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Scientists make room-temperature diamonds
Most diamonds are made under unique conditions -- natural or man-made -- involving extreme heat and pressure. But researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered a new diamond-like phase of carbon that can be attained at room temperature. "We've now created a third solid phase of carbon," Jay Narayan, a material scientists at NC State, said in a press release. "The only place it may be found in the natural world would be possibly in the core of some planets."
Northrop beats Boeing for crucial Pentagon bomber contract
The Pentagon has picked Northrop Grumman to design and build the new top-secret Long Range Strike Bomber for the Air Force, beating out a team led by Boeing for the most significant military aircraft contract since Boeing lost the Joint Strike Fighter contract in 2001. The contract announced Tuesday is worth about $80 billion in today’s dollars — about $23.5 billion for the development phase and a further $56.4 billion for the production of 100 aircraft. The Long Range Strike (LRS) bomber is designed to penetrate all defenses and strike an enemy target anywhere on earth at short notice. The first aircraft are expected to be operational in the mid-2020s.
BBC Earth - Geckos have superpowers, starting with running on ceilings
Geckos are blessed with several superpowers. Their eyes can distinguish colours by the light of the moon - conditions in which humans and most other animals are colour-blind. They can instantly shed their tail if they are caught by a predator, and then grow a new one: a skill beyond the powers of most animals with a backbone. And, most famously of all, they can walk effortlessly up walls and along ceilings - even though they may weigh as much as a small rodent. Amazing though these skills are, they are no longer quite so mysterious as they once appeared...
Happy Birthday, Mark Twain! 20 Of His Quotes To Make You Smile
Known as the "greatest American humorist of his age, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — aka Mark Twain — would have celebrated his 144th birthday today. Though his best-known works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain was also a prolific letter-writer, speech-giver, and essayist and a short story savant. To honor the American writer and humorist, the man William Faulkner called "the father of American literature," ......
Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko's yacht is the world's LARGEST
When money is no object, it pays to keep up with the times. And that's exactly what one Russian billionaire has done as he has upgraded his £190million superyacht for a new model - at a cost of £260million. Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko's 'Sailing Yacht A,' which Mr Melnichenko is thought to have named 'A' to ensure it is listed first in shipping registers, is taking its first sea trials in Kiel, northern Germany. The behemoth is the world's largest sailing superyacht as the Russian industrialist takes his quest to ruling the seas one step further.
INSANE Domino Tricks! (Hevesh5 & MillionenDollarBoy)
There are between 20,000-25,000 dominoes total. Enjoy watching the neat effects
Donald Trump's alarming skid toward outright fascism - The Week
ade the case just a couple months back that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is a sort of fledgling Mussolini, nurturing an incipient fascist movement. As the first primaries approach, and Trump's lead in the polls is actually widening, his development toward outright fascism is progressing faster than I feared. As of August, Trump had most of the ingredients for a fascist movement: the victim complex, the fervent nationalism, the obsession with national purity and cleansing purges, and the cult of personality. He was missing the organized violence, a left-wing challenge strong enough to push traditional conservative elites into his camp, support for wars of aggression, and a full-bore attack on democracy itself. He's made much progress on all but the last one.
5 Myths about U.S. government debt
As we approach a rising rate environment, the scale of U.S. federal debt has some investors concerned about the sustainability of government finances in the coming years. In this article we consider the most common myths about the government’s debt and discuss how investors can position their portfolios to withstand what we believe are manageable headwinds related to the federal debt burden.
1 WTC Lights Up in Blue, White and Red as NYC Mourns French Killed in Paris Attacks
New Yorkers are expressing their grief over the deadly attacks in Paris that have killed at least 120 people and elected leaders are showing their solidarity with France by directing the city's tallest building to light up in the country's colors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed One World Trade Center to light up in blue, white and red "as we stand in solemn solidarity with the people of France, just as they have done for us in our own times of tragedy," he said in a statement. UPDATED120 or More Killed in Paris Attack 'Horror' "We join them in mourning those who were killed, and in praying for those who were injured or lost loved ones. And we continue to stand side by side with them in our commitment to a free and peaceful world," Cuomo said. The 408-foot spire on top of the building – constructed after a terror attack leveled the twin towers on September 11, 2011 – was lit up in the colors of the French flag Friday night, and will stay that way in the nights ahead.
Aspirin Targets Key Protein In Neurodegenerative Diseases
new study finds that a component of aspirin binds to an enzyme called GAPDH, which is believed to play a major role in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute and John Hopkins University discovered that salicylic acid, the primary breakdown product of aspirin, binds to GAPDH, thereby stopping it from moving into a cell’s nucleus, where it can trigger the cell’s death. The study, which appears in the journal PLOS ONE, also suggests that derivatives of salicylic acid may hold promise for treating multiple neurodegenerative diseases.
Amy Schumer Poses Nude: The Radical Power of Her ‘Beautiful, Gross’ Photo
The Trainwreck star posed for an unretouched topless photo for Annie Leibovitz, revealing fat rolls, curves, and a stunning sexual confidence. It’s a gorgeous, powerful photo. “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.” That’s how Amy Schumer described her nude photo by Annie Leibovitz for the new Pirelli Calendar, seizing the words from the tweets and thinkpieces by her critics and cheerleaders
DNA Repair Protein BRCA1 Implicated in Cognitive Function And Dementia
Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have shown for the first time that the protein BRCA1 is required for normal learning and memory and is depleted by Alzheimer’s disease. BRCA1 is a key protein involved in DNA repair, and mutations that impair its function increase the risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The new study, published in Nature Communications, demonstrates that Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a depletion of BRCA1 in neurons and that BRCA1 depletion can cause cognitive deficits.
Hong Kong's Dolphins At Risk Of Disappearing
As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters may disappear altogether. Conservationists say their repeated concerns have fallen on deaf ears, with what they describe as a "rapid" decline of the mammal in the past few decades. The Chinese white dolphin -- popularly known as the pink dolphin due to its pale pink colouring -- draws scores of tourists daily to the waters north of Hong Kong's Lantau island.
Could ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ Happen?
A researcher from the University of Southampton has produced a scientific study of the climate scenario featured in the disaster movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. In the 2004 film, climate warming caused an abrupt collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), leading to catastrophic events such as tornados destroying Los Angeles, New York being flooded and the northern hemisphere freezing. Although the scientific credibility of the film drew criticism from climate scientists, the scenario of an abrupt collapse of the AMOC, as a consequence of anthropogenic greenhouse warming, was never assessed with a state-of-the-art climate model.
Beijing Air Pollution Reaches Extremely Hazardous Levels
City authorities issued a rare orange alert, the second highest of four danger levels. City authorities issued a rare orange alert, the second highest of four danger levels. Schools suspended outdoor activities and polluting factories were required to reduce production. Visibility was cut to several hundred meters (yards), as buildings receded into thick smog. People complained of a smoky, pungent odor, and many wore tight-fitting face masks.
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Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms
Japanese scientists from the Utsunomiya University Center for Optical Research and Education have created a hologram that can be safely handled, according to the Toronto Star. The three-dimensional virtual objects were created using a process called "femtosecond laser technology," which takes advantage of lasers that travel at one-millionth of one-billionth of a second. These lasers are used in combination with cameras and mirrors to direct tiny points of light in specific directions in order to create high-resolution images.
Scientists: Earth Endangered By New Strain Of Fact-Resistant Humans
By Andy Borowitz MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports. The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them. “These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow,....
The Lucky Peach Guide to Miso
Miso is fermented soybean paste—but let’s be more specific. It takes only a glimpse of pale, sweet shiro miso or burly, fudgy hatcho miso to see that “miso” casts an enormous net: varieties of miso can be as different as night and day. Sometimes categorized by color, other times by ingredient, still other times by the town or region in which they’re made, the types of miso are varied enough to make you think twice (and thrice, and again after that) about what’s going into your miso soup.
Coral Gardening in Fiji
Dedicated coral gardeners are doing their part to restore the declining reefs in Fiji. Watch as these men and women propagate corals and then re-seed the wild reefs in an effort to restore them to their former glory. (Note the vibrant colors and rapid growth!) This is a pilot project currently underway, that is being highlighted by BBC in the documentary series South pacific. The film was made under the guidance of Jonathan Clay who was grateful enough to share this clip to the world.
The wild beauty of Mexico
To celebrate the launch of our BBC Earth channel across Latin America, our latest Earth Capture challenge is ‘Wild Mexico’
The Cannons on the B-29 Bomber Were a Mid-Century Engineering Masterpiece
Designed and built in the early 1940's, the supremely advanced B-29 Superfortress first flew over 70 years ago in September of 1944. Built by Boeing and based on the highly successful platform of the B-17 bomber, the B-29 became the largest aircraft operational during World War II, a combination of bleeding-edge tech and devastating firepower. In addition to unprecedented features like a pressurized cabin and a dual-wheeled tricycle landing gear, the B-29 was equipped with a state of the art, computer-controlled remote fire system that operated five machine gun turrets.
In defense of America's 'Benedict Arnold' CEOs
Yet another big American company is fleeing overseas to find a safe space from U.S. taxes. And once again, grandstanding politicians are stomping all over the businessmen behind the deal. Drug giant Pfizer, based in New York, is merging with Irish pharmaceutical firm Allergan in a $160 billion deal. If approved by regulators, Pfizer's tax rate will be cut from 25 percent to roughly 17 or 18 percent. The leading presidential candidates of each party are not happy about this. Hillary Clinton attacked Pfizer for avoiding its "fair share" of taxes. Donald Trump called the very idea of inversion "disgusting," and said Washington "should be ashamed" for allowing it. All wrong.
What I Tell Anyone Who Wants To Lose Belly Fat: A Nutritionist Explains
Feel like you're constantly doing crunches but are still plagued by a persistent muffin top? It's probably not your workout that's not working — it's your blood sugar. Here's why: When we eat refined carbohydrates and sugar, our blood sugar levels spike sky-high. But what goes up must come down. And so our pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to shovel all the sugar away. Unfortunately, insulin also signals your body to store belly fat.
Diabetes Drug Holds Serious Promise As Anti-Aging Remedy
Barzilai and other researchers plan to test that notion in a clinical trial called Targeting Aging with Metformin, or TAME. They will give the drug metformin to thousands of people who already have one or two of three conditions — cancer, heart disease or cognitive impairment — or are at risk of them. People with type 2 diabetes cannot be enrolled because metformin is already used to treat that disease.
Tracing Our 'Tree Of Life' To Its Roots: 3.8 Billion-Year-Old Molecule Reveals Clues About How Life On Earth Began...And It Could Help Us Find Aliens On Other Planets
By studying molecules in living human cells, researchers believe they have been able to trace the evolution of biology back to its roots. Experts from Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered that all life on Earth shares a common ancestry, dating back 3.8 billion years, and the fingerprint of the very first biological processes remains in all living cells to this day. The Nasa-funded research not only helps researchers study how life began on Earth, it will help identify extraterrestrial environments where life could develop.
Bugatti Chiron will cost more than $2 million and have a top speed in excess of 250 miles per hour
Fast is about to get a whole lot faster. The Bugatti Chiron, which is set to be shown at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, is the next step in the evolution of arguably the world’s most exclusive automobile company. Details about the car are scarce, however. That is unless you happen to be one of the well-heeled VIPs who have been invited for an ultra-privileged sneak peek at Bugatti’s latest and greatest offering. Apparently these folks like what they’re seeing, because Bugatti confirms it already has more than 100 orders for the Chiron.
How Funny Is This Word? The 'Snunkoople' Effect
How do you quantify something as complex and personal as humour? University of Alberta researchers have developed a mathematical method of doing just that—and it might not be quite as personal as we think. “This really is the first paper that’s ever had a quantifiable theory of humour,” says U of A psychology professor Chris Westbury, lead author of the recent study. “There’s quite a small amount of experimental work that’s been done on humour."
Wall Garden | Vertical Garden Installation & Operation
Vertical gardens by Wallgarden. The householder can now have a vertical garden and get that lush green wall effect. This DIY friendly grow wall makes it easy to install and being modular, repotting is simple. Wallgarden is the lowest cost vertical garden system on the market and the patented irrigation system ensures your plants grow naturally better and thrive!
This Crazy Hobbyist Built A Flyable 54-Rotor Personal Helicopter Made From Drone Parts
There are few things in 2015 that have remained as regularly popular, immensely controversial, and just downright fascinating as drones. They’ve made headlines for delivering drugs into prison yards, interrupting the efforts of firefighters, and have even proven to be one of the few things that scare the scat out of black bears. Well as of this past week, a man living in the UK just boldly went where no drone operator had gone before, creating a 54-propeller super drone not only capable of sustaining ordinary flight, but sustaining flight with him on board. No joke!
Heidi Lee Morgan
Heidi Lee Morgan (born June 29, 1967) the daughter of Lester Morgan, is a retired American professional wrestler who competed in the World Wrestling Federation, International World Class Championship Wrestling, Ladies Pro Wrestling Association, and National Wrestling Federation. She was also a member of the wrestling stable Team America.
Morgan began her career at the age of ten, under the nam...