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  • These 7 House Democrats met with Trump about the shutdown

    01/16/2019 12:08:07 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | January 19, 2019 | Ashley Killough
    Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Thomas Suozzi of New York, Vincente Gonzalez of Texas, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Dean Phillips of Minnesota, Max Rose of New York and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia attended the midday White House meeting in the Situation Room. The lawmakers are not part of Democratic leadership, which has been leading congressional negotiations, and are rank-and-file members mostly hailing from more moderate congressional districts...
  • 16-year-old dies after falling from Royal Caribbean cruise ship

    01/16/2019 9:53:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Fox8 ^ | January 16, 2019
    A teenage passenger lost his footing while trying to get onto the balcony of his room aboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and plummeted to his death, officials say. The teen apparently did not have the key card to his room and was trying to get from a neighboring 8th floor balcony to his own when he slipped, falling to the pier below. The cruise ship’s medical staff performed CPR on Mercer, but he had suffered “major head trauma” and died of his injuries, the medical examiner’s office said in a statement to the Sentinel.
  • Sign up for the Texas Marathon

    01/15/2019 4:09:46 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 17 replies
    email | 1/15/2019 | unknown
    Due to the popularity of the TV "Survivor" shows, Texas is planning to do one entitled: "Survivor - Texas-Style!" The lucky contestants will all start in Dallas, drive to Waco, Austin, San Antonio, then over to Houston and down to Brownsville. They will then proceed up to Del Rio, El Paso, Odessa, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo. From there they will go on to Abilene and Fort Worth. Finally, back to Dallas. Each contestant will be driving a pink Prius with 15 bumper stickers which will read: 1. "I'm A Democrat" 2. "Amnesty For Illegals" 3. "I Love The Dixie Chicks"...
  • CDC: Superbug involved in Tijuana bariatric surgery infections showed concerning mutation

    01/12/2019 6:04:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 30 replies
    sandiegotribune ^ | 1/12/19 | Paul Sisson
    The superbug that infected nearly a dozen Americans who recently underwent weight-loss surgery at a Tijuana hospital had a particularly nasty genetic mutation that set off alarm bells after patients began showing up in hospitals and doctors officers with painful wounds.(Emphasis mine) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning this week, notifying the publicthat 11 Americans who traveled to Tijuana hospitals for weight-loss surgery had become infected with drug-resistant pseudomonus aeruginosa infections during their stays.
  • This Delayed Traveler's 4-hour Dance Around the Atlanta Airport Is Going Viral

    01/11/2019 11:52:02 PM PST · by blueplum · 25 replies
    MSN Travel Leisure ^ | 11 Jan 2019 | Cailey Rizzo
    Sometimes there’s just nothing left for you to do but dance. Over the past few weeks, the government shutdown has caused aggravation at airports around the country. Earlier this week, Katie Gould, a law student, was stranded at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport....{snip} It was four hours until Gould could board the next flight to Milwaukee. Instead of killing time watching TV like she normally does, Gould turned the delay into an opportunity.
  • Rivian - Electric Adventure Vehicle [EV pickup, SUV, made in Illinoiis]

    01/11/2019 1:54:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 10, 2019 | Fully Charged
    Rivian - Electric Adventure Vehicle | Fully Charged
  • Norovirus outbreak sickens 277 on Oasis of the Seas

    01/10/2019 11:27:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    AP ^ | January 10, 2019 | Staff
    Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica. Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”
  • PSA: Don’t eat chicken tenders spilled on Alabama highway, police say

    01/09/2019 9:07:43 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 49 replies
    <p>CENTRE, Ala. (AP) — These chicken tenders aren’t for pick-up. An Alabama sheriff’s office is warning people against eating chicken that tumbled on to a rural highway after a truck wreck.</p> <p>An 18-wheeler crashed on Alabama 35 on Sunday, spilling boxes of chicken tenders in Cherokee County near the Georgia line. Motorists began stopping to pick up the food, which authorities say created a traffic hazard.</p>
  • The first evidence in Europe that man was hunting mammoths discovered

    01/09/2019 12:41:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Science in Poland ^ | January 7, 2019 | szz/ zan/ kap/ tr. RL
    In the ice age, the inhabitants of today`s Europe were hunting mammoths with javelins. The first direct evidence of this is a fragment of a 25,000 years old flint head discovered in Kraków, stuck in a mammoth rib... archaeologists have discovered the remains of at least 110 mammoths from approx. 25,000 years ago. "Among tens of thousands of bones, during a detailed analysis of the remains, I came across a damaged mammoth rib. It turned out that a fragment of a flint arrowhead was stuck in it. This is the first such find from the Ice Age in Europe!" -...
  • Edinburgh scientists discover mammoth secret in ivory DNA

    01/09/2019 12:35:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    BBC Scotland ^ | 4 January 2019 | Kenneth Macdonald & Marc Ellison
    Scientists based at Edinburgh Zoo are cooperating to create a genetics laboratory in Cambodia to fight the illegal ivory trade. While trying to save elephants, they have found ivory from another animal that is now extinct. In the WildGenes laboratory of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Dr Alex Ball is drilling what sounds like a giant tooth. Which is in effect what it is: an ornately carved elephant tusk... Together they are building Cambodia's scientific capacity to preserve its wildlife and combat the ivory trade which passes through it.
  • 6 Amazing Artifacts with Ancient Greek Mythology Scenes Discovered in Bulgaria

    01/07/2019 10:59:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria ^ | April 12, 2018 | Ivan Dikov
    #1. This Ancient Thracian Aristocrat's War Helmet Depicting Trojan War / Iliad Scenes 1st - 2nd century AD, Brestovitsa, Central South Bulgaria Discovered: 2013 A very rare war helmet of a Thracian aristocrat from the 1st-2nd century AD featuring motifs from the story of the Trojan War - made world famous through the Iliad by Ancient Greek poet Homer - was discovered during emergency excavations in Southern Bulgaria in 2013. The Thracian war helmet was found in an Ancient Thracian tumulus (burial mound) known as Pamuk Mogila in Bulgaria's Brestovitsa, and was shown to the public for the first time...
  • How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse

    01/07/2019 10:15:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Phys dot org (relying on non-science source for science article) ^ | January 3, 2019 | Vasile Ersek, The Conversation
    Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago... It appears that the empire became increasingly dependent on the productivity of the northern lands and used the grains sourced from this region to feed the army and redistribute the food supplies to key supporters....
  • Catapult ball fired at Edinburgh Castle in 13th century siege discovered in hotel site dig

    01/07/2019 8:11:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | Saturday 29 December 2018 | Brian Ferguson
    An archaeological dig has unearthed new evidence of a three-day attack on Edinburgh Castle - on a site earmarked for a luxury hotel by Sir Richard Branson. Experts believe they have found a carved stone which would have been fired from a giant catapult during the pivotal siege in 1296. It led to Edward I seizing control of the medieval fortress, plundering its treasures and shipping them to London, and the castle being held under English rule for 18 years. Archaeologists made the discovery at the site of the proposed new Virgin Hotel, which is earmarked for a large swathe...
  • The Biggest Jet Engines in History Are Finally Ready to Power Boeing's Biggest Plane

    01/07/2019 8:12:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 4, 2018 | Sam Blum
    Boeing is set to debut its biggest plane ever next month, and the 777X has finally been paired with the gargantuan GE9X engine that will propel its flight. The plane is currently housed in Boeing's Everett, Washington, assembly plant, where pictures show it looming over workers as they prepare it for its maiden flight. The GE9X engine is the biggest turbine engine in the world. At roughly the size of an entire Boeing 737's fuselage, it was subjected to test flights last March when a single turbine was hitched to a 747 testbed. The engine includes a composite fan more...
  • Student 'taking selfie' dies after falling from Cliffs of Moher in Ireland (The Cliffs of Insanity)

    01/06/2019 1:12:16 PM PST · by Simon Green · 55 replies
    Sky News ^ | 01/06/19
    A student has died after falling from cliffs in Ireland while reportedly taking a selfie. The man in his 20s fell from the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, in the west of the country. He was studying in Dublin and Irish media say he was an Indian national. Police are treating it as a "tragic accident" amid reports he slipped while taking the selfie on Friday afternoon. A police spokesman said: "The alarm was raised shortly after 3pm when a man was seen falling from the cliff edge." His body was later recovered by the coastguard based at Doolin...
  • Germans happiest to pay taxes to fund infrastructure

    01/04/2019 6:18:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.03.2019 | Alexander Pearson
    People in Germany believe their fellow citizens are happier to pay taxes for public spending than people in many other countries, a United Nations-backed study has found. The news comes as lawmakers call on the German government to increase public investment or cut taxes amid a budget surplus. […] Strong economic growth and low unemployment helped Germany record a €48.1 billion budget surplus in the first six months of 2018. That favorable position has split political opinion on what the government should do with the extra cash. Lawmakers from the Greens and the Left Party want more investment, while center-right...
  • Israeli Woman Stumbles Upon Roman Busts Near Ancient Ruins

    01/04/2019 1:51:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    i24NEWS ^ | December 30, 2018 | AFP
    An Israeli woman walking near ancient ruins noticed a head sticking out of the ground, leading to the uncovering of two Roman-era busts, archaeologists said Sunday. The life-size sculptures, carved in limestone, were found in the northern city of Beit Shean earlier this month, with the Israel Antiquities Authority dating them to the late Roman period, some 1,700 years ago. The well-preserved busts are of men, one of them bearded, sculpted in the Oriental style that was becoming fashionable at the end of the Roman period, according to Eitan Klein, deputy head of the IAA's theft prevention unit. The area...
  • Volkswagen, BMW increased US car sales in 2018

    01/04/2019 1:47:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.03.2019 | dv/sms (dpa, Reuters)
    Volkswagen and BMW increased their 2018 car sales in the United States while major American competitors General Motors (GM) and Ford both had declines in new vehicle sales, according to sales reports published on Thursday. Volkswagen sold over 350,000 cars in the US in 2018, a 4.2 percent increase over 2017. It was the company’s second year of sales increases after sales plummeted following the dieselgate scandal, where a US investigation uncovered massive fraud in its diesel emissions reporting. Volkswagen’s boost in sales figures were helped by popular SUVs Tiguan and Atlas. BMW saw an increase of 1.7 percent to...
  • New Thoughts on Neanderthals' Diet

    01/04/2019 1:38:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | editors
    The levels of nitrogen-15 in Neanderthal bones are so high that they suggest the early human relatives ate more meat than do carnivores such as hyenas. According to a Science News report, paleobiologist Kimberly Foecke of George Washington University thinks those high levels of nitrogen-15 might be due to the condition of the meat that Neanderthals consumed. To check the levels of nitrogen in rotting meat, Foecke left steaks cut from animals that had been raised without hormones or antibiotics outside in a box covered with mesh, and sampled them daily for 16 days. Preliminary results suggest that the levels...
  • Ebola hits EUROPE as patient enters hospital(Sweden)

    01/04/2019 6:42:08 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 23 replies ^ | 1/4/19 | J. Micklethwaite
    Ebola hits EUROPE as patient enters hospital(Sweden) vomiting blood, although other diseases have not yet been ruled out. There have been 298 dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo from Ebola, although malaria continues to be a health issue there as well. Ebola is feared to have hit Europe after an isolation unit was set up in Sweden following a patient vomiting blood. The patient entered into hospital at Enkoping before being transferred to Uppsala, to their infection clinic.