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Is Discrimination Good? Indiana Gov. Refuses to Say it is Bad Does He Approve of
The U.S. state of Indiana recently passed a law which appears to many to make discrimination against gays and lesbians legal.
07:36 Mar 29, 2015 PST
What Is An Airplane Black Box? Since It Is Orange How Did It Get Its Name?
Once again there is a major crash with no witnesses available and any details about the accident will come from a black box. What is it? Also, how safe is the Airbus?
09:33 Mar 25, 2015 PST
Germanwings Airbus Crash Update
The @Airbus Tweet is still reporting 'We are aware of the media reports. All efforts are now going towards assessing the situation.' But debris was sighted.
06:47 Mar 24, 2015 PST
Germanwings Airbus_A320 Crashes in Alps
Approximately 174 passengers and crew believed killed in Barcelona to Dusseldorf flight this morning.
04:54 Mar 24, 2015 PST
New Ebola Case in Monrovia, Liberia - a major setback Damning report from MSF
Just as it looked as if Ebola could be beaten a single new case in one country shows the fight is far from over. See new report by Doctors without Borders.
08:28 Mar 23, 2015 PST
Silent Killer - Sleep Panic Choking
Sleep related laryngospasm a rare condition causes people to jump out of bed from a deep sleep, choking and unable to breathe for several seconds.
09:48 Mar 4, 2015 PST
Do Food Additives Cause IBD and Other IInflamatory Diseases?
Consumption of emulsifiers used in many processed foods such as ice cream is related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other conditions.
08:40 Mar 4, 2015 PST
Getting Medical Advice From Politicians Is, Well, CRAZY
Rand Paul has been unable to give a single example, of a vaccination problem and now says he did not actually claim vaccinations caused mental disorders.
09:03 Feb 4, 2015 PST
Vaccination - the Case FOR and the Case AGAINST
The vaccine debate has reared its ugly head in the U.S.with the reappearance of measles, a disease virtually eliminated a decade ago.
08:27 Feb 3, 2015 PST
Groundhog Day Phil 1, Weatherman 0 Here The Groundhog's ALWAYS Right
Snow, rain, wind, and a super football game have all conspired to cut attendance by an estimated 10k drunk college students this February 2nd, 2015.
18:44 Feb 1, 2015 PST
Canine Science - Amazing Scientific Discoveries About Dogs
People have many feelings about them and science has shown dogs listen to humans, they really do feel jealousy, happy, obedient dogs live longer, and more.
17:07 Jan 24, 2015 PST
New HighRes Hubble Image, The Pillars of Creation
The most famous Hubble photograph, The Pillars of Creation has been updated in spectacular new format.
06:32 Jan 14, 2015 PST
You Better Watch Out; You Better Not FLY!
Drones are such popular holiday gifts in the U.S. this year that the FAA has issued guidelines and warnings targeting kids who got one for Christmas.
07:06 Dec 26, 2014 PST
FBI Cites North Korea for Sony Hack
Sanctions may follow but today the FBI says it has proof of North Korea attack on Sony despite massive misdirection.
09:38 Dec 19, 2014 PST
30-Year Cold Spell Predicted - Forget Global Warming
Although the climate change proponents rightly identify solar heating as critical to Earth temperature, they fail to address what happens if the sun cools as many models predict has already begun.
19:31 Dec 10, 2014 PST
Sierra Leone Ebola Spike Worse Than Suspected But Fast Response
The WHO reports that investigation of a recent surge in reported cases shows situation 'worse than expected' but Sierra Leone has reacted swiftly. Total Ebola cases have reached 17,942.
12:36 Dec 10, 2014 PST
2014 Flu Vaccine Ineffective - CDC Sees Bad Flu Season Coming
Flue vaccine production takes months AND sometimes the responsible agencies pick the wrong strain. The 2014 vaccine is not very useful and this looks to be a very bad year for the flu.
23:04 Dec 5, 2014 PST
WHO Ebola Update, 17,145 Cases, 6070 Deaths - Country-by-Country and Regional De
The WHO reports Ebola incidence is increasing in Guinea, stable in Liberia and may be increasing in Sierra Leone. Here are country-by-country statistics.
15:00 Dec 3, 2014 PST
Ebola the Lucky 13th Day Often Means Survival
A clinical article in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that those Ebola patients who survive to the 13th day after symptoms begin often ultimately survive.
18:44 Dec 2, 2014 PST
WHO Data on Ebola Outbreak Numbers
The WHO releases a daily summary of Ebola-related numbers. Here are the updated statistics released on December 2.
14:42 Dec 2, 2014 PST
Ebola Response Slow and Uneven Says Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres released a statement regarding the world's slow response to the Ebola Epidemic and the international threat posed by the epidemic.
14:11 Dec 2, 2014 PST
Two Strange New Particles From CERN AND CERN Publishes LHC Data Online
Analysis of the 2012 data which resulted in the proof of the Higgs Boson has shown two new particles in the Proton Neutron family but built with strange quarks. You can join the research project!
10:43 Nov 27, 2014 PST
Ebola Strikes Mali - First Case an Emergency According to WHO
The WHO has confirmed that two people traveled from Guiena by public transportation to Kayes, a city in western Mali on the Senegal River.
12:22 Oct 24, 2014 PST
Ebola - Will it Destroy Africa?
Every week we hear updates on the number of infected and dead caused by Ebola but individual numbers aren't the whole story. The WHO projects millions of cases in Africa by next year!
07:45 Oct 24, 2014 PST
NYC Ebola Case - Returning Doctor Isolated at Bellevue with 100.2 degree fever
A new Ebola case in the U.S. is reportedly linked to a Doctors Without Border medic who self-reported very early symptoms and was immediately placed in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
06:37 Oct 24, 2014 PST
Ottawa Shooting Update - Police Press Conference at 2:17 Eastern Time
A shooter who killed one guard at the National War Memorial starting at 9:52 a.m. has been killed. The incident continued at the Canadian Parliament where the shooter was killed by Sergeant-at-Arms is Kevin Vickers. Ottawa downtown region under lock
11:32 Oct 22, 2014 PST
Probable Terrorist Shooting in Ottawa.One Gunman Killed, One Soldier Killed.
Ongoing parliament under lock down, at least one soldier killed. This is an ongoing situation at this time and there are multiple reports of POSSIBLE additional shooting locations. Police are still actively searching for any possible additional shoo
10:44 Oct 22, 2014 PST
Where Will Ebola be Treated? - ONLY 4 U.S. Facilities Available!
With the news today that both Dallas nurses are being transferred to another hospital for treatment, it becomes important to learn about bio-safety levels.
09:42 Oct 16, 2014 PST
CDC Guidelines Only Suggestions - Dallas Nurse Flew to Cleveland and back to Dal
29-year-old Amber Vinson flew on a commercial airline within a few hours of when she self-diagnosed as possible Ebola patient. But it isn't even clear if her hospital informed her of the guidelines.
11:49 Oct 15, 2014 PST
More Ebola Cases in U.S. One Nurse Flew on Frontier FLIGHT 1143
The CDC and Frontier Airlines are notifying passengers who shared a flight with the second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola the very next day. Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 landing at 8:16 (local time) has
11:09 Oct 15, 2014 PST
Dallas Hospital Worker Has Ebola - HOW?
Despite the fact that a health care worker who treated the Ebola patient who recently died had full protective gear they have been diagnosed with Ebola. How could they catch it, is it easier to catch than first thought?
13:23 Oct 12, 2014 PST
Ebola Vaccine? The Latest Information
A WHO Conference brought together top experts from around the world to discuss the progress in developing Ebola treatments. Two promising vaccines are being tested.
12:24 Oct 7, 2014 PST
Ebola How To Protect Yourself AND Your Family
Ebola is here in the U.S. and will soon be in other countries outside of the African continent. Learn the real chances you could catch it.
09:11 Oct 1, 2014 PST
EBOLA In the U.S.! CDC reports first diagnosed case originating in U.S.
There have been other Ebola cases treated in the U.S. but those were all medical workers who became infected while working in Africa. The new case was initially diagnosed Dallas, Texas.
15:21 Sep 30, 2014 PST
Hunting Season is Here Are You Safe? Is the Meat Safe? What are the Real Dangers
Hunting season, or, as we in the hills call it, good neighbor week, involves three main threats, are you safe from them? A few hints from hunting central can keep you safe(r).
13:50 Sep 22, 2014 PST
Scotland The Brave - Still Part of the U.K.!
In what could have ended over 300 years of joint government with the south (England/Wales), Scotland's citizens age 16 and older yesterday voted to remain in Great Britain.
22:05 Sep 18, 2014 PST
Ebola - More Than You Ever Wanted to Know on the Technical Side
The Ebola medical basics are a complex mixture of facts and suppositions. Learn the details about this threat so you can better gauge the information you see on TV. Includes many links to WHO medical documents on infection and prevention.
12:51 Sep 17, 2014 PST
The Pres. Says Military Will Fight Ebola. Hurray! We're Saved!
Faced with a medical disaster in Africa, one which has no cure or approved treatment, President Obama announced today that the U.S. is sending troops to build field hospitals.
11:36 Sep 17, 2014 PST
Ebola Cure Ignored? Nothing Fishy at WHO!
Some scientists say Ebola is out of control while Dr. Fish of Toronto tries in vein to send 60,000 vials of a possible treatment.
19:24 Sep 16, 2014 PST
Comets, Core Beliefs!
Comets have been harbingers of doom practically forever but, unlike asteroids or NEOs (Near Earth Objects), we actually know very, very little about them. That will soon change thanks to Rosetta.
12:57 Sep 15, 2014 PST
EBOLA A Real Threat? Fatality Rate Higher Than First Thought
We are used to hearing about a new pandemic threat every year, H1N1, Swine flu lost by a lab,etc., so it is natural to dismiss Ebola, but is this a real threat, possibly a world-wide pandemic threat?
10:51 Sep 15, 2014 PST
Is Global Warming Good?
There is significant evidence from the geologic record that global warming may be fighting it out with the comming ice age.
19:13 Aug 10, 2014 PST
Ebola, Facts, fears, and Fallacies
Ebola is big news in the U.S. just now because two infected missionary aid workers were brought to Atlanta for treatment and to study the disease. But it is not NEW to Africa. Ebola is very deadly; however, it is just another virus infection.
19:02 Aug 5, 2014 PST
Sunscreen can Kill - sunscreen helps destroy vitamin-D
Could sunscreen actually be dangerous? The science says YES. the scientific illiterate say NO. Check out the REAL story based on actual medical research. Vitamin D in high doses cuts malignant melanoma mortality in half!
17:22 Aug 3, 2014 PST
Coronal Mass Ejection Almost Destroyed Civilization in 2012
Just released today by NASA we learned that just before the last Summer Olympics a solar event nearly destroyed all communications and power grids.
16:16 Jul 25, 2014 PST
B612 - Out to Save the Earth From Real Death Stars (Asteroids)
Asteroids (from the Greek for star) have and will cause mass extinctions on the Earth yet the U.S.'s NASA and other governments are doing little to prevent this inevitable disaster, the only major threat to the entire planet which humans could actu
22:06 Feb 22, 2014 PST
Seniors Lose 10% of SS Benefits in Non-ObamaCare States
Some states have opted out of ObamaCare but this week seniors on social security are learning this will cost them $1200 per year in reduced payments.
01:15 Nov 29, 2013 PST
Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Gut Bacteria
Many 'Auto immune' diseases such as Chrons, have eventually been found to be caused by a bacterial infection in the gut, now a devastating form of arthritis joins the list - rheumatoid arthritis.
13:48 Nov 5, 2013 PST
Rejoicing at Oracle, U.S.A. Team Retains America's Cup
It finally came down to a single winner take all race with both teams tied at 8 points with only 9 needed to take the cup. Race 19, 34th America's Cup Series.
13:38 Sep 25, 2013 PST
America's Cup Absolutely Final Race (once completed)
After an absolutely amazing series in which the Oracle U.S.A. team went from keelhauled bloody mass to the biggest comeback kids in Cup History, the teams are all tied up at 8 points each in a 9 point series so the next race winner takes the cup.
13:00 Sep 25, 2013 PST
America's Cup - wind drops and the race is on
Wind continued to increase and the next race looked like it would be delayed until Wednesday but dropped suddenly just before the start.
13:14 Sep 24, 2013 PST
America's Cup peak winds will probably prevent today's race
Once again wind conditions are likely to delay the races.
12:26 Sep 24, 2013 PST
America's Cup Race 16 Oracle Struggles to Continue and DOES!
Still just one New Zealand win from seeing the cup leave the U.S., Oracle is once again struggling to win and get one race closer to the 9 wins needed to take the cup.
14:36 Sep 23, 2013 PST
America's Cup Oracle Stays Alive, Wins Another Race
Once again Oracle pulled out a win to extend the race at least one more day. It seems New Zeland just can't slam the door on Oracle and the race goes on to 14 - to the joy of viewers.
15:06 Sep 20, 2013 PST
America's Cup 2013 More Wind Delays on Day 10
Team New Zealand has been on the verge of winning the Cup for almost a week now. Today it was light winds which threw a monkey wrench in the celebration plans.
14:15 Sep 20, 2013 PST
New Zealand Wins Race 11 on Wednesday but fails to end the series
Given the good wind conditions many watchers expected this to be the final two races of the 2013 America's Cup and the Emirates N.Z. team won race 11 but was unable to sew up the Cup.
14:27 Sep 18, 2013 PST
America's Cup, Wed, Sept 18
The Cup Races live again today, here are some links which will enhance the experience.
13:14 Sep 18, 2013 PST
America's Cup 2013 Telemetry
If you are a sailor and a techie then you probably wish you were right on the boats. Here's the next best thing.
11:14 Sep 17, 2013 PST
Costa Concordia Salvage online live
The infamous cruise ship has been pulled upright and is now being floated, there is a live feed.
22:22 Sep 16, 2013 PST
The America's Cup 2013 Updates
Can't get enough of the race? Here's a link to the official twitter feed and definitions of some special terms.
21:56 Sep 16, 2013 PST
America's Cup Defense, 2013
Anyone who thought the rules of American football were complex should avoid racing boats at all costs. But this year's action in San Francisco Bay has been exciting even if you don't know your windward from your leeward.
18:53 Sep 15, 2013 PST
Can Jeff Bezos Save The Post?
Been there, tried that, so I can say possibly, IF he replaces a lot of management. For years I tried to interest The Post in becoming more active online.
15:21 Sep 4, 2013 PST
Hurricane Season: Those Most At Risk Always Least Prepared
Just once wouldn't it be nice if people in coastal cities took some responsibility for their own care instead of complaining when they run out of food in two days and aren't the first ones rescued in a disaster?
15:42 Aug 22, 2013 PST
Potential New Flu Treatment
Influenza kills a lot of people every year and a pandemic can kill millions. As I have reported before, most deaths in healthy people are due to an overreaction by the person's own immune system.
13:23 May 1, 2013 PST
Bad News Guys - Women Say Size Does Matter
The Age old argument, not in the drawing room, but from bars to locker rooms to girls night out finally has a scientific answer. Women do prefer men with bigger members.
10:03 Apr 24, 2013 PST
Zooniverse - 2B Museum Labels in Scribble
Do real science online - help museums create digital records for billions of specimens.
09:24 Apr 24, 2013 PST
Tornado - Car Safety, Common Sense can Kill
Tornado season is here and 9% of deaths occur in cars so FEMA and the NWS published timely tips on car/storm safety. Stay out of underpasses is the number one rule.
18:52 Apr 23, 2013 PST
Is Global Warming Vital to Human Survival?
Global warming is real - but is it actually a very good thing? Could sun spot cycles cause a mini ice age without global warming? Read this serious analysis.
13:35 Apr 23, 2013 PST
Narcolepsy Caused by H1N1 Flu Vaccine?
There is strong evidence that an H1N1 vaccine has caused a number of cases of narcolepsy in young patients. This demands serious study before the next pandemic flu scare and vaccination drive.
09:19 Apr 23, 2013 PST
edX Rules for Free Education in America
Universities and teacher unions have forgotten basic economics. When you price yourself out of the market, something better replaces you. If you have kids, want an education, know anyone with kids, or just want to help save the world, spread the wor
07:44 Jan 16, 2013 PST
Book Review: 'Advice is for Winners'
A How-to book explaining how and when to seek advice. This is a much more complex and important topic than it might seem at first glance.
14:07 Jan 15, 2013 PST
Perihelion - Pulp SF on the Web!
Relaunched after decades, Perihelion (online at Perihelionsf.com) is a free science fiction magazine in the pulp tradition.
09:23 Jan 15, 2013 PST
Winter Outlook from NOAA
NOAA Temp and Precipitation outlook for early 2013.
16:08 Jan 2, 2013 PST
What Romney Doesn't Understand About a UNITED States of America
End FEMA? The world has gotten too complex to revert to state's rights. We Don't live on farms or face disasters which local areas can manage.
13:02 Oct 31, 2012 PST
New Veralight.com Invention Spots 'Diabetes' Instantly, At a Glance!
With increasing obesity comes diabetes, sadly, often in pre-teens, but most people are diagnosed far along in the disease process. A new VeraLight.com invention spots it instantly, at a glance!
05:06 Sep 6, 2012 PST
What Do Americans Believe?
Considering the educational level of U.S. citizens and their strongly held beliefs, why would a reporter bother covering an election or any substantive topic with actual facts?
13:06 Sep 5, 2012 PST
Republican Experiment Already Failed in EU
The EU has followed essentially the Tea Party economic plan for several years and expect a zero to 0.6% growth for the continent as a whole. Should we do the same?
10:46 Apr 27, 2012 PST
Phil Sees Shadow - Nation Yawns
Despite the heavy overcast at my nearby ranch, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow (probably from the TV lights) and predicted 6 more (!) weeks of winter in a year when winter has yet to arrive here.
08:38 Feb 2, 2012 PST
James Dines Still Bullish on Rare Earths
Investment adviser James Dines who correctly called the internet boom and bubble as well as the housing bubble well in advance, is also a strong proponent of holding mines with value in the ground as a balance against printed money.
11:30 Jan 3, 2012 PST
Star Trek - A Look To The Future As We Enter A New Year
Gene Roddenberry foresaw short-skirted uniforms for women, highly evolved ethics, and freedom from want - in short, Utopia. But did he also predict many important social changes we may soon see? For example, does anyone 'Twit' or 'blog?'
09:48 Jan 2, 2012 PST
Highland Ranch Sanctuary - Christmas Lamb
It isn't easy running a rescue operation and we are now closing down but we've kept it up for a decade and even now we are obligated to help the few remaining animals we haven't yet placed.
11:25 Dec 27, 2011 PST
'Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World' Book Review
This is the perfect time of the year to take a look at this latest book by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama because, although he certainly isn't a Christian, the book is concerned with the same spiritual qualities which Christmas is supposed to celebrat
18:38 Dec 25, 2011 PST
Mozilla Starting Off The Year With a Bug
Never, Never, Never upgrade unless forced - the only time I've EVER got in trouble with that 4 decade old rule was when I stupidly ignored it. This time Firefox got me.
12:16 Dec 25, 2011 PST
Statins Saving Flu Patients - Story is Nothing New
The cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins have already been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack even in people with normal cholesterol, now found to cut flu deaths by 40%.
18:32 Dec 14, 2011 PST
'God' Particle Discovered?? - Not Quite Yet
CERN has announced that an events have been recorded which may prove the existence of the Higgs Boson, the so-called 'God' particle - which actually just means it is the basis of gravity and has no theological implications.
11:38 Dec 13, 2011 PST
Two Lost DR. WHO Episodes Located
The BBC has recently discovered that 2 of about 100 previously lost Hartnell and Troughton Dr. Who episodes have been located. BBC and fans are anxious to find any more.
10:48 Dec 12, 2011 PST
Remembering a Veteran
What better day for everyone to give some thought to those they know personally who have served our country,and in some cases the entire world?
06:41 Nov 11, 2011 PST
Google+ The Latest in Social Networking?
Do we need yet another social networking site? Perhaps. Certainly Google seems to think so and I thought I'd try out google+
10:29 Nov 10, 2011 PST
Will Storage Discovery Make Hydrogen-Powered Cars a Reality?
Two problems face those who want the lightest element, hydrogen, to be the transportation fuel of the future. One is finding a way to store it and there MAY be new hope in that area.
12:28 Nov 7, 2011 PST
Second GOVT Energy Loan Failure - Beacon
One definition of insanity - doing the same thing again and again but expecting different results? But can you equate Beacon Power Corp.'s bankruptcy with Solyndra's?
10:34 Nov 2, 2011 PST
$100K Reward for Older Citizen to Move to Pittsburgh
Next year a contest winner will get $100,000 to move Pittsburgh. Long suffering from a reputation as a dirty, dusty blue collar steel mill town, today's Pittsburgh is actually a vibrant and highly livable city ranked among the top in the U.S. and th
11:43 Oct 31, 2011 PST
Record Snow Fall in Northeast U.S.A.
Still 90 days until Groundhog Day but we already see heavy snow in West-Central Pennsylvania and it is still falling!
15:43 Oct 29, 2011 PST
TANSTAAFL - Climate and Economy, Can You Hear me NOW?
When everyone is shouting no one is thinking. People in a lifeboat and need more thought and less demagoguery when a storm hits. Ask candidates - what color is the sky in your world?
08:09 Aug 9, 2011 PST
OH-RATS!! Coumadin Banned? Make Way For Y-Pesties (Plague)
Yesinia Pesties (commonly known as the Black Death) is carried by fleas on rats - it may come back with the EPA mommy state banning the common rat poison forms of Coumadin (a human blood thinner.)
16:05 Jun 8, 2011 PST
New Facebook Scare - IN HIDING?? - FOUND!!
Whether you have an abusive EX, the mob has a hit out, or the cops anywhere are looking for you, Facebook's new feature is dangerous!!!!
10:17 Jun 8, 2011 PST
GeoTags Invade Your Privacy
Those photos you and others post online may be telling everyone your exact location. This can pose a big threat.
08:11 Apr 22, 2011 PST
iPhone/iPad Tracks Users - This Means YOU!
I don't know why this is a surprise, but it recently became big news that apple devices track you constantly and record this information.
10:44 Apr 21, 2011 PST
Nude Demonstrators Protest Sexism - Banned from Facebook
FEMEN, the Ukrainian-based anti-porn, anti-sex trafficking activists who discovered that their political voice would be heard much more widely if they made a clean (actually usually body painted) breast of it all at rallies have been banned
12:31 Mar 31, 2011 PST
Japan -Are Fatalities Massively Higher Than Stated?
Why is the Japanese government distrusted by its' own citizens? Perhaps the death toll estimates are a clue - they are consistently divorced from reality.
19:16 Mar 19, 2011 PST
Japan Disaster Shuts Down U.S. Factories
The downside of of the just in time manufacturing model, factories around the world are already shutting down because of component shortages.
14:19 Mar 19, 2011 PST
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