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  • World unites against North Korea nuke ambitions

    12/16/2017 2:40:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CTVnews ^ | Friday, December 15, 2017 6:30PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula -- but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions. In a very rare appearance by a North Korean at the U.N. Security Council, Ambassador Ja Song Nam told a ministerial meeting that the country's possession of nuclear weapons was "an inevitable self-defensive measure" to defend the country against "the U.S. nuclear threat and blackmail." Ja never mentioned the possibility of talks....
  • Two dogs mauled their owner to death while she was walking them in the woods, sheriff says

    12/16/2017 2:07:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 16 at 2:45 PM | Kristine Phillips
    Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So her father went out to look for her at the area she frequented. There, authorities say, he found her two dogs, guarding what he first thought was an animal carcass. “Much to his horror, discovered that it was not,” Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew told reporters at a news conference Friday. Investigators in Goochland, Va., a rural community about 30 miles outside of Richmond, say the petite, 5-foot-1 young woman, who weighed a little more than 100 pounds, was mauled to death by her dogs, which...
  • 'Stargate' Prequel Series Finishes Filming: Check Out This Sneak Peek

    12/16/2017 9:12:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies ^ | December 14, 2017 12:23pm ET | Elizabeth Howell,
    The series, which will air in 10-minute episodes on MGM's digital platform "Stargate Command," will be released sometime in 2018. A new video showing highlights from the filming shows the cast and crew working in locations ranging from dunes to warehouses. ... Fan favorite Catherine Langford (played by Ellie Gall in the new series) makes a prominent return in the new series. The video shows her standing in awe before a stargate and taking part in fight scenes.... "In this revealing footage, we get an in-depth look at some of the stunning real-life locations where filming took place, meeting new...
  • We Regret To Inform You That A British Surgeon Was Branding His Initials On Livers

    12/16/2017 7:41:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/13/2017
    Simon Bramhall, 53, has pleaded guilty to assault of two patients, for, yes, branding his initials onto their organs during surgery. He is going to be sentenced on Jan. 12. The Associated Press reports that a prosecutor called the case "without legal precedent in criminal law." "Bramhall used an argon beam coagulator, which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam, to mark his initials on the organs," the AP writes. The internal graffiti very likely did not cause any damage, The Guardian reports: "The marks left by argon are not thought to impair the organ's function and usually disappear...
  • 60-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Strike Discovered In Scotland

    12/15/2017 12:06:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    ndtv ^ | 12/15/2017
    Geologists exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland's Isle of Skye have found ejecta from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact. The discovery, the first meteorite impact described within the British Paleogene Igneous Province (BPIP), raises questions about the impact and its possible connection to Paleogene volcanic activity across the North Atlantic. Simon Drake, an associate lecturer in geology at Birkbeck University of London, zeroed in on a meter-thick layer at the base of a 60.0 million-year-old lava flow. "We thought it was an ignimbrite (a volcanic flow deposit)," said Drake. However, when researchers analysed the rock using an electron microprobe,...
  • Star Wars Fans Storm Theater Lobby Over Lack Of Sound During ‘Last Jedi’

    12/15/2017 8:50:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 12/15/2017
    Star Wars fans at a Burbank theater went to the Dark Side when a screening of “The Last Jedi” played without sound for 20 minutes. Moviegoers were ready to stage a new rebellion when an AMC Theater in Burbank either could not or would not restart the 10 p.m. showing of the film. ... Burbank police were called to the theater at about 10:21 p.m. to disperse “an unruly crowd.”
  • Rare Aztec Map Reveals a Glimpse of Life in 1500s Mexico

    12/15/2017 8:39:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    The map shows the land holdings and geneology of a family in central Mexico. It covers an area that runs from just north of Mexico City to just below Puebla, roughly 100 miles away to the southeast. The family, identified as “de Leon,” traced their lineage to the red figure seated in the middle of the image above, who was known as Lord-11 Quetzalecatzin. A century before the map was made, he was the major political leader of the region writes John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology of the Early Americas at the Library...
  • Long Island woman laundered money to ISIS through Bitcoin, prosecutors say

    12/14/2017 8:23:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    A Long Island woman was indicted Thursday after she allegedly laundered more than $85,000 through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies overseas to the Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, of Brentwood, was charged in federal court with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Shahnaz, between the months of June and July, allegedly used 16 credit cards that were fraudulently obtained to purchase nearly $63,000 in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. She was also allegedly able to obtain a loan from a Manhattan bank for approximately $22,500 in June.
  • ...MoD rubbishes claims Royal Navy helicopter was chasing an Argentine submarine ..

    12/14/2017 7:14:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    THE Royal Navy today rubbished "completely untrue" claims one of its helicopters was chasing an Argentine submarine when it went missing near the Falklands. ... Jesica Medina claimed her sailor brother Roberto sent her "strange" messages two days before the last communication from the ageing sub. She said the Second Sub-Officer told her on WhatsApp a British helicopter and a Chilean ship began tracking the vessel when it passed the Falkland Islands on November 13. He reportedly wrote: "On Monday an English helicopter was looking for us, and yesterday the Chileans, there has been a lot going on." Jesica told Argentina's...
  • How to see rock-comet 3200 Phaethon

    12/13/2017 1:22:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 12/12/2017
    Although the Geminid meteor shower will peak on the night of December 12 and 13 (mornings of December 13 to 14), its parent body – a curious rock-comet known as 3200 Phaethon – has been visible in our skies for some weeks to those with small telescopes. Charts to find it are included in this article. On December 16, this 3-mile-wide (5-km-wide) space rock will be closer to Earth than it has been since its discovery in 1983. In fact, NASA says, the 2017 encounter is the closest by this asteroid since 1974 and until 2093. Closest approach to Earth...
  • Bright areas on Ceres suggest geologic activity

    12/13/2017 1:16:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | December 13, 2017 | Elizabeth Landau
    If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time—processes indicative of an active, evolving world. ... The first group of bright spots contains the most reflective material on Ceres, which is found on crater floors. The most iconic examples are in Occator Crater, which hosts two prominent bright areas. Cerealia Facula, in the center...
  • China Is Vacuuming Up DNA Samples From Xinjiang's Muslims

    12/13/2017 12:55:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Megha Rajagopalan
    From DNA samples to iris scans, Chinese authorities are using free physical exams to gather and store biological data from millions of people who live in the country's far west region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, citing an official document that suggests the government's surveillance program in the region is even wider than previously believed. Xinjiang, the historical home of the Uighur ethnic group, has become a testing ground for heavy-handed, high-tech surveillance measures by the government over the past year. China says the measures are necessary to combat extremist violence, but critics say they violate the...
  • Space Station Crew Returns to Earth Tonight: How to Watch Live

    12/13/2017 7:30:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | December 13, 2017 07:20am ET | Hanneke Weitering
    Three space travelers will depart from the International Space Station (ISS) tonight after a six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory.  Cramped inside a small Soyuz space capsule, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy will undock from the ISS early tomorrow morning (Dec. 14) at 12:14 a.m. EST (0514 GMT). You can watch their journey home live here on, courtesy of NASA TV.  NASA TV will begin airing live coverage at 8:30 p.m. today (Dec. 13) as the members of the spacefaring trio bid farewell to the three remaining crewmembers, settle...
  • SoCal Edison Under Scrutiny For Possible Cause Of Wildfires

    12/13/2017 7:22:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Investigators say the utility company had equipment near where one of the fires started and are not ruling it out as a cause. The Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara is in its second week and still only 25 percent contained. Cal Fire and other agencies are not yet giving details into the probe. A Socal Edison spokesperson would not say which fires they are under scrutiny for but said it’s more than one. Investigators will go over 911 calls and backtrack to where the fires started, not an easy task a consultant said.
  • Mom accused of being high when 3-year-old son froze to death pleads guilty

    12/12/2017 6:49:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Eight months after her arrest, Basinger is now taking responsibility for her son's death. Someone driving by the home spotted 3-year-old Landyn Melton on the front porch in sub-freezing temperatures. It was just 22 degrees at the time. Prosecutors say his mother was asleep inside and later admitted to using meth two days earlier and marijuana the day before. "She didn't hear him," said Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert. "She didn't hear him leave the room. Didn't hear him leave the house. Didn't hear him banging on the door. She was asleep while he was freezing to death." Prosecutors say...
  • Earth and Venus are the Same Size, so Why Doesn’t Venus Have a Magnetosphere?....

    12/12/2017 10:53:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies ^ | | Matt Williams
    According to a new study conducted by an international team of scientists, it may have something to do with a massive impact that occurred in the past. Since Venus appears to have never suffered such an impact, its never developed the dynamo needed to generate a magnetic field. ... According to the most widely-accepted models of planet formation, terrestrial planets are not formed in a single stage, but from a series of accretion events characterized by collisions with planetesimals and planetary embryos – most of which have cores of their own. Recent studies on high-pressure mineral physics and on orbital...
  • ‘What In The World?’ Ice From Plane Causes ‘Horrendous Boom’ For Couple Watching TV

    12/12/2017 10:39:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 12/11/2017
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — a San Bernardino couple has lived in their neighborhood since the 1960s, and they say they’ve always heard the planes overhead going to both Ontario and Los Angeles. They never imagined something like what happened Sunday could happen to them. ... At first, they couldn’t tell what had happened. Then Claudell walked past their bedroom. “Side glance and I saw all that stuff and I thought what in the world? I went in, and all of the stuff there,” he said. There was a hole in the ceiling. He could see all the way through to...
  • Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

    12/12/2017 8:04:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    bb ^ | 12/12/2017
    A fire followed the blast which happened around 08:45 (07:45 GMT) at the Baumgarten site, just east of the capital Vienna, near the Slovak border. On Twitter, Austrian police said the situation was under control and a technical fault had caused the blast. The flow of Russian gas has dropped, triggering price hikes in Europe. Baumgarten is a major hub for imported gas Russian gas, which is sent on to a number of European countries. The facility receives about 40bn cubic metres of gas per year. ... Gas Connect said the incident should have no effect on gas deliveries to...
  • Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

    12/12/2017 7:59:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12 at 8:52 AM | Nataliya Vasilyeva 
    ... Fontanka reported that about 3,000 Russians under contract to the Wagner group have fought in Syria since 2015, months before Russia’s two-year military campaign helped to turn the tide of the civil war in favor of Syrian President Assad... ... The Russian Defense Ministry has said 41 of its troops have died in Syria. But according to Fontanka, another 73 private contractors have been killed there. ... Russia has used such proxies before — in the conflict to help pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine since 2014. One Russian commander boasted of working alongside Russian troops who said they were...
  • China building network of refugee camps along border with North Korea [one report]

    12/12/2017 7:47:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | Tuesday 12 December 2017 01.05 EST | Tom Philips
    The existence of plans for the camps, first reported in English by the Financial Times last week, emerged in an apparently leaked internal document from a state-run telecoms giant that appears to have been tasked with providing them with internet services. The China Mobile document, which has circulated on social media and overseas Chinese websites since last week, reveals plans for at least five refugee camps in Jilin province. The document, which the Guardian could not independently verify, says: “Due to cross-border tensions … the [Communist] party committee and government of Changbai county has proposed setting up five refugee camps...