North Korea has a new name for North Koreans: ‘space conquerors’

January 13, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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This 1999 North Korean stamp is a small but telling indication of the regime’s obsession with achieving a successful launch into Earth orbit, which it finally got in December. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)

North Korean state media present an easy target, but the latest from the official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, is a doozy even by the DPRK’s already-monumental standards of lunacy. A recent editorial in the paper repeats the usual exhortation to each and every North Korean to “devote oneself to building an economic giant with burning patriotic enthusiasm to fully demonstrate Korea of the sun.”

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S. Korea expected to launch space rocket on Jan. 25

January 13, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) — South Korea is expected to try again to launch its space rocket later this month after successfully conducting experiments to check if all systems are working properly, a government source said Sunday.

The official said South Korean and Russian researchers are expected to discuss results of repairs made to the rocket late last year and touch on the present state of the Naro-1 rocket. He added Seoul successfully carried out combustion tests on the kick motor on the locally built second stage solid fuel rocket, making it likely that the launch will take place soon.

The rocket, also called the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), was built jointly by Russia and South Korea, since Seoul does not have the necessary knowhow in the space development field. Russia made the main first stage liquid fuel rocket, with South Korea making the second stage and the satellite.

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Delegation to North Korea Urges More Access to Internet and Cellphones

January 9, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A private delegation including Google’s executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, is urging North Korea to allow more open Internet access and cellphones to benefit its citizens, during its visit to the country, which has some of the world’s tightest controls on information.

Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor leading the delegation, said on Wednesday in an interview in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, that his nine-member group had also called on North Korea to put a moratorium on missile launchings and nuclear tests that have prompted United Nations sanctions. He said the group had also asked for “fair and humane treatment” for Kenneth Bae, a naturalized American citizen born in South Korea who was detained by the North in November and charged with unspecified “hostile acts.”

The delegation’s visit has been criticized for appearing to hijack United States diplomacy and bolster North Korea’s profile after its latest, widely condemned rocket launching less than a month ago. The State Department criticized the trip as unhelpful at a time when the United States is rallying support for action by the United Nations Security Council.

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American Delegation Arrives in North Korea on Controversial Private Trip

January 7, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, led a private delegation including Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, to North Korea on Monday, a controversial trip to a country that is among the most hostile to the Internet.

Mr. Richardson, who has visited North Korea several times, called his four-day trip a private humanitarian mission and said he would try to meet with Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old South Korea-born American citizen who was arrested on charges of “hostile acts” against North Korea after entering the country as a tourist in early November.

“I heard from his son who lives in Washington State, who asked me to bring him back,” Mr. Richardson said in Beijing before boarding a plane bound for Pyongyang. “I doubt we can do it on this trip.”

In a one-sentence dispatch, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency confirmed the American group’s arrival in Pyongyang, calling it “a Google delegation.”

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Can Money Buy Happiness?

December 27, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL: Unlocking the Grid

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Satellite image shows activity at North Korea launch site

November 27, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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A new satellite image shows increased activity at a North Korean launch site, suggesting a new launch could be possible in the next few weeks, according to the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe.

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Apple loses appeal, has to buy ads in Britain to apologize to Samsung

October 18, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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In the U.S., Samsung owes Apple more than $1 billion, but in Britain, Apple owes Samsung a public apology.

A British appeals court has decided not to overturn a ruling made earlier this year on a patent-infringement case involving the two tech companies, according to the BBC. Samsung won the case back in July after a judge said the two company’s tablet products weren’t likely to be confused because Samsung’s were not as “cool” as Apple’s.

The punishment for Apple was just as quirky as the reasoning behind the decision.

The judge ordered Apple to run ads in British newspapers apologizing and stating that Samsung’s products did not copy its own. Apple was also ordered to post a notice on its British website.

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Officials say skydiver broke the speed of sound

October 14, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Korean Alphabet Hangeul(한글)

October 11, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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— Global Reviews of Hangeul —-
“Hangul is perhaps the most scientific system of writing in general use in any country.”
한글은 세계 어떤 나라의 일상문자에서도 볼 수 없는 가장 과학적인 표기 체계이다.
- Edwin O. Reischauer (1960/ Professor, Harvard University, USA, an historian in East Asian Affairs.)

“Hanguel is the best alphabet that all the languages have dreamed of.”
한글은 모든 언어가 꿈꾸는 최고의 알파벳이다.
- John Man (Science historian, UK, traveler, documentary director)  

“Whether or not it is ultimately the best of all conceivable scripts for Korean, Hangeul must be unquestionably ranked as one of the greatest intellectual achievements of humankind”
한글이 한국인을 위해 생각해낼 수 있는 모든 문자들 가운데 최고이든 아니든 간에, 한글은 의심할 여지없이 인류의 가장 위대한 지적 성취 중 하나로 꼽혀야 한다.
- Geoffrey Sampson (1985/ Professor of Natural Language Computing, University of Sussex, Linguist.)

“I take it for granted that the academic world of linguistics praise and celebrate Hangeul Day as a holiday. So I’ve been celebrating Hangeul Day every year for more than 20 years.”
저는 세계 언어학계가 한글날을 찬양하고 공휴일로 기념하는 것은 아주 당연하고 타당한 일이라고 생각합니다. 그래서 저는 지난 20여 년 동안 해마다 한글날을 기념하고 있습니다.
- J.D. McCawley (Professor, University of Chicago, Linguist. He has celebrated Hangeul Day with his fellow linguists for more than 20 years.)

“Hangeul is the most developed phonemic alphabet and also feature characters that are much better than Roman characters.”
한글은 세계에서 가장 발달된 음소문자이면서도 로마문자보다 한층 차원이 높은 자질문자입니다.
- Hiroyuki Umeda (Former Professor of University of Tokyo, President of Reitaku University, Japan)

“The King’s 28 letters have been described by scholars as the world’s best alphabet and the most scientific system of writing.”
세종이 만든 28자는 세계에서 가장 훌륭한 알파벳이자 세계에서 가장 과학적인 표기법 체계이다
- Jared Diamond (Physiologist, Medical College of UCLA, Pulitzer Prize winner)

“Differentiated from English and French, Korean is a unique language that can be learned easily. One day is enough to master reading in Korean. Hangeul is a very scientific and convenient alphabet system for communication.”
영어, 프랑스어와는 달리 한국어는 쉽게 배울 수 있는 독특한 언어다. 한글 읽기를 깨치는 데 하루면 족하다. 한글은 매우 과학적이고 의사소통에 편리한 문자다.
- Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio (the Nobel Prize winner for literature in 2008)

“King Sejong systematized the phonological theory five centuries earlier than the West which completed its phonological theory in the twentieth century. Hangeul is the best alphabet in the world which combines the traditional philosophy and the science theory.”
서양이 20세기에 들어서 완성한 음운이론을 세종대왕은 그보다 5세기나 앞서 체계화했고 한글은 전통 철학과 과학 이론이 결합한 세계 최고의 문자이다.
- Werner Sasse (Professor, University of Hamburg)

“Hangeul is simple, tactic, minute and easy Korean alphabet. The reason why the number of Hangeul learners is increasing in China is not only because the presence of Korea in the Chinese culture has rose but also because its outstanding phonemic structure makes it easier for the Chinese to learn Korean. The scholars of Joseon Dynasty accomplished what Chinese could not by transcribing Chinese sound of Chinese characters with a phonogram ‘Hunminjeongeum.’ Hangeul put a period to the history of
Chinese language which had been delivered only by characters without sound transcription.”
- 李得春 (Professor, Yanbian University)

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