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Apr 17 18:07

Eating lentils regularly could prevent the need for several medications: They nourish blood vessels and improve blood flow, pressure, circulation

(Natural News) According to a study, lentils can help significantly reduce “dangerous blood pressure levels.”

Additionally, new data also showed that lentils could reverse deteriorating blood vessel health.

Apr 17 13:36

Philadelphia Approves ‘Supervised Injection’ Of Heroin, Other Drugs Amid Opioid Epidemic

Officials in Philadelphia are moving to open safe-injection sites for drugs like fentanyl and heroin as the opioid crisis persists. But the state attorney general insists there’s “no safe way to inject” the highly addictive drugs.

Officials in Philadelphia announced on Tuesday that they would encourage the creation of addiction engagement sites that would oversee medically-supervised consumption of drugs, WCAU reports.

Apr 17 11:08

SCIENTISTS ACCIDENTALLY DEVELOP 'MUTANT' ENZYME THAT EATS PLASTIC

Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have inadvertently engineered an enzyme that eats up plastic.

The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate)—the same material used in the ubiquitousplastic bottle that's clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world.

Amazingly, this discovery only happened by chance. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were examining the structure of a natural enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis, found in 2016 at a Japanese waste recycling center. This enzyme could already break down PET plastic—it just doesn't do it very quickly.

To understand how Ideonella sakaiensis evolved, the research team "tweaked" the structure of the enzyme by adding some amino acids, according to John McGeehan, a Portsmouth professor who co-led the work. They ended up creating an enzyme that worked even faster than the natural one.

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This... is a very exciting, and hopeful, development!!

Apr 17 11:01

Tenacious Sandy Hook Researcher Wins One in Court

Pozner withdrew the lawsuit after refusing to provide discovery concerning whether Mr. Pozner was Mr. Pozner. AJ 's attorneys should make short work of this man whomever he may be. Bizarre!

As questions continue to surround the official story of the devastating 2012 shooting of schoolchildren and staff in Newtown, Conn., one researcher has prevailed in a lawsuit brought against him by the father of one of the slain children. Dave Gahary interviewed former state trooper Wolfgang Halbig to learn more about the situation.

Apr 17 10:25

NH365 110: Toxic Bras – Cancer Risks EXPOSED

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the “internet and e-mail rumors and at least one book have suggested that bras cause breast cancer by obstructing lymph flow. There is no good scientific or clinical basis for this claim, and a 2014 study of more than 1,500 women found no association between wearing a bra and breast cancer risk.”

That book they are referring to … no doubt, has everything to do with my special guest – who will expose the true connection between bras and breast cancer.

Apr 17 09:07

Could antibiotics from men's beards or the soil in your back garden be the ultimate weapons in the battle against the superbugs?

Wounded from battle, ancient Egyptian soldiers would fill their injuries with copper filings that would come off their swords as they sharpened them.

The idea was that this would prevent the wounds getting infected and speed up healing — though they didn't quite understand how it worked at the time.

Now, 5,000 years later, researchers have resurrected this idea as a way to treat infections and counter the devastating rise of bacterial resistance that's rendering many of our antibiotics useless.

Research has shown that copper has a powerful antibacterial effect, shutting down energy production in the bacteria and damaging their DNA. Not only does this kill the bugs, but damaging DNA also means the bacteria cannot develop resistance to copper.

Apr 17 08:59

Sugar In The Diet May Increase Risks Of Opioid Addiction

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from our laboratory of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests...

Apr 17 08:54

The Supreme Court just handed the Trump administration a loss on immigration — and Gorsuch was the tiebreaking vote

When it rains it pours! If Trump had read this guys previous decisions on immigration.......!

The court's 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent. Conviction for a crime of violence makes deportation "a virtual certainty" for an immigrant, no matter how long he has lived in the United States, Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her opinion for the court.

Apr 17 08:39

Scientists warn that many pharma drugs DESTROY our gut microbiome, causing us to be more vulnerable to disease

You’ve probably heard by now that antibiotics can seriously impact your gut microbiome, but it turns out that this action is not just limited to antibiotics. Now, scientists from Germany’s European Molecular Biology Laboratory have found that many drugs that target human cells rather than bacteria can cause changes in microbiome composition as well.

In fact, the scientists found that more than 25 percent of the 923 non-antibiotic drugs studied decreased the growth of one or more species of human gut bacteria. Some of the drugs that were identified as problematic include anti-diabetics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, atypical antipsychotics, and proton pump inhibitors.

Apr 17 07:52

Western Military Debacle in Eastern Ghouta

You won’t be hearing any of this in the western news media because the U.S./UK definitely want to keep the lid on this report. Compiled by Chinese intelligence analysts and explained below by Evgeniy Satanovskiy, one of Russia’s leading Middle East experts, it throws a new light on the situation in Syria and, indirectly, the Skripals poisoning too.
According to the Chinese analysts hundreds of U.S. Special Forces and advisors were killed or wounded in East Ghouta during the recent Syrian Arab Army assault. On March 17 alone Chinese analysts estimate that as many as 200 U.S. Special Forces personnel were “eliminated”.

Apr 17 07:30

AN EMPIRE BUILT ON FEAR AT HOME AND ABROAD

Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week: nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying. Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Apr 17 07:23

Pesticides Are Making Children Aggressive, Time for an Overhaul

Pesticides cause a multitude of adverse effects on humans. However, they are especially harmful to children. They may have something to do with the mass-shootings in schools all over America because some of them are neurotoxins. This means they affect and damage the central nervous system and…

Apr 17 06:54

The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency was over. As a practical matter it is. His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him.

This morning’s article at the Deep State Washington Post paints a very clear picture of what the situation is. The advisors whose loyalties are dubious run the show. Their thinking has not evolved one whit from previous administrations.

Remember what Russian President Vladimir Putin always says, “Presidents change. Policies do not.”

Apr 16 16:28

Massive asteroid big enough to 'destroy a city' skimmed by yesterday at just half the distance between Earth and the moon - and scientists only noticed it HOURS before

An asteroid traveling at 66,174 miles an hour came close to Earth yesterday just hours after it was noticed.

The asteroid is named 2018 GE3, and it was first observed at Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey on Saturday night.

Soon after it was noticed, it skimmed past Earth, getting within 119,500 miles of our planet.

Apr 16 12:16

Cohen attorneys say feds seized devices that have 'nothing to do' with warrant, rip 'unprecedented' search

Gorilla Dust! Diversion and blackmail. Using a stripper for a cover up!
Two evil factions slugging it out over a prostrate and wounded America!
Is there a false flag coming?

Attorneys for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, in their latest court filing, blasted the FBI for its “unprecedented” raid on his properties last week and claimed the feds seized items that “have nothing to do with the probable cause” on which the warrant was granted.

Apr 16 11:22

Scientist Debunks US Claims—Releases Video Evidence US Bombed Syrian Cancer Research Facility

The attacked launched by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, has reduced the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries Research Institute in Barzeh to rubble, according to a report from the Syrian Arab News Agency, which noted that the facility’s use “centered on preparing the chemical compositions for cancer drugs, and conducting chemical analyses of the materials entering Syria, which are used in pharmaceutical and food industries.”

Scientist Saeed Saeed, head of the Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, told CCTV+ that while the facility was used by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in 2013, it is now used as a research center for pharmaceutical products because sanctions from the Western countries that are bombing Syria have resulted in a shortage of medication.

Apr 16 10:52

Trump a Geopolitical Know-Nothing Endangering Humanity

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
He’s a real estate businessman/television personality, America’s first Reality TV president.

A geopolitical know-thing, he largely knows rubbish fed him in daily briefings, along with what extremist neocons infesting his administration tell him and Fox News disinformation, his favorite channel – all of the above manipulating his thinking.

He’s not intellectually gifted like Jefferson, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Madison, Lincoln, Wilson and Jack Kennedy.

Unlike TR and JFK, he disdains reading, preferring oral communications in simple language. He can’t be bothered with policy papers, nothing more than a brief paragraph or two, if that.

“I don’t need…200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page. That I can tell you.”

Apr 16 08:24

9 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries About the Human Body

We all know that our fingerprints are so unique that no two people have the same ones, not even identical twins. But why do humans have these swirly patterns on their fingers in the first place? For many years, scientists thought they were there to help human fingers grip things... but it turns out, fingerprints actually allow less of our skin to come into contact with objects than perfectly smooth fingertips would. So they have nothing to do with gripping.

Apr 16 07:58

15 Things Cancer Doctors Do to Avoid Cancer

"Eating too much sugar and junk food can cause fat to build up in your liver, which can cause liver damage and increase the risk of liver cancer. It has been predicted that this non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will be the leading cause of liver cancer and the rate of liver cancer will increase significantly in a few years." —Homayoon Sanati, MD, medical director of the MemorialCare Breast Cancer Center at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California

Apr 16 07:30

Illegal party drug ketamine eases severe depression and halts suicidal thoughts just four hours after it is taken as a nasal spray, study finds

The illegal party drug ketamine eases severe depression and prevents suicidal thoughts just four hours after it is taken as a nasal spray, new research suggests.

When taken twice a week, the horse tranquiliser's effects wear off by day 25, suggesting ketamine is only suitable for those with an imminent risk of taking their own lives, according to the US researchers.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists described the study as 'significant', adding it brings the drug 'a step closer to being prescribed on the NHS'.

Apr 15 12:59

7 Facts About Bacteriophages

Scientists have isolated bacteriophages that destroy the superbug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). C. diff typically affects the digestive system causing diarrhea and colitis.

Treating this type of infection with bacteriophages provides a way to preserve the good gut bacteria, while destroying only the C. diff germs. Bacteriophages are seen as a good alternative to antibiotics. Due to antibiotic overuse, resistant strains of bacteria are becoming more common. Bacteriophages are also being used to destroy other superbugs including drug-resistant E. coli and MRSA.

Apr 15 12:53

First known epidemic of drug-resistant typhoid is spreading through Pakistan, infecting at least 850 people over the past two years - as doctors admit: 'We're out of options'

A drug-resistant strain of typhoid is spreading through Pakistan and has infected at least 850 people since 2016.

The strain which is resistant to five types of antibiotics is predicted to spread across the globe, according to the National Institute of Health Islamabad.

It is expected to replace the weaker strains in areas where they are common as experts recognise just one remaining working antibiotic.

Azithromycin is the only remaining method of combating the disease however just one more genetic mutation could void the use of the drug.

Apr 15 11:01

Old iPhones seeing new life as medical devices used to assist brain surgeries in Brazil

Brain surgeons in Brazil cannot put down their iPhones in the operating room. But that’s because the old smartphones are a vital and effective medical tool during surgeries, according to a LiveScience article.

The doctors have ditched the costly and cumbersome monitors and video cameras seen in most hospitals. Instead, they attach outdated iPhone models onto their neuroendoscopic equipment, which are much smaller, less expensive, and surprisingly more effective.

Apr 15 09:04

UN Chief Warns of ‘Full-Blown Military Escalation' Over Syria Attacks

Sure hope this is fake news.

As US President Donald Trump is said to be considering a full scale ground assault against the Syrian administration of President Bashar al-Assad, the top UN official has decried the onset of a new global Cold War and warned against “full-blown military escalation” in the war-torn region.

Apr 15 08:39

Future Dental Product May Cure Cavities

By Joe Battaglia

Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities...

Apr 15 07:54

FLASHBACK: FEC: Trump Owns Stock In Missile Company Used To Bomb Syria

The report reveals that Donald Trump has stock with U.S. defense contractor Raytheon. Trump stands to personally profit from the purchase of 59 Tomahawk missiles used by the US Navy – which has cost the taxpayer between $60 million and $82 million dollars.

Apr 15 07:49

Trump Lied to Americans Again; Syrian Drug Treatment Centers Reduced to Rubble (+Video)

DAMASCUS (Tasnim) – US President Donald Trump lied to the American people after the US military in conjunction with British and French forces, instead of striking alleged “targets associated with chemical weapons” capabilities in Syria, hit a center for producing anti-cancer drugs near Damascus.

Apr 15 07:46

Bill Clinton Bombs an Aspirin Factory

Same bunch of lies used to bomb,terrorize and murder,just a different country and a different Deep State Puppet!
Donald Trump is a Neocon,lover of Israel,War Criminal and Mentally ill liar.
The opposition to him is a Psyop! Same as the old Boss!

Apr 14 19:23

School Offers Calm Space and Meditation for Children Who Might Otherwise End Up in Detention

A Philadelphia middle school has started offering tools such as meditation for children who might otherwise be sent to the principal’s office. The school is allowing children and staff to use a new “chill room.” In the room, they are offering tools and strategies to help diffuse tempers and deal with anger and stress.

Apr 14 16:55

How a Single Swedish Submarine Defeated the US Navy

Interesting use of the Stirling Engine (video).

Apr 14 13:36

Dramatic video shows safari guide stopping a charging elephant with his hand

Tarzan's great great grandson? Amazing!

Dramatic video shows a brave safari guide in South Africa stopping a charging elephant with a wave of his hand.

Apr 14 13:23

Breaking: Houthi forces release footage of their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces released their official video from their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital of Riyadh this week.

Apr 14 13:21

Jaysh al-Islam militants call US-led strikes on Syria “farce” – reports

The Jaysh al-Islam militants’ leader Muhammad Allush reportedly expressed indignation of the US-led strikes via Twitter and called it a “farce.”

Apr 14 13:19

Humanitarian Operation in Eastern Ghouta Ongoing Despite Western Attack

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The humanitarian operation in the Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta has not stopped despite recent missile strikes of Western states against targets in the area near Damascus, the head of Russia's center for Syrian reconciliation said on Saturday.

Apr 14 11:44

Trump meets with Chabad rabbis in Oval Office March 28, 2018 11:48am

(JTA) — President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in honor of Education and Sharing Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of the last Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Trump met Monday in the Oval Office with a delegation of rabbis from the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Apr 14 10:35

Night Owls May Have 10 Percent Higher Risk of Early Death, Study Says

By Kristen Knutson, Northwestern University and Malcolm von Schantz, University of Surrey

Do you wake up bright eyed and bushy-tailed, greeting the sunrise with cheer and vigor? Or are you up late into the night and dread the sound of your alarm clock? We call this inherent tendency to prefer certain times of day your “chronotype” (chrono means time). And it may be more than a scheduling issue. It has consequences for your health, well-being and mortality...

Apr 14 08:20

DONALD TRUMP ORDERED SYRIA STRIKE BASED ON A SECRET LEGAL JUSTIFICATION EVEN CONGRESS CAN’T SEE

Trump used media reports as his justification.

ON FRIDAY NIGHT, President Trump ordered the U.S. military to conduct a bombing attack against the government of Syria without congressional authorization. How can this be constitutional, given the fact that Article I, Section 8 of America’s founding document declares that “The Congress shall have Power … To declare War”?

The deeply bizarre and alarming answer is that Trump almost certainly does have some purported legal justification provided to him by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — but no one else, including Congress, can read it.

Apr 14 08:10

71 Out of 103 Destroyed: Here's How Syria's Air Defense Repelled West's Missiles

Perhaps the most surprising news surrounding the US, British and French strike on Syria Saturday morning was the report that the country's Air Defense Force managed to shoot down just shy of 70% of the Western cruise missiles launched. Sputnik looks at how the Syrians managed to do it.

Apr 14 07:25

Are We Over the US/UK Fomented Crisis In Syria?

Paul Craig Roberts

It appears from the very limited US missile attack, most of which were intercepted and destroyed by Syrian air defenses, that the US military prevailed over the crazed John Bolton and carefully avoided a strike that would have resulted in a Russian response. No significant Syrian site appears to have been targeted, and no Russians were endangered.

Apr 13 23:36

World War III Is Not Imminent

Russia doesn’t have to engage the U.S. to the point where World War III starts. If it understands America’s weaknesses, it can wait while we self-destruct.

The U.S. government has outmoded second generation military forces that are incapable of conducting 4GW (fourth generation warfare). The U.S. leadership is poor. It doesn’t think ahead.

The U.S. does not believe in the principles of its founding. It doesn’t believe in the self-determination of nations. These principles form a kind of social, legal and political law based upon the natural rights of the persons who get together to form by declaration a People, a territory, and a government.

Apr 13 23:29

Syria intercepted many of 100+ missiles launched at its civilian, military objects – Russia

The majority of rockets fired in Syria by the UK, US, and France were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russian air defense units were not involved in repelling the attack.

Apr 13 23:27

Update-Syrian Air defense confronts the US, French and British aggression on Syria

14 April? 2018

Damascus, SANA-Syrian air defense confronted on Saturday a tripartite aggression launched by the US, France and Britain on a number of sites in the surroundings of Damascus and Homs.

Apr 13 16:41

Russian top brass reports it has proof of UK’s involvement in Douma chemical incident

MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Russia’s defense ministry has evidence proving the United Kingdom’s direct involvement in the organization of the provocation with the alleged chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta, Igor Konashenkov, the ministry’s spokesman, said on Friday.

He said the ministry had found those who took part in filming the rent-a-mob chemical attack in Syria’s Douma and these people told how the video had been shot.

Apr 13 16:30

Russia’s heavy bombers return to Iran, presumably for Syria-related operations

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – According to media sources close to the Iranian government, Russian heavy bombers are once again permitted to operate from Iranian military airfields.

Apr 13 15:12

Get Moving, Get Happier

Physical activity has long been known to reduce depression and anxiety, and is commonly prescribed to prevent or cure negative mental health conditions. However, less is known about the impact of physical activity on happiness. Amazingly, just a few...

Apr 13 14:40

AIR-INDEPENDENT PROPULSION

AIP - The Early History
Despite their initial successes, submarine pioneers were still eager to find some means to free their boats from the necessity of surfacing frequently for access to the atmospheric oxygen demanded by the gasoline or diesel engines that charged the batteries. A number of approaches were tried, but eventually, open-cycle diesel engines, lead-acid batteries, and electric motors for submerged propulsion became the standard submarine engineering plant that served well through two world wars.

Apr 13 14:37

Sweden's Super Stealth Submarines Are So Lethal They 'Sank' a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

In 2005, USS Ronald Reagan, a newly constructed $6.2 billion dollar aircraft carrier, sank after being hit by multiple torpedoes.

Fortunately, this did not occur in actual combat, but was simulated as part of a war game pitting a carrier task force including numerous antisubmarine escorts against HSMS Gotland, a small Swedish diesel-powered submarine displacing 1,600 tons. Yet despite making multiple attacks runs on the Reagan, the Gotland was never detected.

This outcome was replicated time and time again over two years of war games, with opposing destroyers and nuclear attack submarines succumbing to the stealthy Swedish sub. Naval analyst Norman Polmar said the Gotland “ran rings” around the American carrier task force. Another source claimed U.S. antisubmarine specialists were “demoralized” by the experience.

Apr 13 14:31

When a Chinese Submarine Appeared In The Middle Of A Carrier Battle Group

On 11th November 2006, the Commander of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet at the time, Gary Roughead, made a historic visit to China in a hope of improving the relations between the two countries. His visit was intended to organize a joint military exercise that emphasized the search and rescue role of the Navy and was to take place on 19th of November that year.

However, the visit was overshadowed by the incident that occurred during an American naval exercise near the island of Okinawa.

Apr 13 12:04

"Pacific Rim of Fire" Island of Ambae Vanuatu declared state of emergency after the latest volcano eruption as 11,000 prepare for evacuation

Vanuatu authorities have declared a state of emergency after the latest volcano eruption on the northern island of Ambae.

Villagers on the Vanuatu island of Ambae were facing their second evacuation in seven months Friday after a volcano rumbled back to life and rained ash on their homes.

According to AFP authorities in the Pacific nation have declared a state of emergency on the northern island, where 11,000 people were forced to leave last September.

Many have only just returned home but the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department said the Manaro Voui volcano was undergoing a level three eruption, the mid-point in a five-level scale.

National disaster ministry director general Jesse Benjamin said any evacuation would be more orderly than the one carried out in September when a flotilla of small vessels was pressed into service to rush people off the island.

Apr 13 08:11

California state senator who pushed vaccine mandate now seeks to CRIMINALIZE “fake news” about medicine, politics and government

In the latest stunning assault on the freedom to think, California state senator Richard Pan — known as the “Mercury Joker” super villain for pushing mandatory vaccines into law via SB 277 — now wants to criminalize all bloggers and independent journalists who dare question the official narratives on vaccines, medicine, politics and government.

Apr 13 07:55

Top medical journals accused of skewing research by raking in millions of dollars in 'bribes' from drugs firms

Several of the top medical journals in the US have found to be raking in millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies, a practice that calls the reliability of those journals into question.

Nearly two thirds of medical research in the US is underwritten by companies, totaling more than $100 billion annually.

This is potentially problematic because companies have a financial stake in study results and thus could have an incentive to publicly report results that put them in a favorable light and conceal less flattering findings.

Reports have revealed that many top medical journals may be financially motivated to publish the studies that are unfairly skewed in favor of drug firms both through printing fees and payments to journal editors.

Apr 13 05:54

Scientists discover 15 new planets, including one “super-Earth” that could harbor liquid water

Fifteen new planets were confirmed to be orbiting red dwarf stars near our solar system. As per a report that appeared in Science Daily, one of the newly-discovered worlds is a super-Earth that could have liquid water.

Apr 12 16:21

Iron tablets taken by millions of women during pregnancy or to combat heavy periods may cause bowel cancer, study finds

Even low doses of the chemicals ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, which are commonly found in over-the-counter iron supplements, increase levels of a protein associated with the disease, a study found.

Lead author Professor Scheers, from the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, said: 'We can conclude ferric citrate and ferric EDTA might be carcinogenic, as they both increase the formation of amphiregulin, a known cancer marker most often associated with long-term cancer with poor prognosis.'

This is not the first time such concerns have been raised, with a study released two years ago suggesting the DNA of cells in blood vessels can be destroyed within 10 minutes of swallowing iron tablets.

Apr 12 16:11

Dead sperm whale found with 30 kilograms of trash in digestive system

More than 5 trillion pieces of trash - and counting - are in the world's oceans, according to a 2014 study. Of that, nearly 270,000 tons of large and small plastic debris are on the surface. A study published last year found that 83 per cent of samples of water from more than a dozen nations were contaminated with plastic fibres.

Apr 12 14:30

Anti-GMO mosquito activist dies in a swimming pool

A Florida Keys activist known for fighting off the release of genetically modified mosquitoes near her home died Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Mila de Mier, 45, was found face down in a swimming pool at a hotel at the Washington D.C. Convention Center at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, according to WJLA.

The D.C. Fire Department says the drowning happened at the Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center, WJLA reported. Medical crews attempted to treat her but later pronounced her dead.

People across Florida took to social media to pay tribute to de Mier, a seemingly tireless activist who was in D.C. as part of her fight against GM mosquitoes.

Apr 12 14:04

Obamacare is now so bad that nearly HALF of all Americans aren’t even going to their doctor — even when they’re sick

One of the most unforgivable failures of the Republican congressional majority is their inability and/or outright refusal to completely repeal Obamacare. 

Apr 12 13:59

Florida Activist Who Fought Release of GM Mosquitoes Found Dead in Hotel Pool

By Derrick Broze

A longtime opponent of genetically engineered mosquitoes was found dead in a Washington D.C. hotel as she prepared to present a petition with over 200,000 signatures to the EPA...

Apr 12 13:24

Yoga And Mindfulness In School Helped Children With Anxiety

Typical methods of school-based help for anxiety include speaking to a counselor and other activities guided by a social worker, but a small study had different plans...

Apr 12 11:29

Cosmonautics Day: What Yuri Gagarin Meant Then And Now

Today, April 12th, the inhabitants of our planet are celebrating perhaps the most unique holiday: Cosmonautics Day. The point of this holiday is not necessarily to glorify the technological achievements of the Cold War-era superpowers who first stepped into space, but to remind us all that the planet Earth is our common home.

Since its inception, mankind has been accustomed to thinking in terms of antagonism, of dividing the whole world into “ours” and “others.” Ethnic, racial, religious, and social differences and contradictions are often raised to the level of absolutes. Only in the exploration of the cosmos does the common prevail over the individual. Such ideas of cosmic unity were profoundly elaborated in the works of the philosophers of Russian Cosmism, and were later developed in the books of the great American school of science fiction.

Apr 12 10:55

MASSIVE LODE OF RARE-EARTH METALS FOUND IN JAPANESE WATERS

The world is dependent on a steady supply of rare-earth elements such as yttrium, europium, terbium, dysprosium. They go into computers, phones, electric cars, solar panels, batteries, and electronic equipment. China is the world's biggest supplier of rare-earth elements, and uses its monopoly position as an effective bargaining chip. But Japan just announced that it has discovered a massive lode of rare earth materials that could satisfy the world's requirements on a "semi-infinite basis" (love that term).

Apr 12 10:51

HIGHLANDS FORUM: THE DOD FOUNDED THE FORUM TO BE ITS OWN INVESTMENT FIRM

The DOD founded the Forum to be its own investment firm. It invests in everything from technology, training, and ideas. It's most successful venture has been being an initial investor in Google. It was so successful that the CIA created their own investment firm called In-Q-Tel

Apr 12 10:35

This NASA Video Tour of the Moon in 4K Is Simply Breathtaking

Images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but they are also revealing new information about the moon's evolution and structure.

A new NASA video, posted on YouTube, features more than half a dozen locations of interest in stunning 4K resolution, much of it courtesy of LRO data. NASA also highlighted the individual sites in a Tumblr post that delves deeper into their geology, morphology and significance.

LRO has been circling the moon since 2009 and has made a range of discoveries at Earth's closest large celestial neighbor. [More Amazing Moon Photos from NASA's LRO]

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Apr 12 10:06

Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: 'Is curing patients a sustainable business model?'

Goldman Sachs analysts attempted to address a touchy subject for biotech companies, especially those involved in the pioneering "gene therapy" treatment: cures could be bad for business in the long run.

"Is curing patients a sustainable business model?" analysts ask in an April 10 report entitled "The Genome Revolution."

"The potential to deliver 'one shot cures' is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies," analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. "While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow."

Apr 12 09:58

If You’re Worried About Bacteria On Prep Surfaces, Use Oregano Oil

By Karen Foster

Risk of food poisoning from contaminated food surfaces may be reduced by using oregano oil to help kill bacteria, new research suggests.

Oregano is an important culinary and medicinal herb that has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years..

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