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GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary

GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary

GM crops are probably safer than conventional plants, according to the Environment Secretary. Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment. He said the next generation of GM crops offers the “most wonderful opportunities to improve human health.” But green… Read more →

Mysterious new MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS

Mysterious new MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS

(Photo: Wikipedia) LONDON –  A mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors reported Wednesday after investigating the biggest outbreak in Saudi Arabia. More than 60 cases of what is now called MERS, including 38 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organization in the past… Read more →

Tectonic Plate movements break up supercontinents: Could signal the start of a new phase of the Wilson Cycle

Tectonic Plate movements break up supercontinents: Could signal the start of a new phase of the Wilson Cycle

A new subduction zone forming off the coast of Portugal heralds the beginning of a cycle that will see the Atlantic Ocean close as continental Europe moves closer to America. Published in Geology, new research led by Monash University geologists has detected the first evidence that a passive margin in the Atlantic ocean is becoming active. Subduction zones, such as the… Read more →

The source behind the Guardian’s NSA files talks to Glenn Greenwald about his motives for the biggest intelligence leak in a generation.

(Bloomberg) — James Bamford, a bestselling author on U.S. intelligence agencies, discusses the need for data collection, but questions just how big the scope and reach needs to be in the fight against terrorism. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

 

US whistleblower 'defending liberty'

US whistleblower ‘defending liberty’

An ex-CIA employee has said he acted to “protect basic liberties for people around the world” in leaking details of US phone and internet surveillance. Edward Snowden, 29, was revealed as the source of the leaks at his own request by the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Mr Snowden, now believed to be in Hong Kong, said he had an “obligation to… Read more →

(CBS News) CORVALIS, Ore. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sent investigators to find out how genetically modified wheat ended up growing in Oregon. It is not approved for commercial use, and many countries won’t buy American wheat if there is a chance it’s been genetically modified.

 

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French health officials are screening dozens of people who have come into contact with two carriers of the SARS-like coronavirus.

(CNN) – A new SARS-like virus recently found in humans continues to spread — with the worldwide total now at 49, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Of the 49 known infections with the MERS-CoV virus, 27 have resulted in death, the organization said.

The latest deaths were reported in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi health ministry said Wednesday that three people died from their infections in the country’s eastern region.

The virus is “a threat to the entire world,” the WHO’s general director said Monday.

 

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In Venezuela 17 people have died and another 250 have been infected from an outbreak of H1N1 flu.