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  • Stoned sheep high on CANNABIS go on 'psychotic rampage around quiet village'

    05/26/2016 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 49 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 5/25/16 | Sam Webb
    Sheep on drugs have gone on a "psychotic rampage" after eating cannabis plants dumped in a quiet village, it is feared. The remains of an illegal cannabis factory was fly-tipped on a Welsh village road - and worried locals think the sheep have been chowing down on the psychotropic herbs. County councillor Ioan Richard said sheep have been "roaming the village" and causing havoc by breaking into homes and getting killed by cars as they stumble about in what appears to be a druggy haze.
  • 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe Had Secret Ingredient

    05/24/2016 7:14:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    discovery.com ^ | May 24, 2016 09:42 AM ET | Tom Metcalfe, Live Science
    Scientists conducted tests on ancient pottery jars and funnels found at the Mijiaya archaeological site in Chinaís Shaanxi province. The analyses revealed traces of oxalate ó a beer-making byproduct that forms a scale called ďbeerstoneĒ in brewing equipment ó as well as residues from a variety of ancient grains and plants. These grains included broomcorn millets, an Asian wild grain known as ďJobís tears,Ē tubers from plant roots, and barley. Barley is used to make beer because it has high levels of amylase enzymes that promote the conversion of starches into sugars during the fermenting process. It was first cultivated...
  • German chemical giant in talks to buy Monsanto [Bayer]

    05/19/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 May 2016 11:56 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer and the US group Monsanto said Thursday they are in talks on a possible merger to create a global player in pesticides, seeds and genetically modified crops, following weeks of speculation about a possible tie-up. Both sides have emphasized that the talks are still only exploratory at this stage and neither has mentioned how much any proposed deal would be worth. But with Monsantoís market value estimated at around $42 billion (Ä37.5 billion), observers say it would be bigger than the recent acquisition of Switzerlandís Syngenta by China National Chemical Corp. [Ö] The US group has...
  • A Cheese Glut Is Overtaking America

    05/17/2016 5:27:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 17, 2016 | KELSEY GEE in Chicago and JULIE WERNAU
    <p>Rise in production comes just as exports are hit by strong dollar; can you eat three pounds more?</p> <p>America has built up a glut of cheese so big that every person in the country would need to eat an extra 3 pounds this year to work it off.</p>
  • Judge temporarily reinstates fired 4-H council leaders

    05/14/2016 4:37:57 PM PDT · by This_far · 32 replies
    abcfoxmontana.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | Nessa Wright
    A small victory for three 4-H clubs in Silver Bow County after a judge temporarily reinstates their council leaders. A temporary restraining order allows the Silver Bow 4-H council president, vice president, secretary and treasurer to retain their officer positions for now. They were all fired by the Montana university extension office which governs the 4-H program. (1/2 of story... not so for the kids in 4H)
  • Chinese archaeologists discover 8,000-year-old paddy

    05/10/2016 12:32:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    China Daily ^ | May 6, 2016 | Xinhua
    Chinese archaeologists said they have found a paddy dating back more than 8,000 years, which could be the earliest wet rice farming site in the world. The field, covering less than 100 square meters, was discovered at the neolithic ruins of Hanjing in Sihong county in East China's Jiangsu province in November 2015, according to a spokesman with the archeology institute of Nanjing Museum. At a seminar held in late April to discuss findings at the Hanjing ruins, more than 70 scholars from universities, archeology institutes and museums across the country concluded that the wet rice field was the oldest...
  • Analysis of Burger Market Finds Unwanted Ingredients: Rat and Human DNA

    05/11/2016 6:25:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    fortune.com ^ | May 10, 2016, 11:00 AM EDT | by Beth Kowitt
    Watch out for veggie burgers. Warning: You may never look at a burger the same way again. The most unappetizing results of a recent test of 258 burgers at their molecular level found three instances in which the meat contained rat DNA and one in which human DNA was found. Bay Area-based startup Clear Labs, which conducted the analysis, notes that while unpleasant, human and rat DNA are not likely to be harmful to human health. The companyís tests cannot determine precise sources of the offending DNA, but Clear Labs thinks the most likely causes were feces in the case...
  • Obama Being Sued By Dreamer (satire)

    05/06/2016 6:52:02 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet
    Satire & Sarcasm | 6 May 2016 | RetiredTexasVet
    Today the Obamas were named in a civil suit filed in Washington, D.C. by civil rights lawyers of the firm S. Lash, Burns, & Cheatem. The plaintiff (name withheld) is an underage Lesbian white Hispanic Dreamer who was publicly bullied when she asked the older Obama daughter out to the Prom. The Obama daughter not only rejected the date but made a vocal public display of the rejection. It is alleged that Mr. Obama threatened the "immigrant/refugee" family with deportation if they didn't hush the girl up. Unconfirmed sightings of "Fast & Furious" DOJ and BATF agents were rumored to...
  • Eggs and Heart Health

    05/02/2016 3:07:27 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 76 replies
    Dr. Perlmutter Website ^ | 5/2/16 | Dr. Perlmutter
    I donít think thereís any more controversial food than eggs. By and large, the reason we have been told to avoid eating eggs is because they contain cholesterol, and indeed thatís true. A typical egg may contain as much as 200 mg of cholesterol. But does that mean we shouldnít eat eggs? To answer this question, researchers in Finland conducted an extensive study in which they evaluated two parameters. First they looked at whether or not individuals developed coronary artery disease. In addition, they looked at a parameter called carotid intimal thickening. Basically this is a study, using ultrasound, that...
  • When the floor becomes the ceiling

    04/25/2016 1:00:08 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 9 replies
    Vanity | 4/25/2016 | J Twohig
    JT Economic Law - when the floor becomes the ceiling! If you look back at the history of price supports you will find that price supports became a floor price for commodities. Producers would continue to work as long as they could make a profit at that base price. A good example is the history of milk price supports. Rarely did prices rise above the floor of support. So much milk was produced that much of it was diverted to the making of cheese. By setting the minimum wage or floor at $15, we will be producing an artificial ceiling...
  • Trout Falling From The Sky

    04/20/2016 9:53:08 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 31 replies
    Parks not Lot Philosophy | 4/20/2016 | blueunicorn6
    I was walking across the parking lot at the grocery store when I noticed two of the employees having a discussion by one of the traffic islands. I don't know why they call them traffic islands. You really can't take a good vacation on one. I tried once. I put up my lawn chair and grabbed a beer out of the cooler. The policeman told me that only Hobos and girls car wash employees could camp out on traffic islands. I didn't have a beard and wasn't wearing a bikini top, so he ran me off. I'll leave you to...
  • State warns county not to ask legal status of WIC recipients

    04/11/2016 2:58:12 PM PDT · by lacrew · 16 replies
    WIBW ^ | April 11, 2016 | Greg Palmer
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) ó Sedgwick County commissioners are being warned by the state not to ask participants in the federal Women, Infants and Children program about their citizenship. The Wichita Eagle reports the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says asking about immigration status before the state changes eligibility requirements could result in termination of the county's contract to operate WIC.
  • Archaeobeer (Brewers and Vintner's thread)

    04/08/2016 2:04:46 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 19 replies
    Brew your own ^ | September 2007 | Dan Mouer
    Back in the day - we're talking WAY back in the day - beer was brewed with malt, and bread, and honey and wine . . . and just about anything that could be fermented. How the ancients brewed - and how you can too! Archaeology and beer seem to go together, and itís not just because a cold brew helps wash the dust from your teeth after a long day on the digs. Iím an archaeologist by profession and a homebrewer by avocation. Lots of archaeologists brew their own, and those who donít often have a passion for more...
  • What Photos Will Hillary Have On Her Cell Wall?

    04/06/2016 8:26:16 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 53 replies
    Old Prison Movies | 4/6/2016 | blueunicorn6
    What photos/drawings do you think Hillary Clinton will put up on the wall of her cell in prison? I think she'll have a photo of Sean Connery and a drawing by Barney Frank of some ducks.
  • WH Science Advisor: Farmers, Construction Workers Will Die From Climate Change

    04/04/2016 1:10:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 74 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 4, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - White House Science Advisor John Holdren says because of the impacts of climate change, agricultural and construction workers ďwill basically be unable to control their body temperature and will die.Ē ďIn some parts of the world, when you look more broadly at this question, you see the likelihood that in the hottest times of the year it will be simply physiologically impossible to work outdoors,Ē Holdren said at a White House event on climate change Monday. ďThat means agriculture, that means construction, people who try to work outdoors will basically be unable to control their body temperature and...
  • What Classes Will Hillary Take In Prison?

    04/04/2016 11:34:23 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 49 replies
    Old Prison Movies | 4/4/2016 | blueunicorn6
    What classes do you think that Hillary Clinton will take while she is in prison? At first, I thought she might take something practical like auto body repair. Now, I'm thinking that she is going to study a subject she's had a lifelong interest and passion for...... Raising Worms For Fun, Profit And Companionship.
  • Sinkhole forms in pond, devours 25 tons of fish

    04/04/2016 8:36:05 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 43 replies
    Earth matters ^ | BRYAN NELSON
    The sinkhole downed the entire pond in less than five hours. Even more jarring, the water was stock full of fish, all of which got sucked into the underworld by the insatiable hole, reports people.cn. The Earth was not only thirsty, but hungry as well.
  • What Will Hillary Clinton's Prison Nickname Be?

    04/03/2016 10:08:50 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 97 replies
    Old Prison Movies | 4/3/2016 | blueunicorn6
    What do you think Hillary Clinton's prison nickname will be? No real crude ones, please. Children sometimes look at articles here at Free Republic. They already know all the crude words, but their Moms might wash out their eyes with soap if they catch them looking at bad words on the computer. I don't want to be responsible for Suds Eye Syndrome. I think that Hillary Clinton's prison nickname is going to be, "The Old Dirty Little Snot".
  • Louisiana deer hunters vs population boom of 'highly destructive' feral hogs

    04/01/2016 11:58:18 AM PDT · by dennisw · 99 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 1 April 2016 | Valerie Edwards
    Hunters say feral hogs are taking a toll on the whitetail deer population In Louisiana there are estimated 700,000 'highly destructive' wild hogs Feral hogs carry diseases and parasites that can cause abortion in deer They are 'opportunistic' eaters and feed on deer fawn and other piglets Deer hunters are facing unwanted competition as feral hogs in Louisiana threaten whitetail deer population. Wild hogs are known for spreading disease and killing and eating deer fawns. Population boom of feral hogs across the US is threatening the deer population as hunters face unwanted competition with the wild beasts that spread disease...
  • Huma

    03/30/2016 8:51:23 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 39 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 3/30/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Didn't Hillary's Assistant Campaign Manager, Huma Weiner, push some woman in the face a few months ago? Where is the assault charge for that?
  • Long term vegetarian diet changes human DNA raising risk of cancer and heart disease

    03/29/2016 6:53:47 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 34 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Sarah Knapton
    Populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations carried a genetic mutation which raised risk of cancer and heart disease Long term vegetarianism can lead to genetic mutations which raise the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists have found. Populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations were found to be far more likely to carry DNA which makes them susceptible to inflammation. Scientists in the US believe that the mutation occured to make it easier for vegetarians to absorb essential fatty acids from plants. But it has the knock-on effect of boosting the production...
  • Why I Don't Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either

    03/21/2016 6:33:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 90 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10 Mar, 2016 | Steven Savage
    I donít buy organic foods. In fact I specifically avoid doing so. Itís not my place to tell anyone else what to do, but Iíd like to lay out three, seriously considered factors that have shaped my personal stance on organic: 1. Informed confidence that we are safe buying ďconventionalĒ foods 2. Recognizing that some of the best farming practices from an environmental perspective are not always allowed or practical under the organic rules 2.An ethical problem with the tactics that some organic advocates and marketers employ which seriously misrepresents their ďconventionalĒ competition...... As for the safety issue. When most...
  • Vanity: I'm soliciting advice on starting my own business . . . (It's not an election vanity. Yay!)

    03/20/2016 2:54:15 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 39 replies
    I'm considering starting a CSA, with which I would provide a basket of vegetables from my garden (uncertified organic) to 10 (the first year) families each week for 18 weeks. Using the CSA model, the customers sign up and prepay for the season, knowing the risks of crop failure. I have experience with intensive planting and growing a lot on a little land. Additionally, my neighbor will allow me the use of his field for free . . .
  • Warmongers Hate Trump

    03/09/2016 6:53:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2016 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week, 117 "members of the Republican national security community" signed an open letter condemning Donald Trump. It made me think the bellicose billionaire, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is not quite as bad as I thought. "His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle," the letter complains. "He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence." Although there is some truth to that critique, an inconsistent skepticism of foreign intervention is better than none at all. That is why I have trouble agreeing with...
  • The President's Veto Message for the Texas Seed Bill

    03/06/2016 3:43:50 PM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Wikisource ^ | 02-16-1887 | Grover Cleveland
    To the House of Representatives: I return without my approval House bill number ten thousand two hundred and three, entitled "An Act to enable the Commissioner of Agriculture to make a special distribution of seeds in drought-stricken counties of Texas, and making an appropriation therefor."It is represented that a long-continued and extensive drought has existed in certain portions of the State of Texas, resulting in a failure of crops and consequent distress and destitution.Though there has been some difference in statements concerning the extent of the people's needs in the localities thus affected, there seems to be no doubt that...
  • Obama's Climate Change Legacy to be Determined by Next President

    02/29/2016 9:09:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 29, 2016 | Marita Noon
    After months of debate and public comments, President Obamaís controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) was issued in August 2015 and published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2015. But that is hardly the end of the story. Instead the saga is just beginningówith the ending to be written sometime in 2017 and the outcome highly dependent on who resides in the White House. The CPP is the newest set of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that the Atlantic states: ďanchors the Obama administrationís climate-change policy. It seeks to guide local utilities away from coal-fired electricity generation, and toward renewable...
  • Americans gained over 500 million pounds last year

    02/26/2016 12:24:16 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 36 replies
    cnbc ^ | 2-25-2016 | Nicholas Wells
    Weight Watchers reports earnings Thursday, and even if the numbers aren't good, there's one figure that should make investors in dieting hopeful: 582 million. That's how many pounds Americans gained collectively in 2015. Through births, immigration and overeating, there has been the equivalent of 1,400 blue whales added to the human biomass of our country in just a year, pointing to the need for groups like Weight Watchers to get the country lean and mean again. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and weight data collected by Gallup tell the story.
  • USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

    02/16/2016 3:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2016 3:46 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules expected to be announced by the Agriculture Department on Tuesday. The rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don't dictate what people buy or eat. A person using food stamp dollars could still purchase as much junk food as they wanted, but they would at least have more options in the store to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats...
  • "This Is Why I Didn't Get You A Valentine's Present"

    02/14/2016 7:04:59 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 20 replies
    Romance | 2/14/2016 | blueunicorn6
    OK. So I forgot that today is Valentine's Day. Does that make me a criminal or something? Maybe in Minnesota. So I rushed right down to the store to buy my sweetie some chocolates. It was like when they had that news story about chocolate being an afrodes.....aprodez.....love potion for women. The men cleared out all the chocolate in the store that day. Yes sir.....miles and miles of empty shelves that day. You should have seen all the sad faces on the guys the next day. If I owned a turnip ranch, I'd just start a rumor that turnips made...
  • Understanding Cliven Bundy

    02/11/2016 2:48:15 PM PST · by frankenMonkey · 14 replies
    Blog West ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Leisl Carr Childers
    It is awful watching the news media objectify Cliven Bundy and there is no easy corrective to the situation. It may help, however, to know a little more about Bundy’s history and what he means when he says that his family has ranched in the area since the late nineteenth century.
  • Zika: update from Brazil: towering non-evidence

    02/06/2016 10:15:54 AM PST · by SubMareener · 11 replies
    Jon Rappaport's Blog ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jon Rappoport
    It is obvious that no significant connection between microcephaly and the Zika virus has been found. It's not even close. So far, therefore, there is absolutely no reason to trumpet an epidemic of Zika. Doing so is quite insane, by any reasonable standard. Here are the principal facts in the article (after which I'll comment): * As of January 30, 2016, 4,783 suspected cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil. * Of those, 3,670 suspected cases of microcephaly, covering the entire country of Brazil, are being investigated. * Of those 3,670, 404 cases have been confirmed as microcephaly or "other...
  • St. Cloud [FL] homeowners find catfish in mailboxes

    02/03/2016 10:57:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.clickorlando.com ^ | Updated: 11:30 AM, February 03, 2016 | By Amanda Castro
    ST. CLOUD, Fla. - Several residents in Osceola County have found catfish in their mailboxes and yards, prompting questions whether it's a prank or something more serious. Maddison Fertic said she received an unusual delivery Monday morning when her postman discovered a large, dead catfish inside her mailbox. "I was honestly in shock because it doesn't make any sense," Fertic said. "It's just one of those things where it's, just, 'Why?'" Fertic said the fish was 12 inches long, and she had to use a stick to pull it out. "It looked like it could have been a live fish...
  • How Garden & Gun Magazine Defies Industry Slump

    02/03/2016 7:51:13 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1 feb 2016 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
    Since it made its debut in April 2007, the publication has hewed to its own course, focusing on everything Southern from ham biscuits to bird-dog trainers... it remains tightly focused on food, drink, the land, travel, and the sporting life, including bird hunting and shotguns. Roughly 72% of subscribers live in the Southeast or Southwest... ‚ÄúOur audiences are very different,‚ÄĚ said Sid Evans, the former editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun who now edits Southern Living. He noted that more than 90% of Southern Living‚Äôs subscribers are female. Women account for about 47% of Garden & Gun‚Äôs subscribers.... At a time...
  • Feral swine have Texas county at epicenter of hog wild battle

    01/05/2016 10:47:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2016 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A county in Central Texas is winning the war on feral hogs one tail at a time. Caldwell County has become the Lone Star State's front line in the fight to curb the exploding population of the wild beasts, which cause millions of dollars in property and environmental damage every year. A volunteer task force has found success using a host of strategies including $5 tail bounties, helicopter hunts and smartphone-controlled corrals. "We're probably the most coordinated program in the state," Nick Dornak, founder of the county's Feral Hog Task Force, told FoxNews.com. In the two years since it was...
  • Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created [Reardon Metal?]

    12/23/2015 12:40:15 PM PST · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 23, 2015 | Provided by: University of California, Los Angeles
    At left, a deformed sample of pure metal; at right, the strong new metal made of magnesium with silicon carbide nanoparticles. Each central micropillar is about 4 micrometers across. Credit: UCLA Scifacturing Laboratory ============================================================================================================= A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a super-strong yet light structural metal with extremely high specific strength and modulus, or stiffness-to-weight ratio. The new metal is composed of magnesium infused with a dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles. It could be used to make lighter airplanes, spacecraft, and cars, helping to...
  • New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

    12/04/2015 1:18:16 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 4, 2015 | by Terry Devitt & Provided by: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Orange-colored galls, such as these pictured in 2010, from the beech tree forests of Patagonia have been found to harbor the yeast that makes lager beer possible. Five hundred years ago, in the age of sail and when the trans-Atlantic trade was just beginning, the yeast somehow made its way from Patagonia to the caves and monastery cellars of Bavaria where the first lager beers were fermented. University of Wisconsin-Madison Genetics Professor Chris Todd Hittinger and colleagues have discovered a quick and efficient way to fuse different strains of yeast to make hybrids similar to the lager beer hybrid, an...
  • More efficient way of converting ethanol to a better alternative fuel [BUTANOL]

    12/04/2015 12:48:06 PM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 3, 2015 | by Peter Iglinski & Provided by: University of Rochester
    Ethanol, which is produced from corn, is commonly-used as an additive in engine fuel as a way to reduce harmful emissions and scale back U.S. reliance on foreign oil. But since ethanol is an oxygenated fuel, its use results in a lower energy output, as well as increased damage to engines via corrosion. But now a research team, led by William Jones at the University of Rochester, has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts. "Butanol is much better than ethanol as an alternative to gasoline," said Jones,...
  • Cannabis increases the noise in your brain

    12/03/2015 2:19:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | Provided by: Elsevier
    Cannabis indica. Credit: Wikipedia ========================================================================================================================================= Several studies have demonstrated that the primary active constituent of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (‚ąÜ9-THC), induces transient psychosis-like effects in healthy subjects similar to those observed in schizophrenia. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects are not clear. A new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, reports that ‚ąÜ9-THC increases random neural activity, termed neural noise, in the brains of healthy human subjects. The findings suggest that increased neural noise may play a role in the psychosis-like effects of cannabis. "At doses roughly equivalent to half or a single joint, ‚ąÜ9-THC produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural...
  • Oldest Peach Pits Found in China [ > 2 million yrs old ]

    12/02/2015 11:43:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Tuesday December 1, 2015 | Rossella Lorenzi
    The oldest peach pits have been found near a bus station in China, according to a new study that sheds new light on the little-known evolutionary history of the fruit. The eight fossilized peach endocarps, or pits, date back more than two and a half million years. They were found by Tao Su, associate professor at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, when road construction near his house in Kunming, capital of Yunnan in southwest China, exposed a rock outcrop from the late Pliocene. Preserved within the Pliocene layers, the fossils looked "strikingly modern," according to Su. With colleague Peter Wilf, a...
  • Demand for farm loans surges amid low crop, cattle prices

    12/01/2015 11:56:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 1, 2015 2:54 PM EST | Roxana Hegeman
    The nation's net farm income is the lowest since 2002, and with another year of low commodity prices, demand for agriculture loans is surging as farmers struggle to make ends meet. [...] Agricultural lenders say they are seeing people who had operating loans requesting larger ones, and some who had operated with cash are borrowing money. But it's unlikely the current run on loans will be anything like the farm credit crisis of the 1980s, when those who survived the significant year-to-year losses were without large debts to repay. ...
  • Amish.biz The Amish are online, onscreen, and multiplying fast

    11/28/2015 7:08:09 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 38 replies
    © Aeon Media Pty ^ | 20 November, 2015 | Kevin Williams
    The Amish are online, onscreen, and multiplying fast. In their battle with modernity, it’s tough to say who’s winning I’ve probably visited more Amish settlements than anyone. Who would venture out to the most remote corners of Montana, Maine and South Texas if they didn’t happen to be a student of Amish culture? Perhaps a peddler of pots and pans; many Amish cooks, I have noticed, gradually gave up their cast iron for stainless steel in the past 50 years... In my 25 years exploring Amish communities, I’ve witnessed changes that would be unnoticeable to the average outsider... To the...
  • The Miracle of Squanto‚Äôs Path to Plymouth

    11/27/2015 4:42:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-24-15 | Eric Metaxas
    The Thanksgiving tale of the Pilgrims and the Indian has an astonishing, less well-known back story. The story of how the Pilgrims arrived at our shores on the Mayflower‚ÄĒand how a friendly Patuxet native named Squanto showed them how to plant corn, using fish as fertilizer‚ÄĒis well-known. But Squanto‚Äôs full story is not, as National Geographic‚Äôs new Thanksgiving miniseries, ‚ÄúSaints & Strangers,‚ÄĚ shows. That might be because some details of Squanto‚Äôs life are in dispute. The important ones are not, however. His story is astonishing, even raising profound questions about God‚Äôs role in American history. Every Thanksgiving we remember that,...
  • The Cruel Secret Behind Tennessee's Walking Horses [Big Lick Only-17min video]

    11/26/2015 2:40:07 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    SPS Dateline [YouTube-Journeyman] ^ | September 2014 | Ashley Hamer (research)
    Walk of Shame: How Tennessee's famous high-stepping horse became the latest animal-cruelty scandal
  • Biologists induce flatworms to grow heads and brains of other species

    11/24/2015 12:49:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 24, 2015 | Provided by: Tufts University
    Tufts biologists induced one species of flatworm -- G. dorotocephala, top left -- to grow heads and brains characteristic of other species of flatworm, top row, without altering genomic sequence. Examples of the outcomes can be seen in the bottom row of the image. Credit: Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University. ============================================================================================================ Biologists at Tufts University have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological circuits as a new kind of epigenetics - information existing...
  • The Greatest Giblet Gravy Recipe (Mine).....

    11/23/2015 11:20:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    Myself | 11/23/2015 | Red Badger
    Red Badger's Great Giblet Gravy 1 pkg giblets from the turkey (Liver, Neck, Gizzard and Heart) 1 16oz pkg chicken livers 1 16oz pkg chicken gizzards 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 2 cubes chicken bouillon 2 stalks celery, diced 2 medium yellow onions, diced 1 quart hot water (to begin) 2 cans chicken broth OR 1 can and 1 1/2 cups turkey drippings 6 hard-boiled eggs, diced 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 cup COLD milk Directions: In a large pot, 4qt or similar, boil ALL the giblets, salt, pepper, bouillon, celery, onion and water for 1...
  • U.S. Cattle Futures Slide Limit-Down, Sending Hog Prices Sharply Lower

    11/21/2015 11:40:43 AM PST · by jjotto · 32 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | November 16, 2015 | Kelsey Gee
    [Excerpt and link] ...Live-cattle futures for December fell 3 cents, or 2.3%, to $1.27675 a pound, after declining 3.1% over the past week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Cattle futures for February were also limit-down, dropping 2.3% to $1.2965 a pound. Feeder-cattle futures for November fell 2.775 cents to $1.7230 a pound. Other feeder-cattle futures were limit-down... ...December lean hogs fell 3 cents, or 5.5%, to 51.80 cents a pound, a fresh six-year low...
  • Experts Say Viral Cucumber Prank Can Be Harmful To Cats

    11/19/2015 4:08:58 AM PST · by Biggirl · 92 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 19, 2015 | Breitbart News
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) ‚ÄĒ A viral trend involving placing cucumbers behind cats has been deemed cruel and harmful behavior by some experts.
  • This Is Why We Can't Have Anything Nice

    11/16/2015 12:02:20 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 35 replies
    A lecture | 11/16/2015 | blueunicorn6
    I had just walked through the front door when I heard those words that send chills up the spine of every man. "This is why we can't have anything nice!" It was my wife. I put the mail on the stairs while I tried to figure out if I could make it back out the front door without her hearing me. I knew I couldn't. The woman can hear what I think, for crying out loud. Now, I had to determine who did it while I was still unseen. There are always three likely culprits: 1. Me 2. The Boy...
  • Obit - Ruth Hartman, original member of All-American Girls Baseball League

    11/11/2015 6:21:40 AM PST · by pa_dweller
    Reading Eagle ^ | 11/11/15 | Dan Kelly
    Ruth A. Hartman, an accomplished local sheep breeder known locally and nationally as an original member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died in Reading Hospital of injuries suffered over the weekend after her SUV struck a deer in Oley Township. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/champion-sheep-breeder-from-limekiln-remains-critical-after-weekend-accident#sthash.ih8zyVSB.dpuf
  • Ancient British tree undergoing 'sex-change'

    11/02/2015 11:36:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 87 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 2, 2015 | Staff
    A British tree thought to be up to 5,000 years old has started to change sex, a "rare and unusual" phenomenon not fully understood by scientists, a botanist said Monday. The Fortingall Yew, in Perthshire, central Scotland has for hundreds of years been recorded as male, but has recently begun sprouting berries, suggesting that at least part of the tree is changing gender. "It's a rare occurence ... rare and unusual and not fully understood," said Max Coleman of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who spotted the berries. "It's thought that there's a shift in the balance of hormone-like compounds that...