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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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USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

American scientists are announcing this week that they've got plans to release new unmanned aircraft with capabilities for months of flight without refueling. These new drones would be nuclear-powered and will be developed by Sandia National Laboratories - this being the US government's principal research and development agency. They're also working with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, who are the ones who specifically noted that these drones will have an increased flying time over previous models "from days to months", this including more power for operating equipment as well.

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Scientists decide “Armageddon” nuclear blast might stop an asteroid

Scientists decide “Armageddon” nuclear blast might stop an asteroid

If you thought the old Hollywood flick "Armageddon" with Bruce Willis was too far-fetched to work when it comes to destroying asteroids, it appears you were wrong. In that movie, astronauts went to the surface of an asteroid coming towards Earth, where they drilled holes and placed bombs to destroy the asteroid. Scientists were wondering if that exact plan could actually work in the real world should Earth ever be posed with the threat of a direct asteroid strike.

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Slingshot heating mechanism helps create more power

Slingshot heating mechanism helps create more power

The slingshot madman Joerg Sprave recently showed off something about a slingshot that is pretty cool. When you stretch the rubber band that propels whatever you are shooting from the slingshot, the band heats up and has more pulling force. The bands start to cool right away, and the force of the slingshot is reduced.

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SMU 100 Laser Rifle tested by UK Police

SMU 100 Laser Rifle tested by UK Police

Clearly the times have gotten as strange and terrifying as they're going to get over in the UK and police forces are testing laser rifles that are capable of firing a three meter "wall of light" that temporarily blind anyone who glances upon it. While this may bring up images in your mind of everything from your favorite first person shooter to Magic: The Gathering cards, you should know that this is being reported to be completely non-lethal. This weapon will cost £25,000 per unit and was designed by a former Royal Marine Commando who intended it for use against Somalian pirates. The image you see below this paragraph is not an accurate representation of what the rifle will look like, but a rendering of it's current iteration IS inside this post a bit lower down.

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Comp Bullet promises tiny holes will silence and speed up your murder spree

Comp Bullet promises tiny holes will silence and speed up your murder spree

When we write about the ever-so-terrible bullet here on SlashGear, or more specifically when I write about it, you'd better understand right out of the barrel that I don't condone their usage outside of the sweetness of video games - that's why I must note that these drilled golden kill-rockets being shown off today by Comp Bullet are awesome, but I'm praying they don't draw the blood they're intended for. Of course that's a fool's errand, going to pray for such a thing, but I cannot resist the gold - such is life, and such is death. Each Comp Bullet is a precision machined masterpiece, made not only to reduce recoil, but to increase the subsequent velocity of the bullet as it exits your gun's barrel.

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Army hypersonic weapon test success

Army hypersonic weapon test success

We have talked on several occasions about the DARPA hypersonic test gliders that have been in testing for a while now. So far, DARPA has lost both of its test vehicles with no explanation as to what happened. It seems that the US Army has been more successful than DARPA has. Yesterday the Army conducted a test flight of its new hypersonic weapon that can travel up to five times the speed of sound.

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U.S. Navy Electromagnetic Railgun fires milestone 1000th shot

U.S. Navy Electromagnetic Railgun fires milestone 1000th shot

The United States Navy has a gun that's this week reached a milestone, but before we discuss that, you've got to know that is works with more kinetic energy than a one-ton vehicle moving at 100 miles per hour. This week they've fired the gun for the 1,000th time, this marking a point quite close to production and real-world deployment. Though we've been using railguns in first person shooter video games for some time now, they've only been theoretically possible until very recently - and starting very soon, they'll be in use by the United States armed forces.

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