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  • Is It Too Late to Stop the Spread of Autonomous Weapons?

    06/21/2022 7:49:39 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 15 replies ^ | June 13, 2022 | by Zachary Kallenborn
    If autonomous weapons are the future of warfare, then the United States has no choice but to grapple with their complexities. he congressionally appointed National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence recently concluded that “we can expect the large-scale proliferation of AI-enabled capabilities.” The recent Libya conflict seems to validate that conclusion about artificial intelligence (AI), with soldiers loyal to Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar employing a Turkish-made Kargu-2 drone that “hunted down and remotely engaged” retreating forces, according to a United Nations report. It’s not clear whether the Kargu-2 employed its autonomous capabilities, but the Turkish government acknowledged it can field...
  • We don’t Know Exactly When the Dinosaurs Died, but Now We Know it was in the Springtime

    02/24/2022 11:45:38 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 68 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 2/23/2022 | NANCY ATKINSON
    We’ve long known a disaster took place about 66 million years ago, where in a geological instant, 75% of the plants and animals on Earth were wiped out, including all the land-roaming dinosaurs. But here’s a new detail about that event: Even though we can’t pinpoint exactly what year this disaster took place, we now know it happened during the springtime. Most scientists agree the disaster was an asteroid impact, where an asteroid at least 10 kilometers wide struck the Chicxulub region in the present-day Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. The impact released 2 million times more energy than the most...
  • Herd the moos? Latvia's symbolic blue cow back from the brink

    01/05/2022 1:30:24 AM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies
    AFP via msn ^ | 04 January 2022 | uncredited AFP via MSN
    nce a rarity, cows with light blue or dark ultramarine hides may again be glimpsed grazing on the Latvian countryside among the regular brown, black or white spotted cattle. The unique and hardy breed, driven to near extinction during the Soviet era, has made a comeback over the last few decades as an unlikely symbol of Latvian national identity.... In 2000 there were only 18 blue cows in Latvia, but today they number around 1,500 -- thoroughbreds as well as hybrids. Originally found only on the Baltic coast in the Kurzeme region...
  • ‘The brand is so toxic’: Dems fear extinction in rural US

    02/17/2022 2:33:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 73 replies
    AP 'News' ^ | 2/17/22 | Steve Peoples
    SMETHPORT, Pa. (AP) - Some Democrats here in rural Pennsylvania are afraid to tell you they’re Democrats. The party’s brand is so toxic in the small towns 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh that some liberals have removed bumper stickers and yard signs and refuse to acknowledge their party affiliation publicly. These Democrats are used to being outnumbered by the local Republican majority, but as their numbers continue to dwindle, the few that remain are feeling increasingly isolated and unwelcome in their own communities. “The hatred for Democrats is just unbelievable,” said Tim Holohan, an accountant based in rural McKean County...
  • Most Americans believe US democracy ‘at risk of extinction’: poll

    01/15/2022 2:55:28 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 28 replies
    Nypost ^ | 01/15/2022 | Jon Levine
    A majority of Americans now believe democracy in the United State is in danger of disappearing, according to a troubling new poll. Just 26% of those surveyed said they felt US democracy would be secured for future generations, while 51% agreed with the statement, “U.S. democracy is at risk of extinction.” An additional 23% said they were unsure, according to data from Schoen Cooperman Research.
  • Polish Scholar Sees Six Possible Russian Futures

    12/12/2021 5:24:29 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 39 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | Oct 2021 | Paul Goble
    Kazimierz Woycicki, a specialist on Eastern Europe at the University of Warsaw, says that there are six possible scenarios for Russia’s future. From Moscow’s perspective, four are disastrous; and two are more hopeful although apparently in the Polish scholar’s view less likely. The four negative scenarios, he suggests, include “the territorial disintegration of the Russian Federation,” “the gradual but peaceful falling apart of Russia,” “the Balkanization of Russia,” and “the fall of Russia under the influence of China” ( The two more positive ones at least from the perspective of the Russian leadership at the present time, Woycicki argues, are...
  • Heavenly Bodies Stir Up Routine Catastrophes

    03/18/2003 9:33:33 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 842+ views
    IOL ^ | 3-18-2003 | Graeme Addison
    Heavenly bodies stir up routine catastrophes March 18 2003 at 01:30PM By Graeme Addison Legend has it that when two people get together and er... bond, the Earth will move – at least in a metaphorical sense. Likewise, it takes two heavenly bodies, an impactor and a target, to come together with Earth-shattering force to form a crater. There’s nothing dreamlike about this: it happens, frequently, throughout the solar system. Impact catastrophes are routine. Just over two-billion years ago, a chunk of asteroid at least the size of Table Mountain struck the landmass that is now South Africa. It hurtled...
  • Dominant Delta variant ‘may mutate itself into extinction’, scientists say

    11/22/2021 9:52:00 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/22/2021 | Vanessa Chalmers, The Sun
    The Delta Covid variant may mutate itself into self-extinction and has already done so in one part of the world, scientists claim. Japan is recording an insignificant 140 cases a day despite being riddled with the Delta strain only three months ago. Japan endured its largest Covid wave in the late summer, with cases peaking at around 23,000 a day in August. But the wave came to an abrupt standstill and has almost completely fizzled out, with the capital Tokyo recording just 16 new cases on Friday.
  • Bumble Bees Headed for Extinction Thanks to Climate Change: Claim

    10/14/2021 9:56:09 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/14/2021 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    The American bumble bee is destined to go the way of the brontosaurus and the wooly mammoth thanks to manmade climate change, media report. The Center for Biological Diversity and Bombus Pollinators Association of Law Students have launched a petition calling for the bumble bee to be placed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to save it from extinction, USA Today reported Thursday.
  • The Red Queen Phenomenon –“No One Species has an Advantage on a Planet Where 99% Have Gone Extinct”

    08/18/2021 10:28:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 8/18/2021
    “The fact that all organisms are nearly equally fit has profound implications for the evolution and persistence of life on Earth,” said James H. Brown, a physiological ecologist at the University of New Mexico, referring to a “New Evolutionary Law” proposed by evolutionary theorist and palaeobiology pioneer, Leigh Van Valen. Van Valen argued that evidence from fossil record data shows that the probability of extinction within any group remains es­sentially constant through time. Van Valen described this phenomenon as “The Red Queen Hypothesis”. The first hypothesis , which he labeled the law of constant extinction states that the probability of...
  • Are lesbians going the way of the dinosaur? For some old-school lesbians looking at fads among the young generation, it’s a serious cause for concern

    07/30/2021 8:18:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/30/2021 | Eric Utter
    A recent Gallup poll found that the number of Americans identifying as LGBTQ has risen sharply, up from 4.5 percent in 2017 to 5.6 percent in 2021, a 24% increase in just four years. Well, knock me over with a feather boa.Several lesbian feminists were troubled by the survey results, as the number of Americans identifying as lesbian remained roughly the same, while the number identifying as bisexual or transgender skyrocketed. They believe that many young people who would have identified as lesbian in days of yore are now coming out as nonbinary or transgender. Egad!The belief is that many...
  • 5 Programming Languages Doomed to Extinction

    06/12/2021 9:01:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    DICE ^ | Nick Kowalski
    It’s the programming equivalent of the circle of life: programming languages are created, gain popularity, hit their peak, and slowly degrade until nobody uses them anymore. With some languages, this process is fairly rapid, especially if the language in question never sees much adoption; others are decades old and still going strong.For developers, knowing which languages will fade is a crucial issue: It’s hard to earn money off programming in a language that nobody really uses anymore. Here are five languages that won’t disappear tomorrow, but the long-term trends definitely don’t look good.R In the TIOBE Index, R has tumbled...

    06/03/2021 6:44:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 72 replies
    Futurism ^ | June, 2021
    Thanks Obama If we don’t start to take urgent action to prevent the worst impacts of climate change today, then we may experience the end of our species within a century, former President Barack Obama said in a new interview. Obama made the argument in a wide-ranging chat, on The New York Times‘ podcast The Ezra Klein Show, that also broached partisan politics, racial justice, the impacts of his presidency, and even UFOs. Specifically, Klein asked Obama what he thought we, as a society, would be judged the most harshly for in the year 2121, making the topic of climate...
  • Day of the cyborgs: US Army is developing muscle-bound, Terminator-like war robots that use LIVING TISSUE in place of actuators

    01/23/2021 4:17:55 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 24 replies ^ | 19 January 2021 | By STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    The Army Research Laboratory wants to grow living muscles for robots The team says the living tissue would replace actuators that hold joints This would give robots similar agility and versatility to biological systems The goal of this project is to create robots that can travel where humans can'tCombining living tissue with cold metal robots may sound like a plot from the James Cameron film 'Terminator,' but the idea is being developed for real-world machines at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The US military group is working on a series of 'biohybrid robotics' that integrates living organisms into mechanical systems...
  • Women Should Have to Register for Military Draft, Too, Commission Tells Congress

    03/24/2020 1:24:11 PM PDT · by karpov · 72 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2020 | Sarah Mervosh
    Women have been serving in the United States military since the Revolutionary War, helping to sew uniforms, heal the wounded and, eventually, fight in combat. But they have never been required to register for a military draft. That could soon change. Under a new recommendation to Congress by a national commission, all Americans ages 18 to 25 — and not just young men as currently covered by the law — should be required to register with the government in case of a military draft. The move sets up a debate over a divisive issue that has been simmering for years....
  • Has anyone ever heard of the K level?

    03/21/2020 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 66 replies
    unk | unk
    Back when I went to college, many years ago, my biology teacher brought up a thing called the K level, which he did after discussing how animals have a supposed level where they reach their peak of numbers and then some disaster, a disease, a climate thing or a malfunction of biology, something, occurs to cause their deaths and bring their numbers down to a different level where they begin to thrive again. He said there is a thing called the "K Level" which is the level the human race reaches this same predicament and at that point the numbers...
  • Asteroid 2007 FT3 will nearly miss earth in 2024 at 86 million miles.

    03/16/2020 6:55:52 PM PDT · by WebHankerchief22
    Asteroid Collision Blog ^ | March 15th, 2019 | Paul McBurney
    The race for the Democrat nomination has narrowed to two leading candidates. President Trump is undoubtedly preparing for either Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden as his 2020 election opponent. We should be able, at this point, to make a reasonable guess at how the president would fare against either of these candidates.
  • Meteorites hit earth 17 times a day, but no damage has been done!

    02/26/2020 10:34:29 PM PST · by WebHankerchief22 · 17 replies
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | Not Posted | Richard A. Lovett
    Scientists say that meteors hit earth 17 times a day. However, we don't even notice because these meteors are either too small or hit in uninhabited areas in the world. The reason that damages are unlikely and almost never occur from these daily impacts is that most of the world is uninhabited and no one is near the impact location to experience or report the impact and its location. However, the impacts that are recorded are often added to a list for scientists and enthusiasts to study. For example, a website called asteroid collision location map is a source that...
  • Competing Climate Change Approaches [semi-satire]

    02/18/2020 9:19:03 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 Feb 2020 | John Semmens
    Two radically different approaches for how to mitigate the potential negative impacts of climate change have been advanced recently. On the left we have The Ahuman Manifesto—a tract authored by Patricia MacCormack, a professor of continental philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom. The Professor argues for human extinction as the best solution to the perils of climate change. "My interest in feminism and queer theory led me by a process of logical deduction to the conclusion that the human race must be exterminated in order to save the planet for other species," she said. "Humankind is currently...
  • Large asteroid will sweep by earth in 2029, almost colliding

    02/09/2020 1:16:43 PM PST · by WebHankerchief22 · 70 replies
    Earthsky ^ | April 30, 2019 | Deborah Bryd
    A relatively large asteroid that would cause damage if it hit earth will undergo a near miss of earth, flying right by. There was earlier controversy as to whether the asteroid would hit, but now scientists say it won't hit. Previously a 1-40 chance of colliding. However, if the around 370 meter asteroid actually did hit earth in a high density area.. it would be a disaster. According to a simulation from an Asteroid Damage Simulator, the asteroid would cause hundreds of thousands of casualties and hundreds of buildings would collapse in range. Fortunately, this will not happen as the...