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  • Turkey issues warrants for 42 journalists amid criticism

    07/25/2016 8:39:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Turkey on Monday issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists suspected of links to the alleged organizers of a failed military uprising, intensifying concerns that a sweeping crackdown on alleged coup plotters could target media for any news coverage critical of the government. While the Turkish government said it is investigating the journalists for possible criminal conduct rather than their reporting, critics warned that a state of emergency imposed after the July 15 coup attempt poses a threat to freedom of expression. ... Journalists wanted for questioning include Nazli Ilicak, whose columns in the Ozgur Dusunce newspaper criticized Erdogan’s...
  • NASA is going under the sea … and you’ll never guess why

    07/25/2016 3:50:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    It will be a 16-day mission that started July 21. The crew will test out tools and techniques for future space exploration. They will also test a telemedicine device and, while they’re down there anyway, collect a few samples for marine biology and geology studies. “NEEMO 21 astronauts and crew will pioneer complex tasks on the seafloor utilizing the most advanced underwater navigation and science tools which are methodically choreographed to mimic a Mars exploration traverse,” NEEMO Project Lead Bill Todd said in the statement. “Equipment can fail, communication can be challenging and tasks can take longer than expected. Other...
  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges

    07/25/2016 7:03:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    abc ^ | Sat at 12:49am
    he government of predecessor Benigno Aquino had pledged to the United Nations to cut the Asian country's emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 from 2000 levels if it got support from developed nations to convert to clean technologies. "I have misgivings about this Paris [climate deal] ... The problem is these industrialised countries have reached their destination," Mr Duterte said in a series of speeches during a visit to the southern island of Mindanao. The international deal aimed at curbing emissions was signed in Paris in December last year, but only 19 countries including France and island-states threatened by...
  • Portland researchers are trying to rebuild Massachusetts’ loon population

    07/24/2016 12:10:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    “All we need to do is establish one pair,” Evers said. “Once that one pair is established and once that pair produces young, and those young come back, and they start to establish territories, then you’ve got some brooding that can start from that little seed.” However, common loons can be slow to recover because they don’t breed until they are several years old. “Loons depend on high-quality habitat without certain types of disturbance,” said Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • BREAKING: Armed suspect on I-215 freeway in Perris [California] forces closures

    07/24/2016 9:11:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    myvalleynews.com ^ | July 24, 2016 | Trevor Montgomery on
    PERRIS [California] – Multiple reports of a highly agitated man on the I-215 freeway in Perris brought an overwhelming response from California Highway Patrol officers and Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies this morning, Sunday, July 24, A CHP official confirmed. Callers told CHP dispatchers the man was armed with multiple rifles A CHP incident log showed the first of numerous 911 calls began to flood into the CHP Temecula Border Station at about 5:40 a.m. Multiple callers reported seeing a man laying on the ground near the center divider of the freeway. Callers said the alleged suspect was armed with at...
  • Carr: Clinton Crime Family tried to bury Bern

    07/24/2016 5:29:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | Sunday, July 24, 2016 | Howie Carr
    I know what you’re thinking: the primary campaign is over, so what difference, at this point, does it make? But on the eve of the Democratic convention, this leak of 20,000 emails among the DNC hacks has enraged the Bernie bros. It confirms that the DNC and the Hillary campaign have always been one and the same — and that the entire primary process was “rigged,” as Donald Trump keeps putting it in his tweets. (I am pleased to report that my name appears in these WikiLeaks. Not as one of the in-the-satchel reporters, but in a forwarded newspaper story...
  • ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

    07/24/2016 5:03:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    reuters ^ | 07/24/2016 | Manuel Mogato and Simon Webb
    Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met for the first time since the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague handed an emphatic legal victory to the Philippines in the maritime dispute earlier this month. The ruling denied China's sweeping claims in the strategic seaway, through which more than $5 trillion in global...
  • Soon you’ll be able to watch teams play Overwatch for $300,000 on TBS

    07/23/2016 2:00:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    TBS announced that it will air the Overwatch Open Grand Finals. In a press release, ELeague, a new esports organization established in partnership between Turner, WME | IMG, and Faceit, will host a new $300,000 Overwatch tournament. Most of the tournament will take place on Twitch, while TBS will broadcast the finals alongside the Internet stream. The online phase of the tournament will begin on July 23 and is limited to North America and Europe. The online rounds will lead to the playoffs, which will run during the weekend of August 26. The top eight teams from each region will...
  • New software to help you ‘time travel’

    07/22/2016 7:22:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Scientists have developed a new system that can let you imagine how you would look with a different hairstyle and colour, or in another time period, age or country. After uploading an input photo, you type in a search term — such as “curly hair,” “India” or “1930s,” researchers said. The software’s algorithms search Internet photo collections for similar images in that category and seamlessly map the person’s face onto the results, they said. The system called Dreambit developed by researchers from University of Washington in the U.S. lets a person imagine how they would look with a different hairstyle...
  • General Electric, Honeywell Post Downbeat Revenue

    07/22/2016 2:56:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07/22/2016
    GE’s challenges are multiple but consistent, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Bornstein said, borne out of slow global economic growth and turbulent geopolitical times—everything from the U.K. vote to leave the European Union to Middle East turmoil and currency shifts. “All this uncertainty generally limits growth,” Mr. Bornstein said. The company forecasts revenue will improve over the remainder of the year, helped by an anticipated surge in power turbine shipments. “Bottom line, we are seeing organic growth accelerating in the second half,” Chief Executive Jeff Immelt said on a conference call Friday. While the company’s oil and gas and transportation businesses...
  • IMF's Lagarde to stand trial in Tapie case

    07/22/2016 8:19:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:24pm IST
    France's highest appeals court ruled on Friday that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a 400 million euros ($440 million) state payout in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie. She was French finance minister at the time. The court rejected her appeal against a judge's order in December for her to stand trial at the Cour de Justice de la Republique, a special court that tries ministers for crimes in office. Her lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve expressed regret over the decision and said he was convinced that the trial would show she was innocent. IMF...
  • 18 states see significant job gains, but unemployment rises

    07/22/2016 8:13:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07/22/2016
    n Colorado, the rate jumped 0.4 point from May to a still-low 3.7 percent as more of its population began looking for work without being hired, a positive for the economy as it suggests greater optimism that these people will find jobs. A similar trend played out in five other states: Nevada and Oregon each saw a 0.3 percent increase, while rates went up 0.2 points in California, Maine and South Dakota. Those trends correspond with the national report that saw the unemployment rate rise from 4.7 percent in May to 4.9 percent as more workers started searching for jobs.
  • Super-hard metal 'four times tougher than titanium'

    07/22/2016 7:58:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    BBC ^ | 07/22/2016 | Helen Briggs
    A super-hard metal has been made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold. The alloy is the hardest known metallic substance compatible with living tissues, say US physicists. The material is four times harder than pure titanium and has applications in making longer-lasting medical implants, they say. Conventional knee and hip implants have to be replaced after about 10 years due to wear and tear. Details of the new metal - an alloy of gold and titanium - are revealed in the journal, Science Advances. Prof Emilia Morosan, of Rice University, Houston, said her team had made the...
  • Russian warplanes reportedly bombed US base in Syria [last month]

    07/22/2016 7:37:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    fo.com ^ | 07/22/2016
    Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said. Despite the fact that some forces could have been killed and the bombing dampened relations between Russia and the Pentagon and CIA, the White House and State Department still persued a compromise. The U.S. and Russia agreed to a pact...
  • IL Trump delegate removed from RNC after racist Facebook post

    07/21/2016 3:12:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    abc7chicago ^ | 07/21/2016
    The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party said credentials for one of Donald Trump's delegates have been pulled after she made a racist comment online. Reports say Lori Gayne admits she was the author of a Facebook post made under a different name at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Gayne posted a photo of law enforcement officials in Cleveland. The description said, "Our brave snipers just waiting for some n***** to try something. Love them."
  • Turkey and Erdogan: Here comes the (real) caliphate

    07/21/2016 2:34:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ralph Peters
    To us, “caliphate” appeared to be just another name for a vast torture chamber. But for hundreds of millions of Muslims, many of whom have nothing to do with ISIS, the caliphate is associated with a lost and much-romanticized golden age when the caliph, who was also the Turkish sultan, claimed spiritual dominion over all Muslims. In the 14th century, the Ottomans revived the still-older concept of a caliphate, declaring that the sultan and caliph were one. It remained so until 1924, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the great modernizer, abolished the office as a relic, insisting that Turks had to...
  • MH370 search team raises prospect plane could lie elsewhere

    07/21/2016 12:14:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:53am EDT | Jonathan Barrett and Swati Pandey
    Top searchers at the Dutch company leading the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 say they believe the plane may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments, meaning they have been scouring the wrong patch of ocean for two years. Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Searchers led by engineering group Fugro (FUGRc.AS) have been combing an area roughly the size of Greece for two years. That search, over 120,000 square kilometers of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, is expected to...
  • Where Are All the Protesters at the RNC?

    07/21/2016 9:51:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    citylab.com ^ | 07/19/2016 | Kriston Capps
    Even on Tuesday afternoon, during perhaps the largest protest so far, media and reporters easily outnumbered demonstrators. ... After the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals in June, the team beckoned some 1.3 million people to the city to celebrate.... While Cleveland and Akron have their share of Democratic voters, Ohio is still far from the elite coastal bastions of liberalism where politics plays like sports. ... There’s nowhere to stay Even people who are here in Cleveland on official business have had to book accommodations outside the city—some as far away as Akron—thanks to Cleveland’s relatively limited hotel capacity....
  • Footage Captures Man Accused Of Building Chemical Weapon Inside Walmart Store

    07/21/2016 6:38:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 07/21/2016
    The man wearing all black is initially seen in the security footage from June 18 blending in like any other shopper. But, authorities say, he didn’t come to the store to shop, but to build a chemical weapon. “This is a very bizarre case,” said Eric Sonstegard, the Oxnard Assistant Police Chief. Detectives identified the suspect as Martin Reyes. They say he went to the store after conducting research online on how to build a deadly chemical weapon. Once inside the store, police said the man assembled all of the ingredients from store shelves, which included some kind of electronic...
  • US to send ship in first naval visit [New Zealand] in three decades

    07/21/2016 6:23:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    radionz.co.nz ^ | 6:29 pm on 21 July 2016
    The United States will have to comply with New Zealand law when it sends a naval ship here in November, Prime Minister John Key says. ... A surface vessel, which would not be nuclear-powered or carry nuclear weapons, would be the most likely US ship to come, Mr Ayson said. "That doesn't mean that New Zealand has got some sort of victory here over American policy. It just means the two sides are finding another way to work around this." Greenpeace, however, hailed the announcement as a victory for New Zealand, echoing the sentiments of investigative journalist Nicky Hager who...
  • Dozens killed as tensions flare between nuclear neighbors

    07/20/2016 6:31:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cbs ^ | 07/20/2016
    Almost 45 people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured in 11 days of clashes between civilian protesters and Indian security forces in Kashmir. Protesters in several districts of the Kashmir valley have defied a government curfew to throw stones at police and paramilitary forces. In response, the forces have used bullets, pellet guns and tear gas, leading to most of the deaths and injuries. ... The protests erupted on July 9 after the killing of 22-year-old Burhan Muzaffar Wani, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, a militant group fighting for largely-Muslim Kashmir's independence from India. Huge crowds attended...
  • Residents flee Dubai Marina tower blaze

    07/20/2016 6:11:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    thenational.ae ^ | 07/20/2016 | Dana Moukhallati and Nadeem Hanif
    Residents were forced to flee after a blaze broke out in a 75-storey residential tower in Dubai Marina on Wednesday afternoon. The fire, believed to have started on the 60th floor of the Sulafa Tower about 2.45pm, spread quickly in the strong wind and damaged apartments on eight floors. Civil Defence workers evacuated nearby buildings and blocked roads to prevent injuries from falling debris, leading to traffic chaos as hundreds gathered to watch the blaze. A British resident of Sulafa Tower was among them, anxiously awaiting news of her cat. “We really don’t know where to turn or what to...
  • Pediatricians encourage sex ed at doc's office, home and school

    07/20/2016 2:54:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    foxnews ^ | 07/19/2016
    Children and adolescents should receive age-appropriate and evidence-based education about sex and sexuality from pediatricians, schools, professionals and parents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the U.S., according to the AAP, about one in three adolescents does not receive any information on sexuality from pediatricians. And when the subject does come up between doctors and kids, the average conversation lasts less than 40 seconds, the group says in a new report. "Which means two-thirds of the time it's not discussed at all, and when it is discussed it's such a brief time," said Dr. Cora Breuner ... The...
  • When Your Sutures Talk Back To Convey Critical Medical Info

    07/20/2016 2:40:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Researchers at Tufts University have developed a “toolkit” of biocompatible threads that can sense everything from temperature to pH to physical strain... "Most sensors that people build are typically on hard substrates like glass or silicone. We were very interested in making sensors that we can intimately interface with tissues and biological things,” said Dr. Sameer Sonkusale, the lead researcher and an associate professor of electrical engineering at Tufts University. The researchers started with cotton thread, like the ones that make up your shirt, and worked from there to develop an entire toolkit of sensors. The team has moved on...
  • Connectome map more than doubles human cortex’s known regions

    07/20/2016 2:22:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    nih.gov ^ | 07/20/2016
    The new study identified – with a nearly 97 percent detection rate – 97 new cortex areas per hemisphere, in addition to confirming 83 that were previously known. NIMH grantees David Van Essen, Ph.D., (link is external) and Matthew Glasser (link is external), Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues at six other researcher centers, report on their discoveries July 20, 2016 in the journal Nature. Earlier studies of cortex organization often used just one measure, such as examining postmortem tissue with a microscope. Uncertain delineation of cortex areas has sometimes led to shaky comparability of brain imaging...
  • Seaplane Crashes on Inaugural Flight in China, Killing 5

    07/20/2016 11:42:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    abc ^ | 07/20/2016
    The Cessna 208B, operated by Joy Air General Air, was carrying two crew members and eight invited guests, mostly government workers and local journalists, according to local media. ... The seaplane took off from Jinshan in suburban Shanghai and was bound for the Zhoushan islands, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) to the south. The route is designed for tourists and sightseers who want to escape to the islands from sprawling Shanghai. Local journalists were invited to tour the seaplane before its takeoff, and some of them boarded the aircraft for the subsequent flight along with local officials. Wednesday's flight appeared...
  • These 3 Conservative Policies Have Allowed Indiana’s Economy to Flourish

    07/20/2016 11:22:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 07/06/2016 | Sen. Dan Coats
    1. Reduce Bureaucratic Red Tape Republican leaders made it easier to do business in Indiana. They reduced bureaucratic red tape and eliminated many unnecessary regulations. Rather than burdening employers and trying to micromanage how businesses operate, Republicans put in place policies that have allowed our state to grow. 2. Balance the Budget The state put its fiscal house in order. Statehouse leaders cut government spending, balanced the budget, created a surplus, and built a near record reserve fund. Indiana earned a triple-A credit rating in 2010 and has maintained it ever since. These strategies help put the state in a...
  • South Sudan government rejects foreign troops, backs protest

    07/20/2016 10:08:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 20 at 12:55 PM | Jason Patinkin | AP
    The African Union this week called for a “regional protection force” to bolster a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in the East African country and separate warring parties. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has supported reinforcing the mission. The spokesman for South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar, now first vice president, says Machar has also called for a “third force” to secure the capital, Juba, after President Salva Kiir’s forces bombed his house during the fighting that raised fears of a return to civil war. The spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said Machar fled Juba and will not return, despite Kiir’s invitation,...
  • Pro extreme skier dies in Chilean avalanche while filming video game promos

    07/20/2016 9:54:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07/20/2016
    Matilda Rapaport, a Swedish extreme free skier, has died after she was caught in an avalanche while filming promotional material for an upcoming video game last week in Chile. She was 30. Rapaport was engulfed by the avalanche Thursday after a winter storm in the resort village of Farrellones, about 45 miles northeast of Santiago in central Chile. According to a statement released Monday by Red Bull, one of her sponsors, she succumbed to her injuries a few days later “despite intensive medical care and treatment over the subsequent days.” She had been married to her longtime boyfriend, alpine World...
  • Family: No lawsuit over Disney World gator attack

    07/20/2016 8:44:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    "Melissa and I are broken. We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane. As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received from around the world. We know that we can never have Lane back, and therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation. It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts. In addition to the foundation, we will solely...
  • Russia doping in Sochi was state-dictated with secret service backing, WADA report finds

    07/19/2016 12:40:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/18/2016
    The Moscow laboratory operated a scheme for the false reporting of positive samples which Richard McClaren called the Disappearing Positive Methodology The Ministry of Sport, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the main heir to the Soviet-era KGB, were all involved Russia's Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh was advised of every positive test from 2011 onwards and decided "who would benefit from a cover-up and who would not be protected" Mr Nagornykh used the code word "save" when he wanted an athlete who had tested positive to be protected and "quarantine" for the...
  • Rocky exercise device will help keep deep space a fit place

    07/19/2016 12:31:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 19, 2016 by | Matt Williams, Universe Today
    While astronauts on the ISS have enough space for the work-out equipment they need to help reduce these effects (i.e. muscle degeneration and loss of bone density), long-range missions are another matter. Luckily, NASA has plans for how astronauts can stay healthy during their upcoming Journey to Mars. It's known as the Resistive Overload Combined with Kinetic Yo-Yo (ROCKY) device, which will be used aboard the Orion spacecraft. For years, engineers at NASA and in the private sector have been working to create the components that will take astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s. These include the Space...
  • Apparent Norovirus Strikes California Delegates At GOP Convention

    07/19/2016 11:44:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    cbs ^ | 07/19/2016
    California Delegation Executive Director Cynthia Bryant confirmed at least one member of the delegation was ill, but as many as a dozen delegates were sick with a similar virus, according to CBS San Francisco reporter Doug Sovern. About a dozen in CA delegation felled by norovirus now, moving them offsite as a precaution to keep from spreading. #RNCinCLE (I feel fine) — Doug Sovern (@SovernNation) July 19, 2016 ... Any delegates with symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea were asked to contact California GOP officials and refrain from riding the bus with the rest of the delegation.
  • Chemists create vitamin-powered battery

    07/19/2016 8:44:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    sciencemag.org ^ | Jul. 19, 2016 , 11:00 AM | By Naomi Lubick
    In the latest version of an organic flow battery—which uses carbon-based organic compounds instead of metal ions to carry charges—scientists have introduced a molecule similar to the core of vitamin B2 to carry energy. Like other flow batteries, this one stores energy in two liquids and generates an electrical current as the liquids flow past each other, trading electrons across a membrane. Because the liquids can be housed in large tanks, these batteries have the potential to store days’ worth of energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar. The liquids typically use metals, such as vanadium, to shuttle...
  • Fallout 4 Update Patch 1.6 Notes Revealed For PS4 And Xbox One

    07/19/2016 7:41:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    attackofthefanboy.com ^ | on July 19, 2016 | Damian Seeto
    Bethesda has released update patch 1.6 for Fallout 4 today on the Xbox One and PS4 platforms of the game. Aside from the usual fixes, this new update patch includes new names for Codsworth to say. The patch also gives support for the upcoming Workshop mode DLC. Full patch notes can be seen below [at the link]. ... The aforementioned workshop DLC comes to Fallout 4 on July 26th. After that, the Nuka-World DLC will be released this August on all platforms.
  • USGS: Some Earthquakes on San Andreas Fault Are Triggered by Gravitational Tug Between Sun and Moon

    07/18/2016 7:49:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/18/2016 | Rosanna Xia
    Like sea levels, the surface of the Earth also goes up and down with the tides, flexing the crust and stressing the faults inside.... “...[T]he moon, when it's pulling in the same direction that the fault is slipping, causes the fault to slip more – and faster,” said Nicholas van der Elst, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist... ... Like ocean tides, the strongest Earth tides occur when the sun and moon are aligned, and the weakest occur when they are 90 degrees apart. The same gravitational forces stretch and compress the Earth’s crust (though the rock moves less dramatically than...
  • New report calls for ‘justice for millennials’

    07/18/2016 5:05:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 07/18/2016 | Luke Graham
    The report, "Stagnation Generation", calls for the social contract between young and old generations to be renewed, as millennials are at risk of becoming the first generation to earn less over their lifetime than earlier generations. According to the report, in the U.K. today's 27 year olds are earning the same amount as a 27 year old would have 25 years ago. "A typical millennial has actually earned £8,000 ($10,587) less during their twenties than those in the preceding generation – generation X," the report claims. ... Meanwhile, young people are failing to get onto the property ladder. The report...
  • Father Of Football Star Murdered By Illegal Immigrant To Speak At Republican National Convention

    07/18/2016 9:49:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 07/18/2016
    Another SoCal-based speaker will be Sabine Durden of Moreno Valley, whose son Dominic was killed in 2012 at the age of 30 in a collision with a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by an unlicensed driver. The driver had a previous felony conviction for grand theft, according to court records, and was in the country illegally. Shaw has spoken at previous events featuring Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Shaw told the crowd at a Trump rally in Costa Mesa in April that when he saw television coverage of Trump announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015, “for the...
  • Lightweight Telescopes In CubeSats Using Carbon Nanotube Mirrors

    07/18/2016 9:25:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 07/14/2016 | Matt Williams
    Using carbon nanotubes, the Goddard team – which is led by Dr. Theodor Kostiuk of NASA’s Planetary Systems Laboratory and Solar System Exploration Division – have created a revolutionary new type of telescope mirror. These mirrors will be deployed as part of a CubeSat, one which may represent a new breed of low-cost, highly effective space-based telescopes. This latest innovation also takes advantage of another field that has seen a lot of development of late. CubeSats, like other small satellites, have been playing an increasingly important role in recent years. Unlike the larger, bulkier satellites of yesteryear, miniature satellites are...
  • Three Police Officers killed IN Baton Rouge

    07/17/2016 7:46:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1,754 replies
    Just a breaking news report over KTLA so far
  • SpaceX launching space station docking port for NASA

    07/17/2016 5:14:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    phys.org ^ | 07/17/2016 | marcia dunn
    The unmanned Falcon rocket is scheduled to lift off early Monday. Excellent weather is forecast for the 12:45 a.m. launch. Aboard the rocket is a replica of the docking port destroyed in a SpaceX launch accident last summer. This is port No. 2. NASA needs at least one and preferably two of these ports for crew capsules under development by both SpaceX and Boeing. Americans have been stuck riding Russian rockets to the International Space Station since shuttles stopped flying five years ago this month. The SpaceX Dragon and Boeing Starliner capsules will ease this Russian dependency. SpaceX, meanwhile, will...
  • U.S. Bans Commercial and Private Flights To and From Turkey

    07/16/2016 8:10:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16, 2016 5:33 p.m. ET | Andy Pasztor
    <p>American aviation regulators have issued a notice barring all U.S. commercial and private aircraft from flying to Turkey or flying from that country into the U.S.</p> <p>The unusually broad prohibition, announced by the Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday, reflects Washington’s serious concerns about airport security in that country following this weekend’s failed coup attempt.</p>
  • Why jihadists stalk the French Riviera

    07/16/2016 7:42:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 07/16/2016 | Hanri Astier
    The French Rivera is a renowned playground for the cosmopolitan elite, but what is less well-known is that it is also a breeding ground for jihadists. Move a mile or two from the Nice coastline and its marinas, and you find bleak housing estates where disaffected youths of immigrant origin are vulnerable to radical Islam. ... In terms of reported cases of radicalisation, the Alpes-Maritimes area is second only to the notorious "93" district north of Paris. Imene Ouissi, a 22-year-old student who volunteers for a women's group in the town of Vallauris, west of Nice, noticed in 2012 that...
  • Neighbors heard rapid-fire gunshots before police discovered 3 bodies in Woodland [Washington]

    07/16/2016 6:56:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 07/12/2016
    WOODLAND, Wash. — It's not uncommon to hear gunfire in this rural community that hugs the Lewis River. But the shots that rang out so late on a Friday night were clearly different, neighbors said. "We heard shots about 10:15 p.m., about three rapid fires,'' Jeff Daniels said. "Then there was a pause. Then I heard a couple more.'' When Daniels awakened Saturday, he learned that three adults had been shot to death on the property next door, and a fourth, a woman, had driven 2.2 miles to the nearby AM/PM convenience store with a gunshot wound to the face....
  • Sun Makes Nervous Face with Hole in Its Head (Video)

    07/16/2016 6:31:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    space.com ^ | 07/15/2016 | Mike Wall
    The sun has been making some anxious faces lately — but you'd be worried, too, if a huge hole had just opened up on your head. The sun's apparent nervousness crops up in photos captured over the past few days by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO); you can see the gorgeous images compiled into a video here. The sun's "eyes" are actually active regions, which serve as launch pads for solar flares and the eruptions of superheated solar plasma known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). And the anxious, crinkly mouth is a coronal hole, a relatively cool and dark region...
  • Soon a NASA astronaut will get to sequence DNA in space

    07/15/2016 10:53:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | ·Published July 15, 2016 | Rob Verger
    Very early Monday morning, a SpaceX rocket is scheduled to blast off for the International Space Station, and among the cargo it will be lifting up will be a small DNA sequencer. That tiny device will let NASA astronaut Kate Rubins sequence DNA in space, the first time that’s happened. Rubins is a 37-year-old microbiologist who, until she launched up to the station earlier this month from Kazakhstan, had never been to space before. Her career had seen her studying dangerous pathogens like ebola and smallpox, and as a doctoral student, she focused on cancer biology. The small sequencer set...
  • Does farming have multiple roots? DNA reveals several communities began growing crops 10,000 years a

    07/14/2016 7:53:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Sarah Griffiths
    Now experts believe several genetically distinct Stone Age hunter-gatherer communities living in the region began to grow crops and keep animals 10,000 years ago, before subsequent generations went on to sow the seeds of farming far and wide. ‘It had been widely assumed that these first farmers were from a single, genetically homogeneous population,’ said study author Dr Garrett Hellenthal of University College London (UCL). ‘However, we've found that there were deep genetic differences in these early farming populations, indicating very distinct ancestries.’ A team of researchers examined ancient DNA from four skeletons representing some of the world's first farmers...
  • Disney firefighters were warned to stop feeding alligators

    07/14/2016 6:47:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 07/14/2016 | Sandra Pedicini
    The admonitions were in emails from employees at Reedy Creek Emergency Services. Reedy Creek is the Disney-controlled taxing district that provides government services to the theme parks and surrounding areas. The emails were obtained through a public-records request made after an alligator snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves from the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon on June 14 and drowned him while he was on vacation with family from Nebraska. The attack took place at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. After that, many tourists came forward with their own stories of alligator sightings at Disney. One employee at the resort said...
  • In Cosmic First, Scientists Spy a Star's Snow Line

    07/14/2016 6:24:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    space.com ^ | July 13, 2016 01:00pm ET | Sarah Lewin,
    For the first time, astronomers have caught a glimpse of the water snow line around a star — the point in the young star's orbiting disk of debris where snow and ice first appear. Normally, that boundary huddles too close to the star for astronomers to see it, but this particular star had a sudden burst of brightness that superheated its disk, obliterating ice further out than usual. ... A newborn star is surrounded by an orbiting pancake of gas, dust and debris — the raw materials from which its complement of alien planets will eventually form. Most stars are...
  • 'Extinct' Volcano Near Rome Rumbles to Life

    07/14/2016 5:58:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    A volcano outside Rome, long thought extinct, is rumbling to life. But don't panic: The volcano isn't likely to blow its top for at least another 1,000 years. Colli Albani is a volcanic complex of hills located 19 miles (30 kilometers) from the center of Rome. There are no historical records of eruptions from Colli Albani, so it was long thought to be extinct, according to the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Now, researchers have reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that Colli Albani just doesn't erupt that often. In fact, it enters an eruptive phase every 31,000 years or...