Geo- and energy policy versus human rights

In the new Cold War, Russia delivers weapons and nuclear technology to Myanmar, the EU, under the leadership of the German Presidency, softens the sanctions imposed on Uzbekistan

Whether, in view of the increasing conflicts between Russia and the USA and the EU, one can already speak of a new Cold War is a matter of opinion. But the intermittent tendency of political rapprochement has become fragile, at least since the war in Iraq. The Russian and U.S. governments are each pursuing aggressive policies to demonstrate what Russia is capable of thanks to higher oil and gas prices and the nationalization of energy companies. With the expansion of the EU and NATO, the West has moved closer to Russia, which is symbolized once again by the planned installation of the missile defense shield.

Political Theater. At Tuesday’s meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rice and President Putin, everything remained the same. Photo: Kremlin

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2.6 Light hours from the earth hurricane-like storms lash

Spectacular Uranus images reveal gas planet is more dynamic than previously thought

It is neither the coarsest, smallest, closest to Earth or farthest from Earth, farthest from the Sun or farthest from the Sun, nor the "moon richest" or optically most beautiful planet in our solar system. Uranus cannot come up with superlatives worth mentioning. Nevertheless it pays recently in puncto weather with the stormiest of its kind. How US scientists on the 36. As the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences announced last week at its annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky, they recently made a series of observations with the Keck telescope in Hawaii. Pictures, which at the same time reveal a lot about the ratselhafte weather happening there.

Although Uranus has a diameter at the aquator of "only" 51.118 kilometers (Earth: 12.756 km) and is thus considerably smaller than the gas giants Saturn and Jupiter, it is one of the Iovian (Jupiter-like) planets. Finally, the light blue gas planet – this hue is caused by the absorption of red light by its methane atmosphere – not only has 27 moons, but due to its coarser density it also has about the same mass as the two giant planets.

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German weapons for arab autocrats

german weapons for arabia's autocrats

Leopard 2 A7. Image: AMB Brescia/CC BY-2.0

Orders worth billions in Cairo, rising demand for German military equipment in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi: the German government’s cozying up to the authoritarian regimes of the Middle East is primarily based on economic considerations

With energetic hand gestures, the minister follows up. Every now and then, Ursula von der Leyen sprinkles in a winning smile, only to frown thoughtfully when one of the dark-suited gentlemen asks a question. And again and again, she points with her hand to the four high-tech projectiles set up for public viewing at Diehl Defence’s booth: Iris-T, LaGS, and GILA are the accurately mounted guided missiles on metal pillars, and a specimen of the Air Force’s FPR flight profile recorder for manovers is also on display in the rough exhibitor hall.

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Architectures of danger

Architectures of danger

Images: Color film

With "Under control" a lucid documentary about the hidden and visible dangers of nuclear energy hit theaters.

As "Unter Kontrolle" at this year’s Berlinale on 11. When the film celebrated its world premiere in February, director Volker Sattel and his scriptwriter Stefan Stefanesku were still not sure in the subsequent audience discussion whether their film – despite the approaching Chernobyl anniversary – would be noticed at all outside of TV screenings on ARTE or WDR. With the Fukushima reactor disaster, this changed: "Under control" is likely to have a glittering cinema release – and rightly so!

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Pain weapon: humane or risky?

The Justice Department is testing the allegedly unsafe microwave weapon for use in prisons, but ACLU considers it life-threatening

Last week, it became known that the arms manufacturer Raytheon had "Pain weapon", which the Pentagon had planned to use in Afghanistan and Iraq, but then balked at sending to a California prison for a fee of 750 euros.000 dollars provided by the Ministry of Justice. There, the weapon once called Active Denial System, which is also advertised in smaller variants under the name Silent Guardian and now Assault Intervention Device (AID), is to be tested on prisoners when there is riot or brawl in prison. If the result of the six-month evaluation is found to be good, the inmates in other prisons will also be controlled with the pain weapon.

Pain weapon: humane or risky?

Chief of Police Osborne for the nondeath weapon’s undoing before. Image: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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How to control a swarm of hundreds of combat robots?

How can a swarm of hundreds of combat robots be controlled?

Image: Darpa

Pentagon research agency wants to be able to monitor and control hundreds of unmanned systems simultaneously in real time

The dream of military strategists is not only the deployment of autonomous systems that can autonomously execute commands and thus replace soldiers. Of course, this is only attractive as long as the opponent does not also have autonomous systems, so that not only robots fight among themselves, but they also kill people on both sides or destroy targets or paralyze them through cyberwarfare. It has been enough for adversaries to sneak armed drones into U.S. or German airspace in swarms, overwhelming air defenses by sheer volume.

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Cosmic “glider” up to 360.000 kilometers per hour fast

New revolutionary propulsion system for space probes and spacecraft starts maiden flight in 2004

The fastest "sailing ship" of the world will celebrate its maiden voyage not in the terrestrial-maritime, but in the cosmic ocean. At Ila Berlin 2000, this year’s International Aerospace Exhibition, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), together with their industrial partners Kayser-Threde GmbH and Invent GmbH, presented to the public for the first time what is probably the most unusual sailing ship of all time: DLR’s Solar Sail.

In just over four years, the futuristic-looking, 20-by-20-meter, ultra-lightweight device (total weight: ten kilograms) with high-sensitivity microsatellites on board is scheduled to embark on its first research expedition. The foundation stone for this development was laid by DLR engineers on 17 January 2009. December of last year in Koln-Porz, when the separate triangular sails were successfully deployed and tensioned with the aid of lightweight masts made of carbon fiber composite material (CFRP).

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China and the security of galileo

Security and export control ies have not been important in the European satellite system, much to the chagrin of the USA

"We want our own Chinese national satellite navigation system," Yin Jun, director of the European Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology, said at the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference. In addition one takes however gladly everything, which comes. And the door is wide open for the European satellite navigation system Galileo. Eero Ailio, who is responsible for international relations at the European Commission, commented ambiguously: "Congratulations on your perfect timing."

In 2003, China and Europe signed a cooperation agreement, followed by the agreement with the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) in 2004. Now China is a member of the board of the Galileo Joint Undertaking, with three representatives from China working for the GJU. For this, China paid 70 million euros. In addition, 12 project contracts have been signed. China is hoping for two more contracts at the moment.

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