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Mysterious bright spot found on Venus

New Scientist-A strange spot emerged on Venus last week, and astronomers are not sure what caused it. They hope future observations will reveal whether volcanic activity, turbulence in the planet’s atmosphere, or charged particles from the sun are to blame. Amateur astronomer Frank Melillo of Holtsville, New York, first spotted the new feature, which is brighter than its surroundings at ultraviolet wavelengths, on the planet’s southern hemisphere on 19 July -Read Article

Afghanistan shooting sparks protests at Spanish base

BBC – There has been angry reaction to the shooting dead of an Afghan policeman by Spanish forces at a base in western Afghanistan. Spanish officials say the man was taking part in a training course when he opened fire on his instructors, killing two officers and an interpreter. Read Article

The Government’s New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS

Time – Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn’t violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway – and no reasonable expectation that the government isn’t tracking your movements. That is the bizarre – and scary – rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants – with no need for a search warrant. (See a TIME photoessay on Cannabis Culture.) It is a dangerous decision – one that, as the dissenting judges warned, could turn America into the sort of totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell. Read Article

In case of attack, Iran will target Gulf states, Iraq, Jordan and Israel

Al Bawaba – There are growing fears in the Gulf region of an imminent clash with Iran following the launch of Bushehr nuclear facility. Although Western circles downplay the importance of the facility to Iran’s efforts to develop atomic bombs, the Arab states in the Gulf region believe the potential of military action against Iran exists. The ongoing threats towards Iran by Tel Aviv and Washington come with practical preparations for a possible war such as the deployment of Patriot missiles in Kuwait. Read Article

GM salmon may go on sale in US after public consultation

The Guardian-US authorities today began the process to approve the first GM animal for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a 60-day period of consultation and public meetings over whether to permit a GM strain of salmon to be eaten by humans, even though it has been called a “frankenfish” by critics. The approval process could take less than a year, and if it gets the green light the fish could be on the market in 18 months -Read Article

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,145

AP – As of Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at least 1,145 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count Read Article

Checkpoint attacks leave 9 dead in Iraq

CNN – Gunmen attacked two checkpoints manned by members of Iraq’s Awakening movement in towns north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing a local leader of the movement and seven other people, Iraqi police said. Another attack killed a police officer in Falluja, west of the capital late Thursday, police there told CNN. But most of the dead were in Dali Abbas, a village about 100 km (63 miles) north of Baghdad. Read Article

Software Predicts Criminal Behavior

ABC – New crime prediction software being rolled out in the nation’s capital should reduce not only the murder rate, but the rate of many other crimes as well. Developed by Richard Berk, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the software is already used in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict which individuals on probation or parole are most likely to murder and to be murdered. Read Article

Is the sun emitting a mystery particle?

Discovery News-When probing the deepest reaches of the Cosmos or magnifying our understanding of the quantum world, a whole host of mysteries present themselves. This is to be expected when pushing our knowledge of the Universe to the limit. But what if a well-known — and apparently constant — characteristic of matter starts behaving mysteriously? This is exactly what has been noticed in recent years; the decay rates of radioactive elements are changing -Read Article

Cocktails Are Next For Cancer-Drug Maker

Business Week – A diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence until the advent of drug cocktails in the 1990s allowed patients to suppress the disease indefinitely. Now scientists say a similar combination strategy may change the course of cancer treatment. That’s the bet being made at Roche Holding, AstraZeneca (AZN), and Sanofi-Aventis (SNY), whose latest efforts to develop a new generation of combination treatments are prompting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to rewrite the rules for drug research. Read article

Chirac pays Paris to drop fraud charges

Press TV – A press report says former French President Jacques Chirac and his conservative UMP party have agreed to pay a fine to escape prosecution on charges of fraud. The report, confirmed by the city of Paris, reveals a deal under which Chirac and France’s ruling UMP party will pay the city 2.2 million euros to drop its fraud charges against the former president, Deutsche Welle reported. Read Article

US Said Preparing New Laws To Seize Americans Retirement Accounts

EU Times – First They Destroy Private Healthcare in America – Yes, the socialist Democrats won their first battle to destroy the private healthcare system in the US but the automatic IRA bill now in Congress is their next attack to also control, confiscate and destroy the private retirement system. Ultimately, nationalizing healthcare is designed to create a major new government revenue stream by replacing private health insurance with a nationalized, mandatory, government program and their goal is identical with your retirement plan. Read Article

Study links severe drug reaction to herpes virus

Reuters – A rare and dangerous reaction to a range of common medicines including antibiotics and anticonvulsants may be caused by a severe immune response to reactivated herpes virus, scientists said on Wednesday. Researchers said their findings suggest that if doctors were to test for the herpes virus in patients suffering the drug reaction, they might be able to find ways to treat it and possibly stop it becoming more severe, or even fatal. Read article

Tobacco industry may be using YouTube to market its products

Physorg – Tobacco companies have always vehemently denied advertising on the Internet. Several of them signed up to a voluntary agreement to restrict direct advertising on websites by the end of 2002. The authors targeted YouTube, because it has the largest market share of the online video market, and searched through the first 20 pages of video clips containing any reference to five tobacco brands. Read Article

£50,000 to dine with British PM

Daily Mail – David Cameron is offering rich businessmen the chance to dine with him – if they give £50,000 a year to the Conservative Party. Donors can enjoy exclusive lunches after Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, or meet the Premier at drinks receptions and campaign launches. They can also mingle with other senior Cabinet members in what critics call a clear case of ‘cash for access’ – with the wealthy buying the chance to put their case directly to the Prime Minister. It comes just months after Mr Cameron made a major speech attacking the murky world of ‘secret corporate lobbying’. Read Article

New drug shrinks many advanced melanomas: study

AFP — An experimental therapy that targets the protein that feeds certain types of advanced skin cancer has successfully shrunk tumors in up to 80 percent of test patients, a study has indicated. The orally-administered medication, called PLX4032, “shuts off” tumors by neutralizing a mutated gene called “BRAF” that feeds the cancerous growths. “We have never seen an 80 percent response rate in melanoma, or in any other solid tumor for that matter, so this is remarkable,” said Paul Chapman, senior author of the study and a doctor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Read article

BPA and testosterone levels: First evidence for small changes in men

Physorg .com – n international group of researchers led by the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter have for the first time identified changes in sex hormones associated with BPA exposure in men, in a large population study. The study results are published in the latest issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Read article

Banana plantain fibers could treat Crohn’s disease

PhysOrg.com – Crohn’s is a condition that affects one in 800 people in the UK and causes chronic intestinal inflammation, leading to pain, bleeding and diarrhoea. Researchers are working with biotechnology company, Provexis, to test a new plantain based food product that could treat patients with the disease. Scientists have previously shown that people with Crohn’s disease have increased numbers of a ‘sticky’ type of E. coli and weakened ability to fight off invading intestinal bacteria. The team investigated whether dietary agents could influence E. coli entering the lining of the gut. Read article

Cold Salt Water Reduces Damage in Heart Attack Patients

ScienceDaily — Treating heart attack patients with hypothermia reduces the amount of heart damage by more than one third after balloon angioplasty. Researchers in Lund, Sweden have released the results of a study showing that the amount of heart damage in heart attack patients whose body temperature was lower than 35?C (95?F) was reduced by more than one third after they were treated with balloon angioplasty to open their clogged heart vessel. The results are published in the scientific journal Circulation-Cardiovascular Intervention. Read article