On its official website, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (yes, that’s really a thing and yes, it is housed right here in the United States) announced that the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) “will enter into force on 24 December 2014.”
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines”. . . . “This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for “a nuclear-free world” and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy. . .” . Read Complete Report
This is Guerrilla Politics commentary on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty and the fact that Secretary of State John Kerry’s intention to sign it. This treaty has bipartisan opposition in the House and Senate and members of Congress have sent a letter to the Obama Administration stating that it will not be ratified. President Obama is going ahead with the signing of this treaty despite all of the opposition. Please feel free to like, subscribe and comment.
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On Wednesday, NASA’s unmanned Mars rover Curiosity passed another milestone. Having traversed 358 feet (109 m), the 4X4-sized, nuclear-powered explorer is one-quarter of the way from Bradbury landing to it’s first major destination, Glenelg. Now that Curiosity’s mobility system has had the bugs shaken out of it, it’s the arm’s turn to take center stage. Curiosity will spend the next six to ten days testing its seven-foot (2.1 m) arm and the set of tools that make up its “hand.” . . . Read Complete Report w/ slide show
ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2012) — Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as those used by the military for surveillance and reconnaissance, could be getting a hand -and an arm- from engineers at Drexel University as part of a National Science Foundation grant to investigate adding dexterous limbs to the aircrafts. The project, whose subject harkens to the hovering android iconography of sci-fi movies, could be a step toward the use of UAVs for emergency response and search and rescue scenarios.
The team, led by Dr. Paul Oh, a professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering and head of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics department, will examine the reaction forces and torques associated with applying robotic arms to UAVs as part of his work in the Drexel Autonomous Systems Laboratory. . . . Read Complete Report