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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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Today in History

Johann Kepler discovers the third Law of Planetary Motion.
Queen Anne becomes the monarch of England upon the death of William III.
George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.
The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, D.C.
The first train crosses Niagara Falls on a suspension bridge.
On the second day of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Confederate forces, including some Indian troops, under General Earl Van Dorn surprise Union troops, but the Union troops win the battle.
The Confederate ironclad C.S.S. Virginia (formerly U.S.S. Merrimack) is launched.
President Rutherford B. Hays declares that the United States will have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.
The Bundestag in Germany lifts the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.
The House of Commons, London, turns down the women’s suffrage bill.
Pope Pius X lifts the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.
Baroness de Laroche becomes the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license in France.
Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato is assassinated while leaving Parliament in Madrid.
French troops occupy Dusseldorf.
Martial law is proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.
Japanese troops capture Rangoon, Burma.
Japanese forces attack American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle will last five days.
Phyllis Mae Daley receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.
France and Vietnam open talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.
Max Conrad circles the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in Piper Aztec.
More than 4,000 Marines land at Da Nang in South Vietnam and become the first U.S. combat troops in Vietnam.
Australia announces that it will triple the number of troops in Vietnam.
The Nixon junta discloses the deaths of 27 Americans in Laos.
Two bombs explode near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain injuring 234 people.
The United States accuses the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas.
Thomas Creighton dies after having three heart transplants in a 46-hour period.

6 Everyday Items That You Think Are Clean ...

germs in laundry

Cache of Ty Cobb baseball cards found

As reported by ESPN: Card experts in Southern California said Wednesday that they have verified the legitimacy and seven-figure total value of seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911. Before the recent find, there were only about 15 known to still exist...
The family who discovered the cards in a neglected paper bag at the run-down house of a deceased great-grandfather has asked to remain anonymous...
The cards with Cobb, the Hall of Fame Detroit Tigers slugger, come from a lot known as T206, the group most prized by collectors. That lot also includes the Honus Wagner card, arguably the most famous sports card ever.

Oregon Governor Signs Highest Minimum Wage In US Into Law

Oregon Governor Signs Highest Minimum Wage In US Into Law

97-Year-Old Woman Dies After Being Evicted From Her Lifelong Home

Featured image credit: video screen capture ABC News
97-Year-Old Woman Dies After Being Evicted From Her Lifelong Home
“There is no doubt that the callous eviction of Marie Hatch has caused her death.”

This NRA Commercial Is So Stupid It Will Melt Your Brain

This NRA Commercial Is So Stupid It Will Melt Your Brain (VIDEO)
Well, this is awkward.

Arizona Wingnuts Offended That Atheist Colleague Prayed For Them Without Invoking Dog

Despite Republican’s Best Efforts, SCOTUS Just Allowed Louisiana Abortion Clinics To Reopen

Despite Republican’s Best Efforts, SCOTUS Just Allowed Louisiana Abortion Clinics To ReopenThis was an overwhelming decision by the Supreme Court. Do you think it will make Republicans reconsider if their anti-abortion crusade is worth it?

Brooklyn witchcraft group hexes Martin Shkreli because ‘the justice system is not going to do anything’

Turing Pharmaceuticals head Martin Shkreli speaks during the Forbes Healthcare Summit on Dec. 3, 2015. [Forbes]
"This person will get away with doing so much harm. And I can't do anything in a financial way, the systems of capitalism alienate the poor from any measure of justice or assertion of voice and power, so what can I do? And this is one method," she said.

Naked man trashes Sikh temple after breaking in and convincing himself it was an ISIL hideout

Naked man trashes Sikh temple after breaking in and convincing himself it was an ISIL hideout

Michael Jackson charged with glove theft

Michael Jackson has been charged with glove theft. 33-year-old Michael Jackson allegedly walked into the Neiman-Marcus store in St. Louis, on January 18, and stuffed a pair of gloves into his coat pocket.
Michael Jackson then left the store without paying for them. He was apprehended outside the store and the stolen gloves were returned.
This is the third time Michael Jackson has been charged with stealing, prosecutors said. He previously pleaded guilty to similar crimes that occurred in April 2009 and June 2008. Jackson remains jailed on $5,000 bond.

Scientists Have Discovered What Makes Some People Grow Unibrows

woman with unibrow

Artificial Intelligence is coming and it could end humanity

Artificial Intelligence is coming and it could end humanity, professor warns

Polish chemists tried to make kryptonite and failed, but then made a huge discovery

by Rick Stella
Avert your eyes, Superman, because according to news out of Poland this morning, a team of chemists just got awfully close to actually creating the fictional substance of kryptonite. Don’t sweat too much though, Clark — the scientists were only able to bond the element of krypton with oxygen (as opposed to nitrogen) which wound up creating krypton monoxide. Inability to create real kryptonite notwithstanding, the fact the chemists successfully bonded krypton with anything is a revelatory achievement for an element previously known to be entirely unreactive. In light of the success, krypton (which is a noble gas like helium and neon) is no longer considered inert.
Conducted at the Polish Academy of Sciences, a team of chemists ran krypton through a series of various tests to build off a previous study positing that the chemical may react with hydrogen or carbon under extreme conditions. What they discovered — and subsequently published in Scientific Reports — was that krypton, while under severe pressure, also has the ability to form krypton oxides after bonding with oxygen. Thing is, the chemists didn’t actually see the reaction happen, but rather, used genetic algorithms to theorize its likelihood.
Krypton discharge tube
“Under high pressure, krypton, one of the most inert elements is predicted to become sufficiently reactive to form a new class of krypton compounds; krypton oxides,” the study reads. “Using modern ab-initio evolutionary algorithms in combination with Density Functional Theory, we predict the existence of several thermodynamically stable Kr/O species at elevated pressures.”
So while it was only a set of testing and algorithms which showed the potential to create krypton monoxide, the spot-on calculations appear hard to ignore. Moreover, the most stable of the chemist’s predictions is what they called a non-molecular Phase D. In this phase, the “krypton forms genuine chemical bonds with oxygen” and falls inside the range for creating covalent bonds. Considering the immense amount of pressure the team put on krypton during the study, krypton monoxide is likely only a manmade compound and not something that would be found anywhere in nature.
The published paper closes by acknowledging that all the predictions have the ability to be experimentally tested within the relative quantities documented by the chemists. It’s unknown if the same lab plans on running actual tests on the theory themselves, however, the findings do give chemists an entirely new way to view the element of krypton.

Nanotechnology in ancient Rome

Further explanation at Smithsonian.

Atmospheric gravity waves

"The wave pattern seen in the image is not from large ocean waves, however. The pattern is of atmospheric gravity waves on the surface of the ocean. As the name implies, atmospheric gravity waves form when buoyancy pushes air up, and gravity pulls it back down. On its descent into the low-point of the wave (the trough), the air touches the surface of the ocean, roughening the water. The long, vertical dark lines show where the troughs of gravity waves have roughened the surface. The brighter regions show the crests of the atmospheric waves. Beneath the crests, the water is calm and reflects light directly back towards the sensor." Some additional details at NASA.  These are not the same as the cosmic gravitational waves much in the news this past week.  I don't understand what's going on here, but I think it's cool.

More Sumatran orangutans than previously thought

More Sumatran orangutans than previously thought
More Sumatran orangutans than previously thought
Sumatran orangutans, one of the two existing species of orangutans, live exclusively in the North of the Indonesian island Sumatra and are critically endangered. This great ape is threatened by poaching and forest loss, as its habitat is being converted for...

Crows exchange trinkets for food

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