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  • Nine Killed as India and Pakistan Exchange Cross-Border Fire

    08/28/2015 7:28:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 9:20 a.m. ET | Qasim Nauman And Krishna Pokharel
    At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded in cross-border firing by Indian and Pakistani forces on Friday, officials said, increasing tensions less than a week after high-level talks between the estranged neighbors were called off. The exchange of fire on Friday is the latest in a series of cross-border incidents between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals, in which dozens of soldiers and civilians on both sides have died over the last year. The prime ministers from both countries had agreed on a number of measures last month to reduce tensions, including a meeting between senior border security officials...
  • Massive Wildfire Turns Russia's Lake Baikal Into Hellish Landscape

    08/27/2015 1:00:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    weather.com ^ | Aug 25 2015 04:08 PM EDT | Sean Breslin
    In the northwestern United States, wildfire smoke has invaded major cities as millions of acres of land burn. On the other side of the world, infernos that have been burning for weeks – in a part of Siberia, no less – have turned the landscape into what resembles Hell on Earth. Near Lake Baikal, the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, large wildfires are sending huge amounts of smoke into the air, shrouding the popular vacation area in the middle of summer, Mashable said. The wildfires have been a combination of natural and man-made, the report added, and...
  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi Arabia: Ministry

    08/27/2015 12:47:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    indianexpress ^ | August 27, 2015
    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministry’s website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday. The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said. A surge in infections forced health authorities to shut the emergency ward at a main hospital in Riyadh last week, after at least 46 people, including medical...
  • Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test

    08/27/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Nature ^ | Monya Baker
    Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature. In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted. In the biggest project of its kind, Brian Nosek, a social psychologist and head of the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, and 269 co-authors repeated work reported in 98 original papers from three psychology journals, to see if they independently came up with the same results. The studies they took on ranged from whether expressing insecurities perpetuates them to differences in how children and adults respond to fear stimuli, to effective ways to teach arithmetic. According to the replicators'...
  • Liberals Don’t Like Hillary Because She’s Competent. They Like Her Because She’s A Stick In Our Eye

    08/27/2015 11:26:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    journal.ijreview.com ^ | Dennis Miller
    Obviously, many of our citizens (not I) cannot fathom how Hillary Clinton is even in there with a shot. Just from a silhouette perspective, a Rorschach, it’s hard for some to imagine Democrats feel that this is their best foot forward. The whole thing seems very old and tired at this point. As a matter of fact, between Hillary and Pelosi and Reid and Biden, the Democratic Star Chamber makes the cantina on Tatooine look like an IBM board meeting circa 1958. I on the other hand, get it. I don’t like it but I get it. She certainly isn’t...
  • The Gas (and Ice) Giant Uranus

    08/27/2015 11:24:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Matt Williams
    Uranus, which takes its name from the Greek God of the sky, is a gas giant and the seventh planet from our Sun. It is also the third largest planet in our Solar System, ranking behind Jupiter and Saturn. Like its fellow gas giants, it has many moons, a ring system, and is primarily composed of gases that are believed to surround a solid core. Though it can be seen with the naked eye, the realization that Uranus is a planet was a relatively recent one. Though there are indications that it was spotted several times over the course of...
  • Leaked data shows women on Ashley Madison were mostly fake

    08/27/2015 7:05:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    It's no secret that Ashley Madison has fake female profiles to engage users -- heck, it's even noted in the ToS that the website "is geared to provide you with amusement and entertainment." When its user data was leaked to the public, though, people got a chance to see just how many women there are on the website exactly, and how many of them are definitely fake. Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz took a closer look at the data dump in an effort to determine the site's female population and found that barely any of the 5.5 million profiles marked as...
  • Kurdish general in Iraqi Army killed by ISIS in Anbar

    08/27/2015 6:57:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Brigadier General Safin Abdulmajid, the Kurdish commander of 10th Division of Iraqi Army, was killed Thursday in Anbar province in a vehicle-borne suicide attack by the Islamic State. Al-Iraqia TV reported Thursday that the jihadist attack on occurred in Jarayshi district, 18km north of the ISIS-held city of Ramadi. The AFP news agency reported that the bomber also killed Staff Major General Abdulrahman Abu Raghif, deputy head of the Anbar Operations Command.
  • Second-Quarter Growth Rate Revised Up to 3.7%

    08/27/2015 6:30:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Fox/Reuters ^ | August 27, 2015
    The GDP report, which was released in the wake of a global stock market sell-off, should offer assurance to both investors and cautious Fed officials that the United States was in good shape to weather the growing strains in the world economy. Concerns over slowing economic growth in China sent global equity markets into a tailspin last week, raising doubts that the U.S. central bank would raise its short-term interest rate next month. On Wednesday, New York Fed President William Dudley said that prospects of a September lift-off in the central bank's key lending rate "seems less compelling to me...
  • 3D-Printed Microfish May Soon Inject Themselves In Your Body

    08/26/2015 5:23:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | John Biggs
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to “swim” in various liquids. They also contain nanoparticles that can be used to inject chemicals into cells and organs. These are better than the traditional nano-scale robots in that they are actually shaped like swimming things. By combining Chen’s 3D printing technology with Wang’s expertise in microrobots, the team was able to custom-build microfish that can do more than simply swim around when placed in a solution containing hydrogen peroxide. Nanoengineers were able to easily add...
  • Ceres’ “Pyramid” Gets a Closer Look, But Bright Spots Remain a Mystery

    08/26/2015 4:43:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Universe Today ^ | August 26, 2015 | Nancy Atkinson
    The Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting just 1,470 kilometers (915 miles) above Ceres’ surface, and the science team released these latest images. Above is a closest view yet of the so-called ‘pyramid’ on Ceres, although the closer Dawn gets, the less this feature looks like a pyramid. It’s actually more like a conical mountain with a flat top, almost like a butte. ... The mountain is located in the southern hemisphere, and stands 6 kilometers (4 miles) high. Visible on the sides of the mountain are narrow braided fractures and an intriguing bright area. Only time will tell if this...
  • Meet the Fast, Tough War Machine That's Replacing the Humvee

    08/26/2015 4:22:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Why go with Oshkosh? Think back to 2006-7 and you'll remember that American Army soldiers and Marines were getting clobbered by improvised explosive devices in Iraq. In fact, IEDs accounted for 60 percent of American casualties. The situation was so dire that units were bolting steel plates to their Humvees for protection. That led to the development of heavy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, which worked well in Iraq but not in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. There, the Pentagon's solution was the lighter M -ATV or MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle built by Oshkosh Defense. ... The L-ATV differs from...
  • Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years

    08/26/2015 12:38:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Rueters ^ | Keith Coffman
    "It is the court's intention that the defendant never set foot in free society again ... If there was ever a case that warranted the maximum sentences, this is the case," Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said. "The defendant does not deserve any sympathy." Survivors and relatives of those killed clapped and cheered as Samour then ordered deputies to remove Holmes from his courtroom, and the gunman was led away in shackles. The 27-year-old was found guilty last month of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 after donning a helmet, gas mask and body armor, then opening fire...
  • Syria conflict: New 'IS chemical attack' [Mustard Gas]

    08/26/2015 12:26:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 August 2015
    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it had treated four members of a family who suffered from breathing difficulties and developed blisters after a mortar hit their home in Marea. The Syrian American Medical Society has also reported receiving 50 patients showing symptoms of chemical exposure. Local rebels say the shells were fired from an IS-held village to the east. A spokesman for one group, the Shami Front, told the New York Times that half of the 50 mortars and artillery rounds which hit Marea contained sulphur mustard. The powerful irritant and blistering agent - which is commonly known...
  • Police in West Covina Investigate Discovery of Woman’s Body in Possible Uber Vehicle

    08/26/2015 12:23:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    KTLA ^ | Kennedy Ryan, Kirk Hawkins and Christina Pascucci,
    The discovery was made around 12 p.m. on Tuesday in the parking lot of a Stater Bros. on North Azusa Avenue, according to the West Covina Police Department. The woman’s body was found in the backseat of a gray Volkswagen, said police Sgt. Brian Daniels. On the front passenger seat, investigators found a tan leather purse. ... The vehicle appeared to have an Uber sticker and tag, but the ride-sharing service would not confirm or deny whether the car or its driver was registered with the company.
  • Former Game of War Dev Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets

    08/26/2015 9:33:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    GameSpot ^ | on August 26, 2015 | by Eddie Makuch
    42-year-old Jing Zeng was detained by FBI agents on August 20 as he attempted to board a plane for Beijing, China, according to federal documents obtained by the publication. Zeng is accused of stealing data from a computer at developer Machine Zone; the information he attempted to make off with reportedly pertained to in-game player behavior, including details about how players spend money--but not actual source code. Still, this type of information would theoretically be very valuable, given how big and successful Game of War is.
  • Report: Solyndra Misrepresented Facts to Get Loan Guarantee

    08/26/2015 9:22:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | KEVIN FREKING Associated Press
    A four-year investigation has concluded that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. The company's collapse soon after getting federal backing provided ammunition to lawmakers and other critics who portrayed President Barack Obama's economic stimulus program as wasteful government spending. The company's failure likely will cost taxpayers more than $500 million. "In our view, the investigative record suggests that the actions of certain Solyndra officials were, at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally...
  • EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

    08/25/2015 2:30:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    .foxnews ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tori Richards
    “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.” ... For several days, the EPA didn’t notify the states of Utah, New Mexico or the Navajo Nation that the spill was coming their way. McCarthy...
  • Watch: What Palmyra looked like in the 1800s, and how the Islamic State is destroying it

    08/25/2015 10:31:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 25 at 12:40 PM | Ishaan Tharoor
    Before the 20th century, the ruins of Palmyra, once a key crossroads of classical civilizations, existed on the dusty margins of the Ottoman Empire. European travelers, though, took a special interest in the city. The images sequenced above — photographs by the 19th-century French photographer Félix Bonfils and drawings by the 18th-century British traveler Robert Wood — were formative documents in the Western imagination and inspired the architecture of the industrial age's emerging powers. Wood's rendering of an ancient Roman eagle seen in Palmyra, for example, would later become the model for the Seal of the United States. The archaeological...
  • Cecil the Lion Killer Costume Severed Head Included

    08/25/2015 10:17:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The best "so bad it's good" Halloween costume contest is over ... because now you can dress up this year as Dr. Walter Palmer ... the dentist who killed beloved lion Cecil. The costume retails for $59.99 and includes a severed lion's head, a smock and gloves with fake blood spatter, and some dentist tools for the front pocket.
  • Lion Kills Safari Guide in Same Zimbabwe Park Where Cecil Lived

    08/25/2015 10:09:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Quinn Swales was taking a group of tourists on a walking safari in Hwange National Park on Monday morning when a lion suddenly charged, the company he was working for said. “Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety,” the company, Camp Hwange, said on its Facebook page, adding that no other members of the group were hurt. Swales, 40, died the morning of the attack from the injuries he suffered, it said.
  • Coming To America? China Censors Bad Market Talk Amid Meltdown

    08/25/2015 4:48:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    zerohedge.com/ ^ | Monday, August 24, 2015 17:58 | Tyler Durden
    Back in July, after a dramatic unwind in the half dozen or so backdoor margin lending channels that had helped drive Chinese stocks to nosebleed levels triggered a terrifying 30% decline (vaporizing billions in paper profits in the process), the Politburo predictably stepped in to rescue the market. However, when it started to become clear that a succession of declarations, directives, policy rate cuts, and even threats weren’t going to be enough to alleviate the pressure on equities, Beijing looked to take back the narrative by banning the use of certain undesirable phrases. ... And so, with every attempt to...
  • Russia bans all of Wikipedia over an article about hashish

    08/24/2015 8:35:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    engadget ^ | August 25, 2015 - | Andrew Tarantola
    Specifically, the agency is up in arms over "charas" -- a handmade form of hash from India that even I had never heard of -- as the Wiki page reportedly constitutes "instructions" on how to make the stuff. And since Wikipedia, like Reddit, employs HTTPS, there's no way for the Russian government to censor that single page. As such, the entire Wikipedia site is completely offline for all of Russia and will remain so until the Roscomnadzor gets its way.
  • Wave of...migrants board trains toward EU as Hungary builds razor wire fence to keep them out

    08/24/2015 5:17:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    vancouversun.com ^ | Dusan Stojanovic, The Associated Press
    On Sunday, the migrants — many with children and babies — orderly boarded trains and buses that took them to the border with Serbia before heading farther north toward EU-member Hungary, which is building a razor wire fence on its frontier to prevent them from entering. If they manage to enter Hungary, the migrants could travel freely across the borders of most of the 28 EU-member states. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee centre where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. State...
  • [Breaking] North Korea expresses regret over landmine attack

    08/24/2015 11:33:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    North Korea has expressed regret over two South Korean border guards injured by a landmine blast and promised to make efforts to prevent a similar incident from happening again, according to South Korea's National Security Office Chief Kim Kwan-jin. The North also decided to withdraw its declaration of "quasi-state of war" against Seoul, he said. In return, South Korea will turn off its frontline loudspeakers blaring anti-North messages from Tuesday noon on the condition that the North will not make any "abnormal" behavior. The two Koreas also agreed to host the reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War...
  • NYSE Says It Will Halt Trading For 15 Minutes If S&P Falls 7%

    08/24/2015 11:17:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    kitco.com ^ | Monday August 24, 2015 11:12 | Neils Christensen
    The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has warned investors that if equity markets continue to fall with the S&P 500 Index dropping 7% during the session, they will halt trading for 15 minutes. So far, it looks like the NYSE won’t have to trigger a market circuit breaker as equities have managed a bounce off its lows since the start of the trading session. Shortly after North American equity markets opened, a wave of selling pressure pushed the S&P down to a low of 1,831 points, a fall of more than 5%. However, those losses have been cut almost in...
  • Talks prolonged; Park demands North apologize

    08/24/2015 10:07:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Blue House stays awake around the clock for second night Aug 25,2015 President Park Geun-hye said cross-border propaganda broadcasts would continue unless North Korea apologizes for the planting of land mines in the demilitarized zone that seriously injured two South Korean solders earlier this month, displaying a tough stance while top officials from the two Koreas continued round-the-clock talks to defuse tensions. During a meeting with senior secretaries at the Blue House Monday, Park said she would continue the anti-North broadcast campaign as long as the condition for an apology is not met. “The government will take appropriate action [if...
  • Astro-Challenge: Splitting 44 Boötis

    08/24/2015 9:12:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Universe Today ^ | on August 24, 2015 | David Dickinson
    How good are your optics? Nothing can challenge the resolution of a large light bucket telescope, like attempting to split close double stars. This week, we’d like to highlight a curious triple star system that presents a supreme challenge over the next few years and will ‘keep on giving’ for decades to come. The star system in question is 44 Boötis, in the umlaut-adorned constellation of Boötes the herdsman. Boötes is still riding high to the west at dusk for northern hemisphere observers in late August, providing observers a chance to split the pair during prime-time viewing hours. Sometimes also...
  • Gold stands tall as China fears fuel safe-haven draw

    08/23/2015 10:46:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:57pm EDT | Manolo Serapio Jr
    Asian equities tumbled, the U.S. dollar retreated and industrial commodities from copper to oil slid to their weakest since 2009. "Gold is rising on market fears," said Howie Lee, analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore. Lee said gold looks on track to rally to $1,200 an ounce, a level last seen in June. Gold rose to as much as $1,168.40 on Friday, its highest since July 7. It gained more than 4 percent last week, the most since mid-January. Fears of a China-led global economic slowdown drove Wall Street to its steepest one-day drop in nearly four years on Friday,...
  • Activists say Islamic State destroyed temple at Syria's Palmyra

    08/23/2015 4:49:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | August 23, 2013
    Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits near the modern Syrian city of the same name. Activists said the militants used explosives to blow up the Baalshamin Temple on its grounds, the blast so powerful it also damaged some of the Roman columns around it. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday night that the temple was blown up a month ago. Turkey-based activist Osama al-Khatib, who is originally from Palmyra, said the temple was blown up Sunday. Both said the extremists used a large amount of explosives...
  • Calgary is stunned by SNOWFALL in the middle of summer

    08/23/2015 4:45:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 23 August 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    For most people, seeing snow falling in the middle of summer might come as a bit of a surprise. But not for the residents of Calgary, who happily watched the white stuff falling all of yesterday and barely batted an eyelid. ... While the heaviest flurries took place across the Rockies, particularly in Banff, but by early afternoon it had begun snowing across lower ground, including in Calgary. By the following day, however, things returned to normal with a full day of sunshine, though temperatures were still a little low at 60F (15C). The forecast for the rest of the...
  • Wiz Khalifa Handcuffed for Using ‘Hoverboard’ at LAX

    08/23/2015 11:05:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Time ^ | Tanya Basu
    The first video show Khalifa surrounded by cops. “This? I didn’t do nothing, anyway,” he says in the video showing a time stamp of 3:55 pm. “What you want to do? Put me in jail because I didn’t listen to what you say? We can have all the conversations you want to, you can end up on TMZ, destined to become as famous as you wanna be.” ... Khalifa went to Twitter regarding the incident, mentioning in multiple tweets that hoverboards were the way of the future.
  • NASA wants to turn astronauts' poop into food

    08/23/2015 7:37:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Using urine and breathed-out carbon dioxide as the building blocks to create useful aboard items, the team is genetically engineering yeast to produce things that astronauts may need. "A particular strain of yeast can be genetically manipulated to create polymers, or plastics, used for 3D printing, as well as Omega 3s, which lower heart disease risk, and protect skin and hair," Mark Blenner, professor at Clemson, was quoted as saying in a Quartz report.
  • Remains of 25-Year-Old Texas Woman Were Likely Stolen From Funeral Home After Service: Police

    08/23/2015 7:22:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The 25-year-old Texan died after a long bout with cystic fibrosis. Her funeral was August 15 at the Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. “There wasn’t any forced entry to the facility,” Sgt. Javier Salazar told CNN affiliate KSAT. “So what it’s believed is between the hours of 1:30 p.m., when the service ended, to about 4:30 p.m., when they locked up for the evening, someone came in and stole Ms. Mott’s remains. That person remains at large.” Funeral home owner Dick Tips told the affiliate that he believes the body may have been stolen by someone who didn’t support Mott’s...
  • New book argues that social sciences are critical to climate conversation

    08/22/2015 3:43:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    themarketbusiness.com ^ | Richard Irwin
    “Though additional work always remains, the physical sciences have completed their core task when it comes to climate change,” says Bill McKibben... "What we don’t know is how to stop ourselves from harming the climate, which is why this book and the social sciences are so important.” Edited by environmental sociologists Robert J. Brulle, PhD, a professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Riley E. Dunlap, a professor at Oklahoma State University, the book highlights new things by presenting climate change as a completely social phenomenon, implanted in behaviors, institutions and cultural practices. “We need to develop...
  • Koreas to resume high-level talks Sunday to work out differences

    08/22/2015 2:47:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    The talks, which were first proposed by North Korea on Friday, came an hour after the Pyongyang-set deadline for defusing the crisis passed. On Thursday, North Korea gave a 48-hour ultimatum for South Korea to end propaganda broadcasts along the heavily fortified border and dismantle all loudspeakers, saying it otherwise will launch "a strong military action." North Korea also warned Friday that it is prepared to engage in "all-out war." Propaganda broadcasts have become a bone of contention between the two Koreas after South Korea resumed them earlier this month for the first time in 11 years. South Korea took...
  • FDNY rescues 910-pound woman through apartment window

    08/22/2015 2:23:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    NY Post ^ | Kevin Fasick and Aaron Feis
    The woman, 70, was hoisted in a large yellow net by FDNY paramedics from her Fifth Avenue home and rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. “Firemen came down and measured the elevator door,” the building doorman said. “She would not have been able to get out of the door.”
  • Booze Sent to Space to Explore 'Mellow' Mechanism

    08/22/2015 12:05:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Elizabeth Howell
    Tokyo-based Suntory Global Innovation Center, which has a division called Suntory Whiskey, launched a set of alcoholic beverages toward the International Space Station on Wednesday (Aug. 19) aboard Japan's fifth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5). The booze includes five different types of distilled spirits, Suntory representatives said. The robotic HTV-5 is scheduled to reach the orbiting lab on Monday (Aug. 24). But astronauts will not crack open a bottle to celebrate the freighter's arrival; the liquor is flying for purely scientific purposes. Suntory plans to conduct future experiments to see how the "mellowness" of sprits is affected by microgravity and a...
  • Real Life First Person Shooter - Behind the Scenes

    08/21/2015 7:53:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | RealmPictures
    We created a live action first-person zombie shooter in our garden - then invited unsuspecting people on chatroulette, omegle and skype to take control... ...and this is how we did it Many thanks to all involved!
  • Step Inside Alanis Morissette’s Home Meditation Room: ‘It’s Where I Go to Tune In to Emotions’

    08/21/2015 5:48:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    In the September issue of Women’s Health, Morissette gave readers a tour of her special ’90s-angst-free room, which she calls her “talk pit.” “It’s kind of where I go to tune in to emotions, get divine messages through prayer. I do my gratitude lists in there,” she said. “I carve out different goals, I journal, I read, I listen to meditation — I do all my practices in there.” The singer, who meditates almost every morning, admitted she’s trying to address her self-diagnosed work addiction. ... “If I’m going through a particularly troubled time, I’ll use grapefruit. If I’m mired...
  • What You Will and Won't See on Fear the Walking Dead

    08/21/2015 5:39:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    outerplaces.com ^ | Friday, 21 August 2015 - 11:03AM | Janey Tracey
    Fear the Walking Dead finally premieres on Sunday, and like any spin-off, it's contending with massive amounts of fan expectation. But how many of those expectations will actually be fulfilled? Here's everything you can expect- and can't expect- from the first season of Fear the Walking Dead: What you will see Difficult zombie kills The Walking Dead does a fantastic job of demonstrating the decomposition of the walkers, especially since it becomes easier and easier to kill them each season. Last season, the characters managed to kill a horde of walkers using just a fire hose. Don't expect that kind...
  • NASA salvages old space shuttle parts for the ISS

    08/21/2015 3:17:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    NASA has apparently been stripping and reusing parts from old spacecraft, because when you have lofty goals and a limited budget, you gotta do what you gotta do. For instance, it's salvaging the four water tanks installed on the space shuttle Endeavour this week, so the agency can use them to build a new storage system for the International Space Station. Those tanks can store 300 liters in all that can last for 25 to 27 days: they're expected to help free more time for the crew to spend on their experiments. Also, according to NASA spokesperson Daniel Huot, they...
  • Massive Human Skull Rack Found at Aztec Temple

    08/21/2015 3:14:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    Discovery ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Found on the western side of what was once the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan, in modern Mexico City, the partially unearthed skull rack was likely built between 1485 and 1502 and may have been about 112 feet (34 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Mostly belonging to young adult men, but also to women and children, several of the unearthed skulls feature holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a rack on which the skulls of sacrificed people were arranged on wooden poles and displayed... To make the scene even more horrifying,...
  • Cops Arrest Florida Man, 40, For Sauerkraut Battery On Girlfriend

    08/21/2015 1:30:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    According to police, Matthew Burnett, 40, "smashed a plate of sauerkraut" into the face of his girlfriend during an argument Tuesday evening at a Ramada Inn in Sarasota. Burnett and the 36-year-old victim met online and have “been together off and on for ten months,” cops noted.
  • U.S. Flash PMI Falls To 22 Month Low At 52.9

    08/21/2015 10:32:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Kitco News ^ | Friday August 21, 2015 09:48 | Neils Christensen
    The U.S. manufacturing sector is once again under pressure as it continues to hover just above contraction level, according to the latest flash Purchasing Managers Index data. Friday, private research firm Markit said its August PMI estimate fell to a level of 52.9, compared to July’s final reading of 53.8. According to consensus reports, economists were expecting to see a reading at 53.9. According to the report, this is the lowest manufacturing reading since October 2013. ““With the headline PMI swiftly losing ground after a modest rebound during July, the latest figure now points to the weakest overall pace of...
  • London's sky pool will let the super-rich swim through the air

    08/21/2015 6:06:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    Developers in London are building what they claim is the world's first "sky pool" — a 25-meter-long swimming pool suspended 10 stories in the air between two blocks of luxury flats. The transparent pool at Embassy Gardens will be three meters deep with a water depth of 1.2 meters, and will be constructed with the help of aquarium designers using 20-cm-thick glass. The pool will allow residents to swim between the development's roof-top bar, spa, and orangery (a walkway will be available as well), with prices for apartments and penthouses in the complex starting at £602,000 ($942,572). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "It will...
  • [California] State government emails linked to Ashley Madison site

    08/20/2015 7:31:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Patrick McGreevy
    The government email addresses of nearly 50 current and former California state workers were included in a list made public by hackers of users of Ashley Madison, the online dating site for married people.. Email addresses on the list included those for employees of the state departments of Transportation, General Services, Public Health, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Industrial Relations and Water Resources, as well as the state judiciary. No elected officials were on the list of government emails. A representative of the Brown administration said tech workers routinely check websites for evidence that state emails are being improperly used and some...
  • Google ordered to remove links to ‘right to be forgotten’ removal stories

    UK data protection watchdog orders search engine to remove search result links to news stories about right to be forgotten link removals Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. The search engine had previously removed links relating to a 10 year-old criminal offence by an individual after requests made under the right to be forgotten ruling. Removal of those links from Google’s search results for the claimant’s name spurred new news posts detailing...
  • How to Find Rosetta’s Comet In Your Telescope

    08/20/2015 5:21:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Bob King
    How would you like to see one of the most famous comets with your own eyes? Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko plies the morning sky, a little blot of fuzzy light toting an amazing visitor along for the ride — the Rosetta spacecraft. When you look at the coma and realize a human-made machine is buzzing around inside, it seems unbelievable. If you have a 10-inch or larger telescope, or you’re an experienced amateur with an 8-inch and pristine skies, 67P is within your grasp. The comet glows right around magnitude +12, about as bright as it will get this apparition. Periodic comets...
  • Petition Seeks to Make Former ‘Daily Show’ Host Jon Stewart a Presidential Debate Moderator

    08/20/2015 4:52:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Over 85,000 people have signed a Change.org petition that wants the satirical host to moderate a 2016 presidential debate. “Over the last 16 years, Jon Stewart has played an influential and iconic role in covering U.S. politics and media,” the petition reads. “We believe he should continue that tradition as a moderator at one of the 2016 Presidential Debates.” The petition is surging on Change.org with it growing by more than 1200 percent since Wednesday, according to the site.