Another new feature we are going to do a few times a week is picking out several news stories a few times a week so Planetarians can comment on them. The stories will be taken from a broad spectrum of news from Politics to Science to help keep you informed and let you have your say on current events that affect us all.
Just two days after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) reached a major milestone by producing 1.18 TeV (more than one trillion electron volts) of energy, the particle physics lab CERN had to cut power to one of the accelerator’s sites following a problem with a power supplier. The outage did not affect the cryogenics required for operation, and a CERN spokeswoman in Geneva, Switzerland, was optimistic that the power would be back up by 6:30 p.m. local time.
Although the report of another failure at the LHC could spur concerns of a recurrence of more serious problems that recently shut the system down for more than a year, comments posted to the lhcportal.com forum indicated that the failed 18-kilovolt circuit breaker would not delay any upcoming experiments.
The setback sounds minor and does not eclipse the history the LHC team made the other day.
By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Police believe a nurse anesthetist may have had inappropriate sexual contact with hundreds of patients in his care.
Paul Patrick Serdula, 47, of Marietta was arrested Wednesday by Cobb County police on three counts of unlawful surveillance and eavesdropping of patients at a dental office.
But it’s what investigators found during a search of Serdula’s Forest Peak Court home that is really alarming, according to Sgt. Dana Pierce. Electronic recording devices and hundreds of videos were seized from Serdula’s home.
Although investigators haven’t looked at all of the material yet, police say they have already seen enough to believe Serdula was engaging in criminal activity while patients were under anesthesia, such as sexual battery or fondling.
“We don’t yet know the magnitude of the criminal activity he was involved in,” Pierce said Friday afternoon.
The investigation began when a woman spotted a video recording device in the bathroom at her dentist office, located in the 600 block of Galleria Parkway. She immediately called 9-1-1, Pierce said.
This is truly a WTF!? story especially when it happens in your backyard. This is when I really wish there was a hell for people like this.
By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer Jeannine Aversa, Ap Economics Writer
WASHINGTON – The economic recovery gained traction in late fall as shoppers spent a bit more and factories bumped up production. That assessment Wednesday by the Federal Reserve marked its most upbeat view since the economy tumbled into recession two years ago.
The Fed’s new snapshot of business barometers nationwide found that conditions have generally improved since the last report in late October.
Eight of the Fed’s 12 regions surveyed reported some pickup in activity or improved conditions, the Fed said. Those regions were: Boston, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas and San Francisco.
The four other regions — Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond and Atlanta — described conditions as little changed or mixed.
The new report adds to evidence that the economy is rebounding after the worst recession since the 1930s.
I know the meme for some is to push the gloom and doom in economic news. Certain groups have gone so far as to under report or discount any positive news to fit this theme. Obviously the recovery is going to be a long slog so any good news is appreciated.
A reel-to-reel home movie which allegedly shows Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe smoking marijuana has emerged after 50 years.
The silent film, shot at a private home in New Jersey, was recently purchased by a collector.
Monroe at one point is passed a cigarette, takes a puff, but does not appear to inhale deeply.
The person who shot the film told the Reuters news agency the cigarette contained marijuana.
Collector Keya Morgan recently purchased the film for $275,000 from the film’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous.
The film is believed to date from 1958 or 1959, and shows a happy and relaxed-looking Monroe.
Yahooooo! I knew I liked Marilyn for some reason. Seriously with her problems she was probably self medicating.
by Nell Greenfieldboyce
Scientists can now study 13 previously off-limits human embryonic stem cell lines using federal research dollars, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The NIH has just approved the first set of stem cell lines that meet ethical guidelines set out back in July, after President Obama lifted previous restrictions put on embryonic stem cell research.
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, expects scientists to quickly make use of the newly approved cell lines.
“I think people are champing at the bit for the opportunity to get started in exploring this area of research with federal funds,” Collins says. “We already have lots of grants, $21 million worth, that have already been approved and have just been restricted until today.”
Under the Bush administration policy, scientists could use federal funds to study only 21 stem cell lines created before August 9, 2001.
Now this is some real change I can believe in. Who’d a thunk it a real pro-life decision.
New York lawmakers rejected a bill Wednesday that would have made their state the sixth to allow gay marriage, disheartening advocates already stung by a similar decision by Maine voters just last month.
The New York measure failed by a wider-than-expected margin, falling 12 votes short in a 24-38 decision by the state Senate. The Assembly had earlier approved the bill, and Gov. David Paterson, perhaps the bill’s strongest advocate, had pledged to sign it.
New York also doesn’t allow civil unions, but has several laws, executive orders and court decisions that grant many of the rights to gays long enjoyed by married couples.
The vote comes after months of delays and arm twisting of lawmakers sympathetic to the bill but representing conservative districts. It also follows a referendum in Maine that struck down a gay marriage law before it took effect.
By far the shittiest news of the day. I just do not understand why less love in the world is better than more for these hateful people.