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Friday, April 28, 2017

He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is. President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." Trump, who said he was accustomed to not having privacy in his "old life" expressed surprise at how little he had now. And he made clear he was still getting used to having 24-hour Secret Service protection and its accompanying constraints. read more

A California government council is warning that climate change could cause ocean waters off the coast to rise far higher than previously anticipated -- an increase in sea level by as much as 10 feet by the end of the century. This worst-case scenario would destroy airports in Oakland and San Francisco, and would swamp roadways, low-lying bridges, railroad tracks, farmland, beaches and some towns. As many as 42,000 homes would be completely submerged, warns the report released this month by a California Ocean Protection Council advisory team. The council adopted an updated report with higher sea-level estimates on Wednesday. read more

Scientists said Thursday that they have manufactured tiny bricks out of artificial Martian soil, anticipating the day when humans may construct colonies on the Red Planet. Remarkably, the technique requires only that the red-hued building blocks be compressed in a precise way -- no additives or baking required. "The people who will go to Mars will be incredibly brave, they will be pioneers and I would be honored to be their brick maker," said Yu Qiao, a professor at the University of California San Diego and lead author of a study in Scientific Reports. read more

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The flying car may soon be a reality -- and consumers have an opportunity to get in on the action early. For $100, you can get priority placement on a wait list for the aircraft from Kitty Hawk, the flying car company financially backed by Google co-founder Larry Page. The Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available to consumers by the end of the year. ... "We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them," the company said. But this car won't save you time in traffic. The Flyer can only be flown in "uncongested areas" over fresh water. read more

Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.

"The Chinese have a very ambitious moon program already in place," Hvistendahl said. "Space has changed since the space race of the '60s. We recognize that to explore space for peaceful purposes, we do international cooperation." read more


A recent study found that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan using Hiroshima-sized weapons would generate a nuclear winter that would make it impossible to grow wheat in Russia and Canada and cut the Asian Monsoon's rainfall by 10%. The result would be up to 100 million deaths by starvation.

Not necessarily.

Even though Pakistani ballistic missiles are designed to carry 500 kiloton warheads and their cruise missiles are designed for 150 kiloton nukes, and their JF-17 and F-16 aircraft carry 30 kiloton bombs, Pakistan seems to be very fond of "tactical" nukes.

In fact they are world leaders in sub-kiloton "mini" nukes.



Their most visible battlefield nuke has a yield that is safe to fire from 60kms away (NASR artillery rocket battery). That's a neutron weapon that will air-burst and kill through radiation alone.



No radioactive fall-out.. at least not as much as predicted in silly little "studies".

As for India.... their nukes can no longer be fired without US approval. If China or Pakistan (or both) attack India, they would be pancaked before the US moves it's butt off the couch to give them permission to fire their nukes.

So that's great news too.

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