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  • Guns, Ammo Found At Home Of Man Accused Of Making Threats Against Islamic Center Of SoCal

    10/25/2016 7:17:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 10/25/2016
    An Agoura Hills man was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats against the Islamic Center of Southern California in Koreatown. Mark Lucian Feigin, 40, was taken into custody last week. On Sept. 19, the suspect left at the center a voicemail filled with hate and profanity. The next day he called again and threatened to kill Muslims, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said they found at least nine guns, modified high-capacity magazines and 250 pounds of ammunition in the 40-year-old suspect’s home. “People make threats of this nature and they have the means to carry out...
  • Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America

    10/25/2016 7:07:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | 10/25/2016 | Dom Phillips and Nick Miroff
    Zika has left a puzzling and distinctly uneven pattern of damage across the Americas. According to the latest U.N. figures, of the 2,175 babies born in the past year with undersize heads or other congenital neurological damage linked to Zika, more than 75 percent have been clustered in a single region: northeastern Brazil. The pattern is so confounding that health officials and scientists have turned their attention back to northeastern ­Brazil to understand why Zika’s toll has been so much heavier there. They suspect that other, underlying causes may be to blame, such as the presence of another ­mosquito-borne virus...
  • New ‘Selfie’ MicroSatellite Captures Images of Chinese Space Station

    10/25/2016 3:26:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | 10/25/2016 | Nancy Atkinson
    During their mission, the two crew members will perform experiments from 14 different areas including biology, space life science and technological demonstrations. They have set up plant cultivation and growing experiments and have six silkworms on board for a student-based study to see how silkworms produce silk in microgravity. The crew is also doing medical testing on themselves using Tiangong II’s on board ultrasound equipment to scan their cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. They’ll also be checking for bone and muscle degradation and track any changes to their eyesight. NASA and ESA has discovered that the majority of astronauts doing long-duration...
  • Woman who pushed husband to his death from a 25th-floor window found dead in prison cell

    10/25/2016 12:58:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/25/2016 | Lindsey Bever
    <p>Terri Watkins, communications director for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, told The Washington Post that Hilberling was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m. by a facility doctor. Watkins said the death is under investigation by the department’s inspector general and that the medical examiner will determine the official cause.</p>
  • Police: Man dressed as tree arrested for blocking traffic in Maine

    10/25/2016 12:53:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | 10/24/2016
    They say the man didn’t respond to officers when they warned him against obstructing traffic in a busy intersection in downtown Portland. ... The man was charged with obstructing the public way. Police removed the tree outfit and gave it to Public Works to take care of, CBS affiliate WGME reported. A friend of the man says he was trying to study the city’s traffic patterns.
  • Software Error Implicated in Crash of Mars Lander

    10/25/2016 9:41:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 10/25/2016 | George Dvorsky
    By all accounts the descent started well, with the lander decelerating rapidly as it brushed up against the Martian atmosphere, eventually deploying its parachute as planned. But things began to go squirrely just prior to the five-minute mark of the planned six-minute descent. For reasons that are still a mystery, the lander ejected both its heat shield and parachute way ahead of schedule. Schiaparelli then engaged its thrusters for a painfully brief three-second burst—a procedure that was supposed to last for 30 seconds once the lander was just a few feet off the ground. The lander’s onboard computer, it would...
  • MIT has built an AI that makes your pictures really spooky

    10/24/2016 7:55:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | Duncan Geere
    They call it the 'Nightmare Machine'. It's learnt a number of styles , from 'Fright night' to 'Inferno', which the team has applied to a bunch of famous landmarks from around the world.... As well as buildings, the team has been working on making people's faces scarier. That algorithm has been taking a bit more tweaking, and to that end the team wants your help rating whether a selection of faces are scary or not to improve it. "Creating a visceral emotion such a fear remains one of the cornerstones of human creativity,"
  • Attention Choppers! Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into Medical Helicopter, Cops Say

    10/24/2016 7:39:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    cbs8 ^ | 10/24/2016
    A New Mexico motorist was arrested early Monday after cops say he drove around a barricade and smashed into an EMS helicopter while under the influence of alcohol. The McKinley County Sheriff's Office said the helicopter and an ambulance were responding to a man injured in an unrelated accident on Highway 566 near the town of Gallup. Two fire vehicles were used to block the scene from traffic when authorities say a car driven by Glenn Livingston plowed through the roadblock, first striking the helicopter, which tipped over from the impact. The helicopter had not yet taken off, and its...
  • Militant attack on Pakistan police academy kills 44

    10/24/2016 7:06:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/24/2016 | Sophia Salfi
    Sarfraz Bugti, Pakistan's Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs, told reporters that the assault had ended in the early hours of Tuesday and the area had been cleared for attackers. One attacker was killed by security forces; two others died when they detonated bombs they were carrying, he said. It was not immediately clear whether the three dead attackers were among the total number of dead cited by Bugti. Two police officers were also killed during the assault. The attackers focused on a hostel at the academy where as many as 700 police cadets live, officials said.
  • University of Maine professor dies conducting research in Antarctica

    10/24/2016 5:43:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    The Associated Press CTV ^ | October 24, 2016 | John Krinjak
    A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica. The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the role of ice and glaciers in the climate system.
  • US warns citizens of 'attack, kidnapping risk' in Istanbul

    10/23/2016 1:29:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | October 23, 2016
    US warns citizens of 'attack, kidnapping risk' in Istanbul [AFP] October 23, 2016 The US consulate in Istanbul said late Saturday that extremist groups continued their "aggressive efforts" to attack Americans and other foreigners in the city View photos The US consulate in Istanbul said late Saturday that extremist groups continued their "aggressive efforts" to attack Americans and other foreigners in the city (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic) Ankara (Turkey) (AFP) - The United States has warned its citizens of the potential risk of terror attack or attempted kidnapping of foreigners in Istanbul, which has been rocked by several bombings this year....
  • Mosul: Turkey insists its forces 'cannot remain idle'

    10/22/2016 5:36:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    PM Binali Yildirim said it might be necessary to take action because Iraq and the US had not kept their promises. He said both countries had allowed Shia militias and Kurdish separatists to take part in the operation. Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on Saturday told the US that there was no need for Turkish forces as yet. Fighting on the sixth day of the offensive on Saturday was reported to be intense, as the Iraqi military seized more ground. ... Correspondents say Mr Abadi's refusal to countenance the prospect of Turkish involvement in the Mosul offensive could upset Turkish President...
  • Billboard hints illegal immigrants should get a sugar daddy

    10/22/2016 9:29:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    KVUE ^ | Erin Jones
    It reads, "Undocumented immigrant? Before you get deported - get a sugar daddy." ..., which was founded in 2009 and operates in the U.S. and Canada, reports Hispanic women make up more than 31 percent of the women using their site and more than half of them are based in Austin. Torres said he's heard of undocumented women within the Austin area marrying men to become legal.
  • Earth faces another ICE AGE within 15 YEARS as Russian scientists discover Sun 'cooling'

    10/22/2016 7:04:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies ^ | 10/22/2016 | Sean Martin
    Experts say that solar activity as low as it currently is has not been seen since the mini-ice age that took place between 1645 and 1715 – a period known as the Maunder Minimum where the entire Thames froze over. A new model has allowed experts to predict solar activity with more accuracy than ever before and it suggests that magnetic activity will fall by 60 per cent between 2030 and 2040. The model looks at the Sun’s ’11-year heartbeat’ – the period it takes for magnetic activity to fluctuate. This cycle was first discovered some 173 years ago. However,...
  • RIP, Schiaparelli: European Mars Lander's Crash Site Seen By NASA Probe

    10/21/2016 2:24:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies ^ | October 21, 2016 02:56pm ET | Mike Wall,
    The lander, named Schiaparelli, stopped communicating with mission control about 1 minute before its planned touchdown on Mars Wednesday morning (Oct. 19). Newly released photos of the landing site by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) seem to confirm what ExoMars team members had suspected — that Schiaparelli died a violent death. The photos show a bright feature consistent with the lander's 39-foot-wide (12 meters) parachute, as well as a 50-by-130-foot (15 by 40 m) dark patch likely created by the lander's impact, ESA officials said. "Estimates are that Schiaparelli dropped from a height of between 2 and 4 kilometers [1.2...
  • Woman Walking With Human Skull on Stick Leads Sacramento Police to Decomposed Body

    10/21/2016 12:26:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/21/2016
    “There was a transient female walking down the 2900 block of Connie Drive. She actually had a skull in her possession," Sacramento police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein told KTLA sister station KTXL. Officers confronted the woman at an abandoned house on Connie Drive where their investigation began... ... “She brought the officers to the area where she located the skull." Police found the human remains at an abandoned homeless encampment a couple blocks away. Detectives, officers and crime scene technicians spent several hours between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday combing the area for clues. ... Philip, a neighbor, lives in a house...
  • Police Release Sketch Of Attempted Kidnapper With Tattooed Third Eye

    10/21/2016 10:30:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    cbs2la ^ | October 21, 2016 9:16 AM
    She was able to describe the truck as a newer model, royal blue, lifted Ford F250 pickup truck. She also described the attempted kidnapper as a white man with salt and pepper hair slicked back, a large salt and pepper mustache, about 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, and tattoos that included an eyeball on his forehead and a skull on his neck. Anyone with information about the man can call the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.
  • US internet disrupted as key firm gets hit by cyberattack

    10/21/2016 8:06:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    whio ^ | Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 10:05 AM
    New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with malicious electronic traffic. The company said in a series of statements that the attack took place early Friday local time and created disruption, but that "services have been restored to normal," The level of disruption caused was hard to gauge, but Dyn provides internet traffic optimization to some of the biggest names on the web, including Twitter, Netflix and Visa
  • Microsoft rescues disheveled lady Skypers with its TeleBeauty virtual makeup app

    10/20/2016 1:10:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    pcworld ^ | 10/20/2016 | mark hachman
    Microsoft Japan, in conjunction with cosmetics supplier Shiseido, has developed TeleBeauty, an app that applies virtual makeup—with styles ranging from “cool” to “trendy”—over a face. TeleBeauty uses the laptop’s camera to superimpose the makeup scheme as the woman (or a man, though the app seems aimed at women) conducts a Skype for Business call. ... Shiseido encourages women to explore the app’s settings: “Go natural, for everyday meetings”, or “bold, to get undivided attention,” or even “trendy, to pitch a new idea.” To the untrained eye, it’s not quite clear where the app actually applies the virtual makeup, however.
  • Europe Lost Contact with Mars Lander 1 Minute Before Touchdown

    10/20/2016 8:10:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | 10/20/2016 | megan gannon
    Schiaparelli was scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet Wednesday at 10:48 a.m. EDT (1448 GMT). But the spacecraft's handlers could not confirm a successful landing, and were left waiting on a signal. Meanwhile, Schiaparelli's mother ship, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), successfully entered orbit around Mars. Schiaparelli had been programmed to follow a demanding 6-minute landing sequence that would see the capsule come to a halt from about 13,000 mph (21,000 km/h). The first phases of this sequence went according to plan, Andrea Accomazzo, head of ESA's solar and planetary missions, said at the news conference from ESA's...
  • Did the Mysterious 'Planet Nine' Tilt the Solar System?

    10/19/2016 8:18:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | October 19, 2016 01:15pm ET | Charles Q. Choi,
    In January, astronomers revealed evidence for the potential existence of another planet in the solar system. Researchers suggest that if this world — dubbed Planet Nine — exists, it could be about 10 times Earth's mass and orbit the sun at a distance about 500 times the distance from the Earth to the sun. Previous research suggested that Planet Nine would possess a highly tilted orbit compared with the relatively thin, flat zone in which the eight official planets circle the sun. This led scientists to investigate whether Planet Nine's slant might help explain other tilting seen elsewhere in the...
  • 2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected

    10/19/2016 4:48:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | October 19, 2016 | Associated Press
    If the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults broke simultaneously along their combined 118 miles, they could produce a magnitude 7.4 quake, said scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey. Such shaking would be more than five times stronger than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake on the San Andreas Fault that killed over 60 people and collapsed part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. There hasn't been a major quake on the Hayward Fault in more than 140 years.... "This should be a reminder that folks in the Bay Area need to be prepared for a major earthquake," USGS geophysicist Janet Watt...
  • Suspense on Mars as Europe Awaits Signal from Lander

    10/19/2016 9:36:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | October 19, 2016 11:38am ET | Mike Wall
    The Schiaparelli lander, part of the European-led ExoMars 2016 mission, was supposed to touch down on the Red Planet this morning (Oct. 19) at 10:48 a.m. EDT (1448 GMT), but the spacecraft's handler's still don't know whether or not the historic maneuver was successful. You can watch a live webcast of the ExoMars landing here, courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA). "Initial signals were received via the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) as Schiaparelli descended to the surface of Mars, but no signal of touchdown yet," ESA officials wrote in a blog post at 11:12 a.m. EDT (1512 GMT)...
  • Russia and the West: Where did it all go wrong?

    10/17/2016 7:59:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    bbc ^ | 10/17/2016 | Jonathan Marcus
    It is hard to imagine a period since the end of the Cold War when relations between Russia and the United States have been quite so bad. ... The Russian president has spoken explicitly about the worsening climate between Washington and Moscow, insisting that what the Obama administration wants is "diktat" rather than dialogue. For all that, the US and Russia are still in contact over Syria. For all the harsh rhetoric and accusations, they both realise that they have a vital role to play in any eventual settlement of the Syrian drama. Whatever its immediate strategic intentions, a permanent...
  • BASF factory blast hits Ludwigshafen in Germany

    10/17/2016 7:23:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    bbc ^ | 10/17/2016
    BASF said the explosion had happened during work on a pipeline route for transporting raw chemicals to shipping. Flames and a cloud of smoke could be seen in a harbour area in the north of the town, where oil and gas tankers supply the plant. Residents were told to close their windows as the cloud of smoke spread. The explosion happened shortly before 11:30 (09:30 GMT) on Monday. Police ruled out that the blast was caused by a terrorist attack, reports said. Several fires broke out after the blast and there were reports of some residents living close to the...
  • Oregon hospital ER quarantined after people start hallucinating

    10/17/2016 7:11:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    KIMA ^ | Thursday, October 13th 2016 | KVAL-TV News & Associated Press
    The bizarre incident began around 3 a.m. Wednesday when the elderly woman's caregiver, a 52-year-old woman, called authorities to say people were vandalizing her car. A deputy responded to the home, on East Bay Road in North Bend, but found nothing. The caregiver called back at 5:30 a.m. and was then taken to Bay Area Hospital after deputies suspected the woman might be having a medical issues causing hallucinations. Medical personnel checked her, she appeared fine and returned home. Then the two deputies who worked with the caregiver began having hallucinations and had to be hospitalized. After that, the 78-year-old...
  • Orbital ATK Delays Antares Rocket Launch 24 Hours Due to Glitch

    10/16/2016 8:09:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | October 16, 2016 02:49pm ET | Hanneke Weitering,
    The long-awaited launch of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station today has been delayed until Monday, a 24-hour slip, due to a glitch with ground support equipment, NASA officials said Sunday (Oct. 16). Antares is now scheduled to launch Monday (Oct. 17) at 7:40 p.m. EDT (2340 GMT) from Pad-0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility here. "Today's launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket is postponed 24 hours due to a ground support equipment (GSE) cable that did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out," Keith Koehler, a...
  • Dogs Often Pictured Cuddling at Iowa Animal Shelter Find Forever Home Together

    10/16/2016 4:08:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    ktla ^ | October 12, 2016 | Cindy Von Quednow
    Before being adopted, CC could be seen “draped over” Chewbacca in their kennel, according to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s Facebook page. “Pretty much every time we walk by their kennel, CC is either sitting on Chewy or draped over him or curled up against him,” Animal Rescue League of Iowa spokesperson Jessica Jorgenson told The Dodo, an online publication that focuses on animal issues. “Chewy, for his part, doesn’t mind at all. They both like being close to each other.” The dogs lived together for years, but were put up for adoption after a baby with allergies joined...
  • Homeowner Arrested For Allegedly Firing Round To Scare Masked Clown In Santa Clarita [CA] Valley

    10/16/2016 3:54:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    cbs ^ | 10/16/2016
    It was there that deputies say they received a call about 6 a.m. reporting that an “armed person was threatening a resident.” ... The subject, according to authorities, was armed with an object. Authorities allege that the homeowner fired off a round to scare off the clown. The homeowner was subsequently arrested, but the masked clown remained at large. A few blocks away, another person donning a clown costume was arrested on suspicion of possession of burglary tools in an unrelated case.
  • Bills fans boo Colin Kaepernick, chant 'USA' before he kneels

    10/16/2016 10:45:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    espn ^ | 10/16/2016 | Nick Wagoner
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Before San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, a loud chant of "USA, USA" rang out at New Era Field. ... As Kaepernick, who made his first start since week 8 of last season, led the offense on to the field, he was greeted by a loud chorus of boos from Bills fans. Those boos continued for the first couple of snaps before dissipating into cheers of encouragement for Buffalo's defense. ... Kaepernick's first drive as the starter ended in a punt. He ran for...
  • DUI Suspect's Truck Flies Off Coronado Bay Bridge, Kills 4

    10/15/2016 9:46:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    nbc ^ | 10/15/2016 | Monica Garske
    At least four people were killed and several others were injured Saturday when a truck traveling on the Coronado Bay Bridge in San Diego veered off the road and flew 60 feet off the bridge, landing on a crowd gathered at a park below. The crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. PT off the bridge and near the 1900 block of Julian Avenue. California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Jake Sanchez said the person behind the wheel of the pickup truck, suspected of driving under the influence, hit a guard rail, rolled and landed on a crowd of people at Chicano...
  • The Hidden Glaciers Of Mars

    10/14/2016 6:24:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 10/14/2016 | Matt Williams
    In the northern hemisphere of Mars, between the planet’s southern highlands and the northern lowlands, is a hilly region known as Colles Nilli. This boundary-marker is a very most prominent feature on Mars, as it is several kilometers in height and surrounded by the remains of ancient glaciers. And thanks to the Mars Express mission, it now looks like this region is also home to some buried glaciers. Such was the conclusion after the orbiting spacecraft took images that revealed a series of eroded blocks along this boundary, which scientists have deduced are chunks of ice that became buried over...
  • An Exoplanet With Huge Rings Intrigues

    10/14/2016 11:43:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | 10/13/2016 | Matt Williams
    How such a ring system could have come about is a mystery, as retrograde ring systems are quite uncommon. But Reider and Kenworth have stated that they think it might be the result of a catastrophic event – such as a massive collision – that caused the rings (or the planet) to change the direction of their rotation. Their results also indicated that a retrograde ring system would allow for eclipses, like the one that was observed in 2007. While there was some chance of these being caused by another object, the results suggested otherwise. “The chance of that is...
  • Clown Lives Matter March Canceled Over Death Threats

    10/14/2016 11:30:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    abc ^ | 10/14/2016 | JULIA JACOBO
    The march was organized in response to the increase of creepy clown sightings and threats in recent months. Participants were encouraged to wear clown masks, full makeup and costumes and families were invited to "meet a clown and get a hug!" "This is a peaceful walk to show clowns are not psycho killers," a flier for the event said. "We want the public to feel safe, and not be afraid." ... Gutierrez, who goes by the name "Nikki Sinn" on Facebook and has 38,000 followers, wrote. "We apologize to everyone who was excited to go and have a good night...
  • Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities

    10/14/2016 9:15:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | 10/13/2016 | Nick Turse
    According to a startling Pentagon video obtained by The Intercept, the future of global cities will be an amalgam of the settings of “Escape from New York” and “Robocop” — with dashes of the “Warriors” and “Divergent” thrown in. It will be a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapes — brutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers. ... The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. “Megacities are complex systems where people...
  • Lancaster [CA] Mayor Blames Gov. Jerry Brown In Sheriff’s Sergeant Death

    10/14/2016 7:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cbs ^ | October 14, 2016 7:36 AM
    Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris was interviewed by Los Angeles radio station KNX-AM before a memorial service for his friend, Sgt. Steven Owen, who was shot while answering a burglary call on Oct. 5. Trenton Trevon Lovell, on parole for an armed robbery conviction, has been charged with murder. Brown attended the memorial and Parris said it was telling that the governor was not among the speakers. “You know, he’s attending and as well he should attend, he should honor Steve Owen,” Parris said. “But nobody wants to hear him speak because the truth of the matter is Steve Owen...
  • Malaysian Fund 1MDB Linked to White House Visit

    10/13/2016 9:02:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/13/2016 | Bradley Hope and Colleen McCain Nelson
    Malaysia’s government-fund scandal, one of the world’s biggest alleged white-collar crimes, has been connected to a Hollywood studio, high-end U.S. real estate—and now, a visit to the White House. Federal investigators are looking into whether money improperly obtained from the Malaysian fund was paid to a businessman who later arranged an Oval Office visit for relatives of the Malaysian prime minister, according to people familiar with the probe. The businessman is Frank White Jr., an entrepreneur who helped start an investment firm called DuSable Capital Management LLC, along with partners including a rap star. Mr. White has also raised funds...
  • Quantum-dot solar windows evolve with 'doctor-blade' spreading

    10/13/2016 11:34:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | 12/12/2016
    [A] Los Alamos National Laboratory research team demonstrates an important step in taking quantum dot, solar-powered windows from the laboratory to the construction site by proving that the technology can be scaled up from palm-sized demonstration models to windows large enough to put in and power a building. "We are developing solar concentrators that will harvest sunlight from building windows and turn it into electricity, using quantum-dot based luminescent solar concentrators," said lead scientist Victor Klimov. Klimov leads the Los Alamos Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP). Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are light-management devices that can serve as large-area sunlight...
  • This Robot Will Rake Your Leaves, Cut The Grass & Shovel Snow

    10/13/2016 11:19:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    CBS ^ | October 13, 2016 10:33 AM | Matt McFarland
    For anyone who hates doing yard work, your new best friend may have arrived. A New York startup unveiled Kobi on Thursday, a robot it says can autonomously shovel snow, collect leaves and cut grass. “We’re on a mission to help people not spend time on yard work,” said Steven Waelbers, cofounder of The Kobi Company. “We want people to enjoy their free time with their family.” Owners will need to reconfigure the robot’s attachment — similar to how many vacuums work — depending on the task it’s carrying out. Before the robot operates independently, an owner must manually wheel...
  • ... Student responds to ad for 'free puppy' and...the cute pet turns out to be a WOLF

    10/13/2016 5:25:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies ^ | 10/12/2016 | Miranda Bryant For
    He came across the creature after spotting a sign on a house in Tuscon, Arizona, offering the animal free-of-charge and decided to take him home. ... As his owner was a full-time college student and had a full-time job, Neo spent extended periods of time in the backyard - from which he would often dig under or jump over the fence to play with the dogs next-door. 'He built a higher fence to help contain him, but Neo chewed through it and continued to escape,' Cate Salansky of Wolf Connection told the animal website. Despite being initially welcoming and allowing...
  • How One Scientist Decoded the Mysterious Sounds of the Northern Lights

    10/13/2016 5:13:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 12, 2016 06:48am ET | Tom Metcalfe
    For more than 15 years, a lone scientist in southern Finland has spent countless winter nights among the snowy fields and frozen lakes around his village, in pursuit of one of the most ephemeral mysteries of the heavens: the faint, almost phantasmagorical sounds heard during intense displays of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. The epic study by acoustician Unto K. Laine includes the first audio recordings of the muffled crackling or popping sometimes heard overhead during spectacular aurora displays. ... Laine has shown the sounds are real, and he thinks he has found what causes them: sparks of electricity...
  • Astronomers reveal how Martian moon Phobos got its distinctive shape

    10/12/2016 4:41:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | 10/12/2016 | Cheyenne Macdonald For
    Physicists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) conducted numerical 3D simulations to shed light on the mysterious circumstances surrounding Phobos’ Stickney crater. While previous studies relied on 2D simulations at lower resolutions, these were unable to replicate the feature, and failed to account for the porosity of Phobos’ crust in their calculations. According to the researchers, this moon is less dense than the Martian surface. The new calculations reveal Phobos could have survived a major impact, which left behind the massive crater. In the animation, the researchers plot a scene in which a 200-meter object slams into the moon at...
  • Missile again fired at U.S. Navy from Houthi territory in Yemen

    10/12/2016 4:25:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | Wed Oct 12, 2016 | 6:40pm EDT | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
    A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in four days, the U.S. military said. The USS Mason fired defensive salvos in response to at least one missile which did not hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the Pentagon said. Indications are that the second salvo brought down an incoming missile, one U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
  • Turns out Proxima Centauri is Strikingly Similar to our Sun

    10/12/2016 4:21:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 10/12/2016 | Matt Williams
    In August of 2016, the European Southern Observatory announced that the nearest star to our own – Proxima Centauri – had an exoplanet. Since that time, considerable attention has been focused on this world (Proxima b) in the hopes of determining just how “Earth-like” it really is.... This is largely due to the fact that Proxima b orbits a red dwarf. Typically, these low mass, low temperature, slow fusion stars are not known for being as bright and warm as our Sun. However, a new study produced by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has indicated that...
  • The final frontier The first ‘SPACE NATION’ was revealed today and YOU can sign up to be a citizen

    10/12/2016 9:42:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    uksun ^ | 10/12/2016 | will grice
    Scientists and astronomers have revealed plans to set up a new nation in space called Asgardia. Anyone can apply to be a citizen in the cosmic country, which will be based around one or more satellites orbiting the Earth.
  • Scott Baio: Death Threats for Supporting Trump, Cheers for Billy Bush

    10/12/2016 8:08:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | 10/12/2016 | paul bond
    "Maybe Trump should do what Bill Clinton did, start walking around with a Bible after he was caught sticking a cigar in Monica Lewinsky," the actor says. Scott Baio, who is arguably one of Hollywood’s most outspoken supporters of Donald Trump’s bid for the White House, said he's under attack because of backing the Republican nominee. “I just got a death threat,” said the Happy Days alumni, who gave a keynote address on the first day of the Republican National Convention. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter that the threat was delivered via a non-profit organization named after his daughter....
  • Islamic State drone kills two Kurdish fighters, wounds two French soldiers

    10/12/2016 7:22:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | 10/12/2016
    The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday that the drone had been intercepted in flight on Oct. 2 and exploded near the Kurdish and French soldiers when it hit the ground. It was unclear, Le Monde said, whether the drone was remotely detonated or carried a timed bomb. Yawar, speaking from Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, said the French soldiers had been training Kurdish fighters near the site of the drone crash near the town of Dohuk. Peshmerga forces plan to take part in a planned U.S.-backed Iraqi military offensive to oust Islamic State from Mosul, Iraq's second largest...
  • ‘Bear dogs’ once lived in southern Texas

    10/11/2016 4:38:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | Oct. 11, 2016 , 7:15 PM | Sid Perkins
    Bear dogs, scientifically known as amphicyonids, get their common name from their general resemblance to modern-day bears and dogs, especially in their body shape and posture, but they are, in fact, only distantly related to these lineages. Neither dogs nor bears had evolved when amphicyonids first appeared about 40 million years ago, says Susumu Tomiya, a vertebrate paleontologist at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. The first known species in the group weighed just a few kilograms, but over millions of years the lineage expanded to include fox-sized, coyote-sized, and even bear-sized creatures, all of them meat...
  • Wholesale gasoline prices surge after power outage shuts down Torrance refinery

    10/11/2016 4:18:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | 10/11/2016 | Ivan Penn
    Southern California Edison reported a power outage that left more than 100,000 South Bay residents without electricity Tuesday morning. The former Exxon Mobil refinery also lost power, the second such shutdown in as many months. Nearby residents were told to temporarily shelter in place as smoke and flames rose from the facility’s stacks. Spot market gasoline prices rose as much as 14 cents a gallon Tuesday, but it remains unclear whether motorists will see those increases at retailers. The average price for regular unleaded gas in Los Angeles on Tuesday was $2.84 a gallon, down nearly a penny from the...
  • Truck Plows Through Native American Crowd During Protest

    10/11/2016 3:29:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    abc ^ | 10/11/2016 | scott sonner, associated press
    A Facebook Live video of the protest shows a pickup truck revving its engine in front of the crowd that had spilled onto the street in Reno's downtown. Several protesters confronted the driver and the passenger before the truck drives through the crowd, tires squealing, at about 6:40 p.m. Monday. Soto said the activists did not have a permit to protest in the street, but some had gathered in the travel lanes of Virginia Street on the main casino drag. Soto said he couldn't comment on whether the driver or passenger felt threatened by the crowd and declined to comment...