If you look at mars on Google, most of the planet looks like a huge mud flow. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a lot of water under the surface.
Fresh Mars Impact Craters Blast Ice Onto Surface | Universe Today: “Fresh impact craters on Mars have revealed more evidence of stable ice that’s been hiding just beneath the surface all along, say scientists working on images sent back by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.”
Jonathan Freedland: Where is the new JFK we expected? He’s stuck in a rut with Gordon Brown | Comment is free | The Guardian: “Someone tore up the script. Here’s how it was meant to go. Barack Obama was supposed to sweep into Europe on his first major trip abroad as the new JFK, greeted by adoring fans moistly waving little American flags. His progress would be part celebrity world tour, part celebration of the end of the Bush era. A needy Gordon Brown would bask in the Obama glow, hoping its rays would improve his own deathly pallor. Meanwhile, the rest of Europe’s leaders would fall to their knees, humbly agreeing to any request made by the visiting emperor, mindful that in a choice between them and Obama, their own electorates would choose Obama every time.
That was the way it was supposed to be. Instead, Obama arrived last night on the eve of what organisers promise will be a raucous day of anti-globalisation protest on London’s streets, the demonstrators’ previous loathing of George Bush rapidly transferred to the commanders of the ailing world economy. Brown will still crave the Obama magic dust, but he may find his American visitor has less of it to sprinkle around, beleaguered as he is by rising opposition from both left and right at home, even the first muttered grumbles that the 44th president might turn out to be neither a new FDR nor a JFK, but a JEC – Jimmy Carter. To cap it all, the Europeans are refusing to bow down before him”
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Earth population ‘exceeds limits’: “There are already too many people living on Planet Earth, according to one of most influential science advisors in the US government.
Nina Fedoroff told the BBC One Planet programme that humans had exceeded the Earth’s ‘limits of sustainability’.”
Ahead of G20 summit, council told to switch off illegal £15m CCTV network | UK news | The Guardian: “The security operation at this week’s G20 summit was thrown into chaos last night when it emerged that the entire network of central London’s wireless CCTV cameras will have to be turned off because of a legal ruling.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has ruled that Westminster council’s mobile road cameras – a third of the authority’s CCTV network – ‘do not fully meet the resolution standards required’ and must be switched off by midnight tomorrow.
The blackout begins on the eve of the summit, when world leaders arrive in the capital and protesters take to the streets.”
The Tipping Point of the Dollar: “A defining move by the Fed last week to buy billions in treasuries and Freddie and Fannie mortgage backed securities will change the world as we know it.
In my article entitled ‘Deflation Dragon Disaster’ written November 25 2008, I asked; “Will the unprecedented inflow of cash that is being injected into the system be enough to still the Deflation Dragon? At what point will the unyielding upward trend in the dollar be stopped in its tracks by the avalanche of FIAT sisters and brothers joining daily?”
With the Fed buying 300 billion in treasuries I believe that day of reckoning has come! Martin Weiss of Money and Markets adds up the tally of government funds committed so far as close to 13 trillion. He also reports a total of 57.3 trillion in credit default swaps. This inevitably will push the dollar down.”
Spy satellites spot nose of NKorea rocket: report: “Spy satellites have photographed the nose cone of a long-range North Korean rocket on its launch pad but its remains unclear whether it is carrying a satellite or a warhead, a report said Sunday.”
Financier sees oil shock from credit crunch | Reuters: “The global financial crisis and collapse in the oil market have stalled vital investment in oil exploration and production and are likely soon to lead to a sharp spike in prices, an energy consultant and financier says.”
Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe – space – 23 March 2009 – New Scientist: “IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.
A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation’s infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event – a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun.
It sounds ridiculous. Surely the sun couldn’t create so profound a disaster on Earth. Yet an extraordinary report funded by NASA and issued by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in January this year claims it could do just that.”
I just love google earth and the Mars photos
HiRISE Sees Signs Of An Unearthly Spring: “The High Resolution Imaging Experiment, or HiRISE, run from The University of Arizona, is seeing signs of spring on Mars. The signs are absolutely martian and unearthly.”
Madeleine Bunting: New inflation figures illustrate the widening rich-poor divide in this recession | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: “It’s one set of inflation figures for the rich and another for the poor. Behind the headline figures on inflation that came out yesterday is a much more complex and disturbing picture of how the richest and poorest households are affected completely differently.
The Institute of Fiscal Studies show in a careful analysis that the richest households are experiencing falling prices while the poorest face inflation of nearly 5%. The disparity between the two is explained by the fact that those with big mortgages are enjoying a bonanza as interest rates have fallen to an historic low. Meanwhile the poor and elderly are the ones disproportionately affected by sharp rises in basics such as fuel, food and clothing.”
EU presidency: US and UK economic recovery plans are ‘a way to hell’: “Barack Obama and Gordon Brown’s plans to increase spending on economic recovery have been described as ‘a road to hell’ by the European Union presidency
Internal European divisions are growing over the Prime Minister and US President’s strategies to fight the economic crisis just one week before a critical G20 summit in London.”
BBC NEWS | Technology | Streaming games service launched: “After seven years in stealth mode, a Silicon Valley start-up has launched a ‘revolutionary’ video game service that offers new competition to consoles.
OnLive, which launched at the Game Developer Conference, promises to deliver on demand video games via the cloud to the PC, Mac or TV.”
BBC NEWS | Technology | PC ‘rules supreme’ in games world: “The personal computer is king in the world of games, according to a new report by the PC Gaming Alliance.
On the opening day of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the Alliance said the industry made about $11 billion world wide last year.”
Scientists Cable Seafloor Seismometer Into California’s Earthquake Network: “A newly laid, 32-mile underwater cable finally links the state’s only seafloor seismic station with the University of California, Berkeley’s seismic network, merging real-time data from west of the San Andreas fault with data from 31 other land stations sprinkled around Northern and Central California.”
Paper gold: nice idea, shame about the politics – Telegraph: “The world outgrew the gold standard decades ago. But a “paper gold” standard might be one way out of the global financial crisis. Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China’s central bank, has proposed shifting the world from its dependence on the US dollar to a new reserve currency managed by the International Monetary Fund. The idea is good – if only China meant it.”
US: Los Angeles Quake Swarm: A Precursor to the Big One? — Signs of the Times News: “There has been a swarm of earthquakes in one area of Southern California that scientists in Pasadena are watching closely, with more than 20 temblors hitting this morning.
The biggest of the 24 quakes recorded this morning was a magnitude-4.8 which struck at 4:55 a.m. near the Salton Sea in Imperial County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake was centered three miles south of the small town of Bombay Beach and 90 miles east of San Diego.”
FT.com / Asia-Pacific – China calls for new reserve currency: “China’s central bank on Monday proposed replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency with a new global system controlled by the International Monetary Fund.”
BBC NEWS Middle East No frills tourism – in Iraq: “Five British tourists, two Americans and a Canadian spent two nights there at the end of a tour of Iraq which has included historic sites as well as cities where extreme violence is still a possibility.
They could be the cast of an Agatha Christie thriller – Adventure in Mesopotamia, perhaps: a civil servant, a businessman, a retired sub-postmaster, a former US probation officer and an archaeologist from London”
The real scandal at AIG is the not the bonuses. It’s the payments to counterparties. – By Eliot Spitzer – Slate Magazine: “The Real AIG ScandalIt’s not the bonuses. It’s that AIG’s counterparties are getting paid back in full.
By Eliot Spitzer”