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  • Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

    01/23/2015 2:28:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Provided by Stanford University Medical Center
    A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying. The procedure, which involves the use of a modified type of RNA, will improve the ability of researchers to generate large numbers of cells for study or drug development, the scientists say. Skin cells with telomeres lengthened by...
  • Bill Belichick says he has ‘no explanation’ for Deflategate

    01/22/2015 7:45:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 166 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 22, 2015 | By Matt Pepin
    Bill Belichick said he did not know how the Patriots’ footballs became underinflated in Sunday’s game. By Matt PepinGlobe Staff January 22, 2015 Coach Bill Belichick said he did not know of any issue with the Patriots’ game balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship, and did not learn the league was investigating his team until Monday morning. He also said he did not know how the Patriots’ footballs became underinflated during the game. “I have no explanation for what happened,” he said. It was Belichick’s first appearance since news emerged that 11 of 12 footballs the Patriots used against the Colts...
  • Open-ended European QE set to 'start with a bang'

    01/22/2015 7:12:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/22/2015 | Katy Barnato
    European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi announced the launch of an open-ended, expanded monthly 60 billion euro ($70 billion) private and public bond-buying program on Thursday. The long-anticipated introduction of euro zone government bond purchases will bring the ECB's buying program into line with the U.S. Federal Reserve's quantitative easing (QE). The program will be open-ended, lasting until at least 2016, Draghi told reporters at his regular media conference on Thursday, and will start in March this year. The hope is that it will boost the region's painfully low inflation rate, which came in at an annual minus 0.2...
  • Justice Dept. Moving to Clear Ferguson Officer of Civil Rights Charges

    01/21/2015 1:28:18 PM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 21, 2015 | By MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said. That would close the politically charged case in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said. A broader civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open, however. That investigation...
  • New signal amplification process set to transform communications, imaging, computing

    01/20/2015 12:56:11 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 01/20/2015 | Provided by American Institute of Physics
    Signal amplification is ubiquitous to all electronic and optoelectronic systems for communications, imaging and computing - its characteristics directly impact device performance. A new signal amplification process discovered by a team of University of California, San Diego researchers is now poised to fuel new generations of electrical and photonic devices - transforming the fields of communications, imaging and computing. In the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, the team describes their work behind this discovery. "For many years, the semiconductor industry has relied on photodetectors for optoelectrical conversion, followed by low-noise electronic amplifiers to convert optical signals into electronic...
  • Curcumin's ability to fight Alzheimer's studied

    01/20/2015 12:46:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 01/13/2015 | Provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    One of the most promising new treatments for Alzheimer's disease may already be in your kitchen. Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a new study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease. "Curcumin has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer's with reduced toxicity," said Wellington Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt and senior author of the...
  • Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star

    01/20/2015 12:05:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Provided by University of Arizona
    NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, despite being hobbled by the loss of critical guidance systems, has discovered a star with three planets only slightly larger than Earth. The outermost planet orbits in the "Goldilocks" zone, a region where surface temperatures could be moderate enough for liquid water and perhaps life, to exist. The star, EPIC 201367065, is a cool red M-dwarf about half the size and mass of our own sun. At a distance of 150 light years, the star ranks among the top 10 nearest stars known to have transiting planets. The star's proximity means it's bright enough for astronomers...
  • Epic cosmic radio burst finally seen in real time

    01/20/2015 10:42:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.newscientist.com ^ | 08:00 19 January 2015 | by Michael Slezak
    A gigantic but fleeting burst of radio waves has been caught in the act for the first time, helping to narrow down the vast array of things that might cause them. Figuring out what these fast radio bursts are or where they come from could help answer some of the biggest cosmological questions. They last about a millisecond but give off as much energy as the sun does in a day, all seemingly in a tight band of radio-frequency waves. Their source is a mystery, but whatever causes them must be huge, cataclysmic and up to 5.5 billion light years...
  • Two more planets in our Solar System, say astronomers

    01/20/2015 8:54:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2015, 8:40 AM | Richard INGHAM, AFP
    Paris (AFP) - The Solar System has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, Spanish and British astronomers say. The official list of planets in our star system runs to eight, with gas giant Neptune the outermost. Beyond Neptune, Pluto was relegated to the status of "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union in 2006, although it is still championed by some as the most distant planet from the Sun. In a study published in the latest issue of the British journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers propose that "at...
  • Ickey Woods stunned by response to TV ad

    01/19/2015 10:20:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    abc30.com ^ | Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | By Dale Yurong
    The Geico commercial featuring Fresno native Ickey Woods not only has gone viral but it's also introduced the Edison High grad to a new generation. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Geico commercial featuring Fresno native Ickey Woods not only has gone viral but it's also introduced the Edison High grad to a new generation. Ickey was very surprised by the popularity of his commercial. It has thrust him back into the national spotlight. 25 years have passed since Ickey has done the shuffle on the field for the Bengals. He still lives in the Cincinnati area. Woods said, "Now I'm...
  • Beagle 2 found on surface of Mars after vanishing for 12 years [UK Spacecraft]

    01/16/2015 6:13:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 10:00AM GMT 16 Jan 2015 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Britain's Beagle 2 lander has finally been spotted, 12 years after it went missing while trying to land on the surface of Mars History books will need to be rewritten after scientists announced today that Beagle 2 has been finally been found on Mars, 12 years after it vanished without trace. The beleaguered spacecraft, which has become a byword for mission failure, was spotted by scientists operating the HiRise camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It was discovered just 5km from its original touchdown site in the Isidis Planitia basin. And it appears that just one faulty motor was...
  • RadioShack may be preparing for bankruptcy

    01/15/2015 6:29:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | By Katie Lobosco and Chris Isidore
    Struggling to raise enough cash and credit to stay alive, RadioShack is reportedly preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as next month. The filing could come the first week of February, according to the Wall Street Journal. RadioShack declined to comment for this story. The company had a deadline of Jan. 15 to come up with $100 million in combined cash and available credit, or its major creditors can pull the plug on the long-term financing it needs to survive. RadioShack only had $63 million available heading into the Christmas shopping season. The struggling electronics retailer has been trying...
  • Portland teen accused of threatening to blow up NE Portland deli 'in the name of Allah,' ...

    01/14/2015 12:43:50 PM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.oregonlive.com ^ | January 12, 2015 at 4:41 PM, updated January 12, 2015 at 5:13 PM | By Maxine Bernstein
    A 19-year-old is accused of threatening workers repeatedly at a Northeast Portland deli when he wasn't able to buy a single cigarette, saying he would blow up the store "in the name of Allah," court records say. Abdalah Mohamed also is accused of making disparaging remarks about Jews and Israel in July, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Mohamed was arraigned Monday afternoon on two counts of second-degree intimidation. He entered not guilty pleas to each count. He was booked into the downtown Portland jail on the warrant Friday. Court records indicate he's lived in Northeast Portland for about six...
  • Pelosi to name first Muslim lawmaker to House intelligence committee

    01/13/2015 9:22:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/13/15 10:32 AM EST | By Lauren French
    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced in a closed-door meeting Tuesday she would name the first Muslim lawmaker to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. A senior Democratic aide said Rep. André Carson of Indiana would be named in the “coming days” to the key national security-focused panel. The California Democrat told lawmakers of the appointment during the members’ weekly caucus meeting. Carson would be the first Muslim to serve on the committee and was the second Muslim to be elected to Congress. He already serves on the House Armed Services Committee and worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s...
  • What Not Even the King of England Could Do

    01/13/2015 7:48:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | January 13, 2015 12:00 AM | By Joel Gehrke
    A federal researcher points out George III couldn’t suspend laws — as many say Obama just did. Remember those WWJD bracelets that were so popular in the ’90s? Well, an expert at the Law Library of Congress — a non-partisan branch of the Library of Congress that has advised Congress and the Supreme Court since 1832 — tackled a slightly different question: What would George III do when faced with a law he didn’t like? Not even the King of England at the time of the American Revolution had the authority to suspend laws unilaterally, the Law Library expert wrote...
  • Gunman holding 2 hostages in Montpellier, France: police

    01/09/2015 10:39:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    www.ctvnews.ca ^ | Friday, January 9, 2015 1:29PM EST | Samuel Petrequin
    PARIS -- A police officer says two hostages are being held by a gunman in a jewelry store in the southern French city of Montpellier. The officer, who could not be named speaking about an ongoing situation, said the attacker has locked himself inside the downtown shop, with police ready to intervene outside. He said it is unclear whether the hostage-taking is related to the massacre Wednesday in Paris at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.
  • Extra 'Leap Second' Will Be Added to Clocks June 30 [Ruh-roh!]

    01/08/2015 10:03:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    www.ibtimes.com ^ | January 05 2015 9:25 PM or thereabouts | By Catherine Dunn
    Sometimes even the rotation of the Earth falls behind schedule. Come June 30, our planet's timekeepers will compensate by adding a "leap second" to clocks. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) announced the change Monday at the Paris Observatory, in a bulletin addressed to the "authorities responsible for the measurement and distribution of time." The bulletin advises authorities the extra second will be introduced to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) during the final minute, of the final day of June. That means that right after the clock hits "23h 59m 59s," it will strike "23h 59m 60s" UTC....
  • Man identifies himself as ‘first name Civil Rights, last name Constitution’

    01/06/2015 10:21:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.nwfdailynews.com ^ | Friday, January 2, 2015 at 09:21 PM. | By STAFF REPORTS
    CRESTVIEW - A man refused to give officers his name after standing in the middle of traffic, telling officers that he was a “sovereign citizen.” The 39-year-old man was seen standing in the road at the intersection of Bay Street and Cobb Avenue just after midnight on Dec. 17, according to the arrest report. When a Crestview Police officer asked him for identification, the man simply asked why. When the officer told the man that he was obstructing traffic, the man refused to provide identification, the report said. The man said he was a “sovereign citizen” and didn’t need to...
  • Syria: Isis chief executioner found beheaded with cigarette in his mouth

    01/06/2015 6:30:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | January 6, 2015 12:13 GMT | By Gianluca Mezzofiore
    In a grotesque twist of the saying "live by the sword, die by the sword", an Islamic State executioner in Syria who carried out beheadings for the jihadist group has been found with his head cut off. The body of the Egyptian man, known to be the deputy emir of the feared al-Hesbah (or Hisbah) force in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, was recovered near a power plant in al-Mayadeen city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The corpse showed signs of torture and carried the message "This is evil, you Sheikh" written on it. The severed...
  • Twitter Doesn't Know Who Paul McCartney Is, Thanks Kanye For 'Discovering' Him

    01/05/2015 12:41:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 140 replies
    www.techtimes.com ^ | 01/05/2015 | Staff
    It's becoming more and more apparent that a new generational gap is forming. Whereas one generation didn't grow up with iPhones and high-speed internet, the newest generation sees these things as everyday commodities. It's natural for gaps like this to form, and with those gaps come plenty of hilarious consequences. With how quickly technology is advancing, these gaps show themselves more frequently nowadays. There are the usual complaints (like 'those darn kids never put their phones down'), but it's really the disconnect between the two generations that stings. For instance, it seems unimaginable that the younger generation doesn't know who...
  • Watch the New Year's Skies for a Green Comet

    12/30/2014 2:20:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Published December 30, 2014 | Andrew Fazekas
    Comet Lovejoy is brightening faster than expected, putting on a show you can see for yourself this holiday season. Comet Lovejoy, snapped here through a telescope on December 16, is streaking through the night sky this holiday season. Just in time for the holidays, the skies are serving up a special cosmic gift: a brightening comet that may not have been in our part of the solar system for nearly 12,000 years. Discovered only this past August, comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) is now quickly brightening to naked-eye visibility as it moves from the deep southern sky into prime viewing location...
  • 2014 Military Review - DARPA showed off self guided 50 caliber sniper rounds

    12/30/2014 2:02:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Staff
    DARPA's Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets in the spring of 2014. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is initially aimed. EXACTO's specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful aim. The EXACTO program is developing new approaches and advanced capabilities to improve the range and accuracy of sniper systems beyond the current...
  • Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 [CHEESE!]

    12/30/2014 1:54:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | December 25, 2014 06:10am ET | by Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and King Tut's mummified erection. From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are 10 of Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of 2014. 1. An Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis [snip] 2. Stonehenge's secret monuments [snip] 3. A shipwreck under the World Trade Center [snip] 4. Richard III's twisted spine, kingly diet and family tree [snip] 5. A teenager in a "black hole" [snip] 6. Syria by satellite...
  • United Airlines suing 22-year-old computer whiz

    12/30/2014 11:28:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    NY POST ^ | December 30, 2014 | 1:23pm | By Yaron Steinbuch
    United Airlines wants to clip the wings of a 22-year-old Manhattan computer whiz ​who found a loophole that saves travelers big bucks ​on airfare. Aktarer Zaman founded Skiplagged.com, which finds cheap flights by using “hidden city” ticketing, in which travelers ​purposely ​buy tickets with layovers​ for a lower fare, using the layover city a​s their ​intended destination, CNNMoney reports​, and never go on to the itinerary’s final destination​.​ He started the site last year.​ United Airlines ​joined discount travel website Orbitz last moth ​to file a lawsuit in Chicago federal court against Zaman, calling his site “unfair competition” and accusing...
  • Hollow tree was Ebola's Ground Zero, scientists say

    12/30/2014 9:34:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 12/30/2014 | by Richard Ingham
    A scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from a cell (African green monkey kidney epithelial cell line). Credit: NIAID Insect-eating bats that inhabited a hollow tree in a remote village in Guinea may have been the source of the world's biggest Ebola epidemic, scientists said on Tuesday. More than 20,000 cases of Ebola, with at least 7,800 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organization (WHO) since a two-year-old boy died in the village of Meliandou in December 2013. Reporting in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, scientists led by Fabian Leendertz at Berlin's Robert Koch Institute delved into...
  • Buzzed birds slur their songs, researchers find [Well, DUH!]

    12/30/2014 9:06:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/30/2014 | Amina Khan
    You know how that guy at the karaoke bar singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " sounds a little off after he's had a few drinks? The same goes for buzzed birds, according to a team led by researchers from Oregon Health & Science University. For a study published in PLoS ONE, scientists found that when they got some unsuspecting zebra finches drunk, the birds slurred their songs. The findings could help scientists study the neural processes underlying birdsong - and shed light on human speech. While many scientists want to understand alcohol's effects on such a complex system as speech,...
  • Researchers able to perform extended study of stunning wild northern cardinal gynandromorph

    12/30/2014 8:46:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/30/2014 | Bob Yirka
    Credit: Brian D. Peer (Phys.org)—Ornithologists Brian Peer and Robert Motz, with Western Illinois University, found themselves with a unique opportunity a couple of years ago—to study a gynandromorphy in its native environment for an extended period of time. They have written a paper describing what they observed and have had it published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. The observations made by the pair of researchers represent the most extensive study of a bilateral gynandromorph bird in the wild to date. Gynandromorphy is a condition where an organism unnaturally possesses both male and female traits. Examples have been observed in...
  • Best of 2014: How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors

    12/29/2014 10:40:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW ^ | December 24, 2014 | Staff
    In April, the first large-scale measurements of the way humans play Rock-Paper-Scissors revealed a hidden pattern of play that opponents can exploit to gain a vital edge. If youÂ’ve ever played Rock-Paper-Scissors, youÂ’ll have wondered about the strategy that is most likely to beat your opponent. And youÂ’re not alone. Game theorists have long puzzled over this and other similar games in the hope of finding the ultimate approach. It turns out that the best strategy is to choose your weapon at random. Over the long run, that makes it equally likely that you will win, tie, or lose. This...
  • A Prototype Battery Could Double the Range of Electric Cars

    12/29/2014 10:14:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 113 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 12/23/2014 | Kevin Bullis
    Startup Seeo has developed batteries that store far more energy than conventional ones, which could extend the range of electric cars. An experimental lithium-ion battery based on materials developed at a U.S. Department of Energy lab stores twice as much energy as the batteries used in most electric cars. If the technology can be commercialized, it could give affordable electric cars a range of over 200 miles per charge, says Hal Zarem, CEO of Seeo, a startup that’s working on the technology. Today the cheapest electric cars, which cost around $30,000, typically have a range of less than 100 miles....
  • Circus tricked kids with dogs painted as pandas [Italy]

    12/24/2014 6:41:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    The Local ^ | 12/23/2014 | Staff
    Two painted chow chow dogs posing as pandas have been seized from a circus in northern Italy, after tricking children into handing over cash, police have said. The male and female dogs were seized by police after it became clear that they were not, in fact, pandas. To an unassuming child visiting the circus in Brescia, a small furry animal with white and black stripes may do the trick. But The Local readers may notice a distinct difference. Here is a real panda: Panda photo by Shutterstock. And here are the dogs-in-disguise: The police were not fooled, who said the...
  • Activating hair growth with a little help from the skin

    12/23/2014 12:41:13 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/22/2014 | Provided by Public Library of Science
    Restoring hair loss is a task undertaken not only by beauty practitioners. Previous studies have identified signals from the skin that help prompt new phases of hair growth. However, how different types of cells that reside in the skin communicate to activate hair growth has continued to puzzle biologists. An exciting study publishing on December 23 in the open access journal PLOS Biology reveals a new way to spur hair growth. A group from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has discovered an unexpected connection—a link between the body's defense system and skin regeneration. It turns out that macrophages...
  • New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs' extinction

    12/19/2014 11:42:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Source: Princeton University
    A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth's non-avian dinosaurs, according to new research from Princeton University. A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan Traps, which were once three times larger than France, began its main phase of eruptions roughly 250,000 years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, extinction event, the researchers report in the journal Science. For the next 750,000 years, the volcanoes unleashed more than 1.1 million cubic...
  • Could ibuprofen be an anti-aging medicine? .... extends lifespan in yeast, worms and flies

    12/19/2014 11:00:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 12-18-2014 | Provided by Buck Institute for Age Research
    Full Title: Could ibuprofen be an anti-aging medicine? Popular over-the counter drug extends lifespan in yeast, worms and flies Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the keys to a longer healthier life, according to a study by researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Publishing in PLoS Genetics on December 18th, scientists showed that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies. "There is a lot to be excited about," said Brian Kennedy, PhD, CEO of the Buck Institute, who said treatments, given at doses comparable...
  • NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

    12/19/2014 6:12:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | Published December 19, 2014 | By Mike Wall
    NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger than our home planet. It lies 180 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Pisces — close enough to be studied by other instruments, scientists said. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics...
  • Do we finally have proof of life on Mars?

    12/16/2014 11:00:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 13:36 EST, 16 December 2014 | By Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Unexplained methane spikes suggest bacteria is living on the red planet Nasa scientists in California have revealed evidence for life on Mars They say methane spikes on the planet could be produced by bacteria And, at the moment, there is no better explanation for the spikes The signs were spotted briefly occurring by one of Curiosity's instruments Life is the chief producer of methane on Earth, although there are many non-biological processes that can also generate the gas But no such process could be ruled out during tests - suggesting there may be bacteria living on or under the surface...
  • Pakistan School Attack: Taliban Militants Kill 126 in Peshawar, Take Hostages

    12/16/2014 6:23:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By Mushtaq Yusufzai, Wajahat S. Khan and F. Brinley Bruton
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Uniformed militants attacked a school, killing at least 126 people and taking hostages on Tuesday, an official said - an atrocity condemned by the U.S. as "senseless and inhumane." "The gunmen entered class by class and shot some kids one by one," a student who was in the school at the time told local media. Provincial official Bahramand Khan said at least 126 people were killed and 122 injured. More than 100 of the dead were school children, he added. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault, which appeared to be targeting the the children of...
  • Bigger than Apophis: Dangerous 300+ meter asteroid to cross Earth orbit every 3 years

    12/08/2014 10:42:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Russia Today.com ^ | December 07, 2014 19:42 | Staff
    Scientists have calculated that 2014 UR116 asteroid will fly in dangerous proximity to Earth every three years. If it collides with the planet the energy of the explosion could be a thousand times greater than the impact of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. Vladimir Lipunov, a leading scientist on the team which discovered the asteroid this October, says the scientists now know its orbit and its period which is 3 years, but they cannot say precisely when the asteroid will approach the Earth. “We should track it constantly. Because if we have a single mistake, there will be a catastrophe. The consequences...
  • Ann Compton on Obama: He Launches 'Profanity-Laced' Tirades Against Press

    12/08/2014 10:09:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | December 8, 2014 | 12:42 PM EST | By Scott Whitlock
    According to retired ABC News journalist Ann Compton, Barack Obama has launched into "profanity-laced" tirades against the press in off-the-record meetings with reporters. In a C-SPAN interview, Compton also derided the President for leading "the most opaque" administration of "any I have covered." The journalist, who retired in August after a 40-year career, revealed to C-SPAN's Brian Lamb: "I have seen in the last year Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off the record times. One, profanity-laced where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals." She explained, "And I...
  • 100 missing brains found in Texas! Really

    12/03/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.latimes.com ^ | 12/03/2014 | By Michael Muskal
    The case of the missing 100 brains in Texas has been solved, officials said on Wednesday. And, no, this is not a joke. The brains, missing from a facility at the University of Texas in Austin have been found at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Timothy Schallert, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the Austin school, told the Los Angeles Times. “They have the brains,” Schallert said. “They read a media report of the missing brains and they called to say: ‘We got those brains!’ “I know the brains will be treated very well there,” Schallert said....
  • Spacecraft Bound for Pluto Set to Awake Nine Years After Launch

    12/02/2014 2:06:45 PM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 1, 2014, 5:03 PM ET | By JOHN FISCHER
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is set to awake on Dec. 6 from the last of its 18 hibernation periods and prepare for its initial approach towards Pluto, which will take place on Jan. 15. The spacecraft is scheduled to come as close as 6,200 miles from the surface of Pluto on July 14, 2015 -- the closest any man-made object has come to the dwarf planet. The mission marks the first visit outside Neptune's orbit to the Kuiper Belt, which consists of Pluto and thousands of objects that have not yet been identified, according to Spaceflight Now, a space news...
  • Video Shows San Francisco Restaurant Worker Tenderizing Meat On Sidewalk [Chinese]

    12/02/2014 10:07:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | December 1, 2014 11:01 PM | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A viral video shot outside a San Francisco restaurant may have people thinking twice about eating out. The video shot outside Lucky River, a Chinese restaurant in the city’s Sunnyside neighborhood appears to show a worker slamming slabs of frozen meat on the sidewalk. KPIX showed the video to residents near the restaurant. “That’s horrible,” said Steve Vender. “The sidewalks have never been cleaned,” said London Lacey. As to why anyone would be pounding the sidewalk with frozen slabs of meat, an inspector from the San Francisco Health Department paid a visit to Lucky River...
  • Detroit's Power Grid Is Down And People Are Stuck In Elevators

    12/02/2014 8:54:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | 12-02-2014 | Pamela Engel
    Detroit — A widespread power outage Tuesday has caused evacuations of buildings throughout the downtown, including Joe Louis Arena, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, the Detroit Institute of Arts and some buildings at Wayne State University. Most of Detroit's municipal power grid has gone down, cutting electricity to public buildings in the city, officials have said. Police, fire, school, and jail buildings have lost power and traffic lights aren't working, a city spokesperson said. Some people are trapped in elevators throughout Detroit, according to Detroit Fire Chief Jack Wiley, and fire crews are working...
  • Ferguson Grand Jury 'Unfair,' Michael Brown Family Lawyer Says

    11/24/2014 6:26:15 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 23, 2014, 1:48 PM ET | By JAMES HILL and DEAN SCHABNER
    A lawyer for the family of the black 18-year-old fatally shot by a white police officer said today the grand jury process playing out in Missouri is unlike anything he's seen before and is unfair. The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch, has said that, unlike with a typical grand jury, he would present to this grand jury all the evidence gathered in the police investigation and offer the jurors the opportunity to hear from any witness with relevant information. The target of the investigation, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, was among those who testified. A spokesman for McCulloch...
  • James Bond-inspired LASER WATCH will burn through objects from a distance

    11/21/2014 10:42:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | Nov 21, 2014 12:21 | By Andy Dawson
    Hobbyist Patrick Priebe has created a terrifyingly awesome laser watch that will burn through objects from afar The Apple Watch is already obsolete and it isn't even in the shops yet. The reason is simple – it doesn't contain a laser that can actually burn stuff. If that's what you're looking for in a smartwatch, forget about Apple and look towards the work of hobbyist Patrick Priebe. He's knocked together what he describes as the "Bond-inspired laser watch" and it might well consign the Apple Watch to the bin of history. That's because this isn't just some laser pointer that...
  • Local Woman Latest To Come Forward Accusing Bill Cosby Of Being Sexual Predator

    11/21/2014 8:13:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 89 replies
    November 20, 2014 11:15 PM | Ralph Iannotti
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local woman is the latest of more than a dozen women to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of being a sexual predator. Renita Chaney Hill, 47, tells KDKA reporter Ralph Iannotti she was a 15-year-old model and aspiring actress when she first met Cosby back in the 1980s. He was in Pittsburgh looking for performers to appear in his educational television segments “Picture Pages,” which filmed in the city. Hill’s modeling agency recommended her and she got the job. She says she was star struck. “Promises of bright lights and fame. That’s where I thought I was...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Another actress accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault in Las Vegas hotel [#8 and counting]

    11/21/2014 8:10:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.nydailynews.com ^ | Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:30 AM | BY Nancy Dillon , Brian Niemietz , Chelsia Rose Marcius , Larry Mcshane
    A predatory Bill Cosby, in a freaky Las Vegas hotel scene, allegedly assaulted another actress — who was forced to fondle America’s Dad in his luxury suite. The naked Cosby was lying in wait before the 1992 ambush of model-actress Angela Leslie, a beauty who says she was targeted after sending the comedian a letter and photograph. “The main thing I want is for people to know him for who he really is,” Leslie told the Daily News on Thursday. “He’s not this dad of America.” After a driver delivered her to the hotel, she checked into her room before...
  • The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

    11/20/2014 9:38:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Thu Nov. 20, 2014 6:30 AM EST | By Shane Bauer
    Rapid DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can't wait to see it everywhere. Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to see its signature product: a machine the size of a large desktop printer that can unravel your genetic code in the...
  • India’s First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined

    11/19/2014 6:24:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Time ^ | 11/18/2014 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    Man was already treated and cured in Liberia An Indian resident who tested positive for Ebola—and was cured—has landed in Delhi from Liberia. The 26-year-old man is being isolated in a facility at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, The Times of India reports. According to the Times, the man had already been treated for Ebola in West Africa, currently does not have symptoms and tested negative for the virus before he flew. However, his semen tested positive for the virus. He had a medical clearance certificate from the Liberian government saying the had been treated and was confirmed negative from...
  • More Cosby Claims: New Accuser Secretly Told Cops About Unwanted ‘Sexual Contact’ With Bill

    11/18/2014 11:29:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 73 replies
    radaronline.com ^ | Nov 18, 2014 @ 4:44AM | Staff
    More than twelve years after The Cosby Show went off the air, series creator Bill Cosby is in the headlines once again, as multiple women step forward to accuse him of perpetrating sexual assault against them in the past. But RadarOnline.com has learned that one of the only women ever to pursue police action against the controversial comedian has remained silent for years — after the New York District Attorney declined to prosecute the case against the star! Only Radar has obtained the shocking police report from the night he allegedly subjected her to “sexual contact” in his Manhattan apartment....
  • Another rude Obamacare surprise awaits [Your TAX, uh, FINE, uh, TAX!]

    11/18/2014 10:56:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | November 17, 2014 1:20 PM | By Rick Newman
    Taxes are bad enough when you know they’re coming—and much worse when they arrive unexpectedly. As the Affordable Care Act enters its second year of operability, a key and controversial element of the plan will begin to affect several million Americans for the first time. People who didn’t have health insurance during 2014 may soon have to pay a penalty fee that starts at $95 and goes up based on how much you earn. Some Americans know about the penalty, and they’ve budgeted for it or at least accepted its inevitability. But several million others could be in for a...