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Iron Dome Accuracy, China, Vision Correcting Display

Dated: 6 Aug 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
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Iron Dome Accuracy: A 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza continued to hold Wednesday as talks are expected to begin in Cairo to negotiate a lasting peace between Israel and Islamist group Hamas.  For Israel, the military operation that pushed into the seaside enclave brought some tangible gains. After its initial shock at the extent of Hamas’s network of tunnels into southern Israel, the military said it destroyed more than 30 of them and averted infiltrations by Palestinian fighters. It said its Iron Dome air defense system prevented all but 3% of Palestinian rocket fire from getting through, thus providing 97% accuracy.

China: A city in China’s western Xinjiang province has banned beards and Islamic clothing from public buses, prompting outrage from a Uighur rights group (SCMP). Xinjiang, home to China’s mostly Muslim Uighur minority, has seen a spate of clashes between locals and security forces that have killed hundreds in the past year.  This comes as tensions between Beijing and the extremist Muslim factions continue to rise and with an extended global footprint, expect more confrontations.

Vision Correcting Display: UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment. The researchers have created vision-correcting displays that enable users to see text and images clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. The technology could potentially help hundreds of millions of people who currently need corrective lenses to use their smartphones, tablets, and computers. More importantly, the displays could one day aid people with more complex visual problems, known as high-order aberrations, which cannot be corrected by eyeglasses.

Iraq, Cyberwarfare, Rosetta Mission

Dated: 5 Aug 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
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Iraq: Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki ordered Iraq’s Air Force to support Kurdish forces fighting Sunni extremist group ISIS in the north, a move that signaled a thaw in the fraught relations between the central government and Kurdish leaders.  Also over the weekend, fighting spilled over to neighboring Lebanon, where troops there began battling incursions by the Islamic State.

Cyberwarfare: During last year’s classified war game exercise, a team of active-duty troops faced off against several teams of reservists, and the active-duty team took a beating. This exercise highlights a sensitive question emerging inside the military’s cyberwarfare community about what future role reservists will play in the Pentagon’s overall cyber force. While military missions like the infantry or submarine warfare have no direct civilian counterpart, some reservists are full-time cybersecurity experts on Wall Street or software programmers with top technology firms, especially those attached to National Guard units in high-tech hotspots like California’s Silicon Valley, Seattle and northern Virginia.

Rosetta Mission: After journeying for a decade and about four billion miles through the solar system, a European mission called Rosetta is now close to becoming the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet. The craft is currently about 125 miles from the comet and traveling at about a yard per second.  The craft was launched in 2004 and put into deep-space hibernation for 31 months, waking up in January for the last leg of its rendezvous with a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  .  In November, the Rosetta scientists hope to pull off an even more ambitious trick: landing a probe on the comet’s surface, something that has never been done before.