A man who died in a climbing accident unknowingly bequeathed a valuable inheritance to his family – a rare coin struck after the turbulent birth of the United States.
The humble half-cent coin, minted in 1796, lay undiscovered for 50 years inside a matchbox before it was found by the family of Mark Hillary during a clean-out.
The coin fetched £225,700 ($353,000) at auction – 72 million times its original face value.
The Universe is a diverse place, and many stars are quite unlike the Sun.
Now an international team has used the Very Large Telescope in Chile to study what are known as O-type stars, which have very high temperature, mass and brightness.
These stars have short and violent lives and play a key role in the evolution of galaxies. They are also linked to extreme phenomena such as ‘vampire stars’, where a [...]
What in the world has happened to the children of America? All over the United States kids are acting like half-crazed monsters, but most people seem to think that this is “normal”. American kids today are selfish, self-centered, sadistic, cruel, disrespectful, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, boastful, unforgiving, incredibly brutal and they possess very little self-control whatsoever. They feel entitled to everything, but they don’t want to work for any of [...]
Shark Gives Woman the Shock of Her Life
A woman fishing off the back deck of a home overlooking a sleepy coastal inlet in Myrtle Beach, S.C., got the shock of her life when a bull shark leaped out of the murky waters and made off with her catch.
No surprise: A video of the spectacular incident has gone viral, watched more than 2.7 million times since it was posted online Tuesday. [...]
Encyclopedia edited by team of 90,000 volunteers
30-year-old from Indianapolis edits 385 times per day
One of Wikipedia’s crew of volunteer editors has become the first to edit the online encyclopedia a million times – averaging 385 edits per day since he began in 2005.
Justin Knapp, 30, of Indianapolis has edited pieces about politics, philosophy and pop culture.
Knapp said: ‘Being suddenly and involuntarily unemployed will do that to you.’
Knapp’s millionth edit was [...]
If anything many social sites provide advertising and increased business for artists. Areas of concern include the misuse of any legislation against political freedom. Also for laws to distinguish between common sense freedoms for popular sharing of non-pirated and for no profit social media with some restrictions of certain types of material or for direct piracy and illegal sales and downloads which may also be needed:
After a 24-hour blackout, [...]
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Things are suddenly heating up again with Fukushima. As we reported yesterday, the southern wall of Fukushima reactor #4 apparently collapsed over the past few days, calling into question the structural integrity of the remainder of the containment building (http://www.naturalnews.com/034387_F…).
The mainstream media has said absolutely nothing about this development, continuing its pattern of downplaying news involving Fukushima, radiation or the flawed structure of nuclear power plants. This [...]
Planned Parenthood Gives Tips to Promote Abortion at Thanksgiving
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 11/24/11 1:57 PM
The New York affiliate of the Planned Parenthood abortion business is giving out tips today for its supporters in terms of how they can push abortion on their guests at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
The website is sure to upset millions of pro-life advocates who are busy spending the day thanking God for the gifts [...]
November 11, 2011
The United Nations nuclear agency is reportinghigher than normal radiation levels in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, but states the increase is not a public health risk. The International Atomic Energy Agency says that “very low levels” of iodine-131 have been measured in the atmosphere.
The IAEA does not know the source of the radiation, but says it is not related to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear [...]
According to a new survey, patrons at New York City restaurants and at eateries around the country think people simply take too long to eat. (credit: CBS 2)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It is a timeless experience, but not in a good way.
You wait and wait in a packed restaurant for your table, but nobody gets up to leave.
However, according to a new survey many diners say it’s [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
How Much Would It Cost To Buy Congress Back From Special Interests?
Here’s a thought: let’s buy our Congress back from the special interests who now own it.
We all know special interests own the U.S. Congress and the Federal machinery of governance (i.e. regulatory capture). How much would it cost the American citizenry to buy back their Congress? The [...]
It gets worse: “The sample that yielded the high reading was taken Saturday, before Tepco announced Monday it would start releasing radioactive water into the sea, and experts fear the contamination may spread well beyond Japan’s shores to affect seafood overseas.” In other words, as TEPCO was dumping 11,500 tons of radioactive water in the sea, it already knew, but kept away from the [...]
The operators of a stricken Japanese nuclear plant have apologised for a “mistake” in reporting a radiation spike 10 million times above normal. Tokyo Electric Power Company, which has previously been criticised by officials for its handling of the crisis at the plant, said it got the readings wrong. Despite the mistake, the radiation spike at reactor 2 was still very high and [...]
Emergency workers struggling to pump contaminated water from Japan’s stricken nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors Sunday after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity — a spike that officials later apologetically said was inaccurate.
The apology came after employees fled the complex’s Unit 2 reactor when a reading showed radiation levels had reached 10 million times higher than normal in the [...]
via BBC News:
Japan’s nuclear watchdog says radiation levels are still extremely high
Radioactivity in water at reactor 2 at the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has reached 10 million times the usual level, company officials say.
Workers trying to cool the reactor core to avoid a meltdown have been evacuated.
Earlier, Japan’s nuclear agency said that levels of radioactive iodine in the sea near the plant had risen to 1,850 [...]
Some actual numbers would be helpful to evaluate true risks: what was measured, what is normal, what is limit, and what is detection limit of instrumentation, and what dilution is expected..
Adding to woes is the increasing level of contamination in the sea near the plant. Radioactive iodine-131 at a concentration 1,850.5 times the legal limit was detected from water extracted Saturday afternoon, compared with 1,250.8 [...]
by William Alden and Ryan McCarthy
These people may have been committing a white collar crime that they didn’t even know about. they were obviously hired for their specific lack of knowledge about everything. one of them previously worked an assembly line in a factory. crystal attended one year of college and studied “nothing”. bly is just a schlub. the smartest one by far is dhurata, [...]
I have been using the Explorer 9 Beta for a few days now. Once you get used to the navigation and make a few tweaks for your personal preferences, I find it much improved. It will look at your 3rd party addons and make suggestions for improved performance. It really makes you think about what you really need. I also use Chrome, Opera, and Safari. The Safari browser is my [...]
RealtyTrac Reports Foreclosures Increased in 2010 to 2 Million
“In the first half of the year 2010, the foreclosure filing rate had a substantial increase of eight percent, reaching just short of two million (1,961,894) properties. According to RealtyTrac, their midyear U.S. Foreclosure Market Report showed default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions of homes to be 1.65 million. This number is an increase of eight percent since the first [...]