Newsy: The White House and Justice Department are taking another step to reform drug sentencing laws, and many Republicans are actually on board...The objective here is taking executive action to commute prison sentences, something the president has done very rarely. It's part of a broader effort to soften prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders who have been crowding federal prisons.
And the ballooning federal prisons budget has made reform a bipartisan issue.
RICK PERRY: "You want to talk about real conservative governance? Shut prisons down. Save that money." (Via The American Conservative Union)
Another GOP supporter of reduced minimum drug sentencing laws: Rand Paul. Last fall, he and newcomer Democratic Sen. Cory Booker came to an informal agreement to work across party lines on the issue. (Via MSNBC)
Sky News: A convicted killer due to be hanged for murder has been spared after the victim's mother had a last-minute change of heart. The 18-year-old victim's parents were expected to kick away the chair supporting the condemned man, named as Balal, at the public execution and send him to his death. But once he was blindfolded and the noose put around his neck, she instead slapped his face and said she forgave him. The father of the victim, Abdolghani Hozzeinzad, then removed the noose from around the man's neck as the convict's own mother ran up to embrace the woman who had saved her son. The two women stood and sobbed in each other's arms.
"Our study has shown that Austrian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy (in terms of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment.
"Therefore, a continued strong public health program for Austria is required in order to reduce the health risk due to nutritional factors."
Phys.Org: An international team of marine biologists has found mesopelagic fish in the earth's oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought.
UWA Professor Carlos Duarte says mesopelagic fish fish that live between 100 and 1000m below the surface must therefore constitute 95 per cent of the world's fish biomass.
"This very large stock of fish that we have just discovered, that holds 95 per cent of all the fish biomass in the world, is untouched by fishers," he says.
"They can't harvest them with nets.
"In the 21st Century we have still a pristine stock of fish which happens to be 95 per cent of all the fish in oceans. read more
An ambitious organization called the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is seeking to provide free web access to every person on Earth in a project dubbed the Outernet. MDIF plans to launch hundreds of satellites into orbit by 2015 and say the project could provide unrestricted Internet access to countries where web access is censored, including China and North Korea. At the prospect of telecoms operators trying to shut the project down before it gets off the ground, project lead SyedKarim said, "We will fight ... and win." read more