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Astronomers detect more mystery radio bursts from beyond the Milky Way

Sure enough, astronomers have discovered even more of those mysterious fast radio bursts from outside the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope have detected 13 different radio bursts, including six repeat bursts from the same location in a galaxy 1.5 billion light years away. Each of those bursts represents about 25 million times more energy than the Sun, and they were collected at the lowest frequencies yet (400MHz to 800MHz).

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SAMSUNG SHOWCASES MONSTROUS 219-INCH TV AT CES 2019

Samsung’s The Wall made the rounds last month because a modular high-definition television with almost infinite capacity for expansion is definitely going to get attention. Continue reading SAMSUNG SHOWCASES MONSTROUS 219-INCH TV AT CES 2019

THIS CUSTOM HANDGUN IS MADE FROM A 4.5 BILLION-YEAR-OLD METEORITE AND DAMASCUS STEEL

Cabot is renowned as a luxury gunmaker that is obsessed with precision and craftsmanship, often using unique and rare materials in bringing their truly outrageous designs to life. Their latest collectible gun is the Stellar Fusion 1911 pistol that just might be a crowning achievement for the company. Continue reading THIS CUSTOM HANDGUN IS MADE FROM A 4.5 BILLION-YEAR-OLD METEORITE AND DAMASCUS STEEL

Ion-powered aircraft flies with no moving parts

As clean as electric aircraft can be, there’s still one kind of pollution they still produce: noise. Even that might go away before long, though. MIT researchers have successfully flown an ionic wind-powered aircraft that doesn’t use any moving parts. The 16-foot wide machine stays aloft by charging wires with a high enough voltage (40,000V) that they strip negatively-charged electrons from air molecules, which are promptly attracted to negative electrodes at the back of the aircraft. The collisions from that newly-formed ionic wind create the thrust needed to keep the vehicle airborne.

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FDA to ban flavored e-cigarette sales in convenience stores

You might have a hard time finding flavored e-cigs outside of vape shops in the future. According to The Washington Post, the Food and Drug Administration plans to announce a ban on the sales of most pod-based flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations across the country. It’s reportedly part of the agency’s efforts to curb sales of e-cigs to minors, since studies show that flavors tend to attract underage buyers. The FDA says that there’s been a 77 percent increase in the use of e-cigarettes among high school students in 2018 — Juul has been particularly popular among teens to the point that vaping with Juul is now commonly known as “juuling.”

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Tesla replaces Elon Musk as board chair with Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm

As part of his settlement with the SEC over tweets about taking Tesla private, Elon Musk agreed to step down from his post as chairman of the board of directors. Now, while he’s still CEO and retains his seat on the board, Tesla has announced his replacement: Robyn Denholm. Already a Tesla board member, she is currently CFO and head of strategy for the Australian telecom Telstra, but will leave that post once her six-month notice period is up to serve as board chair of Tesla full-time. Continue reading Tesla replaces Elon Musk as board chair with Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm

Angry Birds’ makes its Magic Leap debut

Magic Leap’s long-awaited augmented reality headset finally debuted over a month ago, even if its $2,300 price tag makes it much too extravagant for most of us. Still, it’s a pretty big step forward for consumer-grade AR, and the company is betting big on developers to create the content library it needs. One such developer is Rovio, which announced it’s bringing its most popular game franchise — Angry Birds — to the platform.

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