Wealth of US middle class now lower than Canada’s – report Reply

Published time: April 23, 2014 00:59

Reuters / Emmanuel Foudrot

Reuters / Emmanuel Foudrot

American workers who previously made up the wealthiest middle class in the world have lost that distinction, according to new research that attributes the economic stagnation on rising income inequality in the US.

Economic growth in the US continues to be as strong if not stronger than other developed nations, although fewer Americans are reaping the benefit of their hard work. An analysis of income and spending numbers published Tuesday by the New York Times indicated that the wealthiest tax brackets are enjoying more financial growth, while the lower and middle income tiers are now lagging behind their counterparts throughout the world. More…

Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences Reply

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 April, 2014, 5:12pm

 Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

Tokyo warned on Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the very basis of their diplomatic relationship.

Authorities in Shanghai seized the large freight vessel in a dispute over what the Chinese side says are unpaid bills relating to the 1930s, when Japan occupied large swathes of China. More…

Shanghai court seizes Japanese ore carrier in second world war reparations dispute Reply

UPDATED : Monday, 21 April, 2014, 6:24am

A court in Shanghai has seized a large Japanese ore carrier at a port in Zhejiang province to enforce a verdict seeking compensation for the sinking of two civilian Chinese cargo ships during the second world war. More…

‘Dressed’ laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning Reply

”  Development of the technology was supported by a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense.”


April 18, 2014


University of Central Florida


The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it” may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Other possible uses of this technique could be used in long-distance sensors and spectrometers to identify chemical makeup. More…

Transdniestria Asks Russia to Initiate Independence Recognition Procedure Reply

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The parliament of Transdniestria, a de-facto independent former autonomous republic of Moldova, passed on Wednesday an address to the parliament and president of the Russian Federation to initiate the procedure for the recognition of the republic’s independence, the ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the press-service of Transdniestria’s Supreme Soviet. More…

France admits 2,300 samples of SARS virus are missing / They Claim Harmless Reply

Thursday, 17 April 2014
A routine inventory at a Parisian research body revealed over 2,300 samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus are missing, The Independent reports.


The renowned Institute Pasteur in France admitted on Monday that it had misplaced 2,349 of the vials and, despite enlisting help from France’s drug and health safety agency, have been unable to find them. The investigation by the ANSM at the unnamed laboratory failed to locate the samples, which have been missing since January. It has now filed a case to the prosecutor of Paris to investigate the disappearance. More…

Whooping cough ‘evolves to beat vaccine’ Reply

Originally posted on Health Research Report:

80 per cent of the 2012 whooping cough cases in Australia were from a strain not covered by the vaccine.


 The bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed in Australia – most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease – with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, a new study shows.

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Vitamin B3 was found in all eight meteorites analyzed in the study. Reply

Originally posted on Health Research Report:

 Vitamin B3 Might Have Been Made in Space, Delivered to Earth by Meteorites
 April 17, 2014
Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.

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