Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints | TechCrunch

A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them.

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Genealogy Websites Were Key to Big Break in Golden State Killer Case – The New York Times

Investigators used DNA from crime scenes and plugged that genetic profile into a private online genealogy database. They found distant relatives of Mr. DeAngelo’s and traced their DNA to him.

Source: Genealogy Websites Were Key to Big Break in Golden State Killer Case – The New York Times

Drug overdoses tied to 24-fold rise in organ transplants | WTVR.com

A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday now reveals just how much of an increase there has been in the number of overdose-death donors, from being only 1.1% of all donors in 2000 to 13.4% in 2017.

Source: Drug overdoses tied to 24-fold rise in organ transplants | WTVR.com

Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem

After investigating, the El Valle Wildlife Rescue Center determined that the sperm whale was killed by gastric shock to its stomach and intestines after ingesting 64 pounds of plastic. The autopsy found plastic bags, nets, ropes, plastic sacks, and even a plastic jerrycan in the whale’s stomach and intestines.

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A mysterious anomaly under Africa is radically weakening Earth’s magnetic field

The region that concerns scientists the most at the moment is called the South Atlantic Anomaly – a huge expanse of the field stretching from Chile to Zimbabwe. The field is so weak within the anomaly that it’s hazardous for Earth’s satellites to enter it, because the additional radiation it’s letting through could disrupt their electronics.

Source: A mysterious anomaly under Africa is radically weakening Earth’s magnetic field

Home-made drones now threaten conventional armed forces – Drones and guerrilla warfare

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, which has so far refused to say who it thinks was responsible for the attack, the drones were guided by GPS and had a range of 100km. The electronics involved were off-the-shelf components, and the total cost of each drone was perhaps a couple of thousand dollars.

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