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  • 'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries

    04/24/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-24-2014 | Staff & Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    (Phys.org) —Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, ORNL researchers challenged a long-held assumption that a battery's three main components—the positive cathode, negative anode and ion-conducting electrolyte—can play only one role in the device. The electrolyte in the team's new battery design has dual functions: it serves not only as an ion conductor but also as a cathode supplement. This cooperative chemistry, enabled by the use...
  • Hearing quality restored with bionic ear technology used for gene therapy

    04/23/2014 1:36:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 04-24-2014 | Provided by University of New South Wales
    Researchers at UNSW Australia have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves. The research also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, and psychiatric conditions such as depression through this novel way of delivering gene therapy. The research is published today (Thursday 24 April) in the journal Science Translational Medicine. "People with cochlear implants do well with understanding speech, but their perception of pitch can be poor, so they often miss out on the joy of music," says...
  • New Migraine Drugs Bring Relief To Sufferers With Pain Prevention, Not Just Treatment

    04/23/2014 10:58:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.medicaldaily.com ^ | Apr 22, 2014 04:00 PM EDT | By Dana Dovey
    For those who suffer from migraines, you know that they can often be debilitating. A day with a migraine is one spent hoarded up in a room, shades drawn, eyes shut tight, wishing for sleep to provide relief from the pain. Two new drug studies are changing the way that a medicine looks at treating migraines. Rather than working to stop the migraine once it has started, these drugs are aimed at preventing the migraine from occurring in the first place. Although both drugs need more studies conducted before their effectiveness can be confirmed, so far the results look promising....
  • Kansas City Highway shooter held on $1 million bail

    04/21/2014 10:58:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | 19 April 2014 | Staff
    Police in Kansas City are thanking the public for information that led to the arrest of a man in connection with a series of highway shooting that wounded three people. Prosecutors have charged 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker for at least a dozen shootings in the Kansas City area over the last month. Manuel Bojorquez reports.
  • The Rise of the Crazy Ants

    04/21/2014 7:02:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.scientificamerican.com ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | By Dina Fine Maron
    The English had the longbow. The Spanish had steel. Tawny crazy ants have their own formidable weapon—a protective acid sheath—that protects them against fire ant enemies. The revelation comes from a new study published this week. Named for their butterscotch color and erratic movements, tawny crazy ants are the newest insect invaders sprawling throughout Texas and the Gulf states, unseating the reigning imported fire ants that have infested the region. Teeming out of electrical outlets and short-circuiting electronics, the tiny reddish-brown crazy ants have been making headlines as their numbers climb in the southeastern U.S. In some locales they can...
  • Birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper identified in Mexico

    04/18/2014 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-18-2014 | by Pat Bailey AND Journal reference: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    Central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepper—now the world's most widely grown spice crop—reports an international team of researchers, led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis. Results from the four-pronged investigation—based on linguistic and ecological evidence as well as the more traditional archaeological and genetic data—suggest a regional, rather than a geographically specific, birthplace for the domesticated chili pepper. That region, extending from southern Puebla and northern Oaxaca to southeastern Veracruz, is further south than was previously thought, the researchers found. The region also is different from areas of origin that have been suggested...
  • The Fox at the White House

    04/18/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-18-2014 | WSJ
    VIDEO shows a wild red fox loose on the White House grounds. Probably the ONLY 'fox' they really like....................
  • Rare sarcophagus, Egyptian scarab found in Israel

    04/17/2014 11:05:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | by Daniel Estrin
    Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare sarcophagus featuring a slender face and a scarab ring inscribed with the name of an Egyptian pharaoh, Israel's Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The mystery man whose skeleton was found inside the sarcophagus was most likely a local Canaanite official in the service of ancient Egypt, Israeli archaeologists believe, shining a light on a period when pharaohs governed the region. "This is a really beautiful face, very serene," said Edwin van den Brink, an Egyptologist and archaeologist with Israel's government antiquities authority. "It's very appealing." Van den Brink said archaeologists dug at Tel Shadud, an...
  • Breakfast in a K-Cup: General Mills launches oatmeal for the Keurig

    04/16/2014 8:22:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    www.bringmethenews.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Melissa Turtinen
    Your coffee maker can now brew your entire breakfast before you head out the door in the morning. Golden Valley-based General Mills has launched Nature Valley-brand oatmeal that’s made in a Keurig brewer – a machine that makes single servings of coffee, tea and other beverages using a single-serve capsule or pod (also known as a K-Cup), the Washington Post says. Here’s how it works: Hot water from the Keurig runs through flavor pods (K-Cups) and into a mug filled with Nature Valley Bistro Cups oatmeal, to be mixed with an additional packet of nuts and fruit. This is General...
  • More nudists in Munich: ... introduces six Urban Naked Zones

    04/14/2014 2:43:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 05:27 EST, 14 April 2014 | By Toni Jones
    Germans are often considered to be more at one with nature than us prudish Brits. And now residents of the country's third-largest city have been given the go ahead to strip off for all over sunbathing sessions in six designated spaces. According to a report in TheAtlanticCities.com the six Urban Naked Zones are located in parkland, offering privacy, but also only minutes away from the busy city centre. The 'zones' were introduced following the expiry of statewide laws controlling nude sunbathing last year.
  • Sharyl Attkisson: When I'd Begin Getting Under Surface of an Obama Scandal, CBS Would Pull Me Off

    04/11/2014 10:54:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.truthrevolt.org ^ | 4.11.2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    "There is unprecedented, I believe, influence on the media, not just the news, but the images you see everywhere. By well-orchestrated and financed campaign of special interests, political interests and corporations. I think all of that comes into play" One month ago. long-time investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS amid rumors that she had grown frustrated with the network stifling her investigations. Thursday night on Bill O' Reilly's Fox News program she confirmed those rumors. "There is unprecedented, I believe, influence on the media, not just the news, but the images you see everywhere. By well-orchestrated and financed campaign of...
  • Coldwater Creek Files for Bankruptcy

    04/11/2014 10:49:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 04-11-2014 | By Tom Corrigan And Michael Calia
    Coldwater Creek Inc., CWTR -27.68% a women's clothing and accessory retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware Friday with a plan to liquidate its inventory and close its stores after failing to attract a buyer. The retailer said it had considered several strategic alternatives over the past six months, including a sale, although it couldn't find a buyer or raise enough capital to fund its business. Coldwater, which operates a catalog business, retail and factory stores, as well as an e-commerce website, expects to start going-out-of-business sales to liquidate its inventory in early May. Like much of the...
  • 20-Injured In Stabbing At Franklin Regional High School

    04/09/2014 10:33:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/ ^ | April 9, 2014 7:37 AM | Staff
    MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) – At least 20-people have been injured in a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says 19-of the victims are students, one of them is a school security guard. A school security guard called in the stabbing at 7:13 a.m. Seefeld wouldn’t detail the carnage beyond saying, “The juvenile went down the hallway and was flashing two knives around and injured the people.” Police say the 16-year-old male student suspect is in custody and is a sophomore at the high school. He was transported from the Murrysville Police Department by police...
  • IRS under fire: Vote for Obama stickers plaster offices [Dallas]

    04/09/2014 6:58:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 04-09-2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats. In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conduct politics on government time, said it was “commonplace” in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office. In another case, a worker at the tax...
  • Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor — and Captures it on Film

    04/04/2014 6:34:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    www.universetoday.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | by Nancy Atkinson
    It sounds like a remarkable story, almost unbelievable: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its “dark flight” — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous. Norwegian astrophysicist Pĺl Brekke confirmed to Universe Today that the story is true. “I...
  • Amazing Graphic Shows Chicago’s Middle Class Disappear Before Your Eyes

    04/03/2014 9:43:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | April 3, 2014 11:12 AM | By John Dodge
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The graphic that you are about to see is sobering, perhaps depressing, and you can’t take your eyes off it. We have the exhaustive work of Daniel Kay Hertz, a masters student at the University Of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, to thank for that. At the risk of sounding like an old carnival barker, step right up and watch the middle class of Chicago vanish before your eyes. However, this is no side-show. It shows the demise of the foundation of an American city. Watch as the grey squares, which illustrate the middle class that...
  • Gator Bowl dropping "Gator" completely, moves to Jan 2nd

    04/03/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.wokv.com ^ | Posted: 10:54 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Staff
    Jacksonville, FL — After 70 years the Gator Bowl - as we've known it - is no more. The new name of the game removes "gator" entirely, and it will no longer be played on New Years Day, two big changes that we learned Thursday morning from the President of Gator Bowl Sports. The game will now be known as the TaxSlayer Bowl and played on Jan. 2nd. Dropping "gator" from the name is part of a six-year agreement reached between TaxSlayer.com and the Gator Bowl. "TaxSlayer.com recognizes the history of the Bowl's rich 70 year tradition. It is a...
  • If not Hillary Clinton, then Sarah Palin for 2016, poll shows

    03/31/2014 10:05:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 03-31-2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    When it comes to women in the White House, Sarah Palin takes the cake in Americans’ eyes, a new poll found. The Economist/YouGov poll asked participants which female candidate — other than Hillary Clinton — they’d like to see run for the high office. Mrs. Palin won 9 percent of the vote, Breitbart reported. She was followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, at 8 percent each. Almost two-thirds of respondents said America was more than ready to elect a woman to president.
  • These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities

    03/31/2014 6:27:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    http://www.movoto.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Randy Nelson
    If you’re hoping to escape from big city crime, look elsewhere. These places actually defy the stereotype of smaller cities being safer. When you see small towns on TV and in movies, they’re almost always idyllic places where the American dream is thriving and neighbors all know each other. That, and unless you’re watching a whodunnit, no one’s ever the victim of a crime. In reality, small cities are surprisingly similar to all the others, meaning that there are good ones and bad. While the Movoto Real Estate Blog has been writing lately about America’s safest places, we thought we’d...
  • Flu-like hog virus sweeping Indiana, U.S.

    03/28/2014 1:26:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | March 24, 2014, 8:23 AM | Staff
    LOGANSPORT, Ind. - A fast-moving virus that has infected hogs across half of the nation since it was first detected in the U.S. less than a year ago has become rampant in Indiana, agriculture officials say. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, has infected farms in 43 of Indiana's 92 counties, according to March 14 data from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Twenty-six other states have reported cases of the virus as of March 12, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network indicates. While the flu-like sickness doesn't affect people and is not a food safety concern, it can...
  • Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

    03/26/2014 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    www.utsandiego.com ^ | 03-26-2014 | By ALICIA CHANG
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7˝ billion miles from the sun.</p> <p>It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland. Until now, the lone known resident in this part of the solar system was an oddball dwarf planet spotted in 2003 named Sedna after the mythological Inuit goddess who created the sea creatures of the Arctic.</p>
  • Has Nasa found a new Earth? Astronomer discovers first same-sized planet in a 'Goldilocks zone' ...

    03/25/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | PUBLISHED: 08:57 EST, 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:03 EST, 24 March 2014 | By Victoria Woollaston
    The host star hasn’t been named but was identified as an M1 dwarf M dwarfs make up 70% of stars in the galaxy and are smaller than our sun Nasa astronomers found a total of five planets orbiting this unnamed host The outermost planet sits in the star’s habitable zone and may have liquid water on its surface This so-called goldilocks planet is believed to be 1.1 times the size of Earth Until now, the most Earth-like planet was Kepler-62f - 1.4 times the size Details of the new star system are due to be announced later this year The...
  • Aussie Flight Disaster Film 'Deep Water' Shelved Over Eerie Resemblance to Missing Malaysia Flight

    03/24/2014 10:51:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 6:18 AM PDT 3/24/2014 | by Patrick Brzeski
    Arclight Films says it is putting preproduction of its upcoming film Deep Water on hold, due to some uncomfortable similarities between the project and the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370. "Out of sensitivity to the Malaysia flight situation, we've decided to put it on pause for now," Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight told THR at the Asian industry tradeshow Filmart in Hong Kong. An action horror, Deep Water tells the story of a flight that mysteriously crashes in a remote stretch of ocean on its way to China. The crash survivors then have to fend off killer sharks....
  • Beijing hotel workers already 'fed up' with Obama entourage

    03/21/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 139 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 03-21-2014 | By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    FULL TITLE: Beijing hotel workers already 'fed up' with Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite inconveniencing 'pretty much everyone' – and the first lady's mother is 'barking at the staff' Michelle Obama and three of her family members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her entourage has inconvenienced 'pretty much everyone' and made the hotel staff 'fed up,' a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline. The sumptuous pad at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel – its website calls the room 'an oasis of comfort –...
  • Scientists Reconstruct Faces From DNA Samples

    03/21/2014 1:08:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.forbes.com ^ | 03-21-2014 | Alex Knapp Forbes Staff
    Sometime in the future, technicians will go over the scene of the crime. They’ll uncover some DNA evidence and take it to the lab. And when the cops need to get a picture of the suspect, they won’t have to ask eyewitnesses to give descriptions to a sketch artist – they’ll just ask the technicians to get a mugshot from the DNA. That, at least, is the potential of new research being published today in PLOS Genetics. In that paper, a team of scientists describe how they were able to produce crude 3D models of faces extrapolated from a person’s...
  • Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

    03/21/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.newscientist.com ^ | 20 March 2014 | by Peter Aldhous
    A MURDER has been committed, and all the cops have to go on is a trace of DNA left at the scene. It doesn't match any profile in databases of known criminals, and the trail goes cold. But what if the police could issue a wanted poster based on a realistic "photofit" likeness built from that DNA? Not if, but when, claim researchers who have developed a method for determining how our genes influence facial shape. One day, the technique may even allow us to gaze into the faces of extinct human-like species that interbred with our own ancestors. It's...
  • Boy hospitalized with kidney failure after 16-hour caffeine, video game binge

    03/20/2014 2:25:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    www.nydailynews.com ^ | Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10:35 AM | By Lee Moran
    14-year-old Henrik Eide Dahl consumed 8 liters — about 270 ounces — of an energy drink so he could stay awake playing Call of Duty. Expected to make a full recovery, the teen says he now knows ‘it is not good to drink that much energy drink.’ A Norwegian teen was hospitalized with severe kidney failure after a 16-hour, caffeine-fueled Call of Duty video game binge. Henrik Eide Dahl, 14, reportedly collapsed in his high school's cafeteria last month at the end of the marathon session. He'd consumed an astonishing 8 liters of powerful energy drinks to keep himself going.
  • Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

    03/20/2014 10:46:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.reuters.com ^ | Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:14am EDT | By Laila Kearney
    Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth's magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, Berkeley research physicist Janet Luhmann. "Had it hit Earth, it probably would have been like the big one in 1859, but the effect today, with our modern technologies, would have...
  • Airplane pilots hit by ‘nearly blinding’ glare from massive Calif. solar facility

    03/19/2014 11:09:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7:23 PM 03/18/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Airplane pilots cruising over southern California have been complaining about a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility. The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world’s largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering — to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a “blinding glare” coming from the Ivanpah solar facility. One complaint came from a Los...
  • New Theory Sees Possible Fire on Missing Jet

    03/19/2014 10:59:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 99 replies
    TIME Mag Online ^ | 03-19-2014 5:35 AM ET | Per Liljas
    A new theory claims that a fire broke out aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the crew was doing what it could to save passengers and themselves As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 enters its twelfth day, conspiracy theories and suggestions of foul play are giving way to the idea that a fire broke out onboard and the crew were simply doing everything they could to save the passengers and themselves. That theory, first floated by Chris Goodfellow, a pilot with 20 years of experience, holds that a fire on board the aircraft caused the pilots to...
  • Amish buggy sought in Pennsylvania hit-and-run

    03/18/2014 8:56:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 152 replies
    CBS ^ | 03-18-2014 | Staff
    NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- State police are searching for an unlikely suspect in a western Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident: the driver of an Amish buggy. Troopers from the Mercer barracks say the buggy twice hit a passenger vehicle at a crossroads on Route 158 in Wilmington Township, about 6 p.m. Sunday. The buggy then left the scene and its driver has yet to be identified. Police say the victim is a woman who owns a Honda CRV, a crossover vehicle that was struck on its left side. Nobody was hurt in the crash.
  • Europe says US-made cheeses can't use Old World names

    03/12/2014 1:14:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    FOX News ^ | 03-12-2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – Errico Auricchio produced cheese with his family in Italy until he brought his trade to the United States more than 30 years ago. Now, the European Union is saying his cheese isn't authentic enough to carry a European name. As part of trade talks, the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States. The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses. Auricchio, president of Wisconsin-based BelGioioso Cheese Inc., says he...
  • Gaffe: Obama Visits Gap, Amazed by Credit Card Machine: "Oh wow, so you can sign the machine?"

    03/12/2014 10:23:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    www.truthrevolt.org ^ | 03-12-2014 | Staff
    n Tuesday, President Obama took Air Force One to New York to stop at the Gap in order to flog his case against income inequality. And there, Americans learned he had no idea how to use a credit card machine. According to the White House press pool, Obama visited Gap because the company recently announced that it would voluntarily increase wages for employees. After telling employees that “the ladies will be impressed by my sense of style,” Obama then picked up a couple of sweaters for his girls, Sasha and Malia. Upon checking out, however, the problems began. Obama took...
  • Boeing Model 777: Aircraft Electronic System Security Protection From Unauthorized Internal Access

    03/11/2014 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    www.federalregister.gov ^ | 11/18/2013 | FAA
    FULL TITLE: Special Conditions: Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER Series Airplanes; Aircraft Electronic System Security Protection From Unauthorized Internal AccessEXCERPT: Discussion The integrated network configurations in the Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes may enable increased connectivity with external network sources and will have more interconnected networks and systems, such as passenger entertainment and information services than previous airplane models. This may enable the exploitation of network security vulnerabilities and increased risks potentially resulting in unsafe conditions for the airplanes and occupants. This potential exploitation of security vulnerabilities may result in intentional or unintentional destruction, disruption, degradation,...
  • Elderly couple kicked out of Va. McDonald's for sitting too long

    03/10/2014 1:36:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 106 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | Monday - 3/10/2014, 1:24pm ET | By Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON -- After an elderly couple got the boot from their local McDonald's for sitting too long, management and the owner are not answering the question if there really is a 30-minute sitting limit at the Culpeper, Va. fast food restaurant. Carl Becker, 87, a World War II veteran, and his wife Barbara Becker, 81, say they both were at the Culpeper McDonald's on Feb. 21 at about 2:30 p.m. when they were approached by the manager. The location is a place the pair has frequented for years. "And he says 'You two are going to have to leave.' He...
  • Rand Paul Is the King of CPAC

    03/07/2014 2:06:29 PM PST · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    http://www.nationaljournal.com ^ | 03-07-2014 | By Sarah Mimms
    One year after his filibuster, the Paul love at CPAC is stronger than ever. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—A year after his 13-hour filibuster won the hearts of young conservatives just a week ahead of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, the fandom for Sen. Rand Paul here has only grown. Paul gave a speech Friday before the first standing-room-only crowd at the conference so far, asking a cheering audience, "Will you, America's next generation of liberty-lovers, will you stand and be heard?" Following his typical style, Paul's speech focused largely on personal freedom, the Fourth Amendment, and rights he alleged are...
  • Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Home Deciphered

    03/07/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 05, 2014 10:18pm ET | Owen Jarus
    A newly deciphered letter home dating back around 1,800 years reveals the pleas of a young Egyptian soldier named Aurelius Polion who was serving, probably as a volunteer, in a Roman legion in Europe. In the letter, written mainly in Greek, Polion tells his family that he is desperate to hear from them and that he is going to request leave to make the long journey home to see them. Addressed to his mother (a bread seller), sister and brother, part of it reads: "I pray that you are in good health night and day, and I always make obeisance...
  • Obama Misspells ‘Respect’ While Praising Franklin Before White House Concert

    03/07/2014 11:06:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    SEE BS...... ^ | 03-07-2014 | Staff
    O-O-P-S. President Barack Obama had a spelling blunder Thursday while praising Aretha Franklin. Obama misspelled “respect” while lauding the “Queen of Soul” before a White House concert featuring several musical legends. “When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” Obama said, before the audience in the East Room erupted into laughter. He then continued, “”She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect. Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an...
  • Infections Linked to Chinese Seafood Markets in New York

    03/06/2014 11:04:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 5, 2014 | By MARC SANTORA
    At least 30 people have contracted a rare skin infection after buying seafood at markets in Chinese neighborhoods across New York City, prompting health officials to issue a warning to consumers and market workers to take precautions when handling raw or live fish. The source of the outbreak was unclear, but health officials said that all of the people who were infected had bought fish at markets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Flushing, Queens; or Chinatown, in Manhattan. There was no evidence that eating fish from any of those markets could cause illness, officials said. “People are encouraged to wear waterproof...
  • Minnesota Mystery: What’s Killing the Moose?

    03/06/2014 10:57:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 5, 2014 | By BRENT McDONALD
    GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. — For moose, this year’s winter-long deep freeze across the Upper Midwest is truly ideal weather. The large, gangly creatures are adapted to deep snow: Their hollow fur insulates them like fiberglass does in a house. And the prolonged cold helps eradicate pests that prey on moose, like ticks and meningeal worm, or brain worm. Yet moose in Minnesota are dying at an alarming rate, and biologists are perplexed as to why. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage Mark Keech, right, a research biologist, and Tiffany Wolf, a veterinarian, fitted a moose with a radio collar...
  • Bitcoin firm CEO found dead in suspected suicide

    03/06/2014 8:56:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | 03-06-2014 | Staff
    It appears bitcoin’s recent turmoil has claimed its first life. Autumn Ratke a 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28. Local media are calling it a suicide, but Singapore officials are waiting for toxicology test results. Ratke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems.
  • Wild beavers seen in England for first time in centuries

    02/28/2014 6:24:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    http://www.theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 27 February 2014 11.09 EST | Jessica Aldred
    Footage of a family of beavers filmed in a Devon river is believed to be the first sighting of its kind in up to 500 years A family of wild beavers has been seen in the England countryside in what is believed to be the first sighting of its kind in up to 500 years. Three European beavers (Castor fiber), believed to be adults, have been filmed together on the River Otter in east Devon and can be seen gnawing at the base of trees, grooming themselves and playing together. Experts said the sighting was "highly significant" as it strongly...
  • Fallen Marine Rafael Peralta’s family accuses reporter of playing ‘race card’

    02/27/2014 9:15:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Supporters still press for Medal of Honor Ten years after he died in a 2004 firefight in Iraq, Sgt. Rafael Peralta’s death continues to ignite controversy, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week refusing to reopen his nomination for the Medal of Honor and the Marine’s family accusing a newspaper of race-baiting in its reporting on the standoff. Peralta’s mother Rosa said in a letter this week that a reporter for The Washington Post seemed intent on trying to get her to say her son was denied the Medal of Honor because he was Hispanic. And some Marines who were...
  • NorCal Couple Finds $10M In Gold Coins; May Be Greatest Buried Treasure Ever Found In U.S.

    02/26/2014 6:17:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | February 25, 2014 11:40 PM | Staff
    TIBURON (CBS SF) – A couple has made the buried treasure find of a lifetime – gold coins worth millions of dollars – on their property in Northern California. A cache of more than 1,400 rare U.S. gold coins, stored in decaying metal cans and buried near an old tree on the property, was discovered as the couple were taking their dog on a daily walk. The estimated value is believed to be in excess of $10 million and may be the most valuable hoard of gold coins unearthed in North America, according to veteran numismatist Don Kagin. Kagin, president...
  • Recording Traffic Stop Lands Davie Woman In Jail [S. FLA}

    02/20/2014 9:28:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    http://miami.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 02-20-2014 | Staff
    FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Davie woman plans to sue the Broward Sheriff’s Office after she was forced to spend the night in jail for using her cellphone to record a deputy during a traffic stop. Last March, 33-year old Brandy Berning was pulled over by Lt. William O’Brien after she reportedly drove in the HOV lane at the wrong time, according to The Sun-Sentinel. As O’Brien approached her vehicle, Berning hit the record button on her phone. She recorded about 15 seconds of the conversation before telling O’Brien that he was being recorded. That’s when the deputy told her...
  • W. Va. Pizza Hut Worker Caught Urinating In Sink Fired [District Manager]

    02/19/2014 9:18:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    <p>KERMIT, W.Va. (AP/KDKA) – Health officials have temporarily shut down a southern West Virginia pizza restaurant after a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink.</p> <p>Local media reported that the Mingo County health department ordered the Pizza Hut in Kermit, about 85 miles southwest of Charleston, to shut down.</p>
  • Moon Lasers Are Creating the Galaxy’s Fastest Internet

    02/18/2014 2:20:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    http://www.nationaljournal.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | By Alex Brown
    Want this article to load more quickly? Read it in space. Hong Kong has the world's fastest Internet. Internet on the moon is 10 times faster. How do our lunar-exploring spaceships get buffer-free video? Lasers. NASA and MIT are shooting "lasers full of Internet" to a ship named LADEE that's exploring the moon's atmosphere. According to NASA, speeds have reached 622 megabits per second (Hong Kong tops out at 63.6). Right now, the agency is using a pulsed laser beam to transmit a pair of HD video signals to and from the moon. The 239,000 miles between the New Mexico...
  • Fry Cook Shifted to Part-Time Work Confronts Obama

    02/04/2014 10:18:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 83 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | February 4, 2014 11:45 AM | By Andrew Johnson
    During a Google Hangout session on Friday, fry cook Darnell Summers told President Obama that his hours were cut due to the Affordable Care Act. “We were broken down to part time to avoid paying health insurance,” he said. Summers explained that he makes $7.25 an hour and has been on strike four times seeking a wage increase. “We can’t survive, it’s not livin’,” he said. The president responded by urging states to increase the minimum wage. “I am working to encourage states, governors, mayors, state legislators to raise their own minimum wage,” Obama said. “Obviously, the way to reach...
  • Obamacare’s Unpopularity Rises Among Uninsured

    01/30/2014 10:15:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    www.nationalreview.com ^ | January 30, 2014 9:38 AM | By Andrew Johnson
    As the deadline for 2014 enrollment nears, Obamacare is increasingly growing unpopular, especially among the uninsured. A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds that about twice as many uninsured people have an unfavorable view of the health-care law than have a favorable one. Among the uninsured, 47 percent view Obamacare in a negative light versus the 24 percent who view it favorably. That’s a change from 43 percent who viewed it unfavorably last month, and 36 percent who viewed it favorably. Overall, half of Americans view Obamacare unfavorably, while just over one-third have a positive take on the law. ​...
  • Guccifer Arrested

    01/22/2014 9:54:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    http://cryptome.org ^ | 1-22-2014 | Staff
    Hacker "Guccifer" was caught in Arad Hacker "Guccifer" was caught Wednesday by prosecutors DIOCT, following a search in Arad. He is suspected of having broken into email accounts of public figures, including that of Director of SRI George Maior. Prosecutors Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism - Central Structure with judicial police officers from the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime, raided Wednesday Lazarus Lehel Marcel's house in Arad. "In this case there is reasonable suspicion that during 2013, based on a single criminal charge, the accused LML accessed repeatedly and against the law, in violation of security measures, e-mail...