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Journal: China Criticized for Anti-Satellite Missile Test

Journal by Davemania
Has the militarization of space begun ? It was recently reported that China has successfully shot down a satellite with a ballistic missile, despite International condemnation , China is keeping quiet on its space ambition.

From the article

"The Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy one of its aging satellites orbiting more than 500 miles in space last week -- a high-stakes test demonstrating China's ability to target regions of space that are home to U.S. spy satellites and space-based missile defense systems. The test of anti-satellite technology is believed to be the first of its kind in two decades by any nation and raised concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites and a possible arms race in space. China's action drew sharp protests from other nations with satellite programs -- a predictable response that experts said dramatically illustrates Chinese willingness to face broad international criticism when it comes to space, which Beijing considers a key part of the push to modernize its military and increase its ability to compete in high-tech warfare. "The U.S. believes China's development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of cooperation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said yesterday. "We and other countries have expressed our concern regarding this action to the Chinese."
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Journal: Abbott lashes out at scientists

Journal by Davemania
Following the footstep of the US Stem cell debate, the Australian government is about to decide on the fate of therapeutic cloning. Sydney Morning Hearld recently reported that Tony Abbot, the Federal Health Minister who also happen to be a devout Catholic is accusing scientist of "giving false hopes to sufferers of crippling diseases just to get "a leg up" in their research". Perhaps a preview of the type of debate that will be forthcoming in Australia.
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Journal: Link to Global Warming Debated

Journal by Davemania
A article in washington post reported the debate amongest scientist about the contribution of global warming to the intensity of the storms. The article noted the political impact and also the scientifc perspective from each side. It seems that whether or not global warming is contributing to the intensity of these storms, it has shown our lack of prepration to protect ourselves from natural disasters.

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