The making of medieval bling

Gold has long been valued for its luxurious glitter and hue, and threads of the gleaming metal have graced clothing and tapestries for centuries. Determining how artisans accomplished these adornments in the distant past can help scientists restore, preserve and date artifacts, but solutions to these puzzles have been elusive. Now scientists, reporting in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry, have revealed that medieval artisans used a gilding technology that has endured for centuries.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Key odorants in world’s most expensive beef could help explain its allure

Renowned for its soft texture and characteristic flavor, Wagyu beef — often referred to as Kobe beef in the U.S. — has become one of the world’s most sought-after meats. Now in a study appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that they have detected several key odorants that contribute to the delicacy’s alluring aroma.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

On the road to fire-free, lithium-ion batteries made with asphalt

Lithium-ion batteries can be found in everything from cell phones to hoverboards, but these power sources have recently made headlines for the fires they have inadvertently caused. To address these safety hazards, scientists report in ACS Nano that they are paving the way to better batteries with a naturally occurring form of asphalt.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

How your eyelids move is a clue to diagnosing disease

What do your eyes say? An eyelid motion monitor (EMM) under advanced development at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa can diagnose certain diseases.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Ancient Roman theater uncovered next to Western Wall

Jewish historian Josephus Flavius told of a small Roman-era theater built in the vicinity of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But no one had seen it for nearly two millennia. Archaeologists beginning with Charles William Wilson have been searching for that theater for 150 years to no avail.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Israel sends aid to California as deadly fires rage

A team of seven aid workers from Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID are working in evacuation centers in California after the worst series of blazes in the state’s history.


By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Christie Blatchford: McGuinty’s statement on gas plants was untrue, key witness tells trial

In the exquisitely even-handed manner that is his trademark and in his usual careful language, Ontario’s former top public servant Tuesday called former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty a big fat liar.

Peter Wallace was being cross-examined by Brian Gover, lawyer for former McGuinty chief of staff David Livingston.—More..

By News on the Net -- National Post- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Chris Selley: Sign a Toronto neighbourhood over to Google. Maybe our politicians will learn somethin

If you’ve followed Toronto politics for any length of time, if you’ve sat through the interminable, often farcical city council meetings, then you know the cynicism it can produce. You know in particular that hard data supporting or not supporting any given decision is lucky to get a look-in, never mind carry the day. And if you were in that sort of mood, Tuesday’s press conference at Corus Quay might have sent your eyes to rolling. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory were on hand to hail Sidewalk Labs’ new mixed-use development on the Toronto waterfront, in a 12-acre parcel of land at the foot of Parliament Street known as Quayside.

Sidewalk, a Google subsidiary, thinks it can use new technology and great reams of data to create a neighbourhood that demonstrates innovative solutions to problems from which successful cities like Toronto suffer — congestion, unaffordable housing, woefully inadequate public transit. (Google announced Tuesday it will move its Toronto headquarters to Quayside to “anchor” the area.) And there is no better place to demonstrate all this than Toronto, apparently.—More…

By News on the Net -- National Post- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Prayer Prevails in the U.S. House

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The D.C. District Court recently dismissed the lawsuit brought by Daniel Barker, an atheist and co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), in his attempt to become a guest chaplain for an opening session of the U.S. House of Representatives.

By Liberty Counsel - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

LIVE Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders White House Briefing

By News on the Net - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

VIDEO: Burger King messes with its customers to make a point about bullying . . . that fails very ba

I kinda sorta get what they were trying to do. There’s the tiniest seed of a worthy idea in here. But that doesn’t excuse the ham-handed execution or the way they very unfairly put actual customers on the spot. You want to get set up for national humiliation when you’re just trying to grab some lunch? Burger King is the place to go:

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Backlash against pro-Trump Facebook post shutters Arizona restaurant

Owners of Cup It Up American Grill in Tucson, Arizona, were forced to shut down their establishment after a backlash against pro-Trump statement posted on social media.

The owners, Christopher Smith and Jay Warren, posted a list of things they believe in, as well as a list of things they disapprove of. The list of things they approved of included: “OUR president, Always Standing for the National Anthem,” repealing Obamacare, and lawful immigration, among others. On the “disapproved” list were kneeling for the national anthem, Antifa, fake news, hate groups and hate crimes, and late night hosts getting political.

By BombThrowers -- Jacob Grandstaff- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Numbers Show The Deck is Stacked for Republicans in California’s Legislature

Elected Republicans represent nearly a third of California’s legislators, but are only getting 18 percent of their bills passed, for eventual consideration by Gov. Jerry Brown. This is despite the fact that they represent nearly 40 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the last election. And even worse, Brown so far has only approved about 16.5 percent of Republican bills, while Democrats saw 83.4 percent of their bills signed into law.

A few revealing statistics surrounding the outcomes for 2,550 new bills introduced during the recent 2017 session in the California Legislature point out which party gets to feast, and which can expect leftover crumbs.

By Katy Grimes - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Maryland shooting: 3 dead, 2 in critical condition in ‘targeted attack’

Three people were killed and two others were in critical condition after a “targeted attack” by a gunman at a business north of Baltimore early Wednesday, officials said.

The suspect was not in custody and police had launched a dragnet for the shooter, identified by Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince.—More…

By Fox News - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Lithium Supercycle

The truth, in regards to the world’s mineral resources, is that we in the western developed countries are usually not in control of supply.

“The spectre of resource insecurity has come back with a vengeance. The world is undergoing a period of intensified resource stress, driven in part by the scale and speed of demand growth from emerging economies and a decade of tight commodity markets. Poorly designed and short-sighted policies are also making things worse, not better. Whether or not resources are actually running out, the outlook is one of supply disruptions,  volatile prices, accelerated environmental degradation and rising political tensions over resource access.” Chatham House, Resources Futures

By Rick Mills - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Obama didn’t call John Kelly when his Marine son died in action, White House official says

Adding to the continued drama over whether past presidents have called the families of fallen soldiers, a senior White House official told ABC News today that then-President Obama did not call John Kelly, now the White House chief of staff, after the death of his son in 2010.

The retired general’s son, 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, died in action while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan.—More…


By News on the Net -- ABC News- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

State Department approves Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper line

The U.S. State Department Monday approved a long-delayed permit that will allow Canada’s Enbridge to double capacity on its Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline into the U.S, Kallanish Energy reports.

The presidential permit covers a three-mile cross-border section of the Line 67 pipeline near Neche, N.D. The permit will enable the company to increase capacity from 450,000 barrels per day (BPD), to 890,000 BPD on Line 67 as it crosses the border.—More…

By News on the Net -- Kallanish Energy- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Awkward: Compilation Video of Celebrities Thanking Harvey Weinstein Goes Viral

If you didn’t know who Harvey Weinstein was, you certainly do now. He is the big-time Hollywood mogul-producer who allegedly sexually harassed many A-list celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. It was Hollywood’s best kept secret, until today.—More…

By News on the Net - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

Trump dossier firm’s ‘smear’ tactics unveiled: Fusion GPS labeled critic a ‘pedophile,’ ‘extortionis

The self-described “strategic intelligence” firm Fusion GPS that was behind the controversial anti-Trump dossier has a track record of intimidation and smear tactics, according to congressional testimony and the firsthand account of a London-based Venezuelan journalist who said he was labeled a “pedophile,” “extortionist” and “drug trafficker” after criticizing one of Fusion’s clients.

“I believe that Fusion GPS’s business is to do basically whatever the paymasters tell them to do,” Alek Boyd, the Venezuelan journalist, told Fox News in his first American TV interview. “They are particularly good at spreading misinformation, disinformation and smears.”—More…

By Fox News - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story

In Czech Election, a New Threat to European Unity

Whether a wealthy oligarch with vast financial interests would prove as illiberal as Viktor Orban, Hungary’s populist prime minister, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s governing right-wing party, remains uncertain in a country as secular and Western-oriented as the Czech Republic. But Mr. Babis has suggested abolishing the Czech Senate and trimming the lower house of Parliament, moves that would strengthen the executive branch.

Following a pattern that has become familiar in European elections, the Czech vote pits longstanding mainstream parties in decline against anti-establishment upstarts from all corners of the political spectrum.—More…

By News on the Net -- NY Times- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Full Story