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  • 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 ^ | 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 · 39 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: Note: I follow Alaska Life all year, just because the photos of the Alaska scenery are so beautiful! The Iron Dog official website is: 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
  • Orange alligator garnering quizzical looks in Calabash, N.C. [2nd one!]

    02/21/2017 10:41:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • 260 Drought Maps Show California's Deep Drought and Current Recovery

    02/17/2017 11:56:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/17 | Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder
    Persistent precipitation in recent months have significantly improved California's drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have been virtually lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s Son Is Just Like His Dad on ‘Tonight Show’

    02/17/2017 9:56:24 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 17, 2017
    Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and if you closed your eyes, it was almost like the original Crocodile Hunter was back on the show. Steve died back in 2006 when Robert was only 2 years old, and while we don’t know if Robert can dance like his sister, Bindi, he definitely has the same infectious enthusiasm that runs in the whole family. The first animal Robert brought out was an African dwarf crocodile named Beetlejuice, and when Jimmy was worried about petting little Beetlejuice, Robert put him at ease by saying, “My dad...
  • 'Hunting Is Not About Killing for Me': Trophy Hunter Sees Shooting Big Game as Form of Conservation

    02/17/2017 9:17:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    CBC ^ | Feb 10, 2017 | Lisa Mayor
    Controversial practice attracts widespread criticism but also limited support from some nature groupsA British Columbia woman well-known for her trophy hunts of lions, bears and giraffes says she sees the killing as an ethical form of wildlife conservation. Jacine Jadresko of Victoria has found herself a target of online hatred for her trophy hunting around the world. Watch the fifth estate on CBC-TV Friday at 9 p.m: The Hunter and The Hunted Jadresko, who appears in the fifth estate's "The Hunter and The Hunted," said that after being on a show like the fifth estate, "I'll get up to 200...
  • Future of Titans of Mavericks Surf Contest Remains Uncertain as Founder, Organizers Clash

    02/16/2017 12:46:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The fate of the Titans of Mavericks surf contest hangs in the balance, and the fight over event ownership is still making big waves. The current owner of the five-year contest permit, Cartel Management of Los Angeles, is involved in a public battle over the contest's legal rights with its presumed partner Mavericks Invitational Inc. (MII). MII ran previous contests and its board is made up of event founder Jeff Clark, along with Cassandra Clark and Brian Overfelt.
  • Flooding Concerns Heightened in South Bay as Full Anderson Reservoir Expected to Overflow

    02/16/2017 12:20:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Bob Redell and Brendan Weber
    Rising water filling up Santa Clara County's Anderson Reservoir, which was 99.3 percent full as of Wednesday, is expected to flow over the dam's spillway as a result of this week's impending storms. Unlike the potentially catastrophic situation with Lake Oroville's emergency spillway, the Anderson Reservoir's operational spillway is not at risk of failure, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials. Despite that good news, officials in Santa Clara County are warning residents living along Coyote Creek and near Kelley Park to be on the lookout for potential flooding. Water officials for the past month have been releasing water...
  • Video: Grizzly Bear Steals Jeremy Wade’s Salmon Right Off His Line

    02/15/2017 9:37:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    We’ve all tuned into the fishing show ‘River Monsters’ to see what Jeremy Wade is reeling in next. But in this video, Jeremy faces a “monster” he’s not dealt with before. While pursuing salmon in the Alaskan wilderness, you have to keep your head on a swivel. You never know when you might get a 400 pound spectator who’s looking for a quick meal. That’s what happened to Jeremy and his crew in this next video. Grizzly bears are notoriously good at fishing, they even show up Jeremy Wade for a while! Finally, Wade hooks a salmon which draws the...
  • Meet Aisha, a Former Antelope Hunter Who Now Tracks Boko Haram

    02/15/2017 9:25:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Guardian ^ | Monday 13 February 2017
    How Aisha Bakari Gombi, ‘queen hunter’ in the fight against the world’s deadliest terror group, became a heroine in north NigeriaAs seven abducted women and four children were being taken deeper into Sambisa forest, Aisha Bakari Gombi received a call. The voice was familiar: an army commander asking her to assemble a group of hunters to track them down. The 11 had vanished earlier that day after a group of Boko Haram militants attacked their village, Daggu. Three local people were shot dead and cars, houses and food stores set ablaze. Daggu is a half-hour drive from Chibok where more...
  • Erosion at the end of the Homer Spit is speeding up

    02/14/2017 8:13:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Walk out past the parking lot onto the end of the Homer Spit in front of Land's End Resort and you'll see some changes have occurred over the winter. While the sand all along the Spit shifts with each season, this year is nothing if not dramatic as substantial amounts of sand have been swept away. The area on the northeast side of the Spit near the ferry terminal has changed the most. What was, only two years ago, a berm followed by a gradual beach reaching the water now features a sharp drop down to the water and has...
  • New Zealand Beach Closed Amid Fears of Hundreds of "Exploding Whales"

    02/14/2017 8:07:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 13 FEB 2017
    "It's not very nice getting a 'gut bomb' on your face." The devastating mass stranding event that saw more than 650 pilot whales beach themselves in New Zealand over the weekend is finally over, with 17 survivors making it back to a large pod of more than 200 individuals seen 6 km (3.7 miles) offshore. But things are just getting started for the clean-up crew, because hundreds of carcasses are now strewn across Farewell Spit beach, and the public has been banned due to fears of spontaneous whale explosions caused by gas build-up. "These things explode from the stomach, and...
  • Recalling Alaska's most notorious drunken moose, the street-smart Buzzwinkle

    02/14/2017 7:00:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Every autumn in recent years our boreal neighbors in Sweden and Norway have regaled the rest of the world with tales of drunken moose. In most of the stories, the moose have gotten smashed eating fermented apples, the active ingredient in applejack. Recently, near Stockholm, a "mob of boozed-up moose" threatened a homeowner, daring him to step into his own garden. The online magazine Slate called the news brief issued by Radio Sweden "the best thing on the Internet today." Sweden and Norway have lots of moose and loads of apple trees. Alaska has fewer moose and a paucity of...
  • Second eaglet pecks its way out; two hatchlings now in the eagles’ nest at Berry College.

    02/13/2017 8:41:52 AM PST · by Prov1322 · 10 replies ^ | 02.13.2017 | Jack Druckenmiller
    Second eaglet pecks its way out; two hatchlings now in the eagles’ nest at Berry College. From Berry College Eagles’ Facebook page: “B9 is finally here! The little eaglet hatched sometime in the wee hours of the morning and is currently snuggled close together with B8! Great screencap by Deanna George.” Earlier photo: That’s eaglet B8 next to the now “pipped” shell of its sibling as B9 is taking steps to exit its shell. From Berry County Eagles’ Facebook page: “This great screencap taken by Rebecca Ahmad shows off our little B8 and the confirmed pip in egg #2!
  • Golfer uses putter to fight gator at Magnolia Landing

    02/12/2017 6:05:56 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    wink news ^ | 9 Feb 2017
    Every golfer needs a putter he can rely on — especially when an alligator decides to play through. “As I was walking about 5 to 6 feet away from the water I heard a splash, and as soon as I heard that splash I knew it was an alligator, and he got me,” Aarts said. The gator grabbed Aarts by his right ankle. He wound up on his back and rolled into the nearby water hazard as they struggled. “I remember having a club in my hand, and as soon as he had me in the water up to my...
  • With one shot, Kansas game warden frees two deer

    02/11/2017 10:04:56 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies
    kansas ^ | February 7, 2017 | Michael Pearce
    Like most members of law enforcement, Lynn Koch dreads the day he has to draw his service weapon. Even if to protect his own life, it can mean death to another person. But on a cold winter day Koch, a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks game warden, drew his .45 Glock to save the lives of two animals, and ensure the safety of another game warden and his own. “I have a lariat in my pickup, but knew there was no way to use it without one of us maybe getting hurt,” Koch said of when he and fellow...
  • 'Puff, puff, pass': How WA's dolphins are using blowfish to get high [Australia]

    02/10/2017 2:48:11 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | February 8 2017 | Staff
    In what can only be described as a youngster doing the 'puff, puff, pass', West Australian dolphins may be using blowfish - or 'blowies' - to get high, scientists have found. Murdoch University researcher Krista Nicholson, who monitors dolphins occupying the Peel-Harvey coastal waters off Mandurah, said there were several records of them interacting with blowfish in estuaries and coastal waters around the world. The young dolphin Huubster tosses a blowfish in the air. Photo: Mandurah Dolphin Research Project ============================================================================================================================== She said that in Australia, scientists had seen juveniles mouthing blowies in the Leschenault estuary in WA's South West and...
  • Parrish Man Grabs Bald Eagle From Alligator’s Grip

    02/10/2017 2:27:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Bradenton Herald ^ | 2/10 | Hannah Morse
    In a battle between America’s symbolic bird of prey and Florida man’s nemesis, a Parrish man said not on his watch. A male bald eagle sat at the edge of a pond behind his home in the Copperstone subdivision when the alligator clamped its jaws on the bird Wednesday. “It’s our bald eagle. It’s our treasure,” Anderson, who is also going through chemotherapy, told Fox 13. “It stands for who we are and what we are.” A neighbor called Justin Matthews of Matthews Wildlife Rescue and he arrived clad in a cowboy hat and camouflage cargo shorts. The eagle’s legs...
  • Snake catcher live-streams python eating possum in driveway

    02/10/2017 12:16:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    A snake catcher called to remove a huge python from an Australian home's driveway live-streamed video of the serpent eating a possum. The video, posted to Facebook by Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan & Gold Coast, shows the scene snake catcher Lana Field was greeted with when she arrived Thursday at the home in the Chapel Hill area of Brisbane, Queensland. Field arrived to find the python in the midst of eating a possum, which it had about halfway into its mouth. "As you can see it's already got the front shoulders down and we're already half-way down the body,...
  • Terrified Hiker Captures the Moment He Totally Freaked Out After Spotting Yeti-Like Creature

    02/10/2017 12:07:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Sun ^ | 8th February 2017 | Danny Collins
    Terrified hiker captures the moment he totally freaked out after spotting Yeti-like creature wandering through the woods – but is all as it seems?Man cowers behind a tree as the mysterious figure FOOTAGE of a terrified Ukrainian man cowering behind a tree as a figure he believes to be a Yeti walks past him has resurfaced. The petrified hiker trains his camera on the ape-like figure as it bounds through the forest. A terrified man caught footage of what he believed to be a Yeti-like figure in a Crimean forest But unable to hold his nerve, the whimpering cameraman drops...
  • Survivor: Game Changers — Mamanuca Islands

    02/09/2017 2:41:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | February 9, 2017
    Survivor: Game Changers — Mamanuca Islands is the 34th season of Survivor (for those unfamiliar with the show, there are two seasons each year). It begins Wednesday, March 8, 2017 on CBS at 8/7c with a special two hour episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be twenty returning players divided into two tribes of ten players each. The "Game Changers" theme as with some past themes, is of course utterly contrived. Apparently the original plan called for three teams consisting of (1) winners, (2) those who made the jury, and (3) those who were booted prior...
  • Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents

    02/09/2017 1:04:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | February 9, 2017 1:28 PM | Staff
    In a photo provided by Stephen Tatum, an orange alligator is seen near a pond in Hanahan, S.C. Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood. Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe. Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon. Stephen Tatum HANAHAN, S.C. No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near...
  • Why trains run down grizzlies: After six years of study, Parks Canada, CP blame the bears

    02/09/2017 12:41:11 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 | Michelle Jarvie
    Some wildlife activists and Banff business owners are voicing disappointment over recently released results of a $1-million, five-year study into bear deaths on train tracks in mountain national parks. Jim Pissot of WildCanada Conservation Alliance, says the recommendations to create alternative habitat and escape routes, manage vegetation, install early warning systems and electric mats ignore one glaring reason grizzlies are attracted to the tracks — spilled grain from rail cars. “Bizarrely, after six years of study, Parks Canada and Canadian Pacific have blamed the bears,” said Pissot. “They are determined that the bears, wolves and other wildlife must change their...
  • Advise needed on build of AR- 15 Carbine 223/556

    02/08/2017 6:15:05 PM PST · by TNoldman · 75 replies
    2-8-2017 | tnoldman
    I am considering building a AR-15 Carbine 223/556. I have looked at the Ruger AR556 for about $600. Being an Engineer and mechanically skilled I'm giving some thought to "building my own". What do you think?
  • Anyone here buy ammo from ""??

    02/08/2017 3:29:35 PM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 41 replies
    8 Feb 2016 | Eric Pode
    Saw them recommended on Instapundit and went to take a look at their webpage. I shoot mostly 9mm, .223 and a little 30-06 and their prices beat anything I can get locally. Any pros/cons from freepers who've used them??
  • A BMW Driver Followed His Sat Nav Straight Into a River

    02/07/2017 3:05:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 6 FEB 2017 | HELEDD PRITCHARD
    The car ended up with water up to the door after driving into water in St Clears in CarmarthenshireA driver had to be rescued after he followed his Sat Nav straight into a river. The silver car ended up in the River Taf - with the water up to the middle of the door - after the driver failed to stop when the road ended and the next stretch was a ford. The incident happened in St Clears in Carmarthenshire on Friday afternoon and the driver escaped without injuries. Carmarthen Police said on Twitter: "A lucky escape for the driver...
  • Bee Infestation Has Honey Dripping Down Walls of Texas Home

    02/06/2017 11:07:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    A Texas homeowner found herself in a sticky situation after calling for help with what she thought was going to be a simple roof repair. When roofers went out to Latanja Levine's Houston-area house, they made a startling discovery, according to KIAH. "They discovered there was a bee problem, told me that (they) couldn't do anything on the roof until something was done with the bees," Levine said. Levine said professionals were able to remove much of the hive and close off the bees' access to the home, allowing the roofers to get back to work. But, when Levine returned...
  • Ras Al Khaimah Sees Snow; Naturally a Snowman Gets Built

    02/06/2017 11:44:13 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The National ^ | February 5, 2017 | Evelyn Lau
    Well here’s something you don’t see every day in the Emirates. This past weekend, we were dealt with some unusual weather with high winds, cold temperatures, and drops of rain appearing. However, up in Jebal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, something else happened. Temperatures became so low that the emirate actually saw snow. With temperatures dipping to -1.1 degrees Celsius, could we blame those in the area for not wanting to have a little fun? In a series of tweets posted on February 3, we are perhaps introduced to the UAE’s most adorable snowman, waving a UAE flag with a...
  • Mouth of Camel Rock Now Gone

    02/05/2017 2:16:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    KOB4 ^ | February 03, 2017 | Brittany Costello
    Camel Rock is a landmark along the interstate betwSanta Fe and Espanola. It's a pile of rocks that look like a camel sitting down. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it. But Camel Rock now looks a little bit different. It's hard to tell from a distance but up close, it's easy notice a huge chunk of rock that created the camel’s mouth is now gone. When compared side by side, it’s easy to see. “I feel sad. I feel sad,” said Vincent Lopez, who lives nearby in Nambe. “It's Camel Rock. I mean, you could compare it to...
  • Florida Fisherman Faces Life in Prison for $500K Catch

    02/05/2017 1:45:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    A commercial fisherman in Florida made a costly mistake that could land him in prison for life. Thomas Breeding, a 32-year-old boat captain, was out fishing in the Gulf of Mexico when he came across a mysterious package floating in the water. Inside the package was 45 pounds of cocaine. Breeding reportedly said he knew the right thing was to turn it over to the police, but Breeding decided to go a different route. Instead of doing what he knew was right, Breeding gave the package – worth $500,000 to $620,000 on the street, says – to four other...
  • Video: The Swedish Elk Rescue That Became a Viral Hit

    02/05/2017 1:27:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 February 2017
    A video of Swedish skaters rescuing an elk trapped in a hole in the ice has reached over 275,000 views in three days. The video, titled 'Älg i vak' (Elk in the ice-hole), was recorded by Sigrid Sjösteen and Viktor Johannessen. When the pair saw the animal fall through the ice at Bergö Fjord near Örnsköldsvik, they donned their skates and set about helping it out of the water. In the video, the Swedes can be seen using an axe to chop the ice, making a passage from the hole trapping the elk to the shore. Eventually, the elk staggers...
  • No Tackling? Lawmaker Seeks Ultimate Answer to Football Hits

    02/05/2017 2:29:07 AM PST · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 4, 2017
    Growing evidence of a link between football hits and brain injuries has led all 50 states to pass laws aimed at protecting young people from concussions, but a New York lawmaker wants to go even further — banning tackle football. "Football is the only major sport where on every single play, the objective is to violently hit the competition," said Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, whose measure would bar youth football leagues from allowing anyone 13 or younger to tackle. And while his bill has gained little support since the Bronx Democrat first introduced it four years ago, with some legislative colleagues...
  • 1 Hiker Dead, 4 More Seriously Injured After Falling Down Ice Chute Near Wrightwood...

    02/04/2017 10:59:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    KTLA ^ | 10:39PM, February 4, 2017 | Erika Martin and Steve Kuzj and Shaquille Woods
    A group of 10 hikers in their 50s and 60s were traversing a path called the Little Jimmy Trail at an elevation of about 7,000 feet when cold, snowy conditions caused half the party to fall down a 70-degree slope, according to Michael Granek, a helicopter pilot with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Around 11:30 a.m., about an hour into the hike, a woman slipped and fell down the hill, Granek said. When a male member of the party reached out to grab her, the icy, steep terrain pulled him down as well, propelling both down 300 to 400...
  • Frog tongue in super slo-mo action

    02/04/2017 1:53:29 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    Earth ^ | 4 Feb 2017 | Eleanor Imster
    A frog uses its whip-like tongue to snag its prey faster than a human can blink, hitting it with a force five times greater than gravity. That’s according to researchers, who filmed frogs eating crickets in super-slow motion to help understand the physics of the tongue. They said that the frog’s tongue – which is 10 times softer than a human’s – stretches and stores energy much like a spring.
  • Shark filmmaker disappears during a dive off the Florida Keys

    02/02/2017 3:17:13 PM PST · by BBell · 30 replies ^ | 2/1/17 | DAVID GOODHUE
    A scuba diver missing from the Florida Keys since Tuesday has been identified as a well-known Canadian underwater filmmaker and conservationist. Rob Stewart, 37, was diving with a small group on the wreck of the Queen of Nassau near Alligator Reef off Lower Matecumbe Key in about 225 feet of water, his sister Alexandra Stewart said by phone from Toronto on Wednesday morning. He was filming an installment of his Sharkwater documentary series, she said. Stewart and another diver were using closed-circulation rebreathing dive equipment instead of conventional scuba tanks, which are open-air circulation, according to an email from the...
  • WATCH: In Hawaii, A 'Firehose' Of Lava Pours Into The Ocean

    02/02/2017 3:10:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2017 | Merrit Kennedy
    Researchers in Hawaii have captured dramatic footage of a "firehose" of red-hot lava plummeting down a cliff into the Pacific Ocean, sending fragments of lava and clouds of gray smoke into the sky. It's coming from the big island's Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since January 1983. On New Year's Day, about 21 acres of rock from the Komokuna lava delta collapsed. After that, "the exposed lava tube continued to feed a cascade of molten rock down the steep sea cliff," according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. That's what we're looking at now. Follow USGS Volcanoes @USGSVolcanoes #Kilauea...
  • Not Getting Enough Sleep? Camping In February Might Help

    02/02/2017 3:04:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2017
    It's tempting to keep the computer running late and promise yourself an extra 30 minutes of bed rest in the morning. It's tempting to do it again the next night, too. But sleep inevitably loses out to getting up early for school or work. There's a simple way to combat this: End all artificial lights at night for at least a weekend and drench your eyes in natural morning light, says Kenneth Wright, a professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and senior author on a study on resetting sleep cycles. The most straightforward way of doing...
  • 18-Year-Old San Diegan Found Dead in Grand Canyon off South Kaibab Trailhead

    02/02/2017 1:58:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Feb 2, 2017 | Samantha Tatro
    The incident is under investigation. The body of an 18-year-old San Diego teen was found off a Grand Canyon National Park trail this weekend, the National Park Service (NPS) said. On Saturday at approximately 5 p.m., a witness called the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center to report that a man had fallen off the rim near the South Kaibab Trailhead. The trailhead is located off Highway 64, near the North Rim of the Canyon. Park rangers found the body of an 18-year-old male, but could not get to him because of steep terrain, snow, ice and impending darkness. The following...
  • West Texas family finds rattlesnake slithering up toilet

    02/01/2017 3:33:32 PM PST · by bgill · 97 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | KTAB/KRBC
    A Jones County family experienced a nightmare come true when a rattlesnake slithered up inside their toilet last week. Big Country Snake Removal says the family contacted them after finding the adult snake in their toilet. When officials arrived on scene, the company investigated the property and found 24 rattlesnakes total in the family’s storm cellar and under the house. Five were babies and the rest were adults.
  • Minori Yahagi shoots for the first time in Saginaw, Michigan USA on 2-22-16 (video only)

    02/01/2017 10:33:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-23-2016 | Tactical Range Solutions
    Minori Yahagi from Japan shoots for the first time in Saginaw, Michigan USA on 2-22-16.
  • Great emails for everyone;)

    01/31/2017 2:51:41 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    unknown | 1/31/2017 | self
    These are all great messages, videos and jokes which I have to share. Must also stop hitching a ride on other FReepers' threads;)