The British Royal Navy has apparently been testing using jet suits to board ships like a scene out of some scrapped Christopher Nolan film, according to a new video released by UK-based Gravity Industries. Business Insider writes that the tests were conducted over three days on the HMS Tamar, a Royal Navy Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol ship. Royal Marines used Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit to conduct a “visit, board, search, and seizure” operation or VBSS. Basically a marine launched from a fast boat tailing the HMS Tamar, flew through the air like a slightly askew Iron Man, and landed on the larger ship, dropping a rope below so their fast boat buddies could climb up and “visit” the simulated enemy vessel. The whole thing is very cool, to the point of almost seeming like a wire-assisted fake, and likely as much an ad for the Royal Navy and Gravity Industries as it is an actual test of the Gravity Jet Suit’s utility in a naval exercise. If the suit or its creators … [Read more...] about The Royal Navy is testing using jet suits to fight high-seas piracy
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The young attractive royal couple that is not Harry and Meghan has dropped a truly chaotic intro video for their shiny new official YouTube channel. In the video, the presumed future queen and king of the United Kingdom (also known as Kate Middleton and Kate Middleton’s husband) laugh and chat awkwardly in what looks like their home. It’s well-lit but not too well-lit: a reasonably good YouTuber rig but not exactly one of royal magnificence. “Be careful what you’re saying, these guys are going to start filming,” says Prince William to his smiling wife, as though she doesn’t know how cameras work. The general feel of the clip is the first few seconds after a camera starts rolling but before the YouTube stars start vlogging in earnest. Except they don’t vlog. The video then cuts to what can only be described as a hype reel of public appearances at public functions or at their various charities — not exactly an exclusive glimpse of the royals at home. Where is Oprah ? Where are … [Read more...] about Are the royals going to vlog?
The way that we segment history can be divided into two eras: before the advent of penicillin and after — or, in other words, pre-antibiotics and post-antibiotics. Penicillin, the first antibiotic, was discovered in 1928 by Scottish microbiologist Alexander Fleming, who found that the juices from the Penicillium fungi were able to destroy harmful bacteria. Medicine was transformed forever, and to this day, penicillin is prescribed for everything from lung infections to sexually transmitted illnesses. This extraordinary elixir was by no means produced by fungi by chance, for in some ways fungi operate more akin to humans and animals than plants. One of the reasons that we derive so many antibiotics from fungi is because we are more closely related to them than any other kingdom of organism, according to a 2008 TED Talk by famed American mycologist Paul Stamets. These properties of fungi — the ones that are used for antibiotic and antiviral medications — weigh heavy on the … [Read more...] about Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth finds horror in fungi
Scientists have spotted the closest black hole to our solar system so far, and unlike the supermassive monster that was the subject of a historic photo in 2019 , this hungry little beast is much smaller and almost, well... cute. Its unique properties and the fact that it was found in the constellation Monoceros have earned it a nickname: the Unicorn. "When we looked at the data, this black hole -- the Unicorn -- just popped out," Tharindu Jayasinghe , a doctoral student in astronomy at Ohio State University, said in a statement. CNET Science From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week. The Unicorn is the rare tiny black hole, only about three times the mass of the sun. For a comparison, Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is thought to be about 4 million times the mass of the sun. In addition to being among the smallest black holes ever seen, it's the nearest one to us that we know … [Read more...] about The nearest black hole to Earth ever seen is a tiny ‘unicorn’
A century ago, on a small island off the coast of West Africa, a few adventurous astronomers led by Arthur Eddington pointed their telescopes at the sun as it went dark. Their goal was to measure distant stars during what would become one of the most famous total solar eclipses, but in the process they created a whole new kind of star: Albert Einstein . We owe our understanding of modern physics and astronomy -- and technology like GPS that helps us navigate our daily lives -- to this landmark scientific experiment, which tested Einstein's theory of general relativity 100 years ago. What was at stake was the scientific equivalent of settling a bet about how the universe works. On one side of the bet was German-born Einstein, and on the other was the British father of modern science, Isaac Newton. At the time, Germany and Britain had just been on opposite ends of bloodiest war either side had ever seen -- World War I. But rather than geopolitics, the disagreement at … [Read more...] about 100 years ago an eclipse changed history and made Einstein a star