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Day: June 7, 2022

Canadian expert: Ukraine war could end Russian power, influence
Defence Today, Front Lines

Canadian expert: Ukraine war could end Russian power, influence

A Canadian adviser in Ukraine says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade the former Soviet republic could spell the end of Russia as the world knows it. “If Russia loses the war, there’s very little chance that it will survive in its current form.” Donald Bowser, an independent anti-corruption specialist who has worked in Ukraine for 30 years, says the Feb. 24 invasion and subsequent offensive has confirmed what insiders already knew—that the Russian army is a hollow shell of its former self. “If Russia loses the war, there’s very little chance that it will survive in its current form,” said Bowser, a political scientist whose masters and PhD theses both focused on corruption in the Russian military. “The threat that Russia posed over the last 30 years is going to b...
Wallace Turnbull and the variable-pitch propeller
Military History, Military Milestones

Wallace Turnbull and the variable-pitch propeller

  In 1902, when most of the world thought heavier-than-air flight was a pipe dream, Wallace Rupert Turnbull began research into aeronautics in Rothesay, N.B.—and went on to make a major contribution to aviation. After graduating as a mechanical engineer in 1893 and studying physics in Germany, Turnbull started testing aircraft stability and the efficiency of various wing designs in his Rothesay workshop, which included Canada’s first wind tunnel. During his research, he conferred with renowned innovators Alexander Graham Bell and Wilbur Wright as they worked to get their respective planes airborne. The results of his experiments were published in aeronautical journals, including a seminal piece in 1909 on propellers. The First World War interrupted his research, however, a...

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