Published on Oct 6, 2017
https://democracynow.org – Amid news of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, we turn now to look at whether President Donald Trump is trying to sabotage the Obama-brokered nuclear agreement with Iran and seek a war with Iran. According to The Washington Post, Trump is expected to announce next week the deal is not in the United States’ national interest, and will move to “decertify” the deal. If this happens, Congress will decide whether or not to reinstate harsh economic sanctions against Iran, potentially tanking the landmark deal. The move comes despite the fact the Trump administration begrudgingly certified that Iran has complied with its obligations under the agreement earlier this year, as has the International Atomic Energy Agency, which closely monitors Iran’s activities.
Published on Oct 6, 2017
https://democracynow.org – Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, joins us for an extended interview on microfinance, the Grameen Bank, and how five men own more wealth than half of the world. His new book is titled “A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.”
Published on Oct 6, 2017
https://democracynow.org – As the Nobel Committee made their announcement today in Oslo, President Trump is expected to “decertify” the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal next week. We speak with Tim Wright, the Asia-Pacific director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and go to Tehran and Washington to get response.
Published on Jul 14, 2016
Robert Zubrin, American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of the manned exploration of Mars, believes in the potential of exploration and colonisation of Mars. He does not exclude the chance that groundwater and bacteria will be found on Mars eventually since there are dry riverbeds and lakes craters on the surface. Zubrin points that we should not blindly believe in the imaginary danger of cosmic radiation. Smokers risk more that astronauts. This is why we develop space technologies – to dispel myths and Mars is only the first planet on our journey of discovering the universe. Go to Mars! Dr. Robert Zubrin is President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. He is also the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, and alternate fuels development, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and is the holder of 15 US Patents, and has several more pending. Dr. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage.
Published on Jul 7, 2017
If we are to believe Elon Musk (and we all want to), we will move to Mars en masse in the next 10 years . But it’s not a very hospitable place – it’s cold enough for air to freeze and you won’t be able to grow potatoes under a sunroof (like Matt Damon does in ‘The Martian’). So can we make Mars our new home? What engineering challenges do we need to solve? Reinier Zeldenrust will highlight some recent developments in this field and consider the technical, financial and moral implications of living on Mars. Reinier Zeldenrust is an astrophysicist and former management consultant who now works at the cutting edge of building systems, whether that is finding new ways for teams to collaborate on construction, designing radical new solutions for buildings to save energy, or using robotics to push the limits of building on earth and in space.
Published on Jul 31, 2015
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. It was filmed and edited by Tijo Media at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage in Richmond, VA. Dr. Levine is Research Professor in the Department of Applied Science at the College of William and Mary. Prior to joining the College of William and Mary in 2011, he spent 41 years at NASA, as Senior Research Scientist, Science Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center and as Mars Scout Program Scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters. He is Principal Investigator of the proposed NASA Langley ARES Mars Airplane Mission, which is being planned and developed. He served as Co-Chair as NASA’s Human Exploration of Mars Science Analysis Group and is Co-Editor of 976-page volume, The Human Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet (Cosmology Science Publishers, 2010). Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Levine received a BS (Physics), Brooklyn College, City University of NY, a MS (Meteorology), New York University, and a MS (Aeronomy and Planetary Atmospheres) and a PhD (Atmospheric Sciences), both from the University of Michigan.
Published on Sep 28, 2017
Elon Musk gives new details about SpaceX Mission to Mars at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia and reveals plans to shorten most long distance travels to less than 30 minutes. September 2017.