Monday, January 11, 2010
That is a question that has been hotly debated all over the world for decades.
But as reports of UFO sightings continue to pour in all over the globe, the nature of the debate is changing.
Rather than asking whether or not UFOs exist, an increasing number of people are wondering who is piloting them, where they are...
OK, for the last time UFO's DO exist!
Any flying object that you cannot identify is a UFO.
Now whether or not it is an extraterritorial 'spacecraft' is another ball of wax all together.
Brian noted earlier how Charles Diez got four months in jail for shooting (and barely missing) a cyclist who was in his way, and considered it an embarrassment. In California, they are a bit tougher: In July 2008 Christopher Thompson, passed two cyclists and got in front of them and jammed on the brakes. Ron Peterson went face first into the rear window, breaking his teeth, slicing off his nose, and cutting his face; he needed ninety stitches.
He was sentenced last week to five years in prison for mayhem; assault with a deadly weapon, his car; battery with serious injury; and reckless driving causing injury.
Photo via UFOBC
This will be news to no one: some have soured on Barack Obama. The list of his missed opportunities and non-accomplishments thus far irks his supporters and gives ammunition to his enemies. But before we all get too disappointed, it's worth remembering that he actually accomplished a lot his first year, too. For every not-so-abolished Don't Ask Don't Tell law, there's a promising national auto emissions standard, for each not-closed-yet Guantanamo, there's an EPA mobilizing to regulate greenhouse gases. Here are some of his best accomplishments of 2009.
photo: Barry Silver via flickr.
You've probably read claims about how the glaciers in the Himalayas are melting at such a fast pace that some of them could be entirely gone by 2035. I know I've made reference to the statement, made by Indian glaciologist Syed Hasnain and repeated around the internet, as have other posts on TreeHugger. Well, it seems according to a recent article in New Scientist by Fred Pearce, that Hasnain is backtracking on his assertion, saying that the statement was "speculative" and that he's never made that claim in any peer-reviewed journal. Yet it made it into the IPCC report of 2007:
Image credit: Good
The slow cities movement started in Italy in 1999 when Mayor Paolo Saturnini chose to stay small and protect local business instead of courting industry and growing larger. With the help of three other Italian towns and the Slow Food organization he founded the Cittaslow movement.
And he wonders why he is accused and investigated?
Howard County, Indiana Sheriff Department Deputy Matt Roberson tracked down fugitive Alfred Hightower via the hugely popular massively multiplayer online game. Hightower was wanted on several counts of drug dealing but had fled the country to Canada.
After finding out Hightower was a WoW fan, Roberson sent a subpoena to the game's maker, Blizzard Entertainment. With the information they sent back, Roberson was able to pinpoint the perp's location.
The documents, which include technical specifications and vendor contracts, indicate that the TSA requires vendors to provide equipment that can store and send images of screened passengers when in testing mode, according to CNN.
The TSA has stated publicly on its website, in videos and in statements to the press that images cannot be stored on the machines and that images are deleted from the scanners once an airport operator has examined them. The administration has also insisted that the machines are incapable of sending images.
US government employees doing Al Qaida's job for them: undermining the quality of life in the "free" world.
Osama's still free, how about you?
Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank's diary after the teen was arrested by Nazis, has died at age 100
People may not be quite the humans they think they are. Or so suggests new research showing that the human genome is part bornavirus.
Bornaviruses, a type of RNA virus that causes disease in horses and sheep, first inserted their genetic material into ancestral human DNA at least 40 million years ago, the study shows. The findings, published January 7 in Nature, provide the first evidence that RNA viruses other than retroviruses (such as HIV) can stably integrate genes into host DNA. The new work may help reveal more about the evolution of RNA viruses as well as their mammalian hosts.
“Our whole notion of ourselves as a species is slightly misconceived,” says Robert Gifford, a paleovirologist at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, affiliated with Rockefeller University in New York City. Human DNA includes genetic contributions from bacteria and other organisms, and humans have even come to rely on some of these genes for basic functions like fighting infections.
A promising push toward a novel, biologically-inspired “chemical computer” has begun as part of an international collaboration.
The “wet computer” incorporates several recently discovered properties of chemical systems that can be hijacked to engineer computing power. [...]
What distinguishes the current project is that it will make use of stable “cells” featuring a coating that forms spontaneously, similar to the walls of our own cells, and uses chemistry to accomplish the signal processing similar to that of our own neurons.
The goal is not to make a better computer than conventional ones, said project collaborator Klaus-Peter Zauner of the University of Southampton, but rather to be able to compute in new environments.
“The type of wet information technology we are working towards will not find its near-term application in running business software,” Dr Zauner told BBC News.
“But it will open up application domains where current IT does not offer any solutions – controlling molecular robots, fine-grained control of chemical assembly, and intelligent drugs that process the chemical signals of the human body and act according to the local biochemical state of the cell.”
About time, says Ewen Callaway.
Olivia Namath (pictured on the right) faces charges of possession of liquor by a person under 21 and two counts of possession of marijuana, including possession with the intent to sell. She has been released on bond.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, a deputy smelled marijuana in a car driven by Namath during a traffic stop Sunday. Authorities found bags containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana in the car's floor board and trunk. They also found a bottle of rum and beer bottles.
The deputy's narrative states that Namath denied knowing about the drugs.
The Maya built pyramids. The Inca constructed Machu Picchu. But what do you know about the historical exploits of the Maléku, the Cabécar or the Bribri?
Chances are, not a whole heck of a lot. All three are indigenous peoples native to Costa Rica, part of a larger cultural and linguistic group that archaeologists call Chibchan. Their ancestors were the earliest inhabitants of Costa Rica, but the general public (even within that country) knows very little about them.
With a Archaeology degree the Chibchan culture isn't unknown to me but this is an interesting piece nonetheless.
Connecticut cop gets five-year prison term for pistol-whipping and kidnapping another cop
Indiana prison guard arrested for smuggling contraband into jail
Mississippi cop previously fired for brutality is suspended for un-announced reasons
Lying South Florida cops will finally be fired … supposedly
Court won't let Massachusetts sheriff charge jail inmates for room & board
Minnesota cop charged with bank robbery could face additional charges for other robberies
Of course, years of testing stand between this finding and a dream come true for millions who have diabetes, and leptin isn't absorbed through the digestive tract so a miracle pill seems unlikely.
Other studies have shown that fake fructose reduces circulating insulin and leptin, another reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup, but again, smart people already do.
So, in keeping with they way things work in DC the budget for that will no doubt be cut, too.
The test came back negative, but, more to the point, judges aren't gods and courtroom spectators who aren't making a ruckus should have no fear of arbitrary arrest out of nowhere.
Wait ... it gets better:
The screeners only caught seven out of eight explosive-plants.
The remaining one was left in the luggage of an Irish tourist, who was nabbed on his return to Dublin and thrown in jail.
Three days later, the Slovak cops contacted their Irish counterparts, who let the poor bastard out of jail, cordoned off his street, and had the bomb-squad remove the Slovak explosives.
Ludmila Stanova, spokeswoman for Slovakia's ministry of the interior, says Dublin airport was warned to expect a person carrying explosive samples, and that the passenger was also alerted after his arrival.
"He was supposed to wait for the police to take the sample from him," she told the BBC World Service...
On Tuesday morning the man's flat near Dublin city centre was cordoned off while bomb disposal experts removed the explosives for further examination.
The Irish Army said passengers had not been put in danger because the explosives were stable and not connected to any essential bomb parts.
The Slovak minister for the interior has expressed his government's "profound regret" to Mr Ahern.
Here we go again: You're in the mood to shop, big-time, and to buy whatever it is that you're absolutely sure no one else has -- or, at the very least, no one you know.
Before you whip out that plastic, though, think about this one thing: If you really want to be different, why not put your cards and your checkbook away and redo something you already own -- in your very own way.
Invest in some paint and a couple of stencils.
You might end up with a profitable part-time business.
Profitable, now there's the ticket.