Friday, November 19, 2010

HOT5 Daily 11/19/2010

1. "Lord Ismay, Restated" An interesting look at differing perspectives on NATO.

Representative Sample: The first NATO Secretary General, Lord Ismay, stated the organization's goal was "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down".

2. "Chinese Role Evolves In Defense Exports" Will there be a surge in Chinese military exports?

Representative Sample: Even though the nation ranks as the second biggest military spender globally, it is not among the top 10 ­exporters or importers of military equipment. The latter situation stems partly from an arms embargo imposed by the West after the 1989 Tiananmen Square ­uprising.

3. "The Extraordinary Claims Campaign Hits Canada" Yet another atheist ad campaign, this one north of the border.

Representative Sample: It's a graphic showing one of the ads.

4. "Rare earth mineral news" Despite Chinese dominance of rare earth mineral extraction, apparently the U.S. has major untapped resources.

Representative Sample: China supplies pretty much the entire world with rare earth minerals, elements that are used to manufacture vital electronics and computing parts, because it’s been doing so very, very cheaply for a long time. Recently the nation has used its rare earth monopoly as an economic bludgeon, most notably against Japan and the United States.

5. "Scientists Trap Antimatter Atoms For First Time" No antimatter engines or missiles yet though. Links to interesting article.

Representative Sample: We might someday learn why there's so little antimatter in the universe, and why antimatter atoms are rarely found. Will that have any practical application?

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