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  • State Dept. Says Hillary’s Appointment Of Donor To Top Secret Advisory Panel Was ‘Not Unusual’

    06/10/2016 2:58:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/10/16 | Chuck Ross
    A State Department spokesman on Friday said that a Hillary Clinton donor’s appointment to a top secret federal advisory board despite having no experience with its activities is “not unusual” because he represented “a broad range of views.” ABC News reported earlier on Friday that in 2011, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills directed career diplomats to appoint Rajiv Fernando, a high-frequency stock trader from Chicago, to the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB). Mills’ move — which was likely okayed by Clinton — surprised the career staffers, according to emails obtained by the legal advocacy group Citizens United. Fernando...
  • Hillary Clinton Struggles to Find Footing in Unusual Race

    05/28/2016 2:20:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 67 replies
    Democrats could hardly believe their good fortune last month when it became clear that Hillary Clinton was headed to a general election showdown with Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump carried so much baggage and had insulted so many voting blocs that some Clinton supporters began to imagine a landslide. But early optimism that this would be an easy race is evaporating. In the corridors of Congress, on airplane shuttles between New York and Washington, at donor gatherings and on conference calls, anxiety is spreading through the Democratic Party that Mrs. Clinton is struggling to find her footing.
  • Mandarin Duck Appears at Irving Park

    03/25/2016 2:55:33 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 22 replies ^ | March 1, 2016) | Johnny Archer
    Centennial Park in Irving is home to many birds, but none like the duck known as "Manny." A few weeks ago, the Mandarin duck showed up in Irving. Nature photographer Kent Jarrett said people named him Manny.
  • Unusual happenings with inactive radio stations, signaling something big about to happen?

    10/15/2015 6:33:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 125 replies
    On SKYKING (8992 or 11175 kHz USB) a call sign called “COLLAPSE” which has not been heard since 2001 has just broadcasted 4 messages to numbered stations/units in the last few minutes. “FUXEBOX” and “Reykjavik,” have also broadcast in the last few days and they haven’t been heard since 1991 (collapse of the Soviet Union). “COLLAPSE” has sent 3 messages in the last few minutes. COLLAPSE message one: Collapse message Two: Collapse message Three: Message Four from “FLATTOP!” (ANOTHER STATION NOT HEARD IN YEARS!): We do not know what these codes mean, but it considered These...
  • Fintona, County Tyrone: 80-metre wind turbine collapses ('unusual' event as winds were light)

    01/03/2015 7:13:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/3/15 | BBC
    An 80-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a mountainside near Fintona in County Tyrone. The turbine was one of eight on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain. It is not clear what caused the giant structure to collapse, but people in the industry said it was a highly unusual event especially as winds were light at the time. The turbine, valued at over Ł500,000, collapsed on Friday evening, scattering debris over a wide area.
  • Governor Calls Fetal Pain Bill Efforts “Waste of Time” [Satire]

    05/24/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Semmens
    A push for a special session to consider legislation that would address fetal pain and, thereby, place a limit on abortions was labeled a “waste of time” by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D). “As I’ve said before, legislation that would elevate concern for a fetus’s pain above that of a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is unconstitutional,” Tomblin reiterated. “The argument that the pain inflicted on the fetus is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s bar against cruel or unusual punishment is unpersuasive. The Eighth Amendment protects against cruel punishment. The fetus has committed no offense and...
  • Department of Unusual Ordnance Finds (Can Freepers Identify)

    06/05/2013 1:38:27 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 35 replies ^ | unknown | Deir ash Sharqi,
    Field researching and reporting on arms and the arms trade often leads to the same old discoveries in war after war, fight after fight. But most trips also turn up the odd and unusual item. This pair of disc-shaped ordnance packages bearing Russian labels (above) was one of the unexpected finds in the possession of Ahfad al-Rasul.
  • Rapper in stable condition after shooting at filming of music video

    04/14/2013 5:26:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies ^ | April 13, 2013
    HOUSTON – A filming of a rap music video turned violent early Saturday morning when a group of unidentified suspects opened fire on the production crew in front of a house just south of downtown, police said. According to the Houston Police Department, at about 2:30 a.m. officers responded to a call of a shooting near Nettleton and Reeves streets. When they arrived, they found a man had been shot, and had the victim transported to Ben Taub Hospital in serious but stable condition. Police said that a couple of unknown men opened fire of the production crew from across...
  • Unexplained shower of apples falls from sky over town

    12/17/2011 10:07:11 AM PST · by Young Werther · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu, Dec 15, 2011.. | Eric Pfeiffer
    More than 100 apples mysteriously rained down upon a small British town on Monday night. The still-unexplained apple shower left 20 yards of city streets and car windshields covered in the cascading fruit just after the daily rush hour.
  • 'Unusual' Bachmann Rebuttal Could Scramble GOP Message on Obama Address

    01/25/2011 1:29:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 115 replies
    fox ^ | 1/25/11 | staff
    It's bad enough that Rep. Paul Ryan has to follow President Obama. Now the brainy Wisconsin congressman tapped to give the official Republican response to the State of the Union address must also compete for attention with Tea Party star Michele Bachmann. Bachmann, a third-term Minnesota congresswoman renowned for lobbing rhetorical bombs at her opponents, plans to rebut the president's address in an online broadcast at the Tea Party Express website Tuesday night. While Ryan's remarks will be carried by all the networks and cable news outlets as they happen, television news outlets have agreed to share a camera to...
  • Unusual methods helped ICE break deportation record, e-mails and interviews show

    12/06/2010 9:48:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/6/10 | Andrew Becker
    For much of this year, the Obama administration touted its tougher-than-ever approach to immigration enforcement, culminating in a record number of deportations. But in reaching 392,862 deportations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement included more than 19,000 immigrants who had exited the previous fiscal year, according to agency statistics. ICE also ran a Mexican repatriation program five weeks longer than ever before, allowing the agency to count at least 6,500 exits that, without the program, would normally have been tallied by the U.S. Border Patrol. When ICE officials realized in the final weeks of the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30,...
  • Obama plays “race card” in call for 2010 elections?

    “Young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women.” Drudge has this clip highlighted with the headline, “OBAMA PLAYS RACE CARD” in bold letters at the top of the page. Ben Smith at Politico goes with a less-provocative description of “unusual demographic frankness” in describing this effort from the DNC to get the troops rallied for the midterm elections.
  • Tragic Derby ending for Eight Belles (Stress Analysis)

    05/03/2008 9:34:08 PM PDT · by red flanker · 77 replies · 409+ views
    WNKY Net ^ | May 3, 2008 | Mike Brunker
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A quarter mile past the finish line in the Kentucky Derby, a gallant runner-up effort by the filly Eight Belles was forgotten in an instant. In a freak accident that one experienced racetrack veterinarian said he had never seen before, the 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song apparently snapped both of her front ankles simultaneously as she galloped out after the race, sending her crashing hard to the Churchill Downs dirt racetrack. She was euthanized moments later, after vets determined there was no chance to save her. “She had finished the race and was around the turn at...
  • NY cracks down on illegal mystery meats

    12/01/2006 2:33:53 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 176 replies · 3,843+ views
    Yahoo AP ^ | 1 December 2006 one hour 26 minutes ago | ADAM GOLDMAN, AP Business Writer
    When a food safety inspector walked into a market in Queens, he noticed the store had an interesting special posted on its front window: 12 beefy armadillos. In Brooklyn, inspectors found 15 pounds of iguana meat at a West Indian market and 200 pounds of cow lungs for sale at another market. At a West African grocery in Manhattan, the store was selling smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case. An inspector quickly seized a couple pounds of it. All of it was headed for the dinner table. All of it was also illegal. Authorities say the discoveries are...
  • Anthrax Outbreak in Canada: What's Behind It ?

    08/29/2006 9:22:32 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 6 replies · 479+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 08/29/06 | vanity
    There has been an "unprecedented outbreak" of anthrax in Canada (plus a case or two on the US side of the border). So far, animals are the sole casualties,but the speed with which the outbreak is spreading is disturbing: Is this a natural event...or something else ?
  • Injured Husband Talks to Action News

    05/19/2006 11:46:18 AM PDT · by meandog · 74 replies · 2,515+ views
    TIOGA-NICETOWN - May 17, 2006 - A Philadelphia man is recovering from an attack, allegedly at the hands of his wife. The assault on his private parts has become public knowledge. In an interview with Action News after his release from, the 52-year-old victim spoke of his terrifying ordeal. The 52-year-old Tioga-Nicetown man, who we are identifying only by his first name of Howard, arrived home late Wednesday, hours after his wife allegedly tore off two parts of his genitalia with her bare hands. Surgeons at Einstein successfully managed to repair the damage. Howard/Tioga-Nicetown: "Doctors did a beautiful job in...
  • Unusual Iron Age Steles Discovered In Ardebil Province (Iran)

    07/20/2005 6:38:22 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 481+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 7-20-2005
    Unusual Iron Age steles discovered in Ardebil Province Tehran Times Culture Desk TEHRAN -- Over 500 stone steles bearing images of faces of men and women with no mouths were recently discovered at Shahr Yeri in Ardebil Province, the director of the team of archaeologists working at the site announced on Tuesday. Alireza Hojabri Nuri added that the steles are arranged one after another in the form of a wall and date back to the Iron Age. Shahr Yeri is located near Pirazmeyan village, 32 kilometers off of Meshkin Shahr in Ardebil Province. “The discovered steles enjoy unique characteristics, and...
  • Workers discover old tombstone inside tree

    06/25/2005 3:08:35 PM PDT · by QwertyKPH · 17 replies · 717+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 25JUN05 | LINDA N. WELLER
    ALTON -- To the surprise of tree-cutters in Alton Cemetery, a 150-year-old ash revealed a secret it had kept inside its "heart" for possibly more than a century. Jim Scroggins, 27, and Mark Brunetto, 31, both of Holiday Shores and owners of Holiday Tree and Landscape, discovered a limestone headstone dating to 1854 inside the 90-foot tree they were cutting down June 17. As it grew slowly over the years, the tree enclosed the grave marker in its middle, surrounding it with wood and bark and eventually reaching a diameter of 4 feet. The growth process of the tree also...
  • Unusual Bronze Coffin Unearthed In Lorestan (Iran)

    05/16/2005 3:17:34 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1,115+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 5-16-2005
    Unusual bronze coffin unearthed in Lorestan Tehran Times Culture Desk TEHRAN -- A bronze coffin containing a skeleton with a golden blindfold and a golden gag on its face were unearthed in farmland near the provincial capital city of Khorramabad in Lorestan Province, the director of an archaeological team working in the region said on Friday. “It was an exciting discovery. The golden items and bronze coffin show that the casket was for a person from a prominent family,” Jalal Adeli added. With four handles, the coffin is like a bathtub, and has been broken into four pieces. Its length...
  • Woman Photographs Swan, Finds Hand Stuck in Ice

    04/07/2005 9:21:30 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 44 replies · 3,019+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 7, 2005 09:12 AM ET | Staff
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish woman who photographed a swan in the river outside the royal palace in Stockholm made a grim discovery when the film was developed: a hand sticking out of the ice. Newspaper Aftonbladet said on its Web Site that Marita Larsson was walking around Stockholm's Old Town in early March and took a photo of a swan on the river as a spring thaw melted the ice. "It was only when I came home and developed the film that I saw there was something particular about the picture. When I had it blown up I saw...
  • More Judicial Activism

    03/01/2005 10:10:54 AM PST · by Richie Rich · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Bizblogger ^ | 03/01/05 | Richie Rich
    The judicial activism continues: the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a Missouri case to bar a penalty that had been legal in 19 states. Today's ruling reversed a 1989 Supreme Court decision that had allowed executions of 16- and 17- year-old killers. "Juvenile offenders cannot with reliability be classified among the worst offenders,'' Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court in Washington. He pointed to "the stark reality that the United States is the only country in the world that continues to give official sanction to the juvenile death penalty." And all this time I thought the justices were...
  • Feline Reactions to Bearded Men

    02/10/2005 11:24:26 AM PST · by vannrox · 54 replies · 1,316+ views
    HotAIR ^ | FR POST 2-9-2005 | by Catherine Maloney, Fairfield University
    HOME > AIRCHIVES > CLASSICAL > Feline Reactions to Bearded Men Feline Reactions to Bearded Men by Catherine Maloney, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, Sarah J. Lichtblau, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois Nadya Karpook, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Carolyn Chou, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Anthony Arena-DeRosa, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts A feline subject reacts to a photograph of a man with a full dark semicircular beard.Abstract Cats were exposed to photographs of bearded men. The beards were of various sizes, shapes, and styles. The cats' responses were recorded and analyzed.Findings of Prior Investigators Boone (1958) found inconclusive results in...
  • On the Practical and Sporting Aspects of Football in Zero-Gravity

    02/08/2005 5:38:01 AM PST · by vannrox · 4 replies · 840+ views
    Presented at Symposium on The Popular Commercialisation of Space ^ | 19 September 2001 | Oliver Thornton & Patrick Collins
    Space Future - O Thornton & P Collins, 19 September 2001, "On the Practical and Sporting Aspects of Football in Zero-Gravity", Presented at Symposium on The Popular Commercialisation of Space, British Interplanetary Society, 19 September 2001. Also downloadable from Presented at Symposium on The Popular Commercialisation of Space, British Interplanetary Society , 19 September 2001 On the Practical and Sporting Aspects of Football in Zero-Gravity Oliver Thornton & Patrick Collins Introduction: Association Football, or 'soccer', is the major spectator sport in the world, as well the most widely-played. When space becomes a practical living space for the...
  • TERRI SCHINDLER SCHIAVO JANUARY 2005 Dailies: News Digest, Restating the Obvious & Thank Yous...

    12/29/2004 7:16:22 AM PST · by floriduh voter · 2,218 replies · 21,117+ views
    Free Republic & Various Sources ^ | December 30, 2004 | Floriduh Voter
    The Terri Schindler Schiavo Daily Threads are created month to month as we watch local and national news regarding Terri and her family. Since Terri's supporters are in every time zone, you may see something FIRST. Please share news with us that you don't see here already. Now, why would you want to do that? Terri's Daily Thread for September/October of 2004 was viewed over 15,000 times. Terri's November Daily Thread was viewed over 6,000 times. December's thread is over 3,000 views. More and more good folks are finding out about Terri and that judicial tyranny would take her life,...
  • Humane Treatment for the Inhumane

    11/28/2004 1:25:01 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 179+ views
    As I returned from church and sat down to relax by reading the local liberal news rag, that mind-control mechanism for sheeple and liberals, I was slammed with a front-page article called “Humanity in death”. I sometimes make the effort to read through this bastion of liberal slant and omission of truth in order to gat a glimpse into what the “enemy within” is up to. It appears these leftists now want us to eliminate the practice of lethal injection as a form of capital punishment, because it is allegedly inhumane according to one death row inmate and his team...
  • Republican political buttons. A message from Canada

    09/25/2004 3:58:25 PM PDT · by mccafferty · 29 replies · 905+ views
    Dear American friend, Greetings from your neighbor to the north, Saskatchewan. Canada. I am 53 years old and at home in poor health. I am a Conservative and very much admire President George W. Bush. Please take a look at my biography at my website to see my close association with Republicans in the USA. As a hobby I love to follow American politics on the Internet and on cable TV. I also collect Republican political buttons and T shirts. (X Large) -- and brochures and bumper stickers. I would really be very grateful and honored if you would be...
  • Did the First Americans Come From, Er, Australia?

    09/11/2004 8:23:29 AM PDT · by vannrox · 13 replies · 1,271+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | Mon Sep 6, 9:24 AM ET | Editorial Staff
    Did the First Americans Come From, Er, Australia? Mon Sep 6, 9:24 AM ET EXETER, England (Reuters) - Anthropologists stepped into a hornets' nest on Monday, revealing research that suggests the original inhabitants of America may in fact have come from what is now known as Australia.   The claim will be extremely unwelcome to today's native Americans who came overland from Siberia and say they were there first. But Silvia Gonzalez from John Moores University in Liverpool said skeletal evidence pointed strongly to this unpalatable truth and hinted that recovered DNA would corroborate it. "This is very contentious," Gonzalez,...
  • CA: Unusual illegal border crossing draws attention of U.S. officials

    08/03/2004 6:11:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 1,881+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 8/3/04 | Seth Hettena - AP
    SAN DIEGO - Authorities in California were on the lookout Tuesday for a man believed to be from the Middle East who paid a higher-than-usual smuggling fee to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, but officials said the case had no connection to terrorism. "This is not a terrorist warning," said Homeland Security spokeswoman Lauren Mack. The man, who was not identified, entered the United States Monday near Tecate, Mexico - a small border crossing station about 70 miles east of San Diego. It was unclear how he crossed the border. Once across, the man got into a Ford F150 pickup, according...
  • Scientists Transfer Info Between Atoms (Star Trek Teleportation is REAL!)

    06/16/2004 1:54:18 PM PDT · by vannrox · 311 replies · 1,425+ views
    Local 6 News ^ | 6-16-2004 | AP
    TED: 2:55 pm EDT June 16, 2004 UPDATED: 3:03 pm EDT June 16, 2004 In a step toward making ultra-powerful computers, scientists have transferred physical characteristics between atoms by using a phenomenon so bizarre that even Albert Einstein called it spooky. Such "quantum teleportation" of characteristics had been demonstrated before between beams of light. The work with atoms is "a landmark advance," H.J. Kimble of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., and S.J. van Enk of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., declare in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Two teams of scientists report similar results in...
  • Extraterrestrial visitor in Russian province!

    03/24/2004 5:50:14 PM PST · by vannrox · 27 replies · 475+ views
    Pravda ^ | 02/18/2004 21:04 | Marina Khlybova
    Research of the clothes alien Aleshenka (found in the Ural region) was wrapped in, revealed that this creature has nothing in common with human being, it is an alien, Moscow expert on UFOs Vadim Chernobrov said in interview to Chelyabinsk media. This sensation goes back to 1996 to village Kaolinovy near the provincial town of Kyshtym in Chelyabinsk region. On August 13, 1996 pensioner Tamara Vasilievna Prosvirina went to the village cemetery. Poor old lady suffered from psychiatric disease, and her perception of the surrounding world was weird. She used to gather flowers from the graves and decorated her room...
  • Byelorussian chicken laid the world's largest egg!

    03/24/2004 5:32:17 PM PST · by vannrox · 22 replies · 1,008+ views
    Pravda ^ | 03/22/2004 16:12 | Translated by: Anna Ossipova
    A chicken from the Krasnoarmeiskaya poultry farm in the village of Mir of Grodnensky region laid the world's largest egg. This has been reported by a Russian representative of the Guinness Book of World Record in Belorus Alexander Kalinin. "The egg that weighs 160 grams has a big chance of getting into the Guinness Book of Records," stated he. The Byelorussian chicken bit the record of its Cuban colleague from Las-Tunas. Several years ago, the latter has laid an egg weighing> Byelorussian chicken laid the world's largest egg 146 grams. It has been inserted in the Book of Records as...
  • Archaeologist sheds light on pyramid origin

    02/16/2004 4:46:46 PM PST · by vannrox · 24 replies · 1,270+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Posted: 4:12 PM EST (2112 GMT) | Editorial Staff
    CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) -- Egypt's ancient pyramids are probably a byproduct of a decision to build walls around the tombs of kings, a leading expert on early Egyptian royal burials said on Wednesday. Guenter Dreyer, director of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, said he based his theory on similarities between Egypt's first pyramid, built at Saqqara south of Cairo for the Pharaoh Zozer in about 2650 BC, and the structure of the tomb of one of his immediate predecessors. The Saqqara pyramid, known as the Step Pyramid because of its unique shape, began as a flat mound about 25...
  • A 10 billion billion billion megaton bomb in space!

    02/16/2004 4:41:43 PM PST · by vannrox · 50 replies · 7,051+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 21 July, 2000, 18:05 GMT 19:05 UK | Dr David Whitehouse
    Friday, 21 July, 2000, 18:05 GMT 19:05 UK A 10 billion billion billion megaton bomb in space KPD1930+2752 is in the constellation of Cygnus By BBC News Online science editor Dr David Whitehouse Astronomers have found a star that will produce one of the biggest explosions in our Universe. The star, known as KPD1930+2752, will explode within the next 200 million years. UK researchers believe it is the first star of its kind to be found. They say it may hold the clues to where the stuff that makes up our bodies comes from and perhaps to the future of...
  • Rock discovery causes excitement

    02/03/2004 5:57:13 AM PST · by vannrox · 49 replies · 916+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 2 February, 2004, 12:01 GMT | Editorial Staff
    Rock discovery causes excitement The stone weighs 30 tonnes and is about 17 feet high An ancient rock covered in carved symbols has been discovered in a South American jungle by an archaeologist from Cornwall. Julien Chenoweth, from St Mawes, said a date test showed the carvings were as old as ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The rock was discovered by Mr Chenoweth after he led an expedition through the Darian area of the Panama jungle, with a party which also included medic Jo Lloyd-King, from Camborne. A previous archaeologist had been told about the sacred stone by a native Indian, but...
  • Artefact recalls witches' shadow

    01/30/2004 6:19:09 AM PST · by vannrox · 12 replies · 346+ views
    BBC News Online, Nottingham ^ | Wednesday, 28 January, 2004, 12:57 GMT | By Greig Watson
    A chilling reminder of our superstitious past has been unearthed from a rural farmhouse. The "witch bottle" was discovered buried in old foundations in the Lincolnshire village of Navenby. Containing bent pins, human hair and perhaps urine, the bottles were supposed to protect a household against evil spells. Dated to about 1830, it is evidence the fear of dark forces persisted far longer than previously thought. Discovered by accident during building work, the artefact initially sat unrecognised in a cupboard. Jo Butler, the house's owner, described what they found. She said: "The builder was breaking up foundations with a pick...
  • A Thousand Relics Found in Egypt

    01/30/2004 6:08:35 AM PST · by vannrox · 32 replies · 372+ views ^ | Jan 28, 04 | 11:57 am | By Hazel Heyer
    A Thousand Relics Found in Egypt Jan 28, 04 | 11:57 am A French-Egyptian archaeology team has retrieved more than 1000 artifacts, including statues and busts of pharaonic gods and goddesses, from the Mediterranean Sea floor off Egypt's northern coast of Alexandria, according to the Egyptian antiquities officials earlier this week. The 2003 Abu Qir Bay Department of Archeology Mission under the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European Institute for Underwater Archeology unearthed artifacts during archaeological surveys which helped define the topography around the sanctuary site or the temple of Heracles. Dating back to the third and fifth centuries...
  • CA: Unusual election elicits media frenzy

    09/01/2003 10:39:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 166+ views ^ | 9/1/03 | Carla Marinucci - SF Chronicle
    <p>The calls are pouring in -- from Oprah and Brokaw, from Barbara and Larry. And suddenly, California's aspiring political leaders -- who, not too long ago, arm-wrestled for TV air time -- are finding themselves with an embarrassment of riches in the crazy, compressed cycle of the state's gubernatorial recall.</p>
  • Scientists levitate gold coins

    04/10/2003 4:42:08 PM PDT · by vannrox · 31 replies · 1,031+ views
    BBC News ^ | Published: 2003/04/10 07:19:37 | BBC News
    Scientists levitate gold coins Scientists have shown that levitation is not just a trick from a Harry Potter book. Researchers at the University of Nottingham have used magnetism to make solid objects such as coins float in the air. Scientists have already proven strong, varying magnetic fields could exert an upward force on objects in their path. The Nottingham team found this effect could be dramatically enhanced in cold, magnetised oxygen. Magnetic levitation occurs when the magnetic force is strong enough to overcome gravity and balance a body's weight. Cold oxygen provides extra buoyancy through the "magneto-Archimedes" effect -...
  • Surprise To Physicists -- Protons Aren't Always Shaped Like A Basketball!

    04/08/2003 6:16:11 AM PDT · by vannrox · 48 replies · 926+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2003-04-08 | Editorial Source
    Surprise To Physicists -- Protons Aren't Always Shaped Like A Basketball PHILADELPHIA -- When Gerald A. Miller first saw the experimental results from the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, he was pretty sure they couldn't be right. If they were, it meant that some long-held notions about the proton, a primary building block of atoms, were wrong. But in time, the findings proved to be right, and led physicists to the conclusion that protons aren't always spherically shaped, like a basketball. "Some physicists thought they did the experiment wrong," said Miller, a University of Washington physics professor. "Even I thought...

    03/28/2003 2:54:46 PM PST · by JeepInMazar · 76 replies · 1,423+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Wednesday March 19, 2003 | CHAD KULTGEN
    'TIME-TRAVELER' BUSTED FOR INSIDER TRADINGWednesday March 19, 2003 By CHAD KULTGEN NEW YORK -- Federal investigators have arrested an enigmatic Wall Street wiz on insider-trading charges -- and incredibly, he claims to be a time-traveler from the year 2256! Sources at the Security and Exchange Commission confirm that 44-year-old Andrew Carlssin offered the bizarre explanation for his uncanny success in the stock market after being led off in handcuffs on January 28. "We don't believe this guy's story -- he's either a lunatic or a pathological liar," says an SEC insider. "But the fact is, with an initial investment of...
  • Dodge's Four-Wheel Motorcycle! (The Tomahawk)

    03/26/2003 4:52:18 PM PST · by vannrox · 98 replies · 4,587+ views
    Popular Science ^ | April 2003 | by Dick Teresi
    500-300-200. That's horsepower, miles per hour and thousands of dollars: the oversize numbers for Dodge's 4-wheel Tomahawk "motorcycle" prototype (named for the cruise missile), which the company says it may bring to market. Dodge's Four-Wheel Motorcycle! (The Tomahawk) by Dick Teresi The biggest news out of DaimlerChrysler this spring is not a sport-utility vehicle or a sports car. It's a motorcycle. A big, weird motorcycle. The Dodge Tomahawk is auto erotica for the customizer and power freak. An enormous 500-horsepower V10 Viper engine sits on a billet aluminum body, each part a one-off custom design, machined to order. The...
  • Hungry dogs find 2,500-year-old mummy

    03/25/2003 4:14:49 PM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 375+ views
    Ananova via Archaeological News ^ | Story filed: 14:55 Monday 24th March 2003 | Editorial staff
    Two dogs digging for a buried bone in their owner's backyard in Chile found a 2,500-year-old mummy. Ivan Paredes, who lives in Arica, could not believe his eyes when his dogs dug up the ancient body. He told La Cuarta online: "The dogs were trying to find bones buried in the backyard as usual, but they started to bark very loud and I came to check what was going on and found the mummy of child." Archaeologists believe it is the remains of a boy buried by his parents who would probably have been farmers. The mummy, said to be...
  • On The Edge With the New FN P90 5.7x28mm

    03/21/2003 4:48:38 AM PST · by vannrox · 26 replies · 13,307+ views
    The arms page. ^ | FR Post 3-20-2003 | by Al Paulson
    On The EdgeWith the New FN P90 5.7x28mm by Al Paulson Military organizations have struggled for generations with two frequently overlapping problems: (1) how to arm troops whose primary mission is something other than the use of small arms; and (2) how to arm troops who need compact firepower for conducting special operations. A remarkable array of pistols, submachind guns and carbines have been fielded over the years in an, attempt to give people such as vehicle drivers, operators of crew-served weapons, support personnel and special operators a weapon with the optimum mix of compact size, hit probability, sustained...
  • Too Close For Comfort: Hubble Discovers An Evaporating Planet

    03/14/2003 6:03:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies · 497+ views
    Science Daily ^ | FR Post 3-15-03 | Editorial Staff
    Source: Space Telescope Science Institute Date: 2003-03-14 Too Close For Comfort: Hubble Discovers An Evaporating PlanetFor the first time, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have observed the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet evaporating off into space. Much of the planet may eventually disappear, leaving only a dense core. The planet is a type of extrasolar planet known as a "hot Jupiter." These giant gaseous planets orbit their parent stars very closely, drawn to them like moths to a flame. The scorched planet, called HD 209458b, orbits only 4 million miles (7 million kilometers) from its yellow, Sun-like star....
  • Oldest human footprints discovered in Italy

    03/13/2003 1:46:22 PM PST · by vannrox · 29 replies · 799+ views
    News in Science ^ | 3-13-2003 | Reuters
    The newly-discovered footprints descending an inclined slope of an extinct volcano (Pic: University of Padua)  Markings in hardened volcanic ash, dubbed "devils' trails" by local Italian villagers, have been confirmed as the oldest-known footprints ever made by humans. The fossilised hand and footprints belong to three early humans who were probably climbing down the side of the Roccamonfina volcano in southern Italy about 385,000 to 325,000 years ago, report a team of Italian palaeontologists in today's issue of the journal, Nature. "We believe that these tracks are the oldest human footprints found so far," said Professor Paolo Mietto of...
  • Researchers See Specter In N.C. Statehouse

    02/24/2003 6:43:07 AM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies · 335+ views
    SF GATE ^ | Thursday, February 20, 2003 | AP
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- A haunted Statehouse? Paranormal researchers who set up shop in the state Capitol in November have released findings that include a sighting of a specter in Reconstruction-era clothing sitting in the third chair in the third row of the old House chambers.</p>
  • Burping Moon may solve magnetism mystery

    02/19/2003 12:55:20 PM PST · by vannrox · 1 replies · 333+ views
    News in Science ^ | Jan 16 2003 | Abbie Thomas - ABC Science Online
    Moon model: a superplume from inside the Moon when it was just 500 million years old might explain a lot - and not just about the Moon (Pic: University of California).  A mighty 'burp' early in the Moon's life may explain something that has puzzled scientists ever since Apollo astronauts brought back rock samples; why are there so many ancient magnetised rocks lying on the surface? Research published in the journal Nature this week from the University of California at Berkeley, in the United States, suggests that an expunged column of hot rock - like a blob rising to...
  • Ancient DNA may be misleading scientists

    02/19/2003 12:15:33 PM PST · by vannrox · 3 replies · 328+ views
    News in Science (ABC) ^ | Tuesday, 18 February  2003 |
    Dating skeletal material with DNA may not be as acurate as thought  Ancient DNA in skeletons has a tendency to show damage in a particular region, resulting in misleading genetic data and mistaken conclusions about the origin of the skeleton, British scientists said. A group of researchers at the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre of the University of Oxford, in Britain, made the finding while studying Viking specimens. They found that about half of the specimens had DNA that suggested they were of Middle Eastern origin. But more detailed analysis revealed that many of the genetic sequences in the...
  • Undergrads Discover New Class Of Star; "They Pulsate Like Jell-O"

    02/14/2003 1:56:19 PM PST · by vannrox · 14 replies · 300+ views
    Source: University Of Arizona Date: 2003-02-14 Undergrads Discover New Class Of Star; "They Pulsate Like Jell-O"University of Arizona astronomy undergraduates have serendipitously discovered a new class of star that thrills astronomers who specialize in a relatively new field called "astroseismology." Astronomers worldwide will collaborate in continuous observations of one of these newly found stars for several weeks in May 2003. "Astronomers are always looking for new and better ways to study stars," said Elizabeth Green, assistant staff astronomer at Steward Observatory, who with her students discovered the new class of stars. They have found sub-dwarf B stars that pulsate...
  • Archaeological Discovery in Bulgaria Clue to Ancient Mystery

    02/14/2003 1:30:45 PM PST · by vannrox · 20 replies · 773+ views ^ | 2003-02-13 | Novinite editorial Staff
     Subscribe for free at Archaeological Discovery in Bulgaria Clue to Ancient Mystery2003-02-13Bulgarian archaeologists discovered an oval ritual hall fitting the description that ancient historians gave to the Dionysus Temple in the Rhodope range famous for its splendor and mysteriousness in antique times and for the many failed attempts to determine its exact location in modernity. During an expedition in 2002, the team of archeologist Nikolay Ovcharov unearthed the hall inside of an ancient Thracian palace, some 250km southeast of Bulgaria's capital Sofia. The temple-palace is part of the dead city of Perpericon in Bulgaria's Eastern Rhodope Mountain that...