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  • Orion Spacecraft Complete

    10/30/2014 1:14:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | Oct 30, 2014 3:15 p.m. ET | PRNewswire
    <p>NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls to launch pad 37 in November.</p> <p>"An empty shell of a spacecraft arrived to Kennedy Space Center two years ago, and now we have a fully assembled Orion standing 72 feet tall," said Michael Hawes Lockheed Martin Orion program manager. "We're ready to launch it into space and test every inch."</p>
  • Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

    10/30/2014 1:08:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    bbc ^ | 30 October 2014 Last updated at 12:24 ET Share this pageEmail
    Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. Correspondents say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames in the capital, Ouagadougou. A huge crowd is surging towards the presidential palace and the main airport has been shut. MPs have suspended a vote on changing the constitution to allow Mr Compaore to stand for re-election next year. Five people have been killed in the protests, among the most serious against Mr Compaore's rule, reports BBC Afrique's Yacouba Ouedraogo from the capital. The military fired live...
  • Mercury Pierces the Zodiacal Light at Dawn this Weekend

    10/30/2014 8:37:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | October 30, 2014 | David Dickinson must not say on
    The most bashful of all the naked eye planets makes its best dawn appearance of 2014 this weekend for northern hemisphere observers. And not only will Mercury be worth getting up for, but you’ll also stand a chance at nabbing that most elusive of astronomical phenomena — the zodiacal light — from a good dark sky sight. DST note: This post was written whilst we we’re visiting Arizona, a land that, we’re happy to report, does not for the most part observe the archaic practice of Daylight Saving Time. Life goes on, zombies do not arise, and trains still run...
  • Exclusive: Unions Blast LAUSD For Telling Cafeteria Workers To Speak Only English

    10/30/2014 8:17:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | October 29, 2014 11:20 PM
    Workers unions are firing back at the Los Angeles Unified School District after it is believed to have told cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary School they could only speak English on campus. The district allegedly posted a sign in the school’s cafeteria that read: “During works hrs we the cafe have a English only rule for safety reasons.” The directive was issued at a school where Spanish is spoken by the majority of cafeteria workers and about 85 percent of students, according to a statement issued by the United Teachers Los Angeles and Service Employees International Union Local 99, which...
  • Local Students Lose ISS Experiment In Failed Rocket Launch

    10/29/2014 8:04:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | October 29, 2014 7:38 PM
    SAN MARINO ( — When Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket launch failed on Tuesday, two local students’ science experiment went down in flames as well. Six seconds into Commercial Resupply Flight 3 (ORB-3), the Antares 130 rocket, commissioned by NASA from Orbital Sciences Corp. and carrying an unmanned spacecraft with 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station, suffered a failure, and exploded as it crashed back into Launch Pad 0A at Wallops Island, Virginia. One of the experiments lost in the failure was developed by David Hengky and Nathaniel Rolfe, two seniors at San Marino High...
  • US rocket explosion: investigators will focus on engines

    10/29/2014 3:09:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | 8:21PM GMT 29 Oct 2014 | Philip Sherwell, and David Millward
    As investigators began their work, they will be looking at the explosion of an AJ-26 engine – the same model as the two propelling the Antares rocket – during tests at Nasa's Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi in May. The AJ-26 engines were built by Soviet scientists for their failed Moon exploration programme in the 1970s but then mothballed for decades. They were subsequently bought and refurbished by a US company and have been used successfully in several rocket launches. ... Investigators from the US government and the rocket company Orbital Sciences have given no indication yet of what caused...
  • Ancient viruses regenerated from 700-year-old frozen reindeer poop

    10/29/2014 8:25:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Viruses preserved in ancient samples provide valuable information about viral diversity from long ago; they help us trace how today's species evolved and study their biology. However, it is not easy to recreate ancient viruses. Even when they are preserved in ancient specimens, they are somewhat degraded and their concentrations are low. Now, a new study led by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), shows how it is possible, using modern techniques in the field of molecular genetics, to recreate ancient viruses from cryogenically preserved materials
  • Broncos fan who disappeared from stadium found safe

    10/29/2014 8:08:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    · ^ | October 29, 2014
    Denver police said late Tuesday that a man who disappeared from a Broncos game last week has been found safe and unharmed. The department posted on its Twitter page that 53-year-old Paul Kitterman, of Kremmling, Colo., had been located in Pueblo, Colo., approximately 110 miles south of Denver. No details were immediately released of how Kitterman was found or how he had managed to travel that distance over the previous five days. Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke told the Associated Press that no criminal charges are expected. "All we were trying to do was make sure he was unharmed, and...
  • Phil Collins gives vast Alamo collection to Texas

    10/28/2014 10:11:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6 hours ago
    British pop star Phil Collins on Tuesday handed over his vast collection of artifacts related to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution to the state of Texas. Collins was in San Antonio to donate what's considered the world's largest private collection of Alamo artifacts. It includes a fringed leather pouch and a gun used by Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie's legendary knife and letters from garrison commander William B. Travis. "There's things in there that will make your mouth drop," Collins said. The 1980s pop artist and Genesis singer-drummer has joked that he spent all the money he...
  • Santa Fe sheriff’s deputy charged with fatally shooting partner after alcohol-fueled fight: reports

    10/28/2014 7:49:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:44 PM
    A Santa Fe sheriff's deputy has been charged in the murder of a fellow officer after allegedly shooting him during a booze-fueled fight at a Las Cruces hotel, authorities said. ... The two deputies drank at Dublin's Street Pub Monday and began arguing. The fight escalated at Hotel Encanto de las Cruces, where the deputies were staying after extraditing a prisoner to Safford, Ariz. Just after midnight, Martin tried to flee into an elevator, but he was shot in the back and arms after 27-year-old Chan allegedly fired multiple rounds, according to Sheriff Robert Garcia.. Martin, who has three young...
  • Just In Time for Halloween: Jupiter Gets a Giant Cyclops Eye!

    10/28/2014 5:39:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | on October 28, 2014 | Matt Williams
    While this is merely a convenient illusion caused by the passage of Ganymede in front of Jupiter – something it does on a regular basis – the timing and appearance are perfect. The above image, however, was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 21st, 2014, when kids were perhaps thinking of the Easter Bunny, not monsters and goblins. At the time, Hubble was being used to monitor changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm. During the exposures, the shadow of the Jovian moon Ganymede swept across the center of the GRS, giving the giant planet the...
  • ATF Joins Probe Of Storage Facility Fire

    10/28/2014 5:06:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBS/AP) ^ | October 28, 2014 3:06 PM | Jon Baird and Jeff Nguyen.
    A special national team of federal agents and specialists has flown into Los Angeles to help the Fire Department investigate the cause of a storage facility fire in Venice. Carlos A. Canino, who heads the Los Angeles office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), says the team provides additional resources, expertise and will expedite the investigation so people can get into their units at Extra Space Storage. The blaze erupted Saturday and hundreds of firefighters fought it for more than 14 hours. Eight firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries. ... But tenants will have to likely wait a...
  • 100,000 Ice Blocks Mapped Out at the South Pole … of Enceladus

    10/28/2014 3:10:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | on October 28, 2014 | Matt Williams
    Ever since the Cassini space probe conducted its first flyby of Enceladus in 2005, the strange Saturnian moon has provided us with a treasure trove of images and scientific wonders. These include the jets of icy water vapor periodically bursting from its south pole, the possibility of an interior ocean – which may even harbor life – and the strange green-blue stripes located around the south pole. These stripes are essentially four fractures bounded on either side by ridges that appear to be composed of mint-green-colored ice. Known unofficially as “tiger stripes”, these surface fractures have become a source of...
  • Having sex with 21 women saves you from prostate cancer

    10/28/2014 12:58:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 168 replies ^ | 28 October 2014 | Daniel Tomas on
    Having an impressive love-making record may protect you against prostate cancer, as new evidence from Canadian scientists suggests. According to new research published by the University of Montreal, men having sex with more than 20 women, have a 29% lower chance of developing prostate cancer, as opposed to men who have gone through 20 similar sexual experiences with other men.
  • FBI Created Fake Seattle News Story to Catch Bomb Threat Suspect

    10/28/2014 8:39:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | October 28th 2014, 7:09 am | Elizabeth Chuck
    he FBI created a fake news story on a phony webpage designed in the style of a Seattle newspaper to nab a bomb threat suspect in 2007, according to documents obtained by a civil liberties group. The bogus link was sent to a suspect tied to a series of bomb threats received by Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington, from May 2007 to June 2007. Once the link was opened, the FBI in Seattle was able to plant software on the suspect's computer, according to the documents released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit that defends civil...
  • Time Travel Is Possible: How to Send a Message to the Past [sort of]

    10/28/2014 5:01:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    If one day a time machine is built based on Dr. Mallett’s design, what may happen when the switch is flipped? A message from the future could instantly appear. The time machine would only be able to send information along the timeline from when the machine is first turned on until when it is turned off. So, if it stays on for 100 years, binary messages could be sent to any time within those 100 years. Someone from the future may know that the machine will be activated on a given date and send a message through to that time....
  • Relatives search for Colorado man who disappeared during Broncos game

    10/27/2014 11:15:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    · ^ | October 27, 2014
    Paul Kitterman, 53, of Kremmling, was last seen leaving his seat at halftime during Thursday night's Denver-San Diego game at Sports Authority Field. Kitterman, who does not have any known medical conditions, was at the game with his son, friend Tia Bakke and her boyfriend. "Paul and Jarod had never been to a game so we got some extra tickets," Tia Bakke told Bakke said Kitterman rode with them to the game and didn't have a cell phone or credit cards with him. Kitterman had tickets in the stadium's south bleachers section that were separated from Bakke and her...
  • Small Spacecraft Ejected from Space Station Airlock Will Provide Same-Day, On-Demand Parcel Delivery

    10/27/2014 7:58:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | October 27, 2014 | Matt Williams
    The TRV represents a collaborative effort between NASA and CASIS, the non-profit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which was recently endowed with the responsibility of making sure that we make good use of the US laboratory aboard the ISS. Towards this end, they have contracted with Intuitive Machines – a Texas-based private space firm – to create a return vehicle that will enable the on-demand, rapid return of experiments from the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory. “I believe with this new ‘on demand’ delivery capability for returning scientific samples to earth we will extend the viability...
  • Elon Musk: 'We are summoning the demon' with artificial intelligence

    10/27/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | October 26, 2014 10:09 AM PDT | Eric Mack
    "You know all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he's like... yeah, he's sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn't work out." This has become a recurring theme in Musk's public comments, and each time he warns of the AI bogeyman it seems even more dire. In June, Musk raised the specter of the "Terminator" franchise, saying that he invests in companies working on artificial intelligence just to be able to keep an eye on the technology. In August, he reiterated his concerns in a tweet, writing that AI is...
  • Quadcopter drone 'deliberately flown at passenger airliner' over Essex

    10/26/2014 1:57:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 08:02 EST, 26 October 2014 | Emma Glanfield for
    An airliner came within just 80ft of colliding with a quadcopter drone after it was 'deliberately flown' at the passenger plane as it flew over Essex, an official report reveals. The 74-seater aeroplane was travelling over Southend when the pilot spotted the remote-controlled quadcopter 'very close' to the right wing-tip. An investigation launched into the incident recorded the risk of collision as 'high', in what is believed to be the first ever near-miss between a passenger plane and a drone in the UK.
  • How to Watch Spectacular 1st Nighttime Antares Launch to ISS on Oct. 27 – Complete Viewing Guide

    10/26/2014 11:14:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | on October 25, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – Tens of millions of US East Coast residents can expect a dinnertime spectacular for the first ever nighttime launch of the commercial Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket slated to blastoff on Monday evening, October 27, from a beachside NASA launch base along the eastern shore of Virginia – if the weather holds as currently forecast.
  • Mystery of 4,000-year-old ‘CD-ROM’ is solved

    10/26/2014 7:04:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | Fri, Oct 24, 2014 | Rob Waugh –
    A mysterious symbol-covered disc which was found in Greek ruins in 1908 has finally revealed its secrets after archaeologists battled to decode it for more than a century. The Phaistos Disc - described as the ‘first Minoan CD-ROM’ is covered in 241 images, thought to be fragments of 45 mysterious symbols. The language used is unknown, and the technology behind the disc is equally mysterious. The disc was created in 1,700 BC - using pre-printed symbols to press a mysterious message into clay. The disc pre-dates the printing press by thousands of years, but uses a similar technology - which...
  • 2 Arrests Made In Anaheim Girl’s Shooting Death

    10/25/2014 6:00:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | October 25, 2014 10:27 AM
    ANAHEIM ( — Two men have been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s shooting death of a 9-year-old girl, Anaheim police said Saturday morning. Ximena Meza was playing with her sisters in front of of their apartment complex in the 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue when shots rang out about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, and she was struck once in the chest, according to a press release from the Anaheim Police Department. She was taken to a hospital where she died 45 minutes later. Late Friday night, the press release states, Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park, and Alfredo Miguel Aquino,...
  • Egypt: 29 killed as Sinai attacks target security forces

    10/24/2014 2:41:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 October 2014 Last updated at 15:32 ET
    A suspected jihadist car bomb has killed at least 26 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint in Sinai, officials say. The attack took place near El Arish, the main town in the north of the restive peninsula. Three more died in a shooting in the town itself. The bomb blast is one of the deadliest attacks in Sinai for months. At least 28 more people were injured. The army has been fighting a campaign against Sinai-based militants, who have carried out a string of attacks there. The area has become increasingly lawless since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.
  • Peyton Manning Has Had It With Broncos Scoreboard Operator

    10/24/2014 2:30:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | October 24, 2014 9:21 AM
    Manning wasn’t happy when the Broncos were trying to chew up the clock in the closing minutes and the Denver crowd was going crazy. That forced Manning to try to quiet down a stadium of 76,907 by himself, frantically waving his arms like a big bird, then shaking his head in disbelief. ... “I’m not sure what he’s doing, he’s playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball,” Manning said. “I don’t think we should be doing that. I don’t think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I...
  • U-Verse customers report strange emergency message

    10/24/2014 8:22:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    FOXAtlanta ^ | Oct 24, 2014 8:02 AM PDT | Will Nunley
    The FOX 5 Newsroom received multiple calls from concerned AT U-Verse customers Friday after an emergency message appeared on their screens. The message, claiming to be an emergency alert issued by The White House, notified viewers that their programming was being re-directed to another channel. The alert is part of the EAN or Emergency Alert Notification. Engineers with FOX 5 say the alert can only be activated by the President in times of emergency. U-Verse engineers tell FOX 5 staff the message appeared on screens around Atlanta, Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Callers from across the FOX 5 viewing area...
  • Boko Haram seizes 25 girls from town in Nigeria

    10/23/2014 8:51:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 01:00
    Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the kidnappers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones. The attack cast further doubt on government reports that it has secretly reached a temporary ceasefire with the rebels to secure the release of more...
  • Michelle Obama apparently mixes up Colorado Senate candidates at campaign event

    10/23/2014 8:49:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    fox ^ | October 23, 2014
    Michelle Obama made yet another flub on the campaign trail Thursday when she apparently confused Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall with his Republican rival. Obama spoke in Denver Thursday as part of a campaign event for Udall, who is engaged in a heated battle with his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner. She touted Udall’s Senate record in her speech, and called him a “fifth-generation Coloradan.” “Mark understands what makes this state special,” she said. The only problem? Udall is not a fifth-generation Coloradan. In fact, he was born in Arizona and his father, former Rep. Mo Udall, served as a...
  • Rosetta’s Comet Springs Spectacular Leaks As It Gets Closer To The Sun

    10/23/2014 1:23:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    The comet that the Rosetta spacecraft is visiting is shedding more dust as machine and Solar System body get closer to the Sun. While activity was first seen at the “neck” of the rubber-duckie shaped comet a few weeks ago, now scientists are seeing jets spring from across the comet. This is just one signal of cometary activity picking up as 67P gets closer to the Sun. For the moment, it appears the prime landing site is still safe enough for Philae to land on Nov. 19, officials said, while noting there is a jet about a kilometer away that...
  • Caught On Video: Kat Von D Attacks CBS2 News Camera After Fire At WeHo Tattoo Shop

    10/23/2014 12:52:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies ^ | October 23, 2014 11:18 AM
    WEST HOLLYWOOD ( — Kat Von D Thursday attacked at CBS2/KCAL9 news crew after a fire damaged her famous West Hollywood tattoo shop. “You guys want a f***ing interview, seriously? You guys, come on. Have some f***ing respect. Seriously, do you feel better about yourself? Oh yeah, get the lens, you f***ing idiot,” Von D said outside her shop after she charged a camerawoman, pushed the camera repeatedly and knocked off the woman’s hat. She also went after another news crew’s camera that was on the scene. Von D was warned by LA County Sheriff’s deputies, but ignored them and...
  • Beastly Sunspot Amazes, Heightens Eclipse Excitement

    10/22/2014 1:31:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | on October 22, 2014 | Bob King
    Properly shielded, it was very easy to see with the naked eye. Unlike some other naked eye sunspots, this one showed structure. The eastern end was darker, the western half grayer and more extended. Through a small telescope, the mix of dark umbras scattered amid weirdly sculpted penumbral “islands” was incredible to see. Photographs like the one above are wonderful documents, but witnessing this beautiful complex magnetic mess with your own eyes is another experience altogether. Region 2192 continues to grow and size and complexity and is now the largest sunspot group of solar cycle 24 which began in 2009...
  • No, This Is Not a Photo of India on Diwal

    10/22/2014 10:27:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | on October 22, 2014 | Jason Major
    But it’s not a photo at all, or even a singular image. Rather it’s a composite of many images acquired from a USAF Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite over the course of several years, and assembled by NOAA scientist Chris Elvidge to show the country’s growing population and urban areas. While city lighting in India is definitely visible from space, it’s not the rainbow explosion of neon colors that Internet hoaxers and uninformed online enthusiasts would eagerly have you believe. According to Adam Voiland on the NASA Earth Observatory site, “in reality, any extra light produced during Diwali is...
  • Fist Bump Replaces Handshake At West LA Hospital To Fight Flu

    10/22/2014 9:23:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | October 22, 2014 8:23 AM
    LOS ANGELES ( — The fist bump: it’s not just for athletes anymore. Staff, physicians and patients at one West Los Angeles hospital are replacing handshakes with fist bumps in an effort to fend off the flu, officials announced this week. The campaign at Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center comes on the heels of a recent study that found using fist bumps alone can reduce the spread of infectious pathogens by up to 80 percent, according to the hospital. Researchers at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom found that the handshake transmitted the most potentially disease-causing bacteria compared...
  • Moment Mystery Light Streaked Across Night Sky Captured on Video

    10/21/2014 7:51:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    abc ^ | Oct 21, 2014, 10:40 AM ET | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    The sighting came as the Earth passed through the debris cloud from Halley’s Comet, which produces the annual Orionid meteor shower. Bill Cooke of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, told ABC News there were "several bright Orionids last night, as well as a spectacular fireball over middle Tennessee" that he said broke apart at 24 miles altitude just south of Nashville.
  • LAPD Veteran Charged With Faking Military Leave

    10/21/2014 7:41:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Bulicz is a member of the California National Guard. Prosecutors say she submitted fake documents that allowed her to take more than $5,400 worth of paid time off from the Police Department.
  • Discussion Over ‘Common Core’ Gets Heated In Costa Mesa

    10/21/2014 8:41:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | October 21, 2014 12:04 AM | Stacey Butler
    COSTA MESA ( — A discussion over the controversial new curriculum, known as Common Core, got heated Monday night in Costa Mesa during a special meeting at the Orange County Board of Education. Those on both sides of the initiative, which encompasses state standards, spoke out although no decision was reached during the meeting. “Our job is to educate students. To look at both sides. And I think that that’s what Common Core wants you to do. Critical thinking,” said one attendee. But even some teachers admit that no one really knows what Common Core is. “I think it’s supposed...
  • Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident

    10/20/2014 7:54:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:14pm EDT | Vladimir Soldatkin
    The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. The collision occurred late on Monday, just minutes before midnight Moscow time, the airport said in a statement. The Dassault Falcon business jet carrying de Margerie had been due to travel to Paris. ... De Margerie, 63, was on a list of attendees at a Russian government meeting on foreign investment in Gorki, near Moscow, on Monday. With his distinctive bushy moustache and outspoken manner,...
  • MRO Spies Tiny, Bright Nucleus During Comet Flyby

    10/20/2014 7:46:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | October 20, 2014 | Bob King do not say on
    Not to be outdone by the feisty Opportunity Rover, the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) turned in its homework this evening with a fine image of comet C/2013 Siding Spring taken during closest approach on October 19. ... To photograph a fast-moving target from orbit, engineers at Lockheed-Martin in Denver precisely pointed and slewed the spacecraft based on comet position calculations by engineers at JPL. To make sure they knew exactly where the comet was, the team photographed the comet 12 days in advance when it was barely bright enough to register above the detector’s noise level....
  • Awesome Photo Shows Monster Sunspot Aiming Our Way

    10/20/2014 1:23:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jason Major off
    According to AR2192 has grown considerably over the past few days and has the potential to unleash M- and X-class flares in our direction now that it’s moving into Earth-facing position. It’s currently many times larger than Earth and will likely get even bigger… in fact, during this week’s partial solar eclipse AR2192 should be visible with the naked (but not unprotected!) eye for viewers across much of North America.
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/19/2014 8:04:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | ·Published October 19, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    "As soon as I was given the choice, I left," Amy Rosno, a teacher with the virtual class program at the Waukesha school system, told "I never really understood the union anyway." Rosno said she had a better understanding once she was asked to be a representative for her department and attended her first WEAC meeting. "I realized that it was all political and not about teaching," she said. Teachers who spoke to the nonprofit education think tank said they were glad to be free of the union's grip, especially because of the perception their dues were spent...
  • Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney leading the 2016 field

    10/19/2014 5:34:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 92 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Published October 19, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    Hillary Clinton remains the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016, while Mitt Romney barely leads against a scattered group of Republicans. Among registered voters, former Secretary of State Clinton leads the potential 2016 Democratic field, with 64 percent of the vote. She has a sizable lead on Vice President Joe Biden (13 percent) and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (11 percent), according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
  • Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Is Way Darker Than You Probably Realize

    10/19/2014 9:08:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    io9 ^ | Robbie Gonzalez
    You'd never know from all the high-contrast photographs of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that the comet is actually quite dark. This recently released composite image reveals how little light there is emanating from 67P/C-G, relative to other objects in our solar system. The composite image was included in a recent post about albedo (the term astronomers use to describe the reflectivity of an object) at ESA's Rosetta Blog.
  • NASA eyes SpaceX soft-landing technology for future Mars missions

    10/18/2014 6:30:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | October 18th, 2014 | Jason Rhian
    Because the technologies required to land large payloads on Mars are significantly different than those used here on Earth, investment in these technologies is critical,” said NASA’s Principal Investigator for NASA’s Propulsive Descent Technologies (PDT) project Robert Braun. “This is the first high-fidelity data set of a rocket system firing into its direction of travel while traveling at supersonic speeds in Mars-relevant conditions. Analysis of this unique data set will enable system engineers to extract important lessons for the application and infusion of supersonic retro-propulsion into future NASA missions.” While NASA and other organizations have researched similar technologies – no...
  • Police, ambulances respond to chaotic scene near Keene State College

    10/18/2014 4:58:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | October 18, 2014 | Melissa Hanson and Alyssa Edes
    “There were about 4,000 kids in this backyard and it almost felt like a war zone,” said Ellery Murray, a sophomore at Keene State. “People were just throwing everything they could find -- rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins. It was actually kind of scary.” “[Police] were wearing shields and knee-pads and had all these dogs herding people out of the yard into the street,” said Murray. Murray said she was at large house party near the festival early Saturday afternoon when people started lobbing beer bottles and other objects into the crowd.
  • Body Found Along 10 Freeway In Palm Desert Identified As Missing CSUN Student

    10/18/2014 4:50:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | October 17, 2014 4:46 PM | Brittney Hopper
    PALM DESERT ( — The body of a 23-year-old missing CSUN student was found Thursday along the 10 Freeway in Palm Desert, authorities said. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office confirmed the discovery near Cook Street and Washington Street, according to CBS affiliate KESQ. LAPD officials said they were conducting an investigation but confirmed the body was Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi. His remains were discovered yesterday — about 150 miles from where he was last seen — around 11:50 p.m., authorities said. The missing student, the son of a prominent Saudi Arabian family, had last been seen at his home in the...
  • DARPA unveils Ground X-Vehicle Technologies display concept

    10/18/2014 1:45:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    gizmag ^ | October 8, 2014 | Chris Wood
    DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program, announced earlier this year, aims to move away from the traditional battle tank paradigm – creating a new class of faster, more agile vehicles that are better at negotiating terrain and detecting targets. Today, the agency has provided the first details on what this new breed of ground-based armoured vehicles might look like. While a lot of military research continues to focus on adding greater resilience to existing vehicles, DARPA’s new initiative is tackling the problem in a different way. The goal of the GXV-T program is to create a new type of all-terrain...
  • Who Will Be Miss Hitler 2014?

    10/18/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    vocativ ^ | 10/16/14 15:21 EDT | Sarah Kaufman
    There is an actual, real-life Miss Hitler contest going on right now. On VKontakte— Russia’s Facebook—Russian and Ukrainian Nazis and the people who love them, are voting for their favorite pictures of proud, beautiful anti-Semitic women posted to the site’s “Adolf Hitler” group page. Boasting more than 7,000 followers, the page describes itself as a group of Russians and Ukrainians who pay tribute to Hitler, history’s best-known goose-stepping genocidal maniac. ... Want to be 2014′s Miss Hitler? Here’s how you qualify....
  • Earth's Magnetic Field Could Flip in Our Lifetime

    10/18/2014 7:44:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | October 17, 2014 01:20pm ET | Kelly Dickerson,
    A magnetic field shift is old news. Around 800,000 years ago, magnetic north hovered over Antarctica and reindeer lived in magnetic south. The poles have flipped several times throughout Earth's history. Scientists have estimated that a flip cycle starts with the magnetic field weakening over the span of a few thousand years, then the poles flip and the field springs back up to full strength again. However, a new study shows that the last time the Earth's poles flipped, it only took 100 years for the reversal to happen. The Earth's magnetic field is in a weakening stage right now....
  • Sixteen South Korean concert goers killed during K-pop band ... performance at outdoor festival

    10/17/2014 8:28:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    abc ^ | Fri 17 Oct 2014, 5:21pm
    Sixteen people were killed and nine others seriously injured when they plunged down a ventilation shaft after a grate gave way during an outdoor pop concert Friday in Seongnam south of Seoul. "They were standing on the ventilation grate to get a better view when it collapsed under their weight," a spokesman for the local fire services said. Rescuers said 16 people were confirmed dead but the death toll might rise with some of the injured understood to be in critical condition. Television reports said the victims fell more than 10 metres into an underground parking area when the grate...
  • Women in vanguard of Kurdish battle against IS and Syrian regime

    10/17/2014 8:24:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    IrishTimes ^ | Sat, Oct 18, 2014
    More than 10,000 women are fighting among peshmerga forces in northern Syria, about half the overall number, she says, though other reports suggest women make up around one-third of the total. Regardless, women fighters make up a critical force in the battle to stave off the macabre IS jihadists bent on establishing a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and massacring anyone who gets in the way of that. For the women fighters, the emergence of IS, which sees the women in society through a primitive viewpoint, is anathema. “Syrian Kurdish women are revolutionary women. Daish [IS] hate women, so we...