Daily Archives: November 5, 2016

ABC News staged crime-scene shot, photograph shows

ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis stood in a field in Woodruff, South Carolina, and relayed the gruesome details of how a 30-year-old woman had been held captive in a storage container allegedly by a registered sex offender.Behind her, yellow police tape with the words “SHERIFF’S LINE DO NOT CROSS” flapped in the wind, indicating the scene of the crime.In fact, the police tape was tied to ABC News’ own equipment just off-camera, a photograph obtained by CNNMoney shows. Sources with knowledge of the matter say the tape was placed there by ABC News for the purpose of its inclusion in the live shot.The photograph, sent by an anonymous source, shows the tape running no more than 30 feet and tied to camera stands at both sides. In Davis’ segment, which was broadcast on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” it is impossible to tell where the tape ends.

Source: ABC News staged crime-scene shot, photograph shows – Nov. 4, 2016

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The Venom of This Dangerous Wasp Could Someday Help Treat Anxiety — NOVA Next | PBS

Researchers have discovered an anxiety-reducing compound in wasp venom.

Source: The Venom of This Dangerous Wasp Could Someday Help Treat Anxiety — NOVA Next | PBS

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When Good People Share Bad Things — Why You Need to Fact Check Before You Share

Disinformation. Misinformation. Propaganda. Outright lies. Purposeful distractions. Misleading bias. All tools of the government and close ally, corporate media, to keep the public unwise to the depth and breadth of imperialistic actions taking place around the world — and ever-encroaching surveillance and police states inside the borders of the United States.Perhaps you have been fortunate enough to begin pulling back the curtain on the inner workings of the government — the tandem dealings by politicians, regardless of party affiliation — to exploit the public in as many ways possible for the profits of elite politicians, corporations, industries, and banks.And what frequently starts as a trickle of paradigm-shifting new information, quickly forces open the floodgates — as the realization things aren’t at all as they hammered into your psyche for years through State-sponsored indoctrination of public education. It can be overwhelming — and you likely want to ‘wake up’ others to this reality — but there are pitfalls in doing so, marked by the same tactics the State employed to fool you in the first place.Disinformation. Misinformation. Propaganda. Outright lies. Purposeful distractions. Misleading bias.Sound familiar?With the sheer amplitude and magnitude of corruption exposed on a daily basis in the lead-up to the November 8th presidential election, alerting friends and family could seem more imperative than ever — but the aforementioned traps should and must be avoided at all costs — even when it comes from outlets posing as an answer to the mainstream. Let it be noted, that is not to decry credible, consistent independent and alternative media outlets — but it’s crucial to employ critical thinking and a bit of research to separate those with integrity from the mendacious and misleading.

Source: When Good People Share Bad Things — Here’s Why You Need to Fact Check Before You Click Share

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Lightbulb made of modified E. coli fuses biology and electronics | New Scientist

A team from the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition has made an electronic circuit with biological components using modified bacteria

It could soon be possible to make a light source out of bacteria.

So says a group of students from Newcastle University in the UK who are attempting to combine electronic engineering and synthetic biology to create “electro-biological” circuits.

The students have turned genetically modified, glowing E.coli into something analogous to a light bulb. The bulb is meant to switch on when the bacteria experience heat stress from a miniature microbial fuel cell – a device that acts as a battery by harnessing electrical energy from the action of microbes.

The project will debut in Boston this week at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM), an annual global competition that ends in a synthetic biology science fair called the Giant Jamboree. The eight-person team from Newcastle is just one of 300 teams from 40 countries.

To make their device, the Newcastle team designed E.coli that, due to the increased expression of a fluorescent gene, would glow when introduced to an electrical current or a heat source at 42 °C. They also designed a circuit to connect the bulb and the power source in the hopes of creating a kit that can snap together as easily as a Lego set.

Source: Lightbulb made of modified E. coli fuses biology and electronics | New Scientist

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Ground Breaking Discovery: Amazing News NASA About Pluto, “This World Is Alive!” – TIP

NASA have left members of the public scratching their heads after claiming that they were about to make an imminent ‘amazing’ announcement regarding their New Horizons mission to the tiny ice planet of Pluto, before promptly denying that they had ever intended to make an announcement at all. Via UsualRoutine SPONSORED LINKS Only around 10% […]

Source: Ground Breaking Discovery: Amazing News NASA About Pluto, “This World Is Alive!” – TIP

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash • The Register

Raytheon has scored nearly US$175 million to work on DARPA’s ongoing research into hypersonics.This time, it’s not about a hypersonic plane: the program that got its contract announcement on the United States Federal Business Opportunities register today is for a hypersonic weapons system.HAWC – the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept – is a joint project with the US Air Force to “develop and demonstrate critical technologies to enable an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile”, the DARPA project page says.Raytheon’s latest contract is for a scramjet HAWC, for which $3.4 million has already been committed.While rocket-based systems routinely reach hypersonic speeds, a Mach 5 capable cruise missile would be faster to deploy and offer longer ranges than current military systems, DARPA reckons.

Source: Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash • The Register

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FBI Opens Internal Investigation Into One Of Its Own Twitter Accounts

There’s nothing the FBI loves more than an investigation. It’s right in the name. The on-again, off-again inspection of Hillary Clinton’s emails have given director James Comey a chance to really strut his stuff. It’s embarrassing stuff — stuff his underlings wish he’d stop strutting, but there it is. The White House itself actually weighed in on Comey’s latest blurt (which was followed shortly thereafter by tons of controlled leaking) and basically called him a loudmouth.Because this election season couldn’t get any weirder, a long-dormant FBI Twitter bot suddenly came to life and began spewing links to FBI documents about tangentially-related investigations — like FBI files on the Clinton Foundation. This only raised more questions about the FBI’s political leanings. Sure, the FBI has won over parties in both camps thanks to its investigation of Hillary Clinton, but it has infuriatingly chosen to periodically invert the narrative, leaving both parties unsure of how to feel about their new partner in electioneering.The unexpected burst of activity suggested the FBI was again meddling with the electoral process. Not actually news, of course. The documents had been there all along, but the Twitterbot had failed to inform the public in a timely fashion. It was suppposed to send out a tweet any time the agency dumped something into its FOIA “reading room,” but had failed to do so for months.

continue: FBI Opens Internal Investigation Into One Of Its Own Twitter Accounts Because Good Lord This Year Is So Stupid | Techdirt

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ManTracker: How to Be One and How to Avoid One:

ReadyNutrition Readers, we’re going to cover some of the basics on how to track man, and some tips on how to keep from being tracked by men. All of your camouflage is to no avail if you are awakened by a boot kicking you in the ribs as you’re curled up in your sleeping bag in a hidey-hole. Please keep in mind: this is a post-SHTF action and/or a life-threatening situation that would call for the tracking of another human being.Man is the Most Dangerous Creature of AllBe aware: this is not deer-hunting or tracking a game animal. The rules are different, because a deer won’t double back on you, climb a cliff, and snipe you with a suppressed .308 as you cross a predetermined, pre-ranged spot. If you are adept at tracking game, these skills can help you, but keep in mind you’re tracking the most dangerous, intelligent, and resourceful creature of all: man. You’re tracking down a creature with the natural and learned instincts of a hundred thousand generations of hunters and killers…no matter what culture or creed. Man is the most dangerous creature of all. Never forget that. Respect the potential of the guy or gal you’re tracking. Respect it, and let it temper your emotions and judgment as you’re tracking.To track a man, you need to be aware of your surroundings, the changes in it, and use deductive reasoning all in combination as you’re moving. There are some questions you always need to ask yourself as you are following a man as well as observations you must make:

Source: ManTracker: How to Be One and How to Avoid One: “The Hunter Can Become The Hunted At Any Time”

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5 of the Best Google Earth Mods and Hacks – Make Tech Easier

Google Earth is a free virtual globe. A combination of satellite mapping, aerial photography and geographic information has resulted in a 3D map of the entire planet. A versatile tool, Google Earth has a wide variety of applications. Whether it be for education, commercial use, or simply to peer into your neighbor’s yard, there is no denying its appeal.Ads by GoogleWhile it certainly is fun to putter around the globe, some enterprising individuals have taken its functionality a step further. Thanks to them, when you grow tired of reveling in the beautiful nature of the world, you can apply mods to make Google Earth a bit more entertaining. Getting started is fairly straightforward – simply download Google Earth and install one of the following plugins.

Source: 5 of the Best Google Earth Mods and Hacks – Make Tech Easier

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Diver may have found ‘lost nuke’ missing since cold war off Canada coast

The Mark IV nuclear bomb that was released over the Pacific Ocean in 1950 after a US air force flight’s engines caught fire during a simulated drop.

The Canadian navy will be heading to the coast of British Columbia to investigate claims that a diver may have come across “the lost nuke” – a Mark IV bomb that went missing after an American B-36 bomber crashed in the region during the cold war.Diver Sean Smyrichinsky was wrapping up a day of diving near Haida Gwaii, an archipelago 80km west of the coast of British Columbia, when he stumbled across what may be the remains of the world’s first known “broken arrow” – the code name for accidents involving American nuclear weapons.“I was just looking for fish for the next day. I figured I would do a little reconnaissance dive looking around and on my dive I got pretty far from my boat,” he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “And then I found something that I had never, ever seen before.”The object was huge, he said, measuring around 12 feet long. “It resembled a bagel cut in half, and then around the circle of the bagel these bolts all molded into it, like half spheres. It was the strangest thing I had ever seen.”US atomic bomb detonation avoided by ‘the slightest margin of chance’Read moreHe came out of the water, excitedly describing the bowl-shaped object and its bolts that were bigger than basketballs. “I started telling my crew: ‘My God, I found a UFO.’” He sketched a rough outline of what he had seen on a napkin.Smyrichinsky started asking around, curious if anyone else had ever come across the mysterious object. “Nobody had ever seen it before or heard of it. Nobody ever dives there,” he told the Vancouver Sun. “Then some old-timer said: ‘Oh, you might have found that bomb.’”

Source: Diver may have found ‘lost nuke’ missing since cold war off Canada coast | World news | The Guardian

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FBI Now Investigating Its Own Bad Tweets

When and how something is published can mean almost as much as the information contained within. The Federal Bureau of Investigations, which functions as the United States’ top law enforcement body, has a Twitter account specifically set up to tweet information released from the FBI’s archives. These stories, usually obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, are full of documents of interest to archivists and journalists on a slow news days. Typically, the FBIRecordsVault account tweets twice a month. Starting October 30th, the account tweeted 21 times over three days.The first of this fresh batch of tweets was about Fred C. Trump, the father of Republican nominee Donald Trump. In the tweet, the FBI called Fred Trump a “real estate developer and philanthropist,” which – while technically accurate – is hardly unbiased language. Real estate developer and philanthropist Fred Trump was also arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Queens in 1927 and settled with the Justice Department in 1975 after an investigation into racial bias in his renting practices, as it happens.

Source: FBI Now Investigating Its Own Bad Tweets | Popular Science

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Paper-Based 3D Printing Saves  Costs, Cuts Enviro Concerns for Auto Manufacture

Paper-Based 3D Printing Saves on Costs, Cuts Environmental Concerns for Automotive Manufacture — A Few Questions For: Mcorby Sarah Anderson Goehrke | Nov 3, 2016 | Featured Stories |Share on Tumblrmcor-logo3As we see time and time again, partnerships offer a key portal for mutually beneficial arrangements in many aspects of business. This is especially true in the additive manufacturing arena, where partnerships lead to greater developments of technology and materials, as well as for manufacturing in terms of both iterating and, increasingly, final production. Over the last year, 3D printer producer Mcor has been working with automotive manufacturer Honda to create cost-effective, dimensionally accurate molds that are said to offer peak thermal stability and a high-quality surface finish. Mcor has created Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) molds that Honda will be using in upcoming high-performance vehicle testing.Prototypes made using these CFRP molds offer several benefits over traditionally manufactured — or even stereolithography-produced — molds, showing a ten-time ($17 versus $170) cost reduction compared to CNC-made molds, as well as a higher toughness than SLA-made molds due to their high strength-to-weight ratio and rigidity. Furthermore, Mcor notes that because all of their printers and materials are completely recyclable, with zero toxic emissions, their technology leads to a significant reduction in waste as well as a safer environment for manufacturing.

Source: Paper-Based 3D Printing Saves on Costs, Cuts Environmental Concerns for Automotive Manufacture — A Few Questions For: Mcor | 3DPrint.com

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‘Spirit Cooking’: Wikileaks Publishes Most Bizarre Podesta Email Yet

(ANTIMEDIA) The internet was ablaze with speculation Friday morning following Wikileaks’ publication of a potentially disturbing email thread between John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and his brother Tony, an influential Democratic lobbyist.In the email, Tony asks his brother if he is able to attend a “Spirit Cooking dinner.” He says the artist hosting the dinner, Marina Abramovic, “wants [him] there,” and a previous email in the thread shows the artist requesting John’s presence at her New York City home.wiki-cooking-emailSaveAbramovic, a Serbian performance artist, has apparently conducted these dinners since the 1990s. While the title “Spirit Cooking dinner” suggests they constitute a harmless – if not spiritual — practice, some components of the “recipes” are raising alarm.

The Podestas’ “Spirit Cooking” dinner? It’s not what you think. It’s blood, sperm and breastmilk. But mostly blood.https://t.co/gGPWFS3B2H pic.twitter.com/I43KiiraDh — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 4, 2016

The #Podestas‘ dinner “cook” Marina Abramovic on #SpiritCooking https://t.co/A1S4VrTRcW Context: https://t.co/zQf0ZrbnWn pic.twitter.com/QF3WU2Y9or — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 4, 2016

In a video of the artist conducting a Spirit dinner in 1997, she uses a thick, red, liquid substance — bubbling at the top of a bucket — to scrawl unsettling phrases and commands on a white wall.“With a sharp knife, cut deeply into the middle finger of your left hand. Eat the pain,” one of the recipes reads.Another calls for breast milk and semen to be mixed together and consumed on “earthquake nights.”Still another reads, “Fresh morning urine. Sprinkle on nightmare dreams.

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Look Who Else Just Got BUSTED Using a Private Email Server

On Friday, another WikiLeaks release from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, revealed that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used a private email server to communicate with the Clinton campaign.The Daily Caller reported: Emanuel, a former House lawmaker who served early on in the Obama administration, sent an email to Podesta asking him to consider Brian DeSplinter for a position with Clinton’s campaign. Emnauel sent the email from the address “mayor_re@rahmemail.com.” The email address is still active, according to Mailtester.com, and is run through Google’s Gmail service. This is unlike Clinton who used a private email server based out of her Chappaqua, New York home. DeSplinter served as Emanuel’s speechwriter, according to the April 2015 email chain released by WikiLeaks. “Brian has been speech-writing for me for the past four years and has done a great job. He’s a highly skilled speech writer and I know he’d be a very valuable addition to the team,” Emanuel wrote to Podesta. “Let me know if you have any questions and I hope that you can find a good position for him.” “Dan will reach out,” Podesta responded. “Thank you. Would mean [a lot],” Emanuel wrote back.

Source: Look Who Else Just Got BUSTED Using a Private Email Server | The Federalist Papers

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BREAKING: Rolling Stone Loses UVA Gang Rape Defamation Suit

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A federal court jury decided Friday that a Rolling Stone journalist defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in a 2014 magazine article about sexual assault on campus that included a debunked account of a fraternity gang rape.

Source: BREAKING: Rolling Stone Loses UVA Gang Rape Defamation Suit

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HFSat and The All-HF Amateur Radio Satellite Transponder | Hackaday

One facet of the diverse pursuit that is amateur radio involves the use of amateur radio satellites. These have a long history stretching back to the years shortly after the first space launches, and have been launched as “piggy-back” craft using spare capacity on government and commercial launches.

Though a diverse range of payloads have been carried by these satellites over the years, the majority of amateur radio satellites have featured transponders working in the VHF and UHF spectrum. Most often their links have used the 2m (144 MHz) and 70cm (430MHz) bands. A few have had downlinks in the 10m (28MHz) band, but this has been as far as they have ventured into the HF spectrum.

Source: HFSat and The All-HF Amateur Radio Satellite Transponder | Hackaday

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Birth Control Shots For Men Prevent Pregnancy, But Cause Mood Swings, Depression

GENEVA, Switzerland (CBS) — Birth control shots for men are an effective form of contraception but the side effects are a problem.

An international study just found they’re almost as effective as the pill for women. It was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The injections work by using hormones to drastically lower sperm count.

Of the 266 married men who participated in the study, only 4 became fathers.

Sounds promising but the gender gap in contraceptive use may not close anytime soon.

For one thing the pharmaceutical companies aren’t throwing a whole lot of money at the idea.

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Stupid Patent Of The Month: Changing The Channel

Is somebody really claiming to have invented a method for switching from watching one video to watching another?

This question comes from a lawyer at the New York Times, as an aside in an interesting article about the paper’s response to a defamation threat from a presidential candidate. Apparently, that defamation threat distracted the his legal team from their work on another task: responding to a patent troll. Intrigued, we looked into it. The patent troll is called Bartonfalls, LLC and its patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,917,922, is our latest Stupid Patent of the Month.

The patent is titled “Video input switching and signal processing apparatus.” It includes just two pages of text and, as the title suggests, describes an apparatus for switching between channels that come from different inputs (e.g. between cable channels and free-to-air broadcasts). The patent is directed to the equipment found in and around a 1990s television (such as VCRs, cable converters, satellite tuners). It does not even mention the Internet.

This is not how you watch videos on nytimes.com

Even though its patent has nothing whatsoever to do with Internet video, Bartonfalls has sued the New York Times and a dozen other companies that provide online content. In its complaints, it suggests that merely auto-playing a video after another has finished is enough to infringe its patent. In its complaint against the New York Times it claims:

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D. Party informed FBI of evidence Washington headquarters had been bugged FBI said NO COMMENT

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The Democratic National Committee Has Told the FBI It Found Evidence Its HQ Was Bugged.  In an episode reminiscent of Watergate, the Democratic Party recently informed the FBI that it had collected evidence suggesting its Washington headquarters had been bugged, according to two Democratic National Committee officials who asked […]

via WASHINGTON: Mother Jones magazine reported Friday the Democratic Party has informed the #FBI that it had collected evidence suggesting its Washington headquarters had been bugged FBI said NO COMMENT – @AceNewsServices — Ace News Services

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