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Two new cost-effective ways to predict prostate cancer

Medical X press – Two new risk indicators for prostate cancer will be unveiled at the 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress today (Saturday). Led by Dr David Ørsted at the Copenhagen University Hospital, Herlev, the first study shows that men diagnosed with benign prostate enlargement have an increased risk of developing and dying from prostate cancer. The second study shows that monitoring prostate-specific antigen levels can be used to predict the long-term risk of healthy men developing and dying from prostate cancer. Both could lead to more efficient and cost-effective screening for prostate cancer, with reductions in over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment. Read article

Pole flips tied to plate tectonics

Science News – Continents moving around over millions of years in the slow-motion geologic jigsaw puzzle known as plate tectonics could trigger the occasional swapping of the north and south magnetic poles. Read article

China ‘land grab protests’

Reuters – Media reports say protesters have attacked government buildings in southern China in protest over land seizures. Read article

US drone kills three in Pakistan

press TV – A non-UN-sanctioned US drone strike has killed at least three people and wounded several others in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, officials say. The causalities come after an unmanned aircraft struck a residential area in the village of Khushali Turikhel, 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the east of Miranshah, which is the main town in North Waziristan tribal region. “The US drone fired two missiles which hit a house. At least three militants have been killed,” a Pakistani security official told AFP. Read Article

Vietnam – Dangerous fractures discovered on area for nuclear power plant

Vietnamnet – Scientists think that there might exist, a dangerous fracture in the area reserved for the Ninh Thuan nuclear power plant, urging to conduct thorough survey on the issue to avoid possible risks. Read article

Power blackout hits Chile, halts copper mines

Reuters – A massive power blackout paralyzed crucial copper mines in Chile on Saturday and darkened vast swaths of the country including the capital Santiago before energy was largely restored, officials said. The outage acutely exposed the fragility of the energy grid in the world’s top copper producer, which was devastated by a powerful earthquake in 2010. Read Article

Yemen violence leaves scores dead

Guardian – At least 40 people have been killed in Yemen amid fierce fighting between troops loyal to president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his military and civillian opponents in the capital, Sana’a. Read Article

UK: Surgeons won’t have to wait to make sure a heart has stopped beating before harvesting organs under new guidelines

Daily Mail – Surgeons retrieving organs to be transplanted just after a patient’s heart has stopped beating will no longer have to wait to make sure it doesn’t start up again if new proposals are adopted. At present when doctors are retrieving organs they have to wait at least two minutes to ensure it doesn’t spontaneously start again. Critics now fear seriously ill patients could be viewed more like tissue banks than sick people if the plans to change rules about organ donation go ahead. Read Article

The Magnificence of Vitamin D

IBTimes – Researchers claim that some of the Australian population is not processing enough Vitamin D due to little exposure to sunlight, despite of the fact that Australia has sunlight in abundance. Reports shows that 43% of women in the southern part of Australia have been discovered to be lacking in Vitamin D, while 23% of women in Queensland are Vitamin D deficient. People who cover their skin most of the time, elderly people and dark skinned people are some of those who are at risk of Vitamin D insufficiency. Read article

Many Black Men in Cold Climates Lack Vitamin D

HealthDay News — People’s bodies build up vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, But a new study suggests black men who live in areas of the United States with low sunlight are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency than whites who live in the same places. The researchers say the findings show that current vitamin D recommendations need to change. “This study shows that across-the-board vitamin D recommendations just won’t work for everybody,” said study researcher Dr. Adam B. Murphy… Read article

Japan finds radiation in rice, more tests planned

Medicalxpress – Japan is ordering more tests on rice growing near a crippled nuclear plant after finding elevated levels of radiation, government officials said Saturday. Read article

Turkey seizes Syrian ship with weapons – PM Erdogan

BBC – He did not say where or when the vessel was stopped, but vowed to confiscate any arms shipments for Syria coming through Turkish waters or airspace. Mr Erdogan has repeatedly criticised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over his government’s violent crackdown on street protesters. Read article

3 killed in UN agency blast in Somalia

press TV – A powerful explosion at the offices of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in the Somali capital Mogadishu has left three people dead, Press TV reports. According to witnesses, the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) which was brought to the agency’s compound near Aden-Adde International Airport to be defused on Saturday, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported. Read Article

Armed Troops Burn Down Homes, Kill Children To Evict Ugandans In Name Of Global Warming

New York Times – According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner. “I heard people being beaten, so I ran outside,” said Emmanuel Cyicyima, 33. “The houses were being burnt down.” Other villagers described gun-toting soldiers and an 8-year-old child burning to death when his home was set ablaze by security officers. “They said if we hesitated they would shoot us,” said William Bakeshisha, adding that he hid in his coffee plantation, watching his house burn down. “Smoke and fire.” According to a report released by the aid group Oxfam on Wednesday, more than 20,000 people say they were evicted from their homes here in recent years to make way for a tree plantation run by a British forestry company, emblematic of a global scramble for arable land.But in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming. The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations. Read Article

Australia – Survey exposes unplanned GM crop spread

Perth Now – Genetically modified canola plants have been discovered growing on the edge of major roads in Esperance, the Conservation Council says. Four teams of volunteers collected 190 stray canola plants from the edge of the South Coast Highway, Norseman Road, Condingup and Fisheries Road in Esperance, about 730km south-east of Perth. Read article

Monsanto wins lawsuit against Indiana soybean farmer

Reuters – Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, has prevailed in another lawsuit against a U.S. farmer, earning a ruling from a federal appeals court that protects Monsanto’s interests even when its patented seeds are sold in a mix of undifferentiated “commodity” seeds. Read article

Climate Fact Of The Day – New peer reviewed paper: clouds have large negative cooling effect on Earth’s radiation budget

Royal Meteorological Society, Meteorological Applications
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 324–333, September 2011

Combining satellite data and models to estimate cloud radiative effect at the surface and in the atmosphere

Author: Richard P. Allan

Satellite measurements and numerical forecast model reanalysis data are used to compute an updated estimate of the cloud radiative effect on the global multi-annual mean radiative energy budget of the atmosphere and surface. The cloud radiative cooling effect through reflection of short wave radiation dominates over the long wave heating effect, resulting in a net cooling of the climate system of ? 21 Wm?2. The short wave radiative effect of cloud is primarily manifest as a reduction in the solar radiation absorbed at the surface of ? 53 Wm?2. Clouds impact long wave radiation by heating the moist tropical atmosphere (up to around 40 Wm?2 for global annual means) while enhancing the radiative cooling of the atmosphere over other regions, in particular higher latitudes and sub-tropical marine stratocumulus regimes. While clouds act to cool the climate system during the daytime, the cloud greenhouse effect heats the climate system at night. The influence of cloud radiative effect on determining cloud feedbacks and changes in the water cycle are discussed. Read Paper

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Threat Level at Lapindo Mudlow Volcano Increases

Jakarta Globe – Authorities in East Java have raised the alert level for the mudflow spewing from an underground volcano in Sidoarjo after nearby dikes nearly failed. Read article

Atlanta increases surveillance of city

AJC – Plans to put Atlanta’s public spaces under camera surveillance will move forward this week with the opening of a state-of-the-art video monitoring center. Whether it’s good that Atlanta is joining other big cities in the video surveillance race depends on your comfort level with being watched more often by police. Read Article

Traffic fumes can trigger heart attacks, say researchers

Guardian – Study published in the British Medical Journal identifies pollutant particles and nitrogen dioxide as main culprits. Breathing in large amounts of traffic fumes can trigger a heart attack up to six hours after exposure, according to research which reaffirms the health risks associated with pollution. Read article

Palestinians Request U.N. Status; Powers Press for Talks

NYTimes – President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, formally requested full United Nations membership for his as yet undefined country on Friday. But before the thunderous applause greeting his announcement in the General Assembly had faded, international powers laid out a new plan to resume direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that was designed to delay a contentious vote on the Palestinian request as long as possible. Read article

Old rivals trade accusations of abuse after Libyan town’s fall

Los Angeles Times – Reporting from Tawurgha, Libya— The green flag still flutters from some homes in this desert town, a remnant of its profound loyalty to a longtime patron, Moammar Kadafi, who made green the signature color of his domain. But the people of Tawurgha, more than 30,000, predominantly black, are all gone, refugees who mostly fled when rebels advanced last month from nearby Misurata with, former residents say, vengeance on their minds. Read Article