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New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests

NY Times – Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests. The definition is now being reassessed by an expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association, which is completing work on the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the first major revision in 17 years. The D.S.M., as the manual is known, is the standard reference for mental disorders, driving research, treatment and insurance decisions. Most experts expect that the new manual will narrow the criteria for autism; the question is how sharply. Read article

Obama, GOP back in tussle over oil pipeline

AP – President Barack Obama and Congress are back where they were before Christmas, locked in an election-season tussle over a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Republicans hope to again force Obama to make a politically risky decision, while he is seeking to put it off until after the November election. Read article

NYPD, Feds Testing Gun-Scanning Technology, But Civil Liberties Groups Up In Arms

CBS – The NYPD is stepping up their war against illegal guns, with a new tool that could detect weapons on someone as they walk down the street. But is it violating your right to privacy? Police, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, are researching new technology in a scanner placed on police vehicles that can detect concealed weapons. Read Article

China to expand real-name registration of microbloggers

Guardian – China will expand real-name registration for microblog users, a senior propaganda official has said. Authorities have grown increasingly concerned about the speed with which information and allegations can spread on the Twitter-like services, which have more than 300m registered users in China. Last month, the Beijing municipal government said users would have three months to register their real identities or face the consequences. Read Article

The Truth About Epidurals

Slate – Every pregnant woman who plans a vaginal birth has to contend with the fact that she will have to squeeze a head the size of a grapefruit through her much-smaller-than-a-grapefruit-sized vagina. In other words, that shit is gonna hurt. But if she considers getting an epidural, as 60 to 80 percent of first-time pregnant American women do, there’s a good chance she will hear that this form of pain relief—in which anesthesiologists administer a low-dose anesthetic and narcotic through a catheter into the epidural space surrounding her spinal cord—will degrade the birth experience and potentially harm both mother and baby. Read article

C-sections on the rise and most mothers not well informed: Queensland study

News-Medical – According to a latest study from Queensland, it is doctors, not mothers, who are responsible for the rising rate of babies born by caesarean section in Australia. Queensland has the highest rate of C-sections in Australia and researchers say often women are not properly informed when they make the decision to go ahead with surgery. The results from the study show that in Queensland 34 per cent of all births now take place via caesarean section, and the figure is even higher in Queensland’s private hospitals, at 48 per cent. Researchers from the University of Queensland surveyed more than 20,000 women about their maternity experiences. Researchers say the number of babies born by caesarean has risen by 74 per cent in the past 20 years. Read article

Cesarean Nation: The cautionary tale of how China came to have the world’s highest C-section rate.

Slate – In September 2010, the Chinese Web portal Netease posted a page titled “Why Are Chinese Women Afraid of Natural Childbirth?” The headline might have sounded hyperbolic, but it was anything but. The World Health Organization had just released the results of a survey examining delivery methods in Asia. In Chinese hospitals studied in 2007 and 2008, 46 percent of babies were born though cesarean section—the highest documented rate in the world. Interspersed with photos of pretty pregnant women, in a lavender font, Netease listed its six top reasons why women in China might opt for cesarean section. … The No. 1 reason on the list? “Everybody else is having surgery.” Read article

Sudan Stealing 120,000 Barrels of Oil a Day

Chem – South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sudan is each day diverting about 120,000 barrels of oil pumped from the south through a recently constructed “tie-in” pipeline. “This amounts to nearly 75 percent of the oil of South Sudan” being pumped through the line, Dau said. South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July to become the world’s newest country, and took about three-fourths of what had been Sudan’s 500,000-barrel-a-day oil industry with it. Read article

IDF conducts first major paratroopers drill in 13 years

Haaretz – Some 1,000 Israel Defense Forces paratroopers participated in the Paratroopers Brigade’s first complete exercise in 13 years on Tuesday. The exercise, which took place at a base in southern Israel, came as a result of an IDF decision to reintroduce full-scale drills that mimic military operations, and comes after more than a decade during which paratroopers solely participated in less complicated parachuting practices. Read Article

Largest annual human migration on earth

Australia: Cops investigate big bash of cricket fan

Herald Sun – “Following vision from a media organisation being made available to police, an internal review of the incident is now under way,” a police spokeswoman said. “As part of that review police will be speaking with police officers and security personnel and will be examining CCTV. “Police employ a variety of techniques to achieve compliance and the review will examine whether the techniques used in this instance were appropriate to the situation.” Read Article

BOJ Cuts Its Economic View for Seven of Nine Regions

Bloomberg – The Bank of Japan cut its economic assessment of seven of the country’s nine regions as a global slowdown and the yen’s gain threaten the nation’s recovery from the March earthquake. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Technology (1,638 articles)

We live in a technological age. Technologies have had some of the biggest impact on not just the human species, but most life on planet earth. For all the good technology does, many technological processes produce an array of negative impacts. From pollution, the depletion of natural resources, to the detrimental influence on the values of our societies. And new technology often raises new ethical questions. A look at our archive shows the diverse technological news in the world today. To read our Technology news archive of 1,638 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Temperatures in Washington State 1895-2011

Source: http://icecap.us/images/uploads/WA_TEMPS_1895-.jpg

Annual 1895 – 1985 Average = 47.81 degF
Annual 1895 – 1985 Trend = -0.07 degF / Decade

Something you’re not telling us? TSA workers to wear monitoring devices to test if scanners have dangerous levels of radiation

Daily Mail – Airport security officers are to be monitored for exposure to dangerous levels of radiation from the controversial scanners which are used to screen passengers before flights. The Transport Security Administration’s decision to give radiation-measuring devices to security officers in 100 U.S. airports comes after years spent dismissing claims that the scanners pose any health threat. Read Article

One in three US adults is obese: study

Breitbart – One in three American adults is obese, a national level that has stayed the same in recent years, said US data released on Tuesday. About one in six children and teenagers are also obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association report which showed that obesity remains a significant problem in US society despite efforts to combat it. … When overweight people are added to the adult tally, the prevalence of overweight and obese people jumps to 68.8 percent of the US population. Read article

J&J to pay $158 million to settle Texas Risperdal case

Reuters – Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday it will pay $158 million to settle a Texas lawsuit accusing the drugmaker of improperly marketing its Risperdal anti-psychotic drug to state residents on the Medicaid health program for the poor. The settlement fully resolves all Risperdal-related claims in Texas, the company said. The agreement is specific to the state of Texas and does not involve other ongoing state or federal Risperdal litigation. Read article

Russia threatens Syria resolution at UN

BBC – Russia will block any move at the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Syria or authorise the use of force, its foreign minister has said. Read article

UK troops arrested over Afghanistan child abuse claims

BBC – Military police are investigating allegations of child abuse by two British soldiers in Afghanistan. The Sun newspaper said the separate incidents were filmed and shown to colleagues on laptop computers. The Ministry of Defence said it took such claims “seriously” and the Royal Military Police were investigating. The BBC understands that the two soldiers do not belong to the Mercian battle group as was originally reported by the MoD. The army is not willing to name their unit. Read Article

Iran nuclear: Russia’s Lavrov warns against attack

BBC – The Russian foreign minister has warned that a Western military strike against Iran would be “a catastrophe”. Sergei Lavrov said an attack would lead to “large flows” of refugees from Iran and would “fan the flames” of sectarian tension in the Middle East. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak earlier said any decision on an Israeli attack on Iran was “very far off”. Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign minister said talks on its nuclear programme would “most probably” take place in Istanbul. Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters during a visit to Turkey that negotiations were going on about venue and date, and the timings would be settled soon. Read Article

Thought Crime? US education advocates tackle climate change sceptics

NEW SCIENTIST – A new front has opened in the battle over US school science curricula. After decades of fighting to keep creationism out of the classroom, US science education advocates are steeling themselves to face a new foe: climate change sceptics.Over the past few years, several US states and local school boards have introduced measures that would mean teachers must include the views of those who are sceptical of a human influence on climate change in science lessons.Three years ago, for example, Texas revised its science teaching standards to require that students “analyse and evaluate different views on the existence of global warming”. The next time Texas purchases science textbooks, this standard could be used to reject books that do not include a degree of climate change scepticism, says Steven Newton, programmes and policy director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), a non-profit organisation based in Oakland, California. Similar measures have been passed in Louisiana and South Dakota. Read Article

UK faces request for £19bn as IMF boosts bailout fund to $1tn

Guardian – The government has said it will demand improvements in European Union efforts to sort out its currency before it can agree to an imminent request from the International Monetary Fund for extra UK funds that is likely to be as high as £19bn. The Commons has already given the Treasury leeway to draw down an extra £10bn to give the IMF, but anything further would require a fresh vote in the Commons – and be likely to prompt a backbench Tory rebellion. Read Article

Occupy London protesters to appeal against eviction ruling

Guardian – Occupy London protesters camped outside St Paul’s have vowed to carry on their legal fight as the City of London Corporation won its high court case to evict them from the cathedral churchyard. Leave to appeal the ruling will be sought at the court of appeal on Thursday. Tammy Samede, as the principal named defendant, said outside the court: “This is not the end. Onwards and upwards for Occupy.” Read Article

Iran nuclear: Russia’s Lavrov warns against attack

BBC – The Russian foreign minister has warned that a Western military strike against Iran would be “a catastrophe”. Read article

Afghanistan blasts kill 13 in Helmand province

BBC – Thirteen people have died in two attacks in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. In the first, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed seven civilians and two police officers in a bazaar in Kajaki district. Nato said some of its personnel are among the wounded. In a second attack, claimed by the Taliban, a roadside bomb killed a local intelligence official and at least two others in Nad-e-Ali district. The bomb hit the vehicle in which the National Department of Security (NDS) chief Wali Mohammad was travelling, Afghan intelligence and police officials in Nad-e-Ali district told the BBC. Read Article