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Inventing the Future

Low-End 3D Printed Gun Created

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over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A Wisconsin engineer who wishes to be known only as "Joe" has successfully created a low-end version of the 3D printed Liberator handgun originally designed by Defense Distributed, which had released its schematics online earlier this month before the US State ...

Earth and Beyond

Is This the New Normal?

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over 1 year ago

"Is this the future?" asked Bill Nye, aka, the science guy, on CNN this evening. Nye, of course, was referring to the tornado that devastated the area around Oklahoma City today, which is, of course, not an isolated extreme weather event. We have been witnessing storms of increasingly greater ...

Going Mental

Time to End Eyewitness Testimony?

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over 1 year ago

This article originally appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here The courtroom is hushed. A teenage boy has been slain, riddled with bullets during a drive-by shooting, and there, on the witness stand, is his crying mother. She's understandably weeping ...