Daily Archives: December 29, 2013

Let’s Reframe the Way We Talk About Development: Andrea Stachnik at TEDxMontereyWomen

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Book TV: William Arkin, “”American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution”

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BBC News – The restaurant that serves up rejected food

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25449219

Stop/Start is a series of video features for the BBC News website which follows both new trends that are beginning and old traditions that are coming to an end.

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Noam Chomsky “State Socialism” Is A Contradiction

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BBC News – The science and environment news highlights of 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24169859
24 December 2013 Last updated at 20:53 ET

It was the year in which an object from the cosmos burned and boomed its way through our atmosphere while one originating on Earth hurtled into the uncharted territory of interstellar space.

BBC News website science editor Paul Rincon looks back at a memorable year of science and environment headlines. And you can view a picture gallery of the highlights here.

Fire in the sky

On 15 February, skywatchers were gearing up for the close flyby of Earth by a large asteroid. But on the day of that pass, a different 10,000-tonne space rock burned up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring more than 1,000 people as its shockwave shattered glass and rocked buildings.

This spectacular “cosmic coincidence” gave scientists an unprecedented opportunity to study the anatomy of an asteroid strike, in part thanks to the dashboard cameras – dashcams – installed by Russian drivers to combat insurance scams and police corruption. The largest chunk of the meteorite was later retrieved from the bottom of Lake Chebarkul.

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BBC News – Met Office to offer daily space weather forecasts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25517466
26 December 2013 Last updated at 00:15 ET
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The Met Office is to begin offering daily forecasts about the weather in space.

The 24 hour service will aim to help businesses and government departments by providing early warnings of solar storms that can disrupt satellites, radio communications and power grids.

The first forecast is expected to be available next spring.

The Department for Business will support the scheme with £4.6m of funding over the next three years.

The Met Office will aim to develop better ways of predicting space weather in collaboration with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

UK partners involved in the project include the British Geological Survey, Bath University and RAL Space.

Space weather is driven by energetic particles from the Sun.

Solar flares and eruptions in the Sun’s atmosphere – known as coronal mass ejections – are powerful sources of potentially destructive solar storms.

“Space weather is a relatively immature science but understanding is growing rapidly” Mark Gibbs The Met Office

They have the potential to damage sensitive satellite components and induce current surges strong enough to knock out power grids on Earth.

A massive blackout in Quebec in 1989 has been attributed to a solar storm.

The Sun’s activity peaks about every 11 years, when solar emissions become more intense. It is currently in a “solar maximum” phase.

Mark Gibbs, head of space weather at the Met Office, said: “Space weather is a relatively immature science but understanding is growing rapidly.”

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‘US, UK media are slaves of security apparatus’ – Greenwald

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Published on Dec 28, 2013

Journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned the mainstream media during an address at a German computer conference on Friday and accused his colleagues of failing to challenge erroneous remarks routinely made by government officials around the globe. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/l29ia9

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