Weapons

North Korea rocket launch prompts widespread nuclear threat fears

North Korea rocket launch prompts widespread nuclear threat fears

North Korea has successfully launched a rocket into space, deploying a weather satellite but raising international fears that the militant state is one step closer to a nuclear weapons system. Launched at 7:49AM EST, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the missile was described as "a peaceful project" by a spokesperson from the North Korean Foreign Ministry, but met with widespread criticism from the US government and other countries.

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Human rights groups call for ban on automated killer robots

Human rights groups call for ban on automated killer robots

Human rights groups are calling for a universal ban on robotic weapons systems that are able to determine when to fire without human interaction. Clearly, someone has watched The Terminator too many times. Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic have both called for all states to agree to ban the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons.

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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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Navy testing remote controlled jet ski to detect swimming attackers

Navy testing remote controlled jet ski to detect swimming attackers

The US military is constantly adding new remotely controlled and automated weapons and surveillance systems to its arsenal. The USAF has a fleet of drones that can perform surveillance at a location or attack targets when they have weapons onboard. The US Navy is now testing out a remotely controlled platform of its own that will be used to patrol harbors where Navy ships are docked.

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Joerg Sprave creates a new slingshot that flings iPhones

Joerg Sprave creates a new slingshot that flings iPhones

Our sling shot making pal Joerg Sprave is back with his latest homemade slingshot. This time around, he's not flicking saw blades, machetes or even ball bearings as his ammo, he is using iPhones. I think Sprave might be onto something here. In the event of a zombie apocalypse you can collect all the iPhones from the walking dead you kill off with your saw blade slingshot and then use these iPhones to shoot at the next zombie hoard.

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Raytheon microwave warhead would fry enemy defenses, not blow them up

Raytheon microwave warhead would fry enemy defenses, not blow them up

Today in any military conflict there is a bunch of missiles and other exploding ordinance that is used against hard targets like air defenses to prevent them from being used on the opposing force and on civilians in the conflict. The way these missiles destroy the enemy equipment is by blowing it up. The high explosive warheads have the sad drawback of at times causing damage beyond what the military intends with civilian casualties always a risk, especially in heavily populated areas where defenses might be placed.

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Flamebone: The best way to make band cool again?

Flamebone: The best way to make band cool again?

There are a few cool, marching bands out there. The last time I took the kids to a parade there was a band from one of the community colleges that danced around as they played and it was cool. For the most part marching bands are a bit boring. I would totally go to the concerts the local high school puts on for its band if they had horns that shot flames. This guy has taken a trombone that will actually play and turned it into a flamethrower.

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