From Vice –
What would happen if you dropped a 1,300-pound pumpkin onto a car? Like, a for-real car that somebody once drove around and wrote “PLAN // AHEA // D” on before it ended up in the junk yard.
I don’t know why the folks at Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm in Massachusetts decided to do just that, but I’m glad that they did. Forget face masks and scented candles; sometimes you need self-care that feels as angry as you are, something destructive rather than constructive, something big but abstract, visceral but consequence-less. | go to source
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From Eurasian Times –
Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamabad has disclosed every type of loan that Islamabad has received from its strategic ally, China. Foreign loan disbursements in Jul-Apr of the current financial year showed loans for the Karachi Nuclear Power Plants, known as K2 and K3, and China SAFE deposits as part of federal debt obligations.
Earlier, the $2 billion worth of China SAFE deposits, which Islamabad had received in July 2018, were shown on the books of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). SAFE is an acronym for the State Administration of Foreign Exchange managed by the Chinese central bank. | go to source
From AiThority –
NEORIS, a digital transformation service provider that accelerates the digital capabilities of global enterprises, unveiled its most recent analysis entitled Artificial Intelligence: Rethinking Humanity’s Evolution. The comprehensive assessment cites the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and presents a compelling thesis, by 2040 the world will see an AI-triggered transcendental shift on humanity’s evolution.
Since AI’s inception in 1956, in the form of “a machine that could think,” AI continues to evolve and impact society, businesses and humanity. Its cognitive tools have systematically reshaped how people and companies interact and possesses the power to radically transform business exchanges and human capabilities.
From Reuters –
A 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march and bomb the Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City was arrested on Wednesday on a string of federal charges, prosecutors said.
Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to provide material support to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and which the United States designates as a terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting threats over interstate commerce, according to federal prosecutors. | go to source
From Human Event –
Two Obama appointees just greenlit two of the most invasive Congressional subpoenas for private financial information in American history.
The two subpoenas from the House often came without House approval, but instead with written memorandums by self-serving chairmen. They compelled invasive disclosure of intimate information from accountants and banks concerning the private records of private people from a time period Trump was neither a candidate nor the President. Their orders eviscerate and endanger privacy for all Americans……
The judges’ mutual refusal to stay their judgment pending appeal further reflects the partisan motivation behind their conduct. Anyone think they would have approved Congressional subpoenas into Obama’s still-sealed educational records? Anyone think they would have approved Senatorial subpoenas into Biden’s family finances that concern the large sums of money foreign countries and their agents paid his family during his Vice Presidency under Obama? Anyone think they would have approved wide-scale subpoenas into the activities of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State? | go to source
Leftzilla – Trump’s Plan to Pardon Several War Criminals Hurts the Military—and Threatens Its Moral Authority – Mother Jones
From Mother Jones –
Two years ago in Mosul, Iraq, a group of Navy SEALs were administering medical aid to a young injured ISIS fighter. He was so young, they later said he was likely a teenager. Then Edward Gallagher, the senior member of SEAL Team 7 and a distinguished veteran of several combat deployments, approached them without warning and stabbed the injured fighter repeatedly in the neck and side. Gallagher’s crimes reportedly did not stop there. According to a confidential Navy report obtained by the New York Times, in the weeks before and after this incident, he also indiscriminately killed civilians, including an adolescent girl “in a flower-print hijab,” and pressured members of his unit to not rat him out. Gallagher was finally taken into custody last year in advance of his court martial—scheduled to begin on May 28—where he stands accused of a laundry list of war crimes.
Now, thanks to President Donald Trump, he may emerge from the process with a presidential pardon, exonerated of his misdeeds and free of any consequences. | go to source
Greece is experiencing an ongoing shutdown of multiple mass public transportation services after transportation worker unions called for strikes beginning on May Day.
Times of India – Greece has been left without national rail, island ferry and other transport services for a day as unions hold strikes and rallies to celebrate May Day.
Hundreds of people gathered in central Athens on Wednesday for three separate rallies and marches to parliament organised by rival unions and left-wing groups. | go to source
The IMF seems to believe a deal is in the works that could see an end to the ongoing US-China trade war.
Trend News Agency – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday she expects the United States and China to reach a deal to end their trade dispute, which has unnerved financial markets and cast a shadow over the global economy, Trend reported citing Reuters. “I would say ‘Yes,’” Lagarde said at the Milken Institute Global Conference when asked whether talks between the world’s two largest economies would end in a deal. | go to source
The Express UK wrote a very nicely sanitized piece called “Shock new warning could stop you streaming illegally FOR GOOD.” I know, the title tells you otherwise, but, essentially the article is hinting that people that buy these hacked streaming boxesjs might have some nasty digital fingerprints in it that will lead the coppers to your door, and you will LITERALLY go to jail for 10 years if you’re illegally streaming Game of Thrones (that’s what the video on the article page told me).
Anyhooooooo….here’s their nice polite way of saying what I just did, just so you see….
Express UK – A new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance is warning of the dangers that many users face by streaming content illegally. The comprehensive investigation found that so-called Kodi boxes and jailbroken Amazon Fire TV Sticks could leave owners at risk from cyber crime and malware that can end up accessing personal data. These streaming devices can be purchased online for under £100 and often come pre-installed with adapted Kodi software that allows users to access content, such as premier sports and movies, for free. | go to source
At first, I thought this headline, the headline from futurity, “Ice Cream” Method could create lifetime flue vaccine” as Ice Cream could create….yeah…Ice Cream Vaccine. But, alas, it is this, using the model of the cone that hold that different flavors of ice cream as a way to build a ‘root’ of vaccine protections that can be supplemented every year with different ‘ice cream flavors’ or, different particular variations of the strains that the cone fundamentally has covered, so to speak.
Here’s Futurity- – The new method teaches the body to recognize the “cone” portion of the virus—the part that stays the same year-to-year. Researchers working on the technique say it works in lab animals, but warn they still need to make the vaccine more specific and show it works in much larger studies before testing it in people. “We think it could be very generalizable,” says Peter Kim, professor of biochemistry at Stanford University and the lead investigator of the infectious disease initiative at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. “It could be important for coming up with a universal flu vaccine that would protect against pandemic flu, as well as for HIV.” | go to source
If you’re a bank doing business in Louisiana, you better make sure you’re not targeting gun businesses for banking discrimination, says a new bill that just passed the house and appears headed to passing the Senate as well, though the Democratic governor might just veto it.
kpel965.com – The Louisiana House passes a bill that says banks with gun control policies cannot refuse to do business with companies involved in the manufacturing and selling of guns and ammunition. Erath Representative Blake Miguez says his legislation protects against a discriminatory action.
“Myself along with many other individuals that value the Second Amendment or deal in the gun industry support this legislation and want me to move it forward,” said Miguez. | go to source
Mozambique continues to get hit with the effects of Cyclone Kenneth, with the death toll now nearing 40 and expected to rise.
BBC – Mozambique requires urgent life-saving relief to deal with the destructive aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth, an aid organisation has said. Save the Children says the humanitarian situation is significant and life-threatening and more funds are needed. The UN gave Mozambique and Comoros Island $13m (£10m) for food, water and repair of infrastructure. The death toll in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique is 38, but is expected to rise, officials say. | go to source
The situation in Sudan appears to be headed towards more stability and normality after the military and a council representing the people protesting the military’s two-year transition to civilian government have reached an agreement to form a council for the path to civilian rule to be expedited.
Al Jazeera – There has been a breakthrough in Sudan after weeks of a standoff between protesters and the military over how the country should be governed in the coming months. Protest leaders and the army have reached a deal to form a joint civilian-military council to discuss a peaceful transition to civilian rule. | go to source
Thanks to flatworms, scientists might be able to crack the code of regeneration. If they can crack the code, the question is this, when will we be able to edit our humans to regenerate their lost participles, so to speak?
Science Daily – Biologists have developed a computational model of flatworm regeneration to answer an important question in regeneration research – what are the signals that determine the rebuilding of specific anatomical structures? The model confirms experiments showing how numerous factors determine body pattern formation, and the critical role nerve fibers play in determining polarity in regeneration. The model could help understand regeneration in mammals, birth defects, and bioengineering of organoids. | go to source
NATO is sending a message to Russia I am sure Putin will not appreciate. The message comes in the form of a military exercise in Estonia, the little Baltic state that was once a Soviet satellite.
Defense Blog – The Spring Storm is a large-scale live exercise of the Estonian Defence Forces, with participation from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence and other Allied forces. This year’s training involved approximately 10 thousand soldiers and hundreds of combat vehicles and aircraft. “The Spring Storm exercise this year will be held in northeastern Estonia.Nearly 10,000 troops will take part in them, including the military contingents of Great Britain and Belgium from the NATO international battalion stationed in Estonia and the soldiers of the Estonian Defense Forces, ” the press service of the Estonian Armed Forces said. | go to source
A woman grieving the loss of her mother was not only a victim of the synagogue shooting in California on Saturday, April 27th, around 11:30AM local time, she was also a hero. More from CNN – “When a gunman opened fire in a synagogue in California, killing one and injuring three others, Lori Kaye jumped between the shooter and the rabbi. Kaye, 60, was shot at the synagogue and died at a nearby hospital. In addition to Kaye, at least three others were wounded in the shooting Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, north of San Diego. By late Sunday morning, all three injured victims had been discharged from a hospital…..Kaye had attended services Saturday to say a Kaddish prayer for her mother, who died in November, (a friend and fellow congregation member) said.” | go to source
Multiple US tech firms are coming together to express concerns that Microsoft might decide to acquiesce to the Chinese government and cut off a Chinese tech labor movement using Guthub to coordinate their efforts.
From China Digital Times – U.S. Tech Workers Back Chinese Counterparts Over Work Conditions
“In recent months, Chinese tech workers have used the Microsoft-owned codesharing platform GitHub to coordinate the “996.icu” campaign against the long work hours demanded by many of their employers. Because of the site’s https encryption, which prevents selective blocking, and its immense value to the tech industry, which deters a site-wide block, it has increasingly been adopted by Chinese users as a haven for various kinds of sensitive content. Amid fears that the 996.icu movement might disrupt this situation, dozens of workers from Microsoft and other U.S. tech firms issued a letter this week expressing solidarity with their Chinese counterparts, and urging Microsoft and GitHub to resist any pressure to help stifle the movement.” | go to source
Defence Blog wants me to believe that US destroyers are no longer safe on the high seas because China has a hypersonic missile that can LITERALLY obliterate anything. I am inclined to put some degree of credibility to it. What remains more interesting is if these hypersonic weapons can be utilized to deliver nuclear payloads and if the one who failed to initiate the strike would have opportunities to defend, or at least strike back.
From Defence Blog – Chinese sources have reported that a mystery anti-ship hypersonic missile is being tested by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). According to the current information, the prototype hypersonic missile, being developed to increase the firepower of the newest Chinese Type 055 guided missile destroyers, has done successfully land tests. Sources have claimed the new hypersonic missile, known as YJ-XX, will to capable of destroying US warships missile defenses. The YJ-XX is an ultra-high-speed missile, with the range of 1000 km, allegedly capable of penetrating US air defense systems based on Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA and SM-6 Block IA hit-to-kill interceptor missiles.
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Here’s a cool story of individuals working to come up with outside-the-box ways to deal with the pollution in our oceans. The team of students are working on creating self-driving and working ocean-cleaning drones.
Concordia University News – During their final year, undergrads from the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science apply what they’ve learned in their degree to a practical problem through a Capstone project…..Students Marouane Elouaraa, Lam Son Vo Ngoc, Zihao Guan, Nikko Badoles and Eric Kwarteng call themselves the Ocean Cleaners. For their Capstone project, they built an aquatic drone prototype capable of detecting and collecting plastic on the surface of the water. “The most important feature of our prototype is the fact that we made the boat fully autonomous, requiring minimal maintenance,” says Elouaraa, who is in his last term of a mechanical engineering degree. | go to source
Now we know that humans are not the only ones to engage in germ warfare. Apparently, the germs are also engaged in germ warfare. Bacteria are weaponizing viruses to kill other bacteria. If you think about it, bacteria and viruses have been around since the days when there were no days, well, no humans around to call them days (if a day happens in the woods….).
Given this fact, I think it is fair and decent to write the headline I chose to write because, in fact, if true, if these researchers are right, bacteria invented germ warfare, chemical warfare, whatever, long before humans ever did.
More From Tech Times – An international research team discovered that bacteria cells use a virus and a prehistoric viral protein to attack other bacteria. The team made the discovery after noticing a gap between two bacteria that were moving toward each other on an agar plate. They investigated and found that the gap was caused by a virus, SW1, killing bacteria cells. They also reported that only one of the strains of bacteria carried the SW1 virus. “It was kind of like when Alexander Fleming noticing bacteria did not grow near a fungus when he discovered penicillin in the 1920s,” said Wood who led the study. | go to source
Russia Today – Snack giant PepsiCo’s Indian subsidiary is suing nine farmers in the state of Gujarat, telling them to lay-off growing a type of spud used in its popular brand of potato chips. Advocacy groups, meanwhile, have vowed to bite back. The potato farmers, who tend plots averaging 3-4 acres in size, stand accused by the US multinational of infringement of intellectual property rights for the alleged illegal growing and selling of the particular tuber without Pepsi’s consent. Known as FL 2027, the variety is used in the company’s popular Lay’s brand of potato chips for which it has exclusive rights. | go to source
Israeli scientists have managed to create the first ever 3-D Printed heart with fully functioning blood vessels. The heart itself won’t save your life, but it may very well lead to one that does.
From Huffpost – Scientists at Israel’s Tel Aviv University say they’ve created the world’s first 3D-printed heart with human tissue and blood vessels. Although the organ is only as big as a rabbit’s heart, the researchers are hoping the technology could one day be developed enough to help human patients in need of a heart transplant. Lead researcher Tal Dvir said that while other scientists have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, this is the first time anyone has printed an entire heart “replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers.” | go to source
China is not too pleased with the recent US-Taiwan military deal involving F-16 fighters and training. They’ve issued the use bellicose response:
From War News Updates – Beijing has accused Washington of violating the one-China principle with its recent sale of a US$500 million military package to Taiwan, saying the act seriously hurt relations between the two countries and jeopardised stability in the Taiwan Strait. “The Chinese side resolutely opposes any countries selling weapons to Taiwan,” the defence ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, while repeating its position that it regards the self-ruled island as an inalienable part of the mainland and its need to uphold its territorial integrity. | go to source
Somewhere in a quiet room in a university in Illinois a few researchers gather around a machine that can prove that babies have more capacity to understand abstract concepts than previously thought. Here’s more from Tech Times –
Researchers (from the University of Illinois) used a brain-imaging device that tracked babies’ temporal-parietal junction in the brain. Results show infants possess “theory of mind” similar to that of adults. Near-infrared spectroscopy is a noninvasive technique, which measures how light spreads on the surface of the brain. The idea is that distribution of light varies when a brain region has more activity. This variation in its dispersal is a response to changes in the blood oxygenation in the portion of the brain that is being scanned. | go to source
Using the power of your own heart, you might one day be able to sustain devices that will keep your heart going, using your own heart’s power. The devices are pacemakers, and a battery-free version of one just passed some early tests on pigs. New Scientist has more deets: A battery-free pacemaker that harvests energy from heartbeats has been successfully tested in pigs. It uses an energy harvester wrapped around the heart that generates electricity from movement….In tests, Wang and his colleagues found that the energy they harvested from the heart was higher than that needed for a human pacemaker. They used pigs in the tests because their hearts are about the same size as those of humans. | go to source
The recent move by India’s new Prime Minister to revoke the licences of 15,000 plus foreign NGOs have some concerned this signals Modi’s intentions to block UN efforts to examine human rights violations claims.
More from New Europe – Since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014, his Hindu Nationalist government has revoked the licenses of 15,000 foreign NGOs who provide services to India’s poor and marginalised, as well as to the country’s 28 million Christians and other minority groups. | go to source
HALE is using massive solar birds to deliver smart phone interwebs to the world. Using a solar powered plane that cruises the skies for signals that are shared with the ground below, these solar leviathans could bring YouTube to the remotest lands, and even keep YouTube up in lands where disasters took out the hard interwebs networks on the ground.
From Drone Life – The “long endurance” part of a HALE UAV isn’t measured in hours or even days. HALE aircraft are designed to stay in flight perhaps for years without requiring fuel. That means that solar power is a critical component of the design. While both Facebook and Google have tried to develop solar-powered HALE devices, energy company Alta Devices may actually have succeeded. | go to source
A couple of democracy activists in Hong Kong face significant jail terms after being charged with various antiquated public nuisance laws ironically created under colonial rule.
Gulf Today – A group of Hong Kong activists arrived at court for sentencing on Wednesday after being convicted this month for their role in organising mass pro-democracy protests in 2014 that paralysed the city for months and infuriated Beijing. The likely jail terms followed convictions that have renewed alarm over shrinking freedoms under an assertive China, which has rejected demands by Hong Kongers asking for a greater say in how the financial hub is run. | go to source
The US Military has officially implemented major design changes to two flagship stealth jets, the B-2 and the F-35. The move is a portent of things to come as nation-states vie to develop more advanced AI that can out-design and out-think the other nation-state’s AI.
Here’s more from Military & Aerospace Electronics – For the F-35 and B-2 stealth combat aircraft, AI enables rapid database access, organizing information, and high-volume procedural functions. Algorithms, for example, increasingly are able to scan, view, and organize targeting, navigation, radar warning, images, and video. AI now perform a wide range of combat aircraft functions; computer algorithms can access, compare, and organize vast pools of data for human decision-makers. This level of machine automation frees humans to pursue interpretive or conceptual work. | go to source
Lefftzilla – Rachel Maddow Just Blew A Massive Hole In Trump’s Plot To Obstruct Congressional Investigations – Politics USA
Right up to the end I thought this was our Polzilla winner, but it wasn’t mean’t to be. Our OPPO of the day comes to us from today’s first losers, the Leftzillas. Maddow goes all in with what appears to be another devastating take down of the President, or something.
From Politics USA – “In a continuation of the behavior laid out in Robert Mueller’s report, Donald Trump is now trying to obstruct congressional investigations by blocking current and former White House officials from testifying to Congress. At the top of the administration’s list of people they absolutely don’t want to testify is Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who gave Mueller key information on Trump’s obstruction efforts.” | go to source
An earthquake struck the Northern area of the Philippines causing extensive damage throughout the region, with the most devastating damage coming from a supermarket that collapsed during the earthquake, killing tens and trapping scores others.
Japan Today – Rescuers found more bodies overnight in the rubble of a supermarket that crashed down in a powerful earthquake that damaged buildings and an airport in the northern Philippines, raising the death toll to 11, officials said Tuesday. | go to source
Does a Texas bill offer justly disgruntled political targets of Facebook a legal recourse to their injustice, or does it enable the worst of the worst denizens to exploit free speech and drive social media companies trying to be responsible out of business? That’s what’s being debated in Texas. From the Texas Tribune, here’s their headline to this story, Texas bill would allow state to sue social media companies like Facebook and Twitter over free speech.
More from the Texas Tribune – A bill before the Texas Senate seeks to prevent social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users based on their viewpoints. Supporters say it would protect the free exchange of ideas, but critics say the bill contradicts a federal law that allows social media platforms to regulate their own content. | go to source
The Pentagon doesn’t have enough money for the AIs it already has. It needs a gazillion more dollars to create a massive AI for homeland security, for the military, but, to like only predict natural disasters, not human-mob-type ones or anything. I mean, it’s not like we’re designing autonomous weapons systems this AI could control or anything.
I laugh, but inside, I pee, a little. I welcome my robot overlords.
From Military.com – Officials on Tuesday unveiled the Trump administration’s new effort to streamline the use and development of AI for homeland security, as well as military operations abroad. But the report, titled, “Department Of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy: Harnessing AI To Advance Our Security And Prosperity,” also pinpointed applications in which smart algorithms could address “global challenges of significant societal importance, such as operationalizing AI for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes.” | go to source
The title for the story I am highlighting here is “People Shocked To Learn Guns Sold On Dark Web ” The writer of that headline is Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms
He highlights an excerpt from an article in Futurism which read, in part, “It may not be a shock that the dark web, the online networks that aren’t readily accessible to the public, is a hotbed of illegal gun sales. What is surprising is that almost all of the guns up for sale are available to buy legally in the U.S., according to research published last month in the journal Deviant.” | go to source
Rightzilla – Kamala Harris wants to use executive action for gun control if she is elected president – The Blaze
For our Oppo of the day, The Blaze brings home the glory with this headline drawing attention to one of the most odious of democrat positions for conservatives, gun control.
From The Blaze – Harris supports universal background checks and an assault weapons ban, and told the audience she will use her executive power to take action on gun control if Congress doesn’t pass the laws she wants. “Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws,” Harris said. “And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.” | go to source
More information is coming out that reveals the depth and breadth of the knowledge Sri Lankan Security Forces had of the potential for the Easter Attacks. The Government is admitting to having information 10 days before the attacks occurred. | go to source
The Philippines are upping the anti on gun control in their country, with the national police recently announcing more than 4,000 people have been arrested and thousands of weapons, even explosives, have been seized in the operation so far.
Philippine News Agency – More than 4,000 persons have been arrested for violation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday. “As of today (Monday), our continuing campaign against violators of the Comelec-imposed election gun ban has resulted in the arrest of 4,566 offenders and the confiscation of 3,807 firearms, 256 grenades, 500 explosive devices, 32,000 rounds of live ammunition, and 1,554 other deadly weapons,” PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde told reporters in a press briefing. | go to source
Belarus has had it with feeling like its lagging behind the blockchain race. It’s going nuclear, as in, it’s throwing in with using nuclear power to fund its national bitcoin mining effort.
Bitcoin News – During a recent meeting with representatives of the IT industry, President Alexander Lukashenko reaffirmed his administration’s will to protect and promote the country’s digital sector and assured there’s enough resources to do that. He told the audience at the High Technologies Park (HTP) that Belarus will soon have surplus electrical energy that can be used to power new cryptocurrency mining farms. | go to source
Tiny nano crystals can enter into your body to allow doctors to see your insides with greater ease. Right now, animals are being lit from within first.
Phys.org – Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science reviewed the latest studies on near-infrared quantum dots. Studies have shown that they can be used for whole body imaging of animals, or to target specific tissues, such as tumors and lymph nodes. | go to source
Rightzilla – NY Times: Say, this Steele dossier appears to be false (and maybe was a Russian disinformation effort) – Hot Air
This was a pretty zingy headline, but it landed on old targets and, more importantly, none of them were politicians. The target was the old grey lady for this round. Take it away Hot Air.
Well, it took them a while to get there but the NY Times has finally taken notice that the Steele dossier appears to contain a lot of false and unverifiable garbage: – Hot Air
The 35-page dossier, spiced up with tales of prostitutes and spies, sketched out a hair-raising story more than two years ago. Russian intelligence had used bribery and blackmail to try to turn Donald J. Trump into a source and ally, it said, and the Kremlin was running some Trump campaign aides practically as agents. – NY Times | go to source
UPS has a perfect need-driven laboratory to test the viability of drones for home delivery. In the remote areas of Rwanda, drones buzz by carrying blood and other medical supplies, saving lives and helping people discover the opportunities and the challenges of drone home package delivery.
UPS Using Drones to Deliver Medical Samples
The drone startup Zipline — partnered with Gavi and UPS — helped deliver blood supplies to transfusion facilities in western Rwanda. UAVs were capable of overcoming the challenges to transportation that had caused problems in the past. Since then, the project has grown to include Ghana. With the success of its initiative in Africa, UPS has shown interest in drone technology for the delivery of medical samples in the United States…The Drone News | go to source
NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions. The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to see increasing global demand. – Eurekalert | go to source
During a military funeral, Turkish Opposition Leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, was attacked by a pro-Ergodan mob. He escaped the melee, but it isn’t know if he was harmed, though the Republican People’s Party he leads issued a statement saying he was fine and he would be pursuing legal action. Good luck with legal action against Erdogan there, bub. | go to source
The US Army released a statement by one of their brass pr guys. He wants to assure us that the AI they’re paying Microsoft to build won’t be killing anyone. I mean, it’s not like we COULDN’T use it for killings, but seriously, we’re just like defensive and stuff. Here’s what he said, in part”
Army Refutes Microsoft Employees’ Charge that New Awareness Tool is for Killing
The under secretary of the Army on Tuesday refuted criticisms that its newest, high-tech situational awareness tool — made by Microsoft — “is designed to kill people.”…..”I always like to do this,” he said, describing the glasses as the soldier’s sights. “It looks like a pair of glasses, and you can put an interface in there with thermal, day, night [capabilities] and then, if you have a system where you can pipe synthetic training in, you could wear this same piece of equipment into combat, and you could train with it at home, and you could also collect data.” – Military.com | go to source
At long last, scientists now know what the first molecules in the universe were. The secrets were revealed by the biggest airborne observatory in the universe (maybe just world). From Science Daily, “Scientists believe that around 100,000 years after the big bang, helium and hydrogen combined to make a molecule called helium hydride for the first time. Helium hydride should be present in some parts of the modern universe, but it has never been detected in space — until now.”
So now you now. So you got THAT going for you.. | go to source
Little Kim has decided that State Man Pompeo is just mean and gossipy and makes stuff up about me….I mean Kim. Little Kim huffed and puffed about Pompeo “talking nonsense.” Suffice to say, no one really knows fact or fiction in this latest exchange between the US and Kim, but the popcorn ratings are always rather high whenever these crazy kids get together to talk apocalyptic weaponry, nukes.
From Japan Today – …..Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry accused Pompeo of playing down the significance of comments by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who said last week that Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. Both the demand for Pompeo’s removal from the talks and the weapon test point to Pyongyang’s displeasure with the deadlocked negotiations. In a statement issued under the name of Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the American Affairs Department at Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry, North Korea accused Pompeo of “talking nonsense” and misrepresenting Kim’s comments. | go to source
From Texas to New Hampshire, FedEx is going to be invading the streets of America with a massive robot army that could dominate the entire universe. That army is set to unleash fury starting this July, and they’ll be delivering pizza and groceries, as FedEx tests its robot drone delivery service.
Phys.org – FedEx Office’s new bots can deliver pizza, groceries or even bring chicken noodle soup to the sick FedEx Office is adding a new kind of worker in North Texas: A robot that can deliver a hot pepperoni pizza, a bag of groceries or a prescription to a customer’s home. The bot could bring a swab for a strep test to a sick person’s door and return hours later with medication, cough drops and a cup of chicken noodle soup. | go to source
France 24 – Libya’s UN-backed govt accuses France of supporting Haftar, ends cooperation
Libya’s internationally recognised interior ministry on Thursday accused France of supporting eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and said it would halt cooperation with Paris. France however said it supports the Tripoli-based government. “Any dealings with the French side in bilateral security agreements” will halt, the Tripoli-based interior ministry said in a statement. | go to source
It looks like we get a less than clear report, that’s been redacted, which is good for sustaining that uncertainty. The Mueller Report says Trump won’t be prosecuted. That’s about the extent of the certainty. Beyond that, it mostly depends on the horse you bet on. I chose a news excerpt from the Moscow Times, because fun.
Mueller Probe Did Not Establish Trump Coordination With Russia, U.S. Attorney General Says – The Moscow Times
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday offered a spirited defense of President Donald Trump ahead of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, emphasizing that it found no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. | go to source
That’s right folks, when you’re down and in trouble, when the world looks like it will destroy you, reach for your suicide drones. If the US Army gets its way, that option is one that will be available for US troops in future “holy hell you have suicide drones?!!” wars. What a time to be alive! | go to source