ScienceDaily — Researchers at New York University’s Department of Chemistry and NYU Langone Medical Center have developed a compound that blocks signaling from a protein implicated in many types of cancer. The compound is described in the latest issue of the journal Nature Chemical Biology. The researchers examined signaling by receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK). Read article
Indepoendant – The scale of private links between David Cameron and News International was exposed for the first time last night, with the Prime Minister shown to have met Rupert Murdoch’s executives on no fewer than 26 occasions in just over a year since he entered Downing Street. Read article
HuffingtonPost – In case you hadn’t noticed, the annual gathering of the transatlantic power elite took place in St. Moritz in June and passed by without too much fuss. Sure, awareness of Bilderberg is increasing, and the crowds outside the event grow each year, but as the glare of publicity shines with increasing intensity on this bastion of elite networking and exclusivity, a number of important things become clear. Read article
Reuters – Global consumer confidence fell in the second quarter to its lowest level in a year and a half as an uncertain economic outlook, a deepening euro zone debt crisis and rising inflation made people more cautious, a survey showed on Sunday.Consumer sentiment in the United States was weaker than in the second half of 2009 at the height of the global recession, according to The Nielsen Company’s quarterly survey of global consumers. Read Article
New Scientist – Plenty more fish in the sea? Maybe not for much longer. Overfishing is damaging the genetic diversity of fish to a greater degree than expected, leaving at-risk species vulnerable. It was thought that even badly overfished species would remain genetically diverse, since millions of individual fish remain even in the most depleted species. Read Article
Reuters – U.S. companies, already sweating under heightened enforcement of anti-corruption laws at home, are nervously reviewing their policies on how they wine and dine business contacts abroad in the wake of tough new regulations imposed in Britain. The new law, which took effect July 1, bans all so-called facilitating payments and does not expressly allow entertainment of government officials and others. Read Article
The Atlantic – Can I interest you in a cross-country trip? Its theme is Anti-Empiricism in America. The tour bus leaves from The Bay Area, where a lot of people still think rent control works. It proceeds through Salt Lake City, where the Evergreen Institute claims to cure same sex attraction, passes through Petersburg, Ky., home of the Creationist Museum, and terminates in Springfield, Va., where the DEA, a liberty impinging branch of the federal government, insists against overwhelming evidence that a plant called marijuana “has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.” That dubious determination is what keeps marijuana … more tightly controlled than raw opium, methadone, and anabolic steroids, among many other drugs far more harmful to the human body, and more prone to abuse than cannabis. Read article
Time – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ruled on Friday that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and should therefore remain illegal under federal law — regardless of conflicting state legislation allowing medical marijuana and despite hundreds of studies and centuries of medical practice attesting to the drug’s benefits.
The judgment came in response to a 2002 petition by supporters of medical marijuana, which called on the government to reclassify cannabis, which is currently a Schedule I drug — like heroin, illegal for all uses — and to place it in Schedule III, IV or V, which would allow for common medical uses. Read article
ABC – Prime Minister Julia Gillard has defended the amount of taxpayers’ money being spent on ads to promote the carbon tax. The Federal Government is spending $25 million on its campaign to explain the carbon tax to voters. A $12 million advertising blitz will be launched tonight, and a further $13 million will be spent on a public information campaign. Read article
KUWAIT, July 17 (KUNA) — For the first time in the Kuwaiti gold market, a kilo of gold came to over KD 14,000, at a hike of over 500 since last week, a weekly report said.
Al-Zomoroda weekly report said the record price is a natural reflection of great jumps in price on a global scale. It pointed out an ounce of gold sold for USD 1,593 on Thursday, which surpasses the record of USD 1,576 last May. Top among factors contributing to the soaring price was the European sovereign debt crisis and differences over bringing up US debt.Read Article
Import growth in the Pacific is high and its negative consequences are being amplified by rising commodity prices, the Asian Development Bank says.
The latest Pacific Economic Monitor shows non-fuel imports from Australia grew at 11.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2011.
Commodity prices also rose, with crude oil in May up 43 per cent on the same time last year.Read Article
New Zealand consumer prices rose more than economists forecast in the second quarter, led by fuel and food costs, adding to the case for the central bank to lift interest rates this year from a record-low.
From a year earlier, inflation accelerated to 5.3 percent in the second quarter, the most since 1990, from 4.5 percent in the year through March. Read Article
The Telegraph – Sir John Beddington may have thought he was earning his £165,000 a year as the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser when he was last week reported as proposing that it should “use climate-related disasters overseas to persuade British voters to accept unpopular policies for curbing carbon emissions”. Read article
The Firm – The Scottish Government is refusing to disclose whether it has lost or destroyed communications records relating to the Hollie Greig case which may indicate when the First Minister Alex Salmond became aware of allegations of sexual abuse, which Ms Greig claims was carried out against her over many years whilst resident in the Aberdeen area. Last month the Scottish Ministers were compelled by the Information Commissioner to address a series of questions put to the First Minister in correspondence in relation to the case in January this year, the first of which was: “When did you first become aware of the allegations made by Hollie Greig about her being abused by members of a high-ranking paedophile ring in Scotland?” Read Article
BBC – The UN has made its first aid delivery to drought victims in areas of Somalia controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants since they lifted an aid ban. UN children organisation’s Rozanne Chorlton said al-Shabab had given UN workers unhindered access and hoped this would encourage other agencies. It comes as the UK pledged £52.25m ($84m) in emergency drought aid. Read Article
ABC – Some species of tunas are at serious risk of extinction according to new research by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. High on the ‘Red List’ of threatened species is the southern bluefin tuna. It’s one of five of the eight species of tuna threatened with survival or in the near threatened catergories. The IUCN is calling on governments to take urgent action to protest the high value species. Read Article
Observations of nucleation of new particles in a volcanic plumeAuthors:Julien Boulona,1, Karine Sellegria, Maxime Hervoa, and Paolo Lajb
aLaboratoire de Météorologie Physique, Observatoire de Physique du Globe de Clermont Ferrand, Centre National de la Recheche Scientifique, Unité Mixte de Recherche 6016, Université Blaise Pascal, 63177 Aubière, France; and
bLaboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Mixte de Recherche 5183, Université Joseph Frourier, BP 53-38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
Edited by Mark H. Thiemens, University of California, La Jolla, CA, and approved June 21, 2011 (received for review March 29, 2011)
AbstractVolcanic eruptions caused major weather and climatic changes on timescales ranging from hours to centuries in the past. Volcanic particles are injected in the atmosphere both as primary particles rapidly deposited due to their large sizes on time scales of minutes to a few weeks in the troposphere, and secondary particles mainly derived from the oxidation of sulfur dioxide. These particles are responsible for the atmospheric cooling observed at both regional and global scales following large volcanic eruptions. However, large condensational sinks due to preexisting particles within the plume, and unknown nucleation mechanisms under these circumstances make the assumption of new secondary particle formation still uncertain because the phenomenon has never been observed in a volcanic plume.
In this work, we report the first observation of nucleation and new secondary particle formation events in a volcanic plume. These measurements were performed at the puy de Dôme atmospheric research station in central France during the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Spring 2010. We show that the nucleation is indeed linked to exceptionally high concentrations of sulfuric acid and present an unusual high particle formation rate. In addition we demonstrate that the binary H2SO4 – H2O nucleation scheme, as it is usually considered in modeling studies, underestimates by 7 to 8 orders of magnitude the observed particle formation rate and, therefore, should not be applied in tropospheric conditions. These results may help to revisit all past simulations of the impact of volcanic eruptions on climate. READ PAPER
Spiegel – The United Nations’ forecast of how quickly global sea levels will rise this century is vital in determining how much money might be needed to combat the phenomenon. But predictions by researchers vary wildly, and the attempt to find consensus has become fractious. It is a number which will ultimately establish how billions in taxpayer money will be spent — and it is one which is the subject of heated debate, both among politicians and scientists. Read Article
ScienceDaily — Acute stress is thought to precipitate alcohol drinking. Yet the ways that acute stress can increase alcohol consumption are unclear. A new study investigated whether different phases of response to an acute stressor can alter the subjective effects of alcohol. Findings indicate bi-directional relationships between alcohol and stress. Results will be published in the October 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View. Read article
PressTV – Saudi-backed Bahraini regime forces have killed a female anti-government protester as demonstrations continue in the capital Manama and other parts of the country, activists say. The woman was killed in Sitra city on Friday after the security forces fired a teargas grenade from a hovering helicopter, a Press TV correspondent reported. Read Article
NYTimes – The military council governing Egypt is moving to lay down ground rules for a new constitution that would protect and potentially expand its own authority indefinitely, possibly circumscribing the power of future elected officials. Read article
Guardian – Immigrant families from East Timor fled a Catholic area of Northern Ireland on Friday night when loyalist rioters tried to attack nationalist homes, a Sinn Fein councillor said today. “Around 100 loyalists attacked police who prevented them attacking nationalist homes,” said John O’Dowd, who is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Read article
Press TV – Several NATO fighter jets have violated Pakistani airspace, making low flights into the country’s troubled tribal northwestern regions. Local sources say the aircraft crossed over into Pakistan’s Kurram Agency through the Afghan border and flew up to five-kilometers across the border. They went over Pakistani territory for a few minutes before returning to Afghanistan. NATO helicopters entered the same region last year, firing several rockets that killed three Pakistani soldiers. Read Article