This Attack Helicopter Can Launch Drones From Midair

Twin Attack Helicopter

American aerospace manufacturer MD Helicopters just announced details of its upcoming MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter at a military trade show in Nashville, Tennessee.

In the rear of the fuselage of the helicopter, The Drive reports, a munitions guiding system pops out to deploy seven payloads ranging from powered missiles to small drones that could carry out their own missions independently from the copter.

Launch Tube Offensive

A possible existing drone that could be launched from the helicopter’s Common Launch Tube (CLT) is military contractor Raytheon’s Coyote. The Coyote is a small drone that has been used in the past to gather Lees verder

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The US Has Officially Started Using CRISPR on Humans

The first human CRISPR trial in the U.S. has officially begun, with a UPenn team using the technology to treat two cancer patients.

Human First

In June 2016, the National Institutes of Health gave a University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) research team the go-ahead to begin a human CRISPR trial.

On Monday, a UPenn spokesperson confirmed to NPR that the institution’s researchers have officially started using CRISPR on humans — marking a national first that could lead to a more widespread use of the technology in the future.

Last Resort

The spokesperson told NPR that the UPenn team has thus far used CRISPR to treat two cancer patients, one with multiple myeloma and one with sarcoma. Both had relapsed after standard cancer treatments.

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Incredibly Tough NASA Sensor May Have Survived Moon Lander Crash

Silver Lining

When Beresheet, the lunar lander built by the Israel-based company SpaceIL, crashed into the Moon, it was carrying more than the hopes and dreams of the first private company to reach the Moon.

It also happened to be shuttling a small piece of NASA equipment. But the device may have survived the crash, according to — a remarkable testament to the hardiness of the space agency’s equipment.

Search and Rescue

In a serendipitous twist, the device — called a Lunar Retroreflector Array (LRA) — happens to function as a sort of beacon. The spherical gadget, full of cubic quartz Lees verder

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SpaceX Landed a Falcon Heavy Booster. Then It Fell Into the Sea.

SpaceX successfully landed three Falcon Heavy boosters last week. But stormy weather had a different plan for them, and one fell into the water.

Falcon Heavy Landing

The booster for a SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully landed after a mission — but then stormy weather toppled the booster into the roiling ocean.

Otherwise than that minor hiccup, the mission was a success, according to CNN. The Falcon Heavy launched on Thursday and carried a satellite for a Saudi Arabian TV network into space, and afterward all three boosters landed successfully.

“As conditions worsened with eight to ten foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright,” SpaceX told the network. “While we had hoped to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team always takes Lees verder

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NASA Announces Plan to Keep Astronaut in Space for 328 Days

By extending astronaut Christina Koch's space mission to 328 days, NASA hopes to glean new insights into the impact of longterm spaceflight on humans.

Record Setter

NASA astronaut Christina Koch joined the crew aboard the International Space Station in March, and on Wednesday, NASA announced plans to extend her space mission until February 2020.

Not only will the extension make Koch just the second astronaut to spend nearly a year in space and earn her the record for longest space stay by a woman — but the data from her trip could help humanity reach Mars.

ISS Insights

In total, Koch will spend 328 days in space. That’s just shy of Scott Kelly’s record 340-days-long space mission, which yielded incredibly valuable data regarding the impact of longterm Lees verder

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Scientists Generated Nuclear Fusion With a Tabletop Device

A 1.5-meter device called a Z-pinch generated nuclear fusion, but not for long enough to be useful. Still, it shows that small-scale fusion is possible.

Scaling Down

A team of physicists managed to generate a nuclear fusion reaction using a device that can fit on a tabletop.

The device, called a Z-pinch, operates in a similar way to any other fusion reaction, according to Physics World — but it can do so at a much smaller scale than the building-sized generators that scientists typically use to explore fusion.

Trial Run

Scientists from the University of Washington built a 1.5-meter Z-pinch device that was able to sustain a nuclear fusion reaction for five microseconds.

The Z-pinch works by trapping and pressurizing plasma in a powerful magnetic field, Physics Lees verder

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Andrew Yang’s Goal: Steer Us Away From a Bleakly Dystopian Future

Public Enemy

Long-shot U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang isn’t hopeful about the imminent future of humanity — that much become instantly clear in a bleak profile published today by The Verge.

Public enemy number one: automation, which Yang sees as a destructive result of a rapidly globalizing market-obsessed future. The risk is millions of jobs lost and a host of undesirable side effects like financial insecurity and a decline in mental health — a joyless, dystopian future in which humans have been replaced by the machines they built.

A Long Way Up

Yang’s core promise is to provide every U.S. citizen with $1,000 every month. That’d usually be called basic income. Lees verder

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An Interstellar Rock Like ‘Oumuamua May Have Hit Earth In 2014

Harvard astronomers found evidence that 'Oumuamua isn't the only interstellar visitor we've had in recent years. Others may have crashed into the Earth.

Another One

When scientists first detected the comet ‘Oumuamua in 2017, it dominated the news cycle as the first interstellar object that we’ve seen pass through our solar system.

But new research suggests that ‘Oumuamua wasn’t the first interstellar visitor at all. In fact, another one like it may have impacted Earth back in 2014, according to

Unusual Trajectory

The new research hasn’t yet been published, but it’s available on the preprint server ArXiv as of Monday. In it, Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb — the same dude who doubled down on the idea that ‘Oumuamua could be an alien spacecraft Lees verder

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New CRISPR Tech Could Cure Herpes


Gene hacking techniques that were recently used in human cells for the first time could someday let doctors shred up and destroy viruses like herpes or hepatitis B inside human cells, scientists say.

The new technique is called CRISPR-Cas3 — usually, when you hear about CRISPR tech, it’s the Cas9 variety — and Cornell researchers believe it could be used to cure viral diseases, according to a university-published press release.

DNA Shredder

The scientists used Cas3 to identify and shred long stretches of human DNA, according to research published in the journal Molecular Cell last week. The new gene-hacking tool makes more Lees verder

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Scientists Plan to Clone Extinct Horse Using 42,000-Year-Old Blood

Siberian scientists conducted an autopsy of a 42,000-year-old foal of an extinct horse, and found that it's so well-preserved they may be able to clone it.

Welcome Back

Last year, scientists found a 42,000-year-old Lena Horse foal — those are extinct, by the way — frozen in Siberian permafrost.

Now, they hope that they can clone the long-dead horse back into existence, according to Gizmodo, using liquid blood samples researchers extracted from the horse’s surprisingly well-preserved heart.

Horse to Water

In addition to liquid blood, scientists conducting the autopsy found intact organs and tissues.

“We can now claim that this is the best-preserved Ice Age animal ever found in the world,” Semyon Grigoyev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia, told Russian news agency TASS, as per The Siberian Times.

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