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  • Red-faced Pluto Full of Surprises

    07/04/2015 6:56:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on July 4, 2015 | Bob King
    On Mars, iron oxide or rust colors the planet’s soil, while Pluto’s coloration is likely caused by hydrocarbon molecules called tholins that are formed when cosmic rays and solar ultraviolet light interact with methane in Pluto’s atmosphere and on its surface. Airborne tholins fall out of the atmosphere and coat the surface with a reddish gunk ... “Pluto’s reddish color has been known for decades, but New Horizons is now allowing us to correlate the color of different places on the surface with their geology and soon, with their compositions,” said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest...
  • China curbs IPOs, enlists brokers in all-out bid to end market rout

    07/04/2015 5:40:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    rueters ^ | Sat Jul 4, 2015 8:19pm EDT | Michael Martina and Samuel Shen
    China froze share offers and set up a market-stabilization fund on Saturday, the Wall Street Journal said, as Beijing intensified efforts to pull stock markets out of a nose-dive that is threatening the world's second-largest economy. Beijing's reported suspension of initial public offers (IPOs) came a few hours after extraordinary announcements by major brokers and fund managers, which collectively pledged to invest at least $19 billion of their own money into stocks. China's government, regulators and financial institutions are now waging a concerted campaign to prop up the nation's two main share markets, amid fears that a meltdown would rock...
  • Iran nuclear talks: What will Tehran do with an extra £65 billion?

    07/04/2015 2:25:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | David Blair
    .... America's traditional allies in the Middle East, particularly the Gulf states and Israel. They are wary of the prospect of Iran shaking off the burden of sanctions and benefiting from a sudden infusion of cash as the regime's bank accounts, holding billions of dollars, are unfrozen. They believe that Iran's impending windfall could enhance its ability to supply weapons and funds to extremist forces across the region. Officials from the Gulf states predict the money could pass into the hands of their bitter enemies, including Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, Hizbollah in Lebanon and Shia militias in Iraq. ......
  • BOFFIN: Will I soon be able to CLONE a MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? NO

    07/04/2015 1:40:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | ,3 Jul 2015 at 09:28, | Lewis Page
    It will definitely be possible within the foreseeable future to bring back the long-extinct woolly mammoth, a top geneticist has said. However, in his regretful opinion such a resurrection should not be carried out. The assertion comes in the wake of a new study of mammoth genetics as compared to their cousins the Asian and African elephants, which live in warm habitats very different from the icy northern realms of the woolly giant. The new study offers boffins many revelations as to the differences which let the elephants and mammoths survive in such different conditions. “This is by far the...
  • Man Is Killed by Alligator in Texas While Swimming, Despite Warnings From Local Officials Not to

    07/04/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    ktla
    Orange County Police were called to Burkart’s Marina near the Louisiana state line early Friday morning.... Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told CNN affiliate KFDM that Woodward ignored verbal warnings and a posted “No Swimming Alligators” sign and seemed to mock the deadly creatures before going in the water. “He removed his shirt, removed his billfold … someone shouted a warning and he said ‘blank the alligators’ and jumped into the water and almost immediately yelled for help,” Price said. The “No Swimming Alligators” sign was posted this week after a 10-foot alligator was spotted in the...
  • Seahorse-inspired robots to assist in surgeries

    07/03/2015 1:46:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    zeenews.india.com ^ | Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 00:25
    [The tail] provides a strong, energy-efficient grasping mechanism to cling to things such as seaweed or coral reefs, waiting for food to float by that it can suck into its mouth. At the same time, the square structure of its tail provides adequate flexibility, can bend and twist, and naturally returns to its former shape better than animals with cylindrical tails. Researchers theorised that the square structure of its tail, so rare in nature, must serve a purpose. "We found that this square architecture provides adequate dexterity and a tough resistance to predators, but also that it tends to snap...
  • Accused San Francisco Pier Shooter Should Have Been Deported: Immigration Officials

    07/03/2015 1:25:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    nbc ^ | updated 11 minutes ago | Lisa Fernandez
    The man accused of gunning down a 32-year-old Pleasanton woman while she was out strolling San Francisco's Embarcadero with her father was in a Bay Area jail four months ago and should have been turned over to federal immigration officials upon his release, instead of being sent free, according to the Department of Homeland Security. But that's not the way the San Francisco County Sheriff's Legal Counsel Freya Horne sees it. In an interview Friday with NBC Bay Area, she said the city and county of San Francisco are sanctuaries for immigrants, and do not turn over undocumented people –...
  • Massachusetts Police Seek Help ID’ing 4-Year-Old Girl Found Dead in Trash Bag

    07/03/2015 12:42:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Massachusetts authorities are seeking help in identifying a little girl whose body was found on Deer Island in Boston Harbor last week. The child was found in a garbage bag on the western shore of the 185-acre peninsula on June 25. Her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and investigators said her body had only been there for a short time ... A Massachusetts State Police Facebook post urged the public to “be alert for any children who seem to have gone missing from their communities” over the holiday weekend.
  • An Alternative Approach to Nuclear Fusion: Think Smaller

    07/03/2015 8:59:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    motherboard.vice.com ^ | July 2, 2015 // 11:45 AM EST | Emiko Jozuka
    But one group of UK researchers says that the key is to think smaller, and to mash together spherical reactors (a squashed-up version of regular-shaped reactors) and high temperature superconductors to accelerate the development of fusion energy. Their early prototype devices have a 1.2m diameter, and next up, they’re are aiming to build machines that are 3m high with a 2.5m diameter. ... “Instead of making bigger reactors, you go to a higher [magnetic] field that enables you to contain the plasma in an effective way.” ... “The idea is that the tokamak is like a magnetic bottle. On the...
  • Pakistan Army Officer, Dozen Others Killed In Suspicious Train Accident

    07/02/2015 9:59:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | July 03, 2015
    t least 14 people including a senior army officer were killed July 2 when a train carrying more than 200 fell into a canal in Pakistan after the partial collapse of a bridge. The incident, which a government minister said might have involved sabotage, occurred near the eastern town of Wazirabad in the country's most populous province, Punjab. The train was headed to the garrison town of Kharian. The military said four carriages derailed as the train, which was carrying army troops and military hardware, crossed Chanawan Bridge. Military spokesman Asim Bajwa said that 14 bodies had been recovered, including...
  • Greek debt crisis: Major rallies due ahead of vote

    07/02/2015 9:55:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 46 minutes ago
    Divisions in Greece have sharpened ahead of the vote. One poll cited by euro2day.gr said 47% of people were leaning toward a "Yes" vote, with the "No" camp at 43%. A previous poll suggested the "No" camp had a shrinking lead. Mr Tsipras has said that a strong "No" vote will help lead to a "better agreement" with creditors. "Our efforts are focused on overcoming the crisis as fast as possible, with a solution that preserves the dignity and sovereignty of our people,'' he said. But EU leaders have warned that a "No" vote on Sunday may see Greece leave...
  • GoPro: Wingsuit Flight Through 2 Meter Cave - Uli Emanuele

    07/02/2015 5:01:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Go-Pro ^ | Published on Jul 1, 2015
    Uli Emanuele pilots what is possibly the most technical and difficult BASE jump ever. For the past 3 years Uli has been dreaming about and preparing for what could be a world record jump. With just his wingsuit and hiking poles, he climbs to his exit point and realizes there is no turning back.
  • Owner Responds to Complaints About Airbnb ‘Camping Retreat’ in ...Hollywood Hills Neighborhood

    07/02/2015 4:35:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ktla.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Melissa Pamer and Erin Myers, Updated at 03:38pm,
    “This is my property. There’s a couple of people making up stories of things happening here that are not happening,” de Leon told KTLA as she sat in a vehicle, small dog on her lap. “They made up stories that people are somehow having sex in a public place. First thing, it’s not public, it’s a private place. And second, that’s completely false.” ... They are particularly upset over a listing on Airbnb.com for a “Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat.” The listing, taken down following news coverage earlier this week, described the rental of a “tent” that could accommodate 10 people...
  • Bay Area news crews robbed on live TV while reporting on homicide

    07/02/2015 4:14:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    L A Times ^ | July 2, 2015 | Veronica Rocha
    Crews from KNTV-Channel 11 and KTVU-Channel 2 were reporting live at 6:03 a.m. on the shooting death of a woman at Pier 14 when someone stole camera equipment, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Part of the robbery was captured on air, showing a man hitting KNTV-TV camera operator Alan Waples with a gun. Video shows the gunman approach Waples and put a gun to his head while reporter Kris Sanchez pleads for him not to shoot, the Chronicle reported.
  • Captain of TransAsia Flight 235 shut off working engine after other failed: Report

    07/02/2015 11:56:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cnn ^ | 02:39 AM PHT Fri, July 3, 2015 | Tim Hume, CNN
    "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle." These are the words of the captain of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, eight seconds before the plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a Taiwanese river mere minutes after takeoff, killing 43 people on board. The latest report by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council into the February crash confirms that the captain of the ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft mistakenly switched off the plane's working engine after the other lost power. The plane is designed to be able to be flown on one engine. The report also showed that the captain had failed simulator training...
  • Vandals sever another Internet backbone cable in California

    07/01/2015 3:46:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | janes Niccolai
    Someone hacked through yet another fiber optic cable in the San Francisco Bay area early Tuesday morning, continuing a rash of incidents that have disrupted Internet traffic and vexed law enforcement officials. The latest attack occurred at around 4.30 am Pacific Time near the town of Livermore, about 50 miles east of San Francisco. Someone climbed down a manhole cover there and cut through several fiber optic cables, according to several reports. The FBI is investigating. The cables are operated by backbone providers such as Level 3 Communications, which sell capacity to other cable and Internet providers. The cables carry...
  • Giant sinkholes spotted on Rosetta's comet

    07/01/2015 2:40:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    On average, each of these quasi-circular holes are as wide as two football fields placed together, and some are as deep as the Washington monument is tall. ... The pits can be found clustered in just a few regions on the comet's surface. There are small groups of them on both the "head" and "body" of the rubber-duck-shaped comet, but nearly all of them appear in the comet's northern hemisphere. Cameras on Rosetta's OSIRIS instrument have spotted dust jets shooting out of some of the deeper depressions, but those that are more shallow do not seem to be active. The...
  • 'Terminator Genisys': Schwarzenegger can't save messy sequel, reviews say

    07/01/2015 1:25:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2015
    "In smashing together elements from the first two 'Terminator' movies with Digital Age anxiety over connectivity and privacy, the new movie is kind of like a wedding DJ remixing period hits with a modern beat. Which is to say, 'Terminator Genisys' is no fresh start — it's a mess." Olsen continues, "could be Exhibit A in why the current line of thinking in Hollywood regarding sequels/reboots/remakes often leads to terrible decisions and worse films. ... The popular term is 'reimagining,' taking some things and not others, which in this case apparently really means not entirely thinking things through." Alas, he...
  • Jim Carrey calls Gov. Brown a 'fascist' for signing new vaccination law

    07/01/2015 11:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2015 | By Veronica Rocha
    California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines,” he said. “This corporate fascist must be stopped.” He went on to say the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is corrupt because they “can’t solve a problem they helped start.” Carrey, who lives in Los Angeles, said he does not oppose vaccines, but is rather “anti-neurotoxin.” He believes vaccines should be free of chemicals and certain compounds, such as mercury and thimerosal. “All we are saying is, 'Take the neurotoxins out of the vaccines.' Make them toxin free. History will show that that...
  • Is That a Big Crater on Pluto? Pyramidal Mountain Found on Ceres

    07/01/2015 5:53:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on June 30, 2015 | Bob King
    You’re probably as eager as I am for new images of Pluto and Ceres as both New Horizons and Dawn push ever closer to their respective little worlds. Recent photos, of which there are only a few, reveal some wild new features including what appears to a large crater on Pluto. In the end, this apparent large impact might only be a contrast effect or worse, an artifact of over-processing, but there’s no denying its strong resemblance to foreshortened, shadow-filled craters seen on the Moon and other moons. It’s also encouraging that an earlier photo from June 27 shows the...
  • 'Mysterious’ fireball lights up Atlanta sky

    06/29/2015 3:18:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    According to the American Meteor Society fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation. A spokesperson for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the fireball which was seen over Walker County (Alabama) was a meteor as neither FAA nor local authorities have any confirmed information about a plane crash or any other accident,...
  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    L A Times ^ | Christine Mai-Duc
    As of early Monday morning, founder Elon Musk tweeted, no cause had been determined after ”several thousand engineering-hours” of review, meaning more than 100 engineers were working to investigate the problem. Investigators were using software to recover the "final milliseconds" before the explosion, he tweeted. Officials have said that all nine of the rocket’s engines had fired normally and that the rocket's trajectory was “right on target.” The Dragon capsule, which contained the cargo, was “healthy” and sending data back for “some time” after the incident, officials said. The rocket was about 28 miles above Earth when it broke up....
  • Clocks to read 11:59:60 as time lords add leap second

    06/29/2015 5:51:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    When the last leap second was added in 2012 Mozilla, Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon all reported crashes and there were problems with the Linux operating system and programmes written in Java. In Australia, more than 400 flights were grounded as the Qantas check-in system crashed. Experts at Britain’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) who will officially add the second to UK time, warned that markets which are already jittery from Greece could suffer transaction delays if their software was not prepared. “There are consequences of tinkering with time,” said Peter Whibberley, Senior Research Scientist in the Time and Frequency...
  • The medical conundrum of plane stowaways

    06/28/2015 8:29:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Healthy humans are able to regulate body temperatures at 36C to 37.3C in more normal conditions, but, according to the FAA, the limited oxygen supply at high altitude means this is no longer possible. At this point people might start to become poikilothermic, research sponsored by the FAA says. This means their body temperature becomes more controlled by the external environment. A state "somewhat reminiscent" of hibernation occurs. The body's temperature can fall to 27C or even lower. Unconsciousness and lower heart and breathing rates occur. The body would pump blood to the brain more efficiently and distribute it only...
  • Tunisia beach attack: Gunman 'had help'

    06/28/2015 8:16:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | June 28, 2015
    Tunisian investigators believe the suspected accomplices provided the Kalashnikov assault rifle to Rezgui and helped him get to the scene, Mr Ali Aroui told AP. He added that police were questioning Rezgui's father and three roommates, although he did not say any of them were suspected of involvement in the attack ... "Maybe he was changed where he studied, maybe it was something on the internet. But we just don't have any answers," he added. Tunisian authorities say army reservists will be deployed to tourist sites and that around 80 mosques accused of inciting violence will be closed within a...
  • China central bank eases policy again to support economy

    06/28/2015 11:15:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    reuters. ^ | Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:00am EDT | Kevin Yao and Nicholas Heath
    China's central bank cut lending rates for the fourth time since November and trimmed the amount of cash that some banks must hold as reserves, stepping up efforts to support an economy that is headed for its poorest performance in a quarter century. Saturday's combined easing highlights Beijing's concerns that money isn't flowing to some of the most-needed sectors in the economy and that stubbornly high borrowing costs that could fuel bankruptcies and job losses. The last time the central bank simultaneously cut interest rates and reserve requirements was at the height of the global financial crisis in late 2008....
  • Turkish Police Disperse Gay Pride Marchers

    06/28/2015 11:07:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for gay pride parades, parties and celebrations around the world Sunday. Most events were peaceful, but in Istanbul, Turkish police fired water cannon and rubber pellets to disperse a crowd. It was not immediately clear why Turkish police stopped marchers in Istanbul, where gay pride parades have been held in previous years. Turkish media reported that police said people would not to be allowed to march this year. In New York, massive crowds gathered ahead of the city’s annual gay pride parade, which was first held in 1970. Organizers said they expected a record...
  • This ‘camera ball’ is the cops’ latest tool for home invasions [includes amusing typo]

    06/28/2015 10:59:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    MorningTicker | ^ | , June 28, 2015 | Dan Taylor
    It’s a small sphere, about the size of a softball, making it easy for cops to throw them into a room. It is encased in a hard rubber shell that protects the sex camera lenses positioned inside. The camera is capable of snapping photos from each lens several times a second, and then stitching together those images and uploading them to a mobile device instantly. And the applications go beyond law enforcement situations. These balls could also be used by first responders, such as in cases where a building has collapsed and there are survivors trapped in spaces that are...
  • Sierra Leone will jail Ebola law violators

    06/28/2015 8:24:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Zee News ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 18:30
    "People caught in sacred burials and washing bodies, transporting sick people in vehicles, traditional healers treating the sick and those hiding sick people in homes will be jailed for six months without the option of fines", he told local reporters in Port Loko, 74 miles north of the capital. "We have sacked over ten Section Chiefs and similar number of village headmen in the past and fined them... but people have still not learned the lesson. This time anyone who thinks this is a joke will be playing with fire," he said. The official said President Ernest Bai Koroma has...
  • Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin

    06/27/2015 5:04:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Eryn Brown
    The development, reported in the journal Science, fills a gap in researchers' understanding of the biochemistry of poppies that could help scientists fine-tune and manufacture painkillers and other useful poppy-derived compounds. That could lead to safer and more effective therapies. But it could also smooth the way for people to start producing morphine on their own -- perhaps even at home, much as hobbyists use yeast to brew beer or make wine -- expanding and localizing opiate production and getting more people hooked on drugs like heroin. ... Before the release of the new study, said senior author and University...
  • Horrific moment fireball engulfs crowd at Taiwan water park party

    06/27/2015 1:45:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:50PM BST 27 Jun 2015
    A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 200 people, authorities said. ... Wang said 83 people had serious injuries and 131 others have light injuries. In the video, which has been independently verified, spectators can be seen dancing when a cloud of powder appears at the left hand side of the screen. Without warning, the powder cloud becomes engulfed in flames and quickly spreads through the audience who run screaming for safety.
  • Utilities and Transportation at Risk in the Cajon Pass [California}

    06/26/2015 7:49:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Title: Cajon Pass, CA Description: Cajon Pass, CA, where high pressure gas lines, high voltage power lines, rail lines, fiber optics, water lines, and Interstate 15 all run over the San Andreas Fault, which runs roughly side to side across the center of this image. Location: Cajon Pass, CA, USA Date Taken: Oct 10 2008 Photographer: Don Becker Photographer Email: becker@usgs.gov Photographer Organization: U.S. Geological Survey Title: Utilities on San Andreas Fault Description: Directly on the San Andreas with high pressure gas lines underground and high voltage power lines overhead at Cajon Pass, CA Location: Cajon Pass, CA, USA Date...
  • SpaceX Capsule to Deliver New Parking Spot for Space Station

    06/26/2015 5:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    AP ^ | MARCIA DUNN
    Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion. Once again, SpaceX is picking up...
  • Gay marriage's big benefit is Social Security [more money out of the system]

    06/26/2015 5:31:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    reuters ^ | Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:13pm EDT | Mark Miller
    The ruling will affect everything from access to spousal pension and retirement accounts, health benefits and more. But Social Security really is the headliner. Recognition of same-sex marriage in all 50 states will guarantee access to Social Security’s spousal and survivor benefits, which are the most valuable features of the program. Just how valuable? Financial Engines, a large financial advisory firm, ran numbers recently for a hypothetical same-sex couple and found that marriage could be worth $343,000 in additional lifetime benefits.
  • Here's the poop on your pool water

    06/26/2015 5:25:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    today.com ^ | Jun. 25, 2015 at 12:49 PM | Maggie Fox
    Germy pool, lake and hot tub water caused 90 separate outbreaks of illness that killed one person and put nearly 1,800 into the hospital in 2011 and 2012, a new report finds. Most were caused by bacteria and parasites found in human poop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds in its report. The No. 1 culprit is a germ called Cryptosporidium, which isn't easily killed by standard pool disinfectants. "Cryptosporidium comes from swimmers. It is swimmers with diarrhea bringing it into the pool," said Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Swimming Program....
  • Portable pumpkin catapult

    06/26/2015 3:27:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Picture of Portable pumpkin catapult I built this catapult (actually a trebuchet) based on an article in Make Magazine by William Gurstelle. It worked extremely well! Was able to launch basketballs 80 - 90 feet, and small pie pumpkins over 100 feet. I think fine tuning of the sling release could further enhance the performance. It is made of plywood, a few 2 x 6's, and a lot of plumbing parts. The folding design is great for storage, and in my case, the catapult actually went up on the roof of a church for the main launching event. It fit...
  • Animal Incursions at Electrical Substations

    06/26/2015 3:23:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    utilityproducts.com ^ | Bill Reichard
    June through October of 2011, at least 15,000 residences and businesses across Ohio were rendered powerless by animal incursions into electrical substations. Substation outages knocked out traffic signals, forced emergency teams into action and resulted in significant, unplanned repair expenses for utilities. ... In addition to the financial strain outages place on utilities, they can also result in lost revenue for business customers, damage to infrastructure, costs related to emergency crews and first responders, and other expenses beyond substation repair. Last but not least, substation outages can lead customers to doubt the reliability of their power supplier. According to The...
  • 'Lack of information can turn a passive crowd into a stampede'

    06/26/2015 10:57:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | February 28 2003 | Keith Still,
    Human factors are an important element in understanding how people will react to situations. The late Jonathan Sime was a Surrey-based environmental psychologist who made considerable contributions to this field. To quote...: "The most important finding of the research is the fact that the start-up time (ie, people's reaction to an alarm) is as (if not more) important as the time it takes physically to reach an exit . . . On average two-thirds of the time from onset of the alarm to reaching an exit was spent by people not moving at all. On average one-third of the time...
  • Driver believes object that smashed into his car was thrown off I-95 overpass

    06/26/2015 10:38:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cbs ^ | Updated at 10:38am, June 26, 2015 | Chris Peralta and Wayne Covil,
    Linwood Jones, with Windshield Express, said it was not the first time someone has reported having their car hit with objects while driving on Interstate 95. “Just had a lady come in with a sunroof that was smashed in and she said she was on 95 and didn’t know what hit her,” he said. Meadows said Virginia State Police informed him they would patrol the area, but said that’s all they could do for now.
  • Debris on Expressway 83 causes traffic jam in Harlingen

    06/26/2015 10:35:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Action 4 News Staff ^ | 04.02.2015 at 8:44 AM
    A "very large piece of iron" caused the traffic jam, according to information released by the Texas Department of Transportation. At 6:41 a.m. the Department of Transportation received a call about unknown debris on the road. A crew arrived 10 minutes later and discovered the piece of iron.
  • Guide for Handling Household Chemicals

    06/26/2015 10:09:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    HOUSEHOLD Abrasive Cleaner May contain ammonia (see ammonia) Ammonia DO NOT mix with bleach (poisonous gas) Bleach DO NOT mix with ammonia or acids (poisonous gas) Disinfectant May contain bleach (see bleach) Drain Opener May contain lye (corrosive) Flea Collar Avoid skin contact Furniture Polish Keep away from heat & flame Household Batteries Beware of leakage corrosive Mothballs Keep away from children & pets Mouse & Rat Poison Keep out of reach of children & pets Furniture Oils Don't bury oily rags in a rag bucket, clothes hamper, etc. (may spontaneously combust if not allowed to air out) Oven Cleaner...
  • Why Chinese stocks just took a massive nosedive

    06/26/2015 5:51:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 26, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT | Stephen Gandel
    China’s Shanghai Composite index dropped 7.4% on Friday. That would be the equivalent of a more than 1,300-point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average. The Shenzhen Composite, which is dominated by tech stocks, ended trading down 7.9%. As always in market turns, it is unclear exactly what sparked the current sell-off. Some have pointed to the fact that regulators have recently been tightening rules on buying stocks with money borrowed from a broker, or “on margin.” Officials in China are particularly concerned about stock loans that have been coming from unregulated financial entities.
  • Illegal 4-Foot Drone Shut Down Aerial Firefight Over Lake Fire: Forest Service

    06/25/2015 7:46:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ktla ^ | June 25, 2015 | Melissa Pamer and Eric Spillman,
    The drone was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday flying between two fixed-wing aircraft battling the massive wildfire burning south of Big Bear Lake, according to Mike Eaton, forest aviation officer for the San Bernardino National Forest. The sighting of the illegal aircraft prompted authorities to recall all aircraft battling the fire. “We don’t want to deal with unknown aircraft in our airspace,” Eaton said. “They’ve got enough on their mind already … difficult terrain, difficult weather, winds and other things. They don’t need to be worrying about model airplanes or drones.” Authorities could not figure out who was flying the...
  • New LADWP Plan Looks to Capture Storm Runoff Amid SoCal’s 4-Year Drought

    06/25/2015 6:37:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    L A Times ^ | June 25, 2015, 3:00 AM | Monte Morin
    It may not rain much in Los Angeles County, but when it does, a single storm can send up to 10 billion gallons of water surging into a vast network of storm channels with a single destination: the Pacific Ocean.. ... After four years of drought, unprecedented restrictions on urban water use and steady increases in the cost of imported water, officials in Los Angeles and other cities are now looking at stormwater runoff as more than just a flood risk. At a public hearing Thursday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will present its Stormwater Capture Master...
  • Spectacular Northern Lights Show Could Continue This Weekend (Photos, Video)

    06/25/2015 4:56:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    space.com ^ | June 25, 2015 12:58pm ET | Calla Cofield
    Throughout Canada and as far south as Philadelphia, the northern lights have been wowing skywatchers this week, and the colorful displays could continue, following another solar explosion spotted by NASA. A large sun storm last weekend known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) sent high-energy particles streaming toward Earth, where their interaction with the atmosphere and the magnetic field supercharged the gorgeous color displays known in the northern hemisphere as the aurora borealis. The dazzling celestial show may go on, thanks to another CME detected by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) today (June 25). Today's explosion came from a freckle...
  • Protecting the Water Supply from Terrorism

    06/25/2015 2:48:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    directionsmag ^ | Kevin Coleman
    Contamination of a reservoir with a biological agent would not likely produce a large risk to public health because of the dilution effect.... A massive amount of contaminant would be required for a successful terrorist attack at this point. If agents were to be introduced at this point they are likely to be detected and unlikely to survive the chlorination process. Even so, filtration and disinfection of the water may occur down stream mitigating the contamination. However, if the point contamination is after a treatment facility where filters, chlorination and other preventative measures would no longer be effective, the likelihood...
  • Preventing Pipeline Damage

    06/25/2015 2:12:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Damage to pipelines caused by construction and excavation activities poses a significant risk to public safety, but is entirely avoidable. Damage caused by third party excavation around pipelines is one of the most common causes of pipeline damage. Damage prevention is all about pipeline companies working with those who routinely dig and excavate to reduce the chance of damage to the pipeline. CEPA member companies routinely work alongside the excavating community, developers, municipal works departments as well as individual contractors. Safety Checklist To minimize the risk of unintentionally causing damage to underground pipelines follow these important steps: 1.To minimize the...
  • Public Belt Railroad derailment caused by switch

    06/25/2015 1:55:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    An improperly secured switch was to blame for the derailment in New Orleans East last month of two railroad cars carrying some 60,000 gallons of crude oil, according to the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. ... An investigation found the switch handle at Jourdan Road had been “out of the foot latch and in neutral position,” Beck said. “The cause of the derailment was that the switch was not secured properly,” she said, “although it cannot be definitively determined what caused the switch to not be secured properly.” The switch was found to be in proper working order with no...
  • Port of Olympia identifies cause of chemical spill: ruptured ball valve

    06/25/2015 1:49:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    eaglefordtexas. ^ | 2 days ago | ROLF BOONE
    A hydrogen peroxide spill at the Port of Olympia earlier this year was the result of a ball valve that ruptured after a buildup of the chemical. The valve needed to be vented, but due to a lack of venting, 9,600 gallons of hydrogen peroxide were released, which led to a temporary evacuation of port staff and nearby businesses on Jan. 28. That was according to port environmental programs director Alex Smith, who brought the port commission up to speed Monday night about the spill and the next steps in the process. Auburn-based engineering company Parametrix was hired by the...
  • Chemical spill causes evacuation on campus

    06/25/2015 1:45:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    kykernel.com ^ | June 24, 2015 by News Staff
    A troop of hazmat suit-wearing firefighters crowded around an animal research building near the W.T. Young Library on Wednesday afternoon after a chemical spill forced an evacuation of the building. Some people reported irritation to the eyes and nausea, but no one was seriously injured after the unknown chemical spilled inside of a refrigerator. People who were close to the chemical did undergo a decontamination process and were transported to the UK Chandler Hospital, but all were expected to be released by the end of the day.