CRISPR Gene-Editing Tool Allows Flies to Ingest Poison

A fruit fly on the wing of a monarch butterfly
A fruit fly on the wing of a monarch butterfly
Julianne Pelaez

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to give fruit flies an evolutionary advantage they’ve never had before. By making just three small changes to a single gene, the team gave the flies the ability to effectively eat poison and store it in their bodies, protecting themselves from predators in the process. read more

Weapon Wednesday – The Navy’s First Carrier-Based Drone

The MQ-25A Stingray won’t drop bombs or dogfight, but it will stretch the legs of planes that do.

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  • The MQ-25A will be the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to be stationed on an aircraft carrier.
  • The drone will refuel other carrier aircraft, dramatically increasing their range and ability to stay in the air.
  • The MQ-25A will hit the fleet in 2024. read more

Life on Saturn’s Moon?

More signs of life spotted on Saturnian moon Enceladus

Enceladus passes in front of the Sun, showing off its icy plumes, as captured by the Cassini probe in 2007
Enceladus passes in front of the Sun, showing off its icy plumes, as captured by the Cassini probe in 2007
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Few bodies in the solar system capture the imagination of life-hunting astronomers like the Saturnian moon Enceladus. Conveniently, hydrothermal vents pull materials from the moon’s core, mix them through its massive subsurface ocean and eject them into space, providing those searching for signs of life with plenty of subject matter.
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Scania’s AXL Driverless Mining Truck

Scania's AXL concept provides a preview of the driverless mining truck of the future
Scania’s AXL concept provides a preview of the driverless mining truck of the future
Scania

There is no doubt we’re headed towards a driverless future, but Scania’s AXL is the company’s first concept that does away with the cab altogether. read more

New OnePlus Midrange Phone

The OnePlus 7T is closer to the OnePlus 7 Pro than its predecessor
The OnePlus 7T is closer to the OnePlus 7 Pro than its predecessor
OnePlus

As expected, OnePlus has unveiled the OnePlus 7T at a special media event, a solid upgrade over the OnePlus 7 phone it launched back in May. For those who don’t want to spend big on the OnePlus 7 Pro, the mid-range option is now even more compelling. read more

China and North Korea aren’t the Only Ones with Big Scary Missiles

from Zero Hedge:

US Military Tests ICBM Hours After Beijing Parades Missiles Through Tiananmen Square

Mere hours after the latest missile test by North Korea and Beijing’s parading of its ICBM arsenal through Tiananmen Square during the 70th anniversary celebration of Communist Party rule, the US military decided to carry out a missile test of its own on Wednesday, testing an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM.

The Minuteman was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:13 am Pacific Time. The missile, which was equipped with a ‘reentry vehicle’, traveled 6,750 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean before touching down on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.

A photo of the test shows the missile in a brilliant purple hue.

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Weapon Wednesday – Nammo Stackable Grenade System

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U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Teagan Fredericks

New Amazon Smart Glasses

Amazon introduced the Echo Frames at a product launch event today along with a few other Alexa-oriented items
Amazon introduced the Echo Frames at a product launch event today along with a few other Alexa-oriented items

Amazon has stepped into the world of connected eyewear with its first ever pair of smart glasses. Not quite as ambitious as some designs to have come and gone before them, the company’s Echo Frames keep things relatively simple in hopes of making its Alexa voice assistant a key part of a user’s everyday life. read more

Vision Venture Autonomous Driving Camper

A more relaxing way to travel and glamp
A more relaxing way to travel and glamp
Erwin Hymer Group

Hymer made quite a splash at this year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon with the Vision Venture, an exceptional plus-sized camper van concept that foretells a very capable, comfortable camping future for the year 2025. But it didn’t drop the crystal ball after designing that Mercedes-badged van, traveling a little farther into the future to show how autonomous driving will recast the vehicle camping experience. read more

Aerobic Exercise May Fend off Alzheimer’s disease

Rong Zhang (left) leading a UT Southwestern study revealing regular aerobic exercise can slow brain degeneration in the hippocampus, linked to Alzheimer's disease
Rong Zhang (left) leading a UT Southwestern study revealing regular aerobic exercise can slow brain degeneration in the hippocampus, linked to Alzheimer’s disease
Mei-Chun Jau/UT Southwestern

A new UT Southwestern study has offered yet more evidence affirming the value of exercise in slowing the brain degeneration associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The research is suggesting aerobic exercise may be more effective than mild flexibility training in directly reducing hippocampal deterioration. read more