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China’s rich developing taste for human breast milk

Human breast milk is the latest delicacy amongst China’s wealthy, with a growing number of companies offering wet nurses for adults.

Xinxinyu, a domestic staff agency in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, allows adult clients to drink directly through breastfeeding or via a breast pump ‘if they feel embarrassed’.

Wet nurses for adults are paid four times the Chinese average at around 16,000 yuan (£1,700) a month and those who are ‘healthy and good looking’ could earn even more, company owner Lin Jun told the Southern Metropolis Daily.

Beliefs are held in some part of the country that human breast milk is the easiest and most digestible form of nutrition for those who are ill.

However, this bizarre new trend has sparked outrage and disgust amongst web users with many condemning the practice as unethical.

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http://metro.co.uk/2013/07/04/chinas-rich-developing-taste-for-human-breast-milk-3868655/

Think Your Money is Safe in an Insured Bank Account? Think Again.

By Ellen Brown

July 5, 2013 |
When Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters on March 13, 2013, that the Cyprus deposit confiscation scheme would be the template for future European bank bailouts, the statement caused so much furor that he had to retract it. But the “bail in” of depositor funds is now being made official EU policy. On June 26, 2013, The New York Times reported that EU ministers have agreed on a plan that shifts the responsibility for bank losses from governments to bank investors, creditors and uninsured depositors.

Insured deposits (those under €100,000, or about $130,000) will allegedly be “fully protected.” But protected by whom? The national insurance funds designed to protect them are inadequate to cover another system-wide banking crisis, and the court of the European Free Trade Association ruled in the case of Iceland that the insurance funds were not intended to cover that sort of systemic collapse.

Shifting the burden of a major bank collapse from the blameless taxpayer to the blameless depositor is another case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, while the real perpetrators carry on with their risky, speculative banking schemes.

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http://www.alternet.org/economy/bank-deposits-not-safe

What Created These Mystery Radio Waves From Another Galaxy?

by William Herkewitz

A single, gleaming flash of radio waves zooms toward us from halfway across the universe. Where it came from, nobody was sure, and it was gone in an instant.

The Lorimer burst, named after the astronomer who discovered it in a stack of half-a-decade old records, has stumped scientists for the last six years. But today a team of astronomers has announced that they’ve found four more flares just like it.

"You have to look at the sky for a very long time to find these," says Dan Thornton, the astrophysicist at the University of Manchester who discovered the new radio wave bursts. "The reason that we’re detecting them now is we’ve simply looked long enough." Thornton and his colleagues have just published a paper in the scientific journal Science saying that these strange radio wave bursts are an entirely new astronomic phenomenon.

"Some people actually suspected the Lorimer burst was an atmospheric event," and a fluke measurement, says Manjari Bagchi, an astrophysicist at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, in Bangalore, India, who has also searched for these radio wave flares but was not part of the study. "But this proves that these are all natural phenomenon," Bagchi says.

Each flash of energy lasts only a few milliseconds, and researchers still don’t know what causes them. "We think they’re probably caused an explosive event, because we haven’t seen them repeat," Thornton says. And pinpointing their exact origin is just about out of the question, given how rare they are and how big space is.

Read more: http://www.popularmechanics.com/how-to/blog/what-created-these-mystery-radio-waves-from-another-galaxy-15657576

Study: Hawk moths use sonar jamming genitals in fight against bats

by KADHIM SHUBBER




Hawk moths may be jamming bat sonar signals by rubbing their genitals.

The behaviour, reported in Biology Letters on 3 July, creates an ultrasonic noise that could be used to scare off an attacking bat and to jam the bat's sonar.

Radar jamming is a common tool in human warfare, clearing the way for aircraft to bomb enemy targets without detection. By flooding the radar frequency with noise, an attacker can render radar useless. A radar operator can resist by switching frequencies randomly, but modern attack techniques, reported to have been used by Israel during a 2007 attack on Syria, bypasses traditional "jamming" altogether and straight-up hacks the enemy radar.

A similar arms race has been going on in the natural world between bats, which rely on ultrasonic echolocation -- or sonar -- to "see", and some species of moths, which have developed special bat-detecting ears and, as this latest study shows, techniques to counter a bat's sonar.


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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-07/04/anti-bat-sonar
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