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  • Nasa scientists braced for 'solar tsunami' to hit earth

    08/02/2010 5:25:07 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 38+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/2/2010 | Andrew Hough
    Earth could be hit by a wave of violent space weather as early as Tuesday after a massive explosion of the sun, scientists have warned. Sunspot 1092 may combine with a large filament of cool gas stretching across the sun's northern hemisphere to produce interference with communication systems on Earth The solar fireworks at the weekend were recorded by several satellites, including Nasa’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory which watched its shock wave rippling outwards. Astronomers from all over the world witnessed the huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of the Earth, which they linked to even larger eruption...
  • Oil spill teaches us scientists are not gods(Methodist Barf Alert!)

    07/16/2010 8:57:21 PM PDT · by deltaromeo11 · 11 replies · 2+ views
    UMC.org ^ | 8/16/2010 | Rev. Tina Carter
    It is the fact that the letters “Ph.D.” follow my name. It is my degrees in chemistry and a decade of work in environmental remediation that draw people’s dreamy adoration. I am held to a higher standard not just because I’m a pastor but mostly because I am a scientist. Folks assume that I know the answer to any question they might think up. With our increased demand and consumption of oil, with our increased demand for money and the greed that pervades our culture, and with the expectation of instant results born of the very technology that scientists and...
  • Iranian nuclear scientist recounts 'CIA abduction'

    07/14/2010 11:24:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/14/2010 | Richard Spencer
    Mr Amiri, 32, said he was seized and spirited from the country after being offered a lift while walking towards a mosque. He gave his account before flying home to Iran on Wednesday after taking refuge at the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani embassy in Washington earlier this week. The US state department has insisted he was in the US of his own free will but Mr Amiri said he was kidnapped by secret agents in Medina, Islam's second holiest city, in May last year. "A white van stopped in front of me... They told me in Farsi that...
  • US scientists create cloth that can listen

    07/12/2010 4:38:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/10 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – This could give a whole new meaning to the phrase power dressing. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a cloth that can hear and emit noise. The team, led by MIT professor Yoel Fink, has reached "a new milestone on the path to functional fibers: fibers that can detect and produce sound," MIT said in a statement. The development, described in the August issue of Nature Materials, transforms the usual passive nature of textiles into a virtually all-singing, all-dancing version. According to MIT, "applications could include clothes that are themselves sensitive microphones, for...
  • Scientists: Oil leaking up to 2.52M gallons daily

    06/15/2010 2:37:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 826+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/10 | Pat Henry - ap
    NEW ORLEANS – Scientists provided a new estimate for the size of the Gulf oil spill on Tuesday that indicates it could be worse than previously thought. A government panel of scientists said that the ruptured well is leaking between 1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons a day of oil. That is an increase over previous estimates that put the maximum size of the spill at 2.1 million gallons per day. "This estimate brings together several scientific methodologies and the latest information from the sea floor, and represents a significant step forward in our effort to put a number on...
  • Scientists scramble for Japanese asteroid capsule (Update: Capsule found, headed to Japan)

    06/13/2010 7:51:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 771+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/10 | Madeleine Coorey
    SYDNEY (AFP) – A capsule that scientists hope will contain a little slice of outer space after a seven-year journey across the solar system was sitting in the Australian Outback on Monday waiting to be recovered. The pod, which was ejected from a Japanese space probe as it burned up in a spectacular meteor-like display over Australia, could hold the first piece of asteroid ever brought to Earth. The heat-resistant pod parachuted into the Woomera military zone after being ejected from Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft as it flamed back into the planet's atmosphere late Sunday. Australian National University scientist Trevor Ireland,...
  • Missing piece found in particle puzzle: scientists...

    06/01/2010 4:08:50 PM PDT · by TaraP · 23 replies · 707+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 1st, 2010
    Research scientists announced on Monday they had identified the missing piece of a major puzzle involving the make-up of the universe by observing a neutrino particle change from one type to another. Science The CERN physics research center near Geneva, relaying the announcement from the Gran Sasso laboratory in central Italy, said the breakthrough was a major boost for its own LHC particle collider programme to unveil key secrets of the cosmos. According to physicists at Gran Sasso, after three years of monitoring multiple billions of muon neutrinos beamed to them through the earth from CERN 730 kms (456 miles)...
  • Breakthrough in fight against fatal Ebola as new drug saves 100% of monkeys tested! (Praise God!)

    05/29/2010 4:21:54 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 29 replies · 708+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:57 PM on 29th May 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A gene silencing approach can save monkeys from high doses of the most lethal strain of Ebola virus in what researchers call the most viable route yet to treating the deadly and frightening infection. They used small interfering RNAs or siRNAs, a new technology being developed by a number of companies, to hold the virus at bay for a week until the immune system could take over. Tests in four rhesus monkeys showed that seven daily injections cured 100 per cent of them. U.S. government researchers and a small Canadian biotech company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, worked together to develop the new...
  • UVA fights Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for researcher’s records

    05/27/2010 10:44:27 PM PDT · by reaganairport · 16 replies · 604+ views
    WSLS 10 ^ | Karin Kapsidelis
    The University of Virginia filed a court challenge today seeking to block Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's investigation of climate scientist Michael Mann. The university filed a petition in Albemarle County Circuit Court as the first step in a legal process to set aside Cuccinelli's civil subpoena seeking documents relating to global-warming research by Mann, who left U.Va. in 2005 and now works at Pennsylvania State University. President John T. Casteen III said the university intends to protect academic freedom. The issuance of Civil Investigative Demands, or CIDs, "has sent a chill through the commonwealth's colleges and universities -- a...
  • US top scientists urge coal, oil use penalties (carbon tax on fossil fuels or emissions cap&trade)

    05/19/2010 3:03:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 954+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/10 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Ditching its past cautious tone, the nation's top scientists urged the government Wednesday to take drastic action to raise the cost of using coal and oil to slow global warming. The National Academy of Sciences specifically called for a carbon tax on fossil fuels or a cap-and-trade system for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, calling global warming an urgent threat. The academy, which advises the government on scientific matters, said the nation needs to cut the pollution that causes global warming by about 57 percent to 83 percent by 2050. That's close to President Barack Obama's goal. "We really...
  • China scientists find use for cigarette butts (chemical extracts protect steel pipes from rusting)

    05/13/2010 11:27:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 331+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/10 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chemical extracts from cigarette butts -- so toxic they kill fish -- can be used to protect steel pipes from rusting, a study in China has found. In a paper published in the American Chemical Society's bi-weekly journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, the scientists in China said they identified nine chemicals after immersing cigarette butts in water. They applied the extracts to N80, a type of steel used in oil pipes, and found that they protected the steel from rusting. "The metal surface can be protected and the iron atom's further dissolution can be prevented,"...
  • Scientists decry "assaults" on climate research (~250 U.S. National Academy of Sciences members)

    05/08/2010 3:37:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 966+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/10 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 250 U.S. scientists on Thursday defended climate change research against "political assaults" and warned that any delay in tackling global warming heightens the risk of a planet-wide catastrophe. The scientists, all members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, targeted critics who have urged postponing any action against climate change because of alleged problems with research shown in a series of hacked e-mails that are collectively known as "climate-gate." "When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take...
  • Scientists: EPA 'Distorting' Biofuels Reality

    04/23/2010 9:58:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 349+ views
    Big Government ^ | 4/23/10 | Capitol Confidential
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing renewed criticism this week with scientists charging that the government arm inaccurately labeled ethanol a “renewable fuel” last February. According to reports, at the same time that it revised its renewable fuel standards, the EPA also re-ran numbers relating to corn-based ethanol’s lifecycle emissions, and determined that ethanol was responsible for substantially less greenhouse-gas emissions than gasoline, thus allowing it to be redesignated as “renewable.” But, scientists argue, the underlying data remained the same, and demonstrated that ethanol was not a “green” energy source. Nonetheless, they charge, the EPA presented the data in...
  • Iceland volcano unlikely to slow global warming: scientists

    04/16/2010 7:20:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,130+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/10 | Richard Ingham
    PARIS (AFP) – Big volcanic eruptions have had a cooling effect on Earth's climate, but the Icelandic event is too small to provide any such respite from manmade global warming, scientists said on Friday. The benchmark cooling event of the past 20 years was in 1991, when Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines. It cooled Earth's surface by 0.5 degrees Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next year, enough to offset the impact of greenhouse gases from 1991 to 1993. A smaller cooling episode occurred in 1980, when Mount St. Helens in the US state of Washington blew its top,...
  • Will IITs, IIMs fall victim to poaching by foreign universities?

    04/09/2010 2:53:42 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 5 replies · 633+ views
    Times of India ^ | Mar 16, 2010, 02.51am IST | Hemali Chhapia
    MUMBAI: In 2008, when Atlanta-based Georgia Tech University bought 250 acres of land in Hyderabad it left many gaping. It did something even more astonishing shortly afterwards: it invited its own faculty members to quit their jobs and consider moving to India. A professor in the computer science department of the university told TOI: ‘‘Each one of us got a formal note. Even more amazingly, he added, all of us were offered the same salary that we were getting in Georgia. It was clearly an offer very few would even think of refusing; given the cost of living in India,...
  • BREAKING: Obama Administration Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists

    04/08/2010 3:34:46 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 47 replies · 1,216+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4-8-10 | Roger L. Simon
    The Obama administration is now denying U.S. visas to Israeli scientists who work at that nation’s Dimona nuclear reactor. This startling reversal of traditional policy was reported April 7, 2010, in the Israeli website/newspaper NRG/Maariv (link to the original Hebrew here and to an exclusive Pajamas Media translation here). This could be yet another flashpoint in the increasingly sensitive relations between the administration, the American Jewish community, and Israel. The revelation in Maariv came only a day before the arrival in New York of Tariq Ramadan — controversial grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna — whose visa was...
  • US Refuses Visas to all Israeli Nuclear Scientists

    04/08/2010 7:39:29 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 396 replies · 11,749+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Clarice Feldman
    In a new and ridiculous policy, the US is denying Israeli scientists who work at the Dimona reactor site an opportunity to refresh their knowedge, Joshua Pundit reports: Ma'ariv reported today that the Israeli government was stunned when every nuclear technician at Israel's Dimona reactor who had submitted visa requests to visit the United States for ongoing university education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering had their visa applications summarily rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor.
  • Mega-flood triggered cooling 13,000 years ago: scientists

    03/31/2010 11:05:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,642+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/10 | David Fogarty
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scientists say they have found the trigger of a sharp cooling 13,000 years ago that plunged Europe into a mini ice age. Mark Bateman from the University of Sheffield in England said a catastrophic flood unleashed from a giant North American lake dumped large amounts of freshwater into the Arctic Ocean. This led to the shutting down of the Gulf Stream ocean circulation pattern that brings warmth to Europe. "We're talking about a lake the size of the UK emptying very quickly," Bateman told Reuters by telephone. "We don't know the exact period of time but we're...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA 'Intelligence Coup'

    03/30/2010 4:14:24 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 44 replies · 3,100+ views
    ABC News ^ | 03/30/10 | Matthew Cole
    An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials. Shahram Amiri, a nuclear physicist in his early 30s, went missing last June three days after arriving in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, according to the Iranian government. The officials were said to have termed the defection of the scientist, Shahram Amiri, "an intelligence coup" in the continuing CIA operation to spy on and undermine Iran's nuclear program. A spokesperson for the CIA declined to comment....
  • Monckton attacks BYU on climate science

    03/24/2010 8:10:02 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 39 replies · 799+ views
    Mid Utah Radio.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | Bruce Mehew
    (OREM) – A former advisor to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says scientists and the media have falsified data and exaggerated conclusions suggesting that mankind is behind climate change. Speaking at a forum at Utah Valley University on Tuesday, Lord Christopher Monckton attacked a Brigham Young University geochemistry professor and his colleagues, who have taken state lawmakers to task for over-relying on climate skeptics, like himself, for their information. He accused the BYU scientists of being terrified of “non-political” and scientific arguments refuting mainstream climate science and said “post-normal science” is being practiced the way science was done under Hitler’s...
  • Obama File 99 Security Risk?

    03/15/2010 3:01:45 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 13 replies · 344+ views
    NEWZEAL BLOG ^ | Monday, March 08, 2010 | Trevor Loudon
    Obama "Science Czar" John Holdren and the Federation of American Scientists Obama file 98 here Obama "Science Czar" John Holdren, has a history with the communist influenced journal, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Of even more concern are Holdren's deep ties to a related organization, the Federation of American Scientists. Holdren has held important posts in the Federation and still listed as a member of the F.A.S. Sponsor's Board. Like the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the F.A.S. was founded immediately after WW2, by left-leaning scientists, many of whom had worked in the Manhattan Project to create the U.S. atomic...
  • Scientists to review climate body

    03/10/2010 1:45:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 452+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/10/10 | BBC
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the world's science academies to review work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Work will be co-ordinated by the Inter-Academy Council, which brings together bodies such as the UK's Royal Society. The IPCC has been under pressure over errors in its last major assessment of climate science in 2007. Mr Ban said the overall concept of man-made climate change was robust, and action to curb emissions badly needed. The Inter-Academy Council will convene a panel of experts to conduct the review, and will be run independently of UN agencies. "Let me be...
  • Ehrlich’s lifetime of hot air

    03/07/2010 12:35:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 44+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 7, 2010 | Mitch_Berg
    I was reading Ed’s piece on the apparent attempt by “human-caused global warming” partisans at the National Academy of Sciences to attack their detractors (via the NYTimes, naturally, rather than via actual science or anything), and I came across this bit here (emphasis added): “Most of our colleagues don’t seem to grasp that we’re not in a gentlepersons’ debate, we’re in a street fight against well-funded, merciless enemies who play by entirely different rules,” Paul R. Ehrlich, a Stanford University researcher, said in one of the e-mails. Paul Ehrlich. Leading the attack. Ladies and gentlemen, this battle may be over....
  • Humans must be to blame for climate change, say scientists (No other way around it)

    03/06/2010 7:46:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 644+ views
    3/05/10
    Link only - Humans must be to blame for climate change, say scientists
  • Scientists must rein in misleading climate change claims

    02/28/2010 10:44:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies · 694+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 11 February 2009 12.30 GMT | Dr Vicky Pope - Met Office Hadley Centre
    News headlines vie for attention and it is easy for scientists to grab this attention by linking climate change to the latest extreme weather event or apocalyptic prediction. But in doing so, the public perception of climate change can be distorted. The reality is that extreme events arise when natural variations in the weather and climate combine with long-term climate change. This message is more difficult to get heard. Scientists and journalists need to find ways to help to make this clear without the wider audience switching off.Recent headlines have proclaimed that Arctic summer sea ice has decreased so much...
  • Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues

    02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 331 replies · 5,189+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | February 21, 2010 | Canada East Interactive Staff
    TORONTO - There are still no leads in the case of an eastern Ontario scientist who disappeared without a trace last month, leaving his colleagues mystified. Lachlan Cranswick hasn't been seen since Jan. 18, when he left work at the National Research Council's Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, northwest of Ottawa. His nearby Deep River house was reportedly left unlocked and his car was in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport have all been accounted for......
  • Bill Nye, the Political Science Guy

    02/22/2010 1:41:02 AM PST · by SvenWaring · 21 replies · 904+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 02-22-2010 | Sven Waring
    Not just content with being Bill Nye, the Science Guy, the nation's leading nerd will take on a new role: Bill Nye, the Political Science guy. Nye said more political ideology is needed among the nation's youngsters. "There just isn't enough political indoctrination in the schools," said Nye. "Sure English class, social studies, history, health, gym, music, and art classes have all been corrupted by the left-leaning educational establishment, but the sciences have been left almost free of demagoguery." Nye said his political science guy character will change that.
  • Fleeting Youth, Fading Creativity [Where Are The Young james Watsons, Einsteins, and Newtons?]

    02/20/2010 9:32:34 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 897+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | February 20, 2010
    FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Fleeting Youth, Fading Creativity The decline of successful young scientists could hurt innovation; tracking peak performance By JONAH LEHRER When James Watson was 24 years old, he spent more time thinking about women than work, according to his memoir "Genes, Girls and Gamow." His hair was unkempt and his letters home were full of references to "wine-soaked lunches." But when Mr. Watson wasn't chasing after girls, he was hard at work in his Cambridge lab, trying to puzzle out the structure of DNA. In 1953, when Mr. Watson was only 25, he co-wrote one of the most...
  • Iceberg Ahead (scientists who play fast and loose with the 'facts' imperiling the planet)

    02/20/2010 6:49:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies · 1,392+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Fred Guterl
    Iceberg AheadClimate scientists who play fast and loose with the facts are imperiling not just their profession but the planet. By Fred Guterl | NEWSWEEK Published Feb 19, 2010 One of the most impressive visuals in Al Gore's now famous slide show on global warming is a graph known as the "hockey stick." It shows temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere rising slowly for most of the last thousand years and turning steeply upward in the last half of the 20th century. As evidence of the alarming rate of global warming, it tells a simple and compelling story. That's one reason...
  • Climate scientists are losing ground against deniers' disinformation (Hussein tactics needed)

    02/16/2010 6:10:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies · 844+ views
    Guardian ^ | 2/15/10 | Joss Garman
    Climate scientists are losing ground against deniers' disinformationThe IPCC and scientific community urgently need to focus on rebuilding trust and could learn a few tactics from Barack Obama Joss Garman guardian.co.uk, Monday 15 February 2010 11.54 GMT There's an incredibly powerful movement opposed to action on climate change. Without doubt it had more influence on the outcome of the climate negotiations in Copenhagen than many of the world's countries combined. Obama knew if he signed up to something that would truly deliver significant cuts in global warming pollution, he'd suffer a serious blow from this movement's army of activists and...
  • Climategate U-turn: Astonishment as scientist at centre of global warming email row admits vital...

    02/13/2010 6:46:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 90 replies · 2,429+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 13th February 2010 | Jonathan Petre
    Astonishment as scientist at centre of global warming email row admits vital data was not well organised The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information. Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers. Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper...
  • ALGERIA: Al-Qaeda Launches Middle-Class Recruitment Drive

    02/12/2010 4:28:28 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 338+ views
    ADNKRONOS.com (AKI) ^ | February 11, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Algiers, 11 Feb. (AKI) - Al-Qaeda has launched a new campaign to recruit university students, scientists and IT specialists in Algeria. "We appeal to undergraduates, chemists, doctors and IT specialists to join our ranks," the terror network said in a statement published on jihadist websites on Thursday. "Remember the massacres that take place every day in Palestine, in Cechyna, Iraq and Afghanistan," said the statement signed by 'Abu Muslim al-Jazairi'. Al-Qaeda is seeking new bomb-makers and medics who can help treat fighters wounded in clashes with Algerian security forces, according to daily El-Nahar. Currently, 80 pecent of young people...
  • Scientists Seek Better Way to do Climate Report [New Ways to Fool the Sheeple?]

    02/12/2010 12:46:09 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | February 10, 2010 | Seth Borenstein
    (Mistakes in one out of four Nobel Prize-winning IPCC reports have embarrassed climate change scientists.) A steady drip of unsettling errors is exposing what scientists are calling "the weaker link" in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning series of international reports on global warming. The flaws — and the erosion they've caused in public confidence — have some scientists calling for drastic changes in how future United Nations climate reports are done. A push for reform being published in Thursday's issue of a prestigious scientific journal comes on top of a growing clamor for the resignation of the chairman of the Intergovernmental...
  • Climate emails review panellist quits after his impartiality questioned

    02/12/2010 10:48:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 788+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 12 February 2010 | David Batty and David Adam
    Nature editor Philip Campbell forced out of independent panel after saying there was nothing to suggest a cover up by scientists at the University of East Anglia ‘The scientists have not hidden the data. If you look at the emails there are one or two that are jargon’ - Philip Campbell. A member of an independent panel to investigate claims that climate scientists covered up flawed data on global warming has been forced to resign after sceptics questioned his impartiality. Philip Campbell, editor in chief of Nature, stepped down from the panel yesterday, just hours after its official launch, after...
  • Haifa scientists’ find may help millions

    02/11/2010 8:22:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 378+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 2/11/10 | JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
    Forty million Americans have end-stage kidney disease, or ESKD. About 500,000 of them are in the terminal stage, as are 5,000 Israelis. African- and Hispanic Americans have a double-to-quadruple risk for the fatal disorder, compared to Caucasians of European origin. Now an Israeli research team has discovered new genetic data on a DNA region that could predict who will develop the disease, and eventually help millions of people of African ancestry, The Jerusalem Post has learned. So far, the only ways to prolong their lives are undergoing dialysis a few times a week or getting a kidney transplant. The team,...
  • Scientists say IPCC should be overhauled or scrapped

    02/10/2010 5:53:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies · 425+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 11, 2010 | Leigh Dayton, Science writer
    INTERNATIONAL scientists have called for the world's peak climate change body to be revamped or scrapped after damaging controversies that have dogged the expert panel in recent months. The scientists suggest a range of options, from tightening the selection of lead authors and contributors to the International Panel on Climate Change, to dumping it in favour of a small permanent body, or even turning the whole climate science assessment process into a moderated "living" Wikipedia-IPCC. Writing today in the journal Nature, five US, British, German and Swiss climate scientists - all contributing or lead IPCC report authors - agreed a...
  • New Episodes Of Scientists Behaving Badly

    02/05/2010 7:47:21 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies · 576+ views
    The Wall Steet Journal ^ | Feb 4, 2010 | ERIC FELTEN
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL * OPINION: DE GUSTIBUS * FEBRUARY 4, 2010, 10:00 P.M. ET New Episodes Of Scientists Behaving Badly Scandals just keep pouring from the laboratories By ERIC FELTEN This has not been the proudest of weeks for science. Twelve years after publishing an article purporting to prove a link between childhood vaccines and autism, the prominent British medical journal Lancet finally retracted the paper in its entirety. But only after Britain's General Medical Council found that the author of that article had been "irresponsible and dishonest" in his research, bringing medical science "into disrepute." That wasn't the...
  • Pakistani Scientist Convicted of Trying to Kill Americans

    02/03/2010 11:42:34 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 13 replies · 419+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2-3-10
    NEW YORK — A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist has been convicted of charges she tried to kill Americans while she was detained in Afghanistan. A Manhattan jury found Aafia Siddiqui guilty Wednesday of seven counts of attempted murder. Authorities had called her an Al Qaeda supporter before she was detained in Afghanistan in 2008. They claim she was caught carrying bomb-making instructions and a list of New York landmarks. However, she had not faced terrorism charges.
  • Scientists broke the law by hiding climate change data: ...won't be prosecuted

    01/29/2010 8:08:50 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 15 replies · 512+ views
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | 1/28/10 | David Derbyshire
    Scientist at the heart of the 'Climategate' email scandal broke the law when they refused to give raw data to the public, the privacy watchdog has ruled. The Information Commissioner's office said University of East Anglia researchers breached the Freedom of Information Act when handling requests from climate change sceptics. But the scientists will escape prosecution because the offences took place more than six months ago. The revelation comes after a string of embarrassing blunders and gaffes for climate scientists and will fuel concerns that key researchers are too secretive and too arrogant. It will pile pressure on the director...
  • SHOCKER!! UN Climate Guru Knew Glacier Melt Numbers Were Bogus

    01/23/2010 10:17:17 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 41 replies · 1,308+ views
    The LID/UK Daily MAIL ^ | 1/24/10 | The Lid
    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Al Gore's supposed scientific consensus is crumbling before our very eyes. Between Climategate, the phony hockey stick, The NASA climate change guru who refused to fix bogus numbers, and the big Himalayan Glacier Melt are all examples of how the man-made climate change scientists have been scamming us all along. Here's a new shocker. That Himalayan glacier melt prediction that turned out to be 300 years off...well the man in charge of the project Dr Murari Lal knew all along the prediction did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research. But the...
  • 100 Polish Scientists Condemn In Vitro Fertilization [ NaProTechnology Success 76% vs. IVF 10-15%]

    01/11/2010 5:14:34 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 1 replies · 379+ views
    Lifesite News ^ | Monday Jan 11, 2010 | By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    WARSAW, January 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A group of Polish scientists have issued a document demanding that the government legislate a statutory ban on artificial (in vitro) fertilization procedures. The 100 signatories also call for full government funding of NaProTechnology, an ethically acceptable and highly successful method of evaluating and treating infertility. The demand from the scientists follows on the heels of an open letter delivered to the Polish parliament last September from hundreds of doctors and medical professionals, urging them to vote against legalizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and opt instead for the more successful, safer, and natural treatment...
  • Scientists discovery antibody that kills prostate cancer

    US researchers have found an antibody that hunts down prostate cancer cells in mice and can destroy the killer disease even in an advanced stage, a study showed Monday.
  • Top scientists share their future predictions

    12/28/2009 3:27:07 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 707+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | 12/27/2009 | Bryon Appleyard
    Nothing much is going to happen in the next 10 years. Of course, that’s not counting the diesel-excreting bacteria, the sequencing of your entire genome for $1,000, massive banks of frozen human eggs, space tourism, the identification of dark matter, widespread sterilisation of young adults, telepathy, supercomputer models of our brains, the discovery of life’s origins, maybe the disappearance of Bangladesh and certainly the loss of 247m acres of tropical forest. As I said, just another decade really. These days, “just another decade” always means 10 years of future shock. Science, technology and the contemporary mania for change combine to...
  • CIMATE CHANGE: WHERE CAN I FIND THE DEFINITIVE LIST OF DISSENTING SCIENTISTS?

    12/26/2009 10:07:35 AM PST · by MrChips · 26 replies · 1,301+ views
    Hi all, I have been trying to do a little research on the whole Climate Change thing, Climate-gate, et al. But I keep hearing there are 700 scientists, or 30,000 scientists (!) who dissent. Where is the best place for me to find such information? (Yes, I know of the list on Wikipedia, but it seems incomplete, at best).
  • Scientists discover natural flu-fighting proteins

    12/17/2009 3:32:36 PM PST · by decimon · 12 replies · 719+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. researchers have discovered antiviral proteins in cells that naturally fight off influenza infections, a finding that may lead to better ways to make vaccines and protect people against the flu. They said a family of genes act as cell sentries that guard cells from an invading influenza virus, the team reported on Thursday in the journal Cell. "This prevents the virus from even getting into the cell," said Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Investigator at Brigham & Women's Hospital. "It is out there fighting the flu all of the time," Elledge...
  • Major Darwin Predicts Civilization's Doom Unless Century Brings Wide Eugenic Reforms (NYT 1932)

    12/16/2009 1:49:34 PM PST · by MNDude · 19 replies · 950+ views
    Aug 21, 1932 Eugenists from all over the world will attend the Third International Congress of Eugenics today and tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History. At general and sectional meetings they will discuss advances in the study for the physical and mental improvement of the human race. Aug 23, 1932 Eugenic reforms must be adopted within the next hundred years if civilization is to go on, was the message of Major Leonard Darwin, son of Charles Darwin, founder of the modern theory of evolution, read last night at the Third International Congress of Eugenics, which opened yesterday at...
  • Aussie scientists find coconut-carrying octopus (first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate?)

    12/15/2009 9:07:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 2,453+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/09 | Kristen Gelineau - ap
    SYDNEY – Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. Julian Finn and Mark Norman of Museum Victoria in Melbourne observed the odd activity in four of the creatures during a series of dive...
  • Manmade Global Warming: GOREy Science Fiction, Not Science Fact

    12/14/2009 4:49:55 AM PST · by OK Right · 4 replies · 572+ views
    OK, WE'RE RIGHT! ^ | December 14, 2009 | Oscar De Los Santos and Kelly L. Goodridge
    Thanks to thousands of pages of “Warmergate” e-mails that were leaked last month from the Climatic Research Unit’s (CRU) computers in England, we understand why it’s 18 degrees as we sit in the northeast and hammer out another essay (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1235395/SPECIAL-INVESTIGATION-Climate-change-emails-row-deepens--Russians-admit-DID-send-them.html). The wind is roaring and it feels like four degrees and it isn’t even officially winter. Global warming? Hardly. Despite the mainstream media’s lack of coverage and the Obama administration’s denial, there’s strong evidence that we’ve been lied to for years about human-caused climate change. Rush Limbaugh asserts that the “left has already corrupted science,” and that “it’s one of...
  • Cal Thomas: Scientists 'Can't Get the Grants if They Don't Toe the Line' on Climate Change

    12/13/2009 5:26:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 1,442+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 12, 2009 - 15:17 ET * Bookmark and Share * [Printer-friendly version] | Brad Wilmouth
    While it is not uncommon to see those who are climate change skeptics challenged in the media for having a pro-business financial interest in voicing their views, on Saturday's Fox News Watch, conservative columnist and regular panel member Cal Thomas made an observation that cuts in the opposite direction rarely given attention in the mainstream media -- that there are financial incentives that can also pressure scientists to voice agreement with the climate change theory that blames human activity for affecting climate patterns.After panel member Judith Miller argued that Climategate should have inspired more public debate among scientists -- which could then have...
  • 1,700 UK Scientists Back Climate Science

    12/10/2009 8:22:30 AM PST · by RogerWilko · 85 replies · 2,231+ views
    AP ^ | 12/10/09 | The Associated Press
    Over 1,700 scientists in Britain have signed a statement defending the evidence for human-made climate change in the wake of hacked e-mails that emboldened climate skeptics. E-mails stolen from an English university appeared to show scientists discussing ways to shield data from public scrutiny and suppress others' work. Climate skeptics — those who deny that human activity is responsible for global warming — have seized on the correspondence as evidence that scientists have conspired to hide the facts. Most scientists say the e-mails do nothing to undermine the evidence for climate change. More than 1,700 signed a statement released Thursday,...