• Viagra ‘added to Chinese alcohol’

    Viagra ‘added to Chinese alcohol’

    The powdered Viagra was added to a popular spirit, investigators say Distillers in China added Viagra to thousands of bottles of spirits and told customers it had “health-preserving qualities”, food safety officials say. More than...
  • Confederate flag supporters rally in Georgia

    Confederate flag supporters rally in Georgia

    Confederate flags sit in the back of a police car outside Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and...
  • PM criticised over Calais ‘politics’

    PM criticised over Calais ‘politics’

    The Swedish justice and migration minister has accused David Cameron of “playing politics” with the migrant crisis in Calais. Morgan Johansson said scenes in Calais had resulted from France and the UK not taking “responsibility”...

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  • Confederate flag supporters rally in Georgia

    Confederate flags sit in the back of a police car outside Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. (AP Photo/David Goldman) STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. –  Hundreds of Confederate battle flags were waving in a Stone Mountain, Ga., parking lot on Saturday, at a rally in support of the controversial symbol. Some supporters danced to the tune of “Dixie” and others cheered as they stood atop pickup trucks. Some openly held guns. The rally attracted several hundred people to Stone Mountain Park, which commemorates Confederate leaders in a giant carving on the side of the mountain. The event was the latest moment of unity for battle-flag supporters during a summer when elected officials, companies and university leaders have denounced …

    August 2, 2015 9:05 am


  • Emails from Clinton private account were recently classified

    WASHINGTON Dozens of emails on the private email account that Hillary Clinton used when secretary of state were recently classified by the government, the State Department said on Friday, giving Republican critics more ammunition against the Democratic presidential hopeful. The emails, released by the State Department under a judge’s order, date from the early period of Clinton’s 2009-2013 tenure as America’s top diplomat. Many of them were heavily redacted and marked as “confidential” only this week before they were made public, meaning that Clinton was not aware when she sent or received them that their content might later be regarded as classified. The front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the November, 2016 election, Clinton is under scrutiny for using a private email account for her work as secretary of state. Opponents accuse her of playing loose with secret information and transparency laws, but Clinton says she broke no laws or rules by eschewing a standard …

    August 2, 2015 8:05 am


  • Get ready: Puerto Rico is likely to default August 1

    Puerto Rico will almost certainly be in default for the first time ever by Monday. The commonwealth needs to make a $58 million debt payment by August 1, but top Puerto Rican government officials say that they don’t have the money to pay. “We believe the probability of a default is approaching 100%,” says Ted Hampton, a senior analyst at Moody’s who covers Puerto Rican bonds. The August 1 payment is a very small part of the commonwealth’s $70 billion in outstanding debt. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of the debt. Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla claims the commonwealth can’t pay all of its debts. He says the island’s economy is in a “death spiral.” Related: Who owns Puerto Rican debt? But will it be deja vu? Puerto Rico has been in this scenario before. There was a lot of speculation that the island would default on its July 1 debt payments, …

    August 2, 2015 2:24 am


  • Boateng says Bayern were ‘clearly the better team’ against Wolfsburg

    Jerome Boateng has said Bayern Munich were “clearly the better team” in their German Super Cup defeat to Wolfsburg, and the Bundesliga champions should have won. The Bayern defender hit the crossbar in the first half before Arjen Robben opened the scoring at the Volkswagen Arena. But a Nicklas Bendtner equalizer in the last minute set up a penalty shootout, which last season’s DFB-Pokal winners Wolfsburg won. “We shouldn’t be conceding then,” Boateng told Germany’s ZDF television. “I think we can be happy with our performance, we were clearly the better team with by far the better chances but if you don’t score, then it happens that you concede and we were just unlucky. “You can’t say Wolfsburg were better than us because they actually won the game on penalties, though. “We had chances and dominated the game from start to finish.” But Bayern only had a Robben goal to show for that presumed domination …

    August 2, 2015 9:06 am

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  • Viagra ‘added to Chinese alcohol’

    The powdered Viagra was added to a popular spirit, investigators say Distillers in China added Viagra to thousands of bottles of spirits and told customers it had “health-preserving qualities”, food safety officials say. More than 5,300 bottles of alcohol were seized by the investigators in the southern city of Liuzhou. They also found packets of a white powder called Sildenafil, better known as the anti-impotence drug Viagra. Police in the Guangxi region are now investigating the two distillers. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said (in Chinese) that the powder was added to three different types of ‘baijiu’ – a strong, clear spirit that is the most popular drink in China. They said the haul was worth up to 700,000 yuan (£72,000; $113,000). Doctors recommend that adults requiring prescription should take only one dose of Viagra a day, with a lower dose for those over the age of 65. China continues to face widespread food …

    August 2, 2015 9:06 am


  • Hitchhiking robot dead as cross-country trip cut short by vandals

    A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide has met its demise. The Canadian researchers who created Hitchbot as a social experiment said someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early on Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. “Sadly, sadly, it’s come to an end,” said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The kid-size robot set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe. It is immobile on its own, relying on the kindness of strangers. Those who picked it up often passed it to other travelers or left it where others might notice it. It started in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on 17 July with its thumb raised skyward, a grin on its digital face and tape wrapped around its cylindrical head that read “San Francisco or bust”. The robot bounced around the Boston area and was briefly taken …

    August 2, 2015 8:25 am


  • Reservoir of ultracold atoms is filled continuously

    Copper top-up: the ultracold atom reservoir A reservoir of ultracold atoms that is topped-up continuously has been unveiled by physicists in Germany and Denmark. The system can store 38 million rubidium atoms at a temperature of 102 μK, and the team says that it could be adapted to work for a wide range of particles and trapping methods. Applications of the reservoir include using the cold atoms in metrology systems or to cool other gases or even tiny objects. Gases of ultracold atoms and molecules are used in a wide range of applications, including atomic clocks and simulating quantum effects in solid materials. While physicists have come a long way in developing and perfecting techniques for cooling gases to temperatures as low as 50 pK, these are “one-shot” systems in which the gas is cooled in isolation and then the atoms are put to use until their numbers are exhausted or the gas is destroyed by making a …

    August 2, 2015 7:25 am


  • Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness

    (Reuters Health) – Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests. Researchers scoured more than 7 million tobacco industry documents to see how additives known as pyrazines were being used and found these ingredients were introduced after consumers in the 1960s rejected the first “low-tar” cigarettes as being flavorless. While nicotine, a stimulant in tobacco, has long been known to be addictive, the study offers fresh evidence that tobacco companies may have added pyrazines to cigarettes to support this addiction, said Dr. Maciej Goniewicz, a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. “They may facilitate delivery of nicotine to the brain, thus smokers may experience stronger effects of nicotine or these effects may happen faster,” Goniewicz, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. Pyrazines may also stimulate pleasant senses of smell, taste or vision, he added. “Smokers …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am


  • Does Brad Think He’s A Kardashian?! Pitt Exposes His Chest In See-Thru Top At LAX!

    Posted on Fri Jul 31st, 2015 2:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff He was once the Sexiest Man Alive, but lately he’s been looking a little less than hunky! Brad Pitt touched down at LAX today after spending the past several days in London for Snatch director pal Guy Ritchie’s wedding, and we couldn’t help but notice that the A-list actor appears to have packed on the pounds, as his man boobs were visible through his black shirt! While the father-of-six was helping his friend celebrate tying the knot, his wife Angelina Jolie was visiting with refugees in Burma on Thursday. Maintaining his sex symbol physique is probably the last thing on his mind these days, as he’s too busy bromancing some of Hollywood’s hottest actors! While across the pond, the World War Z star Pitt showed up at London’s Haymarket Theatre Wednesday night to see Bradley Cooper perform in The Elephant Man. Afterward, Pitt and Cooper …

    August 2, 2015 3:04 am


  • Did the atomic bomb save my father’s life?

    The upcoming 70th anniversary of V-J Day, August 14, brings to mind the challenge my father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, faced in the days preceding that date in 1945. He was the acting commander — and later the commander — of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, a Vermont National Guard unit. The unit had just finished five months of combat subduing the Japanese on Luzon, in the Philippines. On July 28, the 43rd Infantry Division, of which the 172nd Infantry was a part, received alert plans for the invasion of Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The landings would take place on November 1, a scant three months away. An intense period of planning, training, re-equipping, and personnel transfers began. The 43rd Division was to land with two other divisions in Shibushi Bay on the southeastern coast of Kyushu. The 43rd would land on the southern end of the beach, which was overlooked by …

    July 31, 2015 6:38 pm

Odd News

  • China investigating liquor suppliers for Viagra in alcohol

    BEIJING Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products. Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China. Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday. The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said. The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said. Food safety is a chronic …

    August 2, 2015 7:45 am