· Aug 5, 2015 at 5:54 pm
Remember those old war movies with a captain looking through a periscope and calling out coordinates for a torpedo attack? Well, this ain’t that sub.
For one, it doesn’t even have a periscope. Instead, the John Warner will go about its business using a photonic mast, a piece of electronic wizardry that includes high-definition and infrared video to enable the Warner, the 12th in the Virginia class of attack submarines, to see and to not been seen like nothing else under the seas.
The video information is displayed on large screens in the command center. A joystick, much like the kind you might use to play video games, controls the whole show.
In front of that is where two sailors drive the sub, like a pilot and co-pilot seated before a curved wall of video screens. Driving a sub used to take a crew of four, Caldwell said, but technology has cut that number in half.
More complicated than the Space Shuttle.
· Aug 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm
Michael Myers is coming home to Illinois in a big way this weekend, as Nick Castle, who is officially credited as portraying “The Shape” in John Carpenter’s Halloween, will be joined by not only that film’s production designer Tommy Lee Wallace, who created the infamous Myers mask and also wore it in some key scenes, but also Will Sandin, who was the original young Michael Myers in Halloween, at the Flashback Weekend Horror Convention this weekend in Chicago.
I learned about this too late. :[
· Aug 5, 2015 at 10:04 am
On Tuesday, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly grilled the billionaire businessman on his claim that as president he will get Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern U.S. border to help prevent undocumented immigrants from crossing into the United States.
“Bill, they are making a fortune, Mexico is making a fortune off the United States, it’s becoming the new China in terms of trade — they’re killing us at the border,” Trump said after O’Reilly pressed him twice on the same question.
The third time O’Reilly asked, Trump said, “I’m gonna say, ‘Mexico, this is not going to continue, you’re going to pay for that wall,’ and they will pay for the wall. And Bill, it’s peanuts, what we’re talking about.”
They get into it at about 3:45.
· Aug 5, 2015 at 9:33 am
When returning to the hive after foraging, bumblebees fly differently depending on whether they’ve collected pollen or nectar, researchers find. The load they carry affects stability and maneuverability, a study shows.
Unlike honeybees, which have dedicated foraging bees for nectar or pollen, bumblebees are generalists that will collect either pollen or nectar based on what the colony most needs.
The necessary tradeoff of stability or maneuverability depending on the load carried may be why bumblebees prefer to forage for pollen on windy days, to take advantage of the flight stability it offers during windy conditions, the researchers suggest in their study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
No matter what type of load they carry, bumblebees are known to be excellent fliers, able to keep aloft and forage in different types of weather.
Now, it seems that weather conditions may play a part in what type of food — nectar or pollen — a bumblebee chooses to go after on its aerial shopping trips, the researchers say.
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