Thursday, October 15, 2009

Global News Feature--‘Extinct’ crow found again

Ornithologists have discovered a critically endangered crow, known to science only by two specimens described in 1900, on a remote, mountainous Indonesian island. Global News Source

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Global News Feature--Precious artifacts found on ancient vessel

Chinese archaeologists have discovered more than 200 precious porcelain artifacts on an 800-year-old merchant ship in the southern province of Guangdong.
The 40-day trial excavation ended Saturday and a massive excavation would start next year, said Wei Jun, an archaeologist leading the excavation.  The Nanhai (South China Sea) No. 1 ship from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) was loaded with an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 pieces of relics.  Global News Source

Friday, October 2, 2009

Global News Feature--Did Early Humans Start Walking for Sex?

The big news in the journal Science tomorrow is the discovery of the oldest human skeleton—a small-brained, 110-pound female of the species Ardipithecus ramidus, nicknamed “Ardi.” She lived in what is now Ethiopia 4.4 million years ago, which makes her over a million years older than the famous “Lucy” fossil, found in the same region thirty-five years ago.

Buried among the slew of papers about the new find is one about the creature’s sex life. It makes fascinating reading, especially if you like learning why human females don’t know when they are ovulating, and men lack the clacker-sized testicles and bristly penises sported by chimpanzees.  Global News Source.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Global News Feature: Obama's Money Man Speaks His Mind

He calls himself a "Jon Stewart Democrat," yet George Will raves about him. Austan Goolsbee, 40, is one of Barack Obama's top economic advisers, but the former University of Chicago professor doesn't suit up as a stodgy number cruncher.

He was once part of an improv comedy tour in college, has held his comedic own with Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and isn't afraid of speaking his mind. Asked about criticisms that the Obama administration is spending too much money, Goolsbee replies, "In the face of the stiffest recession since 1929, that is not when you try to tighten the belt. It is extremely dangerous to do that. That is exactly what Herbert Hoover did that got us into the Depression." Global News Source.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Global News OPINION: So Why Another News Site?

The Editor is a news junkie, and, particularly, a "hard news" and a "breaking news" junkie.  His health largely confines him to his apartment, the grocery and drug stores, and the social service agencies.  The Internet is his lifeline and his portal on the world.

In his surfing he has become more and more dissatisfied with how the news is presented on the Web.  Since news is new, search engines alone fail to give him adequate news access.  You have to input search terms that you already know and the new is what you don't know yet.  Global News Continues.

Google Wave to be released to 100,000 testers Wednesday

(CNN) -- Google Wave, a product that promises to revolutionize online communication, will go out to about 100,000 beta testers Wednesday.  Google Wave hopes to replace e-mail as the main way people communicate online.

The Web application from Google Inc. combines elements of e-mail, chat, Wiki documents, blogs and photo-sharing sites to create a form of Internet communication called a "hosted conversation," or a "wave." Global News Source

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Global News Feature--Rethinking Stocks' Starring Role

For at least a generation, financial professionals have urged mutual-fund investors to put more money in stocks than in bonds. The logic: Stocks power a portfolio, while bonds provide some protection.

Now some pros are questioning that conventional wisdom. After last year's stock crash, and ahead of a potentially weak economic recovery, they're arguing that bonds and alternative asset classes such as commodities deserve more weight.  Global News Source

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Global News Feature--Wild Rose Country to bloom in poppies?

OTTAWA–The opium poppy used for painkillers could soon be a cash crop in southern Alberta.  Matching parched prairie farms with Canada's first commercial poppy crop is an idea contained in a briefing note for Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.  Global News Full Source

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Global News Feature: For some families, work is in another city — or hemisphere

Bob Handshy talks with his wife, Rebekah, every day — about the weather, the kids' school projects, the new bathroom floor.

He chats with the kids. He plays Hangman with his son, Jace. He tells the children "Be good" and "I love you" and "Good night."

He just does it from 1,900 miles away.  Global News Source

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Global News Feature--Africa: Great Leap Forward on Free Healthcare

Providing free healthcare to millions of women and children in some of the world's poorest countries has come a step closer, with the unveiling on 23 September of a US$5.3 billion financing package by British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.  Global News Full Source

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