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US: More Doctors ‘Fire’ Vaccine Refusers

WSJ – Pediatricians fed up with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of concern it can cause autism or other problems increasingly are “firing” such families from their practices, raising questions about a doctor’s responsibility to these patients. Medical associations don’t recommend such patient bans, but the practice appears to be growing, according to vaccine researchers. Read article

Arsenic Found in Organic Baby Formula, Cereal Bars

Live Science – You may think you’re being extra-healthy when you chose foods labeled “organic,” but some of these products contain arsenic, a compound that may increase the risk of cancer, a new study says. The study points to organic brown rice syrup, an ingredient often used as a healthy alternative to high fructose corn syrup, as a potential source of arsenic in food. Read article

Geologists forecast “new cycle of large earthquakes” for Haiti

South African police disrupt striking miners’ protest


Reuters – South African police used water cannons and rubber bullets to disrupt a miners’ protest after a deadly rampage and amid reports of intimidation. Read article

Philippines military finalizing plan to acquire 1 squadron of F-16 fighter jets

Business Mirror – A RANKING military officer said the Armed Forces high command is already discussing the details on the procurement of one squadron of F-16 “Fighting Falcon” jet fighters from the US. Maj. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, Armed Forces deputy chief of staff for plans and programs (J-5) said although the acquisition of jet fighters was not included in the first batch of approved big-ticket items the project is now being discussed thoroughly. Read Article

Tank set ablaze in Syrian border town Zabadani

Reuters – Amateur videos obtained by Reuters show an attack on a government tank in Zabadani, as Syrian activists say at least four people were killed by shelling in Homs. Nick Rowlands reports.

China Seeking to Expand Yuan Loans to Latin America

Caijing – Chinese policy banks are seeking to expand lending to commodities-rich countries in Latin America using the yuan instead of the dollar, as part of its efforts to internationalize its currency, the Wall Street Journal reported. Since earlier last year, China’s Exim Bank (Export-Import Bank) has been in negotiations with InterAmerican Development Bank to establish a renminbi (the yuan) fund to finance the infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, the report said quoting a source. Read Article

Nazi forged bank notes hit sterling confidence, MI5 files show

BBC – Nazi counterfeiting “destroyed” confidence in the British currency in Europe by the end of World War II, according to newly released MI5 files. A 1945 report in the National Archives suggests Germany began production of the fake notes five years earlier in a bid to undermine sterling. Notes began to enter neutral countries by D-Day and the Bank of England issued the first of two recalls. Read Article

Researchers Find China’s Pollution Related to E-Cars May Be More Harmful than Gasoline Cars’

University of Tennessee – Electric cars have been heralded as environmentally friendly, but findings from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers show that electric cars in China have an overall impact on pollution that could be more harmful to health than gasoline vehicles. Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, and graduate student Shuguang Ji, analyzed the emissions and environmental health impacts of five vehicle technologies in 34 major Chinese cities, focusing on dangerous fine particles. What Cherry and his team found defies conventional logic: electric cars cause much more overall harmful particulate matter pollution than gasoline cars.

“An implicit assumption has been that air quality and health impacts are lower for electric vehicles than for conventional vehicles,” Cherry said. “Our findings challenge that by comparing what is emitted by vehicle use to what people are actually exposed to. Prior studies have only examined environmental impacts by comparing emission factors or greenhouse gas emissions.” Particulate matter includes acids, organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles. It is also generated through the combustion of fossil fuels. Read Article

U.S. carrier crosses Hormuz amid rising Gulf tensions

Reuters – A U.S. aircraft carrier sails through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran threatens to close the strategic waterway.

FBI groom, then arrest bomber in alleged bomb plot on U.S. Capitol

Washington Post – Federal authorities on Friday arrested a 29-year-old Moroccan man in an alleged plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol, the latest in a series of terrorism-related arrests resulting from undercover sting operations. For more than a year, Amine El Khalifi, of Alexandria, considered attacking targets including a synagogue, an Alexandria building with military offices and a Washington restaurant frequented by military officials, authorities said. When arrested a few blocks from the Capitol around lunchtime on Friday, he was carrying what he believed to be a loaded automatic weapon and a suicide vest ready for detonation. The gun and vest were provided not by al-Qaeda, as Khalifi had been told, but by undercover FBI agents who rendered them inoperable, authorities said. They said Khalifi had been the subject of a lengthy investigation and never posed a threat to the public. Khalifi “allegedly believed he was working with al-Qaeda,” said Neil H. MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Read Article

Editorial Comment – Cranking up the fear factor one false flag at a time.

 

Military service changes personality, promotes and induces psychopathic behavior

University Of Washington – It’s no secret that battlefield trauma can leave veterans with deep emotional scars that impact their ability to function in civilian life. But new research led by Washington University in St. Louis suggests that military service, even without combat, has a subtle lingering effect on a man’s personality, making it potentially more difficult for veterans to get along with friends, family and co-workers. “Our results suggest that personality traits play an important role in military training, both in the sort of men who are attracted to the military in the first place, and in the lasting impact that this service has on an individual’s outlook on life,” says study lead author Joshua J. Jackson, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences. Published in the journal Psychological Science, the study found that men who have experienced military service tend to score lower than civilian counterparts on measures of agreeableness — a dimension of personality that influences our ability to be pleasant and accommodating in social situations. Read Article

China Reduces Holdings of U.S. Treasuries to Lowest Level Since June 2010

Bloomberg – China, the largest foreign lender to the U.S., reduced its holdings of Treasuries in December to the least since June 2010 amid efforts to assist Europe in addressing its debt crisis. The world’s second-largest economy decreased its U.S. debt securities by $31.9 billion from November, or 2.8 percent, to $1.11 trillion, according to Treasury Department data released yesterday. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Nuclear (971 articles)

Nuclear power produces around 11% of the world’s energy needs, and produces huge amounts of energy from small amounts of fuel, without the pollution that is so often associated with other fuel production techniques. However, the dark side of nuclear is well documented; from radioactive fallout to the terrible consequences of nuclear weapons. For a comprehensive view of the news on all things Nuclear, read our archive of 971 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Global Sea Levels 2003 to 2012

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Sea level is lower than eight years ago

S&P cuts 7 Portuguese financial institutions

Reuters – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said today that it lowered its ratings on seven Portugal-based financial institutions. Standard & Poor’s also removed these ratings from CreditWatch with negative implications, where they were placed on Dec. 7, 2011, or Jan. 31, 2012. The outlook on the long-term ratings is negative. Read Article

Now hiring: FBI seeks developer to build an app to track social media threats

Herald Sun – The FBI is getting in on the law enforcement app game posting documents online recently to seek industry input on developing the equivalent of a web alert system. The 12-page document, called FBI Social Media Application, provides a detailed picture of the bureau’s specifications. The program must have the ability “to rapidly assemble critical open source information and intelligence … to quickly vet, identify and geo-locate breaking events, incidents and emerging threats.” Read Article

Boozing for Better Health

The Scientist – An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a shot of tequila? It seems to work for fruit flies: Drosophila melanogaster seek out alcohol to kill off parasitic wasps living in their blood. Alcohol exposure also discourages the wasps from laying their eggs in the fly larvae in the first place. The research, published today (February 16) in Current Biology, is the first evidence that animals may use alcohol to fight infection, the authors say. Read article

Scottish independence: David Cameron in referendum offer

BBC – Prime Minister David Cameron has offered to consider more powers for Scotland, in the event of a vote against independence. Read article

Cameron and Sarkozy to unveil state-of-the-art drones as part of multimillion pound defence pact

Mail Online – David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy will today unveil plans for Britain and France to dramatically step up defence and nuclear co-operation with a new pilotless fighter jet. The two leaders will use a summit in Paris to announce plans to jointly build and use a state-of-the-art unmanned drone. France and Britain, which cooperated closely in the attacks on Libya, signed a defence and security co-operation treaty in 2010, agreeing to share weapons and equipment, including aircraft carriers. Read Article

Swiss to launch space junk cleaning device

BBC – Switzerland is well known for being a tidy nation, but now Swiss scientists are using this national instinct to help design a special satellite to scoop up space junk orbiting Earth. Nasa says more than half a million pieces of spent rocket parts, broken satellites and other pieces of debris are orbiting Earth and some satellites have been damaged or destroyed after colliding with space junk. Imogen Foulkes reports. Read article

China Could Soon Overtake India As The Biggest Gold Market In The World

Business Insider – China is poised to overtake India to become the world’s biggest gold market this year as rising incomes fuel demand for the precious metal and a weak rupee diminishes Indian purchases, an industry group said Thursday. The amount of gold bought in China rose 20 percent in 2011 over the year before to 770 metric tons, the World Gold Council said in its annual report. That put China behind only first-place India, where 933 metric tons were bought. Read Article

How China Is Stealing America’s Business Secrets

Business Insider – Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, slated to be the next leader of the world’s most populous nation, is getting an earful from U.S. officials over China’s shady business practices. During Xi’s first official tour of the U.S. this week, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) accused a Chinese company of bankrupting a U.S. competitor by ransacking its software. Read Article

United Nations condemns human rights violations in Syria

LA Times – The U.N. General Assembly condemned “widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities” and declared its backing for an Arab League plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down in a Thursday resolution. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Syrian government to stop the bloodshed. “The longer we debate, the more people will die,” he told reporters in Vienna. Read Article