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  • President Obama calls James Franco'James Flacco' while slamming Sony for not releasing The Intervie

    12/19/2014 7:41:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | 19 December 2014 | By Chris Spargo
    It would seem that he had confused the Hollywood heartthrob with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco found the entire incident hysterical, writing soon after on Twitter; 'Welcome to the family, brother.
  • Earth May Have Created Its Own Water Deep Within; And There's Still Enough There To Fill The Pacific

    12/19/2014 7:32:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | Dec 19, 2014 06:57 PM EST | Rebekah Marcarelli
    A team of researchers revealed evidence of an unknown geochemical pathway used by the Earth to sequester water deep within, releasing small amounts through plate tectonics in a process that feeds our oceans "from within," Ohio State University reported.
  • ISS astronaut needs a wrench, NASA successfully 'emails' him one

    12/19/2014 2:44:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | 19 December 2014 9:46 pm GMT | Anthony Domanico
    An astronaut aboard the International Space Station needed a socket wrench, so NASA engineers emailed him designs for 3D-printing one.
  • Parents of Colorado theater gunman plead for son’s life to be spared

    12/19/2014 2:34:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Rueters ^ | Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:20pm EST | Keith Coffman
    Defense lawyers have conceded that Holmes was the lone gunman but say he was in the throes of a psychotic episode, a claim his parents repeated in their statement. “He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness,” they said of their son, adding that before the mass shooting, “he never harmed anyone and ... had no criminal history.”
  • Fights break out in Kenyan parliament over controversial anti-terrorism laws

    12/19/2014 8:53:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Thursday 18 December 2014 12.50 EST | David Smith
    Activists warn that sweeping anti-terrorism laws pose a draconian threat to civil liberties and freedom of speech
  • Massive Da Vinci fire in downtown L.A. was arson, investigators say

    12/18/2014 11:14:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | By Victoria Kim
    The blaze, which broke out in the middle of the night, all but obliterated a seven-story building of the Da Vinci apartment complex and caused extensive damage to the adjacent 110 Freeway and city buildings. It took 250 firefighters an hour and half to put out the flames that rose to heights taller than many downtown buildings. The total damage was estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars.
  • Rocket Issues force SpaceX and NASA to Postpone Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to January 2015

    12/18/2014 10:57:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | on December 18, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    “While the recent static fire test accomplished nearly all of our goals, the test did not run the full duration. The data suggests we could push forward without a second attempt, but out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to execute a second static fire test prior to launch.” “The ISS orbits through a high beta angle period a few times a year. This is where the angle between the ISS orbital plane and the sun is high, resulting in the ISS being in almost constant sunlight for a 10 day period. “During this time, there are thermal...
  • Comet discovery closes door to theory of origin of Earth's oceans

    12/18/2014 3:24:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | December 18, 2014 |
    "We were looking to measure a certain particle called dueterium," said Alexander. It is this element that would confirm or scuttle the theory of comets hydrating Earth. And, as it turned out, Rosetta's data cast a strong doubt that comets were our aquatic benefactors.
  • Woman Sues Over Elevator Shaft Fall at Fenway Park

    12/18/2014 3:19:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 12.18.14 | 3:16 PM
    The suit says Scotland fell when a closed elevator door opened when she brushed up against it, and she suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, facial fractures and dental damage.
  • There’s Always A First Time: 5 New NFL Scores

    12/18/2014 12:58:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cbs ^ | December 17, 2014 11:07 PM
    For a league that has been around for nearly 100 years, the NFL can still sometimes surprise. For instance, when the Jets defeated the Titans on Sunday, it was the first time in league history that a game ended in a 16-11 score. It was the fifth time this season that a score was recorded for the first time. . If that sounds like a rare thing, well, it’s really not.
  • 'Bullet-looking missile thing' turns heads along highway south of Boulder

    12/18/2014 8:39:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | Joe Rubino
    It's fair to assume that question was on the minds of many people who traveled along Colo. 128 south of Boulder this week if they happened to catch a glimpse of what appeared to be a large, silver projectile perched alongside the highway and pointed north toward town.
  • Strange rock containing 30,000 diamonds baffles scientists

    12/17/2014 8:01:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    "The exciting thing for me is there are 30,000 itty-bitty, perfect octahedrons, and not one big diamond," said Larry Taylor, a geologist at the University of Tennessee, who presented the findings at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting. "It's like they formed instantaneously. This rock is a strange one indeed."
  • New Pictures Of Philae’s Lonely Resting Spot On The Comet Emerge

    12/17/2014 7:39:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | on December 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    The lander is sleeping in a shady spot on the comet’s surface after the dramatic touchdown — actually, three touchdowns — on Nov. 12, when it flew for more than two hours across the surface and bounced as high as two miles (3.2 kilometers). This was partly because harpoons expected to secure it to the surface failed to deploy, and also because the comet crust was icier than expected, according to Gizmodo.
  • Voyager 1 Rides 'Tsunami Wave' in Interstellar Space

    12/17/2014 1:48:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | December 16, 2014 04:22pm ET | Megan Gannon,
    "Most people would have thought the interstellar medium would have been smooth and quiet," study researcher Don Gurnett, professor of physics at the University of Iowa, and the principal investigator of Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument, said in a statement from NASA. "But these shock waves seem to be more common than we thought."
  • Did Johnny Manziel Or Phantom Menace Have A More Disastrous Debut?

    12/16/2014 4:27:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    His debut, this past weekend, was just about as disastrous as it could have been. But was it a more disastrous debut than that of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace? Let’s go to the tape:
  • A Stunning Look at the Cliffs of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

    12/16/2014 3:18:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | on December 16, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson
    Images from space don’t get more dramatic than this. Image processing wizard Stuart Atkinson zoomed in on one of the most intriguing views yet of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, highlighting the contrasts of dark and light, smooth and rugged, soft contours and frighteningly vertical cliffs.
  • What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Something like this [IF they were into cool jazz]

    12/16/2014 11:47:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    newsweek ^ | 14 Dec 2014 at 10:33 ET
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  • Suspect sought in 6 shooting deaths near Philadelphia

    12/15/2014 4:09:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    · ^ | December 15, 2014
    The rampage began around 4 a.m. at ex-wife Nicole Stone's Harleysville apartment, investigators said. Stone broke in through a glass door, firing multiple rounds and fleeing with their two children, the woman's neighbors said. He then went to two nearby communities, where her relatives lived, killed five other people and severely wounded another person before apparently holing up in a Pennsburg home, authorities said.
  • 2 Men On Surveillance Video Near Massive Downtown Fire Wanted For Questioning

    12/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | December 15, 2014 3:40 PM
    The two individuals are not considered suspects or persons of interest, and investigators would like to interview them because they were in the area of the fire, officials said.
  • Siberia’s Whale Bone Alley: Stonehenge’s Eerie Russian Cousin

    12/15/2014 9:10:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | December 12, 2014 | Martin J. Clemens
    Upon closer inspection, you would find that this is no random collection of bones, but rather is a deliberately constructed roadway delineated by the towering rib bones (some in excess of five metres high and weighing 300 kg), and dotted with huge whale skulls and large square pits dug into the permafrost. It would be a perplexing sight indeed.
  • Capitol Notebook: Is there a right to spear a fish?

    12/14/2014 5:17:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | 1:24 am, Sat Dec 13, 2014.
    FORT PIERRE — An argument about equal rights took place a few days ago during the meeting of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. ... And more specifically, equal rights in the opportunity to take fish, whether by spear, arrow or hook. Or, as commissioner Paul Dennert of Columbia put it, spears and arrows have been around much longer than motor boats and electronic depth-finders. It’s an interesting, fundamental question.
  • Sydney siege: Hostages held in central cafe

    12/14/2014 3:39:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 147 replies
    bbc ^ | 14 December 2014 Last updated at 18:35 ET
    <p>The cafe in Sydney's central business district has been surrounded by armed police.</p>
  • UN climate deal in Peru ends historic North-South split

    12/14/2014 3:36:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 14 December 2014 Last updated at 17:26 ET | Matt McGrath
    Distinction ditched It divided the world into rich and poor (Annex 1 and Non-Annex 1, in UN jargon). The richer countries would take on carbon-cutting commitments - the poorer ones would not. Here in Lima, that old fashioned view of the world was consigned to history, though not without a desperate struggle. Developing countries resolutely fought to keep this sense of differentiation firmly in the text. They were very upset when the original text about the pledges countries will make next year, used the word "shall". ... No one seriously expects the countries in sub-Saharan Africa will have to do...
  • Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

    12/14/2014 3:18:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | Dilay Gundogan
    Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.
  • The bracelet that turns your ARM into a touchscreen: Cicret projects emails, videos and games onto

    12/14/2014 10:53:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Sarah Griffiths
    A tiny projector in the bracelet will cast an image onto the skin then eight long-range proximity sensors will detect every swipe, tap and pinch. The bracelet will also contain a USB port and accelerometer as well as supporting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • Boy, 17, Charged With Attempted Armed Robbery With Airsoft Pistol

    12/13/2014 12:45:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | December 13, 2014 11:56 AM
    The suspect is accused of confronting a cashier at a Unocal service station located in the 12000 block of Seal Beach Boulevard shortly before noon Friday.
  • Men really are more stupid than women, research shows

    12/12/2014 9:00:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 119 replies
    Sarah Knapton, Science Editor ^ | 11:30PM GMT 11 Dec 2014
    It's enough to start a new battle of the sexes, but when it comes to needless and untimely deaths, men win hands down. A 20 year study of the Darwin Awards, an annual review of the most foolish way people have died, found almost 90 per cent were 'won' by males. ... Of 332 independently verified nominations 14 were ruled out of the analysis because they were shared by male and females - usually overly adventurous couples in compromising positions.
  • Protest at Primal Scream Leads to Chaotic Exchange

    12/12/2014 8:30:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | Meg P. Bernhard and Samuel E. Liu
    A group of about 30 students attempted to hold a silent demonstration in the first minutes of Primal Scream, a biannual naked run around Harvard Yard, ... The run is a College tradition in which students, at times inebriated, run naked around the Yard on the eve of the first day of exams. ... About ten minutes before the intended start of the run at midnight, the group of protesters convened near Harvard Hall on the path encircling the Yard and held signs.. As student streakers began to gather, talking and shouting, just a few yards away, the protesters, some...
  • Raelians Demand Return of Swastika Wrapping Paper

    12/12/2014 8:14:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | Paul Seaburn | December 12, 2014
    Here’s the response from Raelian Thomas Kaenzig to Walgreens’ removal of the wrapping paper: We feel outraged by Walgreen’s decision and ask for this gift wrapping paper to be made available again. It’s unacceptable for us to see a major U.S. retail chain ban this symbol that is so dear to billions around the world. “Billions” may be a stretch, although even after the Nazi Party stigmatized the ancient sign, the swastika continues to be a religious symbol with various meanings in Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • Greenpeace activists facing charges over stunt Peru says damaged ancient archaeological marvel

    12/11/2014 8:25:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 11, 2014
    Castillo said no one, not even presidents and Cabinet ministers, is allowed without authorization where the activists trod, and those who do have permission must wear special shoes.The Nazca lines are huge figures depicting living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary figures scratched on the surface of the ground between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago. They are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens: New Characters' Names Revealed on Trading Cards!

    12/11/2014 8:17:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | Today 7:09 PM PST | Natalie Finn
    J.J. Abrams has unveiled the latest trick up his Jedi-reviving sleeve: He's revealing the names of the new characters populating Star Wars: The Force Awakens via old-fashioned trading cards—which will make for quite the holiday gift for fans, especially those whose collection was founded on the original Star Wars Topps trading cards that were all the rage back in 1977.
  • Orion Off-Loaded for Cross Country Trek to Florida Home Base [pics]

    12/11/2014 8:01:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Orion off-loaded from the well deck of the USS Anchorage Monday night after the amphibious ship docked in San Diego. NASA officials pronounced the two orbit, 4.5 hour flight maiden test flight of Orion on the Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission to be a complete success. The EFT-1 spacecraft was recovered at sea, brought to land, and off-loaded by a combined team from NASA, the U.S. Navy, and Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin.
  • Gamma Ray Bursts Limit The Habitability of Certain Galaxies, Says Study

    12/11/2014 2:59:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | on December 11, 2014 | by Vanessa Janek
    In fact, according to the authors of the new paper, there is a 90% chance that a GRB powerful enough to destroy Earth’s ozone layer occurred in our stellar neighborhood some time in the last 5 billion years, and a 50% chance that such an event occurred within the last half billion years. These odds indicate a possible trigger for the second worst mass extinction in Earth’s history: the Ordovician Extinction. This great decimation occurred 440-450 million years ago and led to the death of more than 80% of all species.
  • Humans [America] Last Landed On The Moon 42 Years Ago Today

    12/11/2014 2:52:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | on December 11, 2014 | by Elizabeth Howell
    The last lunar landing was Apollo 17, which took place on Dec. 11, 1972. Commander Eugene Cernan and lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt did three moonwalks in the Taurus-Littrow valley, scoping out the highlands to try to get a geologic sense of the area. Among their more memorable findings are orange soil.
  • How To Take Photos Of Earth While Whizzing At 17,000 MPH

    12/11/2014 2:47:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    When you’re flying above Earth in a spaceship or space station, taking a clear picture below is more than a point-and-shoot job. As NASA astronaut Don Pettit explains in this video, you need to account for the motion of your little craft to get the best pictures below. And Pettit should know, being a photographer who captured many stunning timelapses in space. “Apart from everything else an astronaut does on orbit, photography is actually part of our job,” Pettit said in the video. “We take pictures of Earth and the surroundings of Earth, the upper atmosphere. These pictures, in themselves,...
  • Private Investigators Working For Police Union Arrested For Crimes Against Costa Mesa Councilmen

    12/11/2014 2:43:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | December 11, 2014 12:26 PM
    Lanzillo and Impola worked as private investigators for the former Upland-based law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill and Ethir at the time of the crimes. The Costa Mesa Police Officers’ Association retained the firm to conduct “candidate research,” including surveillance on Costa Mesa city council members, in the months leading up to the November 2012 election, authorities said. ... It was while they were watching Skosh Monahan’s that they saw Councilman Jim Righeimer leave the restaurant, prosecutors said. Lanzillo allegedly called 911 and falsely reported seeing a man stumble out of the restaurant and into a vehicle that matched the...
  • California Battling Its Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic In 70 Years

    12/11/2014 2:38:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    (AP) ^ | December 11, 2014 12:48 PM
    A total of 9,935 cases of whooping cough cases were reported to the California Department of Public Health from Jan. 1 to Nov. 26. That’s the highest number in 70 years. The cases include one infant who died.
  • Scientists develop artificial skin that can feel rain and the touch of a hand

    12/11/2014 11:25:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    /CBS News/ ^ | December 9, 2014, 3:15 PM | By/Michael Casey
    The smart skin, which in photos appears to drape a prosthetic hand like a see-through glove, is made of a soft polymer known as elastomer, and contains pressure, temperature and humidity sensors and stretchable electrodes that stimulate the existing nerves. The researchers were able to demonstrate how the skin could sense pressure from catching a ball as well as the temperature of a cup of hot or cold water. It could tell wet from dry, and the skin's heat sensors responded when it touched a baby doll warmed to body temperature.
  • NoHo Man Charged With Threatening Ex-Girlfriend And Killing, Eating Her Rabbit

    12/10/2014 6:24:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | December 10, 2014 3:00 PM | Jon Baird
    “While the victim was out of the house, Diatchenko skinned the pet, cooked it and ate half of it while sending her step-by-step pictures of what he did,” prosecutors said. When the woman returned home, Diatchenko allegedly said he would do the same to her.
  • 2,000 Holiday Gift Bags Destroyed In Downtown Apartment Fire

    12/10/2014 6:22:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | December 10, 2014 2:48 PM | Bob Brill
    The 2,000 gift bags — which contained slippers, toiletries and other basic items — were collected as part of the Department of Aging’s Project CARE and donated by city employees and others, KNX 1070’s Bob Brill reports. They were valued at $80,000.
  • A Universe of 10 Dimensions

    12/10/2014 4:27:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies ^ | on December 10, 2014 | Matt Williams not on
    Beyond these three visible dimensions, scientists believe that there may many more. In fact, the theoretical framework of Superstring Theory posits that the universe exists in ten different dimensions. These different aspects are what govern the universe, the fundamental forces of nature, and all the elementary particles contained within. ... In the sixth, we would see a plane of possible worlds, where we could compare and position all the possible universes that start with the same initial conditions as this one (i.e. the Big Bang). In theory, if you could master the fifth and sixth dimension, you could travel back...
  • Orbital Sciences selects ULA’s Atlas V to launch Next Cygnus Cargo Ship to Station

    12/10/2014 1:30:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Following the catastrophic Oct. 28 failure of Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket on a critical resupply mission to the space station for NASA, the company is seeking to quickly make up the loss to NASA by announcing the selection of the venerable Atlas V rocket built by United Launch Alliance to launch Orbital’s next Cygnus cargo ship to the orbital science lab.
  • Knife-Wielding Man Sought At Cal State Long Beach

    12/10/2014 1:22:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | December 10, 2014 12:07 PM
    Authorities are searching for a knife-wielding man who accosted a female student in a parking structure on the campus of California State University Long Beach. The woman was attacked about 2:20 p.m. Monday inside Parking Structure 1 at the north end of the campus near the Pyramid, according to campus police
  • ATF To Join LAFD Arson Teams In Da Vinci Fire Investigation

    12/10/2014 11:15:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | December 10, 2014 5:11 AM
    A team of approximately 20 agents with the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will begin to examine the remnants of the 7-story Da Vinci Complex, located at 906 N. Fremont Avenue, the LAFD said.
  • Anxiety following Cam Newton's wreck calmed by encouraging injury news

    12/09/2014 9:59:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Newton is listed in fair condition and is spending the night at Carolinas Medical Center, where doctors will do further tests to determine whether there is any internal damage. As it stands now, Newton has two transverse process fractures in his lower back. It's the same injury sustained by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo earlier in the season. That injury kept Romo sidelined for one game.
  • CHP braces for next freeway protest, says 'enough is enough’

    12/09/2014 9:48:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies ^ | Updated 8:50 pm, Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Carolyn Jones, Kale Williams and Vivian Ho
    “Enough is enough,” said Ernie Sanchez, assistant chief of the Golden Gate Division. “The crowds have become larger, more hostile and more aggressive, and the public can expect that we will use whatever force necessary to clear the roadway and keep people safe.” Highway Patrol officers arrested 223 people Monday night for blocking the roadway, assaulting a peace officer and other offenses stemming from the protest. Those arrested face bails of up to $50,000, and many remain in custody, Sanchez said.
  • Some Protesters Claim Recent Arrests In L.A. Violated Their Rights

    12/09/2014 9:42:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 6:39 PM | Dave Lopez
    “What do you call a protester without police?” one woman asked. “A peaceful protest!” another yelled out. Another woman said: “Many of my fellow arrestees already noted the baseless and illegal way that the LAPD detained us.”
  • Fear Not: Quarter-Mile Asteroid Is No Threat To Earth, NASA Says

    12/09/2014 4:18:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | on December 9, 2014 | by Elizabeth Howell
    “While this approximately 400-meter sized asteroid has a three-year orbital period around the sun and returns to the Earth’s neighborhood periodically, it does not represent a threat because its orbital path does not pass sufficiently close to the Earth’s orbit … Any statements about risk for impact of discovered asteroids and comets should be verified by scientists and the media by accessing NASA’s Near Earth Object (NEO) program web site.”
  • Plane Diverted To LAX After Woman Gives Birth In Flight

    12/09/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    cbs ^ | December 9, 2014 11:08 AM
    Flight 623, bound for Phoenix, had just taken off from San Francisco when an unidentified woman went into labor.
  • Stockbroker Awarded Millions After Being Terminated For Army Reserve Duty

    12/09/2014 7:07:45 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 5:55 AM
    The panel found not only wrongful termination, but discrimination against military personnel, because Barra was “chastised and retaliated” against by the LA offices’ Branch Manager because he went on reserve duty.