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Were One Step Closer to Making Harry Potters Invisibility Cloak a Reality

Harry Potter’s ‘invisibility cloak’ appears closer to reality as Canadian camouflage manufacturer Hyperstealth Biotechnology has applied for patents on its ‘Quantum Stealth’ material. The ‘inexpensive and paper-thin’ technology works by bending light around a target to either alter its position or make it vanish altogether, leaving only the background visible. It is touted to be able to obscure the positions of heavy artillery, ground troops or even entire buildings from certain viewpoints. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/hyperstealth-invisibility-cloak-demo/

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Palmer Luckeys Defense Company Is Making Attack Drones Now

Oculus founder and fallen Facebook exec Palmer Luckey is dipping his toes into military weaponry. Luckeys new venture, Anduril Industries, just revealed that it is not just making security surveillance systems for land borders and military basesits making attack drones too. In a pair of profiles, one in NBC, the company demonstrated its new technology, a drone that can autonomously identify a target and fly at up to 200 miles per hour to knock them out of the air. The drone fits into Anduril's existing perimeter defense hardware and software…

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Rick Perry Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of US Secretary of Energy and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Father: Joseph Ray Perry, a farmer Mother: Amelia (Holt) Perry Marriage: Anita (Thigpen) Perry (November 6, 1982-present) Children: Sydney and Griffin Education: Texas A&M University, B.S., 1972 Military Service: US Air Force, 1972-1977, Captain Religion: Methodist Other Facts:Is an Eagle Scout. Met his wife, Anita, in elementary school. Is the longest serving governor in Texas history. Timeline:1972-1977 – Serves in the US Air Force flying transport planes. 1977 – Returns to Texas…

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EXCLUSIVE: Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say

On Sunday, the National Security Council announced that the U.S. was sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf in response to troubling and escalatory warnings from Iranan eye-popping move that raised fears of a potential military confrontation with Tehran. Justifying the move, anonymous government officials cited intelligence indicating Iran had Gen. Qasem Soleimanithe head of the Quds Force, Irans covert action armhas told proxy forces in Iraq that a conflict with the U.S. will come soon, this source noted. I would characterize the…

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Under Trumps Ban, Transgender Troops Must Decide: Come Out or Hide

The gender dysphoria and keeping their jobs. Mental health experts warn that will be a terrible double bind for transgender troops. We certainly have data to suggest that living with gender dysphoria or any kind of distressjust the day in, day out chronic stress of having an incongruence between ones identity and ones biological sex at birthcauses a range of physical and mental health problems, Dr. Ashli Owen-Smith, a behavioral scientist at Georgia State Universitys School of Public Health, told The Daily Beast. Those problems include depression, anxiety, and increased…

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NORAD Santa tracker will stay on even if the government shuts down

For more than 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight around the world on December 24. And it will continue this year, even if there’s a government shutdown, the operations center said Friday in a tweet.

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Aerial Refueling Looks as Cool as It Sounds (10 Photos)

Aerial refueling is exactly what the name suggests: the transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another so said aircraft does not need to land. According to Wikipedia, it’s also commonly known as air refueling, in-flight refueling (IFR), air-to-air refueling (AAR), and tanking. There are two main refueling systems: probe-and-drogue, which is simpler to adapt to existing aircraft, and the flying boom, which offers faster fuel transfer, but requires a dedicated boom operator station. Since this is mostly a military process there are some cool (mostly US) photos online of…

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Mueller’s Latest Charges Bring Together Trump Campaign, Russia

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment is significant beyond the new charges, in that it links senior officials on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to Russian intelligence in a criminal matter. Mueller’s indictment released Friday against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, adds witness-tampering charges to allegations that Manafort did illegal lobbying work for Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars in proceeds. It also included an allegation that a fixer described by the FBI as a former Russian spy, Konstantin Kilimnik, helped Manafort obstruct justice. "This is the first…

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Israel’s Self-Flying ‘Cormorant’ Whisks Wounded Soldiers to Safety

Five men in white overalls lifted the stretcher off the ground, one of them taking care to lay a clear plastic IV bag that’s connected to the patient onto his stomach. They marched him toward what looks like a black inflatable dinghy on small wheels, crossed with a fly. The stretcher was loaded in through a hatch on the side, and then the men stood back. The patient was actually a medical training mannequin, but that didn’t stop him (it, rather) from taking part in the first “mission representative” demonstration…

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U.S., France, U.K. Launch Strikes on Syria After Chemical Attack

Missile strikes targeted chemical weapons facilities in Syria Trump condemns Russia and Iran for supporting Syria’s Assad statement posted on Twitter. “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” Syria said its air defenses were “confronting the U.S.-French-British aggression,” according to the state-run SANA news agency. Syria’s Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the conflict, reported that the strikes targeted several military bases, Republican Guards locations and the Scientific Studies Research Center. "Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming…

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