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  • ...Hunter stumbles across crashed plane in the remote Utah wilderness - but it's empty

    02/12/2016 5:39:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 02/05/2016 | corey charlton
    A Utah hunter received the shock of his life when he stumbled upon the remains of a crashed airplane while walking through the remote wilderness. Tom Austin, who runs a guide service in the area, was walking through Valley Park when he and others in his group spotted something shiny in the distance. Seeing only vehicle and foot tracks around the plane, he feared they were about to find dead bodies inside the Cessna 205 cockpit.
  • Volcanic spires and Joshua trees: Obama protects[sic] 1.8 million acres in California's desert

    02/12/2016 11:42:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 02/11/2016 | Louis Sahagun
    Obama to designate the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which authorizes presidents to create national monuments on federal land to protect "objects of historic and scientific interest." With his second term winding down, Obama has now protected more than 265 million acres of land and water, more than any other administration. A year ago, Obama designated much of the Angeles National Forest as the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The designations, which do not include funding, were supported by groups including the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Assn., the Sierra Club, Defenders...
  • Best Fallout 4 PC Mods

    02/12/2016 8:34:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Fallout 4 has only been out for a few weeks, but there are already plenty of mods available for the PC version. With so many fun and interesting mods to discover, we've decided to compile some of the best mods that the game's passionate community have made so far
  • Kidnapped Journalist’s Naked, Bound Body Found Along Highway in Mexico

    02/12/2016 5:43:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    ktla ^ | 02/11/2016 | cnn wire
    On Tuesday, the same office in neighboring Veracruz state identified Flores Salazar as the slain woman. Around 2 a.m. the day before, the journalist - who covered crime, justice and other stories for a local newspaper - was abducted by gunmen who’d come to her house looking for her, the Veracruz attorney general's office said. Witnesses said that someone who lived there let the assailants in, according to the same office. Flores Salazar's aunt, Sandra Luz Salazar, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that the eight or more armed assailants dressed in what looked like military uniforms came in. They...
  • 'Star Wars' film production company sued for Harrison Ford accident

    02/11/2016 8:53:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    l a times ^ | 02/11/2016 | libby hill
    Harrison Ford's accident on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is coming back to wreak havoc on Foodles Production, a British subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. In 2014, Ford suffered a broken leg on the set, after being struck by a hydraulic door aboard his character Han Solo’s famed ship, the Millennium Falcon, causing the actor, who was 71 at the time, to be airlifted from Buckinghamshire to Oxford to undergo surgery for the fracture. On Thursday, British Health and Safety Executive announced their intent to prosecute Foodles Production on four charges of violating workplace health and...
  • New Shape-Shifting Polymer Holds 1,000 Times Its Own Mass - Watch Out Plastic Man!

    02/11/2016 8:22:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Tech Times ^ | February 11, 10:24 PM | James Maynard,
    One challenge facing researchers was learning how to control crystallization of the polymer. As similar shape-shifting materials are stretched or cooled, atomic strands of polymer molecules re-align, driving the object to stay in the "temporary" alignment. This process makes it more and more difficult to bring the object back to its "relaxed," original form. Individual "linkers" were used to connect the molecules, reducing the effects of crystallization in the new polymer. By carefully controlling the placement of the linking chains, researchers were able to precisely direct the turning point of the material. When the new polymer is removed from the...
  • Cryogenics: Entire Rabbit Brain Successfully Frozen and Revived For First Time

    02/11/2016 5:03:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 76 replies
    natureworldnews ^ | Feb 11, 2016 05:59 PM EST | Samantha Mathewson
    "Using a combination of ultrafast chemical fixation and cryogenic storage, it is the first demonstration that near­ perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable," the Brain Preservation Foundation wrote in a news release. The team, led by recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Robert McIntyre, filled the vascular system of the rabbit brain with chemicals that prevent decay and allow it to be cooled to -211 degrees Fahrenheit. When thawed, the brain was found to have all of its synapses, cell membranes, and intracellular structures intact. "Every neuron and synapse looks beautifully preserved across the entire...
  • U.S., Russia and other powers agree on ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria’s civil war

    02/11/2016 4:51:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    washington post ^ | 02/11/2016 | Karen DeYoung
    The United States, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war that allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday morning. The end of hostilities, which Kerry avoided calling a cease-fire, is scheduled to go into effect "in one week’s time," Kerry said. Humanitarian access to towns and cities in Syria where food and medical supplies have been blocked, sometimes for months, is to begin immediately. ... The plan, drafted by United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura, in consultation with Kerry and...
  • South Korea cuts off power, water into Kaesong zone in North Korea

    02/11/2016 3:18:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    reuters ^ | Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:46pm EST | Jack Kim; Toni Reinhold)
    The 280 South Koreans who had remained in Kaesong rushed to vacate the industrial park on Thursday evening, completing the pullout at 11:05 p.m. (1405 GMT), said the South's Unification Ministry, which handles ties with the North. A few minutes before midnight, the South shut off the supply of electricity into Kaesong that powered the factory zone, the ministry said early on Friday. The action also cuts off water supply, it said. ... The Kaesong project employed about 55,000 North Koreans, who were given a taste of life in the South, working for the 124 mostly small and medium sized...
  • Official unsure of where Iran's enriched uranium is stored

    02/11/2016 3:09:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ap ^ | 02/11/2016 | richard lardner
    A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement. Ambassador Stephen Mull, the lead U.S. official overseeing the deal's implementation, said during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the stockpile is a Russian custody issue. He said the U.S. is confident the material will be controlled properly. "We obviously have had many differences for many years with Russia," Mull said. "But one of the features of our relationship is pretty close cooperation and...
  • As Europe faces Syrian refugee crisis, Gulf States slammed for not taking in Arab brethren

    02/11/2016 2:56:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 02/10/2016 | FELICE FRIEDSON, JOSHUA A. HOLMES
    As the debate surrounding migrants in Europe intensifies, the Gulf States continue to face harsh criticism for their refusal to accept Syrian refugees. Unlike Lebanon and Jordan, which took in some 1.5 million Syrians so far, Gulf States like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE have been accused of having accepted very few, if any, asylum seekers. Human rights activists have been sternly critical of Gulf leaders, blaming them for turning their backs on their Arab brothers. ... Spokespersons from dozens of organizations, from Amnesty International to Human Rights Watch, have lashed out at Saudi Arabia and its allies...
  • Fifty-two inmates dead in cartel prison battle in northeast Mexico

    02/11/2016 11:07:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    rueters ^ | Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:03am IST
    Fighting broke out before midnight in two areas of the Topo Chico prison between a faction of the brutal Zetas gang and another group, Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said. "During the clash several prisoners set fire to the food storage and sleeping areas," Rodriguez told reporters. It was not immediately clear how the victims died but Rodriguez said there was no gunfire. Rodriguez said the situation had been brought under control at about 1:30 a.m.(0730 GMT) on Thursday and ruled out a prison break. Worried family members outside the prison at one point forced open the prison gates...
  • Streets to Avoid During President Barack Obama's Los Angeles Visit

    02/11/2016 8:42:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    For Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department urged commuters to avoid: *The area around North Hollywood Way between North San Fernando Boulevard and Forest Lawn Drive from 3:15 to 4:45p.m. *The area around North Hollywood Way between Forest Lawn Drive and North San Fernando Boulevard from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. *The area around Rimpau Boulevard between West Pico Boulevard and West Sixth Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. *The area around Wilshire Boulevard between South Hudson Avenue and South Arden Boulevard from 5:30 to 7 p.m. *The area around West Fourth Street between South Muirfield Road and Lorraine Boulevard from...
  • Hieronymus Bosch's 'Garden of Earthy Delights' Is Now a VR Universe

    02/11/2016 8:02:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    thecreatorsproject ^ | Feb 9 2016 | Beckett Mufson
    Open the app on your iPhone or Android, and you'll find yourself flying into the Garden of Eden on a giant fish. A unicorn, a chest-puffing bird, and a white giraffe are your first companions before you come across the divinely pink central fountain, thought to be evidence of Bosch's fascination with Tantric Buddist and Hindu philosophy. The fish takes you from location to location, so you can sit back and soak it all up. In VR, you can't help but focus on every little detail, which is one of the strengths of analyzing such a dense painting through this...
  • NASA delays space station cargo run due to mold on packing bags

    02/10/2016 8:25:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    rueters ^ | Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:44am IST | irene klotz
    NASA's next cargo run to the International Space Station will be delayed for at least two weeks after black mold was found in two fabric bags used for packing clothing, food and other supplies, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. The source of the mold, a common fungal growth in humid climates like Florida's, is under investigation by NASA and Lockheed Martin, which prepares NASA cargo for launch aboard two commercial carriers, Orbital ATK and privately owned SpaceX. An Orbital Cygnus cargo ship was more than halfway packed for the launch, scheduled for March 10, when the mold was...
  • Now You Can Make Artificial Human Organs With A $40 Cotton Candy Machine

    02/10/2016 8:21:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Tech Times | ^ | February 10, 6:39 PM | J.E. Reich,
    Researchers at Vanderbilt University think they have found the key to creating artificial capillaries, livers and other human organs - and it's all thanks to everyone's favorite state fair treat, cotton candy. The results of the team's research, published in the scientific journal Advanced Healthcare Materials, explains that the scientists, lead by Vanderbilt's assistant professor of mechanical engineering Leon Bellan, were able to "spin" artificial models of both human organs and veins with a simple $40 cotton candy machine. Inspired by the "fine" nature of cotton candy, which acts as a sort of intricate fiber - or, in the case...
  • China is on a massive gold buying spree

    02/10/2016 6:35:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    kspr ^ | 02/10/2016 | heather long
    China's government doesn' share exact figures, but the vast majority of gold heading into mainland China passes through Hong Kong, which does make its records public. Gold imports to China have surged over 700% since 2010, according to the latest data from Hong Kong. Exactly what China is doing with all that gold remains somewhat of a mystery. The increasingly wealthy Chinese are buying, but that doesn'txplain all the jump in demand. The government says its gold reserves have grown only a little in recent years. Experts question whether China is telling the whole truth. "hina has a lot more...
  • $15 minimum wage would create $6.5 billion for NYC economy, state report says

    02/10/2016 6:09:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 90 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 02/10/2016 | blenn bain
    Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would benefit 927,400 city workers and pump $6.5 billion into the city's economy, according to state Labor Department report released Wednesday. The report predicted that Gov. Cuomo’s proposal for a $15 minimum wage would boost wages for 2.3 million workers across the state and generate $15.7 billion for New York's economy through increased consumer spending. ... Release of the report came a day after state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County), who has expressed reservations about Cuomo's plan, said Senate Republicans needed more information about the proposal's impact. A report produced...
  • Vesta Rules the February Dusk Skies

    02/10/2016 5:38:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    universe today ^ | 9 Feb , 2016 | by David Dickinson
    Vesta is actually the second largest asteroid belt member, and the brightest asteroid as seen from the Earth, shining at magnitude +5.5 near opposition—bright enough to see with the unaided eye-Vesta can be seen from a good dark sky site if you know exactly where to look for it. February 2016 sees Vesta about 50 degrees above the western horizon at sunset, right along the Cetus-Pisces border. Vesta is worth tracking down this month, as it moves south of and parallel to another solar system resident: +5.9 magnitude Uranus. Follow both Vesta and Uranus, and you can see the difference...
  • Want to drive over anything? You'll need the Russian Sherp ATV

    02/10/2016 4:48:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    mashable ^ | 02/10/2016 | Nick Jaynes
    Do you and one friend need to go anywhere — right now? You'll need the Sherp ATV. It's a two-passenger, diesel-powered wilderness-squasher with patented self-inflating tires. With those massive chunks of rubber at each corner, and nearly encompassing the entire side of the truck, the Sherp can easily roll over obstacles as big as 27.5 inches tall. Although it has a small 1.5-liter diesel engine that produces a minuscule 44 horsepower, the Sherp weighs about as much as a Toyota Corolla, so it's just enough to get it up to its 28 mph top speed on land. On water it'll...
  • 2 deputies killed in Maryland shootout

    02/10/2016 3:49:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | 02/10/2016
    <p>A man shot a sheriff's deputy in the head inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday during a shootout, authorities and witnesses previously said.</p> <p>The gunman was killed and, remarkably no bystanders were hurt, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said.</p>
  • Meteorite probably didn't kill man in India, NASA says

    02/10/2016 3:42:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | 02/10/2016
    The Times of India reports that the meteorite's blast left a crater 5 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Police recovered a black, pockmarked stone weighing 0.39 ounces, it said. However, NASA scientists in the U.S. said in a public statement that photos of the site were more consistent with "a land based explosion," The New York Times reports. In an email to The New York Times, NASA's Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson explained that death by meteorite impact is so rare that one has never been confirmed in recorded history. "There have been reports of injuries, but even those...
  • Cause of deadly German train crash still a mystery

    02/10/2016 1:40:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cbs ^ | 02/10/2016
    Authorities are trying to determine why multiple safety measures failed, allowing two trains to travel on the same single-line track and smash into each other in Bad Aibling in Bavaria on Tuesday morning. They are considering both possible technical errors and human failure. At the scene, 40 miles southeast of Munich, a huge crane was brought in Wednesday to start moving away the wreckage from the tracks - a job the German news agency dpa reported would take two days. About 100 emergency workers are helping with the removal. On the investigation front, the German transport ministry said both the...
  • Android Founder Andy Rubin Wants To Monopolize AI With A Dash Cam And Your Data

    02/09/2016 8:18:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Tech Times ^ | , | February 9, 2:28 PM | J.E. Reich
    The big reveal came in the form of Playground's dashcam hardware, accompanied by an unprecedented plan for the cam's data. According to Rubin, the device would be given away to customers with one caveat: unhindered company access to each dash cam's data set. While Rubin did not explicitly give a step-by-step explanation for the atypical proposal, it seems as if the composite data from each dash cam would be used to piece together a real-time, large-scale visual map which would aid drivers in avoiding commuter pitfalls like congestion. So what else exactly does Playground and its founder have in store...
  • US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

    02/09/2016 4:59:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/09/2016 | Spencer Ackerman and Sam Thielman in New York
    As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind. ... James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States. "In the...
  • Photo shows American flags crumpled up on Hillary HQ floor

    02/09/2016 4:35:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    wahington post via theamericanmirror ^ | 02/09/2016 | kyle olsen
    The Washington Post tweeted a disturbing photo that may show what some Hillary Clinton staffers really think about the American flag.
  • Medium-Size Asteroid Strike Could [Depending on Where It Strikes] ]Unleash a Mini Ice Age

    02/09/2016 11:59:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    space.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | Mike Wall
    Bardeen and his colleagues modeled what would happen to Earth's climate if a 0.6-mile-wide (1 kilometer) space rock plowed into one of the planet's landmasses. Such an impact would probably gouge out a crater about 9 miles (15 km) wide, throw huge amounts of dust into the atmosphere and trigger large-scale fires that lofted lots of soot into the air, provided the strike didn't occur in a desert area with little vegetation, Bardeen said. The material lofted after this hypothetical asteroid strike would stay in the atmosphere for a long time — about six years in the case of dust...
  • Obama’s final budget proposal calls for an almost 5 percent spending boost

    02/09/2016 11:11:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/09/2016 | Steven Mufson
    President Obama presented the final budget proposal of his presidency Tuesday, a $4.15 trillion package that he is calling "a roadmap to a future that embodies America’s values and aspirations." The proposal would boost total spending by 4.9 percent, mainly as a result of increases in mandatory programs, most notably Social Security, and a rise in interest payments on the national debt. ... House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) said that "this isn’t even a budget so much as it is a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans." He said in a statement...
  • Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year

    02/09/2016 9:45:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/09/2016 | Ryan Browne
    The top U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders. James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, estimated that violent extremists were active in about 40 countries and that there currently exist more terrorist safe havens "than at any time in history." Testifying on global threats at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Clapper warned that ISIS and its eight branches were the No. 1 terrorist threat, and that it was using...
  • Players with domestic violence convictions barred from combine

    02/09/2016 9:39:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    nfl.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | chase goodbread
    Beginning this year, a prospect invited to the NFL Scouting Combine will not be allowed to participate if a background check shows misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault, according to a memo obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. ... Under the new policy, Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who attended the 2014 combine, would have been barred...Mettenberger pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in 2010 ... Last year, Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson's invitation to the 2015 combine was rescinded days before the event after he was indicted...
  • Irish deploy military-style checkpoints to suppress gang war

    02/09/2016 9:28:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    philly.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK,
    Taxi driver Eddie Hutch, 59, was shot several times in the hallway of his home. He was targeted in apparent retaliation for Friday's gun attack on a boxing weigh-in being attended by senior figures from a rival gang led by Irish fugitive Christy Kinahan, the other key figure in the underworld bloodletting. In Friday's attack, five gunmen allegedly from the Hutch camp targeted Kinahan loyalists arriving at the hotel for the boxing event. The gunmen, including three armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and disguised as an elite police unit, shot three men, killing one, in front of scores of civilians...
  • North Korea Has Resumed Weapons-Grade Nuke Work, Intel Chief Says

    02/09/2016 9:19:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | 02/09/2016 | jon schuppe
    North Korea, which in recent weeks has conducted a nuclear test and fired a long-range rocket in defiance of United Nations sanctions, has also resumed its efforts to produce weapons-grade nuclear material, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress Tuesday. A North Korean uranium enrichment facility has been expanded, and a plutonium reactor, closed in 2007, is back up and running, Clapper testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee. The reactor could begin to recover plutonium "within a matter of weeks to months," he said. The dictatorship's growing menace also includes a growth in the "size and sophistication of its...
  • 3 arrested for roles in construction of collapsed Taiwan apartment tower

    02/09/2016 9:05:33 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 02/09/2016 | Sophia Yan and Greg Botelho,
    Three people were arrested Tuesday, Xiao Bo-ren, the Tainan government's legal affairs secretary, told CNN. All are former executives of the real estate development company that built Tainan's 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon tower, which collapsed when the magnitude-6.4 tremor hit early Saturday. Lin Ming-hui, former chairman of the now defunct Weiguan company, and two other former executives -- Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui -- face charges of professional negligence resulting in death. The ruins of the toppled high-rise are the most visible evidence of the massive quake, which killed at least 40 people in the normally quiet city of 1.9...
  • Assault with a deadly weapon: Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy’s

    02/09/2016 8:11:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    washington post ^ | 02/09/2016 | Niraj Chokshi and Sarah Larimer
    Investigators identified Joshua James, of Jupiter, Fla., as the man who tossed the 3.5-foot reptile into a Wendy's last fall, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report. He faces three charges related to the incident: Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; unlawful sale, possession or transporting of an alligator; and petty theft. James, 24, was taken into custody and booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Monday, as first reported by NBC affiliate WPTV. Wearing a backwards hat and a white t-shirt, the driver arrived at the drive-through window to receive a large drink...
  • The Latest: Greece: Stop migrants in Turkish waters

    02/08/2016 9:48:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    thepiercecountytribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | ap
    Greece's defense minister says he wants an agreement with neighboring Turkey that would allow the European Union's Frontex border agency to stop and turn back - within Turkish waters - boats carrying migrants to the Greek islands. Panos Kammenos said Monday that he has already made the proposal to his EU colleagues, who "showed great interest," and will raise the matter with NATO officials. He said Greek authorities are in a position to locate smugglers boats as they leave the nearby Turkish coast and alert Frontex, and the Turkish coast guard. Kammenos said this would "stop the great migratory flow...
  • Gravitational Waves and How They Distort Space

    02/08/2016 7:24:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    universe today ^ | 02/08/2016 | Markus Pössel
    February 11, 10:30 EST, there will be a big press conference about gravitational waves by the people running the gravitational wave detector LIGO. It's a fair bet that they will announce the first direct detection of gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. If all goes as the scientists hope, this will be the kick-off for an era of gravitational wave astronomy: for learning about some of the most extreme and violent events in the cosmos by measuring the tiny ripples of space distortions that emanate from them. In the words of the eminent relativist John Wheeler, Einstein’s...
  • Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones: Darpa chip uses 'neural networks'...

    02/08/2016 12:30:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lee Bell
    The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. ... Researchers...
  • Man wearing clown costume arrested for DUI

    02/08/2016 12:13:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    wiat ^ | megan miller
    [A] motorist told the deputy they saw a red Ford SUV that had been driving “erratically.” The SUV was reportedly weaving from lane to lane. When the deputy caught up to the SUV, he observed the vehicle crossing into the oncoming lane and back, and he immediately initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle was dressed as a clown, and told the officer he had a few drinks at a local restaurant. He gave no indication as to why he was wearing the clown costume.
  • Taiwan earthquake: Tin cans found in the construction of toppled high-rise

    02/08/2016 11:38:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 1:09 PM ET, Mon February 8, 2016 | Sophia Yan and Mariano Castillo,
    The Taiwanese government has ordered an investigation into the building's collapse, as images emerged showing tin cans built into the walls of the toppled complex. Emergency workers came across the tin cans during the rescue operation, Taiwan's state-owned Central News Agency reported. They appear to have been used as construction fillers in beams. Taiwan's interior minister and other officials said they would open an investigation into the building's collapse when the rescue operation ends, according to CNA. Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said he would order a probe as well. However, an engineer told CNA using tin cans "for such purposes...
  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

    02/08/2016 11:30:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cns ^ | 02/08/2016 | ap
    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine. ... According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will...
  • Was it a meteorite? Tests will determine what killed Indian man

    02/08/2016 7:22:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 7:27 AM ET, Mon February 8, 2016 | Roshni Majumdar and Tim Hume
    )—Indian scientists will examine remains from an object that fell from the sky Saturday, causing a large explosion which killed a man, to determine if it is a meteorite, police say. If the object is confirmed to be a meteorite - a fragment of a comet or asteroid that has fallen to Earth - the death would be the first fatality from a meteorite on record, it is believed. P. K. Senthil Kumari, the police chief in Vellore district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, told CNN that the object struck the grounds of an engineering school at...
  • Sheriff: Texas Teen Kills Mom, 2 Neighbors, Then Himself

    02/07/2016 7:17:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    cbs ^ | 02/07/2016
    A 19-year-old killed his mother and two neighbors before turning his gun on himself in a shooting that brought SWAT and various emergency vehicles to a rural area in Texas, authorities said Sunday. ... When officers arrived they heard another gunshot. Not knowing whether there were multiple gunmen or whether the gunman was dead, authorities surrounded the homes and began evacuating people nearby. It was during that search that they found Jacques' body. The family's dog had also been killed. Mendeke said he called in about 50 to 60 officers from different agencies as well as a Texas Department of...
  • Iraq planning to build giant "wall" around Baghdad

    02/07/2016 2:44:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | 02/07/2016
    Saad al-Hadithi spoke to The Associated Press after an earlier statement from the prime minister's office seemed to dismiss the idea entirely. "Baghdad is the capital for all Iraqis and it's not possible for a wall or a fence to isolate the city," the earlier statement said. The plan for the wall was originally drafted by the Interior Ministry as an effort to curb near-daily attacks carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and cut down on checkpoints inside the city that snarl traffic. The Interior Ministry's spokesman, police Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, told The Associated...
  • EU referendum: Benefit brake plan 'could boost migration'

    02/07/2016 1:14:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    David Cameron's EU benefit plans could cause a surge in migration before the "emergency brake" is applied, the PM has been warned. Tory MP David Davis said news of the proposed in-work benefits ban could encourage workers to head to the UK. Sir Eric Pickles, a Eurosceptic who supports Mr Cameron's reform proposals, said action had to be taken to prevent a "new influx" of migrants. The ban has to be agreed by all EU nations at a summit on 18 February. It will be graduated, so that the longer migrant workers stay in the UK, the more in-work benefits,...
  • Exclusive: Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales - source

    02/07/2016 9:36:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    rueters ^ | 02/05/2016 | Nidhi Verma
    Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. A source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) told Reuters that Iran will charge in euros for its recently signed oil contracts with firms including French oil and gas major Total, Spanish refiner Cepsa and Litasco, the trading arm of Russia's Lukoil. "In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil...
  • Italian actor declared brain dead after hanging scene goes wrong

    02/07/2016 9:20:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    fox news ^ | 02/07/2016
    <p>Italian actor Raphael Schumacher was declared brain dead Friday after accidentally strangling himself on a theater stage during a hanging scene.</p> <p>Schumacher, 27, was performing in a production at the Pisa’s Teatro Lux on Jan. 30 when a medical student in the audience noticed that the rope around his neck looked to be too tight and Schumacher appeared to be in distress, according to Variety.</p>
  • Italian autopsy on student slain in Egypt: neck blow fatal

    02/07/2016 8:40:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin
    newsadvance.com ^ | 02/07/2016 | ap
    An Italian minister says a second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence. Official results, still partial, are being relayed to Rome prosecutors who are investigating Giulio Regeni's death as a murder. Italian media, reporting on the autopsy completed Saturday night after the body arrived in Rome, say coroners have concluded that Regeni's neck was twisted or struck, breaking a vertebra and leaving him unable to breathe.
  • Sea lion pup recovering after wandering into La Jolla restaurant

    02/06/2016 5:21:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    L A Times ^ | 02/06/2016 | David Hernandez
    The baby sea lion that snuck into a La Jolla restaurant is being fed and treated by specialists at SeaWorld San Diego, who said Friday that the malnourished and emaciated animal was improving. "She's pretty content right now," said SeaWorld senior animal care specialist Kevin Robinson. "She's getting along great. She's had a few good meals and plenty of buddies." And she's been given the name Marina. Employees at the Marine Room restaurant found the pup, which is about the size of a small dog, asleep on a seat near a window overlooking the ocean about 8 a.m. Friday, said...
  • BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says

    02/06/2016 3:50:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    L A Times ^ | 02/04/2016 | amina khan
    Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from UCLA finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy. The findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveal that employers could potentially saddle people with unfairly high health insurance costs based on a deeply flawed measure of actual health. ... Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters. According to the Centers for Disease...
  • Egypt arrests 3 for selling stones from Giza Pyramids

    02/06/2016 3:03:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    fox ^ | 02/06/2016 | ap
    The Interior Ministry announced the arrests Saturday, after journalists from dotmsr, a local website, used a hidden camera to capture horse carriage drivers selling two stones for 250 Egyptian pounds ($32). One of the men, whose face was blurred in the video, bragged about selling stones to foreign tourists for up to 500 euros.