Dragons have the ultimate built-in defense: They can breathe fire, smiting their enemies by turning them into charred husks. But though historic and modern-day literature is rich with dragon lore (we're looking at you, "Game of Thrones"), there isn't any reputable physical evidence that these legendary creatures exist. That said, are there any living creatures that can breathe fire like the mythical dragon? The short answer is no, but there are some astonishingly creative animals that can spew noxious fumes, toxins and goo from their bodies. And there are even crafty raptors that spread fire so they can smoke out tasty prey. [ Top 10 Beasts and Dragons: How Reality Made Myth ] The main reason fire-breathing animals don't exist? Well, a flame could cause a nasty boo-boo. "There are no real animals that are flame resistant or flame immune," Rachel Keeffe, a doctoral student studying reptiles and amphibians at the University of Florida, said in a statement … [Read more...] about Can any animal breathe fire like the mythical dragon?
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Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to double the number of women recruits in the military by 2030. The number of women recruits in the British military will be doubled by 2030 as part of plans announced by the Ministry of Defence on Thursday. An overhaul to the way sexual offences are dealt with will also be implemented as part of a response to a parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of women in the armed forces. Sky News reports that 33 recommendations made by MPs as part of the report were accepted by the Ministry of Defence, though the ministry notably refused one recommendation that involved changing the jurisdiction of sex-related crimes from military courts to civilian ones. The Ministry of Defence also aims to bump the percentage of women recruits to 30 per cent. This number is double its previous goal of 15 per cent, and around two and a half times the current percentage of recruits who are women. The drive comes despite the fact that the … [Read more...] about Britain’s Woke Defence Ministry Wants to Double Women Recruits
The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom have become mired in identity politics, with the British Army bragging that it is winning the “race for diversity” against the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. “[M]ultiple long-term targets [were] set out by the country’s defence and military leaders” to increase military diversity in 2015, according to military interest news source the Forces Network, with an increase in the proportion of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) personnel in the Regular Forces to 10 per cent by 2020 becoming a key target. “As of March this year, annual intake reached a hopeful 9.1 per cent,” the report notes. At present, the British Army appears to be leading the pack, with 11.1 per cent BAME personnel, compared with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines on 3.8 per cent, and the Royal Air Force “struggling” on 2.3 per cent. “Diversity and inclusion is critical to our success and will give us the operational edge we need,” claimed Secretary of State for … [Read more...] about British Forces Mired in Identity Politics in Army ‘Race for Diversity’
Since Android is one of the top mobile operating systems, there is a constant demand for apps, so developing them can be a lucrative profession whether you do so as your own boss or for a development company. And, fortunately, it isn't necessary to spend a great deal of time or money to acquire the necessary skills. Even if you are a complete novice, you can learn everything you need to know from the three self-paced courses in The Android App Development Course with Kotlin Bootcamp Bundle . Best of all, you can use coupon code CMSAVE70 during our Cyber Monday sale to get it for only $12.99. You'll be creating your own Android apps in no time with Kotlin, one of the most popular programming languages among Android developers. Learn all you need to know from programming basics to creating a complete Android app in "Kotlin For Android Development: Learn Kotlin From Scratch". Follow up with "Android App Development Course with Kotlin: Android A-Z™, which will teach you more about … [Read more...] about Train at your own pace to learn how to develop Android apps for only $13
The first teaser for S2 of Raised by Wolves is here, and our feelings are mixed. On the one hand, once again, the visuals are amazing and we're thrilled that the strikingly androgynous Danish actress Amanda Collin is returning to star as Mother. Her extraordinary performance anchored the first season's narrative arc and spooky, other-worldly vibe, and that same moody, disquieting viibe is present in the teaser. On the other hand, we were seriously disappointed in the S1 finale, which has shaken our confidence that S2 will rebound from that fiasco to become the genuinely original and visionary series it initially had promised to be. (Major spoilers for the S1 finale below.) The series was created by Aaron Guzikowski, with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer and directing the first two episodes. As I've written previously , the story involves two androids serving as Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) figures on a strange virgin planet, Kepler 22b (an … [Read more...] about S2 teaser reminds us why we loved the series—until the S1 finale
An Austrian privacy activist has launched a wide-reaching class action suit against Facebook Ireland for breaching European data protection law. Anyone outside of the US and Canada can join activist and law student Max Schrems' suit via the website fbclaim.com , since they will have signed up to Facebook's terms and conditions via the Dublin-based European subsidiary. That amounts to around 82 percent of all Facebook users. After being live for just one hour, the site has collected 100 participants. The suit is seeking damages of €500 ($537) per user, and injunctions to be levied on the company for the following breaches: Failing to get "effective consent" for using data Implementing a legally invalid data use policy Tracking users online outside of Facebook via "Like" buttons Using big data to monitor users Failing to make Graph Search opt-in The unauthorized passing of user data to external apps Its involvement in NSA's Prism program , designed to extract … [Read more...] about Facebook hit with international class action privacy suit