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  • From Ice Storm Cara To Winter Storm Delphi.Time For More Global Warming Explanations.

    11/29/2015 6:35:49 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 18 replies
    And for those of you conservatives who live in the states being battered by ice and snow storms this and onto next week, you can't help but laugh at Obama,Kerry and Gore. And where are they this week as many states are getting an early winter storm? Well Obama is in Paris to probably avoid the press. God forbid the President and/or "Genius John Kerry" get asked about how Global Warming is causing this unprecedented November Blizzard Weather !!
  • Woman survives car crash, dies trying to retrieve her things

    11/29/2015 4:52:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 29, 2015
    A 25-year-old woman whose car flipped over on Long Island on Sunday emerged from the wreckage relatively unscathed — only to be struck and killed as she later went back to retrieve her property, police said. Brittany Leith, of North Babylon climbed out from under her vehicle on the Southern State Parkway at Exit 36 at about 3:54 a.m. and made it to the shoulder of the roadway with the help of other motorists, state police said.
  • Mercedes-AMG will build a successor to its SLR McLaren supercar with up to 1,000 HP

    11/29/2015 3:20:03 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 29 Nov, 2015 | Miles Branman
    In 2003, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren linked up on a supercar project that showed Mercedes-Benz had a bone to pick with some of the world's fastest vehicles. At the time, the German automaker owned 40 percent of McLaren Automotive, so it had access to some superb race-bred technology. As a result, the Mercedes SLR McLaren was born. Few production vehicles could match the SLR's 617 horsepower and 580 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged V8. In fact, only Ferrari's Enzo, with its 650 hp V12, made more power and was quicker to 60 mph. Other entrants followed, including the Porsche Carrera...
  • Mass brawls erupt in crowded migrant shelters in Germany

    11/29/2015 12:00:06 PM PST · by windcliff · 23 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 11-29-15 | AFP
    Berlin (AFP) - Clashes broke out Sunday between hundreds of asylum seekers at a shelter in Berlin, in the second mass brawl to erupt over the weekend in Germany's crowded migrant accommodations. Several people were arrested at the fight that started in the food distribution queues at the former airport of Tempelhof, which has been turned into a temporary accommodation for 1,200 refugees, an AFP photographer witnessed. The brawl came just hours after another mass fight at a refugee shelter in the Berlin suburb of Spandau, where migrants went at each other with fire extinguishers, a police spokesman said. Windows...
  • TERROR ALERT: Arabic graffiti daubed on easyJet planes at French airports

    11/28/2015 7:48:25 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 35 replies
    Sunday Express UK ^ | November 28, 2015 | TOM PARFITT
    The graffiti was found covering fuel tanks of four EasyJet planes at airports which cannot be named for security reasons. The probe comes two weeks after 130 people were killed by twisted Islamic State terrorists in co-ordinated attacks across Paris. Airports in the capital have tightened security since the horrific shootings and bombings amid fears of follow-up attacks. Airline security expert Philip Baum said: "Graffiti in itself won't hurt anybody." "But the ability of anyone to place a prohibited item near fuel tanks is a concern, of course." He added: "We know there are people working in restricted areas of...
  • A Few Birds

    11/28/2015 3:05:35 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 18 replies
  • Wartime female pilot's glider flight - aged 100

    11/26/2015 10:02:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Stroudlife.co.uk ^ | November 22, 2015 | Ben_Falconer
    Wartime female pilot's glider flight - aged 100 By Ben_Falconer | Posted: November 22, 2015 Jill Farquarson was an ATA flyer VIEW GALLERY Comments (0) Glider pilots have honoured a 100-year-old wartime hero by taking her back up in to the skies. When former Air Transport Auxiliary flyer Jill Farquarson visited Cotswold Gliding Club's Aston Down airfield near Stroud in August, members discovered her heroic past and took her for a flight. She was one of just 168 women who ferried all kinds of planes all over the country, often with precious little prior knowledge, during the Second World War....
  • The 10 Most Forgotten Supercars in Automotive History

    11/26/2015 9:08:24 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 65 replies
    Autos Cheatsheet ^ | 26 nov, 2015 | James Derek Sapienza
    Supercars are built to represent the pinnacle of automotive technology. Brutally fast and impossibly expensive, they are objects of desire and the stuff dreams are made of. But there’s more to a supercar than just speed and good looks. There’s a certain hierarchy in the supercar world – a select group of car builders that seem to control the collective memory when it comes to performance. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and McLarens build supercars, unquestionably. Acura, Aston Martin, and Jaguar? Maybe not. Despite looks, speed, and handling to compete with the best, some plenty capable dream machines just get left behind. And...
  • Tel Gezer Water System Built by Canaanites?

    11/23/2015 11:10:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | November 19, 2015 | Henry Curtis Pelgrift
    Gezer is mentioned in a well-known passage in the Hebrew Bible that states that Solomon used forced labor "to build the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, [and] Gezer" (1 Kings 9:15)... at Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer... most of the structures clearly belong to the Iron Age. In contrast, the water system at Tel Gezer has now been dated by project archaeologists to a much earlier period -- the MBA -- with a date as early as 2000 B.C... Gezer is also the site of massive fortifications and other structures dating to the MBA -- in addition to the Iron Age...
  • Syphilis widespread in Central Europe even before Columbus' voyage to America

    11/23/2015 9:54:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Journal of Biological and Clinical Anthropology via Health Canal ^ | November 19, 2015 | Johanna Sophia Gaul, Karl Grossschmidt, Christian Gusenbauer and Fabian Kanz
    In 1495, a "new" disease spread throughout Europe: syphilis. Christopher Columbus was said to have brought this sexually transmitted disease back from his voyage to America. At least, that has been the accepted theory up until now. Using morphological and structural evidence, researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine and the Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology (bone laboratory) at MedUni Vienna have now identified several cases of congenital syphilis dating back to as early as 1320 AD in skeletons from excavations at the cathedral square of St. Polten, Austria... Congenital syphilis, which is passed from a pregnant mother to...
  • Radisson Blu Brussels on lockdown, guests can't leave.

    11/22/2015 10:55:10 AM PST · by machogirl · 113 replies
    Nov 22, 2015 | me
    Breaking on Twitter. Brussels Radisson Blu Hotel on lockdown, guests told to stay in rooms, can't leave hotel. Can only find twitter links as of now.
  • New clues emerge about the earliest known Americans

    11/21/2015 10:27:26 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Vanderbilt U ^ | November 18, 2015 | Liz Entman
    The stone tools discovered by the team were similar to what Dillehay had previously found at Monte Verde. Many were simple unifacial tools -- meaning they were worked on only one side of the stone, to create a sharp edge -- though some of the younger tools and projectile points indicate bifacial technologies... The bones tended to be small fragments, broken and scorched, indicating that the animals had been cooked. They often came from very large animals, like prehistoric llamas or mastodons, as well as smaller creatures like prehistoric deer and horses. The Monte Verde site was unlikely to have...
  • Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

    11/21/2015 9:54:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2015 8:15 AM EST | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers. The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants. ...
  • Giant, glowing *Slow Down Cat* directs traffic in Sebastopol

    11/21/2015 2:53:48 AM PST · by Daffynition · 40 replies
    SFGate ^ | November 20, 2015 | Beth Spotswood
    [snip] Meet *Slow Down Cat*, the work of artist Patrick Amiot. *Slow Down Cat* is 12-feet tall and lives atop a kelly green Caltrans trailer that is parked along mostly residential streets where speeding tends to be an issue. *Slow Down Cat* is lit by solar panels and holds a sign that purrs, *Slow Down.* Naturally, *Slow Down Cat* is rapidly becoming Sebastopol*s most popular resident.
  • Rent a car in Nairobi for 8 months or not?

    11/20/2015 9:14:00 PM PST · by msee · 59 replies
    I will be working in Nairobi, Kenya for 8 months starting March 2016. For the period I can rent a car for $1,200 per month, but am thinking I'd be better off buying a new car for about $8,000 and selling it when leaving. How practical is this? Thank you very much for your time and help!
  • Lockheed’s airship gets the green light: FAA approves hybrid vehicle...

    11/20/2015 1:57:39 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Hugo Gye
    Lockheed Martin has been given the green light to build its radical hybrid airship that will launch in 2018. The US Federal Aviation Administration has this week approved a certification plan developed by the company, taking it one step closer to starting commercial deliveries. Lockheed says the airships can transport heavy cargo to remote locations, burn significantly less fuel than conventional aircraft and land on any flat surface, including sand, snow and water.
  • On the move now, deer can be a danger to motorists

    11/20/2015 9:37:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 12, 2015 | David Boyce
    One day in the first week of November, Pete Pringle and his brother, Luke, were talking about car accidents involving deer. Pete and Luke work at Pringle Auto Body, 2720 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kan. It is a family business started by their grandfather in 1968 and now is run by their mother. It was natural for them to have a conversation on deer accidents this time of year. It’s when a higher percentage of collisions involving deer occur because it’s the breeding season for deer. “We are getting into that season,” Pete Pringle said. Bucks and does will...
  • 4,000 coins found in Roman treasure trove in Swiss orchard

    11/19/2015 11:59:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 19 November 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    A trove of more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins dating back to ancient Rome, uncovered this summer in the orchard of a fruit and vegetable farmer, has been described as one of the biggest treasures of this kind found in Switzerland. The huge hoard of coins, buried about 1,700 years ago and weighing 15kg (33lb), was discovered in Ueken, in Switzerland’s northern canton of Aargau, after the farmer spotted some shimmering green coins on a molehill in his cherry orchard... On Thursday the archaeological service announced that after months of digs, 4,166 coins had been found at the site,...
  • Prehistoric tooth reveals surprising details about long-lost human 'cousins'

    11/18/2015 7:11:37 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 17, 2015 | James Rogers
    A piece of Denisovan finger bone and another tooth discovered in the same cave, respectively, in 2010 and 2000, had been dated to between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago. "The new tooth is 50,000 years older than the others -- this is really interesting, it shows us these guys were around for a long time," Bence Viola, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Anthropology, told FoxNews.com. The finger bone and the earlier tooth were from individuals that lived within a timespan of about 1,000 years each other, according to Viola. The anthropologist, who worked on the...
  • Where Will the 1st Astronauts on Mars Land?

    11/17/2015 9:16:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space.com ^ | Leonard David,
    The ideal Red Planet crewed site should be of high scientific value — allowing pioneers to search for signs of Mars life and investigate other intriguing questions — and also possess enough resources to help sustain expeditionary crews, scientists and engineers said. They came to these and other conclusions at the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, which was held here Oct. 27 though Oct. 30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. ... Nearly 50 locations on Mars were proposed as future locales for human landings. Those sites were all within 50 degrees...
  • Archaeologists Reveal Another Ancient, Luxurious Mosaic in Lod

    11/17/2015 4:23:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | Monday, November 16, 2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    A second impressive mosaic discovered by archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority is ready to be publicly displayed this week for the first time ever. In June-November 2014 a team of IAA archaeologists directed a large excavation in the Neve Yerek neighborhood of Lod. It is an area where a breathtaking mosaic that served as the living room floor in a villa some 1,700 years ago was previously exposed. The aim of the excavation was to prepare the ground for construction of a visitor center, to which the beautiful mosaic will be returned when it completes a series of exhibitions...
  • Swedish company develops air bag alternative to bicycle helmets

    11/17/2015 7:06:36 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 16, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MALMO, Sweden, - A Swedish company is marketing an alternative to bicycle helmets -- air bag-like neck rolls that inflate to cover a cyclist's cranium during a crash. The masterminds behind Malmo-based Hovding said the concept was dreamed up by two college students seeking an alternative to traditional bike helmets and the air bag collar resulted from seven years of development and testing. The Hovding collar zips onto a cyclist's neck and, once the activator is snapped, it checks 200 times per second to ensure the rider is not falling. The internal accelerometer and a gyrometer sense when helium gas...
  • Nearer At Jesus Feet

    11/16/2015 4:33:16 PM PST · by Revski · 3 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11/16/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This video is full of memories and has two hymns, Nearer My God to Thee and Till We Meet At Jesus Feet. These hymns or covered by myself, playing my mandolin. As my mother would say; Thanks a million for watching and commenting.
  • 'Fourth strand' of European ancestry originated with hunter-gatherers isolated by Ice Age

    11/16/2015 1:14:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Monday, November 16, 2015 | University of Cambridge, Nature
    The first sequencing of ancient genomes extracted from human remains that date back to the Late Upper Palaeolithic period over 13,000 years ago has revealed a previously unknown "fourth strand" of ancient European ancestry. This new lineage stems from populations of hunter-gatherers that split from western hunter-gatherers shortly after the 'out of Africa' expansion some 45,000 years ago and went on to settle in the Caucasus region, where southern Russia meets Georgia today. Here these hunter-gatherers largely remained for millennia, becoming increasingly isolated as the Ice Age culminated in the last 'Glacial Maximum' some 25,000 years ago, which they weathered...
  • Wailing at the wrong wall?

    11/16/2015 12:39:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Sunday, November 15, 2015 | editors
    "Josephus described it [the fortress] as being "erected upon a rock of fifty cubits in height" on a "great precipice," Sams quotes Josephus... With 60-foot walls, four towers (the southeast being 105 feet high), and smooth stones covering the slope on its east side, it dominated the temple to its south, ready to fend off the most formidable attacks." Given this description, according to Sams, tucking Fortress Antonia north of the temple location in the Temple Mount area subscribed to by most scholars would have been impossible. It simply wouldn't fit. Moreover, Sams cites the insufficiency or paucity of archaeological...
  • The ancient Greeks in Ukraine

    11/16/2015 12:17:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland ^ | November 13, 2015 | unattributed
    By using aerial photographs and geophysical surveys, Warsaw archaeologists not only confirmed the location of settlement dating back more than two thousand years in Respublikaniec (Kherson Oblast), but also discovered previously unknown structures in its area... Archaeologists determined that the settlement was probably founded in the 2nd century BC. Researchers also discovered the exact outline of its fortifications -- defensive walls and ditches. In addition to defensive functions, the place also served as a venue of trade between residents of the Dnieper steppes and the ancient world, represented by the nearby Greek colony -- Olbia. The settlement could also have...
  • Political Question:Will The Paris Attacks Lower Hillary's Polling In Swing States?

    11/14/2015 7:07:30 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 17 replies
    And what if the long and short term outcome of what happened in Paris eats away at Hillary's 40 to 44 per-cent in all of the purple/swing states? Being what happened in Paris is a preview of what the Democrats are campaigning on {well, more like what would happen with open borders}, the events of Paris must have America in a state of panic and they must know that what we all saw Friday night was something we all expected to happen in a nation run by liberals. We just have to wait and see what the polls say in...
  • Unoccupied self-driving Google car pulled over for driving too slowly in California

    11/14/2015 12:24:34 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 13, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- A California police officer pulled a car over for driving 10 mph under the speed limit yesterday only to find out that it was a driver-less Google car. The Mountain View Police Department in the San Francisco Bay Area said an officer "noticed traffic backing up behind a slow moving car" on Thursday and pulled over what turned out to be an unoccupied Google Autonomous Vehicle. The incident was photographed by Aleksandr Milewski, who shared his photo on Twitter. "The officer made contact with the operators to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along...
  • Making your vehicle combat ready (Vanity/Questions/Conversation)

    11/14/2015 9:46:56 AM PST · by RandallFlagg · 63 replies
    11-14-15 | RandallFlagg
    I just wanted to start up this conversation. We know that this will happen here, and we cannot rely on police to defend us. We all have personal vehicles. I'd like to get FReepers talking about ideas regarding vehicular storage of defensive firearms. Trunk racks, dashboard mounted holsters, etc. I have to run and do a bunch of errands today, and will check back when done.
  • Consumer Reports Finds How Fuel Economy And Performance Drops When VW Diesels Stop Cheating

    11/13/2015 9:11:13 PM PST · by Cowman · 41 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 10/09/15 3:17pm | David Tracy
    So Consumer Reports decided to put a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and a 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI to the test. To activate the car’s cheat mode, they pumped the accelerator pedal 5 times while the ignition was in the “on position” but the engine was off. To avoid being “kicked out” of the cheat mode when the car noticed the rear, undriven wheels spinning, CR simply unplugged the rear wheel speed sensors. Simple as that. Cheat mode activated. They ran their standard Consumer Reports drive cycle. This involved a city traffic simulation on the track and a 65 MPH highway...
  • Who Made the Bust of Queen Nefertiti? Nefertiti mystery solved

    11/13/2015 4:08:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Two archaeological discoveries led to the identification of the creator of Nefertiti's bust. The first was uncovered at Tell el-Amarna near the artists' workshop where the bust was created. (The bust was unearthed in this workshop during excavations in December 1912.) Outside the workshop, the excavators discovered a horse's blinker -- used to prevent the horse from looking toward the rear and sometimes to the side -- inscribed with the name Thutmose, who was identified by the following titles: "favored by the King," "Chief of Works," and "seankh" (a designation that means "he who gives the final touch of life"2...
  • EU officials ratted out VW to US: reports

    11/13/2015 8:15:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 2015 15:12 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Frustrated European officials alerted the US to Volkswagen's emissions cheating scam after the European Commission failed to act on the intel for years, German media reported on Friday. [...] "Officials from the EU informed the US environment group ICCT about the possible cheating on nitrogen oxide emissions," Mary Nichols, who heads the California Air Resources Board, told WirtschaftsWoche. The weekly reported that the European Commission had been told by a Volkswagen supplier of the cheating as early as in 2011. ...
  • Scrape It Off, Scrape It Off

    11/12/2015 7:19:47 PM PST · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov 11, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    On a wall in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, thousands of pounds of chewing gum have built up over the past 20 years, stuck there by locals and visitors, eventually becoming a tourist attraction on its own. This week, the millions of gum wads are being scraped and steam-cleaned away, in a move to preserve the historic buildings, according to a story in The Seattle Times. The Times also reports that the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority plans to weigh the removed gum before throwing it out. There are apparently no plans to prevent the gum wall from returning...
  • LiUNA on Keystone: Obama’s ‘Disdain for Working People is Evident,’ He’s ‘A Pompous…’

    11/12/2015 3:06:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 12, 2015 | 1:47 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama's decision to not allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, Terry O'Sullivan, the president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA!), said Obama had "once again" thrown "hard-working, blue-collar workers under the bus" while "doing little or nothing to make a real difference in global climate change." "His actions are shameful," said O'Sullivan in a press release. "The president may be celebrated by environmental extremists, but with this act, President Obama has also solidified a legacy as a pompous, pandering job killer." ...
  • There Are More Manhattan Apartments for Rent Over $15,000 Than Below $2,000

    11/12/2015 6:15:45 AM PST · by freddy005 · 15 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 6, 2015 | Eric Levitz
    There's never been a better time to rent in Manhattan — if you want to pay the purchase price of a new car to your landlord every month. An analysis of exclusive listings on the site On-Line Residential* conducted by The Real Deal found that there are more rentals priced at $15,000 a month and above than $2,000 a month and below. But before you start calculating how much it would cost to commute from Binghamton, there was one bit of hope for bargain hunters in the real-estate magazine's report: The Upper East Side has a surprisingly large number of...
  • Complex Skeletons Might Be Older Than Anyone Thought

    11/09/2015 11:07:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Sunday, November 8, 2015 | Kiona Smith-Strickland
    Most of the major groups in the animal kingdom we know today first appeared in the fossil record around 540 million years ago, which geologists consider the beginning of the Cambrian Period. It’s likely that the ancestors of these groups already existed, but since the fossil record depends mostly on skeletons being preserved in sediment that later becomes rock, the ancestors of today’s animals couldn’t really leave their mark on the fossil record until they evolved hard skeletons. And about 540 million years ago, that’s exactly what they did... Some animals had evolved the trick of building skeletons for themselves...
  • World's fastest lawnmower reaches 133 mph in Norway

    11/07/2015 6:09:11 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 6, 2015 | Ben Hooper |
    SANDEFJORD, Norway,- A Norwegian team brought their souped-up lawn mower to speeds of nearly 135 mph to take on the 117 mph world record. The Norwegian Speed Factory team said they started with a Viking T6 lawnmower and rebuilt it into "The World's Fastest Viking" for the speed run at Torp Sandefjord Airport. The team said the rebuilt mower features 408 horsepower with a V8 engine and has the wheels of a Formula 3 car. The reservoir for collecting grass clippings was converted into a fuel tank and cooling system. The team said their record-breaking 133.5 mph run was initially...
  • The Worst Damn Freeways In America

    11/06/2015 6:49:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    The Thrillist ^ | November 5, 2015 | Aaron Miller
    This isn’t about how long you sit in traffic. That's just one part of it. This is about the entire godawful experience that is commuting on the US interstate system, day in and day out, navigating around terrifying Final Destination-esque scenarios, jostled by relentless potholes that the bottleneck-inducing, 365-days-a-year construction never seems to fix. Here are the absolute worst freeways in America, as determined by a metric of suck that we’re calling the Total Horribleness Index. Basically, we combed through a ton of data from the Federal Highway Administration to find out just how awful a city's traffic really is....
  • Be an Astronaut: NASA Seeks Explorers for Future Space Missions

    11/05/2015 10:04:20 PM PST · by wastedyears · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | 11/4/2015 | NASA
  • George Barris, creator of TV’s original Batmobile, has died

    11/05/2015 4:33:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 5, 2015 7:24 PM EST | John Rogers
    George Barris, the legendary custom car builder who created television's original Batmobile and helped define California's car culture with colorfully designed vehicles ranging from the stunningly beautiful to the simply outrageous, died Thursday. He was 89. [...] Barris customized cars and buses for TV shows, movies, celebrities and heads of state and was a pioneer in designing small, plastic models of those customized cars. The models popularized his wildly imaginative vehicles all the more when they were assembled by millions of American youngsters in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. ...
  • Artificial object in trans-lunar orbit to impact Earth on November 13 [FRIDAY!]

    11/03/2015 1:00:33 PM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 3, 2015 | by Bob King, Universe Today
    WT1190F observed on October 9, 2015 with the University of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The object moves from left to right across the center of the field. Credit: B. Bolin, R. Jedicke, M. Micheli ================================================================================================================ Get ready for a man-made fireball. A object discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on Oct 3rd temporarily designated WT1190F is predicted to impact the Earth about 60 miles (100 km) of the southern coast of Sri Lanka around 6:20 Universal Time (12:20 a.m CST) on November 13. The objects orbits Earth with a period of about three weeks. Because it...
  • I wanna be like you! Chimpanzees develop a 'Scottish accent' after moving to Edinburgh Zoo

    11/03/2015 11:00:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 2, 2015 | Colin Fernandez
    If you live in a foreign country, it helps to learn the local lingo. And this holds just as true for apes as it does for humans, scientists claim. Chimpanzees that had lived for years in a Dutch safari park adopted a 'Scottish accent' after they moved to a new home in an Edinburgh Zoo alongside nine local chimps, the researchers argue. The Dutch apes would make high pitched grunts when they saw apples. The local Edinburgh chimps, by contrast, made a distinctive, lower-pitched grunt. It's evidence, the scientists from the universities of York, Zurich and St Andrews said, that...
  • Want to fly at 2,500mph? BAE Systems does and is willing to pay £20m for it

    11/02/2015 9:37:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:01AM GMT 02 Nov 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    Defence giant BAE Systems to buy a stake in Britain's Reaction Engines, which is developing revolutionary SABRE engines for ultra-fast aircraft How an aircraft fitted with the SABRE engines might look ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hypersonic air travel and cut-price satellite launches will move a step closer when BAE Systems buys a stake in a UK company developing engines able to power aircraft at 2,500mph and into space. The FTSE 100 group is set to purchase 20pc of Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines for £20.6m, in a deal that will see the defence giant’s expertise applied to research on the privately-held company’s engine, which combines...
  • Is Tesla Doomed?

    11/02/2015 4:51:21 AM PST · by norwaypinesavage · 22 replies
    Road and Track ^ | October 26, 2015 | Bob Lutz
    Tesla's showing all the signs of a company in trouble: bleeding cash, securitized assets, and mounting inventory. It's the trifecta of doom for any automaker, and anyone paying attention probably saw this coming a mile away...Snip...Nobody has ever been successful with company stores...snip...they're losing $4000 per car, they're in trouble.
  • Archaeologists Find Building's Portico, Governor's Residence Hypocaust in Ancient Roman [Bulgaria]

    10/31/2015 8:25:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Archaeology In Bulgaria ^ | October 30, 2015 | Ivan Dikov (calling martin fierro)
    In 271 AD, Roman Emperor Aurelian (r. 270-275 AD) transformed the province of Moesia Superior into the province of Dacia Aureliana with its capital at Serdica (today's Sofia), after vacating Dacia Traiana beyond the Danube. Around 283 AD, Dacia Aureliana was divided into two provinces, Dacia Mediterranea, with its capital at Serdica, and Dacia Ripensis ("Dacia from the banks of the Danube") with its capital at Ratiaria (Colonia Ulpia Ratiaria)... In addition to the portico, i.e. a porch leading to the entrance of a building, or extended as a colonnade, the archaeologists have also unearthed the stylobate, the platform upon...
  • 2,500-year-old Female Siberian Warrior Is Beheaded By Excavator

    10/31/2015 8:11:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | October 29, 2015 | Anna Liesowska
    The excavator smashed the prehistoric ceremonial burial chamber in the Altai Mountains, wrecking the grave of a suspected the grave of a suspected 16 to 20 year old combatant from the colourful Pazyryk culture. Local culture heritage official Dr Vasily Oinoshev said: 'Only the human head and upper part of the horse remained intact in the burial ground.Unfortunately, the rest was destroyed by heavy machinery. 'Apparently, this was a young woman, judging by the teeth. All of them are intact and in good condition. We attribute her to Pazyryk culture, and we have preliminarily dated the burial as being 2,500...
  • 22 Shipwrecks Found in Single Location in Greece

    10/29/2015 3:22:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Hailed as one of the top archaeological finds of 2015, the discovery was made by a joint Greek-American archaeological expedition in the small Fourni archipelago with an area of just 17 square miles. This is a collection of 13 islands and islets located between the eastern Aegean islands of Samos and Icaria. "Surpassing all expectations, over only 13 days we added 12 percent to the total of known ancient shipwrecks in Greek territorial waters," Peter Campbell, of the University of Southampton and co-director from US based RPM Nautical Foundation, told Discovery News. Fourni lies right in the middle of the...
  • Marine Corps' new helicopter completes its first flight

    10/28/2015 4:07:49 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 28, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    King Stallion, the U.S. Marine Corps brand spanking new helicopter, completed its first flight Tuesday. The Marines new helo is incredibly advanced - it will be able to lift a whopping three times more weight than its predecessor.
  • ScanPyramids project hopes to decipher ancient secrets

    10/27/2015 11:35:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Al-Ahram English ^ | Monday, October 26, 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    Starting November, the pyramids of Giza will be subject to a non-invasive survey in an attempt to unravel their secrets four millennia after their construction. Several theories have been brought forward during the past century to understand the method that the ancient Egyptians used to construct the pyramids but all are still scientific hypotheses, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online. Eldamaty continued, saying that the ScanPyramids project is a new means to learn how the pyramids were built and understand the reason behind the pyramid-shaped design. The scans will also detect the existence of any hidden chambers, corridors,...
  • What Does California's State Highway Shield Symbolize?

    10/27/2015 6:21:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    KCET Channel 28 Los Angeles ^ | October 27, 2015 | Nathan Masters
    California's state highway markers -- those green, numbered signs placed along local freeways and rural routes across the Golden State -- are so familiar a feature of the automotive landscape that it's easy to overlook their symbolism. But the shield accomplishes a neat trick. At once it points ahead and back -- forward toward some spatial destination, but also back toward a temporal point of origin. Its shape mimics the spade carried by Forty-Niners into the foothills and sold by the opportunistic merchants who made the real fortunes of the California Gold Rush.