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Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis' rise

Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis' rise

Technology
More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country's future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter. His longtime friend and fellow Jew, German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, had just been assassinated by right-wing extremists and police had warned the noted physicist that his life could be in danger too. So Einstein fled Berlin and went into hiding in northern Germany. It was during this hiatus that he penned a handwritten letter to his beloved younger sister, Maja, warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis ultimately rose to power, forcing Einstein to flee his native Germany for good. "Out here, nobody knows where I am, and I'm believed to be missing,"...
Crude futures turn around and rise after EIA shows gasoline drawdown, analyst says

Crude futures turn around and rise after EIA shows gasoline drawdown, analyst says

Business
Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Crude oil future prices turned around Wednesday immediately after the Energy Information Administration issued a weekly report showing drawdowns in diesel and gasoline, as well as a smaller-than-anticipated oil inventory build. At around 9:49 a.m. EDT, West Texas Intermediate front-month crude futures traded at $ 65.86 per barrel, or down 0.5 percent, while Brent front-month traded at $ 75.55 per barrel, also 0.5 percent lower. By 10:37 a.m., immediately after the Energy Information Administration, or EIA, distributed its weekly report, prices had turned. West Texas Intermediate front-month traded at $ 66.29 per barrel, or 0.2 percent higher. Brent futures traded at $ 76.16 per barrel, or 0.3 percent higher. "Crude oil futures rose in the wake of the latest EIA report, wh...
Climate change: Low cost, low energy cooling system shows promise

Climate change: Low cost, low energy cooling system shows promise

Science
Researchers in the US have scaled up a new low-cost system that could provide efficient cooling for homes while using very little electricity.The team has developed a roof-top sized array, built from a highly reflective material made from glass and polymers.In tests, the system kept water around 10C cooler than the ambient air when exposed to midday sunlight in summer. The approach could also be scaled up to cool power stations and data centres.The system is based around what's termed a cooling meta-material, which is essentially an engineered film not found in nature. Last year, researchers at CU Boulder in the US published research on the extraordinary properties of the new film, which reflects back almost all incoming light fr...
Weed Killer Could Be in Your Breakfast Cereal, New Report Shows

Weed Killer Could Be in Your Breakfast Cereal, New Report Shows

Health
You roll out of bed in the morning, stretch your legs, and shuffle to the kitchen to pour yourself some breakfast cereal while you’re still half asleep. But along with healthy complex carbs and crucial vitamins, you may be ingesting something far more toxic: weed killer. Yep, you read that right. A new report by environmental advocacy group the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed many of our beloved breakfast cereals have trace amounts of glyphosate, a controversial herbicide that is the main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup. RELATED: Are There Really Pesticides in Your Oatmeal? The organization ...
DNA vaccine shows promising, long-term results against Ebola virus

DNA vaccine shows promising, long-term results against Ebola virus

Health
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A synthetic DNA vaccine is showing immediate and long-term promising results against the Ebola virus in preclinical animal research. Scientists at The Wistar Institute Vaccine and Immunotherapy Centers designed optimized synthetic DNA vaccine candidates that target a virus surface protein called glycoprotein. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The Zaire Ebolavirus infection causes a severe hemorrhagic fever with a 50 percent fatality rate. Ebola, which is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, first appeared in 1976 in what is now, Nzara, South Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. "Synthetic non-viral based DNA technology allows for rapid vac...