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Politics

Submission + - Warnings of another arms race with Russia (reuters.com)

WSOGMM writes: 'In his state of the nation address on Tuesday, Medvedev warned that a new arms race would erupt if U.S. and NATO offers of cooperation on missile defense failed to produce a concrete agreement within a decade... Putin said Russia was not threatening the West. But the remarks underscored the Kremlin's insistence on maintaining a significant role in a missile defense system and suggested improving ties could sour again if agreement is not reached.' The transcript can be found here.
Transportation

Submission + - Material that could Replace Platinum in Fuel Cells (technologyreview.com)

WSOGMM writes: "A new catalyst based on iron works as well as platinum-based catalysts for accelerating the chemical reactions inside hydrogen fuel cells. The finding could help make fuel cells for electric cars cheaper and more practical... The new material meets a benchmark for hydrogen fuel cells set five years ago that 'we thought nobody would ever meet,' adds Hubert Gasteiger, a visiting professor of mechanical engineering at MIT."
Space

Submission + - reflected gravitational waves (technologyreview.com)

WSOGMM writes: "In the couple of weeks since he introduced the idea that superconducting sheets can reflect gravity waves, Raymond Chiao from the University of California, Merced, has been busy with a couple of buddies working out how big this effect is... Chiao and co ask how big the effect of a gravitational wave on a thin superconducting sheet is compared to the effect on an ordinary conducting sheet. The answer? 42 orders of magnitude bigger." Maybe we're getting closer to the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. Or perhaps closer to the question.

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