Global Edition. November 23, 2014  Updated: 41 min ago
    Despite large temperature increases in Alaska in recent decades, a new analysis of NASA airborne data finds that methane is not being released from Alaskan soils into the atmosphere at unusually high rates, as recent modeling and experimental studies have suggested. The new result shows that the changes in this part of the Arctic have not yet had enough impact to affect the global methane budget.
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      ECB Exchange Rates (November 21, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.2422USD -0.01170graph »
    1 EUR=0.79210GBP -0.00680graph »
    1 EUR=1.2024CHF +0.00100graph »
    1 EUR=7.6113CNY -0.07110graph »
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      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from September 10, 2014
      Deposit facility -0.2000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.3000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.0500 % p.a.  -0.1000  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of November 14, 2014
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    A group led by Dr. Robert Yolken at Johns Hopkins University has been studying the links between viral infections and brain development. Unexpectedly, the researchers discovered genetic sequences from Acanthocystis turfacea chlorella virus 1, a type of Chlorovirus, which infects green algae. These viruses are common in fresh water, such as lakes and ponds, but weren’t thought to infect humans or animals.
    Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder. It’s the most common cause of dementia among older people. The condition, which isn’t a normal part of aging, slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.
    In autoinflammatory diseases, the innate immune system, for unknown reasons, becomes activated and triggers inflammation. This part of the immune system is the body’s rapid first line of defense against infection. The short-term heat, swelling, and redness of inflammation are a normal part of the body’s protective response to injury or infection. But prolonged inflammation can seriously damage the body.
    Diabetes is a disorder in the use of glucose, a sugar that serves as fuel for the body. When blood glucose levels rise, beta cells in the pancreas normally make the hormone insulin. Insulin triggers cells throughout the body to take up sugar from the blood.
    Cells in the human body often need to move in particular directions. Cell movement is crucial for embryo development, immune defense, and tissue repair and regeneration. It’s also key in cancer progression, as metastatic cells spread throughout the body.
    When skeletal muscle becomes damaged, the regeneration process involves a specialized population of cells called satellite cells. These cells normally lie dormant inside adult muscle. In response to injury or exercise, they become active and divide. Some satellite cells mature to replace the damaged muscle tissue, while others serve to replenish the pool of cells available for future repair.
    The Ebola virus can cause severe illness and death in people and other primates. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak in history, with more than 3,600 infections and 1,800 deaths as of the end of August, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak is the first in West Africa and the first to affect major cities.
    A University of Queensland study suggests eating eight or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day not only leads to better physical health but improves mental well-being.
    Scientists have created a new map of the world's seafloor, offering a more vivid picture of the structures that make up the deepest, least-explored parts of the ocean.
    Kalahari, the name conjures an arid, almost lifeless expanse, its red, iron oxide sands stretching to the horizon and beyond. Kgala, Tswana natives called it, the great thirst. Kgalagadi, it's also named: the waterless place.
    Paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, a member of the large-bodied sauropods that thrived during the final period of the dinosaur age, in Tanzania.
    In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, researchers published a paper confirming that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the surface of the West Antarctic ice sheet support "viable microbial ecosystems."
    NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.
    After more than a decade traveling through space, a robotic lander built by the European Space Agency has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet.
    Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet's nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosphere.
    A planet may be causing the star it orbits to act much older than it actually is, according to new data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This discovery shows how a massive planet can affect the behavior of its parent star.
    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided researchers strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago. Scores of distinctive rock deposits observed by LRO are estimated to be less than 100 million years old. This time period corresponds to Earth’s Cretaceous period, the heyday of dinosaurs.
    Politics
    Fighters from Syrian al Qaeda wing close in on Shi'ite village: monitor
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Members of al Qaeda wing Nusra Front and other Sunni Islamist battalions seized an area south of a Shi'ite Muslim village in northern Syria on Sunday after deadly clashes with pro-government fighters, a group monitoring the war said.
    Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - More than 25 people, mostly fishermen, have been shot dead in a remote community in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram, police and witnesses said on Sunday.
    Irish police given names of suspected IRA sex abusers: newspaper
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - A senior member of the Irish Republican Army has passed on to Irish police the names of six former members suspected of committing sex abuse, the Sunday Times newspaper said.
    Business
    Countdown to missed opportunity for EU economy
    PARIS (Reuters) - The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy.
    Exclusive: China ready to cut rates again on fears of deflation - sources
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.
    Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world
    LONDON (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy.
    St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his feature film debut. The film stars Bill Murray as the title character and features Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, and Naomi Watts. Genre: Comedy, Drama. Release: 2014
    Dumb and Dumber To is a 2014 American comedy film co-written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, and is a direct sequel to their 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The film stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising their roles 20 years after the events of the first film, and also features Laurie Holden and Kathleen Turner. The film tells the story of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, who set out on a cross country trip to find Harry's daughter who had been adopted. Genre: Comedy. Release: 2014.
    Exodus: Gods and Kings is an Biblically inspired epic directed by Ridley Scott and written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, Steven Zaillian and Jeffrey Caine. The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley. Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama. Release: 2014
    The Judge is a American drama film directed by David Dobkin. The film stars Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Lancaster, and Billy Bob Thornton. Genre: Drama. Release: 2014
    Nightcrawler is a American crime thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton. Marking Gilroy's directorial debut, it tells the story of a driven yet sociopathic young man who stumbles upon Los Angeles freelance journalism of accidents, crimes and fires. Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller. Release: 2014
    Gabby tries to put a diaper on a cranky baby.
    Penguins of Madagascar is an American 3D computer-animated action comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own spy thriller. Apart from the main characters, it is unrelated to the The Penguins of Madagascar series (which is set in its own continuity). Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Release: 2014
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