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  • British Horse Racing is ‘Too White’, Industry Told

    02/22/2018 6:32:05 AM PST · by goldendelicious · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-22-2018 | Virginia Hale
    Speaking at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards in London on Monday, British Horseracing Authority (BHA) chief Nick Rust said the sport needs to question whether it has a problem with “unconscious bias”. The betting industry bigwig slammed figures which showed that nine in 10 of the 265 nominations received for the awards, which mark the contributions of around 6,000 people who work in Britain’s horse racing and breeding industries, were from a white British or Irish background. “We need to look at what lies behind this and ensure far better representation across the various minority groups in future...
  • Liberal concealed carry versus conservative concealed carry

    02/22/2018 5:31:38 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 1 replies
    News | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Godless liberals conceal carry in order to kill someone who disagrees with them. Conservative concealed carry individuals carry guns to protect people around them no matter what their point of view is. One side has a good value system. The other does not. The proper use of weapons is all about values.
  • TRANSPARENT ALUMINUM - CLEAR METAL?!

    02/21/2018 8:01:36 PM PST · by goldendelicious · 38 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7-24-2017 | Tiffany Loverd
    Aluminium oxynitride or AlON is a ceramic composed of aluminium, oxygen and nitrogen. It is marketed under the name ALON by Surmet Corporation. AlON is optically transparent (≥80%) in the near-ultraviolet, visible and midwave-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is 4 times harder than fused silica glass, 85% as hard as sapphire, and nearly 15% harder than magnesium aluminate spinel. Since it has a cubic spinel structure, it can be fabricated to transparent windows, plates, domes, rods, tubes and other forms using conventional ceramic powder processing techniques. ALON is the hardest polycrystalline transparent ceramic available commercially. Combination of optical...
  • One Juvenile Arrested After Police Say Threats Caused Lockdown of Orono (MN) Schools

    02/21/2018 5:34:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/21/18 | Frank Rajkowski
    Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok said one juvenile was arrested at Orono High School Wednesday afternoon in connection to a pair of social media posts that caused a lockdown of Orono schools. Farniok said the juvenile arrested was one of two persons of interest who have been identified in the matter. He said both suspects, who were identified as students, were holed up in Orono High School during the lockdown. Police were informed around 10:57 a.m. Wednesday of a pair of threats made on social media threatening a shooting at Orono schools at noon. That led to a lockdown which...
  • How to test your smartphone's speed... And improve its performance.

    02/21/2018 9:56:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | 02/20/2018 | By David Nield
    Is your handset doing its best? Alvaro Reyes via Unsplash _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ After a year or two, your trusty smartphone may not race along at the same speed it used to. You might feel like it has slowed down a little, but before you go in for an upgrade, you should be more scientific about your hunch. To know for sure whether there's a drop-off, here's how to run some benchmarks and speed tests on your phone—and boost its performance if it falls short. Benchmark basics On personal computers, benchmarking has been around for years. Benchmarks are tests that measure the...
  • Dead Sea Scrolls deciphered: esoteric code reveals ancient priestly calendar

    02/21/2018 8:35:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    phys.org ^ | February 21, 2018 | by Charlotte Hempel, The Conversation
    Puzzle: fragments of 2,000-year-old scrolls before reassembly. Credit: Shay Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority, The Leon Levy Library of the Dead Sea Scrolls ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ About 1,000 Dead Sea Scrolls discovered just over 70 years ago near Khirbet Qumran on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea have been officially published since the turn of the millennium. But in the case of some, all that was left were poorly preserved remains of texts written in a cryptic script – and all that had been released to the world were photos of small pieces of manuscript, in a preliminary order. There have been...
  • Why is Jeff Bezos building a giant ‘millennial' clock inside a mountain? [$42M!]

    02/21/2018 7:18:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.techradar.com ^ | 21 Feb 2018 | By Jamie Carter
    The Long Now Foundation’s clock is a symbol for multi-generational thinking Jeff Bezos wants us all to be good ancestors. The Amazon supremo just tweeted that installation has begun on one of his pet projects of the last decade, the 10,000 Year Clock, also called the Clock of the Long Now. Designed to stay accurate for that huge time period, the giant clock will tick once a year, moving its century hand every 100 years, and send out a cuckoo once a millennia – just 10 times in its life. And it costs US$ 42 million. What is Bezos thinking?...
  • Student arrested with cell phone case that looked like gun

    02/21/2018 1:10:34 AM PST · by BBell · 16 replies
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/ ^ | 2/20/18 | David Harris
    A 15-year-old DeLand High School student was arrested Tuesday after he was caught with a cell phone case that looked like a gun, according to police. A student told school administrators that he saw with a pink backpack and what looked like a pink pistol in his pocket. The school was placed on lockdown and police started searching for the student. Officers found the student aft.er about 45 minutes and he was taken into custody.He told officers he ordered the cell phone case online for him and his girlfriend.
  • In a major change to Irish education, secondary school students no longer “have to” study religion

    02/20/2018 7:28:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 20, 2018 07:45 AM | Freya Drohan
    The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton has confirmed the change in a circular released today, stating that it is a constitutional right for students who chose not to participate in religion class to be offered an alternative, meaningful program. Community and ETB (Education and Training Board) schools will now offer students a different subject, should they opt out of studying religion. Previously, students who chose not to partake in religious education — which required parental consent and approval from the school principle (sic) — were forced to sit at the back of the class or in the library with no...
  • Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg swats down Donald Trump Jr. as 'immature, rude, and inhumane'

    02/20/2018 5:22:03 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 233 replies
    The Week ^ | February 20, 2018 | Jeva Lange
    Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg swats down Donald Trump Jr. as 'immature, rude, and inhumane' Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg, 18, blasted Donald Trump Jr. as "immature, rude, and inhumane" after the president's eldest son "liked" conspiracy theories on Twitter that allege Hogg had been fed talking points by his father, who is a former FBI agent. Hogg movingly called for Congress to act to stop gun violence last week, looking into CNN's cameras directly and insisting: "Without action, ideas stay ideas and children die." A number of pro-Trump websites, including One America News and Gateway Pundit, pushed the...
  • How Russian Kids Are Taught World War II

    02/20/2018 1:41:31 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 59 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 2017 | Ola Cichowlas
    Teaching history has never been easy in Russia, where archives are closed and transparent discussions about the country’s Soviet past are met with hostility. Even then, teaching World War II is more difficult: with every year that Putin is in power, Russia fails to confront its role in the war head on. In September 2016, three history textbooks were sanctioned by the Ministry of Education, all of which gloss over Stalin’s crimes and his initial alliance with Nazi Germany. “My main issue with the textbooks is that they do not reveal the whole truth,” says historian and teacher Leonid Katsva....
  • Researchers discover novel mechanism linking changes in mitochondria to cancer cell death

    02/20/2018 11:06:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | February 20, 2018 | by Deanna Csomo Mccool, University of Notre Dame
    Credit: University of Notre Dame ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ o stop the spread of cancer, cancer cells must die. Unfortunately, many types of cancer cells seem to use innate mechanisms that block cancer cell death, therefore allowing the cancer to metastasize. While seeking to further understand cancer cell death, researchers at the University of Notre Dame discovered that the activation of a specific enzyme may help suppress the spread of tumors. The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, demonstrate that the enzyme RIPK1 decreases the number of mitochondria in a cell. This loss of mitochondria leads to oxidative stress that can potentially...
  • Is the Yellowstone supervolcano close to erupting? Scientists detect more than 200 earthquakes

    02/20/2018 9:59:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 02/19/2018 | By Cheyenne Macdonald
    Latest swarm began Feb 8, about 8mi northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana As of February 18, the scientists say they've detected more than 200 quakes Still, experts say the activity is 'relatively weak,' and alert level remains normal A new swarm of earthquakes has cropped up at the Yellowstone supervolcano, with more than 200 small temblors detected in the last 10 days alone. According to experts with the US Geological Survey, the latest swarm began on February 8 in a region roughly eight miles northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana – and, it’s increased dramatically in the days since. But for...
  • Ancient Human Remains, Ice Age Animal Bones Found in Giant Mexican Cave

    02/20/2018 9:40:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.voanews.com ^ | February 20, 2018 10:19 | Staff
    FILE - A scuba diver measures the length of Sac Aktun underwater cave system as part of the Gran Acuifero Maya Project near Tulum, in Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Jan. 24, 2014. Herbert Mayrl/Courtesy Gran Acuifero Maya Project (GAM) handout. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ MEXICO CITY — Items discovered underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet Archaeologists exploring the world's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the Earth during the last Ice Age. A group...
  • e Tweet Email Print Sheriff Offers Free Gun Class for Teachers… Slots Fill in 20 Minutes

    02/19/2018 9:20:10 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 19 Feb, 2018 | Joe Setyon
    A sheriff in Ohio thinks one way to prevent mass shootings at schools is to arm teachers and make sure they know how to protect their students. One day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, which left 17 people dead, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones posted a video to Facebook explaining that “the current way we do things in the school system needs to be changed.” “We need to put armed personnel in schools,” he said in the video. “We need to look at metal detectors. This is not going to stop or go...
  • Guilford County middle school substitute teacher fired after video shows him body slamming a student

    02/19/2018 5:52:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    fox ^ | Feb 19, 2018 | Michael Polarchy,
    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A Western Guilford Middle School substitute teacher was fired this week after a video was posted to Facebook showing him body slamming a student (video posted below). The student’s mother posted the video of the incident on Facebook Friday. She wrote that the incident happened on Valentine’s Day, and that she wants “justice.” FOX8 spoke exclusively on Sunday with her son, Jose Escudero. Jose says it all started over a box of chocolates. The substitute teacher, he says, took them away and threw them in the sink.
  • The Little Rover That Could

    02/19/2018 1:57:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 17, 2018 | By Mary Beth Griggs
    We think you can, Opportunity. An artist's impression of the Opportunity rover on Mars. NASA _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NASA’s Opportunity rover is the longest surviving rover on Mars. On Saturday, February 17, it experienced its 5,000th dawn on a distant planet. It was only scheduled to see 90. But Opportunity's long journey started much earlier, at the height of the space race. With gratitude towards Watty Piper and his beloved Little Engine, we start our story in the early 1960s. NASA is working on multiple fronts, pushing humans toward the Moon for the first time, but also struggling to reach Mars and...
  • The 2nd ammendment is useless...

    02/19/2018 12:16:40 PM PST · by right way right · 24 replies
    myself | rightwayright
    Unless we use it.
  • Russian hoaxers ‘hijacked’ Mizzou protests to inflame racial tensions, says military researcher

    02/19/2018 9:08:48 AM PST · by BBell · 25 replies
    https://www.thecollegefix.com ^ | 2/19/18 | KAYLA SCHIERBECKER
    Twelve months before the U.S. presidential election, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jarred Prier got a taste of Russia’s covert efforts in American political affairs without recognizing the flavor.It was November 11, 2015. Prier was in Washington browsing Twitter for news about his alma mater, the University of Missouri, where racial protesters had just succeeded in ousting the university system’s president.#PrayForMizzou was trending. Backlash against the protesters had escalated fears of violence on campus. Intrigued, Prier began pouring over tweets supportive of Mizzou protesters. Activists on the ground were sharing minute-by-minute updates of campus, where encamped protesters had claimed the...
  • Econ-Talk; Russ Robert's talks with Jordan Peterson

    02/19/2018 8:34:54 AM PST · by Voption
    Jordan Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life, talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Topics covered include parenting, conversation, the role of literature in everyday life, and the relationship between sacrificial rites and trade.