapers for your smartphone or laptop?<p>Get your doze of space inspiration …

Android News

SpaceX sent a nerdy Easter egg into space, but can anyone read it? | Ars Technica

Disc etched with “femtosecond laser on quartz silica glass,” can hold 360TB.<p>With any luck, alien civilizations will one day be able to read the works …

Isaac Asimov

The launch of Falcon Heavy was an incredible technological feat — but there could be some major downsides

SpaceX has now launched the most powerful spacecraft since the Apollo era — the Falcon Heavy rocket— setting the bar for future space launches. The most important thing about this reusable spacecraft is that it can carry a payload equivalent to sending five double-decker London buses into space — …

Space Travel

SpaceX Stuns the World

Even without customers, the Falcon Heavy is a milestone in American spacefaring.<p>"It seems surreal to me," said Elon Musk, proprietor of SpaceX, and for once he was understating things.<p>On Tuesday, his company blasted a 230-foot rocket into orbit, returned its two side boosters to Earth for a …

Space Travel

Sending a Tesla into space wasn’t such a dumb idea

There might just be a method to Musk’s madness<p>Maybe it’s my instinctive distrust of bored billionaires treating the world as their playground, but I’m always dubious about Elon Musk’s various moonshot projects. He seems to be enjoying it all a little too much. Latest among his outlandish ideas was …

Tesla

Here's what will happen to the Tesla that SpaceX shot into space

Experts predict smooth sailing — and, ultimately, salvage.<p>The Tesla Roadster that rode SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket into space Tuesday afternoon seems poised to overshoot its mark, with company CEO Elon Musk tweeting a diagram showing that the car's current trajectory will take it beyond Mars and …

Tesla

Boeing's new hypersonic plane could circle the globe in 3 hours

Boeing has developed a hypersonic plane that is faster than a speeding bullet. So fast, in fact, that it could circle the globe in just three hours, …

Aerospace

An aquarium accident may have given this crayfish the DNA to take over the world

It sounds like a bad monster movie plot: A 10-legged mutant creature that reproduces asexually, escapes from confinement in Germany, and quietly …

Biology

Only 2% of people can solve this Einstein riddle — see if you can figure it out

There's nothing like a good riddle to stimulate your mind and give you an excuse to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes. Sure, the thrill of solving puzzles may not give you the adrenaline rush of a skydive, but regularly doing logic and crossword puzzles can keep your brain young as you age. And …

Mathematics

How rich are the rich? If only you knew

“If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.”<p>Actor and comedian Chris Rock made this astute statement during a …

Income Inequality

Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in …

Blockchain

Here's your first look at the most detailed simulation of the cosmos ever made

Illustris: The Next Generation<p>The largest simulation of the cosmos ever run has boldly taken us where we have never gone before: the formation of the …

Dark Matter

Will We Ever Be Able to Upload a Mind to a New Body?

In <i>Altered Carbon</i>, the body no longer matters. As one character quipped: “You shed it like a snake sheds its skin.” That’s because the human …

Singularity

US Special Operators Will Test Sig Sauer's New Mini Assault Rifle In Combat

Evaluating Sig Sauer's MCX Rattler will help refine its existing requirements for this type of gun ahead of a larger purchase.<p>Sig Sauer<p>U.S. Special …

U.S. Marines

Two of the world’s deadliest snakes fought, and both lost

It’s not often that a single photo taken by a seemingly anonymous photographer becomes a subject of interest for scientists, but that seems to …

Zoology

All hell breaks loose in Syria after rebels shoot down Russian jet over the weekend

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian jet on Saturday and then killed the pilot on the ground, Russia's Defense Ministry said, triggering a furious barrage of dozens of airstrikes that observers say hit hospitals and killed civilians.<p>Adding to a chaotic weekend in the country, Turkish forces poured …

Middle East

Wells Fargo Hit With Rare Growth Ban in Yellen's Final Act

After markets closed on her final workday in office, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered a blow to one of the nation’s largest banks: Wells …

Finance

Why everyone is freaking out about a White House plan to nationalize the country’s 5G data networks

A leaked White House memo that calls for the government to build and control a “5G” next-generation wireless data service drew immediate backlash Monday from industry groups, regulators, and even some within President Trump’s own administration. Although the proposal is reportedly dated, its …

Ajit Pai

Heed the lesson of the USS Pueblo, still captured today in North Korea

The ship’s mission was a poorly planned affair. American and Soviet vessels had been eavesdropping on each other’s naval bases for years without …

Journalism

China Developing Advanced Aircraft Capable Of Detecting Stealth Planes, Including F-35, F-22

China is developing a reconnaissance aircraft equipped with a radar system which would help spot enemy stealth planes, stated Chinese military …

Military

Army Armored Combat Vehicles Get 'hostile Fire Detection' Systems

The Army is engineering new Hostile Fire Detection sensors for its fleet of armored combat vehicles to identify, track and target enemy small arms …

Military

South Korea 'has very strong concerns' the US might strike North Korea, ex-CIA Korea expert says

A former chief of the CIA's Korea division who recently returned from South Korea says he found widespread worry that the US is gearing up for a military strike against North Korea.<p>"Seoul has very strong concerns about the potential for a US 'preventive attack' on North Korea," the former chief, …

North Korea