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Year in Review: The 10 Biggest Spy-Related Stories of 2014, part II

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Angela Merkel and Barack ObamaBy J. FITSANAKIS and I. ALLEN | intelNews.org
Since 2008, when we launched this website, we have monitored daily developments in the highly secretive world of intelligence and espionage, striving to provide an expert viewpoint removed from sensationalism and conspiratorial undertones. As 2014 is about to conclude, we take a look back at what we think are the ten most important intelligence-related developments of the past 12 months. Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will surely agree that we witnessed our fair share of significant intelligence-related stories this year. Some of them made mainstream headlines, while others failed inexplicably to attract the attention of the news media. In anticipation of what 2015 may bring, we present you with our selection of stories below, which are listed in reverse order of importance. This is part two in the series. Part one is here.

5. China stops…

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Japan Wants Exo Suits For Its Soldiers

I am still very much of the opinion that Endo-suits that augment, enhance, and stimulate the innate peak biological performances of the wearer are a superior technology to that of exosuits (regardless of the application), but at least for the moment, Exo suit technologies seem to be all the rage.

21st Century Asian Arms Race

Edge of Tomorrow screen shot

As 2014 drew to a close, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) published its budget request for next year on its website.

The detailed 60-page document is an accessible list of critical and sundry investments for Japan’s Self Defense Forces (SDF). Much of it is connected with deterring Chinese encroachment on Japan’s territorial waters.

There are also abundant R&D programs for future weapons.

And then, on page 35, sandwiched between funding for surface-to-air missiles and pouring even more funding to universities for dual-use technology, is a very peculiar requirement.

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How Might Nanobots Change Medicine – First Human Trial

Having a long standing interest in nanotechnologies (of all kinds) this talk on bio-molecular nanobots was superb.

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Ido Bachelet from Bar Ilan University gives an intro to his work on molecular nanobots. His claims are groundbreaking – and from what i can tell are at least theoretically feasable.

Now a human trial with a late stage blood cancer patient has begun.

This is what TED say about him:

“Nano-robots that fix tissues and control drugs have been envisioned for over 30 years. Now, using DNA origami and molecular programming, they are reality. These nanobots can seek and kill cancer cells, mimic social insect behaviors, carry out logical operators like a computer in a living animal, and they can be controlled from an Xbox. Ido Bachelet from the bio-design lab at Bar Ilan University explains this technology and how it will change medicine in the near future.

Ido Bachelet earned his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T. and Harvard University…

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[ARTICLE] Effects of Robot-assisted Gait Training Combined with Functional Electrical Stimulation on Recovery of Locomotor Mobility in Chronic Stroke Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Full Text HTML

Again, fascinating.

TBI Rehabilitation

Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of robot-assisted gait training combined with functional electrical stimulation on locomotor recovery in patients with chronic stroke.

[Subjects] The 20 subjects were randomly assigned into either an experimental group (n = 10) that received a combination of robot-assisted gait training and functional electrical stimulation on the ankle dorsiflexor of the affected side or a control group (n = 10) that received robot-assisted gait training only.

[Methods] Both groups received the respective therapies for 30 min/day, 3 days/week for 5 weeks. The outcome was measured using the Modified Motor Assessment Scale (MMAS), Timed Up-and-Go Test (TUG), Berg Balance Scale (BBS), and gait parameters through gait analysis (Vicon 370 motion analysis system, Oxford Metrics Ltd., Oxford, UK). All the variables were measured before and after training.

[Results] Step length and maximal knee extension were significantly greater than those before training…

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Hong Kong Dystopia

Whew. A city that big and crowded would not be for me… I need my green fields, my land to wander, my forests, and my animals.

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How oil, corruption and a murder for hire link led to one North Dakotan tribal chief’s spectacular downfall

This sounds just like a Longmire plot…

Financial Post

FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. – Tex G. Hall, the three-term tribal chairman on this remote, once impoverished reservation, was the picture of confidence as he strode to the lectern at his third Annual Bakken Oil and Gas Expo.

[np_storybar title=”Oil bust veterans buckle down for storm that shale-boom rookies don’t even see coming” link=”http://business.financialpost.com/2014/12/15/oil-bust-veterans-buckle-down-for-storm-that-shale-boom-rookies-dont-even-see-coming/?__lsa=3f29-81b3″]Autry Stephens knows the look and feel of an oil boom going bust, and he’s starting to get ready.

The West Texas wildcatter, 76, has weathered four such cycles in his 52 years draining crude from the Permian basin, still the most prolific U.S. oilfield. Though the collapse in prices since June doesn’t yet have him in a panic, Stephens recognizes the signs of another downturn on the horizon.

And like many bust-hardened veterans in this region — which has made and broken the fortunes of thousands — he’s talking about it like a gathering storm.

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