hgh dose

Today In The World

Dated: 27 Nov 2013
Posted by Thomas McIntyre
Category: International, Security, Technology
0 Comments

VMI 2013 General Industry Banner

The Top Line

B-52′s in Asia: Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea, ignoring a new airspace defense zone that China declared on Saturday with warnings that it would take “defensive emergency measures” if the zone was breached. China’s defense ministry said it monitored the flights without mentioning any intentions to retaliate.  It is quite possible that China might have overplayed its position by “angering not just Japan and the U.S., but South Korea and Taiwan—both of which have air-defense zones that overlap China’s”.    Indeed, the airspace defense zone may be a key gambit in China’s A2/AD strategy.

Memory Manipulation: Research is being done on mice to alter memories, with several studies having found chemical compounds that can be used to subdue or even delete memories, and in one MIT study, create a false memory.  While the concept of manipulating memories raises some serious ethical issues, applications for those who suffer from PTSD and addiction could help to drive this research.

Continuing NSA Fallout: Microsoft announced that it is considering new encryption initiatives for its internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency has compromised its global communications links. This comes as Google announced earlier in the week that it tightened encryption of traffic flowing between its data centers, as it looks to block alleged interception.    The two companies are also likely worried about the influx of competition into digital communications as startups focus on security and anonymity concerns.

By Thomas McIntyre, Consultant, VMI

Please refer to our Blog for past articles: https://blog.e-vmi.com/wordpress/

Today In The World

Dated: 26 Nov 2013
Posted by Thomas McIntyre
Category: Autonomy, New Markets, Technology
0 Comments

VMI 2013 General Industry Banner

The Top Line

French Government Spending: While having a young workforce is seen as a tool for boosting industrial output and revitalizing an economy, financing the expansion of the necessary infrastructure to nurture this demographic is a key variable that governments should not overlook.  France, who boasts one of the highest birthrates in the EU, is increasingly struggling to pay for the costs of their baby surge due to deficit ridden budgets.  Indeed, welfare spending (including programs for youth, the unemployed, and elderly) is set to reach 31.7% of GDP, the highest ratio among OECD countries.   With low growth and massive entitlements, expect their central government to do more with less while continuing to spend beyond their means.   

China’s Stealth Drone: The Chinese military conducted a test flight of its Lijian stealth drone, also known as “Sharp Sword”, last Thursday.  Designed by the Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute and built by Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, China now joins the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Russia in an elite group of countries that are making stealth drones.  Coincidentally, Sharp Sword’s design bears a close resemblance to the design of the X-47B drone currently being developed by Northrop Grumman.

Hydropower: With IEA forecasting that from 2010 to 2035, hydropower generation is expected to expand by two-thirds while maintaining a roughly 15% share of the world’s electricity supply, environmentalists, non-profits, and organizations like the World Bank are now advocating for expansion of this energy source, as sustainable methods can be applied in order to mitigate damage to the local environment.  Indeed, even private equity firms such as Blackstone, best known for corporate takeovers, are moving into the space as evidenced by the firm pursuing dam projects in Uganda, Tanzania and along Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.