It isn’t Russia’s R-500 missile (launcher shown) that the US has claimed is in violation of the INF Treaty.
For a couple of years now, the United States has accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. But they won’t publicly say how. That, of course, has led to speculation by the usual suspects. Continue readingby
Today is the deadline for the Iran talks, but they will continue for another week or two.
Jim Walsh’s testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a good summary of how to look at an agreement.
Five former officials of the Obama administration issued a statement on the talks. Continue readingby
Street demonstrations in Armenian cities have been in progress for a month or more. Today’s protests are against an increase in the price of electricity; before that, protests against murders by a Russian soldier stationed there. Little has been reported about them in American and European media. A bit more is showing up as a result of the weekend’s events. Continue readingby
We’re down to the last few days before the June 30 deadline for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The negotiations will probably go a few days, maybe a week past the deadline. So all those news stories you are seeing have to do with one group or another trying to gain an advantage in the negotiations. As I said, we’re not going to know what is in the agreement until it is agreed and published. The negotiators are doing a good job of keeping quiet about details, a good sign. Here are some nice graphics about the basic facts. A poll shows that a majority of Americans agree that a deal would be a good thing. It’s also an experiment in giving people actual information and then asking their opinions, rather than just letting bullshit rule. Continue readingby
The Citizen Array Network is a pretty cool idea: a distributed network to monitor for nuclear weapons tests and other science. I got this presentation from the live-tweeting of the CTBTO Conference going on this week. The URL http://citizenarray.net redirects to it. So I don’t know how far along it is; I’d guess not very. I’ll keep an eye on it and report if anything new turns up. The photo is of a home seismograph now under development, from this presentation. Continue readingby
Another adoring story about Taylor Wilson. Rory Carroll also links to earlier ones, if you want more. But none of them tell us what science Wilson has actually done.
Carroll gives a great deal of evidence that the prodigy’s talents lie in soundbites and theater. Unfortunately, he fails to distinguish that from science and seem unable to do simple research via Google. And the prodigy is getting a little long in the tooth at 21.
Geiger counter on wrist. Check. Presumably these counters, like the larger ones, have settings for audible clicks and a range in which the clicks will occur. The few clicks reported by Carroll are about what I’d expect from background, depending on the range that Wilson set his for. Continue readingby