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French anti-terrorism police probe stabbing

French anti-terrorism police probe stabbing | Opinion | Scoop.it
Anti-terrorism investigators search for man who stabbed soldier in the throat on edge of Paris.
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Pope Francis sparks controversy for suggesting atheists can go to heaven - World - dna

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The Vatican was forced to issue a statement of clarification.
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Murdoch's News Corp parts in two

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News Corp., the world's second largest media group, must be split into two individual groups.
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Neuron growth 'cuts memory space'

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The reason we struggle to recall memories from our early childhood is down to high levels of neuron production during the first years of life, say Canadian researchers. (RT @theYFCinc: Why are early childhood memories hard to recall?

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Stephen Hawking gets superhero treatment in new comic - Fox News

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Stephen Hawking gets superhero treatment in new comic Fox News Living legend Stephen Hawking has already achieved superhero status in the eyes of many science geeks, and now his ideas are being honored in comic book form.

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Jailed Pussy Riot Member Starts Hunger Strike | Music News | Rolling Stone

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Maria Alyokhina was denied access to her own parole hearing (Jailed Pussy Riot Member Starts Hunger Strike http://t.co/d5ENfckdlZ)

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Right Brain v Left Brain

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THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?
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Cool test - really interesting if it really works

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The grammar quiz

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Children in England are to be tested on grammar. But how is your grasp of grammar? (Have suddenly realised I'm not quite the grammar expert that i thought....
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Real men wear red: Sportsmen who chose to wear the colour are more likely to be winners because they are 'dressing to kill'

Real men wear red: Sportsmen who chose to wear the colour are more likely to be winners because they are 'dressing to kill' | Opinion | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Sunderland found that men who choose to wear red when taking part in competitive sports have higher levels of testosterone.
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One drink DUI? Feds want lower threshold for drunk driving - Fox News

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One drink DUI? Feds want lower threshold for drunk driving Fox News WASHINGTON – A federal agency is proposing that states lower the threshold for drunken driving to the point where a woman could be charged for driving after one drink...
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Saudi ministry: Six new coronavirus cases detected

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Saudi Arabia has detected six new cases of the deadly coronavirus, the health ministry said, raising (RT @AlArabiya_Eng: #Saudi Arabia has detected six new cases of the deadly #coronavirus http://t.co/P00KFvDNrM)...
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N. Korea: US citizen starts sentence at "special prison" - CBS News

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Final experience key for Lampard and Čech - UEFA Europa League - News - UEFA.com

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Frank Lampard emphasised his team's experience of big games ahead of "a huge European final" while Petr Čech said Chelsea FC wanted "to make history" against SL Benfica.
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A forward-looking Kenya can lead the movement for global food sufficiency

A newly-elected government provides a country with a rare opportunity for a fresh start, and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nomination this week of Mr Felix Kiptarus Kosgey to become Kenya’s next Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries offers our nation a remarkable opening to make a hard push for food security.

Success, however, will require President Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Mr Kosgey, and the rest of our new government to set aside the bad mistakes of the recent past and embrace biotechnology.

There’s every reason to hope that they will. At the launch of the Jubilee Coalition manifesto in February, Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto promised to “put food and water on every Kenyan’s table”. At his inauguration, President Kenyatta reaffirmed that his government will fully implement the manifesto.

This is both a tall order and a worthy goal — and one of the surest ways to achieving it is by accepting the latest advances in agricultural biotechnology, recognising that they have become conventional practices in many countries and should become so here as well.

Everywhere farmers have had the chance, they have adopted genetically modified crops. Last year, more than 17 million farmers around the world planted more than 170 million hectares of GM crops, according to a new report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.

This is an all-time high. Moreover, farmers in poor countries made it possible: For the first time, developing nations accounted for more than half of the world’s GM crop plantings.

Unfortunately, as much as Kenyan farmers have hailed the Green Revolution of the 20th century, they have not yet participated in this Gene Revolution of the 21st century.

Our scientists have made strides towards developing biotech crops that would flourish in our soil and climate, but a toxic mix of scientific illiteracy and political pressure has prevented the commercialisation of these promising plants.

To make matters worse, the previous government banned the importation of GM foods and ordered the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation to remove all GM foods from grocery stores.

This tragic decision came last November in the wake of a controversial French study that claimed to find a connection between GM food and tumours in rats.

The results were immediately widely debunked by renowned scientists from around the world. Yet the political activists whose personal ideology opposes agricultural biotechnology — many of them wealthy Europeans who don’t have to wonder about their next meal — managed to smear a vital tool for fighting hunger.

The government cannot move swiftly enough to overturn the previous government’s misbegotten ban on GM food. It may be the single most significant step they can take to improve our nation’s food security.

They should accept what respected organisations, ranging from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to Britain’s Royal Society, have said for a long time: GM food is safe to grow and eat. We have nothing to fear from it — and a great deal to gain.

While farmers in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the United States have jumped at the chance to take advantage of high-yielding GM crops, farmers in Kenya and its neighbours have been relegated to the side-lines.

Last year, Sudan became only the fourth African country to permit the planting of GM crops, following the leads of Burkina Faso, Egypt, and South Africa.

The boost in farm productivity alone is enough to justify Kenya’s adoption of crop biotechnology, because it would help us feed a growing population. But the benefits would not stop there. Improved access to GM seeds would create jobs by supplying the raw materials for our textile industries.

Our leaders can show Africa a way to a better tomorrow — a future in which we enjoy true food security. After all, we elected this government on a platform of taking the country to the next level — through science and technology.

Mr Bor teaches Commerce at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Eldoret, and is the chairman of Chepkatet Farmers Co-operative Society (gbor@cuea.edu)


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The new Kenyan government should urgently re-visit the temporary hold on GM food imports. Attaining food security will require us to embrace technologies that will help deal with crop production constraints such as droughts, insect pests and diseases. Biotech crops have clearly demonstrated this.

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Woolwich attack: MI5 tried to recruit suspect - claim - UK - Scotsman.com

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MI5 TRIED to recruit one of the suspects in the Woolwich attack six months ago, a childhood friend of the man has claimed.
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Judge rules against 'America's toughest sheriff' in racial profiling lawsuit

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Judge rules against 'America's toughest sheriff' in racial profiling lawsuit - Yahoo! News http://t.co/6Q1019x0O1 via @YahooNews
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Beijing Signals a Shift on Economic Policy

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After years of relying on government spending to supercharge growth, China is planning to shift gears so that the private sector and market forces play a larger role in its economy.

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Fragile mega-galaxy is missing link in history of cosmos

Fragile mega-galaxy is missing link in history of cosmos | Opinion | Scoop.it

Two hungry young galaxies that collided 11 billion years ago are rapidly forming a massive galaxy about 10 times the size of the Milky Way, according to UC Irvine-led research published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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Teenagers 'burdened' by Facebook are turning to Twitter says new study

Teenagers 'burdened' by Facebook are turning to Twitter says new study | Opinion | Scoop.it

A new report from the Pew Research Centre in America has shown that teenagers “have waning enthusiasm” for Facebook, and that social-networks are increasingly seen as a burden.

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Natural justice

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Examining the case THE nine justices on America’s Supreme Court must apply their minds to the thorniest of legal questions. On April 15th they were presented with...
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End it like Beckham: Global superstar David Beckham to retire

End it like Beckham: Global superstar David Beckham to retire | Opinion | Scoop.it
End it like Beckham. One of the most iconic football stars of his generation, David Beckham is to retire at the end of the season to bring down the curtain on a glittering career.
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Football icon and perhaps a great example of success through hard work and resilience 

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City of Chicago :: Provocative New Campaign Sparks Citywide Conversations on Teen Parenthood

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@ChiPublicHealth Provocative New Campaign Sparks Citywide Conversations on Teen Parenthood http://t.co/YLJDxHXEYt
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First drive: Bentley Flying Spur - BBC Top Gear

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First drive: Bentley Flying Spur (RT @BentleyMotorsPR: The #NewFlyingSpur, through the eyes of @BBC_TopGear and @theDanRead.
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Ange's doctor details surgeries

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Angelina Jolie was up and working with "bountiful energy" on her next film project just four days after having her double mastectomy, her surgeon revealed on Tuesday.
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Jamie Carragher hailed as one of the best by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has hailed retiring Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher as one of the best five defenders the English game has seen.
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