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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

      
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jamaicaobserver.com

October 17, 2015

The Environmental Education Unit of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science, and Technology here has issued a challenge to journalists to cover climate change-related issues for a chance to win a trip to Paris.

The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to cover the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), scheduled for Paris in December, where world leaders will attempt to forge a legally binding agreement to keep the effects of climate change in check.

kcra.com

October 16, 2015

California officials are considering allowing inmates with violent backgrounds to work outside prison walls fighting wildfires, and the idea is generating concerns about public safety.

The state has the nation's largest and oldest inmate firefighting unit, with about 3,800 members who provide critical assistance to professional firefighters. That's down from about 4,400 in previous years, however, and so prison officials are looking for ways to add inmates.

nbclosangeles.com

by Joel Grover and Matthew Glasser

October 13, 2015

The U.S. government secretly allowed radiation from a damaged reactor to be released into air over the San Fernando and Simi valleys in the wake of a major nuclear meltdown in Southern California.

More than 50 years ago - fallout that nearby residents contend continues to cause serious health consequences and, in some cases, death. Founded in 1947 to test experimental nuclear reactors and rocket systems, the research facility was built in the hills above the two valleys. In 1959, Area Four was the site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in U.S. history. But the federal government still hasn't told the public that radiation was released into the atmosphere as a result of the partial nuclear meltdown.

twainhartetimes.com

by Annie

October 13, 2015

If life wasn't hard enough these days, beware the scam artist. Have you had the call yet?  The one where Microsoft is calling you, telling YOU that...

But really? Does PG&E call you at home, not unless they have scheduled and outage and even then, it's an automated recording, not a real person. They just don't call and ask for money. Period. We've had several clients and friends who have endured the humiliation, the financial lost and the frustration of being ripped of for hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

telegraph.co.uk

by Sarah Knapton

October 12, 2015

Pig organs could soon be transplanted into patients after Harvard University scientists discovered a way to genetically modify pig DNA so it is more compatible with humans.

Scientists have spent decades trying to engineer pig tissue so that it would not be rejected by the human body, but the immune system has always prevented success. All pig DNA carries the porcine endogenous retrovirus which infects human cells and makes transplantation impossible.

motherboard.vice.com

by Jason Koebler

October 12, 2015

Eradicating malaria and dengue has been a dream for quite some time, and there are plenty of humans who wouldn't mind if mosquitoes disappeared along with those diseases.

A new genetic editing technique may make that future possible. But what if playing God over nature goes wrong? Well, then we can engineer new organisms that can reverse any damage we've done-and so on, and so on. A gene drive uses CRISPR to force a genetically modified trait onto a wild population, by hacking that trait to be inherited more readily than a wild-type trait. In practice, this would mean that you could make a mosquito's immunity to malaria more dominant than the non-immune gene. You'd then release these genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild and, within a couple generations, have an entire population of malaria-immune mosquitoes.

dailymail.co.uk

by Kelly McLaughlin

October 11, 2015

A former CIA director withheld information about President John F Kennedy's assassination, according to declassified agency reports.

The CIA reports, which were declassified last fall, claim that then-agency head John McCone and other top officials were part of a 'benign cover-up' surrounding the assassination of Kennedy in November 1963.

fukushimawatch.com

October 9, 2015

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has been desperately seeking ways to clean up toxic radiation spewing from the Fukushima Daiichi site. Now, a natural plant may be able to save the nuclear power plant: cannabis.

Using plants to clean up toxic soil is known as phytoremediation. Two members of the mustard seed family are usually used in phytoremediation. However, cannabis has been proven to be just as effective, if not more so, at absorbing toxic metals from soil as other phytoremediation plants.

theantimedia.org

by Barry Donegan

October 8, 2015

Following recent media reports of high-profile mass shootings, a Republican assemblywoman from Nevada is calling for an investigation into whether psychiatric pharmaceuticals commonly taken by mass murderers can cause side effects.

According to KSNV Las Vegas, GOP Assemblywoman Michele Fiore says that, rather than blaming mass shootings on the guns used by the perpetrators, studies should be done on the drugs that many of them have a history of having taken to treat mental health disorders.

patch.com

by Kara Seymour

October 7, 2015

Residents of Pennsylvania may get a glimpse of a spectacular event tonight - a NASA rocket launch.

According to NASA, between 7 and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, residents in the mid-Atlantic region may see NASA"s next suborbital launch. The rocket is launching from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. "Approximately six minutes after launch, the sounding rocket will deploy four sub-payloads containing mixtures of barium and strontium will be released, creating a cloud that is blue-green and red in color," NASA said on its website.

      
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