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The Nuclearization of Space

Photo by Waqas Mustafeez | CC BY 2.0 The website nuclear-news this month has declared: “Nuclear Power and Space Exploration—theme for November 17.” And, indeed, a...

SpaceX rocket engine explodes during test, probe launched — RT US News

Published time: 9 Nov, 2017 11:23 Edited time: 10 Nov, 2017 08:25 An experimental next-gen SpaceX...

No ‘Space Corps’ as Air Force gets sole authority to boost America’s galactic might...

Published time: 10 Nov, 2017 18:11 Edited time: 11 Nov, 2017 08:22 Plans for a US...

NASA to test ‘space lasers’ with latest launch — RT US News

Published time: 11 Nov, 2017 11:53 Edited time: 11 Nov, 2017 13:07 Sunday marks the day...

US Air Force declares space a new ‘warfighting domain’ — RT US News

In order to increase the global dominance and “lethality” of the US military, the Air Force...

NASA building very own ‘Big F**king Rocket’ to rival SpaceX (VIDEO) — RT US...

Published time: 10 Nov, 2017 11:39 Not to be undone by Elon Musk and SpaceX, NASA...

‘Safe space’ policy prevents free speech society from hearing their first guest at Sussex...

Published time: 1 Nov, 2017 09:05 Edited time: 2 Nov, 2017 08:21 A newly formed...

Discovery of ‘monster’ planet forces scientists to rethink space theories — RT UK News

Published time: 1 Nov, 2017 12:14 Edited time: 2 Nov, 2017 08:23 The discovery of...
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Video: Earth 360°: Documentary about space exploration

What do you feel when in outer space? Alexey Leonov, the first man to risk stepping out of a spaceship, shares the experience with...

Netflix says no House of Cards if Spacey stays, producers may kill his character...

Published time: 4 Nov, 2017 03:28 Edited time: 4 Nov, 2017 03:32 Stream service Netflix says...

UK police investigate fresh sexual assault claims against Kevin Spacey — RT UK News

British police are investigating fresh claims that Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey assaulted an unconscious aspiring...

Spacey’s ‘predatory’ behavior made House of Cards set ‘toxic’ – new allegations — RT...

Kevin Spacey created a “pattern of sexual harassment” on the House of Cards set, according to...

Brexit research must remain secret to create ‘safe space’ for EU talks, say ministers...

Published time: 31 Oct, 2017 12:14 Edited time: 31 Oct, 2017 12:16 Tory ministers are...

Space X Falcon 9 catches fire in dramatic Atlantic landing (VIDEO) — RT US...

Published time: 31 Oct, 2017 11:44 Edited time: 31 Oct, 2017 11:55 Space X’s Falcon 9...

Spooky sounds of space from NASA (AUDIO, POLL) — RT US News

Published time: 30 Oct, 2017 12:45 As people on Earth prepare to pay homage to ghosts,...

Students’ union employs ‘safe space marshals’ to control debates — RT UK News

King’s College London (KCL) students’ union is adopting ‘safe space marshals’ to control student events....

No more safe spaces! Universities failing to protect freedom of speech on campus to...

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 13:38 Universities adopting a ‘no-platforming’ policy could be fined as...
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Video: RAW: Spacewalk astronauts grease new ISS robot hand

NASA astronauts took a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, to grease a robotic arm's new hand. They replaced the latching...

Astronauts perform spinner tricks in space (VIDEO) — RT America

Published time: 14 Oct, 2017 01:10 Edited time: 14 Oct, 2017 17:25 NASA astronauts aboard the...
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Video: Taking over space? Luxembourg 1st European state to let companies mine asteroid

While many see asteroids as a serious threat, for others they're an opportunity. Luxembourg has become the first European state to adopt a law,...

‘You try going to space on your iPhone’: Russian embassy hits back at Soyuz...

Published time: 8 Oct, 2017 20:34 Edited time: 8 Oct, 2017 20:34 The Russian Embassy...

Stardust: British firm will scatter your ashes in outer space

Published time: 6 Oct, 2017 15:46 Families will soon be able to send their loves...
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Video: First time in the Universe: Spacewalk filmed in 360

This is the first-ever panoramic video shot in open space by the crew of the International Space Station. The 360 video was produced by...
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Video: Moon Mission: Russia & US to build space station orbiting Moon

Russia and the US are teaming up for a project to build a space station orbiting the Moon. RT spoke to former International Space...

‘Win for Einstein’: Nobel Prize winners find gravitational waves in space

Published time: 3 Oct, 2017 18:22 Three US-based scientists won the Nobel Physics Prize for detecting...

Space Race 2.0: SpaceX rival Lockheed Martin reveals plan for Mars (PICTURES, VIDEO)

Published time: 30 Sep, 2017 10:43 The race to Mars is heating up. Elon Musk recently...
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Video: North Korea fires missile through Japan’s airspace

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, which reportedly passed through Japan's airspace near Hokkaido, triggering a public alert. It's believed to have fallen...
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Video: Ready To Launch: New Soyuz spacecraft mission ready for trip to ISS

A new Soyuz spacecraft mission is ready to set off to the International Space Station, the expedition will last up to 167 days. RT's...
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Video: Int’l Space Station Expedition 53/54 lifts off from Baikonur

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft is lifting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft will deliver Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin as well ... Via Youtube
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Video: Expedition 53/54 docks with Int’l Space Station

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft is docking with the International Space Station (ISS). The spaceship is carrying Expedition 53/54 crew members – Russian ... Via Youtube
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Video: Int’l Space Station Expedition 53-54/Soyuz MS-06 Hatch Opening & Welcoming Ceremony

Int'l Space Station Expedition 53-54/Soyuz MS-06 Hatch Opening & Welcoming Ceremony RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Haunting images show scale of Oregon wildfire visible from space (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Published time: 6 Sep, 2017 17:28 Wildfires are engulfing the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, with...

'You are not alone': NASA celebrates 40 years of Voyager 1 spacecraft with interstellar...

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is honoring the legacy of its farthest reaching spacecraft by...
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Video: Heavenly view: Video of Category 5 Hurricane Irma shot from Int’l Space Station

Courtesy: NASA The International Space Station's external cameras captured a dramatic view of Hurricane Irma as it moved across the Atlantic Ocean on ... Via...

Harvey’s devastation from space

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Video: Hurricane Harvey space view shortly before expected landing at US coast

NASA has released a video showing Hurricane Harvey as seen from the International Space Station (ISS), shortly before it is expected to hit the...
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Video: SpaceX launches cargo ship to Intl Space Station (STREAMED LIVE)

SpaceX is launching a Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Dragon will deliver supplies...
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Video: Iran ‘successfully tests’ Simorgh space rocket

Iran successfully launched a satellite-laden Simorgh rocket from the Imam Khomeini National Space Centre, Thursday, coinciding with the official opening of the ... Via Youtube

‘Once We Move Into Space With Weaponry, Other Nations Will Follow’

Janine Jackson interviewed Karl Grossman about the weaponization of space for the May 20, 2005, episode of CounterSpin, an interview that was rebroadcast for...

SpaceX abandons propulsive landing plans for Red Dragon mission to Mars

SpaceX will no longer produce the next version of their Dragon spacecraft capable of propulsive landings,...
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Video: MAKS 2017: Aviation and Space Salon (Special Coverage PROMO)

Special thanks to Russian Helicopters Media Relations Department for helping with the filming. The 13th international aerospace show has opened in the ... Via Youtube

Rising Budget Stakes for Space Warfare

Exclusive: As a backdrop to the Russia-gate hysteria and the heightened fear of China is a budget war over how...
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Video: 105yrs in the sky! ‘Swifts’ aerobatics team celebrates anniversary of Russian Aerospace Forces

Swifts' aerobatics team celebrates 105 years anniversary of Russian Aerospace Forces COURTESY: RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY RT LIVE ... Via Youtube
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Video: RAW: SpaceX Rocket Launches from Cape Canaveral

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched on Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a communication satellite for parts of...

‘Infinity, right?’ Trump relaunches iconic National Space Council with Buzz Aldrin by his side

President Trump extolled the private sector’s “tremendous spirit” during an executive order signing ceremony to revive...

Starship troopers: US to create ‘space corps’ in radical Air Force overhaul

Members of the US House Armed Services Committee have voted to create a "Space Corps," a...
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Video: SpaceX Falcon9 lifts off to take more satellites into orbit

SpaceX's Falcon9 rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California carrying another set of next-generation satellites for Iridium communications ... Via Youtube
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Video: Russian MoD launches own satellite into space

'Soyuz 2.1v' rocket carrier with Russian Ministry of Defense's satellite was successfully launched on June 23rd. the satellite is now in the Earth's orbit. Via...
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Video: SpaceX launches Bulgarian satellite on recycled rocket

Launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center carrying the BulgariaSat 1 communications satellite. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air ... Via Youtube
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Video: SAA jet downed in Syrian airspace: Moscow awaits US explanation

Moscow is waiting for Washington to explain recent downing of SAA fighting-jet in Syrian airspace. Russia considers such action as a law violation and...

Monsters, fish fingers & space lords: 5 of the weirdest candidates standing in UK...

Thursday’s UK general election is a two-horse race between Theresa May’s Conservatives and Jeremy Corbyn’s...

The Urban Common Spaces That Show Us We Belong to Something Larger

An American friend living in Germany told me a story about when she first arrived. She and her German boyfriend were out walking when...
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Video: SpaceX launches supply ship to Intl Space Station

SpaceX is launching a Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, June 1. The...

'Space Aggressors' Train US Forces for Extraterrestrial Conflict

In a large, tin-roofed warehouse near Colorado's Rocky Mountains, members of a team of modern space warriors spend their days hatching plots...

DARPA Picks Boeing to Build its New Space Plane

The research agency hopes its XS-1 jumpstarts a whole new industry of very-low-cost satellite launches. Boeing did such a good job plotting out...

Military space tech smuggler arrested in US, faces 150yrs in prison

Published time: 25 May, 2017 09:28 A Chinese woman has been charged with conspiracy to smuggle...

DARPA & Boeing begin construction of futuristic ‘Spaceplane’ (VIDEO)

The Pentagon’s research and development agency has announced they are one step closer to building an...

Not rocket science: Former SpaceX technician sues company for cutting corners

A former SpaceX technician alleges in a lawsuit that the company’s corporate culture forces technicians to...
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Video: SpaceX launches rocket to put satellite in orbit

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket is to put a 13500lb satellite into...

From glitch to ‘awesomesauce’: Astronauts perform 200th space station spacewalk

Published time: 12 May, 2017 21:11 Astronauts replaced an important piece of equipment on the International...

'Keep America safe in cyberspace': Trump signs cybersecurity executive order

President Donald Trump has signed a long-awaited executive order designed to strengthen the cybersecurity of critical...

Toronto: Too Much Public Space Devoted to Cars

Does Toronto have too little or too much public space? Depends on what the “public” space is used for. This seems such an obvious answer but...

‘718 days in space’: Secretive US X-37B plane said to break record as it...

The US Air Force’s X-37B space plane has returned to Earth from its secret mission in...
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Video: ‘Lairfuga’ prototype brings us one step closer to movable office space

The designers, including the assistant professor of the university's Innovation Design Department, claim that the construction can become a cheap office-space ... Via Youtube

The Crash of Cassini and the Nuclearization of Space

Despite protests around the world, the Cassini space probe—containing more deadly plutonium than had ever been used on a space device—was launched 20 years...

NASA next gen spacesuits not ready before Intl Space Station retires – audit

NASA spent nearly $200 million on three new spacesuit designs for deep space exploration, although only...

Talking to the president, hanging from wall: Trump calls record-setting astronaut in space

President Donald Trump has called NASA Commander Peggy Whitson aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to...

See You In Space

  In a cool feat of "suborbital dissent," members of the international, community-based, DIY Autonomous Space Agency Network have launched the first protest in space...
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Video: ‘There are no borders in space; I wish our president could see this...

Russia and the US should work together to benefit humanity, American astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock has said, noting that all human differences are forgotten...
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Video: Space 360: Expedition 50 crew touches down on Earth

In the latest episode of RT's Space 360 we are at the Kazakh Steppe where the Intl Space Station expedition 50 crew members touch...
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Video: Space Station expedition 50 crew touches down in Kazakhstan after 170 days in...

ntl Space Station учзувшешщт 50 crew landing in Kazakhstan RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: ’No rocket will take off’: Main EU space centre under threat amid protests...

Mass protests continue in the French overseas department of Guiana, as public anger focuses on the space launchpad in the Kourou commune. French space...

Trump in Outer Space: The NASA Bill

You could send Congress to space. — Senator Ted Cruz, March 21, 2017 The NASA authorisation bill was another Trump huff and puff show, brimming with...

Quebec's Vacant Church Buildings Resurrected as Community Spaces

The novelist Mark Twain is said to have referred to Montreal as a city of spires, writing that "you couldn't throw a brick without...
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Video: Who will control this digital space merged with our brain? – Slavoj Zizek...

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, is backing a new company that seeks to explore the possibility of merging the human brain...

Freedom of speech must trump safe spaces in universities, minister says

Published time: 21 Mar, 2017 17:18 Freedom of speech will be enshrined in law at university...

Stephen Hawking plans space voyage on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

Professor Stephen Hawking is heading into space after billionaire Richard Branson offered to take him on his Virgin Galactic spaceship – once it’s actually...

First woman in space Valentina Tereshkova shares life tips at London expo (VIDEO)

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman and civilian to visit space, has shared her secret to...
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Video: Space 360: Fitness in zero gravity at Intl Space Station

To keep fit is a hard but vital task for ISS crew. A new episode of RT's Space 360 project features Andrey Borisenko telling...

SpaceX satellite launch scrubbed due to Stella’s high winds

SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket at the 11th hour due to high...
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Video: Keiser Report: Big Money in Space Junk (E1041)

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/ In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss bitcoin passing gold price and the...

Amazon’s Blue Origin rockets rekindle space race (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 8 Mar, 2017 04:52 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made several announcements for his private space...
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Video: ‘I’d go to Mars today without a shadow of a doubt’: 1st woman...

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman in space when she was just 26 years old, is celebrating her 80th birthday. RT...

SpaceX announces 2018 manned trip to orbit moon

Published time: 27 Feb, 2017 21:34Edited time: 27 Feb, 2017 21:48 Two people have paid for the...
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Video: Full contact! SpaceX Dragon ship docks with Intl Space Station

A SpaceX cargo ship loaded with supplies docks with the International Space Station (ISS). The docking took place one day later than scheduled due...

Non-White University of Michigan Students Demand Segregated Space to Plan Leftist Activism

A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central...
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Video: Lift-off! Russian robotic cargo ship Progress 66 sets off to deliver supplies to...

The Russian Progress 66 resupply ship started its two day journey into space on Wednesday. The robotic cargo ship launched from Kazakhstan and is...
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Video: Lift off! SpaceX launches Intl Space Station resupply mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off, on the second attempt this weekend, recovering from technical issues which thwarted the planned launch a day earlier. Via...

Where no man has gone before: NASA awards Space Poop Challenge champs, plans 2019...

The top three designers of NASA’s Space Poop Challenge won a total $30,000 in prizes, and now the agency may use the designs in...

NASA spends $2mn on ‘advanced life support tech’ for deep space travel

NASA has awarded $2 million to two companies for the development of technology that will help...

Spacecraft supplier Orbital ATK wins $45mn military deal to make ‘game changer’ tank ammo

Orbital ATK, a provider of NASA supply spacecraft, looks set to streamline tank warfare after it...

NASA's Space Launch System counts down to liftoff

The race to the Red Planet is on, as NASA's Space Launch System reached two milestones...
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Video: Space 360: Zero-gravity training onboard Il-76MDK flying laboratory

This is the cosmonaut training session aboard the Il-76MDK flying laboratory used for simulating zero gravity conditions. During the flight, the cosmonauts of the...

SpaceX to deliver superbug to ISS – so we can kill it faster in...

On February 14, SpaceX will send a bacterium to the International Space Station (ISS) that kills...
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Video: Meanwhile on Intl Space Station: Astronaut ‘sends’ ball traveling 564k yards at 8,800...

Video released by NASA shows an astronaut throwing a football aboard International Space Staion to mark Sunday's Super Bowl, the final game in the...

SpaceX rocket ‘defects’ concern US government – reports

A government investigation into SpaceX has revealed concerns that their rockets have potentially dangerous defects, according...

Have spacesuit, will travel: NASA unveils new astronaut outfit

NASA is still working on the ability to send people into orbit once again, but the...
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Video: Space 360: Breakfast at the International space station

What cosmonauts eat for breakfast and how they make meals in zero gravity – you will find the answers in the new episode of...
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Video: SpaceX launch: Falcon9 successfully lands on drone ship in the Pacific (Streamed live)

SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Los Angeles to send 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into Earth's orbit....
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Video: Japan’s launch of world’s smallest space rocket ends in failure

The SS-520 rocket measures about 10 meters long and 50 centimeters in diameter. The Japan Aerospace Exporation Agency unsuccesfully launched the rocket ... Via Youtube
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Video: Flying in space shuttle is like being in middle of violent storm –...

Have you ever wondered what goes through an astronaut's mind when he's heading into space? What happens when he's out there? Our guest today...

SpaceX ready for first launch after failed Facebook satellite mission (VIDEO)

SpaceX will attempt a high stakes satellite launch on Saturday, less than four months after one...
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Video: New Year holidays at Intl Space Station in 360 video

The long New Year break is over and the ISS crew is back to work. A new episode of RT's Space 360 project features...

Parking Spaces and Property Rights

What do parking spaces have to do with property rights? Everything. The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, “dedicated to providing Islamic religious, educational, cultural and social...

Terrible splendor: NASA captures Iras snowstorm from space in amazing animation

While the weather outside may be frightful – the western US is freezing under several feet...

Not Acting Is a Decision: The Obama Legacy's Empty Spaces

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, December 6, 2016. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)...
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Video: LIVE from outer space: First spacewalk of the year

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA are outside the International Space Station (ISS), as the crew ... Via Youtube
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Video: Frozen in zero gravity: Mannequin Challenge level ‘Space’

COURTESY: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY The International Space Station crew just slammed the door on the drawn-out Mannequin Challenge trend by ... Via Youtube

Falcon Heavy: SpaceX teases with photo of ‘world's most powerful rocket’ ahead of 2017...

SpaceX has released a sneak peak of its Falcon Heavy rocket, as the company prepares to...

Earth from Space

Looking at a photograph of Earth from space,I am amazed by our ability to observe ourselves from afar,to observe our existence in itself and...
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Video: Space 360: Morning routine in zero gravity

Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko shares one of the most intimate parts of his life on the International Space Station, and one that differs significantly...
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Video: Good Morning Station! Waking up in Space (360 Video)

Waking up on the Intl Space Station is quite a unique experience. Cosmonaut Andrei Borisenko shows us how crew members deal with what we...
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Video: Old Song, New Tune: Russia is not first country to be branded main...

Russia is not the first country to be branded the main adversary in cyber space - just a couple of years ago the same...

SpaceX Delays First Crewed Dragon Flight Until 2018

SpaceX has officially delayed its first crewed test flight of the Dragon capsule from 2017 to 2018 after the Sept. 1 Falcon...

Oakland Fire Survivor: Create Affordable, Safe Living Spaces and Stop Mistreating Artists

Mourning continues in Oakland after the death of at least 36 people in a fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse, where the victims were...
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Video: Japan launches much-needed supplies to Intl Space Station

A Japanese capsule has been launched with much-needed supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Friday's successful launch from Japan came a ... Via Youtube
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Video: Oakland Fire Survivor: Create Affordable, Safe Living Spaces & Stop Treating Artists Like...

http://democracynow.org - Mourning continues in Oakland after the death of at least 36 people in a fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse, where the...

The Next Frontier: Trump and Space Weapons

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0 It is highly likely that the Trump administration will move to have the U.S. deploy weapons in...
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Video: Space 360: Panoramic tour through cosmonauts’ favorite locations on Intl Space Station

RT continues with its special series of panoramic videos from space. This time, cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko shows us two modules: Star and Unity -...

What's the History of Sanctuary Spaces and Why Do They Matter?

In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as president, faculty, students and alumni across the country are pressuring their administrations to declare...

Thanksgiving in orbit: ISS astronauts celebrate US holiday in space (PHOTOS)

Astronauts on board the International Space Station joined Americans around the world in celebrating Thanksgiving and,...

SpaceX grabs $112mn contract from NASA for unique ocean survey

SpaceX has added a $112 million NASA contract to its trophy case, winning the privilege of launching a satellite for the first-ever global surface...
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Video: Cosmic panorama: RT pioneers 360 video from Intl Space station

In a new installment of RT's pioneering 360° video documentary from the International Space Station, cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko takes us to the favorite part...
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Video: Space 360: First-ever panoramic view of Earth from aboard Intl Space Station

RT continues with its special series of panoramic videos from space. This time, cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko will show you a module called 'Cupola', from...
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Video: Red star rising? China’s space ambitions skyrocket as the US loses ground in...

The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft has landed safely in China's northern region of Inner Mongolia with two taikonauts aboard, ending their 30-day mission at the...
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Video: Space 360: First-ever panoramic video shot at ISS (PROMO)

Visit Space 360 web page: http://space360.rt.com/ RT is happy to announce the Space 360 project, made jointly by our channel, Roscosmos State Space ... Via...
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Video: Space 360: First-ever panoramic video shot at International Space Station

'For the first time in history, we're filming a panoramic video from the station. It means you'll see everything we see here, with your...
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Video: ‘Cosmonaut experience’: RT launches ‘Space360’ project

The breathtaking beauty of Earth opens up in RT's new project “Space 360” through a stunning 360° video from the International Space Station (ISS). Via...
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Video: LIVE: Expedition 50 lifts off to International Space Station

LIVE: Expedition 50 lifts off to International Space Station RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Trump to ‘Free NASA’ and Set Sights on Further Space Exploration

Despite criticism from the media about his stance on space policy, President-elect Trump is set to focus NASA mainly on space exploration following...
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Video: RAW: Rocket carrying Himarari-9 satellite launched from space center in Japan

A rocket was successfully launched from the Japanese space center carrying the Himarari-9 satellite, which will be used for meteorological observations over ... Via Youtube

Mansions and Slums: the Inequality of Living Space

Photo by Abhisek Sarda | CC BY 2.0   Australians have the biggest homes in the world. New free-standing homes are an average 245.3 sqm –...

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 fueling plan alarms NASA advisory panel – report

A NASA advisory panel has reportedly sounded the alarm over SpaceX’s unique and contrarian fueling process...
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Video: Coming back: Expedition 49 crew undocks from Intl Space Station

Expedition 49 crewmembers commander Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, flight engineer Kate Rubins of NASA, and flight engineer ... Via Youtube

Two Mysterious 'Secret Chambers' Discovered Inside Egypt's Great Pyramid Using Cosmic Rays And Space...

Two secret chambers have been discovered in Egypt's 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza . Researchers confirmed they had found the mysterious cavaties...
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Video: ‘We have lift off’: Antares cargo rocket heads to Intl Space Station

Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is on its journey to deliver supplies to the International Space Station crew. The unmanned cargo ship will carry 7000...

Taking up space: Citizens wanted for first ‘space nation’ Asgardia

Don’t want to live on this planet anymore? Spots are filling up to become a citizen...

When Matthew met NASA: Hurricane damages important NASA, SpaceX buildings

Hurricane Matthew may not have wreaked the havoc in the US that some predicted, but it...
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Video: Intl Space Station camera captures view of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, a sprawling Category 4 storm, was on Monday steaming toward the Caribbean islands of Haiti and Jamaica. Matthew had sustained winds ... Via...

Elon’s Space Pinto

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket recently had trouble getting off the ground – well, in one piece – and it’s an awfully long way to...

More Media B.S. – OMG, Trump Company Legally Rented Office Space to Iranian Bank!

Once again a story that Trump did nothing illegal is somehow front page news. His crime this time? Continuing to...

SpaceX rocket explosion: Rival firm’s building inspected as part of investigation – report

A SpaceX employee, investigating the September 1 rocket explosion, asked for access to a roof of...
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Video: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils plans to ‘colonize Mars’

SpaceX CEO and billionaire Elon Musk is delivering his keynote speech at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, entitled ... Via Youtube
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Video: ‘We’ll sell launches, not promises’: Russian firm joins space race with Sea Launch...

Russia's privately-owned S7 Group plans to conquer the niche space launch market and compete with the likes of SpaceX after purchasing the Sea Launch...

SpaceX test-fires Raptor, next-gen engine that will take us to Mars

With an eye to establishing a human colony on Mars, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has tested the...
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Video: Russian cosmonaut votes from Intl Space Station (Duma elections 101)

Even for those Russians who aren't on this planet, there's a way to vote. The sole Russian cosmonaut currently on the International Space Station...

NASA space telescope captures black holes ‘burping’ after eating up stars

For the first time ever, astronomers have documented the process by which radiation is expelled from...
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Video: 2nd space lab in Earth orbit: China launches Tiangong-2

Tiangong-2 is capable of docking with manned and cargo spacecraft and will accommodate two taikonauts for up to 30 days during its orbiting the...
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Video: Syrian Army claims it shot down Israeli warplane & drone in own airspace...

An Israeli warplane and a drone have been shot down by Syrian forces in the southern Quneitra countryside, Golan Heights, the Syrian Army said...

Blue Origin reveals enormous new reusable rocket to blast SpaceX

Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos promises that both satellites and people will be launched into space by...

Watch as massive fireball engulfs SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (VIDEOS)

Published time: 1 Sep, 2016 19:44Edited time: 2 Sep, 2016 13:33 SpaceX was fueling its Falcon 9...

YouTube To Become One Giant Safe Space?

By Alex Christoforou The Duran September 3, 2016 Content creators who helped build the YouTube platform are being stabbed in the back. Social media is now starting...

Spaceman: Of Roadkill and Governors

MONTPELIER, Vermont — Anyone who grew up in New England or Quebec in the 1970s, any baseball fan really, knows tales of the Spaceman....
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Video: Scene of SpaceX rocket explosion in Florida

A SpaceX booster rocket has exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The cause of the explosion is as yet unknown, but...

Explosion at SpaceX launch pad at Cape Canaveral

A SpaceX rocket exploded at its Cape Canaveral launch pad Thursday morning, destroying the rocket and the satellite it was due to...
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Video: Intl Space Station crewmembers conduct spacewalk

Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA are conducting a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station. Via Youtube
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Video: Massive fireball: Moment SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket explodes

SpaceX was fueling its Falcon 9 rocket booster ahead of its planned launch in two days when catastrophe struck: A flash, a boom and...

SpaceX Dragon returns to its lair after successful foray to ISS

SpaceX’s magic Dragon cargo ship landed in the sea after frolicking in orbit and docking with...
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Video: SpaceX Dragon CRS-9 cargo ship heads back to Earth

The unmanned SpaceX CRS-9 Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully undocked from the International Space Station, after spending 38 days connected to the ... Via Youtube
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Video: Future of space travel: Russia first to successfully test clean pulse-detonation rocket engine

In a breakthrough move, Russian scientists have become the first ever to successfully test a pulse-detonation rocket engine (PDRE) on clean fuel, claiming this...

Back online: NASA reestablishes contact with sun-watching spacecraft

NASA has reestablished contact with its sun-watching Stereo-B spacecraft after communication was lost almost two years...

NASA building ‘space habitats’ near the moon

It's not quite the Star Trek Enterprise but NASA has revealed it's developing "deep space habitats,” which will house astronauts in outer space in...

SpaceX Falcon 9 comes home after successful satellite launch

Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket has taken off from Cape Canaveral with the JCSAT 16 communications...

Star Trek Beyond (Distinctions) – SJWs in Space!

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Published time: May 09, 2015 14:40

The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe is seen docked at the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Liangshan, Sichuan province December 1, 2013. (Reuters)

Part of China’s rapidly developing space program consists of testing new anti-space technologies, even though the country publicly pledges not to militarize space, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress.

“By the end of October 2014, China had launched 16 spacecraft, either domestically or via a commercial space launch provider. These spacecraft mostly expanded China’s SATCOM and ISR capabilities, while a few others tested new space technologies,” said the report detailing potential threats from China, which the US DoD released Friday.

Among the latest achievements by China the report mentions the first-ever launch of a satellite capable of sub-meter resolution imaging, the Chang’e-5 lunar mission and the completion of a new space launch facility on Hainan Island.

While acquiring new space assets of its own, China is developing “a variety of capabilities designed to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by adversaries during a crisis or conflict, including the development of directed-energy weapons and satellite jammers,” the report said.

Of particular interest for the US military was the July 23, 2014 launch, which the Pentagon says was a follow-up of the 2007 destruction of an in-orbit defunct weather satellite.

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Another Chinese space mission in May 2013 sent an object on a ballistic trajectory peaking above 30,000 km. The trajectory was nearly high enough to reach geosynchronous orbit, in which many nations place communication and earth-sensing satellites.

The report says the mission did not place anything into the orbit and was inconsistent with “with traditional space-launch vehicles, ballistic missiles or sounding rocket launches used for scientific research” pointing to a possible test of an anti-satellite weapon.

Countering orbit access and taking out enemy satellites would be a big advantage in a conflict against an enemy armed with advanced precision weapons, like the US. China however denies developing counter-satellite technologies and pledges to keep weapons out of space. The US generals don’t seem to be convinced.

“China’s continued development of destructive space technologies represented a threat to all peaceful space-faring nations,” the report said.

Another emergent threat the report focuses on is China’s closer defense cooperation with Russia, particularly on the acquisition of advanced weapon technologies.

“As Russia has come under pressure from sanctions imposed by the West over its actions in Ukraine, Russia is turning to China for investment to avert a recession and is now granting China access to advanced weapon systems that it once restricted,” the document said.

“Russia’s concerns about intellectual property protections affect the types and quantities of advanced arms or associated production technologies it is willing to transfer to China, but resistance is waning as Russia looks to China to relieve the effects of Western sanctions,” it said.

China is expected to become the first foreign country to buy S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia and is planning to purchase advanced Su-35 fighter jets. There were reports of an arms deal for an unnamed Russian anti-ship cruise missile on the table.

The two countries are also expanding their joint military exercise program, with a first-ever naval drill in the Mediterranean coming this month.

NYT Gives Former Peruvian Strongman/Human Rights Abuser Feature Op-ed Space

NYT Gives Former Peruvian Strongman/Human Rights Abuser Feature Op-Ed Space

by Stephen Lendman

Alejandro Toledo served as Peruvian President from 2001 - 2006. He led opposition against former despot Alberto Fujimori (1990 - 2000).

He was elected on populist promises to create more jobs, alleviate dire poverty, deliver social justice, and end years of corrupted hardline rule including serious human rights abuses.

As president, he continued business as usual Washington Consensus policies - same old, same old neoliberal harshness.

They include obeying IMF/World Bank diktats, paying bankers first, privatization of state enterprises, deregulation, ignoring social needs, and cracking down hard on nonbelievers.

He targeted anyone challenging his agenda. Independent journalists were harassed, threatened and attacked. So were human rights worker. 

Public protesters faced harsh recrimination. Torture remained official policy. Peruvians suffered hugely during his tenure.

Times editors ignored his ruthlessness. They featured his op-ed criticizing Venezuela's model democracy - polar opposite Peru during his tenure and today.

He blamed President Nicolas Maduro for Obama's political and economic war - including US manipulated street violence and failed February coup d'etat.

He called violent anti-government protesters "peaceful." He ignored clear evidence against coup plotters - and other opposition figures in league with Washington to topple Venezuela's government.

He ludicrously claimed Bolivarian fairness fosters inequality. His solution includes failed policies during his tenure - serving monied interests at the expense of all others, dressed up in populist rhetoric without meaning or follow-through. 

He outrageously accused Maduro of "conspiratorial mindset (thinking) and authoritarian instincts...carried over from the regime of his predecessor, Hugo 
Chavez…"

Venezuela is the region's model democracy - polar opposite America's sham version, what Peruvians got throughout his tenure and conditions today.

Dissent was crushed. In Venezuela it's cherished. Toledo wants criminal opposition figures freed. He wants monied interests alone served.

He wants external and internal pressure maintained against sovereign Venezuelan independence. He wants pro-Western rogue leadership replacing its democracy.

Times editors share his extremism. They waged war on Venezuela throughout Chavez's tenure.

It continues against Marduro. They support wealth, power and privilege. They back every imperial war America wages. 

They want monied interests alone served. They support exploiting all others to make them richer.

A Final Comment

Venezuela represents model Bolivarian fairness. Peru is polar opposite. Why the IMF and World Bank selected it for their October 5 - 12, 2015 meeting - their first in Latin America in half a century.

Thousands of neoliberal advocates will meet in Lima - in recognition of Peru following strict IMF/World Bank diktats at the expense of its own people greatly harmed.

Toledo's legacy remains in place. He urges all Latin America to follow his failed agenda - enforced by harsh crackdowns against nonbelievers.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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At least 10 percent of all Americans over six-years-old are on antidepressants. That’s more than 35 million people, double the number from less than two decades ago. Meanwhile, anti-psychotics have eclipsed cholesterol treatments as the country’s fastest selling and most profitable drugs, even though half the prescriptions treat disorders for which they haven’t been proven effective. At least 5 million children and adolescents use them, in part because more kids are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

This raises some troubling alternatives: Are a growing number of people experiencing psychological troubles? Have we just become better at recognizing them? Or is some other dynamic at work?

One possibility is that the criteria for what constitutes a mental illness or disability may have expanded to the point that a vast number appear to have clinical problems. But there’s an even more insidious development: the drugs being used to treat many of the new diagnoses could cause long-term effects that persist after the original trouble has been resolved. That’s the case made by Robert Whitaker in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

Speaking of long-term impacts on the brain, we’re also heading toward a world where humans are directly linked with computers that profoundly influence their perceptions and ideas. Despite many potential benefits, there is danger here as well. Rather than simply augmenting our memories by providing neutral information, the brain-computer connection may lead people into separate realities based on their assumptions and politics.

Brain-altering drugs and digital “indoctrination” – a potent combination. Together, they pose a potential threat not only to the stability of many individuals but of society itself. Seduced by the promise that our brains can be managed and enhanced without serious side-effects, we may be creating a future where psychological dysfunction becomes a post-modern plague and powerful forces use cyberspace to reshape “reality” in their private interest.

Do prescription drugs create new mental problems? And if so, how could it be happening? For Whitaker the answer lies in the effects of drugs on neurotransmitters, a process he calls negative feedback. When a drug blocks neurotransmitters or increases the level of serotonin, for instance, neurons initially attempt to counteract the effects. When the drug is used over a long period, however, it can produce “substantial and long-lasting alterations in neural function,” claims Steven Hyman, former director of the National Institutes of Mental Health. The brain begins to function differently. Its ability to compensate starts to fail and side effects created by the drug emerge.

What comes next? More drugs and, along with them, new side effects, an evolving chemical mixture often accompanied by a revised diagnosis. According to Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, it can go this way: use of an antidepressant leads to mania, which leads to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which leads to the prescription of mood stabilizers. Through such a process people can end up taking several drugs daily for many years.

What may happen after that is deeply troubling. Researcher Nancy Andreasen claims the brain begins to shrink, an effect she links directly to dosage and duration. “The prefrontal cortex doesn’t get the input it needs and is being shut down by drugs,” she explained in The New York Times. “That reduces the psychotic symptoms.” But the pre-frontal cortex gradually atrophies.

Anyone who has been on the psychiatric drug roller coaster understands some of the ride’s risks and how hard it can be to get off. But the new implication is that we may be experiencing a medically-induced outbreak of brain dysfunction caused by the exploding use of drugs. One big unanswered question at the moment: What does Big Pharma really know, and when did they learn it?

Drug companies are not the only ones experimenting with our brains. Bold research is also being pursued to create brain-computer interfaces that can help people overcome problems like memory loss. According to writer Michael Chorost, author of World Wide Mind and interface enthusiast who benefited from ear implants after going deaf, we may soon be directly connected to the Internet through neural implants. It sounds convenient and liberating. Ask yourself a question and, presto, there’s the answer. Google co-founder Larry Page can imagine a not-too-distant future in which you simply think about something and “your cell phone whispers the answer in your ear.”

Beyond the fact that this could become irritating, there’s an unspoken assumption that the information received is basically unbiased, like consulting an excellent encyclopedia or a great library catalog. This is where the trouble starts. As Sue Halperin noted in a New York Review of Books essay, “Mind Control and the Internet,” Search engines like Google use an algorithm to show us what’s important. But even without the manipulation of marketing companies and consultants who influence some listings, each search is increasingly shaped to fit the profile of the person asking. If you think that we both get the same results from the same inquiry, guess again.

What really happens is that you get results assembled just for you. Information is prioritized in a way that reinforces one’s previous choices, influenced by suggested assumptions and preferences. As Eli Pariser argues in The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, environmental activists and energy executives get very different listings when they inquire about climate science. It looks and feels “objective” but they’re being fed data that fits with their existing view – and probably not seeing much that conflicts.

A study discussed in Sociological Quarterly looked at this development by following attitudes about climate science over a decade. Here’s a strange but significant finding: Although a consensus emerged among most scientists over the years, the number of Republicans who accepted their conclusion dropped. Why? Because the Republicans were getting different information than the Democrats and others who embraced the basic premise. In other words, their viewpoint was being reflected back at them.

Does this sound dangerous? Pariser thinks so, and suggests that the type of reinforcement made common by search engines is leading to inadvertent self-indoctrination. For democracy to function effectively, people need exposure to various viewpoints, “but instead we’re more and more enclosed in our own bubbles,” he writes. Rather than agreeing on a set of shared facts we’re being led deeper into our different worlds.

Whether this is a problem depends somewhat on your expectations. For some people it is merely a bump in the road, a faltering step in the inevitable evolution of human consciousness. Techno-shamen and other cosmic optimists see the potential of drug-induced enlightenment and an Internet-assisted “hive mind,” and believe that the long-term outcome will be less violence, more trust, and a better world. But others have doubts, questioning whether we’ll really end up with technological liberation and a psychic leap forward. It could go quite differently, they worry. We could instead see millions of brain-addled casualties and even deeper social polarization.

How will current trends influence democracy and basic human relations? Increased trust and participation don’t immediately come to mind. Rather, the result could be more suspicion, denial and paranoia, as if we don’t have enough. In fact, even the recent upsurge in anger and resentment may be drug and Internet-assisted, creating fertile ground for opportunists and demagogues.

In False Alarm: The truth about the epidemic of fear, New York internist Marc Siegel noted that when the amygdala — the Brain’s central station for processing emotions – detects a threatening situation, it pours out stress hormones. If the stress persists too long, however, it can malfunction, overwhelm the hippocampus (center of the "thinking" brain), and be difficult to turn off. In the long term, this "fear biology" can wear people down, inducing paralysis or making them susceptible to diseases and delusions that they might otherwise resist. Addressing this problem with drugs that change the brain’s neural functioning isn’t apt to help. Either will the Internet’s tendency to provide information that reinforces whatever one already thinks.

More than half a century ago, Aldous Huxley – who knew a bit about drugs – issued a dire prediction. He didn’t see the Internet coming, but other than that his vision remains relevant. “There will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude,” he wrote in Brave New World, “and producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods."

Pretty grim, but there’s no going back. Despite any dangers posed by computer algorithms and anti-psychotic drugs, they are with us for the foreseeable future. Still, what we’ve learned about them in recent years could help us to reduce the negatives. Not every illness listed in the DMS – that constantly growing, Big Pharma-influenced psychiatric bible – requires drug treatment. And the results of your online searches will very likely tell you what you want to know, but that does not mean you’re getting a “balanced” or comprehensive picture.

(Originally published on 6/15/11, based on a radio broadcast)

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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) arrives to meet with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi (R) in Baghdad on March 24, 2013 (AFP Photo / Pool)

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Iraq shouldn't allow Iran to use its airspace to provide aid to the Syrian government, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, warned during his unannounced visit to Baghdad.

"I made it very clear that for those of us, who are engaged in an effort to see President Assad step down... anything that supports President Assad is problematic," Kerry said after holding private talks with Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki.

The Secretary of State added that the silent approval of the Iranian overflights by the Iraqi authorities has left the American people "wondering how it is a partner".

Washington believes that, despite claims that it’s only humanitarian aid, Iran is sending arms and fighters to help Assad in his war against the US-backed National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

AP is citing an unnamed US official, who said that such flights occur "close to daily", undermining American efforts to support the rebels.

The flights have long been an issue in the relationship between Washington and Baghdad. In 2012, previous Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, received a promise from Iraq to check the Iranian flights last year, but since then only two aircraft have been inspected.

Kerry’s comments came after a group of senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week, urging him to step up US military efforts in Syria, including destroying Assad's aircraft using precision airstrikes.

Editor of Politics First magazine, Marcus Papadopolous, told RT that it’s “very difficult to tell” whether Iran is providing military support to Assad or not.

But he finds Kerry’s criticism of Iraq’s negligence towards overflights “hypocritical” as there are some other US partners, who made a lot greater contribution to fueling the Syrian conflict.

“It’s ironic given that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who are America’s strategic allies, have been the ones responsible for the bloodshed in Syria through their support for Syrian militants in the form of weapons, cash and Islamist fighters.. And they are the ones, who have blood on their hands and they should be in the International Criminal Court,”
Papadopolous stressed.

The civil war has been raging in Syria for over two years, with 70,000 already killed according to UN figures, as Assad and the opposition refuse to sit together at the negotiation table.

Back from space: ISS trio returns to Earth after 24hr delay

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A Soyuz capsule has safely landed in northeast Kazakhstan, returning two Russian and one American astronauts back to Earth, after a missions on the International Space Station (ISS) that lasted nearly five months.

It took the capsule carrying expedition commander Kevin Ford and a pair of flight engineers, Oleg Novitsky and Evgeny Tarelkin, less than three-and-a-half hours to descend. It was the first trip to space for the Russian cosmonauts, and the second for their American colleague.

The trio came home after 142 days in space. Their return was initially scheduled for March 14, but was postponed due to bad weather conditions on the ground.

The crewmembers orbited the Earth 2,304 times during their stay aboard the station, traveling 98,169,984 kilometers, according to space.com.

Three other crewmembers remain aboard the space station: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn. Hadfield is now the commander, meaning a Canadian astronaut is in charge of the ISS for the first time in its history. In less than two weeks, cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Aleksandr Misurkin and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy are expected to arrive at the station.

The challenge for the next space mission crew, the 35th, is to reach the ISS in record time – six hours – way outstripping the current time of two days, thanks to a launch trajectory currently undergoing tests.

The launch is scheduled for March 28 at 2043 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, another adventurer packing up for her long-awaited space trip is Phantom of the Opera star Sarah Brightman. In December, the Space Adventures agency finally confirmed that the British soprano signed an agreement with the Russian Space Agency securing her a space trip in 2015.

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The rise in the number of children born in England between 2001 and 2011 was the largest 10-year increase since the 1950s.

This has led to an increase in demand for primary school places.

The Department for Education has increased the funding it provides to local authorities with a net increase of almost 81,500 primary school places in the last two years. More than £5bn has been invested into new school places since 2010.

However, there are still indications of a real shortage, the National Audit Office has found.

In May last year just over 20% of schools were full or over capacity despite the more than 80,000 extra places created between 2010 and 2012.

In the next two years 240,000 of the new places needed are in primary schools - 37% in London.

Julian Wood, Study Director at the National Audit Office said: "I think it's important to say that of the 256,000 (places) there has been a year's further work that hasn't been reflected in these numbers.

"The level of funding has increased to something like that which was originally expected to be needed and local authorities are working hard to deliver these places.

"Nonetheless, we think there's an awful lot more that needs to be done to help that money work as efficiently as it can if those 256,000 places are to be delivered."

The report authors say it's important the right amount of money gets to the areas that need it most to prevent part of a younger generation missing out on the first few crucial years of education.

Lindsey Barrett, manager of the Busy Bees nursery in Ealing, London, told Sky News: "Parents are worried that perhaps they are not going to get a school in their local area, or their first choice.

"Being a parent myself I am completely in empathy with those parents because it is a very big decision that is being made - it's their child's future education.

"Parents worry that if it is a school perhaps out of their area, or perhaps if any of the numbers increase in classrooms - that is looking at the education and the quality that they will be receiving.

"Sometimes parents might try and move out of the area, obviously do a lot of research into the local school they hope they are going to get there, that they are going to get one of their first choices, but it doesn't always happen.

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This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The days of asteroids blasting Russia are numbered. In less than a decade, the country is expected to have a functioning space threats defense that would be able track incoming menaces – and even prevent a large-scale disaster.

The megatons-strong explosion of a space bolide that hit the Russian Urals in mid-February also served as a bit of shake-up for the country's authorities. Russia’s science, military and space industries are now uniting to create a first-of-its-kind national space threats defense program.

The project is expected to take shape by late 2013, but it will take at least five more years until practical results are achieved and an operable system is deployed.

According to Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Roskosmos, the national space agency, “an inter-agency task force consisting of experts from the Defense Ministry, Academy of Sciences and national space agency has been formed to create a unified system of space threats prevention.”

All three bodies have space threats management programs of their own, but now it’s been decided to combine their experience, efforts and budgets, Popovkin reported on Tuesday at a round-table conference on asteroid and comet threats in Russia’s Federation Council.

The near space optical surveillance program of the Academy of Sciences, the counter space threats plan being elaborated by Roskosmos and the technical capabilities of the Defense Ministry will soon become one for the common good.

“We need to unite them,” Popovkin explained, noting that “our country has enough financial means but they’re being spent on departmental special-purpose programs.”

A united control center to coordinate the activities and the management of resources for the program is to be created.

In addition, the Russian Academy of Science is devising a telescope network that will expand throughout the whole country.

High precision astronomical unit. (RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov)

Counter-asteroid space vehicles may soon become a reality, with Lavochkin Unmanned Space Vehicles Company and Makeev State Rocket Center having proposed projects. A group of such vehicles could be deployed in geostationary earth orbit.

However, Popovkin stressed that the first visible results of the program should be expected no earlier than 2018-2020.

Despite all the cutting-edge technologies currently in development, a nuclear warhead still seems to be the only real way to protect against threats from space, the conference revealed.

Once a dangerous space object is detected there will be a very limited time – about one year – to take measures to intercept it, said Oleg Shubin, the Deputy Director of the Department of Nuclear Munitions and Military Power Installations of Russia’s nuclear monopoly Rosatom.

“Interception of an asteroid with size bigger than one kilometer in diameter would imply engagement of a nuclear warhead considerably more powerful than the existing megaton class of nuclear devices. This is a scientific challenge that could be solved,” Shubin said.

“In the foreseeable future there is no other danger [except asteroids] that can potentially lead to, at least, the degradation of our civilization,” believes Shubin.

A 10-year federal program worth 58 billion rubles (over $1.9 billion) designed to track down and counteract space threats was presented by Lidia Rykhlova of the Institute of Astronomy (RAS) in February this year.

The head of Russia’s defense industry, Deputy Prime Minster Dmitry Rogozin, pointed out at the time that developing the program on a national level would be excessively expensive and would require international efforts.

Russian authorities became genuinely concerned about possible space threats after February 15, when a space bolide estimated to weigh around 7,000 tons and traveling at 40,000 km per hour blew up over Chelyabinsk, a provincial capital in the Urals Mountains. The shockwave of the 500-kiloton explosion scattered debris for dozens of kilometers and injured an estimated 1,500 people, including 299 children.

The trace of a flying object in the sky over Chelyabinsk (still from a dashboard camera). (RIA Novosti / nakanune.ru)

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Moscow denies Russian fighter jets violated Japanese airspace

Moscow denies Russian fighter jets violated Japanese airspace

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‘Iran to send Tolou satellite into space’

Iran to launch Tolou satellite into space: Defense min.

This file photo shows Iran’s first indigenously manufactured satellite, Omid (Hope).

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the Islamic Republic is planning to send Tolou (Sunrise) satellite into space from a new satellite launch center.

Addressing a group of space technology researchers in Tehran on Monday, Vahidi stated that Tolou would be launched on Simorgh satellite carrier from the Imam Khomeini Satellite Launch Center.

The Iranian defense minister stated that the final phases of the center’s construction are underway.


He added that some developed countries have not been able to send satellites into space and only five other countries in the world have had some of the achievements that Iran has made in the field.

On January 28, Iran sent a monkey into space on a suborbital flight and returned it to Earth safely.

The Islamic Republic launched the Kavoshgar Pishgam (Pioneer Discoverer) rocket, which took the primate to an altitude of 120 kilometers.

Iran launched its first domestically manufactured satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The Islamic Republic sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using the domestically manufactured Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

NT/HJL

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As of the writing of this addendum, Facebook is trading at $31.10, not even a year after debuting at $38.This utter disappointment and gutting of the Muppets is exactly what our research has anticipated. Facebook has fell as low as $17.xx, and is now on the rebound towards its IPO price. Notwithstanding the massive capital losses suffered by those who bought into the over hyped IPO against my admonitions, or the losses suffered by those who bought in the Sell Side powered private offerings which was actually valued higher than the majority of trading time as a public company, the argument is being made that Facebook has finally got the mobile thing and can’t be valued using conventional metrics due to its status as a high growth company.

Wait a minute! Facebook as a high growth company is actually growing revenue SLOWER than its biggest and better capitalized competitor – Google! Considerably slower!  While it’s perfectly prudent for the management of a high growth company challenged for market share in a fast moving industry undergoing a paradigm shift, results must result from said efforts. Google is out Facebooking Facebook. Reference I Don't Think Facebook Investors Will "Like" This!!! Google Has Already Caught Up In Terms Of Active Users

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Thus, it is highly unlikely one can legitimately factor in the type of growth needed to justify the current Goldman $50B valuation - particularly when you consider that Facebook's growth is already slowing!

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At this point, I can't help myself. I MUST point out the literal rippoff that Goldman Sachs pushed as a once in a life time investment a year and a half ago. As excerpted from Facebook Registers The WHOLE WORLD! Or At Least They Would Have To In Order To Justify Goldman's Pricing: Here's What $2 Billion Or So Worth Of Goldman HNW Clients Probably Wish They Read This Time Last Week! while remaining cognizant that this was written exactly 1 year ago:

Goldman warns, 'We’re probably going to dump this load, but we may also need you to remain behind to hold the bag!'

In its offer for the $1.5bn stock sale of privately held social-networking company Facebook,Goldman Sachs disclosed that it might sell or hedge its own $375m investment without warning clients. Under the deal, private wealth-management clients would be subject to “significant restrictions” limiting their ability to sell stakes while Goldman Sachs own holding can be sold or hedged at any time, and without warning. One would hope that astute clients and investors would be put on guard by such conflicting and restrictive liquidity measures! In addition, it appears as if Goldman Sachs failed to disclose its clients that it had offered Facebook shares to its internal investment group, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, headed by one of its star fund managers, Richard A. Friedman.

So, this begs the question, "Has the easy money already been made Facebook???" Well, let's take an empirical look now that we have some hard data to steer us throught that sell side fog, that very same fog that people pay me to clear.... (click to enlarge to printer size)

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It's official, the mainstream media has turned on those "doing God's work" and come to the side of BoomBustBlog.

I must admit, I was shocked when I first read this headline and saw the accompanying cover. After all, Bloomberg was the organization that published a story lavishing adulation upon a young Goldman analyst that had a 38% win rate throughout the credit crisis and (faux) recovery. I see those results as mediocre at best, and downright horrible from a realistic perspective. To make matters even worse, I believe I ran circles not only around that analyst, but the entire firm, see Did Reggie Middleton, a Blogger at BoomBustBlog, Best Wall Streets Best of the Best?

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Report points to US space ambition

Experts at Spacecom communications company have said in a report that the US would have upgraded its military power to a high level in space by 2020.

In 2009 and for the first time, the Pentagon demanded allocation of budget for boosting the country’s military power in space, eliciting reaction from China that warned that militarization of the space would constitute a violation of international conventions.

When US President Barack Obama announced in 2010 Washington’s space arms-control initiative, Russia noted that the world stability would be threatened.

Russia believes that the US development of non-atomic strategic arms and anti-missile system as well as attempts to deploy weapons in the space would negatively affect the world stability.

Military rivalry in the space has set the stage for the US, Chinese, and Russian armies to enter a new phase of international muscle-flexing.

The unmanned spacecraft OTV-2 (Orbital Test Vehicle) which was launched into space on March 5, 2011 spent 469 days of its mission in the earth orbit. The main objectives behind this launch still remain hidden.

The Pentagon set up the US Space Command to help institutionalize the use of space. The command is tasked with coordinating the use of Army, Naval, and Air Force Space Forces.

In 1996, US Space Command then-commander-in-chief General Joseph Ashy said the US was on the way to fight in space.

“We're going to fight from space and we're going to fight into space…That's why the US has development programs in directed energy and hit-to-kill mechanisms,” he said at the time.

KA/HN

South Korea puts satellite into space

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Israel warplanes violate Leb. airspace

Twelve Israeli fighter jets have violated Lebanon’s airspace in less than 24 hours and flown over the southern parts of the country, Lebanese army sources say.

According to a statement issued by the Lebanese army on Wednesday, four of the Israeli warplanes, which flew over the coastal town of Naqoura, hovered for several hours over the villages in southern Lebanon before leaving the area.

The statement added that the last of the sorties over the country’s airspace took place at 2:00 a.m. local time.

Israeli fighter jets reportedly conducted similar flights by eight other warplanes on Tuesday.

A Lebanese official also said the recent acts of violation by the Israeli regime were part of Tel Aviv’s “increased activity” over Lebanon’s airspace in the past week.


The areas where the Israeli flights took place borders southern Syria.

Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.

Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have repeatedly condemned the flyovers, saying they are in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the war of aggression Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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Israel fighter jets enter Lebanese airspace, hit targets on Syria border – reports

An Israeli F16 fighter jet.(Reuters / Amir Cohen)

An Israeli F16 fighter jet.(Reuters / Amir Cohen)

Israeli air force jets attacked a target on the Syria-Lebanon border on Wednesday night, an unidentified diplomatic source told Reuters. The attack came amid reports of a sizable deployment of Israeli planes in Lebanon.

Several squads of Israeli air force jets violated Lebanese airspace  at 2 a.m. local time Wednesday, the Lebanese army reported in a statement earlier on Wednesday. It said four warplanes flew over the southernmost coastal town of Naqoura, hovered for several hours over villages in southern Lebanon before leaving  the country's airspace.

“There was definitely a hit in the border area,” the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity, without elaborating further.

It said similar flights by eight other warplanes were conducted Tuesday.

The Israel Defense Forces refused to confirm or deny the report. "We do not comment on reports of this kind," an IDF spokeswoman said.

Over the past week, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of IAF planes sighted in the airspace of Lebanon, which borders Syria. At least 12 jet missions were reported by the Lebanese military

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An Israeli air force F15-E fighter jet.(Reuters / Baz Ratner)
An Israeli air force F15-E fighter jet.(Reuters / Baz Ratner)

Iran to send humans into space: Min.

In this photo, the monkey that was sent into space by Iran on January 27 and was returned safely can be seen after returning to the Earth. (File photo)

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the successful mission of Pishgam (Pioneer) spacecraft, which successfully carried a monkey into space, is the first step for Iran towards sending humans into space.

“Sending a spacecraft and returning it is the first step towards sending humans to space in later stages,” Vahidi said on Monday.

On Monday, Iran launched Pishgam (Pioneer) spacecraft, which took a primate to the altitude of 120 kilometers, and returned it safely to Earth.

Iran sent its first bio-capsule of living creatures into space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar 3 (Discoverer 3) carrier.

The country successfully launched its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit in 2009.

As part of a plan to develop its space program, Iran successfully launched its second satellite, dubbed Rassad (Observation), into the earth's orbit in June 2011. Rassad's mission was to take images of the Earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to ground stations.


Iran also sent its indigenously-built Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite into orbit in February 2012. The records made by the telecom, measurement and scientific satellite could be used in a wide range of fields.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

The Iranian defense minister said Iran would also inaugurate the country’s space observatory, named after Shia’s sixth Imam, Imam Sadeq (PBUH), in February.

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Iran sends monkey into space, returns it

The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent a monkey into space on a suborbital flight and returned it to Earth safely.

On Monday, Iran launched the Kavoshgar Pishgam (Pioneer Discoverer) rocket, which took the primate to an altitude of 120 kilometers.

“In this project, we are sending a live animal, a monkey, into space. This kind of monkey's physiology is very similar to humans. We are [using] this monkey to test life support systems and flight conditions. The capsule is completely sealed. It is equipped with machines that produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. All the vital signs will be transmitted to Earth, and cameras inside the cabin will record the event,” Iranian Space Agency Director Hamid Fazeli said.


Iran launched its first domestically manufactured satellite, the Omid (Hope), in 2009. The Islamic Republic sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using the domestically manufactured Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

Iran is one of the 74 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

NT/HGL

US shale revolution seen from space

AFP Photo / Mladen Antonov

AFP Photo / Mladen Antonov

Productions at US major shale formations flare off so much gas it can be clearly seen from space.

­The lights of the flares burning in North Dakota's Bakken and Texas’ Eagle Ford shale fields can clearly be seen in night-time satellite photography, Financial Times reported Monday.

Oil companies working there waste enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washngton combined, the newsoutlet reports, what fuels growing concerns about damage to environment and waste of resources.

North Dakota alone, leading state in recent shale boom, flared off 50% more of unwanted gas last year comparing to previous years, while figures from Texas formations went up more than six times from 2010 to 2012, Financial Times reported Monday. Total amount of gas flared in the United States has tripled in five years and makes the country fifth highest n the world behind Russia, Nigeria and Iran and Iraq, the news outlet reported, citing World Bank figures.

Flaring is the safest way to dispose of relatively cheap natural gas, that being released by oil productions in North America. It has been attracting attention of environmental campaigners because of the waste of gas and its consequences for greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. Investors involved in the production are concerned no less and have warned the leading US oil companies to cut excessive flaring.

The North Dakota legislature is considering a bill to encourage flaring reduction through tax breaks. The state is also pushing producers to use gas to power drilling rigs.

The shale revolution is believed to help the United States become a net fuel exporter by 2030 and achieve energy independence by 2035, the IEA said in November 2012. However hydraulic fracturing process, one of the key components of developing shale resources, causes heated debates. Environmentalists  say the process is too costly and ecologically unfriendly, while advocates insists bigger energy production from shale is a way to energy independence and lower imports.

Apestronaut: Iran ‘successfully sends’ monkey into space

An image grab taken from Iran's Al-Alam TV on January 28, 2013, shows the Iranian flag at an unknown location flying in front of a capsule containing a live monkey which the Tehran-based Arab-language channel said they sent up into space and later retrieved intact (AFP Photo)

An image grab taken from Iran's Al-Alam TV on January 28, 2013, shows the Iranian flag at an unknown location flying in front of a capsule containing a live monkey which the Tehran-based Arab-language channel said they sent up into space and later retrieved intact (AFP Photo)

Iran has successfully sent a monkey into space and back as part of its preparations for a manned space flight. The primate was sent up in an Explorer rocket to a height of 120km, according to Al-Alam TV.

"Iran successfully launched a capsule, codenamed Pishgam (Pioneer), containing a monkey and recovered the shipment on the ground intact," the Defense Ministry's aerospace department said in a statement.

A previous attempt to send a monkey into space failed in 2011. Tehran did, however, successfully launch a rocket carrying a mouse, a turtle, and multiple worms in 2010.

Iran says Monday’s mission is in preparation of sending a man into space in the year 2020, but the US and its allies worry that technology from the space program could be used to develop long-range missiles which could potentially be armed with nuclear warheads.

Tehran has repeatedly denied allegations that it’s using its nuclear facilities to develop atomic weapons.

Iran also says it wants to put its own satellites into orbit to monitor natural disasters, improve telecommunications and expand military surveillance in the region. The country has announced several successful launches of satellites in the past, dating back to 2005 in a joint project with Russia.

: An image grab taken from Iran′s Al-Alam TV on January 28, 2013, shows an Iranian scientists at an unknown location holding a live monkey which the Tehran-based Arab-language channel said they sent up into space in a capsule and later retrieved intact (AFP Photo)
: An image grab taken from Iran's Al-Alam TV on January 28, 2013, shows an Iranian scientists at an unknown location holding a live monkey which the Tehran-based Arab-language channel said they sent up into space in a capsule and later retrieved intact (AFP Photo)

Iran sends living creature into space

Iran launched its first domestically-produced Omid (Hope) satellite in 2009 onboard Safir (Ambassador) carrier. (File photo)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent a monkey into space aboard an indigenous bio-capsule as a prelude to sending humans into space.


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The space capsule, code-named Pishgam (Pioneer), was launched on Tuesday on the auspicious birthday anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

On January 15, the director of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said because of biological similarities between humans and monkeys, the latter were selected for the space mission.

Fazeli further highlighted that the plan to send animals into the space is part of a broader project to send human beings on space missions.

The ISA director stated that Iran’s first manned mission to space would be launched within the next five to eight years.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Fazeli said the indigenous Sharifsat satellite will be put into the orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2013).

Iran launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

In June 2011, Iran put the 15.3-kilogram Rasad (Observation) orbiter in space. Rasad's mission was to take images of the Earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to the ground stations.

Iran also launched Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry), another indigenous satellite, into the orbit on February 3, 2012.

The satellite was a telecom, measurement and scientific one, whose records were reportedly used in a wide range of fields.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

MP/MA

Private company plans to mine asteroids and manufacture products in space

screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries

screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries

The days of dreaming about space rock retail goods might not be too far away: a new start-up company from California plans to mine asteroids in order to make products for consumers that are literally out of this world.

During a press conference held Tuesday in Santa Monica, CA, Deep Space Industries announced plans to put a fleet of small asteroid-mining spacecraft into orbit. The group says they wish to get the project off the ground by 2015, and by the end of the decade they hope to have an arsenal of vehicles floating through space, scooping up asteroids to be used for manufacturing.

With the help of high-tech 3D printers and state-of-the-art technology that has suddenly become more affordable than ever, DSI hopes to be among the first of new companies that aims to make asteroid rocks all the rage.

screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries
screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries

“My smartphone has more computing power than they had on the Apollo moon missions,” DSI Chairman Rick Tumlinson said during this week’s announcement. “We can make amazing machines smaller, cheaper and faster than ever before.”

“Using low cost technologies, and combining the legacy of our space program with the innovation of today’s young high tech geniuses, we will do things that would have been impossible just a few years ago,” he said, calling his project, “the first commercial campaign to explore the small asteroids that pass by Earth.”

Just last year, Planetary Resources, Inc. announced similar plans to put spacecraft into the sky and scope out precious metals to be used in manufacturing.

“The resources of Earth pale in comparison to the wealth of the solar system,” the company’s co-founder said at the time.

screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries
screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries

But while Planetary Resource’s idea has failed to come to fruition just yet, DSI’s staffers seem optimistic that a second company in the market for mining atmospheric rocks might finally jumpstart an all new race to space.

"One company may be a fluke," Tumlinson said at Tuesday’s conference. "Two companies showing up, that's the beginning of an industry.”

DSI hasn’t announced exactly how much money it has to fund its project, or where it’s coming from, but has revealed other information about the 55lb “FireFly” spacecraft and what each one will be capable of doing while out in orbit. Equipped with MicroGravity Foundry 3D printers, DSI says their fleet of FireFly craft will be able mine precious rock and use the resources to make retail goods.

screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries
screenshot from youtube video by DeepSpaceIndustries

“The MicroGravity Foundry is the first 3D printer that creates high-density high-strength metal components even in zero gravity,” DSI co-founder Stephen Covey says in a statement. “Other metal 3D printers sinter powdered metal, which requires a gravity field and leaves a porous structure, or they use low-melting point metals with less strength.”

“Using resources harvested in space is the only way to afford permanent space development,” added DSI CEO David Dump. “More than 900 new asteroids that pass near Earth are discovered every year. They can be like the Iron Range of Minnesota was for the Detroit car industry last century – a key resource located near where it was needed. In this case, metals and fuel from asteroids can expand the in-space industries of this century. That is our strategy.”

According to NBC News, FireFlies will ideally go into orbit in 2014, with three-to-four-year missions carried out by the slightly larger DragonFly craft coming the following year. Each one of those missions, claims DSI, will allow for up to 100 pounds of asteroids to be brought back to Earth.

“This is the Deep Space mission – to find, harvest and process the resources of space to help save our civilization and support the expansion of humanity beyond the Earth – and doing so in a step by step manner that leverages off our space legacy to create an amazing and hopeful future for humanity,” said Tumlinson.

Astounding Reason North Dakota Is Lit Up So Brightly You Can See it From...

Photo Credit: James William Gibson

This article was published in partnership with  GlobalPossibilities.org.

I’ve been told by people living near fracking operations that the lights coming from the rigs are so bright they have trouble sleeping at night. They aren’t exaggerating. A photo from the NASA Earth Observatory shows a view of the U.S at night — the brightest spots that glow on the map come from big cities. The Plains states and the West are the darkest, with small spots of light scatter between darkness. 

Except, oddly enough, there’s a big glow out in North Dakota — a state with no cities sizable enough to create that much light. Robert Krulwich writes for NPR:

It turns out, yes, that's not a city. And those lights weren't there six years ago.

What we have here is an immense and startlingly new oil and gas field — nighttime evidence of an oil boom created by a technology called fracking. Those lights are rigs, hundreds of them, lit at night, or fiery flares of natural gas. One hundred fifty oil companies, big ones, little ones, wildcatters, have flooded this region, drilling up to eight new wells every day on what is called the Bakken formation. Altogether, they are now producing 660,000 barrels a day — double the output two years ago — so that in no time at all, North Dakota is now the second-largest oil producing state in America. Only Texas produces more, and those lights are a sign that this region is now on fire ... to a disturbing degree. Literally. 

You can read the rest Krulwich’s blog post and see the photos here.

A story by James William Gibson in Earth Island Journal details how some Native American communities aren’t pleased with the no new boom. He writes, that: 

... little oil money reaches most of the reservation. According to activists Walter and Lisa Deville and Theodora Bird Bear, lifelong residents of the reservation town of Mandaree, none of the oil money collected by either the tribe or the state of North Dakota comes back to their town. Mandaree is mostly poor: two-thirds of the population lives three families to a house. Earlier this year, the Devilles and Bird Bear did a survey of Mandaree residents to gauge their views on the oil boom. Of those they questioned, 84 percent said they do not receive adequate information on environmental impacts to air, water quality and land; 92 percent said they fear drilling-related spills.

Oil production is starting to displace the tribal culture based around agriculture and grazing livestock. 

In another story Gibson writes about another impact of fracking in North Dakota — crime: 

Most of the roughnecks and roustabouts who have to the prairies of North Dakota are, no doubt, honest fellows who are just looking to make an honest dollar. But there are also some tougher characters in the lot. Crime statistics from Williston, ND — a town of about 16,000 that is at the center of the fracking boom — illustrate the problem. Between 2008 and 2009, the town experienced a sharp increase in reported crimes. The Williston Police Department says that calls to 911 skyrocketed in 2011. Also last year, a pharmacy in town was robbed of $16,000 in narcotics. And in early 2012 people in the region where horrified by two oilworkers’ kidnapping and murder of a woman in nearby Montana, about 45 miles from Williston.

Between 2010 and 2011, there was a 16.1 percent increase in violent crime and a 10.3 percent increase in property crime statewide. The increase in crime has been driven, in part, by higher crime rates in the state’s western counties where the shale oil fracking is occurring. 

‘Iran to produce hi-tech space suits’

This file photo shows Iranian scientists working on an indigenous satellite.

Iran's Aerospace Research Institute says the country will acquire the know-how to design and manufacture hi-tech space suits within the next eight years.

“Iran will acquire the know-how to design and produce space suits by the next eight years,” Head of Iran's Aerospace Research Institute Mohammed Ebrahimi said on Monday.

Ebrahimi said his organization and Iran's Shiraz University are cooperating closely with each other on the project.


The Iranian official said the production of space suits is a “high-tech” industry which is costly and requires advanced know-how.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the field of aerospace.

On January 17, the director of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said the country will soon send living animals into space aboard a bio-capsule as a prelude to sending humans into space.

Because of the biological similarities between humans and monkeys, the latter were selected for the forthcoming space mission, Fazeli said.

Fazeli further highlighted that the plan to send animals into space is part of a broader project to send human beings on space missions.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the field of aerospace.

Iran launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule of living creatures into space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

Moreover, in June 2011, Iran put the 15.3-kilogram Rasad (Observation) orbiter in space. Rasad's mission was to take images of the Earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to the ground stations.

Iran also launched Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry), another indigenous satellite into orbit on February 3, 2012.

Tehran plans to launch the country's first manned mission to space by 2019.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

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NASA tests laser communications by sending Mona Lisa to space

A digital version of the Mona Lisa has been beamed to space using lasers. (Image courtesy: Xiaoli Sun, NASA Goddard)

A digital version of the Mona Lisa has been beamed to space using lasers. (Image courtesy: Xiaoli Sun, NASA Goddard)

A new experiment by NASA proving the effectiveness of laser communications has raised the prospect that beam technology could one day replace radio. That’s after NASA scientists successfully beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the moon.

­NASA scientists usually use lasers to track the position of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) – the robotic spacecraft that creates gravitational maps of the moon. It collects the information then transmits it back to earth at a rate of 50 Mbs.

Then NASA scientists had the bright idea of reversing the flow by beaming an image of the Mona Lisa to the LRO using lasers.

"This is the first time anyone has achieved one-way laser communication at planetary distances," says LOLA's principal investigator, David Smith of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "In the near future, this type of simple laser communication might serve as a backup for the radio communication that satellites use. In the more distant future, it may allow communication at higher data rates than present radio links can provide."

The picture was transmitted to the LRO spacecraft, because it is the only satellite that has a laser receiver.  

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on http://www.nasa.gov
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on http://www.nasa.gov

Precise timing was the key to transmitting the simplified black and white image, because the laser pulse has to hit a small target a very very long way away.

The first attempt to reassemble the image was not successful, the quality of the picture was significantly degraded. Atmospheric turbulence and a slight pause in transmission caused errors, making the resulting image grainy, distorted and incomplete. The scientists then applied the same kind of data correction methods used for CDs and DVDs, which substantially helped clear up the image.

A data rate of 300 bits per second is woefully slow compared to what is possible with cables or radio, so NASA has come up with a new experimental laser they hope will be capable of transmitting 600 million bits per second. This system will be carried by the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer satellite, which is to be launched in August. 

This is just one aspect of NASA’s planned research into laser communications. In 2017 it plans to start a new experiment called Laser Communications Radar Demonstration – a commercial satellite that is going to test beam-based communication systems. Theoretically the speed and volume of information that can the transferred by laser is an order of magnitude greater than the rates attainable with radio waves.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on http://www.nasa.gov
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on http://www.nasa.gov

Iran to send live animals into space

Iran launched its first domestically-produced Omid (Hope) satellite in 2009 onboard Safir (Ambassador) carrier. (File photo)

Director of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli says the country will soon send live animals into the space aboard a bio-capsule as prelude to sending humans into the space.

Fazeli said on Tuesday that the space capsule, code-named Pishgam (Pioneer), has gone through final tests and will be launched during the 10-Day Dawn celebrations in early February 2013, which will mark the 34th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

He added that because of biological similarities between humans and monkeys, the latter were selected for the forthcoming space mission.

Fazeli further highlighted that the plan to send living animals into the space is part of a broader project to send human beings on space missions.

The ISA director stated that Iran’s first manned mission to space would be launched within the next five to eight years.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Fazeli said the domestically designed and manufactured Sharifsat satellite will be put into the orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2013).

Iran launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

In June 2011, Iran put the 15.3-kilogram Rasad (Observation) orbiter in space. Rasad's mission was to take images of the Earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to the ground stations.

Iran also launched Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry), another indigenous satellite, into the orbit on February 3, 2012.

The satellite was a telecom, measurement and scientific one, whose records were reportedly used in a wide range of fields.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

MP/SS

Inflatable hope: NASA looks forward to a blow-up space module

This NASA photo shows NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and President and founder of Bigelow Aerospace Robert T. Bigelow as they talk while standing next to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) during a media briefing where it was announced that the BEAM expandable space habitat technology will be tested on the International Space Station on January 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP Photo/NASA)

This NASA photo shows NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and President and founder of Bigelow Aerospace Robert T. Bigelow as they talk while standing next to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) during a media briefing where it was announced that the BEAM expandable space habitat technology will be tested on the International Space Station on January 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP Photo/NASA)

NASA has spotted an evolution in space engineering that could save money for space exploration if privately developed inflatable space dwelling prove to be successful.

A new agreement between NASA and a Nevadan firm to add a privately built module to the International Space Station could evolve into uses of the innovative technology beyond low-Earth orbit, space agency and company officials said on Wednesday.

NASA’s $17.8 million venture with Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable module, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), is planned to be tested at the ISS in 2015.

California-based SpaceX company will help BEAM make it to orbit by providing a Falcon 9 rocket. Once in space, the module will be installed on an open dock of the station's Node 3 by uniting the module using a robotic arm.

The Beam weighs around 1,360 kilograms and is about 4 meters long and 3.2 meters wide.

Bigelow Aerospace has so far spent around $250m to develop inflatable space habitation. It has preliminary agreements with seven non-US space and research agencies in the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Sweden and the UAE.

NASA has placed high hopes in private industries to develop ways to take its astronauts to and from the space station. That service is now provided by Russia at a cost of more than $60 million per person.

Space alert: Hazardous asteroid nears Earth

Space alert: Hazardous asteroid nears Earth

Space alert: Hazardous asteroid nears Earth

All eyes are set at the skies as a big hazardous asteroid is nearing Earth. According to scientists there is an actual possibility that the 300-meter-wide Apophis will eventually strike our planet, but the catastrophe is not imminent.

On Wednesday the dangerous space traveler is passing Earth at 14 million km – the distance which raises no concerns. Apophis near approach, which may have been observed around 00:00 GMT, was traced by Slooh Space Camera.

The asteroid is planning a series of come backs of which the one in 2036 is said to be most threatening.

Named after the Ancient Egyptian evil demon, Apophis was discovered in 2004. The initial estimations indicated the probability that in 2029 the asteroid would strike Earth. However, additional calculations lessened this possibility and postponed it till 2036.

According to NASA scientists in 2029 Apophis may pass through a gravitational keyhole which would change his orbit causing imminent collision with Earth in 2036.

Russian scientists are planning to plant the asteroid with a radio beacon to trace its orbit and the risks Apophis pose to our planet. But the mission will only take place after 2020.

According to NASA calculations if the hazardous asteroid collides with Earth the effect will be equivalent to an explosion of 510 megatons of TNT, which is roughly 10 times more than the effect of the biggest hydrogen bomb ever exploded.

The effect would vary depending on the angle. The collision would cause massive destruction across thousands of square miles, however would not bring any long-term global consequences.

In May 2012 NASA released report revealed that there are about 4,700 asteroids of 100 meters diameter and larger representing significant threat to Earth with only one third of them located and the rest under the radar.

This NASA image shows asteroid Apophis. The asteroid Apophis, which should barely touch the Earth in 2029 and could possibly hit in 2036, approaches earth on January 9, 2013 at a distance of 14.4 million kilometers, astronomers said January 8, 2012. (AFP Photo/NASA/JPL UH/IA)
This NASA image shows asteroid Apophis. The asteroid Apophis, which should barely touch the Earth in 2029 and could possibly hit in 2036, approaches earth on January 9, 2013 at a distance of 14.4 million kilometers, astronomers said January 8, 2012. (AFP Photo/NASA/JPL UH/IA)

Billionaire space entrepreneur wants vegetarian-only colony on Mars

An artist's concept of a Mars mission. (NASA/Pat Rawlings, SAIC )

An artist's concept of a Mars mission. (NASA/Pat Rawlings, SAIC )

A US billionaire and co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk, has made plans to build a settlement for 80,000 people on Mars when technology makes it possible for man to live there – as long as the inhabitants are vegetarians.

Musk is a considered one of America’s most respected private space entrepreneurs and was in charge of creating SpaceX, a space transport company that produced the Falcon 9 rocket that delivers NASA cargo to the International Space Station.

Musk, who is worth about $2 billion, revealed his tactics in a speech at the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was in attendance in order to be presented with a gold medal for his contribution to space exploration in November.

While the idea of a city on Mars may seem far-fetched, scientists predict human settlements on the red planet and elsewhere in space could occur in the near future, possibly within ten years. Eric Anderson, a leading entrepreneur in the industry and chairman of Space Adventures, told RT that technology has almost reached the level where tourists can be sent to space.

“I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that there will be a space hotel within the next ten years, in orbit around the Earth,” he said in October.

Musk plans to take it a few steps further by building a city for 80,000 space explorers. The new city would use sustainable technology and send people to space on a rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane. The billionaire’s estate and prominence in the space industry could make his plans feasible, but the California-based engineer has not left behind his personal ideologies: Musk will only allow vegetarians to live in his settlement.

At a cost of $500,000, vegetarians could choose to travel to the faraway settlement, although Musk did not clarify whether payments could be made using PayPal.

“The ticket price needs to be low enough that most people in advanced countries, in their mid-forties or something like that, could put together enough money to make the trip,” Musk said.

While 800,000 residents may seem like a large number of people to send to Mars, Musk explained that reducing the size would cause the gene and culture pool to be too small, while the risk for civil war would be too high.

“On Mars you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big,” Musk said.

But an undertaking of that magnitude would not eliminate the dangers: space exploration comes with the threat of deep-space radiation, bone-rot and toxic dusk, which space visitors and those constructing the settlement would have to risk acquiring. Still, Musk believes his goal is within a near reach.

And Anderson concurs: the space entrepreneur believes the commercial enterprise will far surpass the works of government-funded agencies like NASA and rapidly bring settlements to other planets.

“With my work, and many others working in the private section, the mission is coming closer to reality,” Musk said.

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