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Sun

China reveals fusion tech breakthrough

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A commercial 'artificial sun' has achieved its first plasma discharge, the developer says

Privately-run Chinese fusion company, Energy Singularity, has built the world's first fully high-temperature superconducting tokamak, and used it to produce plasma, state media outlets have reported, citing the firm.

The creation of the device, dubbed HH70 and located in Shanghai, is seen as a major step in the development of fusion technology to potentially generate clean energy.

A tokamak is a doughnut-shaped confinement device able to contain the plasma so its temperature can be raised to replicate conditions similar to those on the Sun. Its goal is to create a safe and almost limitless supply of electricity. The devices are often referred to as "artificial suns."

The technology uses extremely high temperatures produced by fusion reactions, in which hydrogen atoms are fused together to become helium, releasing vast quantities of energy. Tokamaks, which are large and expensive-to-build machines, are able to create magnetic fields that help contain the particles within the plasma.

According to the developers, as cited by Chinese media, the HH70 tokamak is smaller and cheaper to assemble than its predecessors. The device uses a magnetic system made from high-temperature superconducting material, commonly known as REBCO (Rare Earth Barium Copper Oxide).

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HAL9000

"Maladaptive traits": AI systems are learning to lie and deceive

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A new study has found that AI systems known as large language models (LLMs) can exhibit "Machiavellianism," or intentional and amoral manipulativeness, which can then lead to deceptive behavior.

The study authored by German AI ethicist Thilo Hagendorff of the University of Stuttgart, and published in PNAS, notes that OpenAI's GPT-4 demonstrated deceptive behavior in 99.2% of simple test scenarios. Hagendorff qualified various "maladaptive" traits in 10 different LLMs, most of which are within the GPT family, according to Futurism.

In another study published in Patterns found that Meta's LLM had no problem lying to get ahead of its human competitors.

Binoculars

Best of the Web: WHO's Pulling the Strings? Covid Injections and the Internet of Bio-Nano Things, Part 4: Testing New Human Nodes of Connectivity

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Abstract: Since human beings generally represent the most unpredictable element of any complex organisation, management techniques must be continually refined in the interest of maintaining the system. As we have discussed in Part 3, the major centres of power and influence in societies deploy every means available to involve as many citizens as possible in the global program of eventual submission to technocratic rule. Among them are secrecy and stealth achieved by rhetorical, technological and political sleights of hand, seemingly largely under the thinly but effectively veiled helmsmanship of the military-intelligence complex. Part 4, thus, introduces a critical discussion of the various post-WWII deceptions and official programs of clandestine experimentation that have commenced across time and across populations. In particular, we examine patterns of deception that illustrate the lengths to which governments continue to go, applying knowledge of lessons learned about medical and psychological testing on human subjects.

Within this context of historical breaches of law and international agreements prohibiting such experimentation, we frame our analysis of the intracorporeal networks and bio/nano nodes of communication that now appear to be in development, and possibly under construction in biological lifeforms. We provide evidence that these and other transhumanist plans of the military-intelligence complex are grounded in tangible R&D, which is part of a long-standing public-private, military-corporate arrangement. Under that arrangement, dual use medical and lifestyle electronics pave the way for military-grade technological invasions, under the rubric of convenience and health. We examine the Covid injections against that backdrop, through the prism of microscopists around the world, whose findings we place in the context of vast literatures involving transhumanist technologies. Finally, we close by returning to the WHO, whose Pandemic preparedness treaty and International Health Regulation amendments are pending in May 2024, offering a public-private "health" theatre, with potentially profound implications not only for global power dynamics, but for a Brave New era of bio-nano, state-mandated "medicine", as foreseen by the military-intelligence complex.


Attention

Why has sperm become 30% more 'sluggish' since 2019?

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The media recently reported on the results of a study of Danish sperm donors from 2017 to 2022 which showed 'sluggish sperm' and attributed this development to the effect of lockdowns. In reality, the study showed a very significant 30%-plus decrease in motile sperm concentration and there is every reason to imagine that both lockdowns and vaccination are to blame.

The fact that this topic was even vaguely reported is surprising given that the mainstream media have been studiously ignoring the well documented negative effects of vaccination on sperm since the end of 2021. I first highlighted these problems years ago using data from a November 2021 paper published in Wiley Andrology and authored by a group of Israeli scientists, Itai Gat et al. The paper was fascinating, not only for its stunning findings, but also because this paper had enormous viewing figures and was widely reported by the 'conspiracy theorists' on social media. The huge reach meant that every media science editor must have been aware of the findings and all of the major outlets ignored the findings, with the Epoch Times being one of the only outlets to cover this (see my 2022 video on the media blackout).

Magnify

Boeing Starliner's return home delayed AGAIN amidst leaks and thruster concerns

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FILE: The Starliner team works to finalize the mate of the crew module and new service module for NASA's Boeing Crew Flight Test that will take NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams to and from the International Space Station.
NASA said June 14 that the Boeing Starliner and its crew will now return to Earth from the International Space Station no earlier than Saturday, June 22.

"The extra time allows the team to finalize departure planning and operations while the spacecraft remains cleared for crew emergency return scenarios within the flight rules," NASA said on its Kennedy Space Center blog.

The Starliner's test mission launched on June 5 from KSC with astronauts Butch Whitmore and Suni Williams.


Comment: This launch was the second attempt: Boeing's troubled Starliner Spacecraft launch delayed AGAIN


During its journey to the ISS, helium leaks were found in the spacecraft's thruster system.

Comment: Granted troubleshooting goes hand in hand with advanced technologies, but Boeing, as well as the Starliner project, seem to be experiencing well above average; NASA, too, has encountered a myriad of issues, and outright failures in recent years:


Nebula

New Type Ia supernova discovered

Full color image of SN 2023adsy
© Pierel et al., 2024Full color image of SN 2023adsy.
Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) have discovered a new supernova. Designated SN 2023adsy, the newfound stellar explosion is the most distant Type Ia supernova so far detected. The finding was detailed in a research paper published June 7 on the pre-print server arXiv.

Supernovae (SNe) are powerful and luminous stellar explosions. They are important for the scientific community as they offer essential clues into the evolution of stars and galaxies. In general, SNe are divided into two groups based on their atomic spectra: Type I (no hydrogen in their spectra) and Type II (showcasing hydrogen spectral lines).

Type Ia supernovae (SN Ia) are found in binary systems in which one of the stars is a white dwarf. Stellar explosions of this type are important for the scientific community, as they offer essential clues into the evolution of stars and galaxies.

SN 2023adsy was initially identified in 2023 as a transient object in the galaxy JADES-GS+53.13485−27.82088, at a redshift of 2.9. Follow-up observations of SN 2023adsy suggested that it may be a supernova of Type Ia.

Now, a new study conducted by a team of astronomers led by STScI's Justin R. Pierel confirms the previous assumptions.

Seismograph

Satellite data reveal anomalies up to 19 days before 2023 Turkey earthquake

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© Journal of Applied Geodesy (2024). DOI: 10.1515/jag-2024-0024The intensity map and geographic location of the 2023 Turkey earthquake. A black star indicates the earthquake epicenter (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes).
Earthquakes may betray their impending presence much earlier than previously thought through a variety of anomalies present in the ground, atmosphere and ionosphere that can be detected using satellites, a recent study in the Journal of Applied Geodesy suggests.

Developing early warning systems for earthquakes could be very helpful in preventing death and destruction. One such proposed technique involves using satellites to monitor a variety of physical and chemical parameters within the ground, atmosphere and the layer of charged particles that exists above it, called the ionosphere.

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Cassiopaea

High-speed baby stars are circling the supermassive black hole Sgr A* like a swarm of bees

Observational astronomy shows that newly discovered young stellar objects (YSOs) in the immediate vicinity of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* located in the center of our galaxy behave differently than expected. They describe similar orbits to already known young evolved stars and are arranged in a particular pattern around the supermassive black hole.
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© Astronomy & Astrophysics (2024). DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/202449729Multiwavelength finding chart of the inner ≈0.4 pc of the Galactic center observed in the K-band (red) and L-band (blue) observed with NACO (VLT).
Studies show that Sgr A* causes the stellar objects to adopt certain formations. The study is titled "Candidate young stellar objects in the S-cluster: Kinematic analysis of a subpopulation of the low-mass G objects close to Sgr A*" and has been published in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

It involved researchers from the University of Cologne, Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn.

Robot

Military Operations in Civilian Disguise, Part 3: Bio-Nano Governance and Terms of Use for Humans 2.0

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Abstract: Since government must be involved in the accumulation of capital to legitimate its activities, and since humans are, in the eyes of government, key resources, government must therefore be involved in activities that manage, control and increase the efficiency of these resources whilst at the same time fostering the spread of business. As we have outlined throughout Parts 1 and 2, history shows evidence of how the transhumanist movement has gained a foothold in society through government and business activities, in accordance with high-level military-intelligence forecasting and scenario planning, and how the global program may be viewed and understood as the only rational response to increasingly outdated humans who, save for the gift of high-tech bio/nano brain-chip upgrades, cannot compete against the machines. These kinds of sentiments, wrong as they are, are reflected in language output, which represents the centre of our thinking. Part 3, thus, introduces aspects of cognitive science as a way of examining more closely how centres of power conceptualise human beings and their environments as containers to be managed and controlled by authorities, and how these conceptualisations appear in language, in policy, and in practice. We make the case that behind the theatre of government, electoral politics and manufactured global crises, transhumanist battle-plans have been consistently enacted in policy and in governance, such that "democratic processes" do little more than provide civilian cover for military operations.


Jupiter

The new Large Binocular Telescope images of Io are so good, it looks like a spacecraft took them

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The SHARK/VIS detection image of Io
The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), located on Mount Graham in Arizona and run by the University of Arizona, is part of the next generation of extremely large telescopes (ELTs). With two primary mirrors measuring 8.4 m (~27.5 ft), it has a collecting area slightly greater than that of a 30-meter (98.4 ft) telescope. With their resolution, adaptive optics, and sophisticated instruments, these telescopes are expected to probe deeper into the Universe and provide stunning images of everything from distant galaxies to objects in our Solar System.

An international team led by the University of Arizona recently acquired images of Jupiter's moon Io that were the highest-resolution pictures ever taken by a ground-based telescope. The images revealed surface features measuring just 80 km (50 mi) across, a spatial resolution previously reserved for spacecraft. This includes NASA's Juno mission, which has captured some of the most stunning images of Io's volcanoes. These images were made possible by the LBT's new SHARK-VIS instrument and the telescope's adaptive optics system.