Italian Catholic Church to pay property tax from next yearItaly's Catholic Church will be forced to pay taxes starting in 2013 after the EU pressured the country's government to pass a controversial law stripping the Church of its historic property tax exemption.The Catholic Church in Italy is excluded from paying taxes on its land if... Continue Reading →

10 explosive bubbles that will kill capitalism1. Health-care Bubble: Forget court, elections — health care will implodeDr. Marcia Angell, of the Harvard Medical School, writes in HuffingtonPost: “Why the Court’s Ruling Is Bad for Obama and Bad for American Health Care.”“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare puts me in mind of the old proverb:... Continue Reading →

Complete Chemical Synthesis, Assembly, and Cloning of a Mycoplasma genitalium GenomeWe have synthesized a 582,970–base pair Mycoplasma genitalium genome. This synthetic genome, named M. genitalium JCVI-1.0, contains all the genes of wild-type M. genitalium G37 except MG408, which was disrupted by an antibiotic marker to block pathogenicity and to allow for selection. To identify the genome as synthetic, we inserted “watermarks”... Continue Reading →

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