ADN Issue 5, April 2014

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Internet of Things Goes Home
Frank Gillett
InformationWeek, April 9, 2014
The connected home is no longer a futuristic vision -- many of the barriers that blocked the realization of a smart home have eroded. Network bandwidth is widespread, connectivity is becoming more common in many traditional home products, and consumers are craving smart-home experiences.

Technology, which had presented the greatest challenge to creating a connected home, is now manageable. The broadband and home networking connections are available, mobile devices provide a natural fit as the remote control for the home, and the options for making local connections are manageable for vendors.

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Finns May Turn to Russia for Tactical Missile System
Gerard O’Dwyer
DefenseNews, April. 3, 2014
The likelihood of Finland acquiring a new surface-to-surface missile system from Russia has increased following a preliminary decision by the Finance Ministry here to opt for a more up-to-date and cost-efficient launcher-fired tactical missile.

The possibility that Finland, a neutral country, may turn to Russia for a surface-to-surface missile has increased following an agreement between the two countries last June to look at practical ways to cooperate on weapon purchases, sales and, in the case of Finland, offering subcontracting capacity to Russia‘s equipment modernization programs.

An updated export version of the Iskander-E surface-to-surface missile is among the list of weapon systems, which includes combat aircraft, that Russia wants to sell to Finland. The Iskander-E has a range comparable to ATACMS, but Finland could expect to acquire the Russian system at a lower cost.

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NASA Cuts Majority of Contact with Russia Over Ukraine Troubles
Tiffany Kaiser
DailyTech, April 3, 2014
NASA announced yesterday that it is halting many forms of contact with Russian government representatives due to Russia’s “ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“Given Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, NASA is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation,” said NASA in a statement.

NASA is reportedly suspending travel to Russia, teleconferences, visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities and even the exchange of emails with Russian officials.

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Air Force F-35A Makes First Nighttime Flight
Shane McGlaun
DailyTech, April 3, 2014
An F-35A fighter took off from Eglin Air Force Base on its first nighttime training mission late last month. Prior to this flight, the Air Force version of the advanced fighter was prohibited from operating at night or during adverse weather.

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The game is up for climate change believers
Charles Moore
The Telegraph, April 7, 2014
Charles Moore reviews The Age of Global Warming by Rupert Darwall (Quartet).

The theory of global warming is a gigantic weather forecast for a century or more. However interesting the scientific inquiries involved, therefore, it can have almost no value as a prediction. Yet it is as a prediction that global warming has captured the political and bureaucratic elites. All the action plans, taxes, green levies, protocols and carbon-emitting flights to massive summit meetings, after all, are not because of what its supporters call “The Science”. No, they are the result of a belief that something big and bad is going to hit us one of these days.

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