Science, Technology and New Weaponry
October 12, 2007, 5:47 am
Filed under: empire, imperialism, news, politics, science, technology, troops

Solar powered plane breaks unmanned flight record (EnGadget) 

Seven Wonders of the IT World (CIO)

 This new technology makes the racks seem benign”: The UK Daily Mail tests out the U.S. Army’s “Silent Guardian”

EXCERPTS: “Its makers claim this infernal machine is the modern face of warfare. It has a nice, friendly sounding name, Silent Guardian.  I am told not to call it a ray-gun, though that is precisely what it is (the term “pain gun” is maybe better, but I suppose they would like that even less).  And, to be fair, the machine is not designed to vaporise, shred, atomise, dismember or otherwise cause permanent harm. But it is a horrible device nonetheless, and you are forced to wonder what the world has come to when human ingenuity is pressed into service to make a thing like this…”

 “A square transmitter as big as a plasma TV screen is mounted on the back of a Jeep. When turned on, it emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation – similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker – that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings.  It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile.  Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury.  But anyone in the beam’s path will feel, over their entire body, the agonising sensation I’ve just felt on my fingertip. The prospect doesn’t bear thinking about.” 

When all else fails, read the enemy’s mind : new DARPA funded software (CNet News)

Faster, deadlier pilotless plane bound for Afghanistan (USA Today)

Chip implants linked to animal tumors (Washington Post)

Japan: Orbiting space power systems would convert sunlight into laser beams (Treehugger)


Solar powered water purifier (PopGadget)


Using cell phones over an hour a day can harm hearing (ThisIsLondon)

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