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Quantum Stealth; The Invisible
Military Becomes A Reality
By Guy Cramer, President/CEO of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp.
Once thought to be only a Science Fiction/Fantasy technology, Guy Cramer,
President/CEO of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp., discusses the
implications of militaries which can now become invisible with his light bending
technology called "Quantum Stealth".
Hyperstealth is a successful Canadian camouflage design company with over
two million military issued uniforms and over 3000 vehicles and fighter jets
using their patterns around the world.
Quantum Stealth is a material that renders the target completely invisible by
bending light waves around the target. The material removes not only your
visual, infrared (night vision) and thermal signatures but also the target’s
Two separate command groups within the U.S. Military and two separate
Canadian Military groups as well as Federal Emergency Response Team
(Counter Terrorism) have seen the actual material so they could verify that I
was not just manipulating video or photo results; These groups now know that
it works and does so without cameras, batteries, lights or mirrors...It is
lightweight and quite inexpensive. Both the U.S. and Canadian military have
confirmed that it also works against military IR scopes and Thermal Optics.
For reasons of security, I can’t discuss details about how it accomplishes the
bending of light but I can explain how it might be used.
Scenario 1: A pilot ejects over open terrain in enemy territory, his parachute
that deploys is made of the Quantum Stealth material to hide his fall. The
enemy knows his aircraft crashed in a specific location, he has less than one
hour to find cover, of which there is none. He takes the Quantum Stealth
material from the parachute and throws it over top of him, the pilot is now
undetectable to all visual sensors and human eyes unless they happen to trip
over him. Now he radios out his coordinates and waits for rescue.
Scenario 2: Cameras and visual sensors are on the enemy beach, the
Special Forces team decked out in Quantum Stealth swims up to the beach in
the middle of the day as they no longer have to wait till night to hide their
approach. The team infiltrates the defenses without detection, completes their
mission and goes out the same way they came in. The enemy reviews the
sensors and cameras; no anomalies were detected on any sensor, no
shadows on the cameras, no jamming of the sensors, no thermal signatures,
the only evidence discovered by the enemy are boot tracks leading up the
beach right past of their defenses and another set of boot tracks going back
into the water.
Scenario 3: The next generation of combat aircraft is undergoing trials, in the
past these secret aircraft had to be moved into hangers whenever a spy
satellite passed overhead. Now with Quantum Stealth, the aircraft is
undetectable from spy satellites, aerial drones or surveillance balloons eyes at
any time of the day or night.
Scenario 4: One of the most vulnerable times for a submarine is when it
comes to periscope depth to look around to verify the enemy, ships or aircraft
are not loitering in the area, before the submarine surfaces or fires on the
enemy. The periscope can only be hidden with painted camouflage to a
certain degree. With Quantum Stealth; the entire submarine can stay hidden
near the surface as well as the periscope above the surface which also cannot
be seen.
Why disclose this technology to the public? I have not disclosed how it's
done, I have only said that I have done it and described potential applications
for it. Many people believe that movies and T.V. shows are close to reality in
how the U.S. government or U.S. military reacts to new technology, acquiring
anything that provides an advantage. My experience is that this is not the
case, at least not for a foreign company, it is much more boring and time
consuming than you may think as there are approvals and agreements
required between each participating country and few people who have the
authority to sign off on these multi-country agreements. Many times you will
meet with someone or some group in the military only to find they can't help,
to find the right person who has the ability to take it to the next level can take
months. Sometimes you need publicize your ability to get the attention of the
right person. Most in the military were skeptical that the real photos and
videos I was showing them were not manipulated.
‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The
Rush to Stop the Asian Giant
Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could
establish itself in the United States and devastate bee populations.
LAINE, Wash. — In his decades of beekeeping, Ted McFall had never seen anything like
As he pulled his truck up to check on a group of hives near Custer, Wash., in November,
he could spot from the window a mess of bee carcasses on the ground. As he looked
closer, he saw a pile of dead members of the colony in front of a hive and more carnage
inside — thousands and thousands of bees with their heads torn from their bodies and
no sign of a culprit.
With queens that can grow to two inches long, Asian giant hornets can
use mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins to wipe out a honeybee
hive in a matter of hours, decapitating the bees and flying away with
the thoraxes to feed their young. For larger targets, the hornet’s potent
venom and stinger — long enough to puncture a beekeeping suit —
make for an excruciating combination that victims have likened to hot
metal driving into their skin.
In Japan, the hornets kill up to 50 people a year. Now, for the first
time, they have arrived in the United States.
Scientists have since embarked on a full-scale hunt for the hornets,
worried that the invaders could decimate bee populations in the
United States and establish such a deep presence that all hope for
eradication could be lost.
Beyond its size, the hornet has a distinctive look, with a cartoonishly
fierce face featuring teardrop eyes like Spider-Man, orange and black
stripes that extend down its body like a tiger, and broad, wispy wings
like a small dragonfly.
Jun-ichi Takahashi, a researcher at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan,
said the species had earned the “murder hornet” nickname there
because its aggressive group attacks can expose victims to doses of
toxic venom equivalent to that of a venomous snake; a series of stings
can be fatal.
‘Nerf’ guns discovered by
accident And you won’t ‘shoot your
eye out’
Tri-County Times | Fenton, MI Vera Hogan Associate Editor
Jul 2, 2018 Updated Jul 3, 2018
Meet Lonnie Johnson, the Man Behind the Super
Despite this impressive resume, Lonnie is most famous for the results of
inventive pursuits during his spare time. In 1982 he was working at home on an
environmentally-friendly heat pump that used water instead of Freon, and
attached a high pressure nozzle to the bathroom sink. The resulting powerful
stream of water that blasted out when he pulled the nozzle’s lever inspired him to
tinker with it as a potential toy. He gave a prototype to his daughter,
which proved to be a great success with her friends. Lonnie told Ken, “I thought
to myself that I would focus on the Super Soaker because it would generate
some revenue and pay for the costs of other things I wanted to do.”
By 1989, he finally licensed his Super Soaker water gun to Larami Corporation,
which was purchased by Hasbro six years later. Within only the first two years on
the market, the Super Soaker generated over $200 million in retail sales and
became the number one selling toy in the US—far more successful that Lonnie
could have imagined when he was machining the prototype’s nozzle on his
workbench at home. By 2016 that sales figure was up to around $1 billion.
After shaping the foam rubber into a ball, Guyer shopped it around.
Milton Bradley didn’t want it, but Parker Brothers did.Then America
did. When the Nerf Ball hit store shelves in 1970, it was a revolution
that brought backyard ball into the living room.Nerf is little more than
molded polyurethane foam, yet it’s changed the nature of play. As
Guyer put it — “Who knew the world wanted a ball that wouldn’t
bounce?”Actually, this was just the start of what the world wanted. To
their credit, Nerf’s owners never stopped diversifying. The product mix
first expanded in 1972 with the Nerfoop (a basketball game set) and
then the Nerf Football (actually invented by Minnesota Vikings kicker
Fred Cox).But the true game changer began in 1992 with the
Sharpshooter, a spring-loaded dart gun that shot Nerf projectiles and
marked the start of the Blaster era.It was this innovation — an unlikely
melding of what’s essentially a firearm with completely harmless
ammunition — that’s helped Nerf hold its own for nearly half a
century.Nerf, and especially the Nerf blasters, remain popular because
they tick off a number of boxes.It’s great social play. It’s also outdoor
play. And since parents play with their kids with these blasters, there’s
an inter-generational aspect to the play.Nerf’s arsenal of blasters
includes the Nerf Rival, whose Artemis XVII-3000 high-capacity blaster
holds 30 rounds of Nerf balls and fires them at 68 mph.According to
Nerf’s VP of Global Marketing Michael Ritchie, Nerf hasn’t stayed
relevant despite the digital age, but because of it.“Today’s kids can feel
overscheduled,” he says, and Nerf “gives kids… the freedom to play
how they want, without rules.”
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