Forget 0-60 MPH – How About 60-120!

The SSC Tuatara is designed to go 300 mph, so it handles the sprint from 60-120 mph absolutely effortlessly
The SSC Tuatara is designed to go 300 mph, so it handles the sprint from 60-120 mph absolutely effortlessly
SSC

At 1,750 horsepower (on E85 fuel), the ludicrous rear-wheel drive SSC Tuatara hypercar is designed to break 300 mph (482 km/h). So it barely gets into 4th gear on the hectic sprint from 60-120 mph (100-200 km/h) in this newly released video.

On our live list of the world’s most powerful production cars, the SSC Tuatara currently sits at #6. If you exclude electrics and hybrids, only the monstrous Hennessey Venom F5 makes more power from a combustion engine. It’s very hard to put this kind of power into any context us regular humans can understand, since for most of us a 500-horsepower sportscar feels outrageously fast.

But perhaps this piece of road testing video can help. If you didn’t look at the speedometer, you’d think it was accelerating from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) at violent speed. But then, you realize this is an American hypercar; the speedo’s in miles per hour and this thing is blasting through double the speed limit in the blink of an eye, feeling like it’s barely getting out of bed.

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What did Dinosaurs Eat? Now we Know

An artist's illustration of Borealopelta markmitchelli, enjoying a meal of ferns
An artist’s illustration of Borealopelta markmitchelli, enjoying a meal of ferns
Julius Csotonyi, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

There’s only so much we can learn about dinosaurs from their dusty old bones. But now, palaeontologists have gathered some fascinating new insights by studying the stomach contents of an incredibly well-preserved nodosaur. They can tell not just what its last meal was, but how it browsed for food and even what time of year it died. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Fire the “Laser”

pacific ocean may 16, 2020 the amphibious transport dock ship uss portland lpd 27 conducts a solid state laser technology maturation laser weapon system demonstrator lwsd mk 2 mod 0 test lwsd is a high energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the office of naval research and installed on portland for an at sea demonstration lwsd's operational employment on a pacific fleet ship is the first system level implementation of a high energy class solid state laser us navy photo

U.S. NAVY

The U.S. Navy released a video of its newest, most powerful laser in action, destroying a target drone in mid-flight. The MK 2 MOD 0, also known as the Solid State Laser—Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD), is mounted on the amphibious ship USS Portland. The LWSD is likely the most powerful and destructive laser to go to sea. read more

Replace Worn Out Proteins with a Quick Bike Ride

The researchers note that the maintenance of healthy muscle is important not just for strength and physical activity, but also plays an important role in regulating metabolism
The researchers note that the maintenance of healthy muscle is important not just for strength and physical activity, but also plays an important role in regulating metabolism

There’s no question that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but there remains a lot to discover about the ways physical activity positively influences the human body. A new study has delved into the mechanics of muscle maintenance, finding that even short stints on a bike can boost the activity of the “death marker protein,” which clears out damage to keep things healthy and in working order. read more

AeroTec’s Electric Aircraft

The maiden voyage of the electric Cessna took place at AeroTEC’s test facility in Moses Lake, Washington
The maiden voyage of the electric Cessna took place at AeroTEC’s test facility in Moses Lake, Washington
AeroTEC

The future of aviation is looking a little greener today, with a nine-seat Cessna aircraft fitted out with an all electric propulsion system successfully completing its first flight. This maiden voyage for the world’s largest electric aircraft marks another step forward for a nascent industry out to shake up the world of air travel, which could one day look a lot cleaner and cost effective than it does now. read more

WND Exclusive – Is COVID-19 really deadlier than the seasonal flu?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

COVID-19 has a much higher death rate than that of the seasonal flu, the experts say. We mustn’t compare it to the flu. This has been the intonation almost since SARS-CoV-2 was discovered. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, blah, blah, blah.

In March, Dr. Anthony Fauci said COVID-19 is far deadlier than the flu. “The flu has a mortality of 0.1 percent, this has a mortality of 10 times that,” warned Fauci.

Early on we heard that the novel coronavirus mortality rate was catastrophic relative to that of the flu. “COVID-19, has caused more than 1.4 million illnesses and 85,000 deaths in the U.S. as of May 14, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.”

And it’s far worse today, we’re told, as we just recently surpassed the 100,000-deaths threshold.

The media dutifully parrot the death toll to an uneasy populace – constantly reminding us that we have a killer on our hands. Something must be done to stop the rampant spread of this pandemic. read more

Smartphone Helps Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

Researchers test out a new smartphone-based diagnostic tool to detect diabetes-induced blindness
Researchers test out a new smartphone-based diagnostic tool to detect diabetes-induced blindness
University of Bonn/Sankara Eye Foundation

One of the disastrous effects of diabetes is the harm it can cause to the retina, with this degeneration of blood vessels in the eye now the leading cause of new blindness in working-age adults. An international team of scientists has developed technology that could pick up this so-called diabetic retinopathy in its early stages, using a standard smartphone as the basis for a low-cost diagnostic method that could greatly improve care in developing regions. read more

Is Coronavirus becoming another Settled Science?

from the American Thinker:

Why the Left is Weaponizing Science

According to some “experts,” science can sometimes be settled, meaning that in certain areas of study, the evidence has been deemed so overwhelming and indisputable that further debate is not only unnecessary, it is forbidden. Only one interpretation of this evidence is possible. However, science is really nothing more than a tool, developed by humans for the purposes of studying our universe and the world on which we live. And scientists are human beings, which means they are prone to making mistakes. It would be just as silly to genuflect as a show of reverence to science as it would be for a carpenter to worship his hammer. It is helpful to remember that even the person who graduates from medical school at the very bottom of the class has still earned the right to be called “doctor.” read more

Weapon Wednesday – Drones Launched from Helicopters

altius drone army

U.S. Army
  • In a test at Yuma Proving Ground, the U.S. Army launched a drone from a Blackhawk helicopter.
  • The test validated the ability to launch drones from helicopters, a tricky proposition due to the downwash created by the helo’s rotors.
  • In the near future the Army will field helicopters armed with ALEs, drones equipped with both video cameras and explosive warheads.

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Think You’ve got High Speed Internet?

One of the micro-comb photonic chips, which allowed internet speeds of up to 44.2 Tb/s
One of the micro-comb photonic chips, which allowed internet speeds of up to 44.2 Tb/s
Monash University
An Australian research team has recorded the fastest ever internet speed from a single light source – an absolutely astounding 44.2 Terabits per second. That’s more than 44,000 times faster than the highest speed connection available to consumers today. This incredible feat was made possible by a new kind of optical chip.

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