An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/business/trans-pacific-partnership-seen-as-door-for-foreign-suits-against-us.html?ref=us The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational […]

A tiny new tracker designed to monitor bee behaviour is being tested by ecologists at Kew Gardens in London. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32033766 It is made from off-the-shelf technology and is based on equipment used to track pallets in warehouses, said its creator Dr Mark O’Neill. Readers, used to pick up a signal from the kit, are connected […]

Ford is to sell a car that can read road signs and adjust its speed accordingly to ensure the vehicle is not driving too fast. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32049350 The speed-limiting tech can be activated via the steering wheel and briefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator. The car company suggests the facility will help drivers avoid […]

In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter’s thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/technology/drones-beaming-web-access-are-in-the-stars-for-facebook.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytimes The V-shaped unmanned vehicle, which has about the wingspan of a Boeing 767 but weighs less than a small car, is the centerpiece of Facebook’s plans to connect with the five billion […]

A lawsuit, filed on Thursday, alleges that 28 wineries knowingly produced contaminated wine in violation of state law and without informing consumers. http://www.bbc.com/news/31989879 A major trade group has called the lawsuit “false and misleading” and said that all wines on US shelves are safe. The lawsuit claims that tests by three independent laboratories showed that […]

Teachers, civil servants and police staff are among 264 people who have been charged in a probe targeting child abuse images online. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31988732 A total of 745 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the National Crime Agency’s Operation Notarise, launched just over a year ago. Of those charged, 47 were employed in positions of trust […]

Calling the federal agency that makes recommendations on vaccines a “sock puppet” for that industry, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke out Monday against making it harder for parents to exempt their children from vaccinations. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ec5ccbb960d548b88976c5d58d630fa8/robert-kennedy-jr-speaks-out-against-vaccine-requirements Kennedy, the nephew of President John Kennedy and son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, joined groups that oppose school-attendance […]

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