CHINA has unveiled its most powerful non-nuclear weapon - a rival to America's "Mother of All Bombs". Video of a test bombing raid showed a massive fireball and plume of black smoke erupting from the detonation. Local reports say the new type of aerial bomb has massive destructive potential, leading to comparisons with the US military's 11 ton monster. Chinese arms giant Norinco showcased the weapon in a video on its website - the first time its existence has been revealed to the public, according to Xinhua News Agency. The bomb - estimated to be up to 20 feet long - was dropped from an H-6K nuclear bomber at an unknown location last month. Experts have said it could be used to wipe out whole US bases in the Pacific as tensions escalate between Beijing and Washington. Military analyst Wei Dongxu told The Global Times: “The massive blast can easily and completely wipe out fortified ground targets such as reinforced buildings, bastions and defence … [Read more...] about China releases chilling footage of ‘Mother of All Bombs’ test as tensions with the US escalate
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If you follow issues of environmental toxins and human health, yet another account of Teflon’s journey from laboratory miracle to drinking-water adulterant may sound like a trudge over familiar ground. But I can almost guarantee that Rebecca Altman’s elegant and complex essay for Aeon — “How 20th-century synthetics altered the very fabric of us all” — will give you fresh insight and a provocative perspective on this story with deep Minnesota roots. Scotchgard, Teflon and other perfluorinated compounds of the PFAS group are her main examples of industrial pollution as ubiquitous “body burden.” But she begins the narrative a bit earlier, in 1938, with the placement of a Westinghouse Electric Corp. time capsule on the grounds of the New York World’s Fair. Artifacts-to-be are listed — light bulb, telephone, nylon, safety pin (!) — but are not quite so interesting, 80 years on, as the sealant that accompanied the capsule into … [Read more...] about Of Teflon and A-bombs, Chicago’s buried river and other great reads
Policy-ish A Policy Knot Leaves Oklahomans From Marshall Islands Struggling To Get Health Care Audio will be available later today. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Terry Mote (right) visits the home of Stanley and Lorit Jamor in Enid, Okla. Stanley was born on Bikini atoll, and is a descendant of Chief Juda, who was told in 1946 by Commodore Ben H. Wyatt, of the U.S. Navy, to give up the island homeland "for the good of all mankind." Bikini was a main site for U.S. nuclear testing and is uninhabitable to this day because of radioactive contamination. Sarah Craig for NPR hide caption toggle caption Sarah Craig for NPR Terry Mote (right) visits the home of Stanley and Lorit Jamor in Enid, Okla. Stanley was born on Bikini atoll, and is a descendant of Chief Juda, who was told in 1946 by Commodore Ben H. Wyatt, of the U.S. Navy, to give up the island homeland "for the good of all mankind." Bikini was a main site for U.S. nuclear … [Read more...] about A Policy Knot Leaves Oklahomans From Marshall Islands Struggling To Get Health Care
If there's one thing I've learned over the last decade-plus of blogging about medicine and alternative medicine, it's that any time there is an outbreak or pandemic of infectious disease, there will inevitably follow major conspiracy theories about it. It happened during the H1N1 pandemic in the 2009-2010 influenza season, the Ebola outbreak in late 2014, and the Disneyland measles outbreak last year, when cranks of many stripes claimed that either the outbreaks themselves were due to conspiracies (usually, but not limited to, conspiracies to promote the "depopulation" vaccination agenda of—who else?—Bill Gates) or that nefarious forces were seizing on the outbreak to take away our freedom. The second thing I've learned is that inevitably people will try to impose their ideology on to the disease and try to use outbreaks to push their own ideological agenda. Indeed, the Ebola outbreak, for example, was rapidly seized on by politicians to promote quarantines and to halt … [Read more...] about No, DDT won’t save us from the Zika virus
ONGOING tensions between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has put the island of Guam at the centre of an international nuclear stand-off. The sudden threat of a missile strike raining down on the Pacific US-territory has the world holding its breath, but how has the island found itself in a diplomatic crisis? Where is Guam, what is on the island and how many people live there? The remote island in the western Pacific Ocean measures just 210 square miles and has a population of around 160,000 people - roughly the same as Reading. It is situated around 1,500 miles to the west of the Philippines and just over 2,000 miles from North Korea. Crucially, the island is also a strategic US military outpost and home to more than 6,000 US service personnel. American military bases occupy nearly 30 per cent of Guam's land, including the Andersen Air Force Base and the Naval Base Guam. The US island territory is also home to a host of nuclear bombers. Why is Guam under … [Read more...] about Where is Guam, when could North Korea bomb the US military outpost and what has Donald Trump said about threats against the island?