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'Too big to fail' bank rules unveiled by global regulators

The rules, created by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), a global regulator, will require big banks to hold much more money against losses.

Mark Carney, FSB chairman and governor of the Bank of England, said the plans were a "watershed" moment.

He said it had been "totally unfair" for taxpayers to bail out banks after the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.

"The banks and their shareholders and their creditors got the benefit when things went well," he told the BBC.

Mr Carney explained that the new system would ensure that bank shareholders, and lenders to banks such as bondholders, would become first in line to bear the brunt of future losses if banks could not pay out of their own resources.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29982181

Virus that 'makes humans more stupid' discovered


A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US.

The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the discovery when they were undertaking an unrelated study into throat microbes.

Surprisingly, the researchers found DNA in the throats of healthy individuals that matched the DNA of a virus known to infect green algae.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/virus-that-makes-humans-more-stupid-discovered-9849920.html

Now we know why people vote Republican….

Daniel Radcliffe became ‘horrendously ill’ after drinking antifreeze-tainted water in Canada

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe’s work on a recently released supernatural film almost took a turn for the grim when he said he became “horrendously ill” thanks to an accidental gulp of antifreeze.

His film, Horns, which was filmed on locations throughout Squamish, Mission and Vancouver B.C. in 2012, received its worldwide release at the Toronto International Film Festival last year: it was distributed more broadly on Oct. 31.

During an interview with late night talk show host Conan O’Brien to promote the film on Thursday, Mr. Radcliffe explained that he got sick after he accidentally drank water from the holding tanks of his trailer: unbeknownst to him, the water had been tainted with antifreeze, he said.

“It is very cold in Canada and as a solution to that, because they don’t want the water to freeze in the pipes in the trailers overnight, they put antifreeze in it,” he told the host.

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http://arts.nationalpost.com/2014/11/09/daniel-radcliffe-became-horrendously-ill-after-drinking-antifreeze-tainted-water-on-movie-set-in-canada/#

Repub Senator wants a hearing to examine whether federal employees are overpaid

Ask Sen. Ron Johnson about federal employee priorities and the first thing he talks about is his concern that the government’s deficit spending will reach $127 trillion over 30 years.

That’s the prism filtering the view of this first-term senator from Oshkosh, Wis., a tea party Republican and former plastics businessman. His views will be important to federal workers come January when Johnson takes over as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — it oversees the workforce.

Johnson’s ascension to the chairmanship isn’t official yet, but he acknowledges it is a done deal.

“I think everybody agrees with that,” he said in an interview. “I’ve certainly been talking to everybody. . . . We’ve been kind of behind the scenes preparing for this eventuality, so nobody’s objected to it.”

Federal employees and their organizations, however, are sure to object to many of his positions on pay, benefits, unionization and the Postal Service. A number of his proposals are outlined in a report on deficit reduction he issued in 2011. Among those is the elimination of several agencies that deal directly with the federal workforce.


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/senate-chairman-to-be-will-rile-federal-workforce-with-controversial-views/2014/11/09/29f66d92-67a6-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html

Baby Gorilla killed at SF zoo

By Evan Sernoffsky and Carolyn Jones

A hydraulic door that crushed an endangered baby gorilla to death at the San Francisco Zoo on Friday night was custom made with a fully-functional manual shut-off switch, a zoo spokesman said Sunday.

The instant-stop switch, though, wasn’t pressed in time to save Kabibe, a 16-month-old gorilla, who unexpectedly darted under the hydraulic door as it was closing while she was being moved into her night quarters after the zoo closed.

The brutal death devastated zoo visitors and staff, along with some animal activists, who say better safety measures could have prevented such an accident.

...Kabibe, whose name means “little lady” in Swahili, was one of the few lowland gorillas born in captivity. The adorable underweight gorilla gained international fame after she overcame bleak odds of survival when her mother rejected her


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http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Hydraulic-door-that-killed-baby-gorilla-at-SF-Zoo-5882033.php

CERN may not have discovered elusive Higgs Boson

LONDON: The elusive Higgs boson may not have been discovered despite claims of it being detected last year, according to a new study.

Many calculations indicate that the particle discovered last year in the CERN particle accelerator in Switzerland was indeed the famous Higgs particle.

Physicists agree that the CERN experiments did find a new particle that had never been seen before, but according to an international research team, there is no conclusive evidence that the part ..

Read more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/cern-may-not-have-discovered-elusive-higgs-boson-study/articleshow/45086653.cms

Why is there something rather than nothing?

by
Robert Adler
People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little to say about this ultimate question.

However, in recent years a few physicists and cosmologists have started to tackle it. They point out that we now have an understanding of the history of the universe, and of the physical laws that describe how it works. That information, they say, should give us a clue about how and why the cosmos exists.

Their admittedly controversial answer is that the entire universe, from the fireball of the Big Bang to the star-studded cosmos we now inhabit, popped into existence from nothing at all. It had to happen, they say, because "nothing" is inherently unstable.

This idea may sound bizarre, or just another fanciful creation story. But the physicists argue that it follows naturally from science's two most powerful and successful theories: quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Here, then, is how everything could have come from nothing.

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http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141106-why-does-anything-exist-at-all

Insights on hummingbird travel, life span revealed

By KEITH RIDLER



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hummingbirds are giving up some of their secrets.

The perfecting of placing tiny numbered bands on their legs in the last decade has led researchers to discover hummingbirds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three once thought likely.

And astonishing migrations have been found, with a Rufous hummingbird caught in Florida one winter showing up the following summer more than 3,500 miles away in southeast Alaska. Some birds have even been discovered wintering in areas where temperatures drop below zero degrees.

"We're learning a lot about hummingbirds through banding we never would have learned otherwise," said Bruce Peterjohn, chief of the bird banding laboratory for the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.

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http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Insights-on-hummingbird-travel-life-span-revealed-5881693.php

Army veteran murdered at homecoming party in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - A 22-year-old Army veteran survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan only to be gunned down on a Los Angeles sidewalk early Sunday morning, police say.

Francisco Garcia was shot and killed after a dispute erupted outside a party thrown by his girlfriend celebrating his homecoming, reports CBS Los Angeles.

"The ironies are obvious," said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division. "To survive as a soldier in an overseas conflict, only to be killed in your old neighborhood upon your return."

The party for Garcia began at one house Saturday night and spilled over into Sunday morning at another nearby location.

Just before 2 a.m., Garcia was standing on the sidewalk when two cars stopped nearby, and one of the cars' occupants got out and started arguing with the veteran. The man who stopped then retrieved a handgun from another car and started shooting, leaving Garcia dead, police said.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/army-veteran-murdered-at-homecoming-party-in-los-angeles/
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