US, UK and France hit a few targets in Syria over chemical weapons use

Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Saturday the U.S. and its allies “successfully hit every target” in airstrikes in Syria overnight. The US, France and UK launched the strikes Friday night Eastern Time in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons last weekend. In total, the U.S. used 105 weapons against three targets. …

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Iran launches drone from Syria into Israel – Israel launching big attack into Syria

Israel’s army said it had launched a “large-scale attack” inside Syria on Saturday after one of its jets was downed under Syrian antiaircraft fire, in a series of cross-border incidents that threatened to destabilize the volatile region between the two countries. Israel says the situation started with an Iranian drone crossing into its territory from …

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Fit soldiers = Fitness Apps = Massive security leak

Australian student Nathan Ruser noticed that trails from Strava users in certain countries made it possible to identify military bases and other facilities operated by countries, including the U.S., in locations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Syria. Strava released their global heatmap. 13 trillion GPS points from their users (turning off data sharing is …

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Bitcoin set record high of $5380

Bitcoin has an intraday high of $5280 and ended yesterday at $5226. Week-on-week, BTC is up 18.75 percent, while month-on-month it’s up 23 percent. The new record broke a previous all-time high of $5,013 set in September. The cryptocurrency dropped to a low of $2,980 in mid-September on the news China had banned token sales …

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USA needs to find ways to spend less on military and achieve more

William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel , makes the case at Tom Dispatch that the USA is behaving much like the Soviet Union before its collapse. Nextbigfuture thinks the USA is not in any danger of collapsing but there is excessive military spending especially when including the spending on Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The …

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Claimed solid metallic hydrogen sample was lost

The claimed solid metallic hydrogen sample has been lost on February 11. It was being stored at temperatures around 80 Kelvin (-193 degrees Celsius and -316 degrees Fahrenheit), and at incredibly high pressures between two diamonds in a type of vice. Further testing caused the diamonds to break and the vice to fail, and the …

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Carnival of space 494

1. Universe Today – Here’s the Highest Resolution Map of Pluto We’ll Get from New Horizons Color mosaic map of Pluto’s surface, created from the New Horizons many photographs. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI 2. Universe Today – New Age in Weather Forecasting Begins with Spectacular 1st Images from NASA/NOAA GOES-16 Observatory 3. Universe Today – How to …

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2017 terahertz science and technology roadmap

Here is a 50 page 2017 terahertz science and technology roadmap from the Journal of Physics D- Applied Physics Science and technologies based on terahertz frequency electromagnetic radiation (100 GHz–30 THz) have developed rapidly over the last 30 years. For most of the 20th Century, terahertz radiation, then referred to as sub-millimeter wave or far-infrared …

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South Korea makes 13 foot tall humanoid manned mech

A 13-foot tall 1.5-ton “Method-2,” mech is the brainchild of South Korean robotics company Hankook Mirae Technology “Our robot is the world’s first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go (unprotected),” said company chairman Yang Jin-Ho. While its enormous size has grabbed media attention, the creators …

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Thirty meter telescope project likely shifting to Canary Islands instead of Hawaii

One of the world’s biggest telescope projects might be forced to move its location to a different continent. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was due to be built in Hawaii, but ran into opposition with indigenous groups which consider its proposed site sacred. Now the TMT’s board says a site in the Canary Islands, Spain, …

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