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  • Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Banned From Lab Work for 2 Years

    07/08/2016 9:04:47 PM PDT · by Enchante · 8 replies
    AP via ^ | July 8, 2016 | Staff
    <p>PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Theranos says the federal government has banned founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.</p> <p>The company announced the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday.</p>
  • Labrador retrievers hit their 25th year as top US dog breed

    02/23/2016 10:17:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    AP ^ | February 22, 2016 | Jennifer Peltz
    Labrador retrievers still reign supreme after a quarter century as America's most prevalent purebred dog. But French bulldogs are riding their je ne sais quoi toward new heights, and some lesser-known breeds are climbing the popularity ladder, according to American Kennel Club rankings released Monday. Here's a look at how breeds stack up:
  • Pentagon says "live anthrax" inadvertently shipped across US

    05/27/2015 12:35:13 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies ^ | May 27, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that live anthrax was shipped from a lab in Utah to other states.
  • U.S. Eyes Iranians at Nuke Labs

    07/11/2008 5:02:17 PM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 187+ views ^ | July 11, 2008 | staff
    As fears grow over Iran secretly developing nuclear weapons, U.S. counterintelligence officials are keeping a close eye on scientists from Iran and other Muslim nations working at the U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, WND has learned. The Energy Department recently revoked the security clearance of an Egyptian-born nuclear physicist because he was suspected of "conflicting allegiances." Last year, DOE and FBI agents began questioning Moniem El-Ganayni, who worked on the side as a Muslim prison chaplain.
  • Iraq's 'Nuclear Mastermind' Tells Tale of Ambition, Deceit

    10/03/2004 1:40:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 597+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 3, 2004 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON — On most days now, Mahdi Obeidi rides his new mountain bike, plays with his grandkids and works on getting a U.S. patent for technology he originally developed to build a nuclear bomb for Saddam Hussein. Obeidi, who headed Hussein's uranium enrichment program until it was shut down in 1991, is the only Iraqi weapons scientist that the CIA is known to have brought to the United States after the invasion last year. The CIA also flew eight of his family members here in August 2003 and secretly set them up in three adjoining apartments in a leafy Virginia...
  • Iraqi scientist urges nuclear caution

    10/27/2005 11:17:43 AM PDT · by HangnJudge · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Oak Ridger ^ | 10-27-05 | John Huotari
    The sign out front said "Saddam Hussein's Nuclear Mastermind." Inside, Mahdi Obeidi, former head of Iraq's centrifuge program for uranium enrichment, told more than 200 people, including Department of Energy employees, that he wants to help stop one of humanity's greatest nightmares - global weapons of mass destruction. "We cannot afford one mistake," Obeidi said. "Everybody should be concerned." Obeidi, who emigrated to the United States in 2003, spoke on Wednesday morning at the Pollard Auditorium at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His visit was sponsored by the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence and funded by the U.S. State Department, according...
  • In Assessing Iraq's Arsenal, The 'Reality Is Uncertainty'

    07/30/2002 8:31:44 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 235+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/31/2002 | Joby Warrick
    Details of Bioweapons Lab Emerge, but Not Proof U.S. intelligence analysts have been closely examining satellite images of the west bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad for signs of a laboratory rumored to exist there. Called Tahhaddy, or "Challenge," the lab is purported to have 85 employees and a top-secret mission: making biological weapons for Iraq's military.Details about the lab have trickled out of Iraq in recent months in accounts from defectors and Iraqi exiles opposed to President Saddam Hussein. They tell of underground test chambers, heavy security and a viral strain code-named "Blue Nile," which sounds suspiciously like...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Spooks Dig For Secrets Of Saddam

    09/14/2002 8:35:54 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 183+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9-15-2002 | Peter Beaumont/Ed Vulliamy
    Spooks dig for secrets of Saddam As Blair prepares to issue his dossier on Iraq's weapons, Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy assess the quality of intelligence - and the difficulty of obtaining it Peter Beaumont in London and Ed Vulliamy in New York Sunday September 15, 2002 The Observer He is there at almost every official photo-opportunity with Saddam Hussein, a compact and wiry military officer, his khaki shirt rolled up to his elbows, a beret pulled across his brow. A heavy handlebar moustache hangs over a solid jaw, grey with a permanent five o'clock shadow. The recent prominence of...
  • Need Home For two Black Labs Or They Go To Pound

    07/26/2014 9:52:59 PM PDT · by OneVike · 101 replies
    7/26/14 | OneVike
    OK, I do not normally go out of my way for something like this, but I cannot sit back and do nothing when a young girl asks me to help. So, I am stepping up to see if anyone is willing to help, because this is an emergency. I have a friend, has done all she can to find a home for her two black Labrador dogs, Who have been together since they have been puppies. My friend Megan is just 15, and I am a friend of her grandfather, but she friended me on facebook and has become a...
  • Dozens Of Suspected Palestinian Terror Tunnels, Weapons Labs Discovered In West Bank

    06/23/2014 9:10:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | June 23, 2014 | Abe Katsman
    The Israeli military has discovered dozens of suspected terror tunnels and weapons laboratories in the Hebron area during Operation Brother's Keeper, the operation to find three teen boys kidnapped by Hamas, reports Israeli news site Ynet.
  • Woman seeks damages after dog attack

    09/29/2010 9:35:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 37 replies
    stclairrecord ^ | 9/29/2010 | Andy Heddiger
    A woman says she suffered permanent damage to her right hand and arm after she was attacked by a Black Labrador named Tank. Trena Wells filed a lawsuit on Sept. 14 in Madison County Circuit Court against Matthew and Amy Cooper of Moro. Wells says she was a guest in the Coopers' home at 515 West Moro Dr. when the couples' Labrador retriever Tank escaped from the back yard and ran onto Moro Drive. The dog was struck around 3:30 p.m. by a white truck. Wells says the dog then ran back into the Cooper's home and attacked and bit...
  • After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks

    08/01/2010 5:18:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 6+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | WALT BOGDANICH
    When Alain Reyes’s hair suddenly fell out in a freakish band circling his head, he was not the only one worried about his health. His co-workers at a shipping company avoided him, and his boss sent him home, fearing he had a contagious disease. Only later would Mr. Reyes learn what had caused him so much physical and emotional grief: he had received a radiation overdose during a test for a stroke at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. Other patients getting the procedure, called a CT brain perfusion scan, were being overdosed, too — 37 of them just up the...
  • Border Collie: The smartest breed on the planet? [video]

    07/18/2010 7:28:05 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 142 replies
    Comcast/Xfinity ^ | 7-18-10 | Animal Planet
    Border Collies are considered by many to be one of the most intelligent and trainable dog breeds. Though they are wonderful companions, they require a lot of exercise and training.
  • Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs (Benefits white students- "redesigned" to close gap)

    12/27/2009 10:55:23 AM PST · by civilwar2 · 57 replies · 2,315+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | 12-23-09 | Eric Klein
    The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High's School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley's dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.The full plan to close the racial achievement gap by altering the structure of the high school is known as the High School Redesign. It will come before the Berkeley School Board as an information item at...
  • Threat Matrix: November 2008

    11/01/2008 7:30:38 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 329 replies · 9,801+ views
    Expanding Afghan War Awaits New President An expanded U.S. military involvement awaits a new U.S. president in Afghanistan where the unfinished business of September 11 has flared over the past three years into a major insurgency. A raft of assessments and reviews now underway in Washington point to a fundamental rethinking of the Afghan war. But whoever is elected Tuesday will face choices on the size of the military buildup, how to strengthen the central government, how far to go in dealing with insurgent sanctuaries across the border, how to help stabilize Pakistan, and whether and how to reconcile...
  • ‘Germ warfare’ fear over African monkeys taken to Iran

    07/06/2008 1:58:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 139+ views
    Times of London ^ | 07/06/08 | Daniel Foggo
    ‘Germ warfare’ fear over African monkeys taken to Iran Daniel Foggo Hundreds of endangered monkeys are being taken from the African bush and sent to a “secretive” laboratory in Iran for scientific experiments. An undercover inquiry by The Sunday Times has revealed that wild monkeys, which are banned from experiments in Britain, are being freely supplied in large numbers to laboratories in other parts of the world. All will undergo invasive and maybe painful experiments leading ultimately to their death. One Tanzanian dealer, Nazir Manji, who runs African Primates, an animal-supplying company based in Dar es Salaam, said that in...
  • US Navy research lab under microscope in Indonesia

    05/02/2008 1:29:11 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 21 replies · 185+ views
    AFP ^ | May 2, 2008 | unknown
    JAKARTA (AFP) — The future of a major US Navy research laboratory in Indonesia is in doubt amid allegations, dismissed as "crazy" by US diplomats, of espionage and secret experiments. Negotiations between Washington and Jakarta over the renewal of the operating contract of US Naval Medical Research Unit-2, or Namru-2, have stalled over a range of issues including diplomatic immunity for its US staff. Established in Indonesia in 1970 and charged with researching infectious diseases of military importance, the facility employs 19 Americans and more than 100 Indonesians and is based in Indonesian health ministry grounds. Its operations have attracted...
  • Terror Threat Sparks Scientist Check (UK)

    03/31/2008 4:18:42 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 153+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Richard Alleyne
    Terror threat sparks scientist check By Richard Alleyne Last Updated: 2:03am BST 31/03/2008 Police and secret service officers are carrying out background checks on thousands of scientists without their knowledge, amid fears terrorists are targeting British laboratories to obtain deadly viruses. The vetting, which includes checks on family backgrounds, political views and associates, is part of a review of some 800 laboratories in hospitals, universities and private firms where staff have access to incurable viruses such as ebola. Whitehall sources confirmed the operation by MI5 and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office. A series of spot checks and detailed inspections...
  • Black lab survives avalanche, week in the wild

    02/08/2008 6:01:20 AM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies · 92+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 7, 2008
    HELENA, Mont. — Tom Pick was backcountry skiing with his 3-year-old black Labrador Lizzie in southwestern Montana when a small avalanche carried the dog down the side of the mountain. She disappeared from his reach and into the swirling snow. Pick searched for two days with no sign of Lizzie — haunted by the sight of the dog's eyes gazing up at him as she fell. "I'll probably always see her eyes just looking up at me as she slid down into that thing," Pick said in an interview this week. "You could tell that she was scared."
  • Bomb-building facility opens its doors

    06/16/2005 10:24:31 AM PDT · by HangnJudge · 10 replies · 537+ views
    OAK RIDGE, Tennessee (AP) -- The government is offering a rare glimpse of the massive machines used to enrich uranium for the "Little Boy" bomb -- the first atomic weapon used in war, dropped 60 years ago in August on Hiroshima, Japan. Inside the high-security Y-12 nuclear weapons plant remain the last of 1,152 calutrons that once filled nine buildings. The machinery was part of the top-secret bomb-building Manhattan Project, which turned this rural countryside about 30 miles west of Knoxville into a "secret city" of 75,000 people between 1942 and 1945. "Don't you know the people in Knoxville wondered...
  • Car Crashes at Nuclear Weapons Plant

    07/30/2007 10:51:22 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 3 replies · 829+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2007 | AP
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - A driver ran a checkpoint at a nuclear weapons plant early Monday and crashed into a barrier, then fled on foot, authorities said. Guards at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, a primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium, said the man "appeared to be impaired in some way" when they stopped him around 5 a.m. at a security checkpoint near a rear entrance, spokesman Bill Wilburn said. They asked him for identification, but the man hit the gas and drove through the checkpoint, then crashed into security barriers a short distance away, Wilburn said. "When he hit...
  • Nuclear Secrets Allegedly Stolen From Tenn. Lab

    07/19/2007 8:15:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,488+ views
    Nuclear Secrets Allegedly Stolen From Tenn. Lab First On POSTED: 10:12 am EDT July 19, 2007 UPDATED: 10:50 am EDT July 19, 2007 NEW YORK --'s Jonathan Dienst has learned a contract worker is accused of stealing nuclear secrets from the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee. Investigators said the worker wanted to sell the secrets to a "foreign country." Investigators are calling the theft a serious breach of security at one of the country's most important nuclear research labs. Officials said there was serious concern the documents could have fallen into the hands of enemy states or...
  • Vanity: Introducing The Puppy to be Named Later . . .

    10/04/2006 7:37:38 PM PDT · by AnAmericanMother · 65 replies · 858+ views
    10/3/06 | AnAmericanMother
    The Puppy to Be Named Later arrived today via Air Cargo, exactly 7 weeks old. She is, as advertised, a pistol. Very pretty, poised, self-confident to the point of brashness, friendly. She glommed onto me like a little black shadow. All I have to do is call "Pup-pup-pup-pup!" and she's there like a shot. Shelley-the-Lab is pretty o.k. with all this. We have had two "border incidents" - the puppy went galloping across the kitchen to shove her head in the water bowl while Shelley was drinking, and drew a snarl and a nip. Then the puppy tried to snatch...
  • Rare look inside state crime labs reveals recurring DNA test problems

    05/05/2006 1:27:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 657+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Rare look inside state crime labs reveals recurring DNA test problemsThursday, July 22, 2004By RUTH TEICHROEBSEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTERFor the detective working the case, it looked like a sure thing. The 58-year-old suspect had confessed to raping his young niece. He had a prior sex-crime conviction. related features - DNA testing mistakes at the State Patrol crime labs - Produce lab error rates, some urge - How DNA is tested in crime labs (PDF; 165K) - "Shadow of Doubt" special report DNA evidence extracted from the 10-year-old girl's underwear would be the clincher.Charged with child rape, the road-crew worker...
  • Internet Attack Called Broad and Long Lasting by Investigators

    05/10/2005 12:36:20 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 1,068+ views
    NYT ^ | May 10, 2005 | JOHN MARKOFF and LOWELL BERGMAN
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 9 - The incident seemed alarming enough: a breach of a Cisco Systems network in which an intruder seized programming instructions for many of the computers that control the flow of the Internet. Now federal officials and computer security investigators have acknowledged that the Cisco break-in last year was only part of a more extensive operation - involving a single intruder or a small band, apparently based in Europe - in which thousands of computer systems were similarly penetrated. Investigators in the United States and Europe say they have spent almost a year pursuing the case involving...
  • "Parlor Maid" tarnishes FBI (detailed Leung spy story)

    04/27/2003 8:01:11 AM PDT · by Fizzie · 11 replies · 776+ views
    Tri-Valley Herald ^ | April 27, 2003 | Ian hoffman
    'Parlor Maid' tarnishes FBI Details of Leung-Smith spy case throw bureau's handling of investigation into question Details of Leung-Smith spy case throw bureau's handling By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER Twelve years ago, a team of U.S. counterintelligence operatives flew into frigid southern Manchuria to assess Chinese spying on American diplomats. Instead, the U.S. agents came to believe their own team was tracked by China's Ministry of State Security every step of their mission, which is still classified today. The first clue was an odd elevator encounter in remote northeast China, an FBI agent bumping into a California nuclear-weapons scientist suspected...
  • Common traits of meth labs (helpful hint of the day)

    11/19/2004 7:34:27 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 7 replies · 946+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 11-17-04 | star tribune
    Methods and chemicals used to produce meth vary widely, but three basic categories are found in Minnesota labs, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Is this one of Saddam's mobile bio-weapons labs?

    10/06/2004 3:34:15 PM PDT · by trentk · 6 replies · 623+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/06/04 | Aaron Klein
    A trailer found by the U.S. in Northern Iraq last year likely was used by Saddam Hussein's regime as a mobile biological weapons laboratory, and not to fill hydrogen balloons as some in Britain and the U.S. have charged, a view supported by exclusive photos obtained by WorldNetDaily that for the first time offer inside views of the trailer components. Kurdish forces seized the trailer in April 2003 at a checkpoint near Mosul in northern Iraq. At the time, the unit was hailed as the closest U.S. forces may have come to finding a "smoking gun" in their search for...
  • IRAQ: Powell Defends Information He Used to Justify Iraq War

    05/30/2003 11:45:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 75 replies · 1,343+ views
    The New York Times International ^ | May 31, 2003 | JAMES DAO and THOM SHANKER
    May 31, 2003 Powell Defends Information He Used to Justify Iraq WarBy JAMES DAO and THOM SHANKER ASHINGTON, May 30 — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell today fiercely defended the intelligence used by the Bush administration to justify war against Iraq, saying he spent several late nights poring over the Central Intelligence Agency's reports because he knew the credibility of the country and the president were at stake.The C.I.A.'s prewar assessments have been sharply questioned by some intelligence officials and lawmakers in recent days, as American forces have uncovered only limited evidence of unconventional weapons programs and Iraqi...
  • Blix Dismisses Blair's Weapons Claim

    12/16/2003 2:50:04 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 392+ views
    Ananova ^ | 12-16-2003
    Blix dismisses Blair's weapons claim Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has dismissed claims Saddam Hussein had laboratories for developing weapons of mass destruction. His comments came as Tony Blair said that the British-American Iraq Survey Group had already uncovered "massive" evidence of a network of secret laboratories. Mr Blair made the claim in an interview with the British Forces Broadcasting Service. He said: "I think in any event we have got to carry on the work that we are doing, because contrary to some of the things that appear, the Iraq Survey Group has already found massive evidence...
  • Sept. 11 report gives details of al-Qaeda - Iraq relationship

    07/28/2004 10:09:20 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 2,570+ views ^ | July 28, 2004 | E. THOMAS MCCLANAHAN
    The report offered new details about the al-Qaeda-Iraq relationship and the commission also backtracked somewhat from an earlier staff report, which found no evidence of a "collaborative relationship." In the final report, the phrase was modified to say, "no collaborative operational relationship." Adding the word "operational" was an important shift. The panel found no proof that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden's organization worked together to attack their common enemy, the United States. But the commission did find that the two had frequent contacts and a fairly well-developed relationship. There were Iraq-al-Qaeda ties. Bush looked at the evidence of links...
  • Chinese Diplomats Escorted off of Los Alamos

    05/05/2004 11:40:03 PM PDT · by firedragon · 9 replies · 135+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 27 April 2004 | Associated Press
    Chinese Diplomats Escorted Off N.M. Lab The Associated Press Tuesday, April 27, 2004; 4:12 PM LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - Two Chinese diplomats were escorted off restricted property at Los Alamos National Laboratory after they drove through an open security checkpoint, a lab spokesman said Tuesday. "This was not a major event," spokesman Kevin Roark said. The incident occurred Feb. 26 in an area where guards have stopped several people who mistakenly passed a temporary security booth that was set up on a formerly open road after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The diplomats, from the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles,...
  • Chinese Diplomats Rush Past Lab Guards (Los Alamos)

    04/26/2004 8:16:07 AM PDT · by threat matrix · 62 replies · 1,445+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Bill Gertz
    Two Chinese diplomats, away from their Los Angeles consulate improperly, recently sped their vehicle past a Los Alamos National Lab guard post near classified facilities in what United States officials think was ian intelligence mission, the Washington Times has learned.The diplomats, identified as Hua Yu and Bo Lai, were on an intelligence mission that is raising new worries of Chinese nuclear spying against the United States, according to US officials familiar with the incident.Pajarito Road is the site of two sensitive facilities. One is the Critical Assembly Facility known as Technical Area 18, the other is the Plutonium Reasearch facility,...
  • Khan's visit to Timbuktu was to prospect for uranium - dissident

    02/23/2004 6:56:39 PM PST · by piasa · 16 replies · 1,816+ views
    Gulf News ^ | February 19, 2004 | Shyam Bhatia
    A London accountant has described how Pakistan's disgraced nuclear hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan visited the West African state of Mali on three occasions between 1998 and 2000. Abdul Ma'bood Siddiqui accompanied A.Q. Khan on three mystery trips  between 1998 and 2000. Their final destination was Timbuktu, a remote outpost in the desert that has always been a magnet for explorers and adventurers from around the world. The mystery behind the visits has deepened following recent revelations that Khan is also the owner of a small hotel in the town that he has named after Hendrina, his Dutch-born wife and...
  • Intelligence hit mark on nuclear ambitions

    02/09/2004 12:03:10 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 207+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/09/04 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>U.S. intelligence agencies may have wrongly estimated Iraqi weapons stockpiles, but on other key assessments — such as Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions — the CIA was right, say current and former government officials.</p> <p>Proponents of ousting the Iraqi dictator say the fact Saddam was actively seeking an atomic bomb and operating chemical and biological programs were sufficient reasons to go to war.</p>
  • Chinese Mata Hari ensnares ex-FBI men

    04/12/2003 12:25:24 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 331+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2003 | By Jerry Seper
    <p>A second former FBI agent who worked in counterintelligence has admitted having an affair with a suspected Chinese double agent arrested earlier this week with another ex-FBI agent in the passing of classified information to the People's Republic of China.</p>
  • (Sandia)Lab's Discovery Soups up Plant Growth: Plants grow 10 percent to 35 percent faster

    08/25/2003 9:24:28 PM PDT · by woofie · 32 replies · 1,589+ views
    Albuquerque Tribune ^ | 8/25/03 | Sue Vorenberg
    Glowing green ooze, it's not. The thought of Los Alamos National Laboratory - the nation's premier nuclear weapons lab - developing a plant-growth technology at first sounds scary. Don't worry. There's nothing to fear, a scientist at the lab says. The product, called Take-Off, is a carefully thought-out, environmentally friendly substance that helps plants grow 10 percent to 35 percent faster than normal. The idea for it started with nuclear weapons technology, but that's where its relation to destructive power ends, said Pat Unkefer, the lab scientist who invented it. "When I came to work at the lab, I was...
  • Dog Ranch Gives Labradors Another Chance

    08/10/2003 7:03:01 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 16 replies · 524+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | August 8, 2003 | Rozanna M. Martinez
    Friday, August 8, 2003 Dog Ranch Gives Labradors Another Chance By Rozanna M. MartinezOf the Journal     Down on their luck Labradors may now have a chance at finding a loving home after being abused or neglected by their previous owners.     Lodestar Dog Ranch, created by Tijeras resident Tom Payne, focuses on saving Labradors and Labrador mixes.     Payne rescues the animals from shelters and from owners who no longer want them. He also takes in strays that have been dumped.     Lodestar Dog Ranch has been in operation about 10 months and has already placed 70 of its...
  • Iraqi trailers were not mobile WMD labs

    06/15/2003 7:32:14 AM PDT · by se99tp · 81 replies · 423+ views
    spacewar ^ | Jun 15, 2003 | AFP, London
    Iraqi trailers were not mobile WMD labs: reportA British scientist and biological weapons expert, who examined the trailers in Iraq, told the Observer: "They are not mobile germ warfare laboratories. "You could not use them for making biological weapons. They do not even look like them. They are exactly what the Iraqis said they were -- facilities for the production of hydrogen gas to fill balloons." Blair has for weeks been forced to defend himself against allegations by the media that his office embellished intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to beef up the case for war. Last week...
  • Iraqi mobile labs nothing to do with germ warfare, report finds

    06/14/2003 8:22:01 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 213+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 06/15/03 | Peter Beaumont, Antony Barnett and Gaby Hinsliff
    An official British investigation into two trailers found in northern Iraq has concluded they are not mobile germ warfare labs, as was claimed by Tony Blair and President George Bush, but were for the production of hydrogen to fill artillery balloons, as the Iraqis have continued to insist. The conclusion by biological weapons experts working for the British Government is an embarrassment for the Prime Minister, who has claimed that the discovery of the labs proved that Iraq retained weapons of mass destruction and justified the case for going to war against Saddam Hussein. Instead, a British scientist and biological...
  • Iraq Had Secret Labs, Officer Says

    06/08/2003 10:32:39 AM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 20 replies · 277+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 8, 2003 | Bob Drogin
    Iraq Had Secret Labs, Officer Says Goal was to someday rebuild chemical and biological weapons, general alleges. By Bob Drogin Times Staff Writer June 8, 2003 BAGHDAD -- Saddam Hussein's intelligence services set up a network of clandestine cells and small laboratories after 1996 with the goal of someday rebuilding illicit chemical and biological weapons, according to a former senior Iraqi intelligence officer. The officer, who held the rank of brigadier general, said each closely guarded weapons team had three or four scientists and other experts who were unknown to U.N. inspectors. He said they worked on computers and conducted...
  • Blow to Blair over 'mobile labs'

    06/08/2003 4:47:53 AM PDT · by A Vast RightWing Conspirator · 126 replies · 657+ views
    The Guardian ^ | June 8, 2003 | Peter Beaumont and Antony Barnett
    Blow to Blair over 'mobile labs' Saddam's trucks were for balloons, not germs Peter Beaumont and Antony BarnettSunday June 8, 2003The Observer Tony Blair faces a fresh crisis over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, as evidence emerges that two vehicles that he has repeatedly claimed to be Iraqi mobile biological warfare production units are nothing of the sort. The intelligence agency MI6, British defence officers and technical experts from the Porton Down microbiological research establishment have been ordered to conduct an urgent review of the mobile facilities, following US analysis which casts serious doubt on whether they really are...
  • Official: CIA holds position on Iraqi mobile labs

    06/07/2003 10:35:33 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 214+ views
    CNN ^ | June 7, 2003 | CNN
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CIA stands by its assessment that complex mobile laboratories discovered in Iraq were designed and built to produce biological weapons, a senior CIA official told CNN on Saturday.</p> <p>Critics of the U.S. intelligence assessment "don't have the benefit of all of the intelligence" that has been collected on the trucks, the official said.</p>
  • Some Analysts of Iraq Trailers Reject Germ Use

    06/07/2003 6:51:09 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 14 replies · 176+ views
    Fish Wrap (NYTimes) ^ | June 7, 2003 | JUDITH MILLER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    American and British intelligence analysts with direct access to the evidence are disputing claims that the mysterious trailers found in Iraq were for making deadly germs. In interviews over the last week, they said the mobile units were more likely intended for other purposes and charged that the evaluation process had been damaged by a rush to judgment. "Everyone has wanted to find the 'smoking gun' so much that they may have wanted to have reached this conclusion," said one intelligence expert who has seen the trailers and, like some others, spoke on condition that he not be identified. He...
  • Some Analysts of Iraq Trailers Reject Germ Use

    06/06/2003 9:14:09 PM PDT · by Brian S · 67 replies · 293+ views
    New York Times ^ | 06-07-03
    By JUDITH MILLER and WILLIAM J. BROAD American and British intelligence analysts with direct access to the evidence are disputing claims that the mysterious trailers found in Iraq were for making deadly germs. In interviews over the last week, they said the mobile units were more likely intended for other purposes and charged that the evaluation process had been damaged by a rush to judgment. "Everyone has wanted to find the 'smoking gun' so much that they may have wanted to have reached this conclusion," said one intelligence expert who has seen the trailers and, like some others, spoke on...
  • How many labs are too many?

    06/06/2003 12:22:29 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 235+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/06/03 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    <p>Democrats tempted to make a partisan issue out of the quality of U.S. intelligence prior to the Iraq war are setting themselves up for a question they don't want to answer: How many secret bioweapons labs are too many?</p> <p>Saddam had at least two.</p>
  • 2 trailers deemed biological arms labs

    05/28/2003 11:35:47 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 29, 2003 | By Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The CIA yesterday concluded that two truck trailers seized by coalition forces in northern Iraq were designed by Saddam Hussein's regime to produce biological weapons agents.</p> <p>A six-page agency white paper said an examination of the trailers' equipment showed that "BW [biological weapons] agent production is the only consistent, logical purpose for these vehicles."</p>
  • CIA convinced truck-trailers held bioweapons labs

    05/28/2003 12:16:29 PM PDT · by kattracks · 9 replies · 590+ views
    Reuters | 5/28/03
    By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - Two truck-trailers found in Iraq were "ingeniously simple" mobile biological weapons factories, with other as-yet-undiscovered trailers holding the end of the production chain, the CIA said on Wednesday. No trace of biological weapons has been found in either of the trailers, but there is little question they were constructed to make such toxins as anthrax and botulinin in quantities that potentially could kill thousands of people, U.S. intelligence officials said in telephone conference called to discuss a new report by the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency. "Our experts who are in the...
  • IRAQ: U.S. Analysts Link Iraq Labs to Germ Arms

    05/20/2003 9:34:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 616+ views
    The New York Times International ^ | May 21, 2003 | JUDITH MILLER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    May 21, 2003 U.S. Analysts Link Iraq Labs to Germ ArmsBy JUDITH MILLER and WILLIAM J. BROAD nited States intelligence agencies have concluded that two mysterious trailers found in Iraq were mobile units to produce germs for weapons, but they have found neither biological agents nor evidence that the equipment was used to make such arms, according to senior administration officials.The officials said intelligence analysts in Washington and Baghdad reached their conclusion about the trailers after analyzing, and rejecting, alternative theories of how they could have been used. Their consensus was in a paper presented to the White House late...