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SPACE & $TRILLIONS IN MINERAL DEPOSITS
Trump Administration Writing the Rules
The Trump Administration is drafting a legal blueprint
for mining of valuable minerals on the Moon and safety
zones to protect lunar bases. This is part of a new US sponsored
international agreement called the Artemis Accords. The
Accords would bypass the United Nations. It's an attempt to
rally allies behind NASA's plan to put humans and space
stations on the Moon in 2024 in the Artemis Mission.
The Russians for one are not pleased with the Trump
Administration's initiative. The Artemis Accords have
been called "planet snatching" by the Russian Space
Agency Roscosmos. Yesterday, the Kremlin toned down
the rhetoric but said the proposed legal blueprint would need
to be thoroughly analyzed to see if it complies with international
Moon's Strategic Value
The Moon has tremendous strategic value. Not just
for the mineral deposits that it contains. But also the
Moon is viewed as a key launchsite for future missions
to Mars and beyond.
There is a fierce battle among China, Russia and the US
to claim stakes in what is found in space and to stake-out
economic development and safety zones. The value of the
minerals in space are estimated by some to be in the
trillions of dollars. And the race for that rich bounty is
Among other items, the Artemis Accords would establish
safety zones that would surround future Moon bases. The zones
would protect the bases from interference or damage from
other nations or companies operating in the vacinity. It would
also provide protection by international law for companies
and nations to own the minerals they mine. Within the next
several weeks, the US will present the legal blueprint to
space allies in Europe, Japan, Canada and the UAE.
Technical University of Vienna's Landmark Cloaking Technology Research Source: Technical University of Vienna - Light Beams of Invisibility - Cloaking Tech Viennese Cloaking Cloaking technology has been a source of fascination in Star Trek and Harry Potter adventures. It's also among the Holy Grail for technologists. According to a study by physicists at Technical University of Vienna, it could become a reality with a specially designed material that can mask itself from other forms of light when it's hit with a "beam of invisibility". The Viennese have developed a special light wave, masking technology that they think delivers cloaking. They're experimenting with it and developing it. Shining the Light on New Cloaking Tech The concept involves shining a beam, like a laser, onto material from above to pump it full of energy. Here's the trick. The pattern that's projected into the object to render it invisible has to perfectly match the
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
New Fun Tech - Powered, Standup Water Board Source: Yanmar's on-water gadget Wheeebo From Japan, for Calm Waters It's called Wheebo and it's new, fun tech from Japan. Wheeebo is a battery powered, standup water board that can glide you across the water up to 3&1/2 mph. Invented by the marine engine manufacturer Yanmar, it's designed for relatively calm waters, controlled by shifting your weight on the board, has a hand held remote control for acceleration and is said to be easy for anyone to enjoy. For more details, go to Important Innovations Collection: New Water Sport - Wheeebo : Powered Board "Water Gadget" Source: Yanmar's Wheeebo From Japan at Speeds Up To 3&1/2 MPH This looks like a fun...