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The Economist (January 20)

2018/ 01/ 21 by jd in Global News

“China still lags far behind America in its space accomplishments, but it does not appear bent on a cold-war-style race. It spends far less on its civil space programme than the $19.7bn that NASA was allocated last year.” Still, “China is doggedly pursuing its goals” and is attuned to the progress being made by India, which “is planning its first soft-landing on the moon in March,” just four years after China’s moon landing. With India set to overtake China as the world’s most populous nation in the next four years, China is keenly aware that its still smaller neighbor is in hot pursuit.

 

New York Times (January 8)

2018/ 01/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Given the century of medical progress” since 1918, one would assume “that we are far better prepared today to deal with such a worldwide catastrophe. Unfortunately, the opposite is true…. A 1918-type influenza pandemic could cause ruin on the order of what the Black Death did to 14th-century Europe, but on a global scale.” To escape such catastrophe, urgent priority needs to be placed on developing “a universal vaccine that effectively attacks all influenza A strains, with reliable protection lasting for years, like other modern vaccines.”

 

The Guardian (October 23)

2017/ 10/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Weak, depressed and despondent” describes the government benches as Prime Minister Theresa May made her “now-ritual update” to the Commons “on the continued lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations.” The update has “become as painful for the Conservative party as it has for the prime minister.” That said, it should be noted that some “deranged Brexiters” found a chance to roar “their approval at Britain becoming worse off than Mongolia and Mauritania.”

 

ABC News (September 18)

2017/ 09/ 20 by jd in Global News

Progress could involve an “active containment” strategy “using existing military capabilities, by forming a missile defense perimeter in international waters surrounding North Korea that would knock down every missile launched.” Not only is the idea currently feasible, it could be achieved relatively simply. “Just two U.S., Japanese, or Korean destroyers in international waters off North Korea could form this missile defense perimeter…. Intercepts could be calculated to occur outside of North Korean airspace, and to have the debris fall harmlessly into the ocean.”

 

The Economist (July 22)

2017/ 07/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Despite the frantic political activity in Westminster…the country has made remarkably little progress since the referendum in deciding what form Brexit should take. All versions, however “hard” or “soft”, have drawbacks…. Yet Britain’s leaders have scarcely acknowledged that exit will involve compromises, let alone how damaging they are likely to be. The longer they fail to face up to Brexit’s painful trade-offs, the more brutal will be the eventual reckoning with reality.”

 

Financial Times (April 10)

2017/ 04/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Japan’s progress on stewardship and corporate governance reform has looked wobbly of late. The ROE gains made in the first 30 months of Abenomics (up from an average of 5.8 per cent in December 2012 to a mid-2015 peak of 8.8 per cent) have been in steady reversal since then.”

 

New York Times (March 28)

2016/ 03/ 29 by jd in Global News

“The recent attacks in Belgium and elsewhere would have been catastrophic if the terrorists had gotten their hands on nuclear weapons or even a primitive ‘dirty bomb,’ which combines nuclear material with conventional explosives. International efforts to prevent access to such weapons have made significant progress in recent years, but there is still a long way to go.”

 

The Economist (March 12)

2016/ 03/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Now after five decades, the end of Moore’s law is in sight.” This might not prove a bad thing as the quest for improvement will turn to more promising areas, such as the “deep learning” technology that recently beat Go legend Lee Sedol. “Huge performance gains can be achieved through new algorithms. Indeed, slowing progress in hardware will provide stronger incentives to develop cleverer software.”

 

New York Times (December 25)

2015/ 12/ 26 by jd in Global News

“Evil is everywhere, and anger and hatred are loud. The shouting drowns out the quiet; tragedy and disaster block the view of the good. Yet there are always signs of progress toward a better future. Look, or you may miss them.”

 

The Economist (May 9)

2015/ 05/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Powerful computers will reshape humanity’s future.” Many experts warn artificial intelligence could also threaten humanity’s existence. We must and can “ensure the promise outweighs the perils.” This will require putting constraints “in place without compromising progress. From the nuclear bomb to traffic rules, mankind has used technical ingenuity and legal strictures to constrain other powerful innovations.”

 

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