Seducing the Americans
After a series of snubs, Europe is suddenly getting a bunch of positive attention from the US. What happened?
Maybe Washington is impressed that, after a prolonged struggle to deal with Greece’s debt problems, the European Union was finally able to reach an agreement that made everyone happy enough: Last Thursday, Eurozone nations agreed to fund a safety net of 22 billion euros that will be offered up if Greece can’t find with the cash to save itself.
Or maybe the passing of health care reform has freed up time and energy that the US can put toward a stronger and more productive partnership with Europe. One US official, in addition to saying he was impressed by the Greece deal, told euobserver.com that Congress could better focus on trans-Atlantic efforts at finance reform, citing “good dialogue” between the US treasury and EU economic bodies.
But all this warm attention from Washington is, in large part, a result of Europe’s visibly more aggressive political rhetoric: An EU conference in Brussels last week confidently called for a strengthening of ties across the Atlantic, with emphasis on Europe’s military potential in the face of criticism that the bloc has become too soft. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen proposed the construction of a missile-defense system in Europe that would help ward off attacks from Iran.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has also used a visit to the US this week as a way to impart the EU’s newfound confidence, telling America that it can’t “run the world alone” and that the dollar “is not the only currency in the world.” Wonder if that’s the type of attitude he and Carla are taking with the Obamas at dinner tonight?
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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