In the News: Rexburg booting company owner acquitted

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Booting has been a major issue in the City of Rexburg for a long time.

This was my very first jury trial as a crime reporter. Actually it was the very jury trial I’ve ever sat in on period. Everything was fascinating from jury selection to the trial itself. The issue itself, booting, is one I think people in the City of Rexburg have blown out of proportion. Well, in this case it was a student who blew things out of proportion. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t just pay the ticket. Some I think student like to play the “predatory booting card just to avoid paying fines that deserve. That said both attorneys made excellent points. This jury could’ve ruled both ways. It really was an interesting trial that I wish I could’ve covered more thoroughly in my article. Sometimes you just run out of time.

REXBURG — After hearing attorney arguments, testimony of witnesses and nearly an hour of deliberation, the owner of a booting company accused of obstructing an officer was acquitted by a local jury Thursday.

via Booting company owner acquitted: Jury deliberates an hour following trial, Darren Helm found not guilty – Standard Journal: News.

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The Future Is Now: Lasers!

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LASER or light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
Is simply, according to the Wikipedia,  “A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation.”
Although I never recommend Wikipedia as the definitive source, it is always a good starting point. So for more check out this link.
Star Wars, Star Trek and pretty much every science fiction story imaginable has introduced a laser as formidable future firearm or weapon system in general.
What’s interesting is that in film. Lasers are bright, loud and intensely powerful.
In reality, it takes an obscene amount of energy just to burn through a piece of wood.
Also lasers appear invisible and don’t make any noise.
Those space battle scenes would be pretty boring.
What crazy though, is that laser weapons are in fact becoming a reality. Below is Lockheed Martin’s press release about the recent testing of a new Laser weapon system, ATHENA.
Turning Up The Heat: Latest Evolution Of Lockheed Martin Laser Weapon System Stops Truck In Field Test

Demonstration Represents Highest Power Ever Documented by a Laser Weapon of its Type

BETHESDA, Md., March 3, 2015 – Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military forces and critical infrastructure.

Known as ATHENA, for Advanced Test High Energy Asset, the ground-based prototype system burned through the engine manifold in a matter of seconds from more than a mile away. The truck was mounted on a test platform with its engine and drive train running to simulate an operationally-relevant test scenario.

“Fiber-optic lasers are revolutionizing directed energy systems,” said Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin chief technology officer. “We are investing in every component of the system – from the optics and beam control to the laser itself – to drive size, weight and power efficiencies. This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks.”

The demonstration marked the first field testing of an integrated 30-kilowatt, single-mode fiber laser weapon system prototype. Through a technique called spectral beam combining, multiple fiber laser modules form a single, powerful, high-quality beam that provides greater efficiency and lethality than multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers used in other systems.

ATHENA is based on the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) laser weapon system developed by Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, which has been proven in demonstrations against small airborne and sea-based targets. It incorporates the 30-kilowatt Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN) fiber laser developed by the company in Bothell, Washington.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

http://www.newsweek.com/dynamite-laser-beam-lockheed-unveils-weapon-future-311967

No cool video of ATHENA melting automobiles has surfaced yet. Instead check this video of the Navy testing a laser on their ships.

Truly, the future is now!