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  • EVs Twice As Likely To Hit Pedestrians As Gasoline Vehicles

    05/27/2024 7:26:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Oil price ^ | May 23, 2024 | Alex Kimani
    The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found that pedestrians are twice as likely to be hit by an electric or hybrid car than by a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle. The scientists have hypothesized that the relatively quiet operations of an electric vehicle as well as high pedestrian density in noisy urban areas could be major reasons. The study uncovered a pedestrian casualty rate of 5.16 per 100 million miles driven for electric and hybrid vehicles, more than double the 2.4 per 100 million miles recorded for traditional gasoline-powered cars.
  • ‘General Hospital’ actor Johnny Wactor, 37, shot dead in downtown LA

    05/26/2024 4:12:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/26/24 | David Propper
    A “General Hospital” actor was identified Sunday as a man shot and killed during an attempted catalytic converter theft in downtown Los Angles. Johnny Wactor, 37, was shot Saturday, his mother, Scarlett, told TMZ Sunday. He appeared as Brando Corbin in 164 episodes of the long-running soap opera between 2020 and 2022, KTLA reported. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
  • Memorial Day cookouts cost more this year as price of one BBQ staple jumps a staggering 50 percent in one year

    05/24/2024 11:28:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/24/24 | Jasmine Baehr
    Your Memorial Day barbecue will cost upward of 10 percent more than it did this time last year according to Datasembly. Datasembly follows the cost of groceries across the country every week. Its recently released data points to this year's Memorial Day festivities costing the average American family about $30.18 or 10.19% more than 2023. Here is a breakdown of Memorial Day cookout costs, according to Datasembly: Burgers jumped from $7.04 in 2023 to $8.07 in 2024, or a change of 14.63% in cost. Hamburger buns cost two cents more, from $3.04 on average to $3.06. Ketchup costs 10 cents...
  • Legendary U.S. World War II submarine located 3,000 feet underwater off the Philippines

    05/24/2024 2:26:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | May 24, 2024 | Stephen Smith
    The final resting place of an iconic U.S. Navy submarine that was sunk 80 years ago during World War II was located 3,000 feet below the ocean's surface, the Naval History and Heritage Command said Thursday. The USS Harder – which earned the nickname "Hit 'em HARDER" – was found off the Philippine island of Luzon, sitting upright and "relatively intact" except for damage behind its conning tower from a Japanese depth charge, the command said. The sub was discovered using data collected by Tim Taylor, CEO of the Lost 52 Project, which works to locate the 52 submarines sunk...
  • WATCH: Herd of bison charges tourists who get too close at national park

    05/24/2024 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 41 replies
    Denver Gazette ^ | May 20, 2024 | Piper Russell
    A video that was recently published online shows a herd of bison charge at a group of tourists in Yellowstone National Park, according to an article from USA Today. In the video, captured by Adella Gonzalez last Wednesday, a herd of bison walks across a pathway and back into the grass. A group of people then move closer to the bison and cross "mere feet in front of the herd." The bison herd then charges the tourists, who notice and manage to move out of the way in time, allowing the bison to continue running their intended path. According to...
  • Grand Teton Mauling Ends When Grizzly Chomps On Can Of Bear Spray

    05/24/2024 7:05:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Cowboy State Daily ^ | 5-22-24 | Mark Heinz
    The man attacked and mauled by a grizzly in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday was amazingly lucky During the attack, the grizzly chomped down on his can of bear spray, which exploded it into her face and immediately ended the ordeal The out-of-state man who was mauled by a mother grizzly in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park on Sunday apparently had a phenomenal stroke of luck when the apex predator essentially bear-sprayed itself. The attack on a 35-year-old Massachusetts man ended when the grizzly bit into his can of bear spray, bursting it into her own face, according to...
  • California testing car tracking as possible gas tax replacement

    05/24/2024 6:37:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/24/24 | Daniella Genovese
    States are seeking out ways to recoup losses from lost gas tax revenue. California, which relies on gas tax and other fuel tax revenues to support its roadway maintenance, is piloting the idea of a "road charge," which would charge drivers based on the number of miles they drive rather than how much gas they purchase. The pilot program was initiated due to the fact that the collection of gas tax revenue is estimated to decrease in the coming years, according to the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA). CalSTA officials told FOX Business that a bill, signed in 2021, established...
  • Nearly 8-foot alligator spotted cruising along Rio Grande River.....Another alligator sighting in Eagle Pass.

    05/23/2024 11:10:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies ^ | May 22, 2024 | Priscilla Aguirre, Reporter
    An alligator was spotted in the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass on Monday, May 20. Eagle Pass Fire Department ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Another alligator was spotted along the Rio Grande River. This time, Texas officials encountered the 7 to 8-foot alligator during a training session on the river in Eagle Pass on Monday, May 20, according to a Facebook post from the Eagle Pass Fire Department. The fire department stated the large alligator serves as a friendly reminder that the local wildlife isn't as friendly as the fire team.The department wrote, "Be cautious around the river banks." VIDEO AT LINK.................. During...
  • 10-foot alligator 'made himself right at home' in New Smyrna Beach pool: 'Florida things!'

    05/23/2024 11:04:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | May 22, 2024 | Dani Medina
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - A 10-foot alligator was caught making himself at home inside the pool of a home in New Smyrna Beach, according to police. The alligator was spotted overnight Tuesday in the Venetian Bay neighborhood, according to the New Smyrna Beach Police Department. Police said the gator broke through the screen to get inside the pool area. Two officers with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department snapped a selfie with the big fella before contacting a trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who safely removed the gator from the pool. An alligator was removed...

    05/22/2024 1:09:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    Futurism ^ | May 20, 2024 | SHARON ADARLO
    How far would you go to avoid a rash from a common pest on hikes? Well, one reporter for The Wall Street Journal has gone as far as to blend poison oak into smoothies and mix them into his salad bowl — all in a bid to develop an immunity towards the chemical irritants found in the plant's leaves. Jeff Horwitz, who usually reports on technology, wrote about his slightly mad mission for a feature article in the Saturday newspaper. "I started eating poison oak in January, when the first buds began to swell on the hazardous plant’s bare stems,"...
  • Astronomers find long-missing dwarf galaxies — too many of them...Apparent overabundance means theories of how galaxies took shape in the early universe may need adjusting

    05/22/2024 12:04:05 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Science.ORG ^ | May 22, 2024 | JONATHAN O’CALLAGHAN
    Two dwarf galaxies (top and bottom) orbit the much larger Andromeda galaxy. DAVID DAYAG/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When astronomers fret about the “missing satellites problem,” they’re not talking about spacecraft in Earth orbit. Their problem is much bigger: For decades, far fewer dwarf galaxies have been seen orbiting the Milky Way and other large galaxies than predicted by models of galaxy formation. But now, two groups of astronomers have found evidence for not just a sufficient number of satellite galaxies to satisfy the simulations—but too many. “Maybe we’ve oversolved the problem,” says Marcel Pawlowski, an astronomer at the Leibniz Institute for...
  • 'Hidden Gem' Dinosaur Skin Fossil Reveals Surprises About Feather Evolution

    05/22/2024 11:16:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 22, 2024 | ByZIXIAO YANG & MARIA MCNAMARA
    The studied Psittacosaurus under natural (upper half) and UV light (lower half). (Zixiao Yang, Author provided) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Strong but light, beautiful and precisely structured, feathers are the most complex skin appendage that ever evolved in vertebrates. Despite the fact humans have been playing with feathers since prehistory, there's still a lot we don't understand about them. Our new study found that some of the first animals with feathers also had scaly skin like reptiles. Following the debut of the first feathered dinosaur, Sinosauropteryx prima, in 1996, a surge of discoveries has painted an ever more interesting picture of feather evolution....
  • Albert the Alligator’s owner an emotional wreck after NY takes 750-pound live-in pet away: ‘I don’t sleep’

    05/22/2024 5:25:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 19, 2024 | Alex Oliveira
    Taking away his best friend was a cold-blooded thing to do. An upstate New York man who kept a 750-pound pet alligator in his house is an emotional wreck after government agents hauled his pal away – and he sees the same heartbreak in Albert’s scaly face. “I know his look, and that happy face that you see is not there no more,” an emotional and sleepless Tony Cavallaro told The Post. “He looks very lost and very distraught. Cavallaro raised Albert since he was a hatchling 34 years ago, an elaborate pen in his home to house the gator....
  • 12-foot gator relocated after visiting Air Force base twice

    05/21/2024 9:46:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | May 20, 2024 | Ben Hooper
    VIDEO AT LINK................... May 20 (UPI) -- A 12-foot alligator was relocated from Florida's MacDill Air Force Base after twice being found in restricted areas. The 12-foot, 4-inch gator was first spotted at the Tampa base in April, when it found its way to the runway and parked itself by the landing gear of a plane. The reptile was ejected, but put in a second appearance last week outside the Med Group facility. Base officials made arrangements for the alligator to be permanently relocated to Gatorama and Crocodile Adventures in Palmdale, a facility located about 155 miles away. Gatorama dubbed...
  • 70-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Is A New Species, And It's Got Ridiculously Tiny Arms

    05/21/2024 9:01:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    IFL Science ^ | May 21, 2024 | RACHAEL FUNNELL
    Welcome to the party, Koleken inakayali, we'll clap for you. La Colonia Formation continues to deliver the new dinosaur goods. Image credit: © Gabriel Díaz Yantén Behold, the tiny arms of a new species of abelisaurid dinosaur, Koleken inakayali. Retrieved from La Colonia Formation in Patagonia, it dates back 70 million years and has an impressively miniature set of arms. Think T. rex’s were mini? You ain’t seen nothing yet. The new tiny-armed species looks similar to the iconic “meat bull” Carnotaurus, made famous from Jurassic World and that love scene in Prehistoric Planet. Koleken is different, however, both in...
  • Archer Aviation partners with Etihad for eVTOL pilot training in Abu Dhabi

    05/21/2024 8:54:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Aerotime ^ | May 21, 2024 | Luke Peters
    Archer Aviation, one of the companies leading the global charge towards the certification and introduction of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Abu-Dhabi-based Etihad Training. The agreement, announced at the Future Aviation Forum being held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between May 20 and 22, 2024, lays the groundwork for a commercial partnership that aims to recruit and train prospective pilots for Archer’s Midnight aircraft that will be based in Abu Dhabi and operate across the UAE. Archer’s Midnight aircraft is a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed to perform rapid...
  • 'Absolute dinosaur' gator seen on Florida school path

    05/20/2024 12:23:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    UPI ^ | May 17, 2024 | Ben Hooper
    May 17 (UPI) -- Wildlife trappers were called to a Florida school where an "absolute dinosaur of an alligator" came wandering up a path. The Pinellas County Sheriff's office said deputies responded to a report of a a large alligator on a pathway used by kids who walk to and from a nearby elementary school. Deputies contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for help relocating the 12.5-foot gator. "PCSO remained in the area to keep the public from accidentally stumbling across this absolute dinosaur of an alligator until trappers contracted through FWC arrived," the Sheriff's Office said on...
  • This popular exercise could help you live longer and stop knee pain

    05/20/2024 10:43:32 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 75 replies
    NY Post ^ | 05/20/2024 | Amy Eisinger
    It’s the cycle of life. Lifelong bicyclers may live longer, have stronger immune systems and are less likely to experience knee pain or osteoarthritis, than people who don’t ride bikes. Although previous studies have already shown several benefits of cycling, new research now shows that people who cycle regularly have significantly less chance of developing osteoarthritis by the age of 65, according to NPR. The study, which was published last month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, surveyed 2,600 people with an average age of 64 about their lifetime exercise habits. All of the participants were at an...
  • New Zealand MP’s Son and Rising Rugby Star Dies Suddenly at 22

    05/19/2024 7:20:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May. 19, 2024 | Jim Hᴏft
    Brody Cameron, a rising star in New Zealand rugby and son of ACT Member of Parliament Mark Cameron, has died suddenly at the age of 22. The young athlete’s passing was announced by his father on Wednesday, five days after his untimely death. Mark Cameron expressed his profound grief on social media, stating, “Good speed my Son, my boy. I love you always, Dad. RIP.” ... The cause of Brody’s sudden death remains undisclosed, leaving many speculating and concerned about the circumstances that led to such a tragedy involving a young athlete in prime health. Brody Cameron was a celebrated...
  • What are Michigan's boating laws?

    05/18/2024 7:04:18 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 19 replies
    ClickOnDetroit Help Center ^ | May 2022 | Ken Haddad
    There is a reason that Michigan is among the leaders in the nation for registered boats. With four of the five great lakes surrounding us, 10,000 inland lakes and ponds, and a 35,000 mile web of rivers, streams, and wetlands, it is important to know the rules of the water road. Here is what we think you need to know if you’re heading out on the boat anytime soon. I’m no expert, but it seems like one of the most important things to know before you go is the size of your vessel. A vessel’s length class determines the equipment...