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Reuters TV | Scientists see extinct frog resurrection as great leap forward

Reuters TV | Scientists see extinct frog resurrection as great leap forward

Resurrecting extinct species is a clear danger of preservation and conservatism.  Will we resurrect extinct hominids such as Australopithecus erectus? Will we clone ourselves to have access to perfectly matching organs?

Extinctions have occurred throughout the history of earth and we can believe that most extinctions, prior to Homo sapiens' devastating nature, were due to natural selection and led to beneficial evolutionary trends.

Could Hominids have developed in a world crowded with carnivorous dinosaurs? And should we not expect Homo sapiens to evolve?

Genetic manipulations conserve a world, rooted in the past and could result in a less diverse gene pool. It already interferes with natural adaptation thus with evolution. In the long run genetic manipulations may result in chosen Humans' immortality. But we must clearly see that the universe will not survive the chosen, Godlike humans because they will be static, non evolving beings. (my comment)

Noam Chomsky: 'No individual changes anything alone' | World news | The Guardian

Noam Chomsky: 'No individual changes anything alone' | World news | The Guardian

Rio police evict Amazon natives from World Cup site | Video | Reuters.com

Rio police evict Amazon natives from World Cup site | Video | Reuters.com

Massachusetts Democrats blast billionaire's bid to stir Senate race | Reuters

Massachusetts Democrats blast billionaire's bid to stir Senate race | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Both Democratic contenders in Massachusetts' April Senate primary are pushing back against a former hedge fund manager turned environmental activist who is trying to make the proposed Keystone XL pipeline an issue in the race."

Finally a billionaire with some sense. (My comment)

BBC News - Could a folding car solve parking problems?

BBC News - Could a folding car solve parking problems?

Obama's oratory v the reality of Israeli inertia over a Palestinian state | Michael Cohen | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Obama's oratory v the reality of Israeli inertia over a Palestinian state | Michael Cohen | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

U.S. cyber plan calls for more scanning of private Web traffic | Reuters

U.S. cyber plan calls for more scanning of private Web traffic | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure."

Obama makes direct peace appeal to the Israeli people | Reuters

Obama makes direct peace appeal to the Israeli people | Reuters: (Reuters) - "U.S. President Barack Obama appealed directly on Thursday to the Israeli people to put themselves in the shoes of stateless Palestinians and recognize that Jewish settlement activity in occupied territory hurts prospects for peace."

Planck's 'almost perfect' universe could point to new physics | Science | guardian.co.uk

Planck's 'almost perfect' universe could point to new physics | Science | guardian.co.uk

Major US supermarkets to boycott GM salmon | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Major US supermarkets to boycott GM salmon | Environment | guardian.co.uk:
• Aldi and Whole Foods among retailers refusing to sell product
• FDA decision due on whether GM salmon allowed onto market

They should take the same position on all genetically engineered foods. (my comment)

Canadian and US aboriginal groups vow to block oil pipelines | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Canadian and US aboriginal groups vow to block oil pipelines | Environment | guardian.co.uk: "Alliance says it is prepared to take physical action to block three pipelines planned to transport oil from the Alberta tar sands"

Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study | Reuters

Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study | Reuters

Monarch butterfly numbers continue to fall - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Monarch butterfly numbers continue to fall - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Series of deadly blasts hit central Baghdad - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Series of deadly blasts hit central Baghdad - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN | Global development | guardian.co.uk

Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN | Global development | guardian.co.uk

Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN | Global development | guardian.co.uk

Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN | Global development | guardian.co.uk

Obama's secrecy fixation causing Sunshine Week implosion | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Obama's secrecy fixation causing Sunshine Week implosion | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

New U.S. foreclosure filings rise in February: RealtyTrac | Reuters

New U.S. foreclosure filings rise in February: RealtyTrac | Reuters

Analysis strongly indicates Higgs boson found: CERN | Reuters

Analysis strongly indicates Higgs boson found: CERN | Reuters

Japan tsunami exacts heavy toll two years on - Features - Al Jazeera English

Japan tsunami exacts heavy toll two years on - Features - Al Jazeera English

BBC News - Traffic noise driving songbirds to the limit in cities

BBC News - Traffic noise driving songbirds to the limit in cities: "The rising level of noise in urban areas may be preventing some species of songbirds from setting up home in developed areas, a study has concluded."

Thousands of dead pigs found floating in Chinese river | World news | guardian.co.uk

Thousands of dead pigs found floating in Chinese river | World news | guardian.co.uk

New wave of 'superbugs' poses dire threat, says chief medical officer | Society | The Guardian

New wave of 'superbugs' poses dire threat, says chief medical officer | Society | The Guardian

Goldman leads decline as Wall Street commodity revenues plummet | Reuters

Goldman leads decline as Wall Street commodity revenues plummet | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Wall Street commodity revenues crashed last year to their lowest on record, as tighter regulation and limited price swings squeezed the once dominant traders of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N)."

Maryland Senate votes to repeal state's death penalty | Reuters

Maryland Senate votes to repeal state's death penalty | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Maryland's Senate voted on Wednesday to repeal the state's death penalty, putting it on a path to becoming the 18th state to abolish executions."

Go Maryland.

Wealth Inequality in America - YouTube

Wealth Inequality in America - YouTube
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Cancer risk 70% higher for females in Fukushima area, says WHO | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Cancer risk 70% higher for females in Fukushima area, says WHO | Environment | guardian.co.uk

After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown | Environment | The Observer

After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown | Environment | The Observer

Nuclear weapons must be eradicated for all our sakes | Desmond Tutu | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Nuclear weapons must be eradicated for all our sakes | Desmond Tutu | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: "No nation should own nuclear arms – not Iran, not North Korea, and not their critics who take the moral high ground"

How the corrala movement is occupying Spain | World news | The Guardian

How the corrala movement is occupying Spain | World news | The Guardian "The financial crash and plummeting property market struck Spain with a high eviction rate and a rash of empty houses. Now victims of the crisis are fighting back by setting up home in a network of vacant buildings"

Eurozone inches towards Cyprus bailout deal, as Five Star Movement picks first leaders - as it happened | Business | guardian.co.uk

Eurozone inches towards Cyprus bailout deal, as Five Star Movement picks first leaders - as it happened | Business | guardian.co.uk

Obama not bluffing over Iran military threat, Biden tells Aipac | World news | guardian.co.uk

Obama not bluffing over Iran military threat, Biden tells Aipac | World news | guardian.co.uk

US doctors cure child born with HIV | Society | The Guardian

US doctors cure child born with HIV | Society | The Guardian: "Mississippi doctors make medical history made with first 'functional cure' of unnamed two-year-old born with the virus who now needs no medication"

Obama renews offer to cut social safety nets | Reuters

Obama renews offer to cut social safety nets | Reuters: (Reuters) - "President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans."

NATO apologises for killing two Afghan boys - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

NATO apologises for killing two Afghan boys - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

Local warming: U.S. cities in front line as sea levels rise | Reuters

Local warming: U.S. cities in front line as sea levels rise | Reuters: (Reuters) - "The signs of rising water are everywhere in this seaport city: yellow "Streets May Flood" notices are common at highway underpasses, in low-lying neighborhoods and along the sprawling waterfront."

Video games at the Museum of Modern Art – in pictures | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Video games at the Museum of Modern Art – in pictures | Technology | guardian.co.uk: "New York's Museum of Modern Art opens its video game installation on Friday, showing off such iconic games as SimCity2000, Tetris and Pac-Man. The games were selected based on their visual quality and the aesthetic experience of the game, including 'the elegance of the code to the design of the player's behavior'. Read more about the full collection of games here and tell us what you think is missing from their list"

Michigan governor declares Detroit fiscal emergency | Reuters

Michigan governor declares Detroit fiscal emergency | Reuters: (Reuters) - "Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Friday officially declared Detroit in a fiscal emergency, setting the stage for a state takeover of the city's financial management and ultimately the possibility of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history."