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Islamic State gains victory for Chechen jihadists - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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The close and strengthening ties between the Islamic State and the Caucasus Emirate mean growing security headaches for Russia and the United States, and provide a compelling reason to coordinate their responses.
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Gun Rights Extremists Threaten Maryland Business Over Smart Gun - US News

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Second Amendment extremists undermine gun rights arguments by threatening a Maryland gun seller.
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Justin Bieber accused of attempted robbery, Los Angeles police say

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Police statement follows media reports that 20-year-old singer tried to snatch a young woman's mobile telephone
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Grass Paver | Plastic Paving Grid | Car Park Reinforcement | Driveway

Grass Paver | Plastic Paving Grid | Car Park Reinforcement | Driveway | Slash's Other News Stories | Scoop.it
Bodpave grass pavers for grass car parking, grass access roads, fire engine access routes. Plastic grid paving system for soil, ground & grass stabilisation. Gravel driveways and grass car park - eliminating rutting. SUDS.
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Dear Americans, Your Hashtags Won't #BringBackOurGirls. You Might Actually Be Making Things Worse.

Dear Americans, Your Hashtags Won't #BringBackOurGirls. You Might Actually Be Making Things Worse. | Slash's Other News Stories | Scoop.it
Simple question. Are you Nigerian? If not, I have news you. You can't do anything about the girls missing in Nigeria. You can't. Your insistence on urging American power, specifically American military power, to address this issue will ultimately hur...
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The world’s best animal architecture - in pictures
Australian weaver ants building their nest by pulling on leaves and working in chains, in Northern Territory, Australia. The adult builders pull...
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Costs ruling in family court penalises those helping wronged parents - Telegraph

Costs ruling in family court penalises those helping wronged parents - Telegraph | Slash's Other News Stories | Scoop.it
'McKenzie Friends' now risk severe financial penalties if their case is lost after a ruling by Mrs Justice Ingrid Simler
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Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently

Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently | Slash's Other News Stories | Scoop.it
A review of recent research on the domestication of large herbivores suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant as traditionally thought. "Our findings show little control of breeding, particularly of domestic females, and indicate long-term gene flow, or interbreeding, between managed and wild animal populations," a co-author said.

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Should It Be A Law?

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India is the first country to have corporate social responsibility (CSR) legislation, mandating that companies give 2% of their net profits to charitable causes. Innovative?  Perhaps on a policy level.  But some small-medium size enterprises within India have already embedded social impact into their company ethos. The new CSR law is a [...]

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In Indonesia, new Riau burning season threatens

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Unmonitored land in Riau province could lead to a repeat of last year’s fires and smoke and threaten a key UNESCO reserve, experts warn

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AmnesTea

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Invite some friends, brew a pot of team, bake a cake and raise money to fight human rights abuses around the world. AmnesTea parties can be big or small, elaborate or intimate.
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BOSS uses quasars to track the expanding universe—most precise measurement yet

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The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), the largest component of the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III), pioneered the use of quasars to map density variations in intergalactic gas at high redshifts, tracing the structure of the young universe. BOSS charts the history of the universe's expansion in order to illuminate the nature of dark energy, and new measures of large-scale structure have yielded the most precise measurement of expansion since galaxies first formed.

he latest quasar results combine two separate analytical techniques. A new kind of analysis, led by physicist Andreu Font-Ribera of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and his team, was published late last year. Analysis using a tested approach, but with far more data than before, has just been published by Timothée Delubac, of EPFL Switzerland and France's Centre de Saclay, and his team. The two analyses together establish the expansion rate at 68 kilometers per second per million light years at redshift 2.34, with an unprecedented accuracy of 2.2 percent.

 

"This means if we look back to the universe when it was less than a quarter of its present age, we'd see that a pair of galaxies separated by a million light years would be drifting apart at a velocity of 68 kilometers a second as the universe expands," says Font-Ribera, a postdoctoral fellow in Berkeley Lab's Physics Division. "The uncertainty is plus or minus only a kilometer and a half per second." Font-Ribera presented the findings at the April 2014 meeting of the American Physical Society in Savannah, GA.

 

BOSS employs both galaxies and distant quasars to measure baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO), a signature imprint in the way matter is distributed, resulting from conditions in the early universe. While also present in the distribution of invisible dark matter, the imprint is evident in the distribution of ordinary matter, including galaxies, quasars, and intergalactic hydrogen.

 

"Three years ago BOSS used 14,000 quasars to demonstrate we could make the biggest 3-D maps of the universe," says Berkeley Lab's David Schlegel, principal investigator of BOSS. "Two years ago, with 48,000 quasars, we first detected baryon acoustic oscillations in these maps. Now, with more than 150,000 quasars, we've made extremely precise measures of BAO."


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Chinese company 3D-prints a house for $4,800

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Shang Hai company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has advanced the science of 3D printing by printing all of the parts needed to construct houses and then using those parts to build ten houses, all in just a single day. The finished houses are made of mostly concrete with other materials added for various purposes.

 

WinSun isn't printing whole houses, instead, the company prints basic parts using concrete (with construction or industrial waste materials or tailing added to help reduce costs) as ink. The parts dry quickly and can then be used to assemble a complete 2,100 square foot house. Purists might argue that the company isn't technically printing houses, but the end result is the same—very little labor, low cost materials, and incredibly inexpensive (approximately $4,800) houses.

 

The houses built in China are in stark contrast to a project going on in Amsterdam, where a crew has begun work on a project that aims to print an entire 13 room house, including some of the furniture—all in one fell swoop. The timetable is three years and the finished product will likely wind up costing millions.

 

To print its house parts, WinSun uses a giant printer—it's 490 feet long by 33 feet wide and 20 feet deep—and unlike other companies, plans to use its printer to start printing parts for real houses for sale to consumers. To that end, the company has announced its intention to open 100 recycling factories to convert waste to make it suitable for adding to its concrete ink. Representatives for the country told the press that they believe their system can be used to create a very large number of affordable homes for impoverished people who now cannot afford a traditional house.


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Great cartoon of Marie Le Pen by Latuff!!!

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‘I am the Obama of Ukraine,’ says Jewish presidential hopeful

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Polling dead last, colorful oligarch Vadim Rabinovich says his candidacy shows he lives in ‘a real European country’ Times of Israel Although he is polling at a mere 0.6% of the popular vote, Ukrai...
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Alien designer HR Giger dies at 74

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Kathrada: I can never be anti-Jewish

Kathrada: I can never be anti-Jewish | Slash's Other News Stories | Scoop.it
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'Today he says he gives his whole-hearted support to the Palestinians but makes clear he is critical of Israel, not anti-Jewish.'

 

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Syrian Kurd leader urges Turkey to join fight against jihadists - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim says his Democratic Union Party will not participate in Syria’s presidential elections, and questions why the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq is not helping Syria’s Kurds.
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EASTER SUNDAY in Grantham - after good news - before possible reunion in Portugal

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The attache of the Embassy told the Pedros to ask me to continue helping them with their legal battles. And that after we were ordered to pay £2,000 for helping Melissa Laird voluntarily. He m...
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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter's life story is a warning to us about racism and revenge

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Geoffrey Robertson: In 1976, I was a junior lawyer on Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's retrial defence team. His story has a significance that should outlive his death
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Rainforests on fire: climate change is pushing the Amazon over the edge

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From 1999-2010, nearly three percent of the Amazon rainforest burned, and climate forecasts indicate dry conditions conducive to fire will only become more commonplace in the future. A new study indicates that rainforests are more vulnerable to fire than previously thought, and it warns the current combination of climate change and deforestation may be pushing Amazon forests past the breaking point.

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Next big idea in forest conservation? Maps for the masses

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Mark Mulligan makes maps for the masses. In his work on tropical forests, Mulligan uses GIS, modeling, remote sensing, and lab experiments to turn research into datasets and policy support systems, which are available online for use in development, decision-making, and education.

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LDPR Leader Zhirinovsky Condemned for Tirade Against Pregnant Reporter | News

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The State Duma's ethics committee will investigate Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky after the firebrand politician directed a particularly crude and offensive outburst at reporters on Friday.
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Wildlife Fences Alter Ecosystems and Lead to Disappearance of Certain Species

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Wildlife fences are constructed to protect wildlife from poachers, to prevent the spread of disease and lower the threat of human-wildlife conflict. Despite these conservation benefits construction of fences should be considered as the last resort, according to a new finding.

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It's a computer inside a cockroach: DNA nanobots deliver drugs in living animals based on calculations

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A swarm of nanobots made of DNA can store molecules in their folds and deliver them to specific cells by performing complex calculations.

 

Nano-sized entities made of DNA that are able to perform the same kind of logic operations as a silicon-based computer have been introduced into a living animal. The DNA computers – known as origami robots because they work by folding and unfolding strands of DNA – travel around the insect's body and interact with each other, as well as the insect's cells. When they uncurl, they can dispense drugs carried in their folds.


"DNA nanorobots could potentially carry out complex programs that could one day be used to diagnose or treat diseases with unprecedented sophistication," says Daniel Levner, a bioengineer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

 

Levner and his colleagues at Bar Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, made the nanobots by exploiting the binding properties of DNA. When it meets a certain kind of protein, DNA unravels into two complementary strands. By creating particular sequences, the strands can be made to unravel on contact with specific molecules – say, those on a diseased cell. When the molecule unravels, out drops the package wrapped inside. The team has now injected various kinds of nanobots into cockroaches. Because the nanobots are labelled with fluorescent markers, the researchers can follow them and analyse how different robot combinations affect where substances are delivered. The team says the accuracy of delivery and control of the nanobots is equivalent to a computer system.

 

"This is the first time that biological therapy has been able to match how a computer processor works," says co-author Ido Bachelet of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar Ilan University. "Unlike electronic devices, which are suitable for our watches, our cars or phones, we can use these robots in life domains, like a living cockroach," says Ángel Goñi Moreno of the National Center for Biotechnology in Madrid, Spain. "This opens the door for environmental or health applications."


DNA has already been used for storing large amounts of information and circuits for amplifying chemical signals, but these applications are rudimentary compared with the potential benefits of the origami robots.


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