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‘Soul of the sun’ detected for the first time by scientists

Scientists have for the first time detected the solar neutrino particles forged in the sun’s heart that are eventually emitted into the galaxy as light.

More than 100 international scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst worked together using the Borexino detector in Italy to make the discovery, which provides humans with a peak into the process of nuclear fusion that is responsible for bathing the Earth with light. The findings were first reported in the latest issue of the Nature journal.

Although it only takes eight minutes for light from the sun to hit Earth, there is a substantially longer process that takes place before that can happen. After the solar neutrinos are formed in the sun’s core, another 100,000 years must pass before they make their way to the star’s surface and shoot out at the speed of light.

‘Gun boom’ in the US is over, but weapon sales still high

Gun sales in the United States have slipped in 2014 compared to last year, but they’re still higher than at any other point in the last decade.

Over the last three months, sales at the gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson dropped 23 percent, with profits declining 32 percent compared to the same quarter in 2013. The news was similar at Sturm, Ruger & Co., which saw profits shrink 31 percent, and Colt Manufacturing, where a net loss of $7 million was documented.

According to the Huffington Post, these declines have been attributed to less intense demand on the part of gun buyers. Typically, gun sales have spiked in the wake of violent incidents – the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, for example – as buyers fear a government crackdown on arms purchases.

Soviet spy ring mastermind John Walker dies in prison

The infamous man behind one of the United States’ most shocking spy rings has died in a federal North Carolina prison.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, John A. Walker Jr. was 77 years old when he died. Although the cause of his death is currently unknown, he was suffering from health complications that dated back years and included throat cancer.

During an 18-year espionage campaign that began in 1967, Walker sold American military secrets to the Soviet Union that allowed the state to essentially monitor the US Navy as it deployed units around the world. His first major sale took place as a member of the Navy, and involved enabling the Soviets to access more than one million classified, encrypted Navy “key card” messages.