14 Jul 14
DARPA taps Lawrence Livermore to develop world's first neural device to restore memory
he Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory, DARPA officials announced this week.
Gallup: Majorities of Muslims and Atheists Approve of Obama; Christians Don't
Obama’s job approval rating was highest, by religion, among Muslims, other non-Christians, Jews (by faith), and atheists, his highest job disapproval ratings were among Christians.
Hamas Just Attempted To Create A Horrific Nuclear Disaster In The Heart Of Israel
No matter what side you are on in the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, everyone should be able to agree that it is utter madness for Hamas to fire rockets at the Dimona nuclear installation in the Negev. The intent, of course, was to destroy the Dimona facility and create a horrific nuclear disaster in the heart of Israel.
Philippines Earthquake Today 2014: 6.3 Strikes Pondaguitan
A 6.3 Philippines earthquake today 2014 has struck Pondaguitan. The Philippines earthquake today July 14, 2014 has been followed by a 4.9 magnitude quake moments ago. Damage assessment is pending.
Magnitude 6.1 quake hits Davao Occidental
The tectonic earthquake occurred at around 4 p.m., and was centered 88 kilometers southeast of the Davao Occidental town of Don Marcelino.
5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Hits East Java
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake jolted Indonesia's East Java province on Monday, Xinhua news agency reports quoting the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.
Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines
A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.4 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines, on July 14, 2014, at 07:59 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 22.5 km (14 miles).
Epicenter was located 83 km (52 miles) SSE of Pondaguitan and 101 km (63 miles) ESE of Caburan, Philippines.
Russia, Saudi Arabia to Sign Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Deal
Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement in the civilian nuclear cooperation, the head of Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation said on Sunday.
“Everything is ready, at the level of delegations everything has been initialed and agreed. We expect to sign [the document] in the fall,” Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko said.
World Health Organisation recommends that all gay men should take antiretroviral medicine to halt HIV epidemic
The World Health Organisation has announced for the first time that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs, in a bid to try and contain the growing rates of HIV in gay communities around the world.
...Speaking after the release of the report, Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO’s HIV department, said that they were seeing an “exploding epidemic” when it came to HIV rates in the gay community around the world.
Putin calls for a new world order
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner have called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions.
The Russian leader is on a six-day Latin American tour seeking to increase Moscow’s influence in the region at a time when the Ukraine crisis has eroded East-West relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.
Yemen tribesmen blow up vital oil pipeline
Yemeni tribesmen have blown up a major oil pipeline, officials say, disrupting supplies from the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea.
The attack strikes at a key revenue stream for Yemen's government, which relies on oil exports to fund spending.
The pipeline, carrying some 100,000 barrels daily, was blown up in Habab district of Marib province.
Israel's Gaza campaign in seventh day, amid rocket fire
Israeli air strikes on Gaza and rocket fire on Israel have continued as Israel's operation against Palestinian militants entered its seventh day.
Palestinian officials say 172 people in Gaza have been killed since the offensive began last Tuesday.
Israel says nearly 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza in that time. It said it shot down a Palestinian drone near Ashdod on Monday morning.
Women bishops: Church's second chance to decide
The Church of England will decide later whether to allow women into its top ranks as bishops.
Its ruling General Synod is preparing for a crucial vote on the issue - after an attempt was blocked in 2012.
It was passed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy but was six lay members' votes short in the House of Laity.
Seoul: N. Korea Fires Artillery Shells Into Ocean
North Korea on Monday fired artillery shells into waters near its sea border with South Korea, Seoul's military said, a day after the country test-launched two ballistic missiles in the latest of a series of weapon tests.
Foreign nationals flee Gaza through Israeli crossing
Hundreds of foreign nationals left Gaza Sunday through the Erez border crossing with Israel. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, received 812 requests from foreign nationals, most of which were approved. According to an officer in the COGAT office, all those approved left Sunday, along with 50 others whose requests had been mediated by foreign consulates.
Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive
Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.
China national charged in hacking plot to steal US military data
US authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of Boeing and other firms with large defence contracts.
Su Bin, who was arrested in Canada last month, is accused of working with two other suspects to steal data about military projects and sell it to China.
Russia warns Ukraine after shell crosses border
Russia threatened Ukraine on Sunday with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country, inflicting big losses.
U.S., Iran say disputes remain in nuclear talks as deadline looms
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday major differences persist between Iran and six world powers negotiating on Tehran's nuclear program, with a week to go before a deadline for a deal.
13 Jul 14
Light earthquake hits east of Gilroy
A light -- 3.4 magnitude -- earthquake rattled a rural area east of Gilroy on Sunday morning. No damages or injuries were reported. The slight temblor struck at 10:24 a.m. in an area along Highway 152, about 6 miles east of Gilroy. The shaking was notable in Gilroy, Hollister, Watsonville and Morgan Hill, according to a U.S. Geological Survey map.
Moderate 5.6-magnitude quake strikes off PNG
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea early today, US geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off northern Chile – USGS
SANTIAGO – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile’s coast on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of major damage or casualties.
3.4-magnitude quake shocks Gilroy area
The temblor rattled the area at 10:23 a.m., with the epicenter located about 6 miles east-southeast of Gilroy, according to the USGS. The quake had a depth of about 4.9 miles.
Minor tsunami hits Fukushima region after strong quake
A minor tsunami hit large swathes of northeastern Japan early Saturday, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the country s Pacific coast.
ISIS May Ultimately Target Mecca
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ISIS supporters began posting online maps showing the group's proximity to Saudi Arabia and "hinting at its next likely advance into Saudi territory," Vocativ reported, adding that "a groundswell of ideological support combined with wide-reaching corruption [in Saudi Arabia] could pave the way for ISIS’ penetration into the country."
Israel carries out first ground operation of Gaza crisis
Israel carried out the first ground operation of the Gaza conflict on Sunday when commandos attacked a site used for launching rockets.
Leaflets were dropped warning thousands of people to leave their homes in a northern area of the Palestinian territory before the raid took place.
The first deployment of Israeli troops coincided with a further escalation of the air campaign.
Ebola Spreads to Sierra Leone Capital of Freetown as Deaths Rise
The worst outbreak of Ebola moved to Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown where an Egyptian was found with the city’s first confirmed case of the disease.
The unidentified Egyptian national had traveled from Kenema, the largest city in the nation’s Eastern Province, and checked into a clinic east of Freetown, Sidie Yahya Tunis...The person was moved back to the Ebola center in Kenema, he said.
Libyan rival militias clash near Tripoli airport
Fighting has broken out between rival militias near the international airport in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Anti-Islamist rebels from the Zintan region who control the airport have been attacked by a rival group trying to take over the area.
Flights to and from the airport have been suspended amid reports of heavy explosions and gunfire.
Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles
Pope Francis has said reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles.
In an interview with the Italian La Repubblica newspaper, the Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church.
He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands".
Coldest Antarctic June Ever Recorded
Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station.
According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c (11.9F) lower than normal. This is the coldest June ever recorded at the station, and almost the coldest monthly average ever – only September 1953 was colder, with a recorded average temperature of -23.5c (-10.3F).