Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity -- a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the U.S. ahead of advancing Russian and Chinese weaponry. In conventional guns, a bullet loses velocity from the moment the gunpowder ignites and sends it flying. The railgun projectile instead gains speed as it travels the length of a 32-foot barrel, exiting the muzzle at 4,500 miles an hour, or more than a mile a second. "This is going to change the way we fight," said U.S. Navy Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the Office of Naval Research. read more
In February 1990, thanks to a 15-year-old boy named Bruno Kowalsczewski, footsteps echoed through the chambers of Bruniquel Cave for the first time in tens of thousands of years.
The cave sits in France's scenic Aveyron Valley, but its entrance had long been sealed by an ancient rockslide. Kowalsczewski's father had detected faint wisps of air emerging from the scree, and the boy spent three years clearing away the rubble. He eventually dug out a tight, thirty-meter-long passage that the thinnest members of the local caving club could squeeze through. They found themselves in a large, roomy corridor. There were animal bones and signs of bear activity, but nothing recent. The floor was pockmarked with pools of water. The walls were punctuated by stalactites (the ones that hang down) and stalagmites (the ones that stick up).
The way A J Jackson tells it, he kept his head ducked down and pretended to fiddle with his cellphone as he walked into the boys' bathroom and headed for a stall at Green Mountain Union High School here. ... A complaint about Jackson's using the boys' bathroom set off a protest by students advocating the right of their transgender classmate to use the bathroom of his choice. On Thursday, the schools superintendent announced a new practice at the high school allowing transgender students to use the sex-specific bathroom of their choice, rather than being encouraged to use a gender-neutral bathroom. read more
An Arizona TV reporter has been relieved of his duties after using someone's yard to be relieved of his doody. Jonathan Lowe was on assignment Monday covering a story about a former Arizona State University football player who sacrificed his family's dog in a smoker in a fit of religious rage. He left the news van, went to the side of a house and pooped. The owner of the home, A.J. Silivia, raised a stink. "I'm not part of [that] news story," he said. "He had no right being on my property, let alone turning my front yard into a toilet." read more
After being arrested Friday for stealing items from a jeweler in a Florida mall, Prolancia Aquila Turner, 26, was pissed.
Not at herself, of course, for hiding earrings valued at $12.50 in the waistband of her pants.
Instead, the "crying and angry" Turner, 26, was miffed because, as she told police, "Everyone steals from this store. Why are you picking on me?" read more