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    Monday, March 25th, 2013
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    Wheels Blog: An Automotive Love Story: Reuniting a Car With Its Engine
    Mayor Adrian M.
    Fenty's google sniper review to lead the penny stock egghead review Homeland Security and

    Emergency Management Agency was unanimously approved Tuesday by

    a D.C. Council committee, despite her lack of experience in the field. The nomination still has to be approved by the full council. Mr. Eisenberg is a partner and the national director of the real estate practice for the accounting firm BDO USA, which provides

    consulting services to real estate companies.Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has had long disputes with the Forbes Billionaires List, which he says understates his

    On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama raised his hand and took the oath of office. It made him president, and it didn't hurt his book sales, either. Each set contains pads ranging in size from 2- to 4-inches tall. A missile struck a building on

    Sunday night in the compound in Tripoli where Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi lives, fueling the rage that has erupted among his supporters since U.N.-mandated airstrikes began on Saturday.
    Loui Eriksson scored twice and the Dallas Stars held on for a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. How to best tackle the problem of mold in homes flooded by the storm is a subject of debate in New
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    Climate change prompts debate among experts about spread of tropical diseases
    Lawmakers penny stock egghead agency cost-saving plans and members of penny stock egghead review parties accused each other

    of having things backward in the sequester blame game during a pair of hearings on Tuesday for the House oversight committee.
    Read full article >> It’s fitting that Mr.
    Roth dominates the screen in the new documentary “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” given that his great subject

    has always been himself.It has been 47 years since Donald Morgan arrived in Washington from Jamaica, but stroll

    around his garden and it quickly becomes clear

    where this expat's heart remains. The History channel mini-series “The Bible,” a 10-hour dramatization that begins on Sunday, puts the emphasis on moments of suffering rather than messages of joy.
    “I haven’t received my admissions decisions yet,” writes Candice Childress, a student in Las Vegas, “but it’s looking sunny here in the heart of cactus country.”
    Last week we bought you our 10 best bad mothers on film Here we present your thoughts on who really deserved to

    make the list – from Carrie's mother to the queen of the Aliens Commission proposal to suspend use of neonicotinoids fails to gain majority, but could still

    be enforced by appeals committeeA European attempt to ban the world's most widely used insecticides that have been linked to serious harm

    in bees has failed.The
    European commission proposed a two-year suspension of neonicotinoids after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) deemed their use an unacceptable risk, but major nations including UK and Germany failed to back the plan in a vote on Friday.The result leaves environmental campaigners, scientists and some politicians bitterly disappointed."Britain and Germany have caved in to the industry lobby and refused to ban bee-killing pesticides," said Iain Keith, at campaign group

    "Today's vote flies in the face of science and public opinion and maintains the disastrous chemical armageddon on bees, which are critical for the future of our food."The chemical companies that dominate the billion-dollar neonicotinoid market, Bayer and Syngenta, were relieved. Syngenta chief operating officer, John Atkin, said: "We are pleased member states did not support the EC's shamefully political proposal.
    Restricting the use of this

    vital crop protection technology will do nothing to help improve bee health."A Bayer spokesman, describing the company as a "responsible corporate citizen" said: "The EC has relied too heavily on the precautionary principle, without taking the principle of proportionality into account."A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs defended the UK's abstention: "Bee health is extremely important but decisions must be based on sound scientific evidence and rushing this through could have serious unintended consequences both for bees and for food production. We are not opposing the EU's proposals. But as we do not

    have the evidence

    yet it is impossible for us to vote either way."But
    Prof Dave Goulson, at the University of Stirling and who led one of the key studies showing that

    neonicotinoids harm bumblebees, told the Guardian: "The independent experts at EFSA spent six months studying all the evidence before

    concluding there was an unacceptable risk to bees. EFSA and almost everybody else – apart from the manufacturers – agree this class of pesticides were not adequately evaluated in the first place. Yet politicians choose to ignore all of this."About three-quarters of global food crops rely on bees and other insects to fertilise their flowers, so the decline of honeybee colonies due to disease, habitat

    loss and pesticide harm has prompted serious concern.Conservationists argue

    that the harm resulting from the loss of bees and the vital pollination service they

    provide outweighs any farming losses.
    Almost three-quarters of the UK public backed the proposed ban, according to a poll released on Wednesday, and Avaaz had amassed 2.5m
    signatures across Europe in support.The
    EC proposal was to ban the use of three neonicotinoids from use on corn, oil seed rape, apples, carrots, strawberries and many other flowering crops across the continent for two years, after which the situation would be reviewed.Suspensions have previously been put in place in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia, but the EC proposal would have applied across all 27 member states. Many major agricultural nations, including France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland,

    voted for the ban, while the UK and Germany abstained, with Hungary and

    Romania leading those opposed.However, the ban could still be enforced within months if the EC takes the decision to an appeals

    committee. Friday's vote, by member states' experts on the standing committee on the food chain and animal health, saw 13 nations in favour of

    the ban, five abstaining and nine opposing, meaning there was no majority for or against.The
    same "hung" vote at the appeals committee would mean the EC could enforce the ban.
    "When member states do not want to take a decision, then the commission does it, as it has in approving genetically modified

    crops," a source told the Guardian.EC
    officials said: "The commission takes note of the member states' response to its proposal but remains committed to ambitious and

    proportionate legislative measures." It said it would decide whether to go to appeal, or revise the proposal, in the next week.Bart Staes, a Green party MEP in Belgium said: "The inconclusive outcome keeps hopes alive that the proposed neonicotinoid suspensions can be implemented soon. We call on all reluctant EU governments not to heed the misleading lobbying from the insecticide industry."A series of high-profile scientific studies in the last year has increasingly linked neonicotinoids to harmful effects in bees, including huge losses in the number of queens produced, and big increases in "disappeared" bees – those that fail to return from foraging

    trips.The UK's environment secretary, Owen Paterson, faced criticism from one of his Conservative predecessors. Lord Deben, who as John Gummer was environment

    secretary, said: "If ever there were an issue where the precautionary principle ought to guide our actions, it is in the use of neonicotinoids.
    Bees are too important to our crops to continue to take this risk."Paterson said in February: "I have asked the EC to wait for the results of our field trials, rather than rushing to a decision." However, the results were

    not available at Friday's meeting because the field trials have been seriously compromised by contamination from neonicotinoids.
    Prof Ian Boyd, Defra's chief scientist, said: "At the control site, there were residues of neonicotinoids in pollen and nectar."Evidence submitted to an ongoing parliamentary inquiry in the UK cites a long list of failings in the existing regulation of neonicotinoids.
    Currently, only the effects on honeybees are considered, despite 90% of pollination being performed by different species, such as solitary or bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths and others. Another failing is

    that the regime was set up for pesticide sprays, not systemic chemicals like neonicotinoids that are used to treat seeds and then spread through the growing plant.Even the National Farmers Union, which

    argues that there is no need for change, admitted: "It is very well-known that the current pesticide risk assessment systems for bees were not developed to assess systemic pesticides." On Friday, the NFU's Chris Hartfield said: "We maintain that the proposed ban is not a proportionate response to the evidence we have available."BeesPesticidesInsectsFarmingWildlifeEuropean commissionEuropean UnionEuropeFoodDamian © 2013 Guardian

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    | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds -- A March 21 Page One article about the health-care victory's potential costs for Democratic politicians quoted former House

    speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) as saying that President Obama and congressional Democrats "will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the
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    final 2011 budget

    for the military. Now the Pentagon is warning

    that it faces a crisis situation.
    When Thomas

    Perez took over the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in October, he

    found an office that was a shadow of its historic self.Each spring, huge patches of phytoplankton bloom in the oceans, turning cold, blue waters into teeming green pools of microbial life.
    This ocean “greening,” which can be seen from space, mirrors the springtime thaw on land. But while spring arrives gradually on land, with a few blades here and some buds there, the oceans bloom seemingly overnight.“If
    you go and look in the ocean and try to sample in deep winter, there’s little phytoplankton,” says Raffaele Ferrari, the Breene M.
    Kerr Professor of Oceanography in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. “It’s like going into a desert. And then all of a sudden you have this bloom explosion, and it’s like a jungle.
    There is an ongoing debate as to what triggers the bloom onset.”Ferrari and John Taylor, a former postdoc at MIT and now a lecturer in oceanography at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., have identified where blooms are most likely to start. The team found that phytoplankton grow up along ocean fronts, at the boundaries between cold and warm currents.
    This explains why the ocean does not turn green everywhere at once, but rather develops green streaks that track fronts.
    Through numerical simulations, Ferrari and Taylor found that at these fronts, warm water slides over cold, denser water, creating a hospitable environment for microorganisms.
    The findings, published online last week in

    Geophysical Research Letters, may help scientists predict where blooms will spring up.Knowing how and where blooms occur may help scientists gauge an ocean’s productivity from year to year.
    The tiny microorganisms collectively known as phytoplankton are the foundation of the marine food web and account for half of the world’s photosynthetic activity, consuming carbon dioxide and sunlight to produce energy.Eric
    D’Asaro, a professor of oceanography at the University of Washington, says predicting phytoplankton blooms may help determine the amount of carbon dioxide taken up and stored by the oceans.“Phytoplankton … take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, including the extra carbon dioxide that we have put there,” says D’Asaro, who was not involved in the research. “A fraction of this organic carbon then sinks to deeper depths in the ocean, thereby

    removing it from the atmosphere and reducing the amount of greenhouse warming.”Ferrari
    and Taylor say

    their findings suggest that ocean fronts are hotspots for phytoplankton growth and may be “crucial players” in the global carbon cycle.Seeing the lightSince phytoplankton depend on sunlight to grow, they

    need to

    stay within 10 to 100 meters of the surface,

    in the euphotic layer where sunlight can easily penetrate.
    However, in winter, intense cooling by atmospheric storms causes the surface waters to increase in density and sink.
    The sinking waters suck organisms down deep into the ocean, away from sustaining light.Within

    “mixed layer” churned by cooling, organisms die off and eventually sink into the ocean abyss. In the winter, the ocean’s mixed layer runs deep, creating a “desert” with very little signs of life. “Life on earth depends on light,” Ferrari says, “and phytoplankton do

    not see much light in winter.”Ferrari and Taylor recently published a paper in Limnology and Oceanography where they identified a physical explanation for the onset of biological blooms. The team found that in late winter, when harsh atmospheric cooling gives way to springtime warming, mixing in the ocean subsides. Using numerical simulations, the researchers showed that decreased cooling turns the ocean’s mixed layer into a quiet environment, the top of which has sufficient light to host microbial growth.The
    team then proposed that phytoplankton blooms start at fronts, because fronts substantially reduce mixing in the upper ocean. Hence, they reasoned, phytoplankton find

    hospitable conditions at fronts — even in winter, when cooling has not yet subsided. They reasoned that the overall warming of the ocean in spring encourages phytoplankton to grow beyond a front’s boundaries, into large, sprawling blooms.D’Asaro
    says the team’s findings present a compelling mechanism for ocean blooms.
    However, he adds that to fully understand the causes of ocean greening, one has to consider biology along with physics.“In
    particular, [blooms depend on] the presence or absence of planktonic animals that could rapidly eat the phytoplankton as they grow,” D’Asaro says. “It’s like a meadow — the grass will not grow tall in the spring if there are a lot of cows in the meadow.”Ferrari plans to test the theory next year off the coast of Ireland.
    He hopes to deploy gliders, autonomous vehicles that will go up and down a water column for a year, monitoring temperature, salinity, chlorophyll and light penetration. He also plans to deploy a meteorological buoy to track surface fluxes of heat

    and winds.“We’re going to be able to predict according to this argument where the blooms occur, and the gliders will tell us whether our prediction is right,” Ferrari says. “We think it’s a pretty general principle that must hold.” Dr. Paul W.
    Juodawlkis, assistant leader of the Electro-optical Materials and Devices Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was elevated to the rank of Fellow

    of the Optical Society (OSA) last month.
    He was recognized for his "significant contributions to optically sampled analog-to-digital conversion and the development of the slab-coupled optical waveguide amplifier."
    The Optical Society, originally called the Optical Society of America, was founded in 1916 to expand and disseminate knowledge of optics and to promote collaboration among investigators, designers and users of optical systems. This international association is the leading professional society of optics and photonics, and its membership of more than 18,000 includes optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders.At Lincoln Laboratory, Juodawlkis's research and leadership efforts since 1999 have been focused on the development of optical sampling techniques for photonic analog-to-digital converters, quantum-well electrorefractive modulators, high-power waveguide photodiodes, and high-power semiconductor optical amplifiers and their application in mode-locked lasers and narrow-linewidth external-cavity lasers.
    From 1988 to 1993, he served as a radar systems engineer on a multisensor airborne test bed program in the Tactical Defense Systems Group at the Laboratory.
    Between 1993 and 1999,

    he was a member of the Ultrafast Optical Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Juodawlkis
    has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he is very active in the IEEE Photonics Society. He has served as chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Technical Committee

    on Microwave Photonics (2003–2006) and as a member of various technical committees for other Photonics

    Society conferences. Currently, he is completing a three-year term as an elected member of the IEEE Photonics Society’s Board of Governors and is a Technical Steering Committee member of the Society’s Boston Chapter. Juodawlkis served as general co-chair of the 2012 Conference on Lasers and

    Electro-Optics (CLEO) and as program co-chair of the 2010 CLEO.
    At the plenary session of this year's

    CLEO in June, he will be recognized as a 2013 Fellow. He holds a BS degree from Michigan Technological University, an MS degree from Purdue University, and a PhD degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology,

    all in electrical engineering. The Making of the English Working Class is 50 this year, yet it is still widely revered as a canonical work of social historyFifty years ago, an obscure historian working in the extra-mural department at the University of Leeds delivered a manuscript, overdue and over-length, to Victor Gollancz – a publishing house then specialising in socialist

    and internationalist non-fiction. No one could have foreseen the book's reception.
    EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class became a runaway commercial and critical success. The demand for this 800-page doorstop was nothing short of remarkable. In 1968, Pelican Books bought the rights to The Making and published a revised version as the 1,000th book on their list.
    In less than a decade, it had gone through a further five reprints.
    Fifty years on, it is still in print, widely revered as a canonical work of social history.It was not Thompson's first book.
    A history of William Morris had appeared in 1955, and had been met with the indifference that is the fate of most academic monographs.
    After The Making came Whigs & Hunters, a book on the Black Acts – the notorious Georgian legislation that criminalised not only the killing of deer, but also any suspicious activity that might hint at the intention to kill deer. This was followed by a series of colourful essays on diverse themes, including time and industrial capitalism, food riots, and wife sales (yes, in

    the 18th century men really did take their wives to market and "sell" them). Time and again, Thompson proved himself capable of taking on new topics and revisiting old ones in new ways, creating a body of work that was original and hugely influential.And yet Thompson was never a conventional historian. His many years at Leeds were spent not in the history department, but in adult education. His tenure at the newly created University of Warwick was brief: he resigned just six years after taking up the post, disgusted at the commercial turn it was taking. Ever the man of letters, his resignation was accompanied by a lengthy pamphlet outlining his intellectual objections. The rest of his life was devoted to a range of political causes. Thompson was an active member of the Communist party in the 40s and 50s, and founder of the Communist Party Historians Group in 1946.
    He was part of the mass exodus from the party in the 1950s following the Soviet invasion of Hungary, but remained closely allied with a range of leftwing movements.
    By the end of the 1970s, Thompson was playing a key role, as both tireless organiser and intellectual figurehead, in the nascent peace movement, a

    cause to which he remained devoted until his death in 1993. It was a life of activism no less than of scholarship.But towering above it all remains The Making, with its preface so memorably declaring the book's intention "to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the 'obsolete' hand-loom weaver, the 'Utopian' artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity".
    The book's mythic status should not distract us from the raw originality of the work. In 1963,

    weavers and artisans were not the stuff of history books. Pioneering social historians had been studying working people since the early 20th century, but the focus remained squarely on the tangible, the measurable, the

    "significant" – wages, living conditions, unions, strikes, Chartists. Thompson touched on the trade unions and

    the real wage, of course, but most of his book was devoted to something that he referred to as "experience".
    Through a patient and extensive examination of local as well as national archives, Thompson had uncovered details about workshop customs and

    rituals, failed conspiracies, threatening letters, popular songs, and union club cards.
    He took what others had regarded as scraps from the archive and interrogated them for what they told us about the beliefs and aims of those who were not on the winning side. Here, then, was a book that rambled over aspects of human experience that had never before had their historian. And the timing of its appearance could scarcely have been more fortunate. The 1960s saw unprecedented upheaval and expansion in the university sector, with the creation of new universities filled with lecturers and students whose

    families had not traditionally had access to the privileged world of higher education. Little wonder, then, that so many felt a natural affinity with Thompson's outsiders and underdogs.And there was something more. Running through The Making was a searing anger about economic exploitation and a robust commentary on his capitalist times.
    Thompson rejected the notion that capitalism was inherently superior to the alternative model of economic organisation it replaced.
    He refused to accept that artisans had become obsolete, or that their

    distress was a painful but necessary adjustment to the market economy. It was an argument that resonated widely in the 1960s, when Marxist intellectuals could still believe

    that a realistic alternative to capitalism existed, could still argue that "true" Marxism hadn't been tried properly.Appearing
    in the heyday of Marxist scholarship, The Making's political framework lay at the heart of the book's success. Perhaps its greatest achievement, however, is how it has managed to weather Marxism's subsequent fall from academic grace.
    By the 1980s, Marxist history no longer held a significant place in

    academic history departments. It has been on the defensive ever since. Surveying

    the literary spat

    between Thompson and the Polish philosopher, Leszek Kołakowski – who,

    after years of living under Communism, had had the temerity to desert the Marxist banner – Tony Judt observed: "No one who

    reads it will ever take EP Thompson seriously again." And yet we

    do still take Thompson seriously. More than any of his books, The Making continues to delight and inspire new readers. Of course, Thompson's scholarship was partial and

    driven by his politics. But the originality, vigour and iconoclasm of his book make certain that it will endure.• Emma Griffin's Liberty's Dawn: A People's History of the Industrial Revolution will be published by Yale later this month.•
    This article was amended on 6 March 2013. The original said Stalin invaded Hungary. This has been corrected.SocietyHistoryPoliticsSocial © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.
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    Getzlaf's lead yet again, sticking

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    the long term. AL-RAM, WEST BANK - When the game was finally over, after extra time and penalty kicks, the Palestinian squad had lost to Thailand. But the Palestinian national team's first official soccer match on home turf Wednesday gave thousands of raucous fans who braved a cold and rain-lashed night a
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    New google sniper new look, some regrets but high hopes. penny stock egghead review potatoes, start your engines.Tony Iommi said the song 'Lonely Planet' was a 'demo idea' which went on to become Armenia's Eurovision contenderBlack Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has written the music for Armenia's entry to the annual Eurovision Song Contest, bringing a heavy metal pioneer to an event described by the media as a "kitschfest" and "bad taste party".The musician, a founding member of the influential British band, said the song called "Lonely

    Planet" was a "demo idea" which was eventually voted Armenia's Eurovision contender.It
    is due to be performed by the Dorians in

    the semi-finals on 16 May in Malmo, Sweden, Iommi said.Iommi
    has connections in Armenia as he was one of several rock stars who helped raise funds after a huge earthquake in 1988 killed 25,000 people and let tens of thousands homeless in the then Soviet Armenia.He
    was given an order of honour by Armenia during a visit in 2009 and


    involved in another project, to re-build a music school there.Despite critical derision, Eurovision is watched by a television audience of tens of millions each year, and has helped launch the

    career of one of the biggest acts of all time, Abba, which won in 1974 with "Waterloo".Last year's Eurovision Song Contest was held in Azerbaijan and won by Swedish act Loreen. The victory means Sweden hosts the competition this year.Iommi has joined fellow founding

    members Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) and Geezer Butler (bass) to record Black Sabbath's first new album in 33 years, 13", which is due out in June.Drummer
    Brad Wilk joined them after original band member Bill Ward pulled out of the reunion recording over a contract dispute.The band's plans for a tour in 2012 were scaled back drastically after Iommi was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment for lymphoma.Black SabbathPop and © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.
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    who yanked embattled Rep. William J. Jefferson off a powerful tax committee last year,

    has decided to put him on the Homeland Security panel, aides to the Louisiana Democrat confirmed

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate, said in a video posted on the Internet Monday that “gay rights are human rights.’’
    The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution


    Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing. “Frances and Bernard” by Carlene Bauer is a novel told in letters between characters based, both in temperament and biographical detail, on the writers Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell. UK fraud reached an all-time high in 2012 with the main culprit being an apparently unstoppable boom in identity fraud, the latest report from the Fraud Prevention Service CIFAS has
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    Michael Sarris says there google sniper review been 'no offers, google sniper concrete' and he will stay in Moscow until a deal is reachedThe Cypriot finance minister ended a day of loan talks in Moscow on Wednesday without reaching a deal to help save the Mediterranean island from a financial crisis that could have a disastrous impact across Europe.Michael Sarris met his Russian counterpart, Anton Siluanov, before holding higher-level

    talks with Igor Shuvalov, a deputy prime minister and close ally of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. The talks ended at about 4pm Moscow time and Sarris cancelled a planned press conference because of the lack of results.On Tuesday the Cypriot parliament rejected a plan to impose a levy on bank deposits in order to raise €5.8bn toward a €10bn bailout offered by the European Union.Cyprus
    turned to Russia for a lifeline, seeking

    a five-year extension on a €2.5bn loan granted in December 2011 that is due

    to mature in 2016. It has also asked Russia to refinance the loan and lend an additional €5bn."We
    had a very good first meeting, very constructive, very honest discussion," Sarris said after meeting Siluanov. "We've underscored how difficult the situation is." However, he said there were "no offers, nothing concrete".Sarris
    said he would stay in Moscow until a

    deal was reached. "We'll

    now continue our discussion to find the solution by which we hope we will be getting some support," he said. Asked by reporters whether that meant simply renegotiating a loan, Sarris said: "No, we are looking at things beyond that."Russian banks and businesses are believed to have more than $30bn held in banks in Cyprus, the country's favoured offshore tax haven.
    The proposed levy would have forced rich Russians as well as not-so-wealthy Cypriots to contribute to the EU bailout.Putin
    was one of the loudest critics of the plan, calling it "unfair, unprofessional and dangerous". Russian officials expressed dismay that they were not informed of the proposal in advance.Now, in its role as potential saviour, the Kremlin is believed to be haggling for shares in Cypriot banks and gas

    fields in exchange for the requested loan, the Russian press reported.On
    Wednesday the Cypriot government denied reports that Cyprus Popular Bank, the

    country's second biggest bank, was being sold to Russian investors.The
    energy minister, George

    Lakkotrypis, who oversees

    commerce, industry and tourism, was also in Moscow on Wednesday, although Cypriot officials said he was visiting a tourism exhibit.His
    appearance in Moscow has fuelled speculation that the state monopoly Gazprom was seeking exploration rights over gas fields recently discovered off Cyprus's Mediterranean coast. Gazprom has denied the reports.CyprusRussiaEuropeEurozone
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    subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds The Obama administration's main initiative to help struggling borrowers avoid foreclosure could soon be killed in the House, where many Republican lawmakers have complained about the program's lackluster results.Diarrhea medicine may ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome for some people. PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - The streets of Haiti's capital were mostly quiet Monday, as the international observers who monitored Sunday's tumultuous elections called for the vote-counting to continue and results to be

    respected, saying they had witnessed irregularities but not the

    "massive fraud" a...
    The debate over Herbalife has been reduced to the level of

    a junior high school feud as it becomes about hedge fund billionaires trash-talking each other, with no actual investigation. What do I suggest then? There are two options: A 10-year-old with a hallucinatory consciousness is reclaimed from a monastery by his mother. Where Belcher imports biology into engineering, Christopher Voigt, an associate professor of biological engineering, imports electrical engineering into biology. He and his students describe the biological interactions that lead to protein production as if they were electrical circuits, and they’ve developed programming tools

    that allow biologists to recombine these circuits, re-engineering cells to perform wholly new functions.Yang Shao-Horn, the Gail E. Kendall Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, said that her work is motivated by the vital question of how to store the electricity produced by renewable energy sources — so wind energy can be used even when the wind isn’t blowing, or solar energy when the sun isn’t shining. One of the most efficient means of storing energy, she said, is to use it to split water into hydrogen and oxygen — an inefficient reaction —

    and then to recover it by recombining the hydrogen and oxygen into water.
    She and her colleagues have developed a catalyst “that can accelerate the reaction rate 10 times higher than the gold standard for such a reaction,” Shao-Horn said. “This work has involved chemists, physicists, material scientists and chemical engineers.”Carlo
    Ratti, an associate professor of the practice in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, explained that his studies of how ubiquitous sensors will change the human experience of cities lay at the intersection of architecture,

    electrical engineering, computer science and the social sciences.
    He brought down the

    house with a video about a project that used GPS-connected laptops to allow people around

    the world to create video diaries

    that were displayed as an installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
    After the project concluded, burglars broke into Ratti’s lab and stole, among other things, one of the laptops — unaware that their ill-gotten booty was not only reporting their geographical location, but filming their every move. After a coffee break, seven graduate students and recent graduates presented research with high-impact applications. Anurag Bajpayee, a recent PhD recipient in mechanical

    engineering, described a “directional solvent” that dissolves water without, as is typical of most solvents, itself dissolving. It could be used to remove contaminants from water, which could make shale-oil extraction much more practical, since

    one of that process’s major drawbacks is the risks it poses to local

    water supplies.
    Bajpayee said that he and his colleagues have developed a prototype water-treatment device that

    they are beginning to deploy to shale-oil extraction sites.Melinda
    Hale, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, described a “thermostat” for the vacuum systems that harvest methane from decomposing trash in landfills.
    Currently, she explained, technicians trudge from tap to tap, manually adjusting the vacuum pressure to

    maximize methane extraction.
    Using her sensor system, which monitors the methane flow and adjusts the pressure accordingly, could increase methane production at landfills by 20 percent, she said.After explaining that 80 percent of the power produced worldwide comes from plants that use steam turbines, another mechanical engineering graduate student, Adam Paxson, described his work to improve the efficiency of the steam-turbine condenser unit, which converts steam back into liquid water for reuse. His technology, he said, could increase the energy efficiency of steam plants by 10 percent.In

    the final session of the symposium, five faculty members

    presented their “visions of the future.” All the speakers touched on ways in which meeting the technological needs of the developing world will be crucial to MIT’s future. Amos Winter, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has developed a wheelchair, built from spare bicycle parts, that enables locomotion over rough terrain. The wheelchair is powered

    by two mechanical rods, which the user

    pumps back and forth.
    To change the mechanical advantage of the


    — to, say, power through mud or over bumps — the user simply changes the position of his or her hands on the rods.Winter argued that designing technology for the developing world can lead to

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