NASA’s Wise Raises Doubt About Asteroid Family Believed Responsible for Dinosaur Extinction

Dyno-590079main pia14729-466

Dyno-Trojan-575375main pia14404b-466

WASHINGTON — Observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission indicate the family of asteroids some believed was responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs is not likely the culprit, keeping the case open on one of Earth’s greatest mysteries.

ASDNews

BSD

Firetrench Directory

Continue reading

ROLLS-ROYCE AND ROSATOM TO COLLABORATE IN CIVIL NUCLEAR MARKET

Chernobyl2

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has today announced that it will collaborate with Russian state-owned atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, in the area of civil nuclear power. The agreement between the two companies follows today’s joint announcement by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, in which the two countries pledged to work more closely in a number of areas, including civil nuclear power.

ASDNews

BSD

Firetrench Directory

Continue reading

Time To End Pork Barrel Monster Rocket And Expensive Russian Space Ferry

CST-100

XCOR-suborbital-73

The Texas Space Alliance (TXA) urged Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and the rest of the Texas Congressional delegation to give their full support to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s call for transferring funding to American spacecraft companies and end plans for a giant “pork” rocket being promoted by the Senator and others.

ASDNews

BSD

Broadly Risks

Firetrench Directory

Continue reading

The real risk of corruption is that it stifles government

martaandreasenNEW

MEP and former European Commission Chief Accountant Marta Andreasen, a sacked whistle blower who exposed audit failures, now campaigns for action against EU corruption

No form of government has ever been able to claim honestly that it is totally beyond any form of corruption. The best that can be achieved is to establish an independent auditor, together with a set of procedures and sanctions that automatically come into force when the auditor is unable to accept the behaviour of those in public office. The great difficulty is in ensuring that the auditors are really independent and that there are real teeth to the system that applies sanctions and remedies. … There is no simple answer but the first vital step is for “good” people to do something rather than to stand aside and shrug their shoulders. There are politicians who are as revolted by public corruption as the citizens they were elected to serve. There are citizens who recognize at least part of the decay in public service. If those politicians and citizens step forward and campaign against corruption, they will triumph. It may take time but the will to resist will crush the exploiters. Of prime importance is the recognition that freedom and democracy are also a heavy responsibility. That means that we should also defend the right of others with different views the opportunity to present them even if we hold those views objectionable. If our view is the best available, we should be able to defend the view against all comers and we should never be afraid to do so. Evil frequently triumphs because it is not exposed to open debate. Sometimes that exposure is the result of nervous people attempting to ban the presentation of unwelcome views.

Full article

BSD

Broadly Risks

Firetrench Directory