Russia’s Internet Propaganda Machine

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An army of Internet trolls is using cyberspace to promote Russia and wage war against opposition groups and the West. A former employee of the Internet Research Agency, Lyudmila Savchuk, has offered a rare glimpse inside the propaganda machine where young people were paid to praise President Vladimir Putin and his government.

Savchuk, 34,

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Monsanto Now Banned in Greece and Latvia

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First Scotland and Germany booted GMOs from their countries, citing fear of GMO crops contaminating their food supplies and concern over putting their food and beverage industries in jeopardy.

Now, Greece and Latvia are telling Monsanto exactly what they can do with their genetically modified crops. The tide is turning.

A tipping point

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“StarShades” to Assist in Discovery of Alien Worlds

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The next step in the exoplanet revolution may be an in-space “starshade” that lets alien worlds step out of a blinding glare.

Nineteen different subscale versions of a light-blocking “starshade” were tested recently in the Nevada desert.

Researchers are testing designs for a starshade, which would fly in formation with a future space-based telescope.

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Russia Forcing Internet Firms to Have Servers Physically in Country

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Foreign internet companies must store personal data of users from Russia within country’s borders.. a challenge for Facebook, Google and Twitter.

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A new law in force in Russia from Sept. 1 is intended to force foreign Internet firms to maintain local servers to handle data on Russian citizens.

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Pope Allowing Priests to Forgive Abortion During Holiday

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Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff’s latest move towards a more open and inclusive church.

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In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform

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Creeping to the Edge of Nuclear War

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Exclusive: Official Washington’s neocons and liberal hawks are ratcheting up tensions again over Ukraine with the goal of humiliating and even destabilizing nuclear-armed Russia – and there’s no modern-day JFK to tamp down the enthusiasm, an existential risk that ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk examines.

By William R. Polk

Decisions on nuclear weapons

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MI6 Spy Found Dead Hacked Clinton Files

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Mr Williams, a 31-year-old employee of GCHQ who was seconded to the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), was found dead inside a padlocked bag at a safe house in London.

MI6 spy Gareth Williams, who was found dead inside a bag in 2010, had hacked into restricted information about Bill Clinton, it has been claimed.

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An Interesting Yet Disturbing Progression in Artificial Intelligence

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Androids are being developed that have an uncanny resemblance to people. A pinnacle example is an android crafted by roboticist David Hanson that resembles the famous and deceased science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. What makes android Dick so remarkable isn’t so much his appearance as it is his ability to hold an intelligent conversation.

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Nestle Accused of Supporting Slave Labor

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Nestle says “forced labor has no place in our supply chain” following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food.

Fancy Feast Cat Food, from Purina, which is owned by Nestle

Nestle didn’t deny

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Regulator Sued for Withholding GMO Crop Information

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A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.

The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) against the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), claims the regulator has routinely failed

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Russian Geologist Claims Ancient Tank Tracks

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An ancient civilisation drove huge tanks around on Earth long before the rise of homo sapiens – and we can still see the tracks today, according to a Russian academic.

Alleged Ancient Tracks from a Tank According to Russian Geologist

The controversial claim comes from geologist Dr Alexander Koltypin – who believes that twin

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A Computer Algorithm can now Accurately (100%) Predict if you will Develop Psychosis

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A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode. Although the language of thinking is deliberate—let me think, I have to do some thinking—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; thoughts occur suddenly and escape

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Turkey Finally Joins Coalition Attacks Against ISIS

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Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Turkey’s jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in Syria.

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The Ministry’s statement said the jets began attacking ISIS targets late Friday across the border in Syria, deemed to be threats to Turkey.

The statement read,

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Apparently Nearly 50 N. Korean Subs Still Missing

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of the parade, Saturday, July 27, 2013 during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korean submarines which vanished during the military stand-off with the South still appear to be missing days after the countries agreed to down arms.

Around 50 vessels, which account for 70 per cent of Pyongyang’s fleet, disappeared off radar last week, sparking fears they were readying for an attack.

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Apparently the U.S. Came Close to a Nuclear Strike After 9/11

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An aide to former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder says the Bush administration ‘really played through all possibilities.’

U.S. President George Bush with Vice President Dick Cheney (L) and senior staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center in Washington in the hours following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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The One Year NASA Mars Isolation Experiment

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A crew testing how a small group of humans might cope with a trip to Mars has started their 12-month mission. They will have to eat, communicate, and live exactly as they would on Mars – in a tiny dome in Hawaii.

The NASA Mars Isolation Experiment: Six People

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Current State of Cryogenic Sleep

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Long-term cryogenic sleep or hibernation may be useful for space travel. But with NASA backing out of the project, earthbound applications may be more likely.

Cryotubes Keeping the Space Faring Robinson Family in “Stasis” During their Journey

NASA wants to make space travel to Mars efficient — by transporting astronauts while they sleep during

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U.S. Re-Thinks Plan to Defend South Korea

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A North Korean buildup and partial mobilization of military forces since late last week caused so much consternation at the Pentagon that top U.S. commanders reviewed the U.S. war plan for defending South Korea in case there was a sudden indication that North Korea was going to begin a war.

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2 Suspected Suicides Over Ashley Madison Hack

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Unconfirmed reports suggest that two people in Toronto have killed themselves over the Ashley Madison hack, local police said in a briefing providing details about the beginning of the leak.

“As of this morning, we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides that are associated because of the leak of Ashley Madison customers’ profiles,” Toronto

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As if Spiders weren’t bad Enough, Now they Fly

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Who needs a parachute? Some tropical spiders can fly without using silk, making virtuoso dives to nearby tree trunks, scientists have discovered.

The daredevil arachnids seem to steer themselves through the air with movements of their outstretched forelegs, according to a study published August 19 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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