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[14 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Tuesday named an old army friend from a rival political party as his new home front minister, amid growing concern here about preparedness for the response to a potential attack on Iran this fall.
The new minister, Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet — Israel’s version of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — will resign his Parliament seat and quit the centrist Kadima Party to join Mr. Netanyahu’s government. The current home front minister, Matan Vilnai, is becoming ambassador to China.
Mr. …

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Business »

[14 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

A balance of 24pc more surveyors reported falling rather than rising prices last month, the most negative reading since June 2011, the RICS said.
London, which has had strong interest from overseas buyers, is the only region where more surveyors reported price rises than falls.
The West and East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside were the areas where surveyors were the most likely to report house prices falling.
The start of the school holidays meant activity in the market tailed off further, with the number of new sellers coming to market declining for …

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Sports »

[14 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Davis Love would only refer to McIlroy as “one of the best players in the world”, which is an understatement almost as staggering as the scale of McIlroy’s USPGA win.
McIlroy has the ranking to confirm he is the top of the world, as well as the fame, the hero-worship, the records and the aura.
On Monday, after a night of celebration at the Kiawah Island clubhouse, the second-youngest double major-winner since the war was fulfilling photo-shoot obligations for a sponsor before flying to Cincinnati to meet Caroline Wozniacki, his tennis-playing girlfriend.
In …

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Health, Science & Technology »

[14 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Are test tube burgers coming to a grocery store near you?  Sounds like science fiction, and until recently, it actually was.
Now, the prospect of lab-grown meat appearing on our supermarket shelves is closer than ever. We aren’t talking about the whole cow, however. That would be an “udderly” different story.
Synthetic or test-tube meat involves taking a small amount of cells from a living animal and growing it into lumps of muscle tissue in the lab.  In theory, this can then be turned into meat for human consumption.
Scientists believe lab-grown meat …

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Entertainment »

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Music is highlighting the Toronto International Film Festival with a Michael Jackson documentary from Spike Lee and a closing-night film featuring Vanessa Redgrave as a terminally ill choir singer.
Organizers announced Tuesday that Redgrave’s “Song for Marion” will close next month’s Toronto festival, which runs Sept. 6 to 16 and is one of the key cinema gatherings that kick off Hollywood’s fall movie lineup and Academy Awards season.
Lee’s documentary “Bad 25″ also is playing the festival, marking the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad.” The film features footage shot by …

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Sports »

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Olympic champion Gabby Douglas basked in the “Tonight” spotlight and the admiration of fellow guest Michelle Obama, but the teenage gymnast already is thinking ahead to 2016.
Host Jay Leno, who noted that Douglas’ last name was an anagram for “USA gold,” asked Monday if she intended to compete in the next Summer Games, in Rio de Janeiro.
“Oh, definitely,” she replied.
The 16-year-old looked like a winner, dressed in a gold metallic skirt and a fitted, black motorcycle jacket. Her hair, worn in a utilitarian bun during the Olympics, was gathered in …

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Health »

[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Many experts believe that pupil dilation can reveal sexual orientation when a person looks at attractive people, yet until now, there was no research supporting that theory. A new study by researchers at Cornell University, published in the journal PLoS ONE, measured pupillary changes of participants watching erotic videos by using a specialized infrared lens. Pupils widened most when a person was watching a video with people they found attractive, which then revealed where the volunteers fell on the sexual spectrum from heterosexual to homosexual.
Researchers in the past have explored …

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Politics »

[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be one of the speakers at the party’s convention in Tampa later this month, the newest speaker to be announced along with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
A former senior adviser for the former Pennsylvania senator, who was one of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s most bitter rivals in the party’s primary, confirms to Fox News Santorum has accepted the invitation to speak.
“He is certainly looking forward to sharing with America the reasons President Obama must be defeated, and inspiring conservatives all across the …

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Politics »

[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has President Barack Obama beat when it comes to fundraising in Connecticut – at least for now.
Polls show that Obama maintains a lead in Connecticut, and a fundraiser could push Obama ahead when it comes to money raised in the state.
Romney raised $4.8 million from Connecticut residents so far compared to Obama’s $2.8 million, according to the Associated Press. A fundraiser in Westport, on Monday was expected to net Obama $2 million when the president meets with Hollywood celebrities and donors willing to shell …

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Multifarious »

[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

In the journal Global Change Biology, a worldwide study is published to understand and forecast the likely impact of ocean acidification on shellfish and other marine life living in seas from the tropics to the north and south poles.
Ocean acidification is occurring because some of the increased carbon dioxide humans are adding to the atmosphere dissolves in the ocean and reacts with water to produce an acid.
According to the results, it is suggested that increased acidity is affecting the size and weight of shells and skeletons, and the trend across …

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