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  • Priest: Christians under threat

    04/08/2012 11:29:59 PM PDT · by U-238
    Newsday ^ | 4/9/2012 | Lara Pickford-Gordon
    The life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the Christian heritage. It is central to worship, Christian culture and identity. “Our identity is understood, our identity is known, it is through God, with the help of the holy spirit,” said Fr Kenneth Assing as he gave the homily at the Easter Vigil service on Saturday night at Sacred Heart RC, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain. However, he warned that worldwide Christians were under threat. Speaking to a small congregation, Assing said the Easter Triduum--(Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Gloria Saturday) followed the "way of Jesus in the resurrection."...
  • Order given for Gatling guns

    04/08/2012 10:08:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 25 replies
    Security Industry ^ | 3/8/2012 | Security Industry
    General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products said it will produce additional 20mm gun systems for use on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The order for the weapons came under a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command worth $7.8 million, the company said. "General Dynamics has successfully produced the weapon system for the F/A-18 for more than 25 years," said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "The M61A2 F/A-18 gun system continues to be relevant, affordable and extremely effective." The M61A2 gun system is a six-barrel Gatling...
  • Special IDF units preparing for mass Lebanon incursion if war breaks out with Hezbollah

    04/08/2012 9:48:32 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/8/2012 | Gili Cohen
    Almost six years after the Second Lebanon War, special Israeli units are preparing to take part in mass incursions into Lebanon if another round of fighting with Hezbollah breaks out. Just as important, they are being trained to heed the legal implications. Officers say the Israel Air Force would destroy targets like training bases and rocket-launching pads within a few days, based on the intelligence gathered by the Israel Defense Forces. But this would not be enough, so a ground offensive would be necessary. Published 00:51 08.04.12 Latest update 00:51 08.04.12 Special IDF units preparing for mass Lebanon incursion if...
  • US sale of combat planes to Iraq concerns IDF

    04/08/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/8/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer. Of particular concern is the Pentagon’s approval in late 2011 of the sale of 36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of the same configuration as Israel’s F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm). “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” the IDF officer said. “The possible developments...
  • How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

    04/08/2012 12:05:04 AM PDT · by U-238 · 39 replies
    The Observer ^ | 3/7/2012 | Rev. Roger N. Eimers
    Easter is a celebration of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ? The Apostle Paul wrote about the importance of the resurrection of Christ in the entire 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians. He began by saying, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how...
  • Navy Readies F-35 Training Squadron

    04/07/2012 9:16:40 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Military.com ^ | 3/5/2012 | Ensign Elizabeth Allen
    Navy personnel are busy preparing to teach the next generation of Sailors how to work with and fly the newest military aircraft, the F-35C Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter, as Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) readies for their stand-up ceremony May 1 on Eglin Air Force Base. The F-35 is a single seat, multi-role fighter aircraft with the capability to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The aircraft is in full production at the Lockheed-Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The F-35 is designed to eventually replace the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier tactical fighter aircraft and was...
  • F-35 jet still popular with aerospace industry

    04/07/2012 9:13:08 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    TheStar.com ^ | 4/6/2012 | Stephanie Findlay
    The F-35 jet has been the whipping boy for auditors and politicians all week, but it remains the darling of Canada’s aerospace industry. Industry veterans are shrugging off the vitriol of “scandal” and “fiasco” by remaining focused on the $12 billion they say the troubled program can bring to Canada. “It’s a state of the art platform,” says Maryse Harvey, an official at Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). “Hence the delays and the challenges that they’re encountering — it’s pure innovation.” While the government decides what do to and who to blame for its deeply flawed military procurement process,...
  • Marines Push Quietly, But Hard, For Navy to Replace C-2s With V-22s

    04/07/2012 1:48:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 29 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/7/2012 | Richard Whittle
    Landing a V-22 Osprey helicopter-style on the sprawling flight deck of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was a snap, says Marine Corps test pilot Capt. Dan McKinney. With Lt. Col. David Weinstein, McKinney did it a dozen times on March 20 – six landings in daylight, six at night. After their first two touchdowns, sailors perched in the carrier's superstructure to watch the helicopter-airplane hybrid Osprey's first-ever carrier qualification landings, conducted off the coast of North Carolina, started giving the pilots "a lot of thumbs-up." Marine leaders hope the Osprey's "carrier quals," scheduled to continue in May...
  • Spain Will Port US Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense

    04/07/2012 1:24:59 AM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/7/2011 | US Department of Defense
    Spain’s agreement to port U.S. ships at Naval Station Rota on the Atlantic coast will forge a deeper bilateral security relationship between the two nations and support NATO’s missile defense system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today. Late in the afternoon on the first of two days of meetings among NATO defense ministers, Panetta, along with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero took the stage in Luns Auditorium at the alliance’s headquarters to announce the agreement. “Today the [NATO] security partnership takes a major step in the right direction,” Panetta told...
  • Who Are the Twelve Disciples of Jesus Christ

    04/07/2012 1:05:35 AM PDT · by U-238 · 30 replies
    Hub Pages ^ | Michael Jon
    Most amazing about the twelve disciples is that Jesus selected them at all. Who are the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ? They were just ordinary men with an extra ordinary calling. Among them were fishermen, a hated tax collector and an impulsive political zealot. Jesus Christ deliberately passed over those who were aristocratic and influential. He chose men from the lower class of society. God chooses the humble, the lowly, the meek and the weak so that there’ll never be any question about their source of power. As their lives changed, the world changed as a result. The twelve disciples...
  • Israeli alarm over treaty with Egypt grows

    04/05/2012 8:32:12 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies
    Space War ^ | 3/5/2012 | Space War
    Israel's concerns that its historic peace treaty with Egypt could be in peril amid the political upheaval in Cairo have intensified with the announcement by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood it will contest presidential elections next month. Amos Gilad, a top aide to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and a former Israeli liaison with Cairo, said Tuesday he was apprehensive that the Muslim Brotherhood, which already dominates Parliament, could suspend or abrogate the 33-year-old peace pact. The treaty, the first between Israel and its Arab adversaries, has been the linchpin of U.S. policy in the Middle East since it was sealed...
  • Boeing;US Navy Conduct Networked Distributed Targeting Capability Fight Test on Superhornet

    04/05/2012 8:20:33 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Boeing ^ | Boeing
    The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a flight test of the prototype Distributed Targeting System-Networked (DTS-N) on a Super Hornet. The system is designed to enhance the F/A-18E/F fighter jet’s targeting capabilities. The test took place in late 2011 at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Advanced Weapons Lab in China Lake, Calif., and was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31. DTS-N is based on the Boeing Adaptive Architecture developed by the company’s Phantom Works division. It expands the capabilities of the soon-to-be-operational F/A-18E/F Distributed Targeting System by providing a dramatic...
  • PAC-3 deployment completed to intercept N. Korean rocket

    04/05/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Mainichi
    Japan completed on Thursday the deployment of its ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch sometime next week. With the arrival of the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carrying the PAC-3 at Ishigaki Island, the interceptors are now deployed to four locations in Okinawa that also includes its capital Naha, Miyako and Nanjo. Japan is bracing itself for the rocket launch after North Korea announced last month that it will launch an ''earth observation satellite'' to mark the centennial of its state founder Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15....
  • Jupiter is melting, scientists say

    04/05/2012 2:15:27 AM PDT · by U-238 · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/22/2012 | Fox News
    Jupiter might be having a change of heart. Literally. New simulations suggest that Jupiter's rocky core has been liquefying, melting, and mixing with the rest of the planet's innards. With this new data, astronomers hope to better explain a recent puzzling discovery of a strange planet outside of our solar system. "It's a really important piece of the puzzle of trying to figure out what's going on inside giant planets," said Jonathan Fortney, a planetary scientist at the University of California Santa Cruz who was not affiliated with the research. Conventional planetary formation theory has modeled Jupiter as a set...
  • F-35: UK House of Commons Issues Status Report on JSF

    04/05/2012 1:57:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 4/5/2012 | UK Government News
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the new multirole fast jet for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. It will serve as the strike capability for the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and will partner the Typhoon to form the future fast jet fleet for the RAF. It is a multinational acquisition programme led by the United States in partnership with eight other nations, including the UK. There are three variants of the F-35: F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35C Carrier Variant (CV) The UK selected the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in...
  • Su-35 Fighters Made 500 Test Flights

    04/05/2012 1:54:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | Sukhoi
    The 500th test flight was made on the Su-35 flight tests program. The aircraft was piloted by the Hero of Russia Colonel Sergei Bogdan, the distinguished test pilot. In February 2008 it was him who took off for the first time in that modern super-maneuverable multi-functional fighter. At present, the Joint State Tests (JST) of the airplane are going on. In March this year the fourth production Su-35S was delivered to the JST. The Su-35-1 and 2 carried out preliminary flight tests, during which the main established flight and technical characteristics of the on-board equipment and super maneuverability features were...
  • B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Completes First Ever Polar Test Mission

    04/05/2012 1:42:31 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | Northrop Grumman
    Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production. The Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Increment 1 system verification review demonstrated the computer upgrade program successfully satisfied the government's requirements. The sortie also included air-refueling to and from the North Pole from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The verification reviews and flight test were the culmination of over two years...
  • Israel asks US for $700 million in military aid

    04/05/2012 1:36:22 AM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 4/2/2012 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Israel has asked the United States for assistance estimated at $700 million in order to produce more Iron Dome and Magic Wand missile and rocket defense batteries, sources told Ynet on Wednesday. The Iron Dome is designed to intercept rockets fired from a relatively short range, while the Magic Wand intercepts missiles fired from a range of at least 70km, including cruise missiles and missiles with ballistic warheads such as the Squd, Shihab and Sejil. According to sources privy to the deal, Jerusalem and Washington are currently discussing the aid package, which if approved will allow Israel to equip its...
  • Killer at 70,000 Feet

    04/05/2012 1:28:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Mark Betancourt
    U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Henry thought the tiny red dots on his skin were insect bites. But as he relaxed at a Florida beach house with a fellow pilot on a day off in 1990, he noticed he was the only one getting bitten. Henry wouldn’t learn until later that the dots were capillaries breaking under the strain of nitrogen bubbles that had formed during his latest flight in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, 10 hours earlier. He would find out the hard way how much worse it could get. Henry had been flying the U-2 since 1987, and...
  • Orbiter Autopsies

    04/05/2012 1:21:46 AM PDT · by U-238 · 9 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 5/1/2012 | Greg Freiherr
    Technicians had worn them for decades as they prepared the space shuttles for their move from Kennedy Space Center’s three Orbiter Processing Facilities to the towering Vehicle Assembly Building, and eventually the launch pad. “Bunnysuits,” those white coveralls with floppy hoods and rubber-banded booties, were designed to keep dirt and debris from contaminating the orbiter interiors. But on this summer day in one Orbiter Processing Facility, technicians working inside Discovery’s crew module wore street clothes. No need to worry about contamination: Discovery would not be returning to space. After flying 148 million miles and orbiting Earth 5,830 times, Discovery, first...
  • A star explodes and turns inside out

    04/04/2012 10:34:51 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    Astronomy Magazine ^ | 3/4/2012 | Chandra X-ray Center
    A new X-ray study of the remains of an exploded star indicates that the supernova that disrupted the massive star may have turned it inside out in the process. Using long observations of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), a team of scientists has mapped the distribution elements in the supernova remnant in unprecedented detail. This information shows where the different layers of the pre-supernova star are located 300 years after the explosion, and provides insight into the nature of the supernova. The artist’s illustration shows a simplified picture of the inner layers of the star that formed Cas A just before...
  • Russian Mystery Missile

    04/04/2012 9:53:17 PM PDT · by U-238 · 8 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/4/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Russia announced a new stealthy cruise missile for their heavy bombers and whatever emerges from the effort to develop something to compete with the American F-22 and F-35. The Russian announcement said little more, declaring that details of the new missile were classified. That was probably to avoid embarrassment, as the Russians have been having a hard time completing missile designs that were halted at the end of the Cold War (1991) because there was no more money. One of these missiles was the Kh-102, a stealthy development of the Cold War era Kh-55. The Kh-102 had been in development...
  • What Israel Sent To Azerbaijan

    04/04/2012 9:44:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/4/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Azerbaijan angered its neighbor, Iran, when it recently purchased $1.6 billion in military equipment from Israel. Details of this purchase were never mentioned, but now the veil of secrecy is being lifted. Among the items ordered were Gabriel anti-ship missiles. These are 522 kg (1,150 pound) weapons with a range of 36 kilometers. Azerbaijan will use these to protect its Caspian Sea coast from the growing number of Iranian warships being introduced in the area. Also obtained were five Heron and five Searcher UAVs. The Israeli Heron TP is a 4.6 ton aircraft can operate at 14.g kilometers (45,000 feet)....
  • U.S. military wanted nuclear drones that fly nonstop for months

    04/04/2012 9:35:21 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies
    Dvice.com ^ | 3/4/2012 | Michael Trei
    Even on military flights, regular manned aircraft need to stop regularly so the crew can rest, bathe and unwind. But an unmanned drone can keep flying until it runs low on fuel, so the U.S. military drew up plans for nuclear powered drones that could stay airborne for months at a time. The catch 22 is that while a manned aircraft can stay airborne for extended periods using mid-air refueling, this requires a skilled team on the plane making true long tern endurance impossible. Working in collaboration with Sandia National Labs, Northrup Grumman drew up plans for a drone powered...
  • First F-35 For The Netherlands Rolls Out Of F-35 Production Facility

    04/04/2012 9:32:14 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 4/4/2012 | Lockheed Martin
    The first F-35 Lightning II for The Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility on April 1. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The Netherlands will use the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jet, known as AN-1, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-1 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in the coming weeks. The Royal Netherlands Air Force continues to be at the forefront of flight testing and...
  • Missile unit deployed in Taipei after getting upgraded in US: report

    04/04/2012 9:27:25 PM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies
    The China Post ^ | 3/5/2012 | The China Post
    The first batch of the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) missile launchers that Taiwan previously sent to the United States for upgrade has been secretly sent back to the country after being upgraded to the more advanced PAC-3 configuration, according to the United Evening News (UEN) report yesterday. The upgraded surface-to-air guided missile defense system is currently being deployed in Taipei's Nangang District (南港區) to meet the air defense need in the capital city, according to the report. The PAC-3 unit will be ready to use when necessary in response the scheduled North Korean rocket launch later this month, a issue...
  • F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

    04/04/2012 12:20:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    USAF Web Site ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mitch Gettle
    Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the aircrafts' on-board oxygen generation systems and briefed its findings and recommendations in trying to determine a root cause for pilots experiencing unexplained physiological events with the F-22 Raptor. "From April 2008 until May 2011, the Air Force experienced 14 physiological incidents with the fleet of...
  • How black holes grow

    04/03/2012 11:31:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 19 replies
    Astronomy Magazine ^ | 3/3/2012 | University of Utah, Salt Lake City
    A study led by a University of Utah astrophysicist found a new explanation for the growth of supermassive black holes in the center of most galaxies: They repeatedly capture and swallow single stars from pairs of stars that wander too close. Using new calculations and previous observations of our Milky Way and other galaxies, “We found black holes grow enormously as a result of sucking in captured binary star partners,” said Ben Bromley from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. “I believe this has got to be the dominant method for growing supermassive black holes,” he said. “There...
  • Boeing Completes On-cost, On-schedule Delivery of F-15K Slam Eagles to Korea

    04/03/2012 11:11:41 PM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Boeing ^ | 4/4/2012 | Boeing News
    Boeing delivered the final two F-15K Slam Eagles to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) on April 2 at Daegu Air Base. All ROKAF F-15Ks were delivered on cost and on schedule. "Boeing is proud to have worked with the ROKAF to ensure that their F-15Ks included all the capability and power necessary to defend their homeland through 2040 and beyond," said Roger Besancenez, F-15 Program vice president for Boeing. Boeing will continue to support the ROKAF fleet through the long-term, affordable Performance Based Logistics (PBL) sustainment contract the company received from the Republic of Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program...
  • U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

    04/03/2012 11:07:36 PM PDT · by U-238 · 125 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | Science Daily
    The Civil War -- already considered the deadliest conflict in American history -- in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a...
  • Obama’s Lies And Hypocrisy In Demanding Supreme Court Uphold Obamacare

    04/03/2012 10:37:01 PM PDT · by U-238 · 12 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | 3/02/2012 | MarcusPorcius
    The Anti-President is really so full of hot air it is amazing he doesn’t float away. Obama has in essence preemptively declared the Supreme Court to be an “unelected group of people” who will be guilty of “judicial activism” if they overturn either the individual mandate in Obamacare or the law in totality. He said to do so would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically-elected congress The man is either totally ignorant of history or deliberately lying to the American public as usual. Judicial Activism? What About...
  • China's High-Tech Military Threat

    04/03/2012 6:57:48 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Bill Gertz
    President Barack Obama said during the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in February that “we welcome China’s peaceful rise [and] we believe that a strong and prosperous China is one that can help bring stability and prosperity to the region and the world.” Few presidents have made statements so stunningly disingenuous as this. For as he was speaking, Obama was presiding over a shift in military doctrine whose central tenet is that China is, and will be, the main military threat to the United States for at least the next generation. Weeks earlier, in November 2011, the Pentagon...
  • Is Washington undermining Israel’s campaign against Iran?

    04/03/2012 3:55:52 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 3/3/2012 | Paul Koring
    A secret Israeli-Azerbaijan pact giving the Jewish state use of old Soviet air bases to attack Iran’s nuclear sites revealed by Foreign Policy magazine exposed a bold military option to the vexed problem of getting bomb-heavy warplanes to their distant targets. Or was the story all part of a complex and devious disinformation campaign by the Obama administration to box Israel in, or one targeted at the president? From a military standpoint, the strategy was simple, if audacious. Israeli warplanes would refuel in Azerbaijan before the final low-level dash across the Caspian to targets in Iran. Predictably, Israeli and Azeri...
  • How China Steals Our Secrets

    04/03/2012 3:34:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/2/2012 | Richard Clarke
    FOR the last two months, senior government officials and private-sector experts have paraded before Congress and described in alarming terms a silent threat: cyberattacks carried out by foreign governments. Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the F.B.I., said cyberattacks would soon replace terrorism as the agency’s No. 1 concern as foreign hackers, particularly from China, penetrate American firms’ computers and steal huge amounts of valuable data and intellectual property. It’s not hard to imagine what happens when an American company pays for research and a Chinese firm gets the results free; it destroys our competitive edge. Shawn Henry, who...
  • Brain scan foretells who will fold under pressure

    04/03/2012 1:07:31 AM PDT · by U-238 · 12 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/2/2012 | Laura Sanders
    As any high school senior staring down the SAT knows, when the stakes are high, some test-takers choke. A new study finds that activity in distinct parts of the brain can predict whether a person will remain cool or crumble under pressure. The results, presented April 1 at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, offer some great new clues that may help scientists understand how the brain copes with stressful situations, says psychologist Thomas Carr of Michigan State University in East Lansing. “Sometimes you come across a study you wish you'd done yourself,” he says “This is such...
  • New data support Einstein on accelerating universe

    04/03/2012 1:00:38 AM PDT · by U-238 · 59 replies
    Science News ^ | 2/2/2012 | Elizabeth Quill
    Einstein is still the boss, say researchers with the BOSS project for measuring key properties of the universe. BOSS, for Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, has measured the distance to faraway galaxies more precisely than ever before, mapping the universe as it existed roughly 6 billion years ago, when it was only 63 percent of its current size. The findings suggest that the mysterious “dark energy” causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate was foreseen by Einstein, the researchers reported April 1 at the American Physical Society meeting. To keep the universe in a static state, Einstein added a...
  • Australia’s Super Hornet to EA-18G Growler conversion moves ahead

    04/03/2012 12:56:09 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    RP Defense ^ | 2/2/2012 | RP Defense
    The Australian Government is moving ahead with the conversion of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) 12 Boeing-built F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft to the EA-18G model, dubbed Growlers, under a refit programme. Australia's Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said in a joint statement that more than $19m will be spent for the purchase of lead item electronic equipment. The long lead item electronic equipment for the conversion include electronic systems, antennas and high frequency modulation receivers that will be procured through the US Foreign Military Sales route. The Government has already formally delivered a...
  • Lockheed Martin to deliver 4,500th F-16 fighter

    04/03/2012 12:42:13 AM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 3/3/2012 | Bob Cox
    In late 1969, a conspiracy was hatched in secret all-night meetings in Washington, D.C.-area hotel rooms that would have a profound impact on military aviation and Fort Worth. A handful of people were at the meetings: two rebel Air Force colonels, a Pentagon analyst and a General Dynamics engineer. Their goal was to create a fighter jet -- a relatively simple, inexpensive plane that could be sold by the hundreds. Fortunately, the conspirators succeeded, probably beyond any of their wildest dreams. On Tuesday, Lockheed Martin will celebrate delivery of the 4,500th F-16, the direct result of those late-night meetings. It's...
  • Latest F-22 upgrade brings ability to jam enemy radars

    04/03/2012 12:35:07 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/3/2012 | David Mujumdar
    This year, the US Air Force started fielding the Increment 3.1 upgrade to its Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fleet. The modifications add a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capability to the fighter's Northrop Grumman APG-77 radar, plus electronic attack, better geo-location capabilities to find enemy radars and the ability to carry eight 113kg (250lb) small diameter bombs (SDBs), for use in pairs against four ground targets. Introduction of an SAR mode will assist during the manual targeting process, which is an improvement over the previous Increment 2 configuration's use of two 454kg Joint Direct Attack Munition satellite-corrected, inertially guided bombs against...
  • Why The Pakistani Military Cannot Be Trusted

    04/03/2012 12:23:48 AM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    The Strategy Pahe ^ | 3/2/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Pakistan recently demanded, again, that the United States halt the use of CIA UAVs to attack Islamic terrorists in the Pakistani tribal territories along the Afghan border. Pakistan, however, offered a compromise this time. If the Americans would tell Pakistan where U.S. intelligence had located terrorists, Pakistan would send one of its F-16s and use a smart bomb to do the deed. The U.S. turned this down for several reasons, the main one being that the Pakistanis would "miss" (or simply not be able to find) terrorists who were working for the Pakistani Army. The Pakistanis could also sell protection...
  • IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties

    04/02/2012 11:44:40 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/2012 | Barak Ravid
    Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties. The number was mentioned by IDF officials during a discussion in Israel's security-diplomatic cabinet, Channel 10 reported on Monday, and is far lower than the number mentioned previously by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who reportedly said that a maximum of 500 Israelis would die in such an attack. During the meeting, a senior official in the Israel Air Force told the cabinet ministers that in the event of a coordinated missile attack on Israel's home...
  • N.Korea 'Building Even Bigger Missile'

    04/02/2012 7:56:51 PM PDT · by U-238 · 14 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/2/2012 | The Chosun Ilbo
    North Korea is building a missile that is even bigger than the long-range missile it is preparing to launch this month, sources claimed Monday. South Korean and U.S. officials believe the North will unveil the missile at a military parade on April 15, nation founder Kim Il-sung's centenary, or on April 25, which marks the founding day of the North's Army. A government source here said U.S. reconnaissance satellites recently spotted a 40-m missile at a research and development facility in Pyongyang that is larger than the existing Taepodong-2 missile. "It remains uncertain whether this missile is functional or is...
  • Pentagon focused on resolving F-35 software issues

    04/01/2012 9:20:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    The Pentagon is focused on resolving complex software issues on the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, even as it struggles to drive down costs, a top Pentagon official said on Friday, noting that software failures could "bring us to our knees." Air Force Major General John Thompson, the No. 2 official in charge of the huge multi-nation warplane development program, said the latest restructuring of the program had given officials enough resources and time to address future challenges. "Both the hardware and the software issues that we're addressing are all within the realm of being resolved," Thompson told...
  • Laser Horizons

    04/01/2012 8:34:03 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | John A. Tirpak
    Functional laser weapons are just five years away. Advocates hope that won’t always be the case. The Air Force has been working on airborne laser weapons for more than 40 years, but a fielded system remains elusive. Experts also warn that the US does not enjoy a commanding lead in laser research. And the Air Force’s flagship laser weapon program, the Airborne Laser (later called the Airborne Laser Testbed) was terminated late last year and is now being dismantled. Still, service and industry experts predict there is plenty of reason for realistic optimism. Operational laser systems that can perform a...
  • Raptors for the Long Haul

    04/01/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Marc V. Schanz
    The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have a plan to make the most of the F-22 fleet. As always, money will be an issue. By the end of next month, the last F-22 Raptor built—tail No. 4195—should complete final checkout tests, take off from Lockheed Martin’s plant at Marietta, Ga., and fly to its new home at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Col. Paul D. Moga, once Air Combat Command’s F-22 demonstration pilot, and now commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf, will fly it there. As that last delivery flight takes place, the Air Force will confront a long...
  • Missiles said to be deployed against N Korea launch

    04/01/2012 7:43:49 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 4/2/2012 | Rich Chang
    A military spokesman yesterday refused to comment on media reports alleging that two advanced anti-missile systems — the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and Tien Kung-III “Sky Bow” (TK-III) air defense systems — had been deployed in eastern Taiwan to deal with the possible launch of a North Korean rocket later this month. Ministry of National Defense spokesperson David Lo (羅紹和) said the military was collecting information about Pyongyang’s anticipated rocket launch and added that the military had requested its anti-missile units monitor and respond to the situation as appropriate. However, Lo refused to comment on whether PAC-3 missiles and TK-III...
  • Baghdad Arab summit spotlights fault lines

    04/01/2012 5:51:05 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Space Wasr ^ | 4/1/2012 | Space War
    The Arab League summit that began Thursday in Baghdad has illuminated the political and religious divisions splitting with Arab world, while powerful eastern non-Arab neighbor Iran looks on and tries to pull Iraq's strings. One of those fractures is between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, branded a would-be dictator by domestic rivals, who is sitting down with the new leaders of countries that have overthrown tyrants in the often-bloody Arab Spring revolutions. The meeting of Arab leaders in the cavernous Republican Palace built by Saddam Hussein is the first such gathering since those political convulsions began in Tunisia in January...
  • Syria says revolt over, army to pull out gradually

    03/31/2012 6:47:29 PM PDT · by U-238 · 8 replies
    News Daily ^ | 3/31/2012 | Douglas Hamilton and Erika Solomon
    Syria says the year-long revolt to topple President Bashar al-Assad is now over, but it will keep its forces in cities to "maintain security" until it is safe to withdraw in keeping with a U.N.-backed peace deal. The agreement proposed by United Nations-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan says the Syrian authorities must be first to withdraw troops and stop violence immediately. The army kept up an offensive against opposition strongholds on Saturday, pummelling the Khalidiya district of Homs city. "Mortars are falling every minute and the sounds of explosions are shaking the neighborhood," an activist report said. A child...
  • USAF vows to discover root cause of Raptor's maladies

    03/31/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/29/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) panel investigating a series of hypoxia-like incidents afflicting pilots flying the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has not discovered what is causing the problem, but service officials vow they will find the root cause. "I am convinced there is a root cause," says Maj Gen Charles Lyon, Air Combat Command's (ACC) director of operations. "I want everyone to know--particularly those who operate it and their families--we will not rest until we find that root cause." The USAF is continuing to test the F-22's life-support systems to try to determine what is still causing...
  • Iran helps Syria ship oil to China: sources

    03/31/2012 1:15:41 AM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/31/2012 | Jessica Donati
    Iran is helping its ally Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China, potentially giving the government of President Bashar al-Assad a financial boost worth an estimated $80 million. Iran, itself a target of Western sanctions, is among Syria's closest allies and has promised to do all it can to support Assad, recently praising his handling of the year-long uprising against Assad in which thousands have been killed. China has also shielded Assad from foreign intervention, vetoing two Western-backed resolutions at the United Nations over the bloodshed, and is not...