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ADHD in children linked to mother’s stress in pregnancy

The Australian – Mothers who are depressed or severely stressed during their pregnancy face a far greater chance of having children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, new research has found. Although ADHD is largely inheritable, scientists say antenatal anxiety could contribute to 15 per cent of cases of the behavioural condition. Read article

Tiger video triggers WWF forest protection call

AFP – Conservation group WWF Monday urged timber firms to drop plans to clear Indonesian forest areas where infra-red cameras have captured footage of rare Sumatran tigers and their cubs. The video recorded in March and April shows two mothers with four cubs and another six of the critically endangered big cats in the Bukit Tigapuluh wildlife reserve in eastern Sumatra. “That was the highest number of tigers and tiger images obtained… we’ve ever experienced,” WWF tiger researcher Karmila Parakkasi said in a statement. The 12 tigers are concentrated in locations with good forest cover, which includes natural forest inside a land concession belonging to Barito Pacific Timber, wood supplier to regional giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Read Article

Thousands stage rally in Morocco

PressTV – It was the second such protest in two days. Over 7,000 demonstrators demanded a new constitution and an end to corruption in the country. They also condemned last month’s bomb attack that left 17 people dead in Marrakesh. On Saturday, hundreds held a similar rally in the city, calling on the ruling monarchy to make changes to its policies. Read article

WWF welcomes Bulgaria ban on Danube sturgeon fishing

AFP – The environmental group WWF welcomed on Monday Bulgaria’s ban on catching sturgeon in the Danube, as the species faces extinction due to overfishing for its caviar. The WWF welcomed the one-year ban, imposed in March, as “a great step” to help save the species. “Danube sturgeons, the ancient migratory fish that are today teetering on the brink of extinction due to overfishing because of their valuable caviar, have new hope for survival,” it said in a statement. The ban was the first restriction on sturgeon fishing on the Bulgarian side of the Danube, and the country’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Agency has said it plans to impose a further five-year ban in 2012. Neighbouring Romania already imposed a 10-year moratorium on sturgeon catching in April 2006. Read Article

Does the Central Andean Backarc Have the Potential for a Great Earthquake?

Science Daily – The region east of the central Andes Mountains has the potential for larger scale earthquakes than previously expected, according to a new study posted online in the May 8th edition of Nature Geoscience. Previous research had set the maximum expected earthquake size to be magnitude 7.5, based on the relatively quiet history of seismicity in that area. This new study by researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) and colleagues contradicts that limit and instead suggests that the region could see quakes with magnitudes 8.7 to 8.9. Read Article

A week of violence in Iraq

Reuters -  series of attacks in Iraq after the death of bin Laden shows that while al Qaeda in Iraq may be downgraded, they have not gone away. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Smaller fish just as prone to overfishing

CBC – Small fish like sardines may not necessarily be a more sustainable dinner choice than large predators such as cod, a new study suggests. “We were really surprised by the results,” said Malin Pinsky, lead author of a study published Monday that found stocks or regional populations of smaller, short-lived fish collapse because of overfishing just as frequently as stocks of large, long-lived species such as cod, tuna and sharks. Read Article

Whale death off Puerto Rico blamed on plastic bags

Associated Press – A rare whale has washed up dead in Puerto Rico, and a biologist is blaming plastic bags for its demise. Nilda Jimenez says that she conducted a necropsy of the Gervais beaked whale and found more than 10 pounds (4.5 kilos) of twisted plastic inside its stomach. The marine mammal specialist said Friday she has no doubt the plastic caused the death by preventing the whale from getting adequate nutrition. Read Article

How the Fed made the rich richer

MSN Money – Aside from the dramatic killing of Osama Bin Laden, Americans haven’t had a lot to be excited about lately. Just 22% believe the country is on the right track, Rasmussen tells us. According to a new Gallup poll, more than half of us say the economy is in recession or depression, despite the fact that output has been expanding since the summer of 2009. In fact, more of us (29%) say the country is in a depression than say the economy is growing (27%). There’s a good reason for this: As inflation surges at the store and the gas pump, the economy is stalling. And the heart of the problem could very well be the Federal Reserve’s $600 billion “QE2″ money-printing initiative, which was implemented last November to great fanfare on Wall Street and is set to end in June. Read Article

Relocation of Taal volcano island residents pushed

Inquirer – The relocation of residents of Taal Volcano Island will take a long time to happen but this has to be given a priority since they are living in a permanent danger zone, said Celia Alba, the secretary general of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. Alba said National Housing Authority officials have had initial discussions with municipal leaders of Talisay, Batangas for possible areas on the mainland town where the island villagers could be relocated. Read Article

Analysis – Latest “Bin Laden Video” not of Bin Laden?

Now compare the image of the old man on the screen with with that of Bin Laden pre-9/11.

Ears are as unique as fingerprints, and they do not change with time. The ears do not seem to match (and the noses are also different). In addition bin Laden was left handed and the man in the video uses his right hand to operate the TV remote control.

Canada faces fight over oil sands

BBC – Investment in Canada’s oil sands is picking up after falling during the depths of the global economic recession. However, mounting environmental concerns threaten exports and Canada’s next government will have a growing fight on its hands to promote the industry, as Jonah Engle reports. April has been a difficult month for Canadian oil sands producers. A few weeks ago, the Canadian government was forced to deny it was threatening the European Union with a trade dispute after a strongly worded letter by its trade representative to the EU was leaked. Read Article

Obese Teens Lack Vitamin D, Study Finds

HealthDay News — Researchers screened 68 obese adolescents and found low vitamin D levels in all of the girls (72 percent were deemed deficient and 28 percent insufficient) and in 91 percent of the boys (69 percent deficient and 22 percent insufficient). “The prevalence of low vitamin D status among obese adolescents in this study is greater than previously reported for this age group,” Dr. Zeev Harel, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., and the study’s lead author, said in a hospital news release. The study was published in the May issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health. Read article

Related article: Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Obesity in Kids

Lack of vitamin D causes anaemia in kids

TOI – A new study has suggested that low vitamin D levels in kids may cause anemia, a severe condition of which leads to damage of vital organs by depriving them of oxygen. researchers analyzed data from the blood samples of more than 9,400 children in the 2-18 years age group. They found out that lower the vitamin D levels, lower was the hemoglobin and higher the risk for anemia. Read article

Syrian army ‘surrounds Damascus suburb’

BBC – Heavy shooting has been heard in a western suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, after the army cordoned off the area, human rights activists say. Security forces are also continuing their efforts to crush anti-government protests in the central city of Homs, Deraa and the coastal town of Baniyas. On Sunday, there were reports from Homs of gunfire, arrests and deaths, including that of a 12-year-old boy. State media also said 10 labourers had been killed in an ambush by gunmen. Foreign journalists have not been allowed to enter Syria, so the reports are difficult to verify independently. Read Article

Italy’s general strike hits mass transit

AP - Commuters in Italy scrambled on Friday to find the few buses and subway trains running during a one-day general strike that also affected air and rail travel, banks, public offices and schools. The nationwide strike was called by Italy’s biggest labor confederation to push for more investment in job creation and for reform of a tax system that is widely seen as penalizing salaried workers. Read article

Rocket blasts off with missile-warning satellite

Reuters – An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday to put the first satellite of the Defense Department’s new missile-warning system into orbit. After a day’s delay due to poor weather, the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 booster lifted off at 2:10 a.m. EDT, soaring through clear blue skies out over the Atlantic Ocean. Tucked inside the rocket’s nosecone was the $1.3 billion Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Geo-1 spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Read Article

How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis

Foreign Policy – Bankers recognized a good system when they saw it, and dozens of speculative non-physical hedgers followed Goldman’s lead and joined the commodities index game, including Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Pimco, JP Morgan Chase, AIG, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers, to name but a few purveyors of commodity index funds. The scene had been set for food inflation that would eventually catch unawares some of the largest milling, processing, and retailing corporations in the United States, and send shockwaves throughout the world. The money tells the story. Since the bursting of the tech bubble in 2000, there has been a 50-fold increase in dollars invested in commodity index funds. To put the phenomenon in real terms: In 2003, the commodities futures market still totaled a sleepy $13 billion. Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – Increased Agulhas “leakage” significant player in global climate variability

National Science Foundation – The Agulhas Current which runs along the east coast of Africa may not be as well known as its counterpart in the Atlantic, the Gulf Stream. But now researchers are taking a closer look at this current and its “leakage” from the Indian Ocean into the Atlantic Ocean–and what that may mean for climate change. In results of a study published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature, a team of scientists led by University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Oceanographer Lisa Beal, suggests that Agulhas leakage could be a significant player in global climate variability. The Agulhas Current transports warm and salty waters from the tropical Indian Ocean to the southern tip of Africa. There most of the water loops around to remain in the Indian Ocean (the Agulhas Retroflection), while some water leaks into the fresher Atlantic Ocean via giant Agulhas rings. Once in the Atlantic, the salty Agulhas leakage waters eventually flow into the Northern Hemisphere and act to strengthen the Atlantic overturning circulation by enhancing deep-water formation. Read Article

Nearly 3 million Colombians affected by heavy rains

Colombia Reports – Some 3 million Colombians, 6.4% of the population, have been affected by the heavy rains wreaking havoc across Colombia, revealed a study conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (DANE), Semana reported Thursday. The official figure equates to just under 3 million people, with the greatest concentration of victims in the Caribbean region, where 1,479,434 people are affected, representing 3.2% of the Colombian population. The Pacific region, with 738,106 victims, was the next hardest hit, followed by the Andean region with 669,275 victims and the eastern regions with 77,574. Of the number of affected people, around 60% are said to be in “need of constant attention” due to the perilous vulnerability in which they live. Read Article

Green Roof Proves a Cost-Effective Way to Keep Water out of Sewers

Science Daily – Green roofs like the one atop a Con Edison building in Long Island City, Queens can be a cost-effective way to keep water from running into sewer systems and causing overflows, Columbia University researchers have found. The Con Edison Green Roof, which is home to 21,000 plants on a quarter acre of The Learning Center, retains 30 percent of the rainwater that falls on it. The plants then release the water as vapor, the researchers said in the study (http://www.coned.com/greenroofcolumbia). Read Article

Research finds coffee, sex, or exercise can trigger stroke

ABC – Dutch researchers have found drinking coffee, having sex, exercising or blowing your nose, can all act as triggers for a brain aneurysm. The researchers questioned stroke survivors and discovered being constipated, startled or angry can also increase the chance of a brain aneurysm among susceptible people. Australian Medical Association vice president Dr Steve Hambleton says brain aneurysms are rare. “It’s hard to say who’s at risk but these are the times when raised intracranial pressure occurs,” he said. Read article

Israel does not rule out strike on Iran

PressTV – “An aerial attack against Iran’s nuclear reactors would be foolish,” Meir Dagan said in a conference of senior faculty members at the Hebrew University in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Friday. ”Those who strike in Iran must realize that they may prompt a regional war, where missiles will be fired by Iran and by Hezbollah from Lebanon as well,” the former Mossad chief said. Read article

New Ivory Coast Leader Takes Office, Conflict Continues

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Newsy – After an intense, months-long power struggle — Ivory Coast officially has a new president. Alassane Ouattara took his oath of office Friday, by the same council that once refused to recognize his victory. Read article

Taliban launch multi-pronged attack on city of Kandahar

Guardian - The Taliban launched an unprecedented, multi-pronged attack on Kandahar, with commanders claiming they aimed to “take control of the city”. The assault by gunmen and suicide bombers on at least five targets in the southern city began at midday and, according to insurgents who talked to the Observer by phone during the fighting, involved hundreds of attackers. The sustained attack on government buildings wounded at least 24 people and created chaos in the capital of a province Nato has spent the past year trying to secure. Read Article