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  • Turning Pull Into Push?

    12/11/2012 4:19:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 10 December 2012 | Adrian Cho
    Enlarge Image Up and away. Whereas a point charge is always attracted to an underlying surface, a sideways moving line of charge can be repelled, one physicist calculates. Credit: Primož R. Ribič, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012) It's textbook physics: An electric charge near the surface of a material gets pulled toward the surface. However, if the charge is spread out into the right shape and moves fast enough, that attraction becomes a repulsion, one physicist calculates. The odd finding could help physicists avoid unexpected effects when guiding beams of particles such as electrons. "At first I thought this was...
  • Toward a New Era of Humanoid Robots

    12/11/2012 4:16:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Roberta Fedele
    JEDDAH Tomotaka Takahashi, founder of ROBO GARAGE and one of Japans leaders in robot technology, is on a two-week tour of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to display and present for the first time in the Middle East some of his most famous humanoid robots. These include Ropid, Evolta, FT, Chroino and ViSion, which are capable of smooth and human-like movements. After giving a lecture and robot demonstration at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in front of more than 100 students and researchers, Takahashi repeated the presentation before Saudi engineers, technology specialists and...
  • Graphic in national newspaper shows life-sized images of unborn babies next to abortion stats

    12/11/2012 4:16:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.11.2012 | Peter Baklinski
    ONTARIO, 11 December, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) An illustrated graphic released by one of Canadas leading national newspapers is being welcomed by pro-life activists after it showed life-sized illustrations of unborn children next to statistics about how many babies that age are being aborted. At 9-12 weeks, for instance, where 41.2 percent of babies are aborted, the image shows a small baby with already discernible toes, fingers and eyes. I was absolutely thrilled to see a secular news source cover this, Jonathon Van Maren, communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, told LifeSiteNews. The graphic provides a breakdown of...
  • Businessman Married 4 Women on Same Day

    12/11/2012 4:09:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    A wealthy businessman married four women in one day at one wedding ceremony, according to press reports. The BBC had reported at the time of the wedding that South African businessman Milton Mbele broke all the traditional rules of a polygamous wedding when he recently married four women on the same day. "I do not know how much four different weddings would have cost me but I did it all at once to save money," he was quoted as saying. "For example, I just needed one tent, I had to hire one caterer and one photographer for the whole ceremony."...
  • Why a failure of leadership in the Church, on both sides of the Atlantic? Bishops conferences?

    12/11/2012 4:08:07 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 11, 2012 | WILLIAM ODDIE
    US bishops look over documents at a meeting in Baltimore (Photo: CNS) Since the presidential election, I haven’t been watching the American news channels much, I haven’t had the heart. The US appears to be about to go over something they are calling the fiscal cliff because of Obama’s triumphalistic behaviour: he won, so he’s not compromising with congressional Republicans who want much-needed public spending cuts, and he’ll blame them if they do all go over this cliff (there are, I understand, other analyses of what is happening, but I like this one best). This cliff may not seem...
  • Why is government (and society) discouraging childbearing?

    12/11/2012 4:04:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.11.2012 | Elizabeth Crnkovich
    December 11, 2012 (Pop.org) - Past generations of American pioneers, known for their openness to life, would not have believed it. They would be astonished to learn that, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, a womans fertility is not celebrated but discouraged. Women who marry early, leave the workforce, and devote themselves to the birthing and raising of children are not the norm. On the contrary, a woman is expected to pass her most fertile years acting like a man, building up a strong career, and making a lot of money. Only after she is thus established and...
  • 5% of Married Saudi Men Victims of Spousal Abuse

    12/11/2012 4:01:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Sunday, December 02, 2012
    Violence and physical abuse are traditionally linked with men carrying out these acts against their women. However, court cases in the Kingdom suggest that this violence and abuse is sometimes reversed, where the victim is the husband, according to a report in Al-Yaum newspaper. Difficult as it may seem to believe, the reality is that there are husbands who are abused and insulted by their wives. They prefer to remain anonymous to avoid being demeaned by others. Um Mohammad said that she could never have imagined that her strong-willed son would turn into a lame, easily guided person and abused...
  • President Obama Predicts GOP Will Cave on Taxes

    12/11/2012 3:57:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year. "I'm pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," Obama said today in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters. "I don't think they'll do that," he said of Republicans forcing tax-rate increases for families earning $250,000 a year or less. The sign of optimism follows weeks of tense negotiations and...
  • $1M gift to help illegal immigrants at UC Berkeley

    12/11/2012 3:55:13 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/11/2012 | The Associated PressAssociated Press
    BERKELEY, Calif.The University of California, Berkeley says a $1 million gift will help provide scholarships to nearly 200 students who are illegal immigrants
  • Ken Burns trivializes the victimization of the wrongly accused men from the Duke lacrosse case

    12/11/2012 3:49:22 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 39 replies
    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012 Ken Burns trivializes the victimization of the wrongly accused men from the Duke lacrosse case According to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the Duke University lacrosse players were "three rich white boys who were mildly inconvenienced by rape charges that proved to be false. In no time the prosecutor of that case was fired, disbarred, and put in jail, and the three ended up getting a huge settlement." See here. "Mildly inconvenienced"? Sigh. My first reaction was that I hadn't read it right. Then I read it again, and then again. Although I am sure he's seen...
  • Obama: US recognizes Syria's main rebel group

    12/11/2012 3:48:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Syria's main opposition group the sole "legitimate representative" of its country's people Tuesday, deeming the move "a big step" in the international diplomatic efforts to end Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled regime. Obama said the newly formed Syrian Opposition Council "is now inclusive enough" to be granted the elevated status, which paves the way for the greater U.S. support for the organization.
  • Freep a Poll! (you OK with paying $63 a year to cover those with pre-existing conditions?)

    12/11/2012 3:43:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 12-11-12 | LA Daily News
    Tuesday's Poll Are you OK with paying $63 a year if it means coverage for those with pre-existing conditions? Yes No
  • -Tide will soon turn against Obama-

    12/11/2012 3:38:32 PM PST · by virgil283 · 35 replies
    post-gazette ^ | Jack Kelly
    "Campaign "bundlers" for President Barack Obama have received, on average, $21,000 in federal loans and grants for every dollar they contributed....The president's supporters who aren't crony capitalists will discover shortly that Obamanomics isn't so good for them ......Community College of Allegheny County will cut back the hours of some instructors to avoid an additional $6 million in costs mandated by the provision in Obamacare that employees who work 30 or more hours a week must have health insurance.....Restaurants and retail stores have lots of employees. Profit margins typically are low. They'll be hit hardest......Obamacare doesn't go fully into effect until...
  • Why Are Preppers Hated So Much?

    12/11/2012 3:37:42 PM PST · by Kartographer · 174 replies
    End of the American Dream.com ^ | 12/10/12 | By Michael
    Have you noticed that it has become trendy to bash preppers? For a long time the prepper movement was ignored, but now it has become so large that it is getting very difficult for the mainstream media to pretend that it is not there. In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States alone. So now the mainstream media has decided that mocking the movement is the best strategy, and lots of critics and skeptics out there have picked up on this trend. Instead of addressing the very real issues that...
  • Leftists Call to Disqualify Nationalists for 'Racism'

    12/11/2012 3:37:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arut Sheva ^ | 11/12/12 | Elad Benari
    A leftist party that is running in the elections for the next Knesset has asked the Central Election Committee to disqualify Michael Ben-Ari, Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir from running in the elections in the Power to Israel party. The party that filed the appeal, leftist Eldad Yanivs Eretz Hadasha (lit. New Country), said that the three are guilty of incitement, racism and violation of democracy. Eretz Hadasha is also calling to disqualify Likud candidates Miri Regev and Danny Danon. In the appeal, the Power to Israel members are called the "Flowers of Kahane" because of their support for the...
  • Black Dignity: What's the #1 Cause of Death?

    12/11/2012 3:36:54 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    blackdignity.org ^ | Dr. Alveda King, et al.
    We Are Being Targeted. Our People Are Dying! In America today, almost as many African-American children are aborted as are born. A black baby is three times more likely to be aborted as a white baby. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent. Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.
  • Livni: In Each Generation, Some Refuse to Give Up

    12/11/2012 3:28:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/12
    Tzipi Livni lit Hanukkah candles Tuesday evening with activists from her new party.... In every generation a group of people arise who do not give in, and who fight against every challenge, even if it is hard and the odds do not look good, she said. The group keeps fighting to bring the light.
  • Which is evil: Guns or gun control?

    12/11/2012 3:27:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    communities.washingtontimes.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Frank Kacer
    CALIFORNIA December 10, 2012 The tragedy of viciously taking another persons life is always difficult to understand. But to appear noble and use these tragedies for ideological gain only cheapens the life that was lost. In the high profile murder/suicide case of Jovan Belcher of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs, the complex debate over gun control exploded on cue just like after the Aurora shooting incident (see my article here). To reduce the number of violent murders, the real culprit must be identified. If its purely a matter of a weapons existence, then severely limiting their availability or banning...
  • Lieberman: PA Tax Money Belongs to Israel

    12/11/2012 3:20:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/12
    The taxes Israel collected for the Palestinian Authority but did not pass on should go to Israel anyway to cover the PAs debts, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday, speaking at a Hanukkah event for Yisrael Beytenu party activists. I hear theyre saying that Israel froze the Palestinians tax money. We didnt freeze any Palestinian money, he said. To this point we paid 700 million shekels advance salaries for PA workers and we paid another 900 million when we absorbed the cost of water and electricity that the Palestinians were supposed to pay for but did not What were doing...
  • China sacks officials over Golden Rice controversy

    12/11/2012 3:18:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 10 December 2012 | Jane Qiu
    Chinese families did not give consent for children to consume genetically modif[i]ed rice in the part US-funded study. China has sacked three officials for breaching Chinese laws and ethical regulations during a trial in which children were fed genetically modified rice. The trial’s legitimacy was questioned in August by the environmental group Greenpeace. A three-month investigation, led by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), culminated in the decision on 6 December to sack two members of the CDC’s own staff — Yin Shi’an, the principal investigator of the Chinese arm of the project, in Beijing, and Hu...