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LibDem leader speaks out against Trident

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
London (UPI) Aug 18, 2010
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has spoken out against renewing Britain's nuclear deterrent, denouncing its huge cost at a time of social benefit cuts. The renewal of the submarine-launched missile system called Trident was agreed in 2007 and is due by 2024 - at a cost of around $30 billion. Clegg, who spoke out against renewing the system while in opposition, said there was

N.Korea sought summit after warship sinking: report

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Seoul (AFP) Aug 19, 2010
North Korea proposed a summit with South Korea even after tensions mounted dramatically over the deadly sinking of one of Seoul's warships, a newspaper reported. The impoverished communist state made the proposal last month in an apparent bid to secure economic aid from South Korea but the idea was rejected by Seoul, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper reported Wednesday, quoting an unnamed high-ranki

China lashes out at Pentagon military report

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Beijing (AFP) Aug 19, 2010
China hit out Wednesday at a Pentagon report on its expanding military capabilities as other Asian nations said they would be keeping a wary eye on their giant neighbour's growing might. Beijing said the US Defence Department report was "not beneficial" for military ties between the two powers, while state media branded the dossier "aggressive" and said it exaggerated China's military power.

Talks with US only if sanctions are dropped: Iran's Khamenei

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Tehran (AFP) Aug 18, 2010
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that any talks with arch-foe the United States would take place only if Washington drops "sanctions and threats" against Tehran. In a speech on state television, the all-powerful Khamenei also blamed Washington for Iran's defiant move to enrich uranium to 20 percent, the most controversial aspect of its nuclear programme. "Th

Brazil invests heavily in IT, security

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Rio De Janeiro (UPI) Aug 17, 2010
Cash-rich Brazil is investing heavily in its information technology and security infrastructures as economic prosperity in key sectors demands greater protection and wider networks. Current figures suggest the Latin American giant will spend $8.9 billion this year alone, Dublin-based Research and Markets said in its report on Brazil IT for the third quarter of 2010. Brazil alread

Triple whammy triggered Samoa tsunami

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Paris (AFP) Aug 18, 2010
A tsunami that hit the Pacific islands of Samoa and Tonga last year was generated by three earthquakes unleashed by a seismic mechanism that has never been observed before, scientists said on Wednesday. The September 29, 2009 disaster killed 186 people in Samoa, American Samoa and northern Tonga when waves rearing as high as 15 metres (49 feet) flattened villages and resorts. Seismologis

More than 60 missing in latest China mudslides

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Beijing (AFP) Aug 18, 2010
More than 60 people went missing after torrents of mud slammed into homes in southwest China Wednesday as they slept, in the nation's latest disaster as it battles its worst flooding in a decade. Power and communication lines were cut to Puladi township in Yunnan province, where the mudslides struck in the early hours, a provincial government official said. Rescuers have been sent to the

UN climate panel head expects no climate deal at Cancun

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 18, 2010
The head of the UN's climate science panel said Wednesday there was little prospect of a breakthrough in efforts to forge a global agreement on climate change at a world meeting in December. A new UN conference is due to be held in the Mexican resort of Cancun to try to build on a loose accord hammered out at marathon talks in Copenhagen that were widely regarded as a failure. Cancun wi

Scientists develop safer parts for cars

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Pfinztal, Germany (UPI) Aug 18, 2010
German researchers say they've developed a way to mass-produce a safer class of materials for use in automobile crash components. Materials known as thermoplastic fiber composites could replace less-suitable materials in stressed load-bearing structures and crash components in automobiles, the Fraunhofer-Institute for Chemical Technology said in a release Wednesday. Automakers ha

Utilities, Berlin face off over reactors

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Berlin (UPI) Aug 17, 2010
In a negotiation war with the German government that could drag on for at least two more weeks, the country's utilities have threatened to shut down some of their nuclear reactors if a fuel-rod tax goes into effect as planned. The threat is not exactly a carrot, but as a stick, it won't work either, the government has warned. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's new spokesman Steffe

Scots scientists create car biofuel from whisky by-products

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
London (AFP) Aug 17, 2010
Whisky lovers have another excuse to enjoy a dram - scientists in Scotland on Tuesday unveiled a biofuel to help power cars developed from the by-products of the distillation process. Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have developed the biofuel and filed a patent for the product, which they said could be used to fuel ordinary cars without any special adaptations. The biofuel, w

Measuring Salt Shine To Improve Climate Understanding

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
London, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
From 14 - 25 August 2010, scientists from around the world will gather in Southern Turkey to measure the spectral reflectance of a few square kilometres of salt. These measurements will have a major impact on the future of satellite based Earth observation, and will ultimately improve our understanding of the Earth's climate. For ten months of the year Tuz Golu (Lake Tuz) in southern Turke

Astronauts make third space foray to fix ISS cooling pump

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Washington (AFP) Aug 16, 2010
Astronauts from the International Space Station on Monday wrapped up a third and final spacewalk to replace a busted cooling unit on the orbiting outpost, NASA said. Spacewalkers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson began installing a replacement ammonia pump module on the ISS at 6:20 am (1020 GMT) Monday and finished at 1:40 pm (1740 GMT) - a seven hour, 20 minute space foray, according

Japanese Spacecraft Approaches Venus

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
For the next few months, Venus will be softly resplendent in the evening sky, a treat for stargazers - but looks can be deceiving. Consider this: The Venusian surface is hot enough to melt lead. The planet's 96% carbon dioxide atmosphere is thick and steamy with a corrosive mist of sulfuric acid floating through it. The terrain is forbidding, strewn with craters and volcanic calderas - and bone

Experiments Offer Tantalizing Clues As To Why Matter Prevails In The Universe

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
A large collaboration of physicists working at the Fermilab Tevatron particle collider has discovered evidence of an explanation for the prevalence of matter over antimatter in the universe. They found that colliding protons in their experiment produced short-lived B meson particles that almost immediately broke down into debris that included slightly more matter than antimatter. The two t

IBEX Spacecraft Finds Discoveries Close To Home

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
Imagine floating 35,000 miles above the sunny side of Earth. Our home planet gleams below, a majestic whorl of color and texture. All seems calm around you. With no satellites or space debris to dodge, you can just relax and enjoy the black emptiness of space. But looks can be deceiving. In reality, you've unknowingly jumped into an invisible mosh pit of electromagnetic mayhem - the

TanDEM-X Answers Its First Call For Crisis Assistance

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
Satellite data is an indispensable tool for quickly assessment of the situation in cases of natural or environmental disasters and for guiding emergency teams on ground. DLR's 'Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information' and many other international organizations have been using the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X for three years to rapidly obtain reliable data in all weather conditions for

Where In The World Is Europa

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
Instead of flying to Europa without first testing what a mission there might experience, now a number of sites on Earth - and beyond - that mimic the Jovian moon are being uncovered that could help explorers conduct trial runs. Missions to Mars such as the Mars Exploration Rovers were exhaustively field-tested in "Mars Yards" - areas whose terrain mimicked the red planet. In much the same

Real-Time Polar Bear News Featured On New Churchill Polar Bears Website

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
From real-time polar bear tracking and field notes to Churchill history and Inuit bear lore, a new Churchill Polar Bear website,, provides a wealth of news on the Hudson Bay area polar bear population. A joint venture between World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its Conservation Travel Provider, eco tour company Natural Habitat Adventures, has launc

Hunter's iJournal Provides iPhone Users A Way To Improve Their Hunting Skills

Dc, 18/08/2010 - 00:10
Fairfield CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2010
After thousands of years of improving man's first survival skill, a new method to improve the hunt has hit the market. Hunters are going high-tech with a new program designed to improve their hunting skills by gathering, detailing, and retaining performance information about bagged game over entire seasons or years. An interesting new application tracks the information related to the hunt