March 4th, 2005

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Тенденции: The Navy’s new “pain-gun”: no pain, no gain!_


dude in painWhile most, if not all of the civilized world has been moving as fast and far away from lethal artillery as possible to nonlethal weaponry, the US and A’s armed forces are spearheading the development of nonlethal weapons that feel like the very worst in lethal arms—and they’ve granted a research contract to a University, no less. The U of Florida in Gainesville won the Navy defense contract titled “Sensory consequences of electromagnetic pulses emitted by laser induced plasmas”, which is basically a fancy way of saying they want to use otherwise noble pain research to enable long distance laser beams and exploding plasma bursts to engage pain neurons without physical harm. (We’re still not sure how this is different from the other pain-gun.) Uh, wasn’t the point of nonlethal weaponry for one party to merely to stop another party from doing something undesireable? Maybe so, but in America we don’t just try and stop people from doing anything—no, we make sure to teach ‘em a lesson in pain while we’re at it.

http://engadget.com/entry/1234000163034307/
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Фишка дня: New Segways: The Segway XT, Segway GT, and Segway HT i180_


Three new Segways today:
Segway XT
The Segway XT, aka the Segway Cross-Train Transporter, a ruggedized version of the original Segway HT with larger all-terrain tires, a new “robust” fender design, and a longer-lasting battery (so you can off-road without fear of having to recharge). Despite doing its best to look like a monster truck, you still won’t look tough riding one of these. Retail price: $4,995.
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http://engadget.com/entry/1234000543033919/