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May 7, 2020

China’s Airborne Laser Weapon Would Change Dogfighting Forever

Posted by in categories: energy, government, military

Circa 2020 o.o


China’s military is soliciting would-be suppliers for a new airborne laser weapon. Notices on a government website invited defense contractors to provide information on an airborne laser attack pod. Depending on the level of power, the pod could be used to defend a friendly aircraft from incoming missile threats or destroy enemy aircraft and ground targets. Laser weapons are the next revolution in aerial warfare and could make dogfighting obsolete.

According to the South China Morning Post, weain.mil.cn, the official weapons and equipment procurement website of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) published two solicitations to contractors, one titled, “procurement plan for airborne laser attack pod” and the other “price inquiry on procurement plan for controlling software module of laser attack platform.” The solicitations, marked confidential, invited China’s defense firms to bid to develop the items. The Pentagon uses a similar system to procure weapons, equipment, and other technology.

May 7, 2020

Laser Missile Defense Large Aircraft

Posted by in category: military

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – Missile-defense experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. will install LAIRCM laser-based missile-defense systems for large military aircraft under terms of a $123.5 million U.S. Navy order announced on Friday.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking engineers at the Northrop Grumman Mission Systems segment in Rolling Meadows, Ill., to provide the electro-optical Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (LAIRCM) for a variety of U.S. military aircraft.

LAIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat, and activates a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile, Northrop Grumman officials say.

May 7, 2020

Brainstem inflammation modulates the ventilatory pattern and its variability after acute lung injury in rodents

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Key points Compared to sham rats, rats a week after acute lung injury (ALI) express more proinflammatory cytokines in their brainstem respiratory control nuclei, exhibit a higher respiratory freque…

May 7, 2020

Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

As the number of confirmed COVID −19 cases worldwide approaches 4 million and the pandemic could be with us for months or years, we look at who can access drugs like remdesivir, being developed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which has the patent for the drug and is poised to make massive profits. We look at how much drugs like remdesivir will cost, and who can access them, with writer Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa.

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May 7, 2020

Triton launches spectacular 24-seat DeepView tourist submarine

Posted by in category: futurism

Triton submarines is the biggest name in deep-sea exploration submersibles, having built the extraordinary DSV Limiting Factor, a “deep-sea elevator” capable of popping down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench several times a week for extended visits.

Now, the company has launched an incredible-looking tourist sub that can take 24 passengers, a pilot and a co-pilot down to 100-meter (328-ft) depths in air-conditioned comfort, providing panoramic views of the aquatic world through colossal 5.5-inch-thick (140-mm) acrylic windows. Where other subs offer restricted views, this thing is very close to a giant transparent tube, like a glass walkway through an aquarium, tall enough to stand in.

The DeepView 24 is the first of a range of DeepView tourist submarines that can be specified in different lengths to accommodate between 12 and 66 passengers. Additional sections can be added six seats at a time; with the 24-seat version already 15.4 m (50.5 ft) in length and weighing 121,250 lb (55,000 kg), a 66-seater would certainly be a sight to behold and a pain in the butt to pull a u-turn in.

May 7, 2020

Are Stem Cells the COVID-19 Treatment We’ve All Been Waiting For?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The new coronavirus invades the body through a spike protein that lives on the surface of virus cells. The S protein, as it’s called, binds to a receptor called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) on a healthy cell’s surface. Once attached, the cells fuse and the virus is able to infect the healthy cell.

ACE2 receptors are present on cells in many places throughout the body, and especially in the lungs. Cells in the lungs are also some of the first to encounter the virus, since the primary form of transmission is thought to be breathing in droplets after an infected person has coughed or sneezed.

That’s why it was necessary to upgrade Stem Cell Neurotherapy for COVID-19 by adding T-Cells, B-Cells, and Natural Killer Cells to the arsenal. It was not enough to just regenerate new lung cells to replace the lung cells infected by COVID-19, but the COVID-19 Virus Cells had to be attacked and destroyed in order to prevent them from invading and infecting the newly regenerated lung cells.

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May 7, 2020

Coronavirus found in infected men’s semen

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

It’s still unclear whether the virus can be sexually transmitted through contact with semen.

May 7, 2020

Unproven herbal remedy against COVID-19 could fuel drug-resistant malaria, scientists warn

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Few cases and no deaths. I would listen to those who have success, not those who have failure. Scientists from failing countries have warned not to take just about everything to fight this. The WHO’s abysimal performance shows they are the last people anyone should listen to. Show the efficacy of WHO advice, or even ventilators for that matter vs Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). If people want to use something to fight this let them, you have the choice of not using it.


Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina tries Covid-Organics at a launch ceremony in Antananarivo on 20 April. Several other African leaders have expressed an interest in the unproven treatment.

May 7, 2020

Here’s the DARPA project it says could pull the Navy a decade forward in unmanned technology

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

DARPA’s NOMARS project could be a giant leap forward for the US Navy’s unmanned aspirations.

May 7, 2020

A naked-eye triple system with a nonaccreting black hole in the inner binary

Posted by in category: cosmology

Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) is an international journal which publishes papers on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics.