Tragedy struck Russia on Christmas after a Russian military plane en route to Syria crashed into the Back Sea, the Associated Press reports. The Tu-154 aircraft reportedly had 92 passengers on board, including the official military choir who were traveling to the Russian Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia for a scheduled New Year’s Eve performance. There was no sign of survivors, according to the Russian defense ministry.
There are countless examples of street style and Army chic colliding on all those suddenly-trendy, military-inspired sneakers and boots. Still, a new model from Palladium are a sight for eyes sore from all the garish camo patterns we’ve seen in the past.
When the United States broke off cease-fire talks with Russia over the war in Syria (after the Russian air force continued to bomb civilians in Aleppo), Russian President Vladimir Putin retaliated by suspending a nearly two-decades old arms agreement to get rid of his country’s extra weapons-grade plutonium.
Whether or not lethal robots already exist is a matter of definition as much as anything else. Land mines, immobile explosives that go off when a human steps on them, are autonomous and lethal, though no one really thinks of them as killer robots.
A powerful militarized laser developed by a joint venture between the Chinese Academy of Physics Engineering and Jiuyuan Hi Tech Equipment Corporation was unveiled at the Africa Aerospace and Defense 2016 tradeshow in South Africa last week, and it’s something straight out of a Sci-Fi movie.
North Korea is the only country to test a nuclear weapon this century. The isolated pariah state, ruled by totalitarian Kim Jong-un, proudly boasts of its military and technological accomplishments. With much of the outside world cut off, it’s hard to vett how much progress, if any, the country is making on nuclear weapons until it tests them, but satellite images give some evidence that work is underway. And according to the United Nations nuclear watchdog, new evidence shows the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is back at work, processing plutonium.