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  • Viking cats: Travelling the high seas helped felines conquer the world

    09/24/2016 3:23:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    A study into ancient feline DNA found the emergence of agriculture and boat travel were catalysts — pun intended — for the domestication and proliferation of house cats. The researchers even found evidence of one specific lineage at an ancient Viking site. The large-scale study, which was presented at the International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology at Oxford University and reported by the journal Nature, was the first of its kind. Thanks to a 9,500-year-old human burial from Cyprus that also contained the remains of a cat, we know that some form of relationship between cats and humans stretches back at...
  • Pie wielder, from jail, says Kevin Johnson hit him twice 'pretty hard'

    09/22/2016 7:30:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    espn ^ | 09/22/2016 | associated press
    A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man, who was left battered and facing assault charges. The pie wielder and local activist, Sean Thompson, 32, said Thursday that the mayor overreacted, sending him to the hospital for nine stitches before he went to jail. He said he was angry Johnson devoted so much political energy to an arena for the city's basketball team and not...
  • Three Phoenix Policemen Resign After Forcing Teen to Eat Marijuana

    09/22/2016 7:23:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NBC ^ | 09/22/2016
    Police said officers pulled over the motorist, who was not identified, for speeding in a 2002 BMW at about 3:30 a.m. and later discovered the drug in his car. Faced with the officers' demand that he eat the gram of marijuana, the teenager popped it in his mouth and was subsequently issued a traffic ticket, police said. He reported feeling briefly ill from the drug. The teenager filed his complaint the same day as the traffic stop. Yahner said there was no video from the officers of the stop and that it appeared they turned off their body cameras prior...
  • Charlotte violence sparks self defense gun buying spree

    09/22/2016 3:21:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/22/16 11:56 AM | Paul Bedard
    The explosion of racial violence in Charlotte, N.C. has led to a gun buying spree by locals worried about their safety. At Hyatt Guns, one of the nation's largest, staff arrived Thursday morning after the second night of riots and encountered a line of buyers. ... "Sales last night were brisk. Most of the purchases were self defense shotguns and 12 gauge buckshot," he said. "We had people waiting at the door this morning who are looking at similar guns. People that were on the fence about buying a gun prior to last night are now making that purchase," added...
  • Calais aid workers are regularly having SEX with migrants from the Jungle camp - with FEMALE charity

    09/22/2016 12:52:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 09/22/2016 | Darren Boyle
    Calais aid workers volunteering in the Jungle have been accused of having sex with migrants, some of whom are believed to be underage, according to a whistle blower. The revelations have caused a furious row on Facebook, with some volunteers claiming the allegations should have remained secret and criticised the whistle blower for expressing his concerns. According to the whistle blower, some volunteers avail of the service of the Jungle camp prostitutes, while others have multiple partners in one day.
  • Yahoo to announce details of massive data breach

    09/22/2016 10:28:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Technology news website Recode reported yesterday that Yahoo will be confirming details of a massive data breach sometime this week, according to sources close to the situation. The breach is likely connected to claims made by hackers earlier in the summer that they had access to 200 million Yahoo user accounts, including information on names, passwords, personal information, birth dates, and other email addresses. ... Earlier in the summer, a hacker going by the moniker “Peace,” said that he would be selling credentials on 200 million Yahoo users from 2012 on the dark web for little more than $1,800. One...
  • How To See the Doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station

    09/22/2016 10:20:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 09/22/2016 | Nancy Atkinson
    “Like all other satellites, it is being tracked by the world-wide network of radar installations operated by the US Department of Defense,” Peat explained via email to Universe Today. “They make the orbital elements available to the public via the Space-Track web site and this is where we get the orbital data from in order to make our predictions.” ... If you want to watch for it yourself, Heavens-Above provides tracking information anywhere around the world. Just input your specific location and click on “Tiangong-1,” listed under “Satellites.” Heavens-Above (they also have an app) is great for being able to...
  • Existing-Home Sales Unexpectedly Fall In August To 5.33 Million Rate

    09/22/2016 7:43:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    investors.com ^ | 09/22/2016 | ed carson
    Existing-home sales for August an annual rate fell o.9% to 5.33 million units, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday, as the supply of existing homes for sales fell 10% vs. a year earlier. Economists had expected a rate of 5.44 million. Sales fell significantly in July to a revised 5.38 million, but from a recovery high. ... Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported August housing starts fell more than expected. But a day earlier, the National Association of Home Builders said its builder sentiment gauge soared in September to match an 11-year high. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve's decision to leave...
  • The Mysterious “Binary Bandits” of Philadelphia

    09/21/2016 12:24:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    In what has been described as one of the most bizarre strings of petty crimes ever recorded, dozens of people in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood have been reporting the theft of their house numbers. Interestingly, in all cases, only the “1” and “0” have been taken, which has earned the yet-to-be-identified thieves the nickname “binary bandits”. You might not notice what’s missing from dozens of houses in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, but for those living there, it has been the main topic of discussion for the past two weeks. Someone is stealing the “1” and “0” from people’s house numbers...
  • China space station to fall to Earth in 2017

    09/21/2016 7:53:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace" laboratory was launched in 2011 as part of an ambitious Chinese plan to catch up with other space powers. However, a senior space official has said the lab had "comprehensively fulfilled its historical mission". ... Speaking at a press conference last week, Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office, said: "Based on our calculation and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling." She added that it was unlikely to affect aviation activities or cause damage to the ground. But in comments reported by the Guardian newspaper, Dr...
  • Thousands Sign Petition Calling for In-N-Out to Introduce a Veggie Burger

    09/20/2016 1:01:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 20, 2016, | by Tracy Bloom
    The change.org petition, started by the Good Food Institute, asks In-N-Out CEO Lynsi Snyder to put a meatless option on the immensely popular fast-food restaurant’s menu. ... More than 18,000 people have signed the petition as of late Tuesday morning. Once it has reached the stated goal of 25,000 online signatures, organizers will send it to Snyder. This isn’t the first In-N-Out has been petitioned for a veggie burger option; another online petition on change.org from from four years ago also sought a meat-free alternative to the traditional burger. It received more than 16,500 signatures before it was “closed.
  • Man Who Removed Girlfriend’s Lung While She Was Alive at Pomona Motel Sentenced to Life in Prison...

    09/20/2016 12:50:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 78 replies
    KTLA ^ | Updated at 10:18am, September 20, 2016 | Tracy Bloom,
    Alexander Anthony Clever, who pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge in July, will not be eligible for parole, the DA’s office said in a news release. In addition to the no contest plea, the defendant also admitted to special circumstance allegations of torture and mayhem, prosecutors said. Clever went to a motel — identified by police at the time as the Motel 6 at 2470 S. Garey Ave. in Pomona — on Nov. 29, 2014, with his girlfriend, Yvette Silva, and two others. At some point, he went into the bathroom with Silva and the pair argued, according...
  • Woman Steals Xanax, Threatens to Shoot During Robbery of Camarillo Ralphs, Detectives Say

    09/20/2016 12:46:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/20/216
    he robbery occurred on April 8 after a 30- to 40-year-old woman entered a Ralphs grocery store in the 600 block of North Las Posas Road, according to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The woman wondered around the store for a few minutes before approaching the pharmacy counter with a note demanding Xanax and oxycodone prescription medications, the Sheriff’s Office stated. In the note, the woman also warned that anyone who tried to intervene would be shot, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The woman was given an undisclosed amount of Xanax and then she ran into...
  • MIT Scientists Learn To Track Emotions Using Wireless Signals

    09/20/2016 10:33:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    .fastcompany.com ^ | 09.20.16 10:00 AM | Steven Melendez
    "The whole thing started by trying to understand how we can extract information about people’s emotions and health in general using something that’s completely passive—does not require people to wear anything on their body or have to express things themselves actively," says Prof. Dina Katabi, who conducted the research along with graduate students Mingmin Zhao and Fadel Adib. The system, called EQ-Radio, works by generating a low-power wireless signal and measuring the time it takes the signal to reflect from various signals in its vicinity. Since the reflection time from people’s bodies vary as they inhale and exhale, and as...
  • ‘Sherlock’ Actress Amanda Abbington Claims Her Purse Was Stolen At The 2016 Emmys

    09/20/2016 10:02:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | September 19, 2016 11:09 AM
    According to the British actress, her handbag was taken from underneath her chair while she went to accept an award during the ceremony. Abbington took to Twitter on Sunday evening to post about the incident. Thanks for the lovely tweets re; the Emmy's. So pleased we won! Cool, right? — amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) September 19, 2016 However, we went up to collect the Emmy, did some press, came back to my seat and some bastard had nicked my purse from under my seat. Nice
  • Thousands of migrants flee as fire damages Greek camp

    09/19/2016 9:05:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    yahoo ^ | 09/19/2016 | John Hadoulis
    o casualties were reported but tents at the Moria camp were "almost entirely destroyed" and containers that provide additional accommodation and health and registration services were damaged, a police source in Athens told AFP. Firefighters were prevented from tackling the fire early on by clashes that broke out among rival nationalities in the camp, reports said. "Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrants fled the camp of Moria," to the surrounding fields, with strong winds fanning the flames also hampering firefighters, the police source said. However, once inside the firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. Police were sent out...
  • First Time: Wireless Emergency Alerts System Serves As Electronic Wanted Poster

    09/19/2016 8:21:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    KABC ^ | September 19, 2016
    A milestone in the war on terror was reached this morning as the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster. The image of wanted bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was transmitted to millions people via their cellphones.
  • NASA provides update on Asteroid Redirect Mission

    09/19/2016 6:21:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    spaceflightinsider.com ^ | 09/19/2016 | by Curt Godwin
    The mission itself has a projected launch date of December 2021 for the robotic component and some time in the mid-2020s for the crewed mission. NASA has given the program the go-ahead to proceed to Phase B, culminating in a preliminary design review and baseline of the robotic spacecraft in late 2017. The crewed mission is still in the very early discussion phase. Administrator Bolden expanded on some of Dr. Holdren’s points, noting that it is NASA’s intent to develop technology and techniques that can later be used by private industry. All three panelists were advocates of ARM being a...
  • Human skeleton found on famed Antikythera shipwreck

    09/19/2016 5:44:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    nature ^ | 19 September 2016 | Jo Marchant
    Foley and the archaeologists, meanwhile, are elated by the chance to learn more about the people on board the first-century bc ship, which carried luxury items from the eastern Mediterranean, probably intended for wealthy buyers in Rome. The skeleton discovery is a rare find, agrees Mark Dunkley, an underwater archaeologist from the London-based heritage organization Historic England. Unless covered by sediment or otherwise protected, the bodies of shipwreck victims are usually swept away and decay, or are eaten by fish. Complete skeletons have been recovered from younger ships, such as the sixteenth-century English warship the Mary Rose and the seventeenth-century...
  • Kashmir attack: What's behind the deadliest militant raid in years?

    09/19/2016 11:22:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    On Sunday, heavily-armed militants stormed an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir near the Line of Control (LoC) with territory administered by Pakistan, killing 17 soldiers. The four gunmen were killed after a gunfight, the Indian army said. Indian army officials told reporters the attack at the brigade headquarters in Uri looks to have been the work of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. ... The Line of Control, a de-facto border between the two countries separating Kashmir, is one of the most heavily militarised frontiers in the world and the incident has sparked fears of a military escalation. The incident has come...
  • Was This Masterpiece Painted With Ground Mummy?

    09/19/2016 11:07:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Eugene Delacroix's most famous painting, "Liberty Leading the People," hangs in a revered spot in Paris' Louvre Museum. Inspired by the 1830 Paris Uprising, it has been held up as an embodiment of the French national ethos, and most recently as a justification for the country's controversial burkini ban. But "Liberty Leading the People" may also have been literally painted with people. From at least the 16th century until as late as the early 1900s, a pigment made from mummified human remains appeared on the palettes of European artists, including Delacroix. Painters prized "mummy brown" for its rich, transparent shade....
  • Museum under fire for 'sexist' brain quiz

    09/15/2016 2:36:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    The Science Museum in London has come under fire for an exhibit that apparently tells you whether your brain is male or female. The interactive 'Who Am I' exhibit features a series of questions. Your answers are displayed on a 'sex-o-meter' where an arrow either lands on blue (to represent a male brain) or pink (a female brain). More Talkers Headlines According to the test, men are better at "seeing things in three dimensions" and "being able to imagine how things rotate." Women fare better "in tests that involve: distinguishing between subtle hints and details" and "having a good visual...
  • China Launches Tiangong-2 Space Lab to Prep for 2020s Space Station

    09/15/2016 1:03:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    space.com ^ | 09/15/2016 | Mike Wall
    If all goes according to plan, the 9.5-ton (8.6 metric tons) Tiangong-2 — whose name translates as "Heavenly Palace" in Mandarin — will soon settle into an orbit about 236 miles (380 kilometers) above Earth and perform a series of initial tests and checkouts, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency. [China's Tiangong-2 Space Lab Mission in Pictures] The space lab will then climb to an altitude of 244 miles (393 km) — the same height at which China's future space station will operate — and await a mid- to late-October visit from two Chinese astronauts aboard a vessel called...
  • U.S. retail sales, factory output slump; third-quarter growth forecast cut

    09/15/2016 12:52:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:31pm EDT | Lucia Mutikani
    Sales were almost broadly weak, rising in only four categories, including clothing stores and restaurants and bars. Receipts at auto dealerships fell 0.9 percent and online sales, whose share has grown in recent years, dropped 0.3 percent. The Fed will hold its policy meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday. Fed Governor Lael Brainard said on Monday she wanted to see stronger consumer spending data and signs of rising inflation before hiking rates. The U.S. central bank raised its benchmark overnight interest rate at the end of last year for the first time in nearly a decade, but has held it steady...
  • Right-wingers and asylum seekers clash in eastern Germany

    09/15/2016 9:20:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    rueters ^ | 09/15/2017
    About 80 young men and women, mainly Germans from the right-wing scene who had been drinking beer, gathered in central Bautzen, some 50 kilometers northeast of Dresden, on Wednesday evening and chanted the town belonged to Germans, police said. Opposite them stood a group of around 20 unaccompanied minors-- meaning they are younger than 18 -- who are seeking asylum in Germany. "Police were called at around 20.50 and told that two groups were going at each other ... attacking each other verbally and by throwing bottles, wooden slats and other such things," Uwe Kilz, head of Bautzen's police force,...
  • Bond denied for mosque arson suspect; Public defender appointed

    09/15/2016 6:52:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    WPTV Webteam ^ | 09/14/2016 | Meghan McRoberts,
    chreiber lives in the 5700 block of northwest Zenith Dr. where a search warrant was executed. Evidence collected at the house linked him to the fire that occurred late Sunday night, the sheriff's office said. "An arrest in this case has been made just 65 hours after the fire was reported. He was picked up when he was walking on the street," said Chief Deputy Garry Wilson of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. An examination of Schreiber’s social media account also shows multiple anti-Islamic posts and comments, the sheriff’s office said. Schreiber was charged with arson and Florida’s Hate...
  • Tim Cook says augmented reality will be bigger than virtual reality

    09/14/2016 5:25:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 09/14/2016
    ook has been dropping hints about Apple's interest in augmented and virtual reality since the beginning of the year. In January, the Financial Times reported that Apple has a secret team numbering in the hundreds of employees working to develop applications of the two technologies, including headsets. In his comments to GMA, Cook doesn't entirely write off virtual reality, but he does make it sound like a lower priority for Apple. "Virtual reality sort of encloses and immerses the person into an experience that can be really cool but probably has a lower commercial interest over time," he said. "Less...
  • RIP Sports Arena: Aerial Shots Capture Demolished Former Home Of Lakers, Clippers, DNC

    09/14/2016 2:59:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    cbslocal.com/ ^ | September 14, 2016 8:52 AM
    Aerial footage Wednesday showed what was once the site of an NBA title series, two NCAA Basketball championships, the 1963 NBA All-Star Game, and the 1960 Democratic Convention now with over half of its roof demolished and much of the site covered in debris. While spending recent years largely in disrepair, the Sports Arena has a storied past: Vice President Richard M. Nixon delivered the dedication address for the Sports Arena on Memorial Day in 1958, and John F. Kennedy, then a 43-year-old senator from Massachusetts, was nominated for the Democratic presidential ticket in 1960.
  • 7 OC Children Hospitalized With Serious Infections Following Routine Dental Procedure

    09/14/2016 1:55:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 13, 2016 | Kacey Montoya, Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime and Wendy Burch,
    The children were seen at Children's Dental Group of Anaheim, located at 2156 E. Lincoln Ave., between May 3 and Aug. 2 for pulpotomies, or "baby root canals," and later developed serious bacterial infections. County health officials said eight children have been reported to have slowly progressive oral cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the mouth that can spread to the gum and bone. Seven children have been hospitalized at Children's Hospital Orange County, and officials were working to contact the parents of 500 more children who were also seen at the Anaheim dental clinic.
  • How Hanjin's collapse left a British artist stranded at sea

    09/14/2016 8:05:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/14/2016 | Yvette Tan
    She was told by the captain of the Hanjin Geneva that its South Korean owners had gone bankrupt, so the ship was barred from international ports. The 25-year-old is taking part in an artist in residency programme, which was meant to be "23 Days at Sea". ... The 23 days she was meant to spend at sea as part of the residency programme, run by Access Gallery in Vancouver, are now up. The programme, which started last year, sends artists across the Pacific Ocean each year between Vancouver and Shanghai and is meant to spark their creativity. Its inaugural trip...
  • Unexplained Stone Structures Found Off Australia’s Coast

    09/14/2016 7:49:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    mysteriousuniverse.org ^ | 09/10/2016 | Brett Tingley
    Archeologists with the University of Western Australia have discovered a mysterious set of stone structures not far from the Dampier Archipelago in northwestern Australia. If current theories about the structures are confirmed, they could potentially rewrite much of Western Australia’s early history, not to mention human history. ... The structures are a set of rooms cut into stone, some of which display evidence of early agricultural practices such as grinding seeds and storing shells. This find could change current thinking about civilizations of the time, which were previously believed to have been hunter-gatherer groups. ... The Dampier Archipelago formed around...
  • Harmony of the Seas accident: One dead, four hurt in lifeboat crash

    09/13/2016 10:08:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/13/2016
    One crew member has died and four others have been injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner. The 42-year-old Filipino crew member died when a lifeboat, with five crew, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety exercise. It fell 10 metres (33 feet) into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The accident happened during a stopover in Marseille. The injured crew members included three other Filipinos and an Indian man, AFP reports.
  • Gov. Brown Vetoes ‘Tampon Tax’ Bill, 6 Others

    09/13/2016 1:56:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    cbsla ^ | 09/13/2016
    The Democratic governor said Tuesday that it’s not right to create new tax breaks or expand existing ones that together add up to $300 million a year in state revenue. Other tax breaks that Brown announced vetoing include a proposal to eliminate sales tax on diapers and forgiving personal income taxes on mortgage debt for underwater homes.
  • 3 Syrians--believed a sleeper cell sent by ISIS-- arrested in Germany

    09/13/2016 7:19:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    The three are accused of coming to Germany in mid-November at the behest of IS "in order either to carry out an assignment they had already received or to keep themselves ready for further instructions," federal prosecutors said. The three are suspected of membership in a foreign terrorist organization. Their arrests followed raids at refugee homes in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the men had been under observation for months, and that "there are no indications of concrete attack plans" at present. "This may have been a sleeper cell," he told reporters. De Maiziere said...
  • Humans may speak a universal language, say scientists

    09/13/2016 6:57:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    TelegraphUK ^ | Sarah Knapton
    "These sound symbolic patterns show up again and again across the world, independent of the geographical dispersal of humans and independent of language lineage," said Dr Morten Christiansen, professor of psychology and director of Cornell's Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in the US where the study was carried out. "There does seem to be something about the human condition that leads to these patterns. We don't know what it is, but we know it's there." ... "It doesn't mean all words have these sounds, but the relationship is much stronger than we'd expect by chance," added Dr Christiansen. Other words found to...
  • Sir John Franklin's long-lost HMS Terror believed found

    09/12/2016 10:10:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cbc ^ | 09/12/2016 | Garrett Hinchey, CBC News
    n Monday morning, British newspaper the Guardian reported that the ship, which was abandoned in sea ice in 1848 during a failed attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage, was found "in pristine condition" in Nunavut's Terror Bay, north of where the wreck of HMS Erebus — the expedition's flagship — was found in 2014. The crew of the Arctic Research Foundation's Martin Bergmann research vessel found the shipwreck, with all three masts standing and almost all hatches closed, on Sept. 3. "Resting proud on 24 metres of water, we found HMS Terror — 203 years old, it is perfectly...
  • Robert Griffin III put on injured reserve with shoulder injury

    09/12/2016 7:25:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | Pat McManamonESPN Staff Writer
    Robert Griffin III has a fractured bone in his left shoulder and will miss at least the next eight games for the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Monday. Griffin was placed on injured reserve; if he is designated as the team's player to return, he could return to practice in six weeks, but he must miss a minimum of eight games. Browns coach Hue Jackson was asked if Griffin is done for the season. "No, I think he'll be designated for IR," Jackson said. "We'll get an opportunity to see where he is four weeks from now and go from...
  • Big tides could trigger large earthquakes, study says

    09/12/2016 12:32:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/12/2016 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    All earthquakes start very small. But the idea that’s presented in this study is that the added stress from a strong tidal force can help push a fault — already loaded up and strained to nearly its breaking point — over the edge, pushing a small earthquake to evolve into a monster. “When tides are very large, small earthquakes tend to grow a little larger,” Ide said. The magnitude 9.1 Indonesia earthquake in 2004 and magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile in 2010, which both produced damaging tsunami, occurred around the time of a full moon, close to the peak time...
  • A sailor complained of stomach pain aboard the USS Eisenhower. She then gave birth to a 7-pound girl

    09/12/2016 11:47:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | Brock Vergakis
    The baby and mother have arrived in Bahrain via helicopter with a medical escort and have been taken to a shore-based hospital for follow on care," Urban said in an email to The Virginian-Pilot. "The family practitioner aboard Ike, who delivered the baby, is certified in child birth and has experience delivering babies. A number of personnel assigned to Ike medical department have received training to deliver and care for a newborn." The Navy requires annual health examinations and for expectant mothers to self-report pregnancy within two weeks of confirmation from a medical care provider, according to Navy Personnel Command....
  • 5.1 Earthquake in Gyeongju, followed by 5.8 shock

    09/12/2016 11:30:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    arirang.com ^ | 2016-09-12 22:07:30 KST
    Our top story is a historic natural disaster in a country that's not too prone to earthquakes. Magnitude 5.1 and 5.8 tremors jolted Korea's southeastern region. This is the strongest quake to rattle the nation's inland since the country started collecting data in 1978. Our Hwang Ho-jun is in Gyeongju the epicenter of the quake he 's live on the phone with us. Hojun what have we got so far? Daniel. We have so far felt two tremors here in Gyeongju. The initial 5.1 foreshock was detected at 7:44 p.m., to be followed by a very strong earthquake measuring 5.8...
  • North Korea defied world with nuclear test. Now it seeks aid for flood disaster.

    09/12/2016 11:23:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 12 at 10:56 AM | Anna Fifield
    Floods that devastated North Korea last month are turning out to be worse than initially feared, with more than 100,000 people left homeless, according to aid workers who visited the area last week. That puts Pyongyang in the inconvenient position of having to turn to the international community for help — at the same time as North Korea is facing global condemnation after its nuclear test last week. “The effects of this flooding will be even more dramatic and devastating than initially thought,” said Chris Staines, the head of the Pyongyang office of the International Federation of Red Cross and...
  • Libyan commander's seizure of oil ports risks new conflict

    09/12/2016 10:40:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    reuters ^ | Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:29pm EDT | Aidan Lewis and Ayman al-Warfalli
    Libyan forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar said on Monday they had tightened their control over four major oil ports, casting a Western-backed project to unite Libya and revive oil exports into deep uncertainty. Haftar's forces met little resistance as they seized the terminals at Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Zueitina and Brega in an operation launched on Sunday, displacing a rival armed faction aligned with the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. The advance is the latest power struggle over the OPEC nation's energy assets, after the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi and the chaos that followed...
  • Nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 Memorial Flags Trashed At Occidental College

    09/12/2016 9:51:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    cbsla ^ | 09/12/2016
    Occidental College Republican Club wrote on Facebook that they had planted the flags on campus Saturday night, but at midnight, vandals had crushed, snapped and thrown each flag in the garbage and had instead put up posters and flyers up “that shamed the victims of 9/11.” College officials say they don’t know who is responsible for the vandalism, but are investigating and will take “appropriate disciplinary action.” Anyone with information can share the information at conduct@oxy.edu.
  • MXene: Scientists Create Extra Thin Coating to Clean Up 'Electromagnetic Pollution'

    09/11/2016 8:41:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    natureworldnews ^ | 09/11/2016 | Monica Antonio
    Tagged as MXene, the nanomaterial coating aims to contain and protect devices from electric interference, which has increased dramatically in the past years due to the boost in gadget production. The study, published in the journal Science, says that electromagnetic noise could actually have a devastating effect on other gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc. It may even lead to malfunctions and degradation. Babak Anasori, PhD, co-author of the study, explains that in order to protect devices, a thick metal coating made of aluminum or copper is needed. However, this is pretty much impractical when applied to everyday,...
  • Bioethicist: The climate crisis calls for fewer children

    09/11/2016 8:27:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 09/11/2016 | Travis N. Rieder,
    NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden profiled some of my work in procreative ethics with an article entitled, “Should we be having kids in the age of climate change?,” which summarized my published views that we ought to consider adopting a “small family ethic” and even pursuing fertility reduction efforts in response to the threat from climate change. ... Perhaps many of us in rich countries (the “us” who might be reading this) will be largely protected from these early harms; but that doesn’t make them less real to the vulnerable citizens of, say, Bangladesh, Kiribati or the Maldives. In fact, it...
  • Thousands rally against gay marriage in Tijuana: 'We have the right to defend our values'

    09/11/2016 7:58:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    .latimes.com ^ | 09/11/2016 | Sandra Dibble
    Thousands of opponents of same-sex marriage, including Tijuana’s new Roman Catholic archbishop, gathered for a rally in the city Saturday to protest Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed constitutional reform favoring the right of couples to marry regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The morning march to City Hall was one of dozens of such protests across Mexico that took place Saturday, drawing a combined hundreds of thousands of citizens. The demonstrations come on the heels of a series of legal victories scored by proponents of same-sex marriage in states across Mexico. Same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico City...
  • Clintons Began Taking White House Property a Year Ago [2000]

    09/11/2016 1:51:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    articles.latimes.com ^ | February 10, 2001 | |From the Washington Post
    Clinton and his wife started shipping White House furniture to the Clintons' newly purchased home in New York more than a year ago, despite questions at the time by the White House chief usher about whether they were entitled to remove the items. The day before the items were shipped out, chief usher Gary Walters said he questioned whether the Clintons should be taking the furnishings because he believed they were government property donated as part of a White House redecoration project in 1993, during Clinton's first year in office. But Walters was told by the White House counsel's office...
  • Child, 3, Found Walking On 210 Freeway In San Bernardino Saved By Good Samaritans

    09/11/2016 10:14:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | September 10, 2016 9:46 PM | Jennifer Kastner
    A local newspaper identified the Good Samaritan as Juan Jose Panameno Castro of Pomona. He was driving with his 15-year-old son when they apparently spotted the boy on the road. He told the Sun news he was astonished no one else stopped to help. The toddler went on a walk this morning without his parents’ knowledge. The freeway is about a half mile from the family home. ... “I thought it was a dog then when I saw him closer, I said oh my gosh, it’s a kid,” said Castro’s 15-year-old son. “We were shocked, we were really shocked that’s...
  • 'IS-inspired' Australian man charged with terrorism

    09/10/2016 9:45:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    bbc ^ | 09/10/2016
    fficers say the attacker repeatedly stabbed a 59-year-old man in a suburban park and then tried to stab a policeman. A large knife has been seized from the accused, who will appear in court later on Sunday. The victim, who was reportedly walking his dog in the park, suffered injuries to his body and hands, and remains in hospital in a serious condition. Although the authorities say they believe the attacker was inspired by IS, they do not think he has close ties to any extremist organisation. "This is the new face of terrorism. This is the new face of...
  • In Remebrance: 9/11, the Clintons, and Gorelick's Wall

    09/10/2016 8:58:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 09/11/2011 | Talisker
    When people think of 9/11, the first names that should cross their minds is Jamie Gorelick and Bill and Hillary Clinton. "Gorelick's Wall" was created to block, slow and mislead investigations into the plethora of Clinton scandals and leads by literally destroying the ability of the country's investigative agencies to speak to each other. For those of you who missed this, in typical Clinton style it was that blunt - Gorelick wrote a memo that decreed that the various agencies could not talk to each other about their investigations, if they thought their leads, evidence or other information might be...