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The armored vehicles at the Eurosatory-2016
12-seater armored vehicle Streit Gladiator demonstration
Machine Streit Scorpion AFV, first received the protective system MRAP
Austrian armored vehicle Achleitner Survivor-1 with 10 local housing
Heavier version Survivor-2 with the Belgian Cockerill cannon tower
The IAG Guardian armored vehicle with reinforced lower hull and suspension
Tower a patrol car IAG Jaws on the demonstration tests
Armored vehicle Jaws for special operations
Light Sentry armored personnel carriers from the eight-tower hulls and superstructure
APC Nexter Titus with the combat module and an extreme steered wheels
Czech armoured personnel carrier SVOS Vega on three-axle chassis Tatra Т815-7

boyfriend!the8
  • minghao is the type to not beat around the bush ever
  • so when he asks you out he’s really straightforward about it he just makes reservations at his favorite restaurant and asks if you’re free this weekend to grab a bite with him and when you say yes you’re like wait- is this a date??? and he’s like yes (-: yes it is (-: 
  • that’s how you end up on a cute date with minghao at his favorite chinese restaurant near the dorm and he even offers to feed you with his chopsticks and you’re a blushing mess while he’s just smiling sweetly at you like god minghao can’t you at least pretend to be nervous,,, 
  • your relationship is more like you + minghao + food 
  • you two adventure all over seoul to find the best street food, best bakeries, best snack shops - basically you two are always eating something while also holding hands and just being cute
  • minghao always does the thing where he leans over to wipe crumbs from the corner of your mouth with his thumb 
  • sometimes when he has crumbs you do it too, but once you kissed the crumb away and minghao just opened his mouth in shock like oh MY GOD and you were like don’t look at me that was embarrassing I’m s o rr y and everyone around you two was just like omg what a cute embarrassed young couple 
  • after that tho minghao started using his lips to clean the crumbs from your cheeks too and honestly when the members see him do that they’re joking like ‘ew’ but honestly they’re just sad n jealous 
  • jun once tried to convince minghao to use cheesy pickup lines on you in order to see your reaction
  • but even naive minghao was like “seriously? ‘did you fall from heaven?’ jun even I know that sucks…”
  • of course it’s not always ‘out to eat’ dates,, he also likes going to places like the museum and other historical sites with you to learn more about the culture of korea 
  • of course he misses china a lot and loves talking about it when you ask him! you two watch a lot of chinese movies and dramas when you’re having lazy dates at home and if the subtitles are bad it’s ok,,,minghao will explain 
  • for cuddling minghao likes it when you sit in his lap so he can rest his chin on your head and sling his arms over you. 
  • he has a very long body so it’s perfect for covering all of you in a very warm embrace hehe he likes it when you run your fingers up and down his arm too
  • if you lean your head back and kiss his chin or something like that, it’ll make him laugh
  • he’s still pretty young so his kisses would be hesitant and a little short
  • he’d never do anything brash or teasing because he doesn’t know if you’d like it so his kisses would stay on your mouth and maybe one or two on your neck 
  • but other than that he’d like to have his arms around your waist and would like it if he was the one to lean in and initiate the kiss 
  • sometimes when you two are walking together you’ll see a cute puppy or something and minghao will be like “in the future let’s get one!” and you’re like ,,,the future,,,omg,,,,like marr,,iage!!!!!??? and your blushing will just confuse him tbh but it’d be cute
  • calles you ‘baobei’ and all the other members are like thATS SO CUTE
  • s.coups like sniffling into his sleeve like minghao has grown up,,, and you’re like rolling your eyes honestly
  • when he has long and tiring dance practices he sends you an apology message like ‘sorry i won’t be able to facetime you tonight,,, i love you!! talk to you soon!!’ and you’re ofc like omg don’t apologize everytime but it’s cute u know 
  • he always insists on teaching you some part of the dance right like even if you’re like omg no i can’t dance he just pulls you up and all the members cheer you on and you’re like minghao i -
  • but he just easily moves you and guides you and before you know it you’re having fun and everyone is joining in and you’re just dancing with your boyfriend and it just brings a smile to your face 
  • once you brought over a bunch of water and towels and snacks to their practice and ofc everyone runs over to greet you and get some food and minghao just runs over to you and tackles you in a hug and you’re like minghao you’re all sweaty please,,, and he’s like “how are you so great to bring this all over???” and you’re like it’s nothing - go eat a snack i know you’re tired!!
  • because you take care of him so well minghao is always insisting to take care of you too he’s always making sure you’re eating right and getting enough sleep
  • once you had stayed up super late to get some work done and he snuck out to your place and you were like mINGHAO and he was like “I’m here to make sure you go to bed so shut your laptop-”
  • if he finds out you’re not eating then omg he drags you out the next day for a big meal on him and he won’t take no as an answer 
  • you used to be scared of meeting his parents, especially his mother, but minghao assures you that he’s only said good things and once you two are able to go to china to see her, he’s one hundred percent sure she’ll love you!!
  • whenever he b-boys and everyone’s clapping and chatting about how amazing he is you’re just nodding proudly because honestly you know how hardworking he is and it makes you so proud
  • but minghao is also super proud of you omg all of your accomplishments, even the smallest things, he remembers and always reminds you that you too are trying your best!!! 
  • minghao usually never gets upset, but when he does it really shows. like his shoulder slope and he looks tired and when that happens you take it upon yourself to make him happy again and you always sense what’s wrong and offer to do whatever you can to help and honestly you just being beside him helps him a lot
  • once he just pulled you close and nuzzled his head into your shoulder and stayed there for an hour and that was all he needed to calm down
  • it’s the same when you’re upset tbh, minghao just gives you his best sweater and is like “put it on and come here and cuddle with me while telling me what’s wrong” best boyfriend award here really
  • he tried to teach you how to do a handstand and he was holding your ankles to keep you steady but you kept laughing because it was ticklish and long story short you ended up falling over and minghao couldn’t stop saying ‘I’m sorry’
  • once you wore something short and when you reached up to get something it showed a peek of your stomach and jun elbowed minghao like hey bro but minghao thought he was asking him to go help you he’s just a clueless kid honestly it’s the cUTESt
  • he just wants to make sure you’re not hungry or cold or sick and he wants to hold your hand while you two pet dogs isn’t that the ideal tbh.. 


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Ash: Part Two

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Age Eight

Ash was sent to the war camps to “train” with his Uncle Cassian while Dacia went to spend time with Aunt Feyre. He wanted to stay close to his mother as she was pregnant with his sisters but she firmly told him that she needed some alone time with his father…whatever that meant.

Ash wandered around the camps. The Illyrians were asleep and so was his uncle. He couldn’t sleep and it was driving him nuts so he dressed and headed outside.

Weaving around the tents and past the pits he could sense someone hurt. He followed his senses and found the source of the pain. “Hey.”

The other boy looked at him, his features were foggy but he could sense he had a broken nose and he knew he startled him since he lifted himself off the ground. Great. Now he couldn’t see him.

He clenched his teeth and wandered around trying to find him. His hair was getting damp from the mist and he was shivering.

After a half an hour of wandering, Ash finally picked up the scent again. He stalked over to the boy, and through clenched teeth, “If you fly off again and I have to wander around looking for you, you are going to regret it.”

The other boy’s voice was near panicked, “Look, I don’t have anything for you to take, okay?”

Ash blinked, “You think I was going to hurt you? I just wanted to heal your nose!”

His voice was filled with disbelief, “What?”

Pursing his lips, “That’s it. Follow me and if you fly off and I can’t see you again, we are going to have problems, friend.”

“What do you mean “cant see me”?”

He sighed, “I’m blind, you moron. I see through the vibrations in the ground.”

His voice was quiet, “Oh.”

He put out a hand, helping the boy up, “Come on, you are coming with me.”

“Where are we going.”

He sighed, “Just come on.”

——–

Cassian heard his nephew leave the house nearly an hour ago. But he had eyes on him the entire time he really didn’t feel like telling Elain that her son got into a fight and had his shoes taken from him. But he knew his redheaded nephew would put up a fight. He had been practicing throwing punches and finding a person’s weak spots through their vibrations. The kid was a quick study.

Sitting at the table, Cassian took a drink out of his mug. He had  his feet off the ground and crossed over the table so Ash couldn’t see him waiting up for him.

Ash stalked through the door, his hair wet and ears were bright red. He left without his coat? His mother was going to murder him and then Nesta was going to murder him again for letting her nephew go without his coat. He barked, “Ash.”

Ash nearly jumped out of his skin and he started to laugh, despite being irritable with the child. A boy trailed in after Ash. He widened his eyes at him and  started stumbling over his words “Commander. I’m sorry, I didn’t realize this was your home.”

“Ash, who is this?”

Ash shrugged, “I don’t know but he doesn’t have anywhere to sleep and i was trying to heal his nose before he took off and made me track him down.”

Cassian looked at the wide eyed boy. He knew that look, the restless, desperate look of a kid trying to find a warm home for the night, “What’s your name, kid?”

“B-Baylor, sir.”

“Well Bay. Have some soup.”

Astronomers perform largest-ever survey of high-mass binary star systems

In addition to solo stars like our Sun, the universe contains binary systems comprising two massive stars that interact with each other. In many binaries the two stars are close enough to exchange matter and may even merge, producing a single high-mass star that spins at great speed.

Until now the number of known high-mass binaries has been very small, basically confined to those identified in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

An international group of astronomers led by researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics & Atmospheric Sciences (IAG-USP) in Brazil, have just extended the list of by identifying and characterizing 82 new high-mass binaries located in the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The LMC is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way and is about 160,000 light years from Earth.

The results of the study are described in article published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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Astronomers perform largest-ever survey of high-mass binary star systems

An international group of researchers led by Brazilians has identified and characterized 82 binaries in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way

In addition to solo stars like our Sun, the universe contains binary systems comprising two massive stars that interact with each other.

In many binaries the two stars are close enough to exchange matter and may even merge, producing a single high-mass star that spins at great speed.

Until now the number of known high-mass binaries has been very small, basically confined to those identified in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

An international group of astronomers led by researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics & Atmospheric Sciences (IAG-USP) in Brazil, have just extended the list of by identifying and characterizing 82 new high-mass binaries located in the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

The LMC is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way and is about 160,000 light years from Earth.

The results of the study are described in article published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

“By identifying and characterizing these 82 high-mass binaries, we have more than doubled the number of these objects, and in a completely new region with very different conditions from those found in the Milky Way,” said Leonardo Andrade de Almeida, a postdoctoral fellow at IAG-USP and first author of the study.

In research supervised by Augusto Damineli Neto, a full professor at IAG and a co-author of the article, Almeida analyzed the data obtained during the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey and Tarantula Massive Binary Monitoring observation campaigns performed by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) from 2011.

Using FLAMES/GIRAFFE, a spectrograph coupled to ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), which has four 8 m primary mirrors and operates in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the observation campaigns collected spectral data for over 800 high-mass objects in the region of the Tarantula Nebula, so named because its glowing filaments resemble spider legs.

From this total of 800 observed objects, the astronomers who worked on the two surveys identified 100 candidate binaries of spectral type O (very hot and massive) in a sample of 360 stars based on parameters such as the amplitude of variations in their radial velocity (the velocity of motion away from or toward an observer).

For the last two years, Almeida has collaborated with colleagues in other countries on an analysis of these 100 candidate high-mass binaries using the FLAMES/GIRAFFE spectrograph and has managed to characterize 82 of them completely.

“This represents the largest survey and spectroscopic characterization of massive binary systems every performed,” he said.

“It was only possible thanks to the technological capabilities of the FLAMES/GIRAFFE spectrograph.”

The scientific instrument developed by ESO can be used to obtain spectra for a number of objects simultaneously, and weaker objects can be observed because it is coupled to the VLT, which has large mirrors and captures more light, Almeida explained.

“We can collect 136 spectra in a single observation using FLAMES/GIRAFFE,” he said.

“Nothing similar could be done before.

Our instruments could only observe individual objects and it took much longer to characterize them.”

Spectroscopic analysis of the 82 binaries showed that properties such as mass ratio, orbital period (the time taken to complete one orbit) and orbital eccentricity (the amount by which the orbit deviates from a perfect circle) were highly similar to those observed in the Milky Way.

This was unexpected since the LMC embodies a phase of the universe prior to the Milky Way when the largest number of high-mass stars were formed.

For this reason, its metallicity - the proportion of its matter made up of chemical elements different from hydrogen and helium, the primordial atoms that gave rise to the first stars - is only half that of the binaries found in the Milky Way, whose metallicity is very close to the Sun’s.

“At the beginning of the universe, stars were metal-poor but chemical evolution increased their metallicity,” Almeida said.

This analysis of binaries in the LMC, he added, provides the first direct constraints on the properties of massive binaries in galaxies whose stars were formed in the early universe and have the LMC’s metallicity.

“The discoveries made during the study may provide better measurements for use in more realistic simulations of how high-mass stars evolved in the different phases of the universe.

If so, we’ll be able to obtain more precise estimates of the rate at which black holes, neutron stars and supernovae were formed in each phase, for example,” he said.

High-mass stars are the most important drivers of the chemical evolution of the universe. Because they are more massive, they produce more heavy metals, evolve more rapidly, and end their lives as supernovae, ejecting all their matter into the interstellar medium. This matter is recycled to form a new population of stars.

However, Almeida went on, estimates of the chemical evolution of the universe and astrophysical predictions of the number of black holes usually take into account sole stars like our Sun, which evolve more simply.

According him, when you include binaries in computing these projections, the result changes dramatically.

So when making astrophysical predictions you need to consider these massive objects.