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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Lead item

Libor scandal: Diamond set to unleash "Bob Diamond, the boss of Barclays who has resigned from the embattled bank, is expected to unleash a wave of explosive revelations about the role of City watchdogs and senior Whitehall figures... Diamond is fighting for his own reputation, which politicians have used to symbolise the culture of greed in City banking."


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

General item

What killed Arafat? "Scientists in Lausanne found elevated levels of (polonium) on Arafat's belongings - in some cases, they were ten times higher than those on control subjects. Arafat's personal effects, particularly those with bodily fluids on them, registered much higher levels of the element."


The global warming hoax "Still, you have to admit: for a hoax, it's got excellent production values. Consider the last few weeks. An absurd number of catastrophes kept happening at the same time, just like in the best disaster films." (Bill McKibben)

The Daily Beast
Climate Change

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

General item

Higgs excitement at fever pitch "Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are expected to reveal the strongest evidence yet for the Higgs particle in Geneva shortly. The Higgs boson would help explain why particles have mass, and fills a glaring hole in the current best theory to describe how the Universe works."


What really makes us fat "If obesity is a fuel-partitioning problem — a fat-storage defect — then the trigger becomes not the quantity of food available but the quality. Now carbohydrates in the diet become the prime suspects, especially refined and easily digestible carbohydrates and sugars."

New York Times

And finally

The sad tale of Timbuktu "In their first month of rule, Ansar Dine has shut down the tourism industry, sent locals fleeing, and, over the past four days, destroyed half of the shrines that mark Timbuktu's ancient and remarkable history." (Includes image gallery)

The Atlantic