‘Qualification flight’: Pentagon test-drops upgraded nuke from B-2 stealth bomber over Nevada

The US Air Force has tested the B61-12 nuclear bomb by dropping a dud from a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber over Nevada, as part of an ambitious project to extend the service life of the bomb, introduced in 1968, by another 20 years. “The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security

Illegal Monsanto GMO wheat discovered at ‘isolated site’ in Canada

Canadian authorities have admitted that a patch of an unapproved, genetically modified strain of wheat has been found in the wild, well outside of old Monsanto test areas, but hope the unfortunate discovery won’t hamper exports. The crop, of unknown origin, was first discovered on an access road in Alberta

Race to stifle deadly Nipah virus after 13 killed in outbreak

Some 13 people have died following an outbreak of a rare and deadly disease in southern India. Scientists are now racing to find the source of the virus in case the spate of deaths heralds the beginning of a pandemic. Health officials in the state of Kerala are on high

India eyes developing autonomous killer robots for military

India is assessing whether it needs to develop AI-based weapon systems for the military, capable of identifying and attacking targets without human input. The tech can’t be reasoned with and won’t feel pity, remorse or fear. The 17-member AI task force, which includes officials from the Indian military, defense ministry,

On the run: China boosts its lunar mission with satellite to talk to dark side of the Moon

China is launching a new satellite on Sunday as part of its ambitious Chang’e-4 mission to make the first-ever landing on the ‘dark side’ of the moon. The Queqiao relay satellite will be sent to Lagrange L2 Point, where it can maintain communication with both the far side of the

Gene editing opens world of ‘man-gods,’ but Jesse Ventura doubts society and politics are ready

Advances in technology, from brain chips to gene selection, may be creating a new type of man, but what are the dangers? The former governor of Minnesota shares his take in the latest episode of ‘The World According to Jesse.’ Jesse Ventura talks to biochemist Sam Sternberg, who co-authored the

Horrific ‘hairy’ creature washes up on Philippine beach

An enormous dead creature seemingly covered with hair has washed up on a beach in the Philippines, inciting some locals to ask for prayers in fear of impending doom. The 20-foot-long (sic-meter-long) globster – an unidentifiable organic mass – washed ashore in Barangay, San Antonio, in the Oriental Mindoro province

Moon ‘vanishes’ rapidly behind Earth in stunning video by Russian ISS cosmonaut

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev has filmed a stunning video of the moon “vanishing” mysteriously behind the Earth during moonset, as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). The short video filmed by the cosmonaut, who is currently aboard the ISS, was published on social media earlier this week. It provides

Machines will never replace humans, Alibaba’s Jack Ma tells students

Creativity will always give humans an edge over machines, Alibaba founder Jack Ma told students at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Ma, 53, was in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate and explore business opportunities for Alibaba Group, one of the biggest corporations in the world. He received a honorary

New water-based battery can store wind and solar energy for pennies

Scientists have developed a water-based battery that can store power generated by wind and solar energy. The battery could solve issues with storing renewable energy, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and it will be cheap. Stanford scientists revealed the manganese-hydrogen battery in a research paper published in the journal Nature on Monday.