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Wind farms linked to temperature increase

Daily Mail – Researchers including Associate Professor Liming Zhou from the State University of New York examined conditions around 2,358 turbines at four Texas wind farms. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Professor Zhou and colleagues reported a temperature increase of up to 0.72 degrees Celsius per decade at wind farm locations, compared to nearby areas. Read article

Thousands of activists clash with police in New York as May Day protests spread across dozens of U.S. cities

Daily Mail – Thousands of Occupy Wall Street activists have clashed with police after swarming banks and businesses in New York as part of the movement’s massive May Day protests across the country. In a deliberate attempt to bring large-scale European-style May 1 protests to America for the first time, Occupy called for a general strike, urging workers to attend marches rather than work. The biggest swell of defiance was in New York, where protesters had planned to bring the city to a halt by blockading major arteries like the Brooklyn Bridge – and where at least 30 were arrested. Read Article

Murdoch, Center Stage, Plays Powerless Broker

The New York Times – By his own telling, Rupert Murdoch has portrayed himself as a man with Britain’s most power-packed Rolodex: gossiping with Margaret Thatcher about Ronald Reagan, drinking too much after his backing secured an improbable victory for John Major, joshing that he and Tony Blair were like two porcupines mating, fielding barbed threats from Gordon Brown and slipping in the back door of 10 Downing Street as David Cameron’s first visitor after his election. Read Article

Your card details are ‘stolen out of thin air’: Information could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ thanks to new contactless technology

Mail Online – Millions of credit and debit card users could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ because of new contactless technology being brought in by banks. Almost 20million shoppers are now able to buy goods by simply waving their card in front of a reader at the tills, even if it is still in a wallet or a purse. Read article

Breastfeeding Linked to Healthy Infant Gut: Bacterial Colonization Leads to Changes in the Infant’s Expression of Genes

ScienceDaily — Early colonization of the gut by microbes in infants is critical for development of their intestinal tract and in immune development. A new study, published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Genome Biology, shows that differences in bacterial colonization of formula-fed and breast-fed babies leads to changes in the infant’s expression of genes involved in the immune system, and in defense against pathogens. The health of individuals can be influenced by the diversity of microbes colonizing the gut, and microbial colonization can be especially important in regulating both intestinal and immune development in infants. However, little is known about the potential interactions between the host’s health at a molecular level, their gut microbes, and diet. Read article

Mali junta claims control of Bamako after fighting

BBC – Mali’s coup leaders have said they are in control of the situation in Bamako, after hours of fighting in the capital. In a message on TV, they said they held the state broadcasting building, the airport and army barracks after a counter-coup attempt by loyalists of ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure. Read article

Libya ex-Minister Shukri Ghanem dead in Danube river

BBC – The body of Libya’s former Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem has been found in the River Danube in Vienna, Austrian police say. A spokesman said there were no signs of violence to his body. The former prime minister, 69, worked as a consultant for a Vienna-based company. He apparently left his home early on Sunday, police said. Read article

Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.

NY Times – THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years — or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts. But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested. Read Article

Mexico passes law to compensate victims of crime

BBC – Members of Congress in Mexico have unanimously approved a bill which will provide compensation to the victims of organised crime. The law will create a national body to record such crimes as kidnapping and forced disappearances. It will also oversee legal, medical and financial support to crime victims. Read article

Britain on renewed flood alert after wettest April on record

The Telegraph – More than 0.8in (20mm) of rain soaked some regions in the space of 12 hours as already-saturated river catchments neared bursting point – and more downpours are forecast for today. It came after a man and his dog drowned when their car attempted to cross a flooded ford in Hampshire and around 1,000 people were evacuated from a Northamptonshire caravan park yesterday. Read article

Fukushima Gov’t: Over 35% of young people tested have thyroid cysts or nodules

ENE NewsPeace Philosophy Centre posted the results and Fukushima Diary has the summary translation:
In March, Fukushima government conducted thyroid test for under 18 in 13 cities and towns such as Minamisoma city, Namiemachi, Iidatemura, Tomiokamachi etc..
The result shows thyroid nodules ( 5.0mm) or cyst (20.0mm) were seen in 13,460 from 38,114 people (35.3%). Read article

From February 2012 : Gundersen: 1/3 of Fukushima kids tested positive for lumps on thyroid — Forebodes some real issues in future — We’re only 10 months into the accident here (AUDIO):