Living organism with 'alien' DNA is created by scientists

How can this be news, most of us married one?

 
An organism for the first time has DNA with six base pairs instead of four      Photo: Alamy

  • Breakthrough in understanding of evolution after scientists modify E.coli bacteria to create organism with unique new DNA structure

The Telegraph
By Sarah Knapton
8 May 2014

A living organism with synthetic DNA has been created by scientists in a breakthrough which could change what we know about the evolution of life.

The DNA of all life on Earth is made from four "base" building blocks which bind in pairs and stack up like a twisting ladder to form the well-known double-helix.

Now scientists have managed to add two new artificial "base" blocks to the DNA of an E.coli bacteria.

It is the first time that a living organism has been created which has different DNA to everything else on Earth.

"Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G," said Associate Professor Floyd Romesberg of the Scripps Research Institute.

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Monica Lewinsky speaks out on affair with Clinton

Now is this timed to boost Clinton's polls or give Jeb a lead in?


Mail Online
By AP
6 May 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Monica Lewinsky says there's no question her boss — Bill Clinton — "took advantage" of her when he was president.

But she says their affair was consensual and if there was any abuse involved, it came afterward, when Clinton's inner circle tried to discredit her and the president's opponents used her as a political pawn.

The former White House intern, now 40, writes about her life in the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, out this month. In released excerpts, she says she's perhaps the first Internet era scapegoat and wants to speak out on behalf of other victims of online humiliation.

Her willingness to step forward may come at an inopportune time as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considers running for president. Republicans have signaled they don't consider her husband's scandal from the late 1990s out of bounds in the realm of 2016-style political dialogue.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a likely GOP presidential contender, answered criticisms of the Republican record on women's issues by saying in January that the last Democratic president engaged in "predatory behavior" with a woman, Lewinsky, who was 22 when her liaisons with Clinton began in 1995. Clinton's lies about the relationship contributed to his impeachment by the House in 1998; the Senate acquitted him.

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Less than half of 12th-graders can read or do math proficiently

How can a nation achieve technology breakthroughs when less than half of high school graduates can read or do math? The potential of the nation is being wasted. You mean this is news? Try testing the Senate and Congress.



Vox
By Libby Nelson
7 May 2014

The high school graduation rate might be at an all-time high, but less than half of American high school seniors are proficient in reading and math, according to new data released by the Education Department on Wednesday.

There is little good news in the results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Just 26 percent of 12th-grade students scored as proficient or better in mathematics in 2013. In reading, 38 percent were proficient or better. And there has been no improvement in 12th-graders' scores since 2009, the last time students took the tests.

A nationally representative sample of fourth graders, eighth graders and twelfth graders periodically take the standardized tests in reading, math and other subjects. The results are sometimes called the "Nation's Report Card."

Scores released in December showed that fourth-grade and eighth-grade students have slowly improved their performance in reading and math, even though less than half of them score as proficient in those subjects. But Wednesday's data show high school seniors haven't even made incremental progress.

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BREAKING: Massive Explosion in Qazvin, Iran – May Have Nuclear Origins …Update: Roads Blocked Off for 2km

Is there a smell of Israeli games here?


Gateway Pundit
Posted by Jim Hoft
6 May 2014

Iranian Fars News Service reported a massive explosion in Qazvin, Iran today. The origins may have been nuclear.

Arutz Sheva reported:

An immense explosion has been heard throughout the northern Iranian city of Qazvin, semi-official Fars news agency reported, and many casualties are expected from the blast.

Around 1.1 million people live in the city, which is located about 100 miles north of Tehran.

The blast may be related to nuclear development in Iran, according to the Los Angeles Times. Iranian officials in the past have strongly denied claims by Mujahedin Khalq Organization, or MKO, a cult-like Iranian exile group, that it has a secret nuclear enrichment facility in Abyek, near the major city, according to the daily.

The source of the blast remains undetermined. Several mystery explosions have been reported in the past several years in the region, none of which were ever verified. 

In 2010, Bloomberg reported that Iran was developing a secret nuclear site in Qazvin.

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False East/West Paradigm Hides The Rise Of Global Currency

Interesting perspective to ponder. The whole world is now changing with unstoppable forces.



Alt-Market
By Brandon Smith
7 May 2014

Despite popular belief, very few things in our world are exactly what they seem. That which is painted as righteous is often evil. That which is painted as kind is often malicious. That which is painted as simple is often complex. That which is painted as complex often ends up being disturbingly two dimensional. Regardless, if a person is willing to look only at the immediate surface of a thing, he will never understand the content of the thing.

This fact is nowhere more evident than in the growing “tensions” between the elites of the West and the elites of the East over the crisis in Ukraine.

I am continually astonished at the refusal of many otherwise intelligent people to consider the evidence or even the possibility that there is, in reality, no fundamental political or philosophical conflict between the power brokers of the East and the West. As I outlined in great detail in Russia Is Dominated By Global Banks, Too, the truth is they are both working toward the same goal; and both ultimately benefit from an engineered and theatrical display of international brinksmanship.

Russia, like the United States, is utterly beholden to globalist financiers through organizations like the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements. Russia’s global economic adviser in matters ranging from investment image to privatization is none other than Goldman Sachs.

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