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  • Raw Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened at Least 31 in California

    05/21/2015 6:41:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ktla ^ | Kennedy Ryan,
    The California cluster was part of a nine-state Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health. Most of the 53 patients nationwide reported eating sushi containing raw tuna, the release stated. To date, 10 patients have been hospitalized. No deaths were reported. The California-based patients were spread over six counties; including nine in Los Angeles, six in Orange, four in Riverside, seven in San Diego, one in Santa Barbara and four in Ventura, according to the CDPH.
  • Bikers, others flee gunfire in Waco restaurant video

    05/21/2015 7:56:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    <p>When gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, most of the leather-clad motorcycle riders watching the confrontation from the patio or inside immediately ran away from the shooting. A few tried to direct people to safety, crawling on all fours heading for cover.</p>
  • LHC smashes energy record with test collisions

    05/21/2015 7:41:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    bbc ^ | Jonathan Webb
    On Wednesday night, two opposing beams of protons were steered into each other at the four collision points spaced around the LHC's tunnel. The energy of the collisions was 13 trillion electronvolts - dwarfing the eight trillion reached during the LHC's first run, which ended in early 2013. ... Prof David Newbold, from the University of Bristol, works on the CMS experiment. He said the new energies present new technical challenges. "When you accelerate the beams they actually get quite a lot smaller - so the act of actually getting them to collide inside the detectors is really quite an...
  • 'Everyone should wear flats': Emily Blunt on Cannes' rumored high-heels-only policy

    05/19/2015 5:45:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Blunt addressed Tuesday's reported ban on women's flat shoes on the red carpet while speaking during a press conference for her film "Sicario," calling the move "very disappointing." "Everyone should wear flats to be honest," Blunt said (via Variety). "We shouldn't be wearing high heels anyways. That's my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers. That's very disappointing." "Sicario" director Denis Villenueve agreed. "As a sign of protest, Benicio [del Toro], Josh [Brolin] and I will walk the stairs in high heels tonight," he said — perhaps joking, perhaps not, about the show of solidarity. The controversy was...
  • Oil spill reported at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara

    05/19/2015 5:10:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    An oil spill was reported Tuesday at Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, spanning about four miles along the coastline. A citizen reported the leak coming from a ruptured pipeline off the 101 Freeway to authorities at about noon. The pipeline, owned by Santa Maria-based Plains All-American Pipeline, was on land, and the oil flowed from land into the ocean.
  • Simon Pegg: 'comic book films are dumbing us down'

    05/19/2015 1:47:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 104 replies ^ | Anita Singh,
    “Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes. Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously! “It is a kind of dumbing down in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues.” “Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about... whatever. Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk had a fight with a robot.”
  • Extra screening for women with dense breasts may not be necessary: study

    05/19/2015 10:14:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    In some states, healthcare providers must tell women if they have dense breasts. Those women sometimes then go on to have additional screenings, such as ultrasound scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). But in the new study, the researchers found that not all women with dense breasts have a high enough risk for breast cancer after a normal mammogram to justify having more screening tests. Instead, they found that two specific groups of women with dense breasts were likely to benefit from extra screening, taking into account their risk for breast cancer in the next five years as calculated using...
  • Secret space plane, solar sail and CubeSats launching Wednesday

    05/19/2015 10:08:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Amanda Barnett
    How much can you pack on top of one rocket? A United Launch Alliance Atlas V is carrying up the U.S. Air Force's so-called secret space plane, The Planetary Society's solar sail, and several CubeSats, or tiny satellites. The launch window is Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. ET and 2:45 p.m. ET at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. You can watch it on a webcast starting at 10:45 a.m. ET. The Air Force space plane is actually called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. This is the fourth mission for the plane. It looks like a small space shuttle, but...
  • NASA's $2.25M Challenge: 3D-Print a Space Base

    05/18/2015 5:44:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | Quinten Plummer
    NASA and America Makes have challenged innovators in the additive construction market to design a habitat for deep space exploration for the first stage of the competition and to fabricate such facilities in the second phase. The organizations will award a $50,000 prize and a pair of US$1.1 million purses for the winners of the multistage challenge. Registration opened for phase one on Saturday, and the second stage will launch on September 27. Entrants have been challenged to design a 3D-printable habitat for the first phase of the competition, and the team that wins that level will be awarded $50,000....
  • Space Station Could Get Laser Cannon to Destroy Orbital Debris

    05/18/2015 4:45:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | May 18, 2015 08:31 AM ET // | by Charles Q. Choi,
    Now researchers suggest the Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO), scheduled to be installed on Japan’s module on the space station in 2017, could help the orbiting complex detect dangerous debris. They add that a powerful laser under development could then help shoot down this space garbage. “The EUSO telescope, which was originally designed to detect cosmic rays, could also be put to use for this useful project,” study lead author Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, an astrophysicist and chief scientist at the RIKEN (Rikagaku Kenky?sho) Computational Astrophysics Laboratory in Wako, Japan, told
  • Shi'ite forces move in on Iraqi city taken by Islamic State

    05/18/2015 4:41:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    The decision by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is a Shi'ite, to send in the militias to try to retake the predominantly Sunni city could add to sectarian hostility in one of the most violent parts of Iraq. Washington, which is leading a campaign of air strikes to roll back Islamic State advances and struggling to rebuild Baghdad's shattered army, played down the significance of the loss of Ramadi, the capital of the vast western Anbar province. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was a "target of opportunity," that could be retaken in a matter of days, and...
  • The problems with talking to aliens

    05/18/2015 7:51:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | on May 17th, 2015 | Marissa Fessenden
    A nude man and woman, standing in front of a representation of the spacecraft itself (for scale) may be easily interpretable to humans, but what if the aliens that find the plaque don’t have eyes and instead communicate by smell? Even if they do see, will the lines look like squiggles or like beings? Will they judge us by the quality of the art? The plaque has earned a fair amount of criticism, but the researchers charged with the task—Frank Drake, Carl Sagan and the artist, Linda Salzman Sagan—had three weeks to come up with a message. They were happy...
  • Extreme Athlete Dean Potter, 2nd Man Found Dead in Yosemite National Park

    05/18/2015 7:08:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    Extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man were found dead Sunday in Yosemite National Park after an apparent BASE jumping accident, park officials said. Potter and Graham Hunt were jumping Saturday night from Taft Point, a 7,500-foot peak above Yosemite Valley, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.
  • Amy Winehouse documentary premieres at Cannes, shows fame’s dark side

    05/17/2015 10:19:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Celebrity-worshipping Cannes got a sobering reminder of fame's dark side Saturday with "Amy," a powerful documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse. ... Winehouse was a global celebrity when she died in July 2011 of accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. The sense that the singer foresaw her fate lends extra poignancy to the film, which is getting its world premiere at a Cannes midnight screening. ... Kapadia, who made the acclaimed documentary "Senna" about Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna - another star who died young - interviewed 80 of Winehouse's friends, family and collaborators for the film, layering their...
  • Swarms of Mini-Drones Prepping for Remote Battle

    05/17/2015 8:09:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings. ... With no motor and only about 10 parts, the Cicada resembles a paper airplane with a circuit board. It is designed to glide to programmed GPS coordinates after being dropped from an aircraft, a balloon or a larger drone, researchers said. ...outfitted with a range of light-weight sensors, including microphones. "They are robotic carrier pigeons. You tell them where to go, and they will go there," Edwards said.
  • Why the Danes were so angry about TV drama 1864

    05/16/2015 6:37:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    TV and director Ole Bornedal explained to the Radio Times: ... “The right wing said we were rewriting history. They thought it was an attack on them. The Danes, like the British, feel we are the best… “But one nation is not better than another. The Brits are not God’s chosen, King Arthur’s people. A certain kind of humility would be suitable for both the Brits and the Danes. Stating that there are a lot of ‘the best’ out there provoked people more than I expected.” Viewers also objected to a scene where a couple had sex on a beach,...
  • Here's what your PC needs to run Oculus Rift

    05/16/2015 5:53:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    The specs, from the Oculus website, recommend: •NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater •Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater •8GB+ RAM •Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output •2x USB 3.0 ports •Windows 7 SP1 or newer It’s worth bearing in mind that these are the recommended specs, not the minimum. "The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration," Oculus said.
  • Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans

    05/16/2015 5:48:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    The complaint, filed by a coalition of 64 organizations, says the university has set quotas to keep the numbers of Asian-American students significantly lower than the quality of their applications merits. It cites third-party academic research on the SAT exam showing that Asian-Americans have to score on average about 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students and 450 points higher than African-American students to equal their chances of gaining admission to Harvard. The exam is scored on a 2400-point scale. The complaint was filed with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. “Many studies...
  • Consumers are losing faith in the US economy

    05/15/2015 8:49:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | Myles Udland
    Consumer confidence plunged in May after consumers lost faith that the economy would rebound from a "dismal" first quarter. The preliminary read on consumer confidence from the University of Michigan showed a decline to 88.6. Economists had expected it to stay put at April's 95.9 reading. The disappointing report reflected an outlook that there would be no big economic rebound after an ugly first quarter. And while a bounce back in the second quarter has been the consensus call from the economics community, there is increasing doubt that this is where we're headed. In a statement, Richard Curtin, chief economist...
  • Islamic State takes Ramadi government center; government troops fleeing

    05/15/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Islamic State forces launched a fierce assault of car bombs on Iraqi government security facilities overnight, and by late afternoon, their black flag was flying over the governor’s office. Security forces appeared to be in full flight as militants consolidated control over the area and prevented anyone from leaving the area. “Daash is now in full control of the central government compound of Ramadi and battles are now raging in the last Ramadi areas held by government troops,” said a security official inside one of the last remaining pockets of government resistance, using the common Arabic acronym for the Islamic...
  • Wreckage of Missing San Diego-Based Marine Helicopter Found...

    05/15/2015 8:18:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that went missing with six U.S. Marines and two Nepali service members on board has been found, U.S. Defense officials confirmed Friday. “It is unlikely there are any survivors at this time,” said U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler, commanding general on the ground in Nepal, and said he was unable to confirm the report from the Nepalese government, that three bodies had been discovered. Three bodies were discovered in the burned wreckage of the helicopter, which was delivering aid to earthquake survivors, Nepalese Defense Secretary Ishwori Paudyal said. Wissler said that due...
  • Team Fighting Championship: yeah, it’s insane

    05/14/2015 11:00:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    A new sport has arisen within the fighting universe in Poland: Team Fighting Championship (TFC). If you’ve ever imagined what a professional looking, all out fight between two rival gangs would look like in an arena, this is it. Two teams of five fighters are let loose in the ring, accompanied by five referees, where they punch, kick, and knee the living hell out of each other until just one team is left standing. The only major rules are that “forbid blows to the Adam’s apple, groin kicks, biting and spitting,” but there are no rules that prohibit the four...
  • Obama seeks to reassure Gulf leaders amid specter of Iran, possible nuclear race

    05/14/2015 10:34:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    he New York Times reported late Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and other small Arab states were expected to make the case to Obama that they should be allowed to enrich whatever amount of nuclear material Iran is permitted to under the terms of a permanent deal that is due to be agreed on by the end of June. "We can’t sit back and be nowhere as Iran is allowed to retain much of its capability and amass its research," one Arab leader due to meet with Obama told The Times Monday. The paper also reported that Prince Turki bin Faisal,...
  • ...Call for Investigation After Man Is Pepper-Sprayed by Police While Charging Electric Car...

    05/14/2015 8:37:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer and Christina Pascucci,
    Justin Palmer, 36, was at the public car-charging station at Virginia Avenue Park (map) on the evening of April 21 when he was approached by officers who said the park had closed at 11 p.m. Palmer refused to leave, according to police, who issued him a citation for violating the park closure ordinance. He also refused to provide his identification, a Santa Monica Police Department news release stated two days after the incident. Palmer said he told officers it was not yet 11 p.m. and asked why they needed his identification since he had done nothing wrong. Then, abruptly, he...
  • NASA-funded company to produce oxygen on Mars using bacteria

    05/14/2015 6:01:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The Indiana-based company has developed a "Mars room," which plays host to a test chamber capable of emulating the inhospitable conditions prevailing on the red planet. In the Mars room, Chief scientist Eugene Boland at Techshot Inc is exploring the potential of using ecosystem-building pioneer organisms such as bacteria or algae as oxygen factories. The organisms would use Mars' ample supply of regolith as fuel, and may even serve a dual purpose in removing nitrogen from the M ..
  • All 5 of Pluto's Known Moons Spied by NASA Probe (Photo)

    05/13/2015 8:28:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | May 12, 2015 08:08pm ET | Mike Wall |
    "Detecting these tiny moons from a distance of more than 55 million miles [88.5 million kilometers] is amazing, and a credit to the team that built our LORRI long-range camera and [mission team member] John Spencer’s team of moon and ring hunters," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement. [Photos of Pluto and Its Moons]
  • San Bernardino Mother Arrested After Daughter, 3, Points Loaded Stolen Pistol at Police Detectives

    05/13/2015 8:16:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    ktla ^ | Updated at 07:26pm, May 13, 2015 | Melissa Pamer,
    A San Bernardino mother was arrested after her 3-year-old daughter allegedly pointed a loaded handgun — which had been stolen from a sheriff’s deputy — at police detectives, authorities announced Wednesday. The child was removed from the home and the mother, 20-year-old at the home of Kimberly Torres, was booked on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of stolen property, according to a news release from the San Bernardino Police Department. The arrest followed a May 7 vehicle break-in at West Valley Street and North Stoddard Avenue in San Bernardino, where an off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy’s patrol...
  • Man found guilty of throwing 4-year-old daughter off cliff in 2000

    05/13/2015 5:23:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    L A Times ^ | Stephen Ceasar
    Brown's first trial ended in 2006, with two jurors voting to convict him of first-degree murder, eight voting for second-degree murder and two favoring manslaughter. In 2009, a jury split evenly between second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Apodaca, the third jury’s foreman, said it took one day of deliberations for the entire jury to agree. A key to the case, he said, was an expert witness who said the girl's injuries were inconsistent with a slip or trip and instead suggested that she was thrown.
  • Scientists want to send a fish-like ‘soft robot’ to swim the oceans of Europa

    05/13/2015 3:20:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    washington post ^ | Abby Ohlheiser
    Europa, one of the many moons of Jupiter, is a very promising address in the solar system for those who say it's possible we'll find life beyond Earth right here in the Milky Way. For one thing, researchers have pretty good evidence that a giant liquid ocean exists below the moon's icy crust. A group of researchers at Cornell has come up with an idea for an animal-like underwater rover that could one day explore Europa. The "soft robot" proposal just won a $100,000 grant from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts initiative -- an award for project ideas that are at...
  • Gunmen in Pakistan kill 43 in attack on bus carrying religious minority

    05/13/2015 6:33:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | Sophia Saifi and Jethro Mullen, CNN
    The vehicle was carrying men, women and children from the Ismaili Muslim community, said Ahmed Chinoy, chairman of the Citizen Police Liaison Committee in Karachi, Pakistan's largest and most populous city. A violent extremist group that persecutes Pakistan's Shiite Muslim minority claimed responsibility for the attack and vowed to carry out more. Ismailism is a Shiite sect. Unlike some other Shiite groups, Ismailis hadn't been heavily targeted by militants in Pakistan previously. "This is the first such incident of its kind towards the Ismaili community," said Zohra Yusuf, the chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. "Nothing on this...
  • A Guide to Saturn Through Opposition 2015

    05/12/2015 7:26:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | David Dickinson
    Saturn reaches opposition for 2015 on May 23rd at 1:00 Universal Time (UT), which equates to 9:00 PM EDT the evening prior on May 22 at nearly 9 astronomical units (AU) distant. Oppositions of Saturn are getting slightly more distant to the tune of 10 million kilometers in 2015 versus last year as Saturn heads towards aphelion in 2018. Saturn crosses eastward from the astronomical constellation of Scorpius in the first week of May, and spends most of the remainder of 2015 in Libra before looping back into the Scorpion in mid-October. The first of June finds Saturn just over...
  • Malaysia to Push Back Rohingya Unless Boats Are Sinking

    05/12/2015 7:09:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | Eileen Ng / AP
    “We won’t let any foreign boats come in,” Tan Kok Kwee, first admiral of Malaysia’s maritime enforcement agency, said Tuesday. Unless they’re unseaworthy and sinking, he said, the navy will provide “provisions and send them away.” Hours earlier, Indonesia pushed back a boat packed with hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshis, saying they were given food, water and directions to Malaysia — their original destination.
  • Los Angeles homelessness rises 12 percent amid slow economic recovery

    05/12/2015 4:38:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Reuters) ^ | Steve Gorman
    The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's report cited stagnant or falling wages among the lowest-income earners, a local jobless rate that remains above state and national averages, and a worsening lack of affordable housing. ... According to the agency's latest biennial count, an estimated 44,300 people are living on the streets, in cars, in abandoned buildings or in shelters and government-funded "transitional housing" on any given night in Los Angeles County. That tally, based on a census conducted in January, is up 12 percent, or nearly 5,000 people, across Los Angeles County, compared with numbers reported from the previous survey...
  • Messenger’s Last Gallant Effort – Unravels...Oldest Magnetic Field in the Solar System

    05/12/2015 4:03:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Before the spacecraft ended its mission, it captured almost 100,000 images of the planet mapping its gravitational field. As scientists study the data, they found that it ages about 4 billion years old. Furthermore, the spacecraft was able to collect sufficient information for scientists to conclude that Mercury’s crust is thicker in low latitudes and thinner at both poles. This kind of distribution highly suggests that the planet is made of liquid or molten outer core, which comprises 85% Mercury’s radius and bigger than Earth’s core. Also, the layer below the crust of the planet is made up of liquid...
  • Dinosaur-like snouts grown on chicken embryos

    05/12/2015 2:35:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Birds are thought to have evolved from dinosaurs, but have very different jaws. Bird-like dinosaurs such as the velociraptor have two bones at the tip of their upper jaws. In birds, those bones are fused to form a beak. By blocking two proteins that are activated when chicken embryos grow their beaks, U.S. researchers caused their jaws to "revert" to a velociraptor-like snout. The changes were observed in chick embryos that developed until they were close to hatching. To their surprise, the birds' palates, on the roof of their mouths, also became dinosaur-like. "This was unexpected and demonstrates the way...
  • Marine Helicopter Based at Camp Pendleton Disappears While Conducting Disaster Relief in Nepal

    05/12/2015 1:03:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Military officials are searching for a marine light attack helicopter that went missing Tuesday near Charikot, Nepal, Pentagon officials said, at around 10 p.m. Japan Standard Time. The aircraft was assisting with disaster relief as earthquake have struck the south Asian nation, which killed thousands late last month. Another earthquake there on Tuesday killed at least 68 more.
  • Self-driving cars are getting into accidents in California

    05/12/2015 7:06:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    L A Times ^ | By Jerry Hirsch and Joseph Serna
    "I am not surprised that autonomous vehicles were hit," Smith said. "Any vehicle out on the road long enough will be in a crash." Google said its automated cars have driven nearly 1 million miles on autopilot and are now averaging around 10,000 self-driven miles a week mostly on city streets. The cars have traveled another 700,000 miles with humans at the helm. "Over the 6 years since we started the project, we've been involved in 11 minor accidents during those 1.7 million miles of autonomous and manual driving with our safety drivers behind the wheel, and not once was...
  • Ever Wonder How You'd Go To The Bathroom On The Space Station?

    05/11/2015 5:06:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    popular science ^ | Loren Grush
    ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti demonstrates
  • Sheriff’s Department ID’s S.B. Deputies Involved in Horse-Pursuit Beating Caught on Video

    05/11/2015 4:53:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | May 11, 2015, by | Anthony Kurzweil
    The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Monday identified the deputies involved in the arrest and beating of an Apple Valley man that was caught on video in April. The deputies were attempting to serve a search warrant on April 9 when 30-year-old Francis Pusok fled on foot, and then on horseback. Helicopter footage from KNBC captured the end of the chase, showing Pusok fall off his horse before sheriff’s deputies used a Taser and beat him, appearing to both kick and punch him repeatedly.
  • Blasts shake Yemen as coalition hits arms depot [video report]

    05/11/2015 2:16:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Powerful explosions rocked Yemen's capital on Monday as warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition targeted a rebel arms depot, with medics reporting five dead and 20 wounded in twin strikes. The raid on the depot in the Mount Noqum area on the eastern outskirts of Sanaa triggered several blasts, an AFP correspondent and witnesses said. ... Monday's attack came a day ahead of a hoped-for five-day humanitarian truce proposed by the Saudi-led coalition which launched strikes against rebels in late March in support of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. The huge explosions sent artillery pieces flying, with one crashing into the...
  • Boston Marathon bombing victims [of Islam]

    05/11/2015 1:18:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Slideshow at the link
  • Boston bomber told nun 'no one' should suffer as his victims did

    05/11/2015 12:51:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber
    Since testimony began in Boston federal court in early March, the jury has heard from about 150 witness, including parents who lost children in the attack, first responders who attended to victims who had lost limbs, and Tsarnaev's Russian relatives who remembered him as a loving young boy. But the closest they came to hearing from Tsarnaev himself was Monday's testimony from the nun, Sister Helen Prejean, 76, who described meeting him five times over the past year at the request of defense lawyers. Prejean, whose story inspired the 1993 book and 1995 film "Dead Man Walking," said she believed...
  • The 9 Strangest Flying Robots from the World’s Biggest Drone Show

    05/11/2015 8:54:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the show brought together drone makers, military types, and business leaders from around the globe. (Google founder Larry Page was spotted briefly on the showroom floor.) All were looking for the next thing in UAV design. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting, innovative and outlandish drones Defense One ran across. 1. The SnowGoose BRAVO from Canada-based Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Technology, or MMIST, is an update to the company’s SnowGoose CQ-10A cargo drone. The original played a role in U.S. Special Operations Command missions for years. The Bravo...
  • Yemen conflict: Houthi rebels 'down Moroccan warplane'

    05/11/2015 6:16:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Houthi rebels in Yemen say they have shot down a Moroccan fighter jet that was taking part in Saudi-led coalition air strikes against them. Rebel-controlled Al-Masirah TV reported that the F-16 was hit as it flew over Saada province, and broadcast pictures of what it said was the wreckage. The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces earlier said one of its planes was missing. If confirmed, it would be the first aircraft lost by the coalition since its air campaign began on 26 March. The bombardment has been stepped up in recent days ahead of the start of a proposed five-day humanitarian...
  • Regulation Run Amok—And How to Fight Back

    05/11/2015 6:03:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    wsj ^ | Charles Murray
    At the end of the process, we will have a large number of regulations that meet the criteria for being pointless, stupid or tyrannical. Let’s just ignore them and go on about our lives as if they didn’t exist. I propose two frameworks for implementing this strategy. The first would be a legal foundation functioning much as the Legal Services Corporation does for the poor, except that its money will come from private donors, not the government. ... The other framework would be occupational defense funds. Let’s take advantage of professional expertise and pride of vocation to drive standards of...
  • Putin and Merkel attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow

    05/10/2015 7:20:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | GRIGORY DUKOR
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin walls in Moscow, Russia, May 10, 2015.
  • NASA Contest Wants Your Ideas to Keep Astronauts Safe on Mars

    05/10/2015 6:37:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies ^ | Elizabeth Howell
    The "Journey to Mars Challenge" will give a $5,000 award to each of the three winning participants who describe an original idea that could assist the human exploration of Mars. The proposal must be "technically achievable, economically sustainable, and minimize reliance on support from Earth," NASA wrote in a statement about the challenge. "This could include shelter, food, water, breathable air, communication, exercise, social interactions and medicine, but participants are encouraged to consider innovative and creative elements beyond these examples," NASA added.Because launch costs are considered one of the key barriers to space exploration generally — and Mars exploration, especially...
  • Dating rule: Men don’t trust hot women but women do

    05/10/2015 3:40:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    During a recent study, researchers found that women with a glam look although attract men more easily, men usually don’t trust them. However, the findings of the study are suggesting that women find well-groomed men more reliable. These findings have made the already complicated world of online dating even more complicated. Those who think that uploading their hottest picture is the best way of getting suitable dating partners should take the above findings into consideration; this is because by looking too hot you might make people feel that you are “too hot to trust”. The said study was conducted for...
  • Gunmen in Macedonia had planned many attacks, leader says

    05/10/2015 3:27:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    An armed group battling Macedonian police over the weekend left 22 people dead and aimed to destabilize the country with terror attacks, the country's president declared Sunday in a nationwide television address. ... "Police have prevented coordinated terrorist attacks at different locations in the country that would cause serious destabilization, chaos and fear," Ivanov said. "The members of the group are extremists and criminals with remarkable military training and skills. That's why we have paid such a high price with the loss of lives." The attacks left at least 22 people dead, including eight police and 14 attackers Interior Ministry...
  • Cats and Mouse: At Disneyland, Mickey has plenty of feline company

    05/10/2015 1:56:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | Emily Foxhall
    “If I were a cat, there would be no better place to live than Disneyland.” - Taylor Roberts, a freelance writer who still remembers his first sighting at the park: a cat darting across a path in Fantasyland A Disneyland spokesman declined to comment on the four-legged inhabitants of the carefully manicured resort, except to acknowledge that they exist, and a woman darted away without revealing her identity when caught feeding one of the favorite felines. But the theme park has been known to care for the cats, who reciprocate by keeping the mice and other rodents at bay. It's...