Chinese ‘Darlek’ ?


A Chinese company has taken a ground-patrolling robot idea developed by a Silicon Valley firm more than two years ago to the next logical step, at least in terms of security.

It has armed the thing.

The K-5 system marketed by Knightscope of California already has a cylindrical body and conical top reminiscent of a Dr. Who Dalek — a fictional race of aliens — but it’s designed solely for monitoring and transmitting data.

The so-called Anbot built by China’s National Defense University has pretty much the same body, but is even more Dalek-like. It features a Taser or extendable cattle prod, according to Popular Science, which reported on it from the bot during its demonstration at the Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen, China.

Knightscope, which has a commercially available security system in place, has seen the Anbot. Except for the weaponization, said Stacy Dean Stephens, the company’s vice president for marketing, “It’s basically a copy-and-paste job, if you will.”

China’s NDU said that the robot could be deployed not only for routine police patrolling, but for riot control. In any case where its weapon might have to be fired the Dalek — umm, Anbot — would be under the control of a human pilot, NDU staff demonstrating it told reporters.



Next stop – Skynet?


Save the planet….keep fracking!


Proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations intended to lower methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to fight global warming would only lower the temperature by 0.0047 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, according to calculations performed Monday by the industry group Energy In Depth (EID).

The EPA’s proposed rules would have essentially no impact on global temperatures, only causing a temperature drop of 0.0047 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. The rules would make it hard to produce natural gas, which would likely increase other greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming.

The EID calculations and research cited several scientific studies to support the idea that methane emissions from the entire natural gas system are very low and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. Oil and natural gas production of methane is not to blame for the global spike in emissions, according to a study published in the journal Science in March and American greenhouse gas emissions of all types are broadly declining, largely due to fracking.

Even the EPA has noted that rising natural gas use is reponsible for falling greenhouse gas emissions, saying in an April report “a decrease in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed to generate electricity has occurred due to…increased natural gas consumption and other generation sources.”

The EPA’s own data shows that methane emissions have declined as fracking increased natural gas production, but the environmental agency still wants to regulate methane to reduce global warming.

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Earth Day Blues: Still Doom-mongering and Still Wrong 40 years later, yet they seemingly Never Learn

Just how accurate were the predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970?


The answer: “The prophets of doom were not simply wrong, but spectacularlywrong,” according to Bailey. Here are 18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around 1970 when the “green holy day” (aka Earth Day) started:

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China’s Government Will Target Provincial Politicians

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s extensive anti-corruption campaign claimed another victim, but this case may be about more than fraud or abuses of power. Zhang Yue, the head of Hebei province’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission, came under investigation for corruption April 16. Chinese news outlets reported that he was linked with the former vice minister of the country’s intelligence service who was arrested last year. Allegedly, Zhang used his position as the head of Hebei’s law enforcement and judicial apparatus to arrest and sentence business rivals of his associates.


Corruption charges against one provincial official could signal a move by Beijing to push economic restructuring, which includes shutting down overcapacity in heavy industry. Even though Zhang’s expertise centered on security and judicial affairs, as part of the committee he would have had input on Hebei province’s economic policy. This would include the degree to which it implemented Beijing’s policies to curb heavy industry, which often has high overhead costs and yields low profit margins.

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