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  • Book Review of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning"

    01/23/2017 1:11:52 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 5 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 1-23-2017 | William Kay
    “As the new Republican administration marches the English-speaking world out of Europe’s climate crusade transatlantic relations will surely plummet. At the same time, and to the mortification of Europeans, US-Russia relations will probably thaw. After all, it wasn’t Moscow that led a 30-year economic warfare campaign against America’s energy infrastructure via the ruse of Global Warming; no, that was our old “Allies” in Berlin. Insights into European deep-state machinations can be gleaned from Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning – published in 2015 by the German media conglomerate, Bertelsmann ....
  • Stunning fossil discovery: Giant otter was size of wolf

    01/23/2017 10:03:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2017 | Staff
    Millions of years ago, a wolf-sized otter swam around ancient swampy China, scientists have discovered. The huge otter would have weighed about 110 pounds, and lived about 6.24 million years ago, according to a new report. The fossilized remains of this now-extinct ancient otter— one of the largest otters known— were discovered in a mine in China’s Yunnan Province, and part of what makes it remarkable is that the find included a nearly-complete cranium.
  • China Will Launch Moon-Sampling Mission In November

    01/23/2017 9:00:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | Bill Chappell
    Two years after putting its first rover on the moon, China says it will launch a mission to bring lunar samples back to Earth late this year. As it plans that mission, China's space agency is also preparing a separate trip to the moon's far side, possibly in 2018. In late 2013, China became the third country to land a rover on the moon's surface, joining the U.S. and Russia in that elite club. Named the Jade Rabbit, China's rover ran into a slew of early technical problems, as the Two-Way reported. But it overcame many of those issues and...
  • New website gives you the real deal on sea level rise and rates

    01/22/2017 9:41:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies ^ | January 21, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    New analysis and graphing tools for sea-level data at SeaLevel.infoGuest essay by David Burton now has interactive regression analysis (line/curve fitting) and visualization (graphing) tools available for mean sea level (MSL) measurements from over 1200 tide gauges, plus spreadsheets which combine various subsets of that data. This article is intended as a primer, for how to use these new tools.But first, a few notes:Note #1: This is a work in progress. I already have a large “to-do list,” but suggestions & corrections are nevertheless very welcome.Note #2: These tools are my free contribution to the community. There’s no charge...
  • The Genetics of Politics | Liberals vs. Conservatives

    01/22/2017 3:54:20 PM PST · by tbw2 · 4 replies
    The Genetics of Politics | Liberals vs. Conservatives - the differences in the brains of conservatives versus liberals, as compared to K-selected/R-selected behavior Stefan Molyneux Youtube Channel
  • Heat from Earth’s core could be underlying force in plate tectonics

    01/19/2017 7:30:36 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 38 replies
    University of Chicago ^ | 17 Jan, 2017 | Greg Borzo
    For decades, scientists have theorized that the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates is driven largely by negative buoyancy created as they cool. New research, however, shows plate dynamics are driven significantly by the additional force of heat drawn from the Earth’s core. The new findings also challenge the theory that underwater mountain ranges known as mid-ocean ridges are passive boundaries between moving plates. The findings show the East Pacific Rise, the Earth’s dominant mid-ocean ridge, is dynamic as heat is transferred. David B. Rowley, professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, and fellow researchers came to the conclusions...
  • Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a GYN and your vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea

    01/19/2017 5:11:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    Dr Jen Gunter ^ | Dr Jen Gunter
    Dear Ms. Paltrow, I’ve been reading all about the jade eggs you are selling on GOOP for $55-66 a pop and the corresponding interview with a jade egg enthusiast. I have tried not to respond to this hot mess, after all a man who leers at naked 15 year-olds and brags about sexual assault is about to assume the highest office in the land. Quite frankly women have more compelling health interests right now, however, I have been asked by so many people about your vaginal rocks that I felt it necessary to drop you a line. I read the...
  • Prediction Of Merging Stars May Solve One Of Hubble's Greatest Mysteries

    01/18/2017 9:26:49 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 17 Jan, 2017 | Ethan Siegel
    When you think about our Solar System, with its lone, luminous star dominating both the mass and light of our local corner of the Milky Way, you might think that this is what 'typical' looks like. In some ways, this is true, but a Solar System with multiple stars -- binaries, trinaries or more -- might be even more common. At interstellar distances, many of these binaries are too close together to resolve even with the most powerful of telescopes. Instead, it's only the variations in their light, where the stars more relative to one another, periodically eclipse (passing in...
  • EXACT date NIBIRU will DESTROY Earth REVEALED…and it’s THIS year a CONSPIRACY theorist claims to hav

    01/17/2017 9:22:52 AM PST · by FourtySeven · 134 replies
    Daily Star ^ | January 4, 2017 | David Trayner
    Conspiracy theorists have been warning a massive planet – called Planet X or Nibiru – will wipe out life on Earth for some time. Now a paranormal researcher claims to have combined astronomy, scientific research and the Bible to calculate the date of the apocalypse. ... Meade claims the Book of Revelation, in the Bible, says when Nibiru will reveal itself. Revelation 12: 1-2 speaks of a “sign in heaven” of “a woman clothed with the Sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head”. Using computer models of the movement of the...
  • Study: Climate Change Could Steal Picture-Perfect Days

    01/18/2017 6:52:18 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 33 replies ^ | 1/18/17 | AP
    Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers estimate. Some places will get more days perfect for picnics or outdoor weddings, while other places will lose a lot. Rio de Janeiro, Miami and much of Africa are big losers, while Europe and Seattle will gain nicer weather. “It’s the type of weather where you can go outside and do something fun,” said...
  • Photo of Bogoslof Island taken by Dan Leary of Maritime Helicopters on 10 January 2017.

    01/18/2017 6:31:01 PM PST · by JimSEA · 30 replies
    Alaska Volcano Observatory ^ | 1/10/2017 | Dan Leary
  • Ugh, here we go again!For the Third Year in a Row, Earth Has Warmest Year on Record in 2016

    01/18/2017 12:13:51 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 32 replies
    Weather channel ^ | 1/18/2017 | Weather
    For the third year in a row, the Earth has set a record for warmth, according to three analyses just released from three government agencies. The planet's mean surface temperature in 2016 was 0.99 degrees Celsius above the late 20th-century average, topping the previous record set in 2015 of 0.87 degrees above average, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  • Are they what they call themselves?

    01/18/2017 6:27:40 AM PST · by JayAr36 · 10 replies
    01/18/21017 | jayar36
    This BS about choosing what sex you want to be is getting under my skin. So the traitor Manning wants to cross dress and believe he is a woman well that is his mental condition. I suppose if he want ed believe he is a goat then we should all call him a goat. Check his DNA. It says he is a male NOT A WOMAN. These trannies are mentally ill not in the wrong body. Period.
  • Nasa finally shares stunning footage of its 2005 landing on Saturn's moon, Titan [tr]

    01/17/2017 12:05:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2017 | Abigail Beall
    New footage released by Nasa shows exactly what it looks like to land on an alien world. It may seem like stuff of science fiction, but the scenes in the new video happened in real life, 12 years ago. The stunning video was captured when the space agency’s Huygens probe descended onto the mysterious world of Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon.
  • Mazda's next-gen SkyActiv engines will drop spark plugs in favor of high compression

    01/16/2017 5:49:19 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 111 replies
    Homogeneous charge compression ignition, or HCCI, is the black art of of internal combustion engines that aims to produce diesel-like fuel efficiency for the cost of gasoline. Although some of its competitors have developed and subsequently given up on the tech, Mazda confirmed that the next-generation of SkyActiv engines will employ HCCI technology, improving fuel economy by 30 percent and at the same time reducing exhaust emissions.
  • NASA to explore space rock worth so much money it would DESTROY world economy

    01/16/2017 4:24:39 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 133 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 16th January 2017 | Peter Truman
    THE American space agency is planning to send a spacecraft to a lump of metal in space worth quadrillions of dollars. The 200km-wide asteroid is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold. Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.
  • Older, fitter adults experience greater brain activity while learning (Physical and brain fitness)

    01/16/2017 4:03:51 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 15 replies ^ | 1/13/17 | N/A
    Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, older adults who scored high on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) tests performed better on memory tasks than those who had low CRF. Further, the more fit older adults were, the more active their brain was during learning. These findings appear in the journal Cortex. Difficulty remembering new information represents one of the most common complaints in aging and decreased memory performance is one of the hallmark impairments in Alzheimer's disease. Healthy...
  • Ebola's long-term effects revealed

    01/16/2017 1:52:57 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 14 replies ^ | 1/13/17 | N/A
    People who survive Ebola may still battle debilitating health problems a year after being declared infection-free, according to an ongoing trial in Guinea which highlighted the need for patient followup. Three-quarters of survivors had post-Ebola symptoms when they enrolled for the trial about a year, on average, after they were discharged from hospital, researchers reported Saturday. Eighteen percent experienced eye problems, including eight individuals who went blind, a team wrote in The Lancet Infectious> Two percent—19 people—were deaf. This is the largest and longest-running assessment of Ebola survivors to date. Nearly one in four participants, the study said, suffered...
  • Venus wave may be Solar System's biggest

    01/16/2017 1:44:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | 16 January 2017 | Paul Rincon
    The...wave is thought to form as the lower atmosphere flows over mountains on Venus' surface. ... Just after entering orbit around Venus in 2015, the Akatsuki orbiter observed a bow-shaped feature in the upper atmosphere over several days. Curiously, the bright structure - which stretched for 10,000km - remained stationary at the altitude of Venus' cloud tops. This is difficult to reconcile with what we know about Venus' thick upper atmosphere, in which clouds streak by at 100 metres per second (m/s). The clouds travel much faster than the slowly rotating planet below, where a Venusian day lasts longer than...
  • THE THORIUM PROBLEM - Manufacturing & energy sector hobbled by thorium

    John Kutsch of Thorium Energy Alliance and Jim Kennedy of ThREE Consulting review the hazards maintaining U.S. current thorium policy. Heavy Rare Earth Element mining is impeded. Energy sector innovation is stifled. Thorium is less dangerous, less radioactive, and less easily metabolized than many elements we are exposed to on a daily basis. Current regulation assists China's capture of high-tech manufacturing sector. Current regulation protects incumbent U.S. [light] rare earth producers who DISPOSE of thorium and valuable heavy rare earths in tailing ponds. Current regulation does NOT facilitate growth of U.S. economy. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize...
  • The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future

    01/13/2017 8:49:33 PM PST · by iowamark · 31 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 8/13/2013
    After Words with Paul Sabin Paul Sabin talked about his book, The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future, in which he analyzes a bet made between economist Julian Simon and biologist Paul Ehrlich. More than 30 years ago, Mr. Simon made a bet with Mr. Ehrlich on the future prices of five metals, asserting that technological change and a booming market would keep the country prosperous. But Mr. Ehrlich predicted that rising populations would lead to overconsumption, taxed resources, and famine. Mr. Sabin argued that the opposing perspectives of the bettors - faith in free...
  • autism/vaccine expert on Coast to Coast A.M.

    01/12/2017 11:12:45 PM PST · by Boowhoknew · 83 replies
    A expert who is discussing causal studies on autism the CDC has covered up is on Coast to Cpoast right now 1:00 am 1/13/2017
  • Nutella Pushes Back Against Cancer-Scare Study

    01/12/2017 5:41:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 12, 2017 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    The makers of Nutella aren’t sweet on a recent study that claims a key ingredient of their chocolatey hazelnut spread could cause cancer. Ferrero, the Italian confectionery company that makes Nutella, slammed the European Food Safety Authority’s claims that palm oil — the second ingredient of the decadent spread — is more carcinogenic than other vegetable oils when it’s heated above 392 degrees Fahrenheit. The agency’s report, released in May, caused ripples in the European food community and even led some to boycott the ingredient.
  • 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.
  • Scientists Have Twisted Molecules Into The Tightest Knot Ever

    01/12/2017 2:04:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | Nell Greenfieldboyce
    Now, in the journal Science, a team of chemists says it has made a huge advance — manipulating molecules to create the tightest knot ever. "Historically, knotting and weaving have led to all kinds of breakthrough technologies," says David Leigh at the University of Manchester in the U.K., who notes that knots led to prehistoric innovations such as fishing nets and clothes. "Knots should be just as important at the molecular level, but we can't exploit that until we learn how to make them, and that's really what we're beginning to do." The first molecular knot was created by chemist...
  • Planet Earth observed through telescope orbiting Mars

    01/12/2017 9:39:41 AM PST · by Ray76 · 53 replies
    Space Flight Now ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Stephen Clark
    One of NASA’s satellites orbiting Mars has looked back home to record a Martians-eye view of the Earth and moon from 127 million miles (205 million kilometers) across the solar system.
  • This might be how stress and heart attacks are linked

    01/12/2017 8:56:10 AM PST · by LucyT · 14 replies
    CNN Health ^ | January 11, 2017 | Jacqueline Howard
    Scientists have long known that stress can influence your heart health, but exactly how this relationship takes place has been something of a mystery -- until now. Activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday.
  • Right-wing people are better looking than those on the left, study claims (we all knew that)

    01/11/2017 7:39:45 PM PST · by max americana · 29 replies
    indy100 ^ | 1/11/17 | ana swanson
    Research has found that being attractive influences many things in a person's life -- their salary, their popularity and grades in school, even the prison sentences they receive. So why not their politics? A recently published study in the Journal of Public Economics concludes that the attractiveness of a candidate does correlate with their politics. They find that politicians on the right are more good looking in Europe, the United States and Australia. The study shows correlation, not causation, but the researchers float a simple economic explanation for why this might happen. Numerous studies have shown that good-looking people are...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz Awesomely Rebuts Democrat Smears Against Jeff Sessions!

    01/11/2017 6:18:26 AM PST · by StormPrepper · 32 replies ^ | January 10, 2017 | TheDailyTrump
    Ted Cruz lays out a raw indictment of the dems and the law for the last eight years. He goes down the list of lawless and fascist behavior of the Justice Department under Holder. No, not fascist in the hollow ad hominem name calling sense, which the liberals are constantly engaged. Fascist in the sense of the U.S. government targeting U.S. citizens for their political views.
  • Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Wings by 600 Days in Orbit

    01/10/2017 6:41:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | January 10, 2017 07:00am ET | Leonard David
    Progress has been made on consolidating X-37B space plane operations, including the use of NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida as a landing site for the robotic space plane. A former KSC space-shuttle facility known as Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1) was converted into a structure that will enable the Air Force "to efficiently land, recover, refurbish and relaunch the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV)," according to representatives of the aerospace giant Boeing. X-37B vehicle development falls under the control of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems in El Segundo, California, which is Boeing's center for all space and experimental systems...
  • New candidate for 'missing element' in Earth's core

    01/10/2017 12:18:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    bbc ^ | 01/10/2017 | Rebecca Morelle
    Eiji Ohtani from Tohoku University told BBC News: "We believe that silicon is a major element - about 5% [of the Earth's inner core] by weight could be silicon dissolved into the iron-nickel alloys." The innermost part of Earth is thought to be a solid ball with a radius of about 1,200km (745 miles). It is far too deep to investigate directly, so instead scientists study how seismic waves pass through this region to tell them something of its make-up. It is mainly composed of iron, which makes up an estimated 85% of its weight, and nickel, which accounts for...
  • An Author's look into the future: Economic models are changing. We must deal with it.

    01/10/2017 7:31:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Into the future By Udo Gollub at Messe Berlin, Germany I just went to the Singularity University summit. Here are the key points I gathered. Rise and Fall: In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they were bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras...
  • Europe cold weather death toll rises

    01/10/2017 6:39:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/09/2017
    More than 20 people are now known to have died as icy temperatures continue to grip much of Europe. Ten people died of cold in Poland on Sunday. The bodies of three migrants, two Iraqi and one Somali, were found near the Turkish-Bulgarian border. Deaths have been reported in Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia and Ukraine. Dozens of flights have been halted. In Turkey, the Bosphorus is closed to shipping after a snowstorm. Even Greece's islands are covered in snow. In Serbia, all river transport is suspended on the Danube. ... In Russia, temperatures in some regions have plunged below...
  • A new theory challenges everything astronomers thought they knew about how the Moon was created

    01/09/2017 9:59:14 AM PST · by Red Badger · 63 replies ^ | Jan. 10, 2017, 12:32 AM | Lindsay Dodgson
    Currently, the leading theory of the creation of the Moon is that it formed from a giant impact between a very early Earth and another Mars-sized planet. Yet new research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has put forward a theory that the Moon may have actually formed from a series of large impacts, rather than just one. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, explains why the Moon appears to be made mostly from Earth-like materials, rather than a mixture of our elements and those of another mystery planet. Lead author Dr Raluca Rufu and her...
  • Arguing about whether the F-35 can dogfight misses a really big point

    01/08/2017 3:25:48 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2017 | Amanda Macias
    WASHINGTON — According to some reports, America's fifth-generation stealth aircraft doesn't excel at dogfighting. But fortunately, the F-35 Lightning II is not built for dogfighting. While some analysts have argued that the air-to-air-combat capabilities of the F-35A won't match some of its peer aircraft, pilots who spoke to Business Insider pointed out that the US's fifth-generation fighter is designed in such a way that dogfighting may be an afterthought. "If you were to engage an F-35 in say, a visual dogfight capability," US Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus began, "the capabilities of the F-35 are absolutely eye-watering compared to...
  • Jumping on the Earth vs. Jumping on the Moon

    01/07/2017 8:59:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
  • The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time -- Part XI

    01/07/2017 12:36:07 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    Manhattan Contrarian ^ | 4 Jan, 2016 | Francis Menton
    If you have been following my series on The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time, you know that I am referring to the world temperature data tampering fraud, by which the guardians of world surface thermometer records (in the U.S., NASA and NOAA) "adjust" old temperatures down and new temperatures up in order to provide fake support for the official "global warming" narrative. My last post in this series (Part X) was back in July. Meanwhile, 2016 has proved to be a rather suspenseful year for those following this issue. The start of the year was a time of a...
  • Hyundai's Self-Driving Ioniq: Amazingly Smart, Can Cause Road Rage

    01/06/2017 10:37:05 AM PST · by Hostage · 26 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | Jan 5, 2017 | JOHN R. QUAIN
    I've been testing a new car, but I never actually drove it. That's because it drives itself. It's the shape of things to come: autonomous vehicles rolling along without human drivers. Hyundai is the latest automaker to take the wraps off of its self-driving technology. For Hyundai, this comes in the form of research versions of the company's new Ioniq. I rode along with an engineer from Hyundai, recording the journey as we traversed the streets of Las Vegas. The test vehicles, with large "Autonomous" decals emblazoned on the sides, were two Ioniq compact cars, an EV (or electric vehicle)...
  • 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...
  • New Recommendations Advise Feeding Toddlers Peanut Butter to Avoid Future Allergies

    01/05/2017 3:58:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    <p>Peanut allergies are a big problem for many kids and their families, but new guidelines published could help protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy.</p> <p>Feeding infants peanut butter when they are as young as four to six months old might prevent them from developing peanut allergies, according to research released from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.</p>
  • Gophers fire head coach Tracy Claeys in wake of scandal and near-bowl boycott

    01/04/2017 6:42:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | January 3, 2016 | Zack Pierce
    racy Claeys is out as the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, just one week after the team’s unlikely bowl win over Washington State that came in the wake of an ongoing sexual assault scandal and player boycott of the university’s response to it. Claeys’ job security became the subject of intense speculation as the team descended into turmoil following the school’s announcement just two weeks before the Holiday Bowl that 10 players would be suspended for the game, some of whom were involved in an early-season sexual assault investigation. Gophers players held a press conference the next day...
  • 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...
  • New human organ discovered, purpose of ‘mesentery’ unknown

    01/03/2017 5:21:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The mesentery’s purpose isn’t fully understood, but its presence could hold the key to treating digestive diseases. It was previously thought that the organ was an unimportant group of structures, but it has now been classified as one single organ, which connects the abdomen to the intestine. The discovery that the mesentery was a single structure was first made by Irish researcher J Calvin Coffey at University Hospital Limerick in Ireland in 2012. Since then, he and his team studied the mesentery to prove it should be classified as an organ. "When we approach it like every other organ,” Coffey...
  • Enjoy a video of Boston Dynamics’ new robot doing chores and slipping on banana peels

    01/03/2017 1:55:38 PM PST · by Hostage · 18 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Jun 23, 2016 | Brian Heater
    Boston Dynamics, the company behind some of the most impressively terrifying and terrifyingly impressive robots of the past decade, is demonstrating its softer side with a video showcasing the Alphabet-owned firm’s latest creation. The SpotMini is a sort of tiny robot giraffe capable of an impressive battery of skills, demonstrated in the video by jaunting up a flight of stairs, putting dishes in the dishwasher and (somewhat begrudgingly) delivering a can of soda. Boston Dynamics The robot is both more adorable (in that David Lynch directing a Transformers movie kind of way) and significantly smaller and lighter than the firm’s...
  • The Beipanjiang Bridge

    Terrifying new Chinese Bridge email description: Engineering Breakthroughs as China Opens World’s Highest Bridge Dec. 30, 2016 (EIRNS)—A towering bridge hanging 565 meters above a gorge in southwest China opened to traffic yesterday, making it the world’s highest bridge. It was built using engineering technology unique to China’s bridge-building thus far. The Beipanjiang Bridge spans 1.34 kilometers between the city of Xuanwei in Yunnan Province and Shuicheng County in Guizhou Province. It cost more than 1 billion yuan ($140 million) and took only three years to build, according to China Global Television Network (CGTN, formerly CCTV). Crossing a river valley...
  • Hot Pepper Compound Inhibits Growth of Breast Cancer Cells

    01/02/2017 9:15:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Capsaicin, a compound found in peppers of the genus Capsicum, inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a team of researchers in Germany.The team’s experiments were carried out with the SUM149PT cell culture, a model system for a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer, i.e. the triple-negative type. In the cultivated cells, the researchers detected a number of typical olfactory receptors. “One receptor occurred very frequently; it is usually found in the fifth cranial nerve. It belongs to the so-called transient receptor potential channels and is named TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor),” they explained. “That receptor is...
  • A LARGE HOLE IN THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE is turning toward Earth.

    01/02/2017 10:19:07 AM PST · by tired&retired · 87 replies
    Spaceweather ^ | Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
    A LARGE HOLE IN THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE Stretching more than halfway across the face of the sun is turning toward Earth. There is a "coronal hole"--a region in the sun's atmosphere where the magnetic field has opened up, allowing solar wind to escape. A stream of solar wind flowing from this coronal hole could reach Earth as early as Jan. 4th (Jan. 5th is more likely), sparking G1-class geomagnetic storms. Polar sky watchers should be alert for auroras later this week.
  • Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017

    01/02/2017 9:13:19 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 29 Dec, 2016 | Andrew Fazekas
    Among the many eye-catching astronomical shows coming up, 2017 may be best remembered for the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun that will cross the continental United States in August. In addition to that spectacular sight, sky-watchers will have a plethora of treats to look forward to in the coming months. To kick things off, an icy comet will swing by Earth in February, hopefully offering picturesque views. Elusive Mercury and giant Jupiter will both put their best faces forward as they appear their biggest and brightest early in the year. And in December, the annual Geminid meteor shower...
  • Ants craft tiny sponges to dip into honey and carry it home

    01/02/2017 4:58:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    New Scientist ^ | Kata Karáth
    Ants may be smarter than we give them credit for. Tool use is seen as something brainy primates and birds do, but even the humble ant can choose the right tool for the job. István Maák at the University of Szeged in Hungary and his team offered two species of funnel ants liquids containing water and honey along with a range of tools that might help them carry this food to their nests. The ants experimented with the tools and chose those that were easiest to handle and could soak up plenty of liquid, such as bits of sponge or...