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July 17, 2013

Headlines July 17, 2013

Defense

The world on the brink of war: Pictures of military science from 1913 show America feared deadly bomb showers even before battle had begun

A fascinating collection of illustrations shows how America keenly observed Britain and Germany as the countries prepared for the first world war – long before the United States was drawn into battle. In 1913, before World War I even began, military scientists watched from across the Atlantic as the rival nations raced to build more efficient and effective weapons in a bid to control sea, sky and land.

 

Space

Helmet water leak aborts spacewalk; astronaut OK

NASA aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station July 16 because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet that drenched his eyes, nose and mouth.

 

Technology

United Kingdom: Government set to spend £60 million on a new rocket engine capable of sending people into space in just 15 minutes

The U.K. government has announced plans to provide £60 million for a revolutionary new rocket engine capable of taking people to Earth’s stratosphere in just 15 minutes. The engine is called Sabre, which stands for Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, and was built by British firm Reaction Engines.

 

International

Putin’s war games: Russia puts on largest display of military might since Cold War

Russia’s macho President Vladimir Putin July 16 watched as the country put on a spectacular show of military might, the biggest since the days of the old Soviet regime, involving 160,000 troops and 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region.

Cuba says missiles and MiG fighter jets found hidden in sugar aboard North Korean ship were being sent to the secretive state ‘for repairs’

Cuba has said missiles and fighter jets found buried under sacks of sugar on a ship bound for North Korea were being sent to the secretive state to be repaired. The Caribbean nation admitted last night that it owned the military equipment and said it was due to be returned to the island once repairs had been completed.

Britain approves £12 billion of military exports to human rights abusers

More than 3,000 export licences are in place to sell equipment to 27 authoritarian regimes, dictatorships and countries where the British Government is worried about torture or repression. MPs said there were a “surprisingly large” number of licenses and demanded the government be more cautious exporting equipment to states that may use it against their own people.

United Kingdom: Lib Dems’ ‘naive and reckless’ plan to cut nuclear deterrent will leave U.K. vulnerable to Iran or Russia, Defence Secretary warns

The Liberal Democrats have been dismissed as ‘naive or reckless’ by the Conservatives for demanding a huge downgrade in Britain’s nuclear deterrent. The Trident missile system could take weeks to launch under Lib Dem proposals for the country to take a ‘step down the nuclear ladder.’




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