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  • GE's Intelligent LEDs Are A Gateway To City-changing Technology.

    04/18/2015 7:23:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    thestreet.com ^ | "business wire"
    Cities on both U.S. coasts will soon begin piloting new GE technology designed to help them become more intelligent and efficient. San Diego, California, and Jacksonville, Florida, will both be trialing a new GE LED solution, which uses LED street lighting installations to connect, collect and analyze data being generated, harnessing the power of the Industrial Internet to help their city run better while providing new services and conveniences for residents and visitors. From high street lighting costs to traffic congestion, parking allotments and emergency response, cities across the world juggle a variety of challenges. GE is developing solutions that...
  • Gas-Line Explosion in Fresno Injures Multiple People, Shuts Down Highway 99

    04/17/2015 6:39:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    At least five people were rushed to the hospital with burns after a “major gas line explosion” at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office gun range, a department official said. The blast occurred about 2:30 p.m. behind the range in an area under construction, said Lt. John Zanoni. The injured did not include Sheriff’s Office employees, he said. No firearms were involved in the explosion. Fresno Fire Department spokesman Pete Martinez said witnesses reported a “ball of fire” that burned multiple people.
  • Scientists Map the ["inferred"] Dark Matter Around Millions of Galaxies

    04/17/2015 2:15:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Ramin Skibba
    The research and maps, which span a large area of the sky, are the product of a massive effort of an international team from the US, UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil. They announced their new results at the American Physical Society (APS) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. According to cosmologists, dark matter particles stream and clump together over time in particular regions of the cosmos, often in the same places where galaxies form and cluster. Over time, a “cosmic web” develops across the universe. Though dark matter is invisible, it expands with the universe and feels the pull of gravity....
  • Saudi-led Yemen air war's high civilian toll unsettles U.S. officials

    04/16/2015 7:22:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Brian Bennett, W.J. Hennigan and Alexandra Zavis
    Pentagon officials, who pride themselves on the care they take to avoid civilian casualties, have watched with growing alarm as Saudi airstrikes have hit what the U.N. this week called "dozens of public buildings," including hospitals, schools, residential areas and mosques. The U.N. said at least 364 civilians have been killed in the campaign. Although U.S. personnel don't pick the bombing targets, Americans are working beside Saudi military officials to check the accuracy of target lists in a joint operations center in Riyadh, defense officials said. The Pentagon has expedited delivery of GPS-guided "smart" bomb kits to the Saudi air...
  • Artificial Photosynthesis Holds Promise Of Cleaner, Greener Environment

    04/16/2015 5:03:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    techtimes.com ^ | Jim Algar
    The breakthrough technology is a hybrid of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that can take in carbon dioxide and use solar energy to convert it into pharmaceutical drugs, biodegradable plastics or liquid fuels. The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, developed the system. The hybrid system mimics natural photosynthesis, the process used by plants to take energy from sunlight and synthesize carbohydrates out of water and carbon dioxide. In the hybrid system, however, the CO2 and water are used to synthesis acetate, a basic building block for biosynthesis, the researchers explain.
  • Russia to build own space station by 2023: Putin

    04/16/2015 3:24:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    "By 2023, we plan to create our own national space station in orbit. This is something far-off in the future, but also necessary for us from the point of view of our national economy," Putin said. Russia and NASA recently agreed to keep operating and financing the International Space Station (ISS) at least until 2024, but future joint space projects remain in doubt, as relations between Russia and the United States have plunged to post-Cold War lows over the Ukraine conflict. The Kremlin strongman said that Russia needed its own space station to be able to view its own territory...
  • Dawn Rises Over Ceres North Pole

    04/16/2015 2:51:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Brand new images taken on April 10 by NASA’s Dawn probe show the dwarf planet from high above its north pole. Photographed at a distance of just 21,000 miles (33,000 km) — less than 10 times the Earth-moon distance — they’re our sharpest views to date. The crispness combined with the low-angled sunlight gives Ceres a stark, lunar-like appearance. ... Meanwhile, scientists have assembled images taken by Dawn through blue, green and infrared filters to create a new color-enhanced map of the dwarf planet. The variety of landforms in conjunction with the color variations hint that Ceres was once an...
  • DHS chief: ‘We don’t have heat shields around our airspace’

    04/16/2015 1:14:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    “What’s a gyrocopter?” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he asked when he learned that one of those ultralight contraptions landed undetected by radar Wednesday on the West Lawn of the Capitol. ... Johnson, speaking briefly to a small group of reporters Thursday, declined to elaborate because “the facts are not in,” but noted that, unlike the movie “Independence Day,” “we don’t have heat shields around our airspace.”
  • Female Chimpanzees Use Tools, Including Spears, More Often Than Males While Hunting, Study Reveals

    04/16/2015 7:46:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    techtimes.com ^ | | April 16, 10:13 AM | James Maynard
    Iowa State University researchers reported in 2007 that chimpanzees near Fongoli in Senegal were using tools, including spears, to hunt. The team also noted in that initial study that females of the species were the ones crafting most of the weapons. However, the small sample size of that initial study led some scientists to question the conclusions of the research. Over the last eight years, investigators have documented more than 300 hunts utilizing spears and other instruments for hunting. Males make up 60 percent of the chimpanzees in the study group, yet they undertook just 40 percent of the hunting...
  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

    04/15/2015 2:48:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi. Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland. Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive. The politician said he was on a front line himself,...
  • GAO reports warns hackers could bring down plane using passenger Wi-Fi

    04/15/2015 1:45:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    fox ^ | April 15, 2015
    A worst-case scenario is that a terrorist with a laptop would sit among the passengers and take control of the airplane using its passenger Wi-Fi, said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who requested the investigation. "That's a serious vulnerability, and FAA should work quickly" to fix the problem, DeFazio said. The avionics in a cockpit operate as a self-contained unit and aren't connected to the same system used by passengers to watch movies or work on their laptops. But as airlines update their systems with Internet-based networks, it's not uncommon for Wi-Fi...
  • The battery powered rocket powerful enough to blast satellites into orbit

    04/15/2015 12:55:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | Mark Prigg
    Chief Executive Peter Beck said the company founded in 2008 to help commercialize the space business, expected to carry out the first flight of its all-composite Electron launch vehicle and the new Rutherford engine before the end of the year. Beck said the engine was also the first to use 3D printing for all primary components, including its engine chamber, injector, pumps and main propellant valves, all mostly made of titanium and other alloys. The lightweight engine can be 'printed' in three days, compared to about a month if it were built using traditional manufacturing. Rocket Lab, which is based...
  • Mom Receives Angry Letter From ‘Friends’ Fed Up With Constant Facebook Posts About Her Baby

    04/15/2015 12:41:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    An Australian mother claims she received an angry letter from a group of friends who apparently asked her to stop with the constant updates and “baby spamming” on social media about her 6-month-old baby. Jade Ruthven sent the letter to Australian writer Em Rusciano, who shared it on Facebook on Tuesday.
  • Tax Freedom Day comes late in 2015 as Americans spend more on taxes than basic necessities

    04/15/2015 11:33:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | Karen Beseth
    For 2015, American taxpayers will have to work nearly a third of the year before they’ve made enough money to pay their taxes, a new report from the Tax Foundation finds. Every year the Tax Foundation studies tax data to calculate how long Americans work to pay federal, state and local taxes. The result is Tax Freedom Day, which is the day taxpayers finally begin working for themselves instead of the government. As the Tax Foundation explains, “Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for...
  • New Kickstarter Will Turn Your Rotting Corpse Into A Lovely Ficus

    04/15/2015 5:41:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    A new Seattle-based Kickstarter aims to give Americans the environmentally-friendly option of composting their bodies, the green alternative to taking up valuable real estate in a resource-draining casket or contributing to carbon dioxide emissions with their burning flesh, like a common tire fire. From this idea, the Urban Death Project was born. “Composting makes people think of banana peels and coffee grounds,” Katrina Spade, the project's founder, told the Times. "But 'our bodies have nutrients. What if we could grow new life after we’ve died?'” Bodies, of course, decompose just like everything else. The Kickstarter page breaks it down. (Ha.)...
  • People in Japan are growing concerned that another major earthquake might hit soon

    04/15/2015 5:11:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    But, when it comes to earthquakes, there are actually some pretty solid, observable predictors that one may be coming soon. And, holy crap you guys, there are a bunch of those happening right now in Japan and I for one am starting to get worried. First up, we had the well-documented mass beaching of a bunch of melon-headed whales (which we are told are actually a type of dolphin and not tiny whales) that happened a few days ago in Ibaraki Prefecture, with around half of the 150 beached dolphins reported to have died. And while some of you may...
  • NASA’s Curiosity rover finds water [using the term very loosely] below the surface of Mars

    04/14/2015 4:10:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by NASA's Curiosity rover, The Guardian reports. Until now, scientists had thought that conditions on the red planet were too cold and arid for liquid water to exist, although there were known to be deposits of ice. Professor Andrew Coates, head of planetary science at the Mullard Space Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, said, "The evidence so far is that any water would be in the form of permafrost. It's the first time we've had evidence of liquid water there now." The latest findings suggest that...
  • ‘Walk Out for Mauna Kea’ rally held at UH-MC

    She said kanaka, or Native Hawaiians, oppose the project not only because the summit is a sacred cultural site but also because of political and environmental reasons. The project did complete an environmental impact statement and undergo a six-year approval process, dating back to April 2009, but several protesters have questioned the integrity of the approvals. At full build-out, the telescope would be 18 stories tall and cover about 5 acres. "No matter what the EIS says, you cannot tell us that building this complex, that will be as large as Aloha Stadium . . . will not have an...
  • NASA's New Horizons probe is visiting Pluto — and just sent back its first [blurry] color photos

    04/14/2015 12:54:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    vox.com ^ | Joseph Stromberg
    Next month, as New Horizons nears Pluto, it will start taking the most detailed photos we've ever seen of it. The craft will begin sending back atmospheric data on Pluto in May, and data on the dwarf planet's surface composition in June. "By the time we get there in July, we will have returned over a thousand images to the ground," Stern told me in a recent interview. This is a big deal. Even though Pluto seems very familiar to us, we know far less about it than about any of the planets in our solar system. Two of its...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon set for Blastoff and Bold Landing Effort Today – Watch Live

    04/14/2015 12:24:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Ken Kremer
    The first attempt to launch the rocket and CRS-6 Dragon cargo capsule on Monday, April 13, was scrubbed just about three minutes before the scheduled blastoff at approximately 4:33 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, due to a violation of the launch weather constraints. Today’s second liftoff attempt 24 hours later, is slated for approximately 4:10 p.m. from SLC-41. NASA Television plans live launch coverage starting at 3:00 p.m EDT: You can watch the launch live on NASA TV here: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
  • Bakersfield Officer Placed on Paid Leave After Allegedly Tickling Feet of Man Shot Dead by Police

    04/14/2015 10:20:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Stringer is accused of grabbing Ramiro James Villegas’ head and touching his feet as he lay dead on a gurney, the Bakersfield Californian reported. He reportedly told another officer that he “loves playing with dead bodies,” the newspaper reported. A trainee apparently was so disturbed by Stringer’s comments that she reported it to her superiors, said attorney Mark Geragos, who is representing Villegas’ family in a claim against the department.
  • Cabal keeping UFO secrets to blame for world’s woes, says former cabinet minister Paul Hellyer

    04/14/2015 10:16:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    thestar.com ^ | Jim Coyle
    On Saturday morning, he was keynote speaker at a Toronto symposium on UFO secrecy, an event that saw about 150 people gather at a University of Toronto auditorium for the old politician’s fascinating review of what ails the country, the world economy, the entire planet. In short, explained Hellyer, it is a secret cabal’s stranglehold on the international banking system, humankind’s failure to adopt the technology available from extraterrestrial visitors, and to apply it to the climate crisis of global warming. “Most of us do not know what is going on,” Hellyer said. And the problem, he said, in the...
  • L.A.-Bound Flight Returns to Seattle After Ramp Agent Trapped in Cargo Hold

    04/13/2015 4:11:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Immediately after takeoff from Sea-Tac, the pilot “reported hearing banging from beneath the aircraft,” according to the airline. “The captain immediately returned to Seattle, declaring an emergency for priority landing,” the statement said. “The aircraft was in the air for 14 minutes. After landing, a ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature controlled.”
  • Washington State Wants to Build a Bridge Out of Old Aircraft Carriers

    04/13/2015 1:43:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    n the not-too-distant future, drivers in Washington state could cross the Sinclair Inlet on a bridge made of two or three decommissioned aircraft carriers. ... No aircraft carrier is available for the project—not yet, at least. Currently, the backers of the project have their eyes on the USS Independence, which was commissioned in the 1960s and could go to the salvage yard later this year, and the USS Kitty Hawk, a carrier that sailed in the Vietnam War after its 1958 commission.
  • Fukushima robot stranded after stalling inside reactor

    04/13/2015 12:33:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Justin McCurry
    Decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered a setback after a robot sent in to a damaged reactor to locate melted fuel stalled hours into its mission and had to be abandoned. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the robot stopped moving on Friday during its first inspection of the containment vessel inside reactor No 1, one of the three reactors that suffered meltdown after the plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Tepco, which recently conceded that the technology for robots to retrieve the nuclear fuel had yet to...
  • Mystery of Ceres' bright spots grows

    04/13/2015 12:28:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    nature.com ^ | Alexandra Witze
    Not all of the puzzling bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are alike. The closest-yet images of the gleams, taken from 45,000 kilometres away, suggest that at least two of the spots look different from one another when seen in infrared wavelengths. The Hubble Space Telescope spied many of the bright spots from afar years ago, but the observations from NASA's Dawn spacecraft — which began looping around Ceres on 6 March — are the first at close range. The images were released on 13 April in Vienna, Austria, at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union. Scientists say...
  • Caffeine High: Space station getting Italian espresso maker (Update)

    04/13/2015 7:17:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    phys.org ^ | Marcia Dunn
    The experimental espresso machine is intended for International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy. It was supposed to arrive in January, shortly after her arrival, so she could get some relief from the station's instant coffee. But it ended up on the back burner after a station shipment from Virginia was lost in a launch explosion. The espresso maker is dubbed ISSpresso—ISS standing for International Space Station. Italian coffee giant Lavazza joined forces with the Turin-based engineering company Argotec and the Italian Space Agency to provide a specially designed machine for use off the planet. NASA certified its safety....
  • Chinese hacker group among first to target networks isolated from Internet

    04/12/2015 7:32:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | Jeremy Kirk
    An otherwise unremarkable hacking group likely aligned with China appears to be one of the first to have targeted so-called air-gapped networks that are not directly connected to the Internet, according to FireEye. The computer security firm released a 69-page technical report on Sunday on the group, which it calls APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) 30, which targeted organizations in southeast Asia and India. FireEye picked up on it after some of the malware used by the group was found to have infected defense-related clients in the U.S., said Jen Weedon, manager of strategic analysis with FireEye. APT 30 has operated...
  • What Happens Underground When a Missile or Meteor Hits

    04/12/2015 4:58:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    When a meteor strikes the earth or then a missile hits the ground, the destruction above ground is obvious but what happened below the surface is harder to imagine and the information is limited. What are the changes beneath the surface is a question that physicists at Duke University are trying to answer. The physicist from the Duke University have synthesized a technique that enables them to simulate high-speed impacts in artificial soil and sand in the lab then watch what happens underground close-up, in slow motion. According to a study that scheduled to appear this week in the journal...
  • Study: China cybercensors attack outside its borders with 'Great Cannon'

    04/12/2015 4:50:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | Ben Brumfield,
    They've developed a new IT weapon and have attacked servers outside their borders, including in the United States. The study's authors have named it the "Great Cannon," and it operates in plain sight. Going on the attack so visibly and handily within another country's borders will probably draw international ire, the study's authors say, and Beijing may have counted on that. "This is a powerful attack capability, and we are curious about the risk and benefit analysis that led the Chinese government to reveal it with this highly visible denial of service attack," said researcher John Scott-Railton. Enter the Cannon...
  • Pope sparks Turkish ire by referring to Armenian 'genocide' on centenary of slaughter

    04/12/2015 8:06:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | Nicole Winfield
    In a statement following the meeting, Turkey said that the Pope’s message had contradicted his message of peace and dialogue during a visit to Turkey in November. It said that a response would be forthcoming. The Foreign Ministry said that it had expressed “great disappointment and sadness.” The statement also called the Pope’s message discriminatory because he only mentioned the pains suffered by Christian Armenians and not Muslims and other religious groups. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in Argentina, defended his pronouncement by saying it was his duty to honour the memory of...
  • Isil video shows destruction of 3,000-year-old Assyrian city of Nimrud

    04/12/2015 8:00:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has released a video showing jihadists smashing, bulldozing and blowing up 3,000-year-old artefacts in the ancient Assyrian capital of Nimrud. The video depicting the destruction at the Iraqi site shows jihadists using sledgehammers and drills to smash huge alabaster reliefs and a bulldozer to bring down walls. The jihadists are then shown placing barrels apparently filled with explosives before blowing up three separate areas of the site, one of Iraq's greatest archaeological treasures.
  • Two dead in gun attack on South Korea embassy in Libya

    04/12/2015 7:57:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Gunmen killed two people and wounded a third in an attack at the South Korean embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday which was claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group. The gunmen opened fire on the embassy compound from a passing car, killing two people and wounding a third, a Libyan interior ministry spokesman told AFP. A security source at the location said the two dead were both Libyan guards, adding that while the embassy had been closed for several months, South Korean officials were continuing to use it. ... ISIS claimed responsibility for...
  • 3 Saudi army men killed in Houthi attacks

    04/11/2015 6:34:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    RIYADH, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of three Saudi military personnel and injuries of two others by Houthi attacks, Saudi Press Agency reported. Source of the defense ministry highlighted that the case occurred as part of the repeated skirmishes between Saudi land forces along the southern border and the Houthi militias originating from Yemen. The Houthis fired mortar shells on a border control site in Jazan Region.
  • Kenya demands UN move massive refugee camp

    04/11/2015 4:36:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The Kenyan government has given the UN three months to relocate the world's largest refugee camp over the border to Somalia. Nairobi has vowed a tough response following the recent massacre by Somali jihadists. The United Nations Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya houses hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn Somalia, and authorities have in the past accused Islamists of hiding within the camp. "We have asked the UNHCR to relocate the refugees in three months, failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves," Deputy President William Ruto said in a statement on Saturday, adding that the government will secure...
  • This Mountain on Mars Is Leaking

    04/11/2015 4:22:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Jason Major
    As the midsummer Sun beats down on the southern mountains of Mars, bringing daytime temperatures soaring up to a balmy 25ºC (77ºF), some of their slopes become darkened with long, rusty stains that may be the result of water seeping out from just below the surface. The image above, captured by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Feb. 20, shows mountain peaks within the 150-km (93-mile) -wide Hale Crater. Made from data acquired in visible and near infrared wavelengths the long stains are very evident, running down steep slopes below the rocky cliffs. These dark lines, called...
  • China's 'Great Cannon': Taking censorship across country borders

    04/11/2015 11:53:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    China has developed a new censorship weapon to accompany its Great Firewall in order to silence not only its citizens -- but critics around the globe. According to a report released Friday by Citizen Lab, the 'Great Cannon' was first used against GitHub and Greatfire.org servers, both incidents of which were high-profile DDoS attacks designed to deny access to materials criticizing China's regime, censorship tools and copies of websites banned in the country. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, University of Toronto's Citizen LabCitizen Lab, the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Princeton University suggest in the paper that...
  • Iris Scanner Identifies a Person 40 Feet Away

    04/11/2015 11:23:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Glenn McDonald
    Like similar biometric technologies — fingerprint or facial recognition systems — the Carnegie Mellon project uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques. The technology captures images from a live photographic or video feed and runs them through a database to find a potential match. Like fingerprints, every iris is unique — thanks to enormously complex patterns that remain the same throughout a person’s lifetime. High-resolution cameras can capture images of the iris from a distance using light in the near-infrared wavelength band. In the realm of law enforcement, iris recognition could be used to identify suspects at long range in various lighting conditions....
  • FBI probing videotaped beating by San Bernardino deputies

    Ten San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were placed on paid administrative leave Friday after TV news video showed them beating and kicking a suspect.. Sheriff John McMahon announced the move to place the deputies -- including a sergeant and a detective -- on leave during a news conference Friday afternoon. He said some of the actions on the tape appeared "excessive." “I am disturbed and troubled by what I see," he said. "It does not appear to be in line with our policies and procedures.” Also on Friday, the FBI opened a civil rights investigation into the incident, The Times...
  • Christian Family Band Members in Deadly Arizona Parking Lot Brawl, Police Say

    04/11/2015 7:54:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    Officers wanted to question them about the alleged assault of a Walmart employee who was going into the store bathroom. The police were accompanied by another Walmart employee. ... Several times on the video the group appears to surrender, but starts fighting again. The melee goes for several minutes until backup officers arrive and make arrests. Police charged four members of the family with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Two minors were also taken into custody and are being held at a juvenile detention facility.
  • Latest on Americas Summit: Pot bangers protest over Maduro

    04/10/2015 6:32:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was greeted with a din of banging pots as he arrived for the start of the Summit of the Americas. ... Banging pots is a popular form of protest in Latin America. Residents in adjacent high-rises also toggled their apartment lights on and off as Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores were shown on television walking onto the red carpet to the waiting host, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. ... Halfway through his first full day in Panama for the Summit of the Americas, President Barack Obama appears to be losing steam. His eyes glazed over...
  • Ten California deputies put on leave after video shows man being beaten

    04/10/2015 2:58:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 89 replies
    cnn ^ | Ralph Ellis and Michael Pearson
    KNBC reported that the man -- identified by authorities as Francis Pusok -- appeared to be kicked 17 times, punched 37 times and hit with a baton four times. Pusok was later hospitalized, KNBC reported, citing authorities. "The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately," McMahon said in a statement. The ACLU of Southern California issued a statement Friday saying that it was "deeply troubled" by the images. "While we applaud Sheriff John McMahon's prompt decision to investigate the disturbing actions of his deputies, we believe more is needed," the organization...
  • Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” II: Questioning the Hart-Tipler Conjecture

    04/10/2015 11:52:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Paul Patton
    The argument claiming that extraterrestrials don’t exist was actually proposed by the astronomer Michael Hart, in a paper he published in 1975. Hart supposed that if an extraterrestrial civilization arose in the galaxy it would develop interstellar travel and launch colonizing expeditions to nearby stars. These colonies would, in turn, launch their own starships spreading a wave of colonization across the galaxy. How long would the wave take to cross the galaxy? Assuming that the starships traveled at one tenth the speed of light and that no time was lost in building new ships upon arriving at the destination, the...
  • Moscow Ponders €17 Million Russian Rival to McDonald’s

    04/10/2015 11:34:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 4/9/15 at 12:29 PM | Damien Sharkov
    The Russian government is mulling over funding a €17 million project, planned as a Russian rival to U.S. fast food chain McDonald’s, according to Russian press. The initiative, instigated by film directors Andrei Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov has already been looked at by Russian president Vladimir Putin and on his request Russia’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich will review the idea today, Russian newspaper Kommersant reports. According to a letter from the two directors, addressed to Putin last month and obtained by Kommersant, the catering chain is intended to become “an alternative to Western fast food chains.” It is planned...
  • ‘Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the U.S.

    04/09/2015 8:48:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    washington.edu ^ | Hannah Hickey
    The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on California beaches. A long-lived patch of warm water off the West Coast, about 1 to 4 degrees Celsius (2 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, is part of what’s wreaking much of this mayhem, according to two University of Washington papers to appear in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “In the fall of 2013 and...
  • Being overweight 'reduces dementia risk'

    04/09/2015 6:14:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    bbc ^ | James Gallagher
    The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed medical records from 1,958,191 people aged 55, on average, for up to two decades. Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a healthy weight. But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia - and the figure was 24% for the obese. "Yes, it is a surprise," said lead researcher Dr Nawab Qizilbash. He told the BBC News website: "The controversial side is the observation that overweight and obese people have a lower...
  • Our Sun was Late to the Milky Way's Baby Boom Party

    04/09/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Ian O'Neill
    The further [sic] astronomers look into the universe, the longer into the past they can see. As light travels at a finite speed (the speed of light), studying a galaxy 1 billion light-years away corresponds to a time when the universe was 1 billion years younger than it is now. So by surveying Milky Way-like galaxies at different distances from us, we can see how our galaxy may have looked in the past. And by doing this, astronomers have created a timeline and identified when the Milky Way likely had the most intense period of stellar birth. “This study allows...
  • Arctic ‘Carbon Bomb’ Theory Falls Flat

    04/09/2015 2:29:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Michael Bastasch
    A new study debunks the theory that melting permafrost in the Arctic region will release a “carbon bomb” that will cause catastrophic global warming. “The data from our team’s syntheses don’t support the permafrost carbon bomb view,” A. David McGuire, a climate scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, said in a statement. News reports have hyped up the study saying melting Arctic permafrost could release lots of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere — only adding to worries that global warming will get out of control....
  • Contagious Leukemia Killing East Coast Clams

    04/09/2015 11:32:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    "The evidence indicates that the tumor cells themselves are contagious -- that the cells can spread from one animal to another in the ocean," said researcher Stephen Goff of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Columbia University in New York City. "We know this must be true because the genotypes of the tumor cells do not match those of the host animals that acquire the disease, but instead all derive from a single lineage of tumor cells," Goff explained. The findings, published April 9 in Cell, suggest that cells can survive in seawater long enough to reach and infect a...
  • Here’s How You Can Watch the SpaceX’s CRS-6 Mission From Your Backyard

    04/09/2015 8:12:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | David Dickinson
    Hunting for satellites from your backyard can be positively addicting. Sure, the Orion Nebula or the Andromeda Galaxy appear grand… and they’ll also look exactly the same throughout the short span of our fleeting human lifetimes. Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, humans also have added their own ephemeral ‘stars’ to the sky. It’s fun to sleuth out just what these might be, as they photobomb the sky overhead. In the coming week, we’d like to turn your attention towards a unique opportunity to watch a high profile space launch approach a well-known orbiting space laboratory. On Monday, April...