Drill – Baby – Drill!

As Newt Gingrich once said: Drill – Baby – Drill!

from the Daily Caller:

Trump Expands Drilling In Utah Two Years After POTUS Cut The Size Of Bears Ears National Park

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The Department of Interior finalized a rule Thursday expanding drilling rights in Utah two years after President Donald Trump reduced the size of a pair of national monuments in the area.

Trump cut the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in 2017, which created a firestorm of criticism from activists who said the president’s decision hurt Native American communities. read more

Audible Buzzing Guide Firefighters

The helmet is fitted with haptic actuators that allow firefighters to navigate a smoke-filled room by following directional buzzes
The helmet is fitted with haptic actuators that allow firefighters to navigate a smoke-filled room by following directional buzzes
Carnegie Mellon University

We’ve seen a few devices designed to give firefighters an idea of the interior layout of a burning building, including the SmokeBot. But once they’re inside, smoke may prevent first responders from being able to see where they’re going. The Haptic Helmet from Carnegie Mellon University’s Engineering department could help. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force Valkyrie Drone

The XQ-5A Valkyrie on a 2019 test flight
The XQ-5A Valkyrie on a 2019 test flight
AFRL

The jet-powered XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator drone has returned to the air three months after being damaged in a landing mishap. On January 23, the unmanned aircraft being developed by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions completed its fourth flight test at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

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Three Gun Owners Set Nanny Bloomberg Straight

from the Blaze:

NRA fires back at Michael Bloomberg’s misleading gun control ad with powerful ad of its own

The National Rifle Association on Sunday issued a fierce response to Michael Bloomberg’s misleading gun control ad that aired during the Super Bowl.

The misleading ad claimed that 2,900 children die from gun violence every year. However, as Washington Free Beacon reporter Stephen Gutowski noted, almost half of those “children” are actually adults ages 18 and 19. In fact, the ad merely cites misleading data from Bloomberg’s gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety. read more

Resurrecting an 80’s Hydrofoil Boat

When a team of Yamaha engineers found this 1988 hydrofoil prototype in the back of a warehouse, they couldn't resist restoring it and taking it for a spin
When a team of Yamaha engineers found this 1988 hydrofoil prototype in the back of a warehouse, they couldn’t resist restoring it and taking it for a spin
Yamaha

Hydrofoiling boats are by no means new. The first hydrofoil-related patent dates all the way back to 1898, and there are numerous photos of hydrofoiling boats zipping along from the early 1900s. But their eye-popping ability to rise up out of the water and glide along with minimal drag never fails to catch the eye and spark the imagination, and it’s hard to watch one in action without wondering what it feels like to drive.

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Letters of Marque to Fight Human Trafficking

by: Brent Smith

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Human trafficking, whether for slave labor or sex, is utterly abhorrent. And no matter how advanced or enlightened we claim to be, it may be worse than anytime in the past.

A few days ago the Wall Street Journal reported that, “President Trump on Friday signed an executive order aimed at combating human trafficking and online exploitation.”

It is estimated that between 18,000 and 20,000 victims are trafficked into the United States every year. Imagine an entire town near you being swept up and sold into slavery every year.

In 2011, “California passed a law to help with trafficking in the manufacturing industry. The law required major manufacturing and retail firms to disclose what they were doing to stop human trafficking in their supply chains. By 2015, however, less than a fifth of businesses had complied.”

“The Mexican state of Tlaxcala has been identified as the biggest source of sex slaves to the US. In 2015, five out of 10 of Homeland Security’s “most wanted” sex traffickers were from Tenancingo, in Tlaxcala. There were estimates that one in 10 people from Tenancingo were involved in trafficking.” read more

Artificial Nanoparticles Sniff Out Cancer

Researchers have developed artificial nanoparticles that can help the immune system fight cancer
Researchers have developed artificial nanoparticles that can help the immune system fight cancer

The best way to fight off cancer might be to strengthen the body’s immune system and help it identify and kill tumors. This field of study is known as immunotherapy, and while it’s showing promise it can be quite expensive. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed artificial nanoparticles that should be cheaper and easier to produce.

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