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  • Ancient Martian civilisation was wiped out by nuclear bomb-wielding aliens - and they could attack

    11/22/2014 12:08:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 103 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 18:15 EST, 21 November 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan for
    If you're planning to go to the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois this Saturday, you might be in for a bit of a surprise with the final talk of the day. Because that's when plasma physicist Dr John Brandenburg will present his theory that an ancient civilisation on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack from another alien race. In his bizarre theory, Dr Brandenburg says ancient Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the attack - and evidence of the genocide can still be seen today. Back in 2011 the...
  • NASA’s “Remastered” View of Europa is the Best Yet

    11/22/2014 11:31:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | on November 21, 2014 | Matt Williams
    Europa, Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon, has long been a source of fascination and wonder for astronomers. Not only is it unique amongst its Jovian peers for having a smooth, ice-covered surface, but it is believed that warm, ocean waters exist beneath that crust – which also makes it a strong candidate for extra-terrestrial life. And now, combining a mosaic of color images with modern image processing techniques, NASA has produced a new version of what is perhaps the best view of Europa yet. And it is quite simply the closest approximation to what the human eye would see, and the next...
  • Asteroid Mining: Not as Crazy as it Sounds

    11/21/2014 7:54:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | Christopher Rawluk
    At first glance it sounds ridiculous. Why would anyone consider mining in space when even the largest Earth-based mining operations seem to have trouble managing costs? After all, mid-grade and marginal deposits seem to have trouble finding any money and the process of moving a project from prospect to mine can take decades and cost hundreds of million of dollars. I’ll be the first to admit that the whole idea of asteroid mining was initially right up there with Star Trek-style transporters and desktop cold fusion, but a few recent events have piqued my curiosity on the subject. ... Asteroid...
  • 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Renews Heated Political Debate

    11/21/2014 7:05:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies ^ | 6:12 PM PST 11/21/2014 | by Paul Bond
    ...., for example, John Nolte largely ignores politics in his review of Mockingjay - Part 1, until ending with: “For some reason this feels like the exact right time for a movie about a revolution against a lying, lawless president.” Likewise, Christian Toto at his conservative site, Hollywood In Toto, largely foregoes politics, though only after opening his review with: “The first two films could be seen as either big government on dictatorial steroids or an Occupy-style lament about the evils of inequality. The franchise's third film … doesn’t change that formula despite the addition of liberal screenwriter Danny...
  • The hyper-real robots that will replace receptionists, pop stars... and even sex dolls: Unnervingly

    11/21/2014 2:23:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 184 replies
    Chillingly life-like robots are causing a storm in Japan – where their creators are about to launch them as actresses, full-size mechanical copies for pop idol fans, and clones of the dearly departed. There is even talk that the naturalistic, even engaging, she-droids may be taken up as men as partners in the not-too-distant future. Android Asuna was a star attraction at Tokyo Designers’ Week showcase earlier this month and she is one of a series of geminoids, as their inventor dubs them, that are ripe for commercialisation say their creator robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. ... A fully independent version...
  • UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road

    11/21/2014 2:15:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | Thursday 20 November 2014 07.34 EST
    The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” runs on biomethane gas, generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. It can travel up to 186 miles on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of around five people to produce. The bus is run by Bath Bus Company and will transport passengers between Bath and Bristol Airport. Engineers believe the bus could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport while improving urban air quality. The gas is generated at Bristol sewage treatment works, run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water. It produces fewer emissions than traditional diesel engines and...
  • BICEP2 All Over Again? Researchers Place Higgs Boson Discovery in Doubt

    11/20/2014 2:26:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | on November 20, 2014 | Tim Reyes
    At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe, faster is better. Faster means more powerful particle collisions and looking deeper into the makeup of matter. However, other researchers are proclaiming not so fast. LHC may not have discovered the Higgs Boson, the boson that imparts mass to everything, the god particle as some have called it. While the Higgs Boson discovery in 2012 culminated with the awarding in December 2013 of the Nobel Prize to Peter Higgs and François Englert, a team of researchers has raised these doubts about the Higgs Boson in their paper published in the journal Physical...
  • Kings’ Voynov Charged With Felony Domestic Violence

    11/20/2014 2:21:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | November 20, 2014 1:51 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — Suspended Los Angeles Kings player Slava Voynov was charged Thursday with felony domestic violence, authorities said. Voynov was charged with corporal injury to a spouse, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago. The charge includes an allegation of causing great bodily injury. The 24-year-old defenseman was arrested in October after Voynov took the victim – who was identified only as an adult female – to a local hospital in Redondo Beach, where an ER nurse noticed the nature of the injuries and notified police. Voynov later posted bond at $50,000, according to...
  • Congress "has not acted" on "Climate Change": Obama Believe He Has the Power to Act Unilaterally?

    11/20/2014 2:07:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    VANITY | November 20, 2014 | self
    If Obama believes he has the legal authority to unilaterally act on the "immigration" issue -- is there any issue he does not have the authority to act on?
  • Best Buy tells Amazon: Take that!

    11/20/2014 7:46:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20, 2014: 9:48 AM ET | Jesse Solomon
    Best Buy's results are particularly poignant for a company that has fallen victim in recent years to the so-called "showroom effect," in which customers visit stores to check out products in-person, and then go home and buy online somewhere else like Amazon. Shares of Best Buy jumped 8% in morning trading. The stock took a beating early in the year as investors soured on its turnaround plans, but its since clawed back dramatically, and is now only a few percentage points away from breaking even. Compare that to Amazon's stock, which has fallen almost 20% this year as quarterly losses...
  • Russian Website Streams Footage From Thousands of Hacked Webcams

    11/20/2014 7:37:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | 11/20/14 at 10:00 AM | Amelia Smith
    The footage has been has been obtained from cameras using default passwords or without any passwords at all, allowing hackers to use software and search tools to scan the internet for feeds that can be accessed using the camera's' default setting. The most commonly listed camera brand on the website was Chinese-made Foscam, followed by Linksys and then Panasonic. A Linksys spokesperson told the BBC: “We are still trying to determine which Linksys IP cameras are referenced on the site. We believe they are older Linksys IP cameras which are no longer being manufactured. “For these cameras we do not...
  • Police: 7 Assault Rifles, High-Capacity Mags Found In Newport Beach Car

    11/19/2014 1:53:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | November 19, 2014 1:43 PM
    NEWPORT BEACH ( — A man and a woman faced multiple weapons charges Wednesday after Newport Beach police found seven AK-47 assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their vehicle, authorities said. The discovery was made during a traffic stop on Nov. 14 at approximately 8:48 pm near the intersection of Bristol Street South and Irvine Avenue, according to Newport Beach Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. An officer observed a green Dodge Caravan leaving a gas station with expired registration and an unspecified equipment violation, Manzella said. The officer conducted a vehicle stop and determined that the driver had...
  • What is the Difference Between Asteroids and Comets?

    11/19/2014 1:44:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | on November 19, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson
    Asteroids and comets have a few things in common. They are both celestial bodies orbiting our Sun, and they both can have unusual orbits, sometimes straying close to Earth or the other planets. They are both “leftovers” — made from materials from the formation of our Solar System 4.5 billion years ago. But there are a few notable differences between these two objects, as well. The biggest difference between comets and asteroids, however, is what they are made of. While asteroids consist of metals and rocky material, comets are made up of ice, dust, rocky materials and organic compounds. When...
  • Only On 2: Free ‘Obama Phones’ A Little Too Easy To Get

    11/19/2014 7:38:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | November 18, 2014 11:27 PM | David Goldstein
    They’re lined up outside welfare offices, on street corners and in supermarkets: people hawking free cellphones for those in need. CBS2 Investigative Reporter David Goldstein says it’s called the California Lifeline Program, but it’s more commonly known by another name. “Is that what they call the ‘Obama phones?’ ” asked one customer. The program exploded under President Barack Obama: 14 million American have the free phones, costing $2.2 billion in subsidies nationwide in 2013. And it’s all paid for by taxpayers. There’s a Lifeline surcharge on everyone’s cellphone bill, and just in California the numbers have tripled: 30,000 new subscribers...
  • Philae Lander Early Science Results: Ice, Organic Molecules and Half a Foot of Dust

    11/18/2014 2:42:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bob King
    With just 60 hours of battery power, the lander drilled, hammered and gathered science data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko before going into hibernation. Despite appearances, the comet’s hard as ice. The team responsible for the MUPUS (Multi-Purpose Sensors for Surface and Sub-Surface Science) instrument hammered a probe as hard as they could into 67P’s skin but only dug in a few millimeters: “Although the power of the hammer was gradually increased, we were not able to go deep into the surface,” said Tilman Spohn ... “If we compare the data with laboratory measurements, we think that the probe...
  • No ‘Rubber Duckie’! Rosetta’s Comet Looks Weird In Decade-Old Hubble Model

    11/18/2014 10:14:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | on November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    This Hubble Space Telescope model from 2003 shows us why. From afar, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is a tiny object to image, even for the NASA probe’s powerful lens. Back then, the telescope was tasked with examining the comet to look at its size and shape to better design the Philae lander spacecraft. And the model reveals no duckie; it looks more like a sombrero from some angles. The main concern of scientists back then was redirecting Rosetta to a new target when its original comet (46P/Wirtanen) fell out of reach due to a launch delay. 67P was bigger and had a...
  • Has Russia launched a top secret satellite killer? Amateur observers speculate on mysterious....

    11/18/2014 5:47:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 07:47 EST, 18 November 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A mysterious object launched by Russian military is being followed by Western space agencies over fears it could be part of a Kremlin project to kill satellites. Object 2014-28E, which was tracked over Guatemala on Monday night by N2YO, has been making unusual movements according to amateur observers. The Financial Times reported that it has been moving towards other Russian space objects and is now being monitored by Norad - the U.S. Military's space defense command The object had originally been classed as space debris, propelled into orbit as part of a Russian rocket launch in May to add three...
  • Chaotic Wombs May Birth Wrong-way Planets

    11/17/2014 9:39:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | on November 17, 2014 | Shannon Hall
    We’ve heard it time and time again. When it comes to new exoplanet findings, our conventional wisdom never holds. So the surprise that a batch of extrasolar planets are moving retrograde, orbiting in directions opposite to the way their stars are spinning, shouldn’t come as a surprise. Then again, maybe it should. These discoveries turned the long-standing view of how planets form on its head. Now Eduard Vorobyov at the University of Vienna and colleagues argue that chaotic conditions in the planetary system’s gaseous wombs may be to blame. Theorists have long assumed that stars and their planetary companions assemble...
  • U.S. Navy Deploys Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

    11/16/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 12:03 pm | Free Beacon Staff
    The amphibious transport ship USS Ponce has been patrolling with a prototype 30-kilowatt-classLaser Weapon System since late August, according to officials. The laser is mounted facing the bow, and can be fired in several modes — from a dazzling warning flash to a destructive beam — and can set a drone or small boat on fire. The Ponce “provides a unique platform” to deploy the new capability “in an operationally relevant region,” Vice Admiral John Miller, the 5th Fleet commander, said in an e-mailed statement. The ship is the 5th Fleet’s primary command and control afloat staging base for operations
  • AT&T dumps smartphone tracking system; consumers can opt-out

    11/16/2014 12:13:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | on 16 Nov 2014 | John DiPietro
    The tracking mechanism - Relevant Advertising - put in place by AT&T essentially added an undetectable identification number to all Internet traffic on the cellphones of the users. Since the identification number helped mark all the sites visited by AT&T customers, advertisers could build up profiles on users by following the website trail he or she would visit. ... Revealing that the use of the controversial technology has been stopped by AT&T, company spokeswoman Emily Edmonds said that AT&T subscribers who do not want to be included in the carrier's new smartphone tracking system have the choice of opting out...
  • Alone and Confused, Philae Breaks our Hearts [laughably maudlin Millenials]

    11/16/2014 8:49:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | on November 16, 2014 | Morgan Rehnberg
    I was thirteen years old when Columbia disintegrated. Space exploration was not even a particular interest of mine at the time, but I remember exactly where I was when the news came. My dad and I were sitting in the living room of my childhood home, listening to NPR. I don’t really recall how I felt when they broke into our program with the news, but I remember well the two emotions that seemed to permeate the coverage that soon become constant: confusion and sadness. As I watched the almost surreal saga of ESA’s Philae this week, I found my...
  • Chinese team arrives in Liberia to staff Ebola clinic

    11/15/2014 5:15:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:12pm EST
    About 160 Chinese health workers arrived on Saturday in Liberia, where they are due to staff a new $41 million Ebola clinic that, unlike most other foreign interventions, is being built and fully run by Chinese personnel. China, Africa's biggest trade partner, had come under fire for the level of its response to the Ebola crisis. But it said this week it would send 1,000 personnel to help fight an outbreak that has killed over 5,000 people in West Africa. "Up to now in Liberia, China is the only country which provides not only the construction of an ETU (Ebola...
  • California Ordered To Speed Up Inmate Releases

    11/15/2014 2:35:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    AP) ^ | November 15, 2014 11:06 AM
    Federal judges are telling California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population. The three-judge panel on Friday gave the state a Jan. 1 deadline to start considering parole for nonviolent second-strike inmates.
  • Congress Members Back Los Angeles For Olympics

    11/15/2014 2:28:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    (AP) ^ | November 15, 2014 11:13 AM
    Southern California lawmakers are backing Los Angeles to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that four local Congressional members — Xavier Becerra, Julia Brownley, Tony Cardenas and Judy Chu — sent a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
  • Facebook’s New Privacy Policy Means Users Shouldn’t Hide Anything

    11/15/2014 12:39:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | November 15, 2014 | Wayne Murphy
    Facebook is again taking a dig at your privacy. With the ever changing privacy policies, the manager of privacy and public policies at Facebook, Mr. Matt Scutari literally mocks the privacy of users to a certain extent. In fact, the manager of privacy and public policies at Facebook even condemn the privacy lovers by stating that Facebook does not even consider the option of privacy of its users for themselves. Facebook considers that there is absolutely no sense in allowing the users to hide stuff from Facebook. ... According to a statement by Mr. Matt Scutari, the manager of privacy...
  • Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

    11/15/2014 12:13:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 | Heather Pringle
    Since then, archaeologists have puzzled over how ancient artisans produced the estimated 7,000 lifelike clay soldiers, right down to their stylish goatees and plaits of braided hair. Some have suggested that the statues were modeled after real, individual soldiers; others think they were assembled from standard clay ears, noses, and mouths, similar to the Mr. Potato Head toy. Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic Creative Recently, in a project known as Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army, a team of archaeologists from University College London (UCL) in Britain and from Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Museum...
  • Darren Wilson Radio Communication and Video: ... radio calls show fatal encounter was brief

    11/14/2014 9:47:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 | by sundance
    The Aug. 9 fatal shooting here that sparked three months of protests and calls for change from around the world happened in less than 90 seconds, interviews and an analysis of police and EMS records shows. The records, obtained by the Post-Dispatch via Missouri’s Sunshine law, provide the best timeline yet for the events surrounding the shooting ... At 11:29 a.m. on Aug. 9, a dispatcher asked Wilson to help other officers search for a man who had reportedly threatened to kill a woman. At 11:47 a.m., Wilson said he would respond to a call for a 2-month-old with breathing...
  • Cool [sic] Infographics Explain 8 Key Events on Orion’s EFT-1 Test Flight

    11/14/2014 9:18:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | on November 14, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    After moving out to the launch pad earlier this week, NASA’s first Orion spacecraft was hoisted atop the most powerful rocket in the world and awaits blastoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida early December on a critical test flight that will pave the way for human missions to deep space. NASA’s cool new set of infographics above and below explain 8 key events on Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) The two-orbit, four and a half hour EFT-1 flight around Earth will lift the Orion spacecraft and its attached second stage to an orbital altitude of 3,600 miles, about 15 times higher...
  • A Model Walked Around Half-Naked in Painted-on Pants and No One Even Noticed

    11/14/2014 7:46:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 | Lauren Tuck
    Model Pranksters TV painted a woman’s legs to look like she was wearing jeans and then she walked around the streets of midtown. Body art company The Body Of Art did such a convincing job of making the model appear as if she has pants on, when in reality, she does not. The brave lady, Leah Jung, rode the subway, strolled through Times Square, walked around the garment district, and even went shopping. While it’s surprising that no one notices that she’s bare down below, it’s even crazier that the paint doesn’t rub off when she’s making her way through...
  • U.S. Marshals: Facebook Posts Helped Lead Authorities To Longtime Fugitive

    11/14/2014 7:22:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 4:54 PM
    RIVERSIDE ( — A man wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide has been arrested after authorities say he was hiding in plain sight for 12 years. U.S. Marshals descended Thursday on a home in the 3500 block of Farnham Place and arrested Eduardo Rodriguez, who lived there with his fiancée and several children. “They had big guns and we were just kind of scared and we had the children,” said Dulce Rodriguez, a neighbor. “We see the helicopter flashing the light, and there’s a truck right in front with a man who they’re pointing big guns again, telling him...
  • Report: Water Usage At Mayoral Mansion 5 Times As High As Average LA Resident

    11/14/2014 11:16:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 8:24 AM
    Despite calls for Angelenos to slash their water use during the statewide drought, the Los Angeles mayoral mansion consumes about five times the water of an average home, according to a report. Getty House, the official residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti, uses about 2,100 gallons of water per day, according to data cited by the L.A. Weekly. While the number is about 3 percent less than the amount used by Garcetti’s predecessor, former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, it could raise questions about Garcetti’s call for Angelenos to cut their own water use by 20 percent by 2016. Garcetti has taken steps...
  • Concerns over ESA’s Data Release Policy Amidst Rosetta Comet Landing

    11/14/2014 11:09:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | on November 14, 2014 | Matt Williams
    Unfortunately for millions of space enthusiasts around the world, none of these exciting images were released to the public. In addition, much of the images taken of the comet over the past few months as Rosetta closed in on it have similarly not been released. This has led to demands for more openness, which in turn has focused attention on ESA’s image and data release policy. Allowing scientists to withhold data for some period of time is not uncommon in planetary science. According to Jim Green, the director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, a 6-month grace period is typical for...
  • The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks [hearing aids]

    11/14/2014 11:01:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | 12 November 2014 | by Frank Swain
    I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes. Against the familiar sounds of suburban life, it is somehow incongruous and appropriate at the same time. As I approach Turnpike Lane tube station and descend to the underground platform, I catch the now familiar gurgle of the public Wi-Fi hub, as well as the staff network beside it. On board the train, these sounds fade into silence as we burrow...
  • General Motors' Mary Barra Not Receiving Women’s Award for ‘Product’ and ‘Quality’

    11/13/2014 7:49:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | Nov 13, 2014 07:16 PM EST | Julie S
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra decided not to attend an awards ceremony after families of victims of the faulty ignition switch appealed for the withdrawal of the award. CEO Barra was supposed to receive Katharine Graham Living Legacy Award at the National Women's History Museum on Nov. 17. The said award is given to women for their achievements in their field; in Barra's case, her contribution to GM for "product and quality" and "customer service." ... The museum announced that they will be canceling the awarding for Barra, but clarified that they still believe that she deserves it. Barra was...
  • NASA, Lockheed To Use “Blended Teams” For Orion Test Flight

    11/13/2014 5:37:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 | Jeff Foust
    As preparations ramp up for the first test flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft in December, agency officials say they will be closely involved in all aspects of the mission even though the flight itself will be run by Lockheed Martin. The Orion spacecraft for the mission, designated Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), arrived at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in the early morning hours of Nov. 12, after completing a circuitous 35-kilometer trip from the Launch Abort System Facility at the Kennedy Space Center. Workers hoisted the spacecraft later that day atop the United...
  • China Reveals Designs for Mars Rover Mission

    11/13/2014 3:17:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | on November 13, 2014 | Tim Reyes
    For many space-faring nations, ambitions for Mars run broad and deep. Now, add China to the list of countries with Mars in their sights. News reports from China disclosed that country is considering a future Mars rover mission, with a potential 2020 launch date. Additionally came other hints that China may be looking to develop a next-generation heavy-lift launch system. This new project, while early in development, reveals how Chinese aspirations are growing rapidly. Human space flight successes have been followed by recent lunar mission successes of the Yutu lunar rover and the Chang’e-5 T1 test of a sample return...
  • Homeland Security Secretary To Visit San Gabriel Valley Islamic Center

    11/13/2014 11:23:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | November 13, 2014 9:35 AM
    Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is in Southern California for a series of appearances. Johnson is slated to visit the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley on Thursday to meet with community leaders as well as local and state law enforcement officials to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing collaboration with these groups on civil rights and other issues.
  • Caltrans Workers Rescue 8-Week-Old Kitten From Rush-Hour Traffic

    11/12/2014 7:08:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | November 12, 2014 6:30 PM | Michele Gile
    A two-pound kitten was rescued Wednesday morning after she somehow ended up on a busy San Clemente freeway during rush-hour traffic. The kitten was discovered by Caltrans workers beneath a piece of wood in the center median on the 5 Freeway at the Vista Hermosa exit. The crew had arrived for cleanup efforts and rescued the ball of fur. “What they had told me was they had moved it initially. Were nervous that the kitten would escape so they placed the wood back in place and then were able to capture the kitten,” Kim Cholodenko told CBS2’s Michele Gile. Cholodenko...
  • Rosetta: Waiting game after comet lander glitch

    11/12/2014 2:32:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    bbc ^ | 12 November 2014 Last updated at 16:35 ET
    A European robot probe has made the first, historic landing on a comet, but its status remains uncertain after harpoons failed to anchor it to the surface. Officials said the craft may have lifted off the comet after touchdown before returning to the surface. Lander project manager Stephan Ulamec said: "Maybe we didn't just land once, we landed twice." Further analysis is needed to fully understand the situation. However, Dr Ulamec told the BBC that at last radio contact with the probe that he believed it to be in a stable configuration. "This is the indication right now," he explained....
  • Army: Sylmar Soldier Killed Sunday Never Served In Afghanistan Despite LAPD Reports

    11/12/2014 2:20:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | November 12, 2014 10:45 AM
    The Sylmar soldier killed over the weekend never deployed despite a report issued by the LAPD, it was revealed Wednesday. United States Army officials confirmed to CBS2/KCAL9 that 21-year-old Francisco Garcia did not serve time in Afghanistan, or any other country, as originally reported by police. Garcia was fatally shot early Sunday morning after a party on Dronfield Street in Sylmar. According to the initial statement issued by the LAPD’s Mission Division Sunday, “A 22-year-old army veteran, recently returned from Afghanistan, was shot and killed early this morning after a dispute erupted outside a party celebrating his homecoming.” The news...
  • Philae Ready to Take Flying Leap to Historic Comet Landing (Coverage Information)

    11/11/2014 10:03:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies ^ | on November 11, 2014 | Tim Reyes
    We are now in the final hours before Rosetta’s Philae lander is released to attempt a first-ever landing on a comet. At 9:03 GMT (1:03 AM PST) on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Philae will be released and directed towards the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.... Rosetta’s and Philae’s software and hardware must work near flawlessly to give Philae the best chance possible of landing safely. And even with flawless execution, it all depends on Philae’s intercepting a good landing spot on the surface. Philae’s trajectory is ballistic on this one way trip to a comet’s surface. It’s like a 1 mile...
  • Listen to Rosetta's comet 'sing': Scientists baffled by mysterious sounds recorded near 67P ...

    11/11/2014 7:07:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 69 replies ^ | 14:37 EST, 11 November 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Something strange is happening on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko 67P as space engineers prepare for a historic landing: the icy space rock is 'singing'. The mysterious sound has baffled scientists, who recorded it using a Rosetta instrument originally designed to analyse the comet's magnetic field. Instead, this instrument picked up a strange bubbling sound which scientists believe was created by a stream of electrically-charged particles. 'This is exciting because it is completely new to us,' said Karl-Heinz Glaßmeier, principal investigator with Rosetta's Plasma Consortium. 'We did not expect this and we are still working to understand the physics of what is happening.'
  • Lakers Shooting Guard Wayne Ellington’s Father Fatally Shot In Philadelphia

    11/11/2014 5:55:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | November 11, 2014 3:33 PM
    Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington has been granted an indefinite leave of absence Tuesday following the murder of his father Sunday night in Philadelphia. “My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.” Ellington’s father, 57-year-old Wayne Ellington Sr., was apparently shot while sitting in his car Sunday night by an unknown gunman and he died later at a hospital, according to “Our players...
  • ‘Not All Hope Is Lost': NASA Sun Probe Silent Now For Six Weeks

    11/11/2014 7:35:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | on November 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    No one knows exactly why a NASA solar probe stopped talking to Earth six weeks ago, but it’s possible the spacecraft is out of power and is drifting without a way of calling for help, the agency said in an update. On Oct. 1, NASA suddenly lost contact with one of the two Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft, which are currently examining the far side of the Sun. The probes are considered crucial for solar forecasting, so the loss is a blow. While the STEREO-Behind probe has been mute since then, the agency says “not all hope is lost”...
  • ‘Naked’ Comets Could Expose Solar System’s Ancient Origin Story

    11/10/2014 2:10:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | on November 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    What’s a comet that doesn’t look like a comet? The question sounds contradictory, but astronomers believe these objects exist. As comets pass through the solar system, they bleed ice and dust as the Sun’s effects wash over their small bodies. Over time, some of the objects can keep going like ghost ships — just without the ices that used to produce a show. There already is a class of objects called damocloids that are believed to be extinct comets, but scientists believe they have found something new with two mysterious visitors — what they call “naked” comets — from the...
  • Man In Critical Condition After Running Back Into Apartment Blaze To Save Cat

    11/09/2014 10:47:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | November 9, 2014 10:15 PM
    VAN NUYS ( — A man risked his life when he ran back into his burning apartment to rescue his cat. The fire broke out inside a three-story building in the 8100 block of Langdon Avenue on Sunday, according to LA firefighters. The fire was contained to the one apartment, and the man was able to get out safely. However, he rushed back into the fire to get his cat, which was still in the apartment. In his rescue attempt, the man ended up suffering from smoke inhalation, and firefighters say he was in critical condition on Sunday evening. His...
  • China's Xi and Japan's Abe hold landmark meeting [and don't they looked thrilled?]

    11/09/2014 10:27:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Rueters ^ | Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:52am EST
    The meeting between Abe and Xi, which took place in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, came three days after the two countries agreed to work on improving ties and signaled willingness to put their rival claims over disputed islands on the back burner. They met on the sidelines of a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders, Japan's foreign ministry said. Rebuilding trust between the long-time rivals will not be easy. In signs that fundamental problems would not be resolved easily, Abe has previously said that there had been no change in Japan's stance on the isles at the heart of the...
  • China's Economy Is Under More Pressure as Disinflation Spreads

    China's economy, burdened by overcapacity and weak domestic demand, is headed for the slowest full-year growth in more than two decades. Lower oil and metals prices are cutting costs at the factory gate, allowing China's exporters to reduce prices and adding to deflationary pressures globally. "China's domestic demand remained soft and dis-inflationary risks are on the rise on the back of falling global commodity prices," said Chang Jian, chief China economist at Barclays Plc in Hong Kong. "Subdued inflation offers room for more PBOC easing, but broad-based monetary easing will more likely to be triggered by disappointing growth numbers, which...
  • Cyborg cockroaches can hear you call and scurry to the rescue

    11/09/2014 6:35:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | November 7, 2014, 11:20 PM | Rachel Feltman, The Washington Post
    Cockroaches are tiny and resilient, perfect for getting through the nooks and crannies of a disaster zone. If rescue workers can control them and have them carry mics and cameras, they can be used to track down survivors. This work, published in IEEE Sensors, is a great step in that direction. The researchers equipped their latest biobots with an array of microphones, which together can detect the direction of a sound and steer the biobot toward it. Right now, the microphones pick up any sound at all -- whether or not it's important. The next step is teaching the system...
  • Regional Wood-Burning Ban Issued For Monday

    11/09/2014 3:56:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | November 9, 2014 1:51 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — Residents throughout much of the Southland will not be allowed to burn wood, nor manufactured fire logs, on Monday under an order issued Sunday afternoon by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The residential no-burn alert, which is in effect from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday, covers the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Such mandatory bans are issued to protect public health when a high concentration of fine-particle air pollution is forecast for the region, according to an SCAQMD news release. The ban is not in effect for communities above...