Who Puts the Right into “The Right Stuff”?

I’m not generally a fan of reboots. I had no need for an updated version of Total Recall, and I’ll be just fine if I never again have to watch Bruce Wayne’s parents die so that he can grow up to become Batman. My feeling is: If you’re going to return to familiar material, at least come at it in a fresh way—like the second Battlestar Galactica, or like each new rover that NASA sends to Mars.

Fortunately, the TV adaptation of The Right Stuff (whose first two episodes were just released on Disney+) is more Curiosity rover than Total Recall 2012. As the title tells you, the new series draws on Tom Wolfe’s 1979 beloved book of the same name, which is still one of the best accounts of the dawn of the space age. The book, in turn, begat a 1983 film adaptation, which has its

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The British Armed Forces Now Has a Drone That Can Shoot Stuff

An example of a hexacopter drone.

An example of a hexacopter drone.
Photo: Omer Messinger (Getty Images)

In partnership with the United Kingdom’s Strategic Command, which supports the Ministry of Defence, an unnamed company has developed a new battle-ready drone to assist armed forces with dangerous ground operations during urban warfare.

Reported by Popular Mechanics (via The Times), the i9 is a human-operated drone that can fly indoors, uses AI to locate and identify targets, and is outfitted with dual shotguns. If reading that makes you feel like we’re living in a 90s science fiction movie, well, I guess we are. Except Arnold is not headed to Mars.

As Popular Mechanics points out, breaching operations—when armed forces storm into a sealed off, enclosed area where enemy forces could be hiding—are one of the most dangerous type of ground operations. Casualties are usually high, especially among soldiers who enter the building first. Sending

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NASA ‘hallowed ground’ sets the stage for NatGeo’s ‘The Right Stuff’

Hangar S, NASA’s original Manned Spacecraft Center building, comes back to life on a sound stage in Orlando, Florida, during filming for National Geographic’s “The Right Stuff.” (Image credit: Disney+)

Launch Complex 5 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has stood dormant for almost 60 years. It has been nearly as long since Hangar S supported NASA’s human spaceflight program. And it was a decade ago Mercury Mission Control was demolished.

But come Friday (Oct. 9), all three historic facilities will return to their former glory in “The Right Stuff,” National Geographic’s new series streaming on Disney+. (The series arrives just in time for World Space Week, which runs from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10.) Through a combination of recreations, computer graphics and unprecedented on-site access, “The Right Stuff” provides the stage for Tom Wolfe’s written account of the original Mercury 7 astronauts to lift off again, this time

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Top Designers Strut Their Stuff at Cooper Hewitt Gala | At the Smithsonian

As the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 21st National Design Awards gala kicked off Thursday evening, host Bobby Berk told a story about his own introduction to design, which paved the way for his eventual fame on “Queer Eye” and beyond. He recalled visiting a Target store, where he observed the results of the iconic collaboration between the retailer and architect Michael Graves: ordinary, affordable household projects designed to delight their users.

“Right then and there I thought to myself, I want to have a part of that,” he told the event’s audience last night. “I want to work in design and make people’s lives better through design.”

The impact of design on ordinary lives and the world around us was everywhere at the annual gala, which moved to an online format this year. In place of cocktails and fancy dresses, virtual attendees watched short films showcasing the work of

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Wayfair’s Way Day Sale Takes Up to 80% Off Cool Stuff for Your Home

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Photo credit: Courtesy

From Esquire

Do not stress if you’ve been searching for the opportunity to refresh your home for the fall season. Wayfair’s epic Way Day Sale just kicked off, and it’s frankly too good to pass up. Along with sales on Wayfair’s site, you can also score major deals—up to 80 percent off—on furniture and home décor must-haves at its sister sites, Joss & Main, AllModern, and Birch Lane. As if that’s not enough, everything you order will ship for free.

Plus, considering that Samsung is sponsoring the sale, expect deals on the brand’s wide range of appliances, including vacuums, refrigerators, air purifiers, and more. The sale also includes thousands (yes, thousands) of flash deals.

But you’ll have to act fast, as the Way Day event only runs through 3 a.m. EDT on September 25. Take a look below for the best deals to shop during Wayfair’s Way

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