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  • Teen YouTuber Shoots and Kills Boyfriend in Video Stunt, Police Say

    06/28/2017 7:34:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    nbc ^ | Jun 28 2017, 6:00 pm ET | Phil McCausland
    A 19-year-old aspiring YouTube star’s boyfriend is dead after she shot him in the chest in a video stunt gone wrong... Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said in a statement that Monalisa Perez of Minnesota was arrested after she shot her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III, 22, in the chest. According to court documents, she shot him with a gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun — considered one of the most powerful pistols in the world — in the grass outside their home while he held up a hardcover encyclopedia to block the bullet. They set up a GoPro camera on...
  • Calif. Regulators Temporarily Block Assault Weapon Rules

    06/28/2017 3:55:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/26/2017
    The state’s Office of Administrative Law released a two-paragraph notice, without explanation, rejecting the proposed regulations submitted by the state Department of Justice in May. ... Chuck Michel, attorney for the National Rifle Association and its affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association, said Becerra’s office inappropriately used a limited exemption in the assault weapons law to avoid public comment on the new regulations. The Legislature allowed justice officials a limited exemption from the usual public comment for procedural regulations such as how gun owners would register their weapons, what forms would be needed and what fees would be charged. But...
  • Huckabee targeted by class-action suit over robocalls for Christmas movie

    06/28/2017 1:28:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    the hill ^ | 06/25/17 06:00 PM EDT | Julia Manchester -
    Attorneys for Dorit and Ron Golan claim that more than 4 million calls were made to market Huckabee’s film, “Last Ounce of Courage,” which could potentially violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that says unrequested messages with commercial content are illegal. Individuals who could have received robocalls from the former governor received mailers last week, saying they may be eligible to become members of a lawsuit against the governor. ... The case was originally dismissed in May 2014, but the class action was certified by a St. Louis U.S. District Court judge in January.
  • What Our Sources Are Saying About The Star Wars: Han Solo Shakeup.

    06/28/2017 1:00:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Ehrenreich...started to worry that Lord & Miller’s screwball comedy angle was starting to interfere with what the character of Han Solo is really about ... One source described it as being oddly comparable to Jim Carrey’s performance in Ace Ventura at times. Ehrenreich let his concerns be known to one of the producers... ... The reason people close to the project have described it positively was that they saw several isolated scenes. However, when an assembly cut actually started to come together, that was where the issues presented themselves in earnest, and this is where Kennedy and Kasdan – as...
  • ABC, meat producer settle in $1.9B 'pink slime' libel suit

    06/28/2017 12:03:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    abc ^ | james nord, associated press
    ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the American network over its reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime." The terms of the settlement are confidential. ... BPI claimed in the 2012 complaint that sales declined from about 5 million pounds (2.3 million kilograms) per week to less than 2 million pounds (907,000 kilograms) per week. The product can be added to ground beef to reduce the overall fat content. It's made from trimmings left after a cow is butchered. The meat is separated...
  • Blue Apron slashes its IPO range

    06/28/2017 7:57:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cnbc ^ | Terri Cullen | Lauren Thomas
    The company now estimates it will price its IPO at $10 to $11 a share, down from the $15 to $17 a share it initially expected. The new pricing range implies a valuation of up to $2.08 billion, compared with $3.2 billion earlier. Last week, the company submitted a filing that kicked off the process to go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "APRN." Blue Apron had said it hoped to raise $100 million with its IPO. The company is now in the final stages of preparing to go public in an already competitive meal-kit landscape....
  • Researchers document early, permanent human settlement in Andes

    06/28/2017 7:39:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | June 28, 2017
    Using five different scientific approaches, a team including University of Wyoming researchers has given considerable support to the idea that humans lived year-round in the Andean highlands of South America over 7,000 years ago. Examining human remains and other archaeological evidence from a site at nearly 12,500 feet above sea level in Peru, the scientists show that intrepid hunter-gatherers—men, women and children—managed to survive at high elevation before the advent of agriculture, in spite of lack of oxygen, frigid temperatures and exposure to elements. ... Excavations led by Haas at the site in southern Peru produced the remains of 16...
  • Is the $185 Prada ‘paperclip’ fashion’s latest mundane must-have?

    06/27/2017 4:31:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06/27/2017 | Morwenna Ferrier
    In fairness, it’s a money clip with a logo, but everyone knows money clips are for rich people (people who deal exclusively in notes) so the irony is still there. The Prada paperclip has a ring to it, but it’s not the first of its kind. Fashion has long found beauty, humour and profit in designing familiar objects in an unfamiliar way. We saw Jil Sander’s £185 coated-paper “Vasari” bag in 2012 which was just that – an expensive paper bag, cannily designed with coated paper so it didn’t go sodden in the rain. Then there were the £45 leather...
  • Bungee instructor's 'terrible English' blamed for girl leaping to death

    06/27/2017 3:27:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    A bungee jump instructor has been found guilty of accidental homicide after a teenage Dutch girl misunderstood his “terrible English” and leapt to her death before the rope was attached was a secure point. Vera Mol, 17, was killed instantly in August 2015 after leaping off a bridge in northern Spain during an organized bungee jump. ... She was wearing the bungee harness but the cord was not yet secured when she jumped off the bridge over a gorge in Cabezon de la Sal in Cantabria. An appeal court in Cantabria heard that she had made the leap on hearing...
  • Burned Quran, Cut up Pages Left Outside Sacramento Area Mosques...

    06/25/2017 1:18:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    A burned Quran filled with bacon was found outside a Sacramento mosque Saturday, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said. It was hanging by a handcuff from a temporary fence outside the Masjid Annur Islamic Center. ... The center, which is the largest mosque in the greater Sacramento area, is next to a police station but it has been targeted in the past. Another center was targeted about 20 miles west in Davis, California. As Ramadan Taraweeh prayers were underway Friday, an individual dropped a "large quantity" of cut up pages of the Quran outside the Islamic Center of Davis, Sgt....
  • The Latest: 153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire

    06/25/2017 1:11:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    power source ^ | 06/25/2017
    An announcement over a mosque's loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak sent scores of villagers racing to the scene to gather spilled fuel. ... The disaster occurred when hundreds of residents of a nearby village gathered at the site of an overturned oil tanker to collect the leaking fuel. It’s believed that a spark from the many cars and motorcycles that raced to the scene ignited the fuel.
  • Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

    06/25/2017 5:26:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/24/2017
    Seized by violence and teetering on the edge of famine, Yemen is grappling with another danger that threatens to outpace them both: cholera. "We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," international health authorities said in a statement Saturday. Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing...
  • Space Weird Orbits Suggest Solar System May Harbor Another Hidden Planet

    06/24/2017 8:01:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Kathryn Volk and Renu Malhotra at the University of Arizona have noticed some strange movement out in the Kuiper belt…movement that they believe could suggest the existence of a tenth planet. ... Objects in the Kuiper belt are far enough away from the other major bodies in our solar system that the gravitational influence of the large planets doesn’t impact them (at least, not to a measurable degree); however, their movements can still be predicted, thanks to sky surveys and a host of advanced technologies. The search for Planet Nine has lead scientists to believe that it is orbiting around...
  • A Mechanism for Selectively Erasing Memories Was Just Discovered

    06/24/2017 6:44:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    ssker ^ | 06/23/2017 | Leah Rosenbaum
    If you had the chance to erase your worst, most painful memories, would you do it? ... Basically, by deactivating the proteins that have encoded memories into your brain, you could theoretically restore the neural state that preceded a traumatic memory. Not only would you forget what happened, but your brain wouldn’t even have the infrastructure to recall the memory anymore. Memories are believed to form at neural synapses, the sites where electrical impulses are passed back and forth between neurons. Changes in these neural synapses can both strengthen and weaken memories. Protein kinase M molecules (PKM) are an essential...
  • Dear Gwyneth: Your Goop ‘energy stickers’ are not made with NASA material — NASA

    06/23/2017 7:29:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Lindsey Bever
    “Human bodies operate at an ideal energetic frequency, but everyday stresses and anxiety can throw off our internal balance, depleting our energy reserves and weakening our immune systems,” Goop said. Body Vibes claims the stickers create a “calming effect” that alleviates “physical tension and anxiety.” The company also says they help clear skin. The stickers are sold in packages of 10 for $60 or 24 for $120. ... NASA spokeswoman Tabatha Thompson told The Washington Post on Friday that, actually, NASA does not use carbon fiber anywhere in the spacesuits. It appeared by Friday morning that Goop had removed the...
  • Saudi security forces foil attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca: state TV

    06/23/2017 3:07:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/23/2017
    Al Arabiya said security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Mecca and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targetted worshipers at the mosque, it said.
  • Barstow man claiming to be 'Mad Max' arrested for illegal weapons

    06/23/2017 2:56:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    kabc ^ | 06/23/2017
    ccording to authorities, a deputy saw 39-year-old Jack Lee Ernest driving a quad ATV on Old Highway 58 in Barstow around 11 p.m. The deputy pulled Ernest over. As the traffic stop was being conducted, Ernest "attempted to flee and behaved so suspiciously he was detained," according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The deputy searched Ernest and found "numerous" illegal weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun with ammunition tactically attached. The deputy also found brass knuckles and two large knives which deputies say Ernest had "positioned for tactical access." According to deputies, Ernest said he fashioned himself as "Mad...
  • YouTube's VR 180 and Daydream cameras bring immersive video to traditional creators

    06/23/2017 8:42:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Mashable ^ | 06/23/2017 | Adario Strange
    Current 360-degree videos on YouTube use equirectangular projection, which gives you the perspective of looking at the world (the 360 video) as though you were standing inside a globe. This method delivers the best quality at the top and bottom (the "poles" of the globe-shaped video) of the video, with the middle of the video (usually the most important, and most viewed part) suffering in terms of quality. What VR 180 does is focus on just the 180-degree field of view in front of you, thus allowing for higher resolution (up to 4K) across the entire video image. The other...
  • Is Human Hibernation Possible? Going to Sleep for Long Duration Spaceflight

    06/23/2017 8:11:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 06/21/2017 | Fraser Cain
    The current state of this technology is really promising. They use a technique called therapeutic hypothermia, which lowers the temperature of a person by a few degrees...With the lowered temperature, a human’s metabolism decreases and they fall unconscious into a torpor. ... A few years ago, SpaceWorks Enterprises delivered a report to NASA on how they could use this therapeutic hypothermia for long duration spaceflight within the Solar System. Currently, a trip to Mars takes about 6-9 months. And during that time, the human passengers are going to be using up precious air, water and food. But in this torpor...
  • Snake Rovers Might be the Best Way to Explore the Surface and Tunnels on Mars

    06/22/2017 9:20:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universe today ^ | 06/22/2017 | Matt Williams
    In the case of places like Titan (which have low gravity and dense atmospheres) aerial drones are considered the best bet. But when it comes to rocky place like asteroids, the Moon and Mars, the best candidate may be robot snakes, which could find their way through tight spaces and travel underground. This concept was proposed three years ago by the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. As part of a project commissioned by the ESA – known as SERPEX – they began studying how robots designed to mimic the movements of...