In September 1950, Oliver Brown walked his young daughter to her neighborhood school in Topeka, Kansas. When he tried to enroll her in the all-white Sumner School, however, she was denied a spot because she was black. The rejection set in motion one of the most famous court cases in United States History, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The 1954 Supreme Court decision that followed struck down the half-century old “separate-but-equal” standard, ushering in an era of school de-segregation. On Sunday, Linda Brown, the little girl at the center of that monumental ruling, died in Topeka at the age of 75, Neil Genzlinger at The New York Times reports.
After a year of research, a pair of security researchers have figured out how to hack a $13,000 smart rifle. By exploiting security weaknesses in a computer-powered sniper rifle, Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger devised a method that can not only prevent a gun from firing or hitting a target, but can throw the user’s aim off enough to hit an entirely different bullseye.
Turbo-swift floating trains sound like a thing of the future, but in Japan they’re already out there breaking records. On Thursday, a maglev bullet train hit 366 miles per hour—the fastest train speed ever recorded.
Snacks, blaring music, the open road, good company. They’re the ingredients of a great road trip—and all four were conspicuously absent from a record-setting 3,400-mile journey recently undertaken by an autonomous car.