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Classified report: Russia tied to blast at U.S. embassy

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washingtontimes

Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the chamber’s Republican whip, said he sent a classified letter in June to the House and Senate intelligence committees asking them to investigate the incident and report back to members. (Associated Press)

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September.

The highly classified report about the Sept. 22 incident was described to The Washington Times by two U.S. officials who have read it. They said the report supports the findings of the Georgian Interior Ministry, which traced the bombing to a Russian military intelligence officer.

The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov.

“It is written without hedges, and it confirms the Read more…

Stealth Fighter or Bomber?

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the-diplomat.com

A photo from a Chinese aerospace exhibit, posted on an Internet forum, provides the first new evidence in more than six months regarding the role and capabilities of China’s first stealth fighter prototype.

The photo depicts the underside of a scale model of the Chengdu J-20, showing the angular fighter’s three weapons bays open and eight air-to-air missiles mounted inside. The missile loud-out includes one short-range infrared-guided missile in each of two small side bays, plus six medium-range missiles packed into the single, large, belly bay.

Since shortly after the J-20 made its public debut on Christmas Day, the consensus among Western observers has been that the new fighter is optimized for air-to-ground attacks against heavily defended targets. That belief stems from the J-20’s apparent large size: up to Read more…

Earth’s Tallest Lightning Seen in Unprecedented Detail

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jet lightningTrees form a horizon from which a gigantic jet emerges; the thunderstorm is 200 miles away. Credit: Steven Cummer

Mysterious and gigantic jets of lightning that shoot up to near the edge of space have now been observed in unprecedented detail, revealing just how much charge they pack and how they form.

More than 50 miles (80 kilometers) above Earth’s surface, extreme ultraviolet radiation from the sun reacts with air molecules to produce highly charged particles, generating an energetic region known as the ionosphere.

In 2001, scientists discovered gigantic jets of lightning arcing up from clouds in the lowest portion of the atmosphere, the troposphere, to the ionosphere. These rarities apparently are caused by Read more…

South Korea landslides kill 18

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hindustantimes

 

A South Korean driver pushes his truck through flooded street in southern Seoul on July 27, 2011. Heavy rain hit the central part of the Korean peninsula, triggering landslides that killed 18 people. – AFP Photo

Landslides triggered by torrential rain in South Korea have killed a total of 18 people, police and a rescue agency said Wednesday.

They said 12 people died when a mudslide hit an inn and three homes in the mountainous Chuncheon area 100 kilometres (60 miles) east ofSeoul. Five people were killed in a mudslide in southern Seoul and one elsewhere in the city.

Wild weather has battered the peninsula since late Tuesday, causing Read more…

Gold rises as U.S. debt impasse continues

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TOKYO (MarketWatch) — Gold futures continued to rise Wednesday as a prolonged standoff in Washington over hiking the U.S. debt ceiling continued.

Gold for August delivery /quotes/zigman/700181 GC1Q +0.42% , the contract with the most volume, rose $5.30, or 0.3% to $1,622.00 an ounce in electronic trading.

The December contract /quotes/zigman/661658 GC1Z +0.41% , which has the most open interest, was at $1,623.90 an ounce, up $4.50, or 0.3%, after earlier rising to a fresh peak of $1,626.90.

On Tuesday, August gold added $4.60, or 0.3%, to end at $1,616.80 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The December gold contract added Read more…

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U.S. West Coast Erosion Spiked In Winter 2009-10, Previewing Likely Future As Climate Changes

July 27, 2011 2 comments

nanopatentsandinnovations

Knowing that the U.S. West Coast was battered during the winter before last by a climatic pattern expected more often in the future, scientists have now pieced together a San Diego-to-Seattle assessment of the damage wrought by that winter’s extreme waves and higher-than-usual water levels. Getting a better understanding of how the 2009–10 conditions tore away and reshaped shorelines will help coastal experts better predict future changes that may be in store for the Pacific coast, the researchers say.

Winter storm erosion of coastal bluffs at Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Damaged roadway in photo is Great Highway (January 2010)

Credit: Patrick Barnard, USGS

Credit: Patrick Barnard, USGS
“The stormy conditions of Read more…

GM Human-Animal Hybrids Emerging Market for Organs, Babies, Pharma

July 27, 2011 1 comment

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Infowars.com
July 27, 2011

Scientists have hoped for decades that developments in genetic research could lead to biotech applications. Now, human-animal hybrids and transgenic clones are paving the way for organ harvesting and artificially-created human life. But what are the ethics behind this new technology? A biotech culture of ‘pharming’ has also emerged where cloned animals with inserted cross-species genes are used to produce everything from a GMO-version of human-like bovine milk, to pharmaceutical drugs, to spider-silk bred in goats and glow-in-the-dark puppies, kittens and mice made translucent by the application of jellyfish genes.

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