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Accordring the United Nations Ukraine has since mid-January to the middle of last month seen at least 842 people dead and over 3,400 wounded. The armistice between Russia and Ukraine over eastern parts of the country broke down as suspected by OECD observers, EU, and NATO. Russian involvement has been obvious for observers and journalists since last year. The killing of Boris Nemtsov could be another political assassination arranged by Putin and friends.
The 5GW terror attacks on commentators and journalists in Paris, Belgium, and recently Denmark is proof that 5GW terrorism is the favorite choice for subversive organizations worldwide. Terrorism is warfare by the individual.
The geographical reach of ISIS and their sophisticated use of media progaganda becomes increasingly embaressing for western media and psyops. While western academics deny the possibilty of an ongoing religious and civilizational war all IS terror confirms their attack on liberal and Christian values. The prospect of a perpetual religious and propagandized war should concern us all.
Meanwhile the world economy collapses due to wars, insecurity, european disintegration, negative interest rates, record low oil-prices and the resulting social distress. Unintended consequences or the beginning of WW4?
The Norwegian company Prox Dynamics release updated version of their popular micro-drone (UAV) PD-100 used by the military for reconnaissance:
“The introduction of the PD-100 T significantly enhances the Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System solution, offering a 24-hour Cargo Pocket ISR capability to the warfighter,” said Ole Aguirre, VP Business Development at Prox Dynamics. The PD-100 enjoys a proven, combat worthiness record from operations in Afghanistan by U.S. allies. Operational since 2011, the PD-100 has been in use by the UK Army and several coalition partners and is described as a “life saver” and “game-changing” technology by the UK Ministry of Defense. The inclusion of a complete, digitally enhanced thermal sensor from FLIR Systems Inc., paired with an EO camera, enables unprecedented mission flexibility and situational awareness in night operations.
“We believe this is the single-most important upgrade on the PD-100 system to date. The PD-100 T combines EO and thermal camera into an 18 gram helicopter, allowing fused live video and still images to be viewed by the operator. Today’s modern warfighters demand a 24-hour solution, and here you have the first nano-UAV solution to achieve this,” says Petter Muren, CTO and Founder of Prox Dynamics.
My advice for Prox is to find partners within the autonomous drones community:
- What’s behind snowmageddon that hit the US this week? via New Scientist
- Uncrackable code developed for nuclear weapons via R&D Magazine.
- Containing Ebola with Nanotechnology via Boston University.
- Singapore moves to regulate taxi booking apps PhysOrg.
- Mathematical time law governs crowd flow via Nature.
- 12 LuxLeaks diagrams that will make your head spin via The Guardian.
- U.S. Firms Accused of Enabling Surveillance in Despotic Central Asian Regimes via The Intercept.
- Google break-up plan emerges from Brussels via Cryptome.
- Fukushima radiation detected off California coast via Daily Mail Online.
- Creaking euro zone, China sound warnings for global growth via Reuters.
Meanwhile on Tundra:
The global geopolitical situation is slowly detoriating as the Eurozone states and the US/Euro/Japan show diminishing returns on their zero interest rate policy. Sweden lowers interest rates to 0 % and enters an economic downwards spiral as the global industrial complex stagnates. Oil prices are plummeting due to decreased production and out of control military conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq while the Ebola virus destroy the economies of Western African countries.
- Post Carbon Institute’s LTO Reality Check – Peak Oil Barrel
- Mali rushes to contain Ebola after its first case via The Guardian.
- Scientists make enzyme that could help explain origins of life via Physorg.
- 2040’s America will be like 1840’s Britain, with robots? via IEET.
The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed 3.439 people and is decleared a global health threat by WHO.
UPDATE: Ebola crisis: First major vaccine trials in Liberia, BBC.
Over 7.000 cases has been identified in the region and the current death toll by country show 739 deaths in Guinea, 623 deaths in Sierra Leone, 2,069 deaths in Liberia and 8 deaths in Nigeria. These numbers could be several times higher due to unmonitored areas. A worst case scenario could result in over 1 million cases by the end of the year.
The outbreak, which is the 26. in recorded history, has an mortality rate between 50 and 90 percent depending on the treatement offered. The outbreak has an geographic reach that is uncommon and the potential for further spread is chilling. The first case was isolated in the US in the end of september. We are not facing a local humanitarian catastrophe, the entire planet is at risk.
The future of cities: Smart grids and open source governance
Singapore to calibrate involvement in India’s Smart Cities project – Channel NewsAsia
Artificial cells take their first steps via TUM
Synthetic Biologists Are Engineering Microbes to Make Morphine via Discover
How NASA Plans to Open ‘Air Highways’ for Drones via Motherboard
NASA to send 3D printer into space via Nature
City As Superintelligence via IEET
Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other | Reuters
Self-Driving Cars Face Serious Roadblocks, Experts Say via IEEE Spectrum
Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted via The Guardian
Russia successfully tests nuclear missile, more planned: navy chief via Reuters
The argument for a hypersonic missile testing ban via Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US Has Lost ‘Dominance In Electromagnetic Spectrum’ via Breaking Defense
Will Congress avoid another government shutdown? via CBS News
Japan GDP contraction revised to deeper than estimated 7.1% via The Japan Times
Date of Russia-Ukraine-EU gas talks still undetermined via ITAR-TASS
Norway Losing Out to Sweden in $6 Billion Wind-Power Boom via Bloomberg
Common genetic variants associated with cognitive performance via PNAS
ISIS in Iraq and Syria:
Obama to lay out plan to ‘destroy’ Isis threat as Kerry arrives in Baghdad via The Guardian
Why Westerners are driven to join the jihadist fight via New Scientist
The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as the New Emirs of Arabia via Huffington Post
Could Scottish separatism act as a catalyst for change in Spain? via Telegraph
Separatism Trial Set for Chinese Minority Scholar via ABC News
Why Did British Police Ignore Pakistani Gangs Abusing 1,400 Rotherham Children? via Forbes
UK’s ISIS Problem Attributable to ‘Four Decades of State-Sponsored Multiculturalism’ via BreitBart
CybAero Demos For China’s AVIC
While Embargo Controversy Brews In Sweden via DefenseWorld