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  • NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition to the Red Planet

    07/31/2014 5:44:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | July 31, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    The 2020 rover’s instruments goals are to search for signs of organic molecules and past life and help pave the way for future human explorers. Seven carefully-selected payloads were chosen from a total of 58 proposals received in January 2014 from science teams worldwide, which is twice the usual number for instrument competitions and demonstrates the extraordinary interest in Mars by the science community. The 2020 rover architecture is based on NASA’s hugely successful Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover which safely touched down a one ton mass on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012 using the nail-biting and never before...
  • Californians To See Increase In Health Plan Costs

    07/31/2014 5:15:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    ap ^ | July 31, 2014 4:07 PM
    Californians buying individual health plans on the state’s exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday. ... According to the exchange, about 16 percent of consumers will see their rates stay flat or go down. About a third will see an increase of less than 5 percent, and 36 percent will see their premiums go up between 5 percent and 8 percent. And 13 percent will see premium increases of more than 8 percent. The preliminary rates will...
  • New Image of Rosetta’s Comet Reveals So Much More

    07/31/2014 12:11:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jason Major
    This is no computer-generated shape model, this is the real deal: the double-lobed nucleus of Comet 67P/C-G, as imaged by Rosetta’s OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System) narrow-angle camera on Tuesday, July 29. At the time just about a week away from making its arrival, ESA’s spacecraft was 1,950 km (1,211 miles) from the comet when this image was taken. (That’s about the distance between Providence, Rhode Island and Miami, Florida… This latest image reveals some actual surface features of the 4-km-wide comet, from a few troughs and mounds to the previously-noted bright band around the “neck” connecting...
  • OKCupid experiments with 'bad' dating matches

    07/29/2014 5:11:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies ^ | 29 July 2014 Last updated at 10:47 ET
    Dating website OKCupid has revealed that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect. It revealed the tests after the uproar over Facebook manipulating the feeds of its users. "If you use the internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site," it said. "That's how websites work." OKCupid said one revelation was that "people just look at the picture". As well as allowing users to upload pictures and set up dating profiles, OKCupid asks users questions and matches them with potential partners based on...
  • 'Sharknado 2' storms Hudson River with N.J.'s Ian Ziering, Tara Reid

    07/29/2014 4:57:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | July 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM | Amy Kuperinsky |
    Sharknado 2: The Second One," set in New York, premieres July 30 on Syfy. The cable movie, which will also be in theaters for one night on August 21, is part of a whole "Sharknado Week" that kicked off Saturday, beating Discovery’s Shark Week to the bloody punch. ... The actual ratings — 1.4 million for the premiere — weren’t great. ... The TV movie "Sharknado," which was about exactly what it sounds like — a storm in which sharks funnel out of tornadoes to rain down on horrified victims — drew 318,232 tweets during its premiere last July. Nielsen...
  • Terrorist attack leaves dozens dead and wounded in China

    07/29/2014 2:49:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | July 29, 2014/
    Dozens of people were killed or wounded in a terrorist attack in Kashgar prefecture in a new episode of violence in China's conflict-ridden northwestern Xinjiang region, the official Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday. The attack, which was not reported until Tuesday, began on Monday near the police station and other government buildings in the town of Elixku, where a group of people armed with knives carried out a series of assaults. Later, some of the attackers headed for the nearby town of Huangdi, where they stabbed civilians and destroyed about 30 vehicles, "killing dozens of Uighurs and Han Chinese," police...
  • OC Man Found Guilty Of Murdering His Roommate, An Iraq War Veteran

    07/29/2014 2:42:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | July 29, 2014 1:43 PM
    SANTA ANA ( — An Orange County man was found guilty Tuesday of killing his roommate in 2013. Kwang Joy, 54, was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Iraqi war veteran and Cal State Fullerton student Maribel Ramos. Officials believe Ramos, 36, and Joy got into an argument on May 2, 2013 after the victim told him he needed to move out of her home in Orange. Ramos’ body was found in Modjeska Canyon off Santiago Canyon Road two weeks later. During the search for the victim, Joy maintained his innocence and repeatedly talked about his love for...
  • Woman Suspected As Topless Shoplifter Surrenders To Arcadia Police

    07/29/2014 8:50:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | July 28, 2014 9:55 PM
    ROSSMOOR ( — A 45-year-old woman turned herself in to Arcadia police Monday in connection with a June shoplifting incident at the Westfield Santa Anita mall. But what really sets this case apart is that the woman, during a violent scuffle with a security guard outside over her purse, somehow lost her shirt and bra. Police say the woman left behind her purse, stuffed with stolen merchandise, and ran topless to her white Mercedes-Benz parked nearby. A witness recorded the woman’s license plate as she drove off, police reported. Investigators found the woman’s driver’s license inside her purse. They identified...
  • Photos show border militias moving across Texas

    07/28/2014 6:52:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies ^ | July 28, 2014 | Kolten Parker |
    Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group's activities on the border. Members of the militia groups, who say they have 10 active "teams" along the state's southern border, are seen at campsites, walking along the Rio Grande River, pointing rifles and pistols out of frame and flipping off the camera in the photos obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. A spokesperson for the group provided the photos under the condition that members' faces be blurred...
  • US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    07/28/2014 6:41:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    · ^ | July 28, 2014
    “The United States has determined that the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the I.N.F. treaty not to possess, produce or flight test a ground launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 kilometers to 5,500 kilometers or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles,” the report will say, according to the Times. Obama reportedly said in his letter to Putin that he is interested in high-level discussions with the goal of keeping the I.N.F Treaty intact and ensuring the Kremlin can come back into compliance with it. ... The public finding comes in...
  • Urban growth: bio-bricks offer a whiff of the future

    07/28/2014 8:44:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | 18:00 25 July 2014 by , | Brendan Byrne
    A sweeping tower made from over 10,000 bio-waste bricks bound with fungal fibre has been growing in the courtyard of MoMA PS1, an offshoot of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Looking like something between a three-headed grain silo, Zhang Huan's Three Legged Buddha and a Berlin flak tower, Hy-Fi is the winner of this year's MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP), and its organic aesthetic clashes hard with the museum's red-brick frontage and the green-glass Citicorp building behind. This is appropriate. As the brainchild of environmentally conscious architects The Living, Hy-Fi is no corporate monolith or...
  • British embassy convoy attacked in Libya's Tripoli

    07/27/2014 10:49:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    yahoo ^ | July 27, 2014
    A British embassy convoy in Tripoli came under fire on Sunday in an attempted carjacking but no-one was hurt, a spokesman for London's mission in Libya said. "Early this morning a British embassy convoy was subject to an attempted carjacking. Shots were fired at our vehicles but they managed to drive on and leave the area," spokesman Bob Phillipson said. "All embassy personnel are safe and accounted for and there were no injuries," he said.
  • Ebola kills senior doctor at Liberia’s largest hospital, health official says

    07/27/2014 10:41:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The Associated Press, ^ | Published on Sun Jul 27 2014 | Jonathan Paye-Layleh
    MONROVIA, LIBERIA—One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, as an American doctor was treated in the West African country after contracting the disease, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the spread of the deadly virus. Dr. Samuel Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die in an outbreak the World Health Organization says has killed 129 people in Liberia, and more than 670 in several West African countries. A Ugandan doctor working in the country died earlier this month. ... Dr. Kent Brantly, an American helping respond to the...
  • Comic-Con: Wonder Woman First Photo Revealed

    07/26/2014 1:19:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 80 replies ^ | 10:19 AM PDT 7/26/2014 by | Borys Kit
    Zack Snyder has revealed the first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman on Saturday. The image shows the superhero ready for battle while standing in a volcanic landscape.
  • Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

    07/26/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    ap ^ | July 26, 2014 | Heather Murdock
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people. The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola's symptoms are similar to other diseases. Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man's flight had a stopover, also went on high alert...
  • Hollywood Legend Kirk Douglas, His Wife Delve Into Their 60-Year Love Affair

    07/26/2014 1:02:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 11:25 PM | Pat Harvey
    BEVERLY HILLS ( — Their story is the stuff of Hollywood romance. Legendary actor Kirk Douglas, 97, has been married to his wife, Anne, for 60 years, and in an interview with CBS2’s Pat Harvey, he shares the enchanting stories and secrets to keeping the romance burning. The pair met in Paris while Kirk was playing the role of Vincent van Gogh in “Lust For Life,” and Anne Buydens was handling the PR for the movie. Anne, 84, said she played hard-to-get. The two became friends, but she eventually fell for Kirk’s charms. The couple married in Las Vegas the...
  • Having Fun with the Equation of Time

    07/25/2014 8:04:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 | David Dickinson on
    That funky figure eight [on a globe] is what’s known as an analemma, and it traces out the course of the Sun in the sky through the year as measured from a daily point fixed in apparent solar time. ... Solar Noon occurs when the Sun stands at its highest elevation (also known as its altitude) above the local horizon when it transits the north-south meridian. The trouble is, the passage apparent solar time doesn’t exactly match what we call solar mean time, or the 24 hour rotation of the Earth. In fact, this discrepancy can add up to as...
  • 5 Freeway Shut In Both Directions Due To Police Activity In Boyle Heights

    07/25/2014 7:26:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 4:29 PM | Stu Mundel
    BOYLE HEIGHTS — The 5 Freeway was shut in both directions in Boyle Heights due to police activity Friday afternoon. » Get Live Traffic Updates From KNX 1070 Newsradio “People out of their cars wondering what’s going on,” reported Stu Mundel in Sky9. Reports from the scene said officials were trying to talk a suicidal man out of jumping onto the freeway from an overpass. The unidentified man was taken into custody around 7:15 p.m., authorities said. The incident, first reported around 3:30 p.m. occurred in East LA at Olympic. “Right now, the 5 is a parking lot,” Mundel reported...
  • UPS Driver Accused of Stealing, Trafficking Guns For Illegal Street Sales

    07/25/2014 5:40:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 3:05 PM
    RIVERSIDE ( — A Southland United Parcel Service (UPS) driver was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing dozens of guns going through an Ontario shipping hub and providing them to an associate who sold the weapons in underground transactions, authorities said. Curtis Hays, 36, of Rancho Cucamonga, faces federal gun trafficking charges after he was arrested without incident by special agents with the ATF, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Thom Mrozek. The associate who allegedly sold some of the firearms was identified as Dennis Dell White Jr., 35, of Moreno Valley, Mrozek said. White is expected to be summoned to...
  • Autopsy Finds Slain Robbery Suspect Who Allegedly Begged For Her Life Wasn’t Pregnant

    07/25/2014 5:32:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    AP) ^ | July 25, 2014 2:54 PM
    Long Beach homeowner Tom Greer, 80, told a TV station he began firing after his collarbone was broken during an assault by the woman and a man that Greer discovered in his home. ... Greer said he fired at the burglars inside and outside his home, even though the female burglar told him not to shoot because she was pregnant. ... An autopsy has confirmed Miller wasn’t pregnant, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Friday. ... Under California law, homeowners have a right to protect themselves with deadly force inside their homes and in the immediate vicinity —...
  • The feathery truth about dinosaurs is discovered in Siberia

    07/25/2014 1:47:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 25 July 2014
    A dinosaur graveyard in Kulinda, on the banks of the the Olov River in Transbaikal region, has given up some remarkable secrets. For the first time, plant-eating dinosaur remains with feathers and scales have been discovered. Until now, only flesh-eating dinosaurs were known to have been feathered. The latest find in Siberia indicates that - on the contrary - all dinosaurs could have been feathered, says a paper in Science magazine. 'It is a big discovery. It has completely changed our vision of dinosaurs', lead researcher Dr Pascal Godefroit, of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, who worked alongside...
  • Police To Pay $1.8M For Dorner Manhunt Shooting

    07/24/2014 7:18:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | July 24, 2014 5:46 PM
    A surfer who was hurt when a Los Angeles-area police officer rammed and shot up his truck during the manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million. ... The 38-year-old Perdue was on his way to surf in February 2013 when a Torrance officer mistook his pickup for Dorner’s, rammed it and riddled it with bullets. Perdue wasn’t shot but suffered head and spine injuries.
  • 2 Women Convicted Of Fatally Beating 23-Year-Old Woman Outside Santa Ana Nightclub

    07/24/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 1:49 PM
    SANTA ANA ( — Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the beating death of a 23-year-old woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Candace Marie Brito, 27, and Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, were found guilty of killing Kim Pham during a Jan. 19 melee outside the Crosby Bar and Nightclub. Jurors found Brito and Zavala guilty of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. Sentencing was set for Sept. 12. Pham got into a fistfight with another woman, identified by defense attorneys as Emilia Calderon, before falling to the ground and being surrounded by Calderon’s friends....
  • Israel surprised by number, sophistication of Gaza tunnels [UN collaborating with Hamas]

    07/24/2014 4:27:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | ·Published July 24, 2014 | Paul Alster
    Pictures released by the Israel Defense Forces show tunnels, some primitive and others sophisticated enough to include walls and ladders, running under the border from the Hamas-controlled district before they were intentionally destroyed. More than 60 access shafts leading to 28 tunnels have been uncovered since Israel's ground operation -- dubbed Operation Protective Edge -- began on July 8. “An IDF force uncovered a terror access shaft in Gaza in which were weapons, maps and IDF uniforms, all intended for the execution of terror attacks against Israel,” said an IDF statement. “In addition, an IDF force attacked several militants emerging...
  • PTC: With 'Fifty Shades' Trailer, 'Today' is Helping to Promote Mommy Porn

    07/24/2014 3:16:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | 2:19 PM PST 07/24/2014 | Hilary Lewis
    The Parents Television Council is slamming NBC's Today for airing the first trailer for the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey during its 8 a.m. hour. ... "We're talking about basically the equivalent of a dime-store trashy romance novel [in the Fifty Shades of Grey book]. Essentially, what Today's doing is they're promoting what people refer to as mommy porn. That's what it boils down to. Today is helping to promote mommy porn. That's a pretty poor judgment on their part in terms of their attitude towards their audience." ... The Parents Television Council is not the only organization...
  • How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

    07/24/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 93 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 23 at 3:48 pm | Jason Samenow
    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. ... Analysts believe that a direct hit … could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because...
  • Manchester United Embarrasses LA Galaxy 7-0 In Front Of Sold-Out Crowd At Rose Bowl

    07/24/2014 10:04:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    AP) ^ | July 23, 2014 10:49 PM
    Manchester United made an impressive debut under Coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 victory over the LA Galaxy. Ashley Young and unsung defender Reece James scored two second-half goals apiece as United opened its summer tour with a surprisingly polished win over MLS’ overmatched Galaxy in the Guinness International Champions Cup.
  • Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    07/23/2014 9:27:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan. Just days before the father and son were to return home to Indiana, the trip turned tragic when their plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa on Tuesday night. The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman was recovered, but crews were still searching Wednesday for the father, Babar Suleman. The Sulemans left...
  • Obama Fundraises In Hancock Park Amid Escalating Crises In Ukraine, Israel

    07/23/2014 9:16:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | July 23, 2014 6:13 PM | Dave Bryan
    Obama arrived in the Southland on Wednesday to fund-raise at an event organized by a high-profile Hollywood producer. Obama was attending a Democratic National Committee event for about 450 donors at the Hancock Park home of Shonda Rhimes, the producer of the Washington-based drama “Scandal.” Kerry Washington, who plays the lead role on the show, is among the hosts. Tickets start at $1,000. For $10,000, couples can get a photo with the president. Staying for dinner runs $20,000 per couple. ... Some people in Larchmont Village criticized the president for spending three days an a cross-country fundraising trip at this...
  • Presidential Visit Prompts LA Traffic Advisories Through Wednesday, Thursday

    07/23/2014 11:52:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | July 22, 2014 10:55 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — In light of President Obama’s scheduled visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, a traffic advisory has been issued in an effort to limit congestion on the road. The advisory, according to KNX 1070, is to last throughout the President’s scheduled visit to the Southland, which will last through Thursday. The following areas should be avoided on Wednesday when possible: •La Brea Avenue and West Olympic Boulevard, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. •Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. •West 3rd Street and Rossmore Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m....
  • San Francisco Board of Supes to put sugar tax before voters

    07/22/2014 11:40:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Lyanne Melendez
    If the tax passes, it will be adding an additional 2 cents per ounce. A 12-ounce can of Coke, under the new tax would now cost you an additional 24 cents. A 20-ounce bottle of Snapple would coast you an additional 40 cents. San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar said, "So two pennies per ounce to reduce the amount of harmful beverages by 30-40 percent, according to the best economist in the city." He was referring to the office of the San Francisco economist. Mar is one of the authors of the measure. He and others attending a rally at City...
  • Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

    07/22/2014 11:30:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jul 21, 2014 by | Deborah Netburn,
    A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum -- the time in the sun's 11-year cycle when it is the most active. But now, there is hardly a sunspot in sight. If you look closely at the image above, taken on July 18 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, you will see a tiny smidge of brown just right of center where a small sunspot appears to be developing. But just one day before, there truly was nothing. It was a totally spotless day....
  • LA Students Undergo ‘Baseline’ Tests To Measure Concussion Effects

    07/22/2014 11:22:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | July 22, 2014 5:15 PM
    PICO UNION DISTRICT ( — As concerns grow over brain injuries in teenagers and their relation to team sports, a landmark program aims to increase sport safety. About 1,200 students at Loyola High School, including non-athlete students, are being given a series of tests, known as baseline concussion tests, designed to measure brain function. The tests involve number tracking, memory and balance. “We just decided that it would be better off to have all of our students have a baseline, so that if they should ever have a concussion, we’ll have something to work with,” head athletic trainer Tim Moscicki...
  • MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

    07/21/2014 12:44:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | By Brid-Aine Parnell,
    Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge ... “We know that many planets are completely uninhabitable because they are either too close or too far from their sun. A planet’s habitable zone is based on its distance from the sun and temperatures at which it is possible for the planet to have liquid water,” said David Stevens, from the university's school of mathematics. “But until now, most habitability models have neglected the impact of oceans on climate. Oceans have an immense capacity to control climate. They are beneficial because they cause the...
  • Insta-Mars: Crew Wraps Up Mock Mission With Pictures Of Their Hawaiian Adventure

    07/21/2014 12:26:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    It’s the final countdown for a hardy group of people who have been on “Mars” for the past four months. On Friday (July 25), the HI-SEAS crew will make their return after simulating Red Planet exploration in Hawaii. And you can bet there are certain things they are missing about the outside world, or “Earth”. “I haven’t seen a tree, smelled the rain, heard a bird, or felt wind on my skin in four months,” said Casey Stedman, the commander of the latest Hawai’i-Space Exploration and Analog Simulation, said in a statement on Instagram’s blog yesterday (July 20). Added chief...
  • What happens when a $35,000 Tesla arrives?

    07/21/2014 7:37:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 104 replies
    CNET ^ | July 20, 2014 2:30 PM PDT | Brooke Crothers
    Tesla said this week that its $35,000 entry, due in 2017 (or thereabouts), will be called the Model 3. One of the keys to making a cheaper Tesla is battery technology, as CEO Elon Musk pointed out to Auto Express earlier in the week. I chatted with John Voelcker, senior editor for High Gear Media, which publishes Green Car Reports, in the wake of the news. He offered insight into what impact a lower-priced Tesla might have. Q: Tesla has sold very pricey cars to date. How might a $35,000 Model 3 shake things up? John Voelcker: A list price...
  • Video: Apollo 11 Landing Site

    07/20/2014 4:41:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM) touched down on the surface of the Moon. On the eve of this anniversary, NASA has released a new look at the Apollo 11 landing site created using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • Ford Pinto owners gather for annual charity drive

    07/20/2014 1:48:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    mlive ^ | July 18, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Michael Wayland
    Roughly 50 Ford Pinto enthusiasts are gathering today for the fourth annual "Pinto Stampede," a three-day event from Dearborn, Mich. to Hell, Mich and back to Dearborn -- the birthplace of the Ford Pinto. The caravan of Ford Pintos, produced from 1971-1980, will make several stops on their journey including a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Product Development Center, the Ford & Mercury Restorers Club Car Show and other landmarks on their ride to 'Hell and Back.' "The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others," said Norm...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Hamas Committing 'Double War Crime'

    07/20/2014 11:20:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    abc ^ | 06:21 | 07/20/2014
    We regret civilian deaths. Those lay at hamas' door. Hamas is deliberately targeting our civilians. They have fired 2,000 rockets at Israel's cities. 75% of our population has to be in bomb shelter alert. Of 60 seconds or 90 seconds. They're digging these terror tunnels from gaza. From homes in gaza to penetrate and infiltrate Israeli territory. They've emerged there and killed Israelis and run back or tried to run back into their territory. We have tried to take action. What hamas is doing is embedding its rocketeers, these tunnels, these terror tunnels in homes, in hospitals, in schools. When...
  • New Toyota minivan lets parents use built-in microphone to scream at unruly kids in back seats

    07/19/2014 2:42:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Tom Krisher,
    The latest version of the company’s Sienna minivan has a feature called “Driver Easy Speak.” It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak “so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back.” But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids can’t talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an...
  • Cops: Teens Attacked Adult Near Taste Of Park Ridge

    07/18/2014 5:16:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | July 17, 2014 8:12 PM
    It was a vicious attack: The alleged beating of a man by teenagers amid a large crowd in northwest suburban Park Ridge’s Hinkley Park last weekend. And it was was caught on video. Footage first obtained by the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate shows a 48-year-old man in a yellow shirt pushed to the ground and then punched and kicked by three individuals while a raucous crowd looks on. CBS 2 aired the video on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Police say the man was looking for his son when someone threw a lit firework near him. When he tried to find...
  • Police: Robber Kills Accomplice In Mini-Mart Robbery Gone Wrong

    07/18/2014 5:08:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | June 18, 2014
    Police say two men walked into a mini-mart Friday to rob the place when things went terribly awry. About 11:15 a.m., the men, both believed to be gang members, walked into the store near the intersection of Alhambra and Hollister avenues in El Sereno, LAPD detective Michael Zolezzi said. One man was wielding a rifle and the other toting a machete. As they attempted to rob the store, the man with the firearm got into a struggle with someone inside. The rifle went off, firing a single bullet into his accomplice’s upper body. He died at the scene. It’s unclear...
  • How Humanity’s Next Moon Explorers Could Live In Lunar ‘Pits’

    07/18/2014 9:32:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | July 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Across the moon’s surface, a separate study saw the spacecraft investigate 200 extremely steep-walled craters, known as “pits”. These would be fascinating places to send astronauts for scientific study. Not only that, they’re actually one of the safest spots possible on the moon, according to a new study. “Pits would be useful in a support role for human activity on the lunar surface,” stated lead researcher Robert Wagner of Arizona State University. “A habitat placed in a pit — ideally several dozen meters back under an overhang — would provide a very safe location for astronauts: no radiation, no micrometeorites,...
  • Family Says High School Basketball Star Is Very Much Alive

    07/17/2014 9:08:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | July 17, 2014 7:38 PM | Tom Wait
    CHINO HILLS ( — The family of a high school basketball star who was critically injured in a skateboarding accident says he is very much alive, despite reports to the contrary. Nnamdi Okongwu, 17, plays center for Chino Hills High School and was reported dead Wednesday. Okongwu was rushed to a hospital after hitting his head while skateboarding two days ago. Classmates offered condolences to his family on Twitter. One of his coaches described him as being brain dead after the accident. On Wednesday evening, the hospital said Okongwu was alive but couldn’t provide his condition. CBS2′s Tom Wait spoke...
  • Police say gunmen in Stockton shootout were gang members

    07/17/2014 5:55:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Evan Sernoffsky
    The surviving suspect from a Stockton bank robbery, car chase and shootout that left a hostage and two suspects dead is a 19-year-old gang associate, police said Thursday. Jaime Ramos of Stockton was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder. Police said he was one of three documented Norteńos gang members who took part in an hour-long chase and shootout with dozens of officers Wednesday. ... About an hour into the chase, the second bank-employee hostage was thrown or jumped from the vehicle that was traveling around 50 mph, police said. She...
  • New Billboard Tells Californians The State Is No. 2 In Cases Of Syphilis

    07/17/2014 5:44:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | July 17, 2014 4:26 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — California is one of the nation’s leaders in tourism, solar jobs, charter schools, sunny days and the entertainment industry. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state is in danger of leading in another area: syphilis. The rate of syphilis infection for the United States and its regional territories began rising for the first time in a decade in 2001 after steadily declining every year since 1990, the CDC said. The national rate held steady at 4.5 infections in 100,000 in 2011, but the CDC’s most recent data shows that in 2012,...
  • Ideas Wanted for NASA Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa

    07/17/2014 2:38:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | July 16, 2014 01:00pm ET | By Kelly Dickerson, Staff Writer
    According to the report, the future mission should focus on taking a closer look at the ocean that scientists suspect lies below the surface; characterizing its icy crust and looking for any subsurface liquid water; determining the surface composition and chemistry; examining surface features and identifying landing areas for future missions; and understanding the purpose of its magnetosphere — the magnetic field surrounding the celestial body. NASA officials said the instrument proposals should focus on at least one of these exploration goals. The announcement calls for instruments designed for a spacecraft that will orbit Europa or complete several flybys, since...
  • Cygnus Commercial Resupply Ship ‘Janice Voss’ Berths to Space Station on 45th Apollo 11 Anniversary

    07/16/2014 5:42:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | July 16, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    Cygnus by the book arrival at the million pound orbiting laboratory coincided with the 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969 on America’s first manned moon landing mission. This mission dubbed Orbital-2, or Orb-2, marks the second of eight operational cargo resupply missions to the ISS under Orbital’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The supplies are critical to keep the station flying and humming with research investigations. The Cygnus spacecraft was christened “SS Janice Voss” in honor of Janice Voss who flew five shuttle missions during her prolific astronaut carrier, worked for both...
  • Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

    07/15/2014 1:27:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | Lewis Page,
    The primitive folk assessed by many archaeologists as being the original native Americans – that is, the Clovis people – killed and ate the lovable prehistoric elephants that inhabited the continent alongside them, scientists say. The proto-dumbo species in question is known as the gomphothere. Until recently, it had been thought that gomphotheres had disappeared from North America well before human beings showed up, but new fossil evidence appears to show that at least one cuddly tusker was brutally killed by Clovis people around 13,400 years ago. The luckless pachyderm was then scoffed by its peckish assailants. "This is the...
  • Some in Arizona town plan to block immigrants

    07/15/2014 7:05:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6:41 am, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | ASTRID GALVAN,
    Protesters in a small town near Tucson want to send a message about the immigration debate Tuesday, when they plan to block a bus they believe will be transporting about 40 immigrant children to an academy for troubled youths in Oracle. The protests are expected to mirror those in Murrieta, California, where the mayor and residents blocked buses carrying immigrant children who were set to be processed there. ... The fallout began in late May when reports surfaced that immigration officials were dropping off hundreds of women and children at Phoenix and Tucson Greyhound bus stations after they had been...