The Royal Navy is testing ground-breaking technology which allows them to control unmanned boats remotely. The fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), described as ‘absolutely the future of naval warfare’, can be operated from a warship’s operations room. Able to detect underwater mines and spy on enemy ships without putting sailors in danger, the MAST-13 has already been hailed by one admiral for the 'increased reach and lethality this will bring to our ships'. The MAST-13 technology will allow the 13-metre boats to scout miles ahead of warships and warn them of potential danger. Capable of travelling 45 knots (52mph; 84kmh), the waterborne drones can operate for up to 10 days at a time and travel hundreds of miles. The fleet of surface vehicles, described by Autonomous P24 developers BAE Systems as 'absolutely the future of naval warfare', can be operated using a remote control in a warship's operations room HOW DO THE MAST-13 BOATS WORK? … [Read more...] about Drones of the sea: Royal Navy begins trials of unmanned military boats which can be remote-controlled for hundreds of miles and find mines or spy on enemy ships
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After blazing down all day, the sun slips behind a bank of clouds in the west. As we make for a bay just beyond Dondra Head, the lighthouse on this most southerly point of the country grows slowly larger against a golden sky. It’s a laid-back moment on the sundeck of the Crystal, literally: most of us are pretty much horizontal in the relative cool of the evening. But then this is the most laid-back of holidays: a week’s gentle pootle around the south coast of Sri Lanka, taking in palm-fringed beaches and the odd nature reserve or Unesco site but mostly reading, daydreaming and just ... being. When it comes to sailing holidays, most people think of Greece, Croatia or Turkey, perhaps the Caribbean in winter. But Sri Lanka, with some of the world’s most stunning beaches, lapped by warm Indian Ocean, is not a well-known sailing destination. So when I saw G Adventures had a new seven-day small-group tour sailing the south coast (between November and April; it switches to … [Read more...] about Floats our boat: sailing Sri Lanka’s south coast
This is the shocking moment a tiger tried to turn two motorbike riders into prey at a wildlife park in India. The footage, posted by India's Forests and Wildlife Protection Society on Facebook , shows the tiger racing towards the bikers as they rode through the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary in the Indian state of Kerala. One of the bikers managed to film the scene, showing the tiger slowly emerging from the jungle in the distance. The tiger then picks up speed and begins racing straight towards one of the riders. In a split moment, the biker managed to dart his motorcycle to the side. The beast then averts its direction and heads back into the jungle, vanishing from sight. The bikers were Forest Department officials who were checking on tiger sightings at the wildlife park, Hindustan Times reported. The video has since gone viral, gaining over 400,000 views with more than 7,000 shares on Facebook. Online users expressed their shock at the incident, with some praising the biker for his … [Read more...] about Tiger races towards terrified bikers speeding away for their lives
Around 2,000 years ago, Muziris was one of India’s most important trading ports. According to the Akananuru, a collection of Tamil poetry from the period, it was “the city where the beautiful vessels, the masterpieces of the Yavanas [Westerners], stir white foam on the Periyar, river of Kerala, arriving with gold and departing with pepper.” Another poem speaks of Muziris (also known as Muciripattanam or Muciri) as “the city where liquor abounds”, which “bestows wealth to its visitors indiscriminately” with “gold deliveries, carried by the ocean-going ships and brought to the river bank by local boats”. The Roman author Pliny, in his Natural History, called Muziris “the first emporium of India”. The city appears prominently on the Tabula Peutingeriana, a fifth-century map of the world as seen from Rome. But from thereon, the story of this great Indian port becomes hazy. As reports of its location grow more sporadic, it … [Read more...] about Lost cities #3 – Muziris: did black pepper cause the demise of India’s ancient port?
In rotation, Brooke Lynn Hytes (in red gown), Aquaria (in yellow jacket), Latrice Royale (in dark-blue dress), Detox (in light-blue jacket), and Yvie Oddly (in neon blouse). Photo: Martin Schoeller Oh, hennnnnny: America loves its drag queens. Moms do, kids do, your local gay bars do. Even McDonald’s does. From the cast of the blockbuster remake of A Star Is Born to the pink carpet at the Met Gala — not to mention the millions around the world who’ve tuned in to RuPaul’s Drag Race for the last decade — what was once a glittery subculture on the edge of gay culture has become one of our global pop preoccupations with its own hierarchy of stars and story lines for the fans to get behind, marketing deals and Billboard chart-toppers. It’s become a very big business with its own star-power machinery attached. It’s become almost unavoidable. Their job is to make sure of it. Ten years ago, it wouldn’t have been possible to make this … [Read more...] about America Has a New National Pastime