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Romotow Swing-Out Camper

Romotow owners will undoubtedly make full use of that deck on their journeys
Romotow owners will undoubtedly make full use of that deck on their journeys (Credit: W2)

Almost exactly six years ago, in the younger, more innocent days of 2012, we looked at an absolutely wild caravan concept from New Zealand architecture and engineering firm W2. The Swiss Army-like Romotow was a vision of a swing-out trailer with a combination of cabin space and sheltered deck, easily packed up and towed to camp but doubly spacious once there. At the time, even W2 wasn’t sure if it would move past the concept stage, and to be honest, we didn’t really expect to see it again. But fast-forward to late 2018 and W2 is deep in the works building the very first model, with sales to commence next year. read more

Black Holes Aren’t Holes – They’re Fountains

Gas surrounding a supermassive black hole spews out from above and below the disk like a three-dimensional fountain, new simulations have revealed.

While it’s long been assumed that the rings of gas around active black holes took on the shape of a donut, researchers say the reality is far more complex.

Simulations and observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimetre Array (ALMA) suggest the ‘donut’ is actually a more dynamic structure made if three gaseous components that circulate constantly.

According to the team, it¿s more of a three-step process. First, the cold gas forms a disk near the plane of rotation, heating up until the molecules break down. Some of these molecules are expelled above and below the disk. This falls back down to create a fountain-like structure

According to the team, it’s more of a three-step process. First, the cold gas forms a disk near the plane of rotation, heating up until the molecules break down. Some of these molecules are expelled above and below the disk. This falls back down to create a fountain-like structure read more

Weapon Wednesday – Britain’s Autonomous Warrior Exercise

Robots will be used in a variety of roles as part of Autonomous Warrior
Robots will be used in a variety of roles as part of Autonomous Warrior(Credit: Crown Copyright)

A century after it saw the first tanks roll across it, the British Army’s training grounds on Salisbury Plain is playing host to the largest military robotic exercise in British history. Over the next four weeks, the Autonomous Warrior exercise will test over 70 different types of unmanned prototype aerial and ground systems, ending in a battlegroup experiment under simulated combat conditions. read more

World’s Fastest Go-Kart – 0-60 in 1.5 Seconds

The Daymak Blast C5 Ultimate uses a fan propulsion system that Daymak says will help it...
The Daymak Blast C5 Ultimate uses a fan propulsion system that Daymak says will help it hit 60 mph in 1.5 seconds

Tesla has already demonstrated the performance potential of electric power in cars, but the technology hasn’t made the same splash in the world of go karting. But that looks set to change with Canada-based Daymak using battery power to develop what it claims will be the “world’s fastest go-kart”. read more

India Unveils World’s Tallest Statue

The Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, has officially opened to the public
The Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, has officially opened to the public(Credit:Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

Right on schedule, the world’s tallest statue has officially opened in India. Standing almost 600 ft (182 m) tall, the new Statue of Unity depicts Indian freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, and was dedicated by India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at a ceremony on October 31. read more

The Black Hole that is Afghanistan

Since 2001, we’ve spent roughly $2 trillion in Afghanistan – not to mention 2,400 U.S. military killed and over 23,000 wounded. It’s a steep price for these results. We should have learned from the Soviets.

from the Washington Free Beacon: 

Nearly Half of Afghanistan Under Terrorist Control as U.S. Pours Billions Into Country

The Afghan government has lost control of nearly half the country to terrorist forces, the lowest levels of control since government officials began tracking the situation in November 2015, according to the latest oversight report.

The Special Investor General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, noted a significant decline in the Afghan government’s ability to govern the district, a decline of about 16 points. Total Afghan government control stands at 55 percent, the lowest number since November 2015. Insurgent control and influence over key regions has risen about 5.5 percent, according to the report, which highlights the U.S.-backed government’s growing inability to retain influence in areas it once maintained control of. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Saab”s Go-Anywhere Torpedo

Saab's LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow...
Saab’s LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea(Credit: Saab)

At next week’s Euronaval exhibition in Paris, Saab will be unveiling the latest version of its Lightweight Torpedo (SLWT). Already ordered by Sweden and Finland, the compact submarine hunter/killer weapon is designed to be launched from a variety of sea and air platforms and is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea. read more

Black Granite Sarcophagus Discovered in Egypt

The sarcophagus was found in a tomb 5 meters (16 feet) below the surface
The sarcophagus was found in a tomb 5 meters (16 feet) below the surface(Credit: Ministry of Antiquities)

A massive black granite sarcophagus has been discovered in Egypt. It was found in a tomb 5 meters (16 feet) below the surface alongside an alabaster sculpture of a male head, thought to be that of the occupant.
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Strange Antarctic Rectangular Iceberg

Just past the rectangular iceberg, which is visible from behind the outboard engine, IceBridge saw another...
Just past the rectangular iceberg, which is visible from behind the outboard engine, IceBridge saw another relatively rectangular berg and the A68 iceberg in the distance(Credit: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck CC BY 2.0)

A few days ago NASA’s IceBridge project hit the news, but not for any of its impressive scientific observations. Instead, a casually tweeted photo of a strange rectangular iceberg captured people’s imagination. Now, NASA has offered up a few more shots, and video, of this unusual sight, helping explain this common yet rarely seen phenomenon. read more

WND Exclusive – So Who is Funding the Migrant Caravan?

Someone or group of someones is funding this ever-expanding “migrant caravan” heading for a showdown at the U.S./Mexico border.

So who is it? As of yet, no one seems to know for sure, and very few seem interested in finding out

We’ve heard Vice President Mike Pence say: “At the president’s direction I spoke to President [Juan Orlando] Hernandez of Honduras. He told me that the caravan that’s now making its way through Mexico headed for the southern border was organized by leftist organizations and financed by Venezuela.”

Glenn Beck theorized the same, saying that “this is a Honduran political stunt organized by a leftist group that has ties to the former Marxist president who was exiled after a coup in 2009.”

Like the Democrats after the 2016 election, Beck says Honduran Marxists “never got over it.” He claims that the organizers and financiers of the march “have ties to the Castros in Cuba and Maduro in Venezuela. This stunt is designed for media fallout, and it’s timed very specifically for maximum exposure.” read more