Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Bolton: I'm 'very worried' for Israel
Sanctions and diplomacy have failed and it may be too late for internal opposition to oust the Islamist regime, leaving only military intervention to stop Iran's drive to nuclear weapons, the US's former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
U.S. struggles With Breadth, Depth Of War Injuries
More than 800 of them have lost an arm, a leg, fingers or toes. More than 100 are blind. Dozens need tubes and machines to keep them alive. Hundreds are disfigured by burns, and thousands have brain injuries and mangled minds.These are America's war wounded, a toll that has received less attention than the 3,500 troops killed in Iraq. Depending on how you count them, they number between 35,000 and 53,000.More of them are coming home, with injuries of a scope and magnitude the government did not predict and is now struggling to treat.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
This undated computer-generated image provided by Vecna Technologies, Inc., shows the Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot. Engineers at the College Park, Md.,-based company developed the six-foot-tall, 380-pound, human-shaped robot, known as the BEAR, to carry wounded soldiers from dangerous battlefields with forklift-like arms.
Meet The First Resident Of Dubai's Palm-Shaped Man-Made Island
Four years ago there was nothing here but unbroken sea. Now there's Andrew Dukes and his luxury mansion - sitting on a palm-shaped, man-made island - the first of about 100 houses to open here. "I got exactly what I paid for and I'm very happy with it," said Dukes, 43, a tanned Englishman who just moved into his colossal home on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai's greatest-yet construction project.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Gene Screening 'Safe' For Babies
Carrying out checks on embryos for genetic disorders incurs no more risk than standard IVF, researchers suggest. The latest study from Brussels' Free University looked at the outcomes of 583 children born after preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). There have been safety questions over this procedure because it is relatively new and involves removing a cell from an embryo at around three days old. The work was presented at a European Society of Human Genetics meeting.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Supersonic Jet Engine Reaches Mach 10 During Testing
Scramjet Could Make Two Hour Flight From Sydney To London A Reality
Scientists from Australia's Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) successfully launched one of the world's fastest air-breathing engine experiments in the Australian outback Friday.
The scramjet engine experiment reached speeds of up to Mach 10 -- ten times the speed of sound. Scramjets are air-breathing supersonic combustion ramjet engines that could make it possible for a two hour flight from Sydney to London, according to the DSTO.
Water Seeps Into Vault Holding Buried Car
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Workers unearthing the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere buried under the city's courthouse lawn were dealt an early setback Wednesday, as several feet of water were found in the concrete vault The two-door hardtop, buried in 1957 to celebrate Oklahoma's 50 years of statehood, is set to be lifted out of the 12-foot-by-20-foot time capsule....
The vault was briefly opened Wednesday so hazardous materials crews could inspect the 10 gallons of gasoline and motor oil cans that had been placed in the time capsule in case internal combustion engines became obsolete by 2007.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Interest Rates Set To Heat Up As Loonie Soars This Summer
Canadians should expect interest rates to creep up this summer, in spite of the high-flying dollar. Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge said yesterday higher rates would come soon, but suggested the case for sustained rate increases is not so clear-cut, mainly because of the soaring loonie. Inflation and economic growth have both been stronger than the central bank anticipated, Mr. Dodge said, but at the same time the currency is also surprisingly robust.
Another Round Of Mortgage Rate Hikes
Mortgage rates are rising for the fourth time in four weeks as the cost of borrowed money increases. RBC Royal Bank and Bank of Montreal announced Wednesday they would be boosting their mortgage rates by up to a fifth of a percentage point. Other banks followed Thursday with hikes of their own. As of Friday, a five-year closed mortgage at all major banks will carry a posted rate of 7.44 per cent — an increase of 0.15 percentage points.
Along with globalization comes the benefit of cheap products produced overseas. Many consumer safety groups are raising concerns saying not enough is being done to prevent unsafe products from reaching stores. This spring hundreds of pets across the United States died from eating melamine-tainted pet food. The food came from a Chinese supplier. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just recalled 1.5 million "Thomas & Friends" toys because the paint on the products contain traces of lead. The trains were manufactured in China. Colgate recently found counterfeit Colgate toothpaste across 4 American States which contain traces of anti-freeze. The knock off Colgate toothpaste has been traced back to a supplier in China. Globalization has brought us cheaper products but more needs to be done to prevent unsafe products from reaching our stores.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Planned Jet To Take Tourists Into Space
PARIS - European aerospace company EADS on Wednesday unveiled a model of a jet designed to take tourists into space, rocketing paying passengers to weightlessness at more than 62 miles above the Earth.
EADS Astrium said it hoped the space jet - which looks much like a conventional aircraft although it is outfitted with rocket engines - will be operational by next year, with the first flight scheduled for 2012. Tickets are expected to cost $199,000-$265,000, said the company, which displayed a full-scale model in Paris.
Too many people, not enough names
BEIJING — He Danhong, a teacher in southern China, was acutely embarrassed to discover that one of her students had the same name as hers. Every day, when she read the roll call in her class, the teacher had to shout out her own name, and her students burst into laughter. Confusion over names is a common problem in China, where the vast majority of people share a mere 100 surnames. There are just too many Wangs and too many Zhangs in the world's most populous country.
Mars Probably Once Had A Huge Ocean
UC Berkeley geophycists are providing strong evidence that Mars once had an ocean. Naysayers have argued that what appear to be ancient coastlines near the North Pole are too warped to be true seashores. The researchers claim, however, that this anomaly resulted from the tilt of Mars' spin axis 2 to 3 billion years ago, possibly because the weight of surface water made the planet tip like a weighted top.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Iran arming Taliban, increasingly isolated: U.S.
PARIS (Reuters) - Iran is arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said on Tuesday, accusing Tehran of fuelling insurrection around the Middle East and misjudging the international mood.
Paying a brief visit to France, Burns warned Iran that it would face increasingly tough sanctions if it refused to negotiate over its nuclear ambitions in the "next week or two".
The company will cut prices of its Core 2 Quad processor by 50 percent on July 22, according to an Intel document given to clients. The chips, introduced in November to run servers and the most expensive personal computers, sell for $530 each, according to Santa Clara, California-based Intel's Web site.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Astute nuclear sub rolled out
She is four years late and a massive £900million over-budget.
But when the Royal Navy's super-sub HMS Astute finally arrived, she made for an awesome sight. More complex than the space shuttle, and able to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing, the 7,400-ton monster is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built.
Lieberman suggests strikes over Iran
Sen. Joe Lieberman says the United States should be prepared to take "aggressive military action" against Iran in response to its purported killings of U.S. troops inside Iraq.
"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," the Connecticut independent said during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation." "And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Many individuals living in wealthy societies are very unaware of the concentration of wealth within their nation and around the world. According to the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University, 90 percent of the worlds wealth is held within North American, Europe, Japan, and Australia. The study found that an adult with $2,200 of assets would be classified within the top half of the global wealth table, while those with $61,000 were in the top ten percent.
Membership to the top 1 percent of the world wealthiest group would require an individual to have more than $500,000 in assets, around 37 million have a membership.
The millionaires and billionaires club continues to grow globally reaching record highs. Meanwhile, the middle and lower classes have seen increasing debt, fewer pay raises, and less benefits. Statistics indicate that while individuals with 1-5 million dollars in assets is increasing, the wealthiest individuals with 5 million dollars or more is growing even faster. Being the richest nation in the world, the United States is home to an estimated 7.5 millionaires among 302 million people. Several surveys have shown a large portion of the recent increase of wealth has been due to stocks, real estate, and mutual funds.
As debt levels continue to rise due to the average individual trying to live beyond their financial means, we will continue to see an increase of overall wealth to those individuals at the top. The access to easy credit and low interest rates can blind oneself of their true financial status as interest compounds, hidden fees add up, and the national savings rate nears zero. Wealthy individuals who are invested in financial institutions and other sectors of our consumer drive economy will truly prosper. As the rich get richer many others will just get by making nickel and dime.
The American Ruling Class
The World Distribution of Household Wealth
Shuttle docks successfully
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Atlantis docked with the international space station Sunday, as engineers continued to review photographs of a section of peeled-back thermal blanket on the space shuttle. Atlantis commander Rick Sturckow eased the shuttle into the space station's docking port. Latches fastened the shuttle and orbiting space lab together at 3:36 p.m. EDT. The shuttle's two-day chase of the space station ended about 210 miles above southeastern Australia.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
The largest, most heavily fortified, and most expensive embassy in the world is being built right now in Iraq beside the Tigris river. The amount of 592 million dollars has been set aside for the project but original estimates range around the 1 billion dollar mark. The embassy will be situated on 104 acres of land which is equivalent to 80 football fields.
What is truly amazing about this project is it will be entirely self sufficient. The embassy will not rely on the Iraqi public utilities infrastructure. The embassy will have its own water, power and waste-water treatment plant. It will be completely cut off from the outside world. It is estimated that the embassy may employ over 5,000 people. The compound will contain apartment housing, restaurants, gyms, pools, a school, a theater and a firehouse. The embassy is set to open in September and is currently the only large scale US funded construction project that is on schedule in Iraq.
Japan and South Korea are leading the way in robotic research.The South Korean's plan to have robots watch their kids, take care of the elderly, and do basic household chores by 2020.
Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University in Japan has created a robot named Repliee (shown in picture). Back in 2005 during the World Expo in Japan the robot was able to speak, blink, and appeared to breathe.
Well Google's new street view option seems to stirring up some controversy. It seems that Google has caught people urinating in public, jumping security fences and various other daily activities. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) "Google Street View technology has been an intrusion of privacy to many people captured in their pictures". The ability to see your home from a satellite and now the ability to see pictures from street level makes you wonder whats next? The next logical step would be able to see everything live!
Google's street views have privacy advocates crying "Don't be Evil"