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  • Newly Discovered Ruby Sea Dragon Seen Alive in Wild for 1st Time

    01/15/2017 12:59:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Beautiful, elusive species first identified in 2015, often misclassified as common sea dragon By Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017 2:33 PM ET Australian researchers have observed two specimens of a rare sea dragon that's never before been seen alive. Sea dragons aren't very common, found in the waters off the coast of southern Australia. For some time, only two types were known: the leafy sea dragon and the common sea dragon (sometimes also called the weedy sea dragon). Then, in 2015, PhD student Josefin Stiller discovered that four samples...
  • Animal-Lover Georgina Bloomberg Under Fire for Dating Avid Hunter

    01/12/2017 7:11:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The animal lovers of New York society are in an uproar over the hot-and-heavy romance between Michael Bloomberg’s daughter, Georgina, and a trophy-game hunter. In November, animal-rights organization the Humane Society gave the Bloomberg scion its Compassion in Action Award for “her tireless work to protect all animals.” Little did the org know that her date for the gala at Cipriani was oil company COO Carlos Arruza Jr. — who can often be seen on social media posing cheerfully with the gory carcasses of deer, wild boars and wild turkeys that he has gunned down.
  • New Orleans woman shoots trophy Mississippi buck<picture>

    01/12/2017 5:01:23 PM PST · by BBell · 20 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/12/17 | Todd Masson, | The Times-Picayune
    Conditions couldn't have been better Saturday for deer hunting, with frigid air keeping Friday's sleet and snow in a frozen state on the ground in Jefferson County, Miss. A New Orleans woman says all that ice is partly responsible for her killing the biggest deer of her life. Marni Demelo, 29, told she heard the deer moving through the woods adjacent to a food plot she was hunting, and had time to prepare herself for what she hoped would be a shot at a big buck.-snip-Demelo knew the buck was one she would be proud of, but didn't realize...
  • Spectacular cloud formation spotted over Australia from passenger plane

    01/12/2017 2:09:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | 12 January 2017 • 11:19am | Helena Horton
    A spectacular and beautiful cloud formation was spotted in the skies above Australia by a passenger on an aeroplane. Ilya Katsman, 22, saw the phenomenon on a Virgin Australia flight from Perth to Adelaide. A spokesperson from the Met office explained to The Telegraph that the cloud is of a type commonly seen in Australian skies, but they are rarely as beautifully distinctive as this example.
  • [Story] of a man who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska, and his trophy bear.

    01/12/2017 3:20:37 AM PST · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    FB ^ | Jan 3, 2017 | Joseph E. Botts
    These pictures are of a man who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska, and his trophy bear. He was deer hunting last week when the large grizzly charged him from about 50 yards away. The guy emptied his 7mm Magnum semi-automatic rifle into the bear and it dropped a few feet from him. The big bear was still alive so the hunter reloaded and shot it several times in the head. The bear was just over one thousand six hundred pounds. It stood 12' 6' high at the shoulder, 14' to the top of his head. It is...
  • No Sign of Japan-Related Radiation Found in Alaska Waters

    01/11/2017 6:25:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KOB4 ^ | January 11, 2017
    State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant. More than 16,000 people were killed in 2011 after Japan's 9.1-magnitude earthquake, which led to nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since then, U.S. and international agencies have been conducting tests to determine the health of marine life along the U.S. and Canada, KTVA-TV reported ( Testing regions in Alaska include the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, Bristol Bay, the Gulf of...
  • Surfing Dog Shark Scare?

    01/11/2017 4:24:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A weekend shark sighting temporarily closed the ocean off of a stretch of Huntington Beach, and a surfing dog may have had a close encounter with a shark. During a photo shoot with Sugar the Surfing Dog in Huntington Beach, an image was taken that shows what appears to be a 9 to 10-foot-long shark in the wave next to her. Source: Follow us: @NBCLA on Twitter | NBCLA on Facebook
  • Surfers Ride Aptos Creek During Dangerous Storm

    01/10/2017 3:20:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 9, 2017
    When Costco created the Wavestorm surfboard, I don't think this is what they had in mind. Two thrill-seekers jumped into a raging Aptos Creek with Wavestorm foam surfboards during the brunt of Sunday's Pineapple Express storm. Onlookers recorded the dangerous spectacle on video. -- WATCH HERE. Tree trunks were among massive amounts of debris being swept down the raging river as the two men jumped into the water. They were tossed off their boards by the power of the river multiple times, and struggled to climb back on. One man managed to stand on his board for a few seconds...
  • VIDEO: On Big Cypress bike ride, I watched a python wrestle an alligator

    01/09/2017 3:22:16 PM PST · by BBell · 36 replies ^ | 1/3/17 | Joe Capozzi
    OCHOPEE, Fla. You hear a big splash in Big Cypress, chances are it’s an alligator diving into the swamp, most likely after being startled from a roadside sunbath by an approaching human.But this was one big splash followed by another big splash. And another and another. I stopped my bicycle to see what all the ruckus was about.Right there, just off the edge of Loop Road, no more than 15 feet away, an alligator was rising tail first and belly up over the surface of the water and then plunging back down. It was clear it was moving against its...
  • Iconic Sequoia 'Tunnel Tree' Brought Down By California Storm

    01/09/2017 12:19:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | January 9, 2017
    A powerful winter storm in California has brought down an ancient tree, carved into a living tunnel more than a century ago. The "Pioneer Cabin Tree," a sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, saw horses and cars pass through it over the years. More recently, only hikers were allowed to walk through the massive tree. Over the weekend, a powerful winter storm slammed into California and Nevada, prompting flooding and mudslides in some regions. The Associated Press reports it might be the biggest storm to hit the region in more than a decade. On Sunday, a volunteer at the...
  • State Record Eelpout Caught on Lake of the Woods

    01/06/2017 6:32:46 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies ^ | 1/5/17 | Brent Palm
    A northwest Minnesota man now holds the state record for largest eelpout. The DNR says Brent Getzler of Roosevelt caught a 19 pound, 9 ounce eelpout in the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods. The fish was 33 inches long with a belly full of girth at 23 and 7/8 inches. Getzler caught it while fishing for walleye with an orange jigging spoon tipped with a minnow on Dec. 19. "Brent along with his buddies thought he was battling with a monster walleye and they were recording the three-minute fight. But after realizing it was just a pout they quit filming, "DNR coordinator Mike Kurre said...
  • Spectacular collision of suns will create new star in night sky in 2022

    01/06/2017 10:13:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | 6 January 2017 • 4:15pm | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    At the beginning of the 3rd century civil war raged in Britain as the Roman emperor Septimius Severus sought to quell unrest in the north. But unknown to the fighting cohorts and Caledonian tribes, high above their heads two stars were coming together in a huge cataclysmic explosion. Now 1800 years later the light from that collision will finally arrive on Earth creating a new star in the night sky - dubbed the ‘Boom Star - in an incredibly rare event which is usually only spotted through telescopes. Before their meeting the two stars were too dim to be seen...
  • Video Shows Rabid Bobcat Attacking Florida Wildlife Officer

    01/05/2017 3:38:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A frightening encounter between a rabid bobcat and Florida Wildlife Officers was captured on camera. Last week, the bobcat got into a North Port home from through an open front door and would not leave. FWC was called to the scene. Officers used a catchpole to try to get the animal out of the family's back porch, but it became aggressive and scratched one of the officers. The feline was eventually removed and later euthanized. Officials said the bobcat tested positive for rabies. Another bobcat attack took place nearby the home the same week. A rabies alert is in effect...
  • Boom: Record 27 million guns bought in 2016

    01/04/2017 7:27:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 4, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Driven by terror threats and a potential Hillary Rodham Clinton administration, sales of guns in America soared to record levels in 2016, according to the FBI. Just released FBI background check numbers, which roughly equate gun sales, totalled some 27,538,673, 4 million more than in 2015 and nearly double the number in President Obama's first year.
  • NASA says mysterious object hurtling towards Earth could be an asteroid or a comet

    01/04/2017 6:39:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | Updated14:17, 4 JAN 2017 | ByLibby Plummer
    The American space agency says that one object is a massive comet, but has so far been unable to identify the other NASA recently spotted two massive space objects hurtling towards Earth. While the American space agency has pinpointed one as a comet, the other has left it slightly more baffled. The comet is set to fly close to Earth this week, but the mystery object isn't expected to make an appearance until February. The object, dubbed "2016 WF9", was detected by NASA's asteroid- and comet-hunting NEOWISE project on 27 November 2016. It is roughly 0.3 to 0.6 miles (0.5...
  • Archers to the rescue in Madrid as boars invade urban areas

    01/03/2017 9:01:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | January 3, 2017 | Staff
    It's a scene straight out of mediaeval times set in modern-day Madrid: an archer dressed in camouflage gear, stationed in a tree at night, waiting for the kill. For five years, the authorities in the region have resorted to this unusual technique to cull wild boars encroaching on towns, relying on 55 volunteer bow hunters to eliminate pigs that take too much of a liking to urban life.
  • 1911 Build project

    01/02/2017 4:13:30 PM PST · by Cold War Veteran - Submarines · 36 replies
    1/2/2017 | Vanity
    Soliciting input on color scheme for 1911 build.
  • Tourist is bitten by crocodile as she tried to take a SELFIE

    01/01/2017 4:28:24 PM PST · by Gamecock · 42 replies ^ | January 1, 2017 | Elizabeth
    A tourist has been rushed to hospital after being attacked by a crocodile while trying to take a selfie with the giant reptile. French tourist Benetulier Lesuffleur tripped over next to the beast while trying to get a photo with it. The 46 year old had been visiting Kho Yai National Park in central Thailand along with her husband when she spotted the reptile. The couple took no notice of warning signs, instead deciding to leave the trail to try to get a good photo. According to the national park’s boss Kanchit Srinoppawan, the couple put themselves in danger, all...
  • How to Strike Matches on a Window

    01/01/2017 12:26:46 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    You Tube ^ | Crazy Russian Hacker
    Video 3:17 You get the idea in the first 30 seconds or so
  • Topless woman 'goes on a rampage firing a handgun at neighbors [SD,CA]

    12/30/2016 12:19:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 63 replies ^ | Updated: 02:30 EST, 30 December 2016 | By Regina F. Graham
    Topless woman 'goes on a rampage firing a handgun at neighbors in noise row' before she is wrestled to the ground and arrested after NINE hour police standoff (but it was enough time for her to put her clothes on) Brittany Lefler, 35, was arrested around 2pm after a nine hour standoff with San Diego police Incident started when neighbors first called police to file noise complaint against Lefler around midnight She quieted down when police came to her home, but around 5am she was reportedly spotted walking around with a gun allegedly threatening neighbors Lt. Scott Wahl said: 'She...
  • Hatch Watch! Nation Transfixed by Two Bald Eagle Eggs on Live Cam

    12/30/2016 11:56:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    NBC news ^ | December 30, 2016
    Pip, pip, hooray! The first of two baby American bald eagles has begun to hatch in Fort Meyers, Florida, delighting millions of people who have tuned in to watch the eaglets emerge. The build up to the hatching is being live-streamed 24/7 by the Southwest Florida Eagle Camera, offering a close-up look at the lives of female bald eagle Harriet and her mate, M15. On Thursday afternoon, viewers caught a glimpse of the beginning of the hatching process, the first crack in an egg's shell. The first break in the shell is called a pip, according to the National Eagle...
  • What if the Bureau of Land Management were its own country?

    12/29/2016 10:00:33 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 17 replies
    Have you ever heard "what if Texas were its own country" or "what if California", etc.... Here we go. If Alaska were it's own country, because of its size and land mass it would rank 33rd among all of the world's nations. If Texas were it's own country, because of its size and land mass it would rank 40th among all of the world's nations. If California were it's own country, because of its size and land mass it would rank 59th among all of the world's nations. But what of the BLM - the Bureau of Land Management, an...
  • Death from above for prey - delight for hunters

    12/28/2016 1:07:32 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    Erie Times News via ^ | 12/28/2016 | Victor Fernandes
    Falconry is a game of cat and mouse, only with falcons and hawks, and seasoned falconers who need to be cagey like a fox ---snip--- Falconry, which Kisak describes as "the art of taking wild game with a trained bird of prey," attracts a small but dedicated group of hunters who relish the extensive time and financial commitment needed to train, care for, and hunt with their birds. Pennsylvania has 182 licensed falconers, said Chad Eyler, chief of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Special Permits Division in Harrisburg, which annually oversees about 90,000 permits in nearly 50 categories involving wild birds...
  • Black bobcat snared in N.B.(Canada), only 12th ever recorded in North America

    12/28/2016 5:11:15 AM PST · by jerod · 31 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Dec 28, 2016 | By Shane Fowler
    A (Cocagne) New Brunswick trapper received an unexpected gift on Christmas Day—a rare melanistic bobcat. Studies show there has only been one other black bobcat caught in Canada. "I thought it was a house cat," said Oswald McFadden, who has run the same trapline for the last decade. "When I saw the tail I knew it wasn't a house cat. Then I looked at the ears, I knew it was definitely a bobcat." Melanism is a genetic trait that displays a black-coloured pigment and can often be found in species like squirrels and jaguars. Much like jaguars, this bobcat's spots...
  • Quakes felt across northern Nevada and in California (5.5, 5.7, 5.7 & more)

    12/28/2016 2:30:07 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 34 replies
    KOLO ^ | December 28 | Audrey Owsley
    RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada is reporting a series of earthquakes felt throughout northern Nevada and in California. The first, a magnitude 5.8, hit at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016. It hit 18 miles southwest of Hawthorne, Nevada.
  • Capstone Sorcery

    12/27/2016 2:25:54 PM PST · by Company Man · 10 replies
    twitter via Conservative Treehouse ^ | 12/27/16 | @failswork
    Mad masonry skills on display
  • Las Vegas Woman Who Walked 26 Miles in Snowy Grand Canyon to Save Family Tells Ordeal

    12/26/2016 7:44:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    nbc ^ | 12/26/2016
    After walking 26 miles in the snow along a desolate stretch of the Grand Canyon over 36 hours, a Las Vegas woman is now safe and recovering from exposure at a Utah hospital. Karen Klein was enjoying a holiday vacation with her husband and 10-year-old son when their car got stuck in the mud near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona late last week. Klein said she'd decided to be the one to go get help because her husband had recently been in an accident. Outdoorsy and athletic, she thought she could brave the elements herself. "I...
  • Surfing Santas Catching Some Waves in Cocoa Beach

    12/25/2016 8:55:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Dec 24, 2016
    Yes, Virginia, there are surfing Santas in Florida. Hundreds of surfers in Santa costumes and thousands of spectators will descend Saturday on Cocoa Beach for the eighth annual Christmas Eve Surfing Santas extravaganza. The Santas will be surfing the waves all morning and raising money for two charities by selling T-shirts. One charity is the Florida Surf Museum. The other charity provides financial assistance for cancer patients needing to travel for their treatment. The first surfing Santas event started in 2009 when George Trosset, his son and daughter-in-law thought it would be funny to dress up as Santa Claus and...
  • Missing Woman Found Alive Near Grand Canyon After Walking 26 Miles

    12/24/2016 10:52:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    CBS5 ^ | Dec 24, 2016 | KPHO
    A woman who has been missing since Thursday near the Grand Canyon was found alive early Saturday morning, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Searchers found 47-year-old Karen Klein shortly after midnight at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Klein had walked approximately 26 miles since Thursday afternoon in search of help after getting stranded with her husband and son in a rental car. The car got stuck on a forest service road. Searchers said Klein was conscious, communicating and suffering from the cold weather. She was treated on scene by rescuers and transported to Kane County Hospital...
  • Woman Rescues Dog From Crocodile in Move Police Say Is 'Brave' But Not Recommended

    12/24/2016 3:15:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/24 | Lucy Marks
    A woman has jumped into a Northern Territory waterway to rescue her dog from a one-metre crocodile, in a move police say was "brave" but not recommended. Duty Superintendent James O'Brien said the woman, who had just moved from interstate, was walking her dogs at a park at Durack, in Palmerston, about 9:00am on Saturday. "It's quite a remarkable to happen a day before Christmas," Duty Superintendent O'Brien said. "While some of her dogs were running around having fun, one of her smaller dogs was sitting on the edge of the causeway when she noticed a crocodile came up and...
  • First Duck Hunt- Coming of Age

    12/23/2016 10:02:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Louisiana Sportsman ^ | 12/23/16 | Ricky Aucoin,
    Meet Kelsey Michel, whose whole life has been wrapped around the sport of hunting and fishing. She learned the ropes from her grandfather Jon Michel, her great grandfather Carol Vinning and now her step dad Dwayne Bergeron. She has adapted well and honed her skills at hunting and fishing. From a young age, she was introduced to the outdoors, starting with fishing, not only for reds and specks, mind you, but also for alligator. Carol and Jon had been hunting alligators for many years, bringing many nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren out with them to experience the outdoors and the...
  • Oldest Gorilla in the world celebrates her birthday at The Columbus Zoo

    12/22/2016 8:17:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | Updated: 12/22/16 06:46 am EST. | STAFF
    COLUMBUS - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hosting a special event open to the public and for the celebration Colo - a famous western lowland gorilla who is turning 60. Tom Stalf, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo said, “Colo has sent shock waves through the field of gorilla conservation since the day she was born.” He said “Before her, a gorilla had never been born in a zoo, and before her, so much less was known about gorilla care and welfare. It has been our honor to care for this charismatic and history-making gorilla, who has connected...
  • 133 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2016

    12/21/2016 9:12:49 PM PST · by JimSEA · 18 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 12/21/2016 | California Academy of Sciences
    In 2016, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 133 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species include one bee fly, 43 ants, 36 beetles, one sand wasp, four spiders, six plants, 23 fishes, one eel, one shark, seven nudibranchs, five fossil urchins (and one fossil sand dollar), one coral, one skate, one African lizard, and an alarming new bird virus. More than a dozen Academy scientists -- along with several dozen international collaborators -- described...
  • Five Machine Guns for Your Last-Minute Christmas Shopping

    12/20/2016 7:30:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 19, 2016 | AWR Haskins
    Christmas is closing in fast, and many of us could use some last-minute shopping ideas. Breitbart News, therefore, wants to promote five machine guns that would make great Christmas purchases.
  • Occasional Birdy thread (in memory of Swampsniper)

    12/19/2016 3:08:56 PM PST · by Islander7 · 89 replies
    FR ^ | Dec 19, 2016 | FR
    It was sunny and warm in Florida today. High was 86. Got a little camera and nature time today too. Hope you enjoy. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and an awesome New Year. I believe 2017 is gonna a great start to the Trump revolution to restore America! - - - Anhinga on a pier sunning his feathers. Great egret in the swamp (Highlands Hammock State Park) Red shouldered hawk looking for mice.
  • Man Shoots Himself in Chest With Crossbow While Hunting

    12/19/2016 10:57:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    CBC ^ | Dec 19, 2016
    Accident occurred as man was trying to disarm crossbow after a day of deer huntingA man accidentally shot himself in the chest with a crossbow while he was hunting with a group of people in the Marlborough Forest on Sunday night, according to Ottawa paramedics. It happened at about 6 p.m. Sunday in the woods near Dwyer Hill Road and Roger Stevens Drive, north of Merrickville, Ont., and south of Richmond, Ont. The 45-year-old man was trying to disarm the crossbow after a day of deer hunting when he accidentally shot himself, paramedics said. His friends helped him to the...
  • Unprecedented Images Show Orcas Hunting and Killing Rare Beaked Whales

    12/17/2016 12:38:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/15 | George Dvorsky
    Marine biologists working off the coast of Australia have observed orca whales hunting and killing rare beaked whales—a behavior never before seen in the predatory species. Scientists have seen orcas hunt an assortment of prey, including fish, seals, dolphins, and even the calves of large whales. But beaked whales? That’s a completely new hunting behavior, one that appears to be unique to orcas living near Bremer Bay in southwest Australia. For the past two years, a research team led by Rebecca Wellard of Curtin University in Perth has accompanied commercial whale-watching boats to catch a glimpse of orca whales in...
  • Colorado to Kill 45 Mountain Lions and 75 Black Bears so Hunters Have Mule Deer to Hunt

    12/17/2016 6:26:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies ^ | Dan Zukowski
    Anyone who has visited a national park or hiked the forests and shrub lands of the West has likely encountered mule deer. Mule deer range west of the Missouri River and are smaller than white-tailed deer, which are more common in the East. They can be seen in most of Colorado, in the Yosemite Valley, along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and in the foothills of Los Angeles. Mule deer are often unafraid of humans in areas such as these where hunting is prohibited and interactions are common. Mountain lions—also known as cougars—take a particular liking to mule...
  • Scientist Confirm the Largest Wave Ever Recorded (Over 62 Feet)

    12/16/2016 2:46:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Dec 15, 2016 | David Grossman
    A six-story building rising and falling in the ocean. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that in 2013, a buoy detected the "the highest significant wave height" in recorded history. At a little over 62 feet, the North Atlantic wave was the size of a six-story building. Using a Datawell heave sensor, the WMO used careful language to describe the discovery. "Significant wave height" refers to the average height in a series of large waves, and "is comparable to what an observer would see as an average of about 15-20 well-formed waves over a period of about 10 minutes,"...
  • Shark Filmed Attacking Seal or Sea Lion Near Hammond

    12/16/2016 2:40:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Josh Robb captured video of a large shark, possibly a great white, savaging a sea lion or seal near Hammond at the mouth of the Columbia on Saturday while crabbing. The video is low quality but contains unmistakable and unforgettable images of the shark attack. The audio portion includes some very salty language, so turn the volume down if you’re offended by cussing.
  • Father Abandons Bid to Become First Person to Swim the Atlantic After Being Stalked by a 10ft Shark

    12/16/2016 12:51:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 16 DECEMBER 2016
    A British father has abandoned his attempt to become the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean. Ben Hooper, 38, said it would have been "foolhardy" to try and carry on with his near 2,000 mile challenge after his support vessel suffered damage during a storm. Mr Hooper, from Cheltenham, Gloucs, left Dakar in Senegal, on the west coast of Africa on November 13 to swim to Brazil's Natal - a distance of 1,883 miles. In that time he swam 87 miles after losing 15 days' swimming to a combination of poor weather, medical problems after being stung by a...
  • 9-Foot-Long Python Found by Kayaker in Biscayne Bay

    12/16/2016 10:25:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 12/16
    The Burmese python continues to be found in and around Biscayne National Park. A kayaker, who was paddling around a small platform in Biscayne Bay just east of Mowry Canal, saw a 9-foot-long python curled up on a platform. Soon after, South Florida Water Management District technicians located the snake and quickly removed it. The python has been relocated and will serve as a training snake to for classes to teach the public about the Burmese python invasion and how to safely capture and remove these nasty invaders. Biscayne National Park officials ask for everyone to please keep their eyes...
  • Car-licking moose prompts warning in southern Alberta

    12/15/2016 3:28:30 PM PST · by Daffynition · 67 replies ^ | Dec 14, 2016 | staff reporter
    Watch out for moose who like to lick vehicles. That's a warning from the Alberta government for people visiting Peter Lougheed Provincial Park about 130 kilometres west of Calgary. Alberta Parks says moose are on the trails at Chester Lake and Burstall Pass and are coming into the trailhead parking lots to lick salt off the sides of vehicles.
  • New telescope chip offers clear view of alien planets

    12/14/2016 12:52:18 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | 12-06-2016 | by Will Wright & Provided by: Australian National University
    The new telescope chip. Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU ======================================================================================================================= Associate Professor Steve Madden. Credit: Australian National University =========================================================================================================================== Scientists have developed a new optical chip for a telescope that enables astronomers to have a clear view of alien planets that may support life. Seeing a planet outside the solar system which is close to its host sun, similar to Earth, is very difficult with today's standard astronomical instruments due to the brightness of the sun. Associate Professor Steve Madden from The Australian National University (ANU) said the new chip removes light from the host sun, allowing astronomers for the...
  • HITLER'S GHOST ISLAND: Secret Nazi ‘Treasure Hunter’ base in Arctic found by Russian scientists

    12/12/2016 6:43:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies ^ | 21st October 2016, 10:22 am | BY TOM MICHAEL
    HITLER'S GHOST ISLAND Secret Nazi ‘Treasure Hunter’ base in Arctic found by Russian scientists after being abandoned over 70 years ago when crew was poisoned by polar bear meat Ruined bunkers, rusted bullets and even documents among 500 objects found on remote island that may have been used as an outpost to search for mythical treasure trove The mysterious site is located on a remote island in Russian territory – more than 600 miles from the North Pole. Set up in 1942, a year after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, the military outpost on Alexandra land was christened “Schatzgraber” or...
  • Skier killed in avalanche at Nevada mountain

    12/12/2016 5:02:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    A skier was lost in an avalanche this weekend. It happened in western Nevada at the Mount Rose Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe. The search for the missing skier ended Sunday after crews found a body in 8-to-10 feet of snow. The 64-year-old man was last seen on the the “jack pot chute,” an expert slope that wasn’t ready for skiers yet. On Saturday, as a storm moved in, officials said avalanche danger was high. Bob Harmon with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said two skiers went around a gate and hiked to the top. Hiking team returns to Everest...
  • Crews mop up after Ramsey Canyon Fire

    12/12/2016 4:43:49 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    By early Sunday morning, forward progress on a wildfire that erupted Saturday at around 6 p.m. had stopped and residents in Ramsey and Carr canyons were no longer being warned they might have to evacuate. The Ramsey Canyon Fire rallied firefighters from Fry, Palominas, Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the U.S. Forest Service and inmates from the Department of Corrections. The sizable response brought the blaze under control after about five hours Saturday night and Sunday morning. U.S. Forest Services media spokesperson Heidi Schweigel issued a release Sunday that stated the fire appears...
  • The Downward Slide of the Seesaw

    12/11/2016 1:23:58 PM PST · by Daffynition · 61 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 11, 2016 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    The two young brothers seesawed in Riverside Park recently, testing and tormenting each other, absorbed in a playground ritual familiar to generations of children. What they did not know was that they were in one of the last places in New York City where they could seesaw. Once ubiquitous in the city’s hundreds of public playgrounds, as they were around the country, the seesaws adults remember have largely vanished from the city and much of the nation because of safety concerns and changing tastes.
  • Malibu Homeowner Facing $4 Million Fine For Blocking Beach Access

    12/09/2016 6:57:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 12/09/2016
    “The biggest complaint from most of the property owners out here is the litter and the lack of respect for property boundaries,” Wagner said. Wagner says signs should clearly spell out rules, including not going to the bathroom on the beach, cleaning up after pets and picking up trash. And beachgoers should abide by them or face consequences. .... The trouble is, it’s often difficult for some to get to certain beach area. Sometimes, it’s because public pathways are closed for repairs. And some property owners do all they can to keep the public out. The owner of one home...
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    12/09/2016 11:09:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | 9 December 2016 | Liam Quinn For
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