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  • A New Hypersonic Jet Could Get You From New York to London in 90 Minutes

    05/21/2019 8:54:08 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | May 21, 2019 | Jake Rossen
    For impatient travelers, the next wave of air transportation could be a game-changer. Aerospace company Hermeus Corporation recently announced that it has obtained funding to pursue development of a plane that could travel five times faster than the speed of sound, getting passengers from New York to London in just 90 minutes. But it won't be a cheap flight, and the idea isn't without some baggage. The venture, which was founded by former employees of private space travel companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, is seeking to craft a plane that can travel at Mach 5...
  • Alaska small plane crash kills 2 a week after a deadly mid-air collision involving the same carrier

    05/21/2019 5:54:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 05/21/2019
    Two people died Monday afternoon when the plane they were in crashed into Metlakatla Harbor, Alaska, a week after another deadly crash nearby involving the same operator. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough confirmed on its Facebook page that "a pilot and a single passenger" died in the crash of the de Havilland Beaver floatplane operated by Taquan Air, reports CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA-TV. The names of the deceased were being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.
  • Footage shows hundreds of migrants occupying French airport terminal

    05/20/2019 6:08:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 19, 2019 | Tamar Lapin
    Video shows hundreds of illegal immigrants storming a French airport and occupying an entire terminal Sunday demanding to meet with the country’s prime minister. Footage posted on Twitter shows the roughly 500 migrants chanting in Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport as about a dozen police officers in tactical gear look on. “France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!” one person can be heard yelling into a loudspeaker.
  • Archaeological discovery upends a piece of Barbados history

    05/19/2019 7:18:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Thursday, May 16, 2019 | Simon Fraser University
    Which came first, the pigs or the pioneers? In Barbados, that has been a historical mystery ever since the first English colonists arrived on the island in 1627 to encounter what they thought was a herd of wild European pigs. A recent discovery by an SFU archaeologist is shedding new light on the matter. Christina Giovas uncovered the jaw bone of a peccary, a South American mammal that resembles a wild pig, while researching a larger project on prehistoric animal introductions in the Caribbean... Giovas and collaborators George Kamenov and John Krigbaum of the University of Florida radiocarbon-dated the bone...
  • Emigration, full circle: Returning to the old country

    05/19/2019 6:57:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies ^ | May 19, 2019 | CBS News
    For all the obvious reasons, people who come to Italy often find it a difficult place to leave. Now, some are finding they don't have to go home – they already are home. Sandy and Phil Ferretti, from Long Island via Florida, run the Relais Ortaglia B&B in Tuscany. Phil is the great-grandson of an Italian immigrant. "Who would have thought we would have ended up in Tuscany, but we're here!" said Sandra. Ferretti discovered a connection to Italy that's deeper than he thought; he may actually be Italian, because of what's known as the Law of Blood.
  • Rethinking the First Americans

    05/19/2019 6:38:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 6, 2015 | Presented by Wilson 'Dub' Crook
    Who are the first Americans? In the 1920s and 30s, discoveries made near Clovis, NM suggested a prehistoric Paleo-Indian culture that dates back nearly 13,200 years ago. But new evidence may actually point to Texas as a possible origin. Archaeologist Wilson W. "Dub" Crook has found that may just change the way we see history.
  • Someone needs to take over hosting the Survivor threads and maintaining the ping list

    05/19/2019 4:16:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    May 19, 2019 | Me
    My time for hosting Survivor threads is over. I was only supposed to be a temporary replacement. I have long overstayed my time and I need to move on. Someone else needs to take over. Please step up and take over. Thank you. :)
  • Rare Plymouth Hemi Cuda muscle car sold for nearly $2 million

    05/18/2019 7:52:55 PM PDT · by ETL · 61 replies ^ | May 18, 2019 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    Just 14 Hemi Cuda convertibles were built in 1970, and the Lemon Twist yellow example is one of three that were delivered to our northern neighbor. The fully restored car is powered by a 426/425 V8 that breathes through an iconic Shaker hood scoop and sends its power to the rear wheels through a 4-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Those wheels are steel and painted yellow for added visual impact, while the interior is a subdued saddle tan, but the high bid was an eye-popper at $1,980,000 (which is $2,700,000 Canadian, if you must know.)That makes it among the most expensive Hemi...
  • Tesla driver gets license suspended after drunkenly falling asleep on Autopilot

    05/18/2019 9:03:21 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 18 replies
    arstechnica ^ | 17 May 2019 | Fred Lambert
    Don't drink and drive—even if you have Autopilot. A 50-year-old man was spotted driving close to the car ahead of him on the A27 road. "When we came alongside, the driver appeared to have fallen asleep," the police said. After attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver was finally woken up with the help of a siren. Earlier this year, a Tesla driver was caught on camera seemingly asleep on Autopilot in Southern California and just a month before, a Tesla Model S driver was pulled over and arrested by the California Highway Patrol after the police officers saw him...
  • MTA worker’s bathroom break sparks commuter chaos on five subway lines

    05/18/2019 12:27:12 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 17 May 2019 | Natalie Musumeci
    This made for a real crappy commute. A nasty clogged-up toilet and nature calling for a pair of MTA workers during Friday’s morning rush-hour snarled subway service on five different lines, according to the transit agency and a report. The double bathroom break caused temporary service changes on the A, C and E lines and prompted delays on those lines, as well as hold-ups on the F and M lines, the MTA said. “So there was a movement during a no movement period.”
  • Teaching AI how to feel FEAR could make autonomous cars better drivers, study suggests

    05/18/2019 10:58:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 17 May 2019 | By Cheyenne Macdonald For
    Physiological responses driven by fear help humans make critical decisions and stay on our toes, especially when it comes to situations like driving. In a new study, Microsoft researchers build on this idea to improve the decision-making skills of self-driving cars, in effort to develop 'visceral machines' that will learn faster and make fewer mistakes. To teach AI to 'feel' fear, the researchers used pulse sensors to track peoples' arousal while using a driving simulator. These signals were then fed to the algorithm to learn which situations caused a person's pulse to spike. 'As people learn to navigate the world,...
  • Really, really, REALLY strange China (multi-part post)

    05/18/2019 4:31:27 AM PDT · by vannrox · 17 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 5may19 | Editorial staff
    China is a big country, with a huge population. At any given minute there are all kinds of things going on, from the curious to the absurd. That’s pretty much what makes travel so enticing. You are exposed to new ideas and new ways of doing things. These new ways might be better or worse. Yet, the fact that they are different adds value to your experience. If the new experience is better, then you can see where your previous assumptions might be wrong. This is what happens when you move out of your “comfort zone”. You learn that what...
  • 3,600-yr-old Shipwreck Uncovered Could be Oldest Ever Found in the Mediterranean [Antalya, Turkey]

    05/17/2019 10:59:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    The Vintage News ^ | April 20, 2019 | Helen Flatley
    A team of marine archaeologists has uncovered a 3,600-year-old shipwreck in the Mediterranean, just off the coast of Antalya, Turkey. The ship, believed to have been a merchant vessel sailing from Cyprus, may be the oldest ever discovered, according to Haaretz... Based on its position and the large cargo of copper ingots found inside and around the wreck, it is likely to have been a trading ship, ferrying goods from Cyprus to the Aegean region. Although the ship is in very poor condition, and the hull has been almost completely destroyed, the bulk of the ship, together with its precious...
  • China can 'very easily wipe out' US railroad system, Rep. Garamendi warns

    05/17/2019 9:31:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 17, 2019 | Julia Limitone
    Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., said the U.S. has another big problem on its hands when it comes to China: control of the rail system. “The Chinese rail company CRRC is establishing itself in America. It’s already wiped out the Australian rail industry. They could very easily do it in America,” he told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Friday. The Chinese state-owned corporation is also the world’s top passenger train maker, has very heavy subsidies to do competitive pricing, “way, way below any other price,” and is going to “take over the market” if the U.S. doesn’t act fast, Garamendi added....
  • New research reveals what was on the menu for medieval peasants

    05/17/2019 8:03:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | May 16, 2019 | University of Bristol
    Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered, for the first time, definitive evidence that determines what types of food medieval peasants ate and how they managed their animals. Using chemical analysis of pottery fragments and animal bones found at one of England's earliest medieval villages, combined with detailed examination of a range of historical documents and accounts, the research has revealed the daily diet of peasants in the Middle Ages. The researchers were also able to look at butchery techniques, methods of food preparation and rubbish disposal at the settlement... The OGU team used the technique of organic residue...
  • There's a Taco Bell Resort Coming to California This Summer

    05/16/2019 9:40:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    People ^ | May 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm | By Shay Spence
    Picture yourself on summer vacation: fully relaxed, laying out by the pool, sipping on…a Mountain Dew Baja Blast? That dream could become a reality at The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort, which is coming to Palm Springs this summer, the fast food chain announced on Thursday morning. Starting on August 9 for an undisclosed limited time, Taco Bell will be taking over an existing resort (they have not announced which one yet), transforming it into a fully-immersive fan experience. “Everything from guest rooms to breakfast and poolside cocktails will be infused with a Taco Bell twist,” the company’s...
  • Sphinx Room at Domus Aurea re-emerges [Nero's lost palace]

    05/15/2019 9:26:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Redazione ANSA ^ | May 8, 2019 | unattributed
    A beautifully decorated room has been discovered at Emperor Nero's famed Domus Aurea (Golden House) in Rome and brought back to light after 2,000 years. The hall is decorated with panthers, centaurs and a delightful sphinx. Experts chanced upon the room while they were doing restoration work on the vault of a neighbouring part of the palace... It was made thanks to a platform erected to restore the vault of room 72 od the sprawling and sumptuous complex, one of the 150 rooms hitherto rediscovered in the grand House the controversial emperor built in 64 AD after the great fire...
  • Traces of Roman-era pollution stored in the ice of Mont Blanc

    05/14/2019 3:29:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | May 9, 2019 | CNRS
    The deepest layers of carbon-14 dated ice found in the Col du Dôme of the Mont Blanc glacier in the French Alps provide a record of atmospheric conditions in the ancient Roman era. Published in Geophysical Research Letters, the study, led by an international team and coordinated by a CNRS scientist at the Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research (IGE)(CNRS/IRD/UGA/Grenoble INP)*, reveals significant atmospheric pollution from heavy metals: the presence of lead and antimony (detected in ancient alpine ice for the first time here) is linked to mining activity and lead and silver production by the ancient Romans, well before...
  • Abrupt climate change drove early South American population decline

    05/14/2019 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | May 9,2019 | University College London
    Abrupt climate change some 8,000 years ago led to a dramatic decline in early South American populations, suggests new UCL research. The study, published in Scientific Reports, is the first to demonstrate how widespread the decline was and the scale at which population decline took place 8,000 to 6,000 years ago. "Archaeologists working in South America have broadly known that some 8,200 years ago, inhabited sites in various places across the continent were suddenly abandoned. In our study we wanted to connect the dots between disparate records that span the Northern Andes, through the Amazon, to the southern tip of...
  • Will $1.6billion Let NASA's New Artemis Program Become Reality?

    05/14/2019 1:23:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Scott Manley
    After a revised budget proposal from the Whitehouse added another $1.6billion mostly to pay to stop more SLS delays NASA announced that their plan to return to the Moon in 5 years would be named 'Artemis'. Which is of course the best name for any lunar program, so good in fact that NASA aren't the first people to use the name of this goddess for a space program. So let's have a quick tour of other projects with the same name. Realistically, the budget may not happen, for obvious political reasons, but I hope the name stays.