I believe we’ve made a near-final carpet selection here at Many Words Press World HQ, which means the library will soon be a) done and b) capable of hosting the largest Little Wars battles yet, on the order of 15′ x 10′, which should easily support coalitions of more than 100 soldiers. Hopefully, we can bring you one of those in the not too distant future.
- A fun aerobatic display – Look at the outside guy go!
- USAF reverse-engineering parts for the B-2 – Presumably, because the supply chain for them no longer exists.
- Packing Helices into an Udaloy – Warship helicopter hangars: cramped.
- 5.7x28mm NATO – What an odd choice.
- Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash
- IAF F-15s photographed carrying Sparrows – The War Zone speculates as to why.
- 2021: China passes the US for fleet size?
- On that note, the US has almost four times as many VLS tubes as the whole of Europe, and that’s not even counting submarines
- The USSR had a railway-based ICBM with an inflatable nose – Video included.
Science and Technology
- Mathematician makes progress on the Collatz conjecture, or 3x + 1 problem – This being a particularly thorny part of math, the progress he made is proving it’s almost true for almost all numbers.
- Some mad Russians formed a transparent valve cover and oil pan, so you can look inside a running Lada engine
- Neural networks with multimodal neurons are vulnerable to text attacks – That is, if you label an apple ‘library’, the network identifies it as a library. Oops. Also, content warning: terrifying visions from the vilest darkness, if you look too closely at the synthetic maximum-activation images.
- New algorithm breaks record for linear equation solving – Turns out, with sparse systems, guessing randomly and iterating is faster than actually solving the system in the standard way.
- Always worth bringing up: the US is ludicrously wealthy in GDP per capita
- The North Face (the clothing brand) snubbed an oil and gas company, so the Colorado Oil & Gas Association gave The North Face a tongue-in-cheek award for being an excellent customer – “Probably three-quarters of the mass they ship is actually our product,” quoth the head of the industry association.
- GIF of an Indonesian volcano erupting