Raw materials in trade

Historically, the accessibility of raw materials has been an important factor in determining human settlement patterns. Today, more than ever, extraction activities bring to urbanization trends complex dynamics of population movements and migratory patterns, as well as sheer numbers. Not all of this urbanization is necessarily detrimental to collective and …

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The follow-up section

The follow-up section of the BMS5 outcome document borrows its structure and much of its content from the outcome of the Second Review Conference. Borrowed content includes: a recap of the schedule of meetings agreed for the period from 2012 to 2018; reaffirmation of ‘the importance of the early designation …

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New technology and the opportunities it offers

New technology also offers opportunities for improved stockpile management, including access control, increased data accuracy, and the monitoring and protection of weapons in transit from one location to another. Some of these technologies, such as biometric gun safes, are inexpensive and available to individual gun owners, while others, such as …

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The Five Eras of Astronomy

There are many different ways to describe the history of astronomy, but a particularly useful one is to focus on new technology as a major trigger for progress. This approach leads us naturally to divide astronomy into five distinct historical eras. When a new era begins there is a need …

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