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U.S. Leads the World in Cutting CO2 Emissions…With Help from Fracking and Poor Economy

“Quietly, the United States has reduced carbon emissions to their lowest levels in six years. But the reasons for this success may be keeping the Obama administration from touting this accomplishment.

Since 2006, the U.S. output of greenhouse gases has gone down 7.7%. That’s the biggest drop of any country in the world during this time.
So why isn’t Obama talking up this achievement?”

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West Coast Faces More Toxic Fukushima Fallout Than First Estimated

“It’s been over a year since natural disaster ravaged a nuclear plant in Fukushima and interrupted the lives of millions of Japanese. Scientists now fear though that contaminated water is on course to America, and it could be more toxic than thought.

Researchers have released the findings of an intense study into the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster and warn that the United States isn’t exactly spared just yet. In fact, scientists now fear that incredibly contaminated ocean waters could be reaching the West Coast of the US in a matter of only five years, and the toxicity of those waves could eventually be worse than what was seen in Japan.”

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How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug

Want some painful burning upon urination? Pick up some E. coli from your chicken dinner.

Continuing to treat urinary tract infections as a short-term, routine ailment rather than a long-term food safety issue risks turning the responsible bacteria into a major health crisis.

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Wall Streeters Seek an Edge Through Testosterone Treatments

via CNBC

Traders on Wall Street are always looking to get an edge and pull ahead, especially in this catch-a-falling knife market. The latest secret weapon isn’t some complex trade or computer algorithm, it’s something more primal — testosterone.

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I can take this kid!

Testosterone has been blamed for many a bar fight but some aging traders and executives — and aging on Wall Street means 30 and up — who feel these young kids breathing down their necks and the economic screws tightening, say boosting their testosterone levels has helped them get their edge back.

Testosterone levels in men tend to be anywhere from 150 to 850 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), depending on age and other factors. Testosterone levels typically start to decline after age 30. For some men, as they get older, those levels fall to 200 or below. “Low T” as its been branded, has been attributed to that sluggish feeling, muscle aches, belly fat, low stamina, low sex drive and lack of focus that many just attribute to the aging process.

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We might not be able to get there yet, but as NASA says, ‘this is the next best thing’.

From fresh rover tracks to an impact crater blasted billions of years ago, a newly completed view from the panoramic camera on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain where the voyaging robot spent the Martian winter.

This scene, recorded from the mast-mounted color camera includes the rover’s own solar arrays and deck in the foreground, provides a sense of sitting on top of the rover and taking in the view.

A winter on Mars: NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain which the voyaging robot spent the Martian winterA winter on Mars: NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain which the voyaging robot spent the Martian winter

A winter on Mars: NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain which the voyaging robot spent the Martian winterA close-up of the left-hand-side of the image: The high-resolution picture is extremely detailed, and can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the article

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Documentary: Symbols of an Alien Sky

A departure from the normal documentary. A bit of history and culture is always nice.

Cheers on your weekend!

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Based on more than two decades of devoted research, mythologist David Talbott reconstructs the cosmic drama when planets hung in the sky close to the earth–an epoch of celestial wonder giving rise to mythological symbols found across the globe in all cultures and religions.

Symbols of an Alien Sky will make known the celestial spectacles and earth-shaking events once recalled by our ancestors. Ancient symbols of these events are all around us; some as icons of the world’s great religions, other have origins that appear to be lost in obscurity.

Cultural history is perceived as fragmented and contradictory. However hidden beneath the fiction are levels of deep agreement between the cultures.
According to David Talbott, these “archetypes” allow for a drastic reinterpretation of both human and planetary history. Rival regional symbols are aspects of “one story told around the world,” a story both awe inspiring and terrifying.

Perhaps the most compelling discovery comes from the sciences.

Independent investigation over the past 12 years has confirmed that the celestial formations Talbott reconstructed—all from historical evidence—precisely match the behavior of electric discharge in the plasma laboratory and in remote space.

A convergence of historical evidence and plasma science has occurred.

The converging research points toward planetary instability and intense electrical events in ancient times.

Why did every ancient civilization celebrate a former “Age of the Gods”, an age claimed to have ended in earth threatening disaster?

What was meant by the lost “Golden Age?”

Why did ancient sky worshippers refer to Saturn as “the sun?”

Why was Venus worshipped as the “Mother Goddess?”

And why did both Old and New World astronomers celebrate the planet Mars as a great warrior whose battles shook the heavens?


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Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Says Study

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Insight: Top heart doctors fret over new blood thinners

“(Reuters) – For millions of heart patients, a pair of new blood thinners have been heralded as the first replacements in 60 years for warfarin, a pill whose hardships and risks have deterred many from using the stroke-prevention medicine.

But growing complaints of risks and deaths tied to the new crop of drugs have made some top U.S. cardiologists hesitant to prescribe them. Some are proposing a more rigorous monitoring regimen for when they are used.”

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