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Stem cells used to make pancreas, gut cells

Stem cells can be transformed into the pancreatic cells needed to treat diabetes and into complex layers of intestinal tissue, scientists demonstrated in two experiments reported on Sunday. In one, a team turned immature sperm cells into pancreatic tissue, while another team turned embryonic stem cells into complex layers of…

Schumer’s bill would ban misuse of body scanner images

A New York senator wants to make it illegal for anyone to distribute or record images produced by full-body scanners at airports. US Sen. Charles Schumer introduced a bill Sunday that calls for punishing anyone who misuses full-body scan images by up to a year in prison. They could also…

US cable: China leaders ordered hacking on Google

Leaked US cable alleges China’s top ruling body ordered hacking on Google last year. A leaked U.S. government cable shows sources told American diplomats that hacking attacks against Google were ordered by China’s top ruling body. The cable said that according to a source, the Chinese government coordinated the attacks…

Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin goes under the hammer

LOS ANGELES — The coffin in which JFK alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was buried is to go under the hammer for the first time, the Los Angeles auction house organizing the sale said Wednesday. The pine coffin is partially water-damaged by the 18 years it spent in the ground…

Over 900 TSA complaints in Nov., ACLU says

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received over 900 complaints from travelers over the last month who’ve been subjected to the new screening procedures of the Transportation Security Agency. “The TSA agent used her hands to feel under and between my breasts,” said one woman. “She then rammed her hand…

As Thanksgiving travel begins anew, a security revolt simmers

Raw Story focus: America’s increasingly uncomfortable relationship with the TSA It’s Thanksgiving once again in the United States and across the nation Americans are packing their bags and heading for airports on their trek home. Over 1.6 million people are expected to fly over the next 36 hours, according to AAA,…

Ron Paul on ‘Opt-Out Day’: ‘If we tolerate’ the TSA, ‘there’s something wrong with us’

Popular Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul has a message for the American people: If you tolerate the new, invasive Transportation Security Administration procedures, then maybe you deserve it. “This is such an affront, so much out in the open,” he said during a Tuesday radio interview. “Government being so bold…

Poll: Majority oppose body scans, nearly half seek alternative to flying

The use of backscatter x-ray machines to scan travelers’ bodies and new pat down procedures at airports will cause 48% of Americans to seek an alternative means of transportation, according to a Zogby International poll. Of the 2,032 likely voters polled between November 19 and November 22, 61 percent said…

Report: Body scanner makers doubled lobbying cash over 5 years

Multimillion dollar government contracts don’t just happen. Ask the companies with the big government contracts to supply Body-scanning machines to U.S. airports how much more they had to spend on lobbying on the Hill. Not only have they increased their lobbying efforts over the last 5 years, they’re doing it…

TSA won’t do body cavity searches — at least for now

Airline passengers have been subjected to full body scans and pat-downs as part of new screening procedures this month but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) admits there is a limit to how far they are willing to go. Director John Pistole told reporters Monday that for the time being the…

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