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  • Tween Hobo Takes Twitter by Storm [INTERVIEW]

    04/02/2012 11:43:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Mashable ^ | March 20, 2012 | Sonia Paul
    Have you come across the Twitter account @tweenhobo? If not, get ready to laugh — and learn. As the littlest hobo’s Twitter bio suggests — “I’m only twelve, but I’m a hard twelve.” — there’s much to be gleaned from her about tween life, hobo life and yes, digital life. Mashable spoke with Tween Hobo’s “babysitter,” Brooklyn-based playwright Alena Smith, about the character’s quirky personality. According to Smith, the Twitter account isn’t just something to laugh at — it’s something to make people think deeper. “I think part of the reason the joke lands so much is because there’s something...
  • Atlanta airport terminal to be city's 'front door'

    04/02/2012 5:30:40 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    AJC ^ | March 30, 2012 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    ATLANTA — The new $1.4 billion international terminal at the world's busiest airport will be a sleek launching pad for millions of passengers that's designed to help Atlanta grab a growing share of the lucrative market for global travelers. Its wavy lines, expansive windows and eye-catching artwork offer a stark contrast to the boxy design of the rest of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Airport managers are already expecting an increase in international travelers over the next decade, and they hope the terminal set to open May 16 will convince airlines to route even more of their overseas flights through the...
  • Archaeologist: Reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose II Suggests Crisis

    04/01/2012 8:50:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    HeritageDaily ^ | March 19, 2012 | Paleontological Research Corporation
    Harvard University educated archaeologist and president of the Paleontological Research Corporation, Dr. Joel Klenck, states an array of archaeological discoveries evidence a crisis during the reign of the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose II... in the Eighteenth Dynasty. An inscription by the succeeding Pharaoh Hatshepsut... in her Underground Temple at Speos Artemidos states that Egypt was "ruined" and "had gone to pieces" before the beginning of her reign. Hatshepsut's inscription also states that a population of "vagabonds" emerged from former Asiatic populations that once controlled northern Egypt and caused this ruination. Hatshepsut notes these vagabonds were responsible for "overthrowing that which had...
  • Americans Are Still Getting Their Kicks Along Route 66

    04/01/2012 7:01:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/28/2012 | Dale Buss
    Many Americans can’t remember a time before the interstate-highway system streamlined cross-country travel into more-or-less straight, convenient grooves across the United States. And those are many of the same people who might have traveled the famous, winding Route 66 from the Midwest, across the Great Plains and deserts of the Southwest, and ultimately to California. They’re also the same generation who dreamed about the open road to the lyrics of the song, (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, first recorded by Nat King Cole: It winds from Chicago to LA, More than two thousand miles all the way. Get your...
  • Ancient Foot Suggests How Man Gave Up Treehouses

    03/31/2012 11:33:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Charles Choi
    Ancient foot bones from a recently discovered pre-human species, which had opposable big toes like a gorilla's, could shed light on how the ancestors of humanity came to walk upright, researchers say. Humans dominate the planet partly because walking upright frees their hands for tool use. Among the earliest known relatives of humanity to walk upright was Australopithecus afarensis, the species including the famed "Lucy." This hominin is a leading candidate for direct ancestor of the human lineage, living about 2.9 million to 3.8 million years ago in East Africa. Although Lucy and her kin were bipedal, there is debate...
  • Skye cave find western Europe's 'earliest string instrument'

    03/31/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Saturday, March 31, 2012 | unattributed
    Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe. The small burnt and broken piece of carved piece of wood was found during an excavation in a cave on Skye. Archaeologists said it was likely to be part of the bridge of a lyre dating to more than 2,300 years ago. Music archaeologist Dr Graeme Lawson said the discovery marked a "step change" in music history... The remains, which were unveiled in Edinburgh, were found in High Pasture Cave, where Bronze and Iron Age finds have been made previously......
  • High Speed Motorbike Cops Car Chase

    03/30/2012 10:29:40 AM PDT · by rawhide · 17 replies
    youtibe ^ | 11-9-06
    High Speed Motorbike Cops Car Chase. The rider of this sportbike came equipped with front- and rear-facing video cameras. Sport bikes are involved in some of the most dangerous chases because of higher speeds and the fact that riders can split lanes on the highway in order to get away. In fact, the majority of subjects in police chases who "get away" are riding a bike as opposed to driving a car.
  • Report from Former U.S. Marine Hints at Whereabouts of Long-Lost Peking Man Fossils

    03/29/2012 9:18:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Scientific American 'blogs ^ | March 22, 2012 | Kate Wong
    In the 1930s archaeologists working at the site of Zhoukoudian near Beijing recovered an incredible trove of partial skulls and other bones representing some 40 individuals that would eventually be assigned to the early human species Homo erectus. The bones, which recent estimates put at around 770,000 years old, constitute the largest collection of H. erectus fossils ever found. They were China's paleoanthropological pride and joy. And then they vanished. According to historical accounts, in 1941 the most important fossils in the collection were packed in large wooden footlockers or crates to be turned over to the U.S. military for...
  • From foraging to farming: the 10,000-year revolution

    03/29/2012 4:46:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | March 26, 2012 | U of Cambridge
    The moment when the hunter-gatherers laid down their spears and began farming around 11,000 years ago is often interpreted as one of the most rapid and significant transitions in human history -- the 'Neolithic Revolution'. By producing and storing food, Homo sapiens both mastered the natural world and took the first significant steps towards thousands of years of runaway technological development. The advent of specialist craftsmen, an increase in fertility and the construction of permanent architecture are just some of the profound changes that followed. Of course, the transition to agriculture was far from rapid. The period around 14,500 years...
  • Spotting ancient sites, from space

    03/28/2012 2:59:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012 | Peter Reuell, Harvard
    A Harvard archaeologist has dramatically simplified the process of finding early human settlements by using computers to scour satellite images for the tell-tale clues of human habitation, and in the process uncovered thousands of new sites that might reveal clues to the earliest complex human societies. As described in a paper published March 19 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jason Ur, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, worked with Bjoern Menze, a research affiliate in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to develop a system that identified settlements based on a...
  • The World's Weirdest Food

    03/28/2012 12:58:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    News ^ | March 22, 2012 | Anthony Dennis
    I'M sitting at a sushi bar in Sapporo, the main city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and staring at a strange, small, raw and salmon-coloured object on my plate. "Er, is it the brain of a fish?", I asked my dining companion, who happens to be Tetsuya Wakuda, the celebrated Sydney-based Japanese-Australian chef with whom I’m travelling for a magazine article. “No,” he replies. “It’s fish’s semen sac.” Sometimes it’s best not to ask. But there were ever weirder dishes to come (see below) at this lunch. There are the adventurous types who actively seek out weird food...
  • Bella Thorne, Zendaya ‘Shake it Up’ in Dubai

    03/28/2012 12:52:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Bindu Suresh Rai
    Disney stars frolick in water park, while gearing up for Millions of Milkshakes event tomorrowTween sensations Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman are already making a splash in Dubai ahead of their public appearance on Thursday, with one half of the Disney duo frolicking at Atlantis The Palm’s Aquaventure water park by day while the other star gazes at night as she battles jetlag. Hosted by Emirates Hospitality, Thorne and Coleman are on their first ever visit to the emirates, where they will meet and greet fans at a special dinner for fans at Al Han restaurant, Abu Dhabi on March...
  • Three Speeding Tickets in One Hour for Hayward Woman

    03/27/2012 9:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    A Hayward woman was arrested after receiving three speeding tickets in one hour.How fast is too fast? For a Hayward woman thrown in jail, it was three times in an hour, including twice at speeds over 100 miles an hour, according to reports. Lynne Kathleen Cahill-Gomez was pulled over for speeding three times between 8:10 p.m. and 9:08 p.m. on Saturday on Highway 70 in Yuba County, according to the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. She was pulled over for driving a Hyundai SUV 103 miles per hour and then again for going 105 miles per hour by 8:30 p.m. Then, 40 minutes...
  • Six Old Kingdom tombs to be opened at Giza Plateau

    03/27/2012 3:54:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    el-Ahram ^ | Sunday 18 Mar 2012 | Nevine El-Aref
    The first one belongs to Princess Mersankh, the granddaughter of King Khufu. This tomb was originally built for her mother, Queen Hetepheres II, but on Mersankh's sudden death the tomb was donated to her. The tomb was discovered in 1927 by archaeologist George Reisner where a black granite sarcophagus was found along with a set of Canopic jars, and a limestone statue depicting Queen Hetepheres II embracing her daughter. The sarcophagus is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo while the statue is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The second tomb belongs to Seshem-Nefer, the overseer of...
  • Mass grave from Thirty Years' War opened

    03/27/2012 3:30:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 24 Mar 12 | DPA/arp
    Archaeologists have started unearthing human remains from a mass grave near the German town of Lützen, a find that dates back to the Thirty Years' War. "We estimate that there are at least 75 dead, who were buried very close together in several layers," archaeologist Susanne Friederich said on Friday. The Battle of Lützen, which took place in 1632, pitted Swedish soldiers against those under the command of German Roman Catholic general Albrecht von Wallenstein. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the Thirty Years' War, with an estimated 6,500 to 10,000 casualties. The Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus was...
  • Taste of the Borscht-Belt

    03/26/2012 11:54:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 5+ views
    Wall Street Journal | 3/25/2012 | Robbie Whelan
    Mensches, momzers and mavens alike rejoiced when Kutsher's, the legendary borscht-belt resort in Monticello, N.Y., announced last year it would open an outpost in TriBeCa, serving the best of the kosher hotel's old-style deli food and hearty Jewish favorites. Some five months later, the restaurant has turned its attention to lunch offerings, with a new express luncheonette counter for to-go orders, as well as the same delicious sit-down classics. Owner Zach Kutsher, a fifth-generation Catskills macher, says the restaurant has finally perfected its pastrami-curing formula after months of experimenting., making for tenderer, more succulent sandwiches. Sometime around January,Kutsher's Tribeca switched...
  • In Igloolik, You Smell the Walruses Before You See Them

    03/25/2012 11:14:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012 | Margo Pfeifrf
    I am jogging across the thick sea ice as fast as my chunky rubber boots and oversize parka will allow, feeling like the Michelin Man version of the sleek, naked sprinter in the Inuit film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. Sloshing through pools of turquoise meltwater, I aim toward a massive, shiny black lump bobbing 300 metres away – a bowhead whale in a hole it smashed open from beneath – through 60 centimetres of ice – with the distinctive bump on the top of its skull. A closer look at the waters off Igloolik Blowing geysers of mist into the...
  • How Will We Get Around in the Post-Apocalypse?

    03/25/2012 2:02:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies · 2+ views
    IO9 ^ | March 25, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    How will we get around in the post-apocalypse? One of the irritating things about many post-apocalyptic movies in TV shows is that everyone drives everywhere, with little thought about alternative modes of transportation. But how will we get around after armageddon? We weigh the post-apocalyptic transit options. Hopefully, down the line, we'd see groups of people teaming up to bring back trains, but in terms of personal transit in the immediate post-apocalypse, here are a few options: Cars: Ah, the noble car, transit mode of choice in far too many post-apocalyptic fictions. For some people, cars might be a logical...
  • Juliane Koepcke: How I Survived a Plane Crash

    03/25/2012 11:20:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 March 2012
    Juliane Koepcke was flying over the Peruvian rainforest with her mother when her plane was hit by lightning. She survived a two-mile fall and found herself alone in the jungle, just 17. More than 40 years later, she recalls what happened. It was Christmas Eve 1971 and everyone was eager to get home, we were angry because the plane was seven hours late. Suddenly we entered into a very heavy, dark cloud. My mother was anxious but I was OK, I liked flying. Ten minutes later it was obvious that something was very wrong. There was very heavy turbulence and...
  • 'They treated us inhumanely': Gay man thrown off Caribbean cruise for 'having sex on deck in port'

    03/25/2012 4:04:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 4+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | JILL REILLY and LAURA COX
    A Southern Californian man thrown off a Caribbean gay cruise earlier this week has said that that he and his partner were taunted, humiliated and subjected to inhumane treatment when they were arrested for indecent exposure.Dennis Jay Mayer, 53, of Palm Springs said he has no doubt they were arrested in Dominica because they were gay. Police said it was because they were seen having sex in public on the balcony of their ship cabin. Mayer said they were not having sex, but were ‘partially clothed’. (edit) The pastor of Dominica's Trinity Baptist Church, Randy Rodney, praised the police for their...
  • New Law Clears the Way for Airports to Drop T.S.A. Screeners

    03/24/2012 4:23:41 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies · 5+ views
    nyt ^ | March 15, 2012 | Ron Nixon
    A new law makes it easier for airports to replace federal screeners with private contractors, and several airports, after years of passenger complaints, are lining up to make the change. San Francisco International is among a few airports that use private screeners. The law was welcome news to Larry Dale, president and chief executive of Orlando Sanford International Airport, who said his airport’s request to opt out of using Transportation Security Administration officers last year was denied by the federal government. Mr. Dale said his desire to use private screeners in place of T.S.A. personnel was motivated by hundreds of...
  • Me-OW! Cat falls 19 stories and survives

    03/23/2012 11:55:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies · 3+ views
    todaysthv ^ | Mar 23, 2012
    BOSTON, MA (CNN/WBZ) -- Me-OW! They say cats have nine lives, but a Boston cat may have had ten more. The feline fell 19 stories out of a city high-rise and survived. If sugar seems a little skittish. It's because she's a bit bruised, which is incredibly lucky when you consider what she's been through. This is the spot where rescuers found her after she fell from her owner's window on the 19th floor. Brittany Kirk says, "I look out my window all the time and I think, 'wow, this is really high.'" Such a warm day, she cracked the...
  • How an 1870s Marine Expedition Changed Oceanography and Drove Eight Sailors Insane

    03/21/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    How an 1870s marine expedition changed oceanography and drove eight sailors insane When was the first voyage of the Challenger? No, not the Space Shuttle — the original Challenger, a sea ship that sailed in 1872. The HMS Challenger traversed the world's oceans for four years, drove some of its sailors completely insane, caused about a quarter of the crew to jump ship, and forever changed the face of ocean science. Is there a way to scroll past the nature channels without seeing one that describes the richness of the ocean and the life that teems in its depth? In...
  • Bird-like wings carry man 330 feet

    03/21/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | March. 21, 2012
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, -- A Dutch man said he completed a flight of about 330 feet using homemade wings based on those of a bird. Jarno Smeets, 31, an engineer, said he controlled the 55-foot wings using two Nintendo Wii controllers, the accelerometers from an HTC Wildfire S smartphone and Turnigy motors when he took off Sunday at a park in The Hague and flew for about a minute. "Ever since I was a little boy I have been inspired by pioneers like Otto Lilienthal, Leonardo da Vinci and also my own grandfather," Smeets said. Smeets has been chronicling his...
  • Man arrested for putting boy on car roof

    03/21/2012 9:56:27 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    upi ^ | March. 20, 2012
    HOUSTON, -- Houston police said a man was arrested on a child endangerment charge after allegedly driving around a parking lot with a 7-year-old on top of the car. Police said Abelardo Araujo told officers he put his 7-year-old stepson on the roof of his car and drove around the Acres Homes parking lot so the child could get a good look at the automobiles on display at a makeshift car show at the location, KPRC-TV, Houston, reported Tuesday. Araujo was spotted by a police officer driving down West Little York. He was arrested for child endangerment.
  • Two cleared of faking Jesus-era box

    03/15/2012 3:52:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Seven years of trial, evidence from dozens of experts and a 475-page verdict has come no nearer to discovering whether the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James is authentic or a fake. A Jerusalem judge, citing reasonable doubt, acquitted Israeli collector Oded Golan, who was charged with forging the inscription on the box once hailed as the first physical link to Christ.
  • ‘A Little Bizarre’: Media Ethics Experts Question Scrubbing of Malia Obama Spring Break Story

    03/20/2012 12:17:25 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 38 replies
    Story Highlights: White House admits to asking media outlets to scrub Malia Obama spring break story Media ethics experts see outlets’ response as “a little bizarre” and “outside of standard practice” Experts agree that a story clarification would have been a viable substitute to ensure the public’s trust in media Malia’s trip leads to a number of journalistic questions surrounding government resources and citizen safety On Monday, a curious pattern was observed and documented on The Blaze. Stories about Malia Obama – Barack and Michelle Obama’s eldest daughter — and her purported spring break trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, were mysteriously...
  • Bird sounds used to keep pigeons away

    03/20/2012 10:09:58 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 1+ views
    upi ^ | March. 19, 2012
    NEW YORK,-- New York transport officials said pumping avian distress and predator calls into a subway station has reduced the number of pigeons at the facility. Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the agency contracted California firm Bird-B-Gone to install the $375 system at the Roosevelt Island subway station in December and officials have since seen "a noticeable decrease in birds and droppings," The New York Times reported Monday. The system pumps pigeon distress calls and predator sounds through the facility every 2 to 10 minutes to discourage pigeons from making the station their home. Some...
  • Federal travelers receive $36 of taxpayer money for dinner

    03/20/2012 9:28:40 AM PDT · by JudgeNap · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 03.20.12 | Dan Rutter
    Is it really necessary that federal travelers have about a $30 meal when on travel (and a $6 tip)? American taxpayers would be unlikely to think so, and if they found out that federal travelers were having that expensive of a dinner paid for by the government there would be justifiable public outrage. Many in our nation are struggling to even provide basic meals for their families, why should federal travelers be afforded such luxury? Do not worry it gets worse...
  • Vanity: Looking for article about "gasoline - the perfect fuel"

    03/20/2012 8:57:56 AM PDT · by fishtank · 14 replies · 1+ views
    I saw it here years ago... | 3-20-2012 | fishtank
    Hey y'all. Years ago, I remember seeing an article on FR about gasoline being an almost "perfect fuel". I've looked, but can't find it. Help?
  • South Florida FReepers: Need suggestion for my Marine Reserve son

    03/19/2012 11:01:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Little House on Unaka | March 19, 2012 | don-o
    My son needs accomadations for two for a Saturday and Sunday night - end of May. He will be coming into the port on Saturday morning and finds that the savings in airfare for Monday justifies a couple days stay in Miami. What are the areas that combine econony AND safety? What areas should he avoid? Not that he cannot handle himself - but this is a vacation, not a mission. Thanks for any help. Wisecracks are optional.
  • Ice Age Death Trap

    03/18/2012 10:06:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    PBS ^ | Aired February 1, 2012 | NOVA / WGBH
    Scientists race to uncover a site in the Rockies packed with fossil mammoths and other extinct ice age beasts... In the Rocky Mountains, archeologists uncover a unique fossil site packed with astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and other giant extinct beasts. The discovery opens a highly focused window on the vanished world of the Ice Age in North America... They're finding thousands of bones of many different types, but most of them are mastodon, ancient elephants. In the depths of the Ice Age, entire families of these mighty beasts came down to this ancient lake to graze. And their...
  • Archaeologists Return to Excavate Major 3,300-Year-Old Bronze Age Site in England

    03/17/2012 12:45:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | March 2012 | unattributed
    They had stumbled upon an archaeologist's gold mine. Dated to 1365-967 BC and now known as Flag Fen, excavations and research uncovered a monumental site which included a causeway composed of thousands of timber posts arranged in five 1-meter-long rows, and a small timber platform partway across the structure. Between the posts of the causeway, timbers had been built up horizontally in ancient times, providing a "bridge" or dry surface for transportation across the wet lowland upon which the timber structures were built, connecting a higher level land area on its east with a higher level area on its west....
  • Sanford airport will try again to kick out TSA

    03/17/2012 11:58:46 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 6 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 13, 2012 | Dan Tracy
    Orlando Sanford International Airport officials have restarted a push to hire private security forces, relying this time on a new law championed by U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park. Replacing federal Transportation Security Administration workers with contract employees would result in a more "customer friendly" operation, airport president Larry Dale said at a Tuesday news conference. But he could not say if a switch would result in lower costs because he has not seen any financial proposals from the three companies the airport has on a short list for the work. Dale originally tried to boot TSA almost two years...
  • 'World's Oldest Temple' May Have Been Cosmopolitan Center

    03/17/2012 10:44:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    Gobekli Tepe is located in southern Turkey near the modern-day city of Urfa. It contains at least 20 stone rings (circles within a circle) that date back more than 11,000 years. T-shaped limestone blocks line the circles and reliefs are carved on them. Long ago, people would fill in the outer circle with debris before building a new circle within... Ancient blades made of volcanic rock that were discovered at what may be the world's oldest temple suggest that the site in Turkey was the hub of a pilgrimage that attracted a cosmopolitan group of people some 11,000 years ago....
  • Irish language gains popularity among US students

    03/17/2012 10:14:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    St Patrick's Day has always been a time when Americans have acknowledged their Irish roots, whether real or desired, by celebrating Irish culture in a variety of ways. Some say there is no better window to understanding Irish culture than language. While the Irish language has struggled to survive alongside the more dominant English language, one man from Ireland is helping to lead a modest revival in the US. Through his efforts, a growing number of Irish Americans are forging stronger ties to their Hibernian ancestors. The BBC heard from Ronan Connolly who teaches Irish language classes at Catholic University...
  • Honda misses then appears to go into a self-protect mode

    03/17/2012 9:55:25 AM PDT · by varmintman · 24 replies
    I have an 03 Honda Accord EX with about 155K miles on it which I've purchased recently which has had no problems until this morning: it will miss and then seems to go into a protect mode of some sort and will not run over 2500 rpm until I turn the key off and on again, then it's good for another mile or so until it does it again. Has anybody else ever seen or heard of this problem? It may actually be a problem with the on-board computer, you'd think if it was a plug or bad gas it...
  • Plug in, Hit the Road: Toyota Prius Camper (What we'll all be living in soon?)

    03/17/2012 12:22:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gas2 ^ | January 16, 2012 | Jo Borras
    There are little Prii, big Prii, plug-in Prii, racing Prii, and now – just revealed at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon – there are full-fledged, fully-equipped, and very Real Toyota Prius camper vans. Starting with a new, 3rd-gen Prius, the conversion company adds a streamlined, fiber-reinforced plastic shell that expands the Prius’ interior into something that’s, well, livable! The “living area” has room for a small coffee table with booth-type seating and underseat storage which can be converted to a queen-size bed (as shown, below), with an additional “permanent” bed in the forward section (above the cockpit). At the rear...
  • Country Notes: Downtown In The Lost Cities of the Amazon

    03/16/2012 3:11:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Peruvian Times ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | Nicholas Asheshov article in The New York Times which reported on the discovery in Acre, only a few hours travel from the Madre de Dios Indians, of extensive, deep straight trenches, ridges and mounds dating back to pre-Columbian times, indicating a large, well-developed society. This was just the latest evidence that the Amazon, or at least parts of it, was heavily populated by well-organized societies in much the same way as the high Andes were remodeled by the Tiahuanuco, the Chavin, the Chachapoyas, the Huari, and the Incas. Over the past couple of decades the pre-history of the Americas has been...
  • Mystery of Anglo-Saxon teen buried in bed with gold cross

    03/16/2012 11:46:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Past Horizons Magazine ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | unattributed
    One of the earliest Anglo-Saxon Christian burial sites in Britain has been discovered in a village outside Cambridge. The grave of a teenage girl from the mid 7th century AD has an extraordinary combination of two extremely rare finds: a 'bed burial' and an early Christian artefact in the form of a stunning gold and garnet cross. The girl, aged around 16, was buried on an ornamental bed -- a very limited Anglo-Saxon practice of the mid to later 7th century -- with a pectoral Christian cross on her chest, that had probably been sewn onto her clothing. Fashioned from...
  • Ancient footprints found in peat at Borth beach

    03/16/2012 9:19:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Human and animal fossilised footprints that may be from the Bronze Age have been exposed on a Ceredigion beach. Archaeologists are racing against changing tides to record and excavate the find in peat at Borth, which gives a snapshot of a time when the shore lay further west. The team believes the footprints could be 3,000 to 4,000 years old. Staff and students from the University of Wales Trinity St David are carrying out the work. A child's footprint and the cast taken of it in the peat at Borth As well as the footprints, a line of post holes...
  • Scientists Have Identified a Completely New Human Species from China

    03/15/2012 8:14:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Jamie Condliffe
    Your family tree just got wider. Scientists have analyzed fossils found in China, and deemed them to be from a new human species unlike any ever identified before; say hello to your long-lost cousin. The skull, originally unearthed in 1979 in the Guangxi Province of China, has only now been fully analyzed (talk about procrastination, right?). It turns out that it has thick bones, extremely prominent brow ridges, a very short, flat face, and also lacks our typically human chin. "In short, it is anatomically unique among all members of the human evolutionary tree," explains researcher Darren Curnoe to New...
  • Bite marks reveal behavior of dinosaur-eating croc

    03/15/2012 12:36:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    University of Wisconsin-Parkside ^ | Friday, March 2, 2012 | unattributed
    Research by Dr. Christopher Noto and a team of paleontologists published this week in the international journal Palaios describes recently discovered fossils from the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago) of Texas that show evidence of attack by a new species of giant crocodyliform (croc-relative). Bite marks on fossil bones provide a rare glimpse of predatory behavior that indicate this animal was a top predator that regularly consumed turtles and even ate dinosaurs... For most extinct species, scientists can never directly observe such predatory behavior. Paleontologists must resort to other, indirect indicators. Bite marks on fossil bone are a great...
  • Tools May Have Been First Money

    03/14/2012 7:30:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    Hand axes, small handheld stone tools used by ancient humans, could have served as the first commodity in the human world thanks to their durability and utility. The axes may have been traded between human groups and would have served as a social cue to others, Mimi Lam, a researcher from the University of British Columbia, suggested in her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting here on Feb. 18. "The Acheulean hand ax was standardized and shaped, became exchanged in social networks and took on a symbolic meaning," Lam said. "My suggestion was that...
  • Scariest Path In The World In HD

    El Caminito del Rey (English: The King's little pathway) is a walkway or via ferrata, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the district of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey. In 1901 it became obvious that workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a walkway to cross between the falls, to provide for transport of materials, and for the inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction of the walkway took four years and it was finished...
  • Donald Trump's sons under fire over Africa hunting trip

    03/14/2012 10:50:21 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 113 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Mar 14, 2012 | Aislinn Laing
    Two sons of US property mogul Donald Trump have come under fire after pictures emerged of them posing with the corpses of African animals during a hunting trip. Donald Junior and Eric Trump spent a week in the Zimbabwean bush in August 2010, and are pictured standing next to trophy kills of a Cape buffalo, a waterbuck, a leopard, a civet cat, a crocodile and a kudu.
  • $5 Gas Is About More Than Just Driving Habits

    03/13/2012 12:14:01 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 13th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    When it comes to the homestead, high gas prices hits us hard. If the farmers pay higher fuel costs, they are going to pass that cost on to consumers. We have to buy hay for our livestock. The farmers we buy from will raise the hay prices to cover their added fuel expenses. This in turn, has small livestock owners like ourselves, selling off breeding stock.
  • Angels Flight fares double to 50 cents

    03/13/2012 8:30:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies · 1+ views
    abcgo ^ | Monday, March 12, 2012
    Starting on Monday, the fare is going up from 25 cents to 50 cents. But Metro pass holders and those who purchase commuter books will receive discounts. The fare increase is needed to help cover the line's operating costs. Until now, Angels Flight has relied on donations to make up the difference.
  • Smoking Slovak children burn down castle

    03/13/2012 3:55:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/12/2012 | Martin Santa and Jan Lopatka
    Two Slovak children were suspected of burning down a large gothic castle in eastern Slovakia when their experimentation with smoking went wrong, police said on Sunday. Police were investigating two boys on suspicion that they set grass at the foot of the Krasna Horka castle on fire on Saturday when they tried to light up cigarettes... "A unit sent to the site found that two local boys aged 11 and 12 were trying to light up a cigarette and because of careless use of safety matches, they set grass at the castle hill on fire," Mesarova said. The castle subsequently...
  • Why It Took So Long to Invent the Wheel [ s/b, why wheels haven't survived in strata ]

    03/12/2012 9:01:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 6, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    Wheels are the archetype of a primitive, caveman-level technology. But in fact, they're so ingenious that it took until 3500 B.C. for someone to invent them. By that time -- it was the Bronze Age -- humans were already casting metal alloys, constructing canals and sailboats, and even designing complex musical instruments such as harps. The tricky thing about the wheel is not conceiving of a cylinder rolling on its edge. It's figuring out how to connect a stable, stationary platform to that cylinder. "The stroke of brilliance was the wheel-and-axle concept," said David Anthony, a professor of anthropology at...