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  • Miss World Canada prevented from reaching China pageant

    11/26/2015 10:37:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tyrone Siu
    Canada's China-born Miss World contestant was stopped in Hong Kong on Thursday and denied permission to board a flight to the beauty pageant finals in China, a move she said was punishment for speaking out against human rights abuses in the country. Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old Toronto actress who was crowned Miss World Canada in May, was unable to obtain a visa in advance of her arrival for the contest finals this week in Sanya, on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan. But she said she attempted to enter the country anyway based on a rule that allows Canadian...
  • Venezuelan opposition candidate shot dead at campaign event

    11/26/2015 7:51:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    "Luis Manuel Diaz, local leader of the Democratic Action party in Altagracia de Orituco (Guarico state) has just been shot dead," the party's chairman Henry Ramos Allup said on Twitter. Ramos Allup said Diaz was standing next to Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is in prison for incitement to violence in 2014 antigovernment protests. He added that the shooter, whom he believed to be a member of an "armed gang" linked to the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), carried out the attack from a vehicle. In a statement, the Union of South American...
  • Brussels Mosque evacuated as several envelopes with suspicious white powder found; anthrax feared

    11/26/2015 6:21:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | Kamilla Solieva / Alexandros Koronakis
    Brussels largest and oldest mosque, the Great Mosque, has been evacuated and decontamination units called after an envelope reportedly containing a “suspicious powder” was found inside. A civil protection squad has decontaminated several people as a precaution. The Fire service fears this powder to be anthrax. First partial tests show that the powder is not radioactive. The person who opened the package discovered white powder and immediately contacted the authorities. A specialized crew from the fire department was sent, witnesses at the scene said. Fire brigade Capt. Anne Wibin said 11 people underwent a precautionary decontamination until it could be...
  • Albertsons to Buy Back 33 Stores It Sold as Part of Merger With Safeway

    11/26/2015 6:00:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | Brent Kendall and Peg Brickley
    Grocery store chain Albertsons Cos. is buying back 33 stores the government required it to sell when it acquired rival Safeway Inc. earlier this year, a highly unusual development approved by a judge on Tuesday that highlights a misfire by U.S. antitrust enforcers. Little has gone according to plan since the Federal Trade Commission allowed the Albertsons-Safeway tie-up in January on the condition that the companies sell 168 stores to preserve competition in several Western states. Without the divestitures, Albertsons would be too dominant in 130 local markets, the FTC said when it agreed to a settlement with the merging...
  • The invincible tardigrade — already a weird animal — is full of DNA stolen from bacteria

    11/25/2015 9:32:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    wapo ^ | November 25 at 10:39 AM | Rachel Feltman
    The tiny animals - otherwise known as water bears - are famous for surviving in the vacuum of space, among other impossibly hostile environments. But they just got even weirder: According to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tardigrades get a massive chunk of their DNA from other organisms. "Foreign" DNA is not a foreign concept to scientists. Through a process called horizontal gene transfer, any organism can theoretically swap genes with another. It happens among bacteria all the time, which is how antibiotic resistance spreads so quickly. But it's less common in more...
  • Consumer spending barely rises again

    11/25/2015 2:11:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | Nov 25, 2015 8:50 a.m. ET | Jeffry Bartash
    Consumer spending rose slowly in October for the second straight month, as Americans boosted savings and spent less on utilities, cars and trucks. Spending rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% for the second month in a row, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was below Wall Street expectations: economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.3% increase. Less was spent on autos even though the number of new cars and trucks sold last month was at a decade high, perhaps a sign of more discounting or bigger sales to car-rental agencies. Households also spent less on electricity and home heating fuel...
  • Fox News contributor gets death threats for mocking Star Wars fans

    11/25/2015 2:03:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | andrea towers
    "I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks, and I’m not going to start now," Timpf shared on the original broadcast. "You people are crazy. You Star Wars people are crazy. Yesterday I tweeted something, and all I said was that I wasn’t familiar with Star Wars because I’ve been too busy liking cool things and being attractive — people threatened my life. You’re not really branding yourself in a way that makes me want to join your life-threatening club." ... "Bottom line: If you are telling me that...
  • Indian commandos kill militants in Kashmir army base gunbattle | Reuters

    11/25/2015 12:41:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | Nov 25, 2015 15:21 IST
    The gunmen cut a perimeter fence and penetrated the battalion headquarters in Tangdhar in northern Kashmir, the Himalayan region at the heart of a longstanding dispute between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. "It is seems to be a well planned attack," said the army officer, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorised to speak on the record. Bodies of the three gunmen and of one unidentified individual, believed to have worked on the base, were recovered, the officer added.He said the attackers armed with AK-47s had taken up positions in the officers' mess and blown up a...
  • Potentially Deadly ‘Kissing Bug’ Spreads to More Than Half of US, Including California

    11/25/2015 11:29:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a potentially deadly insect known as the "kissing bug" has made its way into every southern state, impacting more than half of the United States. There have been reports of it in California as well, according to CDC, which noted four of the 11 different species of the bug -- also known as triatomines -- have been spotted in the state. The bug typically feeds on the blood of mammals, including humans and pets, biting them in the lip area. If the bug is infected with parasites and defecates in the wound,...
  • Blue Origin's New Shepard Space Vehicle Makes Historic Landing Back To Launch Site

    11/25/2015 12:10:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Space Coast Daily // ^ | November 25, 2015
    Flying from the company's Van Horn launch site in West Texas, the Blue Origin capsule and propulsion module rocketed more than 100 kilometers into the sky, meaning the capsule reached an altitude considered space. The capsule, designed to eventually carry humans into the realm of microgravity, parachuted safely to the Texas desert area. Just as impressive, the propulsion module that lofted the capsule returned to Earth and fired its BE-3 engine to make a soft-landing on a concrete pad to complete the flight as well as a full recovery of the propulsion module.
  • Browns demote Johnny Manziel to third string, consider cutting ties

    11/24/2015 9:38:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    cbs ^ | November 24, 2015 3:51 pm ET | Sean Wagner-McGough | Staff Writer
    The decision to bench Manziel comes just days after a video emerged that seemed to show Manziel partying and holding a bottle of alcohol during the Browns' bye week. "Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback on Monday night against the Ravens. I informed the quarterbacks of that decision after I sat down and spoke with Johnny, Flip (John DeFilippo) and Kevin (O'Connell) after practice today," Pettine said in a statement. "Johnny will be the third quarterback. I've spoken to Ray (Farmer) and Jimmy (Haslam) to inform them of my decision, and they are in full support." Just a week...
  • NASA Awards Contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne to Restart RS-25 Engine Production for SLS Mars Rocket

    11/24/2015 9:18:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | on November 24, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    The contract spans from November 2015 through Sept. 30, 2024. The SLS is the most powerful rocket the world has ever seen and will loft astronauts in the Orion capsule on missions back to the Moon by around 2021, to an asteroid around 2025 and then beyond on a 'Journey to Mars' in the 2030s - NASA's overriding and agency wide goal. The first unmanned SLS test flight is slated for late 2018. The core stage (first stage) of the SLS will initially be powered by four existing RS-25 engines, recycled and upgraded from the shuttle era, and a pair...
  • Buckled Vasquez Canyon Road Fenced Off After Becoming Attraction for Skaters

    11/24/2015 9:02:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer,
    A 2-mile stretch of the road - in an unincorporated area of north Santa Clarita - was shut down after a slide began pushing up the asphalt on Nov. 19. Since the road closed, skateboarders have apparently been attracted to the steeply sloping roadway. Photos from the area show skaters airborne atop the broken asphalt, and one skater reported many people at the site over the weekend. The unusual sight was an attraction for photographers as well, social media posts appeared to indicate. On Tuesday, the county Department of Public Works tweeted a photo showing the damaged road fenced off,...
  • Man Dead After Being Hit in Head by Skateboarder in Act of Self-Defense at Santa Ana Starbucks

    11/24/2015 3:26:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer and Chip Yost,
    The man, who seemed to be on drugs, went inside and zoned in on a young skateboarder, the witnesses said. The man approached the skateboarder aggressively, prompting the young man to stand up and whack the first man once in the head. The witnesses described the incident as self-defense. "He just came abruptly into the store, looked at the kid, and said, 'Did I stutter?'" a witness told KTLA. "He took at step forward towards the kid as if he were going to attack him, and that's when the kid hit him with the skateboard." "He did what anybody, I...
  • Why Do Red Dwarfs Live So Long?

    11/24/2015 9:08:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | November 23, 2016 | Fraser Cain
    To understand why red dwarfs have such long lifespans, we’ll need to take a look at main sequence stars first, and see how they’re different. ... In the core, immense pressure and temperature from the mass of all that starstuff bears down and fuses atoms of hydrogen into helium, releasing gamma radiation. Outside the core is the radiative zone, not hot enough for fusion. Instead, photons of energy generated in the core are emitted and absorbed countless times, taking a random journey to the outermost layer of the star. And outside the radiative zone is the convective zone, where superheated...
  • Is Earth Growing a Hairy Dark Matter 'Beard'?

    11/23/2015 4:24:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | Nov 23, 2015 03:48 PM ET // by | Ian O'Neill
    Gary Prezeau of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., describes the results of his theoretical model that goes some way to explain how streams of dark matter particles may interact with our planet's gravitational field. "A (dark matter) stream can be much larger than the solar system itself, and there are many different streams crisscrossing our galactic neighborhood," said Prézeau in a JPL press release. "When gravity interacts with the cold dark matter gas during galaxy formation, all particles within a stream continue traveling at the same velocity." As these streams begin to interact with a planet, according to...
  • Experts say it’s only a matter of time before the “big one” shakes Oklahoma

    11/23/2015 3:52:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    ktla ^ | November 23, 2015 | Leslie Rangel
    However, experts say earthquakes in Oklahoma will likely increase in magnitude over time. Now, research said it's only a matter of time before we get a big one that will change life for those of us living here. ... In 2011, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the state, becoming the largest quake in recent Oklahoma history. Now, research shows a bigger, stronger one could hit soon. ... "It's unclear exactly how high we might go, and the predictions are upper 5-6 range for most things that I've seen," Todd Halihan, a researcher from OSU, says. Halihan studies these quakes; his...
  • Missing UCLA Student’s Body Found Buried Under Avalanche in John Muir Wilderness

    11/23/2015 3:05:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    ktla ^ | Tracy Bllom
    Michael Meyers was found dead shortly before 1:30 p.m. Saturday, about 11,000 feet up in the mountains in an area of the John Muir Wilderness, according to Deputy Coroner Investigator Jeff Mullenhour. Meyers, an experienced hiker and climber, was hiking the area by himself. He was due back in Los Angeles on Nov. 11, according to his family. The UCLA physics student was driving a Dodge SUV, which was discovered Thursday at the Mount Whitney trailhead. Items belonging to Meyers were found Friday in a recent avalanche debris field near Mount Irvine, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a...
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces ‘See Something, Send Something’ app to combat terrorism

    11/23/2015 1:35:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced as part of his "See Something, Send Something" campaign a new mobile app that allows New Yorkers to alert authorities of potential threats. The "See Something, Send Something" app allows anyone with a smart phone to report suspicious activity directly to the New York State Intelligence Center in the form of photos or written notes, according to a press release. The press release reminds users to only report “suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to...
  • NASA Orders First Commercial Crew Mission to Space Station from SpaceX

    11/22/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | on November 21, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Restoring America’s ability to once again launch US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from US soil on US rockets took another significant step forward when NASA ordered the first the agency’s first commercial crew rotation mission from the Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX. NASA and SpaceX hope that the blastoff with a crew of up to four astronauts will take place by late 2017. The new Nov. 20 award from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) office to launch the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule follows up on an earlier commercial crew rotation mission award this past May to the Boeing...
  • Bizarre Cases of People Who Spontaneously Ceased to Exist

    11/22/2015 12:00:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 114 replies ^ | Brent Swancer
    Mysterious disappearances aren’t new....Yet, as bizarre as these cases may be, there seems to be an even stranger type of disappearance out there; people who vanish in full view of others, under circumstances where it seems impossible that they could have even gone far, let alone totally disappeared. These are the cases in which people were there one moment and gone the next, seeming to have just literally faded from existence, leaving us baffled and perhaps even questioning what we think we know about this mysterious world of ours. Let's take a look at the history of some of the...
  • Hillary Clinton knew American Mali terrorist attack victim

    11/21/2015 1:04:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    cnn ^ | Davic Mark
    Anita Datar, 41, perished in the Mali hotel siege on Friday. She's the only American known to have died in the attack. A former Peace Corp worker in Senegal, Datar was in Mali on an international development project. The casualty hit home for Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner and senator from New York for eight years. "I knew Anita as the loving mother of a wonderful seven-year old boy and the former partner of David Garten, one of my senior policy advisors in the Senate," Clinton said in a statement ... Datar is among the at least 19 victims of...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announces He Will Take 2-Month Paternity Leave

    11/21/2015 1:00:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have not shared an exact due date for the Zuckerbaby, but he did say “every day things are getting a little more real” in a post shared on Facebook
  • The Bizarre Disappearance (And Bizarre Return) of Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson

    11/21/2015 8:08:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | Cheryl Eddy
    Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson became a superstar after founding her church in 1923 Los Angeles; her Foursquare Gospel teachings still have millions of followers today. But she made her mark on history beyond religion, too—by mysteriously vanishing for five weeks at the height of her fame. It happened in May 1926, when the 36-year-old had already been a bona fide celebrity for years. And it had been a hard road to get to that point—her early life had been anything but easy. Born in Canada, she’d married Irish Pentecostal preacher Robert Semple after meeting him at a revival when she...
  • This is why the Fed has waited to hike, says Ken Griffin

    11/20/2015 7:33:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | Wallace Witkowski
    The Federal Reserve has lost some of its credibility this year after months of promising to raise interest rates and not pulling the trigger — but hedge fund king Ken Griffin thinks the central bank has waited to hike because it didn’t want to paint itself into a corner. In an interview with CNBC, the founder of Citadel LLC said the Fed can raise rates any time it wants given the low inflation environment. While employment is "robust" for college-educated workers, that’s not the case for workers without a college degree, he said, so that could be giving the Fed...
  • Big Antarctic ice melt scenarios 'not plausible'

    11/20/2015 7:16:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | Jonathan Amos
    Their new study models how the polar south will react if greenhouse gases rise at a medium to high rate. The most likely outcome is an input of about 10cm to global waters by 2100. But the prospect of a 30cm-or-more contribution - claimed by some previous research - has just a one-in-20 chance. The latest work, which appears in the journal Nature, was led by Catherine Ritz from the Universite Grenoble Alpes, France, and Tamsin Edwards, from the Open University, UK. ... "With our model we have done some 3,000 simulations," explained Dr Edwards. "People have done multiple simulations...
  • Pandemic fears: Antibiotics prove ineffective as new superbugs are now biggest global threat

    11/19/2015 5:49:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | John von Radowitz
    Researchers identified a gene that makes infectious bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E.coli) highly resistant to polymyxins, the last group of antibiotics left after all others have failed. The discovery in China, described as “extremely worrying” by one scientist, suggests the gene can easily be transferred to bacteria with the potential to cause epidemics. Besides E. coli they include the pneumonia bug Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can trigger serious lung, blood and surgical infections An E.coli strain showing resistance to the polymyxin drug colistin was isolated from an intensively-farmed pig in Shanghai during routine testing. Scientists found the...
  • Project eyes particle accelerator in a shoe box with Gordon Moore grant

    11/19/2015 10:55:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | Martyn Williams
    Particle accelerators have been an important tool for fundamental physics research for decades, but they are costly, complex and long. ... So on the face of it, shrinking this kind of machine into a shoebox appears impossible. But work done in 2013 by two independent teams, one at Stanford University and SLAC and one at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, revealed the ability to speed up charged particles using laser light and a specially etched glass channel. The researchers built silica glass chips with tiny microscopic tunnels that had ridges along their walls. When laser light was shone onto...
  • Bobby Jindal announces he is ending presidential campaign

    11/17/2015 9:18:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    "This is not my time," Jindal told Fox News' Bret Baier. "I've come to the realization that this is not my time. So I've come here to announce that I am suspending my campaign for president of the United States." Jindal, 44, was once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party and a strong contender for the White House. The Brown University graduate and Rhodes Scholar was viewed as a strong voice for a Republican Party looking to reach out to minorities and broaden its base. He rose to prominence at the start of President Barack Obama's first...
  • Where Will the 1st Astronauts on Mars Land?

    11/17/2015 9:16:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | Leonard David,
    The ideal Red Planet crewed site should be of high scientific value — allowing pioneers to search for signs of Mars life and investigate other intriguing questions — and also possess enough resources to help sustain expeditionary crews, scientists and engineers said. They came to these and other conclusions at the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, which was held here Oct. 27 though Oct. 30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. ... Nearly 50 locations on Mars were proposed as future locales for human landings. Those sites were all within 50 degrees...
  • McDonald’s hopes $2 menu is as popular as Dollar Menu

    11/17/2015 8:20:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    myrtlebeachonline ^ | CANDICE CHOI
    McDonald's isn't alone in struggling to get customers to let go of the $1 price. Wendy's tried replacing its 99-cent menu with a "Right Price Right Size" menu, but acknowledged the switch wasn't doing the job. Last month, it began promoting a limited-time "4 for $4" deal that includes a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, fries and a drink. Deborah Wahl, senior vice president of marketing for the U.S., said the McPick platform was designed to give people options. “Customers are looking for choice and flexibility. That’s sort of the new definition of value,” she said. While deals remain a...
  • Cygnus Freighter Fueled and Loaded to Resume American Cargo Launches to Space Station

    11/16/2015 12:16:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin ^ | Ken Kremer
    Blastoff of Cygnus atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on the OA-4 resupply mission under contract to NASA is anticipated on December 3, 2015 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at approximately 5:55 pm. ET. The cylindrically shaped Cygnus, manufactured by Orbital ATK, was on display for the press inside the KSC clean room with both halves of the 14 foot (4 meter) wide Atlas rocket aluminum payload fairing, within which it will be encapsulated on Monday, Nov, 16, as technicians and engineers were actively at work conducting final close...
  • Dinosaur Puke Fossil Mystery Deepens

    11/16/2015 10:04:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | Alyssa Danigelis
    When researchers came across a unique fossil in Northern Italy in 1989, they concluded it was dinosaur vomit roughly 220 million years old. The fossil lacked the mineralization that would have put it in the dinosaur poop category — that’s “coprolite” if you want to be technical. They also identified the bones captured for eternity inside the puke as a tiny winged pterosaur. These reptilian dinosaur cousins evolved into dozens of species, and were the first animals after insects to evolve powered flight, according to the American Museum of Natural History. Vomit like this, usually from a predator regurgitating indigestible...
  • Paris Attacks: Police issues arrest warrant on Belgian-born suspect Abdeslam Salah (video)

    11/15/2015 11:10:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
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  • French officials: Manhunt in Europe for at least 1 suspect ‘directly involved’ in Paris attacks

    11/15/2015 8:21:10 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    As police pressed the manhunt, further details began to emerge on the identities of the attackers, who included French citizens who had lived in Belgium, apparently became radicalized there and developed connections with the Islamic State. The seven people taken into custody on Sunday were relatives of Ismael Omar Mostefai, a 29-year old French national with a criminal record and one of the seven assailants who died during Friday night’s deadly siege, according to one French police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. A petty criminal, Mostefai was picked up between 2004 and 2010 for eight minor offenses,...
  • Smithsonian Seeking Space Fans to Retype Apollo Spacecraft Packing Lists

    11/15/2015 7:54:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | by Robert Z. Pearlman
    The Apollo Stowage Lists (ASL) were a product of the late 1960s and early 70s, which meant that for the better part of the decades that followed, they were limited to printed copies. Since the advent of the internet, NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston scanned the documents, but as images, the contents still could not be easily referenced by researchers and curators with regard to specific items. "They are extremely difficult to search or sort – whether by object name, part number, or spacecraft storage location, "Needell wrote in a blog entry announcing the transcription project on Thursday (Nov....
  • Any doubts over about December Fed hike may be swept away

    11/14/2015 7:59:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | Jonathan Cable
    While most U.S. data has been relatively upbeat, retail sales rose less than expected in October, suggesting a slowdown in consumer spending that could temper expectations of a strong pickup in fourth-quarter economic growth. In the meantime, Britain's Bank of England was once pegged as likely to be the first major central bank to tighten policy but prices fell again last month, data will probably show on Tuesday. With inflation so far below its 2 percent target the BoE's Monetary Policy Committee won't be raising its benchmark rate from a record low 0.5 percent until at least April, a Reuters...
  • National borders must be closed across Europe to halt an 'Islamic invasion' says...Geert Wilders

    11/13/2015 4:27:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Ted Thornhill
    'The only way to deal with it (the refugee crisis) is to regain our national sovereignty and close our national borders,' Wilders said. Talking to AFP, he continued: 'I'm not asking for anything strange, I am asking that our government close its doors as Hungary did ... that we close our borders to those we consider to be migrants, not refugees.' ... Wilders' fiery rhetoric is finding fertile ground among working and middle-class Dutch, who fear social upheaval as thousands of asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and other conflict areas reach the Netherlands. ... The lowlands country of 17 million...
  • Robot keeps stores stocked with Doritos

    11/13/2015 4:14:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | Sharon Gaudin
    Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, announced its first product, a 30-pound robot called Tally that can move up and down a store's aisles checking inventory. The robot determines what products need restocking and send reports to workers who can add more stock. Tally also is set up to work during normal store hours, alongside employees and customers. "Tally performs repetitive and laborious tasks of auditing shelves for out-of-stock items, low stock items, misplaced items, and pricing errors," the company said in a release. "Tally has the ability to audit shelves cheaper, more frequently, and significantly faster than existing processes;...
  • How to survive a nuclear fallout: Experts reveal the basics of living in a world...

    11/13/2015 8:02:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Amanda Williams
    Set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world, Fallout 4 is one of the biggest and most hotly-anticipated games of the year. ... Experts from the American Chemical Society have released a video explaining the basics of survival in a world riddled with radiation - and it is even harder than fiction would have us believe. ... The video explains that in order to protect themselves, people need to be exposed to the alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays from the ionising radiation for the least amount of time possible. In particular, the key to survival is three-fold - time, distance,...
  • Kremlin-controlled TV airs 'secret' plans for nuclear weapon

    11/12/2015 12:49:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | Lynn Berry and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press
    The airing of the video on television channels under tight Kremlin control raised suspicions that it was done intentionally to scare the West at a time when its ties with Russia are at the lowest point since the Cold War. ... Military experts and commentators traced the nuclear torpedo concept to the 1950s, when it was first offered by Andrei Sakharov, the father of Soviet thermonuclear bomb who later came to defy the Soviet system and won a Nobel Peace Prize. He proposed targeting the U.S. with high-yield nuclear torpedoes that would create huge tsunami waves and high levels of...
  • California missile test: Social media nightmare or exactly what the Navy wanted?

    11/11/2015 7:51:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | November 10 at 3:05 PM | Peter Holley
    It's not as if Saturday was the first time the Navy has tested the Trident 11 D5 missile, a 44-foot-long weapon deployed from an Ohio-class submarine that has range of 4,000 nautical miles. Since 1989, the weapon has been successfully flight-tested 157 times, according to figures provided to The Washington Post by Lockheed Martin. ... On Monday, the Navy released a statement saying it had conducted a second Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea. Both missiles, the statement noted, were launched from the Pacific Test Range off the Southern California coast and landed "in the Eastern Missile Range...
  • 'Secret Space Escapes' premieres on Science Channel

    11/10/2015 5:24:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    The first story recounts a 1997 fire on the Russian Mir space station. The episode is re-told through multiple astronauts and Russian cosmonauts but the central figure ends up being American astronaut Jerry Linenger, who was new to the space station at the time of the incident. It's both relatable and horrifying to discover that the stupid mistakes that happen in every workplace also happen in space: Instead of being out of soap or sanitizer, the first respirator Linenger tried on didn't provide oxygen. ... He also tells a second story of an incident four months later when an out-of-control...
  • Thermal scans of Egypt's Great Pyramid reveal anomalies

    11/10/2015 5:18:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies ^ | Nevine El-Aref
    The thermal scanning was made at sunrise as the sun heats the structures from the outside, and then at sunset when the pyramids are cooling down. The speed of the heating and cooling phases was used to uncover "anomalies" such as empty areas in the pyramids, which could be internal air currents or different building materials. Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told reporters at a press conference, which was held Monday night at the step of the Great Pyramid plateau, that the result of the infrared thermography scan on the first row of the pyramid’s limestone blocks shows that all...
  • Mars’ Moon Phobos Undergoing ‘Structural Failure’

    11/10/2015 4:49:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies ^ | on November 10, 2015 | Nancy Atkinson
    One of the most striking features we see on images of Phobos is the parallel sets of grooves on the moon’s surface. They were originally thought to be fractures caused by an impact long ago. But scientists now say the grooves are early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon. "We think that Phobos has already started to fail, and the first sign of this failure is the production of these grooves," said Terry Hurford, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. ... Mars' gravity is pulling in Phobos closer by about 2 meters (6.6 feet) every...
  • Cargo Ship Cruises Offer Anti-Luxury Option

    11/10/2015 7:48:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | Alyssa Danigelis
    Truly basic amenities, minimal distractions, mundane food, and a ship with a big job to do: Welcome to the anti-luxury cruise. Hitching a ride on a cargo ship sounds like a James Bond move, but the travelers who travel like this do it for the unusual experience. They like the breathtaking view from the gangway, the solitude, the camaraderie, and the smell of the sea. Plus, it’s a different way to view the world. “You have to be prepared to go with the flow,” retired Australian farmer John McGuffick and experienced freight traveler told BloombergBusiness. Amenities vary but can include...
  • Fallout 4 Review – Bethesda Improves the Series to Near Perfection

    11/09/2015 6:32:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 87 replies ^ | Ishmael Romero
    When you first step into the harsh sunlight that greets every wanderer, you begin a mission. You must recover something that was taken from you; but with no understanding of the world as it currently exists, you must turn to its inhabitants. At the same time, they are turning to you. You are a savior of sorts, one born from unknown depths and just so happens to have what it takes to help the people. Like all Fallout games in the past, this is where Fallout 4 excels. You have the freedom to go and do as you please (for...
  • Radio waves absent from the reputed megastructure-encompassed Kepler star?

    11/09/2015 8:18:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | November 9, 2015 | Dan Majaess
    Astronomers at the SETI institute (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) have reported their findings after monitoring the reputed megastructure-encompassed star KIC 8462852. No significant radio signals were detected in observations carried out from the Allen Telescope Array between October 15-30th (nearly 12 hours each day). However, there are caveats, namely that the sensitivity and frequency range were limited, and gaps existed in the coverage (e.g., between 6-7 Ghz). Lead author Gerald Harp and the SETI team discussed the various ideas proposed to explain the anomalous Kepler brightness measurements of KIC 8462852, “The unusual star KIC 8462852 studied by the Kepler space...
  • Canberra archaeologists discover fossils of giant rats the size of dogs in East Timor

    11/08/2015 2:32:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | Alexandra Beech
    The species would have looked similar to modern rats but ranged in size from about 1.5 kilograms to five kilograms. Researcher Julien Louys said the creatures were probably herbivores and became extinct suddenly about 1,000 years ago. He said they were the largest known rats to have ever existed and acknowledged some people thought they sounded terrifying. "Most people seem to think that," Dr Louys said. "But I think they would have been, well not cute, but certainly they would have been fascinating to see them in the flesh." He said it appeared the rats were a popular meal for...
  • Boy, 14, Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself in the Head in East LA: Sheriff’s Dept

    11/08/2015 2:29:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    ktla ^ | Tracey Bloom
    Based on witness accounts, investigators believed the teen — allegedly a documented member of a local street gang — was handling a loaded firearm when he “unintentionally” shot himself, the release stated. It remained unclear how he obtained the handgun. As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives said they were still looking to speak with additional people who were at the location when the shooting occurred. Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500