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  • You Can Spot the International Space Station Over Philly Thursday Night

    05/24/2018 1:28:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    The station will pass over the East Coast around dusk, and Philadelphians can catch a view of it at 9:30 p.m. It moves quickly — so don’t miss it! You won’t need a telescope or any other equipment to view — you can see it with your eyes. According to NASA’s website, it’s the third brightest object in the sky. It looks like an airplane or a very bright star, but it won’t have flashing lights or change direction as it moves. Plus, it will speed across the sky much faster than a typical airplane: Airplanes usually fly at about...
  • Air Force Uncovered LSD Use Among Airmen Guarding Nuclear Missiles

    05/24/2018 7:46:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    npr ^ | May 24, 2018·10:11 AM ET
    More than a dozen U.S. Air Force airmen faced disciplinary action – including court martial – after a drug ring was found operating at a base that controls America's nuclear missiles, the Associated Press reports. Military investigators cracked the ring in 2016, after one of the service members made the mistake of posting material to social media that suggested the drug use. Nearly half of the airmen were convicted of using or distributing LSD – a drug for which the Pentagon had stopped testing, the AP says. Citing records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the AP reports that...
  • 'Impossible' EmDrive Space Thruster May Really Be Impossible

    05/24/2018 7:31:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | May 23, 2018 02:54pm ET | Mike Wall,
    The laws of physics have won again, it would appear. For the past few years, researchers at NASA's Eagleworks advanced-propulsion lab have been putting a controversial and potentially revolutionary space engine called the EmDrive to the test. The EmDrive, which was originally developed by British scientist Roger Shawyer in the early 2000s, purportedly generates thrust by bouncing microwaves around inside a conical chamber. Because the engine doesn't require any fuel, it could theoretically make spaceflight far cheaper and more efficient, opening the heavens to exploration The EmDrive really shouldn't work. The engine doesn't blast anything out a nozzle, so Newton's...
  • One voter, two registration forms: Errors reported in rollout of California's 'motor voter' system

    05/24/2018 7:24:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The forms that arrived at county elections offices were identical except for the voters' party preferences. On a sampling of forms reviewed by The Times, citizens who were listed as a member of a political party on the first registration document were instead listed as an unaffiliated "no party preference" voter on a second document that arrived a week later. A DMV spokeswoman said Wednesday the system was built by the state Department of Technology and was tested prior to last month's launch. County elections officials have been contacting the voters and correcting the errors since they received the first...
  • "ROYAL WEDDING" — A Bad Lip Reading

    05/23/2018 10:27:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 22, 2018 | Bad Lip Reading
    Royal weddings are so different these days... End song: "Modify" by Kniles
  • Digital Parenting: The apps you can use to protect your child

    05/23/2018 8:39:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    wreg ^ | May 23, 2018
    Bark uses artificial intelligence to screen messages for signs of danger. If it finds a problem it alerts the parent and gives advice on how to discuss it with the child. The program is also available in schools and Jordan said it recently flagged a parent about a possible shooting. That parent called the school and the school shut down so they could investigate and keep everyone safe Libe Ackerman is editor in chief of the web site Super Parent. In addition to Bark she recommends Circle, which monitors devices that work through your WiFi. Or Pocket Guardian, which analyzes...
  • FBI investigating mysterious late-night booms reported in Pennsylvania

    05/23/2018 8:36:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    cbs ^ | May 23, 2018, 10:52 AM
    A majority of the reported sounds have taken place between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. "It's like an explosion and of course, you know, it actually shakes your house," said Janice Crompton of Haycock Township. Local police municipalities have been receiving reports of the sounds since early April, with the most recent one happening shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to Springfield Township police. "I thought maybe somebody was making a tunnel, or space junk fell out of the sky," said Susan Crompton. "It's a rumble. It actually, like, rumbles the ground like an earthquake would happen...
  • US staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in China

    WASHINGTON: A US government employee in China suffered brain trauma linked to "abnormal sounds" that resembled the still-unexplained injuries that befell US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba last year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday (May 23). US and Chinese authorities are investigating after the unnamed employee, who was assigned to the southern city of Guangzhou, was diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
  • Fed indicates it will let inflation run above 2 percent goal for 'temporary period'

    05/23/2018 3:48:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    The Fed's preferred inflation gauge, the core personal consumption expenditures index, currently is at 1.9 percent, while the headline rate including energy and food prices is at 2 percent. Fed officials described wage pressures as "moderate" though it noted there has been more pressure in industries where labor supply is tightening. Fed officials see 2 percent inflation as a level that sustains economic growth without putting too much upward pressure on prices. After seven years of keeping its benchmark interest rate near zero, the FOMC began raising rates in December 2015, with the current target range at 1.5 percent to...
  • Ebola patients ESCAPE quarantine in city of 350,000 people

    05/23/2018 3:38:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Published 23rd May 2018 | Henry Holloway /
    Three patients escaped from quarantine in the city of Mbandaka in north western Democratic Republic of Congo. Two of the three have been found dead, while a third patient has been found alive. Medecins Sans Frontieres' (MSF) mission in the city confirmed the incident as they work to treat cases of Ebola. The death toll of the outbreak has reached 27 as health chiefs crackdown on the virus. World Health Organisation bosses have previously warned spread in the city could mean a repeat of the 2014 outbreak – which killed over 11,000. … WHO have shipped more than 8,600 vaccines...
  • China Disinvited from Participating in 2018 RIMPAC Exercise

    05/23/2018 2:12:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | May 23, 2018 3:28 PM | Megan Eckstein
    The following is the complete statement by Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan: “The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific. China’s continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serve to raise tensions and destabilize the region. As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. China’s behavior is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise.” “We have strong evidence that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems,...
  • Law Enforcement Agencies Using Amazon’s Face Recognition Technology

    05/23/2018 1:49:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 05/23/2018
    Amazon has handed over new technology to law enforcement that can identify faces in the crowd. Two states are already using it. The ACLU, along with dozens of other groups nationwide, just sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding that the company stop providing the technology to government agencies. “With the evolution of technology, so comes the evolution of forensics,” says Kpix 5 Security Analyst Jeff Harp. He compares this technology to license plate readers which have been installed in many Bay Area cities. These have also drawn opposition from the ACLU. “If we use this technology in...
  • FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

    05/23/2018 11:52:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 22 at 7:11 PM | Devlin Barrett
    The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned. Over a period of seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited the inflated figure as the most compelling evidence for the need to address what the FBI calls “Going Dark” — the spread of encrypted software that can block investigators’ access to digital data even with...
  • Here's Why Saturn's Inner Moons Are Shaped Like Ravioli and Potatoes

    05/23/2018 10:40:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | May 22, 2018 06:34am ET | Charles Q. Choi
    The Cassini spacecraft, which studied the ringed planet up close for 13 years, revealed that unlike Earth's spherical moon, the small moons closest to Saturn had strange, irregular shapes. … Previous research had suggested ways in which each of these bizarre moons might have formed. However, until now, researchers did not have an explanation that encompassed the whole range of these unusual shapes, study lead author Adrien Leleu, a dynamicist at the University of Bern in Switzerland, told's team ran computer simulations to see how the shapes of Saturn's inner moons might have evolved over time. The powerful effects...
  • Inflation is coming to the US economy on an 18-wheel flatbed

    05/23/2018 7:53:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/22/2018
    Multiple signs of inflation in freight-related industries are at or near historical highs, in what could be an early sign that price pressures are building and ready to reverberate around the economy. Freight marketplace DAT keeps track of supply and demand in the freight industry through a bulletin board that matches companies with loads to be delivered to the vehicles that will take the goods to the marketplace. The measures are in the spot market, where vendors that don't contract their deliveries find drivers for their products. Recent readings show demand for vehicles skyrocketing, a sign that generally points to...
  • Coast Guard searching for cruise passenger who fell overboard

    05/22/2018 9:55:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 22, 2018 | 7:45pm | Alexandra Deabler, Fox News
    The man, identified as Brian Lamonds of Greensboro, NC, was reported missing Tuesday morning as the ship was sailing from Tampa to Key West. The Coast Guard was notified of the missing guest and is conducting a search, Carnival Cruise said in a statement to Fox News. … Coast Guard Key West watch was notified of the missing passenger around 10 a.m. and sent out a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo to aid in the search.
  • Giant Predatory Worms Quietly Invaded France, And Biologists Are Shocked

    05/22/2018 7:39:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Quartz ^ | 05/23/2018 | BEN GUARINO,
    Hammerhead flatworms, which grow to a foot or more in length, do not belong in European vegetable gardens. "We do not have that in France," said Justine, a professor at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. The predatory worms are native to Asia, where they happily gobble up earthworms under a warmer sun. The gardener who took the first photo, an amateur naturalist named Pierre Gros, emailed Justine a second picture a week later. It was of a completely different species of giant worm. … "The species are cryptic and soil-dwelling so can be easily overlooked, which often...
  • Hiker falls to his death at Half Dome cables in Yosemite

    05/22/2018 7:28:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    … during a thunderstorm. Rangers were notified and arrived on the scene to provide assistance to the second hiker. The hiker who fell did not survive and rangers recovered his body Tuesday. ... first fatality on the Half Dome cables since 2010, and the first time a visitor has died at the park this year.
  • Are We Headed Towards Another Deep Solar Minimum?

    05/22/2018 6:52:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday ^ | 22 May , 2018 | by David Dickinson
    Have you been keeping an eye on Sol lately? One of the top astronomy stories for 2018 may be what’s not happening, and how inactive our host star has become. The strange tale of Solar Cycle #24 is ending with an expected whimper: as of May 8th, the Earthward face of the Sun had been spotless for 73 out of 128 days thus far for 2018, or more than 57% of the time. This wasn’t entirely unexpected, as the solar minimum between solar cycle #23 and #24 saw 260 spotless days in 2009 – the most recorded in a single...
  • China slashes tariffs on imported cars

    05/22/2018 8:49:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | Daniel Shane
    China is cutting the tariffs it charges on imported cars, giving a potential boost to foreign automakers in the world's largest market. The Chinese Finance Ministry said Tuesday that it will cut import duties on passenger vehicles from 25% to 15%, starting July 1. The announcement, which fulfills an earlier pledge by Chinese President Xi Jinping, comes just days after China and the United States agreed to a ceasefire in their recent trade hostilities. President Donald Trump singled China's import duties on cars for criticism last month, pointing out that they're far higher than the 2.5% the United States charges...