China carried out the first flight-tests of a new kind of ballistic missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) in November, The Diplomat has learned.
According to a U.S. government source who described recent intelligence assessments on the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) on the condition of anonymity, China recently conducted two tests of a new missile known as the DF-17.
The first test took place on November 1 and the second test took place on November 15. The November 1 test was the first Chinese ballistic missile test to take place after the conclusion of the first plenum of the Communist Party of China’s 19th Party Congress in October.
A Japanese researcher has developed -- by accident-- a new type of glass that can be repaired simply by pressing it back together after it cracks.
The discovery opens the way for super-durable glass that could triple the lifespan of everyday products like car windows, construction materials, fish tanks and even toilet seats.
Yu Yanagisawa, a chemistry researcher at the University of Tokyo, made the breakthrough by chance while investigating adhesives that can be used on wet surfaces.
Does this mean you will soon be able to repair those cracks in your smartphone with a quick press of the fingers? Or surreptitiously piece together a shattered beer glass dropped after one pint too many?
Well, not quite. Not now and in fact, not in the near future.
But it does open a window of opportunity for researchers to explore ways to make more durable, lightweight, glass-like items, like car windows.
In a lab demonstration for AFP, Yanagisawa broke a glass sample into two pieces.
He then held the cross sections of the two pieces together for about 30 seconds until the glass repaired itself, almost resembling its original form.
To demonstrate its strength, he then hung a nearly full bottle of water from the piece of glass -- and it stayed intact.
This young man just lost his mother due to a disease, so the father went and made a build a bear that is truly heart warming.
Watch how the entire room begins crying after the little secrets within the gift are revealed.
All of these are great from the month of December, but all year round?
When it hit it sounded like an explosion!
Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Battalion Landing Team trains in Kuwait.
The 15th MEU and America Amphibious Ready Group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.
"We raised money on my stream this morning to surprise some hard workers during Christmas time!"
Task Force Bayonet with Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, conducts live-fire squad training during Exercise Alligator Dagger 2017.
Alligator Dagger, led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, is a dedicated, bilateral combat rehearsal that combines U.S. and French forces to practice, rehearse and exercise integrated capabilities available to the U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore.
If you had these as a kid in the 90s you were the cool kid.
The cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi prepare for their very physical roles in the Skywalker saga's latest chapter.
An USAF Airman from the 23d Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, Power Pro Shop, explains how the BAK-12 Aircraft Arrest System works, and the importance of testing it.
The $250,000 system has to be tested at least once per year if it isn’t used during a real-world emergency during that year. The BAK-12 slows down the aircraft by using modified B-52 Bliss Brakes on either side of the runway connected by a rope running across the runway.
RUSSIA has practised a full-scale mock invasion of the West that includes capturing Baltic states, bombing Germany and invading neutral countries, it has been revealed.
The terrifying war drills were carried out in September and featured troops, artillery, tanks, missile attacks and naval and air force raids.
Details of the Vladimir Putin's so-called "Zapad" (West) exercises were revealed by analysts from two leading intelligence agencies, Bild reported. They did not specify the methods used to collect the intel.
At the time, Putin claimed the exercises were for anti-terror purposes and were purely defensive in nature.
However, the paper reported that the drills were a dry-run for a "shock campaign" against Western European NATO countries.
This included first overrunning the Sulwalki Gap - a 60 mile stretch of NATO land that connects the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad with its ally Belarus.
It practised this by creating a mock state on an identical piece of land in Belarus then invading it.
At the same time, the analysts said, the Kremlin also rehearsed "neutralising or taking under control air fields and harbours (in eastern Europe), so there are no reinforcements arriving from other NATO states there".
They added: "This does not mean that you have to occupy the countries and declare 'Peoples' Republics' or something like that, but that you have to occupy the harbours, airports and so on."
Over two days, Russian fighter jets also flew mock sorties through the Baltic and North Seas, swooping down onto the edges of Germany and the Netherlands.
An East Tennessee couple has welcomed a baby girl who grew from the longest-frozen embryo to ever result in a birth.
Benjamin and Tina Gibson’s daughter, Emma Wren, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces when she came into the world on November 25.
Prior to being transferred into Tina’s uterus at the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville earlier this year, the embryo Emma grew from had been cryopreserved for more than 24 years, according to a news release.
And, according to research staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, that makes her the all-time record holder for the longest-frozen embryo to result in birth.
Interestingly, Emma’s embryo was frozen on Oct. 14, 1992, when Tina was just a year-and-a-half old.
“It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24.5 years ago using the old, early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing on day one of development at the pronuclear stage can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos with a 100 percent continued proper development to the day-3 embryo stage,” said NEDC Lab Director Carol Sommerfelt.
“Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Benjamin said of his daughter. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”
Stunning concept images for the world's first first floating nation have been released as part of a project bankrolled by PayPal founder Peter Thiel.
The plans will see the seabound city-state, complete with a handful of hotels, homes, offices, restaurants and more, built in the Pacific Ocean off the island of Tahiti in 2020.
Now, a series of computer generated graphics reveal how it might look once complete, with a design that blends futuristic technology with Polynesian traditions.
The scheme is the creation of the nonprofit Seasteading Institute, which hopes to 'liberate humanity from politicians'.
The radical plans could see the creation of an independent nation that will float in international waters and operate within its own laws.
'Seasteading' has long been the stuff of science fiction, drawing comparisons with the post-apocalyptic Kevin Costner movie Waterworld.
But the fantasy looks to be coming closer to reality with companies, academics and architects from the Seasteading Institute working on a prototype for construction at the turn of the next decade.
The latest concept images take inspiration from the rich Polynesian culture, in particular from traditional navigation, which is based on the observation and knowledge of natural elements.
In a written statement, a spokesman for the Seasteading Institute said: 'During several visits to French Polynesia and after getting acquainted with the environment and the local contexts, one thing was sure, the project has to blend into its environment.
'To achieve this, local environmental characteristics, climate, ecology and cultural context have all been studied and play a major role in the process.
'The project, however, doesn’t only want to not hurt the existing environment, the vision of the Blue Frontiers [is to] facilitate the development of more conscious and balanced settlements at sea where humans can peacefully coexist with the environment and with each other.'
The overall shape of the construction reflects the pattern of a fish hook, an ancestral tool that symbolises the actions of the demigod Maui.
Hills and mountains, the shape of reefs and other underwater landmarks, as well as the rising and setting of the sun, moon and stars are reflected in the design.
A little Christmas spirit has struck the Wayne Township fire Department!
Check out this incredible like display the firefighters put together in their off time to bring a little Christmas cheer to the town.
B-52 bomber from the 5th Bomb Wing takes off during the annual exercise Global Thunder 2017 at Minot Air Force Base. Global Thunder is a command and control exercise designed to train Department of Defense forces and assess joint operational readiness across all mission areas.
It's not every day you walk into a Goodwill in here the smooth sounds of Christmas played on the piano that is albeit slightly out of tune, still sounds pretty damn good.
Eliahu Pietruszka thought his brother, Volf, who was the visitor’s father, had died in a labor camp after losing contact with him following the murder of their brother and parents in the Holocaust.
A 102-year-old Israeli Holocaust survivor who thought his brother had died in Russian gulag discovered he had also survived and met his brother’s son.
Eliahu Pietruszka met earlier this month in his retirement in Kfar Saba his nephew, Alexandre Pietruszka a 66-year-old who came for the meeting from Russia, the Associated Press reported.
Pietruszka, a retired microbiologist who fled Warsaw in 1939, kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn’t spoken in decades.
He had thought his brother, Volf Pietruszka, who was the visitor’s father, had died in a labor camp after losing contact with him following the murder of their brother and parents in the Holocaust.
In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.
Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.
The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.
The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.
On CBS’s “60 Minutes” in May, Mr. Bigelow said he was “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and that U.F.O.s have visited Earth.
Autonomous technology for the Marine Corps has taken a major step forward, as officials at the Office of Naval Research announces a successful final helicopter flight demonstration of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. AACUS is a partnership between Office of Naval Research and Aurora Flight Sciences.
UH-1 Huey helicopter equipped with AACUS sensor suite will enables the Marine Corps to rapidly resupply forces on the front lines. The system consists of a sensor and software package that can be integrated into any manned or unmanned rotary-wing aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles (like telephone wires, other vehicles or large ground objects) in unfavorable weather conditions, or to facilitate autonomous, unmanned flight.
This is the moment Santa came to the rescue when a woman took a nasty tumble on the pavement - banging her head and flinging her shopping across the road.
Luckily Father Christmas was driving past the scene in Watford and leapt out of his car to help - as dashcam footage showed.
The video shows the car in front skidding to a halt next to the woman who was lying on her back, unable to get up.
Despite the icy conditions he dashes across the road - just about managing to keep himself from falling too.
He tries to pick her up but she falls down again, unable to get a grip on the icy pavement.
But eventually he lifts her to her feet.
Luckily, apart from a few bruises, it appears the woman was fine as she grabbed her shopping trolley which had also toppled over in the process.
The man then picks up her shopping off the road and puts it back into the bag. He even manages to put the lady's woolly hat back on her head.
After this good deed this man will be on Santa's nice list for sure.
Video of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor during F-22 takeoffs, F-22 formation flight & F-22 Raptor aerial refueling.
From the OP:
Incredible footage of fire retardant being dropped on my Dad's house during the Liberty Fire in Murrieta Ca.
Entertaining imagery to entertain you.
Well, we’re definitely creating the agents of our own destruction. Take a look at this terrifying, Korean-built mechanical warrior.
Archaeologists say the tombs date back some 3,500 years to the famous Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt
Two tombs dating back 3,500 years to the famous Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt have been discovered in the country's south.
Archaeologists found one tomb with five entrances leading to a rectangular hall, and another with a six-metre burial shaft leading to four side chambers.
Work is now being done to restore items found in each tomb, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said.