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  • NASA Test Fires New Engine Controlling ‘Brain’ for First SLS MegaRocket Mission

    03/29/2017 7:38:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universe today ^ | 003/26/2017 | Ken Kremer
    The newly developed engine controller is a modern version from the RS-25 controller that helped propel all 135 space shuttle missions to space. ... “The controller manages the engine by regulating the thrust and fuel mixture ratio and monitors the engine’s health and status – much like the computer in your car,” say NASA officials. “The controller then communicates the performance specifications programmed into the controller and monitors engine conditions to ensure they are being met, controlling such factors as propellant mixture ratio and thrust level.” A quartet of RS-25 engines, leftover from the space shuttle era and repeatedly reused,...
  • Storm chasers with Weather Channel ties killed in 2-vehicle crash...

    03/29/2017 7:27:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | 03/28/2017 | ELLYSA GONZALEZ
    Three storm chasers were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Dickens County as a line of tornadic thunderstorms moved through the South Plains. News of the crash spread quickly through the weather monitoring community, prompting an outpouring of support for the chasers who were from out of state, including a statement from The Weather Channel. ... Investigators believe a black suburban was traveling northbound on FM 1081 when it disregarded a stop sign and collided with a black Jeep that was traveling west on FM 2794. “There were two drivers and one passenger in the two vehicles,” Gonzalez...
  • How Did Uranus Get its Name?

    03/20/2017 5:03:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 20 Mar , 2017 | Fraser Cain
    Consider the discovery of Uranus. While this planet had been viewed on many occasions by astronomers in the past, it was only with the birth of modern astronomy that its true nature came to be understood. And with William Herschel‘s discovery in the 18th century, the planet would come to be officially named and added to the list of known Solar Planets. The first recorded instance of Uranus being spotted in the night sky is believed to date back to the 2nd century [sic] BCE. At this time, Hipparchos – the Greek astronomer, mathematician and founder of trigonometry – apparently...
  • Auntie Fee... fried food made her an Internet sensation, suffers heart attack and dies

    03/19/2017 9:22:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    L A Times ^ | 03/19/2017 | Esmeralda Bermudez and Christine Mai-Duc
    Felicia O’Dell, 59, who won viral fame in 2014 after her son posted a four-minute clip of her cooking some dough-covered “sweet treats for the kids,” died early Friday at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, her brother June O’Dell said Saturday. In a Facebook post, O’Dell’s son Tavis Hunter wrote that “god made the decision to take my mother home,” and added that “She can finally Be happy.” ... Fee’s fame has come with no small amount of criticism. Some have called her illiterate, unsanitary and unscripted... They have said her dishes — loaded with butter, sugar and grease — will send...
  • Mini-nukes and mosquito-like robot weapons being primed for future warfare

    Nanotechnology opens up the possibility to manufacture mini-nuke components so small that they are difficult to screen and detect. Furthermore, the weapon (capable of an explosion equivalent to about 100 tons of TNT) could be compact enough to fit into a pocket or purse and weigh about 5 pounds and destroy large buildings or be combined to do greater damage to an area. "When we talk about making conventional nuclear weapons, they are difficult to make," he said. "Making a mini-nuke would be difficult but in some respects not as difficult as a full-blown nuclear weapon." Del Monte explained that...
  • Man killed at Paris airport used lead-shot [sic] pistol to try to take soldier hostage...

    03/18/2017 6:37:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    L A Times ^ | 03/18/2017 | Kim Willsher
    One of France’s main airports was evacuated and flights disrupted for hours Saturday after a man wrestled a soldier to the ground and snatched her automatic rifle, telling her colleagues “there will be deaths.” The 39-year-old assailant, identified by authorities as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was known to France’s intelligence services as a possible Islamist extremist. Hours before the airport attack, he wounded a police officer with a 9-millimeter lead-shot pistol during a traffic stop and later opened fire in a bar without hitting anyone, Francois Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said at an evening news conference.
  • Goodbye, Mimas! Saturn Moon Stuns in Cassini's Final Photo Shoot

    03/17/2017 7:17:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | March 15, 2017 03:00pm ET | Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer
    Cassini flew just 25,620 miles (41,230 kilometers) from the pockmarked moon Jan. 30, on the spacecraft's seventh and final flyby of the moon. Due to a massive crater on one side, Mimas is known as the "Death Star" moon — but this time, that crater is out of view. (Another recent Cassini photo, from a November flyby, highlights the giant Herschel crater.) During the flyby, Cassini captured 10 images from about 28,000 miles (45,000 km) away that were combined into a mosaic. More than half the moon was lit only by reflected light from Saturn — one image has that...
  • Paramount Metal Processing Company Ordered To Shut Down Fourth Time This Year

    03/17/2017 2:34:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 03/17/2017
    The company won’t be permitted “to resume operations of any equipment with the potential to emit hexavalent chromium until SCAQMD determines that the average of the three most recent samples, collected over about one week, are below 1.0 nanograms per cubic meter,” Atwood said. Along with the California Air Resources Board, SCAQMD also has, since Dec. 23, monitored air quality at six Paramount schools, where recorded average levels have been below 0.3 nanograms per cubic meter. ... Hexavalent chromium is associated with lung cancer when inhaled over long periods, “typically years to decades,” according to Atwood.
  • Google Now Demoting Baseless & Offensive Search Results

    03/16/2017 11:49:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 03/15/2017 | Daniel Fuller
    The company is doing this by rolling out new guidelines for their content quality raters, a worldwide collection of around 10,000 independent contractors that Google hires to rate content yielded by its search engine regarding how well it fits a particular search. Google is now asking raters to do a better job of fact-checking search results and is introducing a new content tag called “Upsetting-Offensive.” The “Upsetting-Offensive” tag is to be used when raters believe a site is deliberately trying to push a negative viewpoint, promote hatred, or outright mislead users in a majorly upsetting way. ... [A] news article...
  • Russia Recruiting For Its Moon Bound Cosmonauts

    03/15/2017 6:28:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | 15 Mar , 2017 | Matt Williams
    Roscosmos hopes to expand its reach further, with missions planned to the Moon and even Mars. Towards this end, on Tuesday, March 14th, the agency announced that it is conducting a recruitment drive for new cosmonauts. All are welcome, the agency stressed, to apply to become the next-generation of space explorers (provided they meet the criteria). And if all goes as planned, a few lucky applicants will be the first members of the Russian space program to “fly to the Moon.” Understandably, Roscosmos is hoping to jump start its space exploration program again and recapture the momentum it enjoyed during...
  • Startup to Serve Up Chicken Strips Cultivated From Cells in Lab

    03/15/2017 8:32:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 03/15/2017 | Jacob Bunge
    And it pretty much tastes like chicken, according to people who were offered samples Tuesday in San Francisco, before a planned big reveal on Wednesday by Memphis Meats Inc. Scientists, startups and animal-welfare activists believe the new product could help to revolutionize the roughly $200 billion U.S. meat industry. Their goal: Replace billions of cattle, hogs and chickens with animal meat they say can be grown more efficiently and humanely in stainless steel bioreactor tanks. Startups including Memphis Meats and Mosa Meat, based in the Netherlands, have been pursuing the concept. They call it “clean meat,” a spin on “clean...
  • Belgian Astronomers Named Newly-Found Planetary System After Their Favorite Beer

    03/14/2017 8:08:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 14 March 2017, 7:22 am EDT | Amy Gordon
    A crew of five astronomers from Belgium have discovered an exceptional planetary system and surprisingly it has got the name of their favorite beer. The planetary system has been christened TRAPPIST-1 by the astronomers after The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope or TRAPPIST. It is an arrangement of seven planets just 40 light-years away, surrounding a dwarf star. The sizes of the planets are almost similar to that of the Earth. Three of the seven planets are in the liveable area of the star to ensure that they can reinforce liquid water in the external zone and support life....
  • Mass Secret Grave In Eastern Mexico Could Be Country's Largest, Official Says

    03/14/2017 12:48:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 03/14/2017
    Bodies are still being recovered from a clandestine grave in Mexico's Veracruz state that a local prosecutor says could turn out to be the largest in the country. Jorge Winckler Ortiz, the state attorney general of Veracruz, says that at one large site, 250 skulls have been found, with more excavation to be done. Winckler says the bodies are those of people murdered by gangs, with the complicity of the government. He added that officials had also deceived families who asked for help in identifying whether their missing loved ones might be in the graves. "Veracruz is a huge grave,...
  • Marine Survey Warns Queen Mary Is Falling Apart, Desperately Needs Repairs Or Could Sink

    03/14/2017 8:35:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 03/13/2017
    ....the city has designated $23 million for urgent repairs, and a plan to build entertainment around the ship would generate the tens of millions of dollars needed to do more repairs. “We know what we’re going to deal with, and we know our partner, Urban Commons, who’s going to be sharing in this investment with the city over the next 66 years that they said: ‘we’re in’,” Keisler added. Urban Commons sent a statement saying: “Our team is already in full swing making critical structural renovations and repairs to ensure the Queen Mary is well equipped for the next 80...
  • 20 years after 7 Israeli schoolgirls were killed, some hail Jordanian shooter as a hero...

    03/12/2017 2:37:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | March 12 at 8:47 AM | Ruth Eglash and Taylor Luck
    It was a scene most Israelis will never forget: Jordan's King Hussein, who just about two years earlier had signed a historic peace deal with Israel, arrived in a peripheral Israeli town to comfort the parents of seven schoolgirls killed by one of his soldiers. ... Saturday night, Ahmed Daqamseh, the Jordanian soldier responsible for the 1997 killing of the Israeli schoolgirls, was released from jail. ... “Don’t believe the lie of normalization with the Zionist entity. Don’t believe the lie of the two-state solution; Palestine united is from the ocean to the river … there is no state called...
  • 35 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide

    03/12/2017 8:52:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    S F Gate ^ | 8:45 am, Sunday, March 12, 2017 | Elias Meseret
    A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 35 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home. Addis Ababa city spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges said most of the dead were women and children, and more bodies were expected to be found in the coming hours. It was not immediately clear what caused Saturday night's collapse at the Koshe Garbage Landfill, which buried several makeshift homes and concrete buildings. The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's...
  • Deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing now reported in U.S.

    03/11/2017 7:18:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies ^ | 03/11/2017 | Lena H. Sun
    The fungus, a strain of a kind of yeast known as Candida auris, has been reported in a dozen countries on five continents starting in 2009, where it was first found in an ear infection in a patient in Japan. Since then, the fungus has been reported in Colombia, India, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. Unlike garden variety yeast infections, this one causes serious bloodstream infections, spreads easily from person to person in health-care settings, and survives for months on skin and for weeks on bed rails, chairs and other hospital equipment. Some strains...
  • Judge denies 'stand your ground' defense in movie theater shooting

    03/11/2017 9:33:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 260 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:24 AM ET, Sat March 11, 2017 | Eric Levenson, Tina Burnside
    The case dates to January 2014 when Reeves, then 71, confronted a man in a suburban Tampa movie theater about texting during the previews before a showing of "Lone Survivor." The two argued, and then Reeves walked out of the theater to complain to an employee. When Reeves returned, he and the man, Chad Oulson, began arguing again. Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, according to a criminal complaint, and Reeves then took out his handgun and fired at Oulson, killing him. Defense attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the murder charge under the "stand your ground" law...
  • The Latest: Turkey minister calls Dutch decision ‘a scandal’

    03/11/2017 9:19:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Wahington Post ^ | March 11 at 11:14 AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Latest on Dutch barring Turkish foreign minister (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Turkey’s foreign minister says that the Dutch decision to deny his plane landing permission for him to enter the Netherlands “is a scandal in every way and cannot be accepted.” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was due to visit Rotterdam on Saturday to campaign for a referendum next month on constitutional reforms in Turkey. The Dutch government says that it withdrew the permission because of “risks to public order and security.” Cavusoglu, speaking at Istanbul’s airport, said that the Dutch are trying to prevent...
  • Earth’s Twisted Sister: How Will We Reveal Venus’ Secrets?

    03/10/2017 8:51:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    universetoday ^ | 10 Mar , 2017 | Evan Gough
    Near-Term goals for the exploration of Venus include improved remote-sensing from orbital probes. This will tell us more about the gravity and topography of Venus. Improved radar imaging and infrared imaging will fill in more blanks. The team also promoted the idea of a sustained aerial platform, a deep probe, and a short duration lander. Multiple probes/dropsondes are also part of the plan. Dropsondes are small devices that are released into the atmosphere to measure winds, temperature, and humidity. They’re used on Earth to understand the weather, and extreme phenomena like hurricanes, and can fulfill the same purpose at Venus....
  • Burglars Nab $4.5M Worth Of Makeup [Eye-Shadow] From Warehouse

    03/10/2017 5:25:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 03/10/2017
    The burglars stole more than 100,000 pallets of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance eye shadow, which is worth $4.5 million.
  • Daylight saving time may be killing you

    03/10/2017 1:09:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 74 replies ^ | 3/10/17 12:11 PM | John Siciliano
    Duke Energy, one of the largest electric utilities in the country, included an article this week that took aim at the clock-changing law, which was updated just over a decade ago by a 2005 energy bill. It pointed out a number of adverse health effects that are a side effect of using 0.5 percent less energy per day as a result of gaining an hour of sunlight. Studies published over the last decade on the effects of daylight saving time have shown it interferes with natural sleep patterns, which people never truly recover from. ... Even worse, medical studies showed...
  • Trump promised $1 trillion for infrastructure, but the estimated need is $4.5 trillion

    03/10/2017 8:47:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 9 at 1:30 PM | Ashley Halsey III
    The price tag for redemption has grown steadily for 15 years while an expanding country has focused on building new infrastructure rather than maintaining existing systems that were nearing the end of their natural life. Since 2001, the cost of repairing those systems has mushroomed from $1.3 trillion to the current figure, more than three times as high, according to an assessment released Thursday by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The report comes out every four years. It gave the U.S. infrastructure an overall grade of D-plus, the same grade it received in 2013, “suggesting only incremental progress...
  • It's a ravioli! It's a UFO! It's ... a moon

    03/10/2017 7:52:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    NASA on Thursday released pictures of Pan, one of Saturn's many moons, and its distinctive shape is drawing comparisons to flying saucers and stuffed pasta. The images of the moon come courtesy of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and reveal the UFO-like form of the tiny satellite, which has an average radius of just 8.8 miles. Cassini's Twitter account tweeted a gif showing the raw images. ... According to NASA's website, Pan's strange shape comes from what is called an equatorial ridge, a characteristic it shares with one of its sister moons, Atlas. The ridge has formed over the course of Pan's...
  • Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades

    03/09/2017 8:41:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than eight inches of rain a year, stands what was once the largest waterfall in the world. It is three miles wide and 400 feet high—ten times the size of Niagara Falls—with plunge pools at its base suggesting the erosive power of an immense flow of water. Today there is not so much as a trickle running over the cataract’s lip... Dry Falls is not the only curiosity in what geologists call the Columbia Plateau. Spread over 16,000 square miles are hundreds of other dry waterfalls, canyons without...
  • Malta's Famous 'Azure Window' Has Collapsed Into The Sea

    03/09/2017 7:45:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Digg ^ | 03/08/2017
    Even if you didn't know it was called the "Azure Window" and didn't know it was located on Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean, you probably recognize pictures of the famous rock formation, a stunning land bridge connecting the island to a massive rock jutting out of the sea ... While stunning, the collapse does not come as a complete surprise. Formed by erosion, the Window was eventually destined to be destroyed by erosion: The same waves which carved the window out of the living rock continues to eat away at the structure and threatens to one day cause...
  • Long-distance Space Travel Boosts Risk of Leukemia

    03/08/2017 7:07:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | Wed, 03/08/2017 | Seth Augenstein
    Humanity is planning its forays out to reach Mars over the next few decades. Such trips would have to traverse an average 140 million miles of vacuum, and take about three years, roundtrip. But the health effects of space are only becoming better understood now. Cancer risks could be seriously increased by the exposure to radiation out in the void, according to a new study published in the journal Leukemia. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found a double-whammy effect: the radiation not only caused mutations in key cells, but also weakened immune response – meaning the body would not...
  • Gunmen disguised as medics storm Kabul hospital, killing 30

    03/08/2017 5:09:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    pbs ^ | March 8, 2017 at 2:11 PM EST | Erica R. Hendry
    Gunmen disguised as medics stormed a military hospital in Kabul early Wednesday, launching an hours-long attack that left 30 dead in Afghanistan’s capital. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on Sardar Daud Khan hospital, which injured more than 50, a government official told Reuters. The attack began on the hospital around 9 a.m. local time, when a suicide bomber blew open the hospital gate, the Washington Post reported. Over the next seven hours, gunmen worked through the hospital floor by floor, opening fire on hospital staff as well as patients. Afghan security forces were dropped onto the...
  • 'Russia practically mediating between NATO members US & Turkey over Syria'

    03/08/2017 2:08:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 03/07/2017 | Ammar Waqqaf
    he Russians wouldn’t want the Turks to choose between Russia and the US; they’d want to bring the US on their side to have a bigger coalition so that instead of competing they could collaborate, said political analyst and Middle East expert Ammar Waqqaf. Russia's Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov has taken part in a surprise meeting with counterparts from Turkey and the US in the Turkish city of Antalya. The focus of the discussion was on security issues in Syria and Iraq, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed...
  • MH370 Lawsuit Suggests Electrical Failures Led to Crash

    03/08/2017 8:20:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    nbc ^ | Mar 8 2017, 9:10 am ET
    The lawsuit, filed Friday against Boeing in U.S. District Court in South Carolina, names seven malfunctions, from an electrical fire to depressurization of the plane's cabin, that could have led to the crew losing consciousness, the plane's transponder stopping its transmission and the plane flying undetected until it crashed after running out of fuel. It came as families of the missing passengers and officials marked Wednesday's third anniversary of the Boeing 777's crash. ... The U.S. lawsuit was filed by Gregory Keith, a special administrator for families who lost loved ones on the Malaysia Airlines flight. It names 44 victims...
  • Why Americans Stopped Dieting: Study Shows Drop In Weight Loss Interest

    03/08/2017 8:04:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 92 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 8 March 2017, 7:19 am EST | Alexandra Lozovschi
    "There's increasing evidence that adults with overweight may live as long as and sometimes even longer than normal-weight adults, making many question whether you have to take it seriously," Zhang added. Even in clinical practice, Zhang explained, treatment for overweight is typically considered only if patients exhibit two or more additional risk factors, like hypertension or high cholesterol. Another possible cause for the lax perception of body weight is the increased social acceptability. With obesity becoming the norm, many feel less pressure to lose weight, Zhang noted. One theory is that body acceptance trends on social media may have been...
  • Cause of death? Too much bacon

    03/08/2017 7:57:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    N Y Post ^ | 03/08/2017 | ap
    “Good” foods that were under-eaten include: nuts and seeds, seafood rich in omega-3 fats including salmon and sardines; fruits and vegetables; and whole grains. “Bad” foods or nutrients that were over-eaten include salt and salty foods; processed meats including bacon, bologna and hot dogs; red meat including steaks and hamburgers; and sugary drinks. The research is based on U.S. government data showing there were about 700,000 deaths in 2012 from heart disease, strokes and diabetes and on an analysis of national health surveys that asked participants about their eating habits. Most didn’t eat the recommended amounts of the foods studied....
  • Towards A New Understanding Of Dark Matter

    03/07/2017 7:29:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 6 Mar , 2017 | Evan Gough
    Dark matter remains largely mysterious, but astrophysicists keep trying to crack open that mystery. Last year’s discovery of gravity waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) may have opened up a new window into the dark matter mystery. Enter what are known as ‘primordial black holes.’ ... Unlike stellar black holes, primordial black holes originated in high density fluctuations of matter during the first moments of the Universe. They can be much larger, or smaller, than stellar black holes. PBHs could be as small as asteroids or as large as 30 solar masses, even larger. They could also...
  • Asteroid passed unusually close to Earth last week

    03/05/2017 8:03:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | March 5, 2017 | Laurel Kornfeld
    Less than 10 feet across, asteroid 2017 EA made its closest approach at 9:04 AM EST (14:04 Universal Time) last Thursday, coming 20 times closer than the Moon, just 9,000 miles (14,500 km) over the eastern Pacific Ocean, according to a NASA statement. The space agency’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), which operates out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, tracks asteroids and comets that come close to the Earth and computes very precise orbits for them but did not detect this asteroid until just six hours before its closest approach to Earth. It was first sighted...
  • A NASA Satellite Almost Collided Into a Martian Moon

    03/03/2017 6:24:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 03/03/2017 | By David Grossman
    NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) is coming up on its second year studying the Red Planet's atmosphere. But it had to make an unexpected maneuver this week as it came face to face with an unlikely foe—a Martian moon named Phobos. The larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos' defining feature is a giant crater on its surface, Stickney, and a smaller crater within that crater, Limtoc. It moves around Mars faster than Mars rotates, and it became clear last week that it was going to be on a course missing the MAVEN satellite by only seven seconds....
  • Star Eclipse: Bright Aldebaran Hides Behind Moon Saturday

    03/03/2017 4:15:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | March 3, 2017 12:30pm ET | Joe Rao
    One of the sky's brightest stars will vanish behind the moon as seen from most of the contiguous U.S. and Central America on Saturday night. This eclipse will be widely visible at a convenient time: For the West, it will happen early in the evening, while viewers on the East Coast can watch the event in the late evening hours, approaching midnight.... Aldebaran is the brightest and one of the most colorful stars that can be hidden by the moon, and on Saturday night, it will disappear behind the dark portion, or "limb" of an almost-first-quarter moon (46 percent illuminated)....
  • 'First chemical attack' in Mosul battle injures twelve

    03/03/2017 3:45:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/03/2017
    The victims' symptoms suggested exposure to a "blistering chemical agent", ICRC Middle East director Robert Mardini said. They included blisters, redness in the eyes, irritation, vomiting and coughing. ... It is not yet known who is to blame for the attack, but the mortars were apparently fired from west Mosul - which is still held by so-called Islamic State (IS). ... While the attack is the first recorded use of any chemical weapons in the battle for Mosul, there have been isolated incidents elsewhere in the fight against IS in Iraqi and Syrian territory. In September last year [2016], the...
  • Leaked image suggests Amazon may be making an Alexa Camera

    03/02/2017 9:52:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CNET ^ | 03/02/2017 | Ry Crist
    The Amazon Echo's virtual voice assistant "Alexa" is already a great listener -- now, a new report suggests she might soon keep an eye on your home, too. That scoop comes in the form of a picture of an Amazon-branded security camera that AFTVNews reportedly found "sitting on" The small, free-standing design is similar to products like the Nest Cam or the Canary Flex, but it's the blue ring around the lens -- reminiscent of the blue ring on top of the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers -- that's raising eyebrows. Does that mean that this thing...
  • MS-13 Gang Members Arrested In Connection With Brentwood Teen Murders

    03/02/2017 3:08:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cbs2newyork ^ | March 2, 2017 4:40 PM | Carolyn Gusoff
    Ten Suspects Were In The Country Illegally, Officials Say A broader 41-count indictment against 13 members of MS-13 includes charges connected to seven murders, attempted murders, assaults, racketeering, obstruction of justice, arson, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and related firearms and conspiracy charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. “Ten of those defendants are illegal aliens, two are U.S. citizens and one is a green card holder,” U.S. District Attorney Robert L. Capers said. ... On Sept. 13, the day before her 16th birthday, Nisa Mickens’ brutally beaten body was found on a tree-lined street. The next day, the beaten...
  • Alleged gang members accused in woman's 'satanic' murder in Houston

    03/02/2017 2:55:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    KTRK ^ | Thursday, March 02, 2017 04:05PM
    HOUSTON: Two alleged MS-13 gang members are now behind bars in Houston, charged with killing a woman as part of a 'satanic' ritual. The victim is an unidentified Hispanic woman whose body was found in February. Police now need your help identifying her. Court documents reveal horrifying allegations made by a 14-year-old girl, who accuses both men of 18 drug-fueled days of terror and sexual assault. Diego Rivera and Miguel Alvarez-Flores smiled and waved to Eyewitness News cameras in the court room earlier this morning, right before the charges were read against them. ... According to the teen's testimony to...
  • ‘Strong' tremors recorded for the past week under Hood Canal

    03/02/2017 11:00:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    KIRO ^ | Updated: Feb 28, 2017 - 9:14 AM | KIPP ROBERTSON, Writer
    There’s little doubt in local seismologists’ minds that the numerous tremors recorded in the Puget Sound region over the past several days are related to a phenomenon that some say increases the risk of a major earthquake. Just how much the event increases the risk of a mega-quake is up for debate, but one thing is for sure, the tremors are spreading. “Just over a week with strong tremor[s] every day and spreading mostly north,” the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network wrote on its blog. About every 14 months, the Cascadia Subduction Zone that stretches from Northern Vancouver Island to Cape...
  • Why Sweden is bringing back the draft

    03/02/2017 7:52:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 2 March 2017 | Lee Roden
    1. Not enough people are joining the military In a nation that hasn't formally been involved in a war since 1814, joining the military may sound like a cushy deal, but it seems Swedes just aren't keen. According to a Swedish government inquiry, the country's Armed Forces were short of 1,000 active squad leaders, soldiers and sailors, as well as 7,000 reservists in 2016. ... 2. The situation in the Baltic region has changed Another factor behind bringing back conscription is a less stable situation in the Baltic region compared to the relative calm of the initial post-Cold War years....
  • We’re Not Saying It’s Aliens Because It’s Not Aliens. But Check Out These UFO Data Visualizations

    03/02/2017 7:13:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 02/28/2017 | Matt Williams
    Sam Monfort – a Doctoral Candidate from the department of Human Factors & Applied Cognition at George Mason University – produced a series of visuals that illustrate the history of UFO sightings. And based on the visualized trends, some rather interesting conclusions can be drawn. The most obvious is that the geographical distribution of sightings is hardly even. For starters, reports in the USA were equal to about 2500 sightings per 10 million people. This is almost 300 times higher than the global average. Based on individual states, the concentration of sightings was also quite interesting. Apparently, more sightings happen...
  • NASA Considers Magnetic Shield to Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

    03/01/2017 6:58:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Mar 1, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    Such a shield could leave Mars in the relatively protected magnetotail of the magnetic field created by the object, allowing the Red Planet to slowly restore its atmosphere. About 90 percent of Mars's atmosphere was stripped away by solar particles in the lifetime of the planet, which was likely temperate and had surface water about 3.5 billion years ago. According to simulation models, such a shield could help Mars achieve half the atmospheric pressure of Earth in a matter of years. With protection from solar winds, frozen CO2 at Mars's polar ice caps would start to sublimate, or turn directly...
  • This Tiny Patch Of Mold Cost One Lucky Buyer Nearly $15,000

    03/01/2017 4:23:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | 03/01/2017 | Colin Wyer
    If you consider thousands of dollars for a tiny patch of decades-old mold a tad too pricey, well, maybe you're just not cut out for the high-stakes world of mold auctions. Because not even that hefty bit of green wouldn't have brought home the other bit of green that just sold Wednesday at a London auction house. The mold in question — which actually outpaced early expectations to be sold for a whopping $14,617, according to The Associated Press — is a capsule of the original Penicillium chrysogenum Alexander Fleming was working with when he discovered the antibiotic penicillin. Encased...
  • Ex-Clinton volunteer slammed, loses job, after swipe at widow of fallen SEAL

    03/01/2017 12:45:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/01/2017 | Adam Shaw
    While widely regarded as the most powerful moment of the night, Grilo was not impressed. Responding to a tweet from L.A. Times reporter Matt Pearce, who noted that Owens was crying and overwhelmed, Grilo tweeted: “Sorry, Owens' wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.” ... Grilo’s LinkedIn page says he works as a principal for the Chicago-based Liberty Advisor Group. But as of Wednesday morning, Grilo’s profile page on the site had been deleted, and the company later confirmed that an employee had sent what they...
  • Are aliens invading Australia? Facebook erupts with bizarre theories after a huge fireball...

    03/01/2017 7:42:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies ^ | Anton Nillson
    A mystifying video of what looks like a fireball traversing the Tasmanian sky got UFO believers excited, and they weren't swayed by the federal government's explanation. The federal air navigation services provider Airservices Australia told ABC the fascinating display was simply an aircraft 'as it passed over Australian airspace.' ... The video, uploaded by a southeastern Tasmania resident to Facebook on Tuesday, shows a light object travelling across clear morning sky. As the camera zooms in, the object appears to be ablaze, leaving a trail of orange that splits into two tails. Experts said the contrails created by the aircraft...
  • Women Survive Deadly Plane Crash In Riverside, Both In Critical Condition [CA]

    02/28/2017 4:41:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/28/2017
    Authorities say one of two survivors of a deadly plane crash in Riverside suffered burns on 90 percent of her body. Riverside Fire Capt. Tyler Reynolds said Tuesday that both adult women who survived are hospitalized in critical condition. ... Reynolds says the bodies of an adult woman, adult man and a female teenager have been recovered by the coroner. He says the surviving woman who was burned was found in a bedroom of a home that burned. Their identities are being withheld pending family notification. ... The women who survived the crash, believed to be in their late 30s...
  • Australian arrested for helping ISIS develop long-range missile technology

    02/28/2017 4:23:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 2:14 AM ET, Tue February 28, 2017 | Ben Westcott
    In a statement, the Australian Federal Police said the man had been researching and designing both a laser warning system to detect incoming Syrian and Iraqi munitions and long-range guided missiles for the terrorist group. .@TurnbullMalcolm says 'the arrest is another reminder of the enduring threat we face from Islamist terrorism' MORE: — Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 28, 2017 He's facing three charges which, if he's found guilty, carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. "We've seen Australians arrested for preparations to carry out terrorist acts or providing financial assistance to terrorist groups, we've seen Australians...
  • UPDATE | Report: Father did not know intruder was daughter's friend until after shooting

    02/28/2017 9:23:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    WRDW / WAGT ^ | Tue 9:53 AM, Feb 28, 2017 | Britnee McCoy / Staff
    COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. The investigation continues into a shooting in Grovetown that left a 17-year-old dead after he reportedly entered a girl's home to visit her and was shot by her father. According to the incident report, deputies responded to the Coventry Avenue home on February 25 in reference to a shooting and possible burglary. When deputies arrived around 2:55 a.m., they observed 49-year-old Dereck Fulton attempting to perform CPR on 17-year-old Jordan Middleton. When deputies removed everyone from the house, they found an apparent gunshot wound in the upper left torso on Middleton. The firearm used to shoot Middleton...