Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina
Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.
Bush says Pentagon could be put in charge of areas hit by avian influenza
President Bush, increasingly concerned about a possible avian fluOn the heels of that ditty about military quarantines we hear a of a real feat in science regarding flu.
pandemic, revealed Tuesday that any part of the country where the virus breaks out could likely be quarantined and that he is considering using the military to enforce it. But such a shift could require a change in law, and some in Congress and the states worry it would increase the power of the federal government at the expense of local control.
Scientists recreate virus that killed millions
Scientists say they have made a virus identical, in most key respects, to the Spanish flu virus that killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million people in 1918. An influenza ward in a U.S. Army Camp hospital in Aix-Les-Bains, France, in 1918. (U.S. National Museum of Health and Medicine) The purpose of the recreation, the researchers said, is to protect humanity from another world outbreak, which may be imminent because the virus is related to bird flu viruses that have been killing chickens and some humans.To make sure that our minds are kept filled with fear of the terrorist issue we hear this:
Security fears as flu virus that killed 50 million is recreated
The government and military researchers who reconstructed the virus say their work has already provided invaluable insight into its unique genetic make-up and helps explain its lethality. But other researchers warned yesterday the that virus could escape from the laboratory. "This will raise clear questions among some as to whether they have really created a biological weapon," said Professor Ronald Atlas at the centre for deterrence of biowarfare and bioterrorism at the University of Louisville in KentuckyWorse you can't really think too much you may be labeled a terrorist because your mind isn't private, maybe it's not even your own. This one really got me since my thing is neuroscience. I wonder if they could scan Rove, Bush and pals brain. Then again isn't their lies obvious?
Brain imaging ready to detect terrorists, say neuroscientists
MRI scans can pick up lies, but raise ethical issues Brain-imaging techniques that reveal when a person is lying are now reliable enough to identify criminals, claim researchers. Critics maintain that the technique will never be useful for such investigations, arguing that, as with traditional polygraph detectors, liars could learn to fool the tests. And researchers in the field have previously admitted that the approach needs more work. But neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia have nowAs long as it's not used for further mind control Neuroscience rocks! But I would be really under an illusion if I thought it wasn't used for that. The good thing is we have an explanation for our president with this research.
told Nature that they believe their test is ready for real-life scenarios.Daniel Langleben and his colleagues use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to track people's brains when they lie and tell the truth. By analysing brain activity during both scenarios, they have developed an algorithm that can detect lies from truth with 99% accuracy...
Pathological liars found to have brain abnormalities
Oct. 2, 2005By Usha Sutliff/University of Southern Californiaand World Science StaffA study has found brain abnormalities in people who habitually lie, cheat and manipulate others. A three-dimensional MRI image of the brain (Courtesy University of Southern California) Previous research had shown that when normal people lie, there is heightened activity in the prefrontal cortex, a brain area that enables most people to feel remorse or learn moral behavior. The new study showed that the same brain area, just behind the forehead, exhibits structural differences among pathological liars, said the researchers.
I'm still waiting for a brain scan of our beloved slavemas....er president. Maybe he was a research subject.