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Idahoan firefighters head to Texas

Firefighters and equipment from Idaho are to help battle the ongoing fires there. I think that is a pretty cool thing and hope they can make a difference.

Firefighters from Idaho left Monday knowing their mission will take them to the front lines of the fire.

Flames in Texas keep burning and their manpower is maxed out.

Officials reached out for help from around the country and a request came through the Boise Interagency Dispatch Center.

The Boise National Forest sent ten of its firefighters and two of its engines.

"Our engines are designed to operate off roads and they carry specialized equipment to deal with the wildland fires," said Bob Shindelar of the Boise National Forest.

The Idaho firefighters are going to Bastrop County, Texas. It’s an area in which hundreds of homes have been destroyed and evacuations are ongoing.

Unfortunately, it appears that other volunteers are . I think that is extraordinarily uncool. At a time when all hands should be on deck to help, bureaucratic red tape is preventing that from happening.

Scientists at CERN conclude that output from the Sun determines global warming and cooling patterns

It wasn't quick and it wasn't easy, but a steadfast group of scientists at CERN have come up with some pretty conclusive evidence that the warming and cooling "seasons" we have on Earth are a result of changes in the Sun. From , c/o .

The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth.

The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature, comes from über-prestigious CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere.

Man charged with illegally shooting a grizzly bear on his own property

If a grizzly wandered onto my property, with my wife and kids in the vacinity, you better believe it's going down.   is absolutely stupid.  Local officials say it was self-defense, and even Fish and Wildlife backs him up.

A Bonners Ferry man charged with illegally shooting a grizzly bear pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Jeremy Hill, 33, was charged with one count of killing an endangered species after police say he shot the animal for wandering onto his property in May.

Grizzly bears are classified as a threatened species in Idaho and the lower 48 states.

Hill claims he shot the bear in self defense, in at attempt to protect his property and his family.

If convicted, Hill faces up to one year in prison and fines up to $50,000.

The jury trial has been scheduled for October 4.

 by the Attorney General's office despite the recommendations not to because the bear is a threatened species and common sense is nowhere to be found. So now Mr. Hill is stuck with the mental and financial stresses of defending himself in court, knowing he did right but getting punished anyway.

The U.S. attorney announced charges last month against Hill for killing an animal that is classified as a threatened species.

Health Care mandate thrown out in appeals court

A judge ruled against the notion that the government can require someone to purchase insurance or be penalized.

The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law.

The legality of the individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Opponents have argued that without the mandate, which goes into effect in 2014, the entire law falls.

The law, adopted by Congress in 2010 after a bruising battle, is expected to be a major political issue in the 2012 elections as Obama seeks another term. All the major Republican presidential candidates have opposed it.

Obama has championed the individual mandate as a major accomplishment of his presidency and as a way to try to slow the soaring costs of healthcare while expanding coverage to the more than 30 million Americans without it.

The White House voiced confidence the law would be upheld. "We strongly disagree with this decision and we are confident it will not stand," Obama aide Stephanie Cutter said in a statement.

The Supreme Court will likely be the final decision maker since it was previously ruled to be Constitutional.

New NASA data blows holes in global warming as key scientist is administratively relieved

The about Charles Monnett, the wildlife biologist that brought attention to drowning polar bears. He is now under fire for misconduct and issues of integrity.

Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement.

Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct.

The federal agency where he works told him he's being investigated for "integrity issues," but a watchdog group believes it has to do with the 2006 journal article about the bear.

The group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, filed a complaint on his behalf Thursday with the agency, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

Investigators have not yet told Monnett of the specific charges or questions related to the scientific integrity of his work, said Jeff Ruch, the watchdog group's executive director.

A BOEMRE spokeswoman, Melissa Schwartz, said there was an "ongoing internal investigation" but declined to get into specifics.

150+ human-animal embryos grown in U.K. labs

Beware the real Planet of the Apes. Methinks will not end well.

Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.

The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.

The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far.

Last night a campaigner against the excesses of medical research said he was disgusted that scientists were ‘dabbling in the grotesque’.

Figures seen by the Daily Mail show that 155 ‘admixed’ embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material, have been created since the introduction of the 2008 Human Fertilisation Embryology Act.

This legalised the creation of a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilised by a human sperm; ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell; and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos.

Scientists say the techniques can be used to develop embryonic stem cells which can be used to treat a range of incurable illnesses.

In Australia, dogs aren't afraid of sharks

Two dogs out for a swim are cut off from the beach by a group of sharks drawn in by a spearfisherman's fresh dinner. Funny thing is, the dogs don't realize they have anything to fear from the sharks. One of them dives, bites some shark tail, and drives them off... all in good fun. Nicely done, Fido!

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