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Sergei Konovalov, military correspondent of the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Monday continued his series of articles on Russian military alertness to a threatened U.S. and/or Israeli attack on Iran. Konovalov's December 15 article had warned, "One could assume Iran's reaction will not be delayed.

January 17th, 2012 • 9:37 AM

With the above title, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) announced on January 13th that it will formulate a "comprehensive 10-20 years National Space Program, a first for South Africa." The plan will cover a period up to the year 2030, and will include new initiatives in space applications, "human capital development," job creation, innovative technology, and scientific advancement.

January 17th, 2012 • 9:33 AM

At this moment, the immediate, existential issue of overriding importance for society as a whole, and our United States in particular, is the growing threat of a thermonuclear war.

January 16th, 2012 • 5:12 PM

"You know that an attack on Iran could set off World War III," Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa warned in his "Dialogue with Citizens" report to the nation on Jan. 14. He spelled it out: "Iran could respond. It can reach Israel; Israel can reach Iran.

January 16th, 2012 • 12:15 PM

The troika (IMF, EU, and ECB) delegation will arrive in Athens on Tuesday, one day before the next round of negotiations between Greece and the Institute for International Finance (IIF), the negotiators for the private sector Greek bondholders. Talks broke down on Friday between the IIF and the Greek government, and there is no reason to presume that the issues will be resolved.

January 16th, 2012 • 2:41 AM

Sir Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times of London published a British Empire declaration of war against Iran, using its puppet state, Israel, as the cover to claim credit for the Jan. 11th killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan and the other nuclear scientists, going back to the first such assassination in January 2010.

January 17th, 2012 • 9:35 AM

The Greek government Monday dispatched a team to Washington in an effort to get IMF backing, going into the Wednesday, Jan. 18 showdown with private bondholders. The IMF has warned, in a just-released study, that a Greek default could drag down the entire world economy.

January 17th, 2012 • 9:31 AM

Blog Entry

Monday, January 16, 2012 • 4:01 PM

By Marsha Freeman

These are annual meetings (this was the 32nd) that Steve Dean puts together. They are an excellent up-date on the status of the political and programmatic developments in fusion, both magnetic and inertial. I am not including any of the technical up-dates here.

An international research team took an important step this week toward proving that an unusual combination of a nuclear reactor and a particle accelerator could be used to transmute and eliminate highly radioactive and long-lived nuclear waste produced in conventional nuclear reactors. The breakthrough shows that nuclear "waste" is really a valuable resource, not something to be feared.

January 16th, 2012 • 2:43 AM