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« Reply #9525 on: Nov 24th, 2013, 09:37am »

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Learning to walk again after Afghanistan

By Jim Urquhart
November 21, 2013

San Antonio, Texas

With each step he learns to take he is that much closer to achieving independence. All he wants is to once again be able to be a soldier in the infantry.


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Sergeant (Sgt.) Matt Krumwiede has endured about 40 surgeries since June 12th, 2012, when he stepped on a IED while on patrol in Afghanistan.

During that time he has fought hard to regain his mobility since the pressure plate unleashed about 15 pounds of explosives that tore away both his legs above the knees, ripped muscle and bone from his left arm, taking parts of a finger and a whole finger and ripped his abdominal cavity wide open.

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« Reply #9526 on: Nov 24th, 2013, 09:40am »

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Geologizing with Doctor Who

By David Bressan
November 23, 2013

November 23, 1963 the first episode of the British science-fiction television programme “Doctor Who*” was broadcast. The series follows the adventures of the “Doctor“, last survivor of the Time Lords, an incredible advanced alien race once native to the planet Gallifrey. In his 50 years long history the abilities of the Doctor to manipulate space and time made physicists and astronomers alike speculate about the science behind Doctor Who, but what about the geology as depicted in the series?

As Time Lord the Doctor should be confident in the basics of terrestrial history and if he wishes to travel further back in time also in chronostratigraphy. Geologists are also sort of Time Lords, even if their instruments are not so sophisticated as a TARDIS (and lack self-consciousness), they were able to produce a map of time. But not only stratigraphy, also seismology and volcanology made a guest appearance in the series.
As it seems the 10th doctor and his companion Donna Noble are responsible for the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 – but this was necessary to prevent the invasion of earth by a silicon-based life form thriving inside the dormant volcano.

In 50 years the Doctor meet many strange creatures, but maybe silicon-based species are the most fascinating for a geologist. Silicon is one of the most abundant elements on earth and combined with oxygen forms the great variety of silicate minerals – but despite their beauty they are lifeless…

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« Reply #9527 on: Nov 24th, 2013, 09:44am »

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« Reply #9528 on: Nov 24th, 2013, 09:47am »

YA REALLY GOT TO THINK WHOM APPROVED THIS RESEARCH....FOR WHAT END...AND THE VAST SUMS OF WASTED RESEARCH $$$...IF THOSE REALLY HAD A FIXATION ON STINKY...THEY COULD HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ANY PRO FOOTBALL(AMERICAN)...OR...PRO FOOTBALL(SOCCER) LOCKER ROOM POST CONTEST AND GRASP A BIG WHIF FROM SOILED JOCKS STRAPS-N-SOCKS...I GUESS THOSE WHOM DEVELOP AN AFFINITY TO STINK...SUCH IS AN AQUIRED TASTE grin...
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« Reply #9529 on: Nov 24th, 2013, 09:59am »

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WE OWE THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN SOOOO VERY MUCH...FOR THEIR SACRAFICE OF LIFE,LIMB,CAREERS...AND VAST CHANGES TO THEIR FAMILY STRUCTURE FOR PHYSICAL/MENTAL CHALLENGES...
MY THOUGHTS WEIGH HEAVY AS YA HAVE TO SALUTE ONE WHOM FOLLOWS ORDERS OR SACRAFICES THEMSELVES FOR A FELLOW SOLIDIER AND THEIR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #9530 on: Nov 25th, 2013, 11:50am »

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WE OWE THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN SOOOO VERY MUCH...FOR THEIR SACRAFICE OF LIFE,LIMB,CAREERS...AND VAST CHANGES TO THEIR FAMILY STRUCTURE FOR PHYSICAL/MENTAL CHALLENGES...
MY THOUGHTS WEIGH HEAVY AS YA HAVE TO SALUTE ONE WHOM FOLLOWS ORDERS OR SACRAFICES THEMSELVES FOR A FELLOW SOLIDIER AND THEIR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #9531 on: Nov 25th, 2013, 11:53am »

Associated Press

Separate attacks in Iraq kill 27

By SAMEER N. YACOUB
— Nov. 25, 2013 12:42 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A double bombing at a market and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 27 on Monday, officials said.

Twin explosions went off shortly after sunset at the entrance of an outdoor market in downtown Baghdad, killing 16 shoppers and wounding 35 others, police officials said. Bombings in public places are the hallmark of al-Qaida's Iraq branch, which is trying to destabilize the Shiite-led government.

Also, three civilians and a policeman were killed and 30 others were wounded when a roadside blast hit a passing police patrol in a crowded commercial street at night in the northern city of Mosul, said local police and hospital officials.

In southern Baghdad, three policemen and a civilian were killed while four other policemen were wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at noon. Also, gunmen killed a Justice Ministry employee in a drive-by-shooting as he was driving home from work in Baiyaa district in western Baghdad.

Earlier in the day, a roadside bomb struck a car carrying two anti-al-Qaida Sunni militiamen in Baghdad's northeastern suburb of Husseiniyah, killing them both.

The militia, known as the Sahwa, joined forces with U.S. troops at the height of the Iraq war to fight al-Qaida. Iraqi troops and Sahwa fighters have been a favorite target for Sunni insurgents, who consider them to be traitors.

Medical officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to talk to media.

Today's attacks bring the death toll across the country this month to at least 360, according to an Associated Press count. Many deaths may go unreported.

Violence spiked in April after security forces cracked down on a Sunni protest camp, although monthly death tolls remain lower than at the height of the violence in 2004-2008.

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Scientists Find Brain Region That Helps You Make Up Your Mind

Nov. 24, 2013 — One of the smallest parts of the brain is getting a second look after new research suggests it plays a crucial role in decision making.

A University of British Columbia study published in Nature Neuroscience says the lateral habenula, a region of the brain linked to depression and avoidance behaviours, has been largely misunderstood and may be integral in cost-benefit decisions.

"These findings clarify the brain processes involved in the important decisions that we make on a daily basis, from choosing between job offers to deciding which house or car to buy," says Prof. Stan Floresco of UBC's Dept. of Psychology and Brain Research Centre (BRC). "It also suggests that the scientific community has misunderstood the true functioning of this mysterious, but important, region of the brain."

In the study, scientists trained lab rats to choose between a consistent small reward (one food pellet) or a potentially larger reward (four food pellets) that appeared sporadically. Like humans, the rats tended to choose larger rewards when costs -- in this case, the amount of time they had to wait before receiving food-were low and preferred smaller rewards when such risks were higher.

Previous studies suggest that turning off the lateral habenula would cause rats to choose the larger, riskier reward more often, but that was not the case. Instead, the rats selected either option at random, no longer showing the ability to choose the best option for them.

The findings have important implications for depression treatment. "Deep brain stimulation -- which is thought to inactivate the lateral habenula -- has been reported to improve depressive symptoms in humans," Floresco says. "But our findings suggest these improvements may not be because patients feel happier. They may simply no longer care as much about what is making them feel depressed."

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Floresco, who conducted the study with PhD candidate Colin Stopper, says more investigation is needed to understand the complete brain functions involved in cost-benefit decision processes and related behaviour. A greater understanding of decision-making processes is also crucial, they say, because many psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, stimulant abuse and depression, are associated with impairments in these processes.

The lateral habenula is considered one of the oldest regions of the brain, evolution-wise, the researchers say.


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Pentagon Contracts: German Scientists Accused of Naivete

By Lena Greiner
November 26, 2013 – 01:35 PM

German research institutions have accepted more than $10 million in contracts from the Pentagon since 2000 to cover seemingly benign topics like congenital tumors. But it appears some of these projects also have controversial military applications.

What could a person possibly have against the desert locust? These peaceful creatures nourish themselves with leaves and fruit, and they like sunlight and the company of others -- thus their penchant for traveling together in swarms in the broad daylight. But there are mavericks among these locusts -- ones that travel alone and at night. From 2008 to 2011, a research group led by Dr. Uwe Homberg at Germany's University of Marburg sought to unlock the mystery of how the insects that fly at night orient themselves in the dark.

The research seems innocuous enough on the surface, but in hindsight, university President Katharina Krause isn't happy about it. Contacted by SPIEGEL ONLINE, she said she would have "seriously urged against taking on the project given the clear military-oriented expectations of the funder." The client was the United States Defense Department. For €143,600 ($194,600), the Americans reportedly sought to determine ways to orient and steer drones and weapons based on the behavior of the desert locust during night flight.

German public broadcaster NDR and Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung first reported on Monday that 22 German universities and research institutions have received more than $10 million from the US Defense Department's budget since 2000. The article states that the sponsored projects cover both basic and defense research, including explosives. The Ludwig-Maxilian University of Munich, for example, received more than $470,000 in 2012 to find ways to improve military explosives.

The funding raises a number of serious questions in Germany about the relationship between the Pentagon and the country's institutes of higher education and research. Are they helping the US to develop killing machines? And are some German universities violating their own so-called civil clauses dictating that any research they conduct should be exclusively for civilian purposes?

US Institutions Clamor for Pentagon Funds

"The US has a military research and development budget of €70 billion per year," says Jürgen Altmann, a peace researcher and physicist at TU Dortmund, a university of applied sciences, who has been studying new military technologies and the associated risks for the past 25 years. Altmann argues that the projects reported on this week in Germany are negligible by comparison.

US universities have a long tradition of military research, and institutes clamor for generously funded contracts from the Pentagon. In Germany, though, scientific research for purposes of war is viewed critically, and groups at many universities have pressured officials at these institutions to agree to conduct research exclusively for peaceful and civilian purposes. Between 2000 and 2010, the German Defense Ministry provided €46 million in funding for defense-related research projects to 48 universities -- a paltry sum compared to what the Pentagon pumps into American universities.

A total of 13 German universities have already implemented civil clauses stipulating that research and teaching is either completely barred from any military influence or, in cases of doubt, decisions must be taken transparently whether a project will be accepted or not.

The University of Bremen was the first German university to bind itself to a civil clause. But the recent reporting has revealed that two doctoral positions there were financed by the Pentagon. An environmental physicist landed the contracts without the knowledge of his dean's office or the university's top leadership. The projects were attributed merely as "third-party funds" on the university's accounting forms, keeping both the public and education ministries in the dark about their true nature.

Despite sounding suspicious, this procedure is as commonplace as it is legal. Scientists at German universities are compelled to seek out third-party funding, in part because their institutions depend on it. And because the German constitution has no restrictions on research, scientists have only to comply with corresponding laws, like those regulating gene technology, biological agents, weapons and foreign trade. If a researcher's university has a civil clause, he or she is obliged, when in doubt, to ask for an assessment from the dean's office. But researchers are not required to comply with that assessment.

Is Tumor Research Problematic?

For its part, the University of Bremen says it wouldn't have any problem with a Pentagon contract because it claims the funding only went toward basic research. But Altmann, the physicist, has his doubts. "The US Congress already resolved decades ago that there has to be a military application when it comes to contracts coming from the Pentagon -- even if it initially only has to do with basic research." He does, however, note one exception: medicine.

And things are still lacking when it comes to upholding the civil clause. "I'm not aware of any German university that already has a procedure in place for reviewing projects," Altmann says.

Some research institutions act as if they were downright clueless. The working group on "inherited tumor and deformity illnesses" at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) has received money from the United States for 10 years. "The US Army uses a certain percentage of its budget for research that can especially be used transnationally," the UKE said in a statement. "The working group has gladly made use of these funds amid very low funding for rare diseases in Germany. Military earmarks are not connected to the acceptance of money."

So can research into tumors be dubious? The US Defense Department wants to know how the human body works, Altmann says. "On the one hand, it's about being able to better protect and cure their own soldiers. On the other, it's about becoming more aware of potential enemy attacks with biological weapons."

Yet once something is researched and published, it is available to anyone for any use. This gives rise to what researchers call a dual-use dilemma. Rockets that transport satellites into space, for example, could also be used to carry nuclear weapons. Knowledge about pathogens can be used to develop new medicines or biological weapons. Nuclear technology can harvest energy or build atomic bombs.

And research into the desert locust? It can help to perfect drone wars.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-universities-under-fire-for-taking-pentagon-contracts-a-935704.html

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« Reply #9538 on: Nov 26th, 2013, 11:16am »

....What could a person possibly have against the desert locust? These peaceful creatures nourish themselves with leaves and fruit, and they like sunlight and the company of others -- thus their penchant for traveling together in swarms in the broad daylight. ...

She seems to have missed out something. Can't quite put my finger on it .

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