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SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH

21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my co-founder Collin for helping get it all off the ground 6 years ago, our 3 longest serving volunteers Daoud, Sonya & Janet, and all of the other volunteers who have so kindly helped out over the years. Overall we have […]...

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SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Image of the week – Technology
...

Quote of the week – Einstein on War
“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”- Einstein...

Wave of Iraq car bombings kill at least 48 people as sectarian violence surges
ABC – At least 17 car bombs have exploded across Iraq, killing about 48 people and wounding 130 as sectarian violence continues to surge. The blasts mainly targeted Shiite majority cities and towns. The deadliest violence was in and around...

India successfully tests nuclear-capable missile
ABC – The Indian government says it has conducted a second successful test firing of a nuclear-capable missile able to reach as far as Beijing and much of Europe. The rocket is India’s latest attempt to keep up with China’s...

Two die in grenade attacks in Rwanda
Al Jazeera – Two separate grenade blasts have killed two people in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, as the country prepares for elections predicted to bolster the ruling party of President Paul Kagame. One grenade exploded on Saturday near a busy...

Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane’s report
Telegraph – Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands. The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence...

Video of the week – War Dividend: US arms firms ready to cash in if Syria attacked
...

China builds fast to trigger drone race with America
Sunday Times – CHINA has sent a military drone on what is thought to be the first mission of its kind in a significant show of the country’s determination to match America and Japan in the technology of warfare. Japanese...

Israel has 80 nukes, can about triple inventory – report
RT – Israel has never confirmed or denied possession of nuclear weapons, but according to new report by US experts it has at least 80 operative warheads and has enough material to produce up to 190 more. In a report...

Open Your Eyes News Recommends – Hear The Silence: The Dr Andrew Wakefield Story
This drama “Hear the Silence,” first aired on British television in 2003, then disappeared for nearly a decade before recently resurfacing on YouTube. It tells the story of British gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 research published in The Lancet...

Internet Freedom Undert Attack – Russian telecom authorities temporarily blacklist Facebook
RT – Facebook was added to Russia’s internet blacklist after content on one of the social network’s pages was deemed to be illegal. The popular site was given three days to delete the content or face a complete nationwide ban....

Egypt listed as dangerous for journalists
Aljazeera – The recent violence and political turmoil in Egypt has seen many journalists arrested on the front line. Six journalists have been killed and at least 25 more arrested, with Al Jazeera being among the most frequently targeted. Among...

Church of England shame – Lambeth Palace in ‘zero hours contracts’ controversy
Daily Telegraph – Jesus famously worked wonders with five loaves and two fishes but the Archbishop of Canterbury has been accused of resorting to controversial “zero hours contracts” to feed his own multitudes.The Church of England has disclosed that catering...

Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter
Reuters – Turkey said its warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter on Monday after it crossed into Turkish airspace and the government warned it had taken all necessary measures to defend itself against any further such violations. Turkey scrambled two...

Marikana inquiry accuses South African police of lying about shooting striking miners
ABC – A South African commission of inquiry has found police lied about the shooting of dozens of miners last year. The 34 miners were shot dead as they held a strike to try to secure better wages and conditions....

Dozens missing after landslide devastates Mexican town
DW – At least 58 people were listed as missing in the small village of La Pintada on Thursday, after a landside devastated the remote community of several hundred people in Mexico’s southwestern Guerrero state. “We are not sure for...

Calls mount to ban Greek far-right party Golden Dawn
DW – The far-right opposition party in Greece’s parliament, Golden Dawn, denied involvement in the murder of a popular hip hop singer as Greece remained in lock-down on Thursday because of a public servant strike over feared job cuts. Wednesday’s...

Warning of three-person IVF ‘risks’
BBC – Concerns about the safety of a pioneering therapy that would create babies with DNA from three people have been raised by researchers. The advanced form of IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases. Read article...

Britain: Swine flu vaccine can trigger narcolepsy, UK government concedes
Guardian – The government is to reverse its stance on the safety of a swine flu vaccine given to 6 million people in Britain and accept that on rare occasions the jab can trigger the devastating sleep disorder narcolepsy. The...

Golden Eye-style energy beam is developed by Nato scientists
Telegraph – The device uses an intense pulse of electromagnetic energy that can be directed at a moving vehicle to interfere with the electronics on board. Tests conducted by Nato scientists who have been developing the device in Norway show...

The Coming Cashless Society – Biometric payments make appearance at UK festival
Secure ID News – Large concert and festival organizers have been issuing RFID-enabled wristbands for ticketing so attendees don’t have to worry about losing paper tickets. As an added utility, these same wristbands often enable a user to check in...

Security forces storm pro-Mursi town near Cairo to reassert control
Reuters – Egyptian security forces and militants exchanged fire as police stormed a town near Cairo dominated by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday, arresting dozens in an operation to reimpose state control. A police general was...

Gov’t data: Greek unemployment dips as economy claws back growth
DW – Government economic data from Greece suggest that the crisis-hit eurozone country might slowly creep out of depression. But the country’s statistics agency still shows a contraction compared to last year. Between April and June, quarterly gross domestic product...

Japan’s PM Wants Fukushima Completely Scrapped
AP – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country’s crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just the four already slated for decommissioning. He also told TEPCO officials to...

Nanocrystal catalyst transforms impure hydrogen into electricity
Phys.org —The quest to harness hydrogen as the clean-burning fuel of the future demands the perfect catalysts—nanoscale machines that enhance chemical reactions. Scientists must tweak atomic structures to achieve an optimum balance of reactivity, durability, and industrial-scale synthesis. In an...

Russian Mediterranean fleet to be expanded to 11 warships
RT – The Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea will be boosted by another military vessel till the end of September, according to the country’s Black Sea Fleet command. The large landing ship, Yamal, is set to depart from...

Whale of a fine: after blowing $6bn, JP Morgan’s trader costs another $920m
Guardian – Last spring the City of London was rife with rumours about a trader at the vast JP Morgan investment bank who was making such huge bets on the highly complex – and deeply risky – derivatives markets that...

Harvard study finds food expiration labels are misleading
Reuters – Americans throw out billions of pounds of food every year because they falsely believe “sell-by” and “best-before” dates on package labels indicate food safety, researchers have found. A study published Wednesday by Harvard Law School and the Natural...

Britain: Building bird sanctuaries with London’s mud
DW – A British bird protection society and a rail network have come together to build Europe’s largest habitat creation project. The reclaimed natural landscape is made from soil excavated from beneath London’s streets. Read article...

Sustainability education picks up in Germany
DW – In Germany, schools in different states are slowly starting to incorporate the subject of sustainability into their syllabus. But, there are problems in standardizing common goals. The Ernst Mach selective high school on the outskirts of Cologne is...

Medical Marijuana Users Fight to Keep Infant Daughter
WILX-TV – A strong message was sent to the Department of Human Services, just four days after Steve and Maria Green of Lansing Helplessly watched as their infant daughter, Bree, was taken from their care. The reason given? The state-sanctioned...

Lens combines human and insect vision to focus wide-angle views
Physorg – A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. The results could be smartphones that rival the photo...

Everyday sadists take pleasure in others’ pain
Association for Psychological Science – Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others — when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable,...

Six killed in two blasts near army sites in Egypt’s Sinai
Reuters – Six Egyptian army officers were killed on Wednesday in two car bomb explosions near military units in the Sinai Peninsula, close to the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, a military statement said. Another 10 military officers and...

Bill to ban child beauty pageants passes French Senate
DW – In an effort to protect young girls from being sexualized too early, the French Senate has approved a bill banning beauty pageants for girls under 16. Stiff penalties can be imposed for anyone who violates the rule. The...

German privacy primus chides secret services
DW – Germany’s federal commissioner for data privacy and freedom of information Peter Schaar has told an international conference in Berlin that intelligence services must disclose more of their workings to civil society. Intelligence services encased in a “wall of...

US Federal Reserve leaves stimulus unchanged
DW – The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday left its $85 billion a month stimulus program in place (63.6 billion euros). The Fed decided against the tapering of asset purchases, citing strains in the economy from tight fiscal policy and...

Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner to admit tax evasion
BBC – The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies toys could face up to five years in prison after agreeing to admit a charge of tax evasion. Federal prosecutors said that Ty Warner “went to great lengths” to hide more than...

EU to pose sanctions against Croatia if extradition law not amended
DW – The European Commission has given Croatia two weeks to amend its extradition laws to comply with EU legislation. If the bloc’s newest member fails to change the law, it could face financial sanctions. Less than three months after...

Police in Singapore arrest suspected match-fixing ring
DW – Authorities have arrested 14 people allegedly part of a global match-fixing ring that has made millions from rigged sporting events. Police have not yet confirmed whether suspected ring-leader Dan Tan was also arrested. Raids across Singapore resulted in...

Nursing Indian Ocean coral reefs back to life
DW – Coral reefs provide a home to fish and protect coasts from eroding. But, they are threatened, and have suffered from ocean warming. In the Seychelles, a project is underway to transplant healthy coral onto dying reefs. Read article...

Iran frees political prisoners ahead of Hassan Rouhani’s UN visit
Guardian – Iran’s most prominent human rights activist was released from jail on Wednesday along with several other political prisoners in what appears to be the most tangible sign of change yet under the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. Ahead...

Cisco Officials Accused of Role in Falun Gong Monitoring
Bloomberg – Chinese and U.S. citizens accusing Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) of conspiring with China’s government to monitor and torture members of Falun Gong now argue officials at the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California, were directly involved with human...

Australian dollar soars on US Fed stimulus news
The Age – The Australian dollar has soared past 95 US cents, its highest level in three months, surging more than 1.5 US cents after the Federal Reserve surprised financial markets by keeping its stimulus program unchanged. The Australian dollar...

Blast damages Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi
Reuters – An explosion damaged a Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi, local officials said on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in the country’s second largest city. Officials said the car bomb exploded at...

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Possible link between traumatic brain injury and dementia
ABC Radio – ELEANOR HALL: The degenerative brain disease dementia is usually linked to old age. But a US psychiatrist has uncovered an alarming connection between the disease and traumatic brain injury. Professor Kristine Yaffe from the University of California...

Occupy Wall Street marks second anniversary with quiet rally
Reuters – Two years after getting its start in a downtown Manhattan park, Occupy Wall Street, the populist movement protesting economic inequality, marked its second anniversary on Tuesday with a protest near the New York Stock Exchange and a march...

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Image of the week – Technology
...

Marikana inquiry accuses South African police of lying about shooting striking miners
ABC – A South African commission of inquiry has found police lied about the shooting of dozens of miners last year. The 34 miners were shot dead as they held a strike to try to secure better wages and conditions....

Calls mount to ban Greek far-right party Golden Dawn
DW – The far-right opposition party in Greece’s parliament, Golden Dawn, denied involvement in the murder of a popular hip hop singer as Greece remained in lock-down on Thursday because of a public servant strike over feared job cuts. Wednesday’s...

The Coming Cashless Society – Biometric payments make appearance at UK festival
Secure ID News – Large concert and festival organizers have been issuing RFID-enabled wristbands for ticketing so attendees don’t have to worry about losing paper tickets. As an added utility, these same wristbands often enable a user to check in...

Security forces storm pro-Mursi town near Cairo to reassert control
Reuters – Egyptian security forces and militants exchanged fire as police stormed a town near Cairo dominated by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday, arresting dozens in an operation to reimpose state control. A police general was...

Medical Marijuana Users Fight to Keep Infant Daughter
WILX-TV – A strong message was sent to the Department of Human Services, just four days after Steve and Maria Green of Lansing Helplessly watched as their infant daughter, Bree, was taken from their care. The reason given? The state-sanctioned...

German privacy primus chides secret services
DW – Germany’s federal commissioner for data privacy and freedom of information Peter Schaar has told an international conference in Berlin that intelligence services must disclose more of their workings to civil society. Intelligence services encased in a “wall of...

EU to pose sanctions against Croatia if extradition law not amended
DW – The European Commission has given Croatia two weeks to amend its extradition laws to comply with EU legislation. If the bloc’s newest member fails to change the law, it could face financial sanctions. Less than three months after...

Police in Singapore arrest suspected match-fixing ring
DW – Authorities have arrested 14 people allegedly part of a global match-fixing ring that has made millions from rigged sporting events. Police have not yet confirmed whether suspected ring-leader Dan Tan was also arrested. Raids across Singapore resulted in...

Iran frees political prisoners ahead of Hassan Rouhani’s UN visit
Guardian – Iran’s most prominent human rights activist was released from jail on Wednesday along with several other political prisoners in what appears to be the most tangible sign of change yet under the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. Ahead...

North Korea accused of unspeakable human rights violations
ABC – MARK COLVIN: An independent United Nations investigation has found shocking evidence of widespread human rights violations in North Korea. The former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby led the inquiry. Panel members say they’ve interviewed exiles and former...

UN investigators highlight ‘gross atrocities’ in North Korea
DW – A team of UN investigators has indexed a series of “unspeakable” human rights violations in North Korea. Officials in Pyongyang denied the allegations, based on the testimony of exiles and former prisoners. The team on Monday told the...

Rights group to ask UN committee to condemn Abbott Government’s asylum seeker policy
ABC – The incoming Federal Government’s immigration policies are being brought before a United Nations Human Rights council meeting in Geneva, possibly as soon as tonight. The council is meeting this week and an item has been included in the...

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Open Your Eyes News Recommends – Hear The Silence: The Dr Andrew Wakefield Story
This drama “Hear the Silence,” first aired on British television in 2003, then disappeared for nearly a decade before recently resurfacing on YouTube. It tells the story of British gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 research published in The Lancet...

Gov’t data: Greek unemployment dips as economy claws back growth
DW – Government economic data from Greece suggest that the crisis-hit eurozone country might slowly creep out of depression. But the country’s statistics agency still shows a contraction compared to last year. Between April and June, quarterly gross domestic product...

Whale of a fine: after blowing $6bn, JP Morgan’s trader costs another $920m
Guardian – Last spring the City of London was rife with rumours about a trader at the vast JP Morgan investment bank who was making such huge bets on the highly complex – and deeply risky – derivatives markets that...

US Federal Reserve leaves stimulus unchanged
DW – The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday left its $85 billion a month stimulus program in place (63.6 billion euros). The Fed decided against the tapering of asset purchases, citing strains in the economy from tight fiscal policy and...

Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner to admit tax evasion
BBC – The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies toys could face up to five years in prison after agreeing to admit a charge of tax evasion. Federal prosecutors said that Ty Warner “went to great lengths” to hide more than...

Australian dollar soars on US Fed stimulus news
The Age – The Australian dollar has soared past 95 US cents, its highest level in three months, surging more than 1.5 US cents after the Federal Reserve surprised financial markets by keeping its stimulus program unchanged. The Australian dollar...

ZEW indicator surges on best investors’ mood since 2010
DW – German institutional investors are in an upbeat mood about Europe’s biggest economy. Rising confidence is reflected by record-high share prices and the ZEW sentiment indicator’s best showing in more than three years. ZEW’s closely-watched investor confidence index rose...

Fed likely to reduce bond buying, pass policy milestone
Reuters – The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to begin its long retreat from ultra-easy monetary policy on Wednesday by announcing a small reduction in its bond buying, while stressing that interest rates will remain near zero for a long...

‘SAS assassinated Diana by shining light into her driver’s face’: Extraordinary claim by special forces soldier who gave William advanced driving lessons said to be reason why Scotland Yard has reopened case
Daily Mail – An SAS soldier claimed Princess Diana was killed after a member of the elite unit shone a light in her driver’s face causing him to crash, it has been claimed. The man, known only as Soldier N,...

Eurozone inflation worries ease further in August
DW – Despite a loose eurozone monetary policy, fears of the flood of cheap money stoking inflation appear unfounded. Less expensive fuels further slowed the pace of inflation in August to its lowest level in several months. The prices of...

Asian shares slip, dollar steady as Fed policy shift looms
Reuters – Asian shares slipped slightly and the dollar treaded water on Tuesday, as global markets braced for the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting at which it is widely expected to begin withdrawing stimulus. Despite a...

US super-rich hit new wealth record five years after financial crisis
Guardian – Five years after the financial crisis, America’s super-rich have recovered all their losses to see their wealth reach an all-time high. According to Forbes magazine the 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a record $2.02 trillion (£1.4tn), up from...

Barclays fined £50m for ‘reckless’ behaviour during 2008 fundraisings
Guardian – Barclays revealed on Monday that it is contesting a £50m fine by the City regulator, which claims the bank behaved “recklessly” in the controversial 2008 fundraisings that allowed it to avoid a taxpayer bailout. As Barclays formally launched...

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Internet Freedom Undert Attack – Russian telecom authorities temporarily blacklist Facebook
RT – Facebook was added to Russia’s internet blacklist after content on one of the social network’s pages was deemed to be illegal. The popular site was given three days to delete the content or face a complete nationwide ban....

Egypt listed as dangerous for journalists
Aljazeera – The recent violence and political turmoil in Egypt has seen many journalists arrested on the front line. Six journalists have been killed and at least 25 more arrested, with Al Jazeera being among the most frequently targeted. Among...

Church of England shame – Lambeth Palace in ‘zero hours contracts’ controversy
Daily Telegraph – Jesus famously worked wonders with five loaves and two fishes but the Archbishop of Canterbury has been accused of resorting to controversial “zero hours contracts” to feed his own multitudes.The Church of England has disclosed that catering...

Dozens missing after landslide devastates Mexican town
DW – At least 58 people were listed as missing in the small village of La Pintada on Thursday, after a landside devastated the remote community of several hundred people in Mexico’s southwestern Guerrero state. “We are not sure for...

Calls mount to ban Greek far-right party Golden Dawn
DW – The far-right opposition party in Greece’s parliament, Golden Dawn, denied involvement in the murder of a popular hip hop singer as Greece remained in lock-down on Thursday because of a public servant strike over feared job cuts. Wednesday’s...

Sustainability education picks up in Germany
DW – In Germany, schools in different states are slowly starting to incorporate the subject of sustainability into their syllabus. But, there are problems in standardizing common goals. The Ernst Mach selective high school on the outskirts of Cologne is...

Everyday sadists take pleasure in others’ pain
Association for Psychological Science – Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others — when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable,...

Bill to ban child beauty pageants passes French Senate
DW – In an effort to protect young girls from being sexualized too early, the French Senate has approved a bill banning beauty pageants for girls under 16. Stiff penalties can be imposed for anyone who violates the rule. The...

Cisco Officials Accused of Role in Falun Gong Monitoring
Bloomberg – Chinese and U.S. citizens accusing Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) of conspiring with China’s government to monitor and torture members of Falun Gong now argue officials at the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California, were directly involved with human...

Stephen Hawking backs terminally ill patients’ right to assisted suicide
ABC – British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has backed the right for people who are terminally ill to choose to end their lives and to receive help to do so as long as safeguards are in place. The wheelchair-bound Hawking was...

Technical glitch gives Iranians temporary access to Twitter, Facebook
ABC – Iran has admitted a technical glitch allowed some Iranians temporary access to banned social networking websites Facebook and Twitter. Surprised internet users in Iran were able to log onto their accounts on Monday night without using illegal software...

Riots in Bangladesh after court sentences Jamaat-e-Islami leader to death
CNN – The Bangladesh Supreme Court has sentenced a prominent leader of the country’s largest Islamist party to death for “crimes against humanity,” the official Bangladeshi news agency BSS reported Tuesday. The ruling in the case of Abdul Quader Mollah,...

Digital Indians: Sanjeev Bikhchandani’s job site success
BBC – From his school days, Sanjeev Bikhchandani was clear that he would not want a job. Which is ironic, for a man responsible for helping more than a million Indians find jobs. Now he is India’s most successful digital...

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Quote of the week – Einstein on War
“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”- Einstein...

Wave of Iraq car bombings kill at least 48 people as sectarian violence surges
ABC – At least 17 car bombs have exploded across Iraq, killing about 48 people and wounding 130 as sectarian violence continues to surge. The blasts mainly targeted Shiite majority cities and towns. The deadliest violence was in and around...

India successfully tests nuclear-capable missile
ABC – The Indian government says it has conducted a second successful test firing of a nuclear-capable missile able to reach as far as Beijing and much of Europe. The rocket is India’s latest attempt to keep up with China’s...

Two die in grenade attacks in Rwanda
Al Jazeera – Two separate grenade blasts have killed two people in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, as the country prepares for elections predicted to bolster the ruling party of President Paul Kagame. One grenade exploded on Saturday near a busy...

Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane’s report
Telegraph – Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands. The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence...

Video of the week – War Dividend: US arms firms ready to cash in if Syria attacked
...

China builds fast to trigger drone race with America
Sunday Times – CHINA has sent a military drone on what is thought to be the first mission of its kind in a significant show of the country’s determination to match America and Japan in the technology of warfare. Japanese...

Israel has 80 nukes, can about triple inventory – report
RT – Israel has never confirmed or denied possession of nuclear weapons, but according to new report by US experts it has at least 80 operative warheads and has enough material to produce up to 190 more. In a report...

Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter
Reuters – Turkey said its warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter on Monday after it crossed into Turkish airspace and the government warned it had taken all necessary measures to defend itself against any further such violations. Turkey scrambled two...

Golden Eye-style energy beam is developed by Nato scientists
Telegraph – The device uses an intense pulse of electromagnetic energy that can be directed at a moving vehicle to interfere with the electronics on board. Tests conducted by Nato scientists who have been developing the device in Norway show...

Russian Mediterranean fleet to be expanded to 11 warships
RT – The Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea will be boosted by another military vessel till the end of September, according to the country’s Black Sea Fleet command. The large landing ship, Yamal, is set to depart from...

Six killed in two blasts near army sites in Egypt’s Sinai
Reuters – Six Egyptian army officers were killed on Wednesday in two car bomb explosions near military units in the Sinai Peninsula, close to the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, a military statement said. Another 10 military officers and...

Blast damages Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi
Reuters – An explosion damaged a Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi, local officials said on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in the country’s second largest city. Officials said the car bomb exploded at...

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Britain: Swine flu vaccine can trigger narcolepsy, UK government concedes
Guardian – The government is to reverse its stance on the safety of a swine flu vaccine given to 6 million people in Britain and accept that on rare occasions the jab can trigger the devastating sleep disorder narcolepsy. The...

Occupy Wall Street marks second anniversary with quiet rally
Reuters – Two years after getting its start in a downtown Manhattan park, Occupy Wall Street, the populist movement protesting economic inequality, marked its second anniversary on Tuesday with a protest near the New York Stock Exchange and a march...

Street rallies end in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, but political deadlock continues
ABC – A series of political street rallies have ended in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh overnight, but the deadlock between the country’s government and opposition is yet to be resolved. The opposition-led rallies, which began on Sunday, were held...

Syria crisis: UN powers discuss Council resolution
BBC – The five permanent UN Security Council members have met in New York to discuss a resolution on making safe Syria’s chemical weapons. A resolution is seen as a key step in a US-Russia brokered plan under which Syria...

‘SAS assassinated Diana by shining light into her driver’s face’: Extraordinary claim by special forces soldier who gave William advanced driving lessons said to be reason why Scotland Yard has reopened case
Daily Mail – An SAS soldier claimed Princess Diana was killed after a member of the elite unit shone a light in her driver’s face causing him to crash, it has been claimed. The man, known only as Soldier N,...

Thai police, rubber farmers clash during protest
ABC – At least 30 people have been injured in Thailand, during a protest aimed at forcing the country’s government to increase subsidies for rubber farmers. Riot police fired tear gas at around 500 demonstrators who were armed with slingshots,...

Tony Abbott has not included a science minister in new Cabinet
HS – For the first time since the creation of a science portfolio in 1931, Australia does not have a science minister. The Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott announced today during his cabinet unveiling that the science portfolio would be shared...

World: Cambodian Opposition’s Sam Rainsy leads three-day protest over election win
ABC – A Cambodian human rights group says one person has been killed and others injured in clashes between police and protesters in the capital Phnom Penh. An estimated 20,000 protesters are holding three days of demonstrations in response to...

Japan halts last nuclear reactor at Ohi
BBC – Japan is shutting down its last functioning nuclear reactor, with no timetable for a restart. Reactor 4 at Ohi in western Japan will stop generating electricity in the early hours of Monday. Read article...

Tens of thousands join march for jobs in Poland
Reuters – Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Polish capital on Saturday in one of the largest demonstrations in years to demand more jobs and higher pay, blaming Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government for failing to tackle unemployment....

British government Minister officials ‘tried to suppress emails’
The Independent – Officials working for Tory minister Eric Pickles have been accused of an extraordinary attempt to suppress internal government emails – on the grounds that publishing such correspondence could lead to unwelcome “political and media exposure”.In a bizarre...

Police, protesters clash in Turkey for sixth night
Press TV – Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in Turkey over the death of a young protester, as the new round of unrest in the country enters its sixth night. Turkey has been the scene of fresh protests...

Polish unions in mass anti-government protest
AFP – Around 100,000 angry Polish trade unionists marched through Warsaw Saturday in the finale of a four-day protest against the unpopular and increasingly fragile centre-right government. The protest reflects widespread public gloom over a sharp economic slowdown in Poland,...

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Dozens missing after landslide devastates Mexican town
DW – At least 58 people were listed as missing in the small village of La Pintada on Thursday, after a landside devastated the remote community of several hundred people in Mexico’s southwestern Guerrero state. “We are not sure for...

Japan’s PM Wants Fukushima Completely Scrapped
AP – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country’s crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just the four already slated for decommissioning. He also told TEPCO officials to...

Britain: Building bird sanctuaries with London’s mud
DW – A British bird protection society and a rail network have come together to build Europe’s largest habitat creation project. The reclaimed natural landscape is made from soil excavated from beneath London’s streets. Read article...

Sustainability education picks up in Germany
DW – In Germany, schools in different states are slowly starting to incorporate the subject of sustainability into their syllabus. But, there are problems in standardizing common goals. The Ernst Mach selective high school on the outskirts of Cologne is...

Nursing Indian Ocean coral reefs back to life
DW – Coral reefs provide a home to fish and protect coasts from eroding. But, they are threatened, and have suffered from ocean warming. In the Seychelles, a project is underway to transplant healthy coral onto dying reefs. Read article...

Global Sea Ice Area and Anomaly
Cryosphere Today – University of Illinois – Polar Research Group...

Wrong: Al Gore Predicted Arctic Summer Ice Could Disappear In 2013
CNSNews – A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be “ice-free by 2013” that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off… by 920,000 square...

Short-haired bumblebee nests in Dungeness
BBC – A species of bee reintroduced to the UK after becoming extinct has nested for the first time in a quarter of a century. The short-haired bumblebee started dying out in Britain in the 1980s and officially became extinct...

Study revises estimate of methane leaks from US gas fields
Nature – Environmental controls designed to prevent leaks of methane from newly drilled natural gas wells are effective, a study has found — but emissions from existing wells in production are much higher than previously believed. The findings, reported today...

Whale earwax a time capsule for stress and toxins
Nature – Wax inside a whale’s ear stores all sorts of useful information on the animal’s exposure to pollutants and stress levels throughout life, researchers have found. The team, led by Sascha Usenko, a environmental scientist at Baylor University in...

UAH Global Temperature for August – virtually unchanged from July
The Version 5.6 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for August, 2013 is +0.16 deg. C...

Fukushima operator releases water into Pacific Ocean as Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan
ABC – Typhoon Man-yi has hit Japan, leaving three people dead and forcing the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the Pacific Ocean. The powerful typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi,...

Conservationists fear Bounty Mining coal mine on Cape York could destroy Great Barrier Reef
ABC – A landmark deal between Indigenous owners and a mining company for a coal mine on Cape York has prompted conservationists to warn of an impending environmental disaster. Cape York Indigenous leader Gerhardt Pearson and the Kalpowar people have...

SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
21st September 2013 – It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Open Your Eyes News is to be closing down with immediate effect. I would like to especially thank Kim for his technical expertise, my...

Message from Health & Environment Editor, Janet
My moniker has been the Biochemist. I’m writing this on behalf of the other editors and technical staff involved with Open Your Eyes News. I, personally, have been involved with OYE News since early June 2009. The first time I...

Open Your Eyes News Recommends – Hear The Silence: The Dr Andrew Wakefield Story
This drama “Hear the Silence,” first aired on British television in 2003, then disappeared for nearly a decade before recently resurfacing on YouTube. It tells the story of British gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 research published in The Lancet...

Warning of three-person IVF ‘risks’
BBC – Concerns about the safety of a pioneering therapy that would create babies with DNA from three people have been raised by researchers. The advanced form of IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases. Read article...

Britain: Swine flu vaccine can trigger narcolepsy, UK government concedes
Guardian – The government is to reverse its stance on the safety of a swine flu vaccine given to 6 million people in Britain and accept that on rare occasions the jab can trigger the devastating sleep disorder narcolepsy. The...

Nanocrystal catalyst transforms impure hydrogen into electricity
Phys.org —The quest to harness hydrogen as the clean-burning fuel of the future demands the perfect catalysts—nanoscale machines that enhance chemical reactions. Scientists must tweak atomic structures to achieve an optimum balance of reactivity, durability, and industrial-scale synthesis. In an...

Harvard study finds food expiration labels are misleading
Reuters – Americans throw out billions of pounds of food every year because they falsely believe “sell-by” and “best-before” dates on package labels indicate food safety, researchers have found. A study published Wednesday by Harvard Law School and the Natural...

Medical Marijuana Users Fight to Keep Infant Daughter
WILX-TV – A strong message was sent to the Department of Human Services, just four days after Steve and Maria Green of Lansing Helplessly watched as their infant daughter, Bree, was taken from their care. The reason given? The state-sanctioned...

Lens combines human and insect vision to focus wide-angle views
Physorg – A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. The results could be smartphones that rival the photo...

Possible link between traumatic brain injury and dementia
ABC Radio – ELEANOR HALL: The degenerative brain disease dementia is usually linked to old age. But a US psychiatrist has uncovered an alarming connection between the disease and traumatic brain injury. Professor Kristine Yaffe from the University of California...

Stephen Hawking backs terminally ill patients’ right to assisted suicide
ABC – British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has backed the right for people who are terminally ill to choose to end their lives and to receive help to do so as long as safeguards are in place. The wheelchair-bound Hawking was...

US: Doc financial interest may influence MRI referrals
Reuters – Scans of people’s knees are less likely to reveal a problem when the referring doctor has a financial stake in the imaging center or the equipment used, suggesting some tests may be unnecessary, according to a new study....

Codeine could increase users’ sensitivity to pain
University of Adelaide – Using large and frequent doses of the pain-killer codeine may actually produce heightened sensitivity to pain, without the same level of relief offered by morphine, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers in...

Graphene makes light work of optical signals
Nature – Graphene is already revered for its remarkable strength and electrical conductivity — properties that have sent researchers scrambling to use it in applications from tennis rackets to flexible electronics. Now the one-atom-thick lattice of carbon has added another...

Wrong: Al Gore Predicted Arctic Summer Ice Could Disappear In 2013
CNSNews – A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be “ice-free by 2013” that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off… by 920,000 square...