Robot war: Rise of the machines?

Autonomous weapons could potentially be programmed to select and engage targets on their own

It’s a common theme in science fiction – machines rising up against their human masters.

But it could be a real threat, warn researchers at the recent World Economic Forum. Unlike today’s drones, which are still controlled by human operators, autonomous weapons could potentially be programmed to select and engage targets on their own.

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Scientists develop mini Death Star to protect us from asteroids

American researchers believe laser beam could be used to deflect space rocks on collision course with planet Earth.

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It sounds like a weapon straight out of Star Wars. Imagine the Death Star’s superlaser used not to destroy worlds but to protect our own from approaching asteroids.

That is the concept being developed by American researchers who believe they have found a way to use a high-power laser beam to deflect space rocks that are on course to hit Earth.

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100 Foot Asteroid Could Pass Earth 20 Times Closer Than the Moon at 34,000 MPH on March 7th

Did you know that a huge asteroid is scheduled to make a “close shave” with our planet on March 7th?

This asteroid is known as “2013 TX68″, and it is estimated to be anywhere from 80 to 170 feet in length.  Most news reports are saying that it is 100 feet long.  Scientists are telling us that they are not certain exactly how close this giant space rock will come, and that is rather unsettling.  They say that it could come within roughly 1/20th the distance from the Earth to the moon, or that it could pass by millions of miles away.  Because the orbit of this huge asteroid is unpredictable, they tell us that they don’t really know what will happen, but they insist that it will not hit us.  If it does pass us at 1/20th the distance from the Earth to the moon, that would be about half as far up as many of our communications satellites.  That would be incredibly close, and many are wondering what may happen if our scientists are just slightly off in their calculations.

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The Odds of Dying

Everyone dies of something, but after slogging through the daily news, you’d think most people die from terrorism, shark attacks and gas explosions. But are these tragedies — not to mention deaths from lightning strikes, plane crashes and tsunamis — actually top killers in the United States?

Not really.

Even combined, these incidents killed far fewer people than the most deadly illness — heart disease, which took the lives of more than 614,000 people in the United States in 2014, accounting for about 23 percent of all deaths in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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PREPPERS : 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For!

Do you consider yourself to be a prepper? Are you ready to defend your house, protect your family, and protect those you love from danger?

Over the years preppers have got a bad rap. Often portrayed as tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists waiting for the end of the world, the mainstream media has done a serious disservice to those who are just trying to protect the ones they love from the very real dangers that are out there.

If you have given up on prepping, or think it’s only for those who are preparing for some end of the world disaster to strike, you need to consider these eight very real threats that everyone should be prepared for.

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White House rallies public, private efforts to prepare for devastating earthquakes

Spurred by renewed fears of the fabled “Big One” shattering the West Coast, the Obama administration on Tuesday promoted stronger earthquake-preparedness efforts as part of a first-of-its-kind White House summit.

Private foundation grants will fund new research at universities in California and Washington state, the Forest Service will streamline the placement of seismic monitoring stations and a presidential order will tighten standards for new federal buildings.

“While no one can predict earthquakes, the study of natural hazards and their causes and impacts has put us on the path to creating more effective tools to prevent these hazards from becoming disasters,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.

Dubbed the “Earthquake Resiliency Summit,” the program convened some of the nation’s leading seismologists, as well as executives from public agencies ranging from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

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A New Madrid Earthquake Is Coming And America Will Be Shaken Like Never Before

Most Americans expect the next great earthquake in the United States to come on the west coast

Most Americans expect the next great earthquake in the United States to come on the west coast. 

But what if it strikes right down the middle of the country instead?  The New Madrid fault zone is six times larger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.  Back in 1811 and 1812, a series of absolutely devastating earthquakes along the New Madrid fault zone opened very deep fissures in the ground, caused the Mississippi River to run backwards in some places, and were reportedly felt as far away as Washington D.C. and Boston.  They were the strongest earthquakes ever recorded east of the Rocky Mountains, and scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before we experience similar quakes.  In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey has admitted that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“, and the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country has more than quintupled in recent years.  Someday, perhaps without any warning, an absolutely massive earthquake will strike the New Madrid fault.  Thousands of Americans will die, tens of thousands of structures will be completely destroyed, and millions of people will find themselves homeless.
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Doomsday Clock 2016 : World More Dangerous Than During Cold War

The clock, a metaphor for how close to the planet is to destruction, has been around since 1947

The world is as close to destruction as it has been in the last 20 years, a group of scientific leaders, policy experts and former officials warned Tuesday.

 

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists chose to keep its so-called Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight this year, but said the lack of a tick forward shouldn’t be taken as a good sign.

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The Market Is About to See Half Its Value Wiped Out

Editor’s Note: The following report originally published at Zero Hedge is based directly on data, analysis and information provided by The Federal Reserve. Most people may not know this, but The Fed has been attempting to control the economy from the get-go and many of the actions they took during the Great Depression rhyme with what they’re doing now. And if history is any guide, then all hell is going to break loose in coming weeks and months. The last time they attempted similar machinations it resulted in a major collapse of global financial markets. But this time is different, right?

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Doomsday clock to to update for 2016

WE will find out how close we are to Armageddon when the world’s most revered scientists gather in Washington DC to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock.

The symbolic timekeeper of our impending destruction is currently set at three minutes to midnight — the closest we have ever been to that dreaded hour since the clock began ticking in 1947.

The clock is a universally recognised indicator of our vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, emerging technologies and more recently, global warming. We ignore it at our peril.

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