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Submission + - China's CH-4B Drone Looks Awfully Familiar to a U.S. Drone (popularmechanics.com)

schwit1 writes: Footage of China's CH-4B armed drone has hit the Internet, and provides some interesting insights into the unmanned aircraft. The video shows off the various capabilities of the medium-altitude, long-endurance drone, from surveillance to attack. The drone also bears a striking resemblance to the American Reaper drone, which fulfills the exact same missions.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows the uncanny resemblance between the MQ-9 Reaper and the CH-4B. The two aircraft appear identical, save for a ventral stabilizer on the bottom rear of the Reaper that doesn't appear on the CH-4B. The Chinese aircraft is made by CASC, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Submission + - Infants Have Gender Identity (sciencedaily.com)

Texmaize writes: It is in vogue today to pretend that gender is fluid and a mere social construct. Some parents even gleefully go out of their way to give their children toys that traditionally are for the other gender, in hopes of making them......better? A study published in Infant and development suggests that babies seem to know better than some confused adults.

"Children as young as 9 months-old prefer to play with toys specific to their own gender, according to a new study. The research suggests the possibility that boys and girls follow different developmental trajectories with respect to selection of gender-typed toys and that there is both a biological and a developmental-environmental components to the sex differences seen in object preferences."

Submission + - SpaceX to launch commercial satellites Wednesday (floridatoday.com)

schwit1 writes: SpaceX will attempt another commercial launch on Wednesday morning, this time putting two satellites into orbit.

They will once again try to land the first stage in what they say are difficult circumstances. They are also picking up the launch pace, with this the second commercial launch in less than three weeks. It will also be their sixth launch of the year, matching what they did in each of the last two years, with more than half the year to go.

Boosters have landed at sea on SpaceX's last three missions. Two of those were launches to very high orbits, like Wednesday’s, for which landings are considered more challenging.

Comment Sounds familiar (Score 4, Informative) 110

By creating a planetary network, mankind on Planet now has the ability to share information at light-speed. But by creating a single such network, each faction has brought themselves closer to discovery as well. At the speed of light, we will catch your information, tag it like an animal in the wild, and release it unharmed-if such should serve our purposes.

Datajack Sinder Roze, Alpha Centauri

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