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  • California Coast Big Waves Hike

    01/20/2018 1:40:51 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 56 replies
    Self ^ | January 20, 2018 | ProtectOurFreedom
    I haven't posted any "Hiking California" threads in a while. I joined a couple of local MeetUp hiking groups and these folks move at a good clip, so not much time for photography. But it's great fun getting out with others with similar interests and very motivational. When I went to bed on Thursday (Jan 18, 2018), the local news said that there were 55 to 60 foot waves at Mavericks north of Half Moon Bay (this is not far south of San Francisco). So, when I woke yesterday morning and saw we had a glorious morning, I decided I...
  • A Harrowing Boat Crash At The On The Columbia River.

    A salmon fisherman who abandoned ship by leaping into the frigid waters of the Columbia River last summer, an instant before another motorboat crashed into his -- has filed a $372,500 lawsuit against the other driver. Clatsop County sheriff’s deputies accused boat driver Marlin Lee Larsen of several crimes after the 75-year-old told investigators he couldn’t see where he was driving because he was sitting down and the dash of his boat was blocking his view
  • Deadly Fight Between Python and Alligator Filmed on Golf Course

    01/20/2018 12:21:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, January 19, 2018
    A deadly fight between an alligator and a python has been filmed while the two reptiles fought to the death on a golf course. The giant reptiles were photographed by Dr Richard Nadler while they fought to the death on the 10th hole, the Mirror Online reports. He captioned the footage on Facebook: "Wild day on the 10th hole today! That's a an alligator and a Burmese python entwined. The alligator seems to have the upper hand. (sic)" "As far as I know the gator won. There was no evidence of either animal the next day. We all assume that...
  • The Weird Tale of a Larger-Than-Life Wolf That Outran the Law, Almost (The Custer Wolf)

    01/19/2018 2:40:40 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 01/19/2018 | Mindy Weisberger
    For nearly a decade during the dawn of the 20th century, a lone — and furry — figure cut a criminal swath across South Dakota's badlands, evading government officials as well as seasoned trackers and bounty hunters. At the peak of his infamy, the price on his head totaled $500 — the equivalent of about $6,000 today. He was the Custer Wolf, a North American gray wolf (Canis lupus) so-named for the nearby town of Custer, South Dakota. The four-legged outlaw that preyed on livestock was widely reviled as a scourge of farmers and ranchers, but was also a source...
  • NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move

    01/19/2018 12:16:36 PM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies ^ | 001/19/2018 | by Marcia Dunn
    In this Sept. 16, 2014 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Jeanette Epps participates in a spacewalk training session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In June 2018, Epps was supposed to be the first African-American to live on the International Space Station, but on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, NASA announced it was pulling her off the mission for undisclosed reasons. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NASA has bumped an astronaut off an upcoming spaceflight, a rare move for the space agency so close to launch. Astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to rocket away in early June, and would have...
  • Sprawling Greek monuments built 4,500 years ago on 'the world's oldest maritime sanctuary'...

    01/18/2018 9:10:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | 01/18/2018 | By Harry Pettit For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Sprawling Greek monuments built 4,500 years ago on 'the world's oldest maritime sanctuary' reveal the impressive engineering skills of Bronze Age islanders Excavations around Keros show the technological prowess of Bronze Age Greeks Researchers found the remains of terraced walls and giant gleaming structures The structures were built using 1,000 tons of stone dug up six miles away Together they turned a tiny islet near Keros into a single, massive monument A remote Greek island known as the 'world's oldest maritime sanctuary' was once covered in complex monuments built using stone dug up six miles (10 km) away....
  • Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

    01/18/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 20181:25 PM ET | Sam Brasch
    Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn, Colo., home are pan-seared venison steaks with mashed potatoes and a whiskey cream sauce. "We each have our specialty, actually," says States as the steak sizzles. "The girls made elk tamales this morning, but we use [venison or elk] in spaghetti, chili, soup, whatever." The States take pride in skipping the butcher counter at the grocery store. The red...
  • Coyote Tracker: San Francisco’s Uneasy Embrace of a Predator’s Return

    01/17/2018 10:29:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Bay Nature ^ | January 02, 2018 | Kim Todd
    One night a little more than a year ago coyote 02M took off into the dark. He’d been born in the Presidio, San Francisco, likely a year and a half before, in an earth den dug under a log and hidden by English ivy or in the pit left by a windfall cypress. For months he wriggled in a mass of brothers and sisters, playing and fighting, waiting for his parents to show up with a nice dead rat. Then, a bit older, he scampered through the landscape of palm trees and cream-colored buildings with red-tile roofs, the smells of...
  • The Ford Ranger Is Finally Back

    01/16/2018 2:37:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 140 replies ^ | 01/16/2018 | By Timothy Dahl
    Ford has officially announced the 2019 Ford Ranger, the long-awaited return of this midsize truck. From 1983 to 2011, the Ranger was one of the most popular pickups on the road. It disappeared as the car companies moved more and more toward oversized trucks, leaving a big fan base pining for the return of the Ranger ever since. The success of the Chevy Colorado has been a barometer for the mid-size truck market, and sales are up 83 percent since 2014. Now Ford is banking on the new Ranger as a Chevy rival and a solid alternative to its best-selling...
  • The Mountains Women Can Literally Not Climb

    01/14/2018 9:07:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | January 12, 2018 | Vishnu Varma
    The mountains women can literally not climb GenderAnd First Person: An uphill battle against the belief that “Agasthya was a ‘brahmachari’” and so women shouldn’t climb the Agasthyarkoodam peak. Agasthyarkoodam, one of the highest mountain-peaks in Kerala, is a trekkers’ paradise. It is home to rare medicinal herb species in the world. Named after the Vedic sage Agasthya, the mountain-range is close to state capital Thiruvananthapuram and has a tribal population living in its deep forests. However, it has another odd, infamous distinction. It remains possibly the only mountain range that women are not allowed to climb. Though trekking is...
  • Keep Our Mountains Free. And Dangerous.

    01/14/2018 9:01:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 13, 2018 | Francis Sanzaro
    Last August, after several accidents and deaths among climbers on Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest and most treacherous mountain, Jean-Marc Peillex, the mayor of the French town of St. Gervais-les-Bains, issued an order: Anyone attempting to climb the nearby Gouter route up the mountain must now have specified gear including a harness, rope and headlamp. Those who do not take these precautions are to be fined. On the face of it, the order is common sense. Mont Blanc, known among climbers as the White Killer, is 15,774 feet high, and as the recent spate of casualties make clear, its ascent...
  • Idaho Hunter's Decoy Deer Baffles Hungry Mountain Lion

    01/12/2018 1:43:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 10, 2018 | Ben Hooper
    An Idaho hunter captured video of a befuddled mountain lion stalking a decoy deer until discovering that its intended prey is a fake. The video shows the hunter, perched above ground, filming the mountain lion as it stalks the decoy deer he was attempting to use to draw some real deer out into the open. The cougar quietly sneaks up on the faux deer and prepares to pounce, but stops short when it realizes the deer is not all that it seems to be. The befuddled mountain lion then sniffs at the plastic deer in confusion, but ultimately decides it...
  • US Navy bolting LASER WEAPON onto lead warship for futuristic warfare

    01/12/2018 9:30:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | 12th January 2018 | By Anders Anglesey
    THE US Navy will mount a laser weapon onto a top-class warship, defence officials confirmed. Top Navy officials said the device is slated to be installed on the USS Portland by this autumn. Crucially, the prototype will not be used in combat, but may pave the way for high-tech lasers that will be used during warfare. Captain Brian Metcalfe said: “They’ve got what I call ‘power modules’ that control the laser that will just fit in those open and reserve weight spaces and then the laser itself gets bolted onto the deck. “It’s not going to be integrated into the...
  • Kneeling Protest Planned Ahead Of Vikings-Saints Playoff Game

    01/11/2018 7:51:59 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies ^ | 1/11/18 | staff
    A “take a knee” rally protesting police violence is planned for Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the Vikings playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. The group Take A Knee Nation Twin Cities says the demonstration will be in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Facebook, the group said that if he were alive today, the civil rights leader would be protesting police violence. The Sunday demonstration is planned for 2:30 p.m. outside the downtown Minneapolis stadium. It’s slated to go for about an hour, up until the game starts at 3:40 p.m. Over the course...
  • Santa Monica looks to cap Interstate 10 in new downtown plan

    01/10/2018 7:15:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Architects Newspaper ^ | January 10, 2018 | Antonio Pacheco
    Local planning politics on Los Angeles’s Westside is in a sad state of affairs. There, a municipally-led push to complete city streets by adding bicycle infrastructure and other pedestrian improvements has been met with fierce opposition from local drivers. Recent efforts in L.A’s Mar Vista neighborhood, for example, grew so toxic that community members launched a now-stalled recall bid to remove Mike Bonin—the local council person who champions the so-called “road diets” as well as the city’s Vision Zero plan those diets support—from office. The embarrassing spectacle has thrown into question the commitment L.A. residents have not only toward prioritizing...
  • Wolf hearing gets off to tense start

    01/10/2018 4:06:19 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    Channel3000 ^ | 1-10-18 | Channel3000 Staff
    MADISON, WI - A public hearing on a Republican bill that would end state wolf management efforts is off to a tense start. Democratic Rep. Nick Milroy began the proceeding in front of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Wednesday by complaining that the bill's chief Assembly sponsor, Republican Adam Jarchow, didn't show up to address the panel. He said he was disgusted by Jarchow's absence. He said Jarchow proposed the bill simply to appeal to his conservative base as he heads into a special election for an open state Senate seat Tuesday. He questioned whether the committee's chairman, Rep. Joel...
  • Blue Planet II Official Trailer 2 - BBC Earth

    01/10/2018 1:45:21 PM PST · by beaversmom · 1 replies
    BBC Earth ^ | October 20, 2017 | Hans Zimmer
    Video Link And two of my more recent discoveries by him that I really enjoy: Aurora Dunkirk End Titles
  • Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand

    01/10/2018 9:10:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | January 10, 2018 | University of New South Wales
    An artist's impression of a New Zealand burrowing bat, Mystacina robusta, that went extinct last century. The new fossil find, Vulcanops jennyworthyae, that lived millions of years ago in New Zealand, is an ancient relative of burrowing or short-tailed bats. Credit: Gavin Mouldey. ================================================================================================================================== The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Teeth and bones of the extinct bat - which was about three times the size of an average bat today - were recovered from 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments...
  • Saved by the whale: Humpback Protects Diver from 15-Foot Shark

    01/09/2018 12:29:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 | Kelli Bender
    Seals are often called the dogs of the sea, but it appears humpback whales are man’s best friend when it comes to the open waters of the ocean. According to the Portland Press Herald, celebrated marine biologist Nan Hauser found herself in a scary situation in the waters of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. It happened in October, when the 63-year-old was on a routine dive with other researchers and a documentary filmmaker, observing the behavior of the majestic humpback whale — a massive creature of which Hauser is extremely familiar. Through her vast experience, Hauser knows not...
  • Planets around other stars are like peas in a pod

    01/09/2018 11:12:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | January 9, 2018 | University of Montreal
    This artist's concept depicts a planetary system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech An international research team led by Université de Montréal astrophysicist Lauren Weiss has discovered that exoplanets orbiting the same star tend to have similar sizes and a regular orbital spacing. This pattern, revealed by new W. M. Keck Observatory observations of planetary systems discovered by the Kepler Telescope, could suggest that most planetary systems have a different formation history than the solar system. Thanks in large part to the NASA Kepler Telescope, launched in 2009, many thousands of exoplanets are now known. This large sample allows researchers to not only...