Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New and Noteworthy: Items From the Hiatus #3 (Wired Danger Room, Desktop Manufacturing, Charles Stross, Wired for War)

In today's edition:

* Several pieces from Wired's Danger Room, including plans for communications buoys which will give U.S. subs genuine connectivity, a concept for a robotic version of the A-10 Warthog, the first fully autonomous flight test of a helicopter, a video and commentary regarding the Human Universal Load Carrier Exoskeleton, and updates on the status of the Avenger UCAV and F-35 programs.

* A relatively lengthy and substantive article from The New Scientist on desktop manufacturing, and at, speculation about the use of such technology in space colonization efforts. (Incidentally, I wrote about this in The Space Review back in 2007.)

* Charles Stross on the implications of the recent revelations about Afghanistan's mineral wealth (and in particular, how lithium--which the country has in abundance--might be the new oil). (Among other worthwhile items, Stross includes a link to a Foreign Policy article on what Afghanistan was like before it became a Cold War battlefield.) Also of interest from Stross: his thoughts on "space cadets," in his presentation of which he pulls no punches. (As one might expect from his earlier writing on the subject of space development--perhaps most notably a post from November last year considering the design of a generation starship--he's unpersuaded by the idea of libertarian space development.)

* John Edward Jackson's review of Peter Singer's Wired for War. (Those looking for another view can, of course, consult my own earlier review of the book for Strategic Insights.)

New and Noteworthy: Items From the Hiatus #2 (Demand Side Blog, Space Policy, New Security Beat, "The Boring Age")
New and Noteworthy: Items From the Hiatus (Rocketplane, Food Prices, College Enrollments)

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