Day: September 15, 2020

DRDO to build directed energy weapons for future combat

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: DRDO to build directed energy weapons for future combat

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DRDO to build directed energy weapons for future combat

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is planning to develop directed energy weapons (DEWS) like high-energy lasers and high-powered microwaves. The DEWS will be a part of a national programme, which will have short, medium, and long-term goals, according to a Times of India report.

DRDO will develop different DEWS variants of up to 100-kilowatt power, in collaboration with the domestic industry. These will include ‘chemical oxygen-iodine’ and ‘high-power fibre’ lasers to a secretive ‘Kali’ particle-beam for ‘soft-kills’ against incoming missiles and aircraft, the report added. However, these DEWS are currently nowhere close to being operational.

The DRDO has developed two anti-drone DEW systems, which will now be manufactured in large numbers with the help of the domestic industry. While one is a trailer-mounted DEW, with a 10-kilowatt laser While one is a trailer-mounted DEW, with a

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Two Antarctic glaciers are breaking up and it could have major consequences for sea level rise

Satellite images show that two important glaciers in the Antarctic are sustaining rapid damage at their most vulnerable points, leading to the breaking up of vital ice shelves with major consequences for global sea level rise.

a view of a snow covered mountain: Thwaites Glacier

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Thwaites Glacier

The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, which sit side by side in West Antarctica on the Amundsen Sea, are among the fastest changing glaciers in the region, already accounting for 5% of global sea level rise. Scientists say the glaciers are highly sensitive to climate change.


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A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, found that the glaciers are weakening at their foundations and this damage over the past few decades is speeding up their retreat and the possible future collapse of their ice shelves.

The researchers, led by Stef Lhermitte, satellite expert at Delft University of Technology in the

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Cat Refuses To Let Her Mom Use Her Computer Mouse

“When he has his mind set there is no trying to distract him from his course.”

Mokou first came into Brenna Telaroli’s life as a sickly 8-week-old kitten. Born with a large umbilical cord hernia, Mokou needed emergency surgery. But as soon as Telaroli saw his beautiful blue eyes she knew she’d do anything for him.
Now completely recovered, Mokou is full of personality — which can be a little difficult to handle when Telaroli’s working from home.

Mokou the kitten tries to distract mom from work
Brenna Telaroli

“For starters, he is a major talker,” Telaroli told The Dodo. “He has something to say about everything, including when I am at work trying to talk to customers.”
Mokou will do anything to distract his mom from work, and usually, he’s pretty successful. The less time his mom spends working, the more time she has to focus on him.

Brenna Telaroli

“He loves to play — that is all

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Harbhajan Singh shares pic of modern thali in viral post. Internet cannot stop laughing

Harbhajan Singh holding a tray of food: Harbhajan Singh shared a picture of a modern thali on Twitter. (Photo: Harbhajan Singh/Instagram)

Harbhajan Singh shared a picture of a modern thali on Twitter. (Photo: Harbhajan Singh/Instagram)

Harbhajan Singh’s new post on Twitter made the internet laugh out loud and we are sure you will be able to relate to it as well. In his new post, Harbhajan shared a picture of a “modern thali” with space reserved on the plate for a mobile phone.

Thali refers to a meal offered at restaurants and households – a plate set with rice, roti, vegetables, dal and salad, generally. The meal is mostly served on a steel plate with compartments. In Harbhajan’s post, a separate place on the thali was set aside for a mobile phone.

The picture features a person enjoying his thali while browsing through his phone. Well, that is the scene observed most of the times.

“Modern thali with space for phone,” Harbhajan Singh said in the caption of his post.


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Apple AirPods and other smart ‘hearables’ are ruling the wearable tech market

Shipments of wearables grew 14.1% in Q2 2020 but a lot of that growth was driven by strong demand for ‘hearables’ like Apple’s AirPods. 

Global shipments of wearables rose to 86.2 million in the second quarter or 14.1% year on year, according to analyst firm IDC. 

Wearables bucked the downward trend in the much larger smartphone category, which saw shipments decline by 14% in Q2 to 285 million units, according to a recent report from analyst firm Canalys.

SEE: Top 10 iPad tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

But, according to IDC, the main driver for growth in wearables in Q2 were “hearables” like Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro, as well as rival products from Samsung and Xiaomi. Shipments of gadgets like AirPods grew 32.6% and accounted for 60% of all wearables in Q2 2020.  

“Hearables show much stronger and broader demand than smartwatches and fitness trackers,” said David Myhrer, research vice

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