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Science Connections: Evolving Skin

Triblocal – Skin. According to professor and head of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University Nina Jablonski, it is one of our most underappreciated organs, and one to be celebrated. It is at once a connector and protector, allowing us to feel and experience our world while protecting us from many of its harsh elements. It plays an active role in our culture, serving as a biological billboard of make-up, tattoos, paints and piercings. Read article

Israel steals Palestinian WB riches: PA

PressTV – The Palestinian Authority (PA) has charged that the Israeli regime has been stealing Palestinian oil and gas from a field near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Read article

‘Al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed’

BBC – A senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, has been killed, say senior US officials. There has been no independent confirmation of the death, which officials said happened in the Waziristan tribal region. The US frequently carries out drone air strikes against suspected militants hiding out in the volatile area. Three weeks ago, the US said it had killed al-Qaeda’s suspected chief of operations, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman. Read Article

Australian Resource exports hit record $175bn

The Australian – Australia’s resource and energy export earnings soared 27 per cent to a record $175 billion in 2010-11 as strong commodity prices overcame the impacts of the summer floods and a high Australian dollar. And by Easter next year the sector should help drive the nation’s total new capital investment to half a trillion dollars, Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson has predicted. Read Article

Open Your Eyes News Exclusive – Fluoridated Water Danger To Bottle-fed Babies

New research from Japanese and British researchers has shown that parents who use fluoridated water when making infant baby formula are potentially putting the health of their children in danger with the research showing a possibility to exceed the tolerable upper intake level,  especially for infants within the first 5 months of life. CLICK HERE TO READ

UK: North West health authority pours cold water on fluoride scheme

Lancashire Telegraph – Campaigners have welcomed a delay in plans to fluoridate the North West’s water supplies. NHS North West said it was too expensive and time-consuming to pursue a programme of fluoridation or consultation exercise. The strategic health authority assessed the feasibility and affordability of a regional scheme from 2008 to 2009. Read article

Belgium to ‘form a government’ after more than a YEAR without one

DailyMail – The Belgian coalition are close to finalising a deal to form a government having gone 459 days without one. Politicians made the breakthrough today and a look set to form an administration, ending a paralysis which began after a general election in June last year. Read article

Libya conflict: NTC fighters meet Sirte resistance

BBC – Libya’s interim authorities say their fighters have entered the outskirts of the coastal city of Sirte, one of the last places still loyal to ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. Fighters had breached defences south and west of the city, about 8km (5 miles) from the centre on Thursday evening, but met heavy resistance, the National Transitional Council said. Meanwhile, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Libya as part of a tour asserting Ankara’s regional influence and promoting democracy. Read Article

Central banks expand dollar operations

Reuters – Major central banks around the world will cooperate to offer three-month U.S. dollar loans to commercial banks in order to prevent money markets from freezing up in the wake of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. The European Central Bank said on Thursday it would hold three fixed-rate operations between October and December to provide banks as many dollars as they needed, in order to ease any funding crunch over the year-end. Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – Historical Correlation Between CO2 and Temperature

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Radioactive cesium from Fukushima on tour of Pacific Ocean

Telegraph – Radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant is circulating with the currents in the Pacific Ocean and will wash up on Japan’s shores again in between 20 and 30 years. Read article

UK alters law targeting war crimes suspects

Associated Press – Britain amended a law yesterday to make it tougher for ordinary citizens or activist groups to get arrest warrants against suspected war criminals or torturers – a move that angered some human rights lawyers and activists. Britain’s universal jurisdiction law allows British courts to prosecute foreigners accused of crimes against humanity, no matter where the alleged crimes were committed. The principle of the law is rooted in the belief that certain crimes – such as genocide, hostage-taking, and torture – are so serious that they must be addressed anywhere it is possible to do so. Read Article

California officials manipulated safety data on methyl iodide, ignored scientist warnings against approving deadly strawberry chemical

Huffington Post – California pesticide regulators plan to approve a new agricultural chemical called methyl iodide for the state’s coastal strawberry fields, allowing levels of exposure that the state’s own experts say will put farmworkers and bystanders at risk. Read article

Helle Thorning-Schmidt to be Danish PM after poll win

BBC – Denmark’s centre-left has won the country’s general election, ending nearly a decade in opposition. Read article

Gold eases as stock markets rise

Reuters – Gold prices slipped on Thursday as stock markets rose, with assurances from Germany and France about keeping Greece in the euro bloc boosting appetite for assets seen as higher risk at the precious metal’s expense. Concerns over a potential debt default in the euro zone, centered particularly on Greece, held the euro in a range, however, and kept gold well supported above $1,800 an ounce. Read Article

China’s censors target microblogs

Reuters – China’s microblogs face tighter controls, as censors struggle to keep pace with nearly 200 million users.

Power of suggestion affects heart arteries

Reuters – Simply suggesting that a treatment will ease chest pain may not only dampen the pain, but directly alter heart arteries, a small study concludes. Among 30 patients having a procedure to evaluate their chest pain, researchers found that those who were told they were being given an infusion of a pain-relieving drug did, on average, report a decrease in pain. But the participants also showed a measurable change in their heart arteries: a slight but distinct narrowing of the vessels. Read article

Yellow Patches Around Eyelids Predict Risk of Heart Problems, Study Finds

ScienceDaily — Raised yellow patches of skin (xanthelasmata) around the upper or lower eyelids are markers of an individual’s increased risk of having a heart attack or suffering from heart disease, finds research published online in the British Medical Journal. The study, led by Professor Anne Tybjærg-Hansen at the University of Copenhagen, also concludes that white or grey rings around the cornea (arcus corneae) are not linked to an increased risk. Read article

Libya: Sarkozy and Cameron visit Tripoli

Guardian – The British prime minister and the French president said they would continue to help Libya in its reconstruction. Cameron said he hoped the Arab spring would now become an Arab summer (surely Arab autumn?) and democracy would advance in other countries too. Sarkozy singled out Syria Read article

Cameron and Sarkozy in Tripoli to Meet New Libyan Leaders

NY Times – The leaders of Britain and France visited Libya on Thursday in a triumphal but heavily guarded tour intended to boost the country’s revolutionary leaders, whose forces were propelled to power with NATO’s help last month by routing Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his military in the most violent conflict of the Arab Spring uprisings. Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, who convened an international meeting two weeks ago in Paris in support of the new Libyan authorities, were the first world leaders to travel to the Libyan capital in the post-Qaddafi era. They pledged to keep up the NATO bombing — which their countries supervised — until the last of the recalcitrant Qaddafists surrendered. Read Article

Phone hacking: 7/7 disaster victim’s mother to sue NoW publisher

Guardian – The mother of a victim of the 2005 London terrorist attacks is suing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire after she was told by police that her son’s mobile phone is likely to have been targeted by a private investigator working for the News of the World. Sheila Henry filed a high court writ this week against the paper’s owner, News Group Newspapers, alleging that journalists at the tabloid, which closed in July, hacked into a mobile belonging to Christian Small, 28, on the day he was killed by a bomb blast on the London Underground. Read Article

5 Central Banks Move to Supply Cash to Europe

NY Times – Worried that Europe’s debt impasse posed a growing threat to the global financial system, the world’s major central banks moved Thursday to assure that European banks would not run short of cash as troubled nations like Greece and Italy sought to stabilize their economies. The central banks, in a coordinated action intended to restore market confidence, agreed to pump United States dollars into the European banking system in the first such show of force in more than a year. Read Article

Burma unblocks some banned websites

Independent – Burma’s repressive government was allowing access to banned news websites today for the first time in years, including several operated by exiled dissidents. The unannounced move is the latest step taken by the country’s new leaders to boost hope, that authoritarian rule could finally be easing. Read Article