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SCIENCE OVERHAUL: Textbooks to Push Climate Change in New Curriculum

The release of proposed new national science standards, including the emphasis of manmade climate change, will alter the classroom landscape for millions of students in the United States, as well as for at least one education publisher readying for the “major” undertaking. The Next Generation Science Standards, which were released Tuesday after development by 26 states and several national scientific… Read more →

Mt Fuji may erupt by 2015

Photo: Wikipedia. TOKYO —Since the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011, scientists have been anxiously watching the massive volcano known as Mt Fuji for signs of activity. In September of last year, a report was released stating that Mt Fuji’s magma chamber pressure had risen to a worrisome 1.6 megapascals, which is estimated to be higher than when it last… Read more →

IRS: We can read emails without warrant

Photo: Wikipedia The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday. In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth… Read more →

Chinese colonel says latest bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon

Photo: AP A Chinese Air Force officer on Saturday accused the U.S. government of creating the new strain of bird flu now afflicting parts of China as a biological warfare attack. People’s Liberation Army Sr. Col. Dai Xu said the United States released the H7N9 bird flu virus into China in an act of biological warfare, according to a posting… Read more →

Amended CISPA moves to House after closed-door vote

Photo: RT Members of the House Intelligence Committee accepted amendments to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Wednesday, voting to include the new provisions by an 18-2 margin after a closed door meeting. Members of the House Intelligence Committee accepted amendments to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Wednesday, voting to include the new provisions by… Read more →

Highway patrol gave feds Missouri weapon permits data

Photo: Wikipedia. JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday. Questioning in the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed that on two occasions, in November 2011 and again in January, the patrol asked for and received the… Read more →

US headed for ‘perfect storm’ in space, Air Force general says

Photo: (PAT CORKERY, UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  Shrinking government budgets, combined with a growing reliance on space assets by the United States — especially by its military — are putting the country in an undefended position, Gen. William Shelton, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command, said Tuesday. Every U.S. military action depends on space capabilities such as… Read more →

‘Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced, ‘Band-Aids’ won’t help

Photo: AFP/ Stan Honda All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said. The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, are “highly unusual” for a current or former member of the safety… Read more →