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  • NASA wind tunnel tests Lockheed Martin X-Plane concept

    02/26/2017 9:54:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    spacedaily.com ^ | Feb 27, 2017
    Cleveland OH (SPX) The agency is testing a nine percent scale model of Lockheed Martin's X-plane design in Glenn's 8' x 6' Supersonic Wind Tunnel. During the next eight weeks, engineers will expose the model to wind speeds ranging from Mach 0.3 to Mach 1.6 (approximately 150 to 950 mph) to understand the aerodynamics of the X-plane design as well as aspects of the propulsion system. NASA expects the QueSST X-plane to pave the way for supersonic flight over land in the not too distant future. "We'll be measuring the lift, drag and side forces on the model at different...
  • Sony has sold nearly 1 million PlayStation VR headsets

    02/26/2017 9:29:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    engadget.com ^ | Jon Fingas,
    Play time in VR is also going up, House adds. While many PSVR experiences are short, Resident Evil 7's support for VR throughout the entire game has doubled the average play length. In other words, it's a technology that may be hitting its stride as developers learn to craft more than tech demos and mini games. It's not certain how well that stands in comparison to PC-based VR headsets. However, SuperData Research estimates that there were 243,000 Oculus Rift units sold through the end of 2016, and 420,000 HTC Vive units. If the real figures are reasonably close, that makes...
  • Scientists shocked: Super-rare metal mysteriously vanishes from lab

    02/26/2017 8:33:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    morningticker.com ^ | February 26, 2017 | Dan Taylor
    Harvard scientists triumphantly announced that they'd created metallic hydrogen last month, but now it's suddenly gone. Scientists hailed it as the “holy grail” of high pressure physics when they finally produced it in the lab: metallic hydrogen, a century after it was first theorized to exist. And now that sample, which had been held in a hyper refrigerated laboratory, has vanished into thin air, and scientists can’t figure out why. Reports indicate that the metallic hydrogen had been kept between a vice of two diamonds at huge pressures while being stored at 80 Kelvin, but something happened in the lab...
  • Study reveals bot-on-bot editing wars raging on Wikipedia's pages

    02/24/2017 9:26:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Since Wikipedia launched in 2001, its millions of articles have been ranged over by software robots, or simply “bots”, that are built to mend errors, add links to other pages, and perform other basic housekeeping tasks. In the early days, the bots were so rare they worked in isolation. But over time, the number deployed on the encyclopedia exploded with unexpected consequences. The more the bots came into contact with one another, the more they became locked in combat, undoing each other’s edits and changing the links they had added to other pages. Some conflicts only ended when one or...
  • NASA studies adding crew to super rocket test flight

    02/24/2017 4:42:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 24, 2017, 3:45 PM | William Harwood
    NASA managers said Friday they hope to know within a month or so whether it might be feasible -- or advisable -- to put two astronauts on board the first test flight of a huge 322-foot-tall Space Launch System super booster scheduled for its maiden launch late next year. The study, requested by the Trump administration, already is underway, but William Hill, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development at NASA Headquarters, said major technical challenges will need to be resolved, and the agency will need more money to make it happen. “It’s going to take a significant amount of...
  • A Twitch Streamer Died During A Charity Livestream

    02/23/2017 10:38:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    ESports website PVP Live is reporting that Brian 'PoShYbRiD' Vigneault, a known World of Tanks player, was partaking in a 24-hour charity stream on Twitch. During the stream, however, he passed away. According to the article, speculation suggests that he died due to heart complications that came about from severe sleep deprivation. ... Some people might be wondering, how does someone die during a livestream and no one notices? Well, further into the article they explain that Poshybrid decided to get up for a smoke break and left the Twitch stream running. However, he never returned. Eight hours later some...
  • ...Mysterious ancient human society was run by a 'female elite' and lived in sprawling stone...

    02/22/2017 10:29:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Girl power! Mysterious ancient human society was run by a 'female elite' and lived in sprawling stone mansions ... The bodies were placed in sequential tombs over a 330 year period and spanned multiple generations. The finds reveal that a high degree of social differentiation and societal complexity existed in Chaco by the early 9th century. 'All societies are complex, but here we see a society with larger populations living in villages and cities and where major differences in status and wealth are evident,' Professor Kennett told MailOnline. ... The Chacoans, one of North America’s earliest complex societies, lived in...
  • India Can Build A Space Station, But Government Is Yet To Decide: ISRO Chief

    02/21/2017 5:47:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 21 February 2017, 8:45 am EST By | Katrina Pascual
    According to Kumar, they are still in talks about the immediate benefits of a manned space mission, citing the need for funds and time as to why the country has not decided on when to invest on a space station. “The day the country takes the decision, we will ‘ok’ the project,” he said in an India Times report, emphasizing that the project requires long-term thinking along with policy and funding support. A space station is a crewed satellite that is designed to stay in low Earth orbit for long periods of time, studying the results and consequences of long-term...
  • SWEDEN RIOT: Police forced to shoot at protesters as violence erupts - yet PM is in denial

    02/21/2017 10:36:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 16:52, Tue, Feb 21, 2017 GMT | Lizzie Stromme
    The scenes took place just hours after the country’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, slammed Donald Trump for claiming Sweden was in crisis as a result of its liberal refugee policy. Stockholm police were forced to fire a shot into the crowd in the hard-hit suburb of Rinkeby, after a mob of around 30 began attacking officers with rocks. Violence erupted after the police had tried to arrest a wanted person on the subway. Sylvia Odin, of the Stockholm police, said: “There was stone throwing and they were placed in a situation where a number of people jointly attacked and threw...
  • Every 200 years California suffers a storm of biblical proportions — this year’s rains are just...

    02/21/2017 10:02:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    The Verge ^ | Feb 21, 2017, 11:15am EST | Rachel Becker
    California has seen worse: massive floods have swept through the state about every 200 years for at least the past 2,000 years, climate scientists Michael Dettinger and Lynn Ingram recount in a 2013 article. The most recent was a series of storms that lasted for a near-biblical 43 days between 1861 and 1862, creating a vast lake where California’s Central Valley had been. Floodwaters drowned thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of cattle, and forced the state’s government to move from Sacramento to San Francisco. More than 150 years have passed since California’s last, great flood — and a team...
  • Three D.C. monuments damaged with graffiti over holiday weekend

    02/21/2017 8:31:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 21 at 10:27 AM | Dana Hedgpeth
    The Washington Monument and the World War II and Lincoln memorials were damaged by graffiti over the holiday weekend, officials said. U.S. Park Police and National Park Service officials said the three sites had graffiti markings that were similar in nature and not considered to be political or racial. Authorities would not release photos of the graffiti, saying the incident was still under investigation. They described it as being written in black ink, perhaps with a Sharpie pen, and slightly hard to read. One message said, “Jackie shot JFK.” Another message mentioned the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the...
  • NASA decides to leave Juno in current orbit around Jupiter after engine issue

    02/20/2017 5:49:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    waaytv.com ^ | Feb 20, 2017 | Josh Barrett
    NASA made the decision to leave the Juno spacecraft, currently orbiting Jupiter, in its current orbit that cycles around the gas giant every 53 days. The choice hinges on worries surrounding Juno's main engine, which displayed some out-of-the-ordinary readings as the team was preparing to shorten the probe's orbit. “Juno is healthy, its science instruments are fully operational, and the data and images we’ve received are nothing short of amazing,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The decision to forego the burn is the right thing to do – preserving a valuable asset so...
  • Engineers Develop Origami-Inspired Bulletproof Shield To Protect Police Officers

    02/19/2017 8:38:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 18 February 2017, 6:24 am EST | Alyssa Navarro
    he new bulletproof shield developed by Howell and his colleagues can be folded compactly when not in use. It is also much easier to deploy and transport. When expanded, which only takes five seconds, the bulletproof shield can offer cover for police officers and shield them from bullets such as the 9 mm, .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum. This new shield is also lightweight, weighing only 55 pounds. It was built with 12 layers of Kevlar and a common creasing origami-like pattern, which makes it foldable into a more manageable size. During tests, the bulletproof shield prototype proved to be...
  • How Many People Are Still Playing Skyrim And Fallout Daily

    02/19/2017 3:45:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    cinemablend.com ^ | 02/19/2017 | William Usher
    . According to the Fallout 4 Steam Charts, they're averaging around 40,000 active players a day on PC alone. Whenever new content arrives it can blast up to 75,000. That's also not including people playing offline and playing on the Xbox One and PS4, which would mean there's at least several hundred thousand Fallout 4 players engaged with the game everyday. For The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, _ the numbers are roughly the same on Steam Charts. They fluctuate on a daily basis from 30,000 up to 70,000 depending on what mods are released or whether or not some new...
  • Fayette County father and son killed in head-on collision with each other

    02/19/2017 3:34:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    FAYETTE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A father and son are dead after a head-on collision with each other in Fayette County. It happened just after 4 a.m. Saturday. ... Neither were using a seat belt when the crash happened. Troopers are still investigating but a preliminary investigation reveals alcohol was a factor in the accident.
  • Somalia Mogadishu car bomb: At least 34 people killed

    02/19/2017 3:25:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 February 2017
    The car blew up in the city's southern Madina district, officials say. The blast - which ripped through shops and food stalls - is the first major attack in the capital since the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed earlier this month. No group has claimed responsibility, although al-Shabab militants are likely to be the prime suspects. On Saturday a senior al-Shabab commander vowed to target the president's supporters. Sheikh Hassan Yaqub said that anyone who collaborated with the new president - who he described as evil-minded - would be at risk of attack by the Islamist group.
  • Saturday morning fire destroys McLean mansion

    02/19/2017 7:28:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Fairfax County fire officials said that six people escaped and firefighters rescued two dogs from the stately tan-brick home in the 800 block of Turkey Run Road. No one was injured. The home is owned by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, according to property records and two men who lived there. ... A man in the home and a neighbor who did not want to be named said it seemed to take at least 30 minutes for firefighters to spray any water on the house. The closest hydrant, which is the only one in the neighborhood, is up a...
  • US carrier starts 'routine' patrols in South China Sea

    02/19/2017 4:09:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    cnn ^ | 6:42 AM ET, Sun February 19, 2017
    The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday as part of maritime "routine operations." "China respects and upholds the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, which countries enjoy under international law, but firmly opposes any country's attempt to undermine China's sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom of navigation and overflight," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
  • A Region On Mars With Recent Water Is About To Get Major Attention

    02/19/2017 4:01:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 02/18/2017 | Bob King
    Dr. Mary Bourke from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley in Mars’ Lucaya Crater that appears to have held water in the not-too-distant past, making it a prime target to search for past life forms on the Red Planet. Signs of water past and present pop up everywhere on Mars from now-dry, wriggly riverbeds snaking across arid plains to water ice exposed at the poles during the Martian summer. ... “On Earth, desert dune fields are periodically flooded by water in areas of fluctuating groundwater, and where lakes, rivers and coasts are found...
  • The Universe Has A Lithium Problem

    02/19/2017 3:50:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 17 Feb , 2017 | Evan Gough
    he missing lithium problem is centred around the earliest stages of the Universe: from about 10 seconds to 20 minutes after the Big Bang. The Universe was super hot and it was expanding rapidly. This was the beginning of what’s called the Photon Epoch. At that time, atomic nuclei formed through nucleosynthesis. But the extreme heat that dominated the Universe prevented the nuclei from combining with electrons to form atoms. The Universe was a plasma of nuclei, electrons, and photons. Only the lightest nuclei were formed during this time, including most of the helium in the Universe, and small amounts...
  • Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life

    02/18/2017 3:01:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/18/2017 | Jonathan Amos
    Scientists have extracted long-dormant microbes from inside the famous giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves in Mexico - and revived them. The organisms were likely to have been encased in the striking shafts of gypsum at least 10,000 years ago, and possibly up to 50,000 years ago. It is another demonstration of the ability of life to adapt and cope in the most hostile of environments. "Other people have made longer-term claims for the antiquity of organisms that were still alive, but in this case these organisms are all very extraordinary - they are not very closely related to...
  • 1 million penguins drawn to Argentine peninsula by abundance of fish

    02/18/2017 2:32:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    abc15.com ^ | 7:20 AM, Feb 18, 2017 | ap
    The peninsula's tiny islets are well-suited to nesting and have sardines and anchovies close to the shoreline. The flightless birds come on shore in September and October and stay while the males and females take turns caring for their eggs and hunting for food. The warm-weather birds breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as southwestern Brazil between March and September.
  • Rocket Trouble Forces SpaceX To Delay Saturday Launch

    02/18/2017 11:49:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/18/2017
    Last-minute rocket trouble forced SpaceX on Saturday to delay its inaugural launch from NASA’s historic moon pad. SpaceX halted the countdown with just 13 seconds remaining. The problem with the second-stage thrust control actually cropped up several minutes earlier. With just a single second to get the Falcon rocket airborne, flight controllers could not resolve the issue in time. The next launch attempt — provided everything can be fixed quickly — would be Sunday morning.
  • McDonald’s Just Introduced A Complicated New Straw That Has Everyone Scratching Their Heads

    02/17/2017 8:33:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Good ^ | 02/17/2017 | Penn Collins
    or decades, customers have complained that McDonald’s straws were pretty much useless when used to drink milkshakes.... But now, with the announcement of several new Shamrock Shakes, the fast food giant has swung the pendulum far in the other direction, with a straw that’s overengineered – seriously, two engineering firms worked on it – to look more like mountain climbing equipment than it does any straw we’ve ever seen. Here’s the result of design, a determined product development team, and a 3D printer: A ridiculous item like this requires an equally bombastic name, which McDonald’s has, of course, bestowed upon...
  • CDC temporarily halts work at biosafety labs because of air hose concerns

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily suspended work at its most secure biosafety lab that handles dangerous pathogens because air hoses that are part of the required full-body protective suits worn by lab workers were not certified for breathable air, officials said Friday. About 100 employees have worked in the labs, at CDC’s Atlanta headquarters, since the air hoses were introduced in 2008. There is no evidence that any of the employees were exposed to infectious agents or to hazardous material from breathing air through the hoses, said Stephan Monroe, CDC’s associate director for laboratory science and...
  • NASA's Dawn mission finds life's building blocks on dwarf planet Ceres

    02/16/2017 6:53:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    L A Times ^ | Amina Khan
    Ceres, one of five dwarf planets in the solar system, is also an asteroid — the largest of them, in fact. Formed around 4.5 billion years ago, it sits in the belt of rocky debris that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. ... Among the asteroids, Ceres is special. As a dwarf planet, it got stuck somewhere along the way to becoming a full-grown world. Frozen in this state, Ceres also offers a snapshot of planetary adolescence. Scientists have long wondered whether asteroids had not just water but also organic matter that could have been brought to Earth,...
  • D.C. lab botched Zika tests for more than 400 people

    02/16/2017 6:39:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 16 at 3:13 PM | Lena H. Sun
    District health officials mishandled Zika testing for hundreds of residents last year, including two pregnant women who were incorrectly told they did not have the virus when in fact they were infected. The mistakes, made public Thursday by city officials, have prompted retesting for the Zika virus of specimens from more than 400 people, including nearly 300 pregnant women who may have mistakenly been told they didn’t have the mosquito-borne viral infection. ... Smith said she could not say if those women or any of the others whose tests were botched have given birth.
  • Several Of Nation’s Most-Used Structurally Deficient Bridges Are In Los Angeles

    02/16/2017 12:08:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Nine of the ten most-traveled structurally deficient bridges in the country are in Southern California, according to the report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Six of those are along the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles. A bridge is considered to be structurally deficient if one of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure is considered to be in “poor,” or worse, condition. ... California has identified 4,088 bridges that are in need of repair at an estimated cost of $13 billion.
  • Man Who Plotted With San Bernardino Terrorist Expected To Enter Plea

    02/16/2017 8:42:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/16/2017
    Enrique Marquez Jr., 25, entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, admitting to one count each of providing material support to terrorists and making false statements in the acquisition of firearms. Marquez will formally acknowledge his crimes during a hearing at 9 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal at the federal courthouse in downtown Riverside. ... Marquez admitted that he was the actual buyer of the two high-capacity semi-automatic rifles that Farook and Malik armed themselves with. He also said he made plans with Farook to commit mass murder at the library or cafeteria...
  • ‘Flat Earth’ Message Apparently Behind Hillside Graffiti

    02/15/2017 4:28:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    The words “Google Flat Earth” were found carved into Mount Rubidoux this week in letters that were approximately ten feet tall and visible from the air. An aerial photo posted to social media by the Riverside Police Department’s air support unit showed only the “Google” portion of the message was still discernible as of Feb. 4. While the Riverside Parks Department brought in crews from a CAL FIRE camp in Norco to re-seed the area so the grass can grow and cover up the letters, a man believed to be behind the message reportedly encountered a city employee at the...
  • [R-Congressman] Rohrabacher Staffer, 71, Knocked Unconscious By Protestors Delivering Cards

    02/15/2017 10:33:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    cbs2la ^ | February 15, 2017 7:35 AM
    Staunton was trying to exit through the front door of Rohrabacher’s office to visit a restroom when, according to Rohrabacher, a protester yanked the door open, causing her to fall and hit her head. The door also pushed over a 2-year-old child who was apparently brought along with the crowd, but she was not injured, the congressmen said. Staunton, who has managed Rohrabacher’s office since his first term in 1989, was treated by paramedics and taken to a local hospital, Rohrabacher said. ... “I am outraged beyond words that protesters who mobbed my Huntington Beach office violently knocked down my...
  • Ebola 'super-spreaders' cause most cases

    02/15/2017 8:00:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 February 2017 | James Gallagher
    The analysis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows nearly two thirds of cases (61%) were caused by 3% of infected people. The young and old were more likely to have been "super-spreaders". It is hoped understanding their role in spreading the infection will help contain the next outbreak. ... The study looked at cases in and around the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown. By looking at the pattern of where and when cases emerged, the researchers could tell how many people each infected person was passing the deadly virus onto. Prof Steven Riley, one of the...
  • Meet Asteroid 2017 BQ6 — A Giant, Spinning Brick

    02/14/2017 11:26:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 02/12/2017 | Bob King
    o radar imager Lance Benner at JPL in Pasadena, asteroid 2017 BQ6 resembles the polygonal dice used in Dungeons and Dragons. But my eyes see something closer to a stepping stone or paver you’d use to build a walkway. However you picture it, this asteroid is more angular than most imaged by radar. It flew harmlessly by Earth on Feb. 7 at 1:36 a.m. EST (6:36 UT) at about 6.6 times the distance between Earth and the moon or some about 1.6 million miles. Based on 2017 BQ6’s brightness, astronomers estimate the hurtling boulder about 660 feet (200 meters) across....
  • Fire returns to flame trench at Apollo-era launch pad in Florida

    02/14/2017 8:20:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Spaceflight now ^ | 02/14/2017 | Stephen Clark
    Nine Merlin engines ignited and throttled up to nearly 2 million pounds of thrust Sunday during a brief hold-down firing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, sending a plume of smoke out of the flame trench at Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A as the company preps for a space station cargo mission next weekend. .... Onlookers at Kennedy Space Center reported visible venting of super-chilled liquid oxygen vapors from the rocket leading up to the static fire test, then a white cloud of rocket exhaust rushing out of the north side of the launch pad as the Merlin engines...
  • North Korean leader’s half-brother killed by ‘poison needles’ in Malaysia, reports claim

    02/14/2017 8:08:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14 at 10:32 AM | Anna Fifield
    he older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia by two female agents with “poison needles,” South Korean media outlets reported Tuesday. The reports — which could not immediately be verified — said Kim’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport Monday by two women who fled the scene in a taxi, according to reports on South Korea’s TV Chosun and Korea Broadcasting System. Both outlets cited an unidentified government source describing the death of the 45-year-old, who was once considered the next in line for power but apparently fell from...
  • Multiple Cars Catch Fire in Mickey and Friends Parking Structure at Disneyland; Lot Evacuated

    02/13/2017 9:09:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07:05PM, February 13, 2017 | Erika Martin
    Initial damage was estimated to be around $180,000, authorities said Seven people were treated for signs of excessive smoke inhalation and four were transported to a nearby hospital, firefighters said. The lot was evacuated, with park-goers being unable to return to their vehicles until just before 7 p.m. Videos from the scene show thick black smoke billowing from the structure. It was not immediately clear what led to the fire, but authorities did not suspect foul play.
  • Woman suing Popeyes says flesh-eating screwworms ate her ‘from the inside out’

    02/13/2017 8:36:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    KFOR ^ | February 13, 2017, | by Nadia Judith Enchassi
    Karen Goode, of San Antonio, is suing for $1,000,000 after she said rice and beans she ate at Popeyes in spring 2015 were infested with flesh-eating worms, according to KDAF. In the lawsuit filed in Bexar County, Goode's attorney, Patrick Stolmeier, argues the franchisee, Z&H Foods, should have known about the screwworms and never served the tainted food to customers. He also described what Goode allegedly endured after consuming the screwworms: "Plaintiff purchased rice and beans from Defendants' restaurant that contained flesh eating New World Screwworms, and Plaintiff unknowingly ingested the flesh eating screwworms. The flesh eating screwworms entered Plaintiff's...
  • 2nd Student At Santa Monica HS Dies Of Mystery Illness

    02/13/2017 12:15:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/13/2017
    A Santa Monica High School student has died of an unknown illness for the second time since October. Santa Monica-Malibu School District officials issued a statement Sunday announcing the death of 18-year-old Kelly Cano, whose mother Sandra, a nurse at Santa Monica High, said quoted doctors as saying the deadly condition is not believed to have been Norovirus. ... Her death was the second since Oct. 25, 2016, when tenth-grader Vanai Jelks died after falling ill following a cheerleading tournament. A cause of death has not been determined.
  • A KKK leader suddenly disappeared. His body was found by a river a few days later, police say.

    02/13/2017 8:32:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | February 13 at 8:01 AM | Amy B Wang
    An autopsy Sunday showed Ancona died of a gunshot to the head, Washington County Coroner Brian DeClue told The Washington Post. He said he could not elaborate on how many times Ancona had been shot or when he had died. However, DeClue said investigators were treating the case as a homicide and not a suicide. ... According to police in Leadwood, the 51-year-old Ancona was last seen by his wife before he left for work around 8:30 or 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Daily Journal reported. Leadwood Police Chief William Dickey told the newspaper that Malissa Ancona said her husband had...
  • Blast at Pakistan protest rally kills at least 16

    02/13/2017 8:13:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | February 13 at 10:04 AM | Pamela Constable
    An apparent suicide bomber detonated a powerful blast Monday amid a protest rally by drug company officials and pharmacists, killing at least 16 people and injuring 30 in the Pakistani city of Lahore. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But some Islamist groups have sharply denounced the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after a decision to place a militant leader, cleric Hafiz Saeed, under house arrest.
  • Meet Ardu McDuino: The Bagpipe-Playing Robot

    02/12/2017 9:55:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    roboticstrends.com ^ | January 17, 2017
    The 3D-printed hands have individual solenoids that allow each finger to cover and uncover the holes on a real bagpipe... The main limitation of the robot is that it requires a human to blow into the instrument. That’s certainly not ideal if you want to listen to the sweet sounds of Scotland 24/7/365, but XenonJohn says he’s working on a new version that includes an air pump to automatically blow air into the bagpipes.
  • First-born children are smarter than their younger siblings, new study finds

    02/12/2017 5:48:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    WCVB ^ | Feb 11, 2017
    Scientists say the discovery could explain the "birth order effect," when children born earlier in families reported higher wages and education levels later in life. Economists from the University of Edinburgh, the Analysis Group and the University of Sydney closely reviewed data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 5,000 children were monitored from pre-birth to age 14, each undergoing assessments every two years. Tests included "reading recognition, such as matching letters, naming names and reading single words aloud and picture vocabulary assessments."
  • This creepy robot walks like a chicken and could someday deliver your groceries

    02/12/2017 5:43:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | 02/12/2017 | Brett Williams
    Cassie was built using a 16-month, $1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The custom design took cues from animal morphology and behavior, including a hip joint with three degrees of freedom and flexible ankle joints, just like a human's leg. This makes it much more stable than the team's previous designs, whose motor-heavy systems were inefficient. ... Cassie's two-legged design will give it access to places wheeled bots can't go. Agility Robotics' chief technology officer Jonathan Hurst imagines a future filled with walking robot assistants that could someday free people from monotonous errands...
  • This Is The Highest Resolution Image Of Europa We Have … For Now

    02/11/2017 8:09:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    universe today ^ | 02/11/2017 | Bob King
    Stay away from Europa? No way. It’s just too fascinating a place with its jigsaw-puzzle ice sheets, crisscross valleys, miles of ice on top and a warm, salty ocean below. The movie was prescient — if you’re going to search for life elsewhere in the solar system, Europa’s one of the best candidates. While we’ve sent spacecraft to photograph and study the icy moon during orbital flybys, no lander has yet to touch the surface. That may change soon. In early 2016, in response to a congressional directive, NASA’s Planetary Science Division began a pre-Phase A study to assess the...
  • LAUSD Employee Dies Of Meningococcal Meningitis, County Health Officials Say

    02/11/2017 7:55:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cbs2la ^ | February 10, 2017 11:30 PM | Rachel Kim
    Health officials would not reveal the name of the employee. But a parent told CBS2’s Rachel Kim that the woman was a third-grade teacher at Montara Avenue Elementary School in South Gate. The parent said school and health officials met with parents on campus Friday night. One mother said she was given instructions on medication to give her child. ... Parents said they want the campus cleaned before allowing their children back to school and plan to hold a protest on campus Monday morning.
  • Students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe

    02/09/2017 9:11:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    phys.org ^ | February 8, 2017 | Alex Shashkevich
    Liu, together with doctoral candidate Jiajing Wang and a group of other experts, discovered the 5,000-year-old beer recipe by studying the residue on the inner walls of pottery vessels found in an excavated site in northeast China. The research, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provided the earliest evidence of beer production in China so far. The ancient Chinese made beer mainly with cereal grains, including millet and barley, as well as with Job's tears, a type of grass in Asia, according to the research. Traces of yam and lily root parts also appeared in...
  • Mexico hikes interest rate to near eight-year high to fight inflation

    02/09/2017 4:00:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    rueters ^ | Feb 9, 2017 | 3:02pm EST
    <p>The central bank said it raised rates to avoid consumer price contagion following a jump in gasoline prices and to anchor inflation expectations.</p> <p>Mexican policymakers said they would closely watch for any sign that higher gasoline prices or the weak peso were fueling widespread pressures on inflation.</p>
  • As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

    02/09/2017 2:21:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    l a times ^ | 01/09/2017 | Amina Khan
    Scientists in Japan say they’ve managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs coated with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly. The system, described in the journal Chem, is nowhere near ready to be sent to agricultural fields, but it could help pave the way to developing automated pollination techniques at a time when bee colonies are suffering precipitous declines. ... Scientists have thought about using drones, but scientists haven’t figured out how to make free-flying robot insects that can rely on their own power source without being attached to a wire. “It’s very...
  • Aid ship to help Rohingyas arrives in Myanmar, greeted by protest

    02/09/2017 9:27:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    reuters ^ | Thursday, 9 February 2017 | Simon Lewis and Aye Win Myint
    The ship docked on the outskirts of the commercial hub, Yangon, where it was due to unload 500 tonnes of food and emergency supplies, with the rest of its 2,200 ton cargo bound for southeast Bangladesh. Almost 69,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past four months from a security force crackdown. The aid shipment from mostly Muslim Malaysia has stirred opposition in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where many see the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Malaysia has been an outspoken critic of Myanmar over the crisis in Rakhine state, which erupted after nine policemen were killed in...
  • The Magellenic Clouds Stay Connected By A String Of Stars

    02/08/2017 11:09:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 02/08/2017 | Evan Gough
    They move so slowly that a human lifetime is a tiny blip compared to them. This makes their orbit essentially unobservable. But astronomers were able to find the next best thing: the often predicted but never observed stellar stream, or bridge of stars, stretching between the two clouds. A star stream forms when a satellite galaxy feels the gravitational pull of another body. In this case, the gravitational pull of the LMC allowed individual stars to leave the SMC and be pulled toward the LMC. The stars don’t leave at once, they leave individually over time, forming a stream, or...