Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3301 on: Feb 6th, 2018, 09:02am »
South China Morning Post
China’s military fires up world first in revolutionary rail gun technology
Photographs surface of ship-mounted electromagnetic weapon that could one day supersede traditional explosives with greater power, speed, range and accuracy
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 February, 2018, 9:33pm by Minnie Chan
China is believed to be testing the world’s first ship-mounted rail gun, a technology that military experts say has the potential to fire shells with enough force to destroy a warship and precision to shoot down a satellite.
The controversial development comes as China seeks to transform its navy into a blue-water force capable of rivalling the United States and projecting power far from home shores.
Photographs of a rail gun mounted on a warship docked in Wuhan, Hubei province, have surfaced on Chinese military websites in the last week, indicating the People’s Liberation Army Navy is testing the electromagnetic weapon and has been able to make it more compact.
Rail guns fire shells using electromagnetic force rather than traditional explosive propulsion systems. They are designed to fire the projectiles with more accuracy and power and over a longer range, but are also extremely expensive.
The US has researched and tested rail guns for years, with prototypes firing projectiles at up to 7,800km/hour over a 150km range. The cost of the projectiles was reportedly US$1 million per round.
But the Chinese device appears to be the first mounted on a ship.
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3305 on: Feb 6th, 2018, 8:52pm »
Alarmingly, this is where we're headed... Too true to be funny.
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The research on the Mesolithic fossil undermines the commonly held assumption that a people’s geographical origin is a determinant of skin color and physique.
“It really shows up that these imaginary racial categories that we have are really very modern constructions, or very recent constructions, that really are not applicable to the past at all,” said Tom Booth, an archaeologist at the Natural History Museum who worked on the project.
Most white people currently living in Britain are believed to have 10 percent of the skeleton’s DNA.
Before the Cheddar Man’s lineage, there were around nine colonies of hunters, but it is understood that they were all wiped out by harsh temperatures. The Cheddar Man’s 12,000-man fort, however, thrived in the climate. They lived in tents and hunted boar and deer using hunting dogs, and bows and arrows.
Yoan Diekmann, a computational biologist at University College London and another member of the project’s team, agreed with Booth and called into question the link between Britishness and whiteness.
“The historical perspective that you get just tells you that things change, things are in flux, and what may seem as a cemented truth that people who feel British should have white skin, through time is not at all something that is an immutable truth,” he said.
The Cheddar Man was already known to have been around five foot five inches tall, around 10 stone in weight, with good teeth. He died in his early 20s.
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Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3308 on: Feb 7th, 2018, 07:21am »
Good morning all
Found: An Unknown Language Spoken in a Single Malaysian Village
It has no words for ownership and lots of ways to talk about sharing.
by Vittoria Traverso February 06, 2018
An exclusive club—the estimated 6,000 different languages still spoken Earth—has a new member. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have discovered a previously unknown language spoken by a hunter-gatherer community in northern Malaysia.
A team led by Joanne Yager, a doctoral student in linguistics at Lund University, was documenting Aslian idioms, a group of languages spoken by the indigenous Semang people of the Malay Peninsula.
As the researchers were gathering data on Jahai, one of the Aslian languages, they found that they were hearing something different and distinct. “We realized that a large part of the village spoke a different language,” Yager said in a press release. “They used words, phonemes, and grammatical structures that are not used in Jahai. Some of these words suggested a link with other Aslian languages spoken far away, in other parts of the Malay Peninsula.”
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3309 on: Feb 7th, 2018, 3:47pm »
Leonardo Da Vinci's mysterious 'invisible' drawings on display for first time
by Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent 7 February 2018 • 4:02pm
To the untrained eye, they look like little more than blank, if rather old, sheets of paper.
In fact, Leonardo Da Vinci’s empty pages hold a secret few could imagine: more than a dozen studies of hands drawn in a metal substance turned to invisible ink over time.
The two pieces of paper, now known to be studies of the hands for the Adoration of the Magi, c1481, are to go on display to the public for the first time, at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, as part of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.
They will join more than 200 drawings for what is described as the largest exhibition of Leonardo's work in more than 65 years.
The Royal Collection Trust, which owns the works, has announced that the anniversary will be marked with simultaneous exhibitions across the UK featuring his "treasures", in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland, and a 12th city still to be announced.
The centuries’-old works are fragile and only permitted to go on show in the light at rare intervals, making the exhibition the “one of only chance” in many people’s lifetimes that they will see them, according to curators.
The Leonardo drawings, bound into a single album by sculptor Pompeo Leoni in Milan around 1590, entered the Royal Collection during the reign of Charles II.
The pictures lurking within the “blank” pages in the collection have been known to scholars for some time, kept all these years after experts noticed the paper had indentations on.
In the 20th century, when science had caught up with their hunch, the works were examined under ultraviolet light, revealing the astonishingly detailed work on hands.
New text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have now been made public, and, as The Duran's Alex Christoforou notes, the big reveal is that then-POTUS Barack Obama appears to be in the loop, on the whole ‘destroy Trump’ insurance plan hatched by upper management at the FBI.
The messages include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”
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Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3312 on: Feb 8th, 2018, 06:20am »
Real Clear Defense
Drones Will Surpass IED Threat in Future Conflicts
By Daniel Gouré February 08, 2018
The weapon system that personified the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and shaped the behavior of the U.S. military for almost fifteen years was the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). IEDs were responsible for approximately two-thirds of U.S. and Coalition casualties suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Civilian casualties from IEDs number in the tens of thousands.
The important lesson to draw from the experience dealing with IEDs in Southwest Asia is the way a single instrument of war, no matter how simple, can have profound organizational, operational and strategic impacts. The IED allowed insurgents to regain the strategic initiative and set the operating conditions for U.S. and Coalition forces.
The threat became so pronounced that the U.S. created an organization just to deal with the threat: the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization. The Pentagon spent about $45 billion acquiring mine-resistant armored vehicles and nearly $20 billion more on other measures to detect and neutralize IEDs. Even so, IEDs remained a constant threat.
A Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan characterized the influence of IEDs on the conduct of operations in those countries this way:
“No other weapon shaped the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan like the IED. It required that troops charged with enhancing population security confine themselves to massive, armored vehicles and travel at high rates of speed or plow through farmers’ fields to avoid roads entirely. It slowed dismounted troops forced to sweep with metal detectors and divert around empty intersections. It partitioned Baghdad with 12-foot high concrete walls and caused a fertilizer shortage for farmers in Afghanistan. It was the only insurgent weapon that could cause mass civilian casualties, undermining local governance, the credibility of counter-insurgent efforts, and ensuring a steady stream of atrocities — of the horrors of intervention — could be broadcast globally.”
Even as U.S forces continue to operate in Iraq and Afghanistan and conduct worldwide counterinsurgency missions, the focus of Pentagon thinking and investments have shifted to future medium-to-high-end conflicts potentially involving peer competitors. Defense leaders are warning that the U.S. is in danger of losing its military edge against these peer adversaries.
In response, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work called for a “Third Offset” Strategy that would recapture the military’s waning preeminence by investing in cutting-edge technologies such as autonomy and artificial intelligence, big data analytics, man-machine collaboration, high-speed networks and hypersonics. The current Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, has described this strategy simply as building a more lethal force.
The recently released National Defense Strategy speaks of the need to assess the implications of new technologies, define military problems to be faced in future conflicts and anticipate how competitors and adversaries will employ new operational concepts and technologies. With this admonition in mind and reflecting on the experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the question the Department of Defense should be asking is: is there a technology or system on the horizon that could impact the U.S. military’s conduct of future operations as profoundly as the IED shaped events in the last one?
The answer could be unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. While the U.S. military pioneered the large-scale use of drones, both for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike missions, other militaries are now catching up. In many ways, small and medium-size UAVs challenge the notion of air superiority.
Perhaps more significant, nonstate actors are rapidly adding UAVs to their arsenals and developing sophisticated tactics for their employment. ISIS pioneered the use of small, commercially available drones to bomb Iraqi forces. For the first time, nonstate adversaries will have air power. Equipped with cameras, drones provide terrorists and insurgents with critical, real-time ISR information. Loaded with just a few pounds of explosives, drones become precision-guided weapons. Deployed on ships, drones would provide our adversaries with a low-cost “aircraft carrier.” They could even be employed for targeted assassinations. In 2013, a Pirate Party activist dropped a 20-inch drone at the feet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she attended a political rally.
The drone threat is qualitatively different than that posed by manned aircraft. Because these drones are small, low-flying and quiet, they would be difficult to detect and engage with existing air defense systems. The defense is more likely to run out of interceptors before the insurgents run out of drones, particularly if the attacker employs swarming tactics. In addition, the cost-exchange ratio between cheap drones and the current set of expensive air defense systems favors the former.
Fortunately, efforts to develop counters to this emerging threat are picking up steam. Solutions require the integration of several capabilities: detecting and categorizing the drone, tracking the UAV even if it is in hover mode, and neutralizing the target by kinetic or electronic/cyber means. Increasingly, customers are looking for non-destructive ways to defeat drones including by seizing control of them.
There is no single answer to the drone threat. Solutions include most of the military’s traditional arms from rifles to anti-aircraft missiles. Then there are short-range, non-kinetic counters such as Battelle’s DroneDefender, a man-portable system resembling a rifle, which jams the control link between a small drone and its operator. Israel Military Industries’ Red Hawk 2 Drone Defender, capable of finding and non-destructively countering UAVs out to 5 km, was employed by the Royal Thai Air Force to protect the funeral procession for the late King. The U.S. Air Force has acquired a similar system for airbase protection.
Boeing’s new Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense System is designed to defend against drones, helicopters and manned aircraft from short to medium altitude. Other major defense companies such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Raytheon and Leonardo DRS are working on solutions involving a mix of existing capabilities and new technologies such as tactical lasers.
Fortunately, the U.S. military and defense industry are not waiting to be surprised by drones on the battlefield the way it was by IEDs. Victory in future conflicts may well be determined by the outcome of the battle of drones versus countermeasures.
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3313 on: Feb 8th, 2018, 11:50am »
Yeppers Crystal....miniature ....bug size..drones.....are like a dormant bug that will jump like a flea on you and explode.or inject a poison or even spread a disease to kill people livestock and crops...doesnt matter if its a child ..as children in zones are considered combatants..like a Killer Bee can chase you for miles..if it is disturbed by a noise or certain color...Very scary new theater of war and stranger peacetime...awaits everyone..
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