Imagine: It is September 4, 2035 in Miami and a large Cat. 5 hurricane is offshore headed straight for Miami. Roughly 7 million persons are in the general area where the hurricane will come ashore in 24 hours. The governor orders an evacuation of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area of Florida. All of the cars start heading north on I-95. All lanes a re cleared to head northbound. With Congress and President Cortez having mandated that all cars built after 2030 must be electric (no hybrids) everyone heads north, but now they are caught up in a terrible traffic jam. Electric cars are starting to stall out on I-95 as well as the A1A and the Turnpike as they run out of power. There are simply not enough charging stations to charge the cars, and police monitoring the available chargers are limiting drivers to 15 minutes. Chargers are shutting down as water shorts out the charging heads on the cars. The electric cars are turning off their air-conditioners to preserve their remaining charge. You are stuck in a traffic jam all night with the storm headed right at you. No battery, no A/C, no windshield-wipers, no GPS. All that you can do is call 911 and hope for help, but they can’t because all of the roads are blocked with stalled electric vehicles.
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Oops! The drone shot down by the IDF on Wednesday had a memory card installed, revealing the Hezbollah operatives’ faces and vehicles. A Hezbollah drone downed by the Israeli military had a memory card with clear pictures of operatives belonging to one of the Lebanese terror group’s elite units. The drone that was shot down by the IDF on Wednesday after it infiltrated Israeli airspace had images of its operators, belonging to the elite Radwan unit that uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather intelligence on Israeli troops. The pictures were likely taken by mistake by the UAV, but they revealed their faces and vehicles — complete with license plates — as well as the operatives flying another drone that had also been downed a few months ago by the IDF. According to a recent report by the ALMA Research Center, Hezbollah has some 2,000 UAVs, many of them advanced ones from Iran, and others manufactured independently by the Lebanese terror group. Others used by Hezbollah are civilian drones, similar to the one downed on Wednesday. […] Israel and Lebanon are officially still at war. Although the border is relatively quiet, there have been six instances of rocket fire since May.
We all know this little bit of proverbial wisdom: Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. But what happens when you teach a goldfish to drive? Scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel are finding out. In a delightfully odd new study outlined in the journal Behavioral Brain Research, the researchers set out to explore what happens when you take one species and embed it in the enviroment of another — or, in science jargon, spatial navigation behaviour. Specifically, the team set out to examine what happens when fish are immersed in a terrestrial environment. By building a “fish operated vehicle,” or FOV, and teaching six goldfish how to drive, they were able to find out whether a goldfish’s navigational sense translates to land, or whether it’s restricted to water. The FOVs are essentially a fish tank on wheels, equipped with a computer, camera and a LIDAR — a device that targets objects with lasers and measures their distances. The fish stays immersed in water, where it can breathe, and the tank responds to the fish’s movement. Basically, when the fish swims, the tank moves. The researchers then created a series of challenges for the fish.
We are building more islands than ever before. In the latest edition of our photographic series Anthropo-Scene, we explore the striking results of humanity’s attempts to colonise the world’s lakes and oceans with new land. Hundreds of years ago, the Lau people of the Solomon Islands built around 80 artificial islands in a lagoon, placing bits of coral and rock into the water, piece by piece. It took them centuries. Throughout history, humans have sought to create dry land within lakes, rivers and oceans, which they could then populate. But the 21st Century has brought a new ambition — and perhaps a touch of hubris — to this endeavour. We are living in an “age of islands”, according to the social geographer Alastair Bonnett of Newcastle University, UK. “New islands are being built in numbers and on a scale never seen before.” This new generation of islands are bolder, grander — and potentially more damaging — than anything our ancestors constructed, writes Bonnett in his book Elsewhere: A Journey Into Our Age Of Islands. The geographer visited human-made islands all over the world, exploring a variety of constructions. Giant artificial archipelagos, created by pouring millions of tonnes of sand into the ocean.
A third scientist employed by GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets — including the science behind COVID-19 treatments — to boost a competing, state-funded Chinese pharmaceutical company. Lucy Xi, along with three co-defendants, established the Chinese pharmaceutical company Renopharma with funding from the Chinese Communist Party to supposedly research and develop anti-cancer drugs. The team, however, used the company as a vessel to steal information from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in the United States. Xi and her colleagues worked at a GSK facility in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania. In January 2015, she sent co-conspirator Yan Mei a GSK document containing “confidential and trade secret data and information,” according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ notes the email focused on research into monoclonal antibodies — a lab-produced molecule often administered as a treatment for COVID-19 — despite being sent years before the onset of the virus: “This defendant illegally stole trade secrets to benefit her husband’s company, which was financed by the Chinese government,” noted U.S. Attorney Williams.
Pakistan worked to aid Iran’s illicit nuclear program in the 1980s. The Mossad is suspected of detonating bombs and issuing threats to German and Swiss companies in the 1980s that energetically worked to aid the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in its nascent nuclear weapons program. The prominent Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) first reported on the findings on Saturday. According to the paper, “The suspicion that the Mossad might be behind the attacks and threats soon arose. For Israel, the prospect that Pakistan, for the first time, could become an Islamic state with an atomic bomb posed an existential threat.” The paper reported that Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran worked closely together in the 1980s on the construction of nuclear weapons devices. According to the NZZ, the intensive work of companies from Germany and Switzerland in aiding Iran’s nuclear program “has been relatively well researched.” However, “New, previously unknown documents from archives in Bern and Washington sharpen this picture.” The paper quoted the Swiss historian Adrian Hänni who said the Mossad was likely involved in the bomb attacks of Swiss and German companies, adding, however, there was no “smoking gun” to prove the Mossad carried out the attacks.