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This NASA-Engineered Super Soaker Could Probably Kill You
You can make a squirt gun out of almost any piece of random junk lying around your house, but Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer who worked on the Curiosity Rover, takes his tinkering to a whole other level.
Do you remember hearing about the most powerful Nerf Gun last summer? That was his. This year though, he added the water works to create the world’s largest Super Soaker. The Guinness World-Record setting firearm is a whopping seven feet long and blasts water at 272 miles per hour.
After consulting with Lonnie Johnson, engineer of the original Super Soaker, Rober and Bob Clagett from the YouTube channel “I Like To Make Stuff” spent six months constructing the behemoth water cannon, which is so powerful it can shatter glass, blow up a soda can, and split a watermelon in half.
The water gun is pressurized at 2,400 pounds per square inch, which, according to Rober is “eight times the pressure of a fire truck hose.”
In hindsight, he added, “[It’s] probably overkill.”
Rober was also kind enough to throw in a Dropbox link with all the instructions for you to build you own weapon of watery destruction. Rober says he used his on his friends and family, but perhaps it would be better suited for the remaining detainees in Gitmo?
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A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.