14 September 2012
Navy admiral calls for more sailors and longer tours
Ed Friedrich/Stars and Stripes
The Navy shrank from 390,000 sailors to 320,000 during the past decade while demand for its ships and submarines ballooned.
Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images
Jason Palmer/BBC News
A pioneering team from IBM in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned.
U.S. : Syria must end nuclear stonewalling conflict no excuse
Fredrik Dahl/ Reuters
The United States accused Syria on Friday of using the “brutal repression” of its people waging an uprising as an excuse not to address U.N. nuclear watchdog concerns about suspected past illicit nuclear activity in the Arab state.
Oil Rises to $100 for First Time Since May After Stimulus
Grant Smith and Moming Zhou/Bloomberg
Oil rose to $100 a barrel in New York for the first time since May as the Federal Reserve pledged further economic stimulus, while unrest in the Middle East and North Africa fanned concern that supplies will be threatened.
IEA lifts forecast for growth of global oil demand
April Yee/The National
Economic concerns in China and a nuclear outage in Japan are pulling global oil demand growth in opposite directions, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) yesterday in its monthly report.
Beyond Big Dams: Turning to Grass Roots Solutions on Water
Fred Pearce/Yale Environment 360
Mega-dams and massive government-run irrigation projects are not the key to meeting world’s water needs, a growing number of experts now say. For developing nations, the answer may lie in small-scale measures such as inexpensive water pumps and other readily available equipment.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
ASP Leadership Endorses New Report, “Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action against Iran”
Over thirty senior security experts, including American Security Project CEO Brigadier General Stephen Cheney (USMC Ret.) and ASP board members Admiral William Fallon, USN (Ret.) and Senator Chuck Hagel (fmr R-NE) endorsed “Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran.”
The NRC Report: Findings & Conclusions
On Tuesday the National Research Council released its much anticipated report on missile defense, with the lengthy (if scrupulously descriptive) title Making Sense of Ballistic Missile Defense: An Assessment of Concepts and Systems for U.S. Boost-Phase Missile Defense in Comparison to Other Alternatives. While the report was critical of some aspects of U.S. missile defense, including boost-phase systems, it was laudatory of others, such as the Aegis, THAAD, and Patriots systems.
Science Diplomacy for Addressing Shared Challenges
As scientific challenges transcend geopolitical boundaries, scientific cooperation provides a platform for mutual cooperation to tackle these regional and global problems.
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