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  • Warming’s recipe for Baked Alaska: trillions of tons of glaciers gone, millions acres burned

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming . Studies show that more than 3.5 trillion tons of water have melted off of Alaska’s glaciers since 1959, when Alaska first became a state. In the first 10 years of statehood, Alaska averaged barely a quarter million acres of wildfires yearly. The last 10 years have averaged 1.2 million acres.

    August 30, 2015 10:37 am


  • U.S. national security adviser discusses militant attacks in Pakistan talks

    ISLAMABAD U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met Pakistan’s prime minister on Sunday to press concerns over attacks launched by militants based in Pakistan, officials said. The visit to Islamabad, part of an Asian tour that included an earlier stop in China, comes amid uncertainty over whether the United States will release $300 million in military aid to Pakistan. Media reports have suggested the money could be held back if the United States determines Pakistan is not doing enough to combat the Haqqani network, which has launched some of the deadliest attacks in neighboring Afghanistan. Rice “will address areas of mutual interest and of concern, including terrorist and militant attacks emanating from Pakistani soil”, a senior U.S. official who asked not to be identified told Reuters. The official said Rice’s visit was not in response to recent escalating tension between Pakistan and arch-rival India, who canceled planned peace talks last weekend. Nine people were killed …

    August 30, 2015 6:56 am


  • Apple to make (iPhone 6S?) announcement on September 9

    The invitations have arrived. Apple will hold a press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 9, at which it is widely expected to debut its new generation of iPhones. The new iPhone 6S (or whatever it will be called) is expected to feature several enhancements including a “force touch” display that will reveal extra menu settings when you press down hard enough on the screen. That feature first debuted on the Apple Watch. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is also expected to announce that the iPhone 6S will have a better camera and a faster processor. The company may also unveil a new version of the iPad — a 12.9-inch “Pro” model, according to an earlier report by John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed. A company spokesman declined to comment on what products Apple will unveil. Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus a year ago on the same date, and for the past three years, …

    August 30, 2015 6:56 am


  • Bayern signs Kingsley Coman on loan from Juventus

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    August 30, 2015 10:37 am

World News

  • ‘Massive gas discovery’ off Egypt coast

    Image caption Eni said the well could be one of the largest in the world Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world’s largest natural gas fields off Egypt’s coast. The company said the area was 1,450m (4,757 feet) beneath the surface and covered 100 sq km (60 sq miles). It could hold as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, or 5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Eni said. The company says that the Zohr field “could become one of the world’s largest natural-gas finds” and help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades. “This historic discovery will be able to transform the energy scenario of Egypt,” said Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni. Eni, which has full concession rights to the area, is the biggest foreign energy firm in Africa. In June, it signed an energy exploration deal with Egypt’s oil ministry worth $2bn (£1.5bn) allowing the company to explore …

    August 30, 2015 10:37 am


  • Google boss warns against television repeating mistakes of press

    Google’s European boss has warned that the TV industry risks repeating the mistakes of newspapers by trying to “protect the past from the future”. Matt Brittin told the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that the “Edinburgh bubble” and debates over the BBC reminded him of how newspapers failed to grasp how companies like Google would affect their businesses. A former Olympic rower, Brittin had first-hand experience of the internet’s impact on newspapers as an executive at Trinity Mirror before joining Google in 2007. “What I loved about newspapers was the daily deadline and the sense of purpose,” he said. “I think there was a real fear about cannibalising one’s own audience, there was a sense of wanting to protect the past from the future.” “The internet came along and the advertising worked and it cost much less. They should have been looking up, which is why I slightly worry about the bubble of Edinburgh.” Brittin …

    August 30, 2015 7:16 am


  • Researchers mimic viral infection in colon cancer stem cells

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers targeting colorectal cancer stem cells – the root cause of disease, resistance to treatment and relapse – have discovered a mechanism to mimic a virus and potentially trigger an immune response to fight the cancer like an infection. The discovery, published online today in Cell, illuminates a major shift in understanding anti-tumour mechanisms and identifies a promising druggable target against colorectal cancer stem cells, says principal investigator and lead author Dr. Daniel De Carvalho, a scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto. Dr. De Carvalho talks about his research in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K-vCbPggS8. “By mimicking a virus the potential is to trick the immune system into ‘seeing’ the cancer cells as an infection that needs to be destroyed,” says Dr. De Carvalho. “Our work demonstrates that viral mimicry is a …

    August 30, 2015 10:17 am


  • Neurologist, author Oliver Sacks dies at age 82: New York Times

    NEW YORK Dr. Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” died on Sunday at the age of 82, the New York Times reported. The British-born Sacks, who announced in February 2015 that he had terminal liver cancer, died at his home in New York City, his longtime personal assistant Kate Edgar told the Times. Sacks was called “a kind of poet laureate of medicine” and “one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century” by the New York Times. Using a typewriter or writing in longhand, Sacks’ authored more than a dozen books, filling them with detailed, years-long case histories of patients who often became his friends. He explained to lay readers how the brain handles everything from autism to savantism, colorblindness to Tourette’s syndrome, and how his patients could …

    August 30, 2015 10:36 am


  • Selena Gomez Works It In A Sexy Dress For A Night Out In Hollywood

    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 8:36am PDT       By X17 Staff Such a stunner! Too bad she didn’t run into the Biebs, because we have a feeling he would have been speechless — either that, or she would have ended up back at his place! Selena Gomez stopped by The Nice Guy in Hollywood on Friday night, and the 22-year-old singer/actress showed some skin in a sexy black and white cut-out dress. Of course, even if ex Justin Bieber was wowed by this outfit, it sounds like the two are back on rocky terms. What’s going on this time with Jelena? Apparently it’s all about his new song, “What Do You Mean.” An insider tells Celebrity Dirty Laundry, “Selena was really hoping that Justin would mention her [in the new track], or at least make it obvious the song was about her. That song could have been about any girl. She was banking on his song …

    August 29, 2015 9:54 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm