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  • Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming have doubled since 2014

    05/22/2017 1:33:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to CDC, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014. At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”) linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016, compared with 16 outbreaks in 2014, according to preliminary data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The parasite can spread when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces (poop) of a sick person, such as pool water contaminated with...
  • Freeze-Dried Space Sperm Gives Rise to Healthy Baby Mice

    05/22/2017 1:24:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | 05/22/2017 | Charles Q. Choi
    If humans ever want to live permanently in space, they will need to make sure they and any farm animals they bring with them can reproduce, said study senior author Teruhiko Wakayama, a reproductive biologist at the University of Yamanashi in Kofu, Japan, and his colleagues. However, outer space is dangerous. For instance, the average daily radiation dose on the International Space Station (ISS) is more than 100 times higher than that on Earth, and could damage the sperm and eggs that give rise to most animal offspring, the researchers said. To examine the damage that space radiation could do...
  • Marine Animal Expert Reacts To Video Of Sea Lion Yanking Little Girl From Dock Into Water

    05/22/2017 7:27:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CBS2la ^ | 05/21/2017
    “That was a big sea lion that grabbed that girl into the water. They’re unpredictable and have a wild streak.” Wallerstein, who rescues mostly distressed sea lions, said. No matter where you are along the Southern California coast, there are sea lions there. They’re cute, but they can be very dangerous. “They’re aggressive. You’ve gotta respect them. They’re mean, they’re tough,” Redondo Beach fisherman Scott Gilmartin said. The girl appeared unharmed. The video... has been posted to YouTube where it has been viewed more than 800,000 times in less than 24 hours.
  • Saudi king slams Iran as 'spearhead of global terrorism'

    05/21/2017 8:27:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 05/21/2017 | AFP
    The Saudi leader's speech came minutes before a highly anticipated address by Trump, who arrived in the Sunni kingdom on Saturday on his first foreign tour since taking office. The United States and Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced an arms deal worth almost $110 billion, described as the largest in US history. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the deal was aimed at countering "malign Iranian influence".
  • ...use still images of people and turn them into FAKE video - and even put words in their mouths

    05/21/2017 6:57:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    While these systems currently focus on changing the shape of the mouth, Alex Champandard, the co-founder of which makes AI tools for artists, says these tools will also be able to change facial expressions and posture in the future. He says that soon, people will have trouble figuring out which videos are fake and which are real. Already, given enough time, experts can create fake videos that look realistic. This is because AI tools are making the process rapid and simple, so much so that eventually, almost anyone could make these videos too. This could render video evidence unreliable...
  • US Military Is Close to Selecting Builder for XS-1 Space Plane

    05/20/2017 4:50:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | May 18, 2017 07:30am ET | Leonard David
    In Phase 1 of the XS-1 program, DARPA awarded prime contracts to three companies, each of which will work with a commercial launch provider: Boeing (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman (working with Virgin Galactic). However, the Phase 2 contractor won't necessarily be chosen from the three Phase 1 participants, according to the Air Force Magazine report. The XS-1 space plane will consist of a reusable booster vehicle and an expendable upper stage. According to the DARPA website, the XS-1 program has four primary technical goals: + Fly 10 times in a...
  • This is Important! Students Are Figuring Out How to Make Beer on the Moon

    05/20/2017 7:33:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 05/19/2017 | Matt Williams
    f and when Lunar or Martian colonies become a reality, will the colonists be able to brew and enjoy their own beer? Or will imported beer be the only thing available to them? That’s the question a team of bioengineering students from the University of California San Diego sought to answer. As finalists who competed in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, they combined their love of beer with their love of space exploration. ... The Lab2Moon competition was held in order to see a youth experiment brought to the Moon aboard that spacecraft. And while their experiment did...
  • Chris Cornell's Wife Issues Statement, Blames Anxiety Medicine for Suicide

    05/20/2017 6:49:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Daniel Kreps
    Vicky noticed a change in her husband's demeanor when they talked on the phone after the show. "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him," she continued. "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life." An attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk...
  • Mysterious Russian 'killer satellites' spring back to life after two years of inactivity...

    05/20/2017 6:41:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    dailymailuk ^ | 05/19/2017 | Tim Collins
    The objects first attracted attention for their unusual manoeuvrability which led some to suspect they were weapons, but they appeared to lay dormant for almost two years. Now the spacecraft have sprung back into action, raising concerns that the Kremlin is stepping up its space race. The agile craft, dubbed Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504, were smuggled into space under the cover of the routine launch of communications satellites. In March, Komsos-2504 suddenly resumed its manoeuvres, showing the first signs of life since October 2015. Last month the craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close...
  • The Physicist Who Denies Dark Matter

    05/19/2017 9:59:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 05/18/2017 | Oded Carmali
    To understand this problem, one needs to wrap one’s head around some celestial rotations. Our planet orbits the sun, which, in turn, orbits the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Inside solar systems, the gravitational pull from the mass of the sun and the speed of the planets are in balance. By Newton’s laws, this is why Mercury, the innermost planet in our solar system, orbits the sun at over 100,000 miles per hour, while the outermost plant, Neptune, is crawling at just over 10,000 miles per hour. Now, you might assume that the same logic would apply to galaxies:...
  • Paper-Thin Material Can Generate Power and Morph Into a Foldable Loudspeaker [& microphone]

    05/19/2017 8:10:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | May 16, 2017 | Glenn McDonald
    The paper-thin material is called a ferroelectret nanogenerator, or FENG, and it works by converting electrical energy to mechanical energy on a very precise and very small scale. The technology is bidirectional, too. Run in “reverse,” the material can turn mechanical energy back into electrical energy. As such, FENG materials can work as a microphone, converting physical energy of sound waves back into electrical impulses. Researcher Nelson Sepulveda said the material was originally developed as a fabric that would generate power from repetitive movement. “The first intention was to harvest electricity from human motion and use it to power wearable...
  • NASA nixes crew for test flight of new megarocket in 2019

    05/14/2017 8:15:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    wjla ^ | Saturday, May 13th 2017 | MARCIA DUNN, AP
    In February at the request of the White House, NASA began studying the possibility of putting a crew on the first flight. After reviewing the costs and risks, the space agency decided against it. The White House took part in the decision, said NASA's Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. Still in development, the super-sized Space Launch System rocket is meant to eventually send astronauts to Mars. The first launch had been targeted for next year, but now won't happen until 2019 when NASA will send an unoccupied Orion capsule to the vicinity of the moon for a three-week trial run. The...
  • Antibiotic-resistant microbes date back to 450 million years ago, well before the age of dinosaurs

    05/14/2017 8:00:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | 05/11/2017
    [E]nterococci, including those that have never been found in hospitals, were naturally resistant to dryness, starvation, disinfectants and many antibiotics. Because enterococci normally live in the intestines of most (if not all) land animals, it seemed likely that they were also in the intestines of land animals that are now extinct, including dinosaurs and the first millipede-like organisms to crawl onto land. Comparison of the genomes of these bacteria provided evidence that this was indeed the case. In fact, the research team found that new species of enterococci appeared whenever new types of animals appeared. This includes when new types...
  • Crippling cyberattack continues to spread around the world

    05/13/2017 10:11:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    L A Times ^ | 05/13/2017 6:45 pm Pacific
    The so-called WannaCry virus once again placed the cyberactivities of the U.S. National Security Agency in a global controversy. Experts criticized the spy agency for not only developing a dangerous tool to exploit a vulnerability in Windows computers, but also letting it fall into the hands of criminals. ... After surfacing Friday, the attack continued to gather momentum. “I don’t see how it’s going to end,” said Phil Lieberman, president of Lieberman Software. “There’s this list of problems with security that have gone on for the last 10 or 15 years that weren’t fixed and that people didn’t take seriously....
  • Kirkersville shooter had long history of abuse against women

    05/13/2017 10:06:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    nvestigators said Hartless, 43, briefly took two passers-by hostage in the woods behind the Pine Kirk Care Center at 205 E. Main St. in Kirkersville before killing the village police chief, Steven Eric DiSario, as he responded to a report of a man with a gun. After shooting DiSario, Hartless stormed into the nursing home and shot Marlina Medrano, 46, an ex-girlfriend who worked there as a nurse, and Cindy Krantz, 48, a nurse aide. Hartless also was found dead inside the home. Medrano had given Hartless chance after chance, but she reported in court documents as recently as a...
  • Early Earth Was Almost Entirely Underwater, With Just A Few Islands

    05/13/2017 6:19:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    universe today ^ | 05/13/2017 | Evan Gough
    4.4 billion years ago, the Earth was in what is called the ‘Hadean Eon’. This time period is poorly understood, because there is no rock record dating from that time. This is where the zircon mineral grains come in. ... In a sense, these zircon grains are the missing pages. Zircon’s chemical name is zirconium silicate, and it’s found almost everywhere in the Earth’s crust. This study focuses on what’s called detrital zircon, which is formed in igneous rocks, but then survives over time until deposited in sedimentary rocks. Zircon grains are typically very small, about 0.1 to 0.3 mm...
  • Iran 'is still developing ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear warheads in violation of UN...

    05/12/2017 10:00:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 21:47 EDT, 12 May 2017 | Amanda Ulrich
    Iran is continuing to work on ballistic missiles that would be capable of carrying nuclear weapons over thousands of miles, according to US Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. Coats described the growing threat of Iran's missile program in a written testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday. 'Iran's ballistic missiles are inherently capable of delivering WMD [weapons of mass destruction], and Tehran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East,' he wrote. 'We judge that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them.'...
  • Cops Pull Over “Clown Car” Van With 40 People Crammed Inside

    05/12/2017 5:43:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Late last month, police in southern China spotted a white van driving erratically. It wove in and out of its lane, almost causing multiple accidents. Before long, police in Chongqing pulled the vehicle over. Officers approached the driver and could not believe what they saw. There was a gigantic blob of humans in the van. There were so many people inside that they kept bumping into the driver. This contact caused the van to swerve down the road. ... In a scene worthy of a circus clown car, 40 people piled out of the small passenger vehicle. In total, there...
  • Test Tank for NASA Heavy-Lift Rocket Damaged in Louisiana

    05/11/2017 7:48:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | 025/11/2017 | Irene Klotz
    NASA has not yet determined if the damage will affect the schedule of the maiden SLS flight, whose November 2018 launch date was already in doubt, the agency said. [Photos: NASA's Space Launch System for Deep-Space Flights] "Initial assessments indicate damage to the rear (aft) dome of a liquid-oxygen tank, which is part of the rocket's 212-foot [65 meters] core stage," NASA said in a statement. "Assessments are underway to determine the extent of the damage." Henry declined to describe the physical damage or provide details of the accident, which occurred as the 27.6-foot-diameter (8.4 m) dome was being prepared...
  • Movie Review – Alien: Covenant

    05/11/2017 5:07:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | 11 May , 2017 | David Dickinson
    ...pedantic nit picks... Covenant gets hit with a “neutrino burst” dramatically disabling the deployed solar array and killing a portion of the hibernating crew. Through neutrinos are real, they, for the most part, pass right through solid matter, with nary a hit. Millions are passing through you and me, right now. ... The crew also decides to detour while moving at presumably relativistic speeds to investigate the strange signal. This actually happens lots in sci-fi, as it seems as easy as running errands around town to simply hop from one world to the next. In reality, mass and change of...