by AZ BlueMeanie
Sen. David Farnsworth (R-Mesa), he of “constitutional” chickens fame, fears one day he will be living in the world of NBC’s post-apocalyptic science fiction television dramaRevolution, the premise of which is that all electricity on Earth has been disabled and people are forced to adapt to a world without electricity.
His bill SB 1476 (.pdf), addresses his concerns about an electromagnetic pulse that can be caused by certain types of explosion.
According to a briefing prepared for legislators, a nuclear weapon blast on or near the ground (NEMP) can damage electrical systems and communications for 70 miles or more from the site. But a high-altitude nuclear (HEMP) weapon — exploded 15 miles or more above the surface — could damage electrical grids nationwide for weeks, if not or longer. Continue reading
BY BARTLEY KIVES, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
WINNIPEG — In a makeshift classroom on the main floor of a housing co-op, 10 ordinary-looking Winnipeggers settled into two rows of seats, placed notebooks on their laps, and began preparing for the apocalypse.
Well, perhaps not the apocalypse, in the Judaeo-Christian sense of the term. In another sign that survivalism has entered the cultural mainstream, two Manitoba wilderness educators have started offering city dwellers a class on how to prepare for the disastrous aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster or some unprecedented form of civil unrest. Continue reading
From: Fars New Agency English Edition
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s air defense force assessed the preparedness and performance of its air defense artillery and mid-range missile systems against low-altitude aerial threats during the military drills along the country’s coastal waters in the Persian Gulf.
The drills were staged by the air defense units of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on the second day of the ‘Sarallah’ wargames underway in Iran’s Southern regions.
In the current phase of the drills, hypothetical enemy aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) intruded into the airspace of the wargames’ general zone in low altitude but were detected, identified and confronted by Iran’s integrated air defense network’s electronic systems. Continue reading
Ian Sample, science correspondent
Neuroscience breakthroughs could be harnessed by military and law enforcers, says Royal Society report
Soldiers could have their minds plugged directly into weapons systems, undergo brain scans during recruitment and take courses of neural stimulation to boost their learning, if the armed forces embrace the latest developments in neuroscience to hone the performance of their troops.
These scenarios are described in a report into the military and law enforcement uses of neuroscience, published on Tuesday, which also highlights a raft of legal and ethical concerns that innovations in the field may bring. Continue reading