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Exoplanet where it rains iron discovered | Science Daily

The ESO’s Very Large Telescope has been used to discover a planet where it reaches over 2,400 degrees Celsius during the day and vaporizes metal particles. After the daytime heat has vaporized the metal, it cools down enough during the night to condense them into droplets and rain iron. Known as WASP-76b, the planet is located in the Pisces constellation ... Read More »

Pentagon awards contracts to design mobile nuclear reactor | Defense News

BWX Technologies, Inc., Westinghouse Government Services, and X-energy, LLC have been awarded contracts by the Pentagon to take the first steps in building a mobile nuclear reactor. Totaling $39.7 million worth of contracts, Project Pele will run through the Strategic Capabilities Office and is looking for a prototype in the 1-5-megawatt (MWe) power range. The reactors should be mobile, stable, ... Read More »

Are orbs the future of security drones? | C4ISRNET

A circular robot that rolled to get around, GuardBot, first started out as an idea for a Mars rover. Once Mars was no longer in the drone’s cards, GuardBot Inc announced that it will partner with Aquiline Drones to connect their rolling robot to the cloud. The Marine Corps also tested the robot out in 2014 due to its ability ... Read More »

Hackers can clone millions of Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia keys | Wired

Keyless car owners had to quickly learn about new hacking techniques where a hacker used the radio waves to start the car. Now, vehicles with a chip and a mechanical key are being found to have a weakness. Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia vehicles have been found to especially be at risk, with hackers replicating the feature that unlocks the vehicle ... Read More »

Inside Elon Musk’s plan to build one Starship a week—and settle Mars | Ars Technica

Part of Elon Musk’s success can be attributed to the fact that he does everything fast; he refuses to work slow. He also knows that one day mankind will reach Mars, and he is determined to be first and make that window. One of his companies, SpaceX, has been going on a hiring frenzy as it looks to build spacecrafts ... Read More »

NASA’s Voyager 2 survives glitch, gets back to interstellar science | CNET

Voyager 1 and 2 currently remain the only human made objects to be in interstellar space. Currently, it takes 17 hours for communication between Voyager 2 and Earth to reach one another. On January 25th, the spacecraft committed a move that drew too much power and tripped the safety software, causing a shut down. After several weeks of work however, ... Read More »

This is the US military’s next sniper rifle of choice | Task & Purpose

Barrett Firearms’ Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) bolt-action sniper rifle has been selected by SOCOM, as well as the Marine Corps and the Army, as the next sniper rifle. SOCOM has recently awarded Barrett with a $49.9 million contract for the adoption of the MRAD and conversion kits for the Advanced Sniper Rifle program. The Army and the Marines both included the ... Read More »

Astronomers detect biggest explosion in the history of the Universe | Science Daily

A black hole in the center of a galaxy located 390 million light-years from Earth has released the biggest explosion in the universe. This explosion was recorded as five times larger than anything previously known and appeared to have taken place over the span of hundreds of millions of years. The lead author on the study commented that you could ... Read More »

Marines select a brand new rifle optic with $64M contract | Marine Times

The new scope used by the Marines known as the squad common optic will go on the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle and the M4. Trijicon will be paid $64 million to provide the optics that replace the previous model made by them. The scope is almost double the size of the previous one and has an adjustable magnification rate from one to ... Read More »

TASS: Russia conducts first ship-based hypersonic missile test | VOA news

The first test launch of Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missiles from a ship was a success. President Vladimir Putin talked about a project in March of 2018 that detailed hypersonic missiles that could strike almost any location on earth and avoid a missile defense shield. Now this weapon could be a reality following a successful test run, with Russian officials ... Read More »