Ethiopia plans Grand Renaissance Dam; Egypt anxious about future Nile water supply – an annotated infographic

Ethiopia is finalising construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, its first major dam on the Blue Nile, and then will eventually start filling the giant reservoir behind it to power the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Advertisements Continue reading Ethiopia plans Grand Renaissance Dam; Egypt anxious about future Nile water supply – an annotated infographic

Modified “bump-stock” guns used in #LasVegasShooting – an annotated infographic

The deadly arsenal of weapons found in the 32nd-floor room of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Hotel included 16 assault rifles, 12 of which had been modified from semi-automatic to fire in automatic mode. The guns included an AR-15 and an AK-47 as well as four Daniel Defense DDM4 rifles, three FN-15s and other rifles made by Sig Sauer. The bump-fire stock increases the rate of fire but can wear out the mechanics of a gun, snapping the firing pin that was designed only for semi-automatic fire. This may go some way to explaining why the killer had so many … Continue reading Modified “bump-stock” guns used in #LasVegasShooting – an annotated infographic

Construction starts on models of proposed Mexico border wall for US President Donald Trump – an annotated infographic

Construction work is underway on US President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall designed to stop illegal immigration from Mexico, with contractors building eight prototypes in the San Diego area. There are myriad technical and legal problems surrounding the building of Trump’s “big beautiful wall” – as many people were already aware – whatever genius ideas the man himself claims to have come up with. Apart from not actually having the vast sum of money required to pay for the building of such a gigantic land barrier, there are other problems that could easily hold up construction for years and which … Continue reading Construction starts on models of proposed Mexico border wall for US President Donald Trump – an annotated infographic

.@Alstom and @Siemens sign rail deal to create European champion – an annotated infographic

France’s Alstom and Germany’s Siemens have agreed to merge in a deal that brings the former arch-rivals together to create a new European champion to counter competition from China. If the transaction goes ahead the combined company will have 15 billion euros ($18 billion) in sales of trains, track-signalling systems and rail services, enabling it to better compete with international rivals, especially China’s state-backed CRRC. It would also signal a shift in France’s policy of industrial intervention under President Emmanuel Macron in favour of creating “European champions” — even if that means selling industrial assets that were once deemed strategic. … Continue reading .@Alstom and @Siemens sign rail deal to create European champion – an annotated infographic

North Korea’s miniaturized #nuclear warhead – an annotated infographic

As you may have heard, North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead to be delivered by its Hwasong-14 (KN-14) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), according to an analysis by the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency. North Korea may have the required technologies and materials for reentry vehicles (RVs) and it may have demonstrated them in rocket-engine static-test firings, but it has not successfully flown them under real flight conditions. A second Hwasong-14 missile test on July 28 reached a height of 3,725 kilometres and travelled 998km, before landing in waters off Japan. However, video of the ICBM reentering the atmosphere … Continue reading North Korea’s miniaturized #nuclear warhead – an annotated infographic

#India celebrates its first high-speed rail line becoming a reality – an annotated infographic

Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are to lay the foundation stone for India’s first high-speed rail line that could see trains run at 350 kilometres an hour. The projects is part of a ‘Diamond Qaudrilateral’ of high-speed trains over 10,000km of track that India wants to set up connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #India celebrates its first high-speed rail line becoming a reality – an annotated infographic

Moon Express details plans to mine the Moon – an annotated infographic

Moon Express hopes to become the first private spaceflight company to send a robotic lander to the moon, scoop up some moon dust, load it into a small return vehicle and send it back to Earth. In one small step for space business, Moon Express has won US regulatory approval — under the 104-nation Outer Space Treaty — to become the first private company to fly to the Moon. At the heart of the company’s plans is a single-stage spacecraft, similar in size and shape to the R2-D2 droid from Star Wars, but a little bigger. Launched from New Zealand, … Continue reading Moon Express details plans to mine the Moon – an annotated infographic