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  • VIDEO: Denmark's 'Crazy Terrifying' Ride Goes Viral

    07/31/2014 12:41:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    The Local ^ | 25 Jul 2014
    In just over a week, nearly two million YouTube viewers have taken a virtual ride on the Sky Tower at Aarhus's Tivoli Friheden. If you’re scared of heights, you might want to stop reading now. Or at least skip the video below. But the rest of you may appreciate the fact that a video of the Sky Tower attraction at Aarhus amusement park Tivoli Friheden has caught the attention of thrill seekers worldwide. The people behind the popular website Theme Park Review posted a video of their experience at the Sky Tower, calling it “one of the most CRAZY rides...
  • B&B opens at site of former polygamous compound

    07/30/2014 7:26:01 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | July 29, 2014 | AnnieKnox
    HILDALE — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect. America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name from Warren Jeff’s time on the list of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Accommodations in the Hildale bed and breakfast run from $85 to $200 a night. Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, are both home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Former Jeffs...
  • The Rebuilding of I-45: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Improve Houston

    07/29/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Cite Magazine ^ | Jul. 28, 2014 5:35 PM | Torie Ludwin
    According to proposals on the table at the Texas Department of Transportation, the highway system around Downtown Houston may be subject to a significant transformation. This well may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city to reconnect neighborhoods long bifurcated by highway IH-45 while also improving traffic capacity of the highways. How to change and improve the highway system is of great debate. As the Department of Transportation follows through on its federally required processes to propose and examine alternatives to the expansion of IH-45, also called the North Houston Highway Improvement Project, itÂ’s winnowing the options quickly. Now is...
  • Welcome to Vietnam

    07/29/2014 6:21:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    World Affairs ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michael J. Totten
    Ho Chi Minh would be appalled if he could see Vietnam now. Share submit to reddit inShare EmailEmail PrintPrint Well, perhaps not appalled—he was less doctrinaire than the likes of Vladimir Lenin and Fidel Castro, and even hard-line ideologues can become more flexible over time—but he certainly wouldn’t recognize it. The Doi Moi market reforms that began in 1986 (a mere eleven years after the fall of Saigon and national unification under the Communist Party) and a general slackening of state micromanagement have transformed the country out of all recognition.
  • Delta Pilot Snaps at Air-traffic Controller in Heated Exchange

    07/28/2014 1:33:15 PM PDT · by Cecily · 37 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | July 28, 2014
    Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is looking into a tense exchange between a pilot and an air-traffic controller. According to WSB-TV – Atlanta, the exchange happened Friday when a controller told a pilot his plane was approaching the wrong taxiway. “Hey, you know what? We’ll taxi out there any way we want unless you tell us to. I don’t like your attitude,” the pilot said.
  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    07/28/2014 12:43:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 3:36 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was against American Airlines for $24.2 million in August 2010. That one was ultimately settled for $24.9 million as part of American’s bankruptcy proceedings, although the final settlement included other safety violations not part of the original proposal. …
  • Egypt comes top of Middle East-heavy list of countries that hate the U.S. the most

    07/28/2014 11:11:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 28, 2014 | Simon Tomlinson
    America's position as the world's leading power inevitably makes it a love-it-or-hate-it nation. Such is the complexity of global politics and conflict, its reputation is constantly in flux - whether its providing humanitarian aid with one hand or diving into a war with the other. But a new survey has been released which could well give Washington a clearer idea about where to focus its attention in the coming years.
  • Researchers find first sign that tyrannosaurs hunted in packs

    07/27/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 23 July 2014 | Ian Sample
    The collective noun is a terror of tyrannosaurs: a pack of the prehistoric predators, moving and hunting in numbers, for prey that faced the fight of its life. That tyrannosaurs might have hunted in groups has long been debated by dinosaur experts, but with so little to go on, the prospect has remained firmly in the realm of speculation. But researchers in Canada now claim to have the strongest evidence yet that the ancient beasts did move around in packs. At a remote site in north-east British Columbia - in the west of Canada - they uncovered the first known...
  • Ötzi's non-human DNA: Opportunistic pathogen discovered in Iceman tissue biopsy

    07/27/2014 2:08:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 15, 2014 | European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano
    Ötzi’s human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists analyzed the non-human DNA in the sample. They found evidence for the presence of Treponema denticola, an opportunistic pathogen involved in the development of periodontal disease. Ötzi's human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists from EURAC...
  • Egyptian Carving Defaced by King Tut's Possible Father Discovered

    07/27/2014 2:02:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 24, 2014 | Owen Jarus
    The panel, carved in Nubian Sandstone, was found recently in a tomb at the site of Sedeinga, in modern-day Sudan. It is about 5.8 feet (1.8 meters) tall by 1.3 feet (0.4 m) wide, and was found in two pieces. Originally, it adorned the walls of a temple at Sedeinga that was dedicated to Queen Tiye (also spelled Tiyi), who died around 1340 B.C. Several centuries after Tiye's death — and after her temple had fallen into ruin — this panel was reused in a tomb as a bench that held a coffin above the floor. Scars of a revolution...
  • Archaeologists find bizarre burials in Burnt City

    07/27/2014 1:55:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | Tuesday 22 July 2014 | Culture Desk/MMS/YAW
    “One of the odd burials is in Grave 1003, which had been excavated by our Italian colleagues,” Sajjadi said. The skeleton of 45-year-old man is located in the center of the circle-shaped grave and skulls of two dogs are placed above his head. In addition, 12 human skulls were placed on the north side of the grave, he stated, adding that to date, no other example of such a burial has been discovered in the Burnt City. Due to the structure of the grave, Sajjadi stated, “The grave undoubtedly belongs one of the peoples who had migrated from the Central...
  • West US cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    07/27/2014 1:48:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 24, 2014 | unattributed
    For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave. Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming is 85 feet (25 meters) deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals—including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs—shared the misfortune of not noticing the 15-foot-wide (4 meters) opening until they were plunging to their deaths. Now, the U.S. Bureau...
  • Ancient naval ram found in Phanagoria reveals history of popular unrest in 63 B.C.

    07/27/2014 1:40:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Vol. 15 06052014 | unattributed
    ...an ancient naval ram used by the army of Mithradates VI of the Bosporan Kingdom to quell a popular uprising against him in Phanagoria in 63 B.C. One-meter long ram and presumably made of bronze, it has an engraving of Mithradates VI, the king of Pontus from 119 to 63 B.C. who was the most powerful king in Anatolia during the 1st century B.C... The ram was found in the submerged part of Phanagoria, the largest Greek colony on the Taman peninsula, not far from the 15-meter-long ship that was previously unearthed in 2012... and proves that the ship was...
  • Ancient graffiti proves Spain's Irish links

    07/26/2014 1:35:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alex Dunham
    An ancient inscription discovered on a 14th century church in Spain's Galicia region has been identified as Gaelic; the first written evidence of the northern region’s Irish and Scottish heritage. For centuries it has gone unnoticed, weathered by Galicia’s incessant drizzle but still visible to those with an eagle-eye. On one of the granite walls of Santiago church in the small town of Betanzos, a small previously unintelligible inscription five metres above ground kept historians and epigraphists, or people who study ancient inscriptions, baffled for decades. Researchers working for a private association called the Gaelaico Project now believe they've finally...
  • White House Announces New Program

    07/25/2014 6:15:50 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 4 replies
    Retired Texas Vet | 7-25-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    The White House announced today it's new immigration program called "You Think You Had It Bad". Josh Earnest, the new White House paid liar, announced that the President was earnest and not joshing with the new program. Under the "You Think You Had It Bad" program, all new illegal immigrants (or new Democratic voters) will be shipped to Chicago for 10 days. Immigrants will be housed and processed in the Chicago Southside. Success of the program hinges upon the immigrants being exposed to at least two weekends in the city. It is felt that after two weekends in Chicago most...
  • Russian 'space sex geckos' struggle to survive as satellite spirals out of control in Earth orbit

    07/25/2014 1:42:41 PM PDT · by Veto! · 26 replies
    Mail Online UK ^ | July 25, 2014 | Jonathon O'Callaghan
    They were intended to be among the first animals to join the 350-mile-high club, but now a group of geckos sent into space to reproduce may be at risk. The five lizards - four male and one female - launched on a research satellite on 19 July to study the effects of weightlessness on their sex lives.
  • Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    07/23/2014 9:27:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan. Just days before the father and son were to return home to Indiana, the trip turned tragic when their plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa on Tuesday night. The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman was recovered, but crews were still searching Wednesday for the father, Babar Suleman. The Sulemans left...
  • 'No loud Americans': Irish Cafe Sparks Outrage by Banning US Visitors in Ring of Kerry ....

    07/23/2014 1:28:32 PM PDT · by Cecily · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sarah Gordon
    It is hardly the way to win over tourists, but this Irish cafe doesn't seem to care. Peter's Place, a pretty eatery in County Kerry, has placed a notice in its window banning 'loud American's from entering. The cafe lists the undesirables it would prefer not to receive in its establishment, including bus and coach tours and rowdy tourists from across the Pond.
  • 10 secret rules of working in Disney's Magic Kingdoms

    07/23/2014 6:48:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    It may seem to some as something of a dream job - working alongside childhood heroes such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. But in order to get, and keep, a job as a character at a Disney park or resort, employees must abide by a number of strict rules, ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. For anyone thinking of trying to get a job at a Magic Kingdom, here is a rundown of some of the more idiosyncratic employee rules implemented by the bosses at Disney.
  • Locals Renting Rooms for Comic Con

    07/23/2014 12:02:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
    Once a year rental marketIt is that time of year when San Diegans open their homes to strangers. People across the county rent rooms, apartments, condos and houses to visitors of Comic-Con. It is the largest convention in San Diego, and places to stay are hard to find and expensive -- leaving the door open the locals who want to make some extra money renting out space for the convention. But there can be complications. Besides the fact that you are opening your door to complete strangers, many rental contracts and Condo Association rules ban renting out your property. Regardless,...
  • Thousands of Litres of Beer Close Motorway

    07/22/2014 5:32:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 22 Jul 2014
    Thousands of litres of beer were spilled on a motorway near Duisburg in western Germany on Monday night, when a truck carrying several hundred crates of Bitburger toppled over, shutting the Autobahn. Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty (21 Jul 14) Police find cannabis growing on motorway (18 Jul 14) Burglars steal 300,000 litres of beer (15 Jul 14) The truck was on the A40 motorway heading towards Dortmund and was approaching the A3 motorway towards Arnheim at the Kaiserberg interchange. The 66-year-old driver then lost control of the vehicle and slid off the road. Hundreds of bottles were...
  • Mystery Behind Giant Hole in Siberia Clearer as 2nd Discovered

    07/22/2014 4:57:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 22 2014
    The craters, believed to be formed by an underground explosion, are now filled with snow and ice. Reindeer herders in Russia's Far North have discovered yet another mysterious giant hole about 30 kilometers away from a similar one found days earlier. Located in the permafrost of the subarctic Siberian region of Yamal, which means "end of the earth" in the local Nenets language, both craters appear to have been formed in recent years and have icy lakes at their bases. Scientists who examined the first hole theorized that it could have been created when a mixture of water, salt and...
  • Researchers Find Rare Coin, Other Artifacts at Bethsaida Dig Site

    07/22/2014 3:04:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    University of Nebraska Omaha ^ | July 17, 2014 | Charley Reed
    The highlight of the excavation was the discovery of a Judea Capta coin, which was minted by Roman Emporor Domitian during his reign of 81 – 96 CE in honor of the conquest of Judea and the destruction of Jersusalem in 70 CE by his father, Vespasian, and brother, Titus. Christie Cobb, a doctoral student at Drew University in New Jersey, discovered the coin. There are only 48 other versions of this coin that have been found, and fewer still at Biblical sites such as Bethsaida. “The coin confirms other ceramic data about the date of the large Roman period...
  • Low Irish taxes boost Airbnb profits (but EUSSR wants Ireland to raise them)

    07/22/2014 2:19:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/07/2014 - 15:55 | Cécile Barbière
    The peer-to-peer property renting website, artAirbnb, makes it possible for people in crisis-stricken states to earn extra money, but the company itself has placed its headquarters in places like Ireland, Jersey and Delaware to avoid paying tax. EurActiv France reports. […] In late March 2014, the website announced that one million French holidaymakers used Airbnb since it launched in 2008, the same number as in the UK. In Spain, one million tourists used the website to rent property. The French Ministry of Finances has condemned this kind of revenue. “France has nothing to gain from developing this kind of renting…...
  • AMTRAK Sucks

    07/22/2014 11:23:07 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 63 replies
    7-22-14 | Me
    On 21July2014 Amtrak Wolverine was due to arrive in New Buffalo Michigan at 8:10pm from Chicago. But it was over 2 hours late. When my wife FINALLY talked with a REAL person she was told that AMTRAK's own dispatch center could NOTcontact the train and to call back in 10 min for update!!!!!!!!
  • Brits vote Las Vegas the 'overspend' capital of the world ..

    07/22/2014 7:05:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    Las Vegas has been voted the ‘overspend’ capital of the year and the destination most likely to encourage tourists to become too flash with their cash, according to a survey. Two thirds of Brits ranked the glitzy US city number one, followed by Paris, then New York. Venice and Ibiza make up the top five destinations where holidaymakers are most likely to part with too much cash.
  • World’s 2nd Richest Man Calls for 3-Day Work Week, Longer Hours

    07/22/2014 6:49:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 21, 2014 6:23PM
    Would a three-day work week improve your quality of life? Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, says it would. During a press conference, Slim called for a “radical overhaul” in workers’ lives. He said people should work three days a week, but longer hours. He also said people should work more years, until they’re 70 or 75. …
  • Violence and climate change in prehistoric Egypt and Sudan

    07/21/2014 10:50:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    British Museum ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Renée Friedman, curator
    Among the most exciting of the new acquisitions are the materials from the site of Jebel Sahaba, now in northern Sudan, which were donated to the Museum by Dr Fred Wendorf in 2002. Excavating here in 1965–66, as part of the UNESCO-funded campaign to salvage sites destined to be flooded by the construction of the Aswan High Dam, Dr Wendorf found a cemetery (site 117) containing at least 61 individuals dating back to about 13,000 years ago. This discovery was of great significance for two reasons. First, as a designated graveyard, evidently used over several generations, it is one of...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Lost Population of Ancient Amarna

    07/21/2014 9:34:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | unattributed
    ...the burials of the deceased of the estimated 30,000 commoners and laborers remained elusive – until 2001, when archaeologist Barry Kemp of the University of Cambridge began to see the first signs. Kemp has directed excavations and surveys at Amarna for the Egypt Exploration Society since 1977. “The puzzle seems now to have been solved,” says Kemp. “ It has come about through the desert GPS survey begun in 2001 and continued in subsequent years. First came the discovery of two cemeteries (clearly robbed) of what must be relatively poor graves on the flat desert not far from tomb no....
  • Romanian cave holds some of the oldest human footprints

    07/21/2014 9:29:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Science News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Bruce Bower
    About 400 footprints were first discovered in the cave in 1965. Scientists initially attributed the impressions to a man, woman and child who lived 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. But radiocarbon measurements of two cave bear bones excavated just below the footprints now indicate that Homo sapiens made these tracks around 36,500 years ago, say anthropologist David Webb of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and his colleagues. Analyses of 51 footprints that remain — cave explorers and tourists have destroyed the rest — indicate that six or seven individuals, including at least one child, entered the cave after a flood had...
  • Singapore Airlines' MH17 Tweet Draws Fire (Does not Use Ukraine Airspace)

    07/20/2014 3:26:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, July 20, 2014
    Airline apologises for postSingapore Airlines (SIA) has apologised for posting an "insensitive" comment on social media about the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in crisis-stricken eastern Ukraine. Hours after the Boeing 777-200 passenger jet with 298 people on board went down on Thursday, believed shot by a surface-to-air missile, SIA posted a one-line statement on Facebook and Twitter. It read: "Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace." The comment sparked anger among users of social media. "How about at least acknowledging the terrible event and sending condolences to those families and friends involved...
  • Ford Pinto owners gather for annual charity drive

    07/20/2014 1:48:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    mlive ^ | July 18, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Michael Wayland
    Roughly 50 Ford Pinto enthusiasts are gathering today for the fourth annual "Pinto Stampede," a three-day event from Dearborn, Mich. to Hell, Mich and back to Dearborn -- the birthplace of the Ford Pinto. The caravan of Ford Pintos, produced from 1971-1980, will make several stops on their journey including a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Product Development Center, the Ford & Mercury Restorers Club Car Show and other landmarks on their ride to 'Hell and Back.' "The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others," said Norm...
  • Pro-Russian looters pulled Tesco binoculars from British MH17 victim's suitcase (truncated title)

    07/19/2014 11:58:04 AM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | July 19, 2014 02:44 EST | Darren Boyle
    Full title: Pro-Russian looters pulled Tesco binoculars from British MH17 victim's suitcase - but threw them back because they were broken Eyewitness saw pro-Russian forces rifling through John Alder's bags Thugs stole Mr Alder's binoculars - but discarded them as they were broken Pro-Russian rebels spotted stealing victims' cash, credit cards and jewelry Prime Minister David Cameron said the killers must be 'held to account' :snip: Mr Doroschenko told The Sun: 'They were rifling belongings with torches 50 yards away. Once they'd gone I went over to the body where they had been and found wallets left open, purses empty...
  • New Toyota minivan lets parents use built-in microphone to scream at unruly kids in back seats

    07/19/2014 2:42:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Tom Krisher,
    The latest version of the company’s Sienna minivan has a feature called “Driver Easy Speak.” It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak “so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back.” But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids can’t talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an...
  • How Humanity’s Next Moon Explorers Could Live In Lunar ‘Pits’

    07/18/2014 9:32:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Across the moon’s surface, a separate study saw the spacecraft investigate 200 extremely steep-walled craters, known as “pits”. These would be fascinating places to send astronauts for scientific study. Not only that, they’re actually one of the safest spots possible on the moon, according to a new study. “Pits would be useful in a support role for human activity on the lunar surface,” stated lead researcher Robert Wagner of Arizona State University. “A habitat placed in a pit — ideally several dozen meters back under an overhang — would provide a very safe location for astronauts: no radiation, no micrometeorites,...
  • Hold On To Something. Aston Martin Just Unveiled A 201-MPH V-12 Monster [VIDEO]

    07/17/2014 8:00:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/16/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    James Bond’s car of choice just got an upgrade worthy of a spy-style getaway. British luxury manufacturer Aston Martin just unveiled its most-powerful machine ever built — the 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster, a follow-up to the line debuted in 2013 which earned the company’s highest performance marks ever — until now. The new Vantage sports a 565-horsepower 6-liter V-12 engine capable of powering the car to a eyelid-ripping 201 m.p.h. top speed, and takes it from zero to 60 m.p.h. in a mere 3.9 seconds.
  • Jackpot! The Very Best Casinos Outside of Vegas

    07/17/2014 7:49:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 15, 2014 | Kelly O'Mara
    Sure, Las Vegas is known for its casinos. But just because Sin City has the highest concentration, that doesn’t mean it has a monopoly on gambling. If Vegas isn’t your thing but you still want to hit the slots and be entertained, then seek an alternative at one of these non-Vegas casinos that are getting the most Yahoo searches.
  • Exclusive Air New Zealand Package Celebrates Lord of the Rings' 60th Anniversary

    07/16/2014 6:38:38 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    In honor of the 60th Anniversary of 'Lord of the Rings' book by J.R.R. Tolkien (first published July 29, 1954), Air New Zealand is introducing a special, 11-night, all-inclusive, self-guided package with Air New Zealand highlighting the movie's filming locations and best of New Zealand. The 60th anniversary 'Lord of the Rings' package by Air New Zealand includes major New Zealand attractions and breathtaking landscapes, which inspired Peter Jackson to film the 'Lord of the Rings' film trilogy in New Zealand.
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancel Israel concert amid conflict (from Palestinian rocket attacks)

    07/16/2014 10:44:25 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 14 July 2014 03.33 EDT | Sean Michaels
    Neil Young and Crazy Horse have cancelled a 17 July concert in Israel, citing "tensions which have rendered the event unsafe". As the region shudders with rocket explosions and missile attacks, the musicians said they "look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace". "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert," Young and his band said in a statement. Some 30,000 people had bought tickets to the gig at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park – the singer's first Israeli show in almost two decades. According to Reuters, the decision...
  • Lawmakers embrace budget gimmick to fund highways

    07/16/2014 12:16:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2014 3:07 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    If there’s anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it’s free money. […] Lawmakers revived pension smoothing Tuesday to help find money for a government fund that finances highway construction projects. …
  • Governors warn that Congress impedes repairs for crumbling roads

    07/15/2014 11:40:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    West Hawii Today ^ | 7-15-2014 | Mark Niquette
    Congress should approve a short-term fix before the federal highway account becomes insolvent by the end of August. Yet they want a longer solution to remove uncertainly that could stop or delay projects worth an estimated $3.6 trillion to fix crumbling roads and bridges. It affects the work needed to create jobs and boost the economy while repairing outdated infrastructure to avoid disasters such as the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145. “I don’t have confidence in anything that goes on in Washington, D.C. right now,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, told reporters.
  • Japan earthquake has raised pressure below Mount Fuji, says new study

    07/15/2014 9:08:59 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 6 replies
    Guardian ^ | 7/15/2014 | Pierre Le Hir
    Mount Fuji, or Fujisan as it is known in Japanese, is the highest point on the archipelago (rising to 3,776 metres) and the national emblem, immortalised in countless etchings. In June last year Unesco added it to the World Heritage list as a "sacred place and source of artistic inspiration". But it is still an active volcano, standing at the junction between the Pacific, Eurasian and Philippine tectonic plates. Though it has rarely stirred in recorded history, it is still potentially explosive. The Tohoku – or Great East Japan – earthquake on 11 March 2011 triggered a devastating tsunami, which...
  • Chalcolithic catastrophe on the Mondsee

    07/15/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Saturday, July 5, 2014 | Alexander Binsteiner
    This is what may have happened around 3,200 BC on the Lake of Mondsee (Lake Constance), resulting in the exodus of a metalworking community that lived there. When the site of this particular settlement was excavated in the 19th century, 595 stone axes and studded battleaxes, 451 arrowheads along with 12 copper axes and six daggers were discovered. These items represented highly sought-after status symbols, and would never have been left behind intentionally, unless of course the settlement had been abandoned as the result of a disaster. Well preserved foods such as charred hazelnuts, grain and pieces of apples were...
  • Positioning the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) Hunted by the Tyrolean Iceman...

    07/15/2014 3:34:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    PLOSone ^ | July 02, 2014 | Cristina Olivieri et al (see below)
    Abstract -- In the last years several phylogeographic studies of both extant and extinct red deer populations have been conducted. Three distinct mitochondrial lineages (western, eastern and North-African/Sardinian) have been identified reflecting different glacial refugia and postglacial recolonisation processes. However, little is known about the genetics of the Alpine populations and no mitochondrial DNA sequences from Alpine archaeological specimens are available. Here we provide the first mitochondrial sequences of an Alpine Copper Age Cervus elaphus. DNA was extracted from hair shafts which were part of the remains of the clothes of the glacier mummy known as the Tyrolean Iceman or...
  • Thermal Hot Spot Melts Yellowstone Road

    07/13/2014 3:32:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo.—The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday. As they examined possible fixes, park officials warned visitors not to hike into the affected area, where the danger of stepping through solid-looking soil into boiling-hot water was high.
  • UK Investigators: Crocodile Responsible for Plane Crash in the Congo

    07/13/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, July 12, 2014 | David Harding
    Crocodile might be responsible for plane crash in the Congo: UK investigators • Only one person survived the crash — as did the toothy reptile, though it was killed with machetes by rescuers sifting through the plane's wreckage. A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo that left 18 people dead may have been caused by a crocodile. The animal is thought to have climbed out of a hold midflight and spooked the crew and passengers. They all panicked and ran towards the cockpit, and the forward shift in weight may have caused the plane to plummet to the...
  • Mick Jagger blamed by Brazil fans for their 7-1 World Cup defeat

    07/13/2014 10:41:11 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 33 replies
    NME ^ | July 9, 2014 21:54 | no byline
    Brazilian TV station dubs Stones frontman 'the biggest jinx in history' after he attended the match Mick Jagger has been blamed by a Brazilian TV station for Brazil’s record-breaking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany yesterday (July 8). Jagger has endured a six-game losing streak at the World Cup since 2010, by publicly endorsing countries who promptly lose. It even led to Brazil fans dressing cut-outs of The Rolling Stones singer in the colours of Chile and Colombia before their victories over those countries. But they lost when Jagger and his son Lucas attended the Germany game in Belo...
  • Commercial Antares/Cygnus Rocket Loaded with Science for July 13 Virginia Launch – Watch Live

    07/12/2014 1:46:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    Following further weather delays this week Orbital Sciences Corp. commercial Antares rocket is at last set to soar to space at lunchtime Sunday, July 13, from a beachside launch pad in Virginia carrying a private Cygnus cargo freighter loaded with a diverse array of science experiments including a flock of nanosatellites and deployers, student science experiments and small cubesat prototypes that may one day fly to Mars. The privately developed Antares rocket is on a critical cargo resupply mission – named Orb-2 – bound for the International Space Station (ISS) and now targeting liftoff at 12:52 p.m. on July 13...
  • Video: How Not to Park a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

    07/11/2014 1:19:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A valet at the five star Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi, India is in a certain amount of trouble after he wrecked a guest's precious Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder recently, causing damages of up to $330,000 to the luxury vehicle. Captured on CCTV for all the world to see, the valet, Arun Kumar drives the car from the parking area at the hotel to the busy valet area. He briefly gets out of the car. Then, after climbing back in, the car suddenly lurches forward, sending other valets running for cover as it hits a wall head-on. The valet managed...
  • Man has two fingertips SLICED OFF on Pirates of the Caribbean log flume

    07/11/2014 8:41:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2014 | Paul Thompson
    A British tourist had the tops of two of his fingers sliced off while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disney World in Florida. The victim lost the tip of his ring and little finger after apparently dangling them outside the log fume ride which inspired the Johnny Depp movies. Disney officials in Orlando, Florida, immediately shut down the ride in the Magic Kingdom park following the incident.