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  • A Photon Source That Operates at Ambient Temperatures on a Chip

    05/04/2016 7:52:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Quantum information science and technology has emerged as a new paradigm for dramatically faster computation and secure communication in the 21st century. At the heart of any quantum system is the most basic building block, the quantum bit or qbit, which carries the quantum information that can be transferred and processed (this is the quantum analogue of the bit used in current information systems). The most promising carrier qbit for ultimately fast, long distance quantum information transfer is the photon, the quantum unit of light. The challenge facing scientists is to produce artificial sources of photons for various quantum information...
  • Townsend Couple Recovering After Violent Pig Attack

    05/04/2016 7:38:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    TOWNSEND (CBS) — A Townsend couple is recovering after their pot-bellied pig attacked them both hours apart at their farm on Fitchburg Road Wednesday night. Shannon Hernandez told WBZ-TV’s Nicole Jacobs that her five-year-old, 250-pound boar, Boss, attacked her, knocked her down, and cut her with his tusks. She said Boss was “edgy” because she had separated him from several female pigs who were in heat.
  • The hungry ‘should not be punished’ for stealing small amounts of food, Italian court rules

    05/03/2016 3:47:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 3 at 11:37 AM | Niraj Chokshi
    Five years ago, Ukrainian national Roman Ostriakov was homeless in Genoa when he was caught stealing cheese and sausage worth less than $5, the Telegraph reports. He was fined $115 and sentenced to six months in jail in 2015, a sentence that he appealed. On Monday, the Italian Supreme Court ruled in his favor. "The condition of the accused and the circumstances in which he obtained the merchandise show that he had taken the little amount of food he needed to overcome his immediate and essential requirement for nourishment," it ruled. "People should not be punished if, forced by need,...
  • New Adblock Plus service lets you pay websites after removing ads

    05/03/2016 1:42:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    mashable ^ | Kellen Beck
    With Flattr Plus, annoying and obtrusive ads will be removed from webpages just like with Adblock Plus. Users will also get to choose a monthly payment amount they want to spread across the websites they visit The payment system is similar to how Flattr works, except instead of a digital tip jar appearing on websites, Flattr Plus doesn't let you choose which websites get your money. Flattr Plus keeps track of the websites you visit and engage with, allocating your monthly payment across those websites proportionally. For websites to get that money, Adblock Plus' Ben Williams wrote in an announcement...
  • Cuban dissident arrested for waving U.S. flag as cruise ship entered Havana harbor

    05/03/2016 12:42:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 05/03/2016 | Staff
    A Cuban dissident was arrested on Monday for waving the American flag near the Havana pier where the Carnival cruise ship Adonia docked on Monday. The man, Daniel Llorente, was holding the flag across his back at the waterfront as the ship approached. He was detained after making a speech about liberty on the communist island. It’s unclear what charges were leveled against him. A video of the event shows a crowd of tourists and locals gathering around Llorente, and him getting into a verbal exchange with an unnamed woman. The arrest was first reported by Noticias Martí, a Miami-based...
  • First-class cabin fuels 'air rage' among passengers flying coach, study says

    05/03/2016 8:09:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 118 replies
    L A Slimes ^ | Deborah Netburn
    If you've felt your blood pressure rise after seeing passengers being served champagne on the tarmac while you're fighting for overhead space in coach, you are not alone. A new study finds that class division in the skies can have a real and occasionally dangerous effect on passengers in both sections of a plane. And when economy-class passengers are forced to pass through the luxurious first-class area on their way to the cramped economy seats, the rate of air rage incidents is more than seven times higher than if there were no first-class seats at all. Researchers report that the...
  • Woman claims she was denied Getty Foundation internship because she's white

    05/02/2016 12:36:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    foxla.com ^ | 05/02/2016
    Ron Hartwig, vice president of communications for the J. Paul Getty Trust, issued a statement Monday in response to the lawsuit. "The Getty is very proud of the highly successful Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program launched by the Getty Foundation in 1993 in order to increase the diversity of professional staff in museums and visual arts organizations in (Los Angeles) County,'' the statement reads. "Over the past 23 years Getty grants have supported over 3,000 internships at 152 organizations throughout the county. We review and revise all of our grant categories from time to time and over the years have made...
  • A Rare Celestial Crossing: Mercury Will Transit the Sun on May 9

    05/02/2016 11:43:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | Nola Taylor Redd,
    Although both Mercury and Venus circle between the Earth and the sun on every orbit (with Mercury passing between the two bodies three times each Earth year), the three planets don't sit in a flat orbit compared to one another. Only when Earth and a passing planet line up is the interior world visible to skywatchers as it crosses the sun. Mercury's transits currently take place in either early May or November. It is during those months that Earth's orbital plane is intersected by Mercury's, according to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. However, the orientation of the two orbital planes...
  • Will SpaceX Get People to Mars Before NASA?

    05/02/2016 11:27:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    discov ery ^ | 05/02/2016 | Irene Klotz
    The plan begins with a Dragon capsule, similar to one of the cargo ships now parked at the International Space Station, blasting off for Mars aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket as early as 2018. The Falcon Heavy, which will have 27 first-stage engines, compared to the nine aboard SpaceX’s current Falcon rocket, is scheduled for its first flight before the end of this year. Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful U.S. rocket to fly since NASA’s Saturn 5 moon rockets of the 1970s. ... SpaceX, which has multibillion-dollar contracts with NASA to fly cargo and crew to the...
  • NASA Research Provides New Details On Mystery of How the Moon Got ‘Inked’

    05/01/2016 11:31:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Lunar swirls can be tens of miles across and appear in groups or just as an isolated feature. Previous observations yielded two significant clues about their formation: First, they appear where ancient bits of magnetic field are embedded in the lunar crust (although not every “fossil” magnetic field on the moon has a lunar swirl). Second, the bright areas in the swirls appear to be less weathered than their surroundings. The space environment is harsh; many things can cause material exposed to space to change chemically and darken over time, including impacts from microscopic meteorites and the effects of the...
  • Germany's populist AfD party debates Islam as congress continues

    05/01/2016 7:24:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday turned its focus to the issue of Islam in Germany, after having decided on Saturday to call for a reduction of Brussels' say in German politics at its congress in the southern city of Stuttgart. The AfD leadership has said it sees the Islamic religion as a political ideology that is not reconcilable with the German constitution. It is opposed to allowing the construction of minarets in Germany, and wants to ban both calls to worship by muezzins and the wearing of full-face veils. Co-chairman Jörg Meuthen said on Saturday that although...
  • The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed?

    05/01/2016 7:17:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    L A Times ^ | By Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton
    s the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open...
  • Google Patents Device That You Inject Into Your Eyeball

    04/30/2016 8:35:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    The device, Forbes reports, is designed to help the focusing of light onto the retina, resulting in the correction of poor vision. It will contain its own storage, radio and lens and will apparently be powered wirelessly from an energy harvesting antenna. Presumably, you won't need aerials sticking out of your eyeballs. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • UPDATE 1-Philadelphia flights briefly halted after two planes report problems

    04/29/2016 7:21:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    All flights into Philadelphia International Airport were halted for less than an hour on Friday morning after pilots of two planes reported problems - including smoke in the cabin - before landing safely. The pilot of American Eagle flight 4801 from Richmond, Virginia, operated by Piedmont Airlines, reported smoke in the cockpit just before the plane's regularly scheduled arrival, according to Victoria Lupic, a spokeswoman for American Airlines Group Inc whose American Eagle brand uses regional airlines to operate short and medium haul feeder flights. After the plane landed at about 8:15 a.m. (1215 GMT), all 50 passengers and four...
  • Strange comet may reveal clues about Earth's birth

    04/29/2016 6:58:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    cbs ^ | 04/29/2016 | Charles Q. Choi Space.com
    Most known comets come from the Oort cloud -- a cold, giant shell surrounding the solar system like a giant, thick soap bubble. Scientists estimate that the Oort cloud is made of trillions of icy bodies that lie as far as 100,000 times Earth's distance from the sun. Astronomers focused on a comet named C/2014 S3 using the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii. The comet, discovered in 2014, is a little more than twice as far away from the sun as Earth is. The 860-year-long orbit of the comet, known as S3 for short, suggested it came from the distant Oort...
  • Report: A Weasel Shut Down the Large Hadron Collider

    04/29/2016 6:44:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 04/29/2016 | Maddie Stone
    The Large Hadron Collider suffered a power outage last night, after a luckless weasel decided to chew on a 66-kilovolt power cable. It’s not the first time the LHC, a 17-mile superconductor that smashes atoms together at close to the speed of light, has run into trouble because of something small and cute. In 2009, the power went down after a bird dropped a baguette onto a critical electrical system. Although the incident was widely reported and confirmed at the time by sources at the LHC, CERN is apparently now telling folks it may be apocryphal. “This was a story...
  • Fallout 4’s Creation Kit is live on PC, coming later to Xbox One and PS4

    04/27/2016 8:24:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    slashgear.com ^ | 04/27/2016 | Chris Scott Barr
    People have been modding Fallout 4 on the PC since it was first released. Despite not having the official tools from Bethesda, they've found ways to add full dialogue options, lightsabers, and much more. If you thought there were a lot of mods before, then prepare yourself for a whole new level of modding. Yesterday, Bethesda officially announced the availability of the Creation Kit. Bethesda has supported mods for many years, but this time around, they're doing something different. Now mods will be available to find and install within the game, using a Bethesda.net account. What's more, for the very...
  • Yes, Bernie Sanders has a foreign policy vision. Here are its three central ideas

    04/27/2016 8:04:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Charli Carpenter professor of political science at University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    1. Interdependence between national security at home and security for those beyond our borders. ... Sanders believes Americans are more secure, not less, if U.S. policy helps people abroad escape fear and deprivation. ... Sanders would approach the goal in different ways, by helping people find safety and security primarily through nonmilitary means, and by addressing what he sees as the root rather than proximate causes of global instability. ...While Clinton has set a 65,000-person cap on refugees from Syria, Sanders says there is “no magic number.” Sanders says that welcoming civilians fleeing disaster and danger will do more to...
  • Woman found near Manson murders IDed after 47 years

    Jurvetson's body was found Nov. 16, 1969, by a birdwatcher in dense brush off the iconic Mulholland Drive. She had been stabbed 150 times and didn't have identification. ... After going unidentified for years, Jurvetson eventually became known Jane Doe No. 59. The location and timing of her killing, just a few miles away from several Manson family murders, has long fueled speculation that Jurvetson's case was connected. ... Police said they used DNA to identify Jurvetson after her sister recognized a photo posted of the young woman's body online. The sister, Anne Jurvetson, told People that the "free-spirited and...
  • Pluto's 'Little Sister' Makemake Has a Moon

    04/27/2016 6:41:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    discover.com ^ | Irene Klotz
    Astronomers will now try to learn more about the moon’s orbit so they can calculate a mass for the system and learn more about how it formed. “The discovery … has given us an opportunity to study Makemake in far greater detail than we ever would have been able to without the companion,” Parker said. Preliminary estimates indicate that if the moon is in a circular orbit, it completes a circuit around Makemake in 12 days or longer.
  • Norwegian fighter jet mistakenly machine-guns control tower

    04/25/2016 12:40:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    <p>It is the second time in six years the tower has been fired on in error by F-16 jets – no one was injured either time.</p> <p>Two F-16s were taking part in a mock attack on the uninhabited island of Tarva off Norway’s west coast when one of them opened fire with its M61 Vulcan cannon, which is capable of firing up to 100 rounds a second.</p>
  • Former Calgarian John Ridsdel beheaded by captors in Philippines, officials confirm

    04/25/2016 12:35:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    calgaryherald.com ^ | 04/25/2016 | AP
    Abu Sayyaf had vowed to behead one of the four, abducted last fall from a marina at an island resort in the south of the country, if their ransom demand was not met by a Monday deadline. “We have received information that a headless body was found at 8:30 p.m. of a Caucasian man in Jolo City, Jolo Island,” Dick Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said in an interview.... “A motorcycle driver threw a plastic bag in the road in front of where there were five children playing at 7:30 p.m.. But there was a brown-out (power failure)....
  • Screaming woman hints at the true potential of virtual reality

    04/25/2016 7:51:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    rocketnews.com ^ | 04/25/2016 | Matthew Humphries
    Virtual reality is a piece of tech that although drastically updated and re-introduced to the masses in 2016, probably won’t take-off properly for another year or two. It faces a few issues that will take time to overcome, namely cost and experiences. Virtual reality at the level of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is expensive, but that cost will come down as the kit gets cheaper to make and more people buy it. The lack of engaging experiences is simply down to the tech being so new and developers getting to grips with how best to use it. The video...
  • Hubble Telescope Captures Sharpest Image Yet of Mysterious Red Rectangle

    04/25/2016 4:54:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 25, 2016 07:00am ET | Kasandra Brabaw
    The Red Rectangle, so named because of its bizarre shape and striking color, is a nebula — a cosmic cloud of gas and particles. In this case, the nebula is formed by the central star, HD 44179, which is reaching the end of its life and shedding most of its mass into space. The source of the red light emitted by the Red Rectangle baffled scientists for more than 30 years. The same kind of red emission was seen throughout the Milky Way and in other galaxies, but scientists weren't sure what created it. The mystery was finally solved in...
  • Common over-the-counter drugs can hurt your brain

    04/25/2016 4:32:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    news4jax.com ^ | Ben Tinker CNN
    A new study, published Monday, offers the most definite proof yet of what scientists have known for at least a decade: that anticholinergic drugs (PDF) are linked with cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dementia. Though you may have never heard of this class of drug, you've certainly heard of the medications themselves, including Benadryl, Demerol, Dimetapp, Dramamine, Unisom and VESIcare. They are sold over the counter and by prescription as sleep aids and for chronic diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The new study is the first to examine the physical changes that...
  • Obama outlines plans to expand U.S. Special Operations force in Syria

    04/25/2016 4:05:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    washington post ^ | 04/25/2016
    Obama outlined plans Monday to nearly quadruple the size of U.S. Special Operations forces in Syria to up to 300 troops, saying it was needed to keep up pressure on the Islamic State. ... The expanded U.S. military presence in Syria is aimed in part at helping to expand the ranks of Arab fighters in a network of groups, now dominated by Kurdish fighters, that the United States is backing as it battles the Islamic State. The additional U.S. forces work with Kurdish militiamen and others as they seek to isolate Raqqa, the militants’ de facto capital in Syria.
  • How Do We Terraform Jupiter’s Moons?

    04/22/2016 11:30:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Within the Jupiter system, there are 67 confirmed moons of varying size, shape and composition. In honor of Jupiter’s namesake, they are sometimes collectively referred to as the Jovians. Of these, the four largest – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto – are known as the Galileans (in honor of their founder, Galileo Galilei). These four moons are among the largest in the Solar System, with Ganymede being the largest of them all, and even larger than the planet Mercury. In addition, three of these moons – Europa, Ganymede and Callisto – are all believed or known to have interior oceans...
  • More than 500 pounds of explosives [fireworks] stolen off Detroit-bound CSX train

    04/22/2016 7:56:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | 04/22/2016 | WJBK
    More than 500 pounds of commercial grade fireworks were stolen off a CSX train bound for Detroit. Federal law enforcement agencies are searching for the missing cargo, considered explosives due to the amount missing. About 15 to 20 pounds were recovered in southwest Detroit near the CSX Depot on the southwest side, according to Donald Dawkins of CSX. The 32 case commercial grade aerial shells are categorized as not for public use.
  • Blast From the Past: Obama and the Mau Mau [Explains Baraq's Brexit antics]

    04/22/2016 1:04:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
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  • Malaysian school hit by 'mass hysteria' still closed, but journalists hear screams...

    04/21/2016 4:01:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    The gates of a school in Malaysia's state of Kelantan, where students have been plauged by "mass hysteria", were closed to reporters on Sunday (April 17) - the day the school was set to reopen - but screams were heard coming from the classrooms. SMK Pengkalan Chepa 2 was shut down for three days last Thursday to allow bomohs, ustaz and Islamic traditional practitioners to rid the place of bad spirits. It does not seem to be working. ... The school administration has conducted a two-hour recital of Quranic verses and held prayers together with the students. It is learnt...
  • Mice flown in space show nascent liver damage

    04/20/2016 10:02:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    n a discovery with implications for long-term spaceflight and future missions to Mars, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has found that mice flown aboard the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with early signs of liver disease. "Prior to this study we really didn't have much information on the impact of spaceflight on the liver," said the study's lead author Karen Jonscher, PhD, an associate professor of anesthesiology and a physicist at CU Anschutz. "We knew that astronauts often returned with diabetes-like symptoms but they usually resolved quickly." But the prospect of liver damage raises...
  • New Experiment Shows Mammal Embryos Can 'Develop Completely' in Space

    04/20/2016 8:08:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    If humans are to live anywhere that isn’t Earth, we’ll need to be able to reproduce elsewhere in space. Now, a series of experiments performed by Chinese researchers show that mammalian embryos can “develop completely” in orbit. China launched a microgravity satellite called SJ-10 into space on April 6th, which was packed with a series of experiments. Some of the results are already being beamed back to Earth. Aboard the satellite, researchers loaded 6,000 mouse embryos in what China Daily refers to as “a self-sufficient, enclosed chamber, the same size of a microwave oven.” Inside are the support systems required...
  • Gunmen Kill Seven Police Officers Guarding Polio Workers in Pakistan

    04/20/2016 7:56:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday killed seven police officers who were guarding people conducting a polio drive in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi. Eight attackers on four motorcycles and armed with pistols targeted two teams in different neighborhoods of the Orangi area of Karachi, police officials said, adding that the shootings happened within minutes of each other. The police officers were deployed to protect the people who were administering polio vaccination through a door-to-door campaign, government officials said The police returned fire or the death toll may have been higher, said police spokesman Qamar Zaib Satti. “These brave policemen died protecting the...
  • ‘She got caught up in the likes’: Teen accused of live-streaming friend’s rape for attention

    04/19/2016 10:05:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    An Ohio teenager accused of live-streaming the rape of her 17-year-old friend has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the alleged incident in February. Marina Lonina, 18, a student at New Albany High School, outside Columbus, was attempting to record the assault as evidence, her attorney, Sam Shamansky, said during a court appearance Friday. “She’s in the habit of filming everything with this app called Periscope,” Shamansky acknowledged, according to ABC affiliate WSYX. “She does everything possible to contain the situation even to the point of asking while it’s being filmed to these Periscope followers, ‘What should I...
  • Police seek clues after finding a woman dead in church — and video of a man dressed as a cop

    04/19/2016 9:56:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Bevers, 45, had arrived at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Tex., about 4:18 a.m. on Monday. She was there to set up for an early-morning fitness class she taught. About an hour later, police were dispatched to the church, where they found a grisly scene: Bevers dead and surrounded by broken glass. Surveillance footage showed that before she arrived, someone else was in the building: a suspect dressed up like a police officer on a SWAT-style raid. Flashes of footage show the suspect walking around the church dressed in dark tactical gear: a heavy vest, a heavy helmet...
  • North Korea can learn from Iran nuclear deal, U.S. says

    04/19/2016 9:45:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    North Korea, which conducted a fourth nuclear test in January in contravention of U.N. Security Council resolutions, can learn from a deal struck between Iran and world powers to freeze its nuclear program, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. North Korea, which regularly threatens the United States and rich, democratic South Korea, also conducted a long-range rocket launch in February, defying U.N. sanctions. The Security Council last month expanded those sanctions aimed at starving North Korea of funds for its weapons program on a resolution drafted by the United States and China. ... "It's our hope...
  • Dozens killed Taliban attack on Afghan security agency

    04/19/2016 9:41:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    “Armed militants in Afghanistan staged a coordinated assault on a government security agency in the capital Tuesday morning, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack, including a suicide car bombing, appears to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service, providing personal protection for high-ranking government officials.
  • April Lunacy: Getting Ready for the Full ‘Mini-Moon’

    04/19/2016 9:36:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Full Moon on Friday April 22nd is special. It’s the smallest Full Moon of 2016, something we here at Universe Today have christened the Mini-Moon. Mini-Moon 2016: This year’s Mini-Moon falls on April 22nd at 5:25 Universal Time (UT), just 13 hours and 19 minutes after lunar apogee the evening prior at 16:06 UT on April 21st. Though apogee on the 21st is 406,350 km distant – a bit on the far end, but the third most distant for the year by 300 km — this week’s Full Moon is the closest to apogee for 2016 time-wise. The 2015 Mini-Moon...
  • No, the Moon Won't Turn Green on Wednesday

    04/18/2016 11:41:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    To go along with the infamous "Mars hoax," which claims that the Red Planet will appear as large as the full moon in the sky; the "Nibiru cataclysm," a supposed disastrous encounter between Earth and a large planetary object; and "Zero-Gravity Day," when people on Earth supposedly can experience weightlessness, we now have the "nights of the green moon." This latest fallacy to sweep the blogosphere claims that on Wednesday (April 20), and again on May 29, the moon will appear to turn a shade of green. The full moon of April will occur on Friday, April 22. The explanation...
  • [Recent] Earthquakes across the world... could herald new MEGA quake, warns top scientist

    04/17/2016 4:34:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    Roger Bilham, a seismologist at the University of Colorado, told The Daily Express: 'The current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude. 'And if they delay, the strain accumulated during the centuries provokes more catastrophic mega earthquakes.' In addition to the four major earthquakes to have struck since Thursday, last week there were also shakes in the Philippines, Vanuatu and Myanmar. All of the earthquakes have occurred in countries straddling the so-called Ring of Fire. This is a horseshoe-shaped series of trenches spanning the Pacific Ocean where tectonic plates are shifting and seismic and volcanic...
  • Photo: Giant sunspot sends its love to planet Earth

    04/14/2016 8:25:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    The massive sunspot region now facing Earth, dubbed AR2529, has morphed into the shape of a heart. The lovely image was obtained by Karzaman Ahmad of the Langkawi National Observatory in Malaysia who shared it with the world at SpaceWeather.com. ... True to its form, the sunspot has proven to be a gentle giant so far, emitting few flares and only a couple weak coronal mass ejections. But such hearts can break, and what will follow is difficult to predict. It will spend about another week facing Earth.
  • The Mysterious Death of the First Man in Space

    04/13/2016 7:53:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | 04/12/2016 | Matt Blitz
    Less than seven years after his history-making mission, Gagarin died in a plane crash at only 38 years old. The cosmonaut and his flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin were flying a routine training exercise when they were lost, and the mysterious circumstances of the wreck have inspired a half-century of wild speculation. With little more than Soviet-sponsored reports, KGB investigations, and long withheld testimony as explanations, conspiracy theories sprung up to explain why a plane piloted by two experienced Russian airmen suddenly just fell out of the sky. So what really happened to the first man in space?
  • NASA reports Cassini spacecraft orbit unaffected by theorized undiscovered Planet 9

    04/10/2016 8:30:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    clarksvilleonline.com ^ | 04/10/2016 | Preston Dyches
    Contrary to recent reports, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is not experiencing unexplained deviations in its orbit around Saturn, according to mission managers and orbit determination experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Several recent news stories have reported that a mysterious anomaly in Cassini’s orbit could potentially be explained by the gravitational tug of a theorized massive new planet in our solar system, lurking far beyond the orbit of Neptune.
  • Macedonian Police Use Tear Gas as Migrants Attempt Border Storm

    04/10/2016 9:57:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/10/2016
    Migrants have clashed with Macedonian police after trying to scale the fence separating Greece from Macedonia in the border town of Idomeni. Macedonian police used tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to keep the migrants at bay and they responded by throwing rocks at the police. Greek police were standing by, not interfering. ... The clashes began soon after some 500 of the more than 11,000 migrants stranded at a camp on the Greek side of the border responded to rumors the border was about to open by gathering close to the fence. A delegation of five migrants...
  • 110 killed in Indian temple blaze horror; judicial probe ordered

    04/10/2016 9:24:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 04/10/2016
    The Kerala state government has ordered a judicial inquiry into a fireworks display (Watch the video clip) that went wrong at a South India temple killing at least 110 people and injuring more than 350 early Sunday. ... Competitive fireworks are illegal and stricter laws will be framed against such displays, he said. Over 50 bodies have been identified so far. Another 40 bodies are yet to be identified, he said, adding that DNA tests will be conducted to identify them. Most of the dead are either women or children. About 20,000 people had gathered on the temple premises to...
  • Search Continues For Free Diver Reported Missing Off Palos Verdes Coast

    04/09/2016 10:49:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBS2LA ^ | 04/09/2016
    The search, off the coast near 1308 Palos Verdes Drive West, began about 8:20 p.m. Friday, when the owner of a boat the diver was using called the county fire department to report it, according to L.A. County Lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett. “The boat was docked in King Harbor in Redondo Beach and he called our Hermosa Beach lifeguard station to report it being overdue,” Haskett said. “He told us he had given it to a man on Thursday, who wanted to do some diving off shore,” he said Kenichi said the county lifeguards then notified the U.S. Coast Guard...
  • Watch the Moon Occult Vesta and Aldebaran This Weekend

    04/07/2016 8:17:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    So, did you miss yesterday’s occultation of Venus by the Moon? It was a tough one, to be sure, as the footpath for the event crossed Europe and Asia in the daytime. Watch that Moon, though, as it crosses back into the evening sky later this week, and occults (passes in front of) the bright star Aldebaran for eastern North America and, for Hawaii-based observers, actually covers the brightest of the asteroids, 4 Vesta. These events are all part of a cycle of occultations spanning 2016. When we left off last week, the Moon was headed towards New, which occurs...
  • Texas man set to die said he drank 12-year-old victim's blood

    04/06/2016 2:13:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Pablo Lucio Vasquez, 38, told police he was drunk and high when voices convinced him 18 years ago to kill David Cardenas by beating the seventh-grader with a pipe and then cutting his throat. He also told detectives in a videotaped statement that he lifted the boy's body, allowing the blood to drip on his face, and drank it. Vasquez's lethal injection on Wednesday evening would be the 11th execution this year nationally and the sixth in Texas. Vasquez's lawyer, James Keegan, appealed to the Supreme Court for a reprieve so the justices can review whether several potential jurors improperly...
  • Navy’s Famous 'Dixie Cup' Hats to Be Worn by Women

    04/06/2016 1:59:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Junior female sailors are not the only women to get new uniforms. Female officers and senior enlisted sailors will wear updated styles, such as new combination covers. By the fall of 2016, both enlisted men and women will receive new service dress blues, what the Navy calls “crackerjacks.” ... The “Dixie cup” style dates back to 1886 when it was first incorporated into Navy uniform regulations, according to the Navy’s historical site. “It can be squared, rolled, crushed, fitted with ‘gull wings’ or simply worn as it comes from small stores. It can be used as a flotation device or...
  • Sheriff: 4 men assaulted 9-year-old while mother smoked meth

    04/04/2016 10:15:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    WaPo ^ | 04/04/2016 | Michelle L. Price&#8201;|&#8201;AP
    The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office says the men have been arrested. It identified them as 36-year-old Larson RonDeau, 20-year-old Josiah RonDeau, 29-year-old Jerry Flatlip and 26-year-old Randall Flatlip. Charges have been filed against Larson RonDeau. County Attorney G. Mark Thomas says he expects charges to be filed against the other three in the next few days. None of the men has a listed phone number or appears to have an attorney to comment on his behalf.