The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — an organization known for its unconventional approach to solving military problems — has been tasked to help the Pentagon figure out how to organize a new agency focused on space technology development.
The task came from Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin, a staunch advocate of creating a Space Development Agency to spur innovation in military space programs and bring emerging technologies from the private sector into DoD. Griffin has been a vocal critic of the Pentagon's traditional procurement process and has warned that adversaries like China and Russia are advancing space technology at a much more rapid pace than the United States.
The report said the job of a Space Development Agency will be to develop and field eight key capabilities the Pentagon calls the "DoD Space Vision."
• Persistent global surveillance for advanced missile targeting,
• Indications, warning, targeting and tracking for defense against advanced missile threats,
• Alternate positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) for a GPS-denied environment,
• Global and near-real time space situational awareness,
• Development of deterrent capability,
• Responsive, resilient, common ground-based space support infrastructure (e.g., ground stations and launch capability)
• Cross-domain, networked, node-independent battle management command, control and communications, including nuclear command, control, and communications,
• Highly-scaled, low-latency, persistent, artificial intelligence-enabled global surveillance
“The world needs to have confidence that this technology will be used well,” Smith said in a speech at the Brookings Institution Thursday afternoon. “Then we’ll be able to innovate in ways that benefit society.”
The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that Navimax Corporation, incorporated in the Marshall Islands with its main offices in Greece, was sentenced to a $2,000,000 fine by a federal district court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a Coast Guard investigation.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Navimax operated the Nave Cielo, a 750-foot long oil tanker. Prior to a formal inspection on December 7, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the vessel near Delaware City when a crewmember gave the officers a thumb drive containing two videos, depicting a high-volume discharge of dark brown and black oil waste from a five-inch pipe, located 15-feet above water level. Subsequent investigation during a more comprehensive inspection on December 7, 2017, disclosed that the approximately 10-minute discharge occurred on November 2, 2017, in international waters, after the ship left New Orleans en route to Belgium. During the Coast Guard boarding on December 7, 2017, crewmembers presented the ship’s Oil Record Book, which did not record this discharge.
ITALY'S Campi Flegrei volcano has, for the first time in nearly 400 years, been “showing a type of unrest” which could indicate it is “getting ready for another eruption”, volcano expert Christopher Kilburn has said.
The recalled products are 15.25-ounce (432-gram) cans of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers, according to an announcement issued by the FDA on December 11.
The reason these specific products were recalled is because they were underprocessed, per the FDA alert. “These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed,” the FDA says. The possibly contaminated cans were distributed to stores (including Walmart and Target) in 25 states and 12 international locations, the agency says. Currently, there have been no reported illnesses linked to this recall.
Infectious disease experts suspect that botulism is the big worry.
Answering a question about blockchain-based currencies’ use in daily transactions, the BitPay CEO told CNBC that he expects such adoption to occur on a mass scale in under half a decade, stating that:
“I used to say 10 years, but now I think it’s more like 3-5 years until you can go into a restaurant, a retail establishment, and just everybody’s going to expect that that store will be able to accept a blockchain payment.”
Pair then further noted that he was not just referring to “Bitcoin or the various tokens that we see today [but] also about issuing dollars on a blockchain or euros on a blockchain.”
New research published in Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice has found that advanced meditators tend to have more lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they’re dreaming and can control the experience.
In the study, the researchers surveyed 38 long-term meditators and 140 non-meditators. The long-term meditators had been practicing meditation for at least 5 years and meditated at least 200 minutes per week on average.
Baird and his colleagues found that long-term meditators reported more frequent lucid dreams compared to the individuals without meditation experience.
A few days ago I had a strange desire to Google myself, just to see what was out there. To my horror, one of the first things that popped up was my address, phone number and family info for anybody to see. (Whatever happened to "don't talk to strangers"?!) Call me paranoid, but it freaked me out.
So, I decided to look into how to remove myself from these websites...
Facebook has kept the research and work of this team as secretive as possible. After being asked about Mr. Zuckerberg’s expectations of this department, a spokesperson commented that he could not give more details besides the exploratory character that this team has at the moment.
“Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology. This new small team is exploring many different applications. We don’t have anything further to share.”
There are over 8 million abandoned homes in Japanese suburbs, according to The Japan Times.
If you are a struggling American millennial: you could theoretically move to Japan because the sushi’s fresh, cost of living is low, and the government is giving away free homes.
What is driving the government to give away these homes? Well, there is a massive housing glut.
In part, it has to do with Japan's aging population - responsible for the high number of abandoned houses across the country. Japan has a major demographic problem, which means there are too few first time home buyers.
The seizure occurred on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 27-year-old woman, accompanied by a 28-year-old woman, both of them Mexican citizens from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for a secondary examination. Upon a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection by CBP officers, a total 94 pounds of alleged methamphetamine was discovered. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,322,848.