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Iran Sanctions Lifted With Nuke Deal Which Has Already Been Broken

The IAEA says Iran has completed all the necessary steps in an agreement aimed at reining in its nuclear program, clearing the way for the removal of some sanctions.

Iran has various obligations under the nuclear agreement. It must reduce its level of uranium enrichment, dramatically reduce the size of its stockpile of enriched uranium, reduce the number of centrifuges and agree to unfettered international inspections.

But not all nuclear-related sanctions will be rescinded immediately — that won’t happen for about 10 years, should the deal hold. But Iran will be able to sell its oil again on world markets and its banks will be able to connect to the global system.

The New Horizons Mission To Pluto

The epic, first exploration of Pluto and its moons by the NASA New Horizons mission was completed last week, on Tuesday, July 14. And it captured the attention and imaginations of people across America and the entire world.

New Horizons is truly an American-made product, and one we can all be proud of. More than 2,500 Americans worked to design, build, launch, and fly New Horizons.

This NASA-industry-academia team included major partners at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Southwest Research Institute, Ball Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, KinetX Corporation, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Stanford University, the University of Colorado, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as dozens of other universities and small companies who contributed.

The people who created New Horizons to complete the first reconnaissance of the planets delivered on the promise we made in 2001 to explore the Pluto system. We invested 15 years of our careers and lives to do this, to create knowledge, to show the United States on its game, to inspire kids and adults alike — across the world — and to make you proud.

In addition to gathering incredible science, one of my hopes for the flyby was that we’d excite people about the power of exploration, the sheer audacity of our species, and the great things we can achieve. And it’s working — from an unprecedented response on social media to global news coverage, the exciting and historic nature of New Horizons has really caught on!

It took us more than nine years to cross the 3 billion miles of space to get to Pluto — and you have followed our journey, supported us, and believed in our mission. We can’t thank you enough for that, or for your support of NASA that made New Horizons possible.

Pope Francis Speaks Out On Climate Change

Pope Francis is putting his two cents in on climate change. “Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it,” the pope wrote. “At one extreme, we find those who doggedly uphold the myth of progress and tell us that ecological problems will solve themselves simply with the application of new technology and without any need for ethical considerations or deep change.”

Not to be an advocate for the devil, the pope and the whole Catholic Church has a huge foot print on the environment. Besides for them, we still have 20 other religions with huge footprints on the environment. So I’d say practice what you preach.

Thousands Feared Dead After Massive 8.8 Earthquake In Japan

 

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, prompting a tsunami that sent 30+ foot waves ashore along the country’s northeastern coast line.

The epicenter of the original 8.8 earthquake was 80 miles off the coast of Sendai in northeast Japan and it generated tsunami waves up to three miles inland. The initial 8.9 earthquake was followed by aftershocks of magnitudes 7.1, 6.5, and 6.4. Tremors were felt as far as Tokyo.

Some tsunami warnings are still in effect for much of the Pacific Rim. The tsunami wave had moved toward Hawaii at an estimated speed of 500 miles per hour.

Autorities in Japan say that rescue and disaster relief programs are being started and clean-up has already began in some places.

Between 200 and 300 people have already been found dead in the city of Sendai alone and hundreds or thousands more are feared dead.

Massive Tsunami Hits Japan After 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake

A devastating tsunami causes major damage in north-eastern Japan, after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast, one of the largest in it’s history.

The earthquake struck off Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo for several minutes and forcing people out of their homes.

Japan issued the most serious tsunami warning they can issue, saying waves as high as 20ft could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture. Other waves have already made the shore.

Initially reports a quake of magnitude 7.9 but have since been upgraded to an 8.8 magnitude quake, that struck about 250 miles from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles.

Tsunami warnings have been issued and are in effect.