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  • 33 Charged With Crimes Against USPS, Including SoCal Worker Allegedly Found With 48,000 Pieces of Ma

    08/29/2016 7:22:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ktla ^ | 08/28/2016 | Tracy Bloom
    One of the defendants, a former local area president of the Mail Handlers Union, is accused of stealing 166 cellphones from the mail and trying to exchange an unknown number of the items online. Jarol Garcia, 33, has been charged with conspiracy and possession of stolen mail, the release stated. The crimes are alleged to have occurred when Garcia worked as a mail handler at the Moreno Valley Delivery Distribution Center. One female postal carrier from the Sawtelle District of Los Angeles, 48-year-old Sherry Naomi Watanabe, allegedly was found to have 48,000 pieces of mail at her home that were...
  • 'Viva Trump!' Small but vocal group of Latinos rally for Trump in Orange County

    08/29/2016 7:18:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    l a times ^ | 08/28/2016 | Dan Weikel
    “He just wants to expedite the process and better enforce our immigration laws,” Gutierrez said. Ofelia Ramirez, another Trump supporter who attended Sunday’s rally, said she believes Trump can make government work again. “I’m a Latina and I’m for Trump,” she said. “I believe he can effect change in Washington. We need to send a message to government, to D.C., to senators and representatives of the Republican Party that they cannot continue to get the Hispanic vote and the vote of the American people under false pretenses.”
  • Would-be bomber’s explosives fail in Indonesia church

    08/28/2016 9:45:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 08/28/2016 | ap
    A would-be suicide bomber’s explosives failed to detonate in a packed church in western Indonesia during Sunday Mass, and he injured a priest with an axe before being restrained, police said. The 18-year-old assailant left a bench and ran toward the priest at the altar, but a bomb in his backpack only burned without exploding, said national police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar. ... The motive for the attack at the Roman Catholic St. Yoseph Church in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, was not clear, but the perpetrator carried a symbol indicating support for the Islamic State...
  • Amazon plans to open a Chicago bookstore in Lakeview

    08/28/2016 9:17:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Customers can wander the aisles and page through a title before buying, but books face the customer, accompanied by reviews from Amazon shoppers, as they would be online. Customers can buy in-store or place an order for delivery. Amazon devices, such as the Kindle e-book reader and Fire Tablet, are also available for in-store testing. It's the latest example of an online retailer branching out into brick-and-mortar, perhaps more striking with Amazon, which started as an online bookseller but quickly grew into an e-commerce giant selling everything under the sun. "I think a big part of the bookstore is building...
  • Scientists stunned by huge MIT discovery

    08/27/2016 8:35:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    morningticker.com ^ | August 27, 2016 | Dan Taylor
    In cooperation with the Sinapore University of Technology and Design, the MIT researchers found a way to print tiny features on a micron scale, and then bent them — causing them to spring back into their original shape afterwards after being heated to a certain temperatures, according to an MIT statement. There are so many potential important applications for the discovery, including actuators that would turn solar panels toward the sun automatically and drug capsules that act on their own. It’s something that goes beyond 3D printing into what researchers would call 4D printing, as the structures cross into the...
  • Earthquake Experts Tell Latino Community How To Get Ready For The Big One

    08/27/2016 7:57:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | August 27, 2016 4:14 PM | Adrianna Weingold
    “These misconceptions or behaviors that work in Latin America but don’t work here because buildings are different here, earthquakes are different here,” says Pablo Ampuero, professor of seismology at Caltech. It’s the first time Caltech has hosted an event like this, where the community engaged directly with scientists and experts, asking questions and getting important answers. The event stressed the importance of being prepared for disaster. And how earthquakes here in the US are different from those in other parts of the world. “When you look at what the earthquake will do to us, it probably won’t kill us, but...
  • Rare Close Encounter of Venus & Jupiter Tonight Won't Happen Again Until 2065

    08/27/2016 7:38:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 27, 2016 07:20am ET | Calla Cofield, Staff Writer |
    Tonight (Aug. 27), look toward the western horizon to see a rare celestial event and a parade of planets — no telescope required. Just above the horizon, Venus and Jupiter will appear so close to each other that, from some locations, the two planets will almost seem to touch. The next time Venus and Jupiter will get this close will be in November 2065. In addition to keeping a look out for this planetary conjunction, look higher up in the sky to see three other planets on parade: Saturn, Mercury and Mars.
  • How well does Facebook know your politics?

    08/27/2016 7:34:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KGW.com ^ | 5:25 PM. PDT August 26, 2016 | Natalie Brand
    Davidson said advertisers and political campaigns can also search and sort based on demographics and geography. In searching the city of Seattle, for example, Facebook estimates a potential reach of more than 800,000 likely, liberal leaning individuals, compared to more than 50,000 likely conservatives. Davidson explained campaigns are primarily focused on targeting “persuadable voters,” who are likely to be found in the moderate or basic liberal or conservative groupings, as opposed to the extreme categories on either side. Targeting can then be further narrowed based on profile information such as age, gender, even estimated income and lifestyle. “If you have...
  • What Does “Earthlike” Even Mean & Should It Apply To Proxima Centauri b?

    08/27/2016 7:25:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Unoverse Today ^ | 08/25/2016 | Matt Williams
    For starters, to call a planet “Earth-like” generally means that it is similar in composition to Earth. This is where the term “terrestrial” really comes into play, as it refers to a rocky planet that is composed primarily of silicate rock and metals which are differentiated between a metal core and a silicate mantle and crust. ... What this does not mean, at least not automatically, is that the planet is habitable in the way Earth is. Simply being terrestrial in nature is not an indication that the planet has a suitable atmosphere or a warm enough climate to support...
  • SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down with NASA’s Station Science Cargo

    08/27/2016 7:18:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    universe today ^ | 26 Aug , 2016 | Ken Kremer
    A SpaceX commercial Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth today, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, by splashing down safely in the Pacific Ocean – thus concluding more than a month long stay at the International Space Station (ISS). The vessel was jam packed with some 1.5 tons of NASA cargo and critical science samples for eagerly waiting researchers. The parachute assisted splashdown of the Dragon CRS-9 cargo freighter took place at 11:47 a.m. EDT today in the Pacific Ocean – located some 326 miles (520 kilometers) southwest of Baja California. Dragon departed after spending more than five weeks berthed at the...
  • Lockheed, Northrop, Boeing Aren't Done Fighting For Air Supremacy

    08/26/2016 10:55:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    investors.com ^ | 08/26/2016 | Gillian Rich
    ockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35 wowed crowds at the Farnborough Airshow in the U.K. last month... Despite ongoing concerns about its development, the stealth fighter continues to reach key milestones, and production will hit full speed in a few years. Meanwhile, Northrop Grumman (NOC), which is a major subcontractor on the F-35, has locked down the other key piece of the Pentagon's combat aircraft upgrade cycle, winning the B-21 contract last year to build replacements for Cold War-era Boeing (BA) B-52s. With the $400 billion F-35 and $80 billion B-21 contracts in hand, Lockheed and Northrop would appear to have established...
  • First on CNN: US fires warning shots at Iranian vessel after close encounter

    08/25/2016 4:09:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/25/2016 | Barbara Starr, Nicole Gaouette, Jim Sciutto and Jennifer Rizzo,
    A US Navy patrol craft fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat Wednesday after US officials said it had harassed that patrol craft, CNN has learned. Another US patrol craft and a Kuwaiti Navy ship were also harassed in the incident, which took place in the northern end of the Persian Gulf. At one point, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of one of the US Navy boats. When it failed to leave the area after the Navy had fired flares and had a radio conversation with the Iranian crew, the US officials said, the...
  • [B]ackpacker’s ‘killer’ who was obsessed with a UFC model...resemblance to his alleged victim

    08/25/2016 9:20:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Smail Ayad is accused of killing Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, in a frenzied knife attack in which he is said to have screamed 'Allahu Akbar'. ... s Ayliffe-Chung was butchered in a bloody rampage in front of 30 horrified witnesses on Tuesday night at the hostel in north Queensland. On his arrest, Ayad allegedly lashed out at police officers and had to be wrestled to the ground and handcuffed. Ayad then bit a detective in the leg in the police van on the way to the station and had to be subdued using pepper spray and a Taser, it is claimed....
  • Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

    08/25/2016 9:07:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/25/2016
    Turkey has threatened further intervention in northern Syria unless Kurdish-led forces fully withdraw east of the River Euphrates within a week. On Wednesday, Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus from so-called Islamic State. Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday the operation had two goals - to secure the border area and ensure the Kurds "are not there". Ankara fears Kurdish gains in Syria will fuel an insurgency at home. As Mr Isik spoke, a column of some 10 Turkish tanks and a similar number of armoured vehicles reportedly crossed the border near Jarablus....
  • Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20 percent the speed of light?

    08/25/2016 8:57:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    technofres.com ^ | 08/24/2016 | Victor Sopsan
    Breakthrough Starshot is one of the more exciting scientific ideas that has popped up in the past decade, with its promise to deliver hardware to the nearest star in time for many people currently alive to see it. While the idea would work on paper as an extrapolation of existing technology, there are a lot of details that need to be thoroughly checked out, because it’s possible that one of them could present a show-stopper. There’s a bit of good news there: Breakthrough Starshot is apparently funding the needed research to give its concept a thorough vetting. A recent posting...
  • California’s Jobless Rate Increases As More Enter Workforce

    08/24/2016 12:10:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cbsla ^ | 08/19/2016
    California’s unemployment rate still lags the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. More than 1 million people remained unemployed. California has gained 2.3 million jobs since the economic recovery began in 2010. The unemployment rate was 6.1 percent last July. Closer to home, numbers were better in Los Angeles County, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in July, down from a revised 4.9 percent in June. In Orange County, the unemployment rate was up slightly at 4.6 percent from 4.4 percent in June.
  • Yearlong Mars Simulation Nears End on Mauna Loa

    08/23/2016 11:54:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Six scientists are close to wrapping up a year of near isolation in a Mars simulation on a Hawaii mountain. The scientists are housed in a dome on Mauna Loa and can go outside only in spacesuits, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. They manage limited resources while conducting research and working to avoid personal conflicts. Communication is delayed the 20 minutes, the length it would take to relay messages from Mars. Kim Binsted, principal investigator for the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, said this simulation is the second-longest of its kind after a mission that lasted 520 days in Russia....
  • Mold and fungi lurking in instrument blamed for death of bagpipe player

    08/23/2016 11:47:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08/23/2016 | Karen Kaplan
    Doctors diagnosed him with hypersensitivity pneumontitis, or HP, a rare disease of the lungs. HP is the result of an allergic reaction to mold, fungus, dust or other substances a patient breathes. As a result, the tiny spaces in the lungs between the air sacs, airways and blood vessels become inflamed, and breathing can be severely impaired. Typical triggers for HP include exposure to birds or household mold caused by excessive water damage, but the patient had no history of either. Nor did he have a history of smoking. Doctors prescribed the steroid prednisolone and the immunosuppressive drug azathioprine, but...
  • Nooscope mystery: The strange device of Putin's new man Anton Vaino

    08/23/2016 7:39:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/19/2016 | Olga Ivshina
    In 2012 an article appeared in a specialist journal called Economics and Law written by an "AE Vaino" - widely believed to be one and the same person as Mr Putin's new chief of staff. ... Written in a dense academic prose ... and accompanied by even more complex charts and diagrams, the article outlines new ways of organising and understanding society. Mr Vaino argues that the economy and society in general have become too complex to manage by traditional means. Governments need to seek new ways of regulating and controlling them. The article describes a new device called a...
  • Police say 20 trained southern Muslims did tourist bombings

    08/22/2016 9:19:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Gen Chakthip said police know the meeting points of all the suspects and their travel routes before and after their bombing missions. Most of the perpetrators were followers of Islam from the three Muslim-dominated southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. Many of them were previously unknown to police, but others were linked to violent attacks in the southernmost provinces. He refused to comment whether any had dual Thai-Malaysian citizenship. “The incidents appear to be the work of the new generation, as we have had no profiles of several of them. The veterans [from the southern separatist movement] may...
  • A First Peek at Russia's New Space Cargo Ship

    08/22/2016 9:04:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Russian engineers are finishing the design of a brand new space freighter that would replace the veteran Progress cargo ships supplying the International Space Station (ISS) with propellant, food, water and other goods, industry sources tell Popular Mechanics. The new vehicle will be about a ton heavier than its predecessor and will feature a radical new design. If it's actually built, the next-generation cargo ship will allow Russia to reduce the number of annual cargo shipments to the ISS from four to three while still delivering all necessary provisions for three people to live more or less permanently aboard the...
  • After 22 months, NASA hears from "lost" spacecraft

    08/22/2016 4:26:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 22, 2016, 4:25 PM | William Harwood
    NASA’s Deep Space Network, or DSN, “established a lock on the STEREO-B (spacecraft’s) downlink carrier at 6:27 p.m. EDT,” NASA said in a statement. “The downlink signal was monitored by the Mission Operations team over several hours to characterize the attitude of the spacecraft and then transmitter high voltage was powered down to save battery power. ... Launched in 2006, the STEREO mission featured two spacecraft -- STEREO-A and STEREO-B -- designed to monitor solar activity from different locations, one “ahead” in its orbit and one “behind,” allowing scientists to see the entire star, not just the side facing Earth....
  • Your Instagram feed can tell us if you’re depressed, study suggests

    08/22/2016 11:34:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 22 at 10:26 AM | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    Researchers Andrew Reece of Harvard University and Chris Danforth of the University of Vermont collected survey information and 43,950 Instagram photos from 166 volunteers recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which pays people small amounts to perform tasks. Each participant was asked to complete a standardized clinical depression survey to assess depression level, answer demographic questions and share information about their use of social media, including their Instagram usernames. They also were asked to self-report their history of depression diagnosis. ... The key finding in the new study has to do with the curious relationship between mood and color. It turned...
  • Doctors remove 40 knives from man's stomach in India

    08/22/2016 11:23:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. "He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening," Dr. Jatinder Malhotra told CNN. "We were so nervous... a small mistake could have taken the patient's life. In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it." Malhotra said it took his team about two days to form a diagnosis and surgery plan. ... Malhotra said they found foldable knives, which when...
  • 500-Year-Old Hidden Images Revealed in Mexican 'Manuscript'

    08/22/2016 8:51:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    livescience.com ^ | August 19, 2016 01:30pm ET | Mindy Weisberger
    nown as the Codex Selden, the mysterious book dates to about 1560. Other Mexican codices recovered from this period contained colorful pictographs — images that represent words or phrases — which have been translated as descriptions of alliances, wars, rituals and genealogies, according to the study authors. But Codex Selden was blank — or so it seemed. Made from a strip of deerskin measuring about 16 feet (5 meters) long, the hide was folded accordion-style into pages, which were layered with a white paint mixture known as gesso. In the 1950s, experts suspected that there might be more to this...
  • NASA plans to hand over the ISS to a private corporation

    08/21/2016 4:18:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    engadget ^ | 08/19/2016 | Mariella Moon
    NASA is dead set on leaving Low-Earth Orbit to go to the moon, Mars and other farther destinations. That means extending the space station's funding beyond 2024 is out of the question. Now, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator Bill Hill has revealed what the agency wants to do with the ISS once astronauts move out. Instead of deorbiting it and sinking it into the ocean or breaking it apart to sell piece by piece, it apparently wants to hand the spacecraft over to a private corporation.
  • Spacewalkers attach docking adapter to space station for commercial vehicles

    Attached to the station’s no-longer-needed shuttle port at the front of the station, the Boeing-built International Docking Adapter will allow spacecraft from both companies to bring crews to the outpost, ending NASA’s sole reliance on Russian Soyuz ferry ships. A second IDA is expected to be attached in 2018. “It is amazing that now we’ve opened up a new chapter in the story of the International Space Station, putting the front door on this for future commercial vehicles,” radioed station commander Jeff Williams, who worked with astronaut Kate Rubins to attach and outfit the IDA. “Congratulations to the entire team.”...
  • The Very First Shelby Cobra Just Sold For A Staggering Record $13.75 Million

    08/21/2016 8:37:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    jalopnik.com ^ | Patrick George
    The Monterey Car Week auctions are where the beautiful members of the landed gentry go to blow obscene amounts of money on cars, and at yesterday’s RM Sotheby’s auction, one of them took Cobramania to new heights. This 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra known as the CSX 2000 just commanded $13.75 million at auction. ... RM Sotheby’s has a ton of detailed information on this legendary car, but it is notable for being the very first Shelby Cobra. It arrived in the U.S. without a motor in February 1962, and Carroll Shelby and his partner Dean Moon then threw in a...
  • UPDATE: Names Released of Five People “Gruesomely” Murdered in Citronelle, Including Pregnant Woman

    08/21/2016 8:20:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    WKRG ^ | Updated: August 21, 2016, | J.B. Biunno, Emily DeVoe, Jacqueline Quynh and WKRG Staff
    The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the five victims killed in a “gruesome” and “vicious” murder Saturday at a home in Citronelle. It’s being called one of the worst mass killings in Alabama history. ... After examining the crime scene, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said it was the most disturbing murder scene she’s ever seen. “[In my] 20-year career as a prosecutor, I’ve never seen a scene where there were five people that were brutally and viciously murdered,” Rich said. “That’s what we have here.” Dearman is believed to have used multiple weapons to...
  • Strawberry smoothies linked to Hepatitis A illnesses in Virginia

    08/20/2016 11:04:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used by Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia are possibly linked to a cluster of Hepatitis A infections, spurring state health officials to issue a public health warning. The restaurant chain has already pulled the implicated strawberries from all of its restaurants, not just the 100 locations in Virginia, according to a company statement issued today. “Individuals who consumed a smoothie from a Tropical Smoothie Café in Virginia that contained frozen strawberries on Aug. 5, 6, 7 or 8 may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent Hepatitis A,” the Virginia Department...
  • NASA Test-Fires Engine for Most Powerful Rocket Ever

    08/20/2016 10:57:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    space.com ^ | August 19, 2016 05:20pm ET | Sarah Lewin,
    RS-25 engines were used as the main engines for space shuttle flights, but they will need to fire at higher performance levels for use with the SLS, NASA officials said in a statement. This test collected data on how the engine works at that level, and also tested an engine controller unit that will allow it to communicate with the rest of the SLS setup. ... This was the third test in a six-test series; NASA will keep gathering data on the engine's performance in more tests this fall. NASA will also install four engines on the SLS core stage...
  • Cruise ship looks to make clean journey through Northwest Passage

    08/20/2016 10:40:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | 08/19/2016 | Alex Migdal
    Crystal Cruises has spent three years planning the Serenity’s voyage to prevent Titanic-like scenarios (and is requiring $50,000 in evacuation insurance for passengers). The Canadian and American coast guards and federal bodies including Transport Canada are also overseeing the trip. Such preparation is “unprecedented,” Mr. Hutchinson said. “We’ve seen a level of planning that suggests to us the company is taking seriously the conditions they’re going to face.” The British RRS Ernest Shackleton icebreaker is escorting the ship, along with two helicopters to assess ice conditions. The Serenity is outfitted with a forward-looking sonar, searchlights and a navigation system that...
  • Beloved dog dies after saving baby from fire

    08/20/2016 10:15:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 19, 2016, 11:31 AM | christina capatides
    The lives of a Baltimore family were changed forever this week when a fire suddenly broke out in the home Erika Poremski shared with her eight-month-old daughter, Viviana, and her nearly six-year-old dog, Polo. Poremski says she had just stepped out to her car when she turned around and discovered her house in flames with Viviana and Polo still inside. ... That close bond may explain why the beloved canine made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the baby. And while Polo did not survive the blaze, Viviana is likely alive today because the dog remained with her. When firefighters finally...
  • The Iranian mask slips

    08/20/2016 9:40:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Iran has given up trying to hide its malevolent role in Yemen. It had long denied it was giving arms and ammunition to the Houthi rebels. The evidence to the contrary was damning. But this week the state news agency in Tehran admitted that the country had supplied missiles to the insurgents. This admission was significant. The Iranians knew that the missiles had been fired across the border into the Kingdom. They were therefore confessing to being complicit in an attack on Saudi Arabia. Iran’s interference in the Arab world has reached a new pitch. This week Tehran allowed the...
  • China Launches Quantum Satellite That Could Banish Hackers

    08/20/2016 8:45:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    The world's second-largest economy aims to use the power of particle physics through photons to send the encryption keys necessary to decode information. The launch of Micius - named after a 5th Century BC Chinese scientist - took place in the early hours of Tuesday in the southwestern Gobi Desert, according to Xinhua, China's state news service. It will be used in experiments aimed at proving the viability of quantum technology to communicate over long distances. Unlike traditional secure communication methods, it is impossible to intercept the data held in the bursts of subatomic particles because any attempts at eavesdropping...
  • New Visualization Of Waves In Saturn’s Rings Puts You In The Keeler Gap

    08/20/2016 8:23:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Univese Today ^ | 19 Aug , 2016 | Matt Williams
    As one of Saturn’s smallest moons – measuring just 8 km (~5 mi) in diameter – the existence of Daphnis had been previously inferred by astronomers based on the gravitational ripples that were observed on the outer edge of the Keeler Gap. This 42 km (26 mi) wide gap, which lies in Saturn’s A Ring and is approximately 250 km from the its outer edge, is kept clear by Daphnis’ orbit around the planet. ...Cassini Imaging Science Team concluded that Daphnis’ path and orbit induce a wavy pattern in the edge of the gap. These waves reach a distance of...
  • Japan eyes fighter drone, seeks record defense budget amid China assertiveness

    08/19/2016 12:09:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:58am EDT | By Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on weapons communications and lasers, according to a document seen by Reuters. The plan will be announced this month when the Defense Ministry also unveils its request for a record budget of 5.16 trillion yen ($51 billion) for fiscal 2017, as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, government officials with direct knowledge of the matter said. The military technology plan calls for first developing an unmanned surveillance aircraft in...
  • Powell has 'no recollection' of Clinton email dinner conversation

    08/19/2016 11:54:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/19/16 11:54 AM EDT | By Nick Gass
    Conason's anecdote, reported Thursday night by The New York Times, recounts a small dinner party at Clinton's Georgetown home toward the beginning of her time as secretary of state, with former secretaries Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice also in attendance. During that dinner, Conason reports, Albright asked the former secretaries to impart advice to Clinton. “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer," Conason wrote in his book "Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” of...
  • Lost cities #8: mystery of Cahokia – why did North America's largest city vanish?

    08/19/2016 11:42:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/17/2016 | Lee Bey
    Located in southern Illinois, eight miles from present-day St Louis, it was probably the largest North American city north of Mexico at that time. It had been built by the Mississippians, a group of Native Americans who occupied much of the present-day south-eastern United States, from the Mississippi river to the shores of the Atlantic. Cahokia was a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city for its time. Yet its history is virtually unknown by most Americans and present-day Illinoisans. ... Its mix of people made Cahokia like an early-day Manhattan, drawing residents from throughout the Mississippian-controlled region: the Natchez, the Pensacola, the...
  • Louisiana flooding is the country’s ‘worst natural disaster’ since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says

    08/19/2016 7:26:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17 | Emma Brown, Ashley Cusick and Mark Berman
    After two feet of rain began falling Thursday night, water rose quickly in Baton Rouge and then migrated east and south, leaving a vast swath of damage. At least 40,000 homes have been damaged, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). The death toll has risen to 13. Roads remain flooded and closed, while schools, businesses and government offices have been shut down for days. The country has not seen a natural disaster this bad since 2012, when Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, according to the American Red Cross. “The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster...
  • U.N. Admits Role In Haiti Cholera Outbreak That Has Killed Thousands

    08/18/2016 11:45:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/18/2016 | Camila Domonoske
    In the fall of 2010, months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, a new disaster began: a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of people and continues to sicken people across the country. Experts determined that the source of the disease was a U.N. peacekeeping camp. And now, nearly six years later, the United Nations has admitted it played some role in the deadly outbreak. After Bringing Cholera To Haiti, U.N. Plans To Get Rid Of It At a briefing Thursday, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said that over the course of the past year, "the U.N. has become convinced that it...
  • DNA traces Iceman's ragtag wardrobe

    08/18/2016 7:12:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | Jonathan Webb
    Among his kit were a hat of brown bear skin and a quiver made from roe deer. Despite being well preserved and studied, the 5,300-year-old mummy's various leather items had not all been identified at the species level. These findings, published in Scientific Reports, reveal a mix of wild-hunted animals with sheep, goat and cattle related to modern domestic breeds. The researchers say this points to Copper Age people choosing carefully between different wild and domesticated animals when looking for materials to make their clothes. But Oetzi's motley wardrobe, including a coat made from at least four separate goat and...
  • Brits Take to the Shops Despite Brexit

    08/18/2016 7:03:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 18, 2016 7:47 a.m. ET | Jason Douglas and
    The figures, among the first pieces of hard evidence on the economy’s performance after the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, suggest households largely shrugged off the surprise referendum result and kept spending. The British pound rose on the news, climbing 1% against the dollar to $1.3169 after the data exceeded expectations. The Office for National Statistics said Thursday that retail sales rose 1.4% on the month in July and were 5.9% higher than a year earlier. The official statistics agency said sales increased in all categories of stores it monitors, with sales at department stores and clothing outlets...
  • American Apparel is said to be considering moving manufacturing out of California

    08/18/2016 5:38:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 08/17/2016
    Struggling retailer American Apparel is eyeing a move out of its downtown Los Angeles manufacturing facility for a lower-wage part of the country, according to two sources familiar with the company. The Los Angeles clothing maker, which emerged from bankruptcy in February, is contemplating a move to a state such as Tennessee, North Carolina or South Carolina, where the minimum wage is $7.25, said one source, who requested anonymity due to pending litigation. That would be a significant savings once California’s minimum wage climbs to $15 an hour in 2020. In a statement, American Apparel said it “does not comment...
  • Hibernating-Star Explosion Provides 1st Evidence of Nova Cycle

    08/17/2016 9:45:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    space.com ^ | August 17, 2016 02:50pm ET | Hanneke Weitering,
    team of astronomers has found evidence of additional mini outbursts leading up to the so-called classical nova — or final explosion of a white dwarf star, the planet-size remains of a star that has burned up its nuclear fuel. Their data provide the first direct evidence for the nova hibernation hypothesis, a theory that suggests a cyclical evolution of such stars. The nova — called V1213 Cen, or Nova Centauri 2009 — erupted in 2009, but astronomers at the University of Warsaw had been monitoring its source star since 2003. By collecting data for several years before and after the...
  • New Orleanians join Cajun Navy: 'It can get treacherous real quick'

    08/17/2016 9:39:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    NOLA.com | ^ | 08/16/216 | Chelsea Brasted, The Times-Picayune
    Using just two airboats, Spinato and his team of five friends and employees of Ultimate Swamp Tours saved nearly 600 people who were stranded in Baton Rouge homes as the waters of the Louisiana Flood of 2016 rose around their feet. But on Monday, one of those boats went out for search and recovery. ... The Westwego businessman was just one of hundreds who volunteered time, supplies and boats to help fill out the so-called Cajun Navy to support law enforcement and official first-responders as they transported stranded residents to dry land. Navigating unfamiliar streets-turned-waterways was just one of the...
  • NTSB Launches Investigation Into Silver Spring Apartment Explosion

    08/17/2016 4:12:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    cbs ^ | 08/17/2016 | George Solis
    All seven victims in the Silver Spring explosion are now accounted for, while the intense investigation into the deadly blast that destroyed an apartment building kicks into high gear. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the explosion at the apartment complex. Investigators have been on scene since last week. Seven bodies have since been recovered from the rubble. Police believe, unfortunately, some of those may belong to people still reported missing. Recovery and rescue efforts continue in Silver Spring. A week later, the rubble and debris is as prominent as ever in the deadly fire and explosion that shook...
  • Airlander 10: Maiden flight at last for longest aircraft

    08/17/2016 3:14:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/17/2016
    The Airlander 10 - which is part plane and part airship - took off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Its original test flight on Sunday was postponed, but it finally left the ground at 19:40 BST. The £25m aircraft measures 302ft (92m) long and is about 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets. ... Christened the Martha Gwyn, the aircraft was first developed for the US government as a surveillance aircraft but the project was shelved amid defence cutbacks. ... The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights. HAV claims it...
  • Germany tries to appease Turkey angered by Islamist 'hub' allegations

    08/17/2016 11:37:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 08/17/2016
    Germany on Wednesday tried to row back from its latest spat with Turkey, its crucial partner in efforts to stem mass migration, after Ankara lashed out over a leaked government report alleging Turkey was a hub for Islamist groups. Turkey and Germany have had a series of rows in recent months, just as the European Union has been trying to secure Turkey's help in tackling the influx of migrants to Europe, of which Germany has taken in the bulk. Ankara has also been incensed by criticism from the West of its crackdown following a failed coup attempt on July 15....
  • Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million to Louisiana Flood Relief

    08/17/2016 8:53:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    KTLA ^ | 08/17/2016
    “We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home,” Swift said in a statement to CNN. “The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking. I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time.”