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NOVEMBER 2016

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Queen In 3-D
Wed 13 Apr - Sun 12 Mar 2017: V&A press launch "Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear" exhibition
Tue 8 Nov - 3D Talk, British Library, London.
10 & 11 Feb '17 - European Astrofest, London - on sale.
Spring '17 - "Queen in 3-D" stereo book - PRE-ORDER
- Brian May & Kerry Ellis "Anthems II" album
expected March 2017.
18-23 Jun 2017 - Starmus IV, Tromso, Norway. Tickets
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**Fri 18 Nov 16**
10 COOLEST THINGS IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK
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LSC Christmas campaign, GQ (2.9 million unique visitors per month) have featured the OWLl Virtual Reality Kit as one of the
10 Coolest Things in the World This Week.

www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/nike-football-boots-porsche-experience-centre

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**Fri 18 Nov 16**
BRIAN MAY ON GREAT CLASSIC RIFFS [AIR GUITAR ANTHEMS]
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AIR GUITAR ANTHEMS ALBUM OUT NOW


Brian May on great classic riffs [Air Guitar Anthems] - https://youtu.be/v1OgApP8VPw

QUESTION: Is there a riff that you wish you had written?

BRIAN MAY: "It’s an interesting discussion between a simple riff and a complex riff, you know.

Most of us think that simple is great but there are definite exceptions like “Message In A Bottle” is the most incredibly complex thing and, but it sticks in the mind and it’s obviously one if the great riffs of all time. It’s actually got a great song written around it as well, so Andy did a brilliant job and Sting, he did not bad, but you know a riff is a riff is riff and it’s a mystical thing.

Either it grabs you or it doesn’t and some things can be quite involved or some things can be incredibly simple like The Kinks ’Da Dah-da da DAH’, you know they don’t come simpler than that. But my God, one of the great classics of all time. All of these things are, of course, on this album.

Bri"

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**Thu 17 Nov 16**
PRESS RELEASE: AIR GUITAR ANTHEMS
QUEEN’S BRIAN MAY UNVEILS A COMPILATION ALBUM OF ROCK GUITAR ROYALTY
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CHECK OUT SAMPLE - NEW TRACK:
"Brian May and Kerry Ellis - Parisienne Walkways"

Full track available tomorrow (18 Nov)

Air Guitar Anthems - front cover

BACK COVER READS:

"Air Guitar Is Back!

The most delirious fantasy of our time is back, and this time it's bigger and more ass-bitingly dangerous than ever. This is seriously indisputably, the greatest collection of the World's Greatest Guitar Anthems EVER. We challenge you to sit one hundredth of the way through this 3 CD set without being galvanised into frenetic Air Guitar action. Zeppelin, The Who, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Cream, Sex Pistols, Richie Blackmore's Rainbow, Metallica, Kiss, Deep Purple, Status Quo and legions more rock legends...are we kidding?

No! No kidding. No mercy. It's all here for your Sons and Daughters, your sons sons and your daughters' daughters, your Dads and Mums, and, yes, your rockin' GrandDaddies and Grandmas - but most of all, exquisitely, for YOU. Roll your sleeves up, reach out, plug in, feel the air, and kick the cobwebs off with the complete unexpurgated AIR GUITAR ANTHEMS!!!

ROCK!!!

Brian May and team."
- See more at: http://www.deflepparduk.com/

AIR GUITAR ANTHEMS
Universal Music On Demand
Released on 18 November

Order on AMAZON


Air Guitar Anthems TV Ad - Release 18112016 - https://youtu.be/W41SVPuUagk

BRIAN MAY, the legendary Queen guitarist, has lovingly compiled an album featuring the finest Rock Guitar Anthems of all time.

Air Guitar Anthems is released on 18th November and will provide rock fans across the UK with the perfect antidote to Perry Como this Christmas.

In a recent interview Brian May revealed his first air guitar influence, Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock’, with its simple two-chord riff. “I found that I could do that”, said May, “and that’s the great thing – you don’t have to be a great guitar player to play a lot of these riffs. You can pick it up and in a few hours, you can get to something that makes you feel good.”

A labour of love for Brian May, the ‘Air Guitar Anthems’ concept goes back to Brian’s original 'The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever series which sold 1.3m copies across its three volumes in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

“Most music fans love a rock riff and everyone has an ‘air guitar’ moment at least once in their lives”, said Brian, “for me and all the other artists on this record, that has turned into a career!”

This album demonstrates the continuing popularity of air guitar riffs. The amazing track list is no small part thanks to Brian, who put in personal calls to artists to ensure their songs appeared on the album:

• Led Zeppelin ‘Whole Lotta Love’ (Led Zep NEVER usually allow tracks on compilations – Brian ‘gave Jimmy a call’!);

• Metallica ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ (an awesome Queen cover from their 1974 album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’);

• Kiss ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’, Whitesnake ‘Here I Go Again’, Derek & the Dominoes ‘Layla’, Motorhead, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, T-Rex… the list goes on!

The album opens with the epic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which celebrates its 40th anniversary as a global smash (the song was, of course, first released in the UK in 1975 but in ‘76 it became an international hit). The rock-out section in the song “is actually Freddie’s riff which he played on the piano first.” – Brian May.

And fittingly, the 3CD set closes with ‘We Will Rock You’ from 1977. Has there ever been a better guitar solo?

Here’s the full track list…

Artist Track
   
CD1
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin'
T Rex - 20th Century Boy
Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
Ram Jam - Black Betty
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Metallica - Stone Cold Crazy
Alice Cooper - Poison
KISS - Crazy Crazy Nights
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again '87
Derek & The Dominoes feat. Duane Allen - Layla
Rainbow - Since You Been Gone
Boston - More Than A Feeling
CD2
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Journey - Don’t Stop Believin'
Status Quo - Down Down
Bryan Adams - Run to You
Free - All Right Now
The Who - I Can't Explain
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
Bad Company - Feel Like Makin' Love
Billy Idol - White Wedding
George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Bad To The Bone
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Cream - Sunshine of Your Love
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Buddy Holly - That'll Be The Day
Small Faces - All Or Nothing
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun
Brian May & Kerry Ellis - Parisienne Walkways
CD3
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
The Police - Message In A Bottle
The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Stiltskin - Inside
The Knack - My Sharona
Toto - Hold The Line
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Rush - The Spirit of Radio
Motley Crue - Girls Girls Girls
Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Dio - Holy Diver
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love
Shadows - FBI
The Troggs - Wild Thing
Queen - We Will Rock You

Air Guitar Anthems - spread


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**Mon 14 Nov 16**
WATCH "I SUPPORT AIM" LIVE STREAM RECORDING - ENGLISH - AND PRESS
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Below please find recording of this morning's Press Conference in Berlin, introduced by Grig Richters:


"I support AIM" Campaign Launch - Press conference from Mfn Berlin (English)
- https://youtu.be/Dq1qr6FfTpot=10m43s

Leading small body scientists, the Observatoire de la Cote D'Azur and Asteroid Day co-founder announce 15,000 good reasons to test asteroid deflection and launch the "I support AIM" campaign

Over 100 planetary scientists and Brian signed an open letter to show their support for the Asteroid Impact Mission

Link to Letter: http://isupportaim.com/letter

AIM Press Conference
L: Dr. Patrick Michel Laboratoire Lagrange, Université Côte d’Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, CNRS, France
R: Dr. Holger Sierks, Max-Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany; Colin Snodgrass, Open University, UK
Photo Credit: DPA at MfN Berlin on November 14, 2016

PRESS:

EARTHSKY.COM

100 scientists say yes to asteroid mission
14 November 2016 by Deborah Byrd

Scientists have signed an open letter in support of increased knowledge of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), whose orbits carry them near Earth. You can sign it, too.

Near Earth Asteroids

Fourteen Arecibo radar images of the near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos and its moonlet, taken on 24 November 2003. NASA’s planetary radar capabilities enable scientists to resolve shape, concavities, and possible large boulders on the surfaces of these small worlds. Photometric lightcurve data indicate that Didymos is a binary system, and radar imagery distinctly shows the secondary body. Image and caption via AIDA.

Fourteen Arecibo radar images of near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos and its moon, acquired November 24, 2003. The AIM mission would visit this double asteroid. Image and caption via AIDA.

During a media event on November 14, 2016 at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, scientists and space planners launched a major campaign in support of increased knowledge of near-Earth objects (NEOs), which are essentially flying boulders or mountains that sweep past Earth regularly and have a potential to do serious damage, should one strike. In particular, this event was focused on ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM), which many hope to use to help determine whether a kinetic impactor could deflect an NEO, if we needed it to. During the press conference, organizers released an open letter signed by more than 100 small-body scientists supporting increased knowledge of NEOs and space missions such as AIM. The letter is now open for public signatures.

Click here to sign the petition in support of increased knowledge of Near-Earth Objects.

The campaign is called “I Support AIM” and was initiated by the co-founders of Asteroid Day – including astrophysicist and rock guitarist Brian May of Queen – along with the Observatoire de la Côte D’Azur. Grig Richters, also a co-founder of Asteroid Day, said:

More than 100 prominent scientists from around the world have signed a letter in support of AIM because studying NEOs cannot be under-appreciated and the AIM mission is core to gaining the knowledge we need to detect and ultimately deflect dangerous asteroids headed towards Earth.

Known NEOs range in size from a few meters to tens of kilometers. They orbit the sun and sometimes sweep near Earth, occasionally coming closer to Earth than our moon. Of the NEOs so far discovered, there are more than 1,700 asteroids currently considered hazardous, according to those spearheading today’s event.

The most recent near-miss with such an object took place in 2013, when a small body entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russia, breaking windows in six Russian cities and causing more than 1,500 people to seek medical attention, mostly from flying glass.

Asteroid collision, via the AIM mission.
Artist’s concept of an asteroid collision. Is it time to explore technologies for deflecting an asteroid? There are some subtle concerns. Image via the AIM mission.

Alan Harris, senior scientist of the German Aerospace Center, said in a statement released following today’s event:

New NEOs are now being discovered at the rate of some 4 per day. We need a coordinated international strategy for near-Earth object impact mitigation!

Hear Brian May, co-founder of Asteroid Day, talk about the danger from incoming space objects in the video below:


Brian May warns of catastrophic threat to Earth from asteroids | Features
- https://youtu.be/9x0POlNWGwE

AIM is an interdisciplinary mission, which would be humanity’s first mission to a binary, or double, asteroid system. It’s the goal of the AIM mission to reach the binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos in mid-2022, after an 18-month flight.

There, AIM would wait for NASA’s DART spacecraft, which would impact the smallest of the two asteroids in the Didymos system, in an attempt to deviate its orbit. It would be the first-ever attempt to deflect the orbit of a solar system body. Together, the AIM and DART missions would combine into a mission called the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA). There’s an interesting page on AIDA here.

This morning’s press conference was live-streamed in English and in German.

The video below, created a year ago, tells more about the AIM asteroid mission:


Asteroid Impact Mission - https://youtu.be/h4lpu8HbpFY

Bottom line: One hundred small-body scientists have signed an open letter in support of ESA’s AIM mission to the asteroid Didymos. Lend your support to this effort here.

Click here to sign the petition in support of increased knowledge of Near-Earth Objects.

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**Sun 13 Nov 16**
ANITA DOBSON - "WICKED" DATES
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The Anita Dobson Fan Club announcement:

"Just a quick reminder that Anita will not be performing in Wicked for 1 week from Thurs 17 - Wed 23 of this month!"

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Please note if you are planning to go to see her in Wicked - as Madam Morrible - in the West End during November 2016

Brian and Aniga (Madam Morrible)

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**Sat 12 Nov 16**
LEAF BLOWERS TOO NOISY, SAYS QUEEN GUITARIST
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THE TIMES
12 November 2016 by Nadeem Badshah

Brian May
Photo: Jo Hale/Getty Images
Brian May wrote in a blog [SOAPBOX] that he had been “woken up by the horrible noise of leaf blowers”

Leaf blowers have been the bane of many people’s lives. Now Brian May, guitarist with the rock group Queen, has complained about a gang of council workers waking him up at his west London home while doing a job that was once done better by one man and his broom.

May, 69, accused the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea of having “disturbed the peace”.

In a blog [SOAPBOX] entitled “Leaf madness. Another RBKC failure”, May wrote: “In the insanity that is London. Was woken up by a horrible noise of leaf blowers. Went out to see an army of SIX men in orange jackets disturbing the peace with the awful noise of the blowers, dust and leaves being blown into my garden, and petrol fumes.

“There used to be ONE man, Billy, who swept up the leaves in our road. He did a truly wonderful job. No noise, no fuss, always a smile and a hello, and the road was spotless after he’d been down it; not a single leaf would you see.”

The musician posted two photographs of his road: one of the workers and another of the pavement still littered with leaves.

A council spokesman said: “Dr May paints a very bleak picture of life in this area which we are not sure everyone recognises.” He added that leaf-clearing was “never left to one individual” in the autumn.

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*Fri 11 Nov 16**
LIVE STREAM - PRESS RELEASE: NOTICE OF ASTEROID IMPACT MISSION [AIM] PRESS CONFERENCE
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AIM press release

LIVE STREAM: http://isupportaim.com/live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUWjQexvCNM

Live Stream also available in German below - Scrollen Sie bitte nach unten um den Live Stream auf Deutsch zu schauen.
Live Stream (English)

Pressekonferenz "I support AIM" - aus dem NHM Berlin (auf Deutsch)
- https://youtu.be/4wFg4ktgKEA

Leading small body scientists, the Observatoire de la Cote D'Azur and Asteroid Day co-founder announce 15,000 good reasons to test asteroid deflection and launch the "I support AIM" campaign.
Live Stream (Deutsch)

Führende Asteroidenforscher, das Observatoire de la Côte D'Azur und ein Mitbegründer des „Asteroid Day" präsentieren 15.000 gute Gründe, die Ablenkung eines Asteroiden zu erproben und rufen die Kampagne "I support AIM" ins Leben.

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Notice of Press Conference: 14 November 2016, Berlin

LEADING SMALL BODY SCIENTISTS, THE OBSERVATOIRE DE LA COTE D’AZUR AND ASTEROID DAY CO-FOUNDER ANNOUNCE 15,000 GOOD REASONS TO TEST ASTEROID DEFLECTION AND LAUNCH THE “I SUPPORT AIM” CAMPAIGN

LONDON, UK | BERLIN, GERMANY (8 November 2016) – The co-founder of Asteroid Day, the global movement that helps protect the world from dangerous Asteroids, the Observatoire de la Côte D’Azur, and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin will host a joint press conference on Monday, 14 November in Berlin, at 11am CET in the Museum für Naturkunde (MfN) to highlight the need for increased knowledge of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and support for the space missions necessary to protect Earth from dangerous NEO impacts.

At the press conference, a letter signed by scores of leading planetary scientists around the world, will be released to the media. The letter shows the community's support of missions designed to increase our knowledge of asteroids and near Earth objects, in particular ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission (www.esa.int/aim).

There are several tens of millions of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) larger than 10 meters in size and we have identified just 15,000, as of October, 2016. NEOs are left over matter from the formation of planets and range in size from a few meters to tens of kilometres. As with Earth, NEOs orbit the Sun and sometimes they come dangerously close or can cross Earth’s trajectory – potentially causing impacts. However, with early detection and increased knowledge of the properties of NEOs, we can enhance our tools and techniques under study to deflect NEOs away from Earth.

Whether a kinetic impactor is able to deflect such a small body, when Earth is threatened also depends on internal structure of NEOs. This is what the proposed Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) within the AIDA international collaboration will help to assess by characterizing for the first time, the small moon of a binary asteroid. This would be the smallest space rock ever visited by a spacecraft. AIM will also demonstrate advanced new technologies for use in future planetary missions and also pave the way to new types of deep-space missions using CubeSats for riskier operations.

The recently completed European Space Agency Rosetta Mission has been hailed for both its technical and engineering feats as well as scientific discovery. Scientists at the press conference will speak about the vital necessity of continuing small body missions, including AIM, to expand our knowledge of the universe we live in and enable us to protect our Earth for the benefit of future generations.

DATE OF PRESS CONFERENCE: 14 November 2016
TIME: 11:00 CET
LIVE STREAM: http://isupportaim.com/live
LOCATION: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin
ACCESS FOR MEDIA: In person at the museum (main entrance doors open at 10:30)
- Journalists requesting 1-1 interviews: a buffet will be organized after the conference allowing direct discussions with the speakers
- Journalists are kindly asked to confirm participation by email to pr@isupportaim.com

PARTICIPANTS:
- Grig Richters (moderator), filmmaker and Asteroid Day co-founder
- Dr. Patrick Michel, AIDA/AIM Principal Investigator, Observatoire Côte d’Azur, CNRS
- Dr. Kai Wünnemann, Head of Division Impact and Meteorite Research at MfN
- Dr. Holger Sierks, Principal Investigator Rosetta/OSIRIS, Planets and Comets Department at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
- Dr. Cornelius Schalinski, Deputy Head Business Development, OHB
- Prof. Alan Harris, Senior Scientist, German Aerospace Center DLR
- Dr. Stephan Ulamec, Philae lander manager and AIM co-investigator, DLR
- Prof. Dr. Jürgen Blum, Head of Planet Formation and Small Bodies group,
IGeP, TU Braunschweig
- Dipl. Geol. Gisela Pösges, Deputy Head of RiesKraterMuseum, Nördlingen

About the Côte d’Azur Observatory
The Côte d’Azur Observatory (OCA) in Nice, France, is a public research centre for Astronomy and Earth sciences. OCA hosts 3 research laboratories, and among them the Lagrange Laboratory of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), which focuses on research in instrumentation, ground/space-based observations and theoretical/numerical modelling in the fields of planetology, fluid mechanics, plasma and solar physics, and cosmology.

About Asteroid Day
Asteroid Day is a global movement to increase public awareness of potential asteroid collisions and the means to protect Earth. It was co-founded in 2015, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grig Richters. Asteroid Day is held on 30 June each year to mark Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event, which devastated over 2000 square km, the size of any major metropolitan city.

About Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
The Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science is an integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. It is one of the most important research institutions worldwide in the areas of biological and geological evolution and biodiversity. It includes research partners in Berlin, Germany and approximately 60 other countries. Over 500,000 visitors per year show that the Museum has become an innovative communication centre that helps shape the scientific and social dialogue about the future of our earth – worldwide.

Media Contact: pr@isupportaim.com

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**Thu 10 Nov 16**
PREMIER GUITAR STAFF PICKS: DREAM RIGS
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PREMIER GUITAR
Staff Picks: Dream Rigs
Premier Guitar Staff
November 10, 2016

What has been your favorite PG Rig Rundown so far and why?

EXTRACT:

Chris Kies and Brian May


Chris Kies — Associate Editor
A: I’d be lying if I didn’t say hosting the AC/DC clip, meeting Brian May, or playing Billie Joe Armstrong’s “Blue” guitar weren’t pinch-me moments, but I really enjoy bringing lesser-known bands—like All Them Witches, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Intronaut, and The Kills—that I personally dig into the fold because I want to help any artist I believe in get more exposure and fans. [MORE HERE]

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**Tue 08 Nov 16**
PRESS RELEASE: NOTICE OF ASTEROID IMPACT MISSION [AIM] PRESS CONFERENCE
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Notice of Press Conference: 14 November 2016, Berlin
LEADING SMALL BODY SCIENTISTS, THE OBSERVATOIRE DE LA COTE D’AZUR AND
ASTEROID DAY CO-FOUNDER ANNOUNCE 15,000 GOOD REASONS TO TEST ASTEROID
DEFLECTION AND LAUNCH THE “I SUPPORT AIM” CAMPAIGN

AIM press release

 

LONDON, UK | BERLIN, GERMANY (8 November 2016) – The co-founder of Asteroid Day, the global movement that helps protect the world from dangerous Asteroids, the Observatoire de la Côte D’Azur, and the Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin will host a joint press conference on Monday, 14 November in Berlin, at 11am CET in the Museum fur Naturkunde (MfN) to highlight the need for increased knowledge of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and support for the space missions necessary to protect Earth from dangerous NEO impacts.

At the press conference, a letter signed by scores of leading planetary scientists around the world, will be released to the media. The letter shows the community's support of missions designed to increase our knowledge of asteroids and near Earth objects, in particular ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission (www.esa.int/aim).

There are several tens of millions of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) larger than 10 meters in size and we have identified just 15,000, as of October, 2016. NEOs are left over matter from the formation of planets and range in size from a few meters to tens of kilometres. As with Earth, NEOs orbit the Sun and sometimes they come dangerously close or can cross Earth’s trajectory – potentially causing impacts. However, with early detection and increased knowledge of the properties of NEOs, we can enhance our tools and techniques under study to deflect NEOs away from Earth.

Whether a kinetic impactor is able to deflect such a small body, when Earth is threatened also depends on internal structure of NEOs. This is what the proposed Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) within the AIDA international collaboration will help to assess by characterizing for the first time, the small moon of a binary asteroid. This would be the smallest space rock ever visited by a spacecraft. AIM will also demonstrate advanced new technologies for use in future planetary missions and also pave the way to new types of deep-space missions using CubeSats for riskier operations.

The recently completed European Space Agency Rosetta Mission has been hailed for both its technical and engineering feats as well as scientific discovery. Scientists at the press conference will speak about the vital necessity of continuing small body missions, including AIM, to expand our knowledge of the universe we live in and enable us to protect our Earth for the benefit of future generations.

DATE OF PRESS CONFERENCE: 14 November 2016
TIME: 11:00 CET
LOCATION: Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin
ACCESS FOR MEDIA: In person at the museum (main entrance doors open at 10:30)
- Journalists requesting 1-1 interviews: a buffet will be organized after the conference allowing direct discussions with the speakers
- Journalists are kindly asked to confirm participation by email to pr@isupportaim.com

PARTICIPANTS:
- Grig Richters (moderator), filmmaker and Asteroid Day co-founder
- Dr. Patrick Michel, AIDA/AIM Principal Investigator, Observatoire Côte d’Azur, CNRS Dr. Kai Wunnemann, Head of Division Impact and Meteorite Research at MfN
- Dr. Holger Sierks, Principal Investigator Rosetta/OSIRIS, Planets and Comets
Department at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
- Dr. Cornelius Schalinski, Deputy Head Business Development, OHB
- Prof. Alan Harris, Senior Scientist, German Aerospace Center DLR
- Dr. Stephan Ulamec, Philae lander manager and AIM co-investigator, DLR
- Prof. Dr. Jurgen Blum, Head of Planet Formation and Small Bodies group,
IGeP, TU Braunschweig

About the Côte d’Azur Observatory
The Côte d’Azur Observatory (OCA) in Nice, France, is a public research centre for Astronomy and Earth sciences. OCA hosts 3 research laboratories, and among them the Lagrange Laboratory of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), which focuses on research in instrumentation, ground/space-based observations and theoretical/numerical modelling in the fields of planetology, fluid mechanics, plasma and solar physics, and cosmology.

About Asteroid Day
Asteroid Day is a global movement to increase public awareness of potential asteroid collisions and the means to protect Earth. It was co-founded in 2015, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grig Richters. Asteroid Day is held on 30 June each year to mark Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event, which devastated over 2000 square km, the size of any major metropolitan city.

About Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin
The Museum fur Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science is an integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. It is one of the most important research institutions worldwide in the areas of biological and geological evolution and biodiversity. It includes research partners in Berlin, Germany and approximately 60 other countries. Over 500,000 visitors per year show that the Museum has become an innovative communication centre that helps shape the scientific and social dialogue about the future of our earth – worldwide.

Media Contact: pr@isupportaim.com
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**Fri 04 Nov 16**
PRESS RELEASE: BRIAN MAY'S SAVE ME TRUST CLAIMS GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO E-PETITION
DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO MISLEAD PUBLIC
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PLEASE CHECK OUT BRIAN MAY'S ARTICLE ON LAME CLAIMS
LAME CLAIM NO. 5:
BADGERS HAVE SPREAD BTB ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Brian May campaigning

Press Release: Friday 4 November, 2016

Brian May’s Save Me Trust claims government response to e-petition End the badger cull instead of expanding to new areas "so inaccurate and selective that it appears to represent a deliberate attempt to mislead the public”.

On behalf of Save Me, trust CEO Anne Brummer writes:

The government responded to this petition when it received 10,000 signatures. Unfortunately, the government’s response was so inaccurate and selective that it appears to represent a deliberate attempt to mislead the public. There are four key inaccuracies in the government response:

(1) The response claims that recent experience in Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Dorset has shown that licensed culling “is safe, humane and effective in reducing the number of badgers needed to bring down disease levels in cattle”. This statement conflicts sharply with the available evidence. An Independent Expert Panel (IEP) established by Defra to evaluate the first year of culling concluded that the free shooting approach did not meet their standards for humaneness1. When a second year of culling yielded no evidence of improvement, the British Veterinary Association called for free shooting to be abandoned2. Ministers responded by simply stating that “we don’t agree”3. The government’s claim that licensed culling is “humane” is thus not shared by respected authorities on animal welfare.

Likewise, evidence indicates that the culls have not been “effective in reducing the number of badgers”. Defra has repeatedly stated an intention to reduce badger numbers by at least 70%, relative to their pre-cull levels, acknowledging that failing to do so would risk increasing cattle TB rather than reducing it4. The IEP concluded that the first culls fell far short of that aim1. Since then, Defra has reiterated its aim of reducing badger numbers by “at least 70%”, while quietly setting targets with only a slim possibility of achieving this aim5. Defra’s claim that the culls are “effective” is thus not consistent with available evidence.

(2) The government’s claims about the outcomes of the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) are highly selective. Its response refers to many earlier studies, even though it commissioned the RBCT precisely because these earlier studies were inadequate6. The government’s response indicates that the RBCT “confirmed what the previous exercises had shown”, ignoring the unique (and vitally important) insight of the RBCT, namely, that badger culling can increase cattle TB as well as reducing it7,8. Large-scale RBCT culls reduced cattle TB inside the culled areas, but consistently increased it on adjoining land and in areas where small-scale culling occurred7,8.

In referring to the RBCT, the government cites a maximum reduction in cattle TB of 54%, which it says occurred “when the full benefits began to appear”. In fact, the 54% figure refers to just 18 months in the middle of a ten-year monitoring period, and only to the areas culled and not adjoining land. When the full monitoring period and affected area are taken into account, the estimated net benefit is 12%4.

(3) The government claims that its approach “has successfully eradicated bovine TB in Australia and is working in Ireland and New Zealand”. This statement ignores evidence from Britain itself which shows patterns fundamentally different from those in the three countries mentioned. The major challenge of reducing cattle TB by culling badgers is that culling disrupts badger social behaviour9 in ways that increase TB transmission between badgers10,11 and from badgers to cattle7,8. There are no badgers in Australia or New Zealand; these countries tackled TB in different wildlife species which do not share badgers’ social behaviour. Although badgers are involved in Ireland’s TB problem, baseline densities are much lower than in Britain7, which may explain why culling consistently reduced badger infection rates in Ireland12, but consistently increased them in Britain10. Given these differences, it is not clear why Defra would prioritise evidence from other countries over evidence from Britain itself.

(4) Defra’s response claims that vaccination “cannot replace culling” because it “does not provide complete protection and... has no impact on infected badgers”. However, while most vaccines have no impact on individuals which are already infected, they have nevertheless controlled multiple diseases. It was vaccination that eradicated smallpox and rinderpest globally, and vaccination that eradicated rabies from mainland Europe after culling had failed to do so13. Vaccination is far more likely than culling to contribute to TB eradication, because vaccination reduces infection rates in badgers14,15, while culling increases them10.

Defra begins its response by stating that “it is essential that we eradicate bovine TB”. Achieving this aim demands eradicating infection in badgers as well as in cattle. Eradicating a disease demands that either the proportion of infected animals, or the area affected, be reduced over time. Yet, as noted above, culling increases the proportion of badgers infected10,11 and spreads the infection both within and beyond the culled land7,16. It is hard to see, therefore, how badger culling can contribute to TB eradication.

Defra committed to a science-led policy to tackle TB4. Unfortunately, its response to this e-petition undermines all confidence in Defra’s respect for science, and hence in the likely outcome of its TB control strategy.

It is sad to see such distortion of facts being sent out by the government to the public .It is time we got together to resolve this serious issue by looking at the facts, instead of continuing to rely on folklore, hearsay, and politics.

Anne Brummer,
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1. Independent Expert Panel. Pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire – Report by the Independent Expert Panel, 2014.
2. British Veterinary Association. BVA calls for change to badger culling method and wider roll-out in Englan , 2015.
3. Bowern, P. Farming minister rejects vets' call for end to shooting of 'free-running' badgers, 2015.
4. Defra. The goverment's policy on bovine TB and badger control in England, 2011.
5. Woodroffe, R. Badger cull didn't kill enough badgers to be effective, 2015.
6. Krebs, J. R., Anderson, R. et al.Bovine tuberculosis in cattle and badgers. (H.M.S.O., 1997).
7. Donnelly, C. A., Woodroffe, R. et al. Positive and negative effects of widespread badger culling on cattle tuberculosis. Nature 439, 843-846 (2006).
8. Donnelly, C. A., Woodroffe, R. et al. Impact of localized badger culling on TB incidence in British cattle. Nature 426, 834-837 (2003).
9. Woodroffe, R., Donnelly, C. A. et al. Effects of culling on badger (Meles meles) spatial organization: implications for the control of bovine tuberculosis. Journal of Applied Ecology 43, 1-10 (2006).
10. Woodroffe, R., Donnelly, C. A. et al. Culling and cattle controls influence tuberculosis risk for badgers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America103, 14713-14717 (2006).
11. Woodroffe, R., Donnelly, C. A. et al. Bovine tuberculosis in cattle and badgers in localised culling areas. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45, 128-143 (2009).
12. Griffin, J. M., Clegg, T. A. et al. in Selected Papers 2002-2003. (eds J.D. Collins & R.F. Hammond) 1-12 (Veterinary Epidemiology and Tuberculosis Investigation Unit, University College Dublin, 2003).
13. Anderson, R. M., Jackson, H. C., May, R. M. & Smith, A. M. Population dynamics of fox rabies in Europe. Nature 289, 765-771 (1981).
14. Chambers, M. A., Rogers, F. et al. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccination reduces the severity and progression of tuberculosis in badgers. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences278, 1913-1920 (2010).
15. Carter, S. P., Chambers, M. A. et al. BCG vaccination reduces risk of tuberculosis infection in vaccinated badgers and unvaccinated badger cubs. PLOS One 7, e49833, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049833 (2012).
16. Jenkins, H. E., Woodroffe, R. et al. Effects of culling on spatial associations of Mycobacterium bovis infections in badgers and cattle. Journal of Applied Ecology 44, 897-908 (2007).

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