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  • U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

    03/27/2017 9:27:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | March 22, 2017 | David Middleton
    Guest post by David MiddletonSource: U.S. Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor MARCH 22, 2017Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures over the 2016–2017 winter season have enabled the precipitation to build up snowpack (the total accumulated snow and ice on the ground). High precipitation and snowpack levels, both of which supply hydroelectric generators throughout the year, suggest that hydroelectric...
  • Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap

    03/27/2017 7:53:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/27/17 | yahoo
    A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds. The cold weather killed half of the blossoms on the Yoshino cherry trees just as they were reaching their peak. The National Park Service says on its website that peak bloom was...
  • Firearm choice - Requesting input

    03/27/2017 7:27:37 AM PDT · by nevergore · 76 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3/27/2017 | Nevergore
    It's Spring and time to get a new lightweight semi-auto pistol for carry! I need to get a new carry gun for Summertime! Currently I carry a Para-Ordanance P-12 .45....It's lightweight, high capacity and fairly small....Great for winter carry but not so much for summer in Atlanta....looking for a summer gun.... Caliber no smaller than 9mm and preferably with a hammer but I'm open to stricker weapons.... There are a lot of new small, flat semi-auto's out there from the Taurus to Sig... Corrosion resistance is a plus since the weapon will be up against my body on hot sweaty...
  • Trappers Catch 'Monster' Nile Monitor Lizard in Florida Neighborhood

    03/25/2017 10:08:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | March 24, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    Trappers in a Florida city set out trap cages that managed to snare a "monster" 4-foot Nile monitor lizard that had been hunting protected burrowing owls. Neighbors said they feared for the safety of their pets after spotting the massive lizard wandering near their Cape Coral homes, so trappers were summoned to capture the invasive predator. "That's really my fear," Julie Weiss, whose home is in front of the monitor's nest, told WBBH-TV. "I've never felt threatened by one, like one was going to attack me or anything like that, but it's the fear and safety of the animals." The...
  • Idaho Woman Says She Crashed Because She Saw a Sasquatch

    03/25/2017 4:42:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 32 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 3/25/17 | AP
    A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch.
  • One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers

    03/24/2017 4:16:35 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 7, 2017 | Sarah Gibbens
    One of Kenya's last great tusker elephants was reportedly shot and killed by poachers. During a routine flyover on January 4 by the conservation group Tsavo Trust in southern Kenya, the body of a famous, roughly 50-year-old African elephant known as Satao II was discovered, though news of his death was only announced Monday. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, conservationists believe he was killed by a poisoned arrow while feeding in the eastern region of the park. The area is known as a "poaching hot spot." African elephants are traditionally referred to as "tuskers" when their...
  • Thousands of Christmas trees dropped in Bayou Sauvage to deter erosion

    03/23/2017 5:10:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 3/23/17 | Tristan Baurick
    National Guard helicopters dropped thousands of used Christmas trees into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge marshlands in New Orleans East this week. It's part of a decades-long restoration effort. "For us, it was Christmas in March," Shelley Stiaes said. She's the manager of the 25,000-acre refuge, and has worked there 19 years.Nearly 5,000 trees collected in New Orleans after Christmas were airlifted to select spots in wetlands and ponds. The trees act as a breakwater, protecting the city from storm surges and erosion, while also providing habitat for fish and other wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Bayou...
  • Army Still Testing Ripsaw, the ‘Luxury Super Tank’

    03/22/2017 1:35:46 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/21/2016 | brendan mcgarry
    A handful of the Ripsaw Extreme Vehicle 2, or EV2, products made by Howe and Howe Technologies Inc., based in Waterboro, Maine, are undergoing evaluations at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey to assess how they could be used in future combat operations. Indeed, on Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, head of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, rode in one of the vehicles with a driver as part of a demonstration. The company describes the 750-horsepower, optionally manned vehicle — which is capable of reaching speeds of almost 100 miles per hour and costs roughly $250,000 —...
  • Houston man rides horse through Walmart to buy a candy bar, Facebook video goes viral

    03/21/2017 2:39:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    chron ^ | march 21, 2017 | Heather Leighton, Chron.com
    KTRK reported that Walmart issued a response following the incident: "We in no way condone yesterday's reckless stunt inside our store and are thankful no one was hurt by these actions." The Facebook video has gone viral with over 31,500 shares and 8,300 comments as of time of publication. The Oklahoma native said on Facebook that the post has reached people across the country and many people have commented in different languages.
  • The rise of the hipster bird-watcher

    03/21/2017 7:02:40 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 March 2017 | Joe Shute
    By means of example, in 2013 a group of twitchers made it all the way to the Isle of Harris in pursuit of a needle-tailed swift that had only previously been recorded eight times in Britain in 170 years. Sadly, soon after they arrived they watched it fly straight into a wind turbine. One can only anticipate that Hackney Marshes will soon be flooded with sockless young twitchers wearing trousers so high they barely tickle their ankles, more likely to post an Instagram snap of a mistle thrush than a Friday night “squad” selfie.
  • Occasional Birdy Thread (In memory of Swampsniper)

    03/18/2017 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 101 replies
    Photos ^ | March 18, 2017 | Self
    A few recent shots from around home. If you have bird shots, please share 'em. Mr Tricolor enjoys his breakfast. Common gallinule or marsh hen Our national bird. Love these amazing raptors Coots in the sunrise. Lake Jackson is just a block east of us. I have to look at this each morning as I leave home for work.
  • Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the largest diamonds ever found [709 kt]

    03/16/2017 10:15:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 16 March 2017 • 4:06pm | Adrian Blomfield, Nairobi
    An African church minister who supplements his meagre stipend by scrabbling for minerals in the artisanal mines of eastern Sierra Leone has discovered one of the largest diamonds ever found. The 709-carat stone was extracted this week by Emmanuel Momoh, a pastor in one of the myriad churches that ministers to the mining communities of Kono district, the diamond centre that became the crucible of Sierra Leone’s blood-soaked civil war. It is believed to be the 13th largest uncut diamond ever to be pulled from the ground, industry analysts said. The stone is to be auctioned, the Sierra Leonean government...
  • Cheerios Is Giving Away 100 Million Wildflower Seeds to Help Honeybees

    03/16/2017 3:34:45 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 54 replies
    mentalfloss ^ | March 16, 2017 | Kate Horowitz
    Buzz the bee has disappeared from many cereal boxes across North America. The peppy mascot’s conspicuous absence is part of a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of real honeybees. To further spread the word, General Mills is giving away 100 million wildflower seeds.
  • Sand dunes but no beach; a Martian breeze

    03/13/2017 9:28:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    oilpro ^ | 22 hours ago | Brian Ricketts
    Despite the obvious similarities between Martian and Terrestrial dunes, one in-depth analysis has led a couple of researchers (Gary Kocurek and Ryan Ewing, see below) to suggest that there are also important differences.
  • My First Time Using Bear Spray

    03/13/2017 4:45:16 PM PDT · by SJackson · 62 replies
    Backpacker ^ | Mar 10, 2017 | Mike Hittle
    A reader visits a notorious site in Glacier National Park—and comes back with a story of his own. Why did I get so infatuated with Trout Lake? First, some history: Back in 1967, on a single night, Glacier National Park had two fatal grizzly attacks. They were the first ones ever in the park. One of them was at Trout Lake. Forty-three years later I was working at the park’s dispatch office and I found the original incident report. I’ll confess my brain doesn’t work like other people’s—I was soon convinced I needed to visit the place so I could...
  • Pack of Seven Gray Wolves Missing in Northern California

    03/12/2017 12:03:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Wildlife advocates say they are searching Northing California for seven gray wolves that haven't been spotted in months. The first wolf pack to make the state home in nearly a century hasn't been seen since May 2016, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Saturday. The family, known as the Shasta Pack, disappeared from southeastern Siskiyou County.
  • Search Crews Find Missing Hiker, Dog After Nearly Two Days

    03/12/2017 11:53:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/12 | Laura Malpert
    A 56-year-old woman and her dog, who were missing for almost two days after setting off on a hike in unincorporated Woodside, were found Saturday morning, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said. Bethnee Haury, who was last seen Thursday on Skyline Boulevard, was located alive and conscious in a deep ravine at 10:30 a.m. Saturday along with her Australian Shepherd named Camaro, sheriff's officials said. The dog not only stayed by Haury's side while she was lost, but also helped lead rescuers to her. "When we called out for her, we heard her yell back and then a couple seconds...
  • Family of murdered British backpacker urge Thai authorities to be 'lenient' when sentencing killers

    03/11/2017 6:10:09 PM PST · by BBell · 29 replies
    http://www.mirror.co.uk ^ | 3/3/17 | MATTHEW DI SALVO
    David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were brutally bludgeoned to death with a wooden hoe while walking along the beach at nightThe family of a murdered British backpacker are hoping authorities will "show leniency" when sentencing them for their horrific crimes. Despite losing their son David Miller, 24, who was killed alongside Hannah Witheridge, 23, the family are hoping the killers will receive a long jail sentence to reflect on their crimes as opposed to the death sentence. The young backpackers were killed in a savage attack in September 2014 while walking back to their hotel along a beach in Koh...
  • Nor’easter: March snowstorm targets Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

    03/11/2017 4:42:15 AM PST · by metmom · 101 replies
    The Weather Network ^ | March 10,2017 | Dalia Ibrahim
    Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:55 - Parts of the Northeast are primed for significant snow threats through midweek next week as Canadian Arctic air spills south. A clipper system is forecast to descend form the Canadian Prairies this weekend bringing light snow to the Upper Midwest. As the low interacts with the sub-tropical moisture in the Southeast, it will begin to significantly intensify Monday and Tuesday. Early models indicate areas north of Virginia could see the highest snowfall accumulations Monday through Wednesday, while areas farther south will see mostly rain. “The threat of heavy snow greatly increases for Pennsylvania, New...
  • Fisherman Causes Bald Eagle Feeding Frenzy

    03/10/2017 4:40:58 PM PST · by Twotone · 29 replies
    1funny ^ | Sept. 20, 2016 | Jesse Peck
    Jessie Peck has many bald eagle friends when he walks out on the deck of this fishing boat in Dutch Harbor, Alaska with a pan full of fresh fish. At first you see a few eagles on deck… then the camera pans around and WOW! There must be a hundred of them perched all over the boat and flying above. As an added bonus we hear the music “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd playing. For all of us bald eagle fans it just doesn’t get much better than this!! Wouldn’t you love to be there in person?
  • Cowboys reportedly working to trade Tony Romo to Broncos or Texans at last minute

    03/09/2017 2:42:43 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.cbssports.com ^ | 03-09-2017 | by Will Brinson
    Dallas is trying to get something in return for Romo before free agency officially begins With the clock ticking toward NFL free agency, the Dallas Cowboys are making a last-second push to try and trade Tony Romo, according to a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN. It was believed the Cowboys had informed Romo they were planning to release him , but life moves pretty fast in the NFL, and it took a sudden swerve sideways for Dallas and Romo. (Keep up with all the action in our NFL free agency live blog right here .) According to Mortensen, the...
  • In An International First, Surfer Conquers The Atlantic Alone On A Paddleboard

    03/09/2017 12:57:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | March 9, 2017 | Colin Dwyer
    Chris Bertish enters the English Harbour at Antigua on Thursday, a flare trailing behind him in celebration. He paddled more than 4,050 nautical miles to reach this point. Courtesy Brian Overfelt for The SUP Crossing In the span of 93 days, Chris Bertish crossed more than 4,050 nautical miles of Atlantic Ocean — and he conquered this lonely crossing standing up. When the South African surfer entered English Harbour on the island of Antigua on Thursday, he was riding the same massive stand-up paddleboard that bore him from Morocco's Agadir Marina roughly three months ago. Still, if Bertish's equipment wasn't...
  • Climber reveals survival tale after 2,000 ft. fall from mountain

    03/09/2017 9:39:42 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    KRCRTV ^ | 8 Mar 2017 | Kelli Saam
    Montoya slid an estimated 1,500-2,000 feet down East face of the mountain, later telling his mother he fell long enough "to do a lot of talking, thinking and yelling all the way down."... Montoya suffered severe frostbite, a broken elbow, and a broken pelvis. The fall even broke a chunk out of his helmet. He is being treated at University Hospital in Denver for frostbite to his right hand. They are trying to prevent him from losing his fingers after his glove got wet and froze.
  • Want to be happier and more focused? Then watch nature documentaries to instantly boost [tr]

    03/08/2017 9:21:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 8, 2017 | Phoebe Weston
    Forget yoga. Nature documentaries could be just as good in helping you reduce stress. A new study has found even watching small clips of shows such as Planet Earth II boosts people's emotions of awe, contentedness, joy and amusement. It also can instantly help reduce anxiety, fear and tiredness.
  • Tree Falls, Kills Woman in Yosemite National Park

    03/05/2017 8:38:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, March 5, 2017
    A 21-year-old woman died Sunday morning after a tree fell on her at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesperson said. The accident happened around 11 a.m. in the area, formerly known as Curry Village, spokesperson Scott Gediman said. No other information about the victim was released.
  • Lemmon Valley Flood Victims See an Increase in Aid Efforts

    03/05/2017 3:40:57 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 1 replies
    http://thisisreno.com ^ | March 5, 2017 | Bob Conrad —
    Government officials are making the rounds to assist with those affected by the flooding in Lemmon Valley. This comes after residents have repeatedly complained about flooding in the area, from flash floods in 2015 through today. About 20 homes remain flooded. Governor Brian Sandoval toured the area Friday.
  • Conservatives are protesters. Progressives are rioters.

    03/05/2017 5:24:48 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    I have been reading some news entries and saw some pictures of some of the crowds from the March 4 Trump rallies. I just wanted to say thank you to all of you. You turned off your televisions, neglected whatever sport happened to be on, you got up off of your couches, and many of you brought your families. That is good, your young kids (or grandkids!) need to see you doing this - they need this example. They need to see you engaging in self-government, something which our Founders showed us that we needed to be out there doing....
  • Man shoots 70 feral hogs in one night

    03/04/2017 3:22:51 PM PST · by BBell · 63 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/2/17 | Todd Masson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    If you've ever wanted to live inside of a hunting video game, Ray Shinpaugh has done it. A video of him shooting 70 feral hogs in one night in North Texas has been blowing up on YouTube. Posted on Feb. 8, it's already attracted nearly 225,000 views. According to the video's description, Shinpaugh uses thermal optics in the nighttime hours to locate groups of hogs feeding in fields. He then moves quietly between the pigs and any adjacent woods before beginning the chase with a thermal monocular, laser, shotgun and 00 buck shot. Shinpaugh has perfected the art, and is...
  • Gunfight in Candelaria.

    03/04/2017 2:39:00 PM PST · by SanchoP · 6 replies
    Dallasnews ^ | Liz Farmer
    Two hunters have been indicted in a West Texas shooting they falsely claimed was started by unauthorized immigrants. Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on a charge of using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told CBS7. A Presidio County sheriff's deputy responded to the Jan. 6 shooting at Circle Dug Ranch, near the border community of Candelaria, where he found Daugherty and Edwin Roberts with gunshot wounds, the station reports. They said immigrants attacked them to try to steal the RV the hunting group...
  • The Brawny Man is now a Brawny Woman

    03/03/2017 9:18:20 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 37 replies
    AV club ^ | 3/3/17 | Marah Eakin
    Wrap it up ladies, because we’ve finally accomplished it all: The Brawny Man is being turned into a Brawny Woman. As part of Georgia-Pacific’s #StrengthHasNoGender initiative, Wal-Mart will be selling special commemorative “Brawny Woman” 8-packs of paper towels all March, which just happens to be Women’s History Month. Pick some up to clean up all your kids’ kitchen messes, ladies! You’re doing the cleaning, after all, whether you’re on the label or not. And here’s hoping Wal-Mart has them on sale, since you’re going to need a deal, given that you’re making just $.79 for every male dollar, and your...
  • Brit Sells ‘Swiss Mountain Air’ at $167 Per Litre Bottle

    03/03/2017 1:04:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 February 2017 | Caroline Bishop
    Anyone who has spent time in the Swiss Alps knows how clean and fresh the air feels. Now one British expat is attempting to capitalize on this natural Swiss asset by bottling and selling ‘genuine mountain air’ – for a genuine Swiss price. Basel resident John Green’s fledgling online business, mountainairfromswitzerland.com, sells his Swiss air in branded bottles costing from $97 for 500ml, $167 for one litre and $247 for three litres, worldwide shipping included. The initiative is partly for charity, with Green pledging 25 percent of profits to World Vision in support of a clean water programme in Africa....
  • DC’s Cherry Blossoms Will Hit Peak Bloom March 14-17 [about 2 1/2 weeks early]

    03/02/2017 12:49:57 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies
    Washingtononian ^ | March 1, 2017 | Kayla Randall
    Washington’s Japanese cherry trees are expected to be at peak bloom between March 14-17, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
  • NBC Sports to Air First Episode of National Championship Air Races in 10 days

    03/01/2017 6:35:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Reno Championship Air Races ^ | March 1, 2017 | Mary-Sarah Kinner
    Reno, Nev. – The first one-hour episode featuring last year’s 53rd National Championship Air Races will air next Saturday, March 11th at 11am pacific time on NBC Sports Network – exactly 10 days from today. A short preview clip can be viewed here.
  • ‘Phenomenal’ California Snowpack Nears Record Levels

    03/01/2017 6:33:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 1, 2017
    The Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records notched more than three decades ago — a welcome sight after five years of punishing drought in California, surveyors said Wednesday. A series of storms that doused the state in the first two months of the year brought the water content of the snowpack up to a “pretty phenomenal” 185 percent of normal, well above the 84 percent of normal a year ago, said Frank Gehrke, the state’s chief snow surveyor. Winter snowfall on the 400-mile mountain range provides roughly one-third of the water used in the nation’s most populous state...
  • Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

    03/01/2017 10:24:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | February 27, 2017 05:23pm ET | By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer
    On Aug. 21, 2017, American skywatchers will be treated to a rare and spectacular celestial show — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. Next year's "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon this "path of totality" for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience, said eclipse expert Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College in Massachusetts. "It's a tremendous opportunity," Pasachoff told Space.com. "It's a...
  • Iron Dog 2017, Another One For The Books! Or… Maybe Not Yet.

    02/26/2017 8:32:46 AM PST · by bigbob · 4 replies
    Sarahpalin.com ^ | 2-26-17 | Sarah Palin
    Congratulations to every racer, thank you to every volunteer, and biggest kudos to the wonderful towns and villages along the 2000-mile course that make the world’s longest and toughest snowmachine race happen! Extremely tough conditions causing mechanical hardships forced more teams out of the race than reached the checkered flag this year, so total admiration is due all finishers. Team #41 ran brilliantly and reached Fairbanks first, but the race may not be over. Not by a long shot. https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/2017/02/25/stunned-iron-dog-leaders-disqualified-on-verge-of-winning-second-straight/ While a controversial ruling affecting the victory is challenged and officials sort it all out, I conclude with a more...
  • In lawsuit, Alaska reality TV star alleges she was injured in forced stunt

    02/25/2017 9:57:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 2/22 | Jerzy Shedlock
    Susan Aikens, who stars in the reality TV show "Life Below Zero," has sued the series producers, alleging she was injured while being forced to film dangerous scenes for fictitious narratives. Aikens' grievances largely center on a producer who she alleges was verbally abusive and intimidated her and other crew members. The producer demanded Aikens drive her snowmachine into overflow, according to a civil complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. She was badly hurt in a crash and then made to wait for medical treatment so desirable footage could be captured, the complaint says. The 32-page suit...
  • 'Wolf-Like' Dog Captured by Maryland Police

    02/25/2017 2:02:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 24, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    Animal control officers in Maryland tracked down and captured a loose dog many residents believed to be a wolf. Prince George's County police shared photos which concerned several citizens due to its large size and wolf-like appearance. Police managed to track down and capture the animal at about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and confirmed that it was a large dog. "It seems to be a mixed malamute/husky-type dog," Prince George's animal management Chief Rodney Taylor told WUSA. "He's definitely a dog." The dog was found without any kind of identification such as a chip or a collar and will be...
  • The Longest Night: Alwar Villagers Live in Shadow of ‘Man-Eater’ Leopard

    02/23/2017 8:29:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Feb 24, 2017 | Salik Ahmad
    The leopard has a rule, says Chhotelal Meena, sitting on his haunches beside a fire in his village house in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. “If you snatch its kill, it comes back to avenge it. This one will come back and kill one more, I tell you,” adds the 40-year-old farmer, his eyes, yellowed by years of exposure to wood smoke, reflecting his conviction in the rustic wisdom he just pronounced. Chhotelal’s argument has a reason. A leopard is suspected to have killed his father, 66-year-old Ram Kumar, on February 12 when the senior Meena went to relieve himself outside his...
  • NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

    02/23/2017 7:20:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.nasa.gov ^ | Feb. 22, 2017 | RELEASE 17-015
    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the...
  • Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to begin

    02/22/2017 7:57:59 PM PST · by Mariner · 86 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 22nd, 2017 | Maria Gallucci
    Texas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation. Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: First human-pig chimeras created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs — and debate "This solution is long overdue," he added. "Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years." Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each...
  • Hair-raising video shows stealthy coyote follow doctor into his office in South Carolina

    02/22/2017 7:27:59 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 21, 2017 | AVIANNE TAN
    A security camera recently captured the hair-raising moment a coyote stealthily followed a doctor into his office in South Carolina. The doctor -- Steven Poletti, an orthopedic surgeon -- said the harrowing incident happened early in the morning on Feb. 15 while he was walking into work at the Southeastern Spine Institute in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Poletti had no idea a coyote was behind him until they were both inside the building, he told ABC News today.
  • Iron Dog 2017 Thread

    02/22/2017 9:51:14 AM PST · by Qiviut · 45 replies
    Iron Dog Official Website ^ | Various | Various
    I have not seen an Iron Dog 2017 Thread so I am posting one with links to 'coverage' articles (will post in comments as I find them) which are really great for keeping up with what is going on. The articles have some very good photos and also video so be sure and check them out! If you are on Facebook, the articles are being posted on "Alaska Life" & the link is: https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaLife/ Note: I follow Alaska Life all year, just because the photos of the Alaska scenery are so beautiful! The Iron Dog official website is: http://www.irondog.org/ You...
  • Scorpion 3 hoverbike...

    02/21/2017 12:28:39 PM PST · by Doogle · 24 replies
    YT ^ | 2/17/2017 | Hoversurf
    Russian Scorpion 3 flying. Bike https://youtu.be/odVFa_3lmiM
  • Orange alligator garnering quizzical looks in Calabash, N.C. [2nd one!]

    02/21/2017 10:41:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    www.myrtlebeachonline.com ^ | February 21, 2017 7:49 AM | By Todd Garvin
    “Donny” the orange alligator suns near a pond in Calabash, N.C. Nick Andrews ============================================================================================================================= An unusual gator dubbed “Donny” by residents is drawing attention in Calabash, N.C. The alligator is ready for Halloween, as it’s the color of a pumpkin ... a dull orange instead of the usual green color. Nick Andrews of Little River snapped some photos of the unusual reptile while visiting his father-in-law in Calabash Lakes Home Community. Another orange alligator was spotted earlier this month in Hanahan, S.C. Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a USA Today report that...
  • Good Samaritans help rescue 7 teens who fell into icy pond in Central Park

    02/21/2017 2:30:25 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | February 21, 2017
    Good Samaritans jumped into icy water to rescue several teenagers who fell through the ice in Central Park Monday evening. Nine boys were walking on the ice just before 6 p.m. at the pond at Central Park South and Sixth Avenue in Central Park. A witness said he saw the group go out onto the ice, where they were taking selfies and jumping on the ice -- then they broke through the surface.
  • UFO crashes into the Sun (with video)

    02/20/2017 6:16:49 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 52 replies
    Pravda ^ | 2/20/17 | Staff
    A SOHO spacecraft (Solar Heliospheric Observatory) took unique photos showing a huge UFO crashing into the sun. The unidentified flying object was flying at a high speed near the Sun. The huge object crashed into the star, thus generating a strong flare. On the photos, specialists could see transparent objects in the form of rings. In September 2016, NASA released a curious video showing what seems to be an alien spaceship fueling near the sun. NASA used a black cube to cover up the unusually looking object in a SOHO photo of the Sun. Ufologists immediately assumed that NASA was...
  • The dazzling firefall of Yosemite has returned

    02/19/2017 1:41:16 AM PST · by Daffynition · 43 replies
    MNN ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Michael d'Estries
    While winter in Yosemite National Park offers a spectacular opportunity to witness the national park's unparalleled beauty, there's one phenomenon in particular worth planning a trip around. During the last two weeks of February, the angle of the setting sun transforms the 2,130-foot Horsetail Falls into what many have nicknamed "The Yosemite Firefall." The effect is so convincing that it almost appears as if lava is pouring out of the granite cliffside. For photographers, this spectacle is not to be missed, with many snatching up the best spots to catch the phenomenon as early as 5 a.m. each morning.
  • 1 million penguins drawn to Argentine peninsula by abundance of fish

    02/18/2017 2:32:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    abc15.com ^ | 7:20 AM, Feb 18, 2017 | ap
    The peninsula's tiny islets are well-suited to nesting and have sardines and anchovies close to the shoreline. The flightless birds come on shore in September and October and stay while the males and females take turns caring for their eggs and hunting for food. The warm-weather birds breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as southwestern Brazil between March and September.
  • John Casey Author of UPHEAVAL & ADAPT 2030 Discuss Catastrophic Earthquakes Striking USA (315)

    02/18/2017 11:53:57 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 15 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTJCY6M-3fY ^ | February 18, 2017 | Adapt 2030
    John Casey (author of "UPHEAVAL" and "Dark Winter") & ADAPT 2030 discuss catastrophic earthquakes striking USA and Mini Ice Age Preparation. During every grand solar minimum the USA is rocked by 7.0-8.2+ earthquakes as well massive eruptions and seismic events across the globe. Our conversation covers how to prepare for these events and what to expect in terms of infrastructure damage, how to keep your family and businesses safe, investment opportunities, global crop losses and intensification of the grand solar minimum with a timeline to intensification. John Casey can be contacted through his website and UPHEAVAL & DARK WINTER can...