Why the U.S. Needs Latin America
The Obama administration regards Asia as the defining competition of the next century. But instead of looking east, the U. S. really needs to look south–it needs Latin America.
What's the Latest Development?
It is fashionable for pundits to say that the world's center of gravity is shifting east. But Parag Khanna argues that "the most decisive geostrategic maneuver" would be to elevate South America to its rightful place–as the third pillar of the West alongside Europe and North America. The U.S. can't take Latin American loyalty for granted, he warns.
What's the Big Idea?
If the first aim of geopolitics is access to resources, well South America has an abundant supply and would be fundamental to any strategy for energy self-sufficiency. Then there's the fact the continent is also the world's breadbasket. "Building a new hemispheric economy is crucial to tackling not only energy independence but also industrial competitiveness," says Khanna.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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