Weapon Wednesday – Finally a Realistic Flight Simulator

The T-7A Red Hawk simulation trainer can link digitally with an actual aircraft
The T-7A Red Hawk simulation trainer can link digitally with an actual aircraft
Boeing

Boeing has begun production of the “real-as-it-gets” ground-based training system (GBTS) flight simulator of the US Air Force’s new T-7A Red Hawk training jet. For immersive realism, each unit features dynamic motion seats and the Boeing Constant Resolution Visual System’s 8K native projectors, which have 16 times the resolution of a 1080p high-definition video screen. read more

Less Invasive Obesity Implant

Asst. Prof. Sung Il Park with the prototype implant
Asst. Prof. Sung Il Park with the prototype implant
Matthew Linguist, Texas A&M Engineering

When an obese person really needs to lose weight, gastric bypass surgery is sometimes performed – but it’s quite an invasive procedure. An experimental new implant, however, may produce similar results with much less fuss.

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The CubeSat Satellite to Harness Earth’s Magnetic Field

Artist's concept of MiTEE-1
Artist’s concept of MiTEE-1
University of Michigan

A student-built CubeSat from the University of Michigan will investigate whether small satellites can be maintained in low Earth orbit without thrusters or propellant. Scheduled to launch from the Mojave Air and Space Port on Virgin Orbit’s Launch Demo 2 on January 10, 2020, the Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment-1 (MiTEE-1) will test the concept of using the Earth’s magnetic field to generate thrust.

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See I Told You So – No New COVID Strain

by: Brent Smith

I rarely toot my own horn, but I’m going to make an exception for this, because it’s just so utterly egregious!

A week ago I posted my weekly exclusive article for World Net Daily.

It was entitled: “Sorry, but I don’t Believe in the ‘New Strain’ of Coronavirus – Not Yet Anyway”

If you missed it, you may link to it here.

In it I stated:

But just when people are beginning to breathe a sigh of relief, there are reports of a new, even worse, strain of the coronavirus.

In years gone by I doubt I would have questioned the validity of such a claim made by the “experts.”

But, after all the misstatements, half-truths and outright lies we’ve been fed, not only scientifically and medically, but politically, in regards to the election, I’m finding it increasing difficult to believe that a new, mutated strain of the virus has been discovered, just as the vaccine is being widely distributed.

In other words, I thought the experts were lying once again – that I didn’t believe there was even a “new strain” of coronavirus, at least not in the U.S. I was called a wacko conspiracy theorist for saying so.

But now, a week later, the CDC is saying the same thing.

from the Blaze:

CDC says reports of a new strain of coronavirus in the US are false, contradicting Dr. Birx read more

No Ordinary Gravel – It’s from an Asteroid

Chamber A of Hayabusa2's sample catcher shows material collected from the surface of asteroid Ryugu
Chamber A of Hayabusa2’s sample catcher shows material collected from the surface of asteroid Ryugu
JAXA

It’s rare that gravel gets scientists so excited, but these are no ordinary rocks. They’re the samples returned to Earth by Hayabusa2 after its 5.24-billion-km round trip to asteroid Ryugu, and this is our first glimpse at them after the spacecraft landed in the Australian Outback on December 6 and its sample container was transported to Japan.

 

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SpaceX Boosters will not Land – They’ll be Caught

SpaceX is planning to catch its Super Heavy booster (left) using the launch tower arm
SpaceX is planning to catch its Super Heavy booster (left) using the launch tower arm
Spacex via Instagram

SpaceX has been making controlled landings of its Falcon 9 boosters to allow them to be reused for a number of years now. Such landings involve the rockets touching down, be it on a boat or a launch pad, using legs built into the rocket. But SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has revealed different plans for the Falcon 9’s bigger sibling, the Super Heavy, announcing the intention to have the launch tower arm catch the booster.

 

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Weapon Wednesday – F/A-18 Ski Jump Take Off

A F/A-18 Super Hornet taking off from ski-jump ramp for the first time
A F/A-18 Super Hornet taking off from ski-jump ramp for the first time
Boeing

Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet has made its first launch from a “ski jump” ramp. No, it’s not a dare or some weird new winter sport but a demonstration conducted with the US Navy to show the Indian Navy that the Super Hornet can safely operate from its ski-jump-ramp-equipped aircraft carriers. read more

Manta’s Hybrid eVTOL

Manta's one-third scale prototype hybrid VTOL/STOL aircraft is nearly ready for flight tests
Manta’s one-third scale prototype hybrid VTOL/STOL aircraft is nearly ready for flight tests
Manta Aircraft

Switzerland’s Manta Aircraft is working on a flexible hybrid-electric canard aircraft design that will be capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) or efficient short take-off and landing (STOL) operations. A one-third scale model has been built, and the team is preparing for its first flight tests. read more

Repellent Better than DEET

The introduced bacteria will both mask odors produced by bacteria in the skin's microbiome, along with producing repellent odors of their own
The introduced bacteria will both mask odors produced by bacteria in the skin’s microbiome, along with producing repellent odors of their own
dragi52/Depositphotos

DEET may be an effective mosquito repellent, but it can cause irritation, and has to be reapplied every few hours. Scientists are now working on a more innocuous, longer-laster alternative, that involves introducing genetically engineered bacteria to people’s skin.

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WND Exclusive – Sorry, but I don’t Believe in the ‘New Strain’ of Coronavirus – Not Yet Anyway

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

With everything we’ve experienced this past year, I feel myself growing more cynical and, frankly, a bit misanthropic.

I recently recorded a podcast where I described my disappointment at how easily the vast majority of people just accepted the ridiculous mandates and governmental edicts and did so, quite willingly, because of safety.

For we know there is no higher purpose of government than to keep us safe, at all cost, despite ourselves.

We just keep complying with all the nonsense, even after everything we’ve witnessed, all the proven misinformation and shifting goalposts. read more