Monday, February 4, 2008

Navy to P0wn Enemies

Taking a cue from the doodlings of hormone-crazed preteen boys and the minds of violent video game developers, the U.S. Navy has built and successfully tested an electromagnetically powered railgun capable of firing a projectile 230 miles at Mach 7. Instead of using traditional explosive propellants, the gun's magnet-based technology allows for more destructive and less dangerous to handle ammunition. And if it's anything like the railgun in Quake, it'll be like totally badass. Of course, those lame laws of motion would probably prevent a hand-held version of the gun from being produced, as the kick would send a soldier flying backward across a battlefield. On second thought, that would look wicked cool in an online game of Halo. More details here.

And on a more personal note, I'd like to take issue with LiveScience's careless typographical error of calling Battlestar Galactica "Battlestar Galactic". "Battlestar Galactic" is a ridiculous title undeserving of such a great show. And I am a nerd.

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