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  • What Was the Biggest Insect That Ever Lived?

    10/18/2016 12:13:49 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 46 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/15/2016 | Liz Langley
    So when our friend Doug Rhodehamel wondered, “What’s the largest insect that ever lived?” Weird Animal Question of the Week went hunting for giants, past and present. We found some ancient behemoths, some lovely ones, and some that could pass for Halloween decorations. A Big Bug’s Life Imagine a dragonfly so big its wings could block your 27-inch TV screen. The largest insect fossils ever found are griffinflies and giant dragonflies, says Matthew Clapham, a paleobiologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Subtle anatomical differences separated the two groups. With wingspans that could reach 27 inches, the largest known...
  • Sen. Schumer wants cameras in all New York City-area trains

    10/09/2016 8:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2016 8:38 AM EDT
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says inward-facing cameras should be installed on all New York City metropolitan area railroad systems to avoid accidents such as the recent New Jersey Transit crash. The New York Democrat says cameras will help deter bad behavior, improve safety and help investigators determine crash causes. …
  • Tanks, jet skis, explosions - and a new goatee beard: Clarkson, Hammond and May tease [tr]

    10/07/2016 9:44:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 7, 2016 | Abe Hawken
    The first full trailer for The Grand Tour was released today and the new programme which features the former Top Gear stars is set to be their most thrilling show to date. Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, 56, Richard Hammond, 46, and James May, 53, all left the BBC show last year and started filming the upcoming series on Amazon Prime. The pulsating trailer shares similarities with a Hollywood blockbuster and shows a tank blowing up a car, a tense helicopter chase and Clarkson speeding past on a jet ski. And it seems the trio - who agreed to make the new...
  • Disney World closes down for only the FOURTH time in its 45-year history as Hurricane Matthew [tr]

    10/07/2016 9:27:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 7, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    Walt Disney World has shuttered up for the fourth time in its history as Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Sunshine State. As the storm approached Florida on Thursday night, the park and several of its entities in Orlando also shut their doors. Since the park opened in 1971 it has only closed three other times - all for hurricanes.
  • Overheated Samsung device blamed in Southwest plane evacuation (video at source)

    10/05/2016 6:33:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    WLKY - TV ^ | October 5, 2016 | By Emily Maher
    Smoke reported in cabin at gate LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Samsung smartphone exploded Wednesday on a Southwest Airlines plane at Louisville International Airport, forcing dozens to be evacuated. "I looked around to see what that popping noise was and there was just smoke billowing, pouring out of my pocket. I pulled it out of my pocket and threw it on the ground real quick and it continued to smoke for about 4 or 5 seconds heavily, and then that kind of filled up two or three rows in front and behind us in the cabin," the phone's owner Brian Green,...
  • French state orders 15 high-speed trains to save factory

    10/04/2016 2:00:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies ^ | 04 Oct 2016 11:12 GMT+02:00
    The French government has confirmed that it will order 15 high-speed TGV trains in a bid to prevent the historic Alstom train-building plant from closing. The announcement was made by France’s secretary of state for industry Christophe Sirugue on a visit to the Alstom factory in Belfort, eastern France. Normally, the state-owned rail operator SNCF would be in charge of ordering new trains, but given the plight of the Belfort factory and the small matter of a looming presidential election, the government has chosen to act on its own. …
  • People in Switzerland ‘fly too much’ says environment body

    10/01/2016 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:00 GMT+02:00
    People in Switzerland travel by plane twice as much as their neighbors and should cut down on flights to help the environment, according to a spokesperson for the Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Pierrette Rey was speaking at a summit of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, where representatives of 191 countries gathered to agree an initiative aimed at controlling emissions and carbon offsetting in the airline industry. So far 63 countries have opted to join the plan, WWF said. But according to Rey, WWF fears the voluntary agreement won’t do enough to protect the environment and...
  • Paris motorists to fund city's public transport system [France]

    10/01/2016 4:54:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:04 GMT+02:00
    Motorists in the Île-de-France will be hit by a tax rise in order to finance the region's public transport, the government has confirmed. France’s finance bill, presented on Wednesday, authorizes the region to increase the regional fuel tax (TICPE) to up to 1.65 cents per liter on diesel, and 1.77 cents per liter on gas. This will make fuel taxes in Île-de-France the highest in the country. […] “We have no choice,” said a spokesperson for Valérie Pécresse, president of the region. “We have to do it; the accounts of the regional transport authority cannot be unbalanced.” …
  • Nvidia’s Driverless Car Learns From Observing Human

    10/01/2016 11:35:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies ^ | 09.30.2016 | LEE MATHEWS
    This might sound like a really terrible idea, but let’s give Nvidia the benefit of the doubt for now. They’re letting their AI-driven car learn solely by watching humans drive. Nvidia calls their prototype vehicle BB8, and while that name might be more befitting, say, a Volkswagen Beetle, it’s actually a Lincoln MKZ. Apparently even AI drivers want to feel like Matthew McConaughey diving backward into a rooftop pool when they’re out cruising around. While you can pick up a Lincoln that’s loaded with near-autonomous driving features, Nvidia shut them all down in their test vehicle. They wanted the car...
  • Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

    10/01/2016 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | James Crisp
    The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming. The European Environment Agency this week said that larger numbers of electric vehicles will not be enough to make to the transition to a low-carbon economy. The EU’s transport sector still depends on oil for 94% of its energy needs. The reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in road transport gained from the scaling-up of electric vehicles would...
  • SpaceX’s Big [bleep] Rocket - The Full Story

    10/01/2016 5:34:35 AM PDT · by PIF · 20 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | September 28, 2016 | Tim Urban
    <p>The Big Fxxking Rocket is fxxking big. At 400 feet tall, it’s the height of a 40-story skyscraper. At 40 feet in diameter, a school bus could fit entirely underneath its footprint. It’s more than three times the mass and generates over three times the thrust of the gargantuan Saturn V-the rocket used in the Apollo mission-which currently stands as by far the biggest rocket humanity has made.</p>
  • France told there's no more money for TGVs

    09/30/2016 8:01:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2016 11:50 GMT+02:00
    The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday announced its opposition to the construction of more high-speed TGV routes in France for at least the next 15 years, targeting three planned high speed rail routes in particular. A report into infrastructure financing has advised against pouring money into “projects where the socioeconomic viability is doubtful, the costs are unreasonable and the finance plan is still unknown”. Plans for LGV lines connecting Bordeaux with Toulouse and Dax, Poitiers with Limoges, and Montpellier with Perpignan were singled out as costly and unnecessary. …
  • Los Angeles Mayor Tries to Defend LAX from Donald Trump

    09/29/2016 8:43:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 28, 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is defending Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, from criticisms by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during Monday night’s first presidential debate. Trump mentioned LAX in the context of a statement about the national debt, saying that it might be understandable to have $20 trillion in debt and outstanding public infrastructure, but that the poor state of America’s transportation network underscored the government’s waste of money.
  • World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

    09/29/2016 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 9:33 AM EDT
    Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world’s first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The 10-minute test flight Thursday at Stuttgart Airport in southwestern Germany involved two pilots and two dummy passengers. The twin-cabin plane, known as HY4, was developed by aircraft maker Pipistrel, fuel cell specialist Hydrogenics, the University of Ulm and the German Aerospace Center DLR. …
  • Motorist escapes injury in car versus couch collision on Interstate 86 near Pocatello airport

    09/26/2016 7:29:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | August 6, 2016 | Journal Staff
    No one was hurt in a car versus couch wreck on Interstate 86 near Pocatello Regional Airport on Saturday night. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. when a motorist heading east on the interstate collided with a large couch that was sitting in the roadway. State police said fortunately the motorist was not injured but the car suffered heavy damage and was towed from the scene. Other vehicles struck debris from the couch after the initial impact but were not seriously damaged. An Idaho Transportation Department crew was called in to remove the couch from the interstate following the wreck....
  • Couple Misses Flight, Runs After it to Board the Plane

    09/25/2016 2:05:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Gulf Today ^ | September 22, 2016
    A Chinese couple who missed the last boarding call for their flight ran onto the tarmac in an attempt to stop the plane from leaving without them. The couple had arrived at their gate at Beijing International Airport after it had closed, and reportedly forced their way onto the runway with their luggage as the plane was taxiing. The flight from Beijing to Shanghai was delayed by 20 minutes as the couple continued to block the runway, with photos showing the woman at one point squatting down underneath the plane. She reportedly attempted to persuade officials to allow her and...

    09/25/2016 12:25:39 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 49 replies
    Breathtaking music and views
  • Hungary Brands London a ‘No-Go Zone’ Due To High Immigration

    09/22/2016 1:07:47 AM PDT · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 8 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 21 Sep 2016 | Nick Hallett
    Britain’s Foreign Office has complained after an official Hungarian leaflet claimed London and other major cities across Europe had become “no-go” zones due to mass immigration. The leaflet, sent by the Hungarian government to millions of households ahead of the referendum on migrant quotas, lists London alongside Berlin, Stockholm, Marseille, Copenhagen and Brussels as being among “hundreds of no-go areas”.
  • Man Blames Airline for Missing Flight

    09/20/2016 7:52:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Alina Machado and Sandra Esquivel
    Michael Mellion says he was left stranded at the airport after an email from the airline changed the flight time—one that turned out to be wrong. Mellion was heading back home to Fort Lauderdale from Pensacola when he got an email from Silver Airways. "I never have gotten an email from an airline telling me they’re going to be late,” said Mellion. At first, he says he was grateful to learn of the delay. "I think anybody who’s a traveler doesn’t want to spend any more time at the airport than they have to," said Mellion. But when he showed...
  • 21 European cities you never thought to visit – but definitely should

    09/20/2016 7:15:00 AM PDT · by NRx · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09-19-2016 | Staff
    Fancy an autumnal city jaunt without the crowds? Look to these underrated European cities for a weekend of great food, rich culture and splendid sights.
  • Man who lived in Singapore Airport executive lounge for three weeks jailed for fraud

    09/19/2016 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    BT ^ | 19 September 2016 | Emma Sword
    A man has been jailed after he spent nearly three weeks living in Singapore Airport - including the use of the airports executive lounges. Raejali Buntut, 32, had checked in to the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1 using his boarding pass and his Priority Pass. But the former business development manager woke up to find he had missed his flight back to Kuala Lumpur and decided to continue using the facilities at the lounges in the departure transit areas of Changi airport's three terminals. The court was not told why he wanted to stay at the airport, local media...
  • Mexico To Build The Wall (Satire)

    09/15/2016 4:56:56 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 2 replies
    9/15/16 | RetiredTexasVet
    Today the President of Mexico, Penis Nieto, stated that Mexico would build a wall ... not one, but two and they would pay for them validating Trump and punking Vicente Fox the has been former President of Mexico. One wall would be built on the Southern border to keep out the hordes of illegal immigrants from Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and other Southern 3rd world countries. Nieto described the influx like a plague of locusts economically devouring everything in their path. The second wall would be built on the Northern border to stem the tide of the projected million US...
  • After the hajj: Mecca residents grow hostile to changes in the holy city

    09/14/2016 1:40:57 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 14, 2016 | Raya Jalabi
    Millions of hajj pilgrims are preparing to head home, after five days performing ancient rites, revering a God omnipresent in the city of Mecca. They have stoned figurative devils, they have slept in the world’s largest tent city, they have drunk water from the Zamzam well together: a heaving throng of nearly two million people from all over the world. Circling the Kaaba, the black cubic epicentre of this sanctuary city, pilgrims would have looked up to see one of the minarets of the Grand Mosque, dwarfed by Abraj al-Bait clocktower, a much-maligned luxury hotel and commercial complex and the...
  • Harmony of the Seas accident: One dead, four hurt in lifeboat crash

    09/13/2016 10:08:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/13/2016
    One crew member has died and four others have been injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner. The 42-year-old Filipino crew member died when a lifeboat, with five crew, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety exercise. It fell 10 metres (33 feet) into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The accident happened during a stopover in Marseille. The injured crew members included three other Filipinos and an Indian man, AFP reports.
  • New York's Met ranked the No1 museum in the world on TripAdvisor for the second year running

    09/13/2016 6:07:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 13, 2016 | Ted Thornhill
    The coveted title of best museum in the world on TripAdvisor has gone to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for the second year running. The museum, which opened in 1870, beat Chicago's Art Institute and St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace into second and third place in the 2016 Travellers' Choice Awards for Museums. The iconic institution on Manhattan's Upper East Side has strived to 'connect people to creativity, knowledge and ideas' through art.
  • Bali's tourism at risk of being completely wiped out by Islamic law banning alcohol

    09/12/2016 8:27:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 12, 2016 | Nicola Smith
    The popular Indonesian resort of Bali may face a draconian alcohol ban that could carry a jail sentence of up to ten years for enjoying cold beers on the beach. A proposed bill to outlaw the production, sale, consumption and possession of alcohol has been tabled in the parliament, 700 miles away in the capital, Jakarta. If passed, it would decimate the tourism sector across the country, industry chiefs have warned. 'The tourists… drink alcohol all the time. It will be very inconvenient for them if they can't find alcohol,' said Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association head, Hariyadi Sukamdani.
  • Coast Guard Searching for Woman Seen Jumping from Carnival Cruise Ship

    09/07/2016 8:16:51 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/7/2016 | Jay Varela
    The Coast Guard was searching Wednesday for an upstate New York woman who plunged into the water from a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of Grand Bahama Island. The passenger "was witnessed jumping overboard" from the 11th deck of the Carnival Ecstasy around 2:30 a.m. ET, Carnival Cruise Line spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said in a statement."
  • Unfinished metro tunnel collapses in Iran, 3 workers dead

    09/07/2016 7:33:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016 2:29 PM EDT
    Iranian media say a metro tunnel that was under construction in Tehran has collapsed, killing at least three workers. The semi-official Fars news agency and other outlets say 16 workers survived Wednesday’s cave-in, including six who were taken to the hospital for treatment. Rescuers are still searching for one worker. …
  • AirAsia pilot flies to Melbourne instead of Malaysia after navigation error

    09/07/2016 4:17:49 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    the guardian ^ | 8 sept 2016 | Georgina Mitchell
    Several key navigation systems, including autopilot, were knocked out and the plane was unable to return to Sydney as low cloud and rain meant the flight crew couldn't see the runway.... According to the ATSB, the captain accidentally omitted a zero when he was entering the plane's longitude. This meant the navigation system thought the plane was near the South African city of Cape Town - 11,000 kilometres away.
  • Newark in NJ voted world’s most unfriendly city due to 'extreme traffic' and ‘sad looking’ scenery

    09/06/2016 2:52:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    MSN The Independent ^ | September 2, 2016
    Dubbed a "business necessity" rather than a leisure destination, Newark in New Jersey, US, has landed the top spot as the world's least friendly city. Newark's "extreme traffic and poor signage" have been cited as reasons for the city's lack of congeniality, while its status as an airport city is said to make it crowded and overpriced. One disappointed traveller recently said Newark was "one of the saddest looking cities" they had ever seen.
  • Getting There is Half the Fun (Ocean liner travelogue from the 1950's in color)

    09/06/2016 12:55:28 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | early 1950s | Cunard Line
    Crossing the Atlantic on the original RMS Queen Elizabeth. I hate the modern world. On a side note; I think I gained at least two pounds just watching the segment on dinner.
  • Armed guards to ride French trains from October

    09/05/2016 9:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 05 Sep 2016 11:37 GMT+02:00
    Guards in civilian clothes will be patrolling France’s trains from October, as a new law comes into effect following a foiled terror attack last year. The move has been planned since August last year when train passengers overpowered a man who had opened fire with a Kalashnikov on a train between Amsterdam and Paris. […] Introduction of the changes took so long due to the complicated process of rewriting French law, but also the time needed to train and equip the guards. The guards will be on patrol in pairs on regional trains, TGVs, and even on commuter lines. …
  • Big Battery Bike Build - Testing The Edison EESD

    09/04/2016 5:47:04 PM PDT · by amorphous · 10 replies
    Robert Murray-Smith Youtube Channel ^ | 24 Aug 2016 | Robert Murray-Smith
    Video of a graphene battery running a vehicle
  • Watch: This flight attendant has 'em rolling in the aisles! {Humor Break}

    09/03/2016 2:11:29 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 17, 2014 | Marty, The Flight Attendant
    Instead of hearing your flight attendant simply go through safety measures before takeoff -- fasten your seatbelts, turn off your mobile devices -- now, some are really trying to get your attention... by telling jokes! Watch as this Southwest flight attendant's safety speech turns to comedy sketch.
  • Passengers tell of terror as Heathrow-bound flight plummets in heavy turbulence

    08/31/2016 5:03:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies ^ | Sebastian Mann
    She said: “We were at least three hours into the flight, everybody had eaten and was asleep. “It was very quiet. There seemed to be lots of children on the flight. “Then out of the blue the plane just dropped and everybody who was unbuckled went flying.” She said people flew headlong into the ceiling of the plane, suffering cuts to their heads. A few passengers had broken bones, she claimed. ... The flight attendant across from me, she slammed her head. She’ll need stitches.” The plane plummeted twice, Ms Boriack said, and during the second fall many of the...
  • Ancient Egyptian mummy's face reconstructed with 3D printing

    08/31/2016 10:54:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | August 31, 2016 13:38 BST | By Léa Surugue
    The face of an ancient female Egyptian mummy has been reconstructed with the help of 3D printing and forensic science techniques, an important step to better understand who she was. Other crucial details about her health have also been gathered, completing the picture. This reconstruction was only made possible due to the work of a multi-disciplinary team led by scientists at Melbourne University, combining medical research, forensic science, computerised tomographic (CT) scanning, 3D printing, Egyptology and art. It all started when Dr Ryan Jefferies, curator at the University's Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, stumbled across the skull...
  • Can We Save Venice Before It’s Too Late?

    08/30/2016 11:30:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 93 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 29, 2016 | Salvatore Settis
    A deadly plague haunts Venice, and it’s not the cholera to which Thomas Mann’s character Gustav von Aschenbach succumbed in the Nobel laureate’s 1912 novella “Death in Venice.” A rapacious tourist monoculture threatens Venice’s existence, decimating the historic city and turning the Queen of the Adriatic into a Disneyfied shopping mall. Millions of tourists pour into Venice’s streets and canals each year, profoundly altering the population and the economy, as many native citizens are banished from the island city and those who remain have no choice but to serve in hotels, restaurants and shops selling glass souvenirs and carnival masks.
  • Zika-infected mosquitoes lay Zika-infected eggs (in lab)

    08/29/2016 3:00:23 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    theverge ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rachel Becker
    Mosquito moms can transmit zika virus to their offspring — at least in the lab, a new study shows. If this also happens in nature, the virus might be able to survive in tough mosquito eggs even when cold weather, dry spells, and pesticides kill off the infectious adults. Mosquitoes can transmit viruses in the same family as Zika, such as yellow fever and dengue, to their offspring — but it wasn’t clear whether this was also true for Zika. So scientists led by Robert Tesh, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, injected Zika virus into approximately...
  • Truck carrying Takata inflators explodes in Texas, killing 1

    08/29/2016 12:07:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2016 10:22 AM EDT
    A truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and a load of volatile ammonium nitrate crashed, caught fire and exploded in southern Texas last week, killing a woman and injuring four others. Takata says Monday that the truck operated by a subcontractor crashed in the small town of Quemado, near the Mexican border about 140 miles from San Antonio. The company says it sent people to the site and is helping authorities investigate the crash. …
  • A new attraction rolls into the Benson Visitor Center

    08/28/2016 12:35:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    BENSON – The Benson Visitor Center’s murals and historic displays will be sharing the spotlight with a new attraction. A model train — the detailed replica of a Union Pacific SD 70 locomotive pulling five railcars — is now circling around the inside of the visitor center, mounted high overhead on a track suspended from the building’s ceiling. The project marks the first phase of a series of model train displays planned for the visitor center by Bob Nilson, tourism supervisor for the City of Benson. Funding for the train, track and support structures came through a $6,000 grant from...
  • Celebrate 100 years of National Parks this weekend (Free admission thru tomorrow, 8/28)

    08/27/2016 6:27:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 24, 2016 | Harriey Edleson
    They’re having a birthday-- and it's a big one. The National Park Service turns 100 on Aug. 25 and parks around the country are celebrating the milestone. Starting Thursday, entrance to the 124 parks that usually charge admission is free through Sunday (Aug. 28). Throughout the nation, special events at over 400 parks will celebrate the centennial. From birthday cakes and cupcakes to special classes and programs, most parks have something special planned. National parks may be synonymous with camping and hiking today but Americans haven't always been able to enjoy these protected lands. The story of the national...
  • Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Pensacola after mid-air engine failure

    08/27/2016 2:37:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    Photo at link. A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando made an emergency landing Saturday morning in Pensacola after a mid-air malfunction sidelined the plane’s primary engine. Federal investigators are now trying to determine the cause of what a Southwest spokesperson described as an “mechanical issue with the number one engine.”
  • How to Spot Authentic Mexican Food

    08/27/2016 10:13:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 209 replies
    Eat in OC ^ | August 25, 2016
    There are over 38,000 Mexican restaurants across the United States. Mexican food is the most popular international cuisine in the U.S., representing 42% of all ethnic food sales. It’s represented on the menus of one in every 10 restaurants in the United States. With so many Mexican restaurants to choose from, the real question becomes how to spot authentic Mexican food.
  • [B]ackpacker’s ‘killer’ who was obsessed with a UFC model...resemblance to his alleged victim

    08/25/2016 9:20:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Smail Ayad is accused of killing Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, in a frenzied knife attack in which he is said to have screamed 'Allahu Akbar'. ... s Ayliffe-Chung was butchered in a bloody rampage in front of 30 horrified witnesses on Tuesday night at the hostel in north Queensland. On his arrest, Ayad allegedly lashed out at police officers and had to be wrestled to the ground and handcuffed. Ayad then bit a detective in the leg in the police van on the way to the station and had to be subdued using pepper spray and a Taser, it is claimed....
  • Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20 percent the speed of light?

    08/25/2016 8:57:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies ^ | 08/24/2016 | Victor Sopsan
    Breakthrough Starshot is one of the more exciting scientific ideas that has popped up in the past decade, with its promise to deliver hardware to the nearest star in time for many people currently alive to see it. While the idea would work on paper as an extrapolation of existing technology, there are a lot of details that need to be thoroughly checked out, because it’s possible that one of them could present a show-stopper. There’s a bit of good news there: Breakthrough Starshot is apparently funding the needed research to give its concept a thorough vetting. A recent posting...
  • The languid beauty of a 126-hour train trip [Trans-Siberian]

    08/24/2016 6:37:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Week ^ | August 24, 2016 | Jackie Friedman
    For about $700 you can travel more than 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Beijing, aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, the single longest railway line in the world. Built between 1891 and 1916 to connect Asian and European cities across the great span of Russia, the Trans-Siberia Railway celebrates its centennial this year. Crossing a record seven time zones and offering up vast landscapes, the world's longest railway line has always attracted adventurers during its 100 years in service.
  • Epic Gridlock Prompts Travelers To Drag Luggage Along Grand Central Parkway To LaGuardia

    08/24/2016 6:29:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    CBS News NYC ^ | August 23, 2016 | Staff
    If you thought trips to the airport were tough enough, now it seems flyers have been forced to drag their bags along the side of the road just to get in and out of LaGuardia. Was it a case of poor planning by the Port Authority? And will things gets worse as construction clogs the airport? As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, building the new airport at the old airport was bound to cause problems, but no one was expecting this kind of trouble.
  • Hundreds of Americans wash up illegally in Canada after river party

    08/22/2016 3:15:26 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    MSN Reuters ^ | August 22, 2016
    About 1,500 Americans floating down a river that separates the United States from Canada had to be rescued from the water when strong rains and winds sent them illegally into Canadian territory, the country's coast guard said on Monday.
  • State Dept. Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens

    08/22/2016 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/22/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department issued a warning on Monday urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, which has made the detention of American a priority. The latest travel advisory, which emphasizes Iran’s desire to capture U.S. citizens, comes on the heels of a growing scandal over the Obama administration’s decision to pay Iran $400 million in cash on the same day that it freed several U.S. hostages. The payment has been cast by lawmakers and others as a ransom payment and prompted increasing concern among U.S. officials that Iran is making arresting Americans a priority. The travel warning is mean...
  • The Very First Shelby Cobra Just Sold For A Staggering Record $13.75 Million

    08/21/2016 8:37:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 70 replies ^ | Patrick George
    The Monterey Car Week auctions are where the beautiful members of the landed gentry go to blow obscene amounts of money on cars, and at yesterday’s RM Sotheby’s auction, one of them took Cobramania to new heights. This 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra known as the CSX 2000 just commanded $13.75 million at auction. ... RM Sotheby’s has a ton of detailed information on this legendary car, but it is notable for being the very first Shelby Cobra. It arrived in the U.S. without a motor in February 1962, and Carroll Shelby and his partner Dean Moon then threw in a...