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  • Latest Research Reveals a Bizarre and Vibrant Rosetta’s Comet

    01/24/2015 8:47:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Despite its solid appearance, 67P is highly porous with a density similar to wood or cork and orbited by a cloud of approximately 100,000 “grains” of material larger than 2 inches (5 cm) across stranded there after the comet’s previous perihelion passage. ... Researchers have identified 19 distinct geological regions on the comet and five basic types of terrain: dust-covered, brittle material, large-scale depressions, smooth terrains and consolidated surfaces. ... Using a spectrometer to scan the comet’s surface researchers discovered complex organic (carbon-based) molecules that could include carboxylic acids – a component of amino acids. These organics only form in...
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Linked To Physiological Viral Shifts

    01/24/2015 10:30:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | Jan 24 2015 - 1:02pm | Shelly Fraley
    Washington University School of Medicine researchers have found that those patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases also had a greater variety of viruses contained within their digestive systems than they found in the bowels of health volunteers. This, they believe, suggests that viruses somehow play a role in the development of this condition. ... “This is the tip of the iceberg. A significant portion of the viral DNA we identified in these patients is unfamiliar to us—it comes from newly identified viruses we don’t know much about,” explains senior study author Herbert W. Virgin. “We have a great deal...
  • Firearms enthusiasts crash gun buyback to hunt bargains

    01/24/2015 9:36:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | Published January 24, 2015 | Aalia Shaheed
    Second Amendment supporters took to’s forum to spread the word about the event, and to plan out their attendance to make maximum profit. “A $25 gift card for "high capacity magazines - like the ones you can buy for $8?” questioned one forum member. Another forum member, named "We-the-People," explained he would be attending the event to “make $200 profit off of the two junker pistols that I purchased for the purpose.” Members also planned to intercept attendees bringing in valuable guns, offering them cash before they could go inside and accept the gift cards. “I picked up five...
  • There’s a Crack Forming on Rosetta’s 67P. Is it Breaking Up?

    01/24/2015 9:28:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | on January 24, 2015 | Tim Reyes
    The crack, or fissure, could spell the beginning of the end for comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It is located in the neck area, in the region named Hapi, between the two lobes that make 67P appear so much like a Rubber Duck from a distance. The fissure could represent a focal point of many properties and forces at work, such as the rotation rate and axis – basically head over heels of the comet. The fissure lies in the most active area at present, and possibly the most active area overall. Though the Hapi region appears to receive nearly constant sunlight, at...
  • See a Rare Comet-Moon Conjunction Tonight

    01/24/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | January 23, 2015 | Bob King on
    Many of you already know about the triple shadow transit of Jupiter’s moons Io, Europa and Callisto. That’s scheduled for late tonight. Earlier, around nightfall, the crescent moon will lie 1° or less to the south-southwest of comet 15P/Finlay. No doubt lunar glare will hamper the view some, but what a fun opportunity to use the moon to find a comet. Finlay underwent a flare in brightness last week when it became easily visible in binoculars.
  • Woman Claims Son’s Suicide Caused By Pasadena Target Store’s ‘Walk Of Shame’

    01/23/2015 1:29:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 160 replies
    A woman is suing Target, alleging her son committed suicide after being forced to take part in a humiliating disciplinary event in front of co-workers and customers at the Pasadena store where he worked as a cashier. ... Her son jumped to his death from the roof of the Courtyard Marriott in Monrovia on July 18, three days after he was required by Target management to take part in what the suit calls a “walk of shame.” According to the complaint, police and store security met Graham Gentles immediately as he arrived for work, and, at the direction of two...
  • Griffith Observatory Extends Hours For Triple-Shadow Transit Of Jupiter’s Moons

    01/23/2015 1:25:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Angelenos will get their chance Friday to witness a rare celestial event when the shadows of three of Jupiter’s largest moons will fall upon Jupiter at the same time. Griffith Observatory will stay open one hour later than normal to allow visitors who are already at the park to watch the triple-shadow transit as Jupiter’s three moons – Io, Europa, and Callisto – will cross the planet’s disk throughout the evening. Three moon shadows will not appear simultaneously on Jupiter again, from Los Angeles, until 2032, according to the Observatory. As if the triple shadow transit weren’t enough, there will...
  • Strange Comet Discoveries Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft

    01/23/2015 7:39:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 52 replies ^ | January 22, 2015 02:03pm ET | Miriam Kramer,
    Researchers working with Rosetta have found that the comet harbors organic compounds, carbon-based molecules that are sometimes known as the chemical building blocks of life. This marks the first time organic molecules have been detected on the surface of a comet's nucleus, according to Fabrizio Capaccioni, the principal investigator of the VIRTIS instrument on Rosetta. The northern hemisphere of the comet's nucleus is also filled with dunes and ripples that look somewhat like geological markings on Earth, Mars and Venus. Comet 67P/C-G doesn't have a robust atmosphere and high gravity like those planets, and yet it still has structures resembling...
  • ISIS Killing 'Educated, Professional Women' In New Wave Of Horror, United Nation Says

    01/22/2015 6:48:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    "Educated, professional women, particularly women who have run as candidates in elections for public office, seem to be particularly at risk," UN spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said. "In just the first two weeks of this year, reports indicate that three female lawyers were executed." ... Abu Anas Al-Libi is suspected of gunning down the women, most of whom were Yazidi, because they refused to enter into sham temporary marriages simply for the purpose of performing sexual acts with the ISIS terrorists, a practice believed to be a Koranic loophole, Al Arabiya's Jawad El-Hatab reported.
  • Airbus' Beluga: Giant of the skies set to get even larger

    01/22/2015 8:41:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    The Beluga can carry the wings of an A340 airliner or a fuselage section for Airbus' newest wide-body aircraft, the A350. But it's not large enough to transport many A380 super jumbo parts. Those need to travel by boat, barge and road. With a diameter of 7.1 meters, the Beluga has an incredibly large cargo hold. Though its maximum payload of 47 tons is surpassed by only a handful of cargo aircraft, the hold makes it good for oversized but not particularly heavy cargo. With a diameter of 7.1 meters, the Beluga has an incredibly large cargo hold. Though its...
  • 'Vindskip' cargo ship uses its hull as a giant sail

    01/22/2015 8:33:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cnn ^ | Peter Shadbolt,
    Called the "Vindskip," the Norwegian design uses the high sides of its container ships as sails, turning the whole vessel into a wind-assisted airfoil. Designed by Lade AS, the Oslo-based company says the hybrid merchant ship -- which would still have a liquefied natural gas-powered engine -- could achieve fuel savings of 60% and reduce emissions by 80%. It's the brainchild of Terje Lade, who used his skills as a speed sailor to develop his aerodynamic design. He says the futuristic container ship works more like an airplane than a conventional sailing ship. .... The ship would be able to...
  • 5 Disneyland Employees Test Positive For Measles

    01/21/2015 7:47:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Orange County health officials confirmed that five Disneyland park employees have tested positive for measles. Of those, two had reportedly been vaccinated. To date, up to 53 measles cases have been confirmed in California. Officials said 20 of the confirmed cases are in Orange County and 12 are associated with visits to the Disney parks in mid-December. Two people are currently hospitalized.
  • $170K Reward Offered in Da Vinci Apartments Fire

    01/21/2015 4:33:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    “Investigators recovered sufficient evidence to eliminate all known potential accidental causes and determine the fire was intentionally set,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a written statement in December. The massive fire caused between $25 million to $30 million in damage. Authorities have released video of two people they are calling “potential witnesses.” “We know the case and we know the accelerant used. Obviously, I can’t go into those details but it’s a very active investigation. We’re running down some promising leads. We asking the public for their assistance,” ATF Special Agent Carlos Canino said.
  • First Hubble and Now Dawn Have Seen This White Spot on Ceres. What is it?

    01/20/2015 3:23:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | on January 20, 2015 | Nancy Atkinson
    One of the most anticipated aspects the Dawn spacecraft being in orbit around Ceres HAS to be finding out what this spot is. It could be ice, it could be a cryovolcano or geysers, or it could be something else. But we do know fairly certain that it is a real feature and not an image artifact, since it shows up in most of the recent Hubble images and now the Dawn images. Planetary scientists have long suspected that water ice may be buried under Cere’s crust. A few things point to subsurface ice: the density of Ceres is less...
  • Community Colleges To Offer 4-Year Degrees

    01/20/2015 11:44:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | January 20, 2015 9:57 AM | Pete Demetriou
    Under legislation authored by San Diego State Sen. Marty Block, as many as 15 colleges statewide could offer degrees in fields such as health information management, dental hygiene and biomanufacturing. Community colleges in the state currently offer 2-year degrees. KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports California’s Community College Board of Governors is set to select the schools on Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento. “It would allow 15 pilot community college baccalaureates over the next few years in California,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris. “Most of those will be in workforce-related areas.”
  • No sign or sounds of terrorism in cockpit recording from AirAsia QZ8501

    01/20/2015 8:11:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    "The voice from the cockpit does not show any sign of a terrorist attack. It is only the pilot, sounding very busy," Andreas Hananto, an investigator at Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, said in an interview with the news agency Reuters. He said Monday that investigators had heard "no threats" in the recordings. "We didn't hear any voice of other persons other than the pilots," Nurcahyo Utomo, another investigator, told Reuters. But it remains a mystery what brought down the aircraft on December 28 as it flew from the Indonesian city of Surabaya toward Singapore with 162 people on board.
  • 24 Unvaccinated Students Banned From OC High School After Campus Measles Exposure

    01/20/2015 8:00:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    The move is part of an effort to slow the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December. Orange County has 16 confirmed cases of the viral infection, six of which are not connected to the Disneyland outbreak. Measles is highly contagious and can spread easily through the air. California state laws require children to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine prior to enrolling in school. Some parents believe the shots are linked to Autism and other medical conditions and have signed medical exemption forms.
  • Dueling Billboard Campaigns Pit MLK Against Mandela On Israel

    01/19/2015 12:04:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, pro-Israeli group Stand With Us has placed two ads on 50 billboards with across the city, including one ad which features a quote from Dr. King in support of the Jewish-majority state. The billboard depicts King’s declaration that “Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world.” Israel is the only country outside the U.S. that also commemorates Martin Luther King Day, according to Stand With Us spokeswoman Jennifer Kutner.
  • Police Confirm Plitt, Crew Were Filming Around Train Tracks Before Deadly Accident

    01/19/2015 8:13:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    Police confirmed Sunday that reality TV star and fitness model George Gregory “Greg” Plitt Jr. was with a small camera crew when he was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Saturday afternoon. Burbank police Sgt. Chris Canales told City News Service that Plitt was with three or four people when he was struck by a southbound train on tracks near Front Street, just north of the Burbank Metrolink Station, at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Plitt was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • ‘American Sniper’ Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a Killer?

    01/18/2015 4:30:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 135 replies ^ | on January 18, 2015 @ 3:56 pm | Steve Pond
    But Academy members seem to be paying attention to the criticism that Eastwood and star/producer Bradley Cooper shouldn’t be celebrating a man who wrote that killing hundreds of Iraqis was “fun.” “He seems like he may be a sociopath,” one Academy member told TheWrap, adding he had not yet seen the film but had read the article, which is being passed around. Neither distributor Warner Bros. nor the filmmakers have responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, though the studio said they intended to make someone available. A piece in The Guardian by author Lindy West was an early critic of...
  • German police ban anti-Islamic Pegida rally in Dresden citing terror threat

    01/18/2015 10:35:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    There had been calls for would-be "assassins to mingle among the protesters ... and to murder an individual member of the organising team of the Pegida demonstrations", police said in a notice on the 24-hour ban. This was consistent with "an Arabic-language Tweet that called the Pegida demonstrations an enemy of Islam", it said. Top-circulation daily Bild said online that the threat targeted Pegida's most prominent leader Lutz Bachmann. The Pegida marches – which have voiced anger against Islam and "criminal asylum seekers" and vented a host of other grievances – began in Dresden in October with several hundred supporters...
  • Man credits Star Wars costume with saving his life

    01/18/2015 10:27:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Loxley, who says he “began Storming around Australia for the Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in a full Sandtrooper Star Wars costume” two years back, is crediting the armour for saving his life. ... He said the suit is often criticized by Star Wars fans as ineffective against attacks ranging from laser blasts to rocks thrown by Ewoks. "So all those people that rag on the old stormtrooper because you know, the armor doesn't do this, it doesn't do that ... it stopped a snake bite and probably saved my life today," he said. Loxley said the snake appeared to...
  • Islamic State group reportedly throws homosexuals off roof as punishment

    01/18/2015 10:15:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    Images of the execution surfaced two days ago on jihadist websites, and claimed the men were found "convicted" of homosexual acts. The group's radical interpretation of Islamic law, "engaging in homosexual activities" is a capital crime.
  • British Teen Accused Of Christmas Day PlayStation, Xbox Hack

    01/18/2015 9:18:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Authorities said computer equipment linking the teen to the hack attack was removed from the suspect’s home Friday. The teen lives near Liverpool. British officials credited the FBI with cracking the case.
  • Disneyland measles: Rapid spread concerns health officials

    01/17/2015 7:21:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | January 17, 2015, 1:43 PM | Rong-Gong Lin II
    There are now 51 confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus across California, three other states and Mexico, and the Orange County Health Care Agency said the reports of new cases “indicate the measles outbreak will continue to spread.” Health officials had hoped to contain the outbreak to Disneyland visitors who were at the park between Dec. 17 and 20, when the virus spread from perhaps a single infected person or an ill family. But Orange County is now reporting six new cases of measles involving people who did not visit the Anaheim attraction during that period. State officials said...
  • Fox eyeing reboot of 'X-Files,' 'Prison Break'

    01/17/2015 7:12:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    “It’s been reported and it’s true that we’ve had some conversations on the ‘The X-Files,’” Newman said about the Chris Carter-created sci-fi drama that capped off a nine-season run in 2002. ... “We are hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point,” Newman added.
  • Comet Finlay Surprise Outburst, Visible in Binoculars … again!

    01/17/2015 6:55:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Two nights ago, Australian comet observer Michael Mattiazzo took a routine picture of Finlay and discovered it at magnitude +8. Today it’s a magnitude brighter and now joins Comet Lovejoy as the second binocular comet of 2015. Comet-wise, we’ve gone from zero to 60 and the new year’s fewer than 3 weeks old! Right now it’s not far from Lambda Aquarii and will soon glide just south of the well-known asterism called the “Circlet” in Pisces. Currently between 7th and 8th magnitude and showing a bright, condensed center, Comet Finlay is easily visible in 10×50 binoculars. Catch it while you...
  • [snip] Meet the SIX sets of twins born at the same Missouri hospital in one month

    01/16/2015 5:04:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Ms Cornell noted that hospital’s new twins were all delivered in one month, between December 15th and January 12th by coincidence -- and none were were the result of infertility treatments. According to National Center for Health Statistics, the number of twin births are rising. Before 1980, one in 50 babies born was a twin, amounting to about 2per cent of births. And today, twins account for one in 30 babies, or 3.5per cent of births.
  • First SLS Engine Blazes to Life in Mississippi Test Firing Igniting NASA’s Path to Deep Space

    01/16/2015 9:04:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The milestone hot fire test conducted on Jan. 9, involved igniting a shuttle-era RS-25 space shuttle main engine for 500 seconds on the A-1 test stand at Stennis. A quartet of RS-25s, formerly used to power the space shuttle orbiters, will now power the core stage of the SLS which will be the most powerful rocket the world has ever seen. “The RS-25 is the most efficient engine of its type in the world,” said Steve Wofford, manager of the SLS Liquid Engines Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, where the SLS Program is managed. “It’s...
  • UFOs [drones] spotted over nuclear plants in France and Belgium

    01/16/2015 8:56:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    openminds ^ | January 15, 2015 | Alejandro Rojas
    The French government is on high alert due to a large amount of UFO sightings over nuclear power plants since October, 2014. The latest sighting in France was just last week, and witnesses in Belgium spotted one in December. Most media outlets suspect that the objects are drones, but not all of the witnesses are convinced. If they are drones, the authorities say they do not know who they belong to. According to Austrian news site, there were 18 separate occasions UFOs were seen flying over nuclear power plants in France between early October and early November. They say...
  • Police: Attempted Rape Suspect Stabbed With Pencil At Riverside City College

    According to police, the victim was washing her hands when she noticed a male suspect standing behind her. The suspect allegedly pushed the woman to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her, police said. ... An alert issued by Miyahsiro dated Jan. 14 stated that although existing law allows “unisex access into sex-segregated facilities, the individual was suspicious because he did not seem to be a student, had walked past other restrooms, and was possibly following the victim.”
  • Astronomers are Predicting at Least Two More Large Planets in the Solar System

    01/15/2015 3:45:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 77 replies ^ | on January 15, 2015 | Nancy Atkinson
    In their studies, the team analyzed the effects of what is called the ‘Kozai mechanism,’ which is related to the gravitational perturbation that a large body exerts on the orbit of another much smaller and further away object. They looked at how the highly eccentric comet 96P/Machholz1 is influenced by Jupiter (it will come near the orbit of Mercury in 2017, but it travels as much as 6 AU at aphelion) and it may “provide the key to explain the puzzling clustering of orbits around argument of perihelion close to 0° recently found for the population of ETNOs,” the team...
  • Big Asteroid 2004 BL86 Buzzes Earth on January 26: How to See it in Your Telescope

    2004 BL86 checks in at 2,230 feet (680-m) wide or nearly half a mile. Add up its significant size and relatively close approach – 745,000 miles (1.2 million km) – and something wonderful happens. This newsy space rock is expected to reach magnitude +9.0, bright enough to see in a 3-inch telescope or even large binoculars.
  • Siberian woman becomes latest victim of unexplained mass sleep epidemic

    01/15/2015 3:06:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Almost all of the victims have fallen asleep suddenly, some literally as they walked, and remembered nothing at the point of awakening. Many of the village’s 582 residents have now suffered the condition several times and have even been unconscious for as long as five days at a time. Doctors have already ruled out viruses and bacterial infections, while scientists have been unable to find any chemicals in the soil or water that might be behind the epidemic. ... The first reports of a problem in the area emerged in early 2010, but the number of incidents has been steadily...
  • Immigrants [sic] Can Now Get Mexican Birth Certificates In U.S.

    01/15/2015 10:05:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Mexico is trying to help them apply for programs that would allow them to remain temporarily in the country and continue sending money back to relatives across the border. “It is a huge help. It helps individuals really begin to formulate their formal identity in this country,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
  • Man falls from one cruise ship, is rescued by another five hours later

    01/14/2015 12:03:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    cnn ^ | Mayra Cuevas,
    "At 7:31 a.m. a passenger aboard Disney Magic reported a man in the water. The passenger had thrown multiple lifesavers in the water to help him," said Rodriguez. "They rescued him and gave him medical attention." The man was taken to a local hospital and was in good condition before he was flown back to the United States, Rodriguez said. "This man was reborn. Most people that experience that kind of fall break their neck. It's like hitting concrete," he said. ... Royal Caribbean closed-circuit TV video showed the man was alone on the Oasis ship Deck 5 when he...
  • Video: Fla. teen saves life of cop who was booking him

    01/14/2015 11:43:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    According to the Sun-Sentinel, 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge was sitting handcuffed as Officer Franklin Foulks was doing paperwork when Officer Foulks suddenly collapsed. Rutledge immediately began kicking the security fence in the booking area to alert other police officers of the trouble.
  • U.S. Chamber head criticizes 'economic populist' Elizabeth Warren

    01/14/2015 11:38:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:16pm EST | Susan Cornwell
    The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce charged on Wednesday that Senator Elizabeth Warren and other backers of what he called "economic populism" were actually seeking a state-run economy. ... "Today we're hearing a lot of talk about so-called economic populism. Its advocates claim they are standing up for the average citizen - but what they really stand for is the unbridled growth of the central government and a state-run economy," ...
  • Bitcoin price plunges, prompting concerns about ‘mining’ activity

    01/14/2015 11:30:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | Jan 14, 2015 12:49 p.m. ET | Michael J. Casey
    providers of its core computing infrastructure to shut down operations. The selloff, which appears to have been exacerbated when Asian traders were forced to meet collateral demands under margin trading rules, left bitcoin down 14.49% at $194.04 in the late New York morning Wednesday, following a 15.02% plunge Tuesday, according to news service Coindesk. The digital currency is now down 39% from Dec. 31 alone and is off 83% from the all-time high of $1,165 that it hit at the end of a furious rally in November 2013. ... On Monday,, a company that mines bitcoins on behalf of...
  • Ammonia Leak Alarm on the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side, Crew Safe

    01/14/2015 7:17:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | on January 14, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    NASA announced that an alarm sounded in the US segment at about 4 a.m. EST. indicating a possible ammonia leak. As a result, all six Expedition 42 astronauts and cosmonauts evacuated the US segment. “Flight controllers in Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston saw an increase in pressure in the station’s water loop for thermal control system B then later saw a cabin pressure increase that could be indicative of an ammonia leak in the worst case scenario,” according to a NASA announcement.
  • One of the Milky Way’s Arms Might Encircle the Entire Galaxy

    01/13/2015 1:58:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | on January 13, 2015 | Matt Williams
    For decades astronomers have thought the Milky Way consists of four arms — made up of stars and clouds of star-forming gas — that extend outwards in a spiral fashion. Then in 2008, data from the Spitzer Space Telescope seemed to indicate that our Milky Way has just two arms, but a larger central bar. But now, according to a team of astronomers from China, one of our galaxy’s arms may stretch farther than previously thought, reaching all the way around the galaxy.
  • Low-energy urbanisation 'can help climate goals'

    01/13/2015 9:08:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | Mark Kinver
    The team found that the mitigation potential of urban areas on a global scale was "insufficiently understood", making it difficult to quantify what energy savings could be made through more effective planning and development. ... The dataset allowed the researchers to identify different profiles of energy use by cities, which could then shape climate mitigation policies for urban areas that fitted a particular energy-use profile. ... "We looked at factors including population density and fuel prices. We found that - especially in those regions that are urbanising quickly: Asia, Africa and the Middle East - if there are higher fuel...
  • Riot erupts at darts match in Australia

    01/12/2015 5:23:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | Jan. 11, 2015
    Forty police officers were called to restore calm after chaos broke out at on Saturday night at the Darts Invitational Challenge, an international competition at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. Security guards at the stadium were unable to quell the violence. Daniel Andrews, the state premier in Victoria, said the incident was “very ugly” and authorities will reconsider whether to host other such darts events in the future.
  • Downtown LA Crime Surged 25 Percent In 2014

    01/12/2015 2:12:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Pete Demetriou
    In other categories, there were 260 murders recorded in LA in 2014, nine more than in 2013, authorities said. Sexual assault cases were also up 20 percent, while property crimes overall were down in all categories. Despite the surge, officials say the downtown area is as safe as ever and attributed the surge to an internal change in the way crimes are classified.
  • Harbaugh Says Belichick’s Formations ‘Clearly Deception'; Brady Says ‘Figure It Out’

    01/12/2015 10:44:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 105 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Michael Hurley,
    The divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Ravens on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium featured a number of bizarre and unbelievable twists and turns. Among them was a rarely seen strategy employed by Tom Brady’s offense, one that helped the Patriots climb back to cut a 14-point deficit in half, and one that had Ravens head coach John Harbaugh furious on the sideline. The strategy in question involved Bill Belichick’s offense employing four offensive linemen instead of the standard five on a number of plays midway through the third quarter. Running back Shane Vereen lined up off the right...
  • 2015's 'Leap Second' Could Scramble Computers

    01/12/2015 7:45:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | | January 09, 2015 07:38am ET | Kelly Dickerson, Staff Writer
    This will be the 26th leap second added to a calendar year since the practice began in 1972. In the past, the extra second has messed with computer systems. The last leap second was added in 2012, and it caused problems for big companies like Reddit, LinkedIn, Gizmodo and FourSquare. The problem is that during the leap second, the computer clock shows 60 seconds instead of simply rolling over to the next minute, or shows the 59th second twice. The computer sees a leap second as time going backward, Matsakis said. The machine registers this as a system error, and...
  • South Korean president says open to summit with North's Kim, no pre-condition

    01/11/2015 10:02:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:58pm EST | Ju-min Park
    The two sides are still technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended only in a truce and not a peace treaty. More than 1.8 million troops are deployed on both sides of their border, one of the most heavily fortified in the world. Park also told the news conference that an anti-North law, the National Security Law, continued to remain necessary in the South. "We need the very minimum of law to ensure security in this country as we remain in a standoff with the North, and the law is enforced according to that," she said.
  • LAPD Hopes Public Can Help Them Identify Alleged Kidnap Victim

    01/11/2015 9:48:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a woman they say was kidnapped. Authorities said the unidentifed woman walked into a business in the 5600 block of York Boulevard in the early morning hours of December 20, 2014. Witnesses said the woman had just gotten out of a gray or silver SUV. The woman ordered a coffee and began texting or emailing someone using her cell phone. Around 5:55 a.m., the woman left the business wearing her black coat and walked toward Avenue 56. Less than a minute later, the...
  • San Joaquin Valley farmers reach secret deal in water dispute

    01/11/2015 2:36:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | Updated 9:44 pm, Saturday, January 10, 2015 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Details of the deal between Westlands and the federal Bureau of Reclamation have not been revealed to members of Congress, who would have to approve it. But according to a short “principles of agreement” document that has been made public, the deal would forgive $342 million in federal debt that Westlands owes for construction of the 1960s extension of the Central Valley Project to deliver water to the San Joaquin Valley farms. In return, taxpayers would be relieved of an estimated $2.7 billion obligation to remove the contaminated water that results from the irrigation. Resolution of the drainage problem would...
  • Game Theorists Crack Poker

    01/11/2015 1:25:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    That means that this particular variant of poker, called heads-up limit hold’em (HULHE), can be considered solved. ... A few other popular games have been solved before. In particular, in 2007 a team from the same computer-science department at Alberta — including Neil Burch, a co-author of the latest study — cracked draughts, also known as checkers. But poker is harder to solve than draughts. Chess and draughts are examples of perfect-information games, in which players have complete knowledge of all past events and of the present situation in a game. In poker, in contrast, there are some things a...