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Russia has started to test its ‘Robocop’ exo-skeleton armour

Russia has showcased a sleek new super soldier exoskeleton that will endow the wearer with superhuman powers.

The suit resembles the work of science fiction, with a design reminiscent of the Stormtroopers in ‘Star Wars’, or the fictional mechanical police officer in ‘RoboCop’.

The prototype military exo-skeleton purportedly allows infantry soldiers to fire machine guns using one-hand and achieve ‘computer-like accuracy’.

Donning the suit allows soldiers to carry huge amounts of weight while also being able to run faster than would normally be physically possible.

Russia has showcased a super soldier exoskeleton that will give the members of its military superhuman capabilities

Military firm TsNiiTochMash developed the Ratnik-3 ‘Soldier of the Future’ suit which was paraded at the Army 2018 International Military and Technical Forum in Moscow.

Built of titanium, the exo-skeleton is designed to boost strength and stamina while a layer of body armour protects the wearer from any incoming bullets and shrapnel.

The skeleton fits over the torso and is secured around the waist, dispersing the weight of the built-in backpack, which can be filled up to 110 pounds (50kg).

Chief designer Oleg Faustov told Russian news agency TASS: ‘We have already held trials for the prototype of the active exoskeleton.

‘It really enhances a serviceman’s physical abilities. For example, the tester was able to shoot from a machine-gun only with one hand and accurately hit targets.’

The prototype exo-suits are currently held back by one major issue – there is no room to storage a local power source.

This means the suit can only be worn and used for a limited amount of time before it becomes dead weight.

The firm claims it will continue to improve the design before it is introduced to battlefields in 2025.

It says it is confident it will be able to address the battery issue.

A man, left, wears a working sample of a passive exoskeleton combat gear, next to a mannequin dressed in a prototype of an active exoskeleton combat gear presented by the Russian Rostec company during the International Military Technical Forum

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“Thousands of Solar Reflector Satellites” Could Warm Up Mars

Space Retreat

Since 2015, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made it abundantly clear that he really wants to nuke Mars in order to terraform it — and, presumably, turn it into a habitable space retreat for billionaires.

But he might have a plan B up his sleeve that wouldn’t risk turning the Red Planet into a gigantic planet-sized Chernobyl.

“Might make sense to have thousands of solar reflector satellites to warm Mars versus artificial suns,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday. Then he added, cautiously: “TBD.”

Martian Mirrors

That idea might not be as crazy as it sounds: using orbital mirrors to terraform Mars was suggested by University of Arizona undergrad Rigel Woida back in 2006 — a suggestion that won him a NASA fellowship at the time.

According to Woida’s paper from 2007, the idea was to have a “network of two to three hundred, 150 meter diameter reflectors in monolith form or a series of small clustered groups” to warm the Martian surface.

Artificial Suns

Musk also elaborated on his Plan A — “nuke Mars” — on Twitter: drop a “continuous stream of very low fallout nuclear fusion explosions above the atmosphere to create artificial suns.” After all, the Sun is technically an “immense thermonuclear explosion” itself, as he explained last week.

But for that to ever happen, NASA would have to change its stance on the matter. Just over a year ago, NASA research found that nuking Mars wouldn’t be enough to turn it into an Earth-like holiday destination.

READ MORE: Elon Musk ponders solar reflectors instead of nuking Mars to warm it up [CNET]

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We Have a Cure for the Deadliest Form of Tuberculosis

The Food and Drug Administration just approved the third and final part of a new drug regimen shown to cure the deadliest strain of tuberculosis.

The regimen involves taking five pills every day for six months straight, but that’s nothing compared to the existing treatment, which requires 40 daily pills for two years, according to The New York Times. And in a small clinical trial, the new treatment was shown to cure the rare, deadly XDR strain of tuberculosis in 90 percent of people, suggesting that the disease could soon become much more manageable.

Tuberculosis is still a major problem in a large chunk of the world. The disease is the most common infectious cause of death on Earth, the NYT writes, and the XDR strain had already built up a resistance to all four types of antibiotics that doctors currently use to treat it.

Ten million people catch XDR tuberculosis every year. Three-quarters of those people die before they get any treatment, per the NYT, and existing cures only worked on just over a third of the remainders.

The new treatment requires three separate drugs, the newest of which just got FDA approval. Gerald Friedland, one of the scientists who discovered the XDR strain told the NYT that he thought the recent experiment was “a wonderful trial.”

“If this works as well as it seems to,” he said, “we need to do this now.”

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New Virus Takes Screenshots of Users Online Porn Searches

‘Sextortion’ in the making…

via sputniknews:

A new harmful virus is going after naughty victims searching for porn online, or using any other sex-related website in the most unexpected, low-blow way.

Slovakia-based IT security company ESET has warned French users about a new virus, dubbed Varenyky that allegedly records their device screens when it detects key words used to search for porn (i.e. XXX, pornhub, sex).

When these words appear, the malware could record the screen using an FFmpeg executable and then upload the video to the command-and-control (C&C) server using a downloaded Tor client.

As soon as the Spambot Trojan, which was first detected in May in France, makes its way onto people’s computers, it can get access to their passwords and emails, and potentially send the X-rated snaps to a victim’s family or friends – or even use them for blackmail.

The malware, which is still being developed by unknown hackers, also sends spam emails pretending to be invoices or bills, and once people open an attachment, it is able to extract usernames and passwords.

“Researchers observed a spike in ESET telemetry data regarding malware targeting France. After further investigations, we identified malware that distributes various types of spam. One of them is leading to a survey that redirects to a dodgy smartphone promotion while the other is a sextortion campaign. The spam targets the users of Orange SA, a French ISP. We notified them before the release of this publication”, ESET said in a report.

Even though the Varenyky malware is able to spy on victims’ screens, at this point ESET is not aware of any kind of sextortion activity.

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