Daily Archives: May 4, 2018

Scientists develop ‘artificial retina’ in hope to restore sight to the blind

A cheap new artificial retina could soon be used to restore sight to the blind, according to joint research by scientists at universities in Israel and Sweden. Researchers from Tel Aviv and Linkoping have developed a small, photoactive film capable of converting light into electrical signals that stimulate light-sensitive nerve cells in the eye. It is hoped that the research ...

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Monsanto challenges Indian court’s decision that undermines its GMO cotton monopoly

Agro-biotechnology giant Monsanto has appealed Delhi High Court’s ruling which, based on national laws, prevents the world’s largest GMO seed producer from claiming patents on its genetically modified cotton varieties in India. Looking to break down Monsanto’s monopoly on the Indian market, in April the Delhi High Court banned the St. Louis-based company from enforcing its patents on genetically modified ‘Bollgard’ ...

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Israel withdraws its bid for UN Security Council seat

Seeing little support amid international criticism over its violent crackdown on Palestinian protesters, Israel has announced it will not be seeking a rotating two-year non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council. “After consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the State of Israel has decided to postpone its candidacy for a seat on the Security Council,” the Israeli ...

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OPCW completes ‘initial’ chemical probe in Syria’s Douma, sends samples for analysis

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has completed the “initial deployment” of its fact-finding mission at the site of the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma. “Samples were brought to the OPCW Laboratory where they will be split and then dispatched to the OPCW designated laboratories. The analysis of the samples may take at ...

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Turkish cargo vessel ‘rams’ Greek warship in Aegean Sea

A Turkish cargo vessel has come into close contact and nudged a Greek gunboat that was on patrol for unauthorized migrant crossings in the Aegean Sea. The Greek navy said their 180-foot (55-meter) Armatolos gunboat was on patrol off the island of Lesbos, as part of a NATO operation, when a Turkish-flagged vessel “approached and touched” their boat at about ...

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US reactivates 2nd fleet to rival Russia in North Atlantic ‘great power competition’

In a major realignment from fighting terrorism to great power rivalry with Russia, the US Navy is re-establishing its Second Fleet. The command had been responsible for the North Atlantic Ocean before it was deactivated in 2011. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson made the announcement on Friday, during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. “Our ...

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Vine co-founder halts development of its replacement, V2

There will be no “Vine 2” — at least for now. Trying to take on the giant social networks without external funding proved too tall a task for six-second video app Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann. “I’ve made the very difficult decision of postponing the V2 project for an indefinite amount of time. There are several reasons for this, including a bit ...

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‘It’s like a warzone‘: Trump takes swipe at London knife crime in speech to NRA

US President Donald Trump has once again sparked controversy with the UK, after telling an audience at a National Rifle Association (NRA) event that a knife crime surge has turned London into a “military warzone.” Addressing the audience at the gun lobby’s conference in Dallas, Texas, the president bemoaned the UK’s strict laws around firearms and the surge in knife ...

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5.4 quake hits Hawaii’s Big Island near erupting volcano

An earthquake measuring 5.4 points on the Richter scale has struck about 18 kilometers southwest of Leilani Estates, Hawaii, where an active volcano has been spewing lava, the US Geological Survey is reporting. The earthquake, which rocked the island of Hawaii at a depth of 6.9 km, was followed by several aftershocks, according to USGS, as eruptions at the Kilauea ...

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OPCW corrects its own chief’s bizarre claim that ‘50-100 grams of Novichok’ were used on Skripals

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has been forced to amend a sensational allegation by its own director-general, that “a quarter cup to a half cup of Novichok” – enough to kill thousands – was released to poison the Skripals. In an interview with the New York Times, published on Thursday, Ahmet Uzumcu, who has led the Organization for the Prohibition ...

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