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Friday, 25 October 2013

Moral Decay of America: Pop Star Ke$ha Says Her Vagina is Haunted -

Moral Decay of America: Pop Star Ke$ha Says Her Vagina is Haunted -  

Pop star Ke$ha, whose audience consists of pre-teen girls, says her vagina is haunted and had to be exorcised because she had sex with a ghost.
This is who a whole generation of young children and teenagers look up to as their idol.
Whereas Ke$ha thinks her vagina needs to be exorcised, in reality popular culture and society in general needs to be exorcised of talentless, satanic, occult-promoting pop stars like her, who are brainwashing kids with a poisonous message of amoral, vacuous, nihilistic depravity.


Scientist: Tiny robots can find and kill diseases -

Scientist: Tiny robots can find and kill diseases - 

Microscopic robots may soon be detecting and even preventing diseases instantly at doctors' offices across the nation, eliminating the need for multiple tests or treatment plans.

It may sound like science fiction, but one of the nation's top nanotechnology scientists said it could be only four or five years away.

"I think it's coming pretty soon," said Dr. Shree Singh, the director of the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research at Alabama State University. "In the near future, you will have some small nanomachines that will basically cure the disease before it even happens. Basically any kind of disease diagnosis or prevention can be done through nanobiotechnology."

Singh spoke during a recent summit for state and national scientists in Montgomery, where they shared new ideas and innovations in the field.

His group at ASU has worked on viral and antibacterial research.

"Lots of diseases happen because of bacterial or viral infection," Singh said. "There would be new nanomaterials which could target a specific bacterial virus. The virus may be in your body, and (nanotechnology) can target it before you even get sick."

Breakthroughs could also streamline tests and diagnoses, he said, making it possible to test for "almost all possible diseases" using a single sample, and returning results in about 10 minutes.

Treatment would be more targeted with fewer side effects, as well. For instance, he said nanotechnology could kill only cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

Singh's department got a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health earlier this year to expand its work and train more students. But while the work being done at ASU is important, Singh said it was crucial to bring together scientists from different areas and collaborate.

That led to the first NanoBio Summit this week at the Renaissance Hotel, where more than 250 leading researchers gathered to exchange ideas and present their work.

Presenters came from as far away as Northwestern University and the University of North Texas discussing a range of ways their work could advance modern medicine.

But Singh said that's just the tip of the iceberg.

"Lots of nanotechnology research is being done at universities and throughout the country," he said. "That's where most of the innovations will happen in the next 50 to 100 years.

"It's already happening with computers. They are getting smaller because of the nanotechnology. It's going to touch many areas - energy, cars. This will be the future of the world."


Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web -

Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web - 

The new Lightbeam software from Mozilla, the team behind the Firefox browser, claims to be a watershed moment in the battle for web transparency

Just who is looking over your shoulder when you browse the Internet? Tomorrow, web users will be given a new tool to shine a light on the commercial organisations which track your every movement online.

Lightbeam, a download produced by Mozilla, the US free software community behind the popular Firefox browser, claims to be a “watershed” moment in the battle for web transparency.

Everyone who browses the Internet leaves a digital trail used by advertisers to discover what your interests are.

Users who activate Lightbeam will be able to see a real-time visualisation of every site they visit and every third-party that is active on those sites, including commercial organisations which might potentially be sharing your data.

Mozilla wants users who install the Lightbeam add-on to Firefox, to crowd-source their data, to produce the first “big picture” view of web tracking, revealing which third-parties are most active.

Lightbeam promises a “Wizard of Oz” moment for the web, “where users collectively provide a way to pull back the curtains to see its inner workings,” Mozilla claimed.  

Mark Surman, Mozilla’s executive director, said: “It’s a stake in the ground in terms of letting people know the ways they are being tracked. At Mozilla, we believe everyone should be in control of their user data and privacy and we want people to make informed decisions about their Web experience.”

Mozilla already offers users the ability to disable “cookies” - small files that download from websites onto a computer, allowing advertisers to target users based on their online activity – an option taken up by 18 per cent of UK Firefox users.

Lightbeam will reveal the source of the third-party adverts, scripts and images stored on a web page which are linked to servers in other domains. An expanding graph visualises the interactions between the sites a user intentionally visits and the third parties which may not be welcome.

Mozilla has come under “tremendous pressure” from trade bodies over its mission to bring transparency to the web, said Alex Fowler, the company’s Privacy Officer.

The software company said it was responding to increased privacy concerns following the revelation that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped directly into the servers of Internet firms including Facebook, to track online communication in a surveillance programme.


'Hungry' Gene Discovery May Help Fight Obesity... -

'Hungry' Gene Discovery May Help Fight Obesity... - 

The discovery of a genetic mutation that slows metabolism may help in the fight against obesity, say researchers.

Scientists at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, England found that mice born without a section of DNA, a gene called KSR2, gained weight at a quicker pace.

So they tested humans, analyzing the DNA of over 2,000 severely obese patients.

And some had a mutated version of the same gene.

The mutation is a double whammy, since it also causes an increased appetite.

“You would be hungry and wanting to eat a lot, you would not want to move because of a slower metabolism and would probably also develop type 2 diabetes at a young age,” lead researcher Prof Sadaf Farooqi told the BBC.

She added: “It slows the ability to burn calories and that’s important as it’s a new explanation for obesity.”

It suggests the often-mocked obesity excuse of having a slow metabolism may be true.

Farooqi said less than 1% of people had mutated versions of the gene and some would be a normal weight, but about 2% of children who were obese by the age of five would have the mutated gene.

However, if drugs can be created that target problems with KSR2, then they might be beneficial to anyone who is overweight.

“Other genetic disorders, such as in blood pressure, have shown that even where there’s a normal gene, targeting the pathway can still help,” Prof. Farooqi said.

The amount and types of food eaten, as well as levels of exercise, directly affect weight, but some people at more risk of becoming obese that others.


Black customers claim discrimination by Barneys & New York police - were stopped after making expensive purchases -

Black customers claim discrimination by Barneys & New York police - were stopped after making expensive purchases - 

A civil rights organization on Thursday demanded a meeting with the CEO of Barneys New York and threatened to picket the luxury department store in Manhattan after two black customers said they were stopped by police after making expensive purchases.

Trayon Christian, 19, of Queens said after he bought a $349 Ferragamo belt on April 29 he was handcuffed and detained for two hours before being released with no charges. He filed a discrimination lawsuit against Barneys and the New York City Police Department on Monday.

Undercover police swarmed Kayla Phillips, 21, of Brooklyn at a subway station and demanded to see her credit card after she left Barneys with her purchase of a $2,500 Celine purse on February 28, said her lawyer Kareem Vessup.

Phillips, a nursing student, had received a tax return and decided to splurge on the designer purse, Vessup said.

She filed notice of an upcoming lawsuit against the NYPD and plans to sue Barneys, he said.

In his lawsuit, Christian, a mechanical engineering student, said when he bought the belt, Barneys telephoned police to report a criminal act. When he stepped out of the store with his shopping bag, he was handcuffed on the sidewalk and brought to the 19th Precinct, the lawsuit said.

Police interrogated him "as to how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt and that the debit card he had in his possession had to be fake," the lawsuit said.

Michael Palillo, a lawyer representing Christian, said his client had saved up earnings from a work-study program at New York City College of Technology and was excited to treat himself to a trendy belt he'd admired on some of the rappers he follows on television.

"He enjoys fashion," Palillo said.

The racial profiling incident violated his civil rights, said the lawsuit, which was filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan and seeks unspecified damages.

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Study: Marijuana Can Kill Cancer Cells -

 Study: Marijuana Can Kill Cancer Cells - 

A medical marijuana activist holds a sign during a rally Jan. 4, 2010, in Oakland, Calif. Research suggests marijuana may fight cancer itself, not just side-effects.

A British researcher has found that cannabinoids, a term for chemicals derived from marijuana, can kill leukemia cells, and he expects clinical trials for new medications to begin soon.

The findings, published in the October issue of Anticancer Research: International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment, show that certain non-psychoactive cannabinoids "resulted in dramatic reductions in cell viability" and "caused a simultaneous arrest at all phases of the cell cycle," according to an abstract posted online.

The study tested six cannabinoids, together and independently, on leukemia cells. Study author Wai Liu, an oncologist at the University of London's St. George's medical school, told U.S. News the chemicals displayed "potent anti-cancer activity" and, significantly, "target and switch off" pathways that allow cancers to grow.

"There's quite a lot of cancers that should respond quite nicely to these cannabis agents," Liu said. "If you talk about a drug company that spent billions of pounds trying to develop these new drugs that target these pathways, cannabis does exactly the same thing – or certain elements of cannabis compounds do exactly the same thing – so you have something that is naturally produced which impacts the same pathways that these fantastic drugs that cost billions also work on."


Locked up in America Greetings from the Country that holds 1/4 of the world’s prisoners -

Locked up in America  Greetings from the Country that holds 1/4 of the world’s prisoners -