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  • EU anti-trust investigators raid BMW headquarters in Munich

    10/20/2017 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 20 October 2017 16:40 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    EU anti-trust regulators have raided the offices of automaker BMW in Munich, the company said, in a fresh blow to the German car industry already hit by the Dieselgate scandal. The European Commission, which refused to confirm the company targeted, said it “can confirm that as of October 16, 2017, its officials carried out an unannounced inspection at the premises of a car manufacturer in Germany.” The inspection was related to “concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” a statement said. The commission added that Daimler was cooperating...
  • How Google's Pixel 2 camera outpaces last year's photo tech

    10/17/2017 10:32:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies ^ | October 17, 2017 8:00 AM PDT | by Stephen Shankland
    What do you do to top Google's highly regarded first-generation Pixel phone camera? The same, only more. More HDR+ image processing. More chip power. More artificial intelligence. And more image stabilization. The result for photos: "All the fundamentals are improved," said Tim Knight, head of Google's Pixel camera engineering team. On top of that are new features including motion photos, face retouching and perhaps most important, portrait mode. In the days of film, a photo was the product of a single release of the camera's shutter. In the digital era, it's as much the result of computer processing as old-school...
  • Intoxicated United Airlines passenger peed on seatmate mid-flight, lawsuit claims

    10/17/2017 5:48:59 AM PDT · by workerbee · 15 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/17/17
    As the cross-country flight prepared for takeoff to Newark Airport, Card alleges in the suit, filed on Wednesday, that the inebriated man next to him in row 24 “took out his penis and aimed it at Card and proceeded to urinate all over Card’s leg, while Card was confined to his seat due to an imminent departure of the flight.” Card said he tried to wake up the passed out passenger, who smelled strongly of alcohol, but could not. He then alerted the airline crew, who according to the suit, “refused [his] request to relocate his seat.” After several requests,...
  • Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada

    10/16/2017 1:23:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | October 16, 2017
    The drone struck one of the plane's wings, while six passengers and two crew members were aboard. The aircraft sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely, the Canadian transport minister said. The Skyjet flight was heading to Quebec City's Jean Lesage International Airport when the drone hit it on 12 October. ... In a statement, transport minister Marc Garneau said: "Although the vast majority of drone operators fly responsibly, it was our concern for incidents like this that prompted me to take action and issue interim safety measures restricting where recreational drones could be flown. "I would...
  • AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

    10/15/2017 9:42:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    An AirAsia Indonesia flight has been forced to turn back to Australia after pilots were alerted to a possible loss of cabin pressure, airport officials say. Flight QZ535, bound for the Indonesian island of Bali, changed course about 25 minutes after take-off on Sunday. The Airbus A320, carrying 151 people, landed safely at Perth Airport. ... A video taken on the plane, broadcast by local media, shows oxygen masks hanging from the ceiling and one person shouting "passengers get down, passengers get down". ... "AirAsia apologises to passengers for any inconvenience caused,"
  • Peter Jenkins Set Out to Walk Across America and Ended Up Finding Himself a New

    10/15/2017 4:32:22 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 28 replies ^ | March 19, 1979 | Patricia Newman
    Peter Jenkins was of the Watergate generation, a cynic who picked up his college diploma and a 75-pound backpack and set off, as he puts it, “to give this country one last chance.” Now more than five years and 4,750 miles later, he is a believer. “I have America in every cell of my body,” he exults, “and I could feel God everywhere.”.. By the time Jenkins reached the Mississippi he was no longer a vegetarian. A poor mountain man in Virginia, who offered Jenkins a lamb chop, had made him feel foolish about his no-meat diet. Once a “hyper...
  • NASA Undeterred by the Threat of Space Radiation

    10/14/2017 9:54:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 10/14/2017 | Matt Williams
    Space Age, scientists have understood how beyond Earth’s magnetic field, space is permeated by radiation. This includes Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs), Solar Particle Events (SPEs) ... NASA is able to protect crews from SPEs by advising them to seek shelter in more heavily shielded areas of the station... GCRs are more of a challenge. These energetic particles, which are primarily composed of high-energy protons and atomic nuclei, can come from anywhere within our galaxy and are capable of penetrating even metal. To make matters worse, when these particles cut through material, they generate a cascade reaction of particles, sending neutrons,...
  • Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars

    10/13/2017 6:56:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 13 October 2017 09:42 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, on Thursday proposed a “Tesla tax” aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars, in a heavily criticized move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented market share in the world. In a 2018 finance bill presented to the parliament on Thursday, the right-wing minority government suggested removing a one-off tax exemption for new electric cars weighing more than two tonnes. The proposal was...
  • Lufthansa would be interested in 'creating a new Alitalia'

    10/13/2017 7:31:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 13 October 2017 14:50 CEST+02:00
    The CEO of Germany’s Lufthansa has said the company would be interested in buying Italy’s troubled flagship carrier if an opportunity arose to “to create a new Alitalia”. His comments come just days before an October 16th deadline for the submission of bids. Ryanair pulled out of the running earlier this month as it deals with a shortage of pilots that forced it to cancel thousands of flights. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told German media on Thursday: “Alitalia as it exists today is not up for debate. But if there was a chance of creating a new Alitalia, then as...
  • Utah's 'Negro Bill Canyon' renamed after years of debate [now Grandstaff Canyon]

    10/12/2017 6:43:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2017 6:51 PM EDT
    After years of debate, a U.S. government board has voted to rename Utah’s Negro Bill Canyon, overruling a recommendation by Utah officials to keep the name. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided Thursday to rename it Grandstaff Canyon to get rid of an offensive name, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The vote was 12-0, with one member declining to vote. The decision comes 16 years after the board voted to keep the name. The new name honors black rancher and prospector William Grandstaff, whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s. “His name was Grandstaff; it was not Negro Bill,”...
  • Actress Arrested for Trying to Push Random Woman Off Subway Platform

    10/09/2017 11:28:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | Tina Moore and Kevin Sheehan VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE EMAIL THE AUTHOR GET AUTHOR RSS FEED October 9, 201 | Tina Moore and Kevin Sheehan VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE EMAIL THE AUTHOR GET AUTHOR RSS FEED October 9, 201
    A 35-year-old actress who has starred in off-Broadway shows and played bit parts on TV allegedly tried to push a fellow straphanger into the path of a subway train at Union Square over the weekend, law-enforcement sources told The Post. Keira Keeley’s random target was 57-year-old Leonore Gonzalez, of The Bronx, who was waiting on the 4-, 5- and 6- train platform. Keeley allegedly walked up and shoved her from behind at 12:15 a.m. Saturday. Gonzalez grabbed a pillar and narrowly avoided falling onto the tracks from the platform, police sources said.
  • That scary-looking crosswind A 380 landing

    10/08/2017 8:04:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 10/8/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Millions of people have been viewing and forwarding or posting an alarming-looking video (embedded below) of a giant A 380 airliner landing in heavy crosswinds at Dusseldorf. It’s scary-fun, but actually nothing unique to the Airbus or all that unusual. There is an entire genre of crosswind landings on YouTube. But owing to size, it is impressive.
  • Hike at Pescadero Marsh (CA)

    10/06/2017 10:41:22 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies
    Protect Our Freedom ^ | 10/6/17 | Me
    It was a magnificent fall day on the Northern California Coast this afternoon. I decided to return to the Pescadero Marsh, 30 years after my first visit and the worst case of poison oak of my life. It took cortisone shots to stop it from spreading through my circulatory system. Back then, I didn't know how to identify the poison oak plant, but I sure do now. Today, a couple of the trails at the marsh were overgrown with poison oak, so turned around and didn't even try to get through or bypass. It was a short hike today, less...
  • Southwest says dog allergies forced a woman off a plane. She has a different account

    10/05/2017 8:56:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies ^ | October 5, 2017 | Manuel Torres
    The airline says that the woman had complained about two dogs aboard the Los Angeles-bound aircraft last Tuesday, stating that she had a life-threatening pet allergy. But the woman could not provide a medical certificate, without which the airline can deny a passenger boarding... ... The passenger refused requests for her to deplane, and law enforcement was called in to remove her from the flight. ... She was later arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering a police officer, and resisting arrest. ... The woman...has a very...
  • Mid-air turbulence set to triple due to climate change, scientists warn

    10/04/2017 2:56:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Oct. 4, 2017 | Henry Bodkin
    Commercial airliners will be buffeted by up to three times more turbulence in future decades, according to a new report. Experts have warned the risk of mid-air injuries will rise and passengers can expect to spend more time confined to their seats with the seatbelt sign switched on due to rougher skies disturbed by climate change. On some popular routes for UK travellers, such as transatlantic flights, instances of severe turbulence will increase by 180 per cent, while over Europe the rate is set to worsen by 160 per cent. Scientists had already noticed that so-called clear-air turbulence (CAT) was...
  • Most fliers feel airline crews treat first-class passengers better

    10/01/2017 4:28:46 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/30/2017 | Hugo Martin
    If you have ever felt that flight attendants treat you like a chump because you are seated in the economy section, you are not alone. While fliers in first and business class sections pay for extras such as better food, drinks and roomier seats, a survey of more than 1,200 Americans found that most travelers feel the flight crew also show first-class passengers more courtesy and respect.
  • O.C. beach cities beset by mysterious nauseating odor demand answers

    09/30/2017 12:32:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2017 | ben brazil
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District is leading an investigation. The agency’s website says that multiple sources in the area are capable of producing disagreeable odors and the periodic nature and varying location of complaints makes assessing the cause difficult. SCAQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said last week that the analysis of complaints and wind directions points to an offshore source. The Huntington Beach Fire Department has also been working with the agency. Seal Beach and Long Beach have reported similar odors.
  • Almost 2 dozen killed in stampede on Mumbai bridge

    09/29/2017 8:19:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    One rescuer told Indian broadcaster NDTV that the stampede trapped dozens in the narrow passage, forcing rescuers to break the railing to pull people out. Mumbai police official Gansham Patel said some falling concrete had hit part of the bridge railing, leading people to surge forward out of panic at the thought that the bridge was collapsing. Commuters also often complain about hawkers selling their wares on the narrow overpass, which connects two commuter railway stations, Elphinstone and Parel. Heavy rains meant the bridge was even more crowded than usual, as some sought shelter from the downpour under the canopy...
  • Could This be the First Nuclear Powered Airliner?

    09/28/2017 6:42:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 07-16-2016 | By Stephen Dowling
    A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion. Stephen Dowling investigates the challenges of making airliners run on atomic power. It could whisk you from London Heathrow and have you stepping onto the air bridge at New York’s John F Kennedy airport just three hours later. It would take you in no small comfort – luxuriously so, if you’re in first class – at speeds approaching 2,300mph (3,680km/h), the Atlantic Ocean racing below your feet. The Flash Falcon, looking like a spacecraft from the video game franchise Halo, is a...
  • Your airliner may be flying electric within a decade

    09/28/2017 6:23:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 90 replies
    CNN - Money ^ | First published September 27, 2017: 8:23 AM ET | London Staff
    The auto industry is going electric. Is aviation next? Major European carrier EasyJet announced Wednesday that it is teaming up with U.S. startup Wright Electric to build an all-electric airliner. The aircraft they have in mind would handle short routes of 335 miles or less -- think New York to Boston or London to Paris. EasyJet, a budget airline that specializes in shorter flights, said the new aircraft would cover 20% of its passenger journeys. The airline said it has been working closely with Wright Electric this year and it hopes to have an electric commercial aircraft flying in the...