5 Best Python Libraries For Data Science

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If you have decided to learn Python as your programming language.

“What are the different Python libraries available to perform data analysis?”

This will be the next question in your mind. There are many libraries available to perform data analysis in Python. Don’t worry; you don’t have to learn all of those libraries. You have to know only five Python libraries to do most of the data analysis tasks. I will give a short introduction to each of these libraries, and I will point you to some of the best tutorials to learn them.

So let’s get started,

Numpy

It is the foundation on which all higher level tools for scientific Python are built. Here are some of the functionalities it provides:

  1. N- Dimensional array, a fast and memory efficient multidimensional array providing vectorized arithmetic operations.
  2. You can apply standard mathematical operations on arrays of entire data without writing loops.

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What do skeptical ancient historians think of the earliest Christian creed?

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Here is a post from my friend Eric Chabot. He writes about the earliest historical source for the minimal facts about the resurrection, which is the early creed recorded by Paul in 1 Corinthians: 3-7.

1 Cor 15:3-7:

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.

6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,

8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally…

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Turkish Prosecutor Taken Hostage in Istanbul

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Members of the illegal left-wing organization the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front have broken into a Turkish prosecutor’s office and taken him hostage

Yael Klein writes: The prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was targeted by the organization because he represented the state in the sensitive case of a young man’s death during anti-government protests in 2013. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was the Turkish prime minister at the time of the protests, exercised a very strict policy against the protestors. The young man was killed after the police used excessive force against the demonstrators, and the organization has taken Kiraz hostage as an act of protest against Erdogan.

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The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front has issued a message in the social media, threatening to execute the prosecutor by 3:36 pm (local time) if its demands are not answered. The…

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In the Silk Road case, the gov’t turned out to be as dirty as the defendant. New trial coming?

Astronomy Events – April 2015

What constitutes successful ‘deradicalisation’?

I believe, from my own observations, that reforming terrorists is very much like reforming violent felons. A small percentage are reformable, though they must first thoroughly and completely repent their initial desires and motivations to murder and to engage in other ac ts of terrorism.

Most are not reformable and will to some degree or another remain covertly motivated towards their original aims and attempts to naively accept the idea of their “reform” only reintegrates them into society as secret infiltrators awaiting a new opportunity to act.

The trick then to me should be to learn to distinguish between that small percentage that shows an actual desire and tendency to reform and concentrate upon their actual reform and kill the others before they can either infiltrate society or strike again.

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Sarah Marsden is a Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews.

Recently, there has been much debate about the best approach to take with those returning from the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Various proposals have been mooted, from forcing them to attend ‘deradicalisation programmes’ to banning them from returning to the UK. Relatively few of these ideas are rooted in a strong evidence base. That is in part because we still have much to learn about what might motivate someone to permanently reject violent extremism.

Although knowledge about what might inform the movement away from terrorism has developed in recent years, we have only a limited understanding of the aims of this work. Questions remain over what it is that interventions with those who have been involved in terrorism should seek to achieve.

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Leading Academic Warns that Children Could Carry Out Future IS Executions

No kidding…

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Following a recent Islamic State video which showed children leading prisoners to their execution, a leading academic in the field of terrorism studies has warned it is only a matter of time before videos of children directly carrying out beheadings emerge.

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Professor John Horgan, the Director of the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, was speaking at a conference in University College Cork, entitled “Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence: The Roles of Victims and Perpetrators.”  The UCC graduate informed those in attendance that children who are recruited by terrorist groups often begin with low level jobs before quickly rising though the ranks.

Children who are recruited by organisations such as the Islamic State may begin their time by carrying out duties such as the cleaning of vegetables and weapons, before some eventually become directly involved in the torture of prisoners. This escalation continues until…

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3D Forensic Animations + Visuals

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Forensic Experts, Attorneys, Insurance Companies, and more benefit greatly from higher quality visuals in the courtroom.

FogNogginprovides recreations, scaled structures, architectural exhibits and more for precise, fact-driven visual exhibits that communicate the nature of the case more clearly and effectively than the traditional data or auditory means.

FogNoggin is not limited to scaled, architectural, virtual, builds.  We provide any of the following for your forensic displays:

  • Accident re-creations
  • Water intrusion, hail, wind, and fire damage
  • Structural, electrical, and mechanical failure
  • Aeronautical & equipment failure
  • Construction and Design issues
  • Detailed schematic descriptions
  • BIM data, plumbing parts, wiring, machinery, and more
  • Industrial sites, manufacturing plants, and any other architectural builds.

As the nature of these case builds varies greatly, we will work with you and your case schedule to provide the needed materials.  FogNoggin can create still imagery or animations depending on need.  We are also able to provide multiple views…

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Movie Review: ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’

I watched part of this documentary last night. I already knew the organization was absolutely crazy, but guys like Tom Cruise are freaking insane.

Also I kept asking myself over and over and over again, where is the manhood in modern men that you would endure this shit without open revolt and a well executed ass-kicking?

What is it that is so openly and pathetically weak about modern men that they can be led by the nose by such an effeminate, Nazi-like organization without protest or revolt?

What makes so many modern people so weak and so absurdly easy to manipulate?

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Director: Alex Gibney

Plot: An examination into the operations of the ‘Church of Scientology’, a powerful global organisation in the modern age.

Review: I live in Perth, Australia. We are one of the most isolated cities in the world. On the left we have a wide ocean, on the right a vast desert. All our deliveries take longer, many nation wide tours skip past us and we lack many major franchises. We don’t have Starbucks. Not one.

But we have a Church of Scientology.

I used to pass by then every day, a single door with a big sign. Often they would have a small table set up on the sidewalk with a pile of books for sale, and one of those goofy looking E-Meter things. The person behind the desk would bear a resemblance to the lone nutjobs standing in the town square holding signs demanding ‘9/11 Truth Now’…

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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators

Odyssey Navigation

Sci-fi interfaces

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When the Odyssey needs to reverse thrust to try and counter a descent towards the TET, Jack calls for a full OMS (Orbital Maneuvering System) burn. We do not see what information he looks at to determine how fast he is approaching the TET, or how he knows that the OMS system will provide enough thrust.

We do see 4 motor systems on board the Odyssey

  1. The Main Engines (which appear to be Ion Engines)
  2. The OMS system (4 large chemical thrusters up front)
  3. A secondary set of thrusters (similar and larger than the OMS system) on the sleep module
  4. Tiny chemical thrusters like those used to change current spacecraft yaw/pitch/roll (the shuttle’s RCS).

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After Jack calls out for an OMS burn, Vika punches in a series of numbers on her keypad, and jack flips two switches under the keypad. After flipping the switches ‘up’, Jack…

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Drone video shows a chilling view of Auschwitz you’ll never be able to forget

A LOATHSOME SLIME

Our Ancient and Medieval ancestors were much, much more ingenious that most modern people give them credit for. Someone should create/produce an app/algorithm to scour ancient and medieval medicinal texts (and other kinds of texts) to see what other advantages could be gleaned.

Rather than doing this kind of work (and this is hardly the first example I’ve seen of such historical re-creation) by piecemeal examination and experimentation.

By the way I not long ago finished another set of brilliant lectures by Mike Drought of Wheaton College.

Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together… take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek… let it stand nine days in the brass vessel…

So goes a thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon recipe to vanquish a stye, an infected eyelash follicle.

The medieval medics might have been on to something. A modern-day recreation of this remedy seems to alleviate infections caused by the bacteria that are usually responsible for styes. The work might ultimately help create drugs for hard-to-treat skin infections.

The project was born when a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham, UK, got talking to an Anglo Saxon scholar. They decided to test a recipe from an Old English medical compendium called Bald’s Leechbook, housed in the British Library.

Some of the ingredients, such as copper from the brass vessel, kill bacteria grown in a dish – but it was unknown if they would work on a real infection or how they would combine.

Careful collection

Sourcing authentic ingredients was a major challenge, says Freya Harrison, the microbiologist. They had to hope for the best with the leeks and garlic because modern crop varieties are likely to be quite different to ancient ones – even those branded as heritage. For the wine they used an organic vintage from a historic English vineyard.

As “brass vessels” would be hard to sterilise – and expensive – they used glass bottles with squares of brass sheet immersed in the mixture. Bullocks gall was easy, though, as cow’s bile salts are sold as a supplement for people who have had their gall bladders removed.

After nine days of stewing, the potion had killed all the soil bacteria introduced by the leek and garlic. “It was self-sterilising,” says Harrison. “That was the first inkling that this crazy idea just might have some use.”

A side effect was that it made the lab smell of garlic. “It was not unpleasant,” says Harrison. “It’s all edible stuff. Everyone thought we were making lunch.”

The potion was tested on scraps of skin taken from mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This is an antibiotic-resistant version of the bacteria that causes styes, more commonly known as the hospital superbug MRSA. The potion killed 90 per cent of the bacteria. Vancomycin, the antibiotic generally used for MRSA, killed about the same proportion when it was added to the skin scraps.

A loathsome slime

Unexpectedly, the ingredients had little effect unless they were all brought together. “The big challenge is trying to find out why that combination works,” says Steve Diggle, another of the researchers. Do the components work in synergy or do they trigger the formation of new potent compounds?

Using exactly the right method also seems to be crucial, says Harrison, as another group tried to recreate the remedy in 2005 and found that their potion failed to kill bacteria grown in a dish. “With the nine-day waiting period, the preparation turned into a kind of loathsome, odorous slime,” says Michael Drout of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

If the 9th Century recipe does lead to new drugs, they might be useful against MRSA skin infections such as those that cause foot ulcers in people with diabetes. “These are usually antibiotic-resistant,” says Diggle. However, he doesn’t recommend people try this at home.

It wouldn’t be the first modern drug to be derived from ancient manuscripts – the widely used antimalarial drug artemisinin was discovered by scouring historical Chinese medical texts.

Harrison is due to present the research at the Society for General Microbiology conference in Birmingham, UK, this week.

ATTACK ON FORT MEADE

One shot dead at Fort Meade after trying to ram NSA gate

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  • Two people tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade
  • One was shot dead, and another was wounded, an official tells CNN

(CNN)Two people tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. An NSA police officer shot one of the people dead dead and seriously injured the second.

A law enforcement official had previously reported that both of the people involved were men. Aerial shots show two vehicles at an intersection that appear to be damaged.

The FBI said Monday morning that it was conducting an investigation with NSA police and other law enforcement agencies, and interviewing witnesses on the scene. The incident took place near one of the gates to the complex, far from the main buildings. The FBI said they did not think terrorism was related to the incident.

“We are working with the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted,” the FBI said in a statement.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said President Barack Obama had been briefed on the incident this morning.

This is the second security incident this month involving the NSA. At the beginning of March, a former state correctional officer was arrested, accused in a string of Maryland shootings, including one at Fort Meade. Gunshots struck a building near the NSA office, according to a police report.

Officers stopped Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, Maryland, and recognized his vehicle as matching authorities’ description of a car seen in surveillance footage near some of the other shootings. A gun in the car matched evidence found at the shootings, and Young was arrested, authorities said.

Police said earlier this month that there were no links to terrorism in the case, and no motive has been determined. No one was killed in the five shooting incidents.

In addition to the headquarters of the NSA, Fort Meade is home to 95 units from all branches of the armed forces and offices that report to several Defense Department agencies, according to the U.S. Army, which operates the base.

About 11,000 military employees and 29,000 civilians work there, according to the Army.

Some 6,000 people also live on the base, which began operations in 1917 as a garrison for World War I draftees, the Army said.

DISNEY (RE)DOES BAMBI

Lol!

My Climbing Training

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This one is a little self-indulgent, but some of you might find this interesting or even give me tips (if you are feeling generous). This one is just a little post about my most recent love of bouldering and some calisthenics training I do to supplement the climbing.

I’ll clear up some terms before I get started:

Bouldering – a form of rock climbing where no safety harness is used, but the climbs are much lower in height, never going much above 4 metres (in the indoor climbing centres at least) and having safety mats below. The climbs tend to be more difficult that standard rock climbing, they are often referred to as ‘problems’, and can take quite a bit of mental and physical skill to complete. Working out what moves to do can be half the battle, the rest is having the strength and technique to complete the climb.

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“Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Indeed.

Closing In on Planet Pluto: an Interview with New Horizons PI Alan Stern

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Artist's impression of the New Horizons flyby in July 2015. (NASA/SwRI)Artist’s impression of the New Horizons flyby in July 2015. (NASA/SwRI)

After more than nine years of traveling through space the New Horizons spacecraft is now in the home stretch of its journey, with less than 120 days and 143 million kilometers to go before it makes its historic flyby of the Pluto system on July 14. It will be the first time we get a good close-up look at the distant world which had for over seven decades held reign over the frozen edges of our Solar System as the outermost planet, much like its namesake governed the cold darkness of the mythological Greek underworld.

Discovered on February 18, 1930, the ninth planet Pluto lost its “full” planetary status in August 2006 as the result of a highly-contested decision by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to create a new class of “dwarf planets,” of which Pluto, Ceres, and the then-recently-discovered Eris became charter members. Seven months…

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Afghanistan Post-Mortem: The End of War

Under The Knife – Episode 2: The Plague Doctor

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In the 2nd Episode of Under The Knife, I discuss the history of bubonic plague and that notorious beaked mask that has come to symbolize one of the world’s most terrifying diseases. Alex Anstey, Adrian Teal and I have worked hard on this video – we hope you like it!

If you enjoy Under The Knife, please consider becoming a patron of our project. Producing high quality content is time-consuming and expensive, so we could really use your support! We’re offering fun perks, like postcards, DVDs, artwork and even a chance to get animated into the series! Click here for more info.

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A Fresh Way to Hear Scripture

Myth and Modernity: The End Point of Zionism

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On June 10, 1967, just three days after Col. Mordechai “Motta” Gur had famously declared, “The Temple Mount is in our hands,” Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman said that Halakha (traditional religious law) forbade Jews to visit the site. Two weeks later, a leading Sephardi authority, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, stated that even flying over the site was forbidden. Following a similar note, the religious affairs minister at the time, Zerah Warhaftig, noted that, according to Halakha, the Third Temple has to be built by God. “This makes me happy,” he said, “because we can avoid a conflict with the Muslim religion.” The days Israel’s religious affairs minister was made happy by avoiding conflict are over.

My previous article (The Love-Hate Relationship Between Zionism and The Temple Mount) examined the transformation in the thinking of significant segments of the religious-Zionist movement about the Temple Mount. The change, which…

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Blonde cargoes: Finnish children in the slave markets of medieval Crimea

A Blast From The Past

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The horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade have left an ineradicable mark on history. In the course of a little more than three and a half centuries, 12.5 million prisoners – at least two-thirds of them men destined for a life of labour in the fields – were shipped from holding pens along the African coast to destinations ranging from Argentina in the south all the way north to Canada. It was the largest forced migration in modern history.

When we think of slavery, we tend to think of this African traffic. Yet it was not the only such trade – nor was it, before 1700, even the largest. A second great market in slaves once sullied the world, this one less well-known, vastly longer-lasting, and centred on the Black Sea ports of the Crimea. It was a huge trade in its own right; in its great years, which lasted roughly from…

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BOND DOES SPECTRE

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Superb!This looks as if it might be as good as SkyFall.

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Music Map

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It can be difficult to find music you like, especially if your tastes are somewhat obscure. If you have a favourite band, Music Map can show artists and bands with similar music. It has quite a range so it can be a good way of finding something new that you might enjoy.

There is also a page to discover new music based on up to three artists or bands of your choosing.

Give it a go – you never know what you might find!

http://www.music-map.com/

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Putin Turns Up His Special War Against Europe

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Over the last year, since the Russian theft of Crimea, I’ve unambiguously warned that Vladimir Putin means what he says and he will not shy away from confrontation with the West, even at the risk of major war. Opportunities to deter this resurgent Russia, which I counseled many months ago, were punted on by the U.S. and NATO, so we now face a serious risk of war with Putin over his mounting hegemony in Eastern Europe. Ukraine is just the beginning.

As I’ve long made clear, Russia does not play by Western rules, and Putin and his Kremlin, being Chekists to their core, place great value on what I term Special War, meaning a shadowy amalgam of espionage, propaganda, and terrorism that Western states are poorly positioned to counter. At the end of the last year I predicted that the Kremlin’s Special War against the West was sure to…

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Chinese kangaroo court gives pastor 1-year sentence for opposing church demolitions

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China church demolitionThis is what holy boldness and righteous indignation look like. Forty-year-old Huang Yizi of China’s Zhejiang province knew he could face retaliation from the Chinese government for taking a stand last year for opposing the government’s demolition and damaging of church buildings that affected 400 buildings, but he took a stand anyway. It landed him in a jail in China in August of last year.

His case came before a kangaroo court this week that found him guilty of “gathering crowds to disturb social order.” Or should that be “socialist order”? They sentenced him to serve 1 year in jail in spite of the fact that the government, after international pressure, had ordered an end to the program that targeted churches. Huang and his lawyer, Zhang Kai, have seen strong indications that the whole trial was fixed. Nevertheless, Huang has expressed praises to God for being chosen to suffer for…

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Army Toys & Cool Stuff For Us Too

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New Cool Army Technology

DARPA’s Revolutionary New Tank Focuses On Agility

The dune buggy that can fly

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DARPA’s Anti-Ship Missile Still Less Deadly Than Chinese ‘Carrier Killer’

Chimeras & Hybrids: Reality of The Situation

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By Bobby Vaughn Jr.

The term “chimera” is not quite a household term.  Why would it be?  It is the product of mythology. Mysticism.  Fiction. Correct?  The ancient Egyptians depicted chimeric beings within carvings and paintings.  But, does this mean that we should take them for only myths?  No.

Since 2007, scientists have been legally creating human/animal hybrids for “research” purposes.  This information comes directly from the source:  the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.  A 100+ page document was released explaining what exactly they plan on researching and achieving with this.

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DARPA’s Autonomous Microdrones Designed To Enter Houses

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As drone expert, P.W. Singer said about microdrones, “At this point, it doesn’t really matter if you are against the technology, because it’s coming.” According to Singer, “The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they’re being watched.”

This has been the promise that the Air Force made quite clear in their video early last year about nanodrone tech that you can see below. According to the USAF, Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), combined with the ability to harvest energy, will enable insect-sized drone swarms to be dropped from military aircraft to stay aloft for a prolonged amount of time, offering a host of functions, including assassination.

DARPA is now announcing a new wave of these microdrones under their Fast Lightweight Autonomy program. As the name indicates, they ideally would like…

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DARPA thinks it has a solution to Ebola (and all other infectious diseases)

WOMAN CONTROLS A FIGHTER JET SIM USING ONLY HER MIND

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Image Credit: UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

All Jan Sheuermann wanted to do was feed herself some chocolate. She ended up piloting the world’s most expensive fighter jet.

Sheuermann is quadriplegic, unable to move her arms and legs due to a neurodegenerative disease. So when scientists from the military’s future-science arm Darpa and the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories approached her in 2012 about plugging her brain into a robotic arm, the most she hoped for was the ability to serve herself some candy. Two years later, towards the end of her stint as a neuromotor guinea pig, the scientists changed the game. Instead of connecting Sheuermann’s brain interface to a robotic arm, they connected her to a flight simulator. She’d use the same neural connections to pilot an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the military’s next-gen attack jet. And despite the fact that the agency unveiled the flight…

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Boeing Patents ‘Star Wars’ Force Field

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A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design — named “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” — uses energy to deflect potential damage.

As it is described, the system is not designed to prevent direct impact from shells or shrapnel; rather, it is designed to protect a target — such as a vehicle or building — from the damaging effects of shockwaves from a nearby impact.

The patent is for a shockwave attenuation system, which consists of a sensor capable of detecting a shockwave-generating explosion and an arc generator that receives the signal from the sensor to ionise a small region, producing a plasma field between the target and the explosion using lasers, electricity…

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Good news from San Diego on effects of police body-cameras

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They seem to be working, though as Radley Balko points out, there are a few policies yet to be defined—specifically, when and under what conditions a body-camera video will be made public. The police, naturally, say that they and they alone should decide (with the possibility of releasing videos that exonerate cops, keeping secret those that implicate cops). It seems likely that public release will have to be decided by an independent party, and the prosecutor/DA is not one of those.

Truthfully, this seems to be a win-win situation: it reduces violence against cops (and prevents lies about police abuse/harassment) and it reduces violence against citizens. Everyone wins.

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[VIDEO] As Yemen Burns, White House Still Touting Country as Counter-Terror Model

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At The Corner, Brendan Bordelon writes:

In a statement ABC’s Jon Karl found “astounding,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest continued to call the United States’s activities in Yemen as a “model” for counter-terrorism — even as the Arabic nation’s government collapses and international terrorist groups move in.

“The White House does continue to believe that a successful counter-terrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government to have local fighters on the ground to take the fight to extremists in their own country. That is a template that has succeeded in mitigating the threat that we face from extremists in place like Yemen and Somalia.”

As al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula gained power in Yemen’s north over the past few years, the Obama administration responded with a relatively hands-off approach. The U.S. government helped build up, support and train government forces fighting the terrorists while…

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BREAKING: Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes in Yemen, Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir Says

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WASHINGTON –  The Saudi ambassador to the United States says his country has begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who drove out the U.S.-backed Yemeni president.

Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir says the operations began at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

He says the Houthis, widely believed to be backed by Iran, “have always chosen the path of violence.” He declined to say whether the Saudi campaign involved U.S. intelligence assistance.

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Al-Jubeir made the announcement at a rare news conference by the Sunni kingdom.

He says the Saudis “will do anything necessary” to protect the people of Yemen and “the legitimate government of Yemen.”

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BREAKING: Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes in Yemen, Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir Says

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WASHINGTON –  The Saudi ambassador to the United States says his country has begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who drove out the U.S.-backed Yemeni president.

Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir says the operations began at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

He says the Houthis, widely believed to be backed by Iran, “have always chosen the path of violence.” He declined to say whether the Saudi campaign involved U.S. intelligence assistance.

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Al-Jubeir made the announcement at a rare news conference by the Sunni kingdom.

He says the Saudis “will do anything necessary” to protect the people of Yemen and “the legitimate government of Yemen.”

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BREAKING: Crash Report: One of the Pilots on Germanwings was Locked Out of the Cockpit

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Investigators scoured dangerous terrain in the French Alps Wednesday as they searched for clues in the wreckage of Germanwings Flight 9525.

Workers dropped to the crash site from helicopters and had to be tied together because the steep area in the French Alps is so treacherous, said Remi Jouty, head of the BEA, the French aviation investigative arm leading the probe.

There’s one key piece of evidence they’ve found so far that could help investigators determine why the Airbus A320 went down: the cockpit voice recorder, one of the aircraft’s so-called black boxes.

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Although the external orange casing was damaged, French aviation investigators accessed the computer chips inside, which contain an audio recording of the cockpit during the entire flight.

• 7:51 p.m. ET: One of the pilots on board Germanwings Flight 9525 was locked out of the cockpit when the plane crashed Tuesday, a senior military official told The New…

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DIE TECHNIKER IST KAPUT!

This was absolutely freakin hilarious. I laughed for a long, long time…

So last month, an electric door at the University of Mainz in Germany broke down.

So last month, an electric door at the University of Mainz in Germany broke down.

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“BROKEN. The technician has been informed.”

The next day the door wasn’t fixed: “Technician also broken.”

The next day the door wasn't fixed: "Technician also broken."

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Then a second notice appeared, referencing a contestant on the German version of Wife Swap. It reads: “Everything stays exactly the way it is!”

Then a second notice appeared, referencing a contestant on the German version of Wife Swap. It reads: “Everything stays exactly the way it is!”

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And suddenly the meme floodgates opened.

And suddenly the meme floodgates opened.

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A day later, and the university’s meme lovers had left the door looking like this.

A day later, and the university's meme lovers had left the door looking like this.

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Three days later, and the door still wasn’t working. In fact it looked like this.

Three days later, and the door still wasn't working. In fact it looked like this.

And then – OMG. The memes had gone. GONE.

And then – OMG. The memes had gone. GONE.

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But one lone memeist decided to hold firm against the unknown meme removers.

But one lone memeist decided to hold firm against the unknown meme removers.

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The university dean could obviously take a joke. He thanked the memeists for their creativity, but said they sadly had to be removed due to fire regulations.

Then came a note PROMISING that the technician had been informed, but they were just waiting on a single technical part, which would be there in a few days.

Then came a note PROMISING that the technician had been informed, but they were just waiting on a single technical part, which would be there in a few days.

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Brandschutzvorschriften = fire safety regulations, of course.

But the memes continued to build…

But the memes continued to build...

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…and build…

...and build...

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“If the door fails, Europe fails.”

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Until finally: It was repaired!