The U.S. Air Force introduces a new stealth bomber
By 2037, the number of bombers in the US Air Force has dropped below the minimum requirement of 170.* This is due to a combination of attrition, changes in operating procedures and decommissioning of older aircraft.
The B-52 has now been in service for 85 years – an unprecedented length of time for a military vehicle. The last of these planes will finally be retired soon. A next generation bomber, intended to serve as a stop-gap until more advanced designs were available, was introduced from 2018.* This is now being replaced by a new military aircraft known by the codename of "2037 Bomber".*
The new bomber is the most advanced aircraft to ever fly. It has unparalleled stealth capabilities, a range that enables it to strike targets almost anywhere in the world, and a payload which includes nuclear capability.
It is "manned optional", with most missions being remote-controlled, or even entirely automated. It is used in a number of resource wars during this time – giving the US an impressive tactical edge on the battlefield.
computers are widely available
agencies, universities and research institutes now have access to this
revolutionary technology, which offers spectacular computing
speed and power on a completely different scale to anything used before.
These machines work by making direct use of quantum mechanical phenomena,
such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data.
In addition to being trillions of times faster than earlier computers,
they can be made absolutely secure, too. The machines' encryption techniques
are virtually unbreakable, due to the almost unimaginable number of
instructions being executed simultaneously.
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The world's largest mud volcano stops erupting
The Sidoarjo mud flow, commonly known as Lusi, is a continuous flow of water, steam and mud erupting in Sidoarjo, a sub-district of Porong in East Java, Indonesia.* The mud flow began in May 2006, after a blowout in a drilling well caused by pressurised natural gas and carbonated water. The exact cause of the eruption remained unknown, with most of the blame put on the drilling company (though they themselves put the blame on a 6.3 magnitude quake that had occurred a few days earlier). At its peak, Lusi flowed at a rate of 180,000m³ per day. It destroyed business, homes and schools, and by 2011 had left over 13,000 people homeless. Many suffered severe burns as a result of the hot mud and steam. In recent years, the volcano has destabilised – forming a caldera around the original drilling well – and by 2037 it has finally subsided.*