Friday, October 31, 2014

Genes Influence How Mice React to Ebola, Study Says in ‘Significant Advance’ - NYTimes.com

Genes Influence How Mice React to Ebola, Study Says in ‘Significant Advance’ - NYTimes.com:



"Some people exposed to the Ebola virus quickly sicken and die. Others become gravely ill but recover, while still others only react mildly or are thought to be resistant to the virus. Now researchers working with mice have found that these laboratory animals, too, can have a range of responses to Ebola, and that in mice, the responses are determined by differences in genes."



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apologizing to Japan - NYTimes.com

Apologizing to Japan - NYTimes.com:



"TOKYO — For almost two decades, Japan has been held up as a cautionary tale, an object lesson on how not to run an advanced economy. After all, the island nation is the rising superpower that stumbled. One day, it seemed, it was on the road to high-tech domination of the world economy; the next it was suffering from seemingly endless stagnation and deflation. And Western economists were scathing in their criticisms of Japanese policy."



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From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today - NYTimes.com

From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today - NYTimes.com:



"About 50,000 years ago, humans from Africa first set foot in Europe. They hunted woolly mammoths and other big game — sometimes to extinction. Eventually, they began grazing livestock and raising crops.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prosecutors Wrestling With Wall Street's Repeat Offenders - NYTimes.com

Prosecutors Wrestling With Wall Street's Repeat Offenders - NYTimes.com:



"On Wall Street, it would be the corporate equivalent of a parole violation: Just two years after avoiding prosecution for a variety of crimes, some of the world’s biggest banks are suspected of having broken their promises to behave."



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HP Unveils Plan to Make 3-D Printing an Everyday Thing - NYTimes.com

HP Unveils Plan to Make 3-D Printing an Everyday Thing - NYTimes.com:



"Hewlett-Packard believes it has developed impressive new technology to make it easier and faster to print three-dimensional objects."



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Fed Announces End to Bond-Buying, Citing Job Gains - NYTimes.com

Fed Announces End to Bond-Buying, Citing Job Gains - NYTimes.com:



 "WASHINGTON — An upbeat Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the economic recovery was chugging along and that it would end its latest-bond buying campaign on schedule at the end of the month."



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Fed Plans Next Phase as End to Stimulus Program Is Expected - NYTimes.com

Fed Plans Next Phase as End to Stimulus Program Is Expected - NYTimes.com:



 "WASHINGTON — It’s the end of Q.E., and financial markets feel fine."



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mexico’s State-Owned Oil Giant Gets Ready to Step Into a Public Ring - NYTimes.com

Mexico’s State-Owned Oil Giant Gets Ready to Step Into a Public Ring - NYTimes.com:



"LA MURALLA IV, Gulf of Mexico — The computer screens lining the bubblelike control room on this giant floating platform monitor pressure levels in a narrow shaft cut through bedrock to a reservoir of valuable natural gas three miles below sea level."



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Goodbye to Language Jean-Luc Godard

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ideology and Investment - NYTimes.com

Ideology and Investment - NYTimes.com:



"America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: Public projects, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, provided the backbone for economic growth. Sometimes it provided incentives to the private sector, like land grants to spur railroad construction. Either way, there was broad support for spending that would make us richer."



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Saturday, October 25, 2014

[1304.6001] Direct Measurement of the Bubble Nucleation Energy Threshold in a CF3I Bubble Chamber

[1304.6001] Direct Measurement of the Bubble Nucleation Energy Threshold in a CF3I Bubble Chamber:



 "We have directly measured the energy threshold and efficiency for bubble nucleation from iodine recoils in a CF3I bubble chamber in the energy range of interest for a dark matter search. These interactions cannot be probed by standard neutron calibration methods, so we develop a new technique by observing the elastic scattering of 12 GeV/c negative pions. The pions are tracked with a silicon pixel telescope and the reconstructed scattering angle provides a measure of the nuclear recoil kinetic energy. The bubble chamber was operated with a nominal threshold of (13.6+-0.6) keV. Interpretation of the results depends on the response to fluorine and carbon recoils, but in general we find agreement with the predictions of the classical bubble nucleation theory. This measurement confirms the applicability of CF3I as a target for spin-independent dark matter interactions and represents a novel technique for calibration of superheated fluid detectors."



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[0906.0580] New Fixed-Target Experiments to Search for Dark Gauge Forces

[0906.0580] New Fixed-Target Experiments to Search for Dark Gauge Forces:



 "Fixed-target experiments are ideally suited for discovering new MeV-GeV mass U(1) gauge bosons through their kinetic mixing with the photon. In this paper, we identify the production and decay properties of new light gauge bosons that dictate fixed-target search strategies. We summarize existing limits and suggest five new experimental approaches that we anticipate can cover most of the natural parameter space, using currently operating GeV-energy beams and well-established detection methods. Such experiments are particularly timely in light of recent terrestrial and astrophysical anomalies (PAMELA, FERMI, DAMA/LIBRA, etc.) consistent with dark matter charged under a new gauge force."



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The Last Train - NYTimes.com

The Last Train - NYTimes.com:



"WHEN Secretary of State John Kerry began his high-energy effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace, I argued that it was the last train for a two-state solution. If it didn’t work, it would mean that the top-down, diplomatically constructed two-state concept was over as a way out of that conflict. For Israelis and Palestinians, the next train would be the one coming at them."



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This (Climate Change) Changes Everything

Naomi Klein, did it again, she wrote a great book: This Changes Everything. It already won recognition, The Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

We need clear thinking on this most present danger.

She questions the very tenets of capitalism, Francis Bacon  presented us a view of us against nature. We had to dominate her, as if she was a cow, or a corn field. Actually more like a Steam Engine. Something non-organic which was our enemy. That view is wrong; we come from nature, and we are part of her.

Pre-capitalist societies had to have a more integrated relation with the Mother, with Gaia. I recently read about an Indian in Puebla, Mexico, arguing with an industry representative, telling him that her fruit tree took eight years to grow, now that he had destroyed it, she might go hungry. The image that came to my mind, was like the tree shouting: Do not Cut ME!

Extractivist World View.

I am not about to agree with her. Bacon was influential to the reductionist world view, with which I entered a scientific career.

On the other hand, I'm willing to reconsider my views.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In Mexico, an Embattled Governor Resigns - NYTimes.com

In Mexico, an Embattled Governor Resigns - NYTimes.com:



 "MEXICO CITY — The governor of the southern Mexico state where 43 college students have gone missing in a case that the authorities say has exposed the deep ties among local politicians, the police and organized crime stepped down on Thursday under pressure from his own party."



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Plutocrats Against Democracy - NYTimes.com

Plutocrats Against Democracy - NYTimes.com:



"It’s always good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that would make the rich less rich and provide more aid to those with lower incomes."



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