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The U.S.S. Independence was launched last month. Built by General Dynamics at AUSTAL Shipbuilding in Mobile, Al., it’s called a "littoral combat ship" (LCS), and the tri-maran can move huge weapons around faster than any ship in the Navy.
Littoral means close to shore, and that’s where these fleet-hulled babies will operate, tailor-made for launching helicopters and armored vehicles, sweeping mines and firing all manner of torpedoes, missiles and machine guns.
These ships were designed to be relatively inexpensive this one’s a bargain at $208 million and the navy plans to build 55 of them. This tri-maran is the first of the new fire-breathing breed, ready to scoot out of dry dock at a rumored 60 knots.. It’s like a speedy and heavily-armed aircraft carrier for helicopters.
Looking at the photos below the ship shows heavy resemblance to the first generation stealth fighter. That is because it is designed to be stealth. Its flat sides will reflect the microwave energy like a mirror. As you know with a mirror and a flashlight you have to be directly in front of the mirror with its surface pointed directly at your or you will not see the flashlight if you are a long distance away from it. What will happen for example when another ship sends outs a radar pulse it will be reflected up into the sky instead of returning to the radar transceiver.
In the style of the acclaimed CIVIL WAR series, THE PRIZE tells the epic history of oil – how it has dominated global politics, shaken the world economy, and transformed our century. Shot on location in Azerbaijan, Egypt, England, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Turkey, and the United States, the series features fascinating characters, never-before-seen archival footage, newly filmed segments, and interviews with the people who shaped the oil industry. Yergin appears on camera throughout the series to discuss oil's impact on politics, economics, and the environment. We see how oil becomes the largest industry in the world–a game of huge risks and monumental rewards. Narrated by Donald Sutherland, THE PRIZE represents cinematic storytelling at its best – a historically significant tale of a quest for mastery that has revolutionized our civilization." PART ONE: Our Plan "Trace the turbulent, rapid rise of the world's biggest business, how a visionary but ruthless John D. Rockefeller controlled it–and how reporter Ida Tarbell took him on in one of the most famous muckraking exposes ever. A fascinating look at Rockefeller's controversial legacy, the rise of modern business, and how Tarbell served as the role model for the modern investigative journalist
The Prize Episode Two: Empires of Oil "Witness capitalism on a grand scale: how Shell Oil and Royal Dutch merged, then challenged the supremacy of Rockefeller's Standard Oil. A compelling tale of how oil transformed everyday life in the farthest corners of the globe, made Russia a great oil power, and helped the Allies win World War I
The Prize Episode Three: The Black Giant "It's the Roaring Twenties, and the magic of oil touches everyone, from millions of new car owners to hopeful Texan wildcatters. The American oil industry wrestles with shortage and surplus, as flamboyant entrepreneur Calouste Gulbenkian stakes his claim in Iraq
The Prize Episode Four: War and Oil "The untold story of World War II unfolds: how oil dictated strategy to Hitler; how lack of oil slowed Japan's war machine; how oil ultimately determined victory or defeat. Features rare footage on the critical impact of oil on decisive military events
The Prize Episode Five: Crude Diplomacy "Post World War II America awakens to the strategic importance of oil and witnesses a key moment in history when oil production shifts from the US to the Middle East. An extraordinary cast of characters, including Arabian kings, US presidents, British adventurers, Iranian politicians, and American explorers paint a global portrait of how oil shaped the world economy and politics
The Prize Episode Six: Power to the Producers "It's the heyday of cheap oil, the dawn of the Hydrocarbon Society…and the introduction of a prosperous new automobile culture for Americans. Follow the flamboyant characters, plots, and counterplots, as the producing countries and the independent oil companies challenge the "Seven Sisters"–and open a new era in world oil
The Prize Episode Seven: The Tinderbox "Relive two decades of upheaval that shook the world as power shifted, and nations and companies jockeyed for position–amidst embargoes, shortages, and surpluses. A unique view of the rise of the OPEC era, beginning with the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf and ending with the burning oil wells of Kuwait
The Prize Episode Eight: The New Order of Oil "The Gulf War marked the beginning of a new era for the Hydrocarbon Society. This program explores the relationship between oil and the environmental c wlitith onscience, and the technological race to balance energy, economic, and ecological needs in the Information Age. WARNING: This episode is not good because it focuses in on the ecological criticisms. If you watch it note how GreenPeace member positions himself in front of an oil platform and criticizes. He tried to make himself look big by doing so but ends up paling in comparison with the work of titans in the form of an oil derrick. Very little content is useful because we all know cities have smog due to many cars being driven. What the environmentalists fail to do is solve any problems as they are in effect professional complainers with little to no skill in engineering or science,
The history of the discovery and hunt for the neutrino
- Louis DeBroglie does not get the credit he deserves for original thinking in quantum machanics – DeBroglie thesis paper – he won the Nobel Prize in 1929 for very good reasons which you will see if you read his thesis paper.
- I am looking for the single photon counter used in this experimental setup
PowerPoint presentation of experiment Uses an SPCM-APD ( Single Photon Counting Module – Avalanch Photo Detector )
Relatively simple setup uses spontaneous parametric downconversion of photon to create 2 photons that are entangled. Then these are sent to 2 single photon detectors. If you have any of the parts or pieces of this setup for sale I would be interested in buying.