caption Michael Flynn. source Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The right-wing media has suggested in recent days that a new court order in the case against former national-security adviser Michael Flynn implies he will be exonerated soon. The judge presiding over the Flynn case, Judge Emmet Sullivan, has issued a similar order in every criminal case he’s overseen since 2009. Legal experts said the order itself was routine practice, adding that the question wasn’t whether Flynn would be exonerated, but whether he would be pardoned by President Donald Trump. The right-wing media sphere has latched onto a new and fairly routine judicial order as evidence that the former national-security adviser, Michael Flynn, may soon be exonerated as part of the Russia investigation. Flynn pleaded guilty in December to one count of making false statements to investigators about his contacts with Sergei … [Read more...] about The right-wing media is pushing a dubious claim about Mueller’s case against Michael Flynn
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In an attempt to create the first comprehensive map of gene activity after death, an International team of scientists has found that the cells in human body continue to function even after an individual's death. During the study, the researchers analyzed various post-mortem samples, and the results indicated that some genes become more active after death. This scientific study report is published in the journal Nature Communications. During the research, Professor Roderic Guigó, at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Spain and a crew comprised of scientists from the US and Europe examined 36 different types of tissue from 540 dead individuals and tried to determine the rise and fall of gene activities after death. Scientists noted that gene activity in body parts including muscles dropped off immediately soon after the blood circulation ceased. But genes like HBA1 ramped up over time. The HBA1 gene is responsible for encoding a type of haemoglobin which shuttles oxygen all across … [Read more...] about Cells will function even after body’s death, claims new study
A cross-party group of British politicians went to the US to grill tech executives from Twitter, Facebook, and Google about the apparent spread of fake news on their platforms. There is a similar inquiry taking place in US Congress, but the British inquiry is specifically examining whether Russian groups used social media to interfere with the UK’s Brexit vote in June 2016. The grilling on Thursday will last five hours, with politicians’ first questions YouTube’s news and policy chiefs about Google’s ethics around fake news and bias. YouTube’s policy chief said the company had found no evidence of Russian groups buying ads to influence the outcome of the Brexit vote, but agreed to a further investigation. MPs criticised YouTube for spending an estimated 0.1% of its annual revenue on moderating content. YouTube has said it has found no evidence … [Read more...] about YouTube said it hasn’t found evidence of Russian groups buying ads to influence Brexit
President Donald Trump reportedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein whether he was “on my team” during a meeting in December. The interaction is the third known instance during which Trump asked a top law-enforcement official where their loyalties lie. Rosenstein is increasingly emerging as a crucial witness in the Russia investigation, and experts said the reported interaction is an important new piece of evidence for special counsel Robert Mueller as he examines whether Trump sought to obstruct justice. The special counsel, Robert Mueller, may have been handed another key piece of the puzzle as he investigates Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election and whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice. CNN reported Wednesday that Trump asked Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, if he was “on my team” during a meeting at the White House in December. … [Read more...] about Mueller just got another critical piece of evidence in the Russia investigation
Last week, China said it plans to build a "Polar Silk Road" that will open shipping lanes across the largely pristine region at the top of the world. It's an ambitious idea for a country that lacks an Arctic border, and it has raised concerns around the world about China's ultimate intentions and its capacity for environmental stewardship. Although these are reasonable worries, they're almost certainly overblown. In theory, melting Arctic ice will create a significant economic opportunity. By one account, the region holds 22% of the world's oil and gas reserves. As the ice recedes due to climate change, those reserves will be easier to mine. As new shipping lanes open, they should also be easier to transport. A cargo vessel going from Shanghai to Rotterdam via the Northwest Passage, rather than through the Panama Canal, will shave 3,540km off its journey. Already, some 900 Arctic infrastructure projects are at various stages of development.To be sure, most won't get anywhere. It's hard … [Read more...] about Is China’s Arctic expansion plan a reason to worry?