Shots - Health Blog
3:56 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Virus As The Cause Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Shot Down, Again

XMRV retrovirus proteins in cancer cells.

A theory that a virus is the culprit for the mysterious chronic fatigue syndrome has just suffered another serious blow. But some patient advocates are standing by it, saying more research is needed.

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The Two-Way
3:47 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Scientists Report Breaking The Speed Of Light, But Can It Be True?

A 2010 light installation entitled 'Speed of Light' in London.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 10:13 pm

The AP is reporting results from a group of Italian researchers using equipment from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) that claims they've measured particles traveling at a speed greater than the speed of light.

Nature reports:

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3:35 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Stocks Close Sharply Down Amid Recession Fears

Stocks closed sharply lower Thursday after investors sold stocks with abandon, convinced that the U.S. and the world are headed for a new recession.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 527 points, the second consecutive rout since the Federal Reserve announced a change in strategy for fighting the economic slowdown.

At the close of trading, the Dow was down 391.01 points, or 3.5 percent, at 10,733.83. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 37.18, or 3.2 percent, to 1,129.58. The Nasdaq composite fell 82.52, or 3.3 percent, to 2,455.67.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Ambassador Rice: Palestinian Bid Is 'Unwise And Counterproductive'

In an interview with All Things Considered's Michele Norris, the United States' ambassador to the United Nations said the U.S. supports an independent Palestinian state, but trying to achieve that by asking the U.N. to recognize Palestine as a state is "unwise and counterproductive."

Ambassador Susan Rice echoed President Obama, saying "there's no shortcut; there's no magic wand," toward Palestinian statehood. She said the only way to reach a solution is for Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.

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The Two-Way
3:10 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

China's 'Strong-Willed Pig' Has Been Cloned

"Strong-willed pig," in 2008.
AFP/Getty Images

He's a national hero in China, as NPR's Melissa Block learned in 2009.

Zhu Jian Qiang, or "Strong-Willed Pig", survived for 36 days in the rubble of a home in southwest China after the devastating earthquake there in 2008. It's thought he only had water and charcoal to live on.

Since then, the castrated male has gone on to be a featured part of an earthquake museum in Dayi, China. And now, he'll live on — sort of — after he dies.

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WEMU Local
2:58 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Washtenaw County considers eliminating or not filling positions as part of plan to balance the 2012 and 2013 budgets.

Ann Arbor, MI – The Washtenaw County Administrator is recommending that about 32 full-time positions be eliminated or kept empty to help balance the 2012 and 2013 budgets. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Pakistan's Proxies Are Attacking Afghans And Americans, Mullen Says

Sept. 13: Afghan Security personnel stand above the body of one attacker, on the 10th floor of the building in Kabul from which RPGs and other weapons were fired toward the U.S. embassy.
David Gilkey NPR

"Extremist organizations serving as proxies of the government of Pakistan are attacking Afghan troops and civilians as well as U.S. soldiers," the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress today, in some of the sharpest words so far about what U.S. officials say is Pakistan's support of terrorist groups.

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The Salt
2:34 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Zebra And Cattle Make Good Lunch Partners, Researchers Say

Cattle and zebra share a meal in a pasture in Kenya.
Ryan Lee Sensenig Science

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 6:11 pm

Those of us who eat beef can thank cattle for turning grass into something tastier. But grass is not always easy to come by, especially in Africa. And without grass, where's the beef?

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