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PlayStation 3 will be used to help cure cancer and Alzheimer's
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ImageThe upcoming Sony PlayStation 3 game console is going to assist scientists in finding cures for cancer and Alzheimer's disease using the Folding@home distributed computing program.

Folding@home is already used on more than 150,000 personal computers nationwide and scientists hope to create a super computer faster than IBM's BlueGene/L System which currently calculates more than 280.6 trillion bits of information per second. The new calculations are expected to process a thousand trillion bits of information a second. Folding@home runs a series of simulations which predict the shape of proteins and how they "fold" and scientists say that the program could determine the formation of some diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 August 2006 )
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Deadline to release Muslim prisoners passes, Gaza-held journalists released
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A midnight deadline to release Muslim prisoners has passed and two Fox News journalists have been released.

The two journalists, American Steve Centanni, 60, a reporter for Fox News and New Zealander Olaf Wiig, 36, Centanni's cameraman were kidnapped from their press vehicle on August 14. Ten days later, the two journalists appeared in a video allegedly made by the kidnappers. In it, the journalists said that they were being treated well.

According to Mr Centanni, the pair were ordered to convert to Islam at gunpoint. He told Fox News: "I have the highest respect for Islam... but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns and we didn't know what the hell was going on."

In a press conference earlier today, the two told of their joy at being released. They also urged journalists not to be deterred from reporting in Gaza. "I hope that this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover the story because the Palestinian people are very beautiful and kind-hearted," Mr Centanni said. "The world needs to know more about them. Don't be discouraged," he added.

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Man falls into 70 gallons of chocolate
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Kenosha, WI - A 21 year old man fell into a tank of chocolate and was stuck waist deep in it for two hours on August 18 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Darmin Garcia, an employee of a company that supplies chocolate ingredients, said he was pushing the chocolate down into the container because it was stuck but it became loose and he fell in. However police chief Randy Berner said that he was told by Mr. Garcia that he climbed into the tank.

It was in my hair, in my ears, my mouth, everywhere," said Garcia, who has worked at the company for two years. “I felt like I weighed 900 pounds. I couldn't move.”

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 August 2006 )
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Green: Board of Regents Should Work to Restore Wisconsinites' Faith in UW System
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GREEN BAY – In advance of today's Board of Regents meeting, gubernatorial candidate Mark Green sent a letter to David Walsh, President of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, asking that immediate steps be taken to restore Wisconsinites' faith in the UW-System.

“As I travel the state, I continue to hear from families who are upset that their children are having a difficult time getting into a UW school,” Green wrote. “They are also angry that tuition has increased by 50 percent in just four years. That massive increase is even harder to accept in the wake of tuition being reduced by $2,000 for out-of-state students.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 August 2006 )
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Federal judge in Detroit, Michigan rules warentless wiretaps illegal
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American Civil Liberties Union LogoAnna Diggs Taylor, a United States District federal judge in Detroit, Michigan has ruled that wiretaps on telephones without a warrent is "unconstitutional" and that any of those wire taps "must be halted immediately."

Defendants assert that they cannot defend this case without the exposure of state secrets. This court disagrees. The Bush Administration has repeatedly told the general public that there is a valid basis in law for the [Terrorist Surveillance Program]. Further, Defendants have contended that the President has the authority under the AUMF and the Constitution to authorize the continued use of the TSP.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 August 2006 )
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T-Minus 30 Days
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Candidates for Attorney General in Wisconsin are now entering the final stages of their primary campaign season as the September 12th primary is now within a 30 day window.

Vying for the Republican seat is former United States Attorney General JB Van Hollen and current Waukesha District Attorney Paul Bucher.

With less than 30 days remaining, the already ugly race has appeared to get even more violent with candidates on both sides driving attacks at the other candidates personalities opposed to the issues each represents.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2006 )
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Israel pushes further into Lebanon
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The Lebanese-Israeli conflict map, July 2006 Done By: Omernos
Armoured columns of the Israeli Defense Forces are meeting resistance as they move deeper into Lebanon in an attempt to capture the Hezbollah stronghold of Khiam.

On Wednesday, the Israeli government approved a plan to widen its war in Lebanon in an attempt to destroy Hezbollah's installation and neutralize its ability to launch rockets. The cabinet has authorized the Israeli army to advance as far north as the Litani River, 18 kilometres north of the Lebanese-Israeli border. However, Israel says yesterday's push is not part of that campaign.

"It's a small operation that looks large from where we're looking right now, but this is not opening up any new front," IDF spokeswoman Miri Eisen said. "It's taking care of one that has been consistently hitting Kiryat Shmona."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2006 )
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Box office breakouts for August 8, 2006
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The highest grossing films in the United States box office for the three day period of August 4 - 6, 2006 are:

  1. Talladega Nights with $47.0 million
  2. Barnyard: Original Party Animals with $15.8 million
  3. Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest with $11.0 million
  4. Miami Vice with $10.2 million
  5. The Descent with $8.9 million
*Source "Weekend Box Office Actuals (U.S.) Aug 4 - 6 weekend". Yahoo!, August 8, 2006
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2006 )
 
Lebanon fighting escalates as UN debates ceasefire
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Fifteen Israelis were killed and more than 115 injured in an attack that saw more than 180 missiles hit towns in northern Israel Sunday. At least seven rockets hit Haifa, Israel's third largest city, killing three and injuring more than 100. Other missiles have hit the Ma'alot, Carmiel and Kiryat Shmona.

Twelve reserve soldiers died when a Hezbollah missile hit Kfar Giladi in Israel. "The scene is very difficult, it can be described as a battlefield," Shimon Abutbul, a rescue worker at the scene said. "There was a lot of blood."

In Lebanon, 17 people were killed as Israeli warplanes and artillery struck southern Lebanon. Three Chinese UN peacekeepers were injured when a rocket landed near their post.

Israeli jets also struck the southern suburbs of Beirut.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2006 )
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Iran bans Shirin Ebadi-led human rights group
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The government of Iran has banned the human rights group Defenders of Human Rights Center led by Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi.

On Saturday, the Iranian newspaper Shargh reported an Interior Ministry statement announcing the ban, "As the group calling itself 'Defenders of Human Rights Center' has not obtained a permit from the interior ministry, its activities are illegal and the violators of this decision will be prosecuted,".

Ebadi told reporters that such a permit was not required, "Non-governmental organizations that observe the law and do not disrupt public safety do not need a permit. So the... Center does not need authorization".

She said that the group had applied for the permit but the Interior Ministry denied the request without any explanation.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2006 )
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Ugandan rebels agree to a ceasefire
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The leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, the rebel group in Uganda, has agreed to a unilateral ceasefire to end 18 years of fighting.

Lieutenant General Otti spoke on behalf of the LRA leader Joseph Kony on Friday, declaring an end to hostilities, ahead of peace talks due to begin next week.

Speaking to the BBC, Otti said: "I, Lt Gen Vincent Otti, second in command of the LRA, by the order of Gen Joseph Kony, chairman of the LRA High Command, do hereby declare a unilateral cessation of hostilities.”

The Ugandan government has said it will wait to see if violence does actually stop before accepting the ceasefire.

It is a significant step in relations between the government and the rebels who have been fighting a twenty year campaign. However, it is unlikely Kony or Otti will attend the talks with the Ugandan government in Sudan, as they are both wanted for war crimes.

During its campaign the LRA has been accused of multiple atrocities, including the deaths of thousands of people in the north of the country and the kidnap of up to 20,000 children for use as soldiers.

The group, with a cult-like status, was formed by Joseph Kony in 1987 against the forces of the current leader Yoweri Museveni, who had taken power the previous year.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2006 )
 
Israel detains Speaker of Palestinian parliament
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Israel's military has placed the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislature under house arrest. Aziz Dweik, a leading member of Hamas has been confined to his residence since the army surrounded his Ramallah home. An Israeli army spokesperson told the Reuters news agency that "Since Hamas is a terrorist organisation, [Dweik] is a target for arrest."

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has responded to the action by accusing Israel of "piracy" and has urged "all Arab and international parliamentarians to condemn and denounce this crime and to secure the release of Aziz Dweik and all jailed ministers and lawmakers."

Mr Dweik's detention brings the number of Hamas government officials and MPs being detained since the end of June to 30 or 64 persons, according to varying sources. The detentions began after Palestinian militants captured an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, as part of the 2006 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2006 )
 
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