Saturn is Moon King

Saturn as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
Saturn as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team, and J. DePasquale (STScI)

Jupiter has long held the honor of the planet in the solar system with the most moons – or at least, that’s what we thought. Now its smaller sibling Saturn has stolen the crown, as astronomers have discovered no less than 20 new moons around the ringed planet. That brings its total to 82, three more than Jupiter. read more

The Dory Underwater Drone

The Dory underwater drone is presently on Kickstarter
The Dory underwater drone is presently on Kickstarter
Chasing Innovation

When consumer aerial camera-drones first hit the market, buyers were mostly limited to models costing $1,000 or more. These days, half-decent quadcopters can be had for under a hundred bucks. While not going quite that cheap, Chasing Innovation is now aiming to make underwater drones similarly more affordable, with the Dory. read more

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

New Corvette Hardtop Convertible

Corvette Convertible and C8R
Like the C7 before it, the C8 Corvette was engineered as a convertible from the get-go
Chevrolet

Chevrolet chose an aircraft hangar in Florida as the location for the unveiling of the newest addition to the Corvette Stingray family, the 2020 Corvette convertible. 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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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

Weapon Wednesday – Nammo Stackable Grenade System

FRAG OUT

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