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  • China slowdown, market jitters threaten world economy: IMF

    09/02/2015 8:58:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    ctvnews ^ | Paul Wiseman
    The Chinese economic slowdown, though long anticipated, "appears to have larger-than-previously-envisaged" repercussions in other countries, the IMF said. China's troubles have sent the prices of raw materials such as oil and copper into a freefall, pinching Brazil, Russia and other commodity exporters. The report did not revise the fund's economic forecasts for this year, last updated in July, though it concluded that "downside risks have risen." The IMF expects the global economy to grow 3.3 per cent this year, little-changed from 3.4 per cent in 2014; the U.S. economy to grow 2.5 per cent, versus 2.4 per cent in 2014;...
  • Own a historic NASA manual featuring 'the worm'

    09/02/2015 7:27:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CNET ^ | Michael Franco
    The manual is definitely something for hard-core space buffs and lovers of graphic design, rather than a casual read for anyone interested in space exploration generally. It consists of lots of drawings and instructions on how to place type on things like planes, cars, arm patches and stationery. What makes it a particularly interesting piece of history is that -- according to an article about the reissue in Wired -- in May 1992, NASA's new administrator, Dan Goldin, switched the agency back to using the previous logo, which was nicknamed "the meatball." (It's the logo NASA is still using today,...
  • Full lunar eclipse in September

    09/02/2015 7:07:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    hesperiastar.com ^ | Richard Doornbos
    Zodiac constellations this month include Sagittarius (the archer), Capricorn (the goat) and Aquarius (the water-carrier), and sinking into the west is Scorpio (the scorpion) with Saturn, our only remaining evening "star," in its midst. Three of our former evening "stars," Venus, Jupiter and Mars, are now morning objects, but only Venus, rapidly climbing into the morning sky before dawn, is much visible as yet. The autumnal (or fall) equinox is on Sept. 23, marking the end of summer and beginning of autumn. For the best spectacle of the month: A full lunar eclipse (sometimes called a "blood moon") occurs on...
  • NASA taps hoverboard company Arx Pax to build space ‘tractor beam’

    09/02/2015 6:38:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | James Rogers
    The company that made Marty McFly’s hoverboard a reality is reaching for the stars, or more precisely, satellites. Los Gatos, Calif.-based Arx Pax has entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA, the company announced Wednesday. The partnership involves Arx Pax’s Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) technology, which will be used to build micro-satellite capture devices that can manipulate and couple satellites from a distance. The technology inevitably conjures up images of the tractor beam used on “Star Trek.” “Likely uses for this technology include manipulating various types of objects at a distance without touching them or colliding with them,” explained...
  • Autopsy: Football player shot by police had drugs in system

    09/02/2015 6:19:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    wset.com ^ | EMILY SCHMALL
    A black college football player killed by a white police officer likely used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at a Texas car dealership, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday. Christian Taylor was unarmed when Arlington police officer Brad Miller shot him on Aug. 7. Miller has been fired. The report shows there was THC, one of the active components of marijuana, and a synthetic drug that causes hallucinations in his system. ... Miller's attorney John Snider said he hoped that in light of this evidence, the Arlington police chief would reconsider his decision...
  • Vietnamese Activist is Detained and Questioned on Return to Hanoi

    09/02/2015 3:52:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Brought into a private room by police at Noi Bai International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, he was finally released at midnight, almost 12 hours later, he said. Presented with a document to sign, and which he was not given time to read, A refused to sign. “I did not commit myself to anything,” he said. A said that during his trip, which included meetings in Berlin in July, he felt encouraged when seeing that the people he spoke with were free to choose their own course in how best to promote democracy and civil society in their own...
  • Dramatic Rise in Crime Casts Shadow on Downtown L.A.’s Gentrification

    09/02/2015 1:53:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    L A Times ^ | September 2, 2015, 11:42 AM | By Ben Poston and Kate Mather
    Crime has jumped across the city this year, but nowhere has the increase been as large as in L.A.'s hippest new domain: downtown. Here, the forces of rapid gentrification are crashing up against the chronic poverty, homelessness and crime that have long been a part of life in the city center. Police and residents say the influx of new lofts, luxury high-rise apartments, bars and eateries have made these new downtown dwellers easy targets for street crime. "Those two communities are rubbing up against each other and for some reason it has gotten more aggressive," Mishkind said. "We understand there...
  • Texas Teen Accidentally Kills Himself While Taking Gun Selfie: Police

    09/02/2015 12:19:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 82 replies
    KTLA ^ | Cnn Wire
    A 19-year-old Houston, Texas, man accidentally killed himself Tuesday while taking selfies with a gun, according to police. The gun blast hit Deleon Alonso Smith, a day ahead of starting community college, in the throat, CNN affiliate KPRC reported. Family members were shocked. "It's the worst feeling in my life," Eric Douglas, the victim's uncle said. "It's a numb feeling. It's still unbelievable," Smith's grandmother Alma Douglas told the station.
  • World Has Many More Trees Than Previously Thought, New Report Says

    09/02/2015 11:23:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    WSJ ^ | Mark Armao
    There are just over three trillion trees in the world, a figure that dwarfs previous estimates, according to the most comprehensive census yet of global forestation. Using satellite imagery as well as ground-based measurements from around the world, a team led by researchers at Yale University created the first globally comprehensive map of tree density. Their findings were published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. A previous study that drew on satellite imagery estimated that the total number of trees was around 400 billion. The new estimate of 3.04 trillion is multiple times that number, bringing the ratio of trees...
  • A Fiery End for Kosmos 1315 Over Hawaii

    09/02/2015 10:36:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    .universetoday.com ^ | September 2, 2015 | David Dickinson on
    “Objects launched by Russia account for 205 sightings or 80 percent, followed by the U.S., which accounts for 40 sightings or 16 percent. China, Europe and Japan account for the remaining 4 percent,” Molczan told Universe Today. “Considering the vast areas of the Earth that have been under-reported, the total number of reentries seen during the Space Age probably is between 500 and 1000, the large majority lost to history.” This was a fine example of a classic reentry versus a typical fireball or meteor train. Satellites typically have a slower reentry velocity, and you can see this in several...
  • Texas TV Station Criticized by Sheriff’s Department for Posting Video of Deputies...Killing man

    09/02/2015 7:48:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cnn wire ^ | September 2, 2015
    CNN affiliate KSAT broadcast his video, which is disturbing, as it shows Flores being shot. In it, Flores is shirtless, running in front of a home in San Antonio as the two sheriff’s deputies approach him as they investigate a domestic violence call. “As the guy and police were going back and forth, the man acted like he was going to run back inside his house and then ran around the cars by the cop car, and the cops started pursuing closer to him,” Thomas told CNN. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has said Flores had a knife and was...
  • Is Fear of China Selling Treasurys Overdone?

    09/02/2015 7:04:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Min Zeng
    China is stirring up the U.S. Treasury market’s pot again. Early last week, sales from China were blamed by traders on why the rally in long-term Treasury debt was muted despite a sharp plunge in global stocks and crude oil prices. Tuesday, the movements in bond market prices again raised speculation that China was in the market selling bonds again to keep in check the bond market’s price strength. While the sales help explain why long-term U.S. bond yields have failed to drop sharply over the past few weeks, analysts and traders don’t expect yields to rise significantly. The bond...
  • ConocoPhillips to cut 10 percent of global workforce

    09/01/2015 4:20:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    fuelfix.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | | By Collin Eaton
    Daren Beaudo, a company spokesman, confirmed that an internal communication was sent to employees earlier this week informing them of the upcoming staff reductions. Most of those affected workers will receive layoff notifications next month. The largest portion of the job cuts will come from North America, he said, where the Houston oil producer drills for crude from the oil sands in northern Canada to the shale plays in South Texas. The firm will also trim about 1,000 core contractors from its workforce. Beaudo said ConocoPhillips has informed employees, city and state agencies that more than 500 of the firm’s...
  • Haggen accuses Albertsons of sabotaging store takeover, sues for $1 billion

    09/01/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    L A Times ^ | Shan Li
    According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Delaware, Haggen said Albertsons started engaging in these competitive efforts after it sold 146 grocery stores to Haggen. Albertsons and Safeway were forced by the Federal Trade Commission to sell the stores as part of a merger. Among the stores are 83 in California, mostly in the south. ... "Albertsons' illegal campaign includes premeditated acts of unfair and anti-competitive conduct that were calculated to circumvent Albertsons' obligations under federal antitrust laws, Federal Trade Commission orders and contractual commitments to Haggen," the lawsuit said. That campaign includes illegally accessing Haggen's confidential...
  • Army chief says India is ready for swift and short [sudden] wars

    09/01/2015 3:34:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1 September 2015
    The general’s strong words on the readiness of his force came at a tri-service seminar on the Golden Jubilee of 1965 Indo- Pak war. “We are acutely aware that the swift short nature of future wars is likely to offer limited warning time. This calls for maintaining a very high level of operational preparedness at all times. It’s something that has now become important in our strategy,” Singh said. The comment assumes utmost significance as Pakistan has kept the Kashmir pot boiling in recent months by stepping up infiltration attempts. The guns have barely fallen silent on both the International...
  • September Slip: Markets Pounded Amid Factory Fears

    09/01/2015 2:06:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    FOX Business ^ | September 01, 2015 | Victoria Craig
    ·In the U.S., a gauge on factory activity from the Institute for Supply Management saw a bigger-than-expected drop in August to 51.1 from 52.7 in July. Wall Street anticipated a shallower drop to 52.6. The reading, though still in expansion territory, was the lowest since May 2013. The global picture wasn’t much better, and is what helped drive the selloff in world markets. Overnight, data from China showed the nation’s manufacturing sector slipped to a three-year low and back into contraction territory for the first time in six months, though mostly in-line with expectations, while the services sector also showed...
  • Turkish court arrests British journalists on 'ISIL terror' charges

    08/31/2015 12:09:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The reporters were detained last week covering unrest in southeast Turkey which has raged as the government presses a military offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels. They had earlier been questioned by prosecutors who ruled to take the case to court. The four men, including the driver, had been held in police custody since their detention last week. Reports said that they were arrested after police acted on a tipoff and confiscated the footage shot during their reporting. All have denied the accusations in the presence of their lawyers. VICE News, an Internet-based channel which produces in-depth...
  • Dreaming While Awake

    08/31/2015 11:56:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    In February 1758 the 90-year-old Charles Lullin, a retired Swiss civil servant whose sight had been progressively failing since a cataract operation five years before, began to see considerably more than he had become accustomed to. For the next several months he was visited in his apartment by a silent procession of figures, invisible to everyone but him: young men in magnificent cloaks, perfectly coiffured ladies carrying boxes on their heads, girls dancing in silks and ribbons. These visions were recorded and published in 1760 by his grandson, the naturalist Charles Bonnet, after whom the syndrome of hallucinations in the...
  • Police: Kansas Woman Found Getting High on Canned Air at Wal-Mart

    08/30/2015 8:18:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Melissa Ann Wright was accused of huffing an industrial strength duster chemical that’s normally used to clean computers. Someone reported seeing the woman huffing a can of Ultra Duster about 11 p.m. Wednesday inside the Wal-Mart and called 911, according to television station KCTV. The spray is supposed to be used as a cleaner, and the bottle warns that inhaling it can be harmful or even cause death. “Once it enters the system it causes the heart to become super sensitive to things like adrenaline,” said Tama Sawyer, the managing director of the University of Kansas Poison Control Center. “So...
  • Video: ‘You Made Direct Eye Contact With Me,’ Ohio Officer Tells Driver During Traffic Stop

    When a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, handed John Felton a warning for a traffic signal violation, Felton asked whether was stopped for something besides having out-of-state plates, according to a video of the conversation posted on Facebook. “Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you,” the officer replied in the video. ... Felton grew up in Ohio but now lives in Michigan. His car has a Michigan license plate. He told WKEF the officer followed his car about two miles and originally said he’d committed a minor traffic offense —...
  • NASA Tests Orion’s Fate During Parachute Failure Scenario

    08/30/2015 3:58:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on August 30, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Although Orion hits the atmosphere at over 24,000 mph after returning from deep space, it slows significantly after atmospheric reentry. By the time the first parachutes normally deploy, the crew module has decelerated to some 300 mph. Their job is to slow the craft down to about 20 mph by the time of ocean splashdown mere minutes later. ... On Aug. 26, NASA conducted a 35,000 foot high drop test out of the cargo bay of a C-17 aircraft using an engineering test version of the Orion capsule over the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. “The engineering...
  • Notre Dame buys thousands of yellow bricks from 19th-century factory being demolished

    08/30/2015 2:39:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    a strong market for those materials, too. For example, the Wilson complex — like many other factories its age — is a repository of old-growth timbers that have become extremely rare. The hard maple flooring and heart-pine support beams inside the buildings were cut from trees that had been growing for hundreds of years. Old factories are some of the last places where such wood can be found. The factory's deconstruction is a stroke of luck for the University of Notre Dame as well. The four oldest buildings in the Wilson complex happen to be made of the same type...
  • How 'Fear the Walking Dead' Can Avoid 'The Walking Dead's' Early Mistakes

    08/30/2015 1:45:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | Paul Tassi
    As we head into the second episode of Fear the Walking Dead on AMC, the show is already a runaway success. It shattered both live ratings and DVR records for a cable show, and has likely secured itself a lifespan past the initial two seasons that have already been greenlit. I quite liked the pilot, which was slower paced than the original Walking Dead, and managed to capture more of a sense of rising tension. You only saw two or three zombies over the course of the evening, yet that was in many ways more terrifying than the type of...
  • Afghan forces recapture district which fell to Taliban after withdrawl of British troops

    08/30/2015 12:12:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 30, 2015 | Danielle Moylan, Kabul
    Soldiers who were part of NATO’s Resolute Support non-combat mission were quickly dispatched to advise Afghan special forces bolstering local efforts. Col. Brian Tribus, an American military spokesman, also confirmed U.S. forces had carried out 18 airstrikes in the Musa Qala district since 22 August. Mr Mirza Khan Rahimi, governor of Helmand, played down the impact of the US airstrikes to the Telegraph, saying that Afghan forces would have been sufficient on their own to wrest back control of Musa Qala. Mr Rahimi claimed that up to 300 Taliban fighters had been killed or wounded in the operation. At least...
  • 11 dead, over 200 hurt in Saudi Aramco's housing complex fire

    08/30/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    hindustantimes.com ^ | Aug 30, 2015 22:42 IST
    The fire started in the basement of a tower in the eastern city of Khobar, the kingdom's civil defence said on Twitter. It added that several of the injured were in a "critical condition" and that the casualties were from "various nationalities," without giving details. Photographs published on the civil defence website showed plumes of black smoke rising from the windows of one of the buildings. Authorities said that residents of nearby towers were evacuated as helicopters took part in the firefighting operations
  • Yemen factions gear up for key battle over central province

    08/30/2015 11:29:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    journalstar.com ^ | AHMED AL-HAJ
    Security officials from both sides said the focus was now on Marib, an oil-rich province that supplies the rebel-held capital of Sanaa with electricity and fuel, after months of combat and airstrikes that have killed some 2,000 civilians, according to the U.N. Pro-government forces have recently tightened their grip on the province's capital, also called Marib, while the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have consolidated their positions on its outskirts, digging trenches and laying mines in nearby Jawf, security officials from both sides and witnesses said. If pro-government forces manage to push the rebels out of Marib, they could potentially...
  • ‘The Walking Dead’ to show zombie attack in special episode

    08/30/2015 10:16:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    The half-hour special, set during the time period of the drama’s companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead”, chronicles a group of passengers facing a walker attack while in flight, reported Entertainment Weekly. One character who survives that encounter will then join the cast of “Fear the Walking Dead” on season two. The airline attack story will debut online, and will unfold in chapters that will air during “Walking Dead”s on-air telecasts.
  • The mystery of the ‘alien plughole’ on Mars: Scientists discover strange terraced crater...

    08/30/2015 9:36:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    An 'alien plughole' on Mars that has baffled scientists could have a simple explanation. Astronomers claim the strange crater, which has a terraced rather than bowl pattern, has been created by water ice. To confirm their theory, researchers found an enormous slab of water ice just beneath the crater, measuring 130ft (40 metre) thick. 'Craters should be bowl shaped, but this one had terraces in the wall,' says Ali Bramson, a graduate student in the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Terraces can form when there are layers of different materials in the planet's subsurface, such as dirt, ice...
  • Fan dies after falling from upper deck at Braves-Yankees game

    08/29/2015 9:06:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat August 29, 2015 | Steve Almasy and Mayra Cuevas,
    <p>The man tumbled out of the stands during the seventh inning of the game as the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was walking to home plate.</p> <p>"The Atlanta Braves offer their deepest condolences to the family," the team said in a statement. "At this time, all inquiries will be directed to the Atlanta Police Department, as this is an ongoing investigation."</p>
  • Germany divided on Merkel's 'open door' policy with migrants

    08/29/2015 5:27:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    In order for the refugee burden to be shared evenly throughout the EU, Merkel supports the imposition of mandatory quotas to ensure that each member state is admitting its fair share of migrants. However, attempts to adopt this as EU policy have met stiff resistance among the more pragmatic European leaders. ... The final destination is Germany for many of these men, women and children. Official forecasts from Berlin have at least 800,000 asylum seekers arriving this year alone, causing much concern among Germans worried about their country’s ability to digest that many new arrivals. Domestic opposition to Merkel’s migration...
  • 38 girls killed in Swaziland bus crash en route to King's wife choosing ceremony

    08/29/2015 5:23:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    The accident happened on Friday night when their open truck smashed into a car on the road between the tiny kingdom's two main cities, Mbabane and Manzini, en route to the traditional Reed Dance. "A total of 38 young girls have been pronounced dead, with more than 20 others seriously injured," Swaziland Solidarity Network spokesman Lucky Lukhele said. ... "The girls were in an open truck which hit a sedan car stopped on the road," The Reed Dance, due to be held on Monday, is a beauty pageant that attracts tens of thousands of young virgins who dance before the...
  • The Dwarf Planet Orcus

    08/29/2015 5:18:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Matt Williams
    Orcus was discovered on February 17th, 2004, by Michael Brown of Caltech, Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory, and David Rabinowitz of Yale University. Although discovered using images that were taken in 2004, prerecovery images of Orcus have been identified going back as far as November 8th, 1951. In accordance with the IAU’s astronomical conventions, objects with a similar size and orbit to that of Pluto are to be named after underworld deities. Therefore, the discovery team suggested the name Orcus, after the Etruscan god of the underworld and the equivalent of the Roman god Pluto. estimates of Orcus’ diameter...
  • Man's Concrete Home Survives Raging Wildfire in Washington

    08/29/2015 1:00:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    ABC ^ | RACHEL HAWATMEH
    John Belles said he was prepared for the inevitability of a wildfire when he built his thin-shelled, concrete dome in 1999 surrounded by dry fields in Okanogan County. Earlier this week, Belles just happened to be working 30 miles out of town when he received a voicemail from a friend warning him about a fire approaching his home, he told ABC News today. After shuttling three vehicles off his property, Belles said he realized he had to hurry as the fire was only a couple hundred yards away. “The fire was getting close, in fact, there was a firefighter there...
  • China’s economic judders bring questions – and opportunity

    08/29/2015 8:37:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 29, 2015 | Marion Dakers,
    There is a stark contrast between the PBOC and the US Federal Reserve’s approach to managing markets. The Fed tends to treat investors like the recently burgled: reassurance at every stage, no loud noises during the night. American central bankers have been signalling for two years that the crisis-era programme of vacuuming up bonds from the market, known as quantitative easing, would be wound up as the economy improved. ... China’s abrupt interventions have therefore come as a surprise to investors who have only recently gained direct access to the country’s A-share market. By Friday night, after five days of...
  • World's oldest wooden statue is TWICE as old as the pyramids: New analysis reveals Shigir Idol is...

    08/29/2015 7:40:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Will Stewart
    A stunning wooden statue pulled from a Russian peat bog 125 years ago has been dated as being 11,000 years old after 'sensational' new analysis. This means the remarkable Shigir Idol, which is covered in ‘encrypted code’ and may be a message from ancient man, is by far the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. Previous dating attempts claimed it was made 9,500 years ago. ... The idol was originally dug out of a peat bog in the Ural Mountains in 1890. 'The first attempt to date the idol was made 107 years after its discovery, in 1997. The first...
  • Nine Killed as India and Pakistan Exchange Cross-Border Fire

    08/28/2015 7:28:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 9:20 a.m. ET | Qasim Nauman And Krishna Pokharel
    At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded in cross-border firing by Indian and Pakistani forces on Friday, officials said, increasing tensions less than a week after high-level talks between the estranged neighbors were called off. The exchange of fire on Friday is the latest in a series of cross-border incidents between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals, in which dozens of soldiers and civilians on both sides have died over the last year. The prime ministers from both countries had agreed on a number of measures last month to reduce tensions, including a meeting between senior border security officials...
  • Massive Wildfire Turns Russia's Lake Baikal Into Hellish Landscape

    08/27/2015 1:00:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    weather.com ^ | Aug 25 2015 04:08 PM EDT | Sean Breslin
    In the northwestern United States, wildfire smoke has invaded major cities as millions of acres of land burn. On the other side of the world, infernos that have been burning for weeks – in a part of Siberia, no less – have turned the landscape into what resembles Hell on Earth. Near Lake Baikal, the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, large wildfires are sending huge amounts of smoke into the air, shrouding the popular vacation area in the middle of summer, Mashable said. The wildfires have been a combination of natural and man-made, the report added, and...
  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi Arabia: Ministry

    08/27/2015 12:47:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    indianexpress ^ | August 27, 2015
    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministry’s website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday. The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said. A surge in infections forced health authorities to shut the emergency ward at a main hospital in Riyadh last week, after at least 46 people, including medical...
  • Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test

    08/27/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Nature ^ | Monya Baker
    Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature. In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted. In the biggest project of its kind, Brian Nosek, a social psychologist and head of the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, and 269 co-authors repeated work reported in 98 original papers from three psychology journals, to see if they independently came up with the same results. The studies they took on ranged from whether expressing insecurities perpetuates them to differences in how children and adults respond to fear stimuli, to effective ways to teach arithmetic. According to the replicators'...
  • Liberals Don’t Like Hillary Because She’s Competent. They Like Her Because She’s A Stick In Our Eye

    08/27/2015 11:26:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    journal.ijreview.com ^ | Dennis Miller
    Obviously, many of our citizens (not I) cannot fathom how Hillary Clinton is even in there with a shot. Just from a silhouette perspective, a Rorschach, it’s hard for some to imagine Democrats feel that this is their best foot forward. The whole thing seems very old and tired at this point. As a matter of fact, between Hillary and Pelosi and Reid and Biden, the Democratic Star Chamber makes the cantina on Tatooine look like an IBM board meeting circa 1958. I on the other hand, get it. I don’t like it but I get it. She certainly isn’t...
  • The Gas (and Ice) Giant Uranus

    08/27/2015 11:24:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Matt Williams
    Uranus, which takes its name from the Greek God of the sky, is a gas giant and the seventh planet from our Sun. It is also the third largest planet in our Solar System, ranking behind Jupiter and Saturn. Like its fellow gas giants, it has many moons, a ring system, and is primarily composed of gases that are believed to surround a solid core. Though it can be seen with the naked eye, the realization that Uranus is a planet was a relatively recent one. Though there are indications that it was spotted several times over the course of...
  • Leaked data shows women on Ashley Madison were mostly fake

    08/27/2015 7:05:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    It's no secret that Ashley Madison has fake female profiles to engage users -- heck, it's even noted in the ToS that the website "is geared to provide you with amusement and entertainment." When its user data was leaked to the public, though, people got a chance to see just how many women there are on the website exactly, and how many of them are definitely fake. Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz took a closer look at the data dump in an effort to determine the site's female population and found that barely any of the 5.5 million profiles marked as...
  • Kurdish general in Iraqi Army killed by ISIS in Anbar

    08/27/2015 6:57:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Brigadier General Safin Abdulmajid, the Kurdish commander of 10th Division of Iraqi Army, was killed Thursday in Anbar province in a vehicle-borne suicide attack by the Islamic State. Al-Iraqia TV reported Thursday that the jihadist attack on occurred in Jarayshi district, 18km north of the ISIS-held city of Ramadi. The AFP news agency reported that the bomber also killed Staff Major General Abdulrahman Abu Raghif, deputy head of the Anbar Operations Command.
  • Second-Quarter Growth Rate Revised Up to 3.7%

    08/27/2015 6:30:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Fox/Reuters ^ | August 27, 2015
    The GDP report, which was released in the wake of a global stock market sell-off, should offer assurance to both investors and cautious Fed officials that the United States was in good shape to weather the growing strains in the world economy. Concerns over slowing economic growth in China sent global equity markets into a tailspin last week, raising doubts that the U.S. central bank would raise its short-term interest rate next month. On Wednesday, New York Fed President William Dudley said that prospects of a September lift-off in the central bank's key lending rate "seems less compelling to me...
  • 3D-Printed Microfish May Soon Inject Themselves In Your Body

    08/26/2015 5:23:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | John Biggs
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to “swim” in various liquids. They also contain nanoparticles that can be used to inject chemicals into cells and organs. These are better than the traditional nano-scale robots in that they are actually shaped like swimming things. By combining Chen’s 3D printing technology with Wang’s expertise in microrobots, the team was able to custom-build microfish that can do more than simply swim around when placed in a solution containing hydrogen peroxide. Nanoengineers were able to easily add...
  • Ceres’ “Pyramid” Gets a Closer Look, But Bright Spots Remain a Mystery

    08/26/2015 4:43:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Universe Today ^ | August 26, 2015 | Nancy Atkinson
    The Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting just 1,470 kilometers (915 miles) above Ceres’ surface, and the science team released these latest images. Above is a closest view yet of the so-called ‘pyramid’ on Ceres, although the closer Dawn gets, the less this feature looks like a pyramid. It’s actually more like a conical mountain with a flat top, almost like a butte. ... The mountain is located in the southern hemisphere, and stands 6 kilometers (4 miles) high. Visible on the sides of the mountain are narrow braided fractures and an intriguing bright area. Only time will tell if this...
  • Meet the Fast, Tough War Machine That's Replacing the Humvee

    08/26/2015 4:22:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Why go with Oshkosh? Think back to 2006-7 and you'll remember that American Army soldiers and Marines were getting clobbered by improvised explosive devices in Iraq. In fact, IEDs accounted for 60 percent of American casualties. The situation was so dire that units were bolting steel plates to their Humvees for protection. That led to the development of heavy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, which worked well in Iraq but not in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. There, the Pentagon's solution was the lighter M -ATV or MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle built by Oshkosh Defense. ... The L-ATV differs from...
  • Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years

    08/26/2015 12:38:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Rueters ^ | Keith Coffman
    "It is the court's intention that the defendant never set foot in free society again ... If there was ever a case that warranted the maximum sentences, this is the case," Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said. "The defendant does not deserve any sympathy." Survivors and relatives of those killed clapped and cheered as Samour then ordered deputies to remove Holmes from his courtroom, and the gunman was led away in shackles. The 27-year-old was found guilty last month of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 after donning a helmet, gas mask and body armor, then opening fire...
  • Syria conflict: New 'IS chemical attack' [Mustard Gas]

    08/26/2015 12:26:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 August 2015
    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it had treated four members of a family who suffered from breathing difficulties and developed blisters after a mortar hit their home in Marea. The Syrian American Medical Society has also reported receiving 50 patients showing symptoms of chemical exposure. Local rebels say the shells were fired from an IS-held village to the east. A spokesman for one group, the Shami Front, told the New York Times that half of the 50 mortars and artillery rounds which hit Marea contained sulphur mustard. The powerful irritant and blistering agent - which is commonly known...
  • Police in West Covina Investigate Discovery of Woman’s Body in Possible Uber Vehicle

    08/26/2015 12:23:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    KTLA ^ | Kennedy Ryan, Kirk Hawkins and Christina Pascucci,
    The discovery was made around 12 p.m. on Tuesday in the parking lot of a Stater Bros. on North Azusa Avenue, according to the West Covina Police Department. The woman’s body was found in the backseat of a gray Volkswagen, said police Sgt. Brian Daniels. On the front passenger seat, investigators found a tan leather purse. ... The vehicle appeared to have an Uber sticker and tag, but the ride-sharing service would not confirm or deny whether the car or its driver was registered with the company.