Washington Post has some interesting headlines:
Craig Whitlock. More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge. The Washington Post, January 20, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/19/more-u-s-military-drones-are-crashing-than-ever-as-new-problems-emerge/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines
..,record number of Air Force drones crashed in major accidents last year, documents show, straining the U.S. military’s fleet of robotic aircraft... Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force’s newest and most advanced “hunter-killer” drone, the Reaper, which has become the Pentagon’s favored weapon for conducting surveillance and airstrikes against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militant groups.
The Reaper has been bedeviled by a rash of sudden electrical failures that have caused the 21/2-ton drone to lose power and drop from the sky, according to accident-investigation documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Investigators have traced the problem to a faulty starter-generator, but have been unable to pinpoint why it goes haywire or devise a permanent fix...
I recommend reading the article in its entirety at the link because the Washington Post includes a video of a drone that filmed its own demise. The video segment indicates that this particular drone's crash started with a fire. However, I wonder whether the newly developed pulse weapon plays a role in any of the crashes:
Air Force Confirms Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon, CNN May 25, 2015, http://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/05/25/orig-boeing-electromagnetic-pulse-weapon.cnn/video/playlists/military-technology/
In other news: Planet X at last! Although, the researchers bold enough to announce the massive outer lurker conservatively named the new planet, Planet Nine to avoid any confusion with the mythic planet-disrupter Nibiru:
Joel Achenbach and Rachel Feltman. New evidence suggests a ninth planet lurking at the edge of the solar system, The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/01/20/new-evidence-suggests-a-ninth-planet-lurking-at-the-edge-of-the-solar-system/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_eveningYou can read more about the new discovery all over the news:
Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that they have found new evidence of a giant icy planet lurking in the darkness of our solar system far beyond the orbit of Pluto. They are calling it "Planet Nine."
Their paper, published in the Astronomical Journal, estimates the planet's mass as five to 10 times that of the Earth. But the authors, astronomers Michael Brown and Konstantin Batygin, have not observed the planet directly....Until the planet is spotted directly with a telescope, any work surrounding it is theoretical.
Alexandra Witze, Evidence grows for giant planet on fringes of Solar System. Nature, January 20, 2016, http://www.nature.com/news/evidence-grows-for-giant-planet-on-fringes-of-solar-system-1.19182
Orbital calculations suggest that Planet Nine, if it exists, is about ten times the mass of Earth and swings an elliptical path around the Sun once every 10,000–20,000 years. It would never get closer than about 200 times the Earth–Sun distance, or 200 astronomical units (au). That range would put it far beyond Pluto, in the realm of icy bodies known as the Kuiper belt.
Let us hope that the mythic Nibiru has nothing in common with Planet Nine.
Read this account of planet x, here named Nemesis:
The referring article is here: