Germany agreed to extend the life spans of its 17 nuclear reactors by an average of 12 years, giving rise to protests from the country’s environmental activists. Time.com’s Eban Harrell chalks up Germany’s reversal as “one of a string of recent, if small, victories for nuclear power.”
Fresh off the heels of asking Congress to support his $50 billion plan to shore up the nation’s infrastructure, President Obama will propose a tax break on Wednesday that will allow businesses to write off 100 percent of new capital investment through 2011. The administration’s hope is that this upfront deduction, which some economists say could slash business taxes by as much as $200 million in two years, will spur investment and create jobs.
Protesters in Kabul and Jakarta took to the streets yesterday to protest “International Burn a Koran Day,” the brainchild of Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida to commemorate the ninth anniversary of September 11. Gen. David Petraeus has said that the Koran-desecrating event could, “endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort here.”
Following this weekend’s cover story in The New York Times Magazine, the U.K. police have announced that they may reopen their investigation of phone-hacking journalists at The News of the World, the British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch. The Times Magazine story provides new details into the allegations, including quotes from sources who affirm that phone hacking was condoned and encouraged by Andy Coulson, a former editor at the tabloid who is now the communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron.
Los Angeles-based researchers have found that psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” can have beneficial effects for terminally ill cancer patients. The pilot study found that moderate doses of the hallucinogen alleviated anxiety and depression in the test group for up to six months.