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  • Rare Roman inscription unearthed in Jerusalem

    10/21/2014 1:35:20 PM PDT · by dware · 9 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10.21.2014 | AFP via Yahoo! News
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled a 2,000-year-old commemorative stone inscription dedicated to Roman Emperor Hadrian, which researchers say sheds light on the Jewish revolt against the ancient empire.
  • Ebola Plush Toys Fly Off the Shelf for Connecticut Company

    10/21/2014 1:16:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 20, 2014 | Barbara Goldberg
    Ebola plush toys fly off the shelf for Connecticut company It may be the only time you will find these words in the same sentence: "Ebola" and "Add to Wishlist." Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95, according to the company's website. "Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes," says the Stamford, Connecticut-based maker of the "uniquely...
  • So Why Didn't Chris Wallace Challenge Debbie Wasserman's Senate Prediction?

    10/21/2014 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 11 replies
    And put yourself in Chris Wallace's position in last Sundays episode of Fox News Sunday. Debbie Wasserman was adamant in regarding the Democrats retaining the senate. Well then, why didn't Chris ask her to name the "Deep Red States" Democrats will win that will keep them in power? or inform her that the Republicans are already going to win at least six seats. States that Romney won handily. Can you imagine if we take the Senate 54 to 46? Then the "Credible Debbie Wasserman" Will Have Some "Esplaining To Do" next time she visits Fox News Sunday.
  • Newest selfie craze, ‘Donut Selfie’ goes viral

    10/20/2014 7:55:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    8 News Now ^ | 10-18-14 | Nikki Bowers
    It doesn't look like the 'selfie' crazy is going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it's expanding. The newest way of taking selfies trending right now is the “donut selfie.” That's right, the donut selfie. The donut selfie brings the selfie game to a whole new level by capturing the entire 360-degree environment of its subject. The new photography trend was introduced by a woman named Karen X. Cheng, a woman who first garnered national attention for her “Give it 100” challenge, which had people all of the world posting videos of their goal to try something new for 100 days...
  • Michigan sheriff: Super drunk driver arrested after she mistook Van Buren County jail for bar

    10/20/2014 8:41:15 AM PDT · by dware · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.19.2014 | AP via Fox News
    PAW PAW, Mich. – One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.
  • Transgender teen first in the state of Georgia to be elected to high school's homecoming court

    10/18/2014 8:28:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 62 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10.18.14 | Charlene Adams for MailOnline
    An openly transgender Georgia teen was elected to her high school's homecoming court in an election believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Sage Lovell, 16, of Marietta, was elected to Walton High School's homecoming court among four other women chosen out of 50 nominees at the school. 'I couldn't stop smiling,' said Lovell told CBS 46, who said she heard word of her victory while in her homeroom class. 'My entire homeroom erupted in very loud cheering. Apparently it was able to be heard from across the school.' On Friday night, the Walton High School...
  • NASA Worker Sees Men Walk Over To Viking Lander On Mars (Viking ... Kitties... Zot...Too Easy)

    Jackie stated that she used to work at NASA and handled the down-linked telemetry, back in 1979. States that one night, while watching the live feed coming from the Viking Rover on Mars, that she saw two men in suits, along with some colleagues, stroll in from the horizon, and then proceeded to walk over to the Viking Lander.
  • Who Will Be Miss Hitler 2014?

    10/18/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    vocativ ^ | 10/16/14 15:21 EDT | Sarah Kaufman
    There is an actual, real-life Miss Hitler contest going on right now. On VKontakte— Russia’s Facebook—Russian and Ukrainian Nazis and the people who love them, are voting for their favorite pictures of proud, beautiful anti-Semitic women posted to the site’s “Adolf Hitler” group page. Boasting more than 7,000 followers, the page describes itself as a group of Russians and Ukrainians who pay tribute to Hitler, history’s best-known goose-stepping genocidal maniac. ... Want to be 2014′s Miss Hitler? Here’s how you qualify....
  • Michigan funeral home provides drive-thru option

    10/17/2014 11:19:15 AM PDT · by dware · 49 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10.17.2014 | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Only a couple of families have taken advantage of a new service available at a Saginaw funeral home. Drive-thru viewings. Paradise Funeral Chapel recently started offering the option, which allows mourners to pay their last respects on the go. It was designed in part to cater to those with physical limitations.
  • Tampa/Ebola Update

    10/17/2014 7:10:36 AM PDT · by Stalwart · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | BPEarthWatch
    A man calls in to a radio show, claiming his future son-in-law was seated next to the vomiting man on the airliner that was recently in the news. Audio only, 5 minutes, 45 seconds.
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    10/17/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 82 replies
    Ok, I tried cheating today because my "dropbox" folder somehow went missing and I can't find the work I put together yesterday...and my first thread got pulled. So have at it folks...I'm out of humor right now. FREE FOR ALL
  • Kentucky Sunday school teacher admits sexually abusing teen who he threatened.....

    10/16/2014 3:48:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Darren Boyle for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Kentucky Sunday school teacher admits sexually abusing teen who he threatened to kill using witchcraft if the boy told anybody about the attacks A Sunday teacher has been charged with abusing a teenage boy after an investigation by an investigation by Eubank Sheriff's Department in Kentucky. Rex Allen Murphy, 30, has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse, use of a minor under 18 for sexual performance and third-degree sodomy. Murphy was taken into custody and is being held in Pulaski County Detention Center where he is being held on a bond of $50,000.
  • Guy Survives Getting Mauled by Bear, Shot by Friend

    10/16/2014 1:45:00 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Newser ^ | 10-14-14 | Matt Cantro
    Newser) – A hunter in British Columbia was being attacked by a grizzly bear when his hunting partner came to his rescue—only to accidentally shoot him. Despite the really bad day, it seems his injuries aren't life-threatening, the National Post reports. The 56-year-old, whose name is given as Wilf Lloyd by CTV, was hunting Sunday morning when the bear attacked, prompting his hunting partner to shoot; the partner did eventually kill the animal, though not without hitting Lloyd first.
  • Florida TV: Crist ads ALL MORNING are right after Scott ads. By design?

    10/16/2014 5:43:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    10/16/14
    Yesterday was the governor's debate....Today I tune in to local Miami TV....and though I haven't been watching all morning and every channel all the time (I have a life), I am noticing something new. Every Rick Scott commercial I have seen has been IMMEDIATELY followed by a Charlie Crist commercial....as if the Crist campaign has arranged for special "rebuttal" time after every Rick Scott ad. Am I being kooky?
  • Lockheed Martin makes fusion breakthrough

    Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being “compact,” Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to...
  • Survival School: How To Eat Your Hiking Partner

    10/15/2014 6:01:38 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 44 replies
    Backpacker.com ^ | 10/15/2014
    Would you resort to cannibalism if your life depended on it? A shocking number of our readers said "yes." Our expert shows you how to do the unthinkable.
  • 10 Clever Halloween Costumes that Incorporate Amputations and Wheelchairs

    10/15/2014 4:29:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 10/14/14 | Miss Cellania
    Josh Sundquist said, “When life hands you lemons, make awesome Halloween costumes.” That’s just what these folks did, using a physical disability to take cosplay and Halloween costumes to a new level.
  • DJIA takes an almost -400 point hit; now at -150.

    10/15/2014 7:24:16 AM PDT · by struggle · 46 replies
    10/15/2014 | struggle
    The Dow Jones is gonna be a wild ride today. It plunged and then came back. I think the dam is about to break.
  • Liberian Singers Use The Power Of Music To Raise Ebola Awareness

    10/15/2014 7:19:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | October 12, 2014 4:54 PM ET | Jason Beaubien
    In West Africa, one of the simplest ways to slow the Ebola outbreak is to educate people about how to keep from getting infected with the virus. Now, there are some signs that Ebola awareness is indeed driving down the number of cases in parts of Liberia — and Liberian musicians and DJs may deserve some of the credit. The airwaves in Liberia are saturated with songs about this disease. Early on in the epidemic the government and aid agencies commissioned public awareness songs but they actually ended up terrifying people. The message: There's no cure. Don't touch anybody. Stop...
  • Shock, horror: The ‘viral’ Halloween costume of 2014 is the Ebola suit

    10/15/2014 5:28:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Metro ^ | October 15, 2014 | Alison Lynch
    The sale of the Ebola suit for Halloween has sparked outrage on social media. Ebola is a viral disease in more ways than one. And with bad taste costumes now a Halloween must-have, it was really only a matter of time before someone decided to cash in. The Ebola Containment Suit Costume is now available to buy from online Halloween costume shop brandsOnSale for $79.99 (£50). ---snip--- Nevertheless, following the backlash on social media this week, brandsOnSale CEO Johnathan Weeks told The Atlantic: ‘We don’t stray away from anything that’s current or controversial or anything like that,’ before confiding, ‘If...
  • How to train a robot: Can we teach robots right from wrong?

    10/15/2014 2:51:17 AM PDT · by samtheman · 15 replies
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/ ^ | October 14, 2014 | Taylor & Francis
    'Masquerading refers to a person in a given context being unable to tell whether the machine is human', explain the researchers -- this is the very essence of the Turing Test. This type of deception increases "metaphysical entropy," meaning any corruption of entities and impoverishment of being; since this leads to a lack of good in the environment -- or infosphere -- it is regarded as the fundamental evil by Floridi. Following this premise, the team set out to ascertain where 'the locus of moral responsibility and moral accountability' lie in relationships with masquerading machines, and try to establish whether...
  • Too soon? How about not at all for Halloween costumes making light of Ebola

    10/14/2014 2:08:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    http://www.startribune.com ^ | Updated: October 14, 2014 - 2:46 PM | LEANNE ITALIE
    NEW YORK — No holiday screams pop culture controversy quite like Halloween. So what's the costume flap of the year? It might just be Ebola, as in Ebola zombies, bloody Ebola patients and faux protective gear. Twitter and other social media were abuzz leading into the holiday with talk of hazmat suits and respirators. Too soon? How about just no, said Philadelphia physician's assistant Maria McKenna. One of her own, a Dallas nurse who at 26 is exactly her age, was diagnosed with the virus in the United States after she had helped care for a Liberian man who died...
  • Louisiana baby girl in hospital after being trapped for days under father's decomposing body

    10/14/2014 2:02:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    A.P. ^ | 10/13/14
    PLEASANT HILL, La. (AP) -- A 10-month-old infant is being treated at University Health in Shreveport after being trapped underneath the decomposing body of her father for up to three days.
  • "Vampire Grave" in Bulgaria Holds a Skeleton With a Stake Through Its Heart

    10/14/2014 12:14:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    smithsonian ^ | 10/13/2014 | rachel nuwer
    Archeologists in Bulgaria haved uncovered a 13th century staked "vampire" at Perperikon, an ancient Thracian site in the south of the country, Archaeology reports. The remains once belonged to a man who was likely in his 40s. An iron rod had been hammered through his chest "to keep the corpse from rising from the dead and disturbing the living," Archaeology continues, and his left leg had also been removed and placed beside the corpse. Clearly, this man's neighbors did not trust his remains to stay put. As Nikolai Ovcharov, the archeologist in charge of the dig, told the Telegraph: "We...
  • Facebook and Apple now paying for women to put motherhood on ice by freezing their eggs

    10/14/2014 7:50:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/14/14 | Josh Gardner
    Apple and Facebook say they'll shell out out as much as $20,000 for women to put their parenthood plans on ice. The firms also hope the incentive will help women balance child-rearing and work life. However, even as success rates continue to rise, there are no guarantees the method will lead to conception down the road.
  • Police: Drunken Santa zombie enters St. Paul home

    10/14/2014 8:02:49 AM PDT · by dware · 30 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 10.14.2014 | AP via Yahoo!
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police have cited a 21-year-old man they say entered a St. Paul home drunk and dressed as a Santa Claus zombie, terrifying a 16-year-old girl who locked herself in a bathroom.
  • Facebook and Apple Will Pay for Employees to Freeze Their Eggs

    10/14/2014 7:49:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Egg-freezing is expensive: The procedure generally costs $10,000, at minimum, for each round of egg-harvesting—doctors recommend at least two rounds to maximize success—with an additional $500 a year (or more) for storing the eggs. Which is why it has thus far, for the most part, been an option for women who are not just concerned about conception, but able to pay to quell their anxieties. That may be changing. Now, NBC News reports, some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley are offering elective egg-freezing as part of their benefits packages. Facebook recently began covering the procedure (under its surrogacy...
  • N. Korea: Today's Fat Boy Sightings

    10/14/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/14
    He still loves smoking (look at an ashtray and a cigarette pack on the table)
  • Clown With a Gun Reported in Southwest (Bakersfield, CA)

    10/12/2014 5:25:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Saturday, Oct 11 2014 | The Bakersfield Californian
    Clown with a gun reported in southwest The latest in a series of creepy clown sightings came shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday when Bakersfield police officers near Valhalla Drive and Belle Terrace responded to a report of a person in a clown suit holding a firearm. Officers checked the area but were unable to find the person. The incident came after a week with numerous calls to police from residents reporting seeing scary or mischievous clowns. "We've had multiple of these clown sightings all over town," said Bakersfield police Lt. Jason Matson. "He was gone by the time we arrived."
  • Britain's oldest sex change as James becomes Ruth at 81 thanks to NHS surgery

    10/12/2014 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    The Mirror (UK) ^ | Oct 11, 2014 | Lewis Panther
    A former RAF navigator has become the oldest person in Britain to have sex change surgery – at the age of 81. The NHS op for Ruth Rose, once a man named James, drew criticism because of her age. But she said: “I always knew I was in the wrong body. She used to be James, a divorced father of three and grandfather of four. Despite Ruth’s secret desire for change, the couple stayed together for 42 years. The marriage ended in an amicable ­divorce and they are still close.
  • Teen who was playing a zombie...run down and killed by bus filled with paintballers

    10/12/2014 11:03:32 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 39 replies
    AP via Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 11 October 2014
    A bus carrying paintball players struck and killed a Washington state man inside a zombie attraction at a corn maze in northern Idaho, authorities said Saturday. Jeremy T. McSpadden Jr., 18, of Spokane Valley, Washington, was a role player in the "Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus" attraction at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser on Friday night, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said. Dressed as a zombie, he emerged from his hiding place and ran toward the modified school bus, but he tripped and fell in front of the rear passenger-side tires, witnesses reported. He was run over and apparently killed...
  • Woman fights to take back house stolen in deed-fraud scam

    10/12/2014 2:04:13 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/12/14 | By Amber Jamieson
    Woman fights to take back house stolen in deed-fraud scam By Amber Jamieson It’s a case of grand theft house. A Manhattan woman claims an ex-con stole her family home in Queens by filing a phony deed with the city and moving in. Now Jennifer Merin is battling in court to remove the convicted armed robber, Darrell Beatty, 49, and his sons, Darrell Kash Beatty, 25, and DeShaun Beatty, 22, from the three-bedroom Tudor she says they snatched in February. “It just devastates me,” Merin, an online film critic, said as she looked at cherished family heirlooms — photos, a...
  • Glowing Plant seeds expected to ship in December

    10/11/2014 8:35:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbc ^ | Oct 09, 2014 4:59 PM ET
    Seeds genetically engineered to grow into glow-in-the-dark plants are expected to be mailed to 1,000 people across the U.S. later this year. San-Francisco startup Glowing Plant will ship the first version of its flagship product starting in December, the company said in an update on its blog today. The seeds belong to arabidopsis plants, which are related to mustard and cabbage. The company is inserting genes into the plants from other organisms, including fireflies, to give them bioluminescence — the ability to glow via a biochemical process.
  • Hazwoper

    10/11/2014 12:42:53 PM PDT · by waterhill · 33 replies
    Me | today | Me
    This is pissing me off
  • vanity- Amanda Bynes Cry for Attention or help on twitter?

    10/10/2014 3:31:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    Amanda Bynes Twitter ^ | October 10, 2014
    The young actress has returned to twitter after issues of the past year. She accused her father of terrible things and now she seems to have lost it. For everyone to witness. Poor young lady.
  • Thousands of venomous spiders force family to abandon their $450K suburban St. Louis home

    10/10/2014 10:46:03 AM PDT · by dware · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.10.2014 | AP via Fox News
    WELDON SPRING, Mo. – Thousands of venomous brown recluse spiders forced a suburban St. Louis family from their nearly half-million-dollar home. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/ZToLma ) reports Brian and Susan Trost bought the Weldon Spring home in 2007 for $450,000 and discovered the spiders soon after moving in. Susan Trost says the spiders were everywhere, including one she had to dodge as it fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain as she was showering.
  • Outrage as Australian judge says incest, pedophilia ‘may be accepted’ by society

    10/10/2014 10:40:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 17 replies
    http://rt.com/ ^ | 10/10/2014 | n/a
    Australian District Court Judge Garry Neilson was recorded as saying that sexual contact between adults and children or siblings may no longer be regarded by society as “unnatural” or “taboo.” Just as same-sex relationships were once considered socially unacceptable, “a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available,' not having [a] sexual partner,” he said, as quoted by Australia’s Fairfax Media. Neilson said that the primary reason for incest still being a crime is the high risk of genetic...
  • MMA Fighter ‘Mayhem’ Miller Surrenders After Standoff At Mission Viejo Home

    10/09/2014 8:28:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 9, 2014 1:35 PM
    MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA.com) — A mixed martial arts fighter surrendered following an hours-long standoff with SWAT officers at his Mission Viejo home Thursday, authorities said. The incident began when Orange County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to take Jason “Mayhem” Miller into custody on an arrest warrant in a domestic violence and stalking case around 10 a.m., according to a Sheriff’s spokesperson. When deputies tried to take Miller into custody, he ran back into his home and has refused to come out, authorities said. Miller surrendered in back of the residence and was in custody shortly after 2:10 p.m., a Sheriff’s spokesperson...
  • Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snake-like robot's skills

    10/09/2014 2:45:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Oct 9, 2014 4:39pm EDT | Will Dunham
    Researchers on Thursday said they conducted experiments to learn precisely how sidewinder rattlesnakes are able to climb sandy hills, then applied the reptiles' repertoire to an existing snake robot so it could do the same thing. The study, published in the journal Science, is an example of how scientists are applying knowledge of biology to improve technology. Snake-like robots, rather than robots that move on wheels, offer unique capabilities for such complicated tasks as search-and-rescue operations in collapsed structures and inspecting nuclear power plants, the researchers said. "The snake robot can thread through tightly packed space to access locations that...
  • American wins world poutine eating championship, Canadians heartbroken

    10/09/2014 11:06:18 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 78 replies
    Canadian Broadcasting Company ^ | October 6, 2014 | Lauren O'Neil
    Canada may be known for producing the very best poutine on earth (and for arguing vehemently against anyone who says otherwise!), but it would appear as though we're no match for our neighbours to the south when it comes to eating the stuff. This was proven amidst a cacophony of curds, gravy and fresh-cut fries on Saturday afternoon during the fifth annual World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto. Considered to be the largest eating competition in Canada, the annual Smoke's Poutinerie-sponsored gorge-a-thon drew approximately 1,000 spectators to Toronto's Yonge-Dundas square this weekend — many of them eager to join in...
  • NBC Wanted to Hire Jon Stewart As Host of Meet the Press

    10/08/2014 4:51:52 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 29 replies
    New York magazine ^ | 10/8/2014 | Gabriel Sherman
    Probably a 'link only' publication.
  • Recent Mars Images (Marvin the Martian throws down the kaboom in a guest zot)

    10/08/2014 10:49:46 AM PDT · by aardwolf46 · 780 replies
    All over the internet recently, sciFy vs. reality and a Mars satellite for petty cash: That breaks the monopoly. Faced with the spectre of other nations publishing uncensored Mars images, NASA and JPL have started publishing some much more obvious images than they have in the past including a totally uncensored video (JPL) showing large-scale structure. A few items... JPL uncensored video showing large-scale structure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W7-4nSye4lM Raw JPL video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka08deWohpQ Electrical device of some sort with helical coil wound around it Device is on the left, about a third of the way down on the image Gear of some sort....
  • Why is I. S. I. S. pronounced as isis, but U. S. A. is pronounced U-S-A?

    10/08/2014 6:10:47 AM PDT · by 1raider1 · 70 replies
    my fertile mind | 10/8/2014 | 1raider1
    Why is I. S. I. S. pronounced as isis, but U. S. A. is pronounced U S A?
  • 'Top Gear' host and crew flee Argentina after car stoned

    10/07/2014 7:12:22 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Fox ^ | 10-5-14 | ap
    The host of the popular BBC television program "Top Gear" and other members of the crew have fled Argentina after being pelted with rocks by people who believed one of their cars had a license plate alluding to the Falklands War. Officials said a crowd of about 50 people began hurling rocks at the BBC group Thursday as they drove in a caravan under police escort to the Chilean border with Argentina's southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego. Host Jeremy Clarkson and the others were forced to abandon the cars in an area between Tolhuin and Rio Grande. One minor...
  • Making the long trip to Mars? Let NASA put you in a deep sleep

    10/06/2014 8:43:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cnet ^ | /6 October 2014 11:17 pm BST | Anthony Domanico
    We haven't had the need to keep someone in (therapeutic torpor) for longer than seven days," Mark Schaffer, aerospace engineer for SpaceWorks Enterprises said at the International Astronomical Congress in Toronto last week. "For human Mars missions, we need to push that to 90 days, 180 days. Those are the types of mission flight times we're talking about." To go into stasis, astronauts would basically have a tube stuck up their nose that releases a cooling agent, which gradually lowers the body temperature to the 89 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit range needed to induce torpor. A nasal solution, says SpaceWorks...
  • Radioactivity in Norway's reindeers hits high

    10/06/2014 10:58:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    Much higher levels of radioactivity than normal have been found among Norway's grazing animals, especially its reindeer population, a study revealed on Monday. Almost 30 years after the nuclear plant explosion in Chernobyl, this autumn, more radioactivity has been measured in Norwegian grazing animals than has been noted in many years. Lavrans Skuterud, a scientist at the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Statens strålevern), said: “This year is extreme.” In September, 8200 becquerel per kilo of the radioactive substance Caesium-137 was measured in reindeer from Våga reinlag AS, in Jotunheimen, central Norway. In comparison, the highest amount at the same place...
  • 10 mile spacecraft and 60 mile highway discovered in 1968 moon photo?

    10/06/2014 8:15:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 97 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/05/14 | Staff
    A 1968 photo taken during a Lunar Orbiter mission to the moon shows what appears to be a spacecraft that is at least 10 miles (16 km) long resting inside the Crater Manlius. The photo was the subject of a Youtube video that was released on October 4 that shows various close ups and light contrasts of the apparent spacecraft. Most of the object is well illuminated by the sun, but the rest is in the shadows of the crater which is approximately 20 miles (34 km) in diameter, What appears to be a spacecraft cockpit is in shadows. According...
  • ‘Weed lobbyists’ or Democrats? Watch these pot smokers field basic political questions

    10/05/2014 11:45:37 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | October 5, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Marijuana is fast becoming a hot political issue around the country, so is it a really good idea to encourage more people to vote?
  • Look. Ebola is not a threat WHATSOEVER. Relax, for goodness sake!

    10/05/2014 4:34:35 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 233 replies
    Ebola Zaire attacks every organ and tissue in the human body except skeletal muscle and bone. It is a perfect parasite because it transforms virtually every part of the body into a digested slime of virus particles. The seven mysterious proteins that, assembled together, make up the Ebola-virus particle, work as a relentless machine, a molecular shark, and they consume the body as the virus makes copies of itself. Small blood clots begin to appear in the bloodstream, and the blood thickens and slows, and clots begin to stick to the walls of blood vessels. This is known as pavementing,...
  • The green snot taking over the world's rivers

    10/05/2014 10:23:12 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 2014 | Larry O'Hanlon
    A strange green organism has spread around the globe, clogging up the world's rivers It began with a few small strange patches of slime, clinging to the rocks of the Heber River in Canada. Within a year, the patches had become thick, blooming mats. Within a few years the mats had grown into a giant green snot. And within a few decades this snot had spread around the world, clogging up rivers as far away as South America, Europe and Australasia. This snot, which is still flourishing today, is caused by a microscopic alga, a diatom that goes by its...