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  • MN firm reveals 110mph electric motorcycle – and will beat Harley to market

    07/31/2015 2:08:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    bringmethenews.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Adam Uren
    (Photo: Victory Motorcycles, website) A Minnesota company appears to have beaten Harley-Davidson to the punch by unveiling its first electric street motorcycle. Medina-based Polaris Industries, makers of Indian and Victory motorcycles, has this week revealed its “Empulse TT” high-performance sport bike, which runs without gas and has a top speed of 110mph. The Pioneer Press reports that with the Empulse appearing in Victory dealerships by the end of the year, Polaris has secured a key advantage over competitors Harley, whose Project LiveWire motorcycle won’t be brought to market until battery technology has improved enough to allow for longer driving distances....
  • Vast hidden 'ocean' found under Chinese desert

    07/31/2015 1:22:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | July 30, 2015 20:30 BST | By Yasmin Kaye
    Workers digging a well for underground water are dwarfed by the sand dunes of the Taklimakan Desert, 13 September 2003, outside of Tazhong, in China's northwest Xinjiang province. ================================================================================================================== Chinese scientists have discovered what could be a huge hidden ocean underneath one of the driest places on earth, the South China Morning Post reported on 30 July. The Tarim basin in northwestern Xinjiang, China, is one of the driest places on Earth, but the vast amount of salt water concealed underneath could equal 10 times the water found in all five of the Great Lakes in the US. "This is...
  • 'Extinct' fly spotted in Devon 150 years after last sighting

    07/31/2015 1:09:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | July 31, 2015 14:22 BST | By Sean Martin
    Raphium pectinatum fly was last seen 150 years ago in Surrey(Rob Wolton / Devon Wildlife Trust) ====================================================================================================================== A fly that was thought to have been extinct for more than 150 years has been spotted in Devon. The Raphium pectinatum fly was last officially noted 150 years back in Surrey on 19 July 1868. The green metallic-looking species was thought to have died out shortly after this but naturalist Rob Wolton, a member of the Devon Fly Group and the Dipterists Forum, said he spotted one alive and well in the Devon Wildlife Old Sludge Beds, a wetland reserve on the...
  • Python Eats Porcupine, Regrets It Later (Here's Why)

    07/31/2015 1:02:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | June 26, 2015 02:33pm ET | Elizabeth Palermo, Associate Editor
    Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine? Well, wonder no more. One of these giant snakes — which kill prey by suffocating it and then consuming it whole — recently dined on a porcupine and didn't live to brag about it. On June 14, a cyclist riding along one of the mountain bike trails at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, spotted a very engorged snake. The cyclist snapped a few photos of the gluttonous python and posted them to social media, where they quickly attracted the attention of locals who wanted to...
  • 2000-Year-Old Cat Paw Prints Discovered on Tile

    07/31/2015 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 01:26 PM ET | by Rossella Lorenzi
    The cat paw print on the Roman roof tile. David Rice ================================================================================================================== Paw prints made by a cat 2,000 years ago have been found on a Roman roof tile kept at a museum in south west England. Dug up in Gloucester in 1969, the tile fragment had long lain unnoticed at Gloucester City Museum. Only recently, a researcher spotted the cat’s paw on the tile while going through the finds from the 1969 archaeological excavation. “At that time the archaeologists seem to have been more interested in digging things up than looking at what they found,” David Rice, curator at...
  • Everglades Python May Be Second-Largest Ever in Florida

    07/31/2015 12:40:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 12:25 PM ET | Staff via CBS Miami
    This python, captured in Shark Valley, in Everglades National Park, may be the second-largest python ever caught in Florida. USGS ======================================================================================================================== A python researcher working in Everglades National Park has captured what may be the second-largest Burmese python in the state of Florida, CBS Miami reports. The snake was captured on July 9 in the park's Shark Valley and was documented at 18 feet 3 inches long. It's just 4 inches shy of the state's record 18 foot 7 inch python caught in Miami-Dade, CBS notes. Whether it's indeed the second-largest, officially, remains unclear, due to differences in record-keeping in...
  • Does this man have the most dangerous job in America? (aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker)

    07/31/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Thom Patterson and Nick Scott
    Until you get to know Sean D. Tucker, it's hard to understand why he chooses to make a living by risking his life. But take a moment to watch what he does. It's magical. Watch him fly hundreds of miles an hour and thousands of feet high -- twirling, tumbling and twisting his airplane in ways you never thought possible ... Tucker is an aerobatic pilot -- among the best in the world. He calls it a form of art ...
  • Snail as Big as a Tennis Shoe Running Amok in Florida

    07/31/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 31, 2015 09:30 AM ET | by Kerry Sheridan
    The giant African land snail is causing problems for Floridians. Wikimedia Commons/Sonel.SA ========================================================================================================================= Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe. Play Video 8 Animals That Can Regrow Their Body Parts While humans are working on robotic arms and new limb technology, some animals can regrow their limbs on their own. How do they do this? DCI In the four years since Giant African Snails were discovered in Miami, they have slowly but surely spread to new territory,...
  • Python Tries to Bite Off More Than It Can Chew by Eating a Whole PORCUPINE - Spikes Puncture Insides

    07/30/2015 4:11:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Simon Tomlinson
    This giant snake died after swallowing a 30lb porcupine – which punctured its insides with its razor-sharp quills. The four-metre African rock python was found beneath a rocky ledge at Lake Eland Game Reserve in South Africa. Its innards had been lacerated by dozens of quills from the porcupine while trying to digest its meal. Reserve general manager Jennifer Fuller said: 'The exact reasons for the snake's death are not clear.
  • Mystery pooper targeting holes of Norwegian golf course

    07/30/2015 12:04:02 PM PDT · by Theoria · 80 replies
    UPI ^ | 25 July 2015 | Ben Hooper
    The groundskeeper of a Norwegian golf course said a mystery pooper targeting course holes must be a man "because the poos are too massive to be from a woman." Kenneth Tennfjord, groundskeeper at the Stavanger Golf Club, said he has been finding human feces and toilet paper in course holes since 2005. "He has a couple of favorite holes," Tennfjord told the Rogaland Avis newspaper. "And we know it is a man because the poos are too massive to be from a woman." "He poos only on weekdays. On weekends I have never found poo on the golf course," Tennfjord...
  • 'Golden jackals' of East Africa are actually 'golden wolves'

    07/30/2015 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    phys.org ^ | 07-30-2015 | Provided by: Cell Press
    A golden jackal (Canis anthus) from Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Based on genomic results, the researchers suggest this animal be referred to as the African golden wolf, which is distinct from the Eurasian golden jackal (Canis aureus). Credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson ======================================================================================================================= Despite their remarkably similar appearance, the "golden jackals" of East Africa and Eurasia are actually two entirely different species. The discovery, based on DNA evidence and reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 30, increases the overall biodiversity of the Canidae—the group including dogs, wolves, foxes, and jackals—from 35 living species to 36. "This...
  • Some Facts on Cecil the Lion Hunt

    07/30/2015 9:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 7/30/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I found this on the popular site accuratereloading.com. It adds facts, texture and nuance to the emotion floating about out there. Remember that Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. From Zimbabwe Wildlife Conservation: We have been following these threads with great interest. we emphasize we are advocates of "sustainable utilization " as a conservation tool , some Basic facts that have been verified by several reliable and credible sources :- The operator / professional hunters in question had a valid TR2 form stamped by the Zimbabwe parks & wildlife authority. This form once stamped allows...
  • California National Guard Launches Drone to Help Find Missing San Francisco Teacher Ed Cavanaugh

    07/30/2015 9:05:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Using an unprecedented search technique, the California National Guard has launched a drone to help look for a missing San Francisco teacher after he was last seen almost two weeks ago while riding a motorcycle in the El Dorado National Forest. The drone, formally called a “remotely piloted aircraft,” was set off into the air to look for 45-year-old Edward Cavanaugh on Wednesday, at the request of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the National Guard said in a statement. This is the first time such a vehicle has been used by the...
  • Montana, Wyoming Receive Unusual Late-July Snowfall (PHOTOS)

    07/29/2015 7:07:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    WEATHER.COM ^ | Jul 28 2015 | Sean Breslin
    Ski resorts in parts of Montana and Wyoming fired up their webcams to capture images of something they don't usually see on their slopes: snow falling in late July. "An abnormally powerful low-pressure system is winding up near the Montana-Saskatchewan border – something more typical of the cold-weather season than mid-July," said weather.com senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. "As a result, it's yanking some pretty cold air southward quickly enough to bring subfreezing temperatures into the Northern Rockies at elevations above 10,000 feet or so. Throw in some moisture and boom, snow." The system dumped several inches of wintry precipitation on...
  • WATCH: Shark Bites Kayak; Kayaker Bites Back

    07/29/2015 12:16:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 | Derek Togerson
    A local angler hooked a mako shark, who tried to eat his kayakFisherman love catching big fish. But when the catch is almost as long as the vessel you’re in and has extremely sharp teeth the day makes for one heck of a story. On Thursday, July 23, just before 7 a.m., Austin Lorber and his fishing partner David Le were on kayaks about a mile and a half off of La Jolla. David threw out a mackerel and felt something take the bait. “As soon as he hooked up we noticed a fish jump way out of the water,...
  • Safari tourist suspected in killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe

    07/28/2015 11:31:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 28 july 15 | Don Melvin, Khushbu Shah and Elaine Ly
    Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe, authorities allege, by a foreign hunter or hunters who paid about $55,000 for the privilege.
  • Dangerous PCP Polymer Cased Ammo (Update)

    07/28/2015 5:15:53 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    TFB ^ | June 23, 2015 | TFB
    If you shoot centerfire you need to see this video.
  • How Hiking Leads to Happiness

    07/27/2015 8:10:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Men's Journal ^ | 7/28 | Jillian Rose Lim
    Whether it's hiking in the woods or camping under the stars, we've all experienced how time in the outdoors can clear your mind like no medication or even gym workout ever could. Recent research is now adding scientific weight to what nature writers like John Muir have known for centuries: According to a new study from Stanford University, walking in a natural environment for just 90 minutes can ward off negative thought cycles and reduce your risk for developing mental illness. The study builds on a solid body of research in psychology that suggests natural environments have a restorative, relaxing...
  • This is for all you N/E Free Republicers...

    07/27/2015 11:31:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 51 replies
    27 July 2015 | US Navy Vet
    I would like to take my wife to the N/E United States to do some Falltime "Leak Peepin"
  • BBQ Outlaws (government environmentalist warns property owner to keep BBQ odors on their property)

    07/24/2015 5:24:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 69 replies
    youtube ^ | july 24, 2015
    This was a video from a Facebook user who started recording a conversation between him and his friend and a Pinellas county (Florida) environmentalist saying bbq smoke out of your yard is illegal!
  • Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

    07/24/2015 10:12:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | July 23, 2015 | Provided by: University of Adelaide
    This image shows mammoth vertebrae in ice, Yukon Territory, Canada. Credit: Photo Kieren Mitchell, University of Adelaide ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth's past. Using advances in analysing ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating and other geologic records an international team led by researchers from the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales (Australia) have revealed that short, rapid warming events, known as interstadials, recorded during the last ice age or Pleistocene...
  • Massive Swarm of Grasshoppers and Beetles Picked up by Radar, Headed to Oklahoma

    07/24/2015 12:01:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 22, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    A massive swarm of grasshoppers and beetles is making its way toward Oklahoma. Park rangers from Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah, Texas say the mob is so huge that its movement is being picked up on radar. They are reportedly headed northeast towards Oklahoma. We don’t know if they will reach us, but they are making impressive time. The National Weather Service says it is not unusual for the bugs to travel like this during the summer, but it is pretty incredible to watch it on radar. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of bugs to cause that on...
  • Coe State Park Offers Bay Area’s Best Mountain Biking

    07/23/2015 10:59:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    What you’ll see: An early spring has transformed Henry W. Coe State Park into one of the best parks for mountain biking anywhere in America. At 87,000 acres, it’s the largest state park in Northern California. A 250-mile network of ranch roads and trails — including my favorite, the ride from Hunting Hollow to Kelly Lake — makes it a cyclist’s paradise. Location: Henry Coe is in remote Santa Clara County, surrounded by Morgan Hill (access to park headquarters), Gilroy (access to Hunting Hollow) and Bell Station (during special events, access to Dowdy Creek entrance and Orestimba Wilderness). Bike to...
  • Lake creature Minne is abruptly yanked from Calhoun [Minn.]

    07/23/2015 4:46:48 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    StarTrib ^ | July 23, 2015 | Paul Walsh
    Minne, the fiberglass creature that has bounced from one Minneapolis lake to another as a summertime adornment, has been getting too much hands-on love from admirers lately and was pulled Wednesday from Lake Calhoun. The Loch Ness monster-like sculpture was removed because numerous people were making their way to Minne on paddleboards and climbing on its back and up the long neck of the 13-foot-tall piece of artwork.
  • Mystery Man Found Decomposing In Car Had More Than 1,200 Guns, Cash, Underwater Car

    07/23/2015 3:15:36 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 43 replies
    CBS-sacremento ^ | July 22, 2015 | Tami Abdollah
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) – An attorney said Wednesday that the body of a mystery man was decomposing in his car in the tony Pacific Palisades neighborhood in Southern California for nearly two weeks before he was found by authorities on July 17.</p>
  • OKLAHOMA WEATHER RADAR PICKS UP MASSIVE TEXAS BUG SWARM

    07/23/2015 11:35:19 AM PDT · by bkopto · 33 replies
    Brietbart ^ | July 23, 2015 | staff
    A swarm of grasshoppers and beetles is headed from Texas to Oklahoma, having last been spotted by weather radar near the Red River border on Wednesday. The swarm of bugs was picked up by the radar systems of the National Weather Service of Norman, Oklahoma. SNIP Rangers at Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah, Texas — a town on the Red River, which divides Texas and Oklahoma — confirmed the swarm was made up of grasshoppers and beetles. The swirling collection of insects measured 50 miles across. Some of the bugs were flying as high as 2,500 feet.
  • Yellowstone Park advises against selfies with bison

    07/23/2015 7:29:27 AM PDT · by McGruff · 61 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/23/2015
    A series of injuries at Yellowstone National Park has officials warning tourists that selfies and bison don't mix. A 43-year-old Mississippi woman was thrown into the air recently after she turned her back on a bison to take a photo of herself with it.
  • 4-Year-Old Boy Catches Fish Of A Lifetime

    07/23/2015 6:16:46 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 22 JULY 2015 | WCCO.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two brothers living on Lake Minnetonka have a big fish story to tell. James and Johnny Range Jr. are part of a fishing league on the lake, and they reeled in a huge muskie Tuesday night. The brothers often fish off their dock. They typically reel in sunfish, but the anglers also go after a bigger catch during competition.
  • Bison attacks woman who was trying to take selfie with it in Yellowstone Park

    07/22/2015 10:42:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed July 22, 2015 | Jethro Mullen
    Visitors to Yellowstone Park seem to be having trouble taking in the message that it's not a good idea to get too close to the wild bison that roam the wilderness. The latest person to find out the hard way is a 43-year-old Mississippi woman who tried to take a selfie with one of the hairy beasts near a trail on Tuesday. She and her daughter turned their backs to the bison, which was about 6 yards away, to take a photo with it, according to the National Park Service. "They heard the bison's footsteps moving toward them and started...
  • Golfer bit twice by rattlesnake at Bully Pulpit in Medora

    07/22/2015 2:59:02 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 25 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | July 22, 2015` | Forum News Service
    A golfer was transported to the hospital Thursday evening after he was bit twice in the leg by a rattlesnake at Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora. The Billings County Sheriff's Department said an EMS vehicle transported the man to CHI St. Joseph's Health, where he was treated.
  • Been gone now I'm back. (VANITY)

    07/22/2015 7:33:18 AM PDT · by Ruy Dias de Bivar · 23 replies
    Ruy
    Been gone for three weeks. No phone. No newspaper. No Wi-Fi. No TV. At peace with the world. Now I'm back and decided to see what was going on in the world. Wish I hadn't. First thing I see is the world has gone mad! MAD! Tornado hit where I live! Murder in Tennessee! Iran! Obama! Queers! Confederate Flag! Madness, MADNESS! Plus the area back home has 98 degree temps with 75% humidity.
  • Sharknado 3: Three Actual Weather Events Nearly as Wild

    07/22/2015 7:25:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 22 July 2015 | Erin Cassidy
    To great social media fanfare, "Sharknado 3" premiers July 22, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET on the SyFy Channel.While campy disaster films aren't known for their scientific integrity, the Sharknado series makes some interesting inaccuracies. A great white shark. (Credit: Flickr/Grant Peters) But "Sharknado" fans who live in fear of a shark-filled tornado can rest easy, the idea still remains completely implausible.However, the weather has been known to cause several head-scratching events, ranging from seemingly apocalyptic to downright bizarre. Many popular colloquiums suggest animals pouring from the sky - from cats and dogs all the way to men. Thankfully, these...
  • Saving Money on Water After Heavy Rain

    07/21/2015 9:05:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Consumer Bob
    Wait before turning on the sprinklers Heavy downpours across Southern California this weekend may help some make their water bill a little lighter this month. San Diego resident Shelley Stapley said the weekend rain was great for the soil in her tomato garden. "It is saturated; the soil is wet," said Stapley. She usually waters her plants by hand but now she's waiting a while before watering again. "Less water, less money for the bill because water is really expensive," said Stapley. California drought regulations ban watering for 48 hours after a rain, but Mark Mahady with Walter Andersen Nursery...
  • Game About Killing Poachers Vies for $50,000 Prize in Microsoft Student Tech Competition

    07/21/2015 2:55:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Geekwire ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jacob Demmitt
    A group of students from Nepal will be competing for a $50,000 prize in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup student technology competition next week. They’re competing in the video-game category, but their entry stands out for another reason: It’s a first-person shooter in which players track down and kill poachers. The game is set in a futuristic world where decades of poaching has knocked Earth’s ecosystem off-kilter and left the planet a barren dessert. The last hope for restoration involves sending a cyborg back in time to hunt the poachers. Defend Your Territory creators Amir Gc (left), Alex Rumba (middle) and Sangam...
  • Storms wash away part of Interstate 10 in Southern California

    07/19/2015 11:13:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 20, 2015
    all traffic on both sides of the highway was closed. The westbound side of the freeway remained intact, but officers had stopped traffic while they tested its stability. A pair of small nearby highways that could possibly serve as detours were also closed. ... The showers forced the Los Angeles Angels' first rainout in 20 years and the San Diego Padres' first rainout since 2006. Saturday's rainfall broke records in at least 11 locations, including five places that had the most rain ever recorded on any day in July, Sirard said. July is typically the driest month of the year...
  • WATCH: Man Barely Escapes Shark Attack, Surfing Competition Canceled

    07/19/2015 12:19:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | 7/18
    A surfing competition in South Africa was canceled Sunday after surfer Mick Fanning escaped a shark attack in the opening minutes of the final heat. Organizers of the J-Bay Open, the sixth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour, canceled the remainder of the competition after clearing the waters. Video of the incident appears to show two sharks circling the three-time World Surf League champion. The Water Safety Team pulled Fanning and fellow competitor Julian Wilson out of the waters. Fanning made it out of the water unharmed and with a severed leash on his surfboard....
  • Dutch Harbor post office asks wildlife officials to help stop eagle attacks

    07/19/2015 11:00:40 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 20 replies
    UNALASKA -- Images of eagles cover postal service vehicles and uniforms nationwide, but in the Aleutian Islands, real live eagles are landing on the heads of customers picking up mail at the Dutch Harbor post office.
  • Ruger Precision Rifle (new long-range rifle - beautiful and inexpensive)

    07/18/2015 7:14:36 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 87 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | Kelly Young
    As Townsend Whelen, former U.S. Army colonel and American Rifleman contributor, was once famously quoted as saying, “Only accurate rifles are interesting.” Employing that rubric alone, the Ruger Precision Rifle is a supremely interesting firearm. And, to the company’s credit, the introduction of additional evaluation criteria such as versatility, reliability and value only make its newest bolt-action repeater all the more intriguing. Featuring sub-minute-of-angle accuracy, the dependability of a bolt gun built on the gunmaker’s proven American action, all the modularity of the über-customizable AR-15 platform, the ability to accept a multitude of magazine types and a price tag that...
  • What's with the full beards on Major League baseball players?

    07/17/2015 3:56:29 PM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 147 replies
    none | July 17, 2015 | Hot Tobasco
    What is with the current fad of major league baseball players displaying full beards and their sycophant fans exhibiting the same? In today’s political climate, the only individuals I see sporting that facial hair are the Islamic extremists such as ISIS who are killing people throughout the world. Is this their attempt to identify with that religion and somehow send a message that they are badasses? I’m sorry but I just don’t get it………..I have no problem with men and properly trimmed beards but these players are going to the extreme. With that being said, there should be a dress...
  • Sea gull challenges bald eagle for the life of second gull

    07/16/2015 4:57:27 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    upi ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    VALDEZ, Alaska, - A photo shared by the U.S. Department of Interior shows a brave sea gull attempting to take on a bald eagle that had another sea gull trapped in its talons. The Department of Interior, which shared the photo on Facebook, said photographer David Canales witnessed the struggle while kayaking on Prince William Sound in Alaska. The department said the "epic aerial battle" came to an end when the sea gull gave up on trying to save its friend and the eagle flew off with its prey. Canales posted a second photo on his Facebook account that appears...
  • A Watch, Water and Workouts

    07/15/2015 9:10:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Furbo.org ^ | July 14, 2015 | Craig Hockenberry
    A Watch, Water and Workouts The most common question I get about my Apple Watch is this: “Is it waterproof?”Everyone from followers on Twitter to Laguna Beach lifeguards have noticed that I wear my watch while swimming and want to know how this new device holds up when it comes in contact with 71% of the Earth’s surface. If you look closely, you’ll see that I just completed my exercise goal with a swim in the Pacific Ocean. This report will explore how well the watch works when it’s exposed to water. I’ll also make some recommendations for Apple to...
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission gives Presque Isle Downs permit to shoot deer

    07/15/2015 5:55:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Erie Times-News ^ | JOHN GUERRIERO
    ERIE, Pa. -- Deer that have been invading the thoroughbred horse racing track at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Summit Township will be shot. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has given the casino a permit for the deer kill as one way to combat the problem of deer entering the track grounds and making it dangerous for jockeys and horses.
  • Micro Black Aces Shotgun! Is it Legal?

    07/15/2015 3:19:08 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 37 replies
    Guns America ^ | 7/9/15 | Jacob Epstein
    Black Aces is offering a discount for GunsAmerica readers. If you’ve been thinking about buying a DT now might be the time. Use the code GA10 when ordering and get 10% off. Check out Black Aces: http://www.blackacestactical.com/dt These aren’t easy to find, either. Ordering is easy enough, but they’re not languishing on store shelves, if you know what mean. As of the writing of this, only one lucky reader can buy one on GunsAmerica: http://www.gunsamerica.com/Black Aces DT During the course of this review, I asked Black Aces Tactical’s Eric Lemoine what DT stands for. “DT stands for Delirium Tremens,” Lemoine...
  • 50 million year old sperm cells found in fossilized cocoon

    07/15/2015 2:23:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | July 15, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Diagram illustrating the inferred mode of fossilization of microorganisms in clitellate cocoons, exemplified by a common medicinal leech (reproductive stages modified from Sims). (a) Two leeches mate; (b) a cocoon is secreted from the clitellum; (c) eggs and sperm are released into the cocoon before the animal retracts and eventually deposits the sealed cocoon on a suitable substrate (d). Insets depict enlargements of the inner cocoon-wall surface showing how spermatozoa and microbes become encased in the solidifying inner cocoon wall. Credit: Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0431 ============================================================================================= (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from institutions in Sweden, Argentina and Italy,...
  • 50-Million-Year-Old Sperm Found in Antarctica

    07/15/2015 1:54:21 PM PDT · by dware · 26 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 07.15.2015 | Douglas Main
    Things without bones don’t fossilize that well. This includes sperm and worms, and most definitely worm sperm. But scientists have now discovered fossilized sperm from a worm-like creature in Antarctica that is 50 million years old, as revealed in a study published Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters.
  • Jupiter twin discovered around solar twin

    07/15/2015 1:51:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys. Org ^ | 07-15-15 | Provided by: ESO
    Artist's impression showing a newly discovered Jupiter twin gas giant orbiting the solar twin star, HIP 11915. The planet is of a very similar mass to Jupiter and orbits at the same distance from its star as Jupiter does from the Sun. This, together with HIP 11915's Sun-like composition, hints at the possibility of the system of planets orbiting HIP 11915 bearing a resemblance to our own Solar System, with smaller rocky planets orbiting closer to the host star. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser ============================================================================================ Astronomers have used the ESO 3.6-metre telescope to identify a planet just like Jupiter orbiting at the...
  • Meet the 90-Year-Old Saudi Who Lives in a 'Stone Age' Home Dream Is to Have Fridge and Heater

    07/15/2015 11:10:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Mohammed Abdullah Ahmed of Saudi Arabia is more than 90-years old. He lives in a shabby randomly-built little house on the edge of a small remote village. “Ahmed’s home indicates as if we are still in the Stone Age,” the Arabic language daily 'Sabq' said, adding that its reporter visited the man at his primitive home on the fringes of the village near the Western Red Sea port of Al Qunfudah. “His home has no electricity. He suffers from cold in winter and from the scorching heat in summer. He lives in the dark away from people as he has...
  • How Green Were the Nazis?

    07/15/2015 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 19 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 7?14/2015 | William Kay
    The eleven authors of How Green Were the Nazis? were painfully aware that contemporary studies of German conservatism’s evolution into Nazism routinely highlight the naturalistic and ecological underpinnings of this political current. An appeal to the authority of ecology for political guidance is widely acknowledged as being basic to Nazism. A need to refute this scholarly consensus motivated the writing of How Green Were the Nazis? …but alas, in vain. The eleven clods (environmentalists all) formed a circular firing squad around their target. They shot holes through one another’s arguments then fled the scene leaving behind piles of good ammunition....
  • 48°F In The Middle Of July

    07/15/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 85 replies
    My Outdoor Thermometer | 15 July 2015 | Steely
    I just thought this was worth noting. I live in Upstate New York, where in years past it would often be in the upper nineties at this point in the annual weather cycle. The leaves are beginning to turn on some of the trees in my neighborhood. We've had a succession of below-normal days. "Accuweather" (BTW) says it's 57° where I live. Last year, there was one evening on which Accuweather said it was eighteen degrees hotter where I live than what my outdoor thermometer said. I haven't heard President Obama saying much about global warming this summer, other than...
  • Watch 2 Men Save a Beached Great White Shark

    07/14/2015 5:18:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Time ^ | 7/13 | Tanya Basu
    A new video shows the dramatic rescue of a beached great white shark off the coast of Chatham, Mass. on Monday. The video, posted to YouTube, shows the great white gasping for breath, its tail desperately flipping on the beach, as onlookers watch, concerned. The film then cuts to two men—who have been identified as harbormaster Stuart Smith and shark expert Gregory Skomal—who are shown scooping buckets of water and splashing the shark, which at first is unresponsive, then shudders awake to cheers and encouragement. The men then tie a string onto the weakened shark’s tail and connect it to...