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  • How Do Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving On The Space Station?

    11/27/2014 11:28:28 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    NASA, which is responsible for supplying the three astronauts using the American segment of the space station, generally allocates four pounds of food per crew member per day (including packaging), according to Vickie Kloeris, food system manager for the station. Astronauts can also bring a little bit of bonus food with them for special treats. The food isn’t sent up as meal plans, but as different kinds (meats, vegetables, and the like) that the astronauts can assemble at will. “We don’t have a set-aside meal for Thanksgiving. but they do have all these products available to choose from,” Kloeris said...
  • "Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

    11/27/2014 11:09:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    nationalgeograph ^ | November 20, 2013 | By Brian Handwerk
    Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome. Based on the arm bone of a 24,000-year-old Siberian youth, the research could uncover new origins for America's indigenous peoples, as well as stir up fresh debate on Native American identities, experts say. The study authors believe the new study could also help resolve some long-standing puzzles on the peopling of the New World, which include genetic oddities and archaeological inconsistencies
  • Star Trek-like invisible shield found thousands of miles above Earth

    11/26/2014 5:53:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    colorado.edu ^ | November 26, 2014 | news release
    A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above Earth that blocks so-called “killer electrons,” which whip around the planet at near-light speed and have been known to threaten astronauts, fry satellites and degrade space systems during intense solar storms. The barrier to the particle motion was discovered in the Van Allen radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped rings above Earth that are filled with high-energy electrons and protons, said Distinguished Professor Daniel Baker, director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). ... The latest mystery revolves around an “extremely sharp”...
  • Grand jury documents rife with inconsistencies

    11/26/2014 4:11:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 26, 2014 6:12 PM EST | HOLBROOK MOHR, DAVID A. LIEB and PHILLIP LUCAS
    Prosecutors exposed these inconsistencies before the jurors, which likely influenced their decision not to indict Wilson in Brown's death.
  • Jet! Rosetta’s Comet Is Feeling The Heat As Gas and Dust Erupts From Surface

    As the European Space Agency scurries to find the final resting place of the Philae lander, Rosetta continues normal operations above the comet and will keep tracking it through 2015. Rosetta is the first orbiter to stick around near a comet, which will allow scientists an unprecedented chance to see a comet change from up close as the Sun’s heat and particles affect it. Could there be an atmosphere starting up? “At the bottom of the mosaic, the non-illuminated part of the comet stands out as a silhouette against the broader diffuse emission coming from the comet’s coma,” ESA stated....
  • Here’s The First 3-D Part Printed In Space. Where Will That Take Us Next?

    11/26/2014 4:01:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    There are still kinks to be worked out, however. The “part adhesion” on the tray after the piece was created had a bond that was mightier than controllers anticipated, which could mean that bonding is different in microgravity. A second calibration coupon should be created shortly as controllers make adjustments to the process. We’ll see several of these “test coupons” manufactured in the next few months and then sent back to Earth for more detailed analysis. Meanwhile, we have two more 3-D printers to look forward to in space: one created by the Italians that should arrive while their citizen,...
  • Petition Asks Disney To Include Kids With Down Syndrome In Animated Films

    11/26/2014 2:06:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 26, 2014 11:22 AM
    BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — Activists are calling on Disney executives to represent children with Down syndrome and other disabilities in its animated films. More than 75,000 people have signed a San Francisco family’s petition asking Disney to help fight stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities by representing them in their films. Keston Ott-Dahl hand-delivered a copy of the the Care2 petition to Disney headquarters in Burbank Wednesday, along with her partner Andrea, their 6-year-old daughter Jules, and their 15-month-old daughter Delaney, who has Down syndrome. The petition calls upon to the studio to add characters more like Delaney to future...
  • Mysterious Roman God Baffles Experts

    11/26/2014 10:07:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    livescience.com ^ | | November 25, 2014 10:05am ET | Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
    sculpture of a mysterious, never-before-seen Roman deity has been unearthed in an ancient temple in Turkey. The 1st century B.C. relief, of an enigmatic bearded god rising up out of a flower or plant, was discovered at the site of a Roman temple near the Syrian border. The ancient relief was discovered in a supporting wall of a medieval Christian monastery. "It's clearly a god, but at the moment it's difficult to say who exactly it is," said Michael Blömer, an archaeologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, who is excavating the site. "There are some elements reminiscent of...
  • Browns QB Manziel involved in hotel scuffle

    11/25/2014 6:55:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ap ^ | November 24, 2014 8:00 PM | TOM WITHERS
    A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel ''a hug'' was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.
  • 70% of Americans with HIV don’t have the virus under control

    11/25/2014 6:11:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    biznews.com ^ | Posted on November 26, 2014 in Briefs
    As many as 70 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States do not have the virus under control, boosting the risk of transmission, according to a study Tuesday. ... “Treatment is crucial. It is one of our most important strategies for stopping new HIV infections.” Among 840,000 people who did not have the virus under control, 66 percent had been diagnosed but were not getting regular care, while 20 percent did not know they were infected. The study said four percent of those infected were getting care but were not prescribed anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). Finally, 10 percent...
  • Tourist fined €20,000 for carving initial on Rome’s Colosseum

    11/25/2014 2:22:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Sunday 23 November 2014 14.47 EST | Rosie Scammell in Rome
    In the latest episode of tourists behaving badly in Rome, a Russian has been fined €20,000 (£15,800) for carving his initial into the Colosseum. The 42-year-old tourist used a stone to carve a 25cm “K” into a wall inside the ancient amphitheatre. He was caught in the act by a guard and arrested by police, before being fined and given a four-month suspended prison sentence. The director of the Colosseum, Rossella Rea, said the €20,000 fine was justified as the visitor had damaged “a magnificent and symbolic monument”. “You cannot write on a historic wall, it’s absolutely forbidden,” she said....
  • LA City Council Tentatively OKs Mandatory Gun Locks, Digital Ammo Records

    11/25/2014 2:14:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 25, 2014 10:02 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved a pair of new gun-control measures Tuesday, including a proposal to require gun owners to store their firearms in locked containers or use trigger locks to prevent accidental firing of the weapon. The City Council also voted 11-0 in favor of a proposed ordinance (PDF) that would require licensed ammunition dealers to transmit sales records to the city via an online form, doing away with what one councilman described as the city’s “draconian” method of requesting physical records. If given final approval by the council on second reading and...
  • Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft

    11/24/2014 8:45:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Samantha Cristoforetti was joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts as the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launched from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2101 GMT, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement. "Soyuz safely in orbit, next stop ISS," NASA wrote in a tweet, while live images of the launch showed Virts giving the thumbs up and smiling. Cristoforetti, Virts and Shkaplerov were to dock around six hours after taking off at the space station where they are to live until May 2015. Their voyage also mean substantial food supplies, with nearly half a...
  • 3 Deputies Hospitalized From Exposure To Marijuana Fumes In LA

    11/23/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 23, 2014 7:53 AM
    Three sheriff’s deputies were recovering Sunday after going into a home that had a small marijuana farm inside. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were sent around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to a home located in the 36000 block of Sierra Highway to serve a warrant. Once on scene, deputies were exposed to numerous chemicals and open flames inside of the small grow room. Firefighters explained the deputies, along with a woman who lived at the residence, were overcome by fumes and became ill. Officials said two of the deputies have already been treated and released from the...
  • 12-year-old shot in officer-involved shooting at Cleveland rec center

    <p>Cleveland Police say officers responded to a radio assignment outside of the rec center for a male with a gun. Preliminary information reveals that witnesses reported a male was in the playground area of the center, waving a gun and pointing it at people.</p>
  • Norway to grow food crops in space

    11/22/2014 8:52:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    thelocal.no ^ | 21 Nov 2014 10:33 GMT+01:00
    The research team has not yet decided what plants they will try and grow, but are looking at tomatoes, lettuce and soybeans. The Trondheim research unit has been trying to grow plants in space since 2006. Under the Norwegian research team's guidance, plant growing experiments were carried out at the International Space Station (ISS). The research focused on the flowering weed, Arabidopsis thaliana. ... "One of the big challenges is to administer exactly the right amount of water and nutrients to the plants in such little gravity,” said Kittang Jost to Science Nordic. Researchers from the MELISSA space program believe...
  • Ancient Martian civilisation was wiped out by nuclear bomb-wielding aliens& they could attack Earth

    11/22/2014 12:08:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 128 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 18:15 EST, 21 November 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan for
    If you're planning to go to the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois this Saturday, you might be in for a bit of a surprise with the final talk of the day. Because that's when plasma physicist Dr John Brandenburg will present his theory that an ancient civilisation on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack from another alien race. In his bizarre theory, Dr Brandenburg says ancient Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the attack - and evidence of the genocide can still be seen today. Back in 2011 the...
  • NASA’s “Remastered” View of Europa is the Best Yet

    11/22/2014 11:31:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 21, 2014 | Matt Williams
    Europa, Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon, has long been a source of fascination and wonder for astronomers. Not only is it unique amongst its Jovian peers for having a smooth, ice-covered surface, but it is believed that warm, ocean waters exist beneath that crust – which also makes it a strong candidate for extra-terrestrial life. And now, combining a mosaic of color images with modern image processing techniques, NASA has produced a new version of what is perhaps the best view of Europa yet. And it is quite simply the closest approximation to what the human eye would see, and the next...
  • Asteroid Mining: Not as Crazy as it Sounds

    11/21/2014 7:54:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    geologyforinvestors.com ^ | Christopher Rawluk
    At first glance it sounds ridiculous. Why would anyone consider mining in space when even the largest Earth-based mining operations seem to have trouble managing costs? After all, mid-grade and marginal deposits seem to have trouble finding any money and the process of moving a project from prospect to mine can take decades and cost hundreds of million of dollars. I’ll be the first to admit that the whole idea of asteroid mining was initially right up there with Star Trek-style transporters and desktop cold fusion, but a few recent events have piqued my curiosity on the subject. ... Asteroid...
  • 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Renews Heated Political Debate

    11/21/2014 7:05:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 6:12 PM PST 11/21/2014 | by Paul Bond
    .... Breitbart.com, for example, John Nolte largely ignores politics in his review of Mockingjay - Part 1, until ending with: “For some reason this feels like the exact right time for a movie about a revolution against a lying, lawless president.” Likewise, Christian Toto at his conservative site, Hollywood In Toto, largely foregoes politics, though only after opening his review with: “The first two films could be seen as either big government on dictatorial steroids or an Occupy-style lament about the evils of inequality. The franchise's third film … doesn’t change that formula despite the addition of liberal screenwriter Danny...
  • The hyper-real robots that will replace receptionists, pop stars... and even sex dolls: Unnervingly

    11/21/2014 2:23:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 186 replies
    Chillingly life-like robots are causing a storm in Japan – where their creators are about to launch them as actresses, full-size mechanical copies for pop idol fans, and clones of the dearly departed. There is even talk that the naturalistic, even engaging, she-droids may be taken up as men as partners in the not-too-distant future. Android Asuna was a star attraction at Tokyo Designers’ Week showcase earlier this month and she is one of a series of geminoids, as their inventor dubs them, that are ripe for commercialisation say their creator robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. ... A fully independent version...
  • UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road

    11/21/2014 2:15:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 20 November 2014 07.34 EST
    The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” runs on biomethane gas, generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. It can travel up to 186 miles on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of around five people to produce. The bus is run by Bath Bus Company and will transport passengers between Bath and Bristol Airport. Engineers believe the bus could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport while improving urban air quality. The gas is generated at Bristol sewage treatment works, run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water. It produces fewer emissions than traditional diesel engines and...
  • BICEP2 All Over Again? Researchers Place Higgs Boson Discovery in Doubt

    11/20/2014 2:26:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 20, 2014 | Tim Reyes
    At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe, faster is better. Faster means more powerful particle collisions and looking deeper into the makeup of matter. However, other researchers are proclaiming not so fast. LHC may not have discovered the Higgs Boson, the boson that imparts mass to everything, the god particle as some have called it. While the Higgs Boson discovery in 2012 culminated with the awarding in December 2013 of the Nobel Prize to Peter Higgs and François Englert, a team of researchers has raised these doubts about the Higgs Boson in their paper published in the journal Physical...
  • Kings’ Voynov Charged With Felony Domestic Violence

    11/20/2014 2:21:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 20, 2014 1:51 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Suspended Los Angeles Kings player Slava Voynov was charged Thursday with felony domestic violence, authorities said. Voynov was charged with corporal injury to a spouse, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago. The charge includes an allegation of causing great bodily injury. The 24-year-old defenseman was arrested in October after Voynov took the victim – who was identified only as an adult female – to a local hospital in Redondo Beach, where an ER nurse noticed the nature of the injuries and notified police. Voynov later posted bond at $50,000, according to...
  • Congress "has not acted" on "Climate Change": Obama Believe He Has the Power to Act Unilaterally?

    11/20/2014 2:07:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    VANITY | November 20, 2014 | self
    If Obama believes he has the legal authority to unilaterally act on the "immigration" issue -- is there any issue he does not have the authority to act on?
  • Best Buy tells Amazon: Take that!

    11/20/2014 7:46:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20, 2014: 9:48 AM ET | Jesse Solomon
    Best Buy's results are particularly poignant for a company that has fallen victim in recent years to the so-called "showroom effect," in which customers visit stores to check out products in-person, and then go home and buy online somewhere else like Amazon. Shares of Best Buy jumped 8% in morning trading. The stock took a beating early in the year as investors soured on its turnaround plans, but its since clawed back dramatically, and is now only a few percentage points away from breaking even. Compare that to Amazon's stock, which has fallen almost 20% this year as quarterly losses...
  • Russian Website Streams Footage From Thousands of Hacked Webcams

    11/20/2014 7:37:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 11/20/14 at 10:00 AM | Amelia Smith
    The footage has been has been obtained from cameras using default passwords or without any passwords at all, allowing hackers to use software and search tools to scan the internet for feeds that can be accessed using the camera's' default setting. The most commonly listed camera brand on the website was Chinese-made Foscam, followed by Linksys and then Panasonic. A Linksys spokesperson told the BBC: “We are still trying to determine which Linksys IP cameras are referenced on the site. We believe they are older Linksys IP cameras which are no longer being manufactured. “For these cameras we do not...
  • Police: 7 Assault Rifles, High-Capacity Mags Found In Newport Beach Car

    11/19/2014 1:53:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | November 19, 2014 1:43 PM
    NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A man and a woman faced multiple weapons charges Wednesday after Newport Beach police found seven AK-47 assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their vehicle, authorities said. The discovery was made during a traffic stop on Nov. 14 at approximately 8:48 pm near the intersection of Bristol Street South and Irvine Avenue, according to Newport Beach Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. An officer observed a green Dodge Caravan leaving a gas station with expired registration and an unspecified equipment violation, Manzella said. The officer conducted a vehicle stop and determined that the driver had...
  • What is the Difference Between Asteroids and Comets?

    11/19/2014 1:44:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 19, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson
    Asteroids and comets have a few things in common. They are both celestial bodies orbiting our Sun, and they both can have unusual orbits, sometimes straying close to Earth or the other planets. They are both “leftovers” — made from materials from the formation of our Solar System 4.5 billion years ago. But there are a few notable differences between these two objects, as well. The biggest difference between comets and asteroids, however, is what they are made of. While asteroids consist of metals and rocky material, comets are made up of ice, dust, rocky materials and organic compounds. When...
  • Only On 2: Free ‘Obama Phones’ A Little Too Easy To Get

    11/19/2014 7:38:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 18, 2014 11:27 PM | David Goldstein
    They’re lined up outside welfare offices, on street corners and in supermarkets: people hawking free cellphones for those in need. CBS2 Investigative Reporter David Goldstein says it’s called the California Lifeline Program, but it’s more commonly known by another name. “Is that what they call the ‘Obama phones?’ ” asked one customer. The program exploded under President Barack Obama: 14 million American have the free phones, costing $2.2 billion in subsidies nationwide in 2013. And it’s all paid for by taxpayers. There’s a Lifeline surcharge on everyone’s cellphone bill, and just in California the numbers have tripled: 30,000 new subscribers...
  • Philae Lander Early Science Results: Ice, Organic Molecules and Half a Foot of Dust

    11/18/2014 2:42:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bob King
    With just 60 hours of battery power, the lander drilled, hammered and gathered science data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko before going into hibernation. Despite appearances, the comet’s hard as ice. The team responsible for the MUPUS (Multi-Purpose Sensors for Surface and Sub-Surface Science) instrument hammered a probe as hard as they could into 67P’s skin but only dug in a few millimeters: “Although the power of the hammer was gradually increased, we were not able to go deep into the surface,” said Tilman Spohn ... “If we compare the data with laboratory measurements, we think that the probe...
  • No ‘Rubber Duckie’! Rosetta’s Comet Looks Weird In Decade-Old Hubble Model

    11/18/2014 10:14:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    This Hubble Space Telescope model from 2003 shows us why. From afar, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is a tiny object to image, even for the NASA probe’s powerful lens. Back then, the telescope was tasked with examining the comet to look at its size and shape to better design the Philae lander spacecraft. And the model reveals no duckie; it looks more like a sombrero from some angles. The main concern of scientists back then was redirecting Rosetta to a new target when its original comet (46P/Wirtanen) fell out of reach due to a launch delay. 67P was bigger and had a...
  • Has Russia launched a top secret satellite killer? Amateur observers speculate on mysterious....

    11/18/2014 5:47:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 07:47 EST, 18 November 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A mysterious object launched by Russian military is being followed by Western space agencies over fears it could be part of a Kremlin project to kill satellites. Object 2014-28E, which was tracked over Guatemala on Monday night by N2YO, has been making unusual movements according to amateur observers. The Financial Times reported that it has been moving towards other Russian space objects and is now being monitored by Norad - the U.S. Military's space defense command The object had originally been classed as space debris, propelled into orbit as part of a Russian rocket launch in May to add three...
  • Chaotic Wombs May Birth Wrong-way Planets

    11/17/2014 9:39:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 17, 2014 | Shannon Hall
    We’ve heard it time and time again. When it comes to new exoplanet findings, our conventional wisdom never holds. So the surprise that a batch of extrasolar planets are moving retrograde, orbiting in directions opposite to the way their stars are spinning, shouldn’t come as a surprise. Then again, maybe it should. These discoveries turned the long-standing view of how planets form on its head. Now Eduard Vorobyov at the University of Vienna and colleagues argue that chaotic conditions in the planetary system’s gaseous wombs may be to blame. Theorists have long assumed that stars and their planetary companions assemble...
  • U.S. Navy Deploys Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

    11/16/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | November 14, 2014 12:03 pm | Free Beacon Staff
    The amphibious transport ship USS Ponce has been patrolling with a prototype 30-kilowatt-classLaser Weapon System since late August, according to officials. The laser is mounted facing the bow, and can be fired in several modes — from a dazzling warning flash to a destructive beam — and can set a drone or small boat on fire. The Ponce “provides a unique platform” to deploy the new capability “in an operationally relevant region,” Vice Admiral John Miller, the 5th Fleet commander, said in an e-mailed statement. The ship is the 5th Fleet’s primary command and control afloat staging base for operations
  • AT&T dumps smartphone tracking system; consumers can opt-out

    11/16/2014 12:13:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    nhv.us ^ | on 16 Nov 2014 | John DiPietro
    The tracking mechanism - Relevant Advertising - put in place by AT&T essentially added an undetectable identification number to all Internet traffic on the cellphones of the users. Since the identification number helped mark all the sites visited by AT&T customers, advertisers could build up profiles on users by following the website trail he or she would visit. ... Revealing that the use of the controversial technology has been stopped by AT&T, company spokeswoman Emily Edmonds said that AT&T subscribers who do not want to be included in the carrier's new smartphone tracking system have the choice of opting out...
  • Alone and Confused, Philae Breaks our Hearts [laughably maudlin Millenials]

    11/16/2014 8:49:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 16, 2014 | Morgan Rehnberg
    I was thirteen years old when Columbia disintegrated. Space exploration was not even a particular interest of mine at the time, but I remember exactly where I was when the news came. My dad and I were sitting in the living room of my childhood home, listening to NPR. I don’t really recall how I felt when they broke into our program with the news, but I remember well the two emotions that seemed to permeate the coverage that soon become constant: confusion and sadness. As I watched the almost surreal saga of ESA’s Philae this week, I found my...
  • Chinese team arrives in Liberia to staff Ebola clinic

    11/15/2014 5:15:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    ca.reuters.com ^ | Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:12pm EST
    About 160 Chinese health workers arrived on Saturday in Liberia, where they are due to staff a new $41 million Ebola clinic that, unlike most other foreign interventions, is being built and fully run by Chinese personnel. China, Africa's biggest trade partner, had come under fire for the level of its response to the Ebola crisis. But it said this week it would send 1,000 personnel to help fight an outbreak that has killed over 5,000 people in West Africa. "Up to now in Liberia, China is the only country which provides not only the construction of an ETU (Ebola...
  • California Ordered To Speed Up Inmate Releases

    11/15/2014 2:35:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    AP) ^ | November 15, 2014 11:06 AM
    Federal judges are telling California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population. The three-judge panel on Friday gave the state a Jan. 1 deadline to start considering parole for nonviolent second-strike inmates.
  • Congress Members Back Los Angeles For Olympics

    11/15/2014 2:28:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    (AP) ^ | November 15, 2014 11:13 AM
    Southern California lawmakers are backing Los Angeles to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that four local Congressional members — Xavier Becerra, Julia Brownley, Tony Cardenas and Judy Chu — sent a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
  • Facebook’s New Privacy Policy Means Users Shouldn’t Hide Anything

    11/15/2014 12:39:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    thenextdigit.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Wayne Murphy
    Facebook is again taking a dig at your privacy. With the ever changing privacy policies, the manager of privacy and public policies at Facebook, Mr. Matt Scutari literally mocks the privacy of users to a certain extent. In fact, the manager of privacy and public policies at Facebook even condemn the privacy lovers by stating that Facebook does not even consider the option of privacy of its users for themselves. Facebook considers that there is absolutely no sense in allowing the users to hide stuff from Facebook. ... According to a statement by Mr. Matt Scutari, the manager of privacy...
  • Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

    11/15/2014 12:13:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Heather Pringle
    Since then, archaeologists have puzzled over how ancient artisans produced the estimated 7,000 lifelike clay soldiers, right down to their stylish goatees and plaits of braided hair. Some have suggested that the statues were modeled after real, individual soldiers; others think they were assembled from standard clay ears, noses, and mouths, similar to the Mr. Potato Head toy. Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic Creative Recently, in a project known as Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army, a team of archaeologists from University College London (UCL) in Britain and from Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Museum...
  • Darren Wilson Radio Communication and Video: ... radio calls show fatal encounter was brief

    11/14/2014 9:47:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | by sundance
    The Aug. 9 fatal shooting here that sparked three months of protests and calls for change from around the world happened in less than 90 seconds, interviews and an analysis of police and EMS records shows. The records, obtained by the Post-Dispatch via Missouri’s Sunshine law, provide the best timeline yet for the events surrounding the shooting ... At 11:29 a.m. on Aug. 9, a dispatcher asked Wilson to help other officers search for a man who had reportedly threatened to kill a woman. At 11:47 a.m., Wilson said he would respond to a call for a 2-month-old with breathing...
  • Cool [sic] Infographics Explain 8 Key Events on Orion’s EFT-1 Test Flight

    11/14/2014 9:18:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on November 14, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    After moving out to the launch pad earlier this week, NASA’s first Orion spacecraft was hoisted atop the most powerful rocket in the world and awaits blastoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida early December on a critical test flight that will pave the way for human missions to deep space. NASA’s cool new set of infographics above and below explain 8 key events on Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) The two-orbit, four and a half hour EFT-1 flight around Earth will lift the Orion spacecraft and its attached second stage to an orbital altitude of 3,600 miles, about 15 times higher...
  • A Model Walked Around Half-Naked in Painted-on Pants and No One Even Noticed

    11/14/2014 7:46:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Lauren Tuck
    Model Pranksters TV painted a woman’s legs to look like she was wearing jeans and then she walked around the streets of midtown. Body art company The Body Of Art did such a convincing job of making the model appear as if she has pants on, when in reality, she does not. The brave lady, Leah Jung, rode the subway, strolled through Times Square, walked around the garment district, and even went shopping. While it’s surprising that no one notices that she’s bare down below, it’s even crazier that the paint doesn’t rub off when she’s making her way through...
  • U.S. Marshals: Facebook Posts Helped Lead Authorities To Longtime Fugitive

    11/14/2014 7:22:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 14, 2014 4:54 PM
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A man wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide has been arrested after authorities say he was hiding in plain sight for 12 years. U.S. Marshals descended Thursday on a home in the 3500 block of Farnham Place and arrested Eduardo Rodriguez, who lived there with his fiancée and several children. “They had big guns and we were just kind of scared and we had the children,” said Dulce Rodriguez, a neighbor. “We see the helicopter flashing the light, and there’s a truck right in front with a man who they’re pointing big guns again, telling him...
  • Report: Water Usage At Mayoral Mansion 5 Times As High As Average LA Resident

    11/14/2014 11:16:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 14, 2014 8:24 AM
    Despite calls for Angelenos to slash their water use during the statewide drought, the Los Angeles mayoral mansion consumes about five times the water of an average home, according to a report. Getty House, the official residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti, uses about 2,100 gallons of water per day, according to data cited by the L.A. Weekly. While the number is about 3 percent less than the amount used by Garcetti’s predecessor, former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, it could raise questions about Garcetti’s call for Angelenos to cut their own water use by 20 percent by 2016. Garcetti has taken steps...
  • Concerns over ESA’s Data Release Policy Amidst Rosetta Comet Landing

    11/14/2014 11:09:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 14, 2014 | Matt Williams
    Unfortunately for millions of space enthusiasts around the world, none of these exciting images were released to the public. In addition, much of the images taken of the comet over the past few months as Rosetta closed in on it have similarly not been released. This has led to demands for more openness, which in turn has focused attention on ESA’s image and data release policy. Allowing scientists to withhold data for some period of time is not uncommon in planetary science. According to Jim Green, the director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, a 6-month grace period is typical for...
  • The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks [hearing aids]

    11/14/2014 11:01:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 12 November 2014 | by Frank Swain
    I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes. Against the familiar sounds of suburban life, it is somehow incongruous and appropriate at the same time. As I approach Turnpike Lane tube station and descend to the underground platform, I catch the now familiar gurgle of the public Wi-Fi hub, as well as the staff network beside it. On board the train, these sounds fade into silence as we burrow...
  • General Motors' Mary Barra Not Receiving Women’s Award for ‘Product’ and ‘Quality’

    11/13/2014 7:49:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    hngn.com ^ | Nov 13, 2014 07:16 PM EST | Julie S
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra decided not to attend an awards ceremony after families of victims of the faulty ignition switch appealed for the withdrawal of the award. CEO Barra was supposed to receive Katharine Graham Living Legacy Award at the National Women's History Museum on Nov. 17. The said award is given to women for their achievements in their field; in Barra's case, her contribution to GM for "product and quality" and "customer service." ... The museum announced that they will be canceling the awarding for Barra, but clarified that they still believe that she deserves it. Barra was...