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Man Charged In Terror Plot Against The U.S.

A man from Ashland, Massachusetts was arrested and charged on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, with planning attacks on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Rezwan Ferdaus, is 26 years old, and is a United States citizen who has reportedly been making plans to attack U.S. buildings using remote controlled aircraft which are large enough to contain C-4, or Composition C4 explosives. This is a common type of plastic explosive. There are other charges against him for attempting to provide resources and material to a foreign terrorist organization which has been named as al Qaeda. This was done so that attacks could be made on United States soldiers who are stationed overseas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, has been monitoring the activity of Ferdaus for some time as … Read entire article »

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Mushroom Magic Could Help Treat Depression

Controversial new research has suggested that psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic ingredient in “magic mushrooms”, could be helpful in treating depression. The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology and funded in part by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that psilocybin enhanced the “openness” of nearly 60% of the psychologically healthy participants.  Moveover, these personality changes towards greater imagination, broadmindedness, and sensitivity to feelings and to aesthetics were still present 14 months after exposure.  “There may be applications for this we can’t even imagine at this point,” wrote study leader Dr. Roland R. Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Volunteers completed two to five eight-hour sessions where they were encouraged to lie down and direct their thoughts inward.  Eye masks were provided to block visual stimulation, and … Read entire article »

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Rocket Launches First Space Lab Tiangong-1 For China

On Thursday at 9:16 pm local time, China launched its first space laboratory, Tiangong-1 , from the north of China in the Gobi Desert using a Long March rocket. The cylindrical module which is about 10.5m long will orbit the Earth at about 350km and is unmanned. However, it is expected that astronauts or yuhangyuans, from China will visit the module some time next year, after more testing and experiments have been completed.  Tiangong is Chinese for “heavenly palace”. The module will be monitored from Earth to begin with, but it is expected that, probably in the next few weeks, China will launch a second unmanned spacecraft, the Shenzhou 8, and the two units will try to link together in space. This docking and undocking procedure is, of course, essential if … Read entire article »

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Inventor Of First Implantable Pacemaker Dies At 92

Having helped many thousands of people by his inventions, the most famous of which is his implantable pacemaker, Wilson Greatbatch will long be remembered for his work – the inventor passed away on Tuesday in Buffalo, New York where he was born in September 1919. It was 1960 when the first cardiac pacemaker was successfully implanted in a human, and this person went on to live another year and a half thanks to the device. The pacemaker controls the heart’s rhythm by using electrical impulses, and there are many different kinds of pacemakers, but basically they all work to treat bradycardia, or in other words a heart rate which is too slow. Some of the devices work all the time, while others only become active during exercise, or if the length … Read entire article »

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Number of Listeria Cases Likely To Grow In October In U.S.

With 13 people already dead because of an outbreak of Listeria in the United States, and over 70 people infected in many states, this is already the deadliest year in the last ten years for a listeria outbreak, and it is likely to get worse in October, according to the update health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, CDC gave on Wednesday. The Listeria bacteria can take up to two months for a person who has eaten contaminated food to show the symptoms, and this makes it much harder to pin point the actual source of any contamination. In this particular case, cantaloupes grown by Jensen Farms in Colorado and shipped from the 29 July to 10 September have been identified as the source of the food borne disease, but … Read entire article »

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Doritos Marketing Director Plugs Continue Even When Dead

Last week, on 20 September, Arch West the man credited with inventing Doritos, the seasoned triangular tortilla chips, passed away at a Dallas hospital at the age of 97. According to his daughter, he had complications after surgery. A service to pay tribute to the marketing executive of Frito-Lay is to be held on 1 October, and at the same time, the family also plan to pay tribute to the tortilla chip too, by throwing them in before the dirt covers the remains of Mr. West – a tribute his family feel sure he will appreciate. It was back in 1961 when the West family were on vacation in California that Mr. West came across a shack which was selling fried tortilla chips. At this time West was a marketing vice president … Read entire article »

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Students Charged by N. Y. Officials In SAT Cheating Scandal

Criminal charges have been announced against a college student from New York who is alleged to have accepted payment on at least six occasions for sitting the SAT exam on their behalf. The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test which is used in the United States for college admissions, and it is administered by the Educational Testing Service. Sam Eshaghoff is the 19 year old who is charged with scheming to defraud, as well as criminal impersonation and falsifying business records.. His attorney, Matin Emouna, has said that his client denies the charges against him. Eshaghoff attended the Great Neck North High School in New York, and graduated in 2010. He then spent one year at the University of Michigan before he transferred to Atlanta to attend Emory University. Earlier this … Read entire article »

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Shanahan Imposes NHL Suspensions, Season’s Not Even Started

Ex-NHL player Brendan Shanahan has not only taken the position with the National Hockey League as the VP of Hockey and Business Development, but has already implemented some tough penalties – and the regular season has not even started yet. While Shanahan’s predecessor, who was Colin Campbell, had a career which was marked with inconsistencies, Shanahan is looking to make a bold clear statement upfront, and has better tools with which to implement it. He has been given the okay from the National Hockey League to give stiffer suspensions for illegal hits, and Rule 48, which is illegal hits to the head, has also been given more leeway this season. Shanahan, whose statistics as a player included 600 goals and approximately 2,000 penalty minutes, is able to identify with the majority of … Read entire article »

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Facebook To Help Small Businesses By Offering Information And Advertising Credits

In a joint project by Facebook, the United States Chamber of Commerce as well as the National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB, Facebook will be offering free seminars and webinars, along with case studies to small businesses throughout the United States, to help them increase their presence on the social networking site Facebook. They will also be giving out about 200,000 advertising credits to small businesses to help with their promotion on Facebook pages, beginning in January. This will be about $50 for each small business to use on ads in Facebook to promote their business or services. This new program which was announced on Monday will begin in October with Facebook officials and members of the other two business groups involved in the project, meeting with small businesses through their local … Read entire article »

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Washington Monument Closed For Inspection And Repairs After Earthquake In August

The Washington Monument in the District of Columbia has been closed indefinitely after the earthquake on 23 August caused more damage than was originally realized. On Monday the National Parks Service gave more details about the damage to the monument after the East Coast was hit by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on 23 August. There were no injuries at the monument, but the video taken inside the building shows plaster falling from the ceiling, while visitors try to escape from the building as fast as they can. An inspection of the inside of the building has now been completed, but it still remains for the outside to be inspected. This will begin on Tuesday and is expected to take five days. Engineers will rappel down the monument to inspect the outside for … Read entire article »

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Moneyball’s Best Play Can’t Shake Lion King 3D Re-Release

The top spot in the box office this weekend did not belong to the much-anticipated baseball drama “Moneyball”, starring Hollywood elite Brad Pitt. Nor did it belong to the Warner Bros. new family drama, “Dolphin Tale”.  Instead, the crown stayed with last weekend’s surprise champion, a theatrical 3D re-release of Disney’s 1994 hit “The Lion King”. Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., admitted he was “really kind of amazed at how the ‘The Lion King’ performed”.  Originally planned as a two-week run in theatres to garner attention for its October 4 release to Blu-ray, the 3D version of The Lion King has grossed $61.7 million since its arrival in theaters on September 16th.  Considering both the original and updated versions together, The Lion King has earned a cumulative … Read entire article »

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Saudi Women Given The Right To Vote In 2015

Saudi Arabia has taken a step towards increasing women’s rights.  In an annual speech before the Shura advisory council last Sunday, Saudi’s King Abdullah announced reforms that would give women the right to vote and to run in municipal elections. He also announced that in the future, women would be appointed to the Shura council.  “Muslim women in our Islamic history have demonstrated positions that expressed correct opinions and advice,” said the king.  These new rights would allow women to play a role in the legislative and executive branches of state. While the announcement was praised by the United States, many questioned the delay before the changes will be enacted.  Although there are local elections scheduled for this Thursday, women will have to wait another four years before casting their first … Read entire article »

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delivered To All Nippon Airlines Co.

On Sunday, the Boeing Co. announced that it has now completed the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with the formal documents being signed by Boeing and All Nippon Airlines Co. or ANA of Japan, over three years later than Boeing had originally scheduled. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long range aircraft with a mid-size wide body, and twin engines and the aircraft seats between 210 and 290 passengers, depending on the seat arrangements. Boeing is excited about this jet airliner because they claim it is the most fuel efficient airliner according to Boeing, because it uses composite materials, plastic reinforced by carbon-fiber, for most of its construction rather than aluminum and so it is much lighter. Dreamliner had its first test flight in December 2009, and completed its … Read entire article »

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Everest Tourists Killed In Plane Crash

On Sunday it was learned that a plane carrying tourists to Mount Everest had crashed towards the end of its flight killing 18 people immediately. A 19th was treated but also died. Three of the people who died were crew, and among the 16 tourists were two Americans as well as one Japanese and three passengers from Nepal, and the remaining ten were Indian passengers. It has been reported that eight of the passengers were real estate developers who were in New Delhi attending a conference, and from there went to Nepal to view Everest. They were all officials and members of the Builders Association of India, Tiruchirapalli chapter in India, and relatives of the deceased are all in shock on learning of the deaths of the builders. Rescuers have recovered all … Read entire article »

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Patrick Makau Of Kenya Breaks World Record In German Marathon

A new world record was set by Patrick Makau of Kenya when he ran the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes and 38 seconds in Berlin on Sunday 25 September. This was the second consecutive year that Makau who is 26  has won the race in Berlin. Makau is only the second man to have run this course of 26.2 miles in under 2 hours 4 minutes. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia is the only other man to achieve this, and he did so in 2008 when he ran this marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes and 59 seconds. However, Gebrselassie has had injury problems this year, and seemed to have given up after a strong start, eventually dropping out after about 27 kilometers. Stephen Kwelio Chemplany completed the course in second … Read entire article »

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UBS Name Ermotti Interim CEO As Gruebel Quits Following $2.3 Billion Trading Loss

The Swiss Bank UBS announced on Saturday that Sergio Ermotti will act as the interim chief executive officer for the bank after the board accepted the resignation of Oswald Gruebel as CEO of UBS following the $2.3 billion trading loss announced the previous week. The president of UBS, Kaspar Villiger, said that the board were reluctant to accept Gruebel’s resignation, but they realize that it is his duty to assume the responsibility for the unauthorized trading. The board met in Singapore and are hoping to put measures in place which will prevent a similar offense happening in the future. Gruebel a German who is 67 had retired before he took on the job of CEO for UBS and led the bank through a difficult time, and back into profit during the two … Read entire article »

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Radiation In Rice In Japan Higher Than In Previous Tests

Tests on rice grown near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant in Japan has been found to contain higher levels of radiation than previously, and government officials have ordered more tests. The Japanese regulations consider that rice which has up to 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram is safe for eating, but some of the unharvested rice sampled contained exactly this amount, officials said on Saturday. Crops, the land and the sea was contaminated after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan was crippled by the earthquake and following tsunami which struck the region on 11 March. This caused power stoppages, and overheating of three of the core reactors there. Since the disaster, the government has been testing fish, vegetables and other foods for radiation, but the highest … Read entire article »

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Nyad Still Swimming Towards Florida From Cuba Despite Many Stings

Diana Nyad, the endurance swimmer, is currently on her third attempt to swim from Havana in Cuba to Florida, 103 miles, without using a shark cage, but the start of the race was challenging. She has got many Portuguese Man O’ War stings on both arms as well as her face and side, and she did complain of breathing problems, which resulted in her doctors giving her a steroid shot, as well as oxygen and other medication. The Portuguese Man o’ War is like a jelly fish. Nyad is 62 years old, and attempted the same swim two months ago, but had to retire due to bad problems with asthma, which she attributed to a new medication, and a sore shoulder after about 29 hours. When she was 28 she also … Read entire article »

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