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  • Zika outbreak fuelled by mosquito control failure, says WHO boss

    05/23/2016 9:56:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan. Speaking at the agency's annual World Health Assembly, Dr Chan said experts had "dropped the ball" in the 1970s with regards to getting a handle on disease-carrying insects. More than 60 countries and territories now have continuing Zika transmission. Most recently, the infection, spread by mosquito bites, reached Africa. ... Eradication campaigns were successful in the Americas with 18 countries getting rid of the insect by 1962. But insecticide resistance plus a lack of political will...
  • Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans

    05/23/2016 9:39:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Maddie Stone
    Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad... cephalopods—squids, octopuses, cuttlefish—are booming, and scientists don’t know why. An analysis published today in Current Biology indicates that numerous species across the world’s oceans have increased in numbers since the 1950s. “The consistency was the biggest surprise,” said lead study author Zoë Doubleday of the University of Adelaide. “Cephalopods are notoriously variable, and population abundance can fluctuate wildly, both within and among species.”
  • Nixon Pushing Back on Newly Passed Tax Breaks

    05/23/2016 6:31:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    ap/cbs ^ | 05/23/2016
    Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature this year passed tax breaks for goods and services ranging from wheelchairs to yoga classes, setting up a potential showdown with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over what he said could lead to a hole in the state budget. Nixon said the tax cuts could cost as much as $80 million, but backers say Nixon’s cost estimate is overblown. Legislative researchers project that the tax breaks cited by the governor will cost closer to $22 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Nixon said he will closely review the costs and take “actions necessary to keep...
  • Kim Jong-un searching for a man to be his sister’s husband – any takers?

    05/23/2016 6:24:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies ^ | Monday 23 May 2016 12:32 pm | Harley Tamplin for
    If you’ve ever fancied marrying the sister of one of the planet’s most enigmatic dictators, today’s your lucky day. But only if you are a graduate or student of Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung University, 5’10 tall, ‘good looking’ and have served in the North Korean army. That’s the criteria to be the future husband of Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un and North Korea’s most powerful woman. The leader of the secretive nation will personally lead the search for his brother-in-law. He will vet the 30 candidates who all meet the specific criteria, the Sun reports. His sister, 29, was...
  • Melbourne's Maria Strydom dead on Everest

    05/22/2016 8:00:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 92 replies ^ | 05/23/2016 | Evan Schwarten, Kaitlyn Offer and Matt Coughlan,AAP
    Dr Strydom, who also goes by Marisa, was on a seven-week expedition with her husband Robert Gropel - who has also been injured during the trek. The 34-year-old's family say the couple's GPS tracker stopped working on Friday. A single transmission from the tracker on Saturday gave them hope but a Google search on Saturday night delivered the devastating news that Dr Strydom had died, her sister Aletta Newman told AAP. ... Conflicting media reports attributing her death to altitude sickness, snow blindness and a stroke only added to the distress of the Strydom family, who have yet to hear...
  • Sources say hunt for black boxes makes key progress

    05/22/2016 6:42:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    cbs ^ | May 21, 2016 9:56 PM EDT
    Search crews located the data recorders for EgyptAir Flight 804 close to an area where human remains and debris from the crashed flight have been found, an Egyptian government source told CBS News on Saturday. Egyptian media, including state media, were reporting the same development, CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports. Late Saturday, a U.S. intelligence source confirmed to CBS News the data recorders, commonly known as black boxes, have been approximately located by their pings and that recovery efforts were underway. There has been no official confirmation, and EgyptAir wouldn't confirm or deny that the black boxes have been...
  • [Red] China pressures Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen to acknowledge One China

    05/22/2016 6:34:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    China has threatened to cut off regular communication with Taiwan unless the country's new president acknowledges the so-called One China principle. According to a report from Xinhua, the Chinese state media outlet, China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said on Saturday that only by Taiwan confirming the One China principle - which dictates that the island of Taiwan and mainland China are parts of a single Chinese state - could "cross-Strait affairs authorities continue regular communication." Ma said the Chinese and Taiwanese authorities had had active interactions since at least 2014 through a hotline and other means, after establishing...
  • Two horses die in first four races of Preakness Saturday

    05/21/2016 11:16:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Homeboykris, a 9-year-old horse, died shortly after winning the first race of the day. The Maryland-bred horse came from behind to win the race as a 9-1 underdog. It collapsed on the way back to the barn after exiting the winner’s circle. Tragically, Homeboykris collapsed after leaving winner's circle on way back to barn after winner's circle and died. — David Grening (@DRFGrening) May 21, 2016 Four-year-old Pramedya collapsed in the middle of the fourth race with a broken left front leg and was euthanized on the track. It was the fifth start of the filly’s career. The horse’s jockey,...
  • Mars Is Ready For Its Close-Up: Red Planet Easy To Spot This Weekend

    05/21/2016 10:47:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Sometimes astronomy can be challenging, but spotting Mars this weekend should be a breeze. Step 1: Head outside right after sunset and look toward the southeastern sky. Step 2: Find the full moon. (So far, so good, right?) Step 3: Look up and to the right, and find what looks like a bright red star. That's Mars, our planetary neighbor — getting up close and personal. This weekend is the "Mars opposition," when the planet shines most brightly; at the end of the month, in a related event, we'll have the "Mars close approach," when there's the shortest distance between...
  • SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot

    05/21/2016 5:40:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | 20 May , 2016 | Evan Gough
    Though it’s not widely known or talked about, there are legal implications to launching things into space. In the US, each and every launch by a private company has to have clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). That’s because the US signed the Outer Space Treaty in 1969, a treaty that sets out the obligations and limitations to activities in space. The FAA has routinely given their ascent to commercial launches, but things may be starting to get a little tricky in space. ... The Outer Space Treaty was signed in 1967, and has some sway over space exploration...
  • Texas Man Allegedly Fatally Shoots 3-Year-Old Stepson for Jumping on His Bed: Police

    05/20/2016 11:00:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    An 18-year-old Texas man is facing capital murder charges after police allege he fatally shot his 3-year-old stepson in the head when the child wouldn't stop jumping on his bed, PEOPLE confirms. ... Investigators claim in court records that Wayman pointed a gun at Castro while ordering him off the bed he'd been jumping on. But the boy didn't listen, according to police. ... Police were initially told that the child had accidentally shot himself. But court records indicate that several eyewitnesses to the shooting accused Wayman of purposely pointing the weapon at the child, and firing off on round.
  • 10 Controversial Artifacts That Could Have Changed History

    05/20/2016 10:12:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 05/09/2016 | Debra Kelly
    6. The Davenport Tablets The Davenport Academy was a major force in early American amateur archeology. Unfortunately, the organization ended up lending its name to one of the most ridiculous hoaxes in American history. In 1877, Reverend Jacob Gass claimed to have found a set of four inscribed tablets buried in an ancient mound in Iowa. Gass was quickly invited to join the Davenport Academy, which contained many supporters of the “Mound Builders” myth. This theory, now entirely discredited, argued that Native Americans were too primitive to have built the giant earthworks that dot the American countryside. Instead, 19th century...
  • How Does Light Travel?

    05/19/2016 1:06:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 82 replies ^ | 19 May , 2016 by | Matt Williams
    Ever since Democritus... argued that all of existence was made up of tiny indivisible atoms, scientists have been speculating as to the true nature of light. Whereas scientists ventured back and forth between the notion that light was a particle or a wave until the modern, the 20th century led to breakthroughs that showed that it behaves as both. These included the discovery of the electron, the development of quantum theory, and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. However, there remains many fascinating and unanswered questions when it comes to light, many of which arise from its dual nature. For instance, how...
  • Ancient Device for Determining Taxes Discovered in Egypt

    05/19/2016 8:32:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    American and Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a rare structure called a nilometer in the ruins of the ancient city of Thmuis in Egypt’s Delta region. Likely constructed during the third century B.C., the nilometer was used for roughly a thousand years to calculate the water level of the river during the annual flooding of the Nile. Fewer than two dozen of the devices are known to exist. Before the completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1970, the Nile flooded the surrounding plains each year in late July or August. As the waters receded in September and October, they left...
  • In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

    05/18/2016 4:48:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    npr ^ | 05/18/2016 | Rob Stein
    A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases. One way would be to use chimera embryos to create better animal models to study how human diseases happen and how they progress. Perhaps the boldest hope is to create farm animals that have human organs that could be transplanted into terminally ill patients. But some scientists and bioethicists worry the creation...
  • U.S. Special Forces take the fight to ISIS in Libya

    05/18/2016 9:24:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cnn ^ | 05/18/2016
    Surveillance flights over the country's 2,000-kilometer (1,240-mile) coast have been in operation from the remote Sicilian island of Pantelleria for over a year, and Special Forces have recently increased their presence on the ground. Witnesses and Libyan officials told CNN they are in evidence near the city of Misrata, with an estimated dozen soldiers operating out of a base near the city. The U.S. presence in Libya was acknowledged by Pentagon officials in the past few days, who admitted groups of Special Forces were "meeting a variety of Libyans." The teams are said to be in action around the capital...
  • NYSE suspends trading in 199 symbols amid 'critical' technical issue

    05/18/2016 9:09:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Both the Nasdaq and BATS stock exchanges had declared self-help against the NYSE amid the multiple technical issues that closed all open orders on the symbols. A self-help exception allows trading centers to bypass an automated trading center that is experiencing system problems, according to the SEC. NYSE believes the stocks affected are traded by Citadel KCG at Post 5, said NYSE spokesperson Kristen Cause. The area of the trading floor was roped off as the issue was addressed. Cause told CNBC that she believes the issue is linked to the NYSE's own system but it will continue to look...
  • Campaigners on a mission to ensure 'sexist data' reflects women's realities

    05/18/2016 6:58:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reutes ^ | 05/18/2016
    Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, led the charge when it came to faulting current data for being sexist and failing to show the real challenges facing millions of women who are often invisible in statistics. "We cannot know what to do for women and where to invest to have the greatest return unless we have good data .. and we really don't have the data we need," Gates said. "We cannot close the gender gap without closing the data gap," she told Women Deliver, attended by more than 5,500 participants from over 160 countries... ......
  • Obama Administration Set to Extend Overtime Pay to Millions

    05/17/2016 2:36:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05/17/2016 | Melanie Trottman and Eric Morath
    Millions more Americans will qualify for overtime pay under a final Labor Department regulation expected out Wednesday, in what could be President Barack Obama’s last big push to try to shore up workers’ wages. The rule will increase the annual salary threshold that generally determines who qualifies for overtime pay when they log more than 40 hours a week. It will have a sweeping effect on workers, employers and industries, including large and small retailers, the fast-food industry, universities and nonprofits. Analysts and industry groups expect the threshold will be doubled to about $47,000 from $23,660—a level last updated in...
  • Humans on Mars: Scouting Needed for Red Planet Resources

    05/17/2016 6:27:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies ^ | 05/16/2016 | Leonard David,
    Last year, scientists proposed nearly 50 locations on Mars as possible places for future human landings. Those landing-zone sites contain "regions of interest" that can be reached from primary touchdown spots. Good touchdown sites will allow crews to land safely and carry out operations; offer a wealth of interesting science activities; and provide resources that the astronauts could use. For example, any favored exploration zone should allow expeditionary crews to tap into at least 100 metric tons (110 U.S. tons) of water, NASA officials have said. With its suite of instruments and cameras — particularly the sharp-shooting High Resolution Imaging...
  • Death threats against state Democratic Party official draw rebuke

    05/16/2016 10:03:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | Monday, May 16, 2016 | 6 p.m. | Megan Messerly (
    Saturday morning during two votes of the convention....called by the party’s chairwoman, Roberta Lange... After the votes, Sanders supporters flooded the space in front of the stage where party officials sat, some of them hurling a host of epithets specifically at Lange and the party's vice chairman, Chris Wicker. ... The following day, some Sanders supporters staged a protest outside of the state party’s offices where they wrote on the building, “you are scum” and “fire Roberta.” Lange’s cellphone number and other personal contact information were subsequently leaked online, and state party officials say she has received thousands of death...
  • NASA planning 'suspended animation' cryosleep chamber that lets astronauts hibernate...

    05/16/2016 7:07:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | 15:16, 16 May 2016 | Jasper Hamill
    "The idea of suspended animation for interstellar human spaceflight has often been posited as a promising far-term solution for long-duration spaceflight," said Dr John Bradford, CEO of the firm. The cryosleep system works by chilling humans and artificially inducing a state of hypothermia so astronauts can hibernate for up to two weeks. A similar technique is already used to cool the body of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest in a bid to avoid brain damage. This would allow just one space man or woman to maintain the ship, meaning the spacecraft could be much smaller and travel more...
  • Chinese Bank to Buy Giant London Gold Vault

    05/16/2016 6:44:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05/16/2016
    ICBC Standard Bank PLC said on Monday it is buying a precious-metals vault from Barclays PLC’s, in the latest move by the Chinese bank to increase its role in the market’s infrastructure. The move makes parent ICBC, the world’s biggest bank by assets, the first Chinese lender to own a vault in London and extends its influence in precious metals from pricing to storage. With China the largest consumer of many metals, the country’s banks have increasingly bid to own or help run the infrastructure in these markets. China accounts for more than a quarter of global gold demand, but...
  • Mental health advocates question Kansas 'step therapy' bill

    05/16/2016 3:26:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but the bill's backers say the concerns are overblown. The process, called step therapy, is common in many private and public health insurance plans. It was key to resolving budget issues because it would reduce the state's cost of providing health care for poor residents by nearly $11 million a year. Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the bill Monday. Mental health advocates asked that drugs used to treat mental illnesses...
  • Why dying stars may be a good place to look for alien life

    05/16/2016 3:15:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | May 16 at 12:53 PM | By Sarah Kaplan
    In a paper published Monday in the Astrophysical Journal, Kaltenegger, who is director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, and her colleague Ramses Ramirez modeled the conditions under which life could exist around stars that are close to using up their fuel — ones much older and bigger than our sun. "We can find all these new places that may become habitable worlds," Kaltenegger said, in the dim, red glow of a slow-burning dwarf star, or on once-frozen planets thawed by a rapidly expanding red giant. Nearly two dozen such potentially life-sustaining suns exist right in our own...
  • U.S. and allies ready to help arm Libyan forces against Islamic State

    05/16/2016 12:39:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    they are considering arming and training the new unity government in Libya so it can fight the spread of terrorist groups in the country and counter the smuggling of migrants to Europe. In a joint communique following a lengthy meeting on ways to rein in chaos in Libya, the diplomats said they would support Libya’s request to be exempted from a United Nations embargo that was put in place five years ago to keep arms out of the hands of Islamist militants and rival militias locked in a power struggle. Other parts of the embargo would be reinforced, the communique...
  • Sinead O'Connor missing in Wilmette

    05/16/2016 9:53:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 93 replies
    Wilmette police confirm O'Connor went on a bike ride Sunday at 6 a.m. and did not return. Earlier this month, Arsenio Hall filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against O'Connor for claiming that the comedian supplied drugs to Prince. The lawsuit calls O'Connor's accusations "despicable, fabricated lies" and adds that "O'Connor is now known perhaps as much for her bizarre, unhinged Internet rants as for her music." O'Connor, whose biggest hit was a 1990 reworking of the Prince song "Nothing Compares 2 U," posted on her Facebook page about a week after Prince's death that he was a "long time...
  • Obama: Put Nordic Countries ‘In Charge for a While’ Because ‘They Could Clean Things Up’

    05/16/2016 9:45:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    mrctv ^ | 05/16/2016 | Craig Bannister
    Pres. Obama said that Nordic countries would make the world “more secure and more prosperous” if "we" would just let them run things. Welcoming the leaders of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland to the White House on Friday, Obama said that, if “we” let Nordic countries control the world, that “they could clean things up”: “So I really do believe that the world would be more secure and more prosperous if we just had more partners like our Nordic countries. There have been times where I’ve said, why don’t we just put all these small countries in charge for...
  • UCLA Study: Zika Virus Could Mutate Rapidly, Spread Swiftly Across Globe

    05/15/2016 11:42:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbs ^ | 05/152016
    “The Zika virus has undergone significant genetic changes in the past 70 years,” said the study’s senior author, Genhong Cheng, a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. ... The Zika virus, which was first isolated in 1947, caused sporadic disease in Africa and Asia until the 2007 Micronesia and 2013 French Polynesia outbreaks. Scientists previously believed the infection was spread solely by mosquitoes and caused only by mild disease. The latest epidemic, however, has been linked to fetal brain-development disorders and Guillain-Barre syndrome. New modes of transmission, including infection through...
  • Tame, housebroken half-ton bison for sale by Texas owner

    05/15/2016 8:37:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    A family in Texas have made a decision to put their house trained pet Bison up for sale. "She is like a precious huge dog herself", the listing said. "She leaves this airspace of safety between you and her. She's very cognizant of you as a smaller person". "I mean, she comes in the house". She soon realized, "I tried to live the dream but I just couldn't do it. It was too big a dream". "She was featured in the children's bookHeaven is for Animals by Nancy Tillman". She added that Bullet moves with grace like a dancer. It...
  • Sparks-based Sierra Nevada Corp. looks to hire up to 1,000 employees

    05/15/2016 8:32:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | Thursday, May 12th 2016 | By Matthew Seeman |
    Sierra Nevada Corporation was looking to make the hiring push over the course of a year. Most positions will be in Colorado, she said, but many positions, including administrative staff and some technical and engineering positions, will be in the Reno-Sparks area. ... The company is growing thanks to several new government and commercial contracts it has received this year, she explained, citing a new contract to resupply the International Space Station starting in 2019. Sierra Nevada Corp. received several contracts to provide hardware for NASA's 2020 Mars mission, according to a statement from the company released earlier this month.
  • Hyundai unveils wearable robot

    05/15/2016 8:22:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled a wearable robot that can be applied in many areas including military and production lines, the company announced on Friday. "This wearable robot that we are developing for commercial purposes will be used in diverse areas," a company official said. ... The wearable robot under development is known to help the controller by enhancing overall physical strength, making it possible to lift an object weighing over 60 kg and assist him or her walk and go up stairs. It can be used in assisting people with disabilities and the elderly to...
  • Manchester United match abandoned over suspicious package

    05/15/2016 8:03:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | 05/15/2016
    Greater Manchester police said on its Twitter page Sunday that the match had been abandoned. Two stands inside Old Trafford - The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End - were evacuated about 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time of 3 p.m. local time (1400 GMT), with United saying "a suspect package was found in the North West Quadrant." Fans in other stands initially had been allowed to stay inside the stadium.
  • Kirchner Charged in Central-Bank Case

    05/15/2016 7:07:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    A federal judge in Argentina on Friday indicted former President Cristina Kirchner and more than a dozen others in a case involving allegations that late in her term Argentina’s central bank illegally traded derivatives, costing the country billions of dollars. In a 147-page ruling, Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio charged Mrs. Kirchner with the crime of “unfaithful administration,” essentially saying she defrauded the public. An attorney for Mrs. Kirchner hasn’t responded to repeated requests to comment about recent allegations against her and efforts to contact Mrs. Kirchner through the office of her son, a member of Congress, have also been unsuccessful.
  • [03/10/2016] Venezuela´s socialist president praises Bernie Sanders' 'revolutionary' message

    05/14/2016 7:09:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 03/10/2016 | Franz Von Bergen
    ...praised the Vermont lawmaker and even empathized with his humble beginnings. “He is an emerging candidate with a renovating and revolutionary message,” Maduro told a crowd congregated in Caracas to commemorate the “Anti-Imperialism Day” — a holiday created last year to mark March 9 as the day President Obama declared Venezuela a national security threat. ... Meanwhile, during the Wednesday night debate Sanders was asked to comment on positive remarks he made in the past about Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, two close allies of Venezuela’s Chavismo. One of the hosts played a 1985 video in which Sanders...
  • White House Begins New National Microbiome Initiative To Understand Benefits Of Bacteria

    The White House will announce the initiative on May 13 to jumpstart microbe research that would encompass all those that are found in animals, air, plants, soil and water. The government is hoping that gaining more information would give insight on how to fight disease, increase food production, and fight climate change. The National Microbiome Initiative (PDF) will work with other organizations interested in the research, including University of Michigan and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), One Codex, The BioCollective, the University of California, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program will have a total of $521 million in...
  • A recall so serious automaker warns: Stop driving these [Subaru] cars NOW

    05/14/2016 12:34:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 105 replies
    If you have a newer model Subaru Legacy or Outback, stop right now. The automaker is recalling more than 48,500 vehicles over a potential steering column defect so serious, they shouldn't even be driven to a mechanic. ... "The steering column in your vehicle may not have been manufactured to specification," Subaru says in a customer service message online. "If this condition exists, turning the steering wheel may have no effect on the direction of the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash."
  • At least three people killed as hundreds brawl in Moscow cemetery

    05/14/2016 10:36:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    At least three people were killed in a massive turf war brawl at a Russian cemetery over who controls the graveyard’s burial services. About 200 people clashed inside the Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow. The fighters fired guns and used shovels, baseball bats and steel bars to bash their opponents, police said. Video of the wild fight showed dozens of people rushing past headstones while clutching bats and poles as weapons.
  • NASA Funding Magnetic Force Field And Other Projects To Improve Space Exploration

    05/14/2016 10:06:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | | May 14, 2016 11:32 AM EDT | Jelani James
    A protective magnetic force field, self-assembling space habitat and a deep sleep chamber. These may seem like concepts straight out of science fiction, but they are quite real and are actually three of eight projects that NASA will be working on in order to improve space exploration. NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is the agency's annual program that is responsible for funding such concepts. According to NASA, the one thing that all of these concepts have in common is their ability to "change the possible." However, it's not enough to change the possible- they actually have to be technically sound....
  • Disney Research Creates RFID Tags High-Tech, Wireless & Sensory Game Controllers

    05/14/2016 9:55:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    UniversityHerald ^ | 05/14/2016 | Darren Domirez
    The research team headed by Disney researchers with Carnegie Mellon and MIT has figured out a way to boost the speed and accuracy of monitoring wireless and non-battery RFID tags. They have used the finding to make interactive objects that would not need power source, as well as wireless pong controllers using an edition of the tech inside Disney's RFID-powered MagicBands. The discovery reults published as "RapID: A Framework for Fabricating Low-Latency Interactive Objects with RFID Tags," says that the system features more interesting latent functions for the inactive RFID system that depends on the control of an external drive....
  • Headless body found in Brazoria County

    05/13/2016 5:03:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Authorities say a headless body was found in a pickup parked at the Austin Bayou Boat Ramp on FM 2004 in Brazoria County. ... The victim has since been identified as Jubal Dee Alexander from Port Arthur. The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office says a caller reported what appeared to be a deceased person in a blue Chevrolet pickup truck parked at the ramp.... ...after an extensive search, his head was never located. Positive identification was made through fingerprint analysis.
  • UN paints bleak picture of stagnating world economy

    05/13/2016 7:02:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Edith M. Lederer
    The report blames a host of factors for this year's lackluster economic prospects including persistent weak demand in the major economies which remains a drag on global growth, the low price of oil and other commodities which are hurting exporting countries, severe weather-related shocks especially severe drought related to El Nino, political challenges, and large capital outflows in many developing regions. Dawn Holland, a senior economist in the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said the 2.4 percent growth predicted for this year is 1 percent lower than the average annual rate of growth of 3.4 percent in the...
  • This origami robot can retrieve the batteries you swallow

    05/13/2016 6:43:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    A pill that unfolds into a little robot could one day give parents everywhere a little more peace of mind. Once swallowed, it can open up inside a person's stomach, crawling across the stomach wall to retrieve a single-cell button battery, and even patch wounds. This is no small thing. In the US every year, over 3,500 incidents of swallowed button batteries are reported in the US, and most cases of battery swallowing involve toddlers. Although most of these batteries are safely digested, sometimes they can leak and cause tissue burns, bleeding, and death. Developed by an international team of...
  • Artist organizing mass photo shoot of 100 nude women during Cleveland Republican National Convention

    05/12/2016 6:37:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    Spencer Tunick, of New York, is looking for 100 women to pose nude while holding mirrors in Cleveland at sunrise on July 17, the week of the GOP convention. Those who are interested can sign up by submitting a photo at his website, (An unsurprising heads-up: the website includes graphic, but artistic, images of nude people.) Tunick told Cleveland Scene, which broke the news of the project, that he plans to hold the photo shoot on private property, in part so he doesn't have to deal with police and the "hassle of permits." A handful of groups already have...
  • Accidentally paralyzed ex-LAPD cop settles with Glock gun maker

    05/11/2016 7:32:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | 05/11/2016 | Hillary Jackson
    Chavez, now 45, was off duty when he was shot on July 11, 2006, while driving his Ford Ranger near Harbor Boulevard and La Palma Avenue in Anaheim. The former Marine, who joined the LAPD in 1996, was on his way to drop off his son, Collin, with a family member before testifying in a court case. The boy was able to get hold of his father’s weapon while sitting in the back seat and shot the officer in the back. Chavez, who was assigned to the Newton Division, was rendered a paraplegic paralyzed from the waist down. Judge Kevin...
  • Pizza Hut delivers to top of Mount Kilimanjaro

    05/11/2016 6:18:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | 05/11/2016 | katrina lamansky /cnnmoney
    Pizza Hut just delivered a pie to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, setting a new record with the high-altitude PR stunt. Executives for Pizza Hut told CNNMoney they used an airplane, a motor vehicle, a relay of professional hikers and a specially designed pizza backpack to deliver a pepperoni pie with extra cheese to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. A spokeswomen for Guinness World Records confirmed that Pizza Hut Africa, owned by Yum! Brands, set a record for highest elevation pizza delivery at the 19,347-foot peak of Kilimanjaro during the trek. The delivery began on May 5 and was...
  • SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

    05/11/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | May 11, 2016 05:50pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    SpaceX personnel will recover Dragon by ship and then haul the spacecraft to Long Beach for processing. Dragon is the only robotic cargo vessel currently flying that's capable of bringing material safely from the ISS down to the ground. The other freighters — Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, Russia's Progress vessel and Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle — are all designed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere and therefore are packed with garbage, not cargo, when they depart the orbiting lab.
  • Breaking down the mythical 'Mayan city' discovery

    05/11/2016 3:12:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | 05/11/2016 | AJ Willingham
    We're all suckers for a great story, and "Teen finds lost Mayan city" definitely sounds promising. Throw in some ancient cosmology, a little help from the Canadian Space Agency and some satellite sleuthing, and the movie offers practically write themselves. Sadly, the reality may not be as cinematic as promised. Experts say the "city" found by Canadian teen William Gadoury could be something much simpler: Abandoned fields. This whole archaeological kerfuffle started as a tantalizing possibility: Gadoury, 15, says he used Mayan constellation patterns to pinpoint ruins of a heretofore unknown ancient Mayan city. The Canadian Space Agency helped him...
  • 'Swarm Intelligence' wins $11,000 after correctly predicting the Kentucky Derby's first 4 finishers

    05/10/2016 4:21:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Raymond WONG
    Picking one horse to win a race is hard enough, but four horses and their exact placements in the grand Kentucky Derby? It's practically impossible. But that's exactly what just happened thanks to a crowdsourced intelligence called Swarm Intelligence. The bet is called the superfecta, and there's a 1 in 540 chance of winning it — bettors have to pick out the horses that'll place first, second, third and fourth in the Derby. TechRepublic reporter Hope Reese challenged Unanimous A.I., a company that creates Swarm artificial intelligence technologies that allow groups to combine their thoughts and feelings in real-time to...
  • Mysterious Braided Hair May Belong to Medieval Saint - See more at:

    05/10/2016 8:41:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Live Science ^ | 05/04/2016 | Tom Metcalfe,
    A braided head of hair found buried beneath a medieval abbey in England has given up some of its secrets, thanks to a scientist's curiosity about the relic, which he first saw when he was a schoolboy. Jamie Cameron, an archaeological research assistant at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, first visited Romsey Abbey, near the city of Southampton, on a school field trip when he was 7 years old. Cameron said he became curious about the abbey's display of a brightly colored and braided head of hair, which had been found in a lead casket buried beneath...