Russia Refutes Pentagon Claims Some Caspian Strike Missiles Failed Over Iran

Russia is pushing back against reports that several of its SS-N-30A land attack cruise missiles (LACM) failed over Iran during a 26 missile launch from the Caspian Sea to targets in Western Syria, according to Kremlin controlled media. According to a Thursday reports from CNN and Defense News, four of the SS-N-30As — also called Kalibr NK or 3M-14T — fell over Iran and may have hurt or killed civilians. Both Russia and Iran have denied the reports.

Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau-derived Yellow River sediment

New research revises our understanding of the origin of the Chinese Loess Plateau and provides a potential solution for mismatches between late Cenozoic terrestrial sedimentation and marine geochemistry records, as well as between global CO2 and erosion records.

U.S. crude oil export debate all but over

Threat of a presidential veto on a House measure to lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports suggests the effort is dead in the water, a refinery group said. The White House issued a statement of administration policy in response to House resolution 702, a measure sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, that would remove restrictions on the export of crude oil produced in the United States.

The 97 Percent Solution

The myth of an almost-unanimous climate-change consensus is pervasive. Last May, the White House tweeted: “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.” A few days later, Secretary of State John Kerry announced, “Ninety-seven percent of the world’s scientists tell us this is urgent.” “Ninety-seven percent of the world’s scientists” say no such thing.

North Korea Could Launch Short-Range Missile For Workers’ Party Anniversary

North Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-koo said his country could launch a short-range missile Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party. The communist country is already planning a lavish celebration and military parade, complete with the international media, foreign guests and ethnic Koreans from around the region.

Report: Clinton email server target of cyberattacks from China, Korea and Germany

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s controversial private email server, which she used during her tenure as secretary of State, was the target of cyberattacks from around the globe and was inadequately protected against such attacks, according to media reports published Wednesday.

Paleoclimate Researchers Find Connection between Carbon Cycles, Climate Trends

The Ordovician geologic period included a climate characterized by high atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, warm average temperatures and flourishing life. Near the end of the period, CO2 levels dropped significantly but precisely when and how fast is poorly known.

Report: Iran-based hackers spy using fake LinkedIn profiles

A group of suspected Iranian hackers are using a sophisticated network of fake LinkedIn profiles to spy on unsuspecting targets worldwide — including the U.S. — according to a new report. The fake personas fell into two groups: one set that were fully developed profiles posing as recruiters for major worldwide government contractors and international corporations, and another set that were less developed and designed to lend legitimacy to the primary accounts through endorsements and connections.

Climate Change Is Not a National Security Issue

according to The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of Military Strength, the recent expansion of national security priorities to include climate change may simply represent “a rebranding of domestic agendas to shift resources away from the Pentagon.” A recent study conducted by the George C. Marshall Institute supports this, stating, the “climate-security argument is dangerously overstated and designed to serve a domestic political purpose more than filling a void in strategic thinking.” Climate change, by nature, is a social issue, not a national security issue.

It’s Time for the United States to Start Worrying About a Saudi Collapse

s if there weren’t already enough problems to worry about in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia might be headed for trouble. From plummeting oil prices to foreign-policy missteps to growing tensions with Iran, a confluence of recent events is mounting to pose some serious challenges for the Saudi regime. If not properly managed, these events could eventually coalesce into a perfect storm that significantly increases the risk of instability within the kingdom, with untold consequences for global oil markets and security in the Middle East.

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