Many people in the United States are surprised when I inform them that South Africa possessed six nuclear bombs between 1960 and 1980. These were dismantled in the early 1990s, but the legacy lives on with Koeberg nuclear power plant in Cape Town. My dad, Paul Stevens, recently sent a letter to a Cape newspaper calling for a national referendum on the issue in the wake of … [Read more...] about Should South Africa KILL the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station?
In a recent telephone interview with maverick scientist and business millionaire Greg Olsen, I asked him whether he had experienced an “aha” moment on his journey into outer space in 2005 -- only the third “international” civilian ever to do so at the time. “All ten days were an aha moment but I didn't have any individual spiritual experience or anything like that, I was … [Read more...] about A Scientist, Tycoon and the Third Private Citizen in Space
Without telling you his name, let me tell you a little bit about him. At the age of seven he fell in love with a martial art called Hapkido after witnessing one of his Korean friends fend off several bullies at school. This took him on a 34 year journey into martial arts which included joining the U.S. Air Force Human Intelligence & Spec Ops division landing him on the … [Read more...] about The Most Dangerous Man Alive
It was around 2000 that I heard a vague reference to a shark attack that had occurred at Clifton Fourth Beach, South Africa sometime during the 1970s. At the time I was working as an editor for a technical publishing house called George Warman Publications and surfing my brains out each evening at Llandudno after work. I remember taking a long lunch one afternoon and … [Read more...] about Clifton Shark Files Goes Live
“The Forgotten Island of Johnston Atoll” generated some great responses from those involved presently and historically with this remote atoll in the middle of the Pacific. This includes updates from Susan White, Project Leader for Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex which encompasses Johnston Island and civilian Shelby Magnuson-Hawkins in charge of pest control on … [Read more...] about Yellow Crazy Ants Invade Johnston Atoll