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  • Seismically active Katmandu region in store for larger earthquake

    12/06/2016 12:23:49 AM PST · by JimSEA · 5 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 12/05/2016 | Steve Wesnousky of the University of Nevada
    An earthquake much more powerful and damaging than last year's 7.8 magnitude quake could rock Katmandu and the Himalayan Frontal Fault, an international team of seismic experts has concluded. The unsettling news comes after field research and analysis in the year following the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, which killed 9,000 people and destroyed 600,000 structures throughout the region. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-seismically-katmandu-region-larger-earthquake.html#jCp "We conducted a number of paleoearthquake studies in the vicinity of Katmandu in the past year, digging trenches and studying soils and faultlines looking back over the past 2,000 years," Wesnousky said. "Coupled with the historical record, it's apparent...
  • Slow Mo Pile Up on Montreal's Snowy Streets

    12/05/2016 2:36:57 PM PST · by fella · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5 Dec 2016
    Slow Mo Pile Up on Montreal's Snowy Streets
  • Woman Gives Birth on Florida-Bound Southwest Airlines Airplane

    12/05/2016 12:04:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a baby was born in the middle of the flight. Airline spokeswoman Melissa Ford tells local news outlets that Flight 556 was on its way from Philadelphia to Orlando, Florida, on Sunday when a woman went into labor.
  • Private plan to send Moon rover to Apollo 17 site

    12/04/2016 12:54:57 AM PST · by moose07 · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 November 2016 | BBC
    A proposed private space mission is planning to visit Apollo 17's landing site on the Moon. A German team wants to land a pair of rovers on the lunar surface to inspect the buggy left behind in 1972 on the last crewed mission to the Moon. The group, called PT Scientists, is one of 16 teams vying for the $30m Google Lunar X-Prize. It has signed a deal with launch broker Spaceflight Inc. to secure a ride on a commercial launcher. The XPrize will award the first privately funded teams to land a robot on the Moon that travels more...
  • Madrid vows to ban diesel-fueled cars by 2025

    12/03/2016 9:29:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 2 December 2016 13:49 CET+01:00
    Madrid mayor, Manuela Carmena, signed a commitment to rid the pollution-stricken city of diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. She joined the mayors of Paris, Athens and Mexico City in signing the deal to improve air quality at the biennial meeting of city leaders in Mexico on Thursday. She also vowed to continue in a drive for alternative vehicle use and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city. …
  • The real reason for New York City's traffic nightmare

    12/03/2016 4:47:01 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 67 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Shawn Cohen, Yoav Gonen and Laura Italian
  • Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

    12/03/2016 6:53:28 AM PST · by moose07 · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 December 2016 | Matt McGrath
    The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the ban to improve air quality. They say they will give incentives for alternative vehicle use and promote walking and cycling. The commitments were made in Mexico at a biennial meeting of city leaders. The use of diesel in transport has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, as concerns about its impact on air quality have grown. The World Health...
  • Work begins on £116million life-size replica of the TITANIC in China which will allow visitors [tr]

    12/01/2016 7:29:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 30, 2016 | Rachel Burford
    The construction of a controversial £116million life-size replica of the Titanic began in China yesterday. A keel-laying ceremony and fireworks marked the start of work in the southwestern Sichuan province. The replica plans sparked controversy when it was announced the design would include a simulation of the iceberg crash that sank the original ship in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Some 1,500 people died in the disaster.
  • Crewman in Colombia plane crash... ‘I survived because I followed safety protocols’

    11/30/2016 9:09:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 10:47 AM | stephen rex brown
    Tweet email One of the five survivors of the plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 — most of them belonging to a Brazilian soccer team — said he dodged death because he followed safety instructions. Crew member Erwin Tumiri said that as many passengers panicked, he followed the guidelines repeated at the beginning of every flight. “I survived because I followed safety protocols. Before the crash, many got out of their seats and started to scream,” Tumiri said, according to Latin American news outlet NTN. ... The pilots on the British Aerospace 146 aircraft declared an emergency due to...
  • Vaccines to travel to Colombia?

    11/28/2016 9:51:12 AM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 25 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com/ ^ | 11-28-2016 | Self
    Anyone travel to Colombia or Ecuador? Vaccines necessary or not?
  • 'Artificial gravity' device could be key to astronaut health on Mars mission

    11/26/2016 8:21:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Hannah Devlin
    In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s spacecraft spins through the solar system like a giant, futuristic ferris wheel. The rotating craft has a suitably epic quality and, through the centripetal force, conveniently explains why there appears to be gravity inside the spaceship. In real life future astronauts may have to settle for a slightly less cinematic form of artificial gravity, however. Space scientists working on the problem have developed a large vacuum cleaner-like device that seals around the astronaut’s waist, creating the impression of weight on the lower body through a powerful suction force. Alan Hargens, an...
  • Anthony Bourdain likes guns? (Vanity)

    11/24/2016 8:14:59 PM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    11/24/2016 | Vanity
    Watching my favorite NY, alcoholic, heroin addict, liberal on CNN, he is out in New Mexico shooting with some locals. He actually said he likes the way a gun feels in his hands. He talked about how people in that part of the country don't freak out when they see somebody with a gun, because everybody has one. He admitted he felt safe around these guys and all of their guns. Sometimes I amazed at what I see on CNN.
  • World’s worst traffic jam? Cars stuck in Thanksgiving getaway 'gridlock' [LA]

    11/23/2016 6:14:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | November 23, 2016 | Mark Molloy
    If these motorists thought setting off early would help them beat the Thanksgiving getaway rush, it appears a few others had the same idea. ABC7 Eyewitness News captured incredible footage of what might just be the world’s worst car jam in southern California, bringing traffic to a crawl.
  • Since 1849, Oklahoma’s Original Roadside Attraction Is Still Rock Mary

    11/21/2016 4:40:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2016 | GALEN CULVER
    If home is off the highway or down an old road. Even if Oklahoma is a drive through or a fly over, there are sign posts that remain long after the path changes. Historian Art Peters walks the old California Trail often enough to have found the wagon ruts and to have dug up the trash from a roadside that saw settlers between Fort Smith, Arkansas and the California gold fields. One of the most famous landmarks from that era is still here, an outcropping of red sandstone named Rock Mary. Peters says, "They estimate that about 80,000 people or...
  • It’s Official: NASA’s Physics Defying EM Drive Just Passed Peer Review

    11/20/2016 12:12:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 105 replies
    fossbytes.com ^ | Adarsh Verma
    M Drive, the microwave radiation thruster capable of propelling a spacecraft without any fuel, has been heating up the debates over the past couple of years. The concept of EM Drive has been facing harsh criticism as it appears to violate the Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which says that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In a recent development, a full and official peer-reviewed paper on EM Drive has been published online. This paper has appeared via the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Journal of Propulsion and Power. While the publication of this paper doesn’t...
  • Patna-Indore Express train accident: Over 115 killed and more than 200 injured

    11/20/2016 7:34:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    firstpost.com ^ | 11/20/2016
    Officials said that prima facie the cause of the accident could be due to track fracture. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told reporters at the spot that it seems the cause of the accident is rail fracture. Member (Engineering) of the Railway Board will find out the cause of the mishap and action will be taken against those responsible, he said. With several passengers feared trapped, rescue personnel employed cold cutters to break open the compartments as gas cutters produced excessive heat and suffocation hampering their efforts. A number of trapped passengers were rescued. Teams of army doctors,...
  • Passengers Pay Hefty Price for Fees Embedded In Airline Jargon

    11/19/2016 9:56:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 11/18 | Chris Chmura, Christine Roher, and Joe Rojas
    What on Earth does "NONREF/0VALUAFTDPT/CHGFEE" mean? Like the jumbo jets at San Francisco International Airport, airline fees have truly taken off. Last year alone, U.S. airlines charged $3.8 billion in baggage fees plus another $3 billion in cancellation and change fees, according to Department of Transportation data. Fees aren’t solely an American phenomenon, either. International air carriers are charging passengers fees for bags, seats, and more, too. Karen Gawron got hit with the lesser known no-show fee. "$600 per person," she said. This summer, Gawron and her husband flew to a wedding in India. For the journey home to San...
  • House chairman: Trump favors privatizing air traffic control

    11/18/2016 6:43:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2016 5:11 PM EST | Joan Lowy
    A House committee chairman says President-elect Donald Trump likes the idea of spinning off air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the control of a private, non-profit corporation chartered by Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the House transportation committee, told The Associated Press that he spoke to Trump about the idea several times both before and during the presidential election. He said he believes the president-elect would be supportive, although details would have to be worked out. …
  • Man Asks for Unicorn in Hotel Room for Marriage Proposal

    11/17/2016 11:02:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Hotel chain Travelodge have revealed a bizarre request they got from a customer to have a unicorn in their room to set the mood for their marriage proposal. This is just one of many strange asks they get daily at their 523 branches across the UK. Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "With over 18 million customers staying annually across our 523 UK Travelodge hotels, our hotel teams receive thousands of unusual requests from business and leisure travellers. Where possible, the hotels teams go above and beyond to help customers however, there are some requests that they...
  • [Houston] Texans warned to stay in hotel, not order room service in Mexico [ed]

    11/17/2016 8:40:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    AP ^ | November 17, 2016 | Staff
    Houston Texans players are being advised by the team not to leave the hotel and not to order room service during their trip to Mexico City for Monday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders. The game is part of the NFL’s international series and the first NFL game in Mexico City since 2005. The Associated Press obtained a memo distributed to the team on Wednesday that included a page of information concerning the trip to Mexico, including those two rules.
  • Sources: 3 NBA teams stop staying at Trump-brand hotels in NYC and Chicago

    11/16/2016 9:57:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    ESPN ^ | November 16, 2016 | Marc Stein and Zach Lowe
    At least three NBA teams have stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels this season in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have moved away from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, which bear Donald Trump's name through a licensing agreement.
  • Not a Big Fan of Dracula: The Owner of This Romanian Castle

    11/15/2016 11:29:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Romanian royal home draws vampire tourists; heir wants ‘a happy place’When he lived as a boy in Bran Castle, Dominic Habsburg, now 79 years old, recalls it was “a happy place of light and flowers” that had been a residence to his grandparents, Queen Marie and King Ferdinand I, who once reigned over this
  • Germany mulls plan to partially privatize Autobahn

    11/14/2016 5:43:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Nov 2016 11:51 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A plan by the conservative German Finance Minister to sell off almost half of the country’s Autobahn roadway system to private investors has many Germans up in arms. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party has put forth a plan to partially privatize the Autobahn network of roads across the country, according to a report by Der Spiegel on Saturday. His plan would involve selling private companies a share of up to 49.9 percent in a national company that would be in charge of construction and maintenance for the Autobahn. The company would be financed through...
  • Venetians pack their bags as tourism takes its toll

    11/13/2016 5:33:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 12, 2016 | Staff
    Dozens of Venetians waved maroon and yellow flags and carried empty suitcases on Saturday during a symbolic demonstration to highlight an exodus of residents from the lagoon city, where tourist hordes can make everyday life challenging. Images of narrow Venetian alleys clogged with visitors during the All Saints holiday weekend filled Italian papers last week, rekindling a debate about limiting access to the city through a booking system. Venetians have long complained that food shopping and other daily errands have become increasingly tricky as the city focuses on meeting the needs of the more than 20 million tourists who are...
  • 'Hear! Hear!': United Pilot Bans Political Discussions on Board Flight After Passengers 'Scuffle'

    11/12/2016 8:37:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Rhea Mahbubani
    “And what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each other’s decisions and to get along,” the captain urgedA United Airlines captain warned passengers to keep politics off his plane or face removal after a politically-charged "scuffle" broke out aboard a flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, late this week. A passenger recorded cellphone video of the captain’s brief sermon on United flight 1212 and it was posted on Jon Bauer's YouTube account Friday. "On my friends@wirelessness flight from SFO to Mexico, some kinda scuffle broke out where an individual with...
  • VIDEO CAPTURING RACIST RANT ON BART GOES VIRAL

    11/12/2016 8:29:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Friday, November 11, 2016 | Lyanne Melendez
    <p>UPDATE: People who know the woman shown in the video, who engaged in a racist rant, have contacted ABC7 News. They say the woman is living with mental illness and they are concerned for her safety.</p> <p>BART also tweeted a response to the video.</p>
  • Vanity

    11/09/2016 4:30:10 PM PST · by al baby · 15 replies
    Self | Day After Election | Me
    Trump just tweeted He will not be moving into White House he will be turning it into a Bed And Breakfast and the proceeds will go to the debt service
  • Escaped Highland Cow Causes Traffic Troubles in British Town

    11/07/2016 7:12:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 1, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    A runaway highland cow caused traffic headaches for commuters in a British town by taking a stroll through the streets. Witnesses said the 5-foot-tall highland cow, named Rica, escaped from her field Monday morning and ran through the streets of Dorking, England, causing major delays for commuters on the A24 highway. Police responded to the incident and found Rica grazing on grass in a resident's front garden. The officers used a police car and a board to barricade Rica in the garden until her owner could retrieve the hairy bovine. "The cow looked completely unperturbed to be honest," neighbor Amanda...
  • Snake Drops Out of Overhead Bin on Flight to Mexico City

    11/07/2016 2:22:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 7, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    Where’s Samuel L. Jackson when you need him? Because, we can put up with a lot of things, but a snake dangling overhead while we’re on a plane is not one of them. That’s the situation passengers on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon to Mexico City found themselves in on Sunday. Just take a look at this video. It is positively terrifying! Aeromexico said the flight made a quick landing and animal control took the stowaway reptile into custody. “The procedures carried out for this flight are currently being evaluated to determine how the animal entered the cabin, and measures...
  • Passengers Find Snake on a Plane to Mexico City

    11/07/2016 12:57:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    ktla.com ^ | Updated at 12:15pm, November 7, 2016 | by Mariel Turner
    Passengers on an Aeromexico plane discovered a terrifying sight near the overhead bins over the weekend: a dangling snake. The flight, which was scheduled to land in Mexico City on Sunday, made a quick landing and animal control took the stowaway reptile into custody. The snake can be seen in video posted by Twitter user @Inda_medina: La vibora voladora…ja ja ja. Una experiencia única en el Vuelo Torreón-México, vuelo 231 de Aeroméxico. Eso si…Prioridad en aterrizaje. pic.twitter.com/qwDk6Wtszw — Indalecio Medina (@Inda_medina) November 6, 2016 “The procedures carried out for this flight are currently being evaluated to determine how the animal...
  • A student exchange to provincial USA

    11/06/2016 7:20:31 PM PST · by European Guest · 36 replies
    TAZ ^ | 07.11.16 | Paulina Unfried
    At age 17 our author – a left-liberal, big-city Berlin girl – wants to go to New York, and lands up in Minnesota amongst nothing but Trump fans. What now?
  • Spaniard Walks 6,000 KM From Paris en Route to Makkah

    11/05/2016 3:16:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 5 November 2016
    “Issac the traveler” as he is known on social media has so far walked almost 6,000 km and has now reached Kuwait. But the Spanish traveler of Algerian descent has about 1,356 km to go to reach the holy city of Makkah to perform Umrah. Umrah is a non-mandatory lesser pilgrimage made by Muslims to Makkah, which may be performed at any time of the year. From Paris - Issac’s starting point - the traveler took five months to reach Kuwait, passing through 16 countries. The only device he has with him to help him reach the goal is simply...
  • Frank Sinatra's California Rat Pack home for sale

    11/03/2016 1:12:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    ABC7 KABC Los Angeles ^ | November 3, 2016
    Cancel any upcoming flights to the moon, because living in Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack home is a great reason to stay on Earth. Named "Villa Maggio," Sinatra's hideaway from Hollywood is on the market for $3.9 million. The Palm Desert, California home was a spot where Sinatra and fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop would hang out and get some R&R from their fans in a private location.
  • Science May Have Solved the Amelia Earhart Mystery

    10/31/2016 8:44:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2016 | Kirrily Schwar
    Legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was attempting to become the first female pilot to fly around the world when her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. Last month, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) proposed the theory that she landed her plane safely on a remote island and died as a castaway. Now, scientists say a new discovery shows a striking similarity between the pilot and the partial skeleton of a castaway found on an island of Kiribati in 1940.
  • Zika virus could cause infertility in men, new study suggests ..

    10/31/2016 7:03:48 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 17 replies
    telegraph / science ^ | 10/31/16 | Sarah Knapton
    Scientists in the US discovered that mice infected with Zika had shrunken testicles, low testosterone levels and low sperm counts. Although the findings have not yet been replicated in humans, experts say that the virus may also have worrying conseqences for men who become infected. Dr Michael Diamond, of the University of Washington, who co-authored the study, said: "While our study was in mice, and with the caveat that we don't yet know whether Zika has the same effect in men, it does suggest that men might face low testosterone levels and low sperm counts after Zika infection, affecting their...
  • Tesla rates poorly in Consumer Reports reliability survey

    10/27/2016 6:49:33 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    Performance Drive ^ | 10-26-16 | Alexi Falson
    Tesla has scored extremely poorly in terms of reliability in the latest survey published by Consumer Reports. The 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey was taken out by Lexus, with Toyota, Buick, Audi and Kia in the top five spots. Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Ram on the other hand – all from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – took honours for worst-in-show, which had around 500,000 respondents in this year’s survey.
  • Man Misses Flight so Kenny Lofton Can Get to Cleveland to Throw World Series First Pitch

    10/26/2016 8:16:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 26, 2016 | KATRINA BUTCHER
    die-hard Indians fan didn't think twice about giving up his seat when he noticed former Cleveland Indians player Kenny Lofton struggling to get on a flight to Cleveland. After all, Lofton was supposed to throw out the first pitch for Game 1 of the World Series. Ken Kostal, of Marblehead, Ohio, had just finished judging the National Chili Cook-off in Reno, Nevada, and was hoping to catch a red-eye flight home out of Los Angeles Monday night, but the plane was overbooked and delayed twice. When the plane was finally ready to leave, Kostal said he was in the last...
  • Someone took a sledgehammer to Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star

    10/26/2016 6:32:33 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    LAT ^ | Oct 26, 2016 | Brittny Mejia
    James Otis arrived at the Hollywood Walk of Fame before the sun broke over the horizon Wednesday morning with his tools of choice: a sledgehammer and a pick. Then, wearing a hard hat and construction vest, he got to work laying waste of Donald Trump’s star.
  • The Man Solving Malaysia Flight 370

    10/26/2016 6:26:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 October 2016 | Dave Seminara
    Blaine Alan Gibson has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones – though in temperament he’s probably a lot closer to Sherlock Holmes. Blaine Alan Gibson has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones – though in temperament he’s probably a lot closer to Sherlock Holmes. Gibson, 59, made headlines around the world earlier this year after he found debris from a Boeing 777 that was later confirmed to be a piece of the infamous Malaysia flight 370 aircraft, which went missing shortly after take-off on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. After diligently working to transfer the panel to...
  • Las Vegas casinos love Chinese gamblers. So these guys built a casino just for them

    10/26/2016 9:00:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    LA times ^ | October 26, 2016 | David Pierson
    Casino operators know there’s no gambler quite like the Chinese. With their affinity for baccarat, the most lucrative game in Las Vegas, Chinese gamblers have long commanded special treatment — be it with private Chinese gaming salons, Lunar New Year festivities or performances from pop stars flown in from Hong Kong and Taiwan. No one in Las Vegas, however, has built a casino and hotel strictly for Chinese visitors until now. The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is billing itself as Las Vegas’ first Asian-themed resort, funded in large part by Chinese investors. The property, set to open Dec. 3...
  • Dodge Challenges for muscle car supremacy

    10/21/2016 7:42:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/20/2016 | Jim Bray
    Dodge’s Challenger Scat Pack Shaker (and no, the scat pack doesn’t mean it leaves stuff behind it on the road) is not only a great muscle car experience, it’s also an interesting lesson in semantics. That’s because it teaches us that the word "standard transmission" no longer applies to a stick shift, at least in this instance. Nope, in this case, the 485 "horsepowerhouse" comes "standard" with an automatic transmission, whereas the great Tremec six speed stick manual transmission is a thousand dollar option. And a good option, too - better than a lot of the nannies for which you...
  • What Was the Biggest Insect That Ever Lived?

    10/18/2016 12:13:49 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 46 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/15/2016 | Liz Langley
    So when our friend Doug Rhodehamel wondered, “What’s the largest insect that ever lived?” Weird Animal Question of the Week went hunting for giants, past and present. We found some ancient behemoths, some lovely ones, and some that could pass for Halloween decorations. A Big Bug’s Life Imagine a dragonfly so big its wings could block your 27-inch TV screen. The largest insect fossils ever found are griffinflies and giant dragonflies, says Matthew Clapham, a paleobiologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Subtle anatomical differences separated the two groups. With wingspans that could reach 27 inches, the largest known...
  • Sen. Schumer wants cameras in all New York City-area trains

    10/09/2016 8:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2016 8:38 AM EDT
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says inward-facing cameras should be installed on all New York City metropolitan area railroad systems to avoid accidents such as the recent New Jersey Transit crash. The New York Democrat says cameras will help deter bad behavior, improve safety and help investigators determine crash causes. …
  • Tanks, jet skis, explosions - and a new goatee beard: Clarkson, Hammond and May tease [tr]

    10/07/2016 9:44:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 7, 2016 | Abe Hawken
    The first full trailer for The Grand Tour was released today and the new programme which features the former Top Gear stars is set to be their most thrilling show to date. Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, 56, Richard Hammond, 46, and James May, 53, all left the BBC show last year and started filming the upcoming series on Amazon Prime. The pulsating trailer shares similarities with a Hollywood blockbuster and shows a tank blowing up a car, a tense helicopter chase and Clarkson speeding past on a jet ski. And it seems the trio - who agreed to make the new...
  • Disney World closes down for only the FOURTH time in its 45-year history as Hurricane Matthew [tr]

    10/07/2016 9:27:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 7, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    Walt Disney World has shuttered up for the fourth time in its history as Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Sunshine State. As the storm approached Florida on Thursday night, the park and several of its entities in Orlando also shut their doors. Since the park opened in 1971 it has only closed three other times - all for hurricanes.
  • Overheated Samsung device blamed in Southwest plane evacuation (video at source)

    10/05/2016 6:33:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    WLKY - TV ^ | October 5, 2016 | By Emily Maher
    Smoke reported in cabin at gate LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Samsung smartphone exploded Wednesday on a Southwest Airlines plane at Louisville International Airport, forcing dozens to be evacuated. "I looked around to see what that popping noise was and there was just smoke billowing, pouring out of my pocket. I pulled it out of my pocket and threw it on the ground real quick and it continued to smoke for about 4 or 5 seconds heavily, and then that kind of filled up two or three rows in front and behind us in the cabin," the phone's owner Brian Green,...
  • French state orders 15 high-speed trains to save factory

    10/04/2016 2:00:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 04 Oct 2016 11:12 GMT+02:00
    The French government has confirmed that it will order 15 high-speed TGV trains in a bid to prevent the historic Alstom train-building plant from closing. The announcement was made by France’s secretary of state for industry Christophe Sirugue on a visit to the Alstom factory in Belfort, eastern France. Normally, the state-owned rail operator SNCF would be in charge of ordering new trains, but given the plight of the Belfort factory and the small matter of a looming presidential election, the government has chosen to act on its own. …
  • People in Switzerland ‘fly too much’ says environment body

    10/01/2016 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:00 GMT+02:00
    People in Switzerland travel by plane twice as much as their neighbors and should cut down on flights to help the environment, according to a spokesperson for the Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Pierrette Rey was speaking at a summit of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, where representatives of 191 countries gathered to agree an initiative aimed at controlling emissions and carbon offsetting in the airline industry. So far 63 countries have opted to join the plan, WWF said. But according to Rey, WWF fears the voluntary agreement won’t do enough to protect the environment and...
  • Paris motorists to fund city's public transport system [France]

    10/01/2016 4:54:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:04 GMT+02:00
    Motorists in the Île-de-France will be hit by a tax rise in order to finance the region's public transport, the government has confirmed. France’s finance bill, presented on Wednesday, authorizes the region to increase the regional fuel tax (TICPE) to up to 1.65 cents per liter on diesel, and 1.77 cents per liter on gas. This will make fuel taxes in Île-de-France the highest in the country. […] “We have no choice,” said a spokesperson for Valérie Pécresse, president of the region. “We have to do it; the accounts of the regional transport authority cannot be unbalanced.” …
  • Nvidia’s Driverless Car Learns From Observing Human

    10/01/2016 11:35:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Geek.com ^ | 09.30.2016 | LEE MATHEWS
    This might sound like a really terrible idea, but let’s give Nvidia the benefit of the doubt for now. They’re letting their AI-driven car learn solely by watching humans drive. Nvidia calls their prototype vehicle BB8, and while that name might be more befitting, say, a Volkswagen Beetle, it’s actually a Lincoln MKZ. Apparently even AI drivers want to feel like Matthew McConaughey diving backward into a rooftop pool when they’re out cruising around. While you can pick up a Lincoln that’s loaded with near-autonomous driving features, Nvidia shut them all down in their test vehicle. They wanted the car...