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IN THE NEWS | 9 April 2017

One World of Nations
9 April 2017

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OWON: This will leave control of Space to Eurasia. Weaponized!

COLD SPACE WAR? Russia hints at plans to abandon the International Space Station and build rival base with China

Space expert says America's enemies could join forces and dominate the heavens

RUSSIA could be planning to abandon the International Space Station and build its own with the help of China.

The country’s Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, is also weighing up whether it’s necessary to have people in orbit and decide whether they could be replaced by robots.

Andrei Ionin, chief analyst of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, told Russian press that “the Russian segment of the ISS may separate from the station after 2024”.

He suggested Russia could join forces with China to form a build a rival space station.

The space chief also revealed that officials were in talks over whether to continue to send its cosmonauts to the low orbit satellite when Nasa hands it over to the private sector in 2024.

“Now is the time when one needs to make a decision about the ISS…For the time being, we are discussing different options, although one should have done it a lot earlier.

“The space station of the future must also be an international project. Such projects need to be discussed long in advance.


OWON: This was a major tactical error.

Trump opens the door to military action in Syria after branding sarin massacre an 'affront to humanity' that 'crossed a lot of lines' and warns: 'My attitude toward Assad has changed'

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that it is now his responsibility to resolve the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria as he opened the door to military action in the country.

Trump upped the ante in a Rose Garden press conference after having said earlier in the day that the the chemical weapons attack is a 'terrible affront to humanity.'

'My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,' Trump declared, suggesting with the statement that he may be reconsidering his directive to US diplomats to take their focus off removing Bashar al-Assad from power.

The 'horrible, horrible' sarin gas attack that killed small children and 'beautiful babies' had a 'big impact' on the president, who declared Wednesday that the attack 'crossed a lot of lines.'

'When you kill innocent children, innocent babies...with a chemical gas that is so lethal...that crosses many, many lines. Beyond a red line,' Trump said, making reference to Barack Obama's infamous 2012 threat to Assad.


OWON: The end of the Republic - Ans?

Before this is over, Republicans are going to wish Hillary Clinton won

Imagine what the political world would look like for Republicans had Hillary Clinton won the election. Clinton had dragged her dispirited base to the polls by promising a far more liberal domestic agenda than Barack Obama had delivered, but she would have had no means to enact it. As the first president in 28 years to take office without the benefit of a Congress in her own party’s hands, she’d have been staring at a dead-on-arrival legislative agenda, all the low-hanging executive orders having already been picked by her predecessor, and years of scandalmongering hearings already teed up. The morale of the Democratic base, which had barely tolerated the compromises of the Obama era and already fallen into mutual recriminations by 2016, would have disintegrated altogether. The 2018 midterms would be a Republican bloodbath, with a Senate map promising enormous gains to the Republican Party, which would go into the 2020 elections having learned the lessons of Trump’s defeat and staring at full control of government with, potentially, a filibuster-proof Senate majority.

Instead, Republicans under Trump are on the verge of catastrophe. Yes, they are about to gain a Supreme Court justice, no small thing, a host of federal judges, and a wide array of deregulation. Yet they are saddled with not only the most unpopular president at this point in time in the history of polling, but the potential for a partywide collapse, the contours of which they have not yet imagined. The failure of the Republican health-care initiative was a sobering moment, when their early, giddy visions of the possibilities of full party control of government gave way to an ugly reality of dysfunction, splayed against the not-so-distant backdrop of a roiled Democratic voting base. They have ratcheted back their expectations. But they have not ratcheted them far enough. By the time President Trump has left the scene, what now looks like a shambolic beginning, a stumbling out of the gate, will probably feel like the good old days.


OWON: So we do what with Humans?

Robots could replace humans within the next few hundred years, Astronomer Royal predicts

Robots could wipe out humans within the next few hundred years, according to Astronomer Royal Lord Rees.

The astrophysicist predicted that "within a few centuries machines will have taken over", with the potential of billions of years of history ahead of them - longer than humanity has had.

It would make human dominance on Earth just a small transitional phase in the planet's history.

Speaking to website The Conversation, Lord Rees, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, said within the next 10 or 20 years we could expect to have technology that will allow us to search for alien life.

However he said even if there is life out there, it may not necessarily be "intelligent life".


OWON: ET phones from home?

Alien breakthrough as experts confirm mystery 'UFO' signals come from outer space

MYSTERIOUS radio signals could be aliens trying to make contact with Earth as scientists confirm the phenomenon comes from outer space.

Fast radio bursts have baffled experts since they were first discovered 10 years ago.

The short radio emissions are tricky to study because of how quickly they appear — and disappear.

A whole host of things have been suggested as the cause, from a cosmic starship to a far-away galaxy.

Over the past ten years experts have reported strange frequencies from beyond our Milky Way on dozens of occasions.

But despite their discovery, very little is known about fast radio bursts or where they come from.

Now scientists have disproved the theory that the signals are manmade, after pinpointing the locations of three FRBs.

Researchers at the Australian National University and Swinburne University of Technology detected three mystery noises using the

Molonglo radio telescope in Canberra, Australia.

The device has an unusually large field of view, making it easier to hunt fast radio bursts.

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