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The US government is coming to terms with another set of bad financial statistics. The annual budget deficit has reached 455 billion dollars. It’s the highest ever figure, and represents more than 3% of the country’s gross domestic product. From Washington here’s Rachel Harvey:

There has been no shortage of big numbers being bandied about, but the soaring the budget deficit is among the most troubling. It’s now reached an all-time high. Pr. Bush and the two men who have ??? to succeed him have all laid out new plans to boost the ailing economy. Barrack Obama is concentrating his ideas on job creation, increasing taxes on the rich or cutting them for the middle class. John McCain wants to cut taxes for everyone, particularly pensioners. The bottom line is that all the plans on the table are likely to add to America’s spiraling national debt.

Trading in America ended calmly after Pr. Bush announced measures which he said were designed to save the US financial system. Shares in Wall Street closed fractionally down as investors decided to take some profits after the big rises in stocks on Monday. 250 billion dollars of US government money will be spent in buying shares in struggling American banks. The chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke said the measures would ease the financial crisis:

All the Americans can be confident that every resource has been brought to bear. I’m not suggesting that the way forward will be easy, but I strongly believe that the application of these tools, together with the underlined vitality and resilience of the American economy, will help to restore confidence to our financial system, and place our economy back on a path to healthy, vigorous growth.

A research group in Tanzania says it has developed a new cherry-flavored anti-malaria pill, which works just as well as current treatments, and is easier for children to swallow. Writing in the medical journal, the Lancet , the team said the new tablet was not as bitter as the current drugs, and it does not need to be crushed before eating, making it easier for children to stick to the treatment.

A man has been executed in the US despite his plead that the method was inhumane because of his obesity. Richard Cooey, who was convicted of killing 2 students in 1986, was executed by lethal injection at a prison in Ohio. XXX reports:

 Lawyers for Richard Cooey had brought an appeal saying he was suffering?? a weight at 120 kg that the prison staff would have trouble finding a suitable vein to administer the injection. ????? the medication he was taking to his migraines would interfere with the lethal dose, and cause him to suffer an agonizing death. This, they argued, would amount to a cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional in the United States. But the Supreme Court rejected Richard Cooey’s appeal and allowed the injection to proceed.

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Scientists from 6 countries have announced what’s been described as one of the most ambitious explorations of the Antarctic ever. They want to discover how a hidden mountain range as hard and big as the Alps was formed. Our environment correspondent XXX has the details:

 Locked 4 km blow the ice, these mountains are the size of the Alps, and are believed to be the birthplace of the huge east Antarctic ice sheet. The scientists will use ice penetrating radar onboard 2 aircraft, to build a detailed picture of this mountain range. The researchers ??? hunting for ice that’s believed to be 1.2 billion years old. They believe that locked in the ancient samples will be important information about the climate change in the past that could help us better predict the changes in climate that lie ahead.

The most prestigious literary award for English fiction, the Man Booker Prize, has been awarded to Aravind Adiga for his novel the White Tiger. The chairman of the judges Michael Portillo described the book as being in tradition with Macbeth with a delicious twist. Aravind Adiga, who’s 32, was born in Madras, and White Tiger, set in contemporary India, is his début novel. He paid tribute to those who helped him to win the prize, and his particular thanks to his home city.

 “All that is good and all that is bad in India comes to Delhi for resolution, and I hope that everyone in Delhi, rich and poor, will get together in the next few years to make sure what is good for one??”

Scientists in the US say surfing the internet can sharpen the brains of older people. A team from the University of California found surfing the net stimulates parts of the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning. They say using the internet may combat physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down, and that is uses different mental processes from those needed for reading books. [ 本帖最后由 daxueyuwen 于 2008-10-15 11:59 编辑 ]
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