Turkish Black Hawks Deploy to Afghanistan

THREE TURKISH UH-60L Black Hawk utility helicopters were deployed to Afghanistan on May 30 in support of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The helicopters arrived at Kabul International Airport on board two Antonov An-124-100 cargo aircraft operated by the Ukrainian Antonov Design Bureau International Cargo Transport service.

A Turkish Air Force C-130 Hercules supported the deployment bringing in the manpower and all necessary equipment. Turkey sent a total of 56 personnel, including 12 aircrew members and 16 technicians.

The helicopters, which are taking part in Turkey’s first ever helicopter detachment for a peacekeeping mission abroad, is slated to

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Three Ring Circus

Paul Reed Smith announces the launch of his brand new retro-style midrange solidbody ‘Stevensville 2’ series at Summer NAMM.

Those who have always hankered after one of Paul Reed Smith’s beautiful creations but couldn’t quite find the funds will be keen to try out the new S2 series models which recently debuted at Summer NAMM. This line up of US-made guitars has already been road-tested by a diverse range of punk and rock artists from Southern blues/rock man JJ Grey through to indie darlings Surfer Blood, and they seem to have gone down rather well.

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The power of quasars.

The brightest known objects in the universe, quasars blast light and other radiation across billions of light years of space, Illuminating some of the remotest corners of the cosmos.

Scan a small or medium-sized telescope across the constellation of Virgo (the Virgin), to the north-east of the moderate star Eta Virginis, and you’ll trace scattered chains of apparently nondescript stars.

There’s little to suggest that one particular star-like point of light is any different from the rest. But, in fact, one faint object — a ‘star’ of magnitude 12.9, listed in catalogues under the designation 3C 273 — is extraordinary.

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The most powerful forces in the universe.

All About Space runs for cover as we explore the objects in the cosmos that pack the biggest punches of all.

The universe is an incredibly violent place, populated by explosions and torrents of radiation, pulled this way and that by powerful fundamental forces, and lit up by active centres of galaxies and massive stars. All these forces are in interplay -supernovas create black holes, while gravity battles dark energy to decide the fate of the universe. Energies far greater than the Sun can produce in 10 billion years are wielded in a matter of seconds, and our knowledge of

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Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary staircase? These designs will make your stairs the centrepiece of your home


Antique Floors makes handcrafted timber flooring and staircases from recycled Australian hardwoods and French oak. The thicknesses of this staircase’s floating treads is the key aesthetic in this design, complemented by the metal thread screen and crisp, white walls. antiquefloors.com.au


Who said spiral staircases were a thing of the past? In this Andrew Maynard design, the staircase is the centrepiece in the family living area. The metal structure adds to the industrial feel of the space and the black

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Planned Thai Helicopter Deals

US CONGRESS was notified on July 21 by the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency of a possible Foreign Military Sale of two UH-601. Black Hawk helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract will be $46 million.

The deal would also include spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, contractor engineering and technical support services. The RTN will use the helicopters to provide utility lift requirements and help to reduce the variety of different airframe platforms in its inventory. Thailand already has S-70A Black Hawks in

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NGC 1277


The biggest black hole whose mass has so far been properly measured lies at the heart of a galaxy called NGC 1277, 250 million light years from Earth in the constellation of Perseus – and it’s a real whopper. While our own galaxy’s central black hole has an estimated mass of 4.1 million Suns, the black hole in NGC 1277 is around 17 billion solar masses.

Astronomers discover and assess black holes in distant galaxies by measuring the orbits of the stars that surround them. Many have now been found, with masses equivalent to millions or even

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Messier 106

How this incredible galaxy has helped us map the universe.

This image of Messier 106 (also known as M106 or NGC 4258), a spiral galaxy located approximately 23.5 million light years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici, shows the intricate details and structures of this fascinating region of space. It is one of the brightest and nearest spiral galaxies to Earth, and has also proved useful in calculating cosmic distances.

At the heart of M106 is a supermassive black hole, however, unlike others, such as the one at the core of the Milky Way, it is actively eating material

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Miracles conversion

At the meeting in late June in London exhibition Fespa-2013 we noticed a new trend — there were solutions for the conversion of eco-solvent printers, UV.

About the peculiarities of the technology and its prospects for us there at the show we spoke with the director of Business Development Ukrainian IPS Alex Zaika and CEO of Russian «AT DESAYN» Sergey Prudnikov. There is a solution that allows you to turn the eco-solvent printer UV, with inexpensive. If it works, then why developers continue to create specialized UV printers, why not take advantage of all the simple and inexpensive conversion? What’s

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LG 50PH660V £630

This plasma is the cheapest TV on test, and unfortunately, it feels it. For a start, it looks cumbersome, all thick shiny black plastic and chunky stand.

It is at least the only TV on test to include a satellite as well as an aerial input — a real plus point if you have an old Sky dish you don’t use any more.

So, down to business. We’ve seen plenty of strong plasmas this year, with particular strengths in black levels and contrast. Yet this is where the 660V is weakest. Even when calibrated, the performance from the Freeview HD

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