Once upon a time only the U.S. had the bomb. Now the bomb is all but commonplace. How long until the undesirables have this new technology? Or find a way around it? I just got ripped off by Home Depot ($255 worth and there's nothing I can do about it). This experience confirms to me what I've been saying all along, that people love to hurt one another, in any way, shape or form they can do it. So *of course* all the energy is going into finding bigger and better military weapons instead of a real solution. The only end to all this escalation will be, ironically, in my opinion, global warming, which may bring the world together to fight what will in the near future become a worldwide emergency. Or it will just ignite more war, who knows. Even if it manages some cooperation, by then it will be too late. Yeah, I know, dooming and glooming again, except it's true. Regarding global warming, virtually all scientists are in agreement it's happening and happening now. Only the oil and related companies are still saying it's not happening. That is, in fact, why people are unaware of it, because the media is required to present "balanced" views, and the only views that "balance" are supplied by the oil companies. That makes it look still controversial, when it's not controversial at all among scientists. It's happening. In the meantime, we search on for better ways to kill and hurt each other. So weird. ----- Original Message ----- From: To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 11/20/2006 2:38:18 PM Subject: [lit-ideas] Speaking of weapons technology... Click here: Israel developing anti-militant "bionic hornet" - Yahoo! News JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday. The flying robot, nicknamed the "bionic hornet," would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said. It is one of several weapons being developed by scientists to combat militants, it said. Others include super gloves that would give the user the strength of a "bionic man" and miniature sensors to detect suicide bombers. The research integrates nanotechnology into Israel's security department and will find creative solutions to problems the army has been unable to address, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres told Yedioth Ahronoth. "The war in Lebanon proved that we need smaller weaponry. It's illogical to send a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist. So we are building futuristic weapons," Peres said. The 34-day war in Lebanon ended with a U.N.-brokered ceasefire in mid-August. The war killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, mostly soldiers. Prototypes for the new weapons are expected within three years, he said.