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Jul 28, 2019

The past Porton Down can’t hide

Posted by in categories: health, military

I am aware of many “Small Studies” that produced undeniable results.

Tucked away in 7,000 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside lies one of Britain’s most infamous scientific establishments. Porton Down, founded in 1916, is the oldest chemical warfare research installation in the world. The tight secrecy which has surrounded the establishment for decades has fed the growth of all sorts of myths and rumours about its experiments. One Whitehall official once remarked that Porton had an image of “a sinister and nefarious establishment”.

The Porton experiments on humans have attracted a good deal of criticism. It is, for example, alleged that the human “guinea pigs’ — drawn from the armed forces and supposedly all volunteers — were duped into taking part in the tests. There are still concerns that the tests have damaged the long-term health of the human subjects.

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Jul 26, 2019

Neutrino beam could neutralise nuclear bombs

Posted by in categories: military, particle physics

By Will Knight

A super-powered neutrino generator could in theory be used to instantly destroy nuclear weapons anywhere on the planet, according to a team of Japanese scientists.

If it was ever built, a state could use the device to obliterate the nuclear arsenal of its enemy by firing a beam of neutrinos straight through the Earth. But the generator would need to be more than a hundred times more powerful than any existing particle accelerator and over 1000 kilometres wide.

Jul 26, 2019

The X3 Ion Thruster Is Here, This Is How It’ll Get Us to Mars

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

The X3 is made possible thanks to a collaboration among NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the University of Michigan.

It’s a new type of propulsion engine that smashed records during test firings. This engine and other electric propulsion systems will help us reach distant planets faster than ever before.

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Jul 21, 2019

The military’s future body armor could be as thin as 2 atoms

Posted by in categories: military, particle physics, weapons

If you’ve been a grunt, then you probably have a love-hate relationship with body armor. You love having it in a firefight — it can save your life by stopping or slowing bullets and fragments — but you hate how heavy it is — it’s often around 25 pounds for the armor and outer tactical vest (more if you add the plate inserts to stop up to 7.62 mm rounds).

It’s bulky — and you really can’t move as well in it. In fact, in one firefight, a medic removed his body armor to reach wounded allies, earning a Distinguished Service Cross.

Imagine if the body armor were just another part of your clothes, like a light jacket. Imagine not having to haul around those extra 30 pounds. Well, troops may not have to imagine much longer. According to a release from the Advanced Science Research Center at the City University of New York, body armor could soon have the thickness of just two atoms. This is due to how graphene acts under certain conditions.

Jul 20, 2019

Alphabet-Backed Space Launch Company Wins Pentagon Contract

Posted by in categories: military, space

How big is the contract? When will it launch? And who the heck is “SpinLaunch” anyway?

Jul 20, 2019

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

Posted by in category: military

The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes.

Jul 19, 2019

The Competition for Space

Posted by in categories: military, space

Tory bruno, president and CEO, united launch alliance.

Kay sears, vice president and general manager, military space, lockheed martin.

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Jul 17, 2019

U.S. Army Hydrogen-Generation Discovery May Spur New Industry

Posted by in categories: energy, military

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Army officials announced the exclusive licensing of a new technology designed to harvest hydrogen from an aluminum alloy powder and any fluid that contains water.

“This is on-demand hydrogen production,” said Dr. Anit Giri, a materials scientist at the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. “Utilizing hydrogen, you can generate power on-demand, which is very important for the Soldier.”

Army researchers discovered a structurally-stable, aluminum-based nanogalvanic alloy powder in 2017, which reacts with water or any water-based liquid to produce on-demand hydrogen for power generation without a catalyst.

Jul 17, 2019

‘Mutually assured destruction’: US working on real ‘Death Star’

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, space

The Pentagon is quietly calling for tenders to build what some are calling a real-life version of the infamous Star Wars Death Star.

It’s no moon, but the idea is to put into orbit a robotic hub with an optional military crew. So, will we soon witness the power of a fully armed and operational battle station?

The Defence Innovation Unit (DIU) is a body tasked with thinking big, thinking bold — and investing in the technology necessary to turn such thoughts into reality.

Jul 17, 2019

Secret locations of US nuclear weapons hidden in Europe are revealed

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, military, treaties

The secret locations of US nuclear weapons hidden in Europe have been revealed in a NATO document.

A draft report for the NATO parliamentary assembly’s defence and security committee seen by AFP gave details of six air bases in Europe and Turkey where it said the US stores 150 nuclear weapons, specifically B-61 gravity bombs.

The news comes amid fears of a new nuclear arms race in Europe, as a landmark Cold War treaty between Moscow and Washington is on the brink of collapse.

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