Friday, August 31, 2007

Irans Nuclear Programme is Peaceful says International Atomic Energy Agency

The mainstream media has failed to report the agreement reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Iranian government in regards to the Iranian nuclear energy program. An understanding has been reached between the two. The IAEA has given Iran's nuclear program a clean bill of health.

Why is the U.S. media not reporting on this matter? Why do the U.S. and its Western allies continue to threaten Iran with punitive bombings for its alleged non-compliance, when everything indicates that Iran has a bona fide nuclear energy program and does not have the capabilities of developing nuclear weapons?

The following are highlights from the document:

Article IV (1): These modalities cover all remaining issues and the Agency [meaning IAEA] confirmed that there are no other remaining issues and ambiguities regarding Iran's past nuclear program and activities.

Article IV (3): The Agency's delegation is of the view that the agreement on the above issues shall further promote the efficiency of the implementation of safeguards in Iran and its ability to conclude the exclusive peaceful nature of the Iran's nuclear activities.

Article IV (4): The Agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of the declared nuclear materials at the enrichment facilities in Iran and has therefore concluded that it remains in peaceful use.

Emphasis added

The Director-General of the IAEA has also confirmed in an interview published by Profil, an Austrian magazine that it is highly unlikely that Iran would pursue the development of a nuclear weapons program.

The document is a slap in the face for the Bush Administration. In light of these developments, it is no surprise that the Washington is now seeking to justify military action on the grounds that Iran is allegedly behind the killings of American troops in Iraq.

The fact of the matter is that the U.S. and its Coaltion partners, as confirmed by several reports, are in an "advanced state of readiness" to wage a military operation directed against Iran. What they now require is a new fabricated pretext which portrays Iran, in the eyes of public opinion, as a threat to world peace.

The Western media bears a heavy burden of responsibility in the current wave of disinformation regarding Iran.

The official report can be downloaded HERE (pdf format).

Friday, August 17, 2007

Chinese Parents Try to Name Baby '@'

China is in the midst of a phenomenon whereby parents are giving their new-born children increasingly bizarre names. One couple intend to call their child '@', the English 'at' symbol which sounds like 'love him' in Chinese.

With just 127 surnames shared by 87% of the population, originality is tough. Traditionally, new or foreign concepts are notoriously difficult to introduce into the Chinese language because the written form appears as characters rather than letters.

This is further complicated by a national identity card system which does not usually allow for "unfamiliar characters", although it did permit 60 million names that included them last year.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Scientists Claim to Have Broken Speed of Light

Two German physicists claim to have made photons exceed light speed, thanks to a phenomenon known as quantum tunneling. The breakthrough was made during an experiment which used microwave photons and prisms.

The photons were mainly reflected back off a pair of prisms which were positioned with a gap in between but some 'tunneled' through and reached their destination at the same time as the reflected ones, despite having traveled a greater distance.

"For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of." said one of the physicists, Dr Gunter Nimtz of the University of Koblenz.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Scientists Discover Signs of Life in Inorganic Dust

Scientists have generally assumed that all life is organic, built from carbon-based molecules. Some say that an alternative form of life, based upon silicon molecules, may possibly exist. None have ever considered the possibilities of inorganic dust.

Researchers at Russian Academy of Science in Moscow and at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany have discovered that, under certain conditions, particles of dust can form into helical structures and reproduce.

The structures behave similarly to DNA and proteins, copying original versions of themselves and evolve in ways that question both how life began here on earth and how seemingly redundant dust particles in space may be the building blocks of life.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Bush Slams 'Foolhardy' China Over Trillion Dollar US Currency Threat

Reacting to rumours that the Chinese government may be considering using its huge currency reserves to push down the value of the dollar, President Bush says that the rival would be 'foolhardy' to do such a thing.

It has been said that China may sell off a trillion dollars in foreign reserves as retaliation against American pressure over currency issues. "That would be foolhardy of them to do that." Bush told Fox News.

"As long as there are no big upheavals in the American economy and there is no serious dispute between China and the United States, the Chinese government will not sell off US dollar assets in any major amounts," said a top Chinese economist.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Welcome Back - 100,000 Year Old Microbes Revived by Scientists

Microbes recovered from ice samples dating back between 100,000 and 8 million years have returned to a living state and resumed growth, according to a report by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The older samples proved to be less successful than the younger ones and scientists have found that DNA is halved in samples over 1.1 million years old, with the oldest consisting of just 210 units instead of the more usual 3 million.

The research will help in learning how life survives in the extremes of earthly environments as well as how micro-organisms could possibly withstand conditions on other planets such as Mars.