Links, 1/3/12

The holiday’s over, and the interwebs are starting to wake up from their Christmas/New Years stupor.  On with the linkage!

 

Technology

Military

  • I think that the best way to describe this article is to quote the first paragraph:  “Tasers that elicit excruciating spasms in one person at a time? Foam pellets that send an entire crowd fleeing in agony? Pfft. So 2011. Where non-lethal weapons are concerned, the future’s all about sonic microwaves that can make swimmers puke mid-stroke, and aircraft with laser beams that can redirect an entire enemy plane mid-flight.”
  • Here’s a short bit on the Afghanistan base that the RQ-170 the US lost in Iran probably came from.

Space

  • This is one of the reasons why the US is a leader in spaceflight – we can occasionally pull success from the jaws of failure.  In this case, Wired.com wrote up a summary of how the Air Force rescued a satellite which had had an engine failure on its way to a stable orbit.  Good stuff.
  • Hmmmm, this is interesting.  Could we be seeing microbe-powered rovers on Titan or some other space rock?
  • For all of you who are interested in Titan, here’s a concept for exploring it:  use an airplane.

Health

Energy/Mining/Resources

Environment/Agriculture

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