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  • From a very old skeleton, new insights on ancient migrations

    10/12/2015 11:07:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Provided by: National Science Foundation
    In Mota cave, located in the Gamo highlands of Ethiopia, a group of NSF-supported researchers excavation a rock cairn. They discovered under it a burial site containing the remains of a 4,500-year skeleton. Credit: Kathryn and John Arthur ================================================================================================================= Three years ago, a group of researchers found a cave in Ethiopia with a secret: it held the 4,500-year-old remains of a man, with his head resting on a rock pillow, his hands folded under his face, and stone flake tools surrounding him. The team named the man "Bayira," which means "firstborn" in the Gamo language, a common name in the...
  • How Ants Survive Flooding by Forming Giant Rafts

    10/09/2015 10:23:05 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 40 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/06/2015 | Brian Clark Howard
    When waters start to flood a fire ant colony, they take evasive action. Worker ants link legs and mouths together, weaving a raft in a process that can take less than two minutes (see pictures).
  • Texas man lives in front yard after wife kicks him out of mansion

    10/08/2015 8:11:07 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8 oct 2015
    Khan is the co-owner of a million-dollar mansion in Houston. At some point, he and his wife had a falling out and he was kicked out of the suburban home and, according to reports, the wife changed the keys. The wife reportedly said she cannot file for divorce due to Islam. The family reportedly adheres to Shariah law.
  • Fire ants escaping South Carolina floods by forming 'islands'

    10/07/2015 7:09:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 83 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    GREENVILLE, S.C., - South Carolina ants seeking to stay afloat amid flooding in the state are creating their own refuge by forming into "islands of ants." A photojournalist for WHNS-TV spotted what appeared to be mud floating in Greenville County flood waters Sunday, but he soon discovered the clump was actually an "island of ants." A similar video was captured by a photographer for WSAV-TV. Residents across the region reported seeing similar ant islands floating in flooded areas. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology said in a 2013 study that fire ants use their jaws, small claws and adhesive...
  • Petroglyph in Spain Marks when Atlantic and Mediterranean Cultures Met

    10/06/2015 6:17:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | Mon, Oct 05, 2015 | Staff
    Bronze Age rock carving depicts a Mediterranean style boat. Above: A graphic representation of the Auga dos Cebros petroglyph, showing the obvious boat feature at the bottom. This image is a screenshot of the same as depicted in the YouTube video (see below). =================================================================================================================== A unique petroglyph discovered near the Atlantic coast of northern Spain has provided evidence that contacts between ancient Atlantic cultures and contemporaneous cultures of the Mediterranean were earlier and perhaps more intense than previously thought. The rock art panel, located in the Costa dos Castros region and known as Auga dos Cebros, depicts a boat with...

    10/05/2015 4:03:23 PM PDT · by bkopto · 83 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | Oct 5, 2015 | staff
    A Montana bow hunter is recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and shoving his arm down the animal’s throat. Chase Dellwo, 26, was hunting with his brother northwest of the town of Choteau on Saturday when he came face-to-face with a 350- to 400-pound male grizzly, the Great Falls Tribune reported
  • Post-apocalyptic 'beaver' thrived after dinosaurs died

    10/05/2015 2:36:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies ^ | 10-05-2015 | By By Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world had been wrecked. An asteroid impact in Mexico compounded by colossal volcanism in India 66 million years ago had killed about three-quarters of Earth's species including the dinosaurs. But relatively soon afterward, a plucky critter that looked like a beaver was thriving, exemplifying the resilience of the mammals that would arise from the margins of the animal kingdom to become Earth's dominant land creatures. Scientists on Monday announced the discovery in northwestern New Mexico's badlands of the fossil remains of Kimbetopsalis simmonsae, a plant-eating, rodent-like mammal boasting buck-toothed incisors like a beaver that lived just...
  • Stink raised over horse manure in LaGrange County (Indiana)

    10/05/2015 6:56:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Goshen News ^ | DENISE FEDOROW
    That petition states in part, “We the taxpayers of LaGrange County respectfully request the county require the Amish community to attach manure bags to buggies and to clean up hitching rack areas after use.”
  • Weird animal with 'body of buffalo and head of crocodile' baffles everyone [Thailand?]

    10/05/2015 8:01:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | Updated 15:25, 5 Oct 2015 | By Kirstie McCrum
    Confusing genetic creations happen all the time, but this is one of the most unusual animals seen in a long time Images have been shared of a most unusual creature spotted in a remote village - and it's the stuff of sci-fi movies. The strange animal appears to have the scaly, rough head and skin of a reptile such as a crocodile. However, on closer inspection, it's also got the body, limbs and hooves of a mammal such as a calf.
  • Zip line popularity soars along with injuries, study finds

    10/04/2015 11:52:39 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 20 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | October 5, 2015 | LINDSEY TANNER
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) — Injuries from zip line accidents have soared along with the popularity of an activity that hurtles riders through the air, sometimes at dizzying heights above ground, a study of U.S. emergency room data shows.</p> <p>Over 16 years, nearly 17,000 people were treated for zip line-related injuries including broken bones, cuts and sprains; most occurred in the last four years of the 1997-2012 study. It's the first national look at zip line injuries and highlights a need for better regulation and uniform safety standards, the researchers say.</p>
  • New York men make $1,000 a week by waiting in lines

    10/04/2015 7:06:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    NEW YORK, A New York entrepreneur said he makes up to $1,000 a week by offering a simple service -- waiting in long lines. Robert Samuel, founder of business Same Ole Line Dudes, said he makes up to $1,000 a week by holding places in lines for product releases, sample sales, Broadway shows, Saturday Night Live tickets and other events. Samuel said he and his team of professional "waiters" charge $25 for the first hour per line-sitter and they each charge $10 for each additional half hour. He told Salon he recently made $1,000 by waiting 48 hours outside the...
  • Video captures owl trying to snatch fisherman's bait

    10/03/2015 3:16:56 AM PDT · by eastforker · 15 replies
    click2houston ^ | 10/01/2015 | NBC News Affiliate
    Garry Olson Jr., the man who recorded the video was fishing at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas early Saturday morning when the owl swooped down and snatched his lure out of the water, which then caught on to its talon causing it to fall into the water.
  • Up close and personal with a HUGE brown bear under a guys back deck!

    10/02/2015 8:59:17 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 45 replies
    You Tube ^ | September 21, 2015 | Deep Bush Survival
    Published on 21 Sep 2015 A guys gets up close and personal with a HUGE brown bear under his buddys back deck. Kudos to him for handling the situation without having to put the bear down!
  • Signs of ancient megatsunami could portend modern hazard

    10/02/2015 2:34:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 10-02-2015 | Provided by: Columbia University
    Geologists think that the eastern slope of Fogo volcano crashed into the sea some 65,000 to 124,000 years ago, leaving a giant scar where a new volcano can be seen growing in this satellite image. Credit: NASA ========================================================================================================================================= Scientists working off west Africa in the Cape Verde Islands have found evidence that the sudden collapse of a volcano there tens of thousands of years ago generated an ocean tsunami that dwarfed anything ever seen by humans. The researchers say an 800-foot wave engulfed an island more than 30 miles away. The study could revive a simmering controversy over whether sudden...
  • Watch woman thank Alaska bear for not breaking her kayak moments before it breaks her kayak

    10/01/2015 5:45:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    National Post ^ | October 1, 2015 | Aileen Donnelly
    A woman who recorded the terrifying moment she encountered a black bear outside a cabin in Alaska has garnered international attention because of the way she begged and pleaded with the large mammal to please, please leave her kayak alone. Mary Maley was on a solo kayaking trip from Ketchikan to Petersburg, Alaska, when she decided to stop at a U.S. Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay. Before she could head out on a four-mile hike, she met her nemesis, the bear. Maley posted a video .. “I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the...
  • Workers Jump Into Water to Escape Bees in Pembroke Pines

    09/30/2015 1:48:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fire rescue officials say half a dozen workers were spraying a marshy area Wednesday near Southwest 7th Street and 184th Terrace when they encountered the bees. Officials one of the workers was stung and was hospitalized. His condition is not known. Rescuers were initially concerned because the workers were separated when they jumped into the water, but officials said they were eventually all accounted for. Officials said the workers were on a boat spraying pest repellent when they encountered the bees.
  • Weird blobfish-looking sofa shark discovered in Scottish waters for first time

    09/30/2015 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | September 29, 2015 12:44 BST | By Hannah Osborne
    The sofa shark had never been found in Scottish waters before - Scottish Shark Tagging Programme ====================================================================================================================== A species of shark that looks like a massive blobfish has been discovered off the coast of Scotland for the first time. The false catfish (also known as a sofa shark) was found by scientists conducting a deep sea survey with Marine Scotland. Pseudotrakias microdon live at depths of between 500m and 1,400m. For this reason, they are rarely encountered but have been caught in locations around the world, including the western Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. They normally swim close to the...
  • ‘Killer Bees’ Found in the Bay Area for the First Time

    09/29/2015 10:31:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 28, 2015
    An Africanized breed of honeybees, sometimes known as “killer bees” because of its swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when its colony is threatened, has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say. The bees were found in a Lafayette subdivision called Reliez Valley, near the southeast side of Briones Regional Park, by UC San Diego researchers who have been tracking the bees’ movement throughout the state. Until now, the bees had been detected only as far north as Mariposa County in California’s more inland Central Valley, but are likely attracted by the Bay Area’s warming...
  • The Lineup for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015 is here

    09/29/2015 7:42:25 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 9 replies
    The Lin eup for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015 is out, and it's another killer array of artists sure to satisfy fans of a wide variety of genres. Seriously, hanging out in Golden Gate Park and seeing Charles Bradley, Neko Case, Angel Olsen, Jessica Pratt, Paul Weller, Robyn Hitchcock doing a million different things, and a special tribute to Big Star's Third, plus locals Fantastic Negrito, Sonny and The Sunsets, The Stone Foxes, and The Brothers Comatose (among many, many other bands)? Count us in. The free fest hits Golden Gate Park on October 2-4. Dig into the full lineup below.
  • CHP Investigators Say Booby Trapped Road near Woodside is Targeted at Cyclists

    09/28/2015 10:13:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 93 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15 | Michelle Roberts
    The California Highway Patrol is trying to find the person who dumped hundreds of nails and tacks on a road near Woodside that’s popular among cyclists. Officers said Monday that there were so many nails left on Kings Mountain Road that clean-up crews were forced to sweep the lanes to get them out of the way. Cyclists are usually drawn to the road for its views and 1,500-foot climb to Skyline Boulevard. "This is one of my favorite hill climbs," Michael Shorts said. But riders, who are now being warned to pay close attention to the sidewalks, are afraid they...
  • Germany's Florian Reus Wins Spartathlon

    09/26/2015 6:16:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 Sep 2015
    Published: 26 Sep 2015 11:48 GMT+02:00 Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit German runner Florian Reus won the historic 245.3km Spartathlon race on Saturday for the first time, clocking 23 hours, 17 minutes and 31 seconds. Reus, 31, was second the last two years, and as the winner of the race he received an olive wreath and a cup of water from the Evrotas River. Finishing a surprise second was first-time course competitor Dan Lawson of the United Kingdom with the 42-year-old runner timing 23:53.32. He led for most of the race. Third in the 33rd annual Spartathlon was Denmark's 40-year-old Kim...
  • UPDATE: Ginger Kittens Saved by Fishermen from Warrior River (Story, pics, and video)

    09/26/2015 1:38:04 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    Love Meow ^ | September 19, 2015 | Amy
    Remember the two ginger kittens that swam their way to a fishermen’s boat to be rescued? We’ve got updates on the two kitties. The two brave ginger kittens rescued by fishermen Jason Frost and Brandon Key are doing great at their forever home where they have been named Warrior and River. “Warrior and River are doing good they have been to the vet, have had all the shots they need and both have been fixed,” their human wrote. (More on Facebook)
  • Police chase with combine ends in gunfire (Kansas)

    09/23/2015 10:57:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 35 replies
    KSN ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | KSN
    The combine was reported weaving from ditch to ditch on U.S. 56 highway. It struck a guy wire and caused damage to power poles near the intersection of Southeast 10 Road and U.S. 56 Highway. It then continued West and entered the city of Ellinwood around 10:47 p.m. The driver drove through a residential neighborhood, striking several power poles and a 2005 Cheverolet pickup truck parked on the road. The pickup truck sustained extensive damage and the 8-row combine header was torn from the combine. An Ellinwood police officer attempted to contact the driver around 10:52 p.m. While doing so,...
  • Awesome footage of rare white whale off the coast of Australia

    09/24/2015 1:53:45 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Aug 10, 2015 | Mashable
    A rare white humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Queensland on Monday, and whale watchers are hoping it is Australia's famous whale Migaloo.
  • Hunter stabs black bear in self-defense in Michigan

    09/22/2015 11:23:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    MLive ^ | September 19, 2015 | Brad Devereaux
    GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI — A 46-year-old man was injured in what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suspects was a black bear attack. ... a black bear came from behind, knocked him over and attacked him. "Using his hunting knife, the man stabbed the bear, which scared it off. The bear is thought to be injured," the DNR said in a news release. "The DNR was informed about 45 minutes later." Sgt. Jon Wood spoke with the hunter and advised him to seek medical attention. The DNR's Law Enforcement Division is continuing to investigate the incident. The DNR plans to...
  • Climber dies in 500-foot fall on Three Fingered Jack

    09/21/2015 1:17:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Another climber called 911 at 2:10 p.m. to report a man had fallen. Investigators said Corey Franklin, 23, and Tyler Heilman, 22, both from Bend, were climbing the northwest side of Three Fingered Jack near the summit at an elevation of 7,700 feet. Heilman, who was not roped in, fell 500 to 600 feet and was killed, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.
  • Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance

    09/21/2015 9:14:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | September 21, 2015
    Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance is the 31st season of Survivor (for those unfamiliar with the show, there are two seasons each year). It begins Wednesday, September 23, 2015 on CBS at 8/7c.I'm sorry for the late ping. I've been waiting - in vain - for CBS to finish updating the Survivor page. According to my DVR setting, the season premier is going to be a 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be two teams of ten players each. The producers selected 32 previous cast members - 16 women and 16 men. The selection...
  • Lottery drivers take note: Heavy snow expected overnight in Denali

    09/20/2015 8:56:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | September 20, 2015 | Jeff Richardson
    FAIRBANKS—An early winter storm is expected to dump as much as 18 inches of snow into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve overnight, causing rangers to temporarily close portions of the road for travelers today. With about 10 inches of snow falling by noon at the Eielson Visitor Center at Mile 66 of the Park Road, crews closed the road to incoming traffic this morning at Mile 53 at Toklat River. The closure was lifted later this afternoon, although a winter weather advisory remains in effect through Monday morning. The conditions mean an uncertain trip for winners of...
  • This Photo of a Starving Polar Bear Might Not Be All it Seems

    09/19/2015 12:03:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 14 Sep 2015 | Nicholas Reilly
    Pictures of a horribly thin polar bear have emerged, sparking a debate over global warming. Many have said it is a sign of how global warming is destroying the planet while others suggest it could actually be an old or sick bear. The picture was posted by Kerstin Langenberger who spotted the bear on the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard. She said: ‘Yes, I have seen bears in good shape – but I have also seen dead and starving polar bears. Bears walking on the shores, looking for food, bears trying to hunt reindeer, eating bird’s eggs, moss and seaweed. ‘Many times...
  • Man Used Phone to Call 911 After Bear Mauled Him in Alaska

    09/19/2015 10:34:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Rachel D'oro
    A 62-year-old man used his cellphone to call 911 after he was mauled by a bear while walking a neighbor's dog in Alaska woods, authorities said Monday. Danny High of Funny River, Alaska, was in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said his family doesn't want details released about his injuries. High didn't have a gun or bear spray when he was attacked Sunday, authorities said. "He called 911 to report that he'd been injured in a bear mauling," Central Emergency Services Capt. Terry Bookey said. Alaska State Troopers described High's injuries as major...
  • 'You Made It!' Reporter Reunites Dog,Evacuated Owner in Aftermath of Devastating California Wildfire

    09/19/2015 1:19:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/19 | Brian Skoloff
    "He looked up in a daze. I barely had the back door open when Thumper pushed her way out and ran towardhim..."Lawrence Ross looked beat, his head hanging and his eyes bloodshot five days after fleeing his home in the path of a wall of flames. Ross showed up at a high school in the small Northern California town of Lower Lake, where authorities were escorting residents briefly into the evacuation zone to inspect their homes and check on pets and livestock. They had not let residents return since the fire erupted Saturday about 100 miles north of San Francisco,...
  • Fisherman reels in SUPER-FISH off the coast of Japan near Fukushima plant

    09/17/2015 10:46:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Updated: 18:47 EST, 16 September 2015 | By Corey Charlton
    Visibly straining as he holds it aloft, a Japanese fisherman grimaces as he proudly displays a terrifyingly large fish caught in the waters off Japan. With a gaping mouth large enough to swallow a small child, this creature - believed to be a wolffish - would not look out of place in a science fiction film. The massive catch was reeled in by Hirasaka Hiroshi, a fisherman who has made a career of landing and then eating unusual fish. Normally growing to about 1.2m in length, the wolffish Hirasaka caught measured close to two metres
  • Bears, Selfie Sticks Don't Mix In Waterton Canyon: Rec Area Stays Closed

    09/16/2015 8:25:55 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    Colorado Public Radio ^ | Sept 11, 2015 | Colorado Public Radio
    Suburban Denver's Waterton Canyon remains closed because of foraging bears and officials say part of the problem is visitors have been getting close to the animals to take pictures with selfie sticks. Denver Water manager of recreation Brandon Ransom tells KMGH-TV some visitors to the recreation area had been getting as close as 10 feet of wild bears to try to get a shot of the animals. Denver Water and state wildlife officials closed the canyon Aug. 28.
  • Flying brisket injures woman during fight at Danville barbecue festival

    09/15/2015 10:46:44 AM PDT · by windcliff · 32 replies ^ | 9-14-115 | Justin Madden
    Meat started flying at a Danville barbecue festival during a fight between grill masters; brisket was the weapon. Danville police were called to the Kentucky State BBQ Festival at 10:15 a.m. Sunday after a woman was hit with a brisket during a fight, according to a police news release. Mary Berry, 35, of Bardstown told police she was hit in the right shoulder, neck and head by a brisket whose temperature was estimated to be 200 to 250 degrees. She was working at the festival for Fire House BBQ, the news release said. Berry was treated at the festival by...
  • Conceal Carry Preference (Vanity)

    09/14/2015 8:53:17 AM PDT · by demshateGod · 32 replies
    Hi trusted Freepers, Kansas recently passed a constitutional carry law. So someone I know wants to start carrying for protecting his family. He likes .40 S&W caliber because, well, it's superior to everything else in every way. He has a small frame .40 but it's a little too thick to carry comfortably (1.25"). In his search for a small .40 he's looking at either a Walther PPS or a M&P Shield. He has a few questions: 1. Does anyone know of anyone who has experience selling an 7-8 year old Taurus PT140? 2. How much should he ask for? 3....
  • Japan's Mount Aso volcano erupts: Weather agency

    09/13/2015 6:34:25 PM PDT · by windcliff · 47 replies
    The Strait Times ^ | 9-13-15 | unknown
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Mount Aso, a volcano located on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, erupted on Monday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, sending up huge plumes of grey ash and smoke. Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" - a horseshoe-shaped band of fault lines and volcanoes around the edges of the Pacific Ocean - and is home to more than 100 active volcanoes.
  • Humpback whale breaches on top of kayakers in Moss Landing

    09/13/2015 5:05:54 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 52 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 13, 2015 | Amy Larson
    "That was heavy," Captain Michael Sack said. Possibly 40 or 50 tons heavy. Sack was guiding a Sanctuary Cruises whale watching tour from a boat just outside Moss Landing harbor on Saturday when he witnessed an incredible, dangerous situation. Tandem kayakers were paddling through a large pod of humpback whales that were gorging on krill and anchovy bait balls. One whale launched its body into a full breach, and to people watching from the boat, it appeared the whale landed on top of a man and woman who were sharing a kayak.
  • Frankenvirus emerges from Siberia's frozen wasteland

    09/12/2015 10:42:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | September 8, 2015 | STAFF
    Imaging of Mollivirus particles. (A) Scanning electron microscopy of two isolated particles showing the apex structure. (B) Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging of an ultrathin section of an open particle after fusion of its internal lipid membrane with that of a phagosome. (C) Enlarged view of the viral tegument of a Mollivirus particle highlighting the layer made of a mesh of fibrils (black arrow), resembling Pandoraviruses’ intermediate layer, and the underneath internal membrane (white arrow). Three ∼25-nm interspaced rings are visible around the mature particle. (D) Light microscopy (Nomarski optics 63×) imaging of a lawn of Mollivirus particles, some of...
  • Appalachian Trail record-setter pays $500 fine, still feels ‘used’ by Baxter official

    09/11/2015 6:54:56 PM PDT · by billorites · 23 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | September 9, 2015 | Kevin Miller
    The professional athlete who completed the entire Appalachian Trail in record-setting time paid a $500 fine Wednesday for drinking alcohol atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin in July, an incident that prompted a broader debate about hikers’ behavior in Baxter State Park. An attorney for Scott Jurek said his client agreed to pay the fine because he did pop open a bottle of champagne atop Maine’s highest peak in violation of Baxter State Park’s no-alcohol policy after his 46-day run ended July 12. But as part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of littering and hiking with an oversized group, two...
  • Odds Increasing For A Very Snowy Winter In Colorado

    09/11/2015 8:47:02 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 37 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | Sep 10, 2015 | Justin McHeffey
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s 2015-2016 Winter season may be one for the record books as El Niño conditions strengthen in the Pacific Ocean. The El Niño forecast released by NOAA suggests a colder winter with more snowfall than normal. Ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have been as much as four degrees warmer than average over the past few months. Historically, this setup has brought more moisture into the state during the winter months, especially southwestern Colorado, but Denver has also seen its largest snowstorms during El Niño years.
  • VIDEO: Kayaker Surrounded By Killer Whales (Washington State)

    09/10/2015 6:16:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 19 replies ^ | Sept 08, 2015
    Kayaker experiences the rush of a lifetime when killer whales swim around and under her kayak as she paddles around the San Juan Islands in Washington.
  • Police: Golfer Dies After Being Stung By Bees In Michigan

    09/10/2015 12:32:57 PM PDT · by b4its2late · 33 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | September 10, 2015 1:08 PM | CBS Detroit
    DOVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) — Police say a golfer from Ohio has died after being stung at least 20 times by bees as he searched for a ball in woods in northern Michigan. Michigan State Police Sgt. Mark Tamlyn says Darryl Dever of Powell was pronounced dead Wednesday after having trouble breathing. Tamlyn told WWJ Newsradio 950 that Dever and a friend — a doctor — were golfing together at Treetops Resort’s north course when Dever went into the woods to retrieve a ball.
  • Big Wave Surfer Shawn Dollar Breaks Neck Surfing in Big Sur

    09/09/2015 9:59:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015
    A Northern California surfer who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever paddled into broke his neck in four places during a surfing accident. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that Shawn Dollar also incurred head trauma and a concussion when he hit a rock in Big Sur on Monday. He is in stable condition and said in a news release he expects to make a full recovery.
  • Dentist who killed Cecil the lion speaks out at last after going into hiding

    09/07/2015 12:18:25 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 121 replies
    SBS/AAP ^ | 7 Sep 2015 | staff reporter
    The US dentist whose killing of Cecil the lion fuelled a global backlash has emerged for an interview and says he will return to work on Tuesday. Walter Palmer has disputed some accounts of the hunt, expressed agitation at the animosity directed at those close to him and says he will be back at work within days. Palmer, who has spent more than a month out of sight after becoming the target of protests and threats, intends to return to his suburban Minneapolis dental practice on Tuesday. In an interview on Sunday conducted jointly by The Associated Press and the...
  • Russian Town Invaded, Ruled by Hungry Bears

    09/06/2015 8:01:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Complex ^ | September 5, 2015 | Claire Landsbaum
    One Russian town is living your worst nightmare: a bear apocalypse. Luchegorsk, a town of 21,000 near the Chinese border, is being terrorized by hungry bears following a shortage of wild nuts and berries, a.k.a. foods bears usually eat to fatten up for the winter. The Guardian reports that one brown bear and one Himalayan bear are "ruling" Luchegorsk, walking through the streets and attacking residents. Asian black bears have also been spotted, and another 30-ish bears are circling the town's borders. Local police are using sirens, cars, and pressure hoses and firing into the air to scare the bears...
  • Lifeguards Ticket 2, Warn Hundreds Not to Jump Off San Diego's Sunset Cliffs

    09/06/2015 2:30:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 | Samantha Tatro and Jodi Kodesh
    Lifeguards have issued two fines and warned more than 600 people from jumping into waters off San Diego's Sunset Cliffs amid this weekend's dangerous swimming conditions. San Diego Police and Lifeguards have been actively enforcing the "No Cliff Jumping" policy posted along various spots on the cliff line. Two people that jumped off the cliffs were ticketed, officials said. The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards Statement for San Diego and Orange County beaches, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and lasting through 10 p.m. Tuesday. Lifeguards across San Diego County rescued more than 135 people from strong rip...
  • Terracing work continues to create marsh and attract waterfowl

    09/06/2015 1:20:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies ^ | 9/4/15 | Meredith Burns
    In Bayou L’Ours, east of the south Lafourche levee system, long narrow strips of marsh stretch across an area that was once a pocket of open water. The new land is the result of a marsh terracing project planned since 2012 in conjunction with nonprofit Ducks Unlimited, Lafourche Parish government and landowner ConocoPhillips. The project, now in the second of five phases, is designed to restore eroded marsh of Bayou L’Ours, protect the levee system and create a productive habitat for fisheries and waterfowl, said Lafourche Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson. Chaisson described the terraces as mini-levees. Four marsh buggies work...
  • Building a Tiled Roof Hut (From Scratch...Video via You Tube)

    09/06/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies ^ | September 4, 2015 | Primitive Technology
    From the video description: Published on Sep 4, 2015 I built this tiled roof hut in the bush using only primitive tools and materials. The tools I used have been made in my previous videos. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and that this is just a hobby. It should be obvious to most that this is not a survival shelter but an experiment in primitive building technology. To cut and carve wood I used the celt stone axe and stone chisel made in this video: carry water and make fire I...
  • Kermit the Cannibal? Frogs Sometimes Eat Each Other

    09/05/2015 5:11:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    livescience ^ | September 04, 2015 | Elizabeth Palermo
    It's a frog-eat-frog world out there. While it may seem like frogs are insectivores (a long tongue snatching a fly comes to mind), these amphibians are actually "generalist" carnivores. They will eat just about any small critter they can swallow, including other frogs, according to a new study.
  • Obama's Fish Tale: Spawned On By A Salmon

    09/03/2015 9:08:01 PM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 9.3.2015 | Brakkton Booker
    It was supposed to be a routine photo op. During a historic trip to Alaska intended to call attention to climate change, President Obama got a bit of a surprise while at a fishing village at Kanakanak Beach. He was holding up a caught fish for the cameras when the salmon spawned on his shoes. It all started off so innocently. A local fisherwoman retrieved the salmon from a net in shallow water and handed it over to the leader of the free world. As soon as the president had the fish firmly in his grasp, nature took its course....