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« Reply #10500 on: Apr 18th, 2014, 10:06pm »

Ukrainian Geneva agreement making great progress as US sends troops to Poland to calm nerves and help de escalaterolleyes

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/04/18/u-s-ground-troops-going-to-poland-defense-minister-says/

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British arms dealers sell weapons to 23 countries labelled dangerous by the Foreign Office

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4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

By ELAINE GANLEY
Apr. 20, 2014 5:39 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.

The four — Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres — were freed by their kidnappers a day earlier at the Turkish border. They were captured in two separate incidents last June.

At an emotional welcome ceremony at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris, President Francois Hollande saluted their return as "a moment of joy" for France.

"This is a day of great joy for them as you can imagine, for their families ... but it is a day of great joy for France," he said.

Hollande saluted Turkish authorities for helping in the journalists' return but did not elaborate.

"It's such a delight and a relief to be free, to see the sky ... to breath the fresh air, to walk, to talk to you," said Francois, a noted war reporter for Europe 1.

Elias, a freelance photographer, also was working for Europe 1 radio. Henin and Torres are freelance journalists.

Later, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reiterated "France does not pay ransom" for hostages in an interview with Europe 1 radio. He also said no weapons were delivered to the Islamic radicals holding the four.

"There was no question of contact with the Syrian government" of Bashir Assad, whom France and other Western nations blame for Syria's civil war and want removed from power, Fabius said.

"So it was of another nature," he said, suggesting some bargain was struck.

The journalists' captors have not been formally identified, although the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, among the most radical of the Islamic groups operating in Syria, is a main suspect. A Syrian who served as translator and guide for two of the journalists said that breakaway al-Qaida group surely captured them in the eastern province of Raqqa.

Hussam al-Ahmad, 23, told The Associated Press that Henin and Torres aroused the fighters' suspicion after they entered a school and asked to take pictures of the fighters as they played soccer. The journalists were seized four days after an initial interrogation, al-Ahmad said.

Francois said the captivity "was long but we never doubted" in an eventual liberation. He said journalists need to go to Syria — the world's most dangerous conflict for them — because someone must describe the civil war there to the world.

"Our families suffered" for this choice, he said, his voice cracking with emotion.

Henin, his young child in his arms, said in brief remarks that he was "not always" treated well in captivity but did not elaborate. He told France 24 TV station earlier he was held in "about 10 places of captivity, prisons, mostly with other people."

Just before being freed, Henin said the group was offered extra food but hardly given time to eat.

"Minutes later, they said, 'Let's go. To the border.'"

Fabius denied a Turkish media report that the freed hostages were left blindfolded and handcuffed at the border. He said French authorities had known for two weeks that "things were nearing."

Syria is considered the world's most dangerous assignment for journalists. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in April that 61 journalists were kidnapped in Syria in 2013, while more than 60 have been killed since the conflict began in 2011.

The widespread abductions of journalists is unprecedented and has been largely unreported by news organizations in the hope that may help negotiations on freeing the captives. Jihadi groups against the Syrian government are believed to be behind most recent kidnappings.

Catherine Gaschka in Paris contributed to this report.

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« Reply #10508 on: Apr 20th, 2014, 09:34am »

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HMRC wants to share taxpayer data with private companies

19 April 14 / by Olivia Solon

HM Revenue & Customs has drawn up plans that would allow the personal financial data of the UK's taxpayers to be released to third parties, in a move that echoes that of the NHS's Care.data initiative.

The draft legislation would allow data relating to millions of taxpayers to be sold to private companies and public bodies if there is deemed to be a public benefit. The government insists that the data would be "anonymised" or "aggregated", but this echoes some of the assurances made about the Care.data initiative, which has been delayed for six months because it was so poorly communicated to patients and because there were fears that it would be possible to re-identify patients from pseudonymised data sets.

The plans are spearheaded by Treasury minister David Gauke and aim to make the administration of the tax system more efficient. There was a public consultation on the matter last year, with responses published in December 2013. In those responses, HMRC says it is considering charging options for organisations wishing to access the data.

It is not clear exactly which data would be released and to whom, but HMRC does store a lot of data. Those data are protected with stringent legislation because of the "scope and depth of the information HMRC collects, creates and protects on behalf of taxpayers". As a result data sharing is limited. "This provides all of us with the assurance that our information will be protected, essential to the effective operation of the tax system," explains the consultation document.

However, HMRC argues that there are great potential benefits that could come from data sharing: improvements to policy making, helping improve access to credit for business and making it easier to protect against fraud. "But it is paramount that any data release has appropriate safeguards, essential to maintaining taxpayer confidence and protecting HMRC's reputation," the report says, adding that none of the proposals relate to the release of "individual taxpayers' financial or tax payment data".

These words might be more reassuring had the same rhetoric not been used for the bungled Care.data launch, or if HMRC had not already been responsible for a number of major data breaches, including one in 2007 where personal data relating to every child in the country and the national insurance numbers and bank account details of parents claiming child benefit -- stored on CDs went missing in the post.

HMRC has already launched a pilot programme where it has released data relating to VAT registration to three credit ratings agencies: Equifax, Experian and Dun & Bradstreet.

Tory MP David Davis described the proposed changes to legislation as "borderline insane", telling the Guardian that "the Treasury lists no credible benefits" and that the "officials who drew his up clearly have no idea of the risks to data in an electronic age".

The proposed changes have also been criticised by The Chartered Institute of Taxation, the president of which, Stephen Coleclough, said in a statement back in October: "Taxpayers' records are personal data and must therefore be outside the scope of data sharing. Taxpayer confidentiality, and the avoidance of any potential damage caused by data release, must take precedence over any benefits of 'Open Data'. These proposals seek to use personal data in an anonymised or aggregated way, but in reality, this is extremely difficult without exposing individuals to identification with their personal data."

He added that the Institute did not object in principle to the "publication and release of aggregate and anonymised data". "However, we are concerned that even the strictest safeguards and deterrents may not be sufficient to prevent the misuse of data and the identification of individuals -- for example by being cross referenced with other data. This is dangerous territory and these proposals must progress with significant caution and sustained consultation because once the data genie is out of the bottle, it cannot be put back."

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Russia writes off 90 percent of North Korea debt, eyes gas pipeline

Russia's parliament has agreed to write off almost $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Koreaacross the reclusive state.

Russia has written off debts to a number of impoverished Soviet-era allies, including Cuba. North Korea's struggling communist economy is just 2 percent of the size of neighbouring South Korea's.

The State Duma lower house on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012.

The rest of the debt, $1.09 billion, would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal instalments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank, Vnesheconombank .... http://www.reuters.com

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Kitchen Recipe for Graphene Wonder Material Developed

By Jesse Emspak, Live Science Contributor | April 21, 2014

Graphene, single-atom-thick sheets of pure carbon, is lighter than steel but many times stronger, with better electrical conductivity than copper. It's even transparent. One day graphene could support flexible electronics, solid lubricants and even a space elevator.

But before that happens the stuff must be mass-produced, and a team led by Jonathan Coleman, a professor of chemical physics at Ireland's Trinity College in Dublin, thinks they've found a way to do it. They put graphite (from which graphene is derived) into a solution and stirred it with rotors moving at thousands of revolutions per minute — which worked even with an ordinary blender. Their work is detailed in the April 20 issue of the journal Nature Materials.

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Coleman said his team started from methods involving bombarding graphene in liquid form with high-frequency sound. They wanted to make the material without the ultrasound, simplify the process and cut energy costs. When they tried stirring the liquid, they produced high-quality flakes of graphene.

"Under the electron microscope it looks just like a diagram in a textbook," Coleman said.

The stirring works in two ways. First, the liquid is spinning around and it's not moving at the same speed throughout. So the grains of graphite get hit with more force on one side than the other, a phenomenon called shear. Carbon atoms in graphite are arranged in hexagonal patterns like chicken wire, piled on top of each other in layers. The bonds between the layers are weaker than the bonds within them, so when the buffeting in the water breaks up the grains, they tend to break into flat sheets — graphene.
Ordinarily the sheets of graphene would stick back together in clumps. But that's where the solvent comes in. One of the solvents they used was N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, common to the petrochemical industry. As the sheets of graphene separate the solvent sticks to the carbon atoms. That keeps the single sheets of graphene separate, with the result being a liquid solution full of micrometer-size flakes of pure, high-quality graphene.

What's next for kitchen-made graphene

Though the sheets are tiny, this process can make lots of them. And unlike other processes for making graphene, if some of the carbon doesn't make the perfect sheets that's OK, because the non-graphene carbon can be filtered out and put through the process again.

Besides chemical solvents the process also works with surfactants in water. The team even tested a kitchen blender using ordinary dishwashing liquid.

The researchers made up to 21 grams (about seven-tenths of an ounce) of graphene using 300 liters (80 gallons) of water and surfactant. That may not sound like much, but it's enough to cover about 290 square feet. Coleman said he and his team are working with a British company, Thomas Swan, exploring how to commercialize this production method.

Other research teams are looking at other methods. A start-up in Philadelphia, Pa., Graphene Frontiers, got a $744,600 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore chemical vapor deposition, what it calls a "roll-to-roll" process.

And there are still challenges to making the equipment used in Coleman's study: A small rotor in a blender or laboratory table is not moving as fast as a large one in an industrial vat. But the fact that even a blender works bodes well for future manufacturing — it means the equipment should be relatively simple. Coleman noted there was some surprise that a blender could generate enough energy.

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The Only Watch That NASA Astronauts Trust With Their Lives

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Back in the 1960s, NASA had a problem: To keep track of time while bagging moon rocks, astronauts needed a wristwatch with otherworldly ruggedness. Many high-grade chronographs were auditioned. One lost its crystal under extreme decompression; the hands on another warped in the test oven. But the Omega Speedmaster—and its particularly robust movement—had the right stuff. The watch has since been strapped to every astronaut’s wrist from Gemini and Apollo to Skylab and the shuttle. Its movement, now known as the Calibre 1861, has seen a few changes over the years to improve its precision, but it’s been requalified by NASA for each new mission, and it remains the most strenuously tested movement in history. It’s even performed a few tasks those neurotic engineers couldn’t have foreseen: After shutting down their computers to save power, the troubled Apollo 13 crew navigated back to Earth using their hand-wound Speedmasters.

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