Friday, September 05, 2003
::: More Scientific GobbledyGook :::
AND ::: How We Fried Folks In Iraq :::
Ying Xu, one of the nation's leading researchers in bioinformatics and computational biology, is leaving Oak Ridge National Laboratory to accept an endowed position at the University of Georgia.
But the scientist said Oak Ridge has super tools for biological research, including some of the world's fastest computers. The research reputation will be enhanced when the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source begins operating in 2006. The SNS will provide unprecedented neutron intensity, allowing researchers to evaluate materials on an atom-to-atom basis.
ORNL soon will begin construction of the $65 million Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, where scientists will prepare and study biological specimens on a tiny scale. It is being built adjacent to the SNS, and many visiting researchers will use both facilities.
I just love science ... guess I qualify as a Space Cadet as well as Conspiracy Theorist. I sure do wish Dubya & Company would calm down and quit pissing me off so I could investigate some really crazy stuff.
This is SKB's fault tonight, getting off in comments .... yaking about destroying the CW Weapons in Anniston, Al.
Strange Weapons ...
A nightmarish US super weapon reportedly was employed by American ground forces during chaotic street fighting in Baghdad. The secret tank-mounted weapon was witnessed in all its frightening power by Majid al-Ghazali, a seasoned Iraqi infantryman who described the device and its gruesome effects as unlike anything he had ever encountered in his lengthy military service. The disturbing revelation is yet another piece of cinematic evidence brought back from postwar Iraq by intrepid filmmaker Patrick Dillon.
Via email, he told me he has seen virtually every type of conventional weapon employed in battle, and is well acquainted with their effects on people and machines, but nothing in his extensive combat experience prepared him for the shock of what he saw in Baghdad on April 12th.
On that date, al-Ghazali and his family sheltered in their house as a fierce street battle erupted in his neighborhood. In the midst of the fighting, he noticed that the Americans had called up an oddly configured tank. Then to his amazement the tank suddenly let loose a blinding stream of what seemed like fire and lightning, engulfing a large passenger bus and three automobiles. Within seconds the bus had become semi-molten, sagging "like a wet rag" as he put it. He said the bus rapidly melted under this withering blast, shrinking until it was a twisted blob about the dimensions of a VW bug. As if that were not bizarre enough, al-Ghazali explicitly describes seeing numerous human bodies shriveled to the size of newborn babies. By the time local street fighting ended that day, he estimates between 500 and 600 soldiers and civilians had been cooked alive as a result of the mysterious tank-mounted device.
In a city littered everywhere with burned-out civilian and military vehicles, US forces were abnormally scrupulous about immediately detailing bulldozers and shovel crews to the job of burying the grim wreckage. Nevertheless, telltale remnants remained as Dillon found when al-Ghazali later took him to the site. Dillon said they easily uncovered large puddles of resolidified metal and mounds of weird fibrous material that, al-Ghazali explained, were all that remained of the vehicles' tires.
WOW ... sounds pretty bad ... could we be testing the Directed Energy Weapons or lasers?