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The existential danger to the human race posed by asteroids is in the headlines this weekend, in particular, after the asteroid Toutatis passed the Earth Dec. 13. The United Nations is sponsoring a major conference on the issue February 2013, billed as intended to devise a framework for advance detection of asteroids, and confer on potential plans for action against collisions.

December 16th, 2012 • 9:40 AM

An explosion in food prices is set for 2013, from the dynamics of breakdown in agriculture production, and deliberate policies to further scarcity by the Obama Administration, in line with the London imperial crowd. A snapshot overview is seen in year-end statements from farmers and food processors. A few examples are given below.

Last week, Russia's Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring (NTs OMZ) issued another successful earthquake forecast. Their release (in Russian) describes the forecast they issued on December 3rd, warning of a magnitude 7.2 (± 0.2) earthquake in the Japan region, on either December 7th or 14th (± 2 days).

December 14th, 2012 • 12:26 PM

Presentations and side conversations at the two-day annual meeting of Fusion Power Associates, held in Washington D.C. on Dec. 5-6, made clear the catastrophic consequences to fusion science and energy research, of the Obama Administration's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

December 8th, 2012 • 9:49 AM

Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of China's lunar orbiter project, showed both an understanding of the "Extraterrestrial Imperative" and space science economics, in an interview with Xinhua news agency on Nov. 23. "I wish we could travel further away," he said. "By 'further away,' I mean further than 400,000 kilometers (the distance between Earth and the Moon).

November 25th, 2012 • 3:30 PM

China announced today that its deep space probe Chang'e 2, performed a successful fly-by, on Dec. 13 of the asteroid Toutatis, about 7 million km away from the Earth. This maneuver is a first for China, and makes it the fourth space agency, after the United States, the European Union, and Japan, which have sent spacecraft to examine asteroids.

December 16th, 2012 • 9:39 AM

Superstorm Sandy wiped out almost 90% of Haiti's agricultural crops, throwing this suffering nation into a food shortage and starvation crisis that threatens millions of lives.

December 15th, 2012 • 10:29 AM

On Dec. 7, Obama sent a proposal to Congress for a proposal of $60.4 billion in Federal aid for states hit by Superstorm Sandy, which is far below even the minimal $83 billion requested last week by New York ($42 billion) and New Jersey ($37 billion), plus Connecticut ($3.9 billion); plus what other storm-hit states need, including Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

The December issue of Physics Today prints an open letter sent in September by 63 "under 40" fusion and plasma science researchers to the Department of Energy, requesting that the fusion budget not "weaken" the world-class program in the U.S.