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U.S. considers options to curb Iran’s nuclear program

Reuters – President Barack Obama’s national security advisers are considering a broad range of options to curb Iran’s nuclear program, among them military strikes, if diplomacy and sanctions fail, Pentagon officials said on Sunday. Read article

Taser International tried to intimidate consultants, lawyers say

Vancouver Sun – Taser International was accused Monday of trying to intimidate consultants and lawyers hired by the Thomas Braidwood commission, which looked into how conducted-energy weapons should be used in B.C. Read Article

Big Brother Watch manifesto makes plea for privacy

Register – The latest manifesto into the lists comes not from a party standing at election, but from a pressure group. Big Brother Watch has high hopes that the next government might listen to what it has to say on on the intersection of technology and civil liberties. Read Article

Bacteria in Household Dust May Help or Hinder Childhood Asthma

ScienceDaily “” Bacterial populations found in household dust may determine whether or not a child living in that home develops asthma, according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Read Article

Afghanistan: A conspiracy of silence

The Independent – An IoS poll shows 77 per cent of Britons want our forces to come home and a majority believe our presence makes UK streets less safe from terrorist attack. Yet all three parties are ducking this most critical issue. Read article

Small Towns Take On the Energy Giants

Spiegel – After selling off their electricity and gas networks to large energy corporations in the early 1990s, small towns in Germany are now banding together to buy back their energy infrastructure. Their bid to get into the energy market may provide opportunities to make money, but it also involves taking on the energy giants at their own game. Read Article

New Material for More Ecological, Efficient and Economic Refrigeration Systems

ScienceDaily “” Two teams based at the Barcelona Knowledge Campus, one from the University of Barcelona (UB) and one from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), have worked with a group from the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) to develop a new solid material that produces a caloric effect under hydrostatic pressure (solid-state barocaloric effect). The work was carried out using a high-pressure system developed by the UPC, which is the only one of its type in Spain – Read Article

US plans full European missile shield in 8 years

Reuters – U.S. anti-ballistic missile systems will cover all of Europe by 2018, a senior Pentagon official said, laying out an ambitious target for defending against a perceived threat from Iran. “One hundred percent,” Bradley Roberts, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, said in reply to a question at a hearing of a House of Representatives Armed Services subcommittee Thursday. Read article

UK police need more powerful weapons to combat ‘Mumbai-style terror attacks’ says police chief

Mail Online – Police officers must be armed with even more powerful weapons to deal with a Mumbai-style terrorist attack in the UK, a top officer said last night. Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner John Yates said officers needed a huge boost to their firepower to combat an atrocity where the aim is to kill as many innocents as possible in a matter of minutes. Read Article

Iceland Volcano Could Continue Erupting for More Than a Month, Researcher Says

ScienceDaily “” The airspace over much of northern Europe remains shut and the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, is stranded in New York City because of the threat from a volcanic ash plume being belched out of Iceland. How long will the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano continue and what other kinds of activity can we expect? A volcanologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) who has worked extensively in Iceland says a month-long eruption would not be out of the question. But the eruption could also continue for a year or more, he says – Read Article

Radioactive Phones

TheNews – Reach your hand into your pocket right now. Do you feel your cell phone? It is not surprising that, in today’s world, cell phones play an increasing role in the lives of people around the world. Over 80% of Americans have an active cell phone service plan on one of the multiple phone carriers in America: and this percentage is still increasing. As popular as the cell phone has become in modern life, the issues surrounding cell phone radiation have always been controversial. While it has been proven true that electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phones can pose a health threat to human brains, many people choose to ignore this fact for the sake of personal convenience. Read Article

Israel warns Syria over Hezbollah attacks

Times – Israel has delivered a secret warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad that it will respond to missile attacks from Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese-based Islamist group, by launching immediate retaliation against Syria itself. In a message, sent earlier this month, Israel made it clear that it now regards Hezbollah as a division of the Syrian army and that reprisals against Syria will be fast and devastating. Read article

Oceans census uncovers a billion microbes

The Australian – SCIENTISTS have uncovered one of Earth’s largest life forms: it is here, there and everywhere invisible to the naked eye. Researchers working on the breakthrough international Census of Marine Life, including the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, have mapped a microbial mat of bacteria off the coast of South America that is the size of the nation of Greece. In another discovery, Townsville scientists studying the organisms of the Great Barrier Reef have found a single sponge that hosts almost 3000 different categories of bacteria – Read Article

Ecuadorean threat to oil giants

BBC – The Ecuadorean government has threatened to take over foreign oil concessions if the companies resist growing state control of the industry. President Rafael Correa said every day millions of dollars were going to oil companies that should go to the state. Read Article

Teen hammers father to death over computer game

RT.com – A 14-year-old boy killed his sleeping father with a sledgehammer after his parents told him not to play a computer game overnight and took away the keyboard. Yaroslav Melnichenko committed the horrible crime in cold blood and feels no remorse for the fratricide, reports Life News tabloid. Read Article

Wild honeybee populations are mysteriously dying out

Dailypress – Honeybees in Virginia are disappearing at an alarming rate. According to Target Health, Inc. approximately 90 percent of the wild bee population in North America has died out and percentages are close to that in European bee colonies. The disappearance of honeybees has been largely attributed to a syndrome called colony collapse disorder, which is characterized by the disappearance of worker bees from a hive. Since 2004, beekeepers throughout North America have been reporting the disappearance of entire colonies while leaving behind their brood (immature bees). Bees normally do not abandon a hive until the brood has all hatched – Read Article

Contractor Deaths Accelerating in Afghanistan as They Outnumber Soldiers

ProPublica – A recent Congressional Research Service analysis obtained by ProPublica looked at the number of civilian contractors killed in Afghanistan in recent months. It’s not pretty. Of the 289 civilians killed since the war began more than eight years ago, 100 have died in just the last six months. That’s a reflection of both growing violence and the importance of the civilians flooding into the country along with troops in response to President Obama’s decision to boost the American presence in Afghanistan. Read article

Controlling RFID Tags to Protect Privacy

PC World – A researcher is working on technology he hopes will be able to control RFID tags and protect private information. “We are building our own RFID cards and adding features to them to make it visible and noticeable when someone is accessing the information,” Nicolai Marquardt, a Ph.D. student at the University of Calgary said during the Computer Human Interaction conference in Atlanta Wednesday. Read Article

Human genes to be injected into goats, cows, and sheep

NZHerald – Scientists have been given permission to put human genes into goats, sheep and cows for the next 20 years, to see if the animals will produce human proteins in their milk. But people will not be pouring the genetically modified milk on their Weetbix just yet – the milk will be discarded. Read Article

NATO killing of civilians doubled

Press TV – NATO statistics show that Afghan civilians killed by foreign forces have more than doubled this year compared to the same period a year ago. According to the figures released by the International Security Assistance Forces, NATO troops killed 72 Afghan civilians in the first three months of 2010 “” up from 29 in the same period last year. Read article

Reconstruction of a Mass Hysteria: The Swine Flu Panic of 2009

Spiegel – Swine flu kept the world in suspense for almost a year. A massive vaccination campaign was mounted to put a stop to the anticipated pandemic. But, as it turned out, it was a relatively harmless strain of the flu virus. How, and why, did the world overreact? A reconstruction. By SPIEGEL staff. Read Article

Sudan elections ‘failed’ to meet international norms

BBC – Two international organisations monitoring the elections in Sudan say the controversial polls failed to meet full international standards. The EU and the Carter Center, led by former US President Jimmy Carter, said there were significant failings, citing reports of intimidation and harassment. Read article

Good Prospects for Extraterrestrial Life? Rocky Planets ‘Are Commonplace’ in Our Galaxy

ScienceDaily “” An international team of astronomers have discovered compelling evidence that rocky planets are commonplace in our Galaxy. Leicester University scientist and lead researcher Dr Jay Farihi surveyed white dwarfs, the compact remnants of stars that were once like our Sun, and found that many show signs of contamination by heavier elements and possibly even water, improving the prospects for extraterrestrial life. Read article

Thai army says will “punish” protesters

Reuters – Thailand’s military vowed on Sunday to “punish” anti-government protesters if they march on Bangkok’s central business district, heightening fears of more violence after bloody clashes killed 24 people a week ago. Red-shirted supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra said on Saturday they may take their protest to the financial district, two blocks away from their main downtown protest base, on Tuesday, in defiance of an emergency decree. Read article

Women Who Eat Foods With High Glycemic Index May Be at Greater Risk for Heart Disease

ScienceDaily “” Consuming carbohydrates with high glycemic index — an indicator of how quickly a food affects blood glucose levels — appears to be associated with the risk of coronary heart disease in women but not men, according to a report in the April 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read Article