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  • Watch Blue Origin Give a Mannequin a Ride Into Space

    12/16/2017 3:29:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Outer Places ^ | 16 December 2017 - 12:35PM | Jonathan Kesh Saturday,
    The company's ultimate goal is to become part of the space tourism industry, which most science fiction from the last century assumed we'd have going by now. Blue Origin isn't planning to actually send tourists into space until 2019, but the fact that Mannequin Skywalker returned safely is a great sign. Had it returned in multiple pieces, that 2019 window probably wouldn't be doable anymore. The enormous windows on the capsule are a reflection of Blue Origin's rather unique goal. Unlike SpaceX, which wants to send astronauts to Mars for a possible colony, or Boeing, which is mostly content helping NASA on their rockets, Blue Origin is interested in sending civilians...
  • World’s steepest funicular line opening in Switzerland

    12/15/2017 11:05:11 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 57 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 15, 2017 | | By Reuters
    ZURICH – Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world’s steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts. Swiss President Doris Leuthard will officially open the $52.6 million project running from Schywz to the mountain village of Stoos, which lies 4,300 feet above sea level in central Switzerland. The barrel-shaped carriages adjust their floors so passengers can still stand upright even as they climb towards the Alpine plateau at inclines of up to 110 percent.
  • NASA Confirms That ‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be Screened in the International Space Station

    12/14/2017 11:52:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NME ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Will Buler
    In our galaxy, quite far away NASA have confirmed that astronauts onboard the International Space Station won’t have to miss ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ as a copy is being sent up to the ISS. The second part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy is out today (December 14) and its reach won’t even miss the astronauts orbiting a few hundred miles above the surface of the Earth. NASA have confirmed to Inverse that a copy of the movie will be transported to the space station in the near future. NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot said: “[I] can confirm...
  • Secret of the Great Pyramid...hidden chamber is set to be revealed by an inflatable robotic blimp...

    12/14/2017 7:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Thursday, December 14th 2017 | Harry Pettit
    The device enters rooms and chambers through a 3.5 centimetre hole drilled through a wall by researchers outside. It is made up of two robots, a tubular machine equipped with a high definition camera and a probe that explores the structure via a small, inflatable blimp. After the first robot has taken a series of reconnaissance images, the drone is pushed through the drilled hole before inflating itself within the chamber. Packed with an array of sensors and cameras, the remote-controlled device collects data and takes photos or video without causing damage to the fragile building. After it has completed...
  • Volkswagen used to love diesel. Not anymore

    12/14/2017 2:07:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    money.cnn.com/ ^ | 12/11/2017 | by Alanna Petroff
    The chief executive of Volkswagen says Germany should reduce subsidies for diesel cars and ban heavily polluting vehicles from its city centers. "We should question the logic and purpose of diesel subsidies," said CEO Matthias Mueller. "There should be a gradual shift in the tax incentives, the money can be invested more sensibly to promote more environmentally friendly technologies." Mueller's comments, made during an interview with the newspaper Handelsblatt, underscore the German automaker's dramatic shift away from diesel after it was caught rigging emissions tests. The scandal, which erupted in 2015, has exposed the company to charges that its dirty...
  • Asia's tallest wooden pagoda' burns to the ground after huge fire engulfed the 16-storey tower

    12/13/2017 11:53:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/11/2017 | By Tracy You
    The Lingguan Tower in China was completed destroyed by flames yesterday Fire started from a hall below the pagoda and quickly spread to the structure Two other buildings in Nine Dragons Monastery were also reduced to rubble No casualties was reported and authority is investigating the cause of the fire A huge fire yesterday reduced a 16-storey Buddhist pagoda to rubble in China. The Lingguan Tower, billed as 'Asia's tallest wooden pagoda', burnt to the ground after being engulfed in the flames for about four hours. The fire reportedly started from a hall underneath the pagoda and quickly spread to...
  • Woman Threatens to Kill Passengers on Southwest Airlines Flight From Portland to Sacramento

    12/12/2017 11:56:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Brendan Weber
    A Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday took a startling turn when an agitated woman started shouting that she was going to "kill everybody on this (expletive) plane." The frightful incident, which was captured on video, started after the 24-year-old woman, who has been identified as Valerie Curbelo, was found to have broken federal laws by tampering with a smoke detector and smoking in one of the plane's lavatories, according to Southwest Airlines. Curbelo was later seen on video gathering her belongings before yelling at a flight attendant, saying, "I have a destination for this. I have...
  • RIP: Bruce Brown, 1937-2017: Iconic California surf filmmaker passes away (The Endless Summer)

    12/11/2017 8:08:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Surfline ^ | December 11, 2017 | Drew Kampion
    Bruce Brown, longtime surf filmmaker and director of the seminal “Endless Summer” just passed at 80 years old. Drew Kampion wrote the following for our Surfing A-Z entry on Brown: Prior to 1964, the media saw surfers as rebellious thugs, and Hollywood made them out to be a bunch of idiots. Filmmaker Bruce Brown single-handedly changed that with The Endless Summer. It portrayed the wave as a kind of Holy Grail and surfers as knights on a quest. In one stroke, he replaced Hollywood's buffoonery with the popular mythology that endures today.
  • Woman threw a tantrum after they wouldn't give her more champagne on a plane, and had to pay[tr]

    12/11/2017 5:36:47 AM PST · by simpson96 · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/10/2017 | Staff
    BERLIN (AP) — German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne. Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her more sparkling wine on the flight from Moscow late Saturday. Police said in a statement Sunday that the woman, who wasn't named, was escorted off the Airbus A320 and ordered to pay a security of 5,000 euros ($5,871). They said the 43 passengers on board...
  • SNOW-MAGEDDON! Britain is paralysed [trunc.]

    12/11/2017 2:13:18 AM PST · by jjotto · 47 replies
    [UK] Daily Mail ^ | 11 December 2017 | Mark Duell and Martin Robinson
    SNOW-MAGEDDON! Britain paralysed with 50,000 BA passengers stranded, hundreds of schools shut and dangerous icy roads on 'Black Monday' - after lows of -12.2C overnight with WORSE still to come. 'Black Monday' with more snow due and swathes of ice on the roads as temperatures dropped to -8C, Schools across the UK have been shut today after the country was hit by a so-called 'snowbomb' yesterday. Thousands of homes were left without power and Brits faced travel chaos as trains and flights were cancelled. In particular, Birmingham will grind to a halt on Monday after all of its schools will...
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bay Bridge that never was

    12/10/2017 1:01:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Curbed San Francisco ^ | December 8, 2017 | Brock Keeling and Alex Bevk
    Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2012 and has been updated with the most recent information. After the construction of the Bay Bridge in 1933, San Francisco began considering duplicating the bridge and running a second one further south across the bay. Enter Frank Lloyd Wright, a little-known architect whose idea and design for a second Bay Bridge never came to fruition. The noted architect hated the idea of a second steel structure similar to the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Partnering with engineer Jaroslav J. Polivka, Wright proposed a concrete "Butterfly Bridge,” spanning from Army Street (now...
  • Waymo Engineer Issues Most Infuriating Car-related Tweet We’ve Ever Read

    12/09/2017 4:39:03 AM PST · by jjotto · 25 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | December 4, 2017 | Matt Posky
    The internet is a black hole filled with an endless stream of stupid thoughts and bad ideas. While it’s usually best to ignore it, every so often something breaks through the obnoxious drone of social media that is so egregious, you couldn’t possibly turn a blind eye if you wanted to. We are obligated to present to you a recent tweet from Vahid Kazemi, a software engineer for Google’s self-driving arm Waymo, and describe how it made us feel. Kazemi begins his digital announcement stating that he’s driving in Los Angeles. While that isn’t a crime in itself, it is...
  • Truck carrying vodka bottles overturns on I-95 ramp in Pennsylvania

    12/08/2017 10:39:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    abc7ny.com ^ | Friday, December 08, 2017 10:33AM | Staff
    CORNWELLS HEIGHTS, Pennsylvania -- An overturned tractor-trailer carrying bottles of vodka caused the closure of a busy I-95 ramp in Pennsylvania Thursday morning. The incident happened around 4:45 a.m. on the border of Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County in Cornwells Heights. Boxes of vodka aboard a tractor-trailer that crashed on Woodhaven Road on December 7, 2017. (@GormansGrowl) =============================================================================================== The ramp from Woodhaven Road eastbound to I-95 southbound was blocked, with the truck flipped on its side. Boxes of vodka aboard a tractor-trailer that crashed on Woodhaven Road on December 7, 2017. (@GormansGrowl) ======================================================================================= The truck was carrying boxes of bottles...
  • Australian gets 11 months' jail, 3 strokes of the cane for molesting 2 women at 2 Boat Quay bars

    12/07/2017 1:25:33 PM PST · by csvset · 43 replies
    Straights Times ^ | 6 Dec 2017 | Elena Chong
    SINGAPORE - An Australian man who molested two women in separate incidents within a span of two hours faces a jail term and caning. Wade James Burridge, 34, a director of his own company that deals in race horses, was convicted of two charges of outrage of modesty. He was sentenced to 11 months' jail and three strokes of the cane on Wednesday (Dec 6). Burridge is filing an appeal and is out on $40,000 bail. He was convicted on Oct 25 after a six-day trial. The court heard he touched the private parts of a 46-year-old events consultant at...
  • Sign Telling Drivers 'Stop Texting and Driving' Has its Own Damage

    12/06/2017 10:03:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    KOB4 ^ | December 06, 2017 | Joseph Lynch
    One northwest Albuquerque homeowner is fed up with people who are distracted by their phones while they’re behind the wheel. Their wall makes that clear. There is a message along with some serious damage. Drivers heading down the hill on Golf Course near La Orilla in Northwest Albuquerque will spot this message: "Stop texting and driving." Sign telling drivers 'stop texting and driving' has its own damage There were about half a dozen signs of impact along that stretch of Golf Course Road, including one in that sign. There was even a chunk of someone’s tail light embedded into the...
  • The Many Ways in Which Cars Were Stupendously Unsafe 60 Years Ago

    12/06/2017 7:49:25 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 214 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | DECEMBER 5, 2017 | JOHN PEARLEY HUFFMAN
    Unpadded metal surfaces, blunt knobs and rods, steering columns that impale—and seatbelts weren’t even on the options list. We may think highly of the 1955 Chevrolet, but like all cars of the era, it didn’t think much of its passengers; here we use it as a lens through which to view the state of automobile safety of the time. Yes, 62 years later, things have become much safer.
  • Finland Celebrates 100 Years of Independence

    12/06/2017 6:52:14 PM PST · by Finnwolf · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 6, 2017 | Business Insider Nordic
    On Wednesday December 6, Finland celebrates one hundred years of independence. Major festivities will make note of Finland's journey since 1917 – when the Finnish parliament proclaimed independence amid the Bolshevik revolution in Russia – from a poor provincial backwater to a global leader in technology, education and design, and a "social demographic triumph"as The Guardian put it.
  • ‘Drunk’ Driver Had No Idea Transit Sign Was Stuck in Her Car

    12/06/2017 2:08:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 6, 2017
    Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday on Route 46 in South Hackensack when police noticed something odd. Police say the woman had a New Jersey Transit sign protruding through the roof of her car.
  • Mid-Air Scare For Turkish Airlines Passengers After Someone Named Wi-Fi Hotspot 'Bomb On Board'

    12/03/2017 8:42:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    India Times ^ | 12/03/2017
    "Experts said the wi-fi network in question was created on board. No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted," Individuals can create personal wi-fi networks on devices such as mobile phones and name them what they want. The airline said all 100 passengers were brought back on board the flight but did not say whether authorities had identified the passenger who had created the wi-fi network.
  • New York financier killed in Costa Rica shark attack

    12/03/2017 7:59:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    uk telegraph ^ | Julie Allen
    A New York financier has been killed in a shark attack while scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica, the country's Environment Ministry announced. Rohina Bhandari, 49, a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LL, was identified by friends as the American tourist who was fatally attacked last Thursday. She was dragged from the Pacific Ocean after sustaining severe bites to her legs but could not be saved. Her 26-year-old diving instructor was also badly injured.