Alzheimer’s ‘distant cousin’ of mad cow? and other obscure news articles for the day

Obscure news for today include a study grant for further study on Alzheimers. Other news includes a new computer worm detected, an EPA representative admits in Senate hearings that US action alone won’t impact Co2 levels  (we’re downwind from China, who won’t participate. Neither will India)

Alzheimer’s ‘distant cousin’ of mad cow — A researcher at Novato’s Buck Institute for Age Research on Monday received a $1.5 million, four-year federal “Eureka” grant to further study his novel theory that Alzheimer’s Disease affects people in much the same way that mad cow disease acts in cattle [read it at Navato Advance]

Under cyberthreat: defense contractors — The defense industry faces “a near-existential threat from state-sponsored foreign intelligence services” that target sensitive IP, according to a report by the Internet Security Alliance, a nonprofit organization. Northrop Grumman experienced the implications of that threat firsthand recently [read it at Business Week]

Swiss vow to block UBS from handing data to U.S.  — UBS has refused a demand from U.S. authorities that it turn over the names of 52,000 American clients, arguing that to do so would be illegal under Swiss banking secrecy laws and would open it to prosecution at home [read it at New York Times]

Trend Micro discovers new ransomware ‘WORM_RANSOM.FD’ — According to Trend Micro security researchers, they have detected a new ransomware that proliferates through an e-mail on the internet [read it at Spamfighter]

Big banks don’t want California’s IOUs — A group of the biggest U.S. banks said they would stop accepting California’s IOUs on July 3, adding pressure on the state to close its $26.3 billion annual budget gap [read it at Wall Street Journal]

EPA admits cap and trade will fail — “I believe that essential parts of the chart are that the U.S. action alone will not impact CO2 levels,” stated Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson at the hearings held by The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee [read it at Heritage]

15 cameras now watching downtown Albany — Fifteen downtown Albany, Georgia, cameras got their first test with the city’s Fourth of July celebration and are now watching the area day and night [read it at WALB 10]

U.S., German intel: Al Qaeda plots multiple attacks on U.S.-, Israel-bound airliners — Western anti-terror agencies have warned that a group of 15-20 al Qaeda terrorists, who were trained in Pakistan and Algeria to hijack and blow up airliners, deployed secretly to at least six European and Middle East countries in early July [read it at Debka]

Administration issues new rules on egg safety — On July 7, the Presidential Administration released a rule to deal with the nation’s egg problem and used the moment to promise a sweeping overhaul of the system to ensure the safety of spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, melons, beef and chicken [read it at NY Times]

State health officials order clinic to stop performing surgeries — State public health officials ordered the Las Vegas Clinica de Mujeres medical clinic to shut down Tuesday because it was performing surgeries without a license [read it at Las Vegas Review Journal]

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