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Big Pharma heart disease tablet “combats racism”

The Telegraph – Volunteers given the beta-blocker, used to treat chest pains and lower heart rates, scored lower on a standard psychological test of “implicit” racist attitudes. They appeared to be less racially prejudiced at a subconscious level than another group treated with a “dummy” placebo pill. Read article

Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Syria

Independent – Saudi Arabia says it has closed its embassy in Damascus and pulled out its diplomats and staff as Syrian President Bashar Assad steps up attacks against the opposition. The kingdom has become one of the leading Arab supporters of the Syrian rebels and has appealed for international efforts to study ways to provide aid and weapons to anti-Assad forces. The embassy closure was announced late yesterday on the official Saudi Press Agency. Read article

US: Isle Royale wolves may go extinct

PhysOrg – Isle Royale National Park’s gray wolves, one of the world’s most closely monitored predator populations, are at their lowest ebb in more than a half-century and could die out within a few years, scientists said Friday. Only nine wolves still wander the wilderness island chain in western Lake Superior and just one is known to be a female, raising doubts they’ll bounce back from a recent free-fall unless people lend a hand, Michigan Tech University wildlife biologists Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich said in a report obtained by The Associated Press. There were 24 wolves – roughly their long-term average number – as recently as 2009. Read article

Boeing takes its Phantom Eye for a spin

Australia Aviation – Boeing’s hydrogen powered, high altitude spy drone has taken a small step toward first flight with a spin around the runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Resembling the offspring of a glider mated with a zeppelin, the Phantom Eye features a 45.7m wingspan atop a pot-bellied fuselage capable of holding enough hydrogen to keep the drone airborne for as long as four days. Boeing says the Phantom Eye, which is designed for military use, will be able to reach altitudes of up to 65,000ft while carrying a 220kg payload of reconnaissance and communications equipment. Read Article

Corporations Now Hold $1.24 TRILLION In Cash

Business Insider – Corporations are holding record amounts of cash. And none of them wants to keep it in the U.S. Cash holdings for U.S. non-financial firms rose 3% to $1.24 trillion, according to Moody’s. That tops last year’s all-time high of $1.2 trillion. Read Article

UK unemployment rises by 28,000 to 2.67m, ONS reports

BBC – UK unemployment rose by 28,000 to 2.67 million during the three months to January, with the unemployment rate at 8.4%, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Unemployment amongst women accounted for most of the increase. The government said the data showed the situation was “stabilising” but Labour said ministers were being “complacent”. Read Article

Now even the eurozone admits it has condemned Greece to never-ending austerity

Telegraph – There’s a general view out there that with private creditors having agreed their 50pc haircut, the “Greek problem” has been solved, at least for now. Unfortunately, it has not. According to Reuters, an unpublished “Compliance Report” by EU executives has concluded that Greece will have to impose a further fiscal squeeze in 2013/14 amounting to some 5.5pc of GDP in order to meet the targets that underpin the second international bailout. Read Article

Critics warn that thousands of Britons could be extradited under plans for EU states to be given access to our DNA bank

Daily Mail – Police across the EU are to be given open access to the UK’s national DNA database, it was confirmed last night. Forces in every member state will be able to check crime scene samples against millions of profiles held in this country. Critics have warned it could lead to thousands more Britons facing extradition. Read Article

Peruvian miners clash with police

Reuters – A crackdown on illegal mining leads to a violent confrontation between police and miners leaving one person dead and 32 others injured. Read article

India’s spy satellite to be launched in April

ZeeNews – A wholly Indian-built spy/surveillance satellite – Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1) – that can see through clouds and fog and has very high- resolution imaging is slated for launch in April, a senior official of the Indian space agency has said. An official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said thorough tests were being done on the Risat-1. “The Risat-1 is put to thermal vacuum test (a test to check the satellite’s functioning in space environment). It is a complex microwave satellite being built for the first time in India. The satellite is expected to be launched in April,” said the senior official, not wishing to be named because of the organisational rules. Read Article

Moody’s cuts Cyprus to junk

Cyprus Mail – Moody’s ratings agency yesterday cut Cyprus’ sovereign ratings to junk, citing a heightened risk the government — shut out of debt markets — would have to support its banks, which have been battered by exposure to Greece. Finance Minister Kikis Kazamias called the downgrade “unjustified”, while the opposition used it as another means to slam the government’s policies on the economy, saying recent measures had obviously not been enough. Read Article

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Climate Fact Of The Day – Northern Hemisphere Winter Snow Extent

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Copyright wars heat up: US wins extradition of college kid from England

ARS – A 23-year old student from Sheffield Hallam University in the north of England is bound for America. That wouldn’t be unusual—except that Richard O’Dwyer won’t go voluntarily. The UK Home Secretary has today agreed to extradite O’Dwyer over US copyright infringement charges for running a “linking site” called TVShack. Back in June 2010, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized O’Dwyer’s tvshack.net domain name after a closed, one-sided hearing before a judge. Read Article

United Therapeutics sues Sandoz over hypertension drug

Reuters – In January, Sandoz filed a marketing application with the Food and Drug Administration to sell a copycat version of United Therapeutics’ pulmonary hypertension drug Remodulin. Since United Therapeutics has responded within 45 days of the receipt of Sandoz’s notice, the FDA will automatically stay approval for the generic version for up to 30 months under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Read article

China sacks leadership contender Bo Xilai

BBC – One of China’s most prominent politicians, Bo Xilai, has been removed as Communist Party boss in the city of Chongqing following a scandal. Read article

Suicide bomber kills four at Somalian presidential compound

Reuters – A suicide bomber struck at the heart of Somalia’s fragile administration in Mogadishu. Deborah Gembara reports.

Exploration company strikes oil off County Cork

Independent – An exploration company has struck oil and discovered the first commercial well off the Irish coast. Providence Resources said flows in Barryroe, 50km from Co Cork, is almost double the 1,800 barrels of oil per day (bopd) barrier set by the firm as being commercial. Tests are also being carried out on gas flow rates in the area. Read Article

Goldman Sachs: The ‘vampire squid’ under attack

Pro-Assad rallies mark anniversary of Syria revolt

Reuters – Huge crowds took to the streets of Syria’s cities on Thursday in an orchestrated show of support for President Bashar al-Assad on the first anniversary of a bloody revolt against his rule that shows no sign of ending. Turkey hinted it might consider supporting a “buffer zone” inside Syria to cope with a flow of refugees across its border that has increased sharply following a recent government offensive against rebels in the nearby Idlib region. Read Article

Asma al-Assad’s aide persuaded Twitter to remove fake accounts, emails reveal

Guardian – Twitter closed down a string of accounts purporting to be authored by the Syrian president and the first lady, emails reveal. A senior aide to Asma al-Assad, Fares Kallas, took issue with the site over 11 accounts. Half of the accounts using the first lady’s name and all but one of those using the president’s name were closed down. Read Article

Unknown Tech Company Defies FBI In Mystery Surveillance Case

Wired – Sometime earlier this year, a provider of communication services in the United States – perhaps a phone company, perhaps Twitter – got a letter from the FBI demanding it turn over information on one, or possibly even hundreds, of its customers. The letter instructed the company to never disclose the existence of the demand to anyone – in particular, the target of the investigation. Read Article

Health panel: Pap tests needed only every 3 years

Reuters – Women only need to get a Pap test once every three years to check for cervical cancer, and don’t need to be screened until age 21 – even if they’re sexually active earlier, according to new guidelines from a government-backed panel. The statement from the United States Preventive Services Task Force, released on Wednesday, aligns closely with guidelines from three U.S. cancer groups that were also announced on Wednesday. Read article

California tax revenue plunges by 22%

Breitbart – State Controller John Chaing continues to uphold the California Great Seal Motto of “Eureka”, i.e., ‘I have found it’. But what Chaing is finding as Controller is that California’s economy as measured by tax revenues is still tanking. Compared to last year, State tax collections for February shriveled by $1.2 billion or 22%. The deterioration is more than double the shocking $535 million reported decline for last month. The cumulative fiscal year decline is $6.1 billion or down 11% versus this period in 2011. Read article

After Quakes, Ohio Plans Tough Gas-Drilling Rules

AP — A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers. Among the new regulations: Well operators must submit more comprehensive geological data when requesting a drill site, and the chemical makeup of all drilling wastewater must be tracked electronically. Read article