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Department of Defense gives banhammer to 3D-printed gun blueprints

Department of Defense gives banhammer to 3D-printed gun blueprints

It was the summer of 2012 when the first news of a 3D-printed gun surfaced, an assault rifle-style .22 that appeared on a message board devoted to the love of firearms. That weapon was believed to be the first 3D-printed gun successfully fired, but its fame was short lived, with The Liberator having caught popular attention soon after for being the first fully 3D-printed firearm. After being successfully fired, the company behind it - Defense Distributed - released the blueprints for anyone to download, something the Department of Defense has already stymied.

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Researchers discover correlation between bullet speed and number of cracks in glass

Researchers discover correlation between bullet speed and number of cracks in glass

Scientists and researchers at Aix-Marseille University have conducted a study that claims there is a correlation between a bullet's speed and the number of cracks in a glass window where the bullet went through. After shooting at over 100 plexiglass plates, the researchers have concluded that the number of cracks tells us something about how fast the bullet penetrated through.

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Liberator 3-D printed gun gets test fired

Liberator 3-D printed gun gets test fired

We have talked about the 3-D printed gun making company called Defense Distributed. These guys have designed components for weapons in the past that are made using standard 3-D printers. In the past, the company has worked on making individual components for existing weapons, recently it test fired its first fully 3-D printed gun. Things didn't end too well for that prototype weapon.

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UN denounces killer autonomous robots

UN denounces killer autonomous robots

The United Nations spends a lot of time considering things that could be used against humans during times of war. One of the things that the UN has been considering recently are the use of automated robots with weapon systems on the battlefield. The UN is strongly against any use of autonomous robots with the ability to end human life.

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DNA tagging bullets mark criminal suspects for arrest

DNA tagging bullets mark criminal suspects for arrest

Let's say a criminal suspect is on the run, and as a police officer, you begin to chase them down. You then realize you can't keep up with them, so you pull out a specially-made gun and fire a DNA tagging bullet at them. They're non-lethal, but the pellets leave a mark on the suspect that lasts for weeks, and it can help authorities identify suspects the easy way.

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3-D printable weapon parts removed from Thingiverse

3-D printable weapon parts removed from Thingiverse

We have talked about 3-D printable gun parts on a few occasions. One of the last times we talked about 3-D printable gun parts was back in October when we learned that a 3-D printer company called Stratasys had decided it wanted no part of the 3-D printable gun effort from a group called Defense Distributed. Stratasys repossessed a 3-D printer leased to Defense Distributed because it wanted no part of 3-D printing guns.

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3D Printable Gun effort cut short by Stratasys

3D Printable Gun effort cut short by Stratasys

We're not quite in a place where the world is about to collapse in on itself because guns can be printed, but we're certainly in shooting range. A collective by the name of Defense Distributed, lead by UT-Austin law student Cody Wilson, has made it clear that they want to be the first to create a 3D-printable model of a gun that anyone can make themselves in the comfort of their own home. The problem with this (if you consider this situation to have just one problem) is that the group that'd been leasing a DD their printer didn't agree with the idea, and have come to Wilson's home to seize the printer before any illegal printing activities occurred.

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Fixing the Deadliest Gadget

Fixing the Deadliest Gadget

I can’t believe I’m going to do this. I’m going to defend the right to own guns. You see, I’m a liberal. I’m more liberal than you are. I don’t care how liberal you think you are, I’m more liberal than you. But I also pride myself on my ability to change my mind with a reasonable argument, so there are a few positions on which I agree with conservatives. Teacher’s unions, for one thing, are pure evil. I know that from my experience working in public schools, where my job was made much harder by teachers who were resting on union protections and doing a horrible job. On gun ownership, as well, I’m confounded to say that I tend to agree more with the right-wing than the left.

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