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IN THE NEWS | 19 November 2017

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19 November 2017

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OWON: It's soon game over for the US Military waste.

China building world's fastest wind tunnel to test aircraft capable of reaching US within 14 minutes

China's latest powerful wind tunnel is expected to be operational by 2020.

China is building world's fastest wind tunnel – a facility that would simulate conditions for hypersonic flight testing and bolster the country's futuristic weapons development programme, according to a report in South China Morning Post.

The upcoming facility, which is slated to open sometime around 2020, will create testing conditions for aircraft that would reach speeds of around 12km per second (about Mach 35). At this speed, a jet from China could reach the west coast of the United States within 14 minutes.

As the report notes, the advanced testing facility would enable ground-based trials and reduce the possibility of failure by bringing down the risks associated with the extreme conditions of air-based hypersonic tests.

It would be developed by the same team that built JF-12, China's current hypersonic wind tunnel, which can mimic flight conditions at speeds ranging from Mach 5 to Mach 9.

Zhao Wei, a senior scientist working on the project, said that the new tunnel "will boost the engineering application of hypersonic technology, mostly in military sectors, by duplicating the environment of extreme hypersonic flights, so problems can be discovered and solved on the ground"...


OWON: Yep, that will clean the Rats Nest up.

Why everyone should do what Wikileaks did

By far the best thing about the WikiLeaks-Don Jr. controversy has been watching the talking heads on CNN and MSNBC who spent a year and a half priming everyone for President Hillary now saying, “Ha! WikiLeaks claims they’re a legitimate news organization, and yet here they are, advancing an agenda!”

WikiLeaks has an agenda. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t exist. I have an agenda, too. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t write. And I’ll tell you right now that if I had the ear of the US president’s son, I would most certainly use it to advance my agenda.

I can’t speak for WikiLeaks, but anyone who’s been paying them any attention at all is aware that it is not, as mainstream pundits have been falsely contending, a completely neutral and agendaless “radical transparency” outlet. Any casual glance at Julian Assange’s Twitter page makes it abundantly clear that he is a fiercely opinionated man with a very clear idea of where power structures exist in the world, and he spends much of his time openly and unapologetically trying to sabotage the interests of those power structures. I can say exactly the same things about myself.

It is clear that Julian Assange is trying to attack the unelected power establishment which has loosely centralized itself in the United States, and he’s throwing every weapon at it that he has available to him. When attacking a structure that is dependent on government opacity this will necessarily include publishing leaks, and it will also include directing public attention to the mechanisms of that power structure...


OWON: He gets ever closer to US borders.

North Korea looks like it's aggressively building a ballistic missile submarine

Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute reported on Thursday.

Washington-based 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, cited images taken on Nov. 5 showing activity at North Korea's Sinpo South Shipyard.

"The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine's pressure hull in the yards suggests construction of a new submarine, possibly the SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine - the follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine," 38 North said in a report.

The report said that throughout 2017 there had been continued movement of parts and components into and out of two parts yards adjacent to the constructions halls in the center of the shipyard.

It said the Nov. 5 images showed two large circular objects that could be sections of a submarine's pressure hull. It said these appeared larger than those for North Korea's ROMEO-class attack submarine...


OWON: We thought we had with Trump?

NASA reckons we're only 20 YEARS away from finding alien life on other planets

A NASA scientist leading the search for life on other planets claims a major breakthrough could be made within the next 20 years.

The rate at which potentially habitable planets are being identified is soaring, helping scientists to narrow down their search for extraterrestrial life.

When the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992, many regarded it as a once-in-a-lifetime event, but 25 years later, over 3,500 exoplanets from thousands of star systems have been located.

Several of these are orbiting within their star's "habitable zone" - where surface temperatures range from nought to 100 degrees centigrade, allowing liquid water to pool on the surface...


OWON: More than a Bit of trouble. Again!

Special Report: Twice burned - How Mt. Gox's bitcoin customers could lose again

When Mt. Gox, the world's largest bitcoin trading exchange, collapsed in early 2014, more than 24,000 customers around the world lost access to hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency and cash.

More than three years later, with the price of bitcoin skyrocketing to more than $7,000, not a single customer has recouped a single cent, crypto or otherwise. It's not clear when they will. The failed exchange has become stuck in a morass of litigation – a Russian doll of bankruptcies in Japan and New Zealand, four in all, plus lawsuits in the United States and competing claims from creditors.

And although the Mt. Gox bankruptcy trustee recovered digital currency now worth more than $1.6 billion, under Japanese law the exchange's customers likely will recover only a fraction of that.

Kim Nilsson, a Swedish software developer who had more than a dozen bitcoins at Mt. Gox, isn't optimistic of a payout soon. "It's a legal twilight zone," he says. "I wouldn't be surprised if it took several years more."...



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