วันเสาร์ที่ 8 ธันวาคม พ.ศ. 2555

Ideal Christmas gifts for scientists | Dean Burnett

With the holiday season, people are desperately trying to find the right gifts for their loved ones. But what if you need to buy a gift for a scientist? Consumer culture tends to ignore fans scientific market, so there are relatively few conventional products intended for them. The only solution is to invent a new

is the holiday season, which means that people have to buy gifts. Buying gifts can be stressful at the best of times, but it can be even worse if you need a gift for a scientist fanatic / science. These people, by definition, such as science, but there is relatively little in the way of common products that meet this growing demographic of fans of science-types apparently. Science and technology are, of course, heavily involved in the development and manufacture of almost all consumer products purchased as gifts regularly. All Smartphones, Tablet PC and console is the final result of large quantities of advanced research and development. But even their storage costs generic deodorant lot of science behind them.

Almost nobody cares much. It seems that science is merely a means to an end, when it comes to consumer goods, which is used and unmanned in any way. People are more inclined to consider the science behind his shiny new possession as Starbucks ask the bartender what kind of machine used to grind grain. With this kind of attitude to face, why would you produce articles that focus on possible gifts and celebrate science itself?

Then someone told me that you can buy caffeine infused panties. Ie pants infused with microcapsules that release caffeine. Caffeine intends to fight against cellulite or something, do not you wake up is more typical. Caffeine is apparently quite common in products of skin care. It's a bit more reassuring, there are many vehicles for drug delivery, but "short" is not usually one of them.

But whatever the mechanism of the actual or anticipated these clothes, and regardless of whether they work or not (not, apparently), I found comfort in his own life . This shows that, at some point, someone suggested "the administration of caffeine Knickers" product as possible, instead of alcohol, they are serious and things are done. I think logic is that if there is someone to buy. And if it happened once it can happen again.

In this spirit, I thought I'd suggest some possible products make ideal gifts for lovers of science. If anyone is interested in reading this and able to, please do so. I do not want royalties or anything.


The beloved property board game development interplanetary March edition. The whole family can experience the thrill of the colonization and terraforming our sister world, since the game has been redesigned to take the realities of life on Mars in mind.

The board is about half the size of standard dice but only go as high as 2 due to gravity and thin atmosphere that requires a slower pace. Each player starts the game with $ 6 million. None of this has been said and there is no infrastructure for land costs nothing to buy, but the construction of a hotel is ridiculously expensive and largely useless anyway. The main excitation is provided by the random cards that say things like "Life Discover, be famous forever," "explosive decompression experience, dying almost instantly" and "You learn that everything I did in the game until a false memory was implanted 'Memories'. back to the beginning, do not collect $ 200. "

"Monopoly: March edition." It promises a lot of fun slow, dangerous for all ages

BATMAN: ARKHAM psychiatric ward

The latest installment of the popular video game franchise sees the Dark Knight against his biggest challenge yet: his own fractured psyche.

finally realize that dressing like a nocturnal flying mammal and engage in constant clashes with criminals increasingly sophisticated can not be normal behavior, Batman admits that the death of their parents may have left with serious psychological problems, it is checked in the mental asylum of Gotham known legitimate.

battle with mental problems that have plagued Batman since childhood. Discover the lasting effects of post-traumatic stress, depression, psychosis and borderline. Deal with the many side effects of psychotropic drugs, such as olanzapine, SSRIs and others that you are trying to find the right balance of drugs to ensure the normal functioning cognitively. CRY gently regular sessions with a therapist will help you reach an agreement with his grief and pain, and we hope to move forward as a person.

"Batman: Arkham Psychiatric Ward" is an exciting journey through the practice of mental health from the perspective of someone obviously sick. It also has a new online multiplayer mode where multiple players can participate in a group therapy session, where you can talk about issues of anger and insecurity, while trying to avoid calling each other "fagot" every 8 seconds.



You've heard of Where's Waldo? Well, now it's time for science to which the sample is difficult to obtain in the game with the "Where's Higgs?" Puzzle Book. Each book contains pages and pages of scenarios devilishly difficult in a single Higgs boson is hidden in a complex image and must be found. To make things easier, each Higgs particle (or the mark of an artist) was dramatically reduced, and measures a huge diameter of 0.5 nm. Special mechanisms of the printing ink: the Higgs boson is only visible when the book is colder than the vacuum of space, and generally requires the combined efforts of hundreds of people to watch. The Higgs boson can be considered "found" when enough people agree that there probably.

"Where's Higgs?" Just below the bust-ups charades family is guaranteed.



to taste the pleasure of being a professional psychologist studies human behavior at home with all Psychology startup. Each group consists of almost nothing but documents, including forms required to explain the basis and because of his experience (design it yourself), the form required to apply for grants, forms for ethical approval , magazine articles model for writing, forms, subject recruitment patterns, and much more.


all, run the test, recording your results confirm their hypothesis and experience the true to have someone with the same game tells you that you are wrong then cruelly mocked by anyone that a chemical microscope kit or are not "clean" science.

as they grow older, girls are under considerable pressure to meet

an increasing number of feminine ideal that demands unthinking and uncaring society. Why not do it all in one convenient package with the doll My Little Gender Stereotype?

MLGS The doll is a pop star fairy nurse who plans her wedding, so she runs a kitchen (national), discusses realistic baby kitten and also turns into a horse or a unicorn or something. It also has realistic hair that can be styled and idealized anatomical proportions that are impossible to achieve with normal human physiology. Despite this, it also comes with a selection of fake Daily Mail describing their "defects" worrisome physical detail.

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At Art Basel Miami Beach, the stars line up to be seen -and be shocked

connected American art fair has a reputation for pool parties and hedonism, but sales this year is expected to top £ 1.5 billion


hour VIP preview Wednesday Art Basel Miami Beach, the largest contemporary art fair in the United States, P Diddy sweeps with his entourage. In aviator shades and dressed all in black, bar the Gucci logo on his shirt, Diddy is famous enough to attract attention, even among the visitors of the hip and rich milling in the aisles. Now in its 11th year, is an artistic event ABMB to see and be seen. For the uninitiated, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted by ABMB. If you think London is too eventful in the frieze just stay away from Miami this year, there were at least 17 art fairs taking place simultaneously. Art around the city with pop-up exhibitions, a new museum, film screenings, public sculptures (including a black dog King Kong companies) and street art by people like Shepard Fairey, the creator of the famous Obama "Hope" poster.

Then there are the games that attract artists like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, movie stars like Will Ferrell and Demi Moore and reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

On opening night, Wendi Deng, wife of Rupert Murdoch, co-hosted an event for Chanel Soho House South Beach, while the afterparty in a pop-up Recreational Silence Club David Lynch movies

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attracted queues in the early hours before the Delano hotel. Judd Tully, editor of magazine

Art + Auction and veteran of the series, said: "Miami is a party town You have to be young or a glutton for. Punishment ".

Delano Tuesday night, a crowd is transmitted by a party to the beach club for the next event. In the evening the White Cube gallery in Soho House, The Uninvited, hoping to obtain, are pushed behind the barrier ropes. Inside, a melee bettors sneak in crowded bars to the beach and poolside DJ sets. Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and White Cube owner Jay Jopling are apparently comfortable in their VVIP section undisclosed.

anxiety state infects the conversation. Disco pool, a young Canadian collector complains that it can also participate in the early hours because "everything is good pre-sale. I'll probably get there and find a woman of 80 years, I bought what I want. "

The hedonistic atmosphere has often attracted criticism of the show, including showing the charges that attracts little interest in contemporary art. Wendy Cromwell, an art consultant and frequent visitor based in New York, says that the serious collector base has increased in recent years.

"The kind of people who came at the beginning, I just wanted to party and hang on to the coat-tails of the art world. But the show has gained legitimacy among collectors. Even New York [exhibitions] can not compete. The Armory Show has lost its luster, and Frieze New York last year people complained that it was not as good as Miami. "

This year, the commercial importance was reinforced ABMB for damage during Hurricane sand by many participating galleries in New York. Tully said: "Some dealers are really counting on this show to make money to survive."

Nichole Caruso

Wallspace Gallery in Manhattan, said his basement unit - which contains hundreds of drawings, paintings and sculptures - was submerged. "It was like a swimming pool. Part of this work will be with the Conservatives for months, even years. " The value of the work sold by international galleries over 260 ABMB is estimated at £ 1.5 billion. Notable sales included at the beginning Hirst

However, there are more than usual star names available. Although only 10% of the participating galleries are American, the show offers perhaps the most important international exhibition for local artists. This reflects the growing importance of wealthy collectors in South America, particularly in Brazil, the fair has helped to stimulate. The White Cube opened a new space in São Paulo ABMB just before this year, Gagosian set to follow next year.

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วันเสาร์ที่ 1 ธันวาคม พ.ศ. 2555

Blatter hands the FA £314,000

FIFA president calls check medical center

London . mind 2012 was a catalyst for change, says Blatter

Nearly two years after the all-time low after the failed attempt of the England World Cup, Sepp Blatter, has said that the relationship between football and the FIFA Association are fully repaired in a one visit president of world football governing body for the new national football center in the park of San Jorge.


through the pouring rain to be greeted Staffordshire with a big smile at the reception at the Hilton on the site of the man she had been in open war only 18 months earlier.

was the FA chairman David Bernstein, who was standing in the 2011 Congress of FIFA in Zurich allegations of corruption swirling around the organization and said Blatter should not be allowed to be re-elected without opposition.

After exchanging pleasantries

, flags, medals and other various accessories related to the visit of the FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter said that the FA is now a good friend of the governing body of world football.

"What we see today is nothing but cooperation in football." S In friendship, in recognition of the work that has been done here by the FA in the park of San Jorge. No return in the past are now living a wonderful day -. 'S this, "said Blatter, who announced that the FA has received $ 500,000 (£ 313.720) of its Goal project at the medical center in the premises of £ 100 million

"It is a gift, and the gift today for me was this wonderful center, the Park San Jorge. And we'll go tomorrow, because tomorrow may be used by everyone and it is a good thing for the development of football. As the FA celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, it really is a step in this direction. "

The FA also announced that it will host nine coaches promising international football as part of a new scholarship program.

Previously, it was estimated that the work of the Football Association of International Development had not received the credit he deserved, but the general secretary Alex Horne said now channel their assistance through the through FIFA and UEFA, rather than unilaterally implement projects.

also defended Meta grant application, saying that if they had been generally accorded to developing countries, European countries have recently been invited to bid for them.

Bernstein said he had worked hard to build bridges with Blatter in his re-election as FIFA president. "We have worked hard to respond directly to FIFA. Understand that we want to be in the tent and part of the international community. You want to do everything we can, "he said.

"Blatter told me once." His game is run by idiots is not run by brilliant people ",". Writing

After FIFA was punished by the media after the selection of Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the tournament in 2022, Blatter has accused English "arrogance" and are " bad losers ".

Blatter downplayed the problems Coe claims, saying they were "a thing of the past," and insisted that English football has lost its reputation for arrogance, have adopted best practices in the world to inform the development of the Park San Jorge.

"You're a good football socio What I learned today is that the FA is looking into the world." What are the best training centers "They realized, and that's fine," he said, after a two-hour tour around the hotels, offices, conference rooms, a spa and training centers which are the compound.

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The Mousetrap at 60: why is this the world's longest-running play?

Agatha Christie whodunit is 60 years. What is the secret of his longevity? Stephen Moss goes behind the scenes of "snow room" and the pub for a sing-song with the cast

Quentin Tarantino saw The Mousetrap

two years ago. I would have said that, because when I recently called the work, which this week clocks 60 years in the West End of London, I could not help but wonder what I could do with creaky old Agatha Christie thriller. Blood, gore, black humor, talk tortuous. Could be great, but probably only lasts two weeks.

I've always been fascinated by The Mousetrap, which was in the Ambassadors Theatre 22 years after its creation in 1952, before moving to atmosphere side of St. Martin. I checked the sign changed every year on its facade - "60 years" who preaches today - and questioned outside groups tour in Japan. But I had never seen until last week, when, on the occasion of the joint celebration of its 60th anniversary and its 25,000 th performance I saw, not once but three times.

a Tuesday morning is probably not the best place to start: about 100 followers in a 550-seat theater. The first thing you notice is a wooden panel in the hall: "This performance is the number 24 993 Agatha Christie The Mousetrap, the longest in the world to launch the game." Many participants were photographed with him, claiming its place in the history of theater.

A young woman is out with her grandmother, who uses a wheelchair. Asked a man in a costume for a ramp, thinking that it is the staff. It is not - it is here to see the game - but seek one anyway. We are, after all, a big family. Linda Allcock, against Birmingham with her husband, Roger, is celebrating her birthday. "I always wanted to see The Mousetrap," he said later in the interval. "So I said," Well, I'm 60 years old, his 60th birthday. - I'll go see Agatha Christie I love you. " I wonder if it worked for that. She hazards a guess. I told her she could be in for a surprise. "He was a member of the audience?" Roger takes a brilliant suggestion.

There are eight cast members, each signed by a season of 47 weeks. More than 400 actors who have appeared in recent years. Richard Attenborough was the original Sergeant Trotter and his wife, Sheila Sim, the first Mollie Ralston - Hostel owner Monkswell Manor, which inevitably overwhelmed (which does not prevent Trotter arrives on skis residents say that s 'is the first murderer). But alongside Attenborough and Sim, few players were headliners. The Mousetrap is a star vehicle, the work and its author are the stars

The drama became the longest running show in the history of British theater and in April 1958 (reproduced below, did not run as long as they do now). From that moment, says producer Stephen Waley-Cohen, "began to develop its own momentum." I liken it to Madame Tussauds and the changing of the guard - something you must do if you visit London. But public is not, as conventional wisdom suggests, mainly composed of foreign tourists. Most are from other parts of the United Kingdom, for them, the trap is part of the London experience. It's like a quasi-religious ritual, with the public as part of a process than plaster.

Geoff Bullen, the current director, agrees that it is a rite of passage, but insists that it works as theater, too. "The work is plentiful and not only the characters cardboard cutouts," he said. "It is very well organized - the height of The Dream of a Summer Night." Charles Spencer, drama critic of the Daily Telegraph, it looks more like a nightmare afternoon in winter. "San Martin Theatre one of the most attractive theaters of the West End, "he wrote last year," and it is a tragedy that has been filled with tosh so painful for so long. " Telegraph readers, constituency work naturally turned to him.

More than a dream
Waley-Cohen added: ".. because it works in the period and is absolutely right or camp not knowing" However, given that most people will see it as a phenomenon rather than a game, of course there is an awareness of its historical baggage? "A little," he says, "but the public distribution. Expect actors pretend that it is a work of new construction in 1950."

The next night, I see the trap again, but this time behind the stage, sitting with the actors. They make me feel very welcome and showed me the room "snow" where all visitors Monkswell Manor receives a thick layer of white scales (foam pad) before going on stage, but offered to let me turn the historical wind machine (as used in the original production) and take me to a pub in Soho after singing traditional Wednesday night.

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วันพุธที่ 28 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2555

The EU should take a harder line on Russia's democratic deficit

European leaders should follow the example of Germany against Russia and collectively in their governance and human rights

Europe was a busy place recently, so it is not surprising that Angela Merkel's visit to Moscow a few days ago has attracted little attention. But never mind, because, unlike most official visits, this time pointing to a real change, not only in Germany but all the EU's relations with Russia.

The bottom line is that a number of countries in Central Europe, led by Germany, have so far maintained a close relationship with Moscow. This relationship is based on two pillars: energy dependence, and the reluctance, given the size of Russia and the recent history about it too much, too soon in the areas of human rights and democratic governance

hope to someone in Brussels, London or Berlin joining the points. EU policy towards Russia has so far been very ineffective. The union is divided between, on the one hand, those who, like Poland and Estonia mainly on Russia as a threat is not rebuilt, and on the other hand, those who, like Germany and Italy, which should be considered important and supplier of higher energy and business partner. When I was ambassador to Moscow, the inability of the EU to gather in scandals like the murder of Litvinenko and the cyber attacks against Estonia was extreme. And the Russians, of course, given the disunity and exploited to the maximum.

This is changing. As shown in Merkel's visit, there is a deep disappointment in the EU on the political course of Russia. Russia Acolytes key advice from the EU - MM Schroeder and Berlusconi - have disappeared. The noose of dependence on Russian gas is released. It is time for the EU to find a common approach to Russia effectively. This two-pronged. Firstly, maintaining relations with Russia through the expansion of trade and other contacts. Reform will only come with economic growth. But on the other hand, much more clearly with Russia on issues of governance and human rights. Not the least of the virtues of the EU met in this way would be the impact on Russia itself. The Russians consider themselves Europeans. The best of them want their country to meet the highest European standards. A united Europe strongly support these standards would be a huge hit in the arm for those who take real risks to move Russia in the European concert.

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วันอังคารที่ 20 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2555

How Psy taught me Gangnam Style

Korean pop star psy invented "style Gangnam" mocking the pretensions of wealthy citizens of Seoul. Since then, with 700 million views on YouTube, David Cameron, Barack Obama and Ban Ki-moon, learned movements. But who is he, and he can teach Jay Rayner? Hey sexy lady ...

. Video: Watch Jay Rayner Psy teach moves

Learn to dance like a horse is very, very difficult, even if you have a good teacher - and mine is the best in the world. He is stocky, soft-cheeked 34-year-old Korean man wearing a tuxedo bright co-respondent shoes without socks and enough to believe Makeup-Katie Price as an ambassador for the natural look. Psych Psycho court - whose real name is Park Jae-sang - is the biggest pop star on the planet right now. He is credited with the destruction of cultural barriers for the world of dance. I should be in good hands. The clip of her song "Gangnam Style", published in July, is officially the most "wanted" never in YouTube - 5m hours and counting. It is the second most watched after Justin Bieber "Baby", with over 700 million page views (and counting. Everything in this story is moving forward). He went to No. 1 in 28 countries. It is entirely in Korean.

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The track, brazenly mocking the pretensions of those who wrongly associated with modes and styles Gangnam Seoul sprauncy - a kind of South Korea, Beverly Hills - what has been called a " peacekeeping force in the world, "Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Not bad for a bunch of dance moves involving an accessory with his legs like a horse, his hands crossed at the wrists as if holding the reins, followed by a whipping action. Flash Mobs 30,000 people danced Gangnam style. Boris Johnson said Gangnam style danced with David Cameron at Chequers weekend. Barack Obama promised Michelle Gangnam dance style to the White House. This is the way to keep a relationship alive.

Therefore, Psy was called to teach dance to others. He taught Britney Spears. He taught Justin Bieber. And now the poor devil must teach me a man who, when they handed the feet, was clearly in line with the brand "fish." We are in the middle of a ballroom at the Dorchester Hotel in London, followed by his entourage and a team of photographers and video there to record the moment for posterity not thank us for the effort. He shows me the double jump from one foot to the other, a random rhythm that must be mastered before crossing into dolls games. Levanto copy on the right foot, and ...

But let us stop here for now, standing in the middle of an empty ballroom, I lifted one foot twisted inward, Psy me as if I'm afraid of falling. (I May) Is a few hours ago, we met at the headquarters of the BBC Radio 1 roadshow Psy and just roll into town. The day before, he spoke to students at the Oxford Union, in English he learned during four years of study in the United States. You now have a shiny limousine, a herd of paparazzi objective tumescent and a crowd of fans waiting.

left South Korea a month ago, in an international tour that took confess surprise. He uploaded the video to YouTube on July 15. In the days since the talk on Twitter Robbie Williams, Katy Perry and Tom Cruise. Would he get a management contract with Scooter Braun, who also manages Justin Bieber, and countless parodies on YouTube spawn. Among them is a tail coat "style Eton" by the students of the school, the other by a group of Klingons, a "Jewish style" and almost inevitably grinding together "Gangnam Style" with Hitler in the scene his bunker movie Downfall

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Psy hear interviewed on radio and television during our time together, and as expected, there will be a series of lines of action which again, is no less true for repetition. "I do not call that success," says DJ Scott Mills, a journalist from Radio 1


, Jonathan Ross and finally to me. "It is a phenomenon. This is not for me. 'S Made by the people. "

He knows the difference. The fact is that all Psy may be new to many of us, success is nothing new to him. "The style of Gangnam" is a single from her sixth album. Took it topped the charts in South Korea for a dozen years, which means that the character has been unleashed on the world - is a character - is fully formed.'s important is to understand the character, how you start from people who claim to be intelligent in the way it is perceived in Gangnam, where he grew Psy.

"I'm not beautiful," she said, and it is useless to argue with him. Despite his charisma, which is exceptional. What is it, however, is brilliant timing comic, a way to use a caricature of the implacability of Asia which is simply devastating. "This is why" Gangnam style works, "he said. "If someone uses this expression is beautiful just uncomfortable. But if someone like me who uses it is fun."

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The success of the last song has been hailed by many as a break-out to the K-Pop, a particular brand of brilliant music, brilliant and is largely dominate the Asian charts. Unless the K-Pop exploded long ago. Driven by the power of social media, K-Pop acts such as rain, Wonder Girls and SM city has filled the largest stadiums in the United States since 2006. Similarly, while Psy is Korean pop music is certainly not common K-Pop. In a very conservative society, most K-Pop artists are prepared by a renowned celebrity school - dance lessons, singing lessons, how to deal with the media - before the audience erupted in a safe very strong calibrated to offend as few people as possible.

We have troops in the studio of Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills for a taped interview. Mills is credited with breaking the track here and helping the number one. In a master stroke of his production team asked the Radio 4 continuity Kathy Clugston read the words "Style Gangnam" on the BBC cut glass voice: "I am a man, a man who convex ideas rather than bulging muscles, a guy who goes crazy when the time comes. "Just stressed comedy.

Mills asked what he thinks later. Psy says it will do another album, but only half in English. The rest remain in Korea. The fact is that a number of K-Pop bands tried to penetrate global markets, singing in English and simply does not work. "I made no effort to get there," he said. "The next time you do it on purpose. Kept'm If well. I feel the pressure."

He receives a certificate from the
Guinness World Records for the most beloved video on YouTube. Psy says is the first certificate that has already received, and we believe that this is not entirely a joke.

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วันพฤหัสบดีที่ 15 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2555

Brazil's Amazon rangers battle farmers' burning business logic

Evandro Carlos Selva is a 1400 police high-tech environment with the eyes in space and feet on the ground for deadly border patrol

As the helicopter descends through the smoke in the Amazonian Jungle Hell Evandro Carlos checked the coordinates using a global positioning radio satellite back to the base of depositions of witnesses to deforestation.

flames lick the waves down through the canopy of smoke on the horizon, while below, the carbon that was stored in the forest for hundreds of years, is released into the atmosphere.

skeletal charred trees are gray, others burned black. Nearby, what was once forest area is reduced to ashes, dust and ashes. Walking through the rubble, Carlos Selva points on a farm near soy: ".. They paid to do this Forty percent of the harvest next year in this country has been bought"


is illegal and Carlos Selva - a guard with agency environmental protection in Brazil, IBAMA - starts the process of imposing fines, trade embargoes and other sanctions which have helped to reduce the deforestation rate of nearly 80% over the past eight years. This is impressive progress, but are at risk. Pressure to convert rainforest grows stronger because of drought in the United States, rising global food prices and the weakening of the Brazilian laws.

Carlos Selva works in Mato Grosso, the first line of efforts to find a balance between protecting the environment and to feed a growing world population. Next year, Brazil will surpass the United States as the world's largest producer of soybeans. Most plants grown in Mato Grosso - where the Amazon rainforest is the Cerrado savannah - and both are eaten by fields

global priorities are recorded here on earth with geometric precision. Far from the image that most people of a vast unbroken rainforest has been cut and cut polygons divide soybean fields of the world's most productive wells largest carbon on the planet earth.

The boundaries between the two must be whether humanity puts more value into our lungs or our bellies. In fact, it became a contest between economics and law.

Carlos Selva is responsible for patrolling and maintaining this limit agitated. It could well be the last work of the 21st century. Analyst, accountant, regulatory and economic climate in a dangerous wound copper and the important role that is constantly transforming satellite data, global warming, world hunger and international prices of commodities

It receives warnings deforestation death threats and space of its neighbors - all supported by the available technology in the 21st century, with the same risks as the sheriff of the Wild West is face 200 years ago. It is equipped with a GPS system, a camera, a tablet and a pistol.


monitoring and reassignment is not an easy task. In the state of Mato Grosso alone, there are 110,000 properties. Most are extremely remote. Many owners have invested their lives here and do not take kindly to being told that you can not use the land as they wish.

Carlos Selva has received death threats in June, while the world debate on the advantages and disadvantages of sustainability Earth Summit Rio +20. Has been taken hostage by the landowners. They slashed the tires on all four wheels. Corrupt local politicians are not on your side. After your operation more successful - a sting that exposed the widespread falsification of documentation forest - he and the chief of police has worked with districts were transferred from the road. Could be worse. Other browsers have had their chance homes. Many environmentalists have died trying to protect the Amazon.

is difficult to overstate the issue. Both sides of the debate set in clear terms. Save the forests and the fight against climate change. Clearing the forest and reduce hunger. Agribusiness see the Amazon as one of the last major areas of expansion.

Rangers are caught in the middle, but it's not just one or the other option. There are alarming signs that the Amazon is trapped in a vicious circle and the largest controller clears this climate, world weather, it becomes less predictable. This increases the risk of droughts and floods, destroying crops throughout the world. This, in turn, increases the pressure to clear the forest.

Twenty million people have taken up residence in the Brazilian Amazon, which covers two million square kilometers. Already, 17% was stripped by ranchers, loggers and soy farmers. In the recent summit of liberation in 2004, the square was cleared 10.723 miles per year, equivalent to the size of Albania, Haiti and Belgium.

Since then, deforestation has been significantly reduced thanks to a system that combines the eyes in the sky, boots on the ground and a growing collection of carrots and sticks to persuade farmers that are better leave the forest intact.

is mainly based on two sets of satellite data: PRODES, which is an annual audit of forests at 6.25 hectares (currently using a Satellite in the UK), and discouraging that provides almost real-time information to the rangers in the field, such as Carlos Selva, which can quickly reach the affected areas in helicopters and trucks. Individual offenders can be fined, imprisoned, machines confiscated and denied access to bank loans.

Institute of the Environment said it took 650 trucks, tractors, chainsaws 60,200 in 2011. Municipalities where more than 30 square miles were illegally dispossessed are put on a blacklist, which means companies zone accidents and cheap finance companies that negotiate with them also face restrictions.

Francisco de Oliveira Filho, director of policies against deforestation Ministry of Environment, said the program helped Brazil over halfway through its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen greenhouse by 36% by 2020.

"In 2004, we said that it was impossible to stop deforestation in the Amazon, but we have shown that you can reduce it," he said.

The hard work is yet to come, however, because of the deforestation polygons are becoming smaller and more dispersed. Farmers have learned the limits of satellite observation and the financial incentive to break the law increases with the increase in soybean prices. "We look at the system now. Aware that we are reaching the limits of surveillance and control," de Oliveira Filho. "Until now, we have made good progress, focusing on large landowners and large groups deforestation. But we have reached the point where, if we want to achieve our goals, we want to have holdings of less than 25 hectares. therefore in need of high-resolution satellite. "

The Ministry of the Environment focuses on an arc of deforestation in the north-east to south-west. This is the first line, where farmers are eating in the woods. By far the most affected states are Pará, Mato Grosso and Rondonia. With abundant water resources and fertile flat land at the border of the Amazon and the Cerrado, Mato Grosso is considered one of the best farmland in Brazil, which has made the forests more difficult to protect.

soybeans rose 10% last year. Locals say that this is mainly due to the conversion of grassland to cropland. But it is also clear that the pressure on the forest. In September, the Mato Grosso was the only state where clearing has continued to accelerate - an increase of 158% compared to the same period last year

One of the worst areas is Feliz Natal (Merry Christmas). Many farmers here have already been sanctioned, but there seems to be no sign that the pressure on the forest provides.

plumes of smoke every few hundred meters across a vast expanse of forest. The fog spreads across the sky, but it is far from the worst burn-off. Satellite images show the smoke from fires 100 miles the previous extension.

The deforestation process is simple. Different stages - conducted over a period of two to 10 years - all can be seen on a helicopter ride over an hour of Mato Grosso

Part approved by the government, farmers are supposed to protect 80% of the Amazon rainforest in their country and 50% in the Cerrado. To do this, the Rangers are the prints of satellite images showing the red areas where deforestation has occurred.

landed in an area where trees have been dragged down. Instead of burning the forest, farmers use two powerful tractors in conjunction with a large chain, including pushing the top of the tallest trees in the road. Carlos Selva estimated 500 hectares have been cleared without permission and began a process of punishment and restoration.

There are limits on the vision of the authorities and enforcement powers. It takes about two days for the satellite data to be processed and sent to agents on the ground. After an update next year, it will be accelerated and the Rangers also receive data on forest degradation, which should increase your chances of catching violations at an early stage.

The operation will be facilitated by two new satellites - a Japanese, a Chinese-Brazilian. The two Japanese Alos provide satellite radar surveillance, allowing space agencies and observe the forest, even during the season covered from November to March. CBERS-Brazil China 3 provide better resolution and more frequent data.
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วันอังคารที่ 6 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2555

Tourist safety in Vietnam's famed bay questioned

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2011 file photo, a tour boat, submerged in the water, is pulled up in the Halong Bay in northern Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, a day after 12 people from nine nations died when their boat sank early in the morning. Each day, up to 10,000 tourists from around the world sail around the bay, a UNESCO-heritage site and one of the country's most visited tourist attractions, and gaze at its stunning limestone pillars and caves. But at least four deadly accidents over the last 10 years and many more alarming safety incidents recounted on traveler's blogs have led to allegations that the ships are cutting corners. (AP Photo/Dinh Tran Trung Hau, File)

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No Doubt, exploiting 'hot' Native American stereotypes is never OK | Lisa Charleyboy

Gwen Stefani

group has released a video with a swarm of a tuft of eagle feathers. End the cultural appropriation here


Gwen Stefani

bind with rope and arms raised above her while she is at gunpoint and twisted side to side like a parody of girls pretending to be punished. Typical power clip, but this time she gets a bunch of eagle feathers, a shield and a leather fringe designed to depict a Native American woman.

"Looking Hot", the latest video from No Doubt, was released last Friday and immediately caused outrage among Native Americans and their allies, who found the content denigrating their culture. The online uproar resulted in the group taking the offending video and apologize "to the indigenous community and anyone offended by this video." Apology stated: "As a multiracial group of our foundation is based on the diversity and consideration for other cultures"

But this is not the first time that Stefani has missed the boat. Remember when she was four silent Asian women presenting themselves as "Harajuku Girls" its underlying wherever she went? Oh, and then there was this phase in the 1990s when wearing bindis and saris at every given opportunity. Obviously you missed the memo that the band's music and the community is based on "respect, unity and integration" that the appointment excuse.

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วันจันทร์ที่ 5 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2555

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, dies at 86

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, known to many as "Punch", dies at his home in Southampton, New York, after a long illness

A U.S. newspaper publishers most famous, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, whose family owns the New York Times, died Saturday at the age of 86 years.

Sulzberger was one of the best "Gray Lady" known frameworks. Its mandate in charge of the best known American newspaper covered a period of great change and the dynamics of the media industry.

His son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., is the current editor of the newspaper, overseeing the adjustment traumatic for a digital world that began in the late period of the control of his father. In a statement reported by the New York Times said Sulzberger family Sulzberger, who was known to many by his nickname of "Punch," died at his home in Southampton, New York, after a long illness fought against.

The Sulzberger family led the New York Times in 1896: when the Sulzberger took over in 1963, the media was the hot metal that dominated ink and delivered newspapers in hand.

The Times was also a somewhat insular institution was financially vulnerable. Sulzberger began a rapid expansion, the acquisition of radio and television and the extension of the newspaper in his native New York to become national in scope. He turned the company into a multi-billion dollars for the time he gave to his son in 1997.


Sulzberger the Times saw him win the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor in American journalism, 31 times.

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Heightened tensions as Manchester police tackle gang feud

City, where two policemen were killed in the grip of organized crime and combat gang cycle continues

Hundreds of armed policemen, including teams have been drawn from neighboring forces to help police in Greater Manchester overloaded against a vicious gang fight reportedly killed two officers, Guardian can reveal.

all day, police patrols have continued in East Manchester and Tameside that investigations into the murders of two police officers, PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona bones, 32, was in a context of increased tensions. There was tight security in the city of Manchester magistrates court on Friday morning, while Dale Cregan, 29, appeared before magistrates charged with four murders - those of the two agents and Mark Short, 23, and father of David, 46. He was placed in custody and will appear before the court of assizes in the town on Monday.

criminals have played an active role in the city that the attention of the population is concentrated in the violent consequences attributed to a long-standing dispute between the two crime families in all districts Clayton and Droylsden is.

Wednesday evening, masked assailants dressed in high-visibility jackets entered Selfridges in Manchester city center, smashing windows with axes and iron bars and grabbing £ 500,000 of watches in a daring raid 80 seconds.

was an attack that sources say it was not a coincidence, since the police were on Tameside and Old Trafford, Manchester United, which played that night. The feud between the two families in East Manchester seems to have been caused by an incident in which a woman was hit in the face by a man in a pub in east Manchester at the beginning of this year. The incident sparked violence, such as has not been seen in Greater Manchester, involving grenades and firearms.

senior officials believe that organized crime "does not attract attention and is rejected by many as something that involves criminals against criminals." A police source said that the dispute between the two families that happened 10 years ago.

Lately, low intelligence was passed to the police and everything seemed calm, until the pub incident. While people were happy to give information to the police, few were willing to make official statements, perhaps for fear of reprisals. The two families involved in the fight was executed criminal empires chaotic. They are believed to focus on the illegal cannabis farms, the property offers and handling stolen goods, "fencing" on a large scale. Extortion and violence go hand in hand with their activities.

This week Garry Shewan, Assistant Chief of Police, urged the two crime families to end the fight and said that Tuesday was a turning point and "enough is enough". Greater Manchester Police Chief of Police, Sir Peter Fahy said that those who believe that organized crime has nothing to do with them, think again: "What is important is that people realize that is not a question of when movies or books. stolen jewelry or if you have a stolen car when you fly, when drug trafficking in the region, such prosecutions do some people think that it will affect it. ago "

gun crime has dropped dramatically in Manchester in the 1980s and 90s struggling to shake Gunchester nickname. But serious firearms are always available, with a source saying in the Manchester Evening News this week that hand grenades can be bought for as little as £ 50 if you know where to look.

An American Steven Greenoe, smuggling more than 60 big guns in Britain in 2010 at Manchester Airport in his luggage. He is now in prison in the United States, but the vast majority of firearms is still in circulation and were previously used in shootings in Manchester and Merseyside.

weapons include pistols Glock 19 with a magazine containing 15 rounds. Recent statistics show that in Greater Manchester between April 2011 and March 2012, there were 39 guns were fired, killing four occasions. Armed crime has decreased year after year for the last decade. In contrast, the height of the "Gunchester" was, 27 people died and 250 were injured during a tumultuous period of five years.

The history of Manchester bands is far from a new problem - which dates back to the 19th century, when parts of the city were the grass of the most feared "scuttlers" with rival gangs involved knives deadly fighting. recent years, the emphasis has been mainly in the south of the city center in Longsight and Moss Side, where high unemployment and the arrival of cocaine sparked a war raging in streets.


operation was established eight years ago to counter the threat of weapons that destroyed communities and affect the national perception of the city. The breakthrough came three years later after the shooting of Tyrone Gilbert at the funeral of Ucal Chin, a young father with his friends on the team Longsight. The Gooch gang rival leaders Colin Joyce and Lee Amos opened fire on a crowd of mourners, when they addressed the crowd of 90 people. Senior police described the couple as psychopaths.

when 11 members of the gang were later convicted at Liverpool Crown Court following a police operation intensive fire decreased significantly. But there are new trends of concern.

"The idea that children welcome at the farm of origin violent criminals and search for them is bad," he said. "My child attends primary school in Arundale John Kennedy Road and a mother, I know that most of the children there. They are frightened at the idea of ??criminals and certainly not sit praise and welcome your area where they play. "
with other residents, organized a vigil for officers next week, adding: ". Hattersley is not what happened on that fateful day"

Patsy Mckie, founder of Mothers Against Violence charity, created to fight against gang violence in the south of Manchester, said: "What we see now is a family quarrel, in place gang have only seen a change. what happens regarding gangs. "

When she began her work, she said that gangs were involved in the violence in their own community in Moss Side and Longsight. "They were shooting at each other for different reasons. May have begun with drugs, you may have to do with weapons. Or where you live or not to live, where you can move or not to move, the young people decided that the lines drawn in the sand. But what we see now is struggling. "

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Detained Palestinian theatre director resumes hunger strike

Zakaria Zubeidi being held without charge by the Palestinian security forces and supporters say could die within days

The Palestinian militant was theater director Zakaria Zubeidi resumed a hunger strike to protest against his continued detention without charge by any Palestinian security forces and his supporters say it could die few days.

Zubeidi, who publicly renounced the armed struggle in 2006 in favor of cultural resistance, was jailed in Jericho prison since May 13 after being arrested in a wave of arrests in his hometown Jenin. He has not been charged with any crime.

assured that they would be released, but at a hearing in court Monday that his detention was extended by 19 days. He said he refused all food, liquids, and medical care.

Witnesses said, visibly weak and thin Zubeidi told the court: "This morning, the doctor told me that I have three days of life if you do not drink the water if the court decided to kill me .. "

Zubeidi arrested after an attack by armed men in the house of the governor of Jenin, who later died of a heart attack. A weapon used in the attack was linked by investigators to the Palestinians Zubeidi. He denied any involvement in his arrest and offered to cooperate with the investigation.

He told his relatives and associates who had been held in solitary confinement for the first 50 days of detention, he was denied access to a lawyer for more than two weeks and has been abused and tortured by interrogators. His lawyer, Farid Hawwash, was also arrested for criticizing the Palestinian security forces.

Human Rights Watch criticized

Zubeidi arrest. "For more than four months, the Palestinian Authority has violated basic due process rights Zubeidi be charged and tried, and continues to ignore his statements that interrogators tortured," said Bill Van Esveld, HRW.

"foreign donors emergency AP if the pressure to end impunity and arbitrary arrests Zubeidi case illustrates." Western governments like Britain and the United States directly to funding the PA security.

Hawwash, Zubeidi lawyer said he would appeal the decision to the court in Ramallah on Wednesday, but had "no expectations" results.

Jenin was the cornerstone of the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising, and the home of many suicide bombers sent to attack Israeli citizens. Zubeidi was on the most wanted list Israel as head of the Brigade of Martyrs of Al-Aqsa in the city. But then occupied Jenin Palestinian government as a model of good for the city prospered economic investment and security forces of the Palestinian Authority took control of extremist groups.
A series of attacks over the last 18 months - including the unsolved murder of Mer-Khamis, the assault against the governor's house and killing two weeks ago of the Palestinian Authority security chief Hisham al-Rakh - has led to calls that slide into anarchy Jenin.

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วันอาทิตย์ที่ 4 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2555

David Blunkett attacks Germany in blueprint to engage voters

Former Minister of Labour says

Merkel is so arrogant and risk alienating public policy

former minister David Blunkett will be presented on Monday a scathing attack on the "dangerous authoritarian imperialism of Germany," as he made a call to find new ways to end this trip with public and enhancing the elected political power to fight the power of unfettered markets.

accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel, trying to "veto" the voters of sovereign countries, and said that without the austerity measures imposed by the governments of Germany, the crisis in Greece and Spain have occurred.


new levels of alienation from political life in the UK, says Blunkett governments can act as a counterweight to global bond markets and technocrats debilitating if they have a committed electorate behind them.

He says in a pamphlet entitled On the defense policy, with a preface by the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, the interest in the reconstruction of the base policy, initiatives are needed Governors to help schools, community health groups commissioning and funding, even state campaigns such as Make Poverty History. Recent constitutional reforms that the choice of a House of Lords are not relevant for a renewed commitment to the common people with the potential power of democracy and collective action claims.

"The left should get a picture of the power in the political system and find new ways to involve new people in the government, or it will be lost, and people will return to the 'policy grievance offered by extremists. A functioning democracy must be engaged political counterweight against the free market and unregulated. You political commitment to the process below and not from the top down reforms, "he said.

Blunkett, one of the former leaders who advise Miliband also addresses:

he said. "Angela Merkel has behaved in a very dangerous near the imperialist Europe is ironic that the government was put in place to stop individual with the dominant power, and we are here

"could be described as nothing less than a coup d'etat in terms of what happened in Greece, with the removal of the prime minister, and Italy, with the elimination both the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Blunkett said: "Once the voters have given their verdict that the Chancellor of Germany tried to veto the argument that voters only pacts can not be easily ripped by the new government tone and nature. the German response, however, was very helpful and the height of arrogance. Again, the Germans made their appearance suggests they were entitled (or their officers have the right) to overcome the voters' decisions in different sovereign countries. "

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California campaigners hope to see death penalty abolished on election day

Polls show that voters are divided over the fate of the state capital - and the 724 prisoners currently on death row

advocates the death penalty are preparing for what they hope will be their biggest victory of an entire generation, such as California enters the final week of the campaign through a bill for the abolition of the state capital and close to the largest online mortality in the country.

referendum in California at the end of the death penalty is being closely watched in the United States as perhaps the most important point of inflection from the United States Supreme Court has temporarily prohibits executions in 1972. A "yes" to Proposition 34, November 6 give a boost to the abolitionists and send shock waves through the 32 other states that offer the ultimate punishment.

California, by far the largest number of death row. It has 724 death row inmates, almost double the next highest, Texas with 407.

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/ Los Angeles Times poll supporters of Proposition 34 on 42%, just three points below those that maintain the death penalty in place. It is within the margin of error, which suggests a statistical link.

The proposed deletion is supported by several high profile people and organizations, including the conservative Fox News broadcaster Bill O'Reilly and most of the major news agencies in California. One of the promoters of this initiative is Jeanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin, near San Francisco, where death row in California.

Woodford told the Guardian that after more than 30 years in the state criminal justice system, which had concluded that the death penalty was indefensible. "It is broken and ineffective. Improvement of public safety to provide or improve our social morality in any way. "

During his time as director of San Quentin, who presided over four executions, including that of Robert Lee Massie who was sentenced to death in 2001 for two separate murders "voluntarily" to die for refusing to monitor calls.

"In fact, Massie execution took place because they wanted to live," said Woodford. "So I helped him with his suicide -. It is too much to ask a public official, and any other condition that is not considered appropriate"

Woodford added that it was only after he retired as director that the total impact of having effectively acted as executioner struck four times. "I will not let me destroy it as I decided to do something to end this policy -. When he was not working towards something positive could eat off of me "

savings that could be made by the transition to life in prison allow an additional year of $ 100 million will be allocated to the investigation of a serious crime in a state in which an astonishing 46% of homicides and 56% of outstanding offenses. The rate increased clarification of these crimes would be a more effective deterrent, supporters of the proposal believe that keeping people in death row for many years with little to show for it - were only 13 executions California since 1967, and this practice has been legally suspended since 2006.

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