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  • A Frozen Graveyard: The Sad Tales of Antarctica's Deaths

    12/14/2018 10:24:12 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | September 14, 2018 | Martha Henriques
    1800s: Mystery of the Chilean bonesAt Livingston Island, among the South Shetlands off the Antarctic Peninsula, a human skull and femur have been lying near the shore for 175 years. They are the oldest human remains ever found in Antarctica. The bones were discovered on the beach in the 1980s. Chilean researchers found that they belonged to a woman who died when she was about 21 years old. She was an indigenous person from southern Chile, 1,000km (620 miles) away. Analysis of the bones suggested that she died between 1819 and 1825. The earlier end of that range would...
  • Drone shatters passenger jet’s nosecone & radar during landing

    12/14/2018 6:33:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    RT.com ^ | 13 Dec, 2018 22:42
    A drone has collided with a passenger airplane in Mexico, mauling its nosecone and radome as the jet was attempting to land in Tijuana, Mexico. The crew had to request assistance to land the crippled aircraft. An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 collided with the remote-controlled craft while approaching the airport for landing on Wednesday, according to reports on social media which were later confirmed by the airline. mauling its nosecone and radome as the jet was attempting to land in Tijuana, Mexico. The crew had to request assistance to land the crippled aircraft. An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 collided with the remote-controlled...
  • American student stabbed to death in the Netherlands, police say

    12/14/2018 5:57:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | By Madeline Holcombe,
    A 21-year-old American student was stabbed to death in Rotterdam, allegedly by her roommate, police confirmed Friday. According to a police statement, authorities received reports of a quarrel at an apartment on Kralingse Kerklaan on Wednesday. When they entered the apartment, the statement said, police found Sarah Papenheim with stab wounds and attempted to resuscitate her. Police say those attempts were unsuccessful, and she died of her injuries. An investigation led authorities to the suspect, Papenheim's 23-year-old roommate, who was arrested at the Eindhoven train station, the police statement said. The two lived in the same apartment with their own...
  • Violence Erupts as Arsonists Burn 7,000 Voting Machines 10 Days To DR Congo Election

    12/14/2018 3:20:36 AM PST · by piasa · 21 replies
    How Africa ^ | December 14, 2018 | PH
    Nearly 80 percent of the equipment for staging the December 23 election in DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, was destroyed when a fire ripped through a warehouse, as violence flared just 10 days before the vote. The blaze, which officials blamed on arson, was the latest drama of an increasingly tense election campaign ahead of the December 23 election when the country will choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila. Also Thursday, a teenager was shot dead in the central Kasai region as party faithful gathered ahead of a rally by Felix Tshisekedi of the UDPS, one of the leading opposition...
  • Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite mass

    12/13/2018 2:07:09 PM PST · by ETL · 94 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Dec 13, 2018 | Gaurav Khanna
    The concept of time travel has always captured the imagination of physicists and laypersons alike. But is it really possible? Of course it is. We're doing it right now, aren't we? We are all traveling into the future one second at a time. But that was not what you were thinking. Can we travel much further into the future? Absolutely. If we could travel close to the speed of light, or in the proximity of a black hole, time would slow down enabling us to travel arbitrarily far into the future. The really interesting question is whether we can travel...
  • Cash strewn across Route 3 in N.J. causes crashes, highway mayhem

    12/13/2018 10:06:25 AM PST · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    NJ Advanced Media ^ | December 13, 2018
    An armored truck spilled cash all over Route 3 West near Route 17 in East Rutherford Thursday and had motorists out of their vehicles, picking up money off the road, according to police. The bills apparently dropped from a Brink’s armored truck about 8:30 a.m., police said. Video posted to social media shows cash flying and people picking the bills up off the highway. “One-hundred dollar bills flying everywhere, and people are making BANK,” wrote one person who posted video to Instagram. At least one car was on the shoulder with front end damage from a crash with airbags deployed....
  • High-speed train crashes in Turkey, killing 9

    12/13/2018 5:17:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    The train collided head-on with a maintenance vehicle in Ankara's Marsandiz station, causing part of a bridge to collapse onto two carriages, state news agency Anadolu said. Two of those injured were in a critical condition, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told the agency, adding no more wounded were at the crash site as of Thursday afternoon. According to Anadolu, 206 passengers were on the train at the time of the crash. Three of the dead were train conductors, while the other six were passengers. CNN Turk said the crash took place four minutes after the train left the station.
  • Delta Bans Emotional Support Animals on Long-Haul Flights

    12/11/2018 9:08:04 AM PST · by Simon Green · 74 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 12/11/18 | Darren Murph
    2018 is not a great year if you’re an emotional support animal. Southwest, American, Spirit, JetBlue and even Royal Caribbean have all clamped down on emotional support animals, but it’s Delta that has thrown down the hardest. Back in March, the airline began requiring that all passengers traveling with a support or service animal provide additional documents, outlining the need for the service animal as well as proof of the animal’s training and vaccinations, 48 hours prior to departure. Several months later, it increased restrictions once more, limiting passengers to “one emotional support animal per flight” and forbidding “pit bull...
  • Migrant caravan member arrested for throwing rocks at border wall contractors

    12/10/2018 7:03:35 PM PST · by conservative98 · 9 replies
    ABC 10 News San Diego ^ | Posted: 5:04 PM, Dec 10, 2018 Updated: 1 hour ago | By: Allison Horn
    When the man threw another rock across the border, agents alerted Tijuana Police to arrest him. CBP said the man was a 27-year-old Honduran national. Mexican officials said he would be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation.
  • Burial well dating back to Middle Kingdom uncovered

    12/10/2018 1:43:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Egypt Today ^ | Friday, December 7, 2018 | staff
    The archaeological mission working in the archaeological site of al-Khalwa area, Fayoum, has uncovered a burial well, located to the east of the Prince Waji's tomb... Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that al-Khalwa, located at southern Fayoum, contains a cemetery dating back to the Middle Kingdom era, namely Amenemhat III era (1842-1799 BC). He added that the cemetery has the tomb of Prince Waji, the ruler of Fayoum in the Middle Kingdom, as well as the tomb of his mother "Nabat Mout", which lies to the east of it. Meanwhile, Head of the archaeological mission...
  • A drive through 1940's Los Angeles!

    12/10/2018 8:03:59 AM PST · by NRx · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-27-2015 | Internet Archive
    Based on the cars, I am thinking late 40's. LA looks very different today. Most of the houses and buildings shown are long gone.
  • Three-year-old girl is 'scarred for life' after she was left with chemical burns...

    12/10/2018 6:39:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Connor BOyd
    Full Title: Three-year-old girl is 'scarred for life' after she was left with chemical burns up her arm when she got henna tattoo as a 'holiday treat' in Turkey Freja Ellis was on a family break in Antalya, Turkey, when she got the temporary tattoo with permission from her mother Marlana, 32. But shortly after arriving back in the UK, Freja, from Herne Bay, Kent, complained the cat pattern - which stretched from her wrist to her elbow - was itchy. 'We were entirely unaware of the dangers and want to make sure other parents know what can happen so...
  • 32 Years Ago an Aeroflot Pilot Bet He Could Land an Airplane Blind. He Couldn’t.

    12/10/2018 5:47:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    From The Wing ^ | 12/8/2018
    Somehow I wasn’t familiar with the story of Aeroflot flight 6502 from Yekaterinburg to Kuibyshev to Grozny. On October 20, 1986 the pilot of the Tupolev Tu-134A bet his co-pilot that he could land the plane blind. He would draw the curtains on the cockpit windows and make an instrument-only approach. One of the many bizarre things about this incident is, why would the co-pilot accept a bet in which if he wins he likely dies? There’s only the narrowest window in which he might win the bet and actually collect. On approach to Grozny the pilot ignored the ground...
  • Cache of gold coins and 900-year-old gold earring found in Caesarea

    12/10/2018 3:55:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 3, 2018 | Rachel Bernstein
    The coins are dated to the end of the 11th century, which would link the cache to the Crusader conquest of the city in the year 1101, one of the more critical events in the city's medieval history... A small bronze pot was found a few days ago at the Caesarea National Park, and inside it were 24 gold coins and a gold earring... found hidden between two stones in the side of a wall, located in a house in a neighborhood that dated from the Abbasid and Fatimid periods (909-1171 CE)... According to the Antiquities Authority, most inhabitants of...
  • Archaeologists found treasure of silver Celtic coins

    12/10/2018 1:02:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Slovak Spectator ^ | November 24, 2018 | SITA, Compiled by Spectator staff
    Archaeologists found a treasure of Celtic coins in Mosskaovce near Turãianske Teplice. The finding of 40 coins contains the most precious coins that Celts minted in this era, so-called tetradrachms. "The Celts had highly-developed coin system; tetradrachms have four times the higher value of other nominals," explains Karol Pieta, deputy of director from Archaeological Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in Nitra, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Tetradrachms are about nine to ten grams in weight, as if they have four drachms inside, which were the smallest coins in that time, Pieta explains. It is highly probable that...
  • Slovakia won't send anyone to Marrakesh [U.N. Migration Compact]

    12/09/2018 7:00:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Slovakia Spectator ^ | December 5, 2018 | Spectator staff
    Slovakia will not have a representative at the December 10 UN meeting in Marrakesh where the Migration Compact will be signed. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini stated this as a final decision, given that the cabinet approved the parliamentary resolution about the Marrakesh Pact on December 5. At the same time, the prime minister indicated he will send a letter with Slovakia's comments on the document. The Migration Compact has been at the centre of the conflict between the ruling coalition Smer and Slovak National Party (SNS) and the Smer-nominated Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajãák. The minister defended the compact and insisted...
  • Tesla Model 3 In Europe Will Come With A CCS Charging Port [EU standard]

    12/09/2018 12:38:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    CleanTechnica ^ | November 14th, 2018 | Steve Hanley
    On November 14, Tesla officially unveiled its Model 3 sedan in Europe and began inviting customers on the Old Continent to place their orders for the most affordable vehicle in the company's lineup of all electric cars... left-hand-drive versions of the Model 3 are expected to be available in Europe in the first half of 2019 with right-hand-drive versions coming available in the second half of next year. That's good news, but what is really exciting for many living there is that those European-spec Model 3s will come equipped with a CCS charging port, giving Model 3 drivers many more...
  • Sexual harassment in the sky: Hong Kong flight attendants fight back

    12/09/2018 10:33:14 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 60 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec 9, 2018
    Immaculate-looking flight attendants who appear unruffled by the demands of a life spent in the air are part of the slick image sold by carriers -- but Hong Kong-based workers are increasingly hitting back against sexual harassment. Female cabin crew told AFP of how they had been harassed by not only passengers but also other airline staff. While they say carriers have made some steps in the right direction, they argue airlines still lag far behind in the #MeToo era. Venus Fung, whose experiences drove her to join and lead the Cabin Attendants Union of Hong Kong, says airlines must...
  • Melania & Donald Trump ‘Don’t Exchange Gifts’ For Christmas – Here’s How They Celebrate The Holiday

    12/09/2018 9:06:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | December 8, 2018 | Tim McGovern
    Melania Trump feels that Donald Trump is a difficult person to shop for before Christmas! A source close to the Melania told HL EXCLUSIVELY that they often don’t exchange presents at all! Melania Trump and Donald Trump don’t always give each other Christmas gifts, but Melania still has a lot planned for this year’s celebration. A source close to Melania told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY what their family-filled Christmas will end up looking like. “Donald and Melania will be going to Mar-a-Largo again this Christmas, and the whole family will be there to celebrate,” our source told us. “All of Donald’s children,...
  • Jaguar I-Pace, off road and on track | Fully Charged

    12/08/2018 7:37:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 6, 2018 | Fully Charged
    Jaguar I-Pace, off road and on track | Fully Charged