Asia North Korea Warns Its Nuclear Arsenal Is A Button-Push Away Listen · 3:48 3:48 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/574932117/574932118" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email In his annual New Year's address, North Korea's leader said his country had completed its nuclear weapons and that the "entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range." RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: After a year of missile launches, a nuclear test and name-calling with President Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is starting 2018 with yet another threat to the U.S. SUPREME LEADER KIM JONG UN: (Speaking Korean). MARTIN: In his annual address today, Kim Jong Un warned the U.S. never to start a war with North Korea. And he said he keeps a nuclear launch button sitting on his desk. He also … [Read more...] about North Korea Warns Its Nuclear Arsenal Is A Button-Push Away
Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 11:23 AM EDT President Trump on Wednesday seemed to take credit for the the strength of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a day after warning North Korea that it would be met with "fire and fury" if it continues to threaten America. Mr. Trump suggested in tweets that in his nearly seven months of serving as commander in chief, he has made the arsenal more robust. Much of the improvements to the arsenal, however, were carried out by the Obama administration, CBS News' Major Garrett reports. The Defense Department and Energy Department spent billions of dollars on refurbishing the arsenal and bringing aging nuclear weapons up to modern capabilities as well as guidance systems and related technologies.Mr. Trump did order a review of U.S. nuclear posture and strategy early in his presidency, but that's different from modernization and bringing old systems up to usable standards. The credit really lies with former President Obama and defense hawks in Congress who funded … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Trump takes credit for nuclear arsenal that was largely modernized during Obama administration
Double-stranded B-DNA. Central base pairs illustrated schematically in dark blue. Alternating sugar and phosphate/arsenate backbone (sugar = pentagon, arsenic/phosphorous cyan, and oxygen atoms in red). Illustration prepared by the author using UCSF Chimera. I was on the treadmill watching CNN as the drama of the NASA press conference unfolded. Speculation had been going on for days about the topic. Could there possibly be life in outer space? I have been a little skeptical about NASA ever since being involved with it on a crystallization project in the 80s, when I worked at 3M, fondly remembered by me and other old-timers as The Mining. At that time 3M took the now unfashionable step of forming something they called the Science Research Laboratory (SRL) where we were to do basic science with high potential for industrial applications. It was a marriage made in limbo. 3M wanted to claim that it was doing cutting edge research, and NASA wanted to demonstrate that its work was of … [Read more...] about Hic, Haec, Hype–Little Green Men or Arsenic in DNA?
The latest off-season play in the Vikings stadium saga is a public hearing at the Capitol, and you can tune in by live-stream here. It's not clear whether the hearings will get the same ratings as the Vikings games, which televisions across Minnesota faithfully tune in to, even when the team is dreadful. That's such a lucrative factor that some doubt the Vikings will decamp for Los Angeles even if they don't get a stadium deal this year, Mike Kaszuba reports. For decades, a pesticide plant in south Minneapolis silently contaminated the neighborhood, as winds wafted arsenic into hundreds of yards in the Longfellow neighborhood. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has completed the multi-year cleanup, which involved excavating the soil of nearly 500 yards and replacing it with clean dirt and landscaping, the Associated Press reports. A prosecutor says Daniel Rick infected so many people with HIV through unprotected sex that "never before in the state of … [Read more...] about Tuesday roundup: All TVs tuned to Vikings, yards now arsenic-free, a one-man disease menace?
Arsenic is common in rice and popular rice-based products such as cereals, pastas, drinks and crackers, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports. The watchdog group said Wednesday that it found "significant" and "worrisome" amounts of inorganic arsenic in nearly every rice product tested. Consumer Reports urged the public to consume fewer rice products and asked the Food and Drug Administration to set limits on permissible levels of arsenic in food. Inorganic arsenic is a carcinogen, affecting the bladder, lungs and skin, and can cause long-term health problems when ingested by children. Organic arsenic is less toxic but still "of concern," according to Consumer Reports. Both types of arsenic are found often in vegetables, fruits and even water. This year, the product-testing organization found that the chemical element was common in apple and grape juices. Consumer Reports said it tested more than 200 samples of rice products, including some from major labels, organic … [Read more...] about ‘Significant’ amounts of arsenic found in rice, group says