Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Kongsberg M52: A Line-Throwing Rifle (or Harpoon Gun)

The Norwegian Kongsberg factory has a history of making firearms-based tools for maritime use, and one of the more recent is the M52 line-throwing gun, introduced in the 1950s and sold through the 1970s. It uses a repurposed Mauser action paired with a new smoothbore barrel and a 12mm blank cartridge to fire a rescue line. A couple of different projectile heads were made, including a floating wooden one, a smaller solid steel one, and rocket-assisted ones to increase the range from about 100 yards to nearly 300 yards. Two versions of the same basic gun were made, one for throwing line (for maritime rescue, firefighting, and construction) and one as a harpoon gun for hunting whales. This example is line thrower, and particularly cool because it includes the complete original case and accessories.

It's the Matrix, but for locusts.

At the Department of Collective Behaviour, part of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, researchers are putting locusts into simulated worlds, both virtual and physical, in the hope that they can figure out how devastating swarms form and move.

This is the most uncomfortable I've ever felt while filming, for a few reasons. First, of course, because of the locust swarm itself. Second, because animal research — even on creatures as simple and pestilent as locusts — always raises ethical questions. Now, the researchers are careful with the locusts, and I don't think many people could have a problem with this. Indeed, most of the world currently has zero ethical restrictions on insect experimentation — but it's still worth interrogating whether this is okay. And finally: because if we can do this so easily to less intelligent creatures... what's to stop something more intelligent coming along and doing the same to us?

Foodie inflewencers.
Antimatter Weapons: Threat or Ridiculous Pipe Dream?

This video delves into the true nature of antimatter and its potential use as a weapon. From the Big Bang to bananas, we explore the science behind antimatter and how it could cause unimaginable destruction. Find out just how powerful antimatter could be, and whether it poses a real threat to humanity.

1. Bananas.

2. More efficient.

3. One and one tenth kilogrammes of anti matter equals fifty megatonnes of explosives.

4. No radiation.

5. Storage.

6. Penning trap.

7. Two and a half quadrillion bux per gramme.

8. Seven years into the future?
Every Gun in Star Citizen - Weapon Overview

Star Citizen offers TONS of weapons to choose from for PVP and PVE FPS combat. This is a comprehensive overview of every gun in the game.

00:00 - Every Gun in Star Citizen
00:26 - Salvo Frag Pistol
01:06 - Yubarev Pistol
01:53 - Arclight Pistol
02:33 - S-38 Pistol
02:59 - LH-86 Pistol
03:25 - CODA Pistol
04:12 - Custodian SMG
04:33 - Lumin V SMG
04:58 - C54 SMG
05:18 - P8-SC SMG
05:40 - P4-AR Rifle
06:25 - Karna Rifle
06:46 - Gallant Rifle
07:14 - S-71 Rifle
07:54 - Ravager-212 Twin Shotgun
08:27 - Devastator Shotgun
08:51 - BR-2 Shotgun
09:13 - R97 Shotgun
10:09 - Arrowhead Sniper Rifle
10:34 - P6-LR Sniper Rifle
10:51 - A03 Sniper Rifle
11:08 - Atzkav Sniper Rifle
11:43 - Scalpel Sniper Rifle
12:13 - F55 LMG
12:46 - Demeco LMG
13:27 - FS-9 LMG
14:09 - Animus Missile Launcher
14:35 - Scourge Railgun
15:24 - Future Weapons
15:53 - Pick your arsenal

Melon Muskrat and Cessna

1. Textron Aviation goes bankrupt.

2. Muskrat acquires Cessna Aviation as Textron subsidiaries are auctioned off.

3. The exact dates are somewhat dependent on when gravitational motors move from prototype to production, at some point in technological level eight.

4. Muskrat transitions Cessna from building light aeroplanes to manufacturing air/rafts.

5. Trying to leverage exciting new solutions to power them, including batteries, solar energy, and/or fusion reactors.

6. Promises autonomous piloting, is just over the horizon.
Melon Muskrat and Cessna

I'm rereading Interstellar Wars, and trying to reconcile the dates given.

In 2052, it was an UNSCA lab on Luna which produced the first practical “grav modules,” offering Terrans control of gravity for the first time.

That's technological level eight.

A UNSCA research station on Ceres also produced the first working reactionless thrusters in 2064.

That could be a prototype.

8. Let's say he's thirty when he buys Cessna, in 2055.

9. That means he's sixty three in 2088, when he kickstarts the Venture start up.
Top Ten Sci-Fi Firearms

Spacedock delves into ten of the most iconic science fiction firearms.

A. Telekinesis.

9. No idea.

8. Flexible; I don't recall the one hundred twenty five ammunition capacity, unless it's slivers.

7. Crossbows, technological level, law level, recoil.

6. Advanced combat rifle.

5. Chemrail, do we have this; wouldn't appear to be gauss, rather chemical propulsion; i wouldn't think discarding sabot would make it a hybrid.

4. No idea.

3. Flechettes are probably too small to be guided.

2. Airburst probably is a good alternative to guided.

1. No idea, but maybe a do it yourself customized kit gun is an idea.
Sci-Fi Tank Designs Are Very Weird

Spacedock delves into some dubious design decisions in the many tanks of science fiction.

1. Two guns original damage dice plus number (damage dice).

2. Hexagonal tracks, in case one gets blown off.

3. Too big to fail.

4. Hovering does remove ground pressure considerations.
Real space food vs fake space food

1. Gravity well.

2. What goes down, floats around.

3. Freeze dried.

4. Reconstituted foods with reconstituted water.

5. Spicy.

6. Constipation?
Room Temperature SUPER Conductor - Holy Grail of Physics!

Physics has always been my favorite field of study. Everything from how planes fly, to how solar panels work... but in the quantum world, things get weird and interesting. This new breakthrough coming out of Korea has the potential to be one of the biggest breakthroughs of the CENTURY. A room temperature, ambient pressure Superconductor. So how exactly does it work, is this research legit, and why does it matter? Let's figure this out together! Room Temperature Ambient Pressure Super Conductor Breakthrough.

How To Survive On Mars - Mitsi Studio

How would you survive Mars? No oxygen, no surface water, and tons of radiation. Check out our brave astronaut challenging Mars and building humanities first settlement.

1. And social media.

2. Suitable.

3. Nuclear reactor and/or solar panelling.

4. Reading material.

5. Plasma reactor, moxy box.

6. Divining rods.

7. Shovel.

8. Fish tank.

9. Green house.

A. Fertilization.

B. Oops.

C. Underground bunker.

D. Ride service.

E. There's no place like home.
Lyssa's Dream - A Hard Science Fiction AI Adventure - Sentience Wars: Origins Book 1 of 5

It has been one-hundred and seventy-five years since the birth of the first truly sentient AI. It has been just two short years since Lyssa's birth...

Captain Andy Sykes just wants to keep his family in one piece.

Once a combat pilot for the TSF, he gave it all up for love and a family. But two years ago, his wife disappeared, leaving him with two mouths to feed: eight year-old Tim, ten year-old Cara.

Since then, he's managed to scrape a living hauling cargo between the Jovian Combine and InnerSol. It's not glamorous, his ship's falling apart, and it's boring as hell, but it keeps them in fuel and calories.

When a cargo run to Cruithne Station meets with more than one catastrophe, Andy finds himself accepting an offer a less desperate man would refuse: delivering an illegal AI named Lyssa.

The AI is the property of Heartbridge, a powerful, interplanetary corporation, and they want their latest weapon back. With a private army, gangs, and pirates all vying for the precious cargo Andy carries, it's going to take everything Andy has to keep his ship flying, his kids safe, and get Lyssa to her destination.

Even if he succeeds, Lyssa's very existence may spark a war like no other humanity has ever seen.

Fairly innocuous science fiction series, that feels like it's ripping off The Expanse.
Aliens: M577 APC | Extended Vehicle Breakdown

Spacedock delves into the many technical details of the Colonial Marines M577 APC.

Should be six or eight wheeled; I thought once that a ten wheeled armoured body could sort of act as a medium tank.
When the US Army is overfunded, they made this.... Convair Model 49

Hold onto your aviator hats, folks, because we're about to dive into the wild world of aviation history with all the sarcastic sass you never knew you needed! In this episode, we're unraveling the secrets of the Convair Model 49 – the aircraft that's as enigmatic as that one time we tried to understand fashion trends from the '70s. Oh, and did we mention we'll sprinkle in some keywords about Vietnam, the US Army, and helicopter design? Because why not?!

Gather 'round, history buffs and aviation aficionados – it's time to explore the Convair Model 49, the aircraft that thought being ordinary was too mainstream. This bad boy took the whole "helicopter meets fixed-wing" idea and spun it like a top – and we're here to unravel the tale with all the enthusiasm of someone who's tried to figure out why socks disappear in the laundry.

Picture it: Vietnam, 1960s – the era of bell bottoms, flower power, and the Convair Model 49. It's like the US Army looked at a helicopter and said, "You know what? Let's give it wings and a dose of chaos." Join us as we dissect the curious case of how this airborne chimera came to be, and marvel at the audacity of innovation that had people scratching their heads faster than trying to fold a map in a gusty wind.

From groundbreaking design to "Why on Earth would you even attempt that?" maneuvers, the Convair Model 49 brought its A-game to the aviation circus. We'll break down the highs, the lows, and the moments that made us appreciate stable aircraft designs more than ever before. It's like the aviation equivalent of watching someone juggle flaming torches on a unicycle – equal parts impressive and "What were they thinking?!"

1. We do have now gravitational motors.

2. Open hull could be a way to have space for the weapon mounts, without the mass.
BATTLETECH INFANTRY | The unlucky men fighting at the feet of giants | Battletech lore

Generic greetings and welcome to the the poor bloody infantry. The unlucky foot soldiers forced to fight and live at the feet of giants. Struggling to do their job and survive in a battlefield filled with explosions, cannon fire and stele monsters. So settle in and allow SCI to regale you with the different types and categories of poor fu*king infantry and how they're trained to kill mechs, tanks and other crunchies.

0:00 Intro
2:14 Infantry
12:27 Militia/Conscripts
14:10 Professional soldiers
19:37 Heavy Infantry
28:05 Jump Troopers

1. Infantry in general, you have to be very clear in your mind what you plan to use them for.

2. In this case, those without powered armour.

3. Light infantry that can take down armoured vehicles and aerospacecraft.

4. Escorting infantry that protect the heavy weapon teams from other infantry.

5. Undetectable through the minimum use of electronics and electrical powered items.

6. Satchel charges, as last resort.

7. Distributed, so that it's not worth taking out with a weapon of mas destruction.

8. Holding ground, rear area security, infiltration, reconnaissance.

9. Taking out enemy heavy weapon teams, and clearing minefields.
POWER ARMOR | The different types of power armor in Sci-Fi

Generic greetings. This weekends talking point is power armor. The types, categories and examples therine of everyone's favorite protective system. Whether it be for super soldiers and main characters or for grunts and average losers. Power armor is a staple of science fiction, arguably as famous as shields, lasers, robots and spaceships themselves.

So settle in as Papa Sci takes you on a guided tour of the man portable, wearable weapons of war. Also memes. Plenty of memes.

0:00 Intro
1:20 Power armor types
1:44 Exoskeletons
7:01 Power Armor Propper
10:57 Mini Mechs

1. Consensual ports.

2. Exoskeletons.

3. Vulnerable super strength.

4. Powered armour.

5. Non invasive.

6. Integrated weapon systems.

7. Dreadnoughts.

8. Civilian dual use.