blind biker writes: I will not bother providing links, as it has been reported by all news outlets: China sent another exploration mission to the Moon on October 1st: this time it is a satellite provided by a laser altimeter and a high resolution 3D camera. The purpose of the mission is to find a suitable landing location for the next lunar mission, an unmanned landing of a rover. I watched the take-off of the Long March 3C (the one that carries the current probe to the Moon), and realized that China is very serious about their ambitions. Their Moon program will certainly have a seeding effect on Chinese science and technology.
blind biker writes: AP reports that federal regulators approved Wednesday the first new Gulf of Mexico oil well since President Barack Obama lifted a brief ban on drilling in shallow water, even while deepwater projects remain frozen after the massive BP spill.
While there is a huge difference between drilling at 5000 feet and at 115 feet (the newly approved project), I am not at all sure that we have any credible technical means of stopping a new spill, nor the laws necessary to hold the culprits of an unmanaged accident financially responsible.