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Entries from October 2010

Plant’s Light Switch

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Plant’s Light Switch Could Be Used to Control CellsScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2010) — Chandra Tucker shines a blue light on yeast and mammalian cells in her Duke University lab and the edges of them start to glow. The effect is the result of a light-activated switch from a plant that has been inserted into the […]

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Tags: biology

The birth of the liberal class

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Revolutions Per Second: The Rebirth of Democracy The legacy of the French Revolution is so confusing that it can become one of the obstacles on the way to a progressive/revolutionary change. It represents the birth of the liberal class (although one should argue that this really occurred in the seventeenth century), in a sense, and […]

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Sansculottes 1, Tea Party 0

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

After taking up Hedges’s book today…. I am a bit baffled by the Tea Partiers. Such a constellation of total idiots, with, nonetheless, a moderate degree of success, leaves a question in its wake. These people, I am forced to say it, are so confused and infected with false consciousness, to the point they can […]

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Booknotes: Death of the Liberal Class

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Death of the Liberal Class Chris Hedges Looking at Hedges’ book on the problematic of liberalism. I think that the book’s eloquent thesis is left halting slightly by the inability to actual come and propose revolution. I think the analysis falls short in a few ways: the death of the liberal class is hardly news. […]

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Genomes from Africa, Europe, Asia

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists sequence genomes from Africa, Europe, Asia(AFP) –

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The Great Dying

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Tracking Evidence of ‘The Great Dying’ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2010) — More than 251 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, Earth almost became a lifeless planet. Around 90 percent of all living species disappeared then, in what scientists have called “The Great Dying.”

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Tags: Evolution

Royal garden at the site of Ramat Rachel

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Paradise Lost — And Found: Researchers Unearth Ancient Water Secrets at Royal Garden Dig ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2010) — Ancient gardens are the stuff of legend, from the Garden of Eden to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with Heidelberg University in Germany, have uncovered an ancient royal […]

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Tags: archaeology

Advance in electronics

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Advance Could Change Modern Electronics ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2010) — Researchers at Oregon State University have solved a quest in fundamental material science that has eluded scientists since the 1960s, and could form the basis of a new approach to electronics.

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Tags: technology

Narwhals

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Narwhals diving nearly 2 kilometres below the surface have revealed that the cold water beneath the winter pack ice in Baffin Bay is getting warmer …

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Tags: global warming

Road to Corporate Serfdom

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, October 30, 2010 by CommonDreams.org Road to Corporate Serfdom by Ralph Nader http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/10/30 It was Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist, James Carville, who in 1992 created the election slogan: “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” For the 2010 Congressional campaigns, the slogan should have been: “It’s Corporate Crime and Control, Stupid.”

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Party of fiscal discipline?

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, October 31, 2010 by CommonDreams.org If You Want More Debt Vote Republican by Robert Freeman One of the most successful deceits of the past thirty years is that Republicans are the party of “fiscal discipline.” In fact, Republicans are the party of fiscal wreckage. Simply put, Republicans love deficits and debt. They […]

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Poverty of Ideas

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, October 31, 2010 by New America Media Poverty of Ideas: Despite Economy, Right Still Blames Poor for Being Poor by Marjorie Valbrun

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New theory of money

October 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

RG mail By understanding that money is simply credit, we unleash it as a powerful tool for our communities by Ellen Brown YES! Magazine (October 28 2010) countercurrents.org (October 29 2010) The reason our financial system has routinely gotten into trouble, with periodic waves of depression like the one we’re battling now, may be due […]

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Murdock

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.alanhart.net/is-rupert-murdoch-ignorant-or-an-agent-of-zionist-deception/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlanHart+%28AlanHart+%28Recent+Posts%29%29&hl=en October 30, 2010 Is Rupert Murdoch ignorant or an agent of Zionist deception?*By Alan Hart* In a recent speech at an ADL (Anti-Defamation League) dinner, Rupert Murdoch, arguably the most influential mainstream media chief on Planet Earth, made some extraordinary statements which must be challenged. But first it’s necessary for us all […]

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Death Squads

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/pt301010.html Death Squads in Honduras by David Pérez and Daniel Trujillo Anyone who thinks that social and political instability in Honduras ended with the election of Porfirio Lobo as the president of the republic is mistaken, according to the Committee of Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH). Human rights violations, […]

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The Hobbit law

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10683710 New Zealand Herald Oct 28, 2010 The Hobbit law – what does it mean for workers? The Employment Relations Act 2000 is set to undergo changes with respect to the status of film industry workers. The amending legislation, the Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Bill, was introduced to Parliament today under […]

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Did Darwin ruin evolutionary theory?

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

The Evolution Of Evolution Evolutionary theory actually decline with Wallace/Darwin

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Tags: Evolution

Evolution: a Gaian matrix?

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Gaian Matrix: Detecting A Global System

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Darwinism and history: the discrepancy

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

A photo finish test

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Modernity and the question of revolution

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

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Sam Harris’s brave new world

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

FP’s Peter Foster: Sam Harris’s brave new world

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1000 Genomes Project

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

1000 Genomes Project completes first map of human genetic variation Thousands of human genomes are being used to catalogue the full diversity of human DNA in the 1000 Genomes Project with a view to improving our understanding of disease

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Tags: biology

Economic darwinism

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

David Sirota: Free-market fundamentalism ignores growing inequality By: David Sirota Examiner Columnist October 29, 2010 Redistributionist — as epithets go, the moniker is so mild, so … 2008. Today, we’re hammered by screeds against Democrats’ alleged socialism and President Obama’s supposed Marxism. The class war is clearly on — the paranoids and royalists of the […]

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Did Neanderthals Make Jewelry After All?

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Did Neanderthals Make Jewellery After All? ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2010) — The theory that later Neanderthals might have been sufficiently advanced to fashion jewellery and tools similar to those of incoming modern humans has suffered a setback. A new radiocarbon dating study, led by Oxford University, has found that an archaeological site that uniquely links […]

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