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Monday, February 05, 2018

President Donald Trump said Democrats who did not clap during his first State of the Union address were "treasonous." Speaking at a Sheffer factory in Cincinnati Monday, Trump criticized Democratic lawmakers who did not stand and applaud during his State of the Union address last Tuesday, saying they gave off "bad energy" and calling them "un-American." "Somebody said treasonous," he said. "I mean, yeah, I guess, why not. Can we call that treason? Why not?" read more


U.S. stocks resumed their downward trajectory after Friday's selloff, while European and Asian equities also slumped. Treasury yields fell and the dollar stabilized. Oil dropped and copper rose. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell below 25,000 Monday, while sectors on the broader S&P 500 Index declined across the board. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index retreated for a sixth day, its longest losing streak since November, following similar moves across Asia as both regions took their cue from the U.S. rout on Friday. Yields on core government bonds in Europe fell, as did those of 10-year Treasuries. The pound slumped, and the euro declined. read more


The House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes admitted on Friday that he did not view the underlying intelligence on which he based a memo that accuses the FBI and the Justice Department of improperly surveilling Trump associates during the 2016 election. "Did you read the actual FISA applications," [Fox News anchor Bret] Baier asked, referring to the documents that the memo cites in part as evidence of improper conduct by US law-enforcement officials. "No, I didn't" Nunes said.


Saturday, February 03, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spent much of his first year trying to manage crises with North Korea, Syria, Iran and Venezuela. But he's largely alone at the highest levels of the State Department, a problem exacerbated after the senior career diplomat, Tom Shannon, announced on Thursday that he plans to leave for personal reasons. With Shannon's departure, seven of the top nine jobs at the department will be empty. Those vacant posts include positions overseeing the agency's role in U.S. trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking. read more


Friday, February 02, 2018

Five children have had ear reconstruction using lab-grown cartilage that was seeded from their own cells and grown on 3-D-printed molds, researchers reported. "It's a very exciting approach," Tessa Hadlock at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston tells New Scientist. "They've shown that it is possible to get close to restoring the ear structure." The kids were between the ages of 6 and 10 years old and all had microtia, a malformation of the external ear. The researchers took a sample of cartilage from each child, harvested the cartilage-forming cells (called chondrocytes), expanded them, and then grew them on a mold that was build from a CT scan of the patient's normal ear. The tissue was then implanted into a skin flap to reconstruct the ear. The first child has been followed for two and a half years, and they are happy with the results, having "achieved satisfactory aesthetical outcome with mature cartilage formation." read more


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