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  • LAUSD Superintendent Scraps Controversial $1B iPad Program

    08/26/2014 8:42:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 26, 2014 6:05 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Unified School District is scrapping its controversial $1 billion iPad program. Superintendent John Deasy sent a letter Monday to the Board of Education notifying them that he is ending his contract with Apple, according to the LA Times. Recent emails revealed Deasy had a two-year business relationship with the technology giant prior to awarding Apple the district contract. United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents LAUSD teachers, is calling for Deasy to explain his association with Apple and the lack of a bidding process involving other tablet makers. “The superintendent does not...
  • Boeing Completes All CST-100 Commercial Crew CCiCAP Milestones on Time and on Budget for NASA...

    08/26/2014 5:34:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    Boeing is the first, and thus far only one of the three competitors to complete all their assigned milestone task requirements under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative funded under the auspices of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The CST-100 is a privately built, man rated capsule being developed with funding from NASA via the commercial crew initiative in a public/private partnership between NASA and private industry. The overriding goal is restart America’s capability to reliably launch our astronauts from US territory to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017.
  • Disney Eyes Drone Technology For Theme Park Parades, Firework Shows

    08/26/2014 3:26:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 26, 2014 3:02 PM
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Larger-than-life-sized Disney characters could one day take to the skies over the Happiest Place On Earth using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports the Walt Disney Company has applied for three patents that could replace the more traditional air- and gas-filled blimps and balloons at Disneyland. Disney engineers have signaled plans to develop “multi-drone aerial display” systems using floating pixels, floating projection screens, and marionettes, according to the Orange County Register. The “floating pixel” patent could be used to replace potentially dangerous firework shows with an aerial display that would use the night sky...
  • Police Advise ‘Alarming’ Lights In Sky Are Part Of Camp Pendleton Training Exercise

    08/26/2014 3:19:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 25, 2014 10:59 PM
    CAMP PENDLETON (CBSLA.com) — Residents across Orange County and as far away as Riverside County have called police to report alarming lights in the sky. It turns out the lights are part of a training exercise over Camp Pendleton, according to police, who added the lights may continue into the night Monday. Murrieta police have been flooded with calls. CalFire has even put out an alert for officers so they would know how to respond to people’s concerns. No information has been given on how the lights are being utilized by the base, only that they are involved in a...
  • Why was Stonehenge built? 'Groundbreaking' discovery of 15 new monuments suggests the answer...

    08/26/2014 10:21:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 13:41 EST, 22 August 2014 | Sarah Griffiths
    Archaeologist Vince Gaffney, of the University of Birmingham, is involved in the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project – a four-year collaboration with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria. The team has conducted the first detailed underground survey of the area surrounding Stonehenge, covering around four square miles (6km), journalist Ed Caesar reported for Smithsonian. They discovered evidence of 15 unknown and poorly-understood late Neolithic monuments, including other henges, barrows, pits and ditches, which could all harbour valuable information about the prehistoric site. ... Historians are not sure what purpose the Curcus served and Professor Gaffney...
  • Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter

    08/25/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. ... “This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda [?], and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said. ... “Truthy” claims to be non-partisan. However, the project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority. ... The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use...
  • Soldier dies after causing Army base lockdown, shooting self

    08/25/2014 5:49:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    foxnews ^ | August 25, 2014/
    A female soldier who sparked an "active shooter" alert on a Virginia military base on Monday died after shooting herself in the head, military sources said. ... The soldier, who has not yet been publicly identified, reportedly did not harm anybody else during her morning rampage in an office in a four-story building on the base, which is located about 45 km (28 miles) south or Richmond, Virginia. ... Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, the commanding general of the support command, said that the soldier was a sergeant 1st class who had been in the Army for 14 years and...
  • 5 Landing Site Candidates Selected for Rosetta’s Historic Philae Comet Lander

    08/25/2014 3:43:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    The ‘Top 5’ landing site candidates have been chosen for the Rosetta orbiters piggybacked Philae lander for humankind’s first attempt to land on a comet. See graphics above and below. The potential touchdown sites were announce today, Aug. 25, based on high resolution measurements collected by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft over the past two weeks since arriving at the bizarre and pockmarked Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Aug. 6, 2014. ... Their goal was to find a ‘technically feasible’ touchdown site that was both safe and scientifically interesting. “The site must balance the technical needs of the orbiter and lander during all phases...
  • No Inversion Is Not Unpatriotic. Yes We Need Corporate Tax Reform

    08/25/2014 8:43:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 8/25/2014 @ 11:05AM | Yevgeniy Feyman
    This has to do with two elements of the American tax system. For one, the U.S. has the highest statutory corporate tax rate in the OECD, a combined rate of about 39 percent when taking into account federal and state taxes. Effective tax rates are harder to come by, but a report from the Tax Foundation found that the U.S. had the highest marginal effective corporate tax rate among developed country groups. It can be profitable then for U.S. firms to move offshore to reduce tax liabilities. But there is another factor at play here as well. Most developed economies...
  • Libya capital under Islamist control after Tripoli airport seized

    08/24/2014 6:51:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    gulfnews.com ^ | 21:54 August 24, 2014 | Chris Stephen
    The victory, which secures Islamist control over Tripoli, was a culmination of weeks of fighting triggered by elections in July which Islamist parties lost. Rather than accept the result, Islamist leaders accused the new parliament of being dominated by supporters of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and have sought to restore the old national congress. “The general national congress will hold an emergency meeting in Tripoli to save the country,” said congress spokesman Omar Ahmidan. Libya’s official parliament, the House of Representatives, in the eastern city of Tobruk, denounced the attack as illegal, branding Dawn a “terrorist organisation” and announcing a...
  • Actor, director Richard Attenborough dies at 90, BBC reports

    08/24/2014 3:19:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    AP/ ^ | August 24, 2014, 5:18 PM
    <p>The actor's son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday. He had been in poor health for some time.</p> <p>Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement calling Attenborough "one of the greats of cinema."</p> <p>"His acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," Cameron said.</p>
  • A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

    08/23/2014 4:05:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    npr ^ | August 22, 2014 5:09 PM ET | Dan Charles
    The first food source that disappeared from markets was "bush meat," meat from forest animals. Some of those animals, like fruit bats, can actually carry Ebola, so governments have banned it. Other foods have become scarce as a side effect of efforts to keep the virus from spreading. David Mwesigwa, the FAO's acting representative in Sierra Leone, says that when governments stopped people from moving from country to country, or even from one town to another, it stopped traders from delivering food to the markets. "The primary impact has been on the mobility of most of the traders," he says....
  • Sierra Leone Makes Hiding Ebola Patients Illegal

    08/23/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    abc ^ | Aug 23, 2014, 3:58 PM ET | CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY ,Marc-Andre Boisvert,Jonathan Paye-Layleh
    Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak. The new law, passed Friday, imposes prison terms of up to two years for violators, said lawmaker Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai. It now goes for presidential approval. He said the measure was necessary to compel residents to cooperate with government officials, noting that some residents had resisted steps to combat Ebola and build isolation centers in their communities. A total of 2,615 infections...
  • Libyan Militia Accuses Egypt, UAE of Airstrikes

    08/23/2014 12:52:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    abc ^ | Aug 23, 2014, 3:16 PM ET | MARIAM RIZK
    Two unidentified airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 on Saturday. A senior militia leader accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates of being behind the attacks on their posts. The mysterious airstrikes Saturday were the second this week to target Islamist militia posts in the capital. They have fueled speculation that foreign powers are covertly intervening in Libya's militia violence because Libya's air force does not possess the guided ordinance apparently used in the strikes, while the country's army is reeling from weeks of intense fighting driven by polarized politics. The violence...
  • Man Killed In Lancaster [California] Bow-And-Arrow Attack

    08/23/2014 12:46:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 23, 2014 10:38 AM
    LANCASTER (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a man has died in an apparent bow-and-arrow attack in Lancaster. Lancaster Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 43000 block of 27th West around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived on scene, they found the victim with an arrow wound to the upper torso. The victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition but died hours later. Authorities said the incident is now being investigated as a homicide. One person has been taken into custody. It’s unclear what relationship existed between the suspect and victim. No further information was available.
  • SpaceX Rocket Prototype Explodes In Texas; ‘Rockets Are Tricky’, Musk Says

    08/22/2014 6:22:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | by Elizabeth Howell on
    No injuries are reported after a SpaceX rocket prototype detonated in Texas today (Aug. 22) after an anomaly was found in the rocket, the company said in a statement. The Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) — a successor to the Grasshopper vertical take-off and landing rocket — was completing the latest in a series of ambitious tests that previously saw the prototype successfully testing new steerable fins. “Today’s test was particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test,” SpaceX said in a statement (which you can read in full below the jump.) “As is our practice,...
  • NASA to send rats to space to test micro-gravity

    08/22/2014 3:29:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    indianexpress.com ^ | August 22, 2014 4:49 pm
    NASA is planning to send rats to the International Space Station (ISS) for a longer duration of up to three months to better understand the long-term effects of micro-gravity on living organisms. While rodents have flown on space shuttle flights in the past, those missions have only lasted a week or two. The new mission, however, could range between 30 and 90 days, depending on the availability of spacecraft to ferry them on the round-trip, ‘Space.com’ reported. “This will allow animals to be studied for longer period of time on space station missions,” said Julie Robinson, NASA’s chief scientist for...
  • Stolen Meteorite Found at a Tennis Court

    08/22/2014 1:48:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Jason Major on
    Here’s a bit of good news: the Serooskerken meteorite, which was stolen from the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands on Monday night, has been recovered. It was found in a bag left in some bushes alongside a tennis court and turned in to the police. It’s not quite “game, set, match” though; unfortunately the meteorite was broken during the theft. (See a photo here via Twitter follower Marieke Baan.) Still, the Sonnenborgh Museum director is glad to have the pieces back, which he said will remain useful for research and can still be exhibited.
  • UCLA Microbiologist Accused Of Making Bizarre Death Threat On Facebook

    08/22/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 21, 2014 10:34 PM | Rachel Kim
    A UCLA researcher is accused of making a death threat to a writer about an opinion article he wrote for the Harvard Crimson entitled “Troubles with Thai Studies.” “I swear that if I saw this (expletive) on the street I’d elbow his middle meningeal artery and leave him dead from epidural hematoma,” UCLA microbiologist Peera Hemarajata allegedly posted on Facebook. The bizarre threat was aimed at writer Ilya Garger who is in Hong Kong. Rachel Kim spoke with Garger Thursday via Skype. It’s a story that is Only On KCAL9. Garger said the point of his article was not to...
  • Beaten Lakewood Deputy Thanks Good Samaritan

    08/21/2014 8:18:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    [Deputy] Love, a 13-year veteran, responded to a domestic-violence call Aug. 15 at a mall in Lakewood, where a man and woman were fighting. As one deputy interviewed the woman, Love went to search the mall for the suspect, later identified as Frankie Estrada, 21. He found Estrada and was walking him out of the mall when Estrada attacked him, knocked him to the ground and began kicking and stomping on Love’s head and neck, authorities said. A bystander intervened and pulled Estrada away long enough for other deputies to reach Love. Sheriff’s investigators are not releasing the good Samaritan’s...
  • Sneak Attack: Android Apps Can Ambush Each Other

    08/21/2014 4:48:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    tomsguide.com ^ | August 21, 2014 3:04 PM | Paul Wagenseil
    The problem arises because, due to limited resources, running applications must share some memory with other running applications so that they can all operate efficiently. Truly sensitive data is compartmentalized, but mundane tasks are often carried out in shared memory — and there's no task more mundane than running the nuts and bolts of the device's graphical user interface (GUI). However, each change an app makes to the GUI requires a specific amount of memory, an amount that often directly and instantly affects the total amount of shared memory used on a given device. As the app's GUI changes, the...
  • Sea Plankton on Space Station? Russian Official Claims It's So

    08/21/2014 4:43:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Miriam Kramer
    A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting. Cosmonauts on the orbiting outpost have allegedly discovered trace amounts of sea plankton and other microscopic organisms living on the outside of the station, exposed to the vacuum of space, according to a news story quoting space station official Vladimir Solovyov. ... It's possible that the plankton, if confirmed, could be a contaminant launched into space with the space station module, said NASA scientist Lynn Rothschild. Previous studies have found that microorganisms can survive...
  • Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

    08/21/2014 4:38:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    BBC News ^ | Matt McGrath
    The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown. The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade. However, they caution that global temperatures are likely to increase rapidly when the cycle flips to a warmer phase. Continue reading the main story “...
  • Rick Perry Calls for More U.S. Troops, Airstrikes Against ISIS

    08/21/2014 1:05:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 1 hour ago | Rob Garver
    “When they talk about limited airstrikes, they place a great emphasis on the word ‘limited,’” he said at the Heritage Foundation. “Yet clearly, more airstrikes are necessary. Nothing less than a sustained air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS forces is required. The Iraqi people are up against a terrorist Blitzkrieg that went practically unhindered for many weeks. Even though these killers have seen glimpses of our superior power and technology, they need to see a lot more of it.” He made clear that he believes increased support for Iraq means more boots on the ground in a country many...
  • A Piece of Vesta Has Been Stolen!

    08/20/2014 7:31:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jason Major on
    On Aug. 19 a burglary was reported at the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands, and one of the items missing is a meteorite that is thought to have originated from the asteroid Vesta. Seen above in a photo from the museum’s collection, the Meteorite of Serooskerken was recovered from a rare fall in 1925 in the province of Zeeland. Only five meteorites have ever been found in the Netherlands, making the Serooskerken specimen somewhat of a national treasure – not to mention a valuable piece of our Solar System’s history! About 5–6% of all the meteorites found on...
  • Germany pledges to arm Kurd forces and ‘set aside taboos’ on Iraq military role

    08/20/2014 7:13:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    irishtimes.com ^ | Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 01:00 | Derek Scally
    After weeks of heated debate, he said Germany was prepared to go beyond existing promises to deliver protective vests, night-vision goggles and humanitarian aid. “This can include weapons,” Mr Steinmeier said at a press conference with German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. He said any shipments would be “closely co-ordinated” with EU partners and added Berlin was “aware of the risks”, namely where the weapons end up. But Ms von der Leyen said it was crucial to halt the Islamic State campaign. “More important than the question of whether or which weapons we deliver is the readiness to set...
  • Imran Khan, cleric Qadri march into Islamabad's 'red zone', Pak PM Nawaz Sharif rules out resignatio

    08/19/2014 8:27:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    indiatimes.com ^ | Aug 20, 2014, 12.21 AM IST
    Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday marched with thousands of their supporters to enter the heavily fortified 'red zone', the capital's diplomatic and political enclave, as minor clashes took place between anti-government protesters and security personnel. "Promise me, if something were to happen to me, you will take revenge from Nawaz Sharif," Khan said while addressing his supporters before starting his march towards the red zone that houses important government buildings including the parliament house, prime minister house, president house, the supreme court besides embassies of various countries. Unfazed by army deployment, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf...
  • Iceland evacuates areas close to rumbling volcano

    08/19/2014 8:05:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5 hours ago
    Iceland on Tuesday began evacuating areas close to its largest volcano after warnings of a possible eruption, four years after millions of air travellers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak. Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga, a huge volcano under Iceland's largest glacier, the Vatnajokull in the south of the country, could disrupt transatlantic and northern European air traffic. They also fear floods from melting ice could cause serious damage to the country's infrastructure. On Tuesday, police announced that they had "decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajokull as a...
  • More Police Agencies Considering Body, Dash Cameras

    08/19/2014 6:27:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 19, 2014 3:14 PM
    Law enforcement agencies all over Southern California are looking to technology to help quell some of the controversy that inevitably erupts following an officer-involved shooting. From Los Angeles, to Rialto, to Hawthorne, agencies believe cameras can offer transparency in future officer-involved shootings by capturing events on video as they unfold. At Tuesday’s police commission, LAPD Inspector General Alexander Bustamante said an audit of the department’s 21 stations found cameras that were not working, placed in locations with little to no view of holding cells and that lacked “full coverage” of lobbies and other areas where the public has unrestricted access....
  • Curiosity Rover Stalled By Sandy Trap On Mars' 'Hidden Valley'

    08/19/2014 3:39:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    designntrend.com ^ | Aug, 19, 2014, 02:53 PM | Mary Nichols ,
    The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp - a 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) mountain in the center of Mars' Gale Crater - via 'Hidden Valley' - a low-lying sandy landscape about the length of a football field. However, Curiosity turned back shortly after entering the valley's northeastern end earlier this month after finding that the sand surprisingly slippery, NASA officials said. 'We need to gain a better understanding of the interaction between the wheels and Martian sand ripples, and Hidden Valley is not a good location for experimenting,' Curiosity project manager Jim Erickson, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
  • Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military

    08/19/2014 12:25:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    space.com ^ | August 18, 2014 07:00am ET | Rob Coppinger,
    Engine technology being developed for a British space plane could also find its way into hypersonic aircraft built by the U.S. military. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which the English company Reaction Engines Ltd. is working on to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said. "AFRL is formulating plans to look at advanced vehicle concepts based on Reaction Engine's heat-exchanger technology and SABRE engine concept," officials with AFRL, which is based in Ohio, told Space.com via email last month. ... SABRE burns hydrogen and oxygen....
  • Mexico City again under a barrage of rain and hail

    08/19/2014 9:40:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    eluniversal.com ^ | 21:26 Monday 18 August 2014 | Diana Villavicencio
    The weather is pounding the Mexican capital for second straight day, and some areas are already flooded. ... Also, Periférico avenue, an important road surrounding Mexico City, continues facing flooding in the northern area of the city.
  • WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola

    08/19/2014 9:31:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    webmd.com/news ^ | Aug. 18, 2014 | Dennis Thompson
    African nations hit hard by the Ebola outbreak should start screening all passengers leaving international airports, seaports and major ground crossings, the World Health Organization recommended Monday. The United Nations' health agency reiterated that the risk of passengers transmitting the Ebola virus during air travel is low. Still, anyone with an illness or symptoms typical of the highly virulent disease shouldn't be allowed to travel unless it's for appropriate medical care, the agency said in a statement. Symptoms of Ebola include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, poor...
  • Microsoft pulls Windows 8.1 updates, which can cause blue screens of death, restart loops

    08/18/2014 9:17:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Konrad Krawczyk —
    Many people who downloaded last week’s Windows 8.1 patch have experienced blue screens of death, and looping system restarts. In fact, the problem has been so significant, that Microsoft has pulled the patches from Windows Update. They also recommend that you uninstall them. In all, the problems have been associated with four patches, which aimed to address a number of issues. Aside from the symptoms associated with system instability, these could cause problems with any of your computer’s fonts in the event that any of them aren’t installed in the typical fonts directory in Windows.
  • U.S. bars all American airlines from flying over Syria

    08/18/2014 9:06:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:59pm EDT
    The FAA had previously warned American carriers to avoid flying over Syria. The new rule requires operators to contact the FAA before operating in the airspace. The agency said the move was taken after "updated assessment of risk" and a lack of airlines wishing to fly in the airspace. "The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation," the FAA said in a statement. ... The ban applies to all U.S.-registered planes, commercial operators and FAA-licensed pilots. It makes an exception for flights operated with U.S. government permission and U.S.-registered aircraft...
  • Researchers create camouflaging sheet inspired by cephalopods

    08/18/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    | Science Recorder | ^ | August 18, 2014 | Joe Chivers
    Engineers in the United States have developed an innovative new system of camouflage based on the color-changing abilities of cephalopods, namely octopus, cuttlefish, and squid. The mechanism used by the animals was emulated to a high degree by the researchers, who even utilized a similar layering pattern in their work... In cephalopods, the colors surrounding it are sensed, and then the animal uses its muscles to change color, using cells containing pigment, known as chromatophores to change color. In their work, which is published in the journal PNAS, the engineers used photosensors to detect light levels, and then deliver this...
  • India Cancels Planned Talks With Pakistan

    08/18/2014 6:48:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Aug. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. ET | Niharika Mandhana and Qasim Nauman
    The Indian Foreign Ministry said it wouldn't take part in discussions set for next week after Pakistan's envoy in India met with separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, an Indian state also claimed by Pakistan. India's foreign secretary told the Pakistani envoy "that Pakistan's continued efforts to interfere in India's internal affairs were unacceptable," said Syed Akbaruddin, the Foreign Ministry spokesman. "Under the present circumstances, it is felt that no useful purpose will be served" by a meeting between the two sides ... This month has seen a sharp increase in violations of a 2003 cease-fire agreement aimed at reducing...
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding Christens 5th National Security Cutter

    08/17/2014 9:48:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    marinelink.com ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Capt. James is one of the world's most celebrated lifesavers. His lifesaving began at age 15 when he joined the Massachusetts Humane Society. Over the years, until the age of 75, he was credited with saving more than 600 lives until his death at age 75. He was on duty with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which later merged with the U.S. Coast Guard. Ingalls has delivered three NSCs, and three more, including James, are currently under construction. A seventh NSC, Kimball WMSL 756, is scheduled to begin construction in early 2015. James is scheduled to deliver next summer. "Teamed with...
  • ‘Abundance of caution’ prompts isolation for UNMH patient with Ebola-like symptoms

    08/17/2014 9:32:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 08/17/2014 9:50 PM | Caleb James,
    Health officials continue to monitor a Bernalillo County woman showing symptoms similar to the Ebola virus. The woman was traveling in the West African nation of Sierra Leone at the beginning of the month. She then returned to Albuquerque and soon after began to develop symptoms on Friday. She was admitted to UNM Hospital on Saturday. The patient is currently undergoing a series of tests and remains in isolation at the hospital -- blood samples will go to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Health officials say this is not a highly probable case of the virus, but because...
  • UFO sighted over Houston during rain storm

    08/17/2014 7:52:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 128 replies
    .unexplained-mysteries.com ^ | Saturday, 16 August, 2014
    Social media was buzzing on the night of August 11th when several people managed to snap photographs of what appeared to be an oval-shaped craft in the sky over Houston during stormy weather. Some of the images showed the object, which seemed to have a single point of light in its center, situated in the foreground with dark storm clouds looming menacingly behind it. The disc was pictured from several angles by different witnesses and seemed to change position in the air multiple times. "The more people who see it in different directions, the more likely we are to figure...
  • The Future of Aviation Could Start With Windowless Jets

    08/16/2014 8:07:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    ecanadanow.com ^ | Aug 16th, 2014 | Sean Lennox ·
    The future of commercial aviation may be upon us and it could resemble something out of a Marvel movie. A windowless jet concept by the name of the ‘Ixion’ was unveiled at the National Business Aviation Associate Show by a company named Technicon. The Ixion was instantly a hit with the crowd and it quickly created a buzz around the showroom floor. What was so amazing about this vehicle? It lacked windows. Two of the most common fears in the world are claustrophobia and the fear of flying. So should we really be surprised that people have reservations about flying...
  • Team USA cancels trip to Senegal citing Ebola concerns

    08/16/2014 7:47:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | August 15 | Marissa Payne
    USA Basketball officials announced they have canceled a trip to Senegal this month because of concerns about the Ebola virus. The World Health Organization has called the deadly disease a “public health emergency of international concern,” which USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo tells ESPN’s Marc Stein left him no choice but to cancel the August 27 trip to the West African nation. “Although the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] does not yet suspect any cases in Senegal, the country’s position as a neighboring country to Guinea and Dakar’s role as a gateway to West Africa heightened our concern,” Colangelo...
  • Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

    08/16/2014 9:40:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    bbc ^ | 16 August 2014 Last updated at 12:26 ET
    A man has died after 35 people - including children - were found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks. The survivors - believed to be from the Indian subcontinent and suffering from severe dehydration and hypothermia - are being treated at nearby hospitals. They were discovered after a freighter arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium at about 06:00 BST and was being unloaded. Essex Police has launched a homicide investigation and officers are being assisted by their Belgian counterparts. Police Supt Trevor Roe said staff at the docks were alerted to the container by "screaming and banging" from inside
  • Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle

    08/16/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Aug 15, 2014 12:01 PM ET // by | Rossella Lorenzi
    Sprajc and his team found the massive remains as they further explored the area around Chactun, a large Maya city discovered by the Slovenian archaeologist in 2013. No other site has so far been located in this area, which extends over some 1800 square miles, between the so-called Rio Bec and Chenes regions, both known for their characteristic architectural styles fashioned during the Late and Terminal Classic periods, around 600 - 1000 A.D. One of the cities featured an extraordinary facade with an entrance representing the open jaws of an earth monster. The site was actually visited in the 1970s...
  • Brazil crash: Black box 'did not record Campos flight'

    08/15/2014 9:06:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 15 August 2014 Last updated at 15:03 ET
    The black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos did not record his flight, Brazilian Air Force (FAB) says. It said the audio recording FAB experts had analysed was not related to the flight that crashed on Wednesday. A spokesman said they were trying to determine what the recording was. Mr Campos and six others died when his private jet crashed in bad weather in the port city of Santos near Sao Paulo. Experts from the Centre of Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, have been...
  • The real Men in Black, Hollywood and the great UFO cover-up

    08/15/2014 4:14:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Steve Rose
    If there really is a UFO conspiracy, it's surely the worst-kept secret in history. Roswell, Area 51, flashing lights, little green men, abductions – it's all been fed through the pop culture mill to the point of fatigue. Even the supposed enforcers of the secret, the "men in black", have their own movie franchise. But a new documentary, Mirage Men, unearths compelling evidence that UFO folklore was actually fabricated by the US government. Rather than covering up the existence of aliens, could it be that the real conspiracy has been persuading us to believe in them? Mirage Men's chief coup...
  • Chinese National Indicted On Charges Of Hacking Defense Contractors

    08/15/2014 3:53:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 15, 2014 2:53 PM
    A Chinese national has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five felony offenses of computer hacking in a scheme involving the theft of trade secrets from American defense contractors, including Boeing. Su Bin, whose aliases include Stephen Su, Stephen Subin and Steven Subin, was named in the indictment returned Thursday and filed in United States District Court. According to the indictment, Su, a 49-year-old businessman, worked with two unindicted co-conspirators based in China to infiltrate computer systems and steal confidential information about military programs, including the C-17 transport aircraft, the F-22 fighter jet and the F-35 fighter jet....
  • Mystery as £20,000 cash is withdrawn from accounts of four passengers who went down with...MH370

    08/15/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 03:42 EST, 15 August 2014
    Money moved from accounts of 3 passengers into 4th passenger's accounts Five months after the Malaysia Airlines flight went missing, mysterious withdrawals totaling 111,000 RM (£20,916) have been recorded, reports claim. A bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, reported the apparent discrepancies in their accounts on July 18, before lodging a police complaint, Assistant Commissioner to the crime investigation department Izany Abdul Ghany revealed. According to reports, the transactions were made on July 18 when money from the accounts of three passengers was transferred to the account of a fourth passenger before it was removed. 'We are investigating the case as...
  • Weakness in Eurozone, Asia pose risks to U.S. economy

    08/14/2014 6:22:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Don Lee
    The euro area's weaker-than-expected performance was announced a day after Japan, the world's third-biggest economy, reported that economic output fell 1.7% in the second quarter from the prior three months, a drop of 6.8% at an annual rate. Moreover, China's economy is showing signs of slowing at the start of the third quarter. Its pace of retail sales, investments, industrial production and new lending all softened in July compared with the previous month. All in all, the latest batch of disappointing news from East to West reinforces the view that global growth will be sluggish this year, and it increases...
  • Ebola Fears Cloud Jehovah's Witnesses Meeting in Zimbabwe

    08/14/2014 3:12:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    voanews.com ^ | August 14, 2014 3:15 PM | Sebastian Mhofu
    HARARE— Zimbabwe's government is in a quandary as the country prepares to host a three-day Jehovah's Witnesses conference with 50,000 people from around the world expected to attend. Some delegates will come from West Africa, where there has been an outbreak of Ebola. Given the state of the host’s health care system, however, some delegates might be barred from attending. Dr. Christopher Tapfumaneyi, the principal director in Zimbabwe’s health ministry, says the country has not had an Ebola case, but that the government is aware of problems that the conference might present. Tapfumaneyi says with the advice of the World...