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17.03.2014

Do you know who you are talking to?

Do you know who you are talking to?

People pretend to be someone else in chat-rooms, in Second Life, in Facebook in Twitter, everywhere. The electronic world has made it “normal”. If someone in the past had pretended to be someone else such behaviour would have been considered pathological or criminal. Now? It’s just what people do. But… »

12.03.2014

Report: U.S. Regulators hid nuclear risks, doubts after Fukushima meltdown

Report: U.S. Regulators hid nuclear risks, doubts after Fukushima meltdown

[divide] Japan is marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi crisis, when a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami on its northeast coast. The twin disasters resulted in an unprecedented triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Internal emails revealed by NBC News show in the… »

08.03.2014

Enheduanna – the first author known by name

Enheduanna – the first author known by name

On the occasion of international womens day, pressenza presents an article about the first known female writer. This article was published by LEBENSWELT – Centre for Humanist Studies: http://women-make-history.jimdo.com/ En-hedu-Ana was revered as the most important religious figure of her day. She is the first author either… »

08.03.2014

USA: Energy Department suspends MOX programme

USA: Energy Department suspends MOX programme

For financial reasons, the US Department of Energy has decided to halt plans to use weapons-grade plutonium from dismantled nuclear warheads to fabricate fuel for civilian power reactors. Plutonium is the primary nuclear explosive in most of the world’s nuclear weapons. The power of a plutonium A-Bomb comes from the… »

05.03.2014

Thorium does not solve nuclear weapons problem

Thorium does not solve nuclear weapons problem

India Today news service reported on February 27, 2014: “Advanced Heavy Water Reactor is the latest Indian design for a next-generation nuclear reactor that will burn thorium as its fuel”. Co-incidently, Dr. Gordon Edwards had informed Pressenza that, “There are two countries that are testing moderated thorium-fuelled nuclear reactors, and… »

28.02.2014

Peeping Webcam? With NSA Help, British Spy Agency Intercepted Millions of Yahoo Chat Images

Peeping Webcam? With NSA Help, British Spy Agency Intercepted Millions of Yahoo Chat Images

By Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! The latest top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) may have peered into the lives of millions of Internet users who were not suspected of wrongdoing. The surveillance program codenamed… »

27.02.2014

Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas

Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas

By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales. See Democracy Now! for video interview Residents who live near areas of oil and natural gas fracking have long complained that the industry has poisoned their water with toxic chemicals. Now a new investigation is shedding light on another concern: air quality. The… »

17.02.2014

Science Report: Mechanism of crude oil heart toxicity on fish revealed from oil spill research

“Scientists from Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered that crude oil interferes with fish heart cells. The toxic consequence is a slowed heart rate, reduced cardiac contractility and irregular heartbeats that can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death The research, published… »

13.02.2014

Electricity: burden or saviour in developing Bangladesh

Electricity: burden or saviour in developing Bangladesh

Bangladesh is now moving towards becoming a medium-income-level economy with almost six percent growth per year. Although having difficulties in the political sector which affects significantly the economy of Bangladesh, the workforce of the country is maintaining the growth by integrity and hard work. By Tawfiq MD. Hasan* It is… »

08.02.2014

Mikko Hypponen – Emerging Threats to the Net

Mikko Hypponen – Emerging Threats to the Net

“The Snowden leak and recent events have highlighted that cyber espionage and nation sponsored attacks are not fictitious threats. No corporation dares to claim it is exempted from the exposure to targeted attacks and surveillance, “ says F-Secure’s Chief Research Officer, Mikko Hypponen, chief security researcher. Mr Hypponen gave a… »

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