Scientists find organic farms have higher quality fruit, better soil, lower environmental impact

Contact: Jen Laloup jlaloup@plos.org 415-624-1220 Public Library of Science A press release from PLoS ONE Side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry farms and their fruit found the organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil healthier and more genetically diverse. “Our findings have global implications and advance what we know…

Private Manned Mars Mission Gets First Sponsors

A Dutch company that aims to land humans on Mars in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent Red Planet colony has received its first funding from sponsors, officials announced this week. Mars One plans to fund most of its ambitious activities via a global reality-TV media event, which will follow the mission from the…

State-sponsored cyber espionage projects now prevalent, say experts

Former military officer says every Middle Eastern country now has Stuxnet-like malware Pete Warren  guardian.co.uk,      Thursday 30 August 2012 06.54 EDT One expert compares the cyber-espionage programs to the Transformers franchise: they develop other functions when they get to where they are meant to be. At least four government-sponsored programmes to deploy cyber-espionage software like the…

RJ Ellory: fake book reviews are rife on internet, authors warn

Fake book reviews are rife on the internet and readers should be aware of the “fraudulent” practices of some writers, a group of leading British authors warn tonight. Authors Ian Rankin, Lee Child and Val McDermid were among the 49 writers to condemn the “underhand tactics” of colleagues such as RJ Ellory. Photo: CHRIS WATT/GEOFF…

Elite SEALs taken off duty to deal with aftermath of Bin Laden book as whole command is ‘put on the bench’

By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED:13:18 EST, 3  September 2012| UPDATED:16:40 EST, 3 September 2012   Several Navy SEALs have been pulled off active duty  and are ‘on the bench’ to deal with the fallout from the controversial book  about the killing of Osama bin Laden. An expert and former SEAL has claimed that ‘No Easy Day’ has…

High doses of Vitamin D help tuberculosis patients recover more quickly: 23 days vs 36 days

Contact: Emma Mason e.mason@qmul.ac.uk Queen Mary, University of London For decades before antibiotics became generally available, sunshine was used to treat tuberculosis, with patients often being sent to Swiss clinics to soak up the sun’s healing rays. Now, for the first time scientists have shown how and why heliotherapy might, indeed, have made a difference.…

Study suggests possible association between cardiovascular disease, chemical exposure

Contact: Amy Johns johnsa@wvuhealthcare.com 304-293-1412 JAMA and Archives Journals CHICAGO – Exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a manmade chemical used in the manufacture of some common household products, appears to be associated with cardiovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease in a study of 1,216 individuals, according to a report published Online First by Archives of…

La Jolla Institute unlocks mystery of potentially fatal reaction to smallpox vaccine

Contact: Bonnie Ward contact@liai.org 619-303-3160 La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Research team is part of NIH network working toward new smallpox vaccine for eczema sufferers SAN DIEGO – (May 25, 2009) Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have pinpointed the cellular defect that increases the likelihood, among eczema sufferers,…

Study indicates that people may need more dietary choline than previously thought: 90%+ of U.S. Population don’t get enough daily

Reposted at Request- COI (Reader please be aware of Conflicts on Interest) Contact: Egg Nutrition Media Hotline info@eggnutrition.org 312-233-1211 Edelman Public Relations Eggs 1 of the best sources of the nutrient Washington, D.C. — A new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that the current recommended Adequate…

Even as the death sentence of the Mumbai massacre’s lone living perpetrator was affirmed last week, murderous politicians show how medieval justice in India remains. By Dilip D’Souza.

Mumbai Massacre Perpetrator’s Sentence Affirmed Sep 3, 2012 4:45 AM EDT In Mumbai on August 29, activists of the Shiv Sena party distributed sweets. Which is what you usually do when there’s been a birth in the family, or a marriage, or some other good news. Elsewhere the same day, the head of their party,…

Stroke patients get helping hand from ‘telepathic’ robot arm which can respond to your thoughts

By Eddie Wrenn PUBLISHED:06:24 EST, 3  September 2012| UPDATED:06:24 EST, 3 September 2012   Stroke patients who have lose the use of  their arms could find a helping hand in the form of a robotic arm that can  ‘telepathically’ respond to your thoughts. The research, led by Rice University and the  University of Houston, has…

How Merrill Lynch ‘plans to send trucks full of cash into Greece’ as U.S. firms plan for country’s exit from the euro

Greece is  on brink of financial collapse and is expected to leave Euro American  banks with clients in the country are now preparing contingency plans for how to  get money to employees if the country’s banks close By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:10:53 EST, 3  September 2012| UPDATED:11:30 EST, 3 September 2012 Bank of America Merrill…

Biden Secret Service U-Haul stolen in Detroit

Washington (CNN) – A U-Haul truck loaded with equipment for a Monday event featuring Vice President Joe Biden was stolen in Detroit Sunday, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said. “A U-Haul that we were utilizing was stolen at the Westin Hotel overnight,” Ed Donovan told CNN. Donovan would not specify what equipment was…