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Immigrant Intelligence, Hybrid Vehicles and the Cell Phone Pregnancy Scare

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Immigrant Intelligence, Hybrid Vehicles and the Cell Phone Pregnancy Scare

U.S. intelligence agencies seek help recruiting new immigrants as analysts and translators.

Nissan to invest $115 million to mass produce batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.

A new study suggests that a woman can damage her baby’s health by using a cell phone during pregnancy.

1. LEGAL

U.S. intelligence agencies seek help recruiting new immigrants as analysts and translators.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Policy Analyst Alex Nowrasteh on how immigration reform can help improve homeland security:

“Allowing trustworthy immigrants who speak [Mideast] languages to move to the U.S. will give more choices to U.S. intelligence agencies. There are millions of Christians in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, and Jordan who not only speak Arabic, but who are also well-acquainted with Middle Eastern culture. These individuals fear Islamic jihad and many would probably welcome a chance to immigrate to the U.S. if the door was open to them. This is a large pool of people who can greatly aid us in the War On Terror, but aren’t allowed to because of our restrictive immigration policies.”

 

2. TECHNOLOGY

Nissan to invest $115 million to mass produce batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Iain Murray on where hybrids fall short:

“…there are a few problems with this dream of a hybrid tomorrow. Surveys show that people are highly resistant to them; their owners are starting to realize that they aren't quite as fuel-efficient as advertised; and when it comes to their expense, a new study suggests that lack of access to affordable cars hurts minority employment.”

 

3. HEALTH

A new study suggests that a woman can damage her baby’s health by using a cell phone during pregnancy.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Adjunct Fellow Steven Milloy on an important legal case which failed to find evidence of negative health effects from cell phone use:

“If you worry that cell phone use might cause brain cancer, Judge [Catherine] Blake's ruling should ease your mind. It's safe to assume the plaintiff's lawyers -- the case was handled by the firm of infamous personal injury lawyer Peter Angelos -- presented the ‘best’ possible case against cell phones.”

 

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