Daily Archives: January 19, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. (CBS CONNECTICUT) — The possibility of a trillion-dollar industry in harvesting space rocks from near-Earth asteroids has taken a step back in response to a new study which located only a handful of suitable asteroids.
The Harvard study published in the journal Planetary and Space Science estimates the number of asteroids which may contain ore and other “commercially profitable” material that can be harvested as a resource. The data suggests that only 10 near-Earth asteroids may be fit for profitable commercial mining operations.
The research conducted by Martin Elvis, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center, estimated that mineral wealth could range from $800 million to $8.8 billion in harvesting the limited near-Earth asteroids.
The study’s results have drawn criticism from Planetary Resources, which is supported by large investors such as film director James Cameron and Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Spectrum reports. A prospective trillion-dollar…
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.
The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation’s capital.
“It’s a national problem,” said Melvin White, a 46-year-old postal worker in St. Louis and founder of a 3-year-old nonprofit group that is trying to restore King’s legacy on asphalt. “Dr. King would be turning over in his grave.”
Nearly three decades into the observance of Monday’s federal holiday, the continuing decline of the most visible symbols of King’s work has White and others calling for a renewed commitment to the more…
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended— much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem — at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month.
The service, held at Newark Symphony Hall, featured poetry, music and tributes to a man several speakers hailed as a creative and committed revolutionary who had a profound influence both on American culture and on a generation of artists and activists.
The 79-year-old author died Jan. 9 in his native Newark of an undisclosed illness. Baraka wrote blues-based poetry, essays, plays, and books and operas — or “boperas” as he called them — mixing music, spoken word and rhythm in a signature style that many credit as an important precursor to hip-hop, rap and slam poetry. He was inducted into the American Academy…
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Thanks President Obama for all that you do! He is undoing the damage Bu$h did. Anyone who is into technology as a partial solution to socio-economic challenges and also loves our country should read this full text speech Mr. Obama gave today. The steps outlined go quite a ways (No Such Agency targeting foreign leaders like Merkel was almost certainly political, that’s the redundant part of his speech), and it probably raises awareness of the problems under consideration by those in intelligence circles..
This is an excellent MUST READ article from Oxford economist, Simon Wren-Lewis. Check it out!
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The Houston Independent School District voted to change the Lamar High School Redskins mascot. A new mascot has not been announced.