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Nov 21 08:14

POLICE ARE USING DNA MUGSHOTS TO ARREST INNOCENT PEOPLE

A recent Washington Times article, boasts that Texas law enforcement used predictive DNA imaging or 'Phenotyping' to guess what a suspect’s physical characteristics might be.

This is not a joke, this is actually happening in police departments across the country.

Parabon Nanolabs, claims their new analysis service can accurately predict what a suspect or victim looks like based on a sample of their DNA.

"Snapshot is a revolutionary new forensic DNA analysis service that accurately predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of an unknown person from DNA. "

Parabon, boasts that Snapshot will produce a 'detailed report and composite profile that includes eye color, skin color, hair color, face morphology, and detailed biogeographic ancestry based on a single DNA sample'.

A 2015, NY Times article warns that Parabon has not published any information in peer-reviewed journals that could validate their claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another version of "Minority Report", writ large, but with no hard science corrorporating the technique.

Nov 21 07:59

Trump Ignores Kennedy's Vaccine Commission Appoints Pro-Vaccine Secretary

Nov 21 07:58

Cigar-shaped asteroid is first interstellar visitor to our solar system

A rocky cigar-shaped asteroid has been confirmed as the first ever interstellar object to enter our solar system – and the space visitor could even provide an insight into the formation of other planetary systems beyond our own.

Spotted last month by astronomers using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, the rock has been dubbed ‘Oumuamua’ by the International Astronomical Union. The name means “a messenger from afar arriving first” in the language of the Central Pacific island.

Nov 20 18:02

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

'Shape memory alloys' mean tires can roll over sharp objects without permanently deforming

Nov 20 16:48

Flashback: Are our oceans dying? Phytoplankton has declined 40% in 60 years as figures reveal Earth has been getting hotter since the Eighties

Microscopic marine algae which form the basis of the ocean food chain are dying at a terrifying rate, scientists said today.

Phytoplankton, described as the 'fuel' on which marine ecosystems run, are experiencing declines of about 1 per cent of the average total a year.

According to the researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada the annual falls translate to a 40 per cent drop in phytoplankton since 1950.

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The reduction in the amount of algae in the seas could have an impact on a wide range of species, from tiny zooplankton to marine mammals, seabirds, fish and humans.

If confirmed, the decline of the phytoplankton would be a more dramatic change change to nature's delicate balance than the loss of the tropical rainforests, scientist said.

Nov 20 16:14

Chemo Costs In U.S. Driven Higher By Shift To Hospital Outpatient Facilities

The price of cancer drugs has doubled in the past decade, with the average brand-name cancer drug in the U.S. costing $10,000 for a month’s supply, up from $5,000 in 2003, according to a new report by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a health information, services and technology company.

And those are just average prices; some drugs may cost as much as $30,000 a month.

In Europe, where governments negotiate for national discounts, the list prices of cancer drugs are at least 20 to 40 percent lower than in the U.S., the report found.

Americans are also paying higher prices because more patients are being treated by oncologists whose practices have been bought by hospitals, which may charge double or more for the same treatments, the report said.

Nov 20 14:23

Marijuana farmers are destroying natural ecosystems as quest for profits outweighs “green” agricultural practices

Natural News: People who turn to medical marijuana are often drawn to the fact that it’s natural. This is indeed a great quality from a health standpoint, but environment-minded marijuana buyers, take note: New research shows that marijuana farming in remote locations is having a negative effect on the environment.

After studying the ecological consequences that marijuana farming had in Northern California, researchers from Ithaca College discovered that small farms were having a surprisingly big impact.

Nov 20 12:28

STUDY OF 500,000 TEENS SUGGESTS ASSOCIATION BETWEEN EXCESSIVE SCREEN TIME AND DEPRESSION

It’s a cultural stereotype as old as the landline: teenagers love their phones. But for North American teen girls, especially, increasing smartphone use could have a darker side. Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade—doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls—and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day.

Nov 20 12:13

M 6.0 - 189km SE of Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not all that far (geologically) from New Caledonia, which has suffered a series of strong quakes over the weekend.

Nov 20 11:11

US Government Gearing Up to Slaughter 90,000 Wild Horses

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze

If recent developments are anything to go by, the United States government could be slaughtering 90,000 wild horses at the behest of the livestock lobby. The question of what to do with wild horses on land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been a subject of debate for some time...

Nov 20 11:10

GMO Apples That Do Not Brown Have Hit Stores

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

After much anticipation, consternation and hype – the GMO Arctic Apples, genetically engineered not to brown are on their way to supermarkets across America. Arctic Apples, made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits were specifically altered to not turn brown when exposed to the air...

Nov 20 11:06

UK Will Back Full Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

Big news! Research led the environment secretary to overturn the government’s previous opposition, meaning a total EU ban is highly probable.

Environment secretary, Michael Grove, revealed last week that the UK will back a complete ban bee-harming pesticides (exempting greenhouses) across Europe...

Nov 20 09:33

Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska regulators approved the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state, despite a oil leak last week that dumped 210,000 gallons of oil on arable farmland in South Dakota.

With three votes in favor and two against, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) approved the pipeline route on Monday. The body was tasked with assessing whether the route was in the state’s best interests, but could not consider the risk of spills since the project already had an environmental permit.

Nov 20 09:14

Reduce, reuse, reboot: why electronic recycling must up its game

With global e-waste projected to hit 50m tonnes next year, consumers need to put pressure on technology firms to make their products more repairable

Nov 20 08:51

M 7.0 - 86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia

Nov 20 08:17

Delingpole: Trump Right to Let Big-Game Hunters Bring Back Elephant Head Trophies from Africa

Lane runs the Bhejane Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving the black rhino in parks including Hwange. “I’m a great fan of Prince William, but he’s got it completely wrong on trophy hunting,” he tells me. “Not only does it provide a large chunk of our national park budget, but it gives local people a vested interest in preserving wildlife.”

Take elephants — one of the big five species most favoured by trophy hunters (the others being lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino). To a squeamish urban Westerner, it might seem a monumental tragedy when — as happened in Zimbabwe in October — a massive bull elephant gets shot by some fat German trophy hunter. To a starving African villager, though, it’s a lifeline.

Nov 19 23:53

Charles Manson, mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate, 6 others, dead at 83

Manson, whose name to this day is synonymous with unspeakable violence and madness, died of natural causes at Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement.

Nov 19 17:23

QUAKE WARNING: Earth to be rocked by YEAR of devastating earthquakes - and this is why

The speed of Earth’s rotation fluctuates extremely mildly – extending or decreasing the length of a day by a millisecond – but this tiny deceleration could have devastating consequences.

Scientists have warned if the rotation slows it could lead to more major earthquakes.

Research from Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula looked at earthquakes with a magnitude higher than seven since 1900.

The duo found five years since the turn of the 20th century where there were significantly more 7.0 earthquakes – all of which were years that earth’s rotation speed had slowed down slightly.

Prof Bilham told the observer: “In these periods, there were between 25 to 30 intense earthquakes a year.

“The rest of the time the average figure was around 15 major earthquakes a year.”

Nov 19 14:30

Detecting Disinformation Agents

There are several types of disinformation agents, from high-profile ones who gain a lot of publicity and promote well-crafted stories, to low-level ones who serve to flood the Internet with less reputable claims. This document deals primarily with the former.

The ultimate purpose of a disinformation agent is three-fold:

a) to create a sense of ridicule about anything that they include in their story so that even what is true will be not be believed by intelligent people,

b) to mislead those who are gullible enough to believe their story, and

c) to divert the efforts of those who seek to know the truth through further investigation.

Although disinformation agents are used to cover up the truth, their claims should not be written off completely, since they can still teach us something about the underlying truth that they’re meant to cover up.

Nov 19 08:31

"Helpless, Raging" Charlottesville Families Shocked By These 2018 Obamacare Premiums..."It's Horrific"

Over the past several months, Democrats have jumped on every opportunity possible to blame the Trump administration for yet another year of staggering Obamacare premium increases. Ironically, despite arguments from the Left that Trump's defunding of Obamacare's marketing budget would cause 2018 signups to plunge, as Politico recently noted, they're actually up in 2018...which begs the question: was the Obama administration just wasting $100 million a year in taxpayer money for nothing? Shocking thought, we know.

Nov 19 08:29

Russia gives unique 3D Palmyra model to Syria to help restore ancient city

Russian researchers have created a model of the ancient city of Palmyra, based on thousands of drone images. Unveiled at the St. Petersburg cultural forum, it will be given to Syria to help restore and preserve the UNESCO World Heritage site ravaged by ISIS.
The 3D model has been created by scientists from the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the help of experts from the Hermitage Museum. As part of their work on the project, which features both landscape and architectural designs of Palmyra, Russian researchers visited the Syrian city in September 2016. During their special expedition, some 20,000 drone images were taken.

Nov 19 08:28

Black Death Patients Are ESCAPING The Hospital Over Fear Of Needles As Officials Worry Plague Could Spread

Patients in Madagascar who are currently suffering from the plague have “escaped” multiple hospitals in the area over fears of needles and hospital treatment as a whole, according to a shocking report in The Sun newspaper.

Security guards with at least one hospital have been tasked with forcefully keeping black death patients in the hospital as well as following the strict safety procedures set up in an attempt to quell the outbreak.

Nov 19 08:27

Celestial Empire Aims for the Stars: China Unveils Ambitions Space Program

The Long March 9 super-heavy-lift rocket, capable of carrying over 100 tons and designed to send crewed missions to the moon and possibly unmanned ones to Mars, will make its maiden flight by 2030 as part of China’s lunar and Mars exploration program.

According to the roadmap, Beijing will also start to provide multiple commercial launch services by 2020, which will be relatively cheap and fail-proof due to the ongoing intellectualization and modernization of its carrier rockets.

China also plans to have its own reusable space plane operational by 2025, and make all of its space vehicles reusable by 2035. This would help develop the suborbital space tourism industry with China’s first space shuttle to make its maiden flight in 2020.

Nov 18 21:43

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a plan to keep the famous Arecibo Observatory running after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.

Nov 18 17:39

The mystery of the solar minimum deepens as astronomers find it has remained 'surprisingly constant' for more than 60 years

As the sun moves through its 11-year cycle, it experiences active and quiet periods known as the solar maximum and solar minimum.

While solar maximum can present itself in a host of different ways, a new study has found that microwaves emitted during the solar minimum have largely remained the same for more than half a century.

The discovery is surprising, the researchers say, and could help to provide a clearer understanding of the processes that give rise to sunspots and other solar activity.

Nov 18 17:33

First gene-editing in human body attempt

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.

Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter's syndrome.

Mr Madeux says he was prepared to take part in the trial as he is "in pain every second of the day".

It is too soon to know whether or not the gene-editing has worked in Mr Madeux's case.

Nov 18 09:44

Turkey withdraws troops from Norway after Erdogan is listed as ‘enemy’ during NATO drills

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the country’s troops have left ongoing NATO war games ahead of schedule, after his name appeared in an “enemy chart.” The move comes amid tensions between the US and Turkey within the military bloc.

Nov 18 09:22

Amazing 20/20 Segment On ‘Wonder Boy’ With Rare Genetic Disease

I don't normally do these kinds of stories, but this boy's story moved me. I had never heard of Treacher Collins disease before this. It's a horribly disfiguring illness.

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Nov 18 09:06

SHOCKING CDC TESTS REVEAL 3,800 US WATER SUPPLIES UP TO 400% MORE CONTAMINATED THAN FLIN

For years there has been an ongoing debate about the levels of lead that have been found in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, but recent studies have shown that water conditions are just as bad in many other areas throughout the country.

In fact, Reuters recently published neighborhood-level blood lead testing results from 34 states, as well as Washington DC, which were collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results showed that 3,810 neighborhood areas have levels of lead that are at least double those seen in Flint. Close to half of these sites had levels that were actually four times as high as those in Flint.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that this issue of contaminated water has not been vigorously addressed, does not surprise me; there has been a gradual lack of focus on American infrastructure in favor of more bombs and bullets with which the US government ferociously attempts to mandate its will on the rest of the world, while the health and well-being of American citizens... has become irrelevant.

Nov 18 08:27

Trump reverses elephant trophy ban after public outcry and says it will stay in place while his decision is under review

President Donald Trump has dramatically reversed his decision to repeal the elephant trophy ban after a public outcry.

He tweeted late Friday that he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review.
The move went against his own administration's decision from Thursday, which sparked a huge public backlash.

'Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!' Trump tweeted.

Nov 17 23:42

Flippin' eck! Meet Atlas, the terrifying 6 foot 9, 167 pound humanoid robot that can do BACKFLIPS

Boston Dynamics best known for Atlas, its 6 foot 9 humanoid robot, and spot, a four legged 'dog robot'
New spot Mini prototype is shown wandering around a yard and 'sniffing' the camera
Secretive firm was recently bought by SoftBank after being owned by Google

Nov 17 18:26

Four Major Fireballs within Ten Hours

It was a busy night for the AMS and IMO (International Meteor Organization) that started early around 16:50 Universal Time (UT) with a fireball in the skies over Germany. Over 1180 witnesses reported to the AMS/IMO database within the first few hours of the event. Les than five hours later, near the weastern shores of France witness reported another significant fireball at 21:30 UT.

While excited fireball observers in Germany, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Italy were filling out their forms, two significant fireballs fell over the United States during the hours of 01:40 and 03:30 UTC. The first over Arizona and the second over Ohio.

In total the AMS/IMO collected, grouped and analyzed over 1320 witness reports spanning these 4 fireballs in the 10 hours that followed the events.

Nov 17 18:25

Fireball 5: Incredible moment the night sky is lit up by a fireball from a falling meteor over Finnish Lapland

This is the incredible moment the night sky was lit up by a fireball from a falling meteor over Finnish Lapland.

Footage shows a bright light in the sky over Inari in Finland - but the flash was so intense it was also seen in Russia's Kola Peninsula and in northern Norway.

Stargazers reported seeing the sky 'light up like day' for a few seconds as the space rock plummeted towards Earth on November 16.

Same meteor as seen from Russia:

Nov 17 16:48

The Truth About Soy Boys

Nov 17 16:40

Ex-Google Engineer Says He’s ‘In The Process Of Raising A Robot GOD’ That Will Take Charge Of Humans

An ex-Google engineer who has registered the first church of AI says he is ‘raising a god’ that will that charge of humans.

Nov 17 16:29

New health ALERT: Statins raise risk of diabetes by 30%

In the first study of its kind, researchers focused on the development of diabetes among more than 3,200 statin users.

Over 10 years, statin use was linked to a 36 per cent increased risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, falling to 27 per cent after taking into account other risk factors.

Nov 17 14:23

“Injecting Aluminum”: The Dangers of Aluminum as a Vaccine Adjuvant

Aluminum has been recognized as a neurotoxic ingredient by leading researchers and scientists across the globe. So why do babies in the U.S. receive up to 4,925 micrograms (mcg) of aluminum within the first 18 months, and an additional 170 to 625 mcg by the age of 6 through routine vaccinations?

What are the possible side effects of aluminum on the human body when injected? Aluminum has been used as a vaccine adjuvant (a substance that enhances the body’s immune response) since the 1920’s but has only been tested one time, on two rabbits. Their remains have since disappeared.

Nov 17 14:22

Is Soy Food Turning Men Into Pussies?

Is soy food turning men into massive pussies?

Is soy the silent killer of actual manhood?

Is soy food lowering testosterone and male sperm count?

Are we losing a generation of young men to soy?

Nov 17 12:15

Over 100 Scientific Studies Agree: Cannabis Annihilates Cancer

Despite the onslaught of negative warnings about cannabis, most of which are likely linked to or generated by drug companies that stand to lose billions on dangerous cancer drugs should cannabis be recognized as an effective natural alternative, there are countless cannabis cancer studies proving the herb’s powerful anti-cancer properties.

Nov 17 12:14

Study: Cannabis Compounds Can Kill Cancer Cells

Researcher says cannabinoids might treat cancer as well as billion-dollar drugs.

Nov 17 11:32

VW to invest about $40 billion in electric cars

Volkswagen AG plans to invest around $40 billion over the next five years to develop electric vehicles, self-driving cars and Uber-like mobility app services in the clearest sign yet that auto makers are betting the future of their industry on the new technology.

Volkswagen's drive to produce electric cars and self-driving vehicles comes as the entire industry pivots from a century-old business model of building gas-powered cars for the family to producing fleets of electric cars that in just a few years are expected to drive themselves and be part of roaming robot taxi services.

Nov 17 11:10

10 Award-Winning Optical Illusions

Created by Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik, professors of ophthalmology, neurology, physiology, and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, the book is a fascinating compilation of award-winning images from the Best Illusion of the Year contest, which Martinez-Conde and Macknik first created for a neuroscience conference in 2005.

Nov 17 09:22

US lifts ban on import of 'elephant trophies' from Zimbabwe

The US Fish and Wildlife Service under US President Donald Trump has decided to allow the remains of elephants hunted for sport in Zimbabwe to be imported into the United States, reversing a ban on such imports introduced in 2014.

Zimbabwe's elephants are listed as "threatened" under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The service justified the change by saying the ban, imposed under former president Barack Obama, was based on limited information available at the time.

Nov 16 19:39

REPORT: Charles Manson close to death in Bakersfield hospital

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Charles Manson, the notorious criminal who was held responsible for some of the most gruesome and brutal murders in California's history is reportedly clinging to life in a hospital, according to a report.

Nov 16 19:29

Why this Oregon teen is facing federal drug charges for a gram of pot

Devontre Thomas is likely facing federal charges because the alleged possession took place at the Chemawa Indian School, which is run by the federal Bureau of Indian Education.

Devontre Thomas, 19, recently graduated from Chemawa Indian School in Salem and is heading to college this fall. But first, he’ll have to take a trip to the federal courthouse in Portland to fight the charge, stemming from an incident in March 2015.

Still, many are calling it a federal overreach, given the minuscule amount of marijuana involved in Thomas’s case — enough for one or two typical joints.

Nov 16 16:59

Uncontacted People Still Being Massacred In Amazonia

Ten indigenous people – including women and children – were murdered in the Javari Valley region of the Amazon in September this year, according to reports. Their bodies were alleged to have been mutilated and dumped in a river. The attack was believed to have been carried out by gold miners, two of whom were later recorded bragging about it in a local bar.

Nov 16 16:56

Study: Cannabis Compounds Can Kill Cancer Cells

The study tested six cannabinoids, together and independently, on leukemia cells.

Study author Wai Liu, an oncologist at the University of London's St. George's medical school, told U.S. News the chemicals displayed "potent anti-cancer activity" and, significantly, "target and switch off" pathways that allow cancers to grow.

"There's quite a lot of cancers that should respond quite nicely to these cannabis agents," Liu said. "If you talk about a drug company that spent billions of pounds trying to develop these new drugs that target these pathways, cannabis does exactly the same thing – or certain elements of cannabis compounds do exactly the same thing – so you have something that is naturally produced which impacts the same pathways that these fantastic drugs that cost billions also work on."

Nov 16 16:55

Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells, Admits the U.S. National Cancer Institute

The big news here is not these studies. These and many more are contained on PubMed, the U.S. National Library of Medicine that is also part of the National Institutes of Health. They are there for all of the world to see.

The news is that after decades of the demonization of marijuana by a federal government that supports pharmaceuticals and GMOs, there is a breath of change. But if you want to prevent or treat cancer with marijuana, be prepared for arrest and imprisonment in most states of this union.

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