Chinese researchers have found small pieces of ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this genetic material will bind to proteins in human liver cells and influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood. The Chinese RNA study threatens to blast a major hole in Monsanto's claim. It means that DNA can code for microRNA, which can, in fact, be hazardous. more
Following years of failed attempts to rehabilitate juvenile offenders and improve public safety, California's once-sprawling youth prison system may soon shut its gates for good. If the Legislature approves the plan Gov. Jerry Brown released Thursday as part of his budget blueprint, California could become the first state to entirely eliminate its prisons for youthful offenders, juvenile crime experts say. The responsibility for jailing all youths would shift to local governments. more
Lunch lines are moving a lot faster at the Middle-High School cafeteria — thanks to a program called NutriKids. Last month, the school implemented a computerized checkout system in the cafeteria that allows students to punch in their I.D. numbers or swipe I.D. cards to purchase lunch. more
There are signs, very positive signs that the respite in action this year, coming off the upsurge of resistance in 2011, is coming to a close. Progressive social movements in the United States are gaining in strength, confidence and clarity and are preparing themselves for sustained resistance against the program of neo-liberal austerity being advanced by multinational corporations and instituted by government.
The ongoing and escalating proxy war in Syria between the forces of Western imperialism (the US, NATO, Turkey and Israel) and its monarchial Arabian Gulf state allies on the one hand, and Iran and its Russian, Chinese, and Non-Aligned Movement allies on the other, is steadily unraveling the United Nations (UN) and threatening to draw the major nation-state powers in the world (chief amongst them the United States, its NATO allies in Europe, Russia and China) into a fourth world war.