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  • China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts

    02/27/2015 8:34:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    China operates one of the world's most sophisticated online censorship mechanisms, known as the Great Firewall. Censors keep a grip on what can be published online, particularly content seen as potentially undermining the ruling Communist Party.
  • Monkey Business: Person Dressed As Gorilla Startles Agoura Hills Residents Out Of Bed

    02/27/2015 8:16:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    I was startled and woke up to somebody ringing my doorbell and beating on the door.” It was just before 1 a.m. when Bruce Grant was jarred out of bed at his Agoura Hills home. “At that moment, the window started banging to the right, in my living room. So, I ripped over there, thinking that somebody was going to break the window trying to get my attention. I opened up the curtains and saw a full-grown person in a monkey suit, within a foot of my face.” “I looked behind him and saw another person standing in a full,...
  • Dark Energy Camera Takes Accidental Gigantic, Magnificent Picture of Comet Lovejoy

    02/27/2015 11:32:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Nancy Atkinson
    On December 27, 2014, while the Dark Energy Survey was scanning the southern sky, C2014 Q2 entered the camera’s view. Each of the rectangular shapes above represents one of the 62 individual fields of the camera. At the time this image was taken, the comet was passing about 82 million km (51 million miles) from Earth. That’s a short distance for the Dark Energy Camera, which is sensitive to light up to 8 billion light years away. The comet’s center is a ball of ice roughly 5 km (3 miles) across, and the visible head of the comet is a...
  • Pharaoh Brutally Killed in Battle, Analysis Shows

    02/27/2015 7:09:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    discovery,com ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Pharaoh Senebkay, one of the earliest kings of a forgotten Abydos Dynasty, was brutally killed in battle more than 3,600 years ago, says a study that has reconstructed, blow by blow, the king’s last moments. The research identified 18 wounds on the pharaoh’s bones. It also established that Senebkay is the earliest Egyptian pharaoh to have died in battle. Woseribre Senebkay was unknown to history until last year, when a University of Pennsylvania expedition led by archaeologist Josef Wegner, working with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, found his remains in a four-chambered tomb at South Abydos in Sohag province, about...
  • Britain Imported Wheat 2,000 Years Before Growing It

    02/26/2015 6:45:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | Cynthia Graber
    Early farming began in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Farming first reached the Balkans in Europe some 8 to 9,000 years ago, and then crept westward. Locals in Britain, separated from the mainland by the relatively newly formed English Channel, did not start farming until about 6,000 years ago. But an analysis of sediment from a submerged British archaeological site called Bouldner Cliff found something unexpected. “Amongst our Bouldner Cliff samples we found ancient DNA evidence of wheat at the site, which was not seen in mainland Britain for another 2,000 years.” Robin Allaby of the University of...
  • Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

    02/26/2015 6:39:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 61 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Karen Kaplan
    When the study participants were examined according to age, the researchers found that sleeping for more than eight hours a night increased stroke risk only for people who were at least 63 years old. On the flip side, they found that sleeping for less than six hours a night heightened stroke risk for younger people more than for older people. Finally, they discovered that “short” sleepers were more at risk for an ischemic stroke (the kind caused by a clot that blocks blood flow to the brain) while “long” sleepers were more at risk for a hemorrhagic stroke (the kind...
  • NASA scientists stumped by mystery 'alien lights' on dwarf planet Ceres

    02/26/2015 9:41:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    A mysterious dwarf planet has left scientists scratching their heads after a strange light was seen shining from it. The dwarf planet Ceres has stumped boffins at NASA after a spacecraft sent to investigate it took these stunning pictures. In the images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, a bright spot is seen projecting out from the darkness of the surface. A second bright light is seen close to the other one, leaving scientists completely baffled.
  • What is Mars Made Of?

    02/25/2015 3:19:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 79 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matt Williams on
    Like Earth, the interior of Mars has undergone a process known as differentiation. This is where a planet, due to its physical or chemical compositions, forms into layers, with denser materials concentrated at the center and less dense materials closer to the surface. In Mars’ case, this translates to a core that is between 1700 and 1850 km (1050 – 1150 mi) in radius and composed primarily of iron, nickel and sulfur. This core is surrounded by a silicate mantle that clearly experienced tectonic and volcanic activity in the past, but which now appears to be dormant. Besides silicon and...
  • 3 Al-Jazeera journalists arrested for flying drone in Paris

    02/25/2015 12:54:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The foreign nationals aged 70, 54 and 36 — who work for the Doha-based international broadcaster — were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after police spotted a drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris, said Paris prosecutors' spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre. She said is was unclear what the trio were trying to accomplish. "Three Al-Jazeera English journalists have been held by police in Paris while filming a report on the city's recent mystery drones," the network said in a comment from its base in Qatar. "We will comment further when more information is available."
  • Southwest Grounds 128 Planes Nationwide Over Missed Inspections, 6 Local Flights Affected

    02/25/2015 7:39:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Southwest Airlines Wednesday grounded 20 percent of its fleet, including the cancellation of six flights at Southland airports, after dozens of planes missed inspections. The airline made the announcement to ground 128 of its 700 planes — or a fifth of its fleet — late Tuesday night. According to a Southwest spokesperson, the airline discovered the missed inspections and immediately notified federal safety regulators to begin checking planes. “Once identified, Southwest immediately and voluntarily removed the affected aircraft from service,” the Dallas-based airline said in a statement.
  • Will holidays [vacations] soon be uploaded to our MINDS? {snip}

    02/25/2015 7:33:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Jonathan O'Callaghan for
    The holiday of the future will still provide memories of strolls along sunny beaches, the sensation of sand between your toes and the peaceful rush of the ocean, but there will be one crucial difference. You won't have ever actually been away - in fact you might not have even left your home. Instead, people will download memories to their brains to make them feel as if they have been on a sun-kissed holiday. ... All this will be made possible by significant advancements in our understanding of the brain. .. And crucially, our knowledge of the map of neural...
  • Mummy Found Hiding [sic] Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

    02/23/2015 5:43:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    livescience.com ^ | Tia Ghose,
    The mummy may have once been a respected Buddhist monk who, after death, was worshipped as an enlightened being, one who helped the living end their cycle of suffering and death, said Vincent van Vilsteren, an archaeology curator at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands, where the mummy (from inside the Buddha statue) was on exhibit last year. The secret hidden in the gold-painted statue was first discovered when preservationists began restoring the statue many years ago. But the human remains weren't studied in detail until researchers took scans and samples of tissue from the mummy late last year.
  • Rare Washing Up Of Crustaceans In OC Indicative Of El Nino Conditions

    02/23/2015 5:32:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    A “King tide” on Saturday began producing the crustaceans on shore, where on Monday thousands remained. The majority of the red crabs were dead on the sand, creating a strong odor for residents. ... While the onshore arrival of the red crabs is rare, the same coastal area experienced a similar phenomena in January. Experts say the strange sightings, in unusually warm water, are suggestive of an El Niño condition.
  • Baghdad's first female mayor set to take the reins

    02/22/2015 5:58:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Zekra Alwach, a civil engineer and director general of the ministry of higher education, becomes the first female to be given such a post in the whole country, where international rights groups have condemned women's rights abuses. As mayor -- the most important administrative position in the capital -- Alwach will deal directly with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and holds has the prerogatives of a cabinet minister.
  • What to Expect Next from the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator

    02/22/2015 1:07:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Overall, the consensus among the panelists: the LHC’s second run will produce more data to refine the Standard Model—the theory that describes subatomic particles and the forces that dictate their behavior. This refinement is needed, said Heinemann, because there are still fundamental physics questions the Standard Model can’t address. Questions remain about gravity (Why is it so weak?); antimatter (Why is there so little of it?); and dark matter, the mysterious and invisible substance that makes up nearly a quarter of the universe (What particle might be responsible?).
  • $39 million biological agent testing chamber constructed by US government

    02/22/2015 1:05:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    The largest chamber ever constructed for the research and development of defenses against virulent and deadly biological agents like ricin, plague or anthrax, the Dugway Proving Ground features strict controls for airspeed, temperature and humidity within the chamber. The new chamber comes after a directive given to the Department of Defense in 2002 to provide better readiness for biological attacks against the country. In particular, the new chamber’s job is to test how well biological agent detectors work. Prior to the construction of the chamber at Dugway, biological agent detection systems had no choice but to be tested by their...
  • Israel signs deal for 14 additional U.S. F-35 warplanes

    02/22/2015 7:26:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Israel's first two F-35s will arrive by the end of 2016, with deliveries scheduled to be completed by 2021, the ministry said. The Pentagon plans to spend nearly $400 billion to develop and build 2,457 of the radar-evading aircraft over the next two decades for the U.S. military and its allies
  • Sheriff’s Asking For Public’s Help To Locate Hit-And-Run Suspect Driving Party Bus

    02/21/2015 10:46:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | Laurie Perez
    The victim — now identified as Efren Virgen Jr. of Norwalk — was dragged by the vehicle for over two hundred feet and suffered major injuries. His family told KCAL9’s Laurie Perez that he is on life support, suffered a torn pelvis and is in a medically-induced coma. Virgen is a father of two daughters (aged 3 and 8). His family told us he works as a refuse collector for the city of Long Beach. The suspect vehicle is described as a black “party bus”, the type of vehicle that is often rented out by groups for special events. As...
  • Stubborn Pelican Forces CHP To Issue SigAlert In Culver City

    02/21/2015 6:30:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The stubborn pelican had landed on the ramp that takes the 90 Freeway onto the northbound 405, and would not leave, according to City News Service, so California Highway Patrol officers blocked both lanes and a SigAlert was issued.
  • Couple Attacked By Their Pit Bull While Driving Through Costa Mesa

    02/21/2015 8:13:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 89 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | Stacey Butler
    The couple was driving their pit bull through a shopping center in Costa Mesa on their way to Huntington Beach when the dog turned on them. Authorities said the couple both sustained serious injuries. Witnesses said both were bitten repeatedly in the arms. ... The husband was driving, his wife was a passenger. They said the dog attacked inexplicably. ... During the attack, the wife was able to call 911 while the husband pulled into a parking lot. The husband jumped out of the vehicle and the dog followed, continuing to attack the man. Police said when the woman tried...
  • ...Concerns....Grow After Nearly 200 Patients Exposed To Superbug Bacteria At UCLA Medical Center

    02/19/2015 1:19:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CRE germs are more deadly than the widely-known superbug MRSA, according to authorities. Officials say the UCLA Medical Center notified the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the California Department of Public Health in late January, as soon as they realized the equipment had been contaminated. The also claim the two scopes were immediately removed and additional decontaminate procedures were put in place. Experts stress the bacteria is not often spread airborne but generally in healthcare settings through contact through contaminated instruments, bodily waste and open wounds. Once the superbug enters the bloodstream it is very difficult to treat,...
  • Hear comedian Frank Caliendo read Alex Rodriguez’s apology letter as Morgan Freeman [et al]

    02/18/2015 6:05:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Bill Price
    The incredible impressionist read A-Rod’s letter as actor Morgan Freeman and ESPN’s Jon Gruden and Chris Berman.
  • New Horizons spots Pluto’s smaller moons for the first time

    02/18/2015 1:24:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Rachel Feltman
    It's not exactly a clean shot, but it's certainly a timely one: 85 years to the day after Pluto's discovery, NASA has released fresh images from New Horizons that show two of its smaller moons. The long-exposure images, which were taken between Jan. 27 and Feb. 8 from a distance of 125 to 115 million miles, show Hydra and Nix -- moons too small to show up in previous shots. Hydra is enclosed in a yellow diamond with Nix in orange. The image on the right has been specially processed to reduce the center glare, a result of the over-exposure...
  • Star Blasted Through Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

    02/18/2015 1:11:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 113 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Ian O'Neill
    Highlighted by astronomers at the University of Rochester and the European Southern Observatory, the star — nicknamed “Scholz’s star” — has a very low tangential velocity in the sky, but it has been clocked traveling at a breakneck speed away from us. In other words, from our perspective, Scholz’s star is fleeing the scene of a collision with us. “Most stars this nearby show much larger tangential motion,” said Eric Mamajek, of the University of Rochester. “The small tangential motion and proximity initially indicated that the star was most likely either moving towards a future close encounter with the solar...
  • Cause Of ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery Explosion Under Investigation

    02/18/2015 12:41:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    A three-alarm fire was reported around 8:50 a.m. at a processing unit at 3700 West 190th St. in Torrance, according to officials. When crews arrived on scene they found evidence of an explosion and a small ground fire, which firefighters quickly extinguished. ... Residents and approximately 30 schools in the Torrance School District were instructed to shelter in place. That advisory was lifted by police around 11:45 a.m.
  • South Pasadena Home Built For President Garfield’s Widow For Sale At $3M

    02/17/2015 1:45:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    A restored and modernized Craftsman home built in 1904 for the widow of a U.S. president is up for sale in South Pasadena. The 1,526-square-foot Chalet Style Garfield House, listed at just under $3 million, built by Greene & Greene for Lucretia Garfield, widow of assassinated President James A. Garfield. The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home, a South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark, was renovated and restored by its current owner, who added a basement recording studio and media center, according to the listing agent, Kevin Bourland of Aaroe Estates.
  • U.S. had no warning on strikes in Libya by Egypt, a counterterrorism ally

    02/17/2015 11:46:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17 at 1:18 PM | Missy Ryan
    A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss military action by a partner nation, said the Egyptian government had not provided Washington advance warning of the strikes, which were launched on Monday in response to the group’s beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians on a Mediterranean beach.
  • Catch a ‘Conjunction Triple Play’ on February 20th as the Moon Meets Venus & Mars

    02/17/2015 11:38:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | David Dickinson
    The first sighting opportunities for the slim waxing crescent Moon will come Thursday night on February 19th. And don’t miss the main event on Friday, February 20th when Mars, Venus and the two day old waxing crescent Moon all fit within a two degree diameter circle — about four Full Moon diameters — prior to sunset. You can’t miss brilliant Venus, shining at -4th magnitude as the 3rd brightest natural object in the sky next to the Sun and the Moon. Through a telescope, Venus presents an 88% illuminated disk 12” in size and growing, while Mars shines at +1.3...
  • Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware

    02/17/2015 7:03:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | Feb 17, 2015 5:40 AM | Jeremy Kirk
    The malware reprograms the hard drive’s firmware, creating hidden sectors on the drive that can only be accessed through a secret API (application programming interface). Once installed, the malware is impossible to remove: disk formatting and reinstalling the OS doesn’t affect it, and the hidden storage sector remains. “Theoretically, we were aware of this possibility, but as far as I know this is the only case ever that we have seen of an attacker having such an incredibly advanced capability,” said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team, in a phone interview Monday.
  • Caught On Camera: War Game Gets Out Of Hand At Airsoft Range

    02/17/2015 6:46:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 17, 2015 12:02 AM
    The video shows a massive brawl at Jerico Airsoft on Feb. 7, and the people who posted the footage say a 14-year-old player started it. They say the teen attacked a man, who fights back before a dozen men join in the scuffle.
  • The paradox of popping back in time

    One of the fundamentals that underpins not just physics but every aspect of existence is the law of cause and effect, always in that order. Changing the past would violate that: your actions would affect what caused you to go back in the first place – so if you did manage to kill Hitler he wouldn’t have done what led you to go back and kill him. That doesn’t stop filmmakers exploring the consequences if you could somehow drop in on history. For Hollywood, applause and special effects are more important than cause and effect, and time travel offers unlimited...
  • Russian Meteor's Origin Remains Mysterious 2 Years Later

    02/17/2015 5:55:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    space.com ^ | February 15, 2015 01:32pm ET | Elizabeth Howell,
    Originally, astronomers thought that the Chelyabinsk meteor came from a 1.24-mile-wide (2 kilometers) near-Earth asteroid called 1999 NC43. But a closer look at the asteroid's orbit and likely mineral composition, gained from spectroscopy, suggests few similarities between it and the Russian meteor. However, "the composition of [the] Chelyabinsk meteorite that was recovered after the event is similar to a common type of meteorite called LL chondrites," he added. "The near-Earth asteroid has a composition that is distinctly different from this." More generally, Reddy and his colleagues' work showed that it is difficult to make predictions about what particular asteroid could...
  • Unretouched photo of Cindy Crawford leaked

    02/16/2015 7:16:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 104 replies
    An unretouched Marie Claire photo of Cindy Crawford leaked on Friday, in which the 48-year-old supermodel looks pretty amazing posing in a black bra, undies, a furry coat and a hat. Marie Claire commented on the photo, sharing that its origins are actually from a December 2013 cover story from Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America. "No matter where the photo came from, it's an enlightenment -- we've always known Crawford was beautiful, but seeing her like this only makes us love her more," the magazine writes."[The photo] is real, it is honest, and it is gorgeous."
  • Mystery Mars haze baffles scientists

    02/16/2015 5:24:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    bbc ^ | Rebecca Morelle
    A mysterious haze high above Mars has left scientists scratching their heads. The vast plume was initially spotted by amateur astronomers in 2012, and appeared twice before vanishing. Scientists have now analysed the images and say that say the formation, stretching for more than 1,000km, is larger than any seen before. Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers believe the plume could be a large cloud or an exceptionally bright aurora. However, they are unsure how these could have formed in the thin upper reaches of the Martian atmosphere. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote To begin with,...
  • Aggressive HIV strain turns into AIDS within just 3 years say Belgian scientists

    The strain, CRF19, can transform from an infection to full-blown AIDS within just three years. That is considerably faster than the average conversion time of around 10 years - and can be so quick that a person may not even realise they are infected. Scientists were prompted to investigate amid a rising number of patients in Cuba suffering rapid progression to AIDS within three years of infection.
  • Egyptian planes pound ISIS in Libya in revenge for mass beheadings of Christians

    02/16/2015 4:58:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Egyptian warplanes struck hard at ISIS militants in neighboring Libya, killing as many as 64 militants and destroying the Islamist terror group's training camps and weapons caches a day after a sickening video surfaced showing black-clad jihadists beheading 21 Coptic Christians. The strikes came in two waves after Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi went on national television in the world's most populous Arab nation and vowed revenge was coming. The address was followed by the airing of military video showing the planes taking off for the mission and an Armed Forces General Command statement saying the strikes were "to avenge...
  • Passengers storm LAX tarmac after false gunman warning on PA

    02/16/2015 4:17:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    A mistaken public announcement that a gunman was on the loose at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal sent about 20 passengers fleeing from the gate area and onto the tarmac Monday, authorities said. The "misinformed" announcement from the public address system apparently stemmed from police activity outside Terminal 2, where officers had pursued an unarmed driver to the departures level, LAX Police Sgt. Belinda Joseph said. Police had responded to an emergency call around 9 a.m. that a man may be trying to commit suicide off airport property. They apprehended the man, and the fire department took him to...
  • More Golf For Obama On 2nd Day Of Weekend Getaway

    02/15/2015 4:04:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    President Barack Obama has moved his golf game to a private California course owned by a billionaire. Obama was playing Sunday at Porcupine Creek in Rancho Mirage. The owner is Oracle software company co-founder Larry Ellison. Ellison ranks third on the latest Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth of $50 billion.
  • Report: LAX Flight Has To Return To Gate After Woman Stung By Scorpion

    02/15/2015 8:30:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    LAX was unable to confirm the incident, but ESPN reported that the woman, who was reportedly sitting two rows in front of coach Wayne Tinkle, was stung before Alaska Airlines flight 567 had taken off. According to Tinkle, the plane had flown in from Mexico prior to Oregon State’s flight. The woman was taken away in an ambulance to be examined.
  • Crowds attack Ebola facility, health workers in Guinea

    02/14/2015 6:56:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Crowds destroyed an Ebola facility and attacked health workers in central Guinea on rumors that the Red Cross was planning to disinfect a school, a government spokesman said on Saturday. Red Cross teams in Guinea have been attacked on average 10 times a month over the past year, the organization said this week, warning that the violence was hampering efforts to contain the disease.
  • Chicago Ship: New Footage Discovered of 1915 Disaster That Killed 844

    02/14/2015 1:49:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    abc ^ | SUSANNA KIM
    The first-known footage of the Eastland disaster was found by Jeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while he was looking for unrelated material about World War I, the Chicago Tribune reported. Nichols found the footage on Europeana’s 1914-1918 website. Nichols said he found the clips in Dutch newsreels. Title cards describing what happened precede them. "It's as easily recognizable to someone who cares about Chicago history as the Titanic, so I knew what I had right away," Nichols, who has lived in Chicago for 20 years, told the Chicago Tribune. "I knew folks would...
  • Yemen Huthis disperse protest with live rounds as more embassies shut

    Shi'ite militiamen behind a power grab fired live rounds to disperse thousands of protesters in central Yemen on Saturday, as security fears prompted more foreign governments to close their embassies in Sanaa. In the Saudi capital Riyadh, foreign ministers of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries were holding an extraordinary meeting, with Gulf sources saying they would discuss developments in their impoverished neighbour. Home to Al-Qaeda's deadliest branch and a key US ally in the fight against the group, Yemen has descended into chaos since the militia, known as Huthis, seized Sanaa in September.
  • Shhh, don’t wake the aliens, warns Hawking

    02/13/2015 8:05:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    IrishExaminer ^ | February 14, 2015
    Meanwhile, scientists have learned what people would say on making first contact with aliens and it is not “take me to your leader”. Instead, they are much more likely to ask the extraterrestrials for help. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence scientist Doug Vakoch said: “One of the striking commonalities — men and women, young and old — was a message ‘please help’. “A sense that we are in a very precarious time in our development as a civilisation,” said Dr Vakoch. “Our technologies are greater than our social stability. So if we make contact with another civilisation that may be more...
  • Mosque attack kills 19; Pakistan Taliban claim responsibility

    02/13/2015 7:59:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    cnn ^ | Saleem Mehsud, Sophia Saifi and Zahir Shah
    The Islamist militant group said the attack was orchestrated by a commander who was behind December's massacre of 145 people, including 132 children, at a Peshawar school. Sixty-seven people were injured Friday, said Tauheed Zulfiqar, a representative of the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar. The Pakistan Taliban attacked the mosque, spokesman Muhammad Khurasan said in an email to CNN, as revenge for the government's December 19 execution of a militant who was allied with the group.
  • Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age'

    02/13/2015 1:55:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    He fears that future generations will have little or no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he describes as a "digital Dark Age". Mr Cerf made his comments at a large science conference in San Jose. ... His focus now is to resolve a new problem that threatens to eradicate our history. Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information - on our hard drives or in "the cloud". But as technology moves on, they risk being lost in the wake of an accelerating digital revolution.
  • UN warns that Yemen 'is collapsing before our eyes'

    02/12/2015 12:56:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Efforts were underway on a draft Security Council resolution to address the crisis in the Arab world's poorest country. Britain and Jordan were working on a resolution that British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said would be ready "in the next few days." A separate draft resolution by the Gulf Coordination Council of Arab states on the Persian Gulf, obtained by The Associated Press, strongly condemns the Houthis and their seizure of power and demands that they "immediately and unconditionally withdraw their forces from government institutions and from all regions under their control." The draft also demands that the Houthis "return...
  • The Most Unique Rocket Launch You’ll Ever See

    02/12/2015 11:12:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Nancy Atkinson
    Girandolas are flying horizontal wheels and are a favorite of pyrotechnicians.
  • The Number of Asteroids We Could Visit and Explore Has Just Doubled

    02/11/2015 2:12:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | David Dickinson
    This information comes from NHATS, which stands for the Near Earth Object Human Spaceflight Accessible Targets Study. Yes, it’s an acronym containing acronyms. NHATS is an automated system based out of Greenbelt, Maryland which monitors and periodically updates its list of potential target candidates for accessibility. The NHATS system data is readily accessible to the public online, and as of February 11th 2015, 1346 NHATS compliant asteroids are known. ... Relative delta-V and return velocity is crucial. Apollo astronauts were subject to a blistering 11 kilometre per second reentry velocity on their return from the Moon, and future asteroid missions...
  • Europe's mini-space shuttle returns

    02/11/2015 8:10:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    An unmanned European Space Agency (Esa) mini-space shuttle has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean nearly two hours after launching. The IXV spaceplane resembles a smaller, robotically controlled version of the US space shuttle and could provide Europe with a new, re-useable space transportation system. It blasted off on a Vega rocket from South America just after 13:40 GMT. The test could inform future technology for landing payloads on Mars. The test vehicle flew east around the globe, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at about 15:20 GMT. The wedge-shaped IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) is designed to gather information...
  • Russia, Egypt say they aim to build nuclear power plant

    02/10/2015 9:23:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    The presidents of Egypt and Russia on Tuesday said the two countries would build Egypt's first nuclear power plant together and boost natural gas trade and other ties. The announcement came during the second day of Russian President Vladimir Putin's lavish, two-day state visit meant to deepen a bilateral relationship unimpeded by foreign criticism. The plant would be built at the existing nuclear site in Dabaa, on the Mediterranean coast west of the port city of Alexandria, where a research reactor has stood for years.