ukraine Archive

gdpPutin prioritizing economy over military so is Ukrainian peace next to remove sanctions?

Putin’s new budget is boosting major infrastructure spending by making deep cuts in military spending. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russian military spending fell by 20 percent last year, the first major decrease in two decades. …

militaryUpdate on the War in Ukraine

A ceasefire between pro-Russian forces and Ukraine has been re-established after a flare-up in the fighting. The US recently agreed to provide Ukraine with anti-tank and other weapons. Above – Soldiers with US’s FGM-148 Javelin, an anti-tank missile Previously the …

energyCarnival of Space 500

The Carnival of Space 500 is up at Links Through Space. Planetaria – Could the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system be home to alien life? Artist’s conception of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system as seen from one of the seven Earth-sized planets. Image …

europeIntel Buying Israeli Self-Driving Car Technology company Mobileye for $15 Billion

Chip making giant Intel is purchasing Israeli-based sensor company Mobileye in a $15.3 billion deal. The two companies made the announcement early Monday, after Israeli business news publication, The Marker first broke the news. Intel is offering $63.54 per share …

airplanesGene Therapy cures sickle cell in teenage boy

A French teenager’s sickle cell disease has been reversed using a pioneering gene therapy treatment. The world-first procedure at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris offers hope to millions of people with the blood disorder. Doctors removed his bone marrow – …

geopoliticalRussia has drone delivered by rocket launcher for surveillance of targets up to 60 miles away

Russia has a drone that is launched via Russia’s Smerch multiple launch rocket system. It would enable on demand target surveillance at an altitude of 500 meters during 20 minutes. It can scan an 25 square kilometers area. 300mm rockets …

air forceMostly not high quality hospitals but more exercise, less stress, less obesity and less smoking for longer life for wealthy

If you have to depend upon heroic healthcare to extend your life you are in trouble and it will not help most people. Yes, Wealth buys higher-quality medical care, which allows people to live into old age. The affluent …

armyLow estimate for US bombing in 2016 is 26,171 bombs dropped versus 2015 estimate of 23,144

The Council on Foreign relations estimates the United States dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries in 2016. This estimate is undoubtedly low, considering reliable data is only available for airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, and a single “strike,” …

air forceFactory produces 60 million modified mosquitos per week will reduce breeding of Zika mosquitos

Using advanced genetics and molecular biology Oxitec has developed a new and innovative solution to controlling the dangerous mosquito, Aedes aegypti. The Oxitec solution harnesses the natural instincts of male mosquitoes to find females in the wild. Oxitec has used …

aircraftArgonne Labs makes solar thermal energy storage 20 times better to enable concentrated solar power plants to provide power at night

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory have designed an inexpensive thermal energy storage system that will be significantly smaller and perform more than 20 times better than current thermal systems. Argonne’s thermal energy storage system …