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Hermes Spacecraft Looking to Bring Personal Space Travel to the Masses

Pirates seize two more ships off Somalia

Here’s an update, or maybe a retraction, to a story I had yesterday:
NYC mayor spins back his turbine idea for city

Nope, never saw this one coming:
1998 Missile Strikes on Bin Laden May Have Backfired
It’s a declassified DOE report, courtesy of the National Security Archive.

15 Photovoltaics Solar Power Innovations You Must See
Solazyme: Millions of Gallons of Algae Biodiesel Within 3 Years
Climate Change Negotiations

Iceland to offer oil-drilling licenses in Arctic
China’s Arctic expedition team sets up temporary research station on ice

New Guidelines Would Give F.B.I. Broader Powers

Is war in air in the Gulf?

news in space and at sea

NASA Mars Phoenix Camera Sees Morning Frost at the Landing Site

Germany mulls use of navy to protect ships against piracy
MPD to put 3 antiwhaling activists on Interpol list

Canada asserting its title as keeper of the Passage
Record number of cruise ships in Canadian Arctic this summer
Arctic ambitions: Development chill
Report finds coal burning has polluted Arctic but figures surprise
Warming climate threatens Alaska’s vast forests

Obama Suggests $2 Billion In New Funding for NASA
McCain says he’s the one to keep US in space
McCain told to extend shuttle and accelerate Constellation
Panel Wants Massive Milspace Reshuffling

Algae: Biofuel Of The Future?

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Today in History: In 251, a Goth-led coalition of barbarians defeated the Romans and killed two emperors at once. And in 1520, Aztecs nearly wiped out Cortes’s men as they tried to escape from Tenochtitlan

I had a story the other day about the Sea Shepherd Society declaring the start of their next Antarctic whaling campaign. Here’s a blog from one of the crew:
Blog of a Vegan Pirate, Post 1: Operation Migaloo

Judges cite nonsense poem in Guantanamo case

A federal appeals court reviewing evidence at Guantanamo Bay compared a Bush administration legal argument to one made by a hapless, dimwitted character in a 19th century nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll.

BBC News says it this way:
France plans revolution in space
Financial Times says it like this:
Paris calls for military angle to space strategy

FBI to descend on Denver for Dem event

“We don’t have any information right now about any credible threat to the convention on a terrorist level.”

Notes from the decline:
Midwest floods spotlight decrepit infrastructure
Weather Risks Cloud Promise of Biofuel

And finally, duh…
Study finds long benefit in illegal mushroom drug

She felt like she was taking off. She saw colors. Then it felt like her heart was ripping open.

But she called the experience joyful as well as painful, and says that it has helped her to this day.

“I feel more centered in who I am and what I’m doing,” said Osborn, now 66, of Providence, R.I. “I don’t seem to have those self-doubts like I used to have. I feel much more grounded (and feel that) we are all connected.”

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Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control
Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors
Also: New agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq

D.C. Police to Check Drivers In Violence-Plagued Trinidad
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced a military-style checkpoint yesterday to stop cars this weekend in a Northeast Washington neighborhood inundated by gun violence, saying it will help keep criminals out of the area.

The toxic ‘wonder plant’ that split world food summit

RAND study finds increase in piracy and terrorism at sea
Little evidence supports fear the 2 crimes are merging

The objectives of the two crimes remain different — piracy is aimed at financial gain while the goal of terrorism is political. Although both events are increasing, piracy is growing much faster and remains far more common than seaborne terrorism, according to the report.

Chalk said the study’s findings suggest U.S. policymakers focus too much on responding to worse-case terrorist scenarios rather than crafting policies to combat lower consequence (but more probable) attacks that could strike cruise ships or passenger ferries. Just as seriously, the U.S. government has paid comparatively little attention to combating piracy, despite its proven cost in terms of human lives, political stability and economic disruption.

Sex in space would be ‘a flailing exercise’
Proving that you should never ask the experts if you’re looking for a good time.

news- oil fallout, natural gas and algae

GM to Close Four Truck Plants, Shift Output to Cars
The price of oil. They’re thinking about getting rid of the Hummer, too.

Russia-South Ossetia Gas Pipeline Seen As Landmark of Integration

Algae Startups Confront Promise of Miracle Fuel With Big Summer

“It’s frustrating for the outside world, but we’ve been learning how to do agriculture for about 5000 years, and we’ve been learning how to make oil from algae now for only a couple of years. So there’s a lot of learning, and the curve is pretty steep,” Wilson says. “This is probably going to be the first summer that you’re getting anything more than just test tubes of oil produced.”

I’ve had this blog for a week now, and I haven’t posted anything about the Sea Shepherds yet, so here’s a puff piece for you:
Sea Shepherd: a ‘compassionate pirate’
sea shepherd vessel The Farley Mowat

Pagan sect at Pakistan border lives amid conservative Muslims

NASA Solicitation: NASA Lunar Science Institute
I talked a bunch of shit the other day about NASA not paying attention to the moon. Here they are to prove me wrong.