8:38 [Fort Russ] (E)
At a forum in Beijing this week, the chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Cooperation Science and Technology Commission, Bao Weimin, said the country is planning to create an economic zone between Earth and its satellite. Bao Weimin, quoted by The Science and Technology Daily, explained that Beijing would study the viability of the project’s economic potential, its cost and the creation of an aerospace transport system that offers regular space flights from Earth to the Moon.
11:39 [Daily Mail] (E)
Under the bonnet is a revolutionary new type of battery which, unlike those used in conventional electric cars, can also power buses, huge lorries and even aircraft. What`s more, it`s far simpler and cheaper to make than the batteries currently in use in millions of electric vehicles around the world – and, unlike them, it can easily be recycled. This might sound like a science-fiction fantasy. But it`s not. Last Friday, the battery`s inventor, British engineer and former Royal Navy officer Trevor Jackson, signed a multi-million-pound deal to start manufacturing the device on a large scale in the UK.
9:29 [Cassandra`s Legacy] (E)
Sometimes, the sect I belong to, that of the catastrophists, tends to dismiss technological progress as a minor factor in the trajectory of the world system, mainly determined by climate change and resource depletion. It is a reasonable position: no matter how much money is thrown at welfare queens in white coat in the hope that they`ll save the world, they don`t seem to be able to do much more than producing overhyped press releases about some wonderful new technology that, one day, maybe, possibly, will solve some kind of problem. But only if they can get more money for further research.
10:05 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
A British-American gene-editing company has released millions of genetically modified mosquitoes containing a dominant lethal gene, each week for 27 months in the Bahia, Brazil region in a test to see if the gene-edited mosquitoes would mate with local mosquitoes carrying Zika, malaria or other mosquito-borne diseases. A new study documents the alarming fact that following an initial reduction of the target population of mosquitoes, after some months the “population which had been greatly suppressed rebounded to nearly pre-release levels.” Scientists to date have no idea what dangers are presented by the new mutations. This once more highlights the dangers of uncontrolled gene-editing of species.
10:09 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The People`s Republic of China held a great parade (3h video, shorter version with comments) to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding. Some interesting new weapons were on display that are of strategic significance. China has, like Russia and Iran, used the decades the U.S. military wasted with counter insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan to build strength where the U.S. military has weaknesses. Those weaknesses are most visible in the Navy