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Behold The Sea Tank, Beach Assault Vehicle Of The Future

Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:32am

From Huffington Post

 

Is your rogue nation or terrorist organization defended by sea walls? If you answered yes to that question, you'd better start praying, because the USA has a motherf***ing sea tank now.

That's right. A sea tank. An Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC). A tank that goes on water. And land, where it totally crushes sea walls (up to 10 feet high). Brought to you by Navatek Ltd and the Office of Naval Research.

 

Are you sexually aroused yet? You'd better be, because if you're not, that's un-American. And if you're not American, you should be terrified.

It costs an estimated $22 million to $37 million, according to Jalopnik. That's half the price of an LCAC beach assault hovercraft, the vehicle it's poised to replace. It also carries three times the load that an LCAC can bear.

Half price. Three times the load. That's defense at a discount. Are you absolutely totally consumed with pride in the USA yet? What is wrong with you?

Is it the top speed? The top speed right now is only 5 mph. But that's on water. It is hard to drive a tank on water at high speeds. Eventually the top speed of the sea tank will be a whopping 25 mph. That's huge, so watch out.

Here's how it works, according to CNN:

The tracks, which are made of what the Marines call "captured-air foam blocks," extend like flippers to propel the craft through the water. When it hits the beach, the foam flattens to become like the tracks on a tank or a bulldozer, only much softer.
The sea tank began testing on July 9 as part of the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014. This is not to be confused with Pacific Rim (2013), although let's be honest, this thing's got nothing on Kaiju-battling mechs.

Still, at 42 feet long, 26 feet wide, and 17 feet high, the sea tank is freaking huge. And it'll be even bigger when it's done.

 

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Kate Upton Rocks A Bikini Like No Other

Jul 21, 2014 -- 11:00am

From Huffington Post

 

Kate Upton can rock a bikini like it's her job, probably because it is her job.

Upton looked totally at ease in a teeny bikini on the beach in Cancun, Mexico this week:

 

The 22-year-old model soaked up the sun with her boyfriend, baseball player Justin Verlander, while on vacation.

In a recent interview, Upton told the Huffington Post that her body confidence stems from a focus on herself rather than others:

"I never really compared myself to other people, and I think that’s maybe where insecurities are drawn from –- comparing your body to other people’s bodies," she said.

"Instead of looking at someone and envying part of their body or their face, look at how they hold themselves," said Upton. "Appreciate their confidence."

Man Sets World Record With Most Homer Simpson Tattoos

Jul 21, 2014 -- 10:47am

From Huffington Post

To paraphrase Homer Simpson: If you want to remember something, get a tattoo.

Lee Weir probably doesn't need any more reminders of how awesome he is. The 27-year-old New Zealand man has set a Guinness World Record for "most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body" with his Homer Simpson sleeve.

According to Guinness World Records:

Lee has 41 tattoos of Homer in total, each representing Bart’s dad in various states, including Homer as a jack-in-the box, the Grim Reaper, in an elephant suit, as the Hulk, and even Homer as a donut.
The UK's Daily Mirror noted that Weir decided to get the tattoos in part because his father, who he described as a "real-life Ned Flanders" (Homer's annoyingly nice neighbor on the long-running animated series), forbade him to watch the show as a kid.

 

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Mutated Worms Could Be Good News For Alcoholics

Jul 21, 2014 -- 10:42am

From Huffington Post

 

 

Those looking to cut back on boozing could worm up to the implications of this study.

Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin have mutated a group of worms so that they are unable to get drunk, no matter how much alcohol they consume.

The university explains:

The scientists accomplished this feat by inserting a modified human alcohol target into the worms, as reported this week in The Journal of Neuroscience.

"This is the first example of altering a human alcohol target to prevent intoxication in an animal," says corresponding author, Jon Pierce-Shimomura, assistant professor in the university's College of Natural Sciences and Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research.

An alcohol target is any neuronal molecule that binds alcohol, of which there are many.

 
 

The altered target is normally responsible for regulating functions including the activity of neurons, blood vessels, the respiratory tract and the bladder.

"We got pretty lucky and found a way to make the channel insensitive to alcohol without affecting its normal function," Pierce-Shimomura said.

The scientists hope their research will eventually lead to drugs for alcoholics that would help kick addiction by blocking the intoxicating and potentially addicting effects of alcohol.

"Our findings provide exciting evidence that future pharmaceuticals might aim at this portion of the alcohol target to prevent problems in alcohol abuse disorders," Pierce-Shimomura. said. 

 

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