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  • Spotting silicon in graphene, it's dope

    11/27/2012 1:04:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 26 November 2012 | David Bradley
    Atomic structures for three-fold and four-fold coordinated silicon impurities in monolayer graphene © APSA combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy and atomic-resolution spectroscopic techniques has allowed US researchers to pick out individual silicon atoms in a doped graphene sheet. The technique reveals that the silicon atoms can exist in a planar hybridised ‘sp2d’ like form when bonded to four carbon atoms, as well as the anticipated sp3 form when triply coordinated. The experimental observations mesh with simulations of two-dimensional solids and point the way to a method for exploring single impurities in graphene and related materials.Stephen Pennycook and colleagues at...
  • Markets Just Slipped After Senator Reid's Comments

    11/27/2012 12:59:10 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-27-2012 | Sam Ro
    Markets Just Slipped After Senator Reid's Comments Sam RoNov. 27, 2012, 2:29 PMMarkets have been quiet for most of the day. But in the last few minutes, we've seen stocks lose their legs. Bloomberg is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little progress has been made regarding fiscal cliff negotiations and that he was "disappointed." If Congress is unable to make a deal, a series of tax cuts and spending programs are set to expire by the end of the year, potentially cutting 2013 GDP by as much as 5%.
  • 'Shut Up, Grandpa'

    11/27/2012 12:43:42 PM PST · by 867V309 · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    But history and reason will not be denied. Ridicule, loot, and euthanize the "old white men" at your peril. The progressive path blazed by the leading lights of today's youthful, female, minority majority -- George Soros, Andy Stern, Bill Ayers, Al Gore, Harry Reid -- not to mention the fresh young minority girls who made it all possible -- Marx, Lenin, Dewey, Marcuse, et al -- will indeed lead America to fundamental transformation.
  • Jeb Bush hammers teachers unions at education summit

    11/27/2012 12:02:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    Washington Time ^ | 11/27/12 | Ben Wolfgang
    In the fight to reform American schools, former Florida Gov. and outspoken education advocate Jeb Bush on Tuesday took direct aim at labor groups and joined a growing chorus who believe real change must start by loosening the grip of teachers unions. We need to have a teacher evaluation system that is based on teachers being professionals, not part of some collective trade union bargaining process, said Mr. Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education Reform, which kicked off its national summit in D.C. on Tuesday. We have a system to reward teachers thats based on an industrialized,...
  • Sandy Victim Says President Didnt Follow Through on Promise to Help

    11/27/2012 11:53:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    After Hurricane Sandy hit along the New Jersey Shore and throughout New York City, President Obama traveled to the affected area and delivered a message to both victims and the federal government, advising the fed to use no bureaucracy, no red tape get resources where theyre needed as fast as possible. To the victims, he promised assistance. We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet. It was that same day that an emotional embrace between the president and a New Jersey businesswoman, Donna Vanzant, was...
  • National security risk: Far-right leader pushes Hungary to draw up list of Jews

    11/27/2012 11:46:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/2012 | Staff
    BUDAPEST, Hungary -- A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up a list of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungarys third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.
  • Female military members sue to serve in combat

    11/27/2012 11:40:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Four female military service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday and is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.
  • Even A Stopped Clock . . .[Paul Krugman, Making Sense!]

    11/27/2012 11:39:40 AM PST · by zeestephen · 40 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 26 November 2012 | Mark Krikorian
    "Whenever you see some business person complaining how he cant find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage theyre offering."
  • White House: 'There Are No Unanswered Questions' On Rice's Involvement With Benghazi Misinformation

    11/27/2012 11:36:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/27/2012 | staff
    Jay Carney told the White House press pool that the focus on Ambassador Rice is "misplaced" when investigating Benghazi. Carney said that "there are no unanswered questions" when it concerns Ambassador Rice, what she knew, and who gave her the information that was the basis of her comments on the Sunday shows the weekend after the attack on the US consulate in Libya.
  • Can You Trust the President, Congress or the Courts to Protect Your Privacy Rights?

    11/27/2012 11:34:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://us4.campaign-archive1.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | John Whitehead
    The game is rigged, the network is bugged, the government talks double-speak, the courts are complicit and theres nothing you can do about it.David Kravets, reporting for Wired Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. This is the reality of the internet-dependent, plugged-in life of most Americans today. A process which started shortly after 9/11 with programs like National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping and Total Information Awareness has grown into a full-fledged network of warrantless surveillance, electronic tracking and data mining, thanks to federal agents having been granted carte blanche access to...
  • Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ

    11/27/2012 11:33:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael DAntuono is part of a larger exhibit called Artists on the Stump the Road to the White House 2012. Its on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th.
  • Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes

    11/27/2012 11:24:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Science Codex ^ | November 15, 2012 | NA
    A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease. The research appears the December issue of Diabetologia, a publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). "Previous studies proposed the existence of an association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of and Type 1 diabetes, but this is the first time that the theory has...
  • Fox News Ends Interview after left-wing journalist calls Benghazi"small firefight"

    11/27/2012 11:02:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://tv.yahoo.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Sadie Gennis
    Fox News abruptly ended an interview Monday after author Thomas Ricks accused the network of bias. During an interview with Jon Scott, Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Generals, accused Fox of hyping up the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. "When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott demanded. "How many security contractors died in Iraq? Do you know?" Ricks responded. "Nobody does, because nobody cared." Ricks went on to describe the attack as a "small firefight" before adding: "I...
  • GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan

    11/27/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called Dream Act to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. GOP Sens. Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they have introduced a bill that would reward those who take college classes or join the military. We have got to get this ball rolling, said Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican who is retiring this year. We have to have a discussion that is sensible, that is calm....
  • Rice: We didn't intend to mislead on Benghazi

    11/27/2012 10:32:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | BYRON TAU
    Under fire from congressional critics, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stressed in a Tuesday statement that she did not intend to mislead the public about the September 11th attacks on the Benghazi consulate. "Neither I nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved," Rice said. Rice has emerged as a high-profile administration for congressional critics who claim that the Obama administration tried to cover up a terrorist link to the attacks. Rice and acting...
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • Joe Klein defends Susan Rice, says security fine for dead ambassador

    11/27/2012 9:54:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Defending United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice even more than the White House, Time's Joe Klein Monday declared on MSNBC that not only was terrorism not part of the initial attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, but that slain Ambassador Chris Stevens had enough security despite reports he had begged for more. "The talking points were accurate," he said of Rice's initial claim that the attack and slaying were sparked by an an anti-Muslim movie, not terrorism, a claim later revised by the administration. On the issue of more security, Klein said of Stevens, "he wasn't requesting -- the...
  • DOD Wastes Billions on Non Military Projects

    11/27/2012 9:44:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2012
    The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for protecting national security and providing military forces to deter war, yet it blows tens of billions of dollars on preposterous things unrelated to its mission. A variety of unimaginable examples are featured in a baffling report (Department of Everything ) published this month by a Republican U.S. Senator, who asserts the Pentagon could easily save around $70 billion over ten years without cutting any Army brigade combat teams, Navy combat ships or Air Force fighter squadrons. It could be done simply by getting rid of the waste, according to the findings. Thats...
  • No War On Christmas Here! On Fox & Friends, Gun Club Defends Toddlers Posing With Santa And Guns

    11/27/2012 9:35:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Matt Wilstein
    “Everybody wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, so why not get a real gun when you’re an adult?” If there was one place in America where you could expect to see photos of people posing with Santa Claus and their AK-47′s, it would be Scottsdale, Arizona, home of the country’s largest indoor gun range. This morning, Fox & Friends invited Scottsdale Gun Club general manager Ron Kennedy to defend the organization’s controversial practice of having members pose with Santa and their guns. Gretchen Carlson questioned the appropriateness of these types of images in Arizona in light of last...
  • Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level Since February '08

    11/27/2012 9:25:58 AM PST · by mykroar · 37 replies
    Foxbusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Reuters
    Consumer confidence rose to a four-and-a-half-year high in November as consumers became more optimistic about the outlook for the economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 73.7 up from an upwardly revised 73.1 the month before, its highest since February 2008. Economists had expected a reading of 73.0, according to a Reuters poll. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2012/11/27/consumer-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-february-08/#ixzz2DRcxDlqn