Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field – which extends 370,000 miles (600,000 kilometers) above the planet’s surface — have sprung up over the Western… Read more →
Three rockets were launched at Dimona in southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon. The Iron Dome intercepted one rocket before it could land, while two other rockets landed in open areas. Dimona is the location of Israel’s nuclear reactor. There was no indication that rockets damaged any part of the reactor. Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets, stating that it had… Read more →
The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US. The official is said to have acted as a CIA contact at the US embassy, reports say, in a scandal that has infuriated German politicians. A 31-year-old German intelligence official was arrested last week on suspicion… Read more →
Lois Lerner in 2013: ‘Need to be cautious about what we say in emails’ The ex-IRS official whose emails mysteriously disappeared amid a congressional investigation into the Tea Party targeting scandal cautioned her own staff about “what we say in emails” during an internal discussion last year, according to emails obtained by Fox News. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., referred to… Read more →
The ACLU has turned against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), designed in part to protect the LGBT community from workplace discrimination. Along with several LGBT organizations, the ACLU now argues that religious organizations, small businesses, and the military—which are exempted in the law—must also be required to comply. The ACLU and four LGBT organizations released a joint statement Tuesday arguing that ENDA’s exemptions give… Read more →
Top Obama official blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity ‘How can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation?’ asks White House Mideast chief, Phillip Gordon, in blistering Tel Aviv speech Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank is wrong and leads to regional instability and dehumanization of Palestinians, a top American government… Read more →
Israeli Military Steps Up Gaza Offense
Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion. 15 Palestinians were killed, including 5 civilians. (July 8)
As Israel undertakes Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, questions linger about the strategic objective. Is it just to stop and deter Hamas rocket fire against Israeli civilians? Or is it to invade and reoccupy the Gaza Strip, with the aim of ousting Hamas altogether? In the last two conflicts–Operation Cast Lead (Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009) and Operation Pillar of Defense (Nov…. Read more →
Will US cyborgs be the next to deploy?
A new cyborg – part machine and part biological muscle – has taken its first steps.
University of Illinois researchers, in a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, say their tiny new creature is the first robot that uses live muscle for power. The researchers, with funding from the National Science Foundation, have created a muscle-powered biological machine that can be controlled with an electric current.
It could lead to a new generation of biological robots, or “biobots.”
Researchers around the world have been hoping to use this type of technology for a range of applications, from building military robots to designing replacement organs.
Military robots have been on the U.S. military’s table for a while. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been pioneering robot research for many years, and Gen. Robert Cone, commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, announced in January that he was tasked with considering the reduction of brigade combat teams from 4,000 to 3,000 soldiers – and replacing the human personnel with robots.
But humanoid robots, like humans, are very complicated, and they remain elusive for now. The advances needed to build ones that can go to war are vast: They require human dexterity and movement control, not to mention quantum computing that can achieve human “intelligence.”
Some researchers believe the solution will be to combine the machine with living tissue to create Terminator-style cyborgs. It’s still the stuff of science fiction, but the tiny biobots could be a key step forward.
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