How do you contribute to modern day slavery of human trafficking?

By The Christian Science Monitor Sunday, September 9, 2012 20:46 EDT In this week’s Monitor cover story on the misunderstood scourge of human trafficking, some human rights advocates suggest that the global problem gets eclipsed by the issue of domestic sex trafficking. Forced labor is a part of the problem that is less publicized.  If…

New rules to end secrecy over safety of medical implants

New rules to end the secrecy over the safety of devices such as hip replacements and breast implants are being drawn up after a series of scandals. The rules are being drawn up by the European Commission in the wake of the PIP breast implant fiasco Photo: ALAMY By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent 7:50AM BST…

Taliban pretend to be attractive women on Facebook to spy on soldiers and gather crucial information

By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:15:01 EST, 9  September 2012| UPDATED:15:44 EST, 9 September 2012 The Taliban are posing as pretty girls on  Facebook in an attempt to befriend soldiers online and gather crucial  information, a report has warned. Australian and coalition troops are being  given pre-deployment warnings that they are being targeted by Taliban insurgents …

Criminals to be caught by their tattoos: Recognition software will scan Facebook for incriminating markings

By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:13:30 EST, 9  September 2012| UPDATED:14:25 EST, 9 September 2012 Police may soon be able to catch criminals by  the ink they are sporting. Computer scientists are developing a new  program that will be able to identify suspects by their tattoos and match them  to photos in police databases or on…

Stanford Is Building a Body-Cooling Glove That Might Work ‘Better Than Steroids’ for Athletes

One of the reasons professional athletes illegally use steroids is to help speed up their recovery time after a particularly grueling game or injury, thus making them fresh as spring chickens the next time they compete. But one of the goals of helping the body to recover is lowering core temperture, and Stanford believes that…

Shell criticized for limited testing of Alaska drilling containment equipment

By Terry Macalister, The Guardian Sunday, September 9, 2012 14:38 EDT Shell has been accused of “stock-car racing recklessness” after apparently undertaking only the most limited testing of a key piece of equipment aimed at preventing a Gulf of Mexico-style blowout during its controversial drilling in the Arctic. Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information…

Research finds novel airborne germ-killing oral spray effective in fighting colds and flu

Contact: Alicia Reale alicia.reale@uhhospitals.org University Hospitals Case Medical Center University Hospitals Case Medical Center researchers will present Halo findings at ICAAC University Hospitals Case Medical Center clinical researchers will present findings about a one-two punch to prevent colds and flu in San Francisco at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) on Sept.…

France’s socialist president set to unveil unprecedented austerity plan: 75-percent tax on income exceeding one million euros

By Agence France-Presse Sunday, September 9, 2012 12:09 EDT PARIS — France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande was due to announce on Sunday unprecedented belt-tightening measures of billions of euros amid mounting discontent over the flagging economy and job cuts. Hollande, whoe popularity ratings have taken a dive less than four months after he took power,…

France’s richest man applies to become Belgian to escape 75 per cent tax rate

By Peter Allen PUBLISHED:05:13 EST, 9 September 2012| UPDATED:09:50 EST, 9 September 2012 Bernard Arnault has applied for Belgian nationality France’s richest man has applied for Belgian nationality – as the Socialist government in his home country raises the tax rate to 75 per cent. The announcement by Bernard Arnault, who is worth a conservative…

EU funding ‘Orwellian’ artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for “abnormal behaviour”: Project Indect

Repost for Filing 2009 The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing “Orwellian” technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images for “abnormal behaviour”. By Ian Johnston 9:08PM BST 19 Sep 2009 A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as “agents” to monitor and process information…

Evolution could explain the placebo effect: Human immune system has developed on-off mechanism to save energy

By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED:11:52 EST, 8  September 2012| UPDATED:11:52 EST, 8 September 2012 Scientists have discovered a possible  evolutionary explanation for the placebo effect with new evidence suggesting the  immune system has an on-off switch to save energy. People who suffer from a weak infection often  recover whether they take a medicinal drug or a…

Towards Computing With Water Droplets: Superhydrophobic Droplet Logic

Water droplets moving on a superhydrophobic surface collide with each other and rebound like billiard balls. (Credit: Image courtesy of Aalto University ScienceDaily (Sep. 7, 2012) — Researchers in Aalto University have developed a new concept for computing, using water droplets as bits of digital information. This was enabled by the discovery that upon collision…