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Kalashnikov unveils anti-drone weapon

Kalashnikov, makers of the Ar-15 assault weapon, have produced an anti-drone weapon, which can bring down a drone without using explosives. Everybody should own one.

Seniors are buying tiny homes to live off-grid in their golden years

Submitted by Freedomman on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:53

SONOMA, Kalifornia (PNN) - May 20, 2017 - Tiny homes are all the rage nowadays, and it’s no wonder. Not only can they be very affordable and comfortable, they offer mobility for those who don’t like being rooted down in one place. Usually an option for twenty- and thirty-somethings, elders are now taking advantage of tiny homes to enjoy independence and lower living costs in their golden years.

Plasma jet engines might soon take us from Earth to space

Submitted by Freedomman on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:51

BERLIN, Germany (PNN) - May 20, 2017 - Imagine a jet engine that could propel an aircraft faster than a traditional engine, taking us all the way to the edge of the atmosphere, all without burning fossil fuels - and for a low cost.

That's exactly what plasma jet engines should be able to do, although thus far they have been confined to research labs, mostly those focusing on using the engines to move satellites and other spacecraft.

Now researchers from the Technical University of Berlin are working to bring them out of the lab and into the sky.

Instead of burning fuel and compressed air and then shoving the results out of the back of an engine to cause forward propulsion, a plasma jet engine mimics a fusion reactor or a star.

It creates electricity by exciting and compressing gas into plasma, and then generating an electromagnetic field.

Led by Berkant Göksel, the research team aims to marry the plasma engine and the passenger jet to come up with something that could fly at very high altitudes but still take off and land.

"We are the first to produce fast and powerful plasma jets at ground level," said Göskel. "These jets of plasma can reach speeds of up to 20 kilometers a second."

Several obstacles are still standing between the plasma jet engine that can carry us to the edge of space and reality. First, Göksel's team was using tiny plasma thrusters - about 80 millimeters in length.

It would take around 10,000 of these little thrusters to propel a standard commercial-size aircraft, so the current design is a non-starter. For now, Göksel's team intends to use 100 to 1,000 thrusters to move a smaller airship or plane, which ought to be feasible.

Wormhole created in a lab

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:02

BARCELONA, Spain (PNN) - April 21, 2017 - In a paper called A Magnetic Wormhole by Jordi Prat-Camps, Carles Nava and Alvaro Sanchez published in Scientific Reports, they report that they have designed and created in the laboratory the first experimental wormhole that can connect two regions of space magnetically. Amazingly enough, the scientists at the Department of Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona report that it consists of a tunnel that transfers the magnetic field from one point to the other while keeping it undetectable - invisible - all the way.

Abbas ready to sign peace treaty with Israel

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 22:22

JERUSALEM, Israel (PNN) - May 11, 2017 - Sources familiar with the ongoing peace talk efforts say that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled “unprecedented readiness” for a peace deal with Israel during his meeting at the White House last week, a sign that the peace process could be getting a big shot in the arm.

Newly dated fossils suggest a mysterious human species lived alongside our ancestors

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 21:59

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (PNN) - May 9, 2017 - Just as a high-profile expedition to retrieve fossils of human ancestors from deep within a cave system in South Africa was getting underway in 2013, two spelunkers pulled aside paleoanthropologist Lee Berger. They had found what looked like an ancient thighbone in a completely different cave. “Can we go get it?” they asked.

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 21:34

WASHINGTON (PNN) - May 10, 2017 - Fascist Police States of Amerika Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent the following statement to all FBI employees tonight:

The President of the (Fascist Police States of Amerika) has exercised his lawful authority to remove James B. Comey, Jr., as the Director of the (Amerikan Gestapo) Federal Bureau of Investigation (division). By operation of law and effective immediately, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe assumed the position of Acting Director of the FBI.

Macron elected French president

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 21:16

PARIS, France (PNN) - May 8, 2017- Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France's landmark presidential election, first estimates showed Sunday, heading off a fierce challenge from the far-right in a pivotal vote for the future of the divided country and Europe.

Dictator Maduro calls for new Venezuelan Constitution amid protests

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 22:08

CARACAS, Venezuela (PNN) - May 2, 2017 - Venezuela’s dictator President Nicolás Maduro called for a popular assembly to write a new Constitution, a fresh attempt to consolidate his hold on the nation and an escalation of a crisis that has brought hundreds of thousands into the streets.

Trump signs executive order restoring local control of schools

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 22:05

Reverses decades of federal interference in primary education.

WASHINGTON (PNN) - May 1, 2017 - If you’ve been following President Donald J. Trump’s Cabinet nominations you know by now that thus far he’s chosen people to head up agencies for which they don’t particularly care.

The FUK just switched on an ambitious fusion reactor - and it works

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 22:02

LONDON, England (PNN) - May 1, 2017 - The Fascist United Kingdom's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve “first plasma” - successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically charged gas (or plasma) within its core.

The aim is for the tokamak reactor to heat plasma up to 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit) by 2018 - seven times hotter than the center of the Sun. That's the “fusion” threshold at which hydrogen atoms can begin to fuse into helium, unleashing limitless, clean energy in the process.

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