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  • Reclaim your privacy by disabling your cellphone carrier’s data tracking

    05/22/2024 5:40:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/22/24 | Kurt Knutsson
    We've all heard before that our cellphones are listening to us and monitoring our every move. While this has been debunked (or, at least, explained), the fact of the matter is that data tracking is standard practice by the most popular mobile carriers these days. **SNIP** If you don't want your mobile carrier to have so much overarching access to your data, there are ways you can stop them. The problem is that most mobile carriers aren't going to broadcast this information because it's beneficial for them to maintain this access. However, that's why we're here to help. Managing your...
  • China's 8-cylinder, 2-liter megatourer heralds a global motorcycle conquest

    05/22/2024 11:04:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 20, 2024 | Mike Hanlon
    Souo's first motorcycle has a 4-valve, DOHC, 8-cylinder, 2000cc engine - that's two 1000cc four-cylinder engines joined together. All the liter sports bikes now produce more than 200 horsepower, so we expect that 400 hp would be relatively easily achievable should Souo desire to make a further splash when the horsepower figures are announced.Souo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We love an adventurous startup, but GWM's new "clean sheet" motorcycle company announced last Friday really does look ominous in its potential to disrupt the established motorcycle industry order. The privately-owned Chinese "Great Wall Motor Company" (GWM) started making cars in 1984, yet it has...
  • Cruise ship offers retirees a lifetime ticket for flat fee to travel the world - while helping them beat 'inflation' ($299k, $499,999 double occupancy)

    05/21/2024 5:51:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/20/24 | Emma Richter
    A cruise line has offered the adventure of a lifetime for retirees to explore the world in luxury and give them a chance to beat inflation. Villa Vie Residences has launched their Endless Horizons program, which allows passengers to set sail on the Villa Vie Odyssey ship and take off on a seven-continent adventure on May 30. The luxury cruise liner requires a one time payment of $299,999 for a single room and $499,999 for a double occupancy cabin. 'One aspect most people nearing retirement age are concerned about is ongoing living expenses and the possibility of outliving their savings,'...
  • ‘Oh my God, it’s Scottie Scheffler’: Eyewitness reveals new arrest details

    05/21/2024 10:52:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies ^ | May 19, 2024 | ALAN BASTABLE
    At approximately 5:30 a.m. on a bleak and drizzly Friday in downtown Louisville, Ky., a black SUV pulled away from the four-story AC Hotel on East Market Street. Its destination: Valhalla Golf Club, about 17 miles due east. At the wheel was an ESPN production runner who was shuttling four on-air personalities — reporter Jeff Darlington; analyst and former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy; and play-by-play announcers Dave Fleming and Bob Wischusen — to the property to cover the 106th PGA Championship. Most of what is typically a 30-minute drive was traffic-free, but that changed as the SUV neared the...
  • Explore Rome's Best Underground Site [10:38]

    05/21/2024 10:43:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 26, 2024 | Darius Arya Digs
    Explore subterranean Rome! This ancient site in Rome is a sort of time elevator! Descend with Darius underneath the medieval church of San Clemente to discover the early Christian church and below that the imperial level remains of a domus (house) with a mithraeum and a next door horreum (warehouse), and much more!0:00 Introduction and overview1:55 Imperial house (with Mithraeum) and warehouse5:18 Late Antique house and early Christian church8:21 The 12C church that stands todayExplore Rome's Best Underground Site | 10:38Darius Arya Digs | 26.2K subscribers | 35,050 views | February 26, 2024
  • 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...
  • Frontier Airlines passenger forces entire flight to deboard after refusing to comply with exit row instructions

    05/20/2024 1:32:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 129 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 20, 2024 | Emma Richter
    A Frontier Airlines passenger forced an entire flight to deboard after she refused to comply with exit row instructions. Video of the incident posted to social media shows the unidentified woman visibly angry with airline employees as fellow passengers pleaded with her to get off the plane.
  • '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...
  • How Toyota’s Tacoma became king of the U.S. midsize truck market

    05/20/2024 10:08:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/18/2024 | Robert Ferris
    The American pickup truck market is dominated by domestic brands, primarily Ford , Chevrolet , GMC and Ram . U.S. brands benefit from a loyal buyer base, and a 25% tax on imported trucks. But the Toyota Tacoma shows how a foreign automaker can find and control a niche within that market. The top-selling full-size pickup line is Ford’s F-Series, especially the F-150, which is also the bestselling vehicle in America, according to Edmunds. GM and Ram pickups trail Ford, which also has the top-selling compact pickup truck — the Maverick. But U.S. automakers have wavered in their commitment to...
  • The Man Who Killed Richard III [Tubi, 48 min]

    05/19/2024 4:46:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Tubi ^ | 2015 | Starring:Elin Rhys, Directed by:W. Dyfrig Davies
    This is a story of conspiracy and betrayal, of a lust for power and a lost allegiance; the story of the man who killed King Richard III. In this documentary we set out to prove that the Welshman Sir Rhys ap Thomas, master of Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire, killed King Richard III, changing the course of British history. We uncover what drove him Rhys ap Thomas to betray not only his master but a King – and we reveal his remarkable story; from a childhood embroiled in the War of the Roses and exile to the continent, to a determined...
  • Ancient Mycobacterium leprae genome reveals medieval English red squirrels as animal leprosy host

    05/19/2024 6:15:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Current Biology ^ | May 03, 2024 | Christian Urban et al
    Leprosy, one of the oldest recorded diseases in human history, remains prevalent in Asia, Africa, and South America, with over 200,000 cases every year.1,2 Although ancient DNA (aDNA) approaches on the major causative agent, Mycobacterium leprae, have elucidated the disease’s evolutionary history,3,4,5 the role of animal hosts and interspecies transmission in the past remains unexplored. Research has uncovered relationships between medieval strains isolated from archaeological human remains and modern animal hosts such as the red squirrel in England.6,7 However, the time frame, distribution, and direction of transmissions remains unknown. Here, we studied 25 human and 12 squirrel samples from two...
  • 1st Americans came over in 4 different waves from Siberia, linguist argues

    05/18/2024 10:30:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 3, 2024 | Kristina Killgrove
    Nearly half of the world's language families are found in the Americas. Although many of them are now thought extinct, historical linguistics analysis can survey and compare living languages and trace them back in time to better understand the groups that first populated the continent.In a study published March 30 in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology, Johanna Nichols, a historical linguist at the University of California Berkeley, analyzed structural features of 60 languages from across the U.S. and Canada, which revealed they come from two main language groups that entered North America in at least four distinct waves.Nichols surveyed...
  • Archaeology: Egyptian pyramids built along long-lost Ahramat branch of the Nile

    05/18/2024 1:53:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | May 16, 2024 | Scientific Reports (Dr. Amr Fhail and Dr. Mohamed Fathy)
    31 pyramids in Egypt, including the Giza pyramid complex, may originally have been built along a 64-km-long branch of the river Nile which has long since been buried beneath farmland and desert. The findings, reported in a paper in Communications Earth & Environment, could explain why these pyramids are concentrated in what is now a narrow, inhospitable desert strip...Sedimentary evidence suggests that the Nile used to have a much higher discharge, with the river splitting into several branches in places. Researchers have previously speculated that one of these branches may have flown by the pyramid fields, but this has not...
  • Spirit AeroSystems Will Lay Off 450 Workers Due To Boeing 737 MAX Slowdown

    05/17/2024 12:50:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Simple Flying ^ | May 17, 2024 | AARON SPRAY
    As the seemingly unending fallout from the Boeing 737 MAX series unfolds, supplier Spirit AeroSystems has announced it will lay off around 450 workers. The decision was prompted by the Boeing 737 MAX production slowdown following a door plug blowing off an Alaska Airlines-operated 737 MAX in January. The effects of Boeing's production delays are already costing airlines and could impact airline growth for years. The Department of Justice is considering a fraud prosecution against Boeing for allegedly violating the terms of its 2021 deferred prosecution agreement related to two previous 737 MAX accidents. Spirit will lay off hundreds of...
  • Taj Mahal Gets Competition As New White Marble Marvel Opens In Agra

    05/17/2024 11:07:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    NDTV - India ^ | May 17, 2024 | Staff
    The visitors often draw comparisons between the iconic Taj Mahal and the newly built mausoleum of the founder of the Radhasoami sect in Soami Bagh, located about 12 km away from the Taj Mahal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saomi Bagh in Agra is a new white marble structure in Agra that took 104 years to build ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A new white marble structure in Agra that took 104 years to build is daily drawing hordes of spiritually inclined tourists. The visitors often draw comparisons between the iconic Taj Mahal and the newly built mausoleum of the founder of the Radhasoami sect in Soami Bagh,...
  • Boeing Starliner launch delayed to Tuesday due to helium leak

    05/16/2024 12:40:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies
    Space Daily ^ | May 15, 2024 | Doug Cunningham
    Boeing's Starliner flight to the International Space Station was delayed again due to a helium leak. NASA, Boeing and the United Launch Alliance said in a statemen Tuesday that the launch date will now come no earlier than Tuesday at 4:43 p.m. EDT. "Starliner teams are working to resolve a small helium leak detected in the spacecraft's service module traced to a flange on a single reaction control system thruster. Helium is used in spacecraft thruster systems to allow the thrusters to fire and is not combustible or toxic," they said. Boeing's statement said that it is working with NASA...
  • European Car Makers Hitting the Brakes on Electric Vehicles

    05/16/2024 11:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    InfoWars ^ | May 16th 2024, 6:11 am | Bridget Ryder | The European Conservative
    Car manufacturers are slowing their transition to producing electric vehicles (EVs), because of low customer demand and production problems. Mercedes-Benz announced to investors in March of this year that it is going back on its pledge to sell only fully electric cars by 2030. Instead, investors were told that the company plans to continue to make gasoline-powered cars well into the next decade. Fully electric cars and hybrids will account for only up to half of its sales by 2030. It appears that carmakers are suffering after committing wholeheartedly to the ideological fad of EVs, rather than introducing them as...
  • Single-seater electric micro-car takes aim at big city congestion

    05/16/2024 9:16:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 85 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 16, 2024 | Paul Ridden
    The Zigy electric quadricycle for one is a concept study at the moment, but its designers are seeking industry partners to move to prototyping - Andrea Mocellin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The design collaboration that brought us the Revolve wheelchair in 2021 has now turned its attention to the problem of inner-city mobility. Noting that many SUV-sized vehicles around town only have a single occupant, the team has designed a compact EV for one. The collaboration in question is between German mobility designer Andrea Mocellin and engineering consultancy Dexet Technologies. The Zigy concept was inspired by the narrow and congested roads of London,...
  • Hawaii bracing for an atmospheric river, flooding rainfall

    05/16/2024 9:15:59 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 23 replies
    accuweather ^ | 05/16/2024 | Alex Sosnowski
    Another out-of-season storm is brewing near Hawaii and is likely to deliver much heavier rain than the first, as an atmospheric river will become involved, AccuWeather meteorologists warn. A storm locally called a Kona Low, which is a storm in the middle levels of the atmosphere, brought rounds of rain to parts of the islands from late last week to Mother's Day weekend. Up to several inches of rain brought localized flooding to Oahu and Kauai. Earlier this spring, another Kona Low brought tremendous rainfall and flooding to part of the island chain. In a matter of hours, the storm...
  • New analysis revises earliest Homo sapiens presence in East Asia

    05/15/2024 9:47:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Cosmos magazine ^ | May 2, 2024 | Evrim Yazgin
    Some of China's oldest Homo sapiens remains are about 10 times younger than previously thought.Skeletal remains of a modern human discovered in 1958 were found in southern China's Liujiang District. It was previously thought that the remains were up to 227,000 years old. It is thought modern humans began their trek out of Africa about 300,000 years ago.Now a re-analysis of the bones published in Nature Communications has revised the estimate age of the Chinese remains to between 33,000 and 23,000 years ago."These revised age estimates align with dates from other human fossils in northern China, suggesting a geographically widespread...