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Whoa! Massive.
 
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Aerospace is building a giant airplane in the Mojave Desert for carrying rockets to 35,000 feet adding to their oomph into space. It has twin fuselages - most of a 747 would feet in between them - joined across the top by a massive wing, more than 1 hundred meters across. Howard Hughes eat it.

Two cannibalized 747s make up much of the working portions, including cockpit and engines. Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites has experience with twin fuselaged aircraft. They built for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic the much smaller but also dual-hulled White Knight Two, the mothership used to launch a small suborbital vehicle. With a rocket attached, the aircraft will weigh 1.3 million pounds, equal to a fully loaded giant Airbus A380. Possible rollout next year.
Vulcan Aerospace gives a close-up look at the giant airplane it is building in the Mojave Desert for carrying rockets into space, a project that is awesomely big but also tremendously odd-looking. Vulcan offers no details on the business plan for the aircraft.
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Well they did it. The future becomes even more murky.
Britain has voted to leave the European Union, results from Thursday's landmark referendum showed, an outcome that sets the country on an uncertain path and deals the largest setback to European efforts to forge greater unity since World War Two.
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Nightmare day?
New York Magazine takes us through a hypothetical cyber-attack on New York. It is a scary scenario. Something similar could very well happen in the near future.
The day cars drove themselves into walls and the hospitals froze. A scenario that could happen based on what already has.
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Spot on.
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Materials science FTW.

"Hotel managers and materials scientists have a lot in common — they both need to find a way to control properties by managing vacancies.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory found they could use a small electric current to introduce oxygen voids, or vacancies, that dramatically change the conductivity of thin oxide films. The results are published in Nature Communications.
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They built a two-layer material: an indium oxide crystal layer on top of a block of yttria-stabilized zirconia. When the researchers applied a small electric field, they watched the electrical conductivity skyrocket by two orders of magnitude along the boundary where the two layers meet. The effect is reversible; without the field, it reverts back to the initial, less conductive state.
"You could imagine applications for electronics or building catalysts — for example, providing a way to split water or carbon dioxide," Eastman said."
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Materials science is the key to the long-term survival of the human race.
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Just damn. The Marines bet wrong on the JSF. The military-industrial complex works wonders, doesn't it?

"Reasoning that they couldn’t afford the Super Hornet and the JSF, the Marines decided to operate their existing F/A-18s, AV-8B Harriers and EA-6B Prowlers without replacement until the F-35 was ready. In short, the Marines bet their whole tactical aviation future on the JSF.
It was a bad bet. Design, management and quality-control problems delayed the F-35’s service debut by nearly a decade, forcing older planes to serve even longer than the Marines had planned. Moreover, the JSF’s problems added tens of millions of dollars to the cost of each JSF, compelling the military to cut maintenance funds in order to avoid huge spikes in overall budgets."
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Haley Reinhart's orchestral cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" is quite wonderful. What a voice.
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They're coming!
Images sent back from Saturn by NASA's Cassini space probe have revealed something very interesting. Some mystery object has created a large disruption in the planet's thin, wispy F ring.
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Nobody is coming for you folks or your National Academy of Space Actors 
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Great game so far.
Very rough under the boards.
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4Q = Hammer time!
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Word.

"To prevent this sort of event in the future, we need to do several things.
First, interrupt the flow of radicalizing propaganda at the source: ISIL and various other jihadist outfits need to be neutralized or destroyed. These organizations pursue a deliberate strategy of radicalizing Muslims in Western countries to turn them into terrorists, and they operate networks of sympathizers throughout the USA. We used to cozy up to the Saudis, but thanks to hydraulic fracturing we don’t really need their oil anymore, so they need to be told to put a stop to this sort of support or else. We likely could have nipped ISIL in the bud a few years ago at minimal cost — or kept it from sprouting in the first place by maintaining a presence in Iraq — but it needs to be brought down now.
We also need to be clear about what it is we’re fighting. We’re not fighting Islam as such. Many good Muslims are horrified by this violence. But we are fighting the jihadist strain of Islam, and unfortunately quite a few Muslims view that strain as legitimate.
We can’t allow ourselves to be blinded to this reality, unless we want to see jihadist attacks like this — which have, sadly, become normal in the past few years — continue and increase."
We can't stop ISIL-inspired massacres if we deny we're fighting Islam's jihadist strain.
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Might not now be a good time to consider selling that Florida property and looking north?

"Alaska has been unusually hot this year—and it's about to get hotter.
That's according to the most recent data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as Climate Central reported.
Between March and May of this year, the meteorological spring, the entire state has been about 10 degrees hotter than normal, with an average temperature of 32°F.
"That may sound cold," Climate Central noted, "but warmth is a relative term. That temperature handily beat the previous record hot spring of 1998 by 2°F (1°C), according to NOAA."
The cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau have experienced their hottest springs since records began."
Like the rest of the world, Alaska has been unusually hot this year—and it's about to get hotter.That's according to the most recent data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as Climate Central reported.
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