Organic molecules detected by Philae

•November 22, 2014 • 5 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30097648

The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.

Carbon-containing “organics” are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history.

The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to “sniff” the comet’s thin atmosphere.

Other analyses suggest the comet’s surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer.

The European Space Agency (Esa) craft touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey.

Dr Fred Goessmann, principal investigator on the Cosac instrument, which made the organics detection, confirmed the find to BBC News. But he added that the team was still trying to interpret the results.

It has not been disclosed which molecules have been found, or how complex they are.

But the results are likely to provide insights into the possible role of comets in contributing some of the chemical building blocks to the primordial mix from which life evolved on the early Earth.

Preliminary results from the Mupus instrument, which deployed a hammer to the comet after Philae’s landing, suggest there is a layer of dust 10-20cm thick on the surface with very hard water-ice underneath.

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remember philae..thats the lander that didnt..its gone to sleep now..which is spacespeak for its dead..but it did detect molecules..as you would expect..everything is made up of molecules..

“It has not been disclosed which molecules have been found, or how complex they are.”

oh..its secret..because they are nothing to interesting i bet..

“Carbon-containing “organics” are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history.”

so that theory is now fact eh? that comets brought water and life to earth and helped create the oceans!..must have been fair size comets that did that and didnt dry up on entry or impact?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_water_on_Earth

“Comets, trans-Neptunian objects or water-rich meteoroids (protoplanets) from the outer reaches of the main asteroid belt colliding with the Earth may have brought water to the world’s oceans”

how do you bring water to oceans?..thats like bringing sand to a beach..

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HSBC’s private banking arm accused of tax fraud by Belgium

•November 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30078275

Authorities in Brussels have charged HSBC’s private banking arm, which is based in Switzerland, with helping wealthy Belgians to avoid taxes.

Prosecutors allege that hundreds of clients – including diamond dealers in Antwerp – moved money to offshore tax havens with the help of the bank.

They said it resulted in hundreds of millions of euros in lost tax revenue.

In August, HSBC warned that the penalties in relation to such allegations “could be significant”.

In a statement, Belgian authorities accused HSBC of “having knowingly eased and promoted fiscal fraud by making offshore companies available to certain privileged clients”.

These companies, which are based in Panama and the Virgin Islands, exist for the sole purpose of tax evasion, they added.

Over 1,000 taxpayers are alleged to have been involved in the fraud, which saw funds amounting to several billion dollars transferred out of Belgium since 2003.

Responding to the announcement by Belgian authorities, HSBC said it had been notified of the investigation, and of a similar investigation by French authorities, and that the bank would “continue to cooperate to the fullest extent possible”.

Banks operating in Switzerland are bound by the European Union Savings Directive to counter cross-border tax evasion, by collecting information on the savings income foreign residents receive outside their resident state.

Belgian authorities also published emails and other correspondence between HSBC and Belgian clients, which appear to show the bank offering tax evasion services.

Prosecutor Michel Claise accused HSBC of “fraud, money laundering, criminal association and illegal exercise of the profession of financial intermediary”.

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well i never..banks helping rich customers to escape paying tax..this is unheard of!

“hundreds of clients – including diamond dealers in Antwerp – moved money to offshore tax havens”

diamonds!

“Belgian authorities accused HSBC of “having knowingly eased and promoted fiscal fraud by making offshore companies available to certain privileged clients”.

and thats how it goes..

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Mexico missing students..Capital braced for mass protests..Protesters look to start a new revolution

•November 22, 2014 • 3 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30127458

Relatives of 43 missing Mexican students, who the authorities say were murdered by a drugs gang, have arrived in the capital ahead of mass protests.

Convoys carrying the families arrived in Mexico City on Thursday after touring the country to rally support.

The Mexican authorities say local police handed the students to a drug gang who then murdered them.

But some families of the missing are unconvinced by this explanation and still hope they will be found alive.

Francisco Lagro, father of 19-year-old Magdaleno, one of those missing, has been travelling on one of the caravans.

“It’s been almost two months without knowing where they are. We don’t know anything and we’re desperate,” he said.

“What are they doing? In what conditions? Do they get any water or food? Are they tied up? We have so many questions.”

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the march in the capital, which starts at 17:00 local time (23:00 GMT). Protests are also under way in other parts of Mexico and abroad.

In one of the first rallies of the day, hooded protesters clashed with police close to Mexico City’s international airport.

Witnesses say some of the protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police officers who had been trying to disperse them.

Many shops and businesses were reportedly closed on Thursday ahead of the demonstrations.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/21/mexican-protesters-look-to-start-a-new-revolution.html

Nearly two full months have passed since the student massacre that took place in the city of Iguala, Guerrero. In spite of the dozens of arrests in the case, including more than 50 police officers, the mayor and first lady of Iguala, the investigators appear to be no closer to discovering what happened to the missing students. Adding to the tension, President Peña Nieto made televised comments twice this week about his willingness to crack down on violent elements—among the protestors.

Viewed from the height of a pedestrian overpass, the march extended for several blocks, with more and more students tailing onto the end.

The enthusiasm of the rear contrasted with the solemnity of the front, where the parents of the missing Ayotzinapa students were in the lead. Each of the three feeder marches was named after one of the three students killed in Iguala, and this one’s name was Julio Cesar Mondragon. The parade marshals for the lead contingent of parents were campesinos from Atenco in their straw hats, brandishing  machetes with political slogans drawn on the blades in red ink.

On nearing the Zócalo, the contingents mixed together. The turnout was massive, more than 100,000 people.

A call from the stage for President Peña Nieto to resign drew the loudest applause. The Zócalo is one of the largest public squares in the world and the sound system for the rally could reach only a fraction of the crowd. The speeches washed over the masses and were absorbed. More noise came from the crowd itself, which chanted ceaselessly, different chants coming from different areas in the mass, one blending into the next. People could be heard complaining they couldn’t hear a thing but for an hour, but no one seemed to leave.

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 as we said..its not going away..and rightly so..will this develop further?..it has all the potential to..

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IBM’s Watson wants to examine your DNA

•November 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://au.pcmag.com/software/26032/news/ibms-watson-wants-to-examine-your-dna

How much exercise should I get today? How much coffee can I drink on Monday? These are questions you might ask yourself, not really expecting an actual response, but if IBM has its way, its Watson supercomputer will soon be able to supply the answers.

IBM’s Watson Group today announced an undisclosed investment in Pathway Genomics to create the first cognitive consumer app based on a user’s genetic makeup.

Citing research on genomic medicine, IBM said the bioinformatics market is expected to grow to $12.86 billion by 2020. Few consumers, however, have access to or can benefit from personalized wellness-related recommendations tailored to their individual needs. Which is where IBM and Pathway Genomics come in.

By leveraging the natural language processing and cognitive capabilities of Watson, consumers will be able to “Ask Watson” for insights, based on their own genes, wearable data, and other wellness information, like emotional, physical, and social well being.

“The medical industry is undergoing a dramatic and systemic change, putting the consumer more in charge of their own health care,” Michael Nova, chief medical officer at Pathway Genomics and member of the Watson Advisory Board, said in a statement. “Giving the consumers access to a powerful tool built upon cognitive learning and Watson will make the change even more transformative.”

The new mobile Pathway Panorama app uses Watson’s cognitive intellect to evaluate millions of pages of healthcare data in seconds, and then combine it with details about the individual’s lifestyle and biomarker data to provide personal recommendations about how to live a healthier life.

Panorama will also routinely monitor the user’s health and wellness information and notify them when new, relevant instructions are available.

“By tapping into IBM Watson’s cognitive intellect, Pathway Genomics is allowing consumers to ask health- and wellness-related questions in their own words, and receive personalized and relevant responses,” said Stephen Gold, IBM Watson group vice president.

A consumer can ask the app questions based on DNA – like the aforementioned exercise and coffee queries.

“Cognitive computing solutions based on Watson’s transformative technology will help define how consumers and businesses alike make better informed decisions, delivering better outcomes,” Gold said.

In January, IBM promised $1 billion for development and research within the Watson Group, which focuses on bringing Watson-powered, cloud-based apps and services to the public.

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“IBM’s Watson Group today announced an undisclosed investment in Pathway Genomics to create the first cognitive consumer app based on a user’s genetic makeup.”

you wont go to see a doctor in 15 years unless very unwell..you will self medicate..

nice logo..using the generic UN inspired star people with round heads..

“consumers will be able to “Ask Watson” for insights, based on their own genes, wearable data, and other wellness information, like emotional, physical, and social well being.”

to much information for my liking..

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Obama: I will send US troops to fight ISIS if they get nukes..lol?

•November 21, 2014 • 3 Comments

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http://rt.com/usa/206607-obama-troops-isis-nukes/

US President Barack Obama has, for the first time, admitted he would deploy US ground troops to Syria and Iraq to fight Islamic State – that is, if the extremist group obtained a nuclear weapon.

“If we discovered that [Islamic State] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” Obama told reporters at a news conference in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday. “I would order it.”

Since Operation Inherent Resolve – or US-led airstrikes against Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) – began in August, President Obama has maintained that he would not send a large fighting force to Syria and Iraq to confront the jihadist network, which has come to control large areas of the two adjacent Middle Eastern nations.

However, Obama authorized the deployment of about 1,500 troops to Iraq earlier this month, doubling the American military presence in the country. Yet all soldiers sent to the region are there to “advise” Iraqi forces and not engage in combat, according to official explanations.

US officials said there is no evidence that Islamic State possesses or could easily attain a nuclear weapon.

Last week, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top position in the US military, said in testimony on Capitol Hill that the Pentagon is “certainly considering” whether to install US military advisers within Iraqi combat units fighting Islamic State.

Dempsey and other top military officials have said they are willing to recommend American ground force troops to fight Islamic State, a group fostered by US and its allies in the region seeking to destabilize any Syria-Iran-Iraq alliance.

In Australia, Obama said he expects Dempsey to offer honest military advice, even if those suggestions cross Obama’s supposed aversion to sending US troops to fight rather than just advise.

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you have already have boots on the ground..and how would troops stop a nuke? this is just dog whistling..where will IS get a nuke from and how would they use it anyway?

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London student protests turn violent

•November 21, 2014 • 11 Comments

Demonstrators break through barricades in Parliament Square as they participate in a protest against student loans and in favour of free education, in central London

http://rt.com/uk/206991-student-protest-clash-police/

Police and protesters have clashed during the UK’s largest student demonstration for four years. It is not yet clear how many arrests have been made.

The protest, initially a campaign for free university education after the coalition government raised tuition fees, was joined by anarchists who clashed with police after they attempted to stop them entering Parliament Square.

Prior to the scuffle the demonstration had remained peaceful, with over 5,000 students from 40 cities marching through central London.

The clashes took place after demonstrators refused to obey police orders to “stand back”. Masked dissidents struggled against police and climbed over temporary fencing, eventually causing it to collapse.

Further violence and at least one arrest took place after a splinter group marched to Victoria, where police pinned one protester to the ground, and one officer was injured.

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“stand back”..yeah that really worked..watch the video..

“The protest, initially a campaign for free university education after the coalition government raised tuition fees, was joined by anarchists”

small things grow into bigger things..and i bet the “anarchists” were the lads in black..

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Anti-government protest in Haiti turns violent

•November 21, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/anti-government-protest-haiti-turns-violent-27001068

An anti-government protest that snaked through sections of Haiti’s capital on Tuesday turned violent as three people were apparently shot in a volatile neighborhood.

The march began peacefully when a crowd grew to a few thousand people in slums that are opposition strongholds. But as demonstrators walked by an intersection in Delmas 32, the critics of President Michel Martelly’s administration and pro-government residents began shouting and throwing rocks at each other.

As the melee quickly escalated, Associated Press journalists witnessed three people apparently getting hit by bullets. One was hit in the neck and appeared gravely wounded. The two others sustained wounds to limbs.

As a panic ensued in the densely-packed area of cinderblock houses, officers with the Haitian National Police fired tear gas and most demonstrators dispersed. Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours and other authorities made no immediate comment about the violence or any arrests.

Even after the violence, nearly 1,000 protesters continued their Tuesday march demanding Martelly’s resignation and a chance to vote in long-delayed legislative and municipal elections.

The president was supposed to call elections in 2011 for a majority of Senate seats, the entire Chamber of Deputies and local offices. But he hasn’t done so because the Senate has yet to approve an electoral law authorizing the vote.

The Chamber of Deputies has approved the legislation, but it is being held up in the Senate by six senators who have blocked a vote, arguing it is unconstitutional and favors the government.

Martelly administration officials blame the standoff on the six senators, insisting that the government wants to hold the elections but can’t because the lawmakers are blocking the vote by preventing a quorum.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said Tuesday on Twitter tweeted that the six senators need to “unlock the democratic process” and the “opposition must break with their outdated chaotic policies.”

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“critics of President Michel Martelly’s administration and pro-government residents began shouting and throwing rocks at each other.”

so many unhappy people in so many countries..its like a contagion..

“The president was supposed to call elections in 2011 for a majority of Senate seats”

in fairness to the protesters..that is a long time to have to wait..

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