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The Military

US Deploys 'Heat-Ray' In Afghanistan 406

Koreantoast writes "The United States military has deployed Raytheon's newly developed Active Denial System (ADS), a millimeter-wave, 'non-lethal' heat-ray, to Afghanistan. The weapon generates a 'burning sensation' that is supposedly harmless, with the military claiming that the chance of injury is at less than 0.1%; numerous volunteers including reporters over the last several years have experienced its effects during various trials and demonstrations. While US military spokesperson Lt. Col. John Dorrian states that the weapon has not yet been operationally used, the tense situation in theater will ensure its usage soon enough. Proponents of ADS believe the system may help limit civilian deaths in counterinsurgency operations and provide new, safer ways to disperse crowds and control riots, but opponents fear that the system's long-term effects are not fully known and that the device may even be used for torture. Regardless, if ADS is successful in the field, we'll probably see this mobile microwave at your next local protest or riot."

Comment It's the economics...dude (Score 1) 292

Smart and motivated people is in limited supply, so nations would complete for them. No graduate students, or postdocs, have ever got rich from their stipends while perform research in the US. Otherwise more American youth would want to work in university laboratories instead of the Wall Street. China is doing everything to bring their best talents home, because they also have invested a lot of resources on them. It still a sound investment for the US to attract the best talents from anywhere in the world to be educated and perform research here. If just the top 10% of these people decide to stay in this country, then everyone benefits from that. Furthermore, it is easier to find and recruit the best talents and for them want to stay, if they are educated here...most be the koolaid you find in the cafeteria.

Submission + - Mi5 seeks top geek, or "Q". (straitstimes.com)

GSGKT writes: "Interested in finding innovated ways to blow things up, pimp fast cars, invent new technology, and not have to worry about permits and budgets? The UK security service MI5 is looking for James Bond style gagdget-maker 'Q' as chief scientific adviser to "lead and co-ordinate" its scientific work. According to a report in the Telegraph, the job is being advertised on MI5's website (Britain's domestic intelligence agency) with the successful applicant expected to use their expertise to thwart terror operations around the world, 'to lead and co-ordinate the scientific work of the Security Service so that the service continues to be supported by excellent science and technology advice'. MI5's chief science adviser would help 'to frustrate terrorism, to prevent espionage hurting the UK, protect our critical national infrastructure and to frustrate the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Applications for the MI5 science job close on April 24, and could take up to six months to process (just like any government job applications). Good luck, guys."

Comment Re:JPL's next grant application: is it water? (Score 1) 186

Dear Funding Agency: JPL has a great track record for "less money for greater success"! In addition, the initial $520M for Mars Lander projects has kept many physcists and engineers happily employed. Instead of giving $$ to further enrich Wall Street bankers, business exec, hedgefund traders, etc., this project will employ the brightest minds in this great country to achieve no other countries can in the next N years(and pile up more bull-s*&t here until the BS meter breaks).

Comment JPL's next grant application: is it water? (Score 2, Insightful) 186

Dear ___funding agency____, Is there surface water on Mars? We need to send another mission to Mars. It should cost less than the amount of money GM asked for bailout during this funding period to study this question, and 2 five-year funding periods to really find out. Please send money. JPL/NASA

Comment Re:Scientific community? (Score 1) 578

If it is a theory, then we can apply this idea called "scientific method" and develop a testable hypothesis, and then... Wait, the flat earth idea has been shown to be false: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_Earth and Earth is an oblate spheroid. "Round" could be interpreted as like a circle and two-dimensional, just those flat-earth people want you to think. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth These flat earth "alchemists" are just like those who claim that human activities could never affect the climate http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Climate_change_skeptics, there are endless oil supplies on earth for human consumption, http://economics.about.com/cs/macroeconomics/a/run_out_of_oil.htm, HIV does not cause AIDS http://www.ourcivilisation.com/aids/not/abstract.htm, and the only way to study whales is to kill them and sell the meat in the supermarket http://www.icrwhale.org/QandAjapanresearch.htm. Aaahhh these fucking assholes.

Submission + - How-to: Dangerous LEGO projects for this Chrismas (evilmadscientist.com)

GSGKT writes: Two former employees of Lego has written a book: "Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against" was published in August by No Starch Press. These authors used to work in LEGO Mindstorms' robotics division (they have that?) and now working for an independent robotic firm. Their work promises ""Try your hand at a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, a high voltage LEGO vehicle, a continuous-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions." This book review is a good place to understand the appeal (and how-to) of giving your childhood toys more firing power. Read the book review on Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, and check out examples of escalating LEGO arm race on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORcytA4BVjQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgiUSEpg8Xc&NR=1

Submission + - Spirit rover finds clues of water in Mars' past (marstoday.com)

GSGKT writes: "NASA rover Spirit has discovered patches of soil enriched in silica on Mars, possibly one of its most important discoveries in its nearly 4 years of exploration. Two hypotheses proposed for the silica are geological processes such as a hot-spring, so hot water can dissolve silica elsewhere and leaves an enriched deposits as it cools, or a fumarole (acidic steam rises through cracks) so acids can strip everything else and leave silica behind. On Earth, these environments have known to support microbial life (extremophiles found in the deep sea vent, Yellow Stone geysers, or other hell-like places). Scientists are still assessing both possible origins. In any case, these hypotheses imply large and constant amount of water presented on Mars long ago. Where one can find water, usually can find life. see also a report on BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7137793.stm"

Submission + - 3 arrested for smugging radioactive material (go.com)

GSGKT writes: On ABCNews' website there is a story about 3 arrested for smugging and selling radioactive material for $1 million. From ABC News story: The Slovakian police today arrested three people for trying to sell more than 2 pounds of radioactive material, a police spokesman told ABC News. The radioactive material was seized near the border of Ukraine, between Slovakia and Hungary, Slovakian police spokesman Martin Korch said. He did not know the type of radioactive material seized, and the police did not reveal any information about the alleged intended buyer."

Submission + - Fuel-cell, electric plug-in and solar powered car (motorauthority.com)

autofan1 writes: VW's latest supermini features a new high-temp fuel-cell powerplant with lithium-ion batteries as well as an electric power plug and solar cells in the roof for extra power. This car could potentially run forever without the need for any fossil fuels.

Submission + - Earthrise/earthset (www.jaxa.jp) 1

GSGKT writes: The iconic "Earthrise" photo taken during Apollo 8 mission has been hailed as "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken". Japanese lunar explorer, Kaguya (a moon princess in Japanese folklore), has entered lunar orbit on Oct 19. It has been sending back pictures/movies of the moon taking with its high-resolution camera before that. Movies of earthrise and earthset taken by the Kaguya are now available. This is the first of such a movie since NASA's 1969 Appolo 11 mission, and the first taken using HD camera, according to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's press release.

Submission + - Trojan found in brand new HD sold in Taiwan (taipeitimes.com)

GSGKT writes: "About 1800 of these brand new 300GB or 500GB external HD made for Maxtor in Thailand have Trojan Horse malwares (autorun.inf and ghost.pif) pre-installed. When the HD is in use, these will forward information on HD to two websites in Beijing, China): www.nice8.org or www.we168.org. Potential users of these large HD would be mid/small business, the military, and the government in Taiwan, although no one can prove this to be the continuing war/spying efforts on Taiwan by the People's Liberation Army. /. has a story on Russian Business Network moving to China recently (http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/11/09/1957239). Together, these two stories make an interesting new cyber-crime model: Infecting the HD at the manufacturing sites is far more efficient than to phish the end-users!"

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