Daily Archives: October 13, 2014

Plants ‘absorb more CO2 than thought’

Plants ‘absorb more CO2 than thought’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29601644

Show paints Rembrandt as ‘modern’ artist

Show paints Rembrandt as ‘modern’ artist http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29484448

Show paints Rembrandt as ‘modern’ artist

Show paints Rembrandt as ‘modern’ artist http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29484448

WHO: Ebola Is Modern Era’s Worst Health Emergency


Esquire names Penelope Cruz ‘sexiest woman alive’ – SFGate


C.D.C. Rethinking Methods to Stop Spread of Ebola – NYTimes.com


Shia militias ‘killing Iraqi Sunnis’

Shia militias ‘killing Iraqi Sunnis’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29603272

CDC head says more health care workers could have Ebola, despite claiming ‘any hospital’ can handle virus | Fox News


About 70 hospital staffers cared for Ebola patient – SFGate


Who is Nina Pham? Meet the Nurse Who Contracted Ebola – NBC News


Synod signals Catholic shift on gays

Synod signals Catholic shift on gays http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29603496

Mozart: Symphony ‘Jupiter’ No.41 in C major, K 551 (Jaap Ter Linden & Mozart Akademie Amsterdam): great compositions/performances

Johanes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony ‘Jupiter’ No.41 in C major, (K 551)

Ennio Morricone – The Mission Theme

Ennio Morricone – The Mission Theme

today’s holiday: Columbus Day

Columbus Day

When the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) first landed in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, he believed that he had reached the East Indies. Despite his error in judgment, Columbus is credited with opening the New World to European colonization, and the anniversary of his landing on the Bahamian island of San Salvador is commemorated in the US with parades, patriotic ceremonies, and pageants reenacting the historic landing. In 1991, Berkeley, California, cancelled Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day. More… Discuss

quotation: Henry David Thoreau (above morality by points)

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

today’s birthday: Margaret Thatcher (1925)

Margaret Thatcher (1925)

The first female prime minister of Great Britain, Thatcher served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century. She is noted for policies that dismantled many aspects of Britain’s postwar welfare state and privatized many state-run industries. Her introduction of a controversial “poll tax” met with widespread public disapproval and contributed, along with internal party disputes over European integration, to her 1990 resignation. Why was she called the “Iron Lady“? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: PLoS Publishes Open Access Scientific Journal (2003)

PLoS Publishes Open Access Scientific Journal (2003)

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit open-access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of scientific journals and other scientific literature under an open content license. Therefore, PLoS journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License. PLoS began as a petition urging scientists to stop submitting papers to journals that did not make the full text of their papers available within six months. What Nobel Prize winner helped found PLoS? More… Discuss

Hands-Free Technology Can Make Drivers More Dangerous

Hands-Free Technology Can Make Drivers More Dangerous

Hands-free, speech-activated phone and infotainment systems for drivers are meant to make roads safer, but many are having the opposite effect. These systems are intended to make it easier for drivers to do things like make a call, send a text, or tune the radio without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel, but many of the programs are so error-prone and complicated that they end up being a greater distraction than, for example, talking on a hand-held cell phone. More… Discuss



A Stradivarius is a stringed instrument made by Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari. His “Strads” are famous for their tonal quality and are highly prized by world-class musicians and collectors. Many artisans have since tried to imitate his style of workmanship. Fewer than 700 genuine Strads are believed to be left in existence. Those that have survived are often identified by the names of previous owners. The famed “Lady Blunt” violin was auctioned in 2011 to help raise money for what cause? More… Discuss

word: gaffe


Definition: (noun) A clumsy social error; a faux pas.
Synonyms: slip, solecism, gaucherie
Usage: He knew by the silence that greeted his speech that he had made some kind of gaffe. Discuss.

Redford to receive career honour

Redford to receive career honour http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29587070

Picasso self-portrait goes on show

Picasso self-portrait goes on show http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29594057

Police ‘seize £250K of IS money’

Police ‘seize £250K of IS money’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-29599902

Farage invited on leaders’ TV debate

Farage invited on leaders’ TV debate http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29595529

Nationalists ahead in Bosnian poll

Nationalists ahead in Bosnian poll http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29586853

Election gains for Hungary far right

Election gains for Hungary far right http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29596031

UK’s ‘Greatest Geosites’ announced

UK’s ‘Greatest Geosites’ announced http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29572008

Snail named after marriage equality

Snail named after marriage equality http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29599785

Oil prices see further declines

Oil prices see further declines http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29594761

Samsung accelerates wi-fi speeds

Samsung accelerates wi-fi speeds http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29595220

Kmart shops hit by payment card hack

Kmart shops hit by payment card hack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29595214

French economist wins Nobel Prize

French economist wins Nobel Prize http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29599016

Taliban ‘kill 22’ in mountain ambush

Taliban ‘kill 22’ in mountain ambush http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29592581

East Ukraine rebel leader attacked

East Ukraine rebel leader attacked http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29593949

Turkey ‘allows Syria rebel training’

Turkey ‘allows Syria rebel training’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29591916

Liberia Ebola medics ignore strike

Liberia Ebola medics ignore strike http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29591805

Debrief: Boston Patient Not At High Risk For Ebola | CommonHealth


Samsung’s new super high-speed Wi-Fi will download a movie in less than three seconds | The Daily Digest News


La.: Don’t bring waste from Ebola victim’s personal items


As Israeli Police Lock Al Aksa Mosque, U.N. Chief Denounces ‘Provocations’ – NYTimes.com


Mobile Web – News – Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola


Turkey ‘agrees to US air base use’

Turkey ‘agrees to US air base use’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29591916