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+ - SPAM: Challenges and Responses in National Security: The Vital need for Synergy

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defencealert writes "India is unquestionably one of the foremost major powers of the world. One of the most important lessons one learns from human history is that rising to greater power and capabilities brings its own challenges. And more often than not, the assumption of being a great power can lead to the biggest mistake the powerful make: that their power would deter challenges and hence mere power is enough as the core of response.

The reality is that like building a high reputation is much easier than sustaining it, the same principle applies to national power and security. And we are not anywhere near the peak to assume that high economic growth will naturally provide the means to great power status."

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Google News Sci Tech: Russian 'meteor' was actually a tiny asteroid, NASA says - Los Angeles Times-> 1

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The Guardian

Russian 'meteor' was actually a tiny asteroid, NASA says
Los Angeles Times
At a news conference Friday, NASA scientists said the object that exploded over Russia was a “tiny asteroid” that measured roughly 45 feet across, weighed 7,000 tons and traveled about 40,000 mph. The object vaporized roughly 15 miles above the surface ...
Live Blog: Meteor Falls in Russia; Asteroid 2012 DA14 PassesABC News (blog)
In a rarity, a meteor hit and an asteroid near-miss on same dayReuters
Odds of Death by Asteroid? Lower Than Plane Crash, Higher Than LightningWired
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+ - Invisible War Rages in World's Oceans: Bacteria Battle for Survival

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An anonymous reader writes "A war is being waged constantly in our oceans--and we had no idea it was happening until now. Researchers have found that two bacteria are constantly battling one another, and may determine the outcome of how much carbon dioxide enters Earth's atmosphere. The study, which was published in the journal Nature, discovered new viruses that constantly battle against the bacteria that make their homes in our oceans. The bacteria, known collectively as SAR11, are the most abundant organisms known to inhabit seawater."

Plastic Bottle Catamaran Crosses The Pacific Ocean 56

Posted by samzenpus
from the not-your-usual-trash-barge dept.
The Plastiki, a catamaran made with plastic bottles, has completed a 8,000 mile trip between San Francisco and Sydney. Captain David de Rothschild said, "The Plastiki is literally a metaphorical message in a bottle about beating waste and reducing our human fingerprints on our natural environment." The boat will go on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum for the next month.
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Fallout: New Vegas Coming This Fall, Trailer Released 100

Posted by Soulskill
from the out-is-still-falling dept.
Bethesda announced today that Fallout: New Vegas is scheduled for release sometime this fall, and they released a trailer as well. Details are scant yet on the official site, but they had this to say: "Experience all the sights and sounds of fabulous New Vegas, brought to you by Vault-Tec, America's First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation. Explore the treacherous wastes of the Great Southwest from the safety and comfort of your very own vault: Meet new people, confront terrifying creatures, and arm yourself with the latest high-tech weaponry as you make a name for yourself on a thrilling new journey across the Mojave wasteland. A word of warning, however — while Vault-Tec engineers have prepared for every contingency,* in Vegas, fortunes can change in an instant. Enjoy your stay. (* Should not be construed as a legally-binding claim.)"

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