Stealth technologies may violate the Geneva Convention

Experts say systems that provide vehicles with invisibility against enemy radars may violate the Geneva Convention. And in particular, the First Additional Protocol on the Conflict of Conflict in the Use of Methods and Harmful Measures to the Enemy.

Military laboratories have been working on technology for years to provide complete invisibility to enemy radars, which would greatly increase the effectiveness of the attacks the opponent would not be able to defend. The successes achieved in this field are already considerable and every moment we hear new, revolutionary technologies whose usefulness is increasing.

The problem is that such technologies may violate the Geneva Convention. At least, says Bill Boothby, a lawyer specializing in military law who previously worked as head of legal affairs at the Royal British Air Force. In his view, concealing weapons from the field of vision and masking aircraft may violate universal rules governing armed conflict.

Although masking technologies have existed for years, Boothby believes that new generations such as materials that by absorbing the light surrounding them or cheat radar scanners can make invisible planes or infantry soldiers violate the Convention’s provisions.

According to the lawyer, conventional camouflage, which allows soldiers to melt in the background, is legitimate because it can only be considered a technological advantage in the battlefield. However, modern masking systems that allow soldiers and vehicles to pretend to be no danger may already be a serious problem.

It is also forbidden to mislead an opponent by using unit designations. Battalions engaged in warfare are obliged to carry permanent identification marks visible from afar, and should also carry arms explicitly. These are conditions that invisible systems may violate.

An example of such technology is the active camouflage system developed by the American company BAE Systems, which reads the infrared background of the environment, and then adjusts the vehicle’s temperature to suit it, making it virtually invisible in thermal systems. You can also use it to make the radar signature of the tank modified so that radar reflection will give the image of a civilian vehicle, and this is already breaking the rules of the Geneva Convention on the conduct of war.

Boothby also believes that it is also possible to have full autonomous drones that will themselves conduct warfare and attack the enemy’s targets.…

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Become an explorer of planets

If you’ve always wanted to be an explorer of alien planets, now you have the opportunity. University campuses have provided a database of data collected by the Hawaii telescope. Each of us can search for exoplanets suitable for residence.

Mankind is still looking for planets that would fit in and although some potential candidates were already found, there are still many objects to explore. As part of a new project, each of us can take care of it and feel like discovering new worlds.

MIT researchers Carnegie Mellon and several other universities have just released a huge database of 61,000 individual measurements from more than 1,600 nearby stars. The base contains two decades of observations carried out by a HiRES spectrometer, which is mounted on a telescope at the Keck astronomical observatory in Hawaii.

The database is so huge that MIT does not have enough people to analyze everything. It was therefore thought that the best idea would be to ask the community help. So special software was prepared (-2 /) along with instructions for its use (), so that everyone can go to analyze the information gathered and search for planets where conditions can be suitable for life.…

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Highlights

Motorola Atrix Atrix is, according to us, the most interesting phone of CES 2011. What’s more, it’s not just an Android phone, but a laptop running under Linux. The smartphone has a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a 4-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It also has an accelerometer and proximity sensor. Works with Android 2.2 (Froyo), but will soon be upgraded to version 2.3 (Gingerbread). The phone offers 16 GB of built-in memory, 1 GB of RAM and includes a slot for microSD cards up to 32 GB. There is no missing 5 megapixel digital camera that can shoot 720p HD video in addition to photos. The most interesting feature of Atriksa is transforming it into a laptop. Motorola will provide a special docking station that looks like a portable computer. Just plug in the phone and after a while we can use a much larger screen and hardware keyboard. Laptop based on Atriksie has to work up to 8 hours. On the battery.

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is primarily about tablets and smartphones. The mobile market is becoming more and more important and the end of the era of desktops.

Some of the presented products are very interesting novelties, which also offer innovative solutions. Other are already known equipment, but they are even more refined, enjoying much better equipment. It is worth seeing them all.…

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DARPA is working on a supersonic shuttle

A few years ago, NASA tried to create a supersonic shuttle, capable of achieving high speeds, but most of all, for multiple trips in short time. The agency abandoned it after some time, but DARPA believes that the idea has a future and has started working on such a vehicle.

At the end of last year, Defense Department laboratories announced a plan to continue NASA’s project to build a vehicle called the XS-1 (eXperimental Spaceplane), a space shuttle reusable space shuttle. The vehicle, according to the assumption, would achieve supersonic speeds and would serve to bring satellites into orbit. And with the ability to take multiple starts and landings without the need for long preparation, it would be much cheaper to use.

DARPA will be organizing a competition for the final design of the machine in early May, and when that choice is completed, construction work is due to begin in 2015. The next phase is a two-year test of the shuttle, so in 2017 the machine should be fully ready for service.…

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Virtual trip to Mars

Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center can take advantage of the new attractions. Within the project called Destination: Mars and thanks to Microsoft HoloLens technology, they can go on a virtual trip to Mars.

The first man will set foot on Mars only in a few years, but now we can choose in virtual way. The Space Center Kennedy has prepared for visitors a completely new attraction in the form of a project called Destination: Mars. This is a virtual tour of the Red Planet, powered by Microsoft HoloLens technology.

Visitors to the cosmic complex, having put on their heads special goggles, are moving to the Mars simulation, created based on real photographs provided by the Curiosity rover. Guests will be able to explore several areas of the Red Planet in this way, and their guide in a foreign world will be Buzza Aldrin hologram.

It is worth adding that Destination: Mars is an extension of the OnSight program developed by Microsoft and the NASA Missile Engine Laboratory, which was created specifically for scientific research. Technology enables scientists from around the world to walk around the surface of Mars and discuss geological structures of the planet as well as plans for future exploration.…

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Launching the USS detroit, the latest Freedom LCS

On October 18th, the newest ship LCS Freedom was launched at the American Marinette Marine Corporation. This is yet another LCS, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. These are relatively cheap and fast vessels designed for operating on shallow coastal waters.

LCS (littoral combat ships) are designed to operate in the so- Litoral zone at speeds above 40 knots. Depending on the mission accomplished, it is possible to exchange up to 40% of the ship’s equipment. With special combat modules, the ship can perform both minefield missions, anti-surface missions, and combat surface units.

A few days before launching and official ceremony, Lockheed Martin released a brief video showing the main facts about the ship as well as the maneuvering process itself, which weighed 3,000 tons on the waterfront.…

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Drones with their own radars

Drons seem to be cool toys, but you can not forget that these are dangerous devices because they weigh, and the rotor blades can hurt us. That is why it is so important to equip them with obstacle avoidance systems and one of these solutions was presented by Israeli company Arbe Robotics.

The Tel Aviv company has developed an entirely new radar system for unmanned aerial vehicles that protects them from collisions. The technology scans the area around the dock 200 meters in each direction to detect any obstacle that may be on its way. On the other hand, the special software selects all objects on the route of the flight, setting a route that bypasses them.

So far, the technology is not very good, because it only detects large objects whose diameter is more than one meter. The advantage is that the system does not consume more than 5 percent of battery power in the flight, so it should not significantly affect the length of the dron flight. Of course, with time, when the system gets better, it will also detect smaller obstacles.…

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Acer has developed an electric quad

Acer is a company known primarily for computer hardware and consumer electronics such as smartphones, laptops and other devices. Now, however, he decided to expand his offer and tried to force a completely new field for himself, which is automotive.

A few days ago, during a conference in Munich eCarTech conference, Acer presented the prototype of an electric quad called X Terran. The design was created under the name MPS Energy, a unit Acer set up earlier this year, and it designs energy management systems for smart cars and the use of eco-friendly technologies in the automotive industry.

The machine was built in collaboration with Studio X-Gene’s design studios and so far little is known about its technical details. The manufacturer has only betrayed that the quad is equipped with three battery packs, which together provide 8.7 kWh of energy.…

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The Russians are building Noah’s ark

Biblical Noah’s Ark was meant to save all earthly creatures by the Deluge and allow for the regeneration of species after its completion. Russians carry out a similar project, with the difference that they want to do it in a more modern way. Instead of storing entire specimens, they will only collect their DNA.

Russia will soon start one of the most interesting projects of recent years, aiming to preserve all species of creatures, both living and long-dead. Scientists from Moscow University intend to carry out a project called Noah’s Ark.

At a cost of $ 194 million, a huge surface area of ​​more than 260 square kilometers will be created, containing DNA samples from all earthly creatures.

Completion of the work is planned for 2018, while the Russian scientists involved in the project expect the Noah’s Ark to connect with other storage facilities for genetic material. This will not only compare genes, but may also clone the animals, and may not be the only way to bring back to life species that have long since died out.…

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Tinder increases the chance of a date

Tinder representatives announce the introduction of a new algorithm to their service. The technology called Smart Photos is designed to maximize the potential of a profile photo. In other words, it will increase our chance of a date.

Tinder is currently one of the most popular dating sites used by millions of people around the world. The huge number of users does not mean that we have a better chance of a date. This is because many factors are decisive and one of them is a profile picture. But it is not always well chosen.

Tinder developers, however, draw a helping hand to users who can not find a date and want to help them with the help of a completely new algorithm. The technology called Smart Photos will do a better job of selecting a profile photo as the user’s profile.

The algorithm will investigate the reaction to the photo, counting how many times the user has been accepted or rejected, and then based on the data it determines which photo best suits it. According to tests conducted, it is estimated that the use of Smart Photos by about 12 percent has increased the chances of the user’s acceptance of the sex.…

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