In “Mammal March Madness,” you win or die. No basketball in this tournament — it’s a simulated survival-of-the-fittest game set up by evolutionary biologists. The battle cry? Mammals suck … milk!
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It wasn’t a projectile or ammunition that destroyed this truck. But rather, a laser:
Defense and aerospace company Lockheed Martin announced this week that its new fiber-optic laser weapon system, dubbed ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset), successfully took out a small truck “from more than a mile away” during a recent field test.
The ATHENA system uses a technique called “spectral beam combining,” which involves merging multiple laser modules to create a single and super-powerful 30-kilowatt laser beam. The system is described as having the “highest power ever documented by a laser weapon of its type.”
“To put that in perspective, the laser in an everyday pointer might be about 1 milliwatt, or 3 million times less,” said Motherboard.
The truck had been resting on props for the field test, but its engine and drivetrain were reportedly running to simulate a real vehicle threat. The laser is said to have disabled the truck’s engine in a “matter of seconds.”
Rather than causing the engine to explode, as per Hollywood, the truck was simply rendered unable to move. Reading between the lines, perhaps Lockheed believes that the gear will be a useful, potentially non-lethal —> Read More Here
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ITHACA, N.Y., March 6 (UPI) — Researchers have given us a glimpse of just how fast a zombie plague would overtake the United States — you know, if that sort of thing ever really happened. —> Read More Here
Researchers at Dartmouth College examined a database of television advertisements broadcast between March 2012 and February 2013 on 139 network and cable channels and found that more than 608 hours of advertisements for energy drinks were aired. Nearly half of those advertisements, 46.5 percent, appeared on networks with content themes likely to appeal to adolescents. —> Read More Here
US researchers build tiny electronic scaffolds using a new technique aimed at merging biology with electronics. —> Read More Here
Women suffering a heart attack wait much longer than men to call emergency medical services and face significantly longer delays getting to a hospital equipped to care for them, putting women at greater risk for adverse outcomes. —> Read More Here
Women who experience hot flashes earlier in life appear to have poorer endothelial function — the earliest sign of cardiovascular disease — than women who have hot flashes later in life or not at all, according to two new studies. —> Read More Here
Sitting for many hours per day is associated with increased coronary artery calcification, a marker of subclinical heart disease that can increase the risk of a heart attack, according to research. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States. —> Read More Here
Charge your phone with URINE: Pee-powered toilet could be ‘everlasting’ source of electricity, say inventors
The Bristol University scientists behind the ‘pee-power’ toilet hope it can be used by aid agencies in disaster zones to supply much-needed electricity to refugee camps. —> Read More Here