The Supreme Court just heard a case that could determine how quickly patients can access cheaper medications (AMGN, NVS)The Supreme Court just heard a case that could determine how quickly patients can access cheaper medications (AMGN, NVS)
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday struggled over whether to speed up the time it takes to bring to the market copycat versions of biologic drugs.
Source: The Supreme Court just heard a case that could determine how quickly patients can access cheaper medications (AMGN, NVS)
A long-lasting fireball was seen over Florida around 03:52 UTC on April 26, 2017 (23:52 EDT on April 25). The event lasted up to 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 46 reports by 17:35 UTC. Five witnesses reported sound associated with the event while...... Read more »
Source: Long-lasting fireball over Florida
By mimicking a few of the unique habits, mentalities, and business rules of billionaires, we can become more and more like them in the business world.
Source: 8 ways billionaires are different from everyone else
Russian military expert Viktor Baranets: The arrival of US military instructors in Donbass indicates Washington's 'direct ...Russian military expert Viktor Baranets: The arrival of US military instructors in Donbass indicates Washington's 'direct interference' in the Ukrainian conflict
In an interview with Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets described the arrival of US military instructors in Donbass as direct White House interference in the Ukrainian conflict.
Earlier, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reported the arrival of American military instructors in the conflict zone in Donbass.
"The arrival of military instructors from the United States in the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation [in Donbass] has been tracked, ATO has been established," DPR Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin said, adding that "one of the goals of the arrival of US instructors was to check the readiness of Ukrainian Armed Forces for combat operations."
Speaking to Sputnik, Viktor Baranets pointed to the fact that the American instructors had worked in Ukraine in previous months and that they are currently being rotated in.
"American instructors were in place there from the very beginning, and they were endorsed by the Security Service of Ukraine. What's more, the US instructors trained servicemen from the Ukrainian Armed Forces who were deployed to the Donetsk front line," Baranets said.
Source: Russian military expert Viktor Baranets: The arrival of US military instructors in Donbass indicates Washington's 'direct interference' in the Ukrainian conflict
Humpback whales are renown for their loud, haunting songs, but new research has discovered the huge marine mammals are able to "whisper" as well.
Scientists found that baby humpbacks avoid the attention of predators while communicating with their mothers by using intimate grunts and squeaks.
The quiet noises enable the young to keep track of their parents during long and precarious migrations without being overheard by killer whales and sexually aggressive male humpbacks looking for an opportunity to mate.
Researchers collected their groundbreaking data by directly attaching microphones via suction caps to whales that were swimming near Australia.
Source: Scientists discover baby humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid detection by predators
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has had a meeting in Moscow with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, during which they have publicly clashed on the way forward in the Syrian crisis.
Al-Jubeir predictably demanded that President Assad leave power in Syria, and said that Iran and Hezbollah - Syria's allies - had no role in that country.
Lavrov responded that Hezbollah and Iran - like Russia - were present in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government.
On the subject of President Assad, the Russian position was again set out today by Dmitry Peskov, President Putin's spokesman, who is reported to have said that President Putin's attitude to President Assad is unchanged: he is not President Assad's advocate but he insists that the future of any country - including the question of its President - must be decided by the people of that country, and not by other countries or parties.
Source: Russian meeting with Saudi Arabia highlights clash on Syria but prepares agreement on other fronts
Study finds higher sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure, contradicting decades of medical adviceStudy finds higher sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure, contradicting decades of medical advice
In another blow against decades of accepted medical wisdom, one of the most prestigious, long-running studies reports that lowering sodium intake doesn't reduce blood pressure.
The study also implies that most Americans are consuming a perfectly healthy amount of salt, the main source of sodium. But those who are salt-sensitive, about 20 to 25 percent of the population, still need to restrict salt intake.
Consuming fewer than 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily is actually associated with higher blood pressure, according to the Framingham Offspring Study report, given today. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, equal to a teaspoon of ordinary iodized table salt.
High blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Hence, lowering salt intake is supposed to lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. But the study found that supposition to be unfounded.
Source: Study finds higher sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure, contradicting decades of medical advice
Crowdfunded online publication from Jimmy Wales will pair paid journalists with army of volunteer contributors
Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.
Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign.
Wales intends to cover general issues, such as US and UK politics, through to specialist science and technology.
Those who donate will become supporters, who in turn will have a say in which subjects and story threads the site focuses on. And Wales intends that the community of readers will fact-check and subedit published articles.
Source: Protecting us from ourselves: Wikipedia founder to fight 'fake news' with new Wikitribune site
World-leading cardiologists: Long-held belief that saturated fats clog arteries and cause heart disease are 'plain wrong'World-leading cardiologists: Long-held belief that saturated fats clog arteries and cause heart disease are 'plain wrong'
Decades long warnings that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease are just "plain wrong", three world-leading cardiologists have claimed.
They said scare stories that dairy products like butter and full-fat milk pose health risks were misleading as was an obsession with counting cholesterol.
Instead, the best way to protect against stress and stave off killer coronary heart disease was simply to eat "real food" and take a brisk daily walk.
Respected cardiologists Dr Aseem Malhotra, Professor Rita Redberg, of UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco and Pascal Meier of University Hospital Geneva and University College, London, said evidence suggests no association between saturated fat and heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or death.
They also claimed clinical trials showed inserting a stent to widen narrowed arteries had failed to reduce the risk of heart attack or death. Their controversial views have sparked a huge row and put them on a collision course with the British Heart Foundation.
Source: World-leading cardiologists: Long-held belief that saturated fats clog arteries and cause heart disease are 'plain wrong'
A 1,500-year-old mother-of-pearl tablet, etched with a menorah, that was recently discovered in Caesarea. Photo: Clara Amit/Israel Antiquities Authority.
JNS.org – Israeli archaeologists announced on Wednesday the discovery of a 1,500-year-old mother-of-pearl tablet etched with a menorah in the ancient town of Caesarea.
According to Israel Antiques Authority archaeologist Peter Gendelman, the tablet, dating back to the late Roman-Byzantine period of the 4th or 5th centuries A.D., “points to clear Jewish presence at Caesarea during this period.”
Archaeologists speculate that the pearl menorah tablet was likely part of a structure used to hold a Torah scroll. The slab was uncovered near the temple devoted to Augustus Caesar, constructed by King Herod in the 1st century B.C.
The discovery was made in early April, a few days before Passover, and was publicized as part of a press conference Wednesday regarding a new $30 million renovation project in Caesarea.
The artifact is the first archaeological discovery of its kind made from mother-of-pearl, a smooth and shiny substance forming the inner layer of the shell of some mollusks.
Source: Ancient Menorah Tablet Shows ‘Clear Jewish Presence’ in Caesarea
A portrait of jailed Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti painted on the security barrier near the Qalandiya crossing north of Jerusalem. Photo: Ben Siesta via Wikimedia Commons.
The New York Times recently ran an op-ed by Palestinian Marwan Barghouti in which he accused Israel of arbitrary arrests, kangaroo courts, systematic torture, brutal prison conditions, and more generally of an “inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong.”
The op-ed provoked sharp criticism for its byline, presenting Barghouti as a “Palestinian leader and parliamentarian” and thus reinforcing his claim to be a political prisoner under arbitrary arrest. Under pressure from the Times’ public editor Liz Spayd to inform readers of the relevant facts so they could judge for themselves the “credibility” of the writer, the editors of the op-ed page eventually added to their description that Barghouti was in Israeli prison for “five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization.”
To comply properly with Spayd’s concerns, the editors should have written: “guilty of 5 of 21 counts of murder; leader of Fatah’s military arm, major promoter of suicide terror before his arrest.” After the outbreak of the Oslo War against Israel in 2000, Barghouti formed the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades to compete with Hamas in committing suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. Indeed his group has the “honor” of first deploying female suicide “martyrs.” In word and deed, he expressly allied himself with those who attacked Israeli civilians — “nationalists” and jihadis. Even as he insisted in English on two states and on not attacking Israeli civilians on the other side of the Green Line, he targeted Israelis in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and loudly called in Arabic for Palestine to exist from the river to the sea.
The Washington Post, in early 2002, might be excused for giving him their op-ed without checking the information he provided. After all, it fit the ...
Israeli ZAKA volunteers at the scene of the Palestinian terror attack in which British exchange student Hannah Bladon was killed. Photo: Courtesy ZAKA.
JNS.org – The Palestinian terrorist who murdered a British student in Jerusalem earlier this month will receive a stipend of approximately $1,000 per month from the Palestinian Authority (PA).
“According to PA law, everyone who is imprisoned for ‘resisting the occupation’ receives a PA salary,” explained Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, the Daily Mail reported, about the reward 57-year-old Jamil Tamimi will receive for murdering 21-year-old Hannah Bladon while she was riding the light rail on the Christian holiday of Good Friday.
“In PA practice, 100 percent of the suicide bombers, stabbers, shooters and car-rammers have been included in this category and do receive PA salaries,” Marcus said.
Israeli authorities said Tamimi, who allegedly has a history of mental health issues, initiated the terror attack in the hope that he would be killed by security forces. Following a psychiatric assessment, an Israeli court ruled Tamimi is fit to stand trial and should be considered a terrorist.
“This is another case, out of many, where a Palestinian who is suffering from personal, mental or moral issues chose to carry out a terror attack in order to find a way out of their problems,” Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said following the attack.
Source: Palestinian Terrorist Who Murdered British Student to Receive Monthly PA Stipend