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Kyle Mizokami Security, U.S. nuclear testing ceased in 1992. In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that virtually every American that has lived since 1951 has been exposed to nuclear fallout, and that the cumulative effects of all nuclear testing by all nations could ultimately be responsible for up to eleven thousand deaths in the United States alone. The United States did indeed learn much about how to construct safe and reliable nuclear weapons, and their effects on human life and the environment. In doing so, however, it paid a terrible and tragic price. Nuclear weapons have a mysterious quality. Their power is measured in plainly visible blast pressure and thermal energy common to many weapons, but also invisible yet equally destructive radiation and electromagnetic pulse. Between 1945 and 1992, the United States conducted 1,032 nuclear tests seeking to get the measure of these enigmatic weapons. Many of these tests would be today be considered unnecessary, overly dangerous and just plain bizarre. These tests, undertaken on the atomic frontier, gathered much information about these weapons—enough to cease actual use testing—yet scarred the land and left many Americans with long-term health problems. The majority of U.S. nuclear tests occurred in the middle of the Western desert, at the Nevada Test Site. The NTS hosted 699 nuclear tests, utilizing both above-ground and later underground nuclear devices. The average yield for these tests was 8.6 kilotons. Atmospheric tests could be seen from nearby Las Vegas, sixty-five miles southeast of the Nevada Test site, and even became a tourist draw until the Limited Test Ban Treaty banned them in 1963. Today the craters and pockmarks from underground tests are still visible in satellite map imagery. The bulk of the remaining nuclear tests took place in Pacific, at the islands of Bikini, Enewetak, Johnson Island and Christmas Island. The second nuclear test, after 1945’s Trinity Test, took place at Bikini Atoll. The Pacific tests were notable not only for their stunning visuals, the most compelling imagery of nuclear weapons since Hiroshima, but also the forced relocation of native islanders. Others that were near tests were exposed to dangerous levels of radioactive fallout and forced to fleet. In 1954, the crew of the Japanese fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru accidentally sailed through fallout from the nearby fifteen-megaton Castle Bravo test. Contaminated with nuclear fallout, one crew member died, and the rest were sickened by radiation. The first test of a thermonuclear, or fusion, bomb took place on November 1952 at Enewetak Island. Nicknamed Ivy Mike, the huge eighty-two-ton device was more of a building than a usable nuclear device. The device registered a yield of 10.4 megatons, or the equivalent of 10,400,000 tons of TNT. (Hiroshima, by contrast, was roughly eighteen thousand tons of TNT.) Ivy Mike was the biggest test by far, creating a fireball 1.8 miles wide and a mushroom cloud that rose to an altitude of 135,000 feet. One of the strangest atmospheric tests occurred in 1962 at the NTS, with the testing of the Davy Crockett battlefield nuclear weapon. Davy Crockett was a cartoonish-looking recoilless rifle that lobbed a nuclear warhead with an explosive yield of just ten to twenty tons of TNT. The test, code-named Little Feller I, took place on July 17, 1962, with attorney general and presidential adviser Robert. F. Kennedy in attendance. Although hard to believe, Davy Crockett was issued at the battalion level in both Germany and North Korea. Also in 1962, as part of a series of high-altitude nuclear experiments, a Thor rocket carried a W49 thermonuclear warhead approximately 250 miles into the exoatmosphere. The test, known as Starfish Prime, had an explosive yield of 1.4 megatons, or 1,400,000 tons of TNT, and resulted in a large amount of electromagnetic pulse being released over the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The test, conducted off Johnston Island, sent a man-made electrical surge as far Hawaii, more than eight hundred miles away. The surge knocked out three hundred streetlights and a telephone exchange, and caused burglar alarms to go off and garage doors to open by themselves. Nuclear tests weren’t just restricted to the Pacific Ocean and Nevada. In October 1964, as part of Operation Whetstone, the U.S. government detonated a 5.3-kiloton device just twenty-eight miles southwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The test, nicknamed Salmon, was an experiment designed to determine if nuclear tests could be detected by seismometer. This was followed up in 1966 with the Sterling test, which had a yield of 380 tons. In 1967, as part of a misguided attempt to use nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes, the United States detonated a nuclear device near Farmington, New Mexico. Project Gasbuggy was an early attempt at nuclear “fracking,” detonating a twenty-nine-kiloton nuke 4,227 feet underground just to see if the explosion would fracture surrounding rock and expose natural-gas reserves. The experiment was unsuccessful. Two similar tests, Rulison and Rio Blanco, took place in nearby Colorado. Although Rulison was a success in that it uncovered usable gas reserves, the gas was contaminated with radiation, leaving it unsuitable for practical commercial use. A handful of nuclear tests were conducted in Alaska, or more specifically the Aleutian island of Amchitka. The first test, in October 1965, was designed to test nuclear detection techniques and had a yield of eighty kilotons. A second test occurred four years later, and had a yield of one megaton, or one thousand kilotons. The third and largest test, Cannikin, was a test of the Spartan antiballistic-missile warhead and had a yield of less than five megatons. During the early years of nuclear testing it was anticipated that nuclear weapons would be used on the battlefield, and that the Army and Marine Corps had better get used to operating on a “nuclear battlefield.” During the 1952 Big Shot test, 1,700 ground troops took shelter in trenches just seven thousand yards from the thirty-three-kiloton explosion. After the test, the troops conducted a simulated assault that took them to within 160 meters of ground zero. This test and others like them led to increases in leukemia, prostate and nasal cancers among those that participated. U.S. nuclear testing ceased in 1992. In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that virtually every American that has lived since 1951 has been exposed to nuclear fallout, and that the cumulative effects of all nuclear testing by all nations could ultimately be responsible for up to eleven thousand deaths in the United States alone. The United States did indeed learn much about how to construct safe and reliable nuclear weapons, and their effects on human life and the environment. In doing so, however, it paid a terrible and tragic price. Kyle Mizokami is a defense and national-security writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and the Daily Beast. In 2009, he cofounded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch. You can follow him on Twitter:[email protected] This first appeared in March and is being reposted due to reader interest. Image: Creative Commons.
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Its influence on mainstream pop culture has been felt for decades, yet film and TV’s take on the sport (we’re looking at you, Animal Kingdom and Point Break) have fallen woefully shortAt SXSW in Austin, Texas this year, US television channel TNT brought in a surfing simulator and created a “pop-up beach” to help promote their surfing-meets-crime-family show Animal Kingdom, the second season of which premiered on Tuesday. It’s just the latest attempt from the worlds of television and film to embrace surfing with some form of gimmickry. The 1977 world champion Shaun Tomson summed it up like this when I spoke to him: “Fictionalized representations of surfing have been trash.” So why has pop culture, on the whole, got it so painfully wrong when it comes to depictions of surfing and surf culture?The canon of mainstream surfing pop culture begins with Gidget. The film and TV series brought surfing – at least, the Malibu version of it – to the US. Based on the real-life journals of Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, it’s not as much about surfing as about a girl finding her place in the world, but the setting and depictions of surfing caused America to fall in love with if not surfing, then at least the idea of it. Continue reading...
The region surrounding the Podkamennaya Tunguska River is a desolate place, even by Siberian standards, with the nearest big city of Krasnoyarsk (3,352 kilometers east of Moscow) located 640 kilometers to the south. On June 30, 1908, an object, which would eventually become known as the Tunguska meteorite, flew through the air and exploded in the sky above the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. In this remote location, not one single person was located at the site of the explosion's epicenter. This was a fortunate occurrence because scientists estimate that the explosion was equal to 10-40 megatons of TNT, a blast as powerful as a hydrogen bomb. The bang destroyed the forest completely, knocking down trees within a 40-kilometer radius of its epicenter. Explosions were heard in settlements as far as 800 kilometers away and the ground shook. The next day, magnetic storms raged throughout the entire Northern Hemisphere and strange flares, silvery clouds and flashes of lightning were observed throughout the sky. Could it be the end of the world or the beginning of a war? The main witnesses of this strange phenomenon were indigenous Evenks hunters and the Siberians who lived in the surrounding villages. The hunters had been wandering through the taiga but were lucky enough to be a safe distance away from the site of the impact. Those who witnessed the event spoke of a "fiery ball" that flew through the sky, from the southeast to the northwest, and recalled the sound of "gunshots" and "thunder" from far away. The newspaper Sibir wrote about the reactions of the people from a settlement located 200 kilometers from the blast: "Everyone in the settlement gathered in the streets in fear and panic. The women were crying. Everyone thought it was the end of the world." The researcher Innokenty Suslov cites the accounts of two Evenk brothers, Chuchancha and Chekaren, from the Shanyagir clan, whose tent was located only 20 kilometers from the epicenter on that day. "The trees are falling, their needles are burning, the branches are burning, my herd of reindeer is burning. All around there is smoke, my eyes hurt. It is so hot, you could burn. This morning was sunny, there were no clouds, the sun shone brightly, as always, and then, suddenly, a second sun appeared!" The brothers' tent was destroyed by the blast and, although they suffered burns, they both survived. The Siberian peasants and Evenks people could not understand what had happened. In addition to mystical theories (Christians believed that it was the Second Coming of Christ, while the pagan Evenks thought it was the arrival of the thunder god, Agda), there were also political explanations. Some people believed it was the beginning of a second Russo-Japanese War (that was had ended just three years earlier, in 1905). The first serious expedition of scientists wasn’t sent to study the Tunguska anomaly until 1927, during the Soviet era. The visitor from space didn’t leave a trace This phenomenon is referred to as the Tunguska meteorite, though there is no proof that the fallen celestial body was actually a meteorite. Debates about the true nature of the object continue to this day. This is due to the fact that not one expedition examining the site of the explosion has been able to locate a crater, which would have been enormous, or any other residual material that can be proven to have come from the blast. It seems this gigantic celestial body exploded and disappeared almost without a trace. Today, there are two main theories about this object that exploded over the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. The first theory is that it was a stone meteorite, and the other is that it was an ice comet. Physicist Gennady Bybin, who has studied the Tunguska anomaly for 30 years, supports the theory that it was an ice comet because the object left no remaining debris or crater, indicating that the pressure and heat of the Earth's atmosphere completely destroyed the comet upon entry. Ghosts of the mysterious Ladoga lake There is also a theory that the meteorite did leave a trace. In 2012, Italian researchers, from the University of Bologna, posited that the small Lake Cheko, located near the supposed epicenter of the explosion, is the crater. However, in early 2016, a group of Russian scientists determined that the lake had actually been in existence since before the fall of the meteorite. Another theory, proposed by the physicist Ivan Murzinov, from the Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, argues that the meteorite entered the Earth's atmosphere at such an angle that it did not hit the ground at all but continued to move tangentially. After the explosion, these fragments could have been scattered thousands of kilometers from the epicenter, says Murzinov,"falling into the Atlantic Ocean or even returning to space." A cornucopia of theories While most scientists are still racking their brains about whether it was a meteorite or a comet, there are alternative opinions that have been suggested. There is a theory that the event was caused by aliens and, in 1946, science-fiction writer Alexander Kazantsev published the story Explosion, which describes an alien spaceship with a nuclear engine exploding over Tunguska. Scientists, however, remain skeptical that extraterrestrial civilizations played any part in the Tunguska anomaly. However, there is an even more exotic theory. A small number of researchers believe that the Tunguska meteorite was actually a lump of antimatter, which is why it left no trace after releasing its energy upon contact with the Earth. Since little is known about antimatter today, it is still impossible to convincingly confirm or deny this theory. Others believe that the inventor Nikola Tesla was responsible for this explosion in the sky. This version posits that, from his American laboratory, he launched a powerful "energetic shot" towards the region of Alaska, in order to test a new invention but "missed." According to this theory, Tesla's experiment failed and, horrified by the destructive results, he chose to stay silent about his involvement. "About 30 percent of researchers believe that this was a meteorite, the same amount think that it was a comet and 40 percent support a range of diverse hypotheses, including phantasmagorical ones," Ivan Murzinov said, summing up the range of scientific opinions on the Tunguska anomaly. More than a century after the explosion, it seems we do not have a much better understanding of what happened over the Podkamennaya Tunguska River than those peasants and hunters who witnessed the "fiery ball." This article is part of the Russian X-Files series, in which RBTH explores enigmas, mysteries and anomalies related to Russia. Read more: Volga Monster: Paleontologists find ancient skull on Russian riverbank>>>
Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) have always considered "the West" - and the United States in particular - the ultimate enemy. But following President Vladimir Putin's policy of military involvement in Syria, Russia may have taken its place as ISIL's main target. "At the moment ISIL's rage is directed at Bashar al-Assad and Putin.They are the main enemies of ISIL because Russia has smashed ISIL in Syria and the same in Iraq. They will do anything to get their revenge on Russia," says Ahmad Saeedi, Dawat University, Kabul. Thousands of ISIL fighters from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere are regrouping in the virtually impregnable mountains of Afghanistan, plotting revenge against the Kremlin. ISIL's high command have given orders to target Russian cities, with thousands of trained fighters ready to act at any time. Most recently, a lone terrorist on the metro in St Petersburg demonstrated the vulnerability of any modern city. On a moving train, in the middle of the day, a young Uzbek man with Russian citizenship detonated a bomb made with TNT and packed with shrapnel. Dozens were hurt and 15 killed. The bomber was later reported in the Russian media to have been in Syria with ISIL in 2014. The Russians maintain that they are monitoring ISIL's movements closely, claiming lack of concern regarding threats from the group. The Russia-Afghanistan connection is nothing new, with a decades-old history laced in conflict. The Soviet-Afghan war, led by Leonid Brezhnev first and then Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-80s, was waged against insurgent groups known as the "mujahideen" and the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. After almost a decade of war, they were driven out by a coalition of Afghan tribesmen led by the charismatic Ahmad Shah Masoud, who became known as the Lion of Panjshir. When the Soviet army eventually withdrew in 1989, the power vacuum made way for the rise of different armed factions which would slowly tear the nation apart - allowing the Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIL to take root in Afghanistan. Zubair Massoud, the nephew of Ahmed Shah Massoud, is the adviser to the Afghan National Security Council. He sees the recent influx of ISIL fighters as a major threat to Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries. "The terrorists you see in Syria are the same individuals that are here now in Afghanistan. These are terrorists that come from different countries - from Tajikistan, from Uzbekistan, Chechnya. It's a strategic place. They could go across the border and finally their main goal is Russia," he says. As well as attacking isolated villages, ISIL has brought terror to the capital, Kabul. In one incident alone, 80 people were killed in a suicide bombing. So if they manage to infiltrate Russia with the number of trained sleeper cells they speak of, then the carnage they currently create in Afghanistan is merely a precursor to their plans for Moscow, St Petersburg and other target cities. Zamir Kabulov, President Putin's special envoy to Afghanistan, appears dismissive of the growing threats across the borders from Russia. He says that the worst-case scenario would only be realised if ISIL were able to create instability across Central Asia, flooding Russia with refugees that could cause a security issue. Massoud fears that the Russians and other neighbouring countries to the north of Afghanistan may not understand the extent of the situation, with numbers of fighters in the region growing at an exponential rate. "As I have seen in the last three to four years we're in a very bad state in Afghanistan," says Massoud. "Just as the US troops were starting to leave, more militants started to come inside Afghanistan. They've come together and they're increasing in size every day. Last year, there were 300. Now there are 2,000 foreigners in Badakhshan, which is a danger for everyone." With unprecedented access, ISIL: Target Russia looks at how ISIL and its splinter groups are training and organising to move fighter units north, through the Caucuses, with the intent of attacking Russia. We profile some of ISIL's women fighters and meet commanders and fighters in the remote mountains of northern Afghanistan who explain that their plan to hit Russia is already well under way. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
Jonathan Turley, The HillIn a couple weeks, there will be an anniversary that will likely go without mention beyond those of us who are ardent military history nuts. It is the 100th anniversary of the Ypres Salient explosion in World War I. While many have made a great deal over the dropping of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) in Afghanistan, the MOAB (with 18,000 pounds of TNT) was barely a candle compared to the mines placed under the German trenches by Scottish miners over months of secret digging in Belgium.
Ernie Johnson, Jr., the popular host of Inside the NBA on TNT, shares the unscripted moments that have impacted his life
Управление перспективных исследовательских проектов Министерства обороны США (DARPA) объявило о сотрудничестве с семью университетами США, подразделениями ВВС и армии в исследованиях, направленных на стимулирование мозга неинвазивным способом для ускорения обучения. Управление анонсировало программу Target Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) в марте 2016 года и сейчас начало работу по поиску наиболее безопасных и эффективных способов активации естественного процесса, называемого синаптической пластичностью. Пластичность - способность мозга укреплять или ослаблять нейронные связи, чтобы приспособиться к изменениям в окружающей среде. Руководитель программы TNT доктор Дуг Вербер связывает синаптическую пластичность с обучением. Исследование TNT фокусируется на конкретном виде обучения - когнитивных навыках. Люди используют когнитивные навыки, чтобы фокусировать внимание, обрабатывать информацию, разделять внимание на несколько задач одновременно, определять и понимать шаблоны, запоминать инструкции, организовывать информацию и многое другое. Министерство обороны США ожидает, что TNT позволит снизить стоимость и сократить продолжительность обучения специалистов по иностранному языку, аналитиков разведки, криптографов и других. Команда исследователей TNT пытается определить физиологические механизмы, которые могли бы позволить им улучшить естественное обучение посредством электростимуляции периферических нервов - тех, которые соединяют нейроны в головном и спинном мозге с органами, кожей и мышцами, - чтобы мозг быстрее воспринимал новые знания во время ключевых моментов обучения. Ученые еще не до конца понимают, какие механизмы лежат в основе этого улучшения, но считают, что нейростимуляция способствует высвобождению нейромедиаторов: ацетилхолина, осуществляющего нервно-мышечную передачу, норэпинефрина - "медиатора бодрости" - и других, играющих важную роль в модуляции когнитивных процессов, связанных с обучением. Основная цель TNT - активировать различные механизмы, чтобы понять связи между нейростимуляцией, высвобождением нейромедиатора и результирующими изменениями в пластичности. Чтобы активировать периферические нервы, исследователи будут сравнивать неинвазивную электростимуляцию через кожу с инвазивной - с помощью имплантированного устройства, - а затем сделают выводы, что из этого эффективнее. Вербер планирует пойти еще дальше и создать устройство, которое активирует пластичность, используя электричество для стимуляции периферических нервов через кожу. Он отметил, что уже сейчас на рынке есть устройства, предназначенные для стимуляции мозга и периферических нервов. "Вы можете прямо сейчас зайти в Интернет и за 50 долларов купить устройство, которое, как утверждают производители, стимулирует ваш мозг и заставляет его делать всевозможные вещи", - сказал Вебер. Такие компании делают технологию доступной без каких-либо гарантий того, что она безопасна или даже эффективна. В первой части исследований TNT ученые будут работать над определением механизмов, которые лежат в основе того, как стимуляция нерва влияет на пластичность мозга. Они также пытаются обнаружить физиологические показатели, которые показывают, что стимуляция работает, и выявить и свести к минимуму побочные эффекты стимуляции нервов, если таковые вообще имеются. Во второй половине программы исследователи будут использовать технологию нейростимуляции в различных видах тренировочных упражнений для измерения улучшения скорости и степени обучения. В то же время некоторые исследовательские группы будут работать с аналитиками военной разведки и специалистами по иностранному языку, чтобы понять, как процесс обучения идёт сейчас. Цель сотрудничества состоит в том, чтобы превратить средний отряд в непревзойденных лингвистов гораздо быстрее, чем это возможно сегодня. Платформу TNT можно будет дорабатывать, чтобы удовлетворить их потребности. В партнерстве с Университетом штата Аризона команда будет работать с персоналом Исследовательской лабораторией ВВС, чтобы изучить, как мозг реагирует во время разведки, стрельбы и наблюдения. DARPA подходит к изучению синаптической пластичности с нескольких точек зрения, чтобы определить, есть ли безопасные и эффективные пути для улучшения обучения и ускорения освоения навыков, связанных с миссиями национальной безопасности США. Программа TNT поможет компенсировать сокращение персонала каждой военной службы. TNT - часть более обширного проекта DARPA BRAIN, поддерживаемого Белым домом. Эта инициатива была объявлена еще администрацией Барака Обамы в 2013 году. В ее рамках поддерживаются разработки в сфере инновационных нейротехнологий, которые могут создать динамическую картину функций мозга - как отдельные клетки и сложные нейронные цепи взаимодействуют во времени и пространстве. BRAIN также исследует расстройства мозга, такие как болезни Альцгеймера и Паркинсона, депрессии и черепно-мозговые травмы.(https://geektimes.ru/post...)
Управление перспективных исследовательских проектов Министерства обороны США (DARPA) объявило о сотрудничестве с семью университетами США, подразделениями ВВС и армии в исследованиях, направленных на стимулирование мозга неинвазивным способом для ускорения обучения. Управление анонсировало программу Target Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) в марте 2016 года и сейчас начало работу по поиску наиболее безопасных и эффективных способов активации естественного процесса, называемого синаптической пластичностью. 41 комментарий
Управление перспективных исследовательских проектов Министерства обороны США (DARPA) объявило о сотрудничестве с семью университетами США, подразделениями ВВС и армии в исследованиях, направленных на стимулирование мозга неинвазивным способом для ускорения обучения. Управление анонсировало программу Target Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) в марте 2016 года и сейчас начало работу по поиску наиболее безопасных и эффективных способов активации естественного процесса, называемого синаптической пластичностью. Пластичность — способность мозга укреплять или ослаблять нейронные связи, чтобы приспособиться к изменениям в окружающей среде. Руководитель программы TNT доктор Дуг Вербер связывает синаптическую пластичность с обучением. Исследование TNT фокусируется на конкретном виде обучения — когнитивных навыках. Люди используют когнитивные навыки, чтобы фокусировать внимание, обрабатывать информацию, разделять внимание на несколько задач одновременно, определять и понимать шаблоны, запоминать инструкции, организовывать информацию и многое другое. Министерство обороны США ожидает, что TNT позволит снизить стоимость и сократить продолжительность обучения специалистов по иностранному языку, аналитиков разведки, криптографов и других. Читать дальше →
Russian ethno-pop band, Buranovo Babushkas (made up of eight elderly women), has released a remix of Mortal Kombat’s main song to mark the screening of the Mortal Kombat: The Last Stand film on the TNT-4 television channel, TJournal reports. TNT is well known for its unusual approach to domestic advertising. The channel once morphed a Russian rap song with clips from a Harry Potter film to promote screening the movie, the words explaining how difficult it is to grow up on the streets). TNT also announced a Lord of Rings film alongside both a rock band tune and a viral mix on social media.