Just how Old is the Universe?

Multiple studies have come to different conclusions about the age of the universe
Multiple studies have come to different conclusions about the age of the universe

The universe likes to play coy about its age, but astronomers believe they have a pretty good idea of the range. Now, a series of new studies has investigated the question using different methods – and they’ve come up with two different answers, separated by more than a billion years. read more

The New Normal – Perpetual Restrictions

from Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review:

Moving the goal posts: Global elites hint that corona restrictions will continue forever

Looking at a sample of a respiratory virus at Novavax labs in Gaithersburg, Maryland

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“Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt.” ~ Patrick Henry

Imagine if the media, politicians, and corporate health care industry would have told people they’d be restricted and forced to wear masks indefinitely because of a virus that is no worse than a pandemic flu for most people? Well, this entire lockdown mentality would have never gotten off the ground. Which is why it started with a sensible idea of 15 days to slow the spread. read more

Weapon Wednesday – U.S. Army’s Conversational Robot

A US Army cadet and ARL West intern assists with research on JUDI
A US Army cadet and ARL West intern assists with research on JUDI
US Army

The US Army is developing a conversational interface that allows two-way dialogue between soldiers and autonomous robotic systems. Being developed by researchers from the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, the Joint Understanding and Dialogue Interface (JUDI) is designed to reduce training costs and improve soldier/robot teamwork. read more

Volkswagen Expandable Camper

Volkswagen teases the expandable tent system of its new Caddy Mini-Camper
Volkswagen teases the expandable tent system of its new Caddy Mini-Camper
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Following up on the full-size Grand California it launched in 2018 and the updated midsize California it launched last year, Volkswagen now turns its vehicle-camping mastery to its smallest van. A new-generation Caddy calls for a new-generation Caddy Beach camper, and in this case, a new name: the Mini-Camper. One of the smallest, cutest camper vans we’re likely to see until the eBussy Camper comes rolling into the real world, the new Caddy Mini-Camper sleeps adventure-loving couples and turns into a larger “glamping lodge” on demand. read more

Some Blue Collar Logic Injected into the Covid-19 Narrative

Jason Siler of Blue Collar Logic and the Simple Truth discusses the narrative pushing the Covid-19 virus and how, when put to the test, it simply doesn’t stand up to logic and common sense.

He touches on how virus deaths have been overinflated, just how really deadly it is and why some are trying to convince us that is it far deadlier than it is.

This is not just his opinion or conjecture. He backs his findings up with actual numbers and even a little simple math.

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Stunning Alzheimer’s Research Breakthrough

Research into Alzheimer's-related memory loss has uncovered an exciting new breakthrough in the form of a world-first gene therapy
Research into Alzheimer’s-related memory loss has uncovered an exciting new breakthrough in the form of a world-first gene therapy

Scientists in Australia have made an exciting breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research, demonstrating what they describe as the first gene-therapy-based approach for treating advanced forms of the disease. Through experiments in mice, the team was able to show how activating a key enzyme in the brain can prevent the kind of memory loss associated with advanced forms of Alzheimer’s, and even reverse it. read more

Lego-Like Bioscaffolding for Healing Bones

A connected group of the individual blocks, each one measuring just 1.5 millimeters cubed
A connected group of the individual blocks, each one measuring just 1.5 millimeters cubed
Oregon Health & Science University

More and more, we’re hearing about scaffolding-like materials that are used to help heal bone injuries. A new one is claimed to be particularly versatile, as it’s inspired by Lego building blocks. read more

The Record Smashing Gordon Murray T.50

One of the most extreme and remarkable supercars ever built, the Gordon Murray T.50 pushes boundaries in many directions
One of the most extreme and remarkable supercars ever built, the Gordon Murray T.50 pushes boundaries in many directions
Gordon Murray Design

If you haven’t been following, Formula One wizard Gordon Murray is designing a supercar from the ground up, and everything about it is looking utterly bonkers in the best possible way.

To briefly recap, this three-seater will weigh just 980 kg (2,160 lb) – that’s less than five fast motorcycles. It’ll have the same “jet fighter” cabin arrangement as Murray’s own McLaren F1 design and the more recent McLaren Speedtail: a driver’s seat front and center with two passenger seats behind and to the sides.

Murray has also applied the “Brabham BT46 fan car” concept to the T.50’s aerodynamics: a whirling 15.7-inch (40-cm) underbody fan that literally sucks the car down onto the road when it’s running, while also using this flow of air to cool the engine and fire out the back to fill in a negative pressure area behind the car and reduce drag.

It was an international outrage when Murray put this system on an F1 car back in 1976. The other teams’ eyes were on stalks watching the suspension compress when the engine was revved at a standstill, and the Brabham team withdrew it as an act of good faith after winning the only race it competed in. But there’s no sportsman’s code stopping Murray from doing it on a street car, so by gum he’s going for it.

The T.50's outrageous aero system was too extreme for Formula One

The T.50’s outrageous aero system was too extreme for Formula One
Gordon Murray Design

Today we learn more about the engine in this thing, and while it doesn’t go for huge power, this is sure to be an absolute classic, and the answer to many petrolhead trivia questions in future decades.

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Weapon Wednesday – Man vs. AI Dogfight coming in 2021

Next year may see man vs machine in aerial dogfights for the first time
Next year may see man vs machine in aerial dogfights for the first time

The first aerial showdown between a human fighter pilot and an autonomous aircraft is slated for July 2021, according to a fascinating interview with the outgoing Director of the US Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). read more

Proteus – An Undersea Space Station of sorts

Fabien Cousteau's Proteus underwater research lab will be three times bigger than any previous design
Fabien Cousteau’s Proteus underwater research lab will be three times bigger than any previous design
Fuseproject

It’s been a big week for inventions named for the shape-shifting, fortune-telling Greek sea god, Proteus. On Monday we looked at Proteus, the world’s first manufactured non-cuttable material, and now there’s Proteus, the world’s most advanced underwater research station and habitat – though in this case the naming is probably more to do with Proteus’ status as the grandson of Poseidon himself. read more