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+ - Electromagnetic weapons that destroy electronics, -> 2

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The wars of the 21st will be dominated by ray guns. That, at least, is the vision of a band of military technologists who are building weapons that work by zapping the enemy's electronics, rather than blowing him to bits.

America's air force is developing a range of them based on a type of radar called an active electronically scanned array (AESA). When acting as a normal radar, an AESA broadcasts its microwaves over a wide area. At the touch of a button, however, all of its energy can be focused onto a single point. If that point coincides with an incoming missile or aircraft, the target's electronics will be zapped. BAE Systems, a British defence firm, is building a ship-mounted electromagnetic gun. The High-Powered Microwave, as it is called, is reported by Aviation Week to be powerful enough to disable all of the motors in a swarm of up to 30 speedboats.Disabling communications and destroying missiles is one thing. Using heat-rays on the enemy might look bad in the newspapers, and put civilians off their breakfast.

To every action there is, of course, an equal and opposite reaction, and researchers are just as busy designing ways of foiling electromagnetic weapons as they are developing them.

PRK: I can't wait to buy that issue of MAKE!"

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BioWare's Star Wars MMO To Have Space Combat 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-in-case-they-weren't-busy-enough dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Big news for Star Wars fans looking forward to BioWare's upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG — space combat has been confirmed for the game. Players will be able to fly around the galaxy in their own personal starships, avoiding asteroid belts, landing in dangerous territory and battling other vessels. The initial news makes it sound like a cross between Mass Effect's galaxy map and a traditional space fighting game, where players will have to find 'hotspots' on the galaxy map in order to enter a particular zone."

Comment: Re:Something that everyone seems to be ignoring: (Score 1) 417

by OnB (#32931592) Attached to: Girl Seeks Help On Facebook During Assault
I think this is an important point. You could use the internet as a media for instant communication for a long time, but only recently has it been integrated significantly into mobile devices. Which is why social media (and also Instant Messaging, for that matter) has become a simple way to call for help in emergency situations. This makes an online emergency service a good idea (cut out the middleman). It also means parents will have to start teaching their kids how to call for help through the internet.
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Girl Seeks Help On Facebook During Assault 417

Posted by samzenpus
from the emergency-status-update dept.
A 12-year-old girl who was being assaulted by her mother's ex-boyfriend used some quick thinking by sending a message on her iPod to a friend's Facebook account for help. The friend was able to contact the girl's mother who then contacted the police. 42-year-old Raymond Ernest Cesmat was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. He is being held at the Dakota County Jail on $175,000 bail.

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