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Mars Mini-City on Horizon

The UAE turned the heads of space exploration fans everywhere earlier this year when it announced its plans to build a mini-city on Mars in the next century.

Officials have since released few details on the project, which is part of its 100-year national programme to better understand the red planet.

But yesterday a key figurehead of the ambitious plans said that the UAE is prepared to join the ‘new space race’ and that young Arab people will lead the mission.

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In February the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced its plans to set up Mars' first mini city by 2117. This computer generated concept image shows released by the Dubai Media Office shows what the colony could look like
In February the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced its plans to set up Mars’ first mini city by 2117. This computer generated concept image shows released by the Dubai Media Office shows what the colony could look like.

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Weapon Wednesday – New Nano-Drone

Fight time is around 15 minutes, with a top speed of 22 mph and a range ...
Fight time is around 15 minutes, with a top speed of 22 mph and a range of 1 kilometer (Credit: AeroVironment)  

AeroVironment’s new Snipe Nano Quadrotor is a man-packable drone with the potential to be carried by every foot soldier, vastly increasing situational awareness and individual capability. The Snipe will also be available commercially later this year for police, first responders and all those who need to be able to see what’s happening in places they cannot safely go.

Announced at AUVSI in Dallas today, the Snipe Nano Quad UAS weighs just 140 grams (5 oz) and fits into a small hard case light enough to be carried – though AeroVironment has not yet disclosed the weight of the entire UAS including the ruggedized touch screen controller. read more

Joke of the Day

He was a widower and she a widow. They had known each other for a number of years, having been high school classmates and having attended class reunions in the past without fail.

This 60th anniversary of their class, the widower and the widow made a foursome with two other singles. They had a wonderful evening, their spirits high, with the widower throwing admiring glances across the table and the widow smiling coyly back at him.

Finally, during one dance, he picked up courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?”

After about six seconds of careful consideration, she answered, “Yes, yes I will!” read more

New Roof-Top Tent

We had a total of eight roof-top tents split between the trucks, SUVs and trailers
We had a total of eight roof-top tents split between the trucks, SUVs and trailers

Long popular in other countries, roof-top tents (RTTs) are having their moment in the US. The Santa Cruz-based innovators at Tepui are doing their best to turn that moment into a movement. The company is heavily invested in expanding the RTT market out from hardcore overlanders to the masses of general outdoor lovers and festival campers. read more

21st Century Tattoos

An example of the Chaotic Moon TechTat system with embedded LED lights
An example of the Chaotic Moon TechTat system with embedded LED lights (Credit: Chaotic Moon)

Almost every culture from the past 5,000 years has shown some evidence of decorative skin tinkering. As we move into the 21st century, tattoo culture, much like everything else, is being fused with technology. read more

Joke of the Day

A farmer in ancient Rome was working in the fields one day when he came across a giant strawberry, about five palmus wide and ten palmus high.

He thought this would be a novelty that many would want to see, so he took it home, washed it off and set up a display in a case.

He advertised the giant strawberry far and wide and people came from all over to see the exhibit. read more

Joke of the Day

During its heyday the Wells Fargo Company employed a number of specialized stagecoaches such as one with a church for Sunday operation.

One of the more popular models featured a darkroom on board, so passengers who took pictures could have them processed en route and the prints delivered at their destination.

One day a stagecoach equipped with a darkroom was headed for Wichita when, passing through a small town, it was intercepted by the local marshal, who said, “Halt in the name of the law!” read more