Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $28,016
31%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 31% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Articles Posted by BenLurkin

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine'

    01/23/2017 9:50:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 January 2017
    A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion. Researchers suggest "pre-emptively exposing" readers to a small "dose" of the misinformation can help organisations cancel out bogus claims. ... "Misinformation can be sticky, spreading and replicating like a virus," said the University of Cambridge study's lead author Dr Sander van der Linden. "The idea is to provide a cognitive repertoire that helps build up resistance to misinformation, so the next time people come across it they are less susceptible." The study, published in the journal Global Challenges, was conducted as a disguised experiment. More than 2,000 US...
  • China tightens Great Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal

    01/23/2017 9:18:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 23 January, 2017, 1:16pm
    “China’s internet connection service market ... has signs of ­disordered development that ­require urgent regulation and governance,” the ministry said. The crackdown on unregulated internet connections aimed to “strengthen cyberspace information security management”. Major VPN service companies including Vypr and Express said they were aware of the issue. While a representative from Vypr said the company was ­“currently working on ways around this”, a representative from ­Express by the name of Dane said that his company would ­release an official statement on its blog soon. China blocks access to 135 out of 1,000 sites in one ranking of the world’s...
  • China Will Launch Moon-Sampling Mission In November

    01/23/2017 9:00:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | Bill Chappell
    Two years after putting its first rover on the moon, China says it will launch a mission to bring lunar samples back to Earth late this year. As it plans that mission, China's space agency is also preparing a separate trip to the moon's far side, possibly in 2018. In late 2013, China became the third country to land a rover on the moon's surface, joining the U.S. and Russia in that elite club. Named the Jade Rabbit, China's rover ran into a slew of early technical problems, as the Two-Way reported. But it overcame many of those issues and...
  • Kellyanne Conway 'Didn't See the Point' to Women's March on Washington

    01/22/2017 4:53:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    abc7 ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2017 04:37PM | NICKI ROSSOLL
    Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said she "didn't see the point" to the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. "I frankly didn't see the point. I mean you have a day after [President Trump] is uplifting and unifying, and you have folks here being on a diatribe.... Conway also addressed the celebrity presence at the march in Washington, D.C., which was one of hundreds such demonstrations Saturday around the U.S. and the world that drew over a million participants. She called out Madonna for using "profanity-laced" language. "You have celebrities from the podium using profanity-laced insults. You have a...
  • Delaware River Bridge to remain closed while damage is assessed, report says

    01/22/2017 12:41:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    A ruptured bridge truss, the bracing structure of beams below the surface, under the westbound lanes of the bridge left the heavily traveled bridge closed to traffic on Friday. The fracture was discovered during a routine check of a painting project and the bridge, which handles roughly 42,000 vehicles a day, was shut down. ... One official added that the fracture could have been caused by changing weather conditions, Philly.com reported.
  • WATCH: Melania Made Michelle Look Like An ANGRY CLOWN In Front Of MILLIONS

    01/21/2017 11:00:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 021/21/2017
    Melania… putting the ‘lady’ back into ‘First Lady’. After 8 years in office, you’d think someone would have coached Michelle on how to at least FAKE being gracious. With all those sycophants, advisors and hangers-on, SOMEBODY should have stepped in at SOME point along the way. Or maybe Michelle just has no ‘effs’ to give anymore. Watch Michelle’s awkward ‘Tiffany box incident’: Future First Lady Melania Trump gives a gift to First Lady Michelle Obama as the Obamas welcome the Trumps to the White House. pic.twitter.com/05TzjXBeDf — ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017 Wow. Classy. You’d think nobody gave her...
  • Air Force to Launch Missile-Warning Satellite Tonight: Watch It Live

    01/19/2017 1:43:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 19, 2017 07:34am ET | Mike Wall
    If all goes according to plan, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will loft the third Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite Thursday at 7:46 p.m. EST (0046 GMT on Jan. 20) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. ULA will provide a live launch webcast via YouTube, beginning at 7:26 p.m. EST (0026 GMT). You'll also be able to watch the rocket launch here, courtesy of ULA. The aerospace company Lockheed Martin built the satellite, known as SBIRS Geo-3, for the U.S. Air Force. As the name suggests, two other SBIRS spacecraft are already aloft; SBIRS Geo-1...
  • 5th 'Mars Mission' Simulation Ready For Launch In Hawaii

    01/19/2017 1:23:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    npr ^ | 01/19/2017 | Rebecca Hersher
    Later today, six people will enter a dome on a volcano in Hawaii that will be their home for the next eight months, as they simulate a future mission to Mars. It is the fifth such experiment run by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA. The latest mission on Mauna Loa, which ended in August 2016, lasted a full year. It is known as the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS. The goal of HI-SEAS is to test what it would be like for people to live on Mars, and what the project designers call "team...
  • Cassini snaps a tiny moon shaping Saturn's ring

    01/19/2017 11:42:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/18/2017 | Michelle Starr
    This new picture from NASA's Cassini probe shows off the peculiarity of Daphnis, a moon so tiny it wasn't discovered until 2005. It's just 8 kilometres (5 miles) across, and irregularly shaped, which gives it a wobbly orbit. ... The Keeler gap is just 42 kilometres (26 miles) wide, and Daphnis' distance varies from Saturn by about 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), while it moves up and down by about 17 kilometres (10.5 miles). This eccentricity, and Daphnis' gravity, causes peaked waves to form on the edges of the gap, in both vertical and horizontal directions. In this new image, taken...
  • The other side of global warming? Montana gets mild

    01/18/2017 11:22:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    missoulian.com ^ | ROB CHANEY
    Reached by Skype at her office in the Netherlands, van der Wiel said much of climate-change research focuses on the extremes: where more drought, tropical cyclones or other disastrous developments might intensify. Or it looks at changes in global averages, which make little sense to anyone without a degree in climate science. “But there’s a lot of data that’s not extreme,” van der Weil said. “That’s why we decided to look for mild weather.” By that, she means daily maximum temperatures between 64 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, daily precipitation less than 1 millimeter, and a daily average dewpoint temperature not...
  • Rolling protest: Pot advocates plan inauguration joint giveaway

    01/18/2017 11:10:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    WTOP WASHINGTON 'S TOP NEWS ^ | Neal Augenstein |
    “There’s hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to town, and they think D.C. is fully legal. But they can’t actually legally procure the cannabis,” said Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of DCMJ. In the District, it is legal to possess 2 ounces or less of marijuana, and it’s legal to grow it. But it’s not legal to sell marijuana for recreational use. Schiller said that’s where President Donald Trump could come in. “We believe he can make America great again by allowing Americans to grow what George Washington once grew, which was cannabis,” he said. Schiller’s group, and others in the D.C....
  • Dozens of SoCal Museums Offering Free Admission on Jan. 29

    01/18/2017 12:51:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Here’s a list of the participating museums (all dates are for Jan. 29 unless otherwise indicated): Annenberg Space for Photography Armory Center for the Arts Autry Museum of the American West The Broad California African American Museum California Science Center (Timed reservation with convenience free required to visit Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit) Columbia Memorial Space Center (Sat., Jan. 28) Craft & Folk Art Museum Descanso Gardens (Timed tickets available on first-come, first served basis at descansogardens.org) Fowler Museum at UCLA Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine Getty Center Getty Villa (Timed tickets can be reserved by visiting getty.edu)...
  • U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Prepare for Jan. 19 Launch of Next SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite

    01/17/2017 5:52:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    prnewswire.com ^ | 01/17/2017 | Lockheed Martin
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will launch the next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:46 and 8:26 p.m. EST. SBIRS GEO Flight 3 was designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, as the next in a series of Air Force satellites that provide multi-mission surveillance in the areas of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The data provided by SBIRS can also be applied to a...
  • Days before Trump’s inauguration, State Dept. sends $500 million to United Nations climate fund

    01/17/2017 3:23:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 17 at 3:59 PM | Chris Mooney
    That’s on top of another $500 million transferred last March, meaning the United States has now sent $1 billion to the fund, or a third of the president’s pledge. “The Green Climate Fund is a critical tool that helps catalyze billions of dollars in public and private investment in countries dealing not only with the challenges of climate change, but the immense economic opportunities that are embedded in the transition to a lower carbon economy,” said Department spokesman John Kirby at a press briefing Tuesday. ... Kirby said in a statement that the funds came from a 2016 appropriation for...
  • Santa Clarita Man: Wants To Make Dating Great Again

    01/17/2017 3:12:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    “I heard some stories about dates going bad because politics were brought up,” said David Goss. So he took a cue from Donald Trump’s entrepreneurial spirit and quit his day job to design a dating website aimed at making romantic connections between the president-elect’s supporters. It’s called TRUMPSingles.com. “It’s a place where people can come and meet each other, and they don’t have to worry about going on that date, politics coming up, talking about politics and all of a sudden, that person getting upset and leave,” the long-time Trump supporter explained. ... The entrepreneur said he and his business...
  • Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 finally called off with mystery unsolved

    01/17/2017 10:56:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 17 at 12:50 PM | Simon Denyer
    “Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting-edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” the Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia said in a statement. “The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness,” the agency said. The jet carrying 239 people on board vanished from civilian radar in the early hours of March 8, 2014, without so much as a distress call from its pilots. After several false starts,...
  • Book returned to San Francisco library 100 years late

    01/16/2017 4:15:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    A book of short stories titled “Forty Minutes Late” has been returned to a San Francisco library -- 100 years late. ... Johnson’s great grandmother had checked it out from the city’s old Fillmore branch in 1917. She passed away a week before the due date, and the Fillmore branch is no longer around. Johnson found the 1909 book, by F. Hopkinson Smith, in an old steamer trunk in 1996. He assumed the library wouldn’t want it back, but a recently announced “fine forgiveness program” that runs through Feb. 14 inspired him to return it.
  • Justin Trudeau’s holiday on Aga Khan’s island comes under investigation

    01/16/2017 4:04:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    the guardian ^ | Monday 16 January 2017 13.14 EST
    Trudeau may have violated the federal ethics code during his holiday with the Aga Khan, the philanthropist and hereditary spiritual leader to the world’s Ismaili Muslims who Trudeau says is a family friend. It is the first time the ethics commissioner has opted to investigate the actions of a sitting prime minister. In a letter to opposition Conservative politician Blaine Calkins, who was among those who filed formal complaints, Dawson said she was looking into Trudeau’s stay at the island and his use of the Aga Khan’s private helicopter to get there. ... The Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau’s...
  • Venus wave may be Solar System's biggest

    01/16/2017 1:44:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 16 January 2017 | Paul Rincon
    The...wave is thought to form as the lower atmosphere flows over mountains on Venus' surface. ... Just after entering orbit around Venus in 2015, the Akatsuki orbiter observed a bow-shaped feature in the upper atmosphere over several days. Curiously, the bright structure - which stretched for 10,000km - remained stationary at the altitude of Venus' cloud tops. This is difficult to reconcile with what we know about Venus' thick upper atmosphere, in which clouds streak by at 100 metres per second (m/s). The clouds travel much faster than the slowly rotating planet below, where a Venusian day lasts longer than...
  • Saudi's Flynas to buy 80 Airbus A320neo planes in $8.6B deal

    01/16/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    hurriyetdailynew ^ | January/16/2017 | ap
    Riyadh-based Flynas is a low-cost airline previously known as Nas Air that flies to domestic Saudi and regional destinations. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company owns just over a 34 percent stake in the airline. It announced the value of the deal Thursday but did not disclose details of the aircraft involved.
  • Turkish cargo jet crash kills 37 in Kyrgyzstan

    01/16/2017 8:10:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    A Turkish cargo plane attempting to land in thick fog crashed on Jan. 16 into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport and killed at least 37 people. A massive section of the aircraft’s tail billowed smoke as rescuers searched for victims among the wreckage in the village of Dacha-Suu, home to the majority of the dead. A minimum of 37 people, including the plane’s four pilots, were killed in the crash and the toll may rise, said a spokesman for the country’s emergency services, Muhammed Svarov. The plane was attempting a landing at the Manas airport in the Kyrgyz capital...
  • Urine test reveals what you really eat

    01/15/2017 9:43:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | James Gallagher
    The results of your body processing fruit, vegetables, fish and different types of meat leave a distinct signature in the urine. Clues to the state of the body's metabolism and gut health can also be detected by investigating the chemicals in it. The test was developed by a collaboration between Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University. Dr Isabel Garcia-Perez, one of the researchers at Imperial, said: "This will eventually provide a tool for personalised dietary monitoring to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. "We're not at the stage yet where the test can tell us a person ate 15...
  • When Sen. Sessions takes the reins, justice can return to the Justice Department

    01/15/2017 5:54:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    .washingtontimes.com ^ | Robert Knight
    Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general. Year after year, they rubber stamped whatever the Obama administration wanted to do, legally or otherwise. ... The attorney general, who heads the Justice Department, takes an oath to enforce federal laws and uphold the Constitution. We’re at the tail end of an administration in which the highest legal office in the land was weaponized along racial lines and openly attacked laws that the progressive left disliked, such as the federal Defense of Marriage Act and state voter ID...
  • Philippine President Duterte Threatens to Impose Martial Law

    01/15/2017 4:30:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 01/15/2017 | Mark Hanrahan
    "I have to protect the Filipino people. It is my duty. And I tell you now, if I have to declare martial law, I will declare it," Duterte said, in a speech before a group businessmen in his hometown of Davao on Saturday night. Image: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Philippines' ASEAN Chairmanship launch at SMX Convention Center in Davao city Image: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Philippines' ASEAN Chairmanship launch at SMX Convention Center in Davao city Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Philippines' ASEAN Chairmanship launch at SMX Convention Center in Davao city,...
  • "If Serbs are killed, we'll send army to Kosovo" - president

    01/15/2017 4:22:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    b92.net ^ | 01/15/2017
    he meeting was held a day after the incidents in Kosovo over a train traveling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica - reestablishing the direct line for the first time in 18 years - and the tension at administrative line crossings between Kosovo and central Serbia that ensued. "Let Albanians and their sponsors think about that. We will act in line with the Constitution of Serbia. Kosovo and Metohija is, under international law, a part of Serbia," the president said. According to him, "Saturday was a day at the brink of conflict, although Belgrade made an effort not to show it."...
  • Japanese mini-rocket launch fails

    01/14/2017 9:12:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 11:32 PM ET, Sat January 14, 2017 | James Griffiths and Yoko Wakatsuki,
    Japan's attempt to launch one of the smallest-ever rockets into space has ended in failure. The 9.5-meter (32-foot) rocket lifted off around 8:30 a.m. local time Sunday from the Uchinoura Space Center in southwestern Japan, according to state broadcaster NHK. The rocket was carrying a micro-satellite that is 35 centimeters (13 inches) tall and weighs 3 kg (6.6 lbs.). However, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), communication systems malfunctioned after the rocket launched, causing the ignition of the second booster to be terminated. The rocket fell into the sea southeast of Uchinoura. The launch, which was delayed from...
  • Wisconsin's PSC also cut climate topics from site

    01/14/2017 5:41:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jan. 13, 2017 | Lee Bergquist and Thomas Content
    In addition to the Department of Natural Resources, a second state agency has scrubbed information on global warming from its website For years, the Public Service Commission featured material devoted to climate change, including strategies designed to reduce Wisconsin's reliance on coal. Then, sometime after May 1, the agency eliminated its global warming web page. ... The PSC's former global warming web page featured, among other topics, links on the potential for development of wind turbines on the Great Lakes and exploring the potential for injecting carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants in the ground. Those topics can be still...
  • Family Tree Website Triggers Privacy Concerns

    01/14/2017 4:46:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    KOMO ^ | Connie Thompson
    FamilyTreeNow.com aggregates information obtained from public records such as marriage licenses, divorce filings, birth and death records and property tax records....accuracy is not guaranteed. The site also outlines legal restrictions against using the information for harassment, fraud, or illegal purposes. Some say it's no big deal, since many of us freely disclose personal, private information on a regular basis. We're the ones who put it out there. Others see how it could help find relatives with whom you've lost touch over the years. If you're bothered by the concept, you can opt out and have your name removed. In my...
  • Jolted by Deaths, Obama Found His Voice on Race [Got Dramamine?]

    01/14/2017 7:18:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    n y times ^ | 01/14/2017
    Ultimately he led a national conversation on race ignited by spasms of violence — police shootings and protests in Florida, South Carolina, Missouri and elsewhere. Inside the White House, aides recall them as among his most painful moments as president. “After my election there was talk of a post-racial America,” Mr. Obama said in his farewell speech on Tuesday in Chicago, reflecting on the threat that racial strife poses for the country’s democratic ideals. “Such a vision, however well intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society.” After he leaves office, Mr. Obama...
  • Powder falling inside SJ-bound plane triggers haz-mat response

    01/13/2017 5:04:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Updated 10:59 pm, Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Michael Bodley
    Two flight attendants on Flight 322, which departed Seattle just before 5 p.m., reported feeling ill after the powder intermittently sprinkled down from an air vent in the galley at the front of the plane, said the spokeswoman, Ann Zaninovich. One was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, she said, adding that no passengers reported any symptoms and the plane’s pilots were not affected. A preliminary investigation into the plane, which landed just before 7 p.m., revealed that the substance was probably residue from the aircraft’s de-icing system, which isn’t toxic, she said. Emergency crews — including the San...
  • Facebook Helps Thai Military Junta to Censor Critics of New King

    01/13/2017 4:58:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    heatst.com ^ | 7:26 am, January 13, 2017 | By Kieran Corcoran |
    Under Thai law it is illegal to “defame, threaten, or insult” any member of the royal family, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Critics say that the network’s policy of always obeying local law is helping punish dissidents in Thailand, which has effectively been a military dictatorship since 2014. It came to light when UK-based journalist Andrew Marshall raised the flag that one of his posts, claiming to show a “mistress” of the Thai king dancing in her under, was blocked for Thai users: In a later post, Marshall confirmed the blocking, and attacked Thai authorities for attempting...
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun...

    01/13/2017 1:38:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Ralph Vartabedian
    California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices...
  • Land On Titan With Huygens in Beautiful New Video

    01/13/2017 9:56:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Nancy Atkinson
    JPL has released a re-mix of the data and images gathered by Huygens 12 years ago in a beautiful new video. This is the last opportunity to celebrate the success of Huygens before Cassini ends its mission in September of 2017. ... After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing. ... How much of this video is actual images and data vs computer graphics? Of course, the clips at the beginning and end of the video are...
  • Disney negotiating with Carrie Fisher's estate to bring back Leia

    01/13/2017 9:18:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 13 January 2017 • 9:24am | Alice Vincent,
    Kirsty Wark said on the BBC show[Newsnight]: "With what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise. If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing, who, last month, 15 years after his death, played a key role in Rogue One as Grand Moff Tarkin." There was no more detail on what exactly Disney is negotiating with the estate: the studio may want to continue using Fisher's likeness on merchandise, or, as with Cushing, want to bring Leia back for Star Wars: Espiode IX, which is...
  • Crossrail dig unearths 13,000 Victorian jam jars

    01/13/2017 9:05:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 January 2017 | London
    MOLA said the find was "remarkable". The items, including bottles of Mushroom Catsup, Piccalilli pots and and jars for jam and marmalade, were found in a large cistern beneath the former warehouse. MOLA archaeologist Nigel Jeffries said the cistern would have been used to power steam engines to run the factory, but had been taken out of use when the building was redesigned in the 1870s. It had then been used as a landfill site for the pots. The findings from the dig in summer 2010 have been revealed in a new book: "Crosse & Blackwell 1830-1921: A British Food...
  • Lockheed’s SBIRS Missile Warning System Encapsulated

    01/12/2017 4:17:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    pddnet.com ^ | Sheri Kasprzak
    The U.S. Air Force satellite is scheduled to launch Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 is the latest to join a network of satellites equipped with scanning and staring sensors that collect and transmit infrared surveillance information to relay ground station. That information is used by the U.S. military to detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defense, expand technical intelligence-gathering, and bolster situational awareness on the battlefield, Lockheed says. Infrared data will also be made available for new qualified military and civilian uses at the Air Force’s recently opened Tools, Applications...
  • Scientists Have Twisted Molecules Into The Tightest Knot Ever

    01/12/2017 2:04:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | Nell Greenfieldboyce
    Now, in the journal Science, a team of chemists says it has made a huge advance — manipulating molecules to create the tightest knot ever. "Historically, knotting and weaving have led to all kinds of breakthrough technologies," says David Leigh at the University of Manchester in the U.K., who notes that knots led to prehistoric innovations such as fishing nets and clothes. "Knots should be just as important at the molecular level, but we can't exploit that until we learn how to make them, and that's really what we're beginning to do." The first molecular knot was created by chemist...
  • Trooper Shot in ‘Ambush’ Attack on Arizona Highway; Passerby Fatally Shoots Suspect

    01/12/2017 12:33:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    ktla ^ | 01/02/2017
    An armed passerby fatally shot a suspect who had opened fire on a trooper in an apparent ambush attack as the law enforcement officer, who was responding to a shots fired call, stopped to investigate a car crash along Interstate 10 near Tonopah on Thursday. The incident started shortly before 4:30 a.m. with a 911 call from a driver east of California who said somebody shot at his car from the median, television station KPHO in Phoenix reported. According to Col. Frank Milstead, the director of DPS, the trooper was responding to the shots fired call when he came upon...
  • Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

    01/12/2017 10:05:10 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | Jon Hamilton
    The mice became aggressive predators when two sets of neurons in the amygdala were activated with laser light, a team reported Thursday in the journal Cell. "The animals become very efficient in hunting," says Ivan de Araujo, an associate professor of psychiatry at Yale University and an associate fellow at The John B. Pierce Laboratory in New Haven. "They pursue the prey [a live cricket] faster and they are more capable of capturing and killing it." Activating the neurons even caused the mice to attack inanimate objects, including sticks, bottle caps and an insect-like toy. "The animals intensively bite the...
  • Israeli soldiers 'caught in Hamas online honey trap'

    01/12/2017 9:39:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2017
    Israel's military says it has uncovered a scam by Hamas militants to spy on its soldiers by hacking their mobile phones after posing as women on social media. Members of the Palestinian group found the soldiers online, then tried to strike up a friendship using the fake identities, an officer told reporters. Dozens of soldiers were persuaded to install an application that controlled their phone cameras and microphones. However, the officer said Hamas was not able to uncover any major secrets. Most of the soldiers were low-ranking, he added, and the scammers were interested in information about Israeli army manoeuvres,...
  • Flames Erupt At Fire Station In Buena Park

    01/12/2017 9:32:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    cbs2la ^ | January 12, 2017 4:50 AM
    The fire was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m. near Western and La Palma avenues. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, at least one fire truck has been destroyed by flames.
  • US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

    01/11/2017 7:03:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    .nature.com ^ | 11 January 2017 | Erin Ross
    The plan allows scientists to publicly state their opinions on science and policy, as long as they make clear that they are not speaking for the government. It requires researchers to notify their supervisors if they speak to the media or publish their findings, but does not require them to seek approval for such activities. “It makes it absolutely clear that notification is the only thing required,” says Wendy Wagner, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “The tenor of the entire policy seems to be full bore about giving scientists and technical people the complete freedom...
  • Florida householder fatally shoots woman searching for dog

    01/11/2017 2:20:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 January 2017
    The victim, Rebecca Rawson, 65, was fatally injured after approaching the armed householder's home on Tuesday night, say sheriff's officials. As her relative knocked on the door, Eugene Matthews, 83, emerged firing a handgun, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. ... Officials say that Ms Rawson and her daughter waited in their car as her brother-in-law knocked on Mr Matthew's door to ask if he had seen their dog. Police say Mr Matthews opened his door and started shooting at the family.
  • The Military Wants Biodegradable Ammo That Turns Into Plants

    01/10/2017 11:33:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    A solicitation on the Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research web site is looking for a smart company to develop biodegradable ammunition. The military would like to see projectile cartridges—which are rarely all cleaned up after a live-fire exercise—made out of biodegradable plastic. The military also references a research paper on the use of biodegradable plastics reinforced with bamboo fibers. But the Pentagon isn't stopping there. It also wants spent ammunition and casings to contain bioengineered seeds that would, after several months, grow environmentally friendly plants that would remove soil contaminants. The proposal even specifies that animals "should be...
  • US may hold fire on 'non-threatening' N Korea missiles

    01/10/2017 11:09:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 January 2017
    Mr Carter said on Tuesday in his final press briefing that if a North Korean long-range missile is ever deemed to be threatening, "it will be intercepted". "If it's not threatening, we won't necessarily do so. Because it may be more to our advantage to, first of all, save our interceptor inventory, and, second, to gather intelligence from the flight." Mr Carter is due to step down as Pentagon chief when President Barack Obama's administration ends on 20 January. But the top US military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, who will remain as Mr Trump's top uniformed military advisor and...
  • Well-Preserved Bacteria Found in Byzantine-Era Skeleton

    01/10/2017 10:25:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    archaeology.org ^ | Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    Henrike Kiesewetter of Tüebingen University found two calcified nodules below the ribs of a woman who died some 800 years ago at about 30 years of age. Kiesewetter sent the nodules to microbiologist Caitlin Pepperell of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who ruled out tuberculosis, and urinary or kidney stones, as possible diagnoses. She found well-preserved bacteria microfossils in the nodules, however, and sent them on to Hendrik Poinar of McMaster University for genetic analysis. Poinar identified Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Gardnerella vaginalis, which may have caused a fatal infection of the placenta, amniotic fluid, and membranes around the woman’s fetus. Pepperell...
  • European court rules Muslim girls in Switzerland must take school swimming lessons

    01/10/2017 10:09:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    thelocal.ch ^ | 01/10/2017
    In its ruling the court judged that Basel authorities did not violate their right to freedom of religion by insisting their daughters attend the compulsory lessons. It accepted that the authorities' refusal to exempt the girls interfered with their freedom of religion. But the interference, it said, was justified by the need to protect the children from social exclusion. School plays "a special role in the process of social integration, particularly where children of foreign origin were concerned," said the court. Swimming lessons are "not just to learn to swim, but above all to take part in that activity with...
  • Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Wings by 600 Days in Orbit

    01/10/2017 6:41:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 10, 2017 07:00am ET | Leonard David
    Progress has been made on consolidating X-37B space plane operations, including the use of NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida as a landing site for the robotic space plane. A former KSC space-shuttle facility known as Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1) was converted into a structure that will enable the Air Force "to efficiently land, recover, refurbish and relaunch the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV)," according to representatives of the aerospace giant Boeing. X-37B vehicle development falls under the control of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems in El Segundo, California, which is Boeing's center for all space and experimental systems...
  • Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in St. Jude Medical's Implantable Cardiac Devices...

    01/10/2017 4:42:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Date Issued: January 9, 2017 Audience: Patients with a radio frequency (RF)-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac device and corresponding Merlin@home Transmitter Caregivers of patients with an RF-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac device and corresponding Merlin@home Transmitter Cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and primary care physicians treating patients with heart failure or heart rhythm problems using an RF-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac device and corresponding Merlin@home Transmitter Medical Specialties: Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Failure Device: St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac devices (pacemakers, defibrillators, and resynchronization devices) provide pacing for slow heart rhythms and electrical shock or pacing...
  • Prince Owned 67 Gold Bars Valued at Nearly $1 Million When He Died

    01/10/2017 4:15:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    people.com ^ | January 9, 2017 at 6:35pm EST | Jordan Runtagh
    Prince wasn’t big on the stock market — but he did have nearly $1 million in gold bars. The Carver County District Court released an inventory of the late singer’s estate last Friday. While many items are still being appraised and valued, the documents obtained by PEOPLE make it clear that the “Purple Reign” icon had exactly zero dollars worth of “stocks, bonds and other securities.” Apparently he preferred to keep his cash the old fashioned way. Sixty-seven 10 oz. gold bars, valued currently at $836,166.70, were found in his possession when he died of a fentanyl overdose on April...