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Beyond Spring Cleaning: Tapestries Get 16 Years of Grooming

March 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Beyond Spring Cleaning: Tapestries Get 16 Years of Grooming 

ingVOA – Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is inviting the public to enjoy the fruits of its labor – “The Barberini Tapestries, Scenes from the Life of Christ,” which once graced the Vatican and European palaces. They were designed by baroque master Giovanni Francesco Romanelli; created by weavers for Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, from 1644 to 1656; and donated to the cathedral in 1891, a year before its cornerstone was laid.

Iran Steps Up Supplies to Houthis, Including ‘Kamikaze’ Drones

March 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iran Steps Up Supplies to Houthis, Including ‘Kamikaze’ Drones 

IranwebVOA – They are nicknamed “kamikaze” drones. Houthi forces and those aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen are using them to target the missile-defense systems of Saudi-led coalition forces, weapons analysts say. According to a study by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a London-based organization funded by the European Union to monitor the movement and use of conventional weaponry, Iran has been supplying Houthi forces and Saleh loyalists with weaponry since the start of the two-year conflict that has left 10,000 civilians dead and an estimated 40,000 injured. Among the weapons — unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which CAR researchers say in their report released Wednesday have been supplied in batches to Houthi and Saleh’s forces.

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FBI Director Debunks Trump Claim that Obama Wiretapped Him

March 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on FBI Director Debunks Trump Claim that Obama Wiretapped Him 

FBIInvestigationwebVOA – FBI Director James Comey has debunked President Donald Trump’s explosive claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in the weeks before last year’s presidential election and also confirmed that his agency is investigating whether Trump campaign aides criminally colluded with Russian interests to help Trump win.

“We don’t have any information that supports (Trump’s) tweets” claiming that Obama eavesdropped on him at his Trump Tower headquarters in New York, Comey told the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Comey, the chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country’s top criminal investigative agency, told the panel that because the counter-intelligence investigation of Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election is classified, “I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.”

But Comey said he has been authorized by the Justice Department to confirm that the FBI probe “includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Comey’s dramatic testimony came hours after Trump derided any suggestion that his campaign colluded with Russian interests to help him win the White House, saying it was an excuse “made up” by Democrats for losing the election.

In a string of messages on his Twitter account, Trump said that James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under former President Barack Obama, and others “stated that there is no evidence” that he had joined with Moscow to help his cause. “This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” Trump declared.

Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans

March 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans 

SolgerswebVOA – Assal Ravandi knows service. First, as a soldier in the United States Army in Afghanistan. Now, as a soldier for soldiers at the organization she founded – Academy of United States Veterans. But Ravandi insists that her service has not been selfless. “Serving has always made me feel good and therefore, I consider it to be a self-serving act in a way, while it’s still helping others,” she said. “So, service was something that I thought I would end up doing one way or another.” Born in Tehran, Iran, Ravandi came with her family to the United States at age 13. She thinks her decision, years later, to join the United States Army was partly inspired by the life she left. “I come from a place where people get killed, prosecuted, imprisoned for every ounce of freedom that they want in life,” she said, “and at the end, when all the blood is shed, and all the people that are imprisoned – you still don’t have it.”

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Scientists Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with Intensive Medical Treatment

March 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Scientists Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with Intensive Medical Treatment 

diabetikerwebVOA – Scientists have reversed Type 2 diabetes in a study of patients who underwent intensive medical treatment to control their blood sugar levels. By following a regimen of strict diet, exercise and medications, up to 40 percent of the participants managed to stay in remission for three months after stopping their medication. The research was conducted by investigators at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Researchers divided 83 individuals with Type 2 diabetes into three groups. Two of the groups received intensive metabolic intervention that included a personalized meal plan that cut their daily caloric intake by 500 to 750 calories per day. They were also given an individualized exercise plan, met with a dietitian regularly and took medication and insulin at bedtime to help control blood glucose.

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FBI Official to Tech Word: Try to Understand Us

March 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on FBI Official to Tech Word: Try to Understand Us 

CancernbreasetwebBBC – Around 10,000 women a year in the UK might benefit from a new type of breast cancer treatment, say scientists. Biological therapies can help fight breast cancers caused by rare, inherited genetic errors like the BRCA one actress Angelina Jolie carries. Now a new study by experts at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute suggests these targeted drugs may also work in many other women who do not have these risky genes.

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Is having a cry good for our health?

March 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Is having a cry good for our health? 

cryingwebUntil recently, scientists and authors were at stark disagreement over the point of crying. In King Henry VI, Shakespeare wrote, “to weep is to make less the depth of grief”, and the American writer Lemony Snicket said “unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit”. Charles Darwin, on the other hand, thought that the production of tears (the act of crying notwithstanding) was merely a useless side effect of the way that the muscles around the eye worked. For him, those muscles had to contract from time to time so that they didn’t overflow with blood; the expulsion of tears was simply an unintended consequence of that evolved physiological process. (He did acknowledge that crying could help young infants attract the attention of their parents, though.)

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Analysis: Trump Wants More Data on Immigrants, Crime, Terror to Feed Policies

March 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Analysis: Trump Wants More Data on Immigrants, Crime, Terror to Feed Policies 

Tucked deep inside two of President Donald Trump’s immigration-related executive orders are plans to gather data on the perceived threats posed by foreign-born nationals in the United States. The new information will influence policies the president says are meant to protect national security, according to the orders. The data collection appears part of a sustained effort by the president and members of his team, going back to the beginning of Trump’s run for the White House, to associate the foreign-born population with criminality despite evidence to the contrary. It also comes amid increasing concerns since Trump’s election about rising levels of hatred and prejudice in the country.

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Hate Crimes in US Are Rising, Particularly in Big Cities

March 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on Hate Crimes in US Are Rising, Particularly in Big Cities 

Hate crimes, including attacks against American Jews and Muslims, spiked in several key U.S. cities in 2016, underscoring an upsurge that started during the presidential campaign and has continued unabated, according to data collected by researchers at California State University, San Bernardino.Previously unpublished data by the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism show that hate crimes in at least seven major urban centers, including New York City, Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, registered double-digit increases last year.

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Soy foods and cancer

March 7, 2017 by · Comments Off on Soy foods and cancer 

SoyawebWASHINGTON, March 6 (Xinhua) Soy foods are not only safe for women diagnosed with breast cancer, but may even help some patients live longer, a new study said Monday. It has long been controversial as to whether women diagnosed with breast cancer should be advised to eat more or less soy foods, especially for those who receive hormone therapies as part of cancer treatment. That’s because there are some concerns that their estrogen-like properties may help cancer cells grow and spread and make hormone therapies less effective.

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