The idea centres on the use of a 'metamaterial' surface, which tricks the eye into thinking an item is not there by bending light away as it reflects from the source.
The team are led by Professor Sir John Pendry, a world-leading physicist at ICL, who first proposed the invisibility cloak in 2006, and Professor Stefan Maier, a field-leader in plasmonics, or electromagnetic wave technology.
Prof Pendry said: ''I anticipate this technology will do things we already do, but do them better and cheaper. For hundreds of thousands of years we have used chemistry to alter materials, and we have taken this as far as it can go.
All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer’s personal communications, showing who they have contacted, when and where, as well as the websites they have visited.
Despite widespread opposition to the increasing amount of surveillance in Britain, 653 public bodies will be given access to the information, including police, local councils, the Financial Services Authority, the ambulance service, fire authorities and even prison governors.
They will not require the permission of a judge or a magistrate to obtain the information, but simply the authorisation of a senior police officer or the equivalent of a deputy head of department at a local authority.
Women have a lower carbon footprint than men but are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of global warming, according to the United Nations’ State of World Population report.
“Females like predictability in their males as it allows them to make good long-term decisions, and to deal with changing circumstances if they know their male is consistent."
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Special forces soldiers could be zooming into combat wearing Gryphon Stealth Wingsuits
Seriously, how awesome does that look.
Moscow officials considering cloud seeding to keep snow-removal costs down in the winter.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and- ... 0312.story
The city government says it still hasn't reached a decision. But scientists at the Central Aerological Observatory say they are deep into negotiations with authorities and expect the cloud-seeding plan to go forward.
The city has hit upon a splendid idea, the scientists say. Laboring against the uncomfortable sense that their observatory's import has waned since its Soviet heyday, they are eager to unleash their many and various technologies.
They already seed the clouds for political effect, clearing the skies over Moscow twice a year to ensure sun-drenched celebrations of patriotic holidays.
In Russia, nobody rains on the parade -- because the Russian government doesn't allow it.
"Victory Day is the most sacred holiday for us," says Bagrat Danilian, deputy chief of cloud seeding at the observatory. "When veterans go out to celebrate in Moscow, we create good weather for them."
All it takes, he says, is sacks of cement -- 500-grade, to be precise. Drop the powder down into the clouds, and they vanish.
Soviet scientists learned how to disperse clouds by accident 40 years ago: They had flown overhead and dropped powdered blue paint into the clouds to tag them for observation. Instead, the powder melted the clouds away.
Los Angeles might require microchips in recovered pets
The city is considering requiring that dogs and cats retrieved by owners at animal shelters receive the chips, for a $15 fee.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 1218.story
Under the new ordinance, owners whose lost animals are recovered would be charged $15.
"It's more about getting pets safely reunited," Barth said. "It's a humane issue."
More than 4,000 dogs are captured annually, more of which have the microchips with each passing year, she said. The technology is "clearly an effective tool," she said.
The chips cost under $10, and funds generated by the plan would help pay for services provided by local animal shelters, Barth said.
The British Army is to change camo for the first time in almost 40 years. = Moving to greener pastures soon.
The new Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) will replace the traditional four colour woodland uniform known as No.8: Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM).
Forces in Afghanistan will start to get the new uniforms in March next year, with the whole army upgraded by 2011.
MTP is designed for a wide range of environments, including the volatile "green zone" of Helmand province.
British troops in Afghanistan currently use a mix of desert camouflage and temperate DPM, depending on which area they are operating in.
There are three main types of terrain in Helmand - desert, the agricultural "green zone" either side of the Helmand river, and residential areas with dusty buildings and mud huts.
One soldier said that the mix-and-match was far from ideal and made units stand out, especially in the "green zone".
Iraq says: Iranians seize Iraqi oil well on border.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34478794/ns ... tn_africa/
According to Iraq's deputy foreign minister, Mohammed Haj Mahmoud, Iranian troops crossed into Iraqi territory on Thursday and seized oil well No. 4 in the al-Fakkah oil field, located in Maysan province about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad.
Iranian soldiers carrying rifles seized the well Thursday night in a 25-car convoy and ordered the Iraqi workers to leave the area, according to a worker at the site who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution. The soldiers then mounted an Iranian flag inside the well, he said.
The oil field is one of Iraq's largest.
"This is not the first time that the Iranians have tried to prevent Iraqis from investing in oil fields in border areas," Mahmoud told the AP.
The al-Fakkah field is considered a shared field between Iran and Iraq, meaning both nations are able to pump oil from it, but the Iraqis consider oil well No. 4 theirs.
An official at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to media said reports of Iran seizing the well were "mere rumors."
A message left for Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman seeking comment was not returned. Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted officials at the National Iranian Oil Company as denying the incursion.
Iraq sends forces to oil well seized by Iran = Mobilising army on the border.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091219/ap_ ... ea/ml_iraq
BAGHDAD – Iraq deployed security forces Saturday near a remote oil well seized by Iran, officials said, and its government pressed Tehran to withdraw its forces from the area along their disputed southern border.
U.S. officials applauded Iraq for standing its ground against Iran
"Again, we ask Iran to be committed to the good relations that they announced with Iraq and its nation, and to withdraw its forces immediately," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Al-Arabiyah TV. "This is the demand of Iraq, and we call Iran to be committed with that."
Iran, however, appeared undeterred.
In a statement, the Iranian military denied it violated Iraq's sovereignty and cited a 1975 border agreement in claiming the oil well as part of Iran's territory.
"Our forces are on our own soil and, based on the known international borders, this well belongs to Iran," the Iranian military said in a statement to Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam satellite television.
At the same time, Iran's leaders may be feeling more isolated as the result of its domestic political unrest and international disapproval of its nuclear program.
A US federal judge has dismissed all charges against five guards from US security firm Blackwater over the killing of 17 Iraqis in 2007.
The five, contracted to defend US diplomatic personnel, were accused of opening fire on a crowd in Baghdad.
Lawyers for the five guards say they were acting in self-defence, but witnesses and family members of those killed maintain that the shooting on 16 September 2007 was unprovoked.
The disputed evidence concerned statements the guards gave to state department investigators, which they were told would not be used to bring a criminal case.
This limited immunity deal meant that prosecutors should have built their case against the men without using the statements.
As well as the 14 counts of manslaughter, they had faced 20 counts of attempted manslaughter and one count of using a machine gun to commit a crime of violence, a charge that carries a 30-year minimum sentence.
Donald Ball's lawyer, Steven McCool, said<snip>
"Here's a guy that's a decorated war hero who we maintain should never have been charged in the first place," he said.
Their lawyers said the men were thrilled by the ruling.
Scientists have shown for the first time that "lifeless" prion proteins, devoid of all genetic material, can evolve just like higher forms of life.
A prion is an infectious agent that is composed primarily of protein. To date, all such agents that have been discovered propagate by transmitting a mis-folded protein state; as with viruses the protein itself does not self-replicate on its own, rather it induces existing polypeptides in the host organism to take on the rogue form. The mis-folded form of the prion protein has been implicated in a number of diseases in a variety of mammals, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as "mad cow disease") in cattle and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) in humans.
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