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New Weapon From China Reportedly Causes Satellites to Explode

Anti-Satellite Weapons A team of scientists in China have created a device that uses explosives to destroy enemy satellites.  The weapon can be inserted inside of a satellite’s exhaust nozzle, according to The South China Morning Post. A paper published about the device and obtained by SCMP says that it can detonate to create a “time-controlled, steady...

NASA Completes Assembly of Rocket for Upcoming Moon Mission

Mega-Moon Rocket NASA has completed stacking the massive rocket that it will send to the Moon as part of the Artemis I mission — and, if those first missions go well, it could even send astronauts there in a few years.  The agency fully assembled the Space-Launch System (SLS) rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday night, according...

Go Pro With the New Apple AirPods 3

The next generation of AirPods is due to drop next week, according to an announcement made at Apple’s “Unleashed” event on October 18. Unveiled alongside several new products, the aptly-named AirPods 3 promise to combine several of the best features from Apple’s AirPods Pro like Dolby Atmos and spatial tracking with the classic, stripped-down design...

Scientists Built an AI to Give Ethical Advice, But It Turned Out Super Racist

We’ve all been in situations where we had to make tough ethical decisions. Why not dodge that pesky responsibility by outsourcing the choice to a machine learning algorithm? That’s the idea behind Ask Delphi, a machine-learning model from the Allen Institute for AI. You type in a situation (like “donating to charity”) or a question (“is it okay to...

New Brain Implant Lets Blind Patient See Without Eyes

Scientists in Spain have implanted a blind patient that allowed a blind patient to see by directly stimulating her brain’s visual cortex. The system uses an “artificial retina” attached to a pair of glasses that detects light in front of its wearer, according to New Atlas. The light is then processed into electrical signals and sent to a series of...

US Embarrassingly Fails Hypersonic Test Days After Chinese Success

Booster Fail Well, this is embarrassing.  Mere days after reports emerged that China successfully launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile test, US defense officials admitted that it failed a similar test of its own.  The Pentagon said that the missile’s booster stack — a rocket system intended to accelerate the weapon to hypersonic speeds —...

Use Natural Light To Guide Your Way With This Bio-Orb

As we’ve learned more about bioluminescence,  it seems to be everywhere in the natural world. There are even sharks that glow in the dark as they hunt prey and seek mates. Fortunately, the plants that give the Bioluminescent Bio-Orb its light are a little more friendly and offer you a gentle glow whenever you need it, with just a swirl. You can get...

Defend The Galaxy With 26% Off This Laser Sword

We all want to wield a lightsaber, and slowly but surely, citizen scientists and engineers are making it happen. But if cracking open industrial lasers or building a plasma torch seems a bit excessive for your cosplay or your next Halloween costume, the Cyber Blade Dagger Laser Sword gives you all the fun without any risk of losing your hand. You can...

SpaceX Finally Installs “Robot Chopsticks” to Catch Super Heavy Booster

Robot Chopsticks After much anticipation, SpaceX has finally installed its “robot chopsticks” on the Super Heavy booster launch tower. The chopsticks are actually a set of massive arms that will be used to recover the giant Super Heavy booster as it lands, catching it as it comes back down to Earth. While SpaceX founder Elon Musk initially announced...

MacBook Pro 2021: Apple Unveils 14- and 16-Inch Models Powered by the New M1 Pro and M1 Max SOCs

After months of rumors, leaks, and speculation, Apple has finally revealed the first truly “Pro” Apple Silicon devices: 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by the new M1 Pro and M1 Max systems on a chip (SOCs). In one fell swoop, Apple has essentially undone all of its most controversial design decisions of the last six years and created a pair...

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