The Singularity IS Near..
The Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot — RASSOR, for short — is the robot that will help NASA find water on the moon, and could eventually lead to a permanent, manned lunar base. RASSOR is an excavator that NASA hopes will extract water, ice, and fuel from lunar soil. It’s able to traverse steep slopes, climb over rocks, and dig for and collect soil before taking it to a processing plant for water extraction. NASA says that RASSOR will “be the feeder for a lunar resource processing plant, a level of industry never before tried anywhere besides Earth.”
Asia ‘to eclipse’ US and Europe by 2030 - US report
Asia will wield more global power than the US and Europe combined by 2030, a forecast from the US intelligence community has found.
Within two decades China will overtake the US as the world’s largest economy, the report adds.
It also warns of slower growth and falling living standards in advanced nations with ageing populations.
I first heard of the 400 year business plan when my husband, Robert Perschel, Executive Director, New England Forestry Foundation, attended ProSilva – Close to Nature forestry conference in France. City girl that I am, I stayed in Par…Barrels used to make cognac are produced from Limousin’s oak trees. The trees require a 200 year growth cycle. This produces tough, coarse, porous wood and specific chemical compounds that impart desired flavors and colors to the cognac. To sustain the integrity of the forest, the oaks are planted at different times. Over the course of 400 years, all the trees in existence now will have been harvested. New ones will have been planted in their place. This is the rationale for the 400 year forest management scheme and business plan.