Daily Archives: July 29, 2013

Kenyan to die for murder of UK man

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Zim PM: no faith in free and fair polls

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No gay diplomats for Nigeria

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NZD/USD: Make or Break?

The NZD has been by far the strongest performing G10 currency over the past fortnight. Globally, a modest pullback in the USD has been the dominant driver of currency markets, as US bond yields have eased off their previous highs. However, domestic factors have also underpinned the NZD. Last week, the RBNZ explicitly warned, for the first time, that the next move in rates is up. This shouldn’t have been a massive surprise. But it did send market participants scrambling to price in earlier rate hikes. As a result, NZ dollar interest rate differentials soared. NZ-US 3-year swap differentials poked above 290bps for the first time since September 2011. read more

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Dot Earth Blog: Another View on Gas Drilling in the Context of Climate Change

Cornell researchers come to different conclusions about the climate impact of fracking. read more

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Smart, Social and Captive

A film, a book and a trainer’s death have renewed debate among scientists and animal advocates on the wisdom and morality of keeping killer whales in marine parks. read more

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Books: Patricia S. Churchland’s ‘The Self as Brain’ and ‘Brainwashed,’ by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld

Patricia S. Churchland, a philosopher, probes for the organ’s moral center, while Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld write to debunk pop neuroscience. read more

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The Week: A New Shrew and Mice Memory

Recent developments in health and science news. Also this week: cheetahs’ body temperatures while hunting and the effect of pesticides on honeybees. read more

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Plan to Capture an Asteroid Runs Into Politics

In a straight party vote, Republicans in the normally bipartisan House science committee vote down a NASA proposal and call for a Moon base. read more

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Letters: New World Fort

Letter to the editor. read more

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