10 Dec 13
Rosetta: Anxious wait for comet chaser wake up
Scientists say they are in for an anxious wait as they prepare to wake a comet-chasing probe from deep-space hibernation.
In January, they will attempt to bring the Rosetta spacecraft back online so it can journey towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Once it has reached the huge mass of ice and rock, the team will try to deploy a lander on the comet's surface.
US Senate votes to ban plastic guns for 10 more years
The US Senate has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic guns invisible to metal detectors but has rejected tougher restrictions called for by gun-control advocates.
The bill was approved by a Senate voice vote one week after it passed the House of Representatives.
Democrats had aimed to require a gun's firing mechanism to contain at least one undetachable metal piece.
Mid-East governments sign Red Sea-to-Dead Sea water deal
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have signed a water sharing pact aimed at one day replenishing the rapidly drying Dead Sea.
The agreement will build a pipeline to carry brine from a desalination plant at the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, while providing drinking water to the region.
The Dead Sea is dropping by as much as 1m (3.3ft) a year as the River Jordan is depleted for use in irrigation.
Christians Are Being Burned Alive Beheaded Crucified Tortured To Death And Imprisoned In Metal Shipping Containers
The “coming persecution of Christians” has already begun. It is already here. So why is the mainstream media in the United States almost totally silent about this phenomenon? When some politician somewhere around the globe inadvertently offends homosexuals or Muslims, it instantly makes headline news
US vet held in N. Korea says statement was coerced
The 85-year-old U.S. Korean War veteran who was detained for weeks by North Korea said Monday that the videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war was given involuntarily and under duress.
UN: Israel to allow some materials into Gaza again
The United Nations said Monday that Israel has agreed to again allow imports of construction materials into Gaza after a two-month clampdown following the discovery of a tunnel dug by militants from the coastal strip into Israel.
Purge sends chilling message to NKorea's elite
While the rest of North Korea's top brass leaped to their feet before Kim Jong Un, clapping wildly in a requisite show of respect at high-level meetings, his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, often seemed nonchalant, at times even bored. Once considered the force behind the young leader, he displayed a bold insouciance that seemed calculated to show he was beyond reach.
There's Almost No Difference Between PG-13 And R-Rated Movies
Researchers have criticized the rating system of the Motion Picture Association of America after finding that violent film characters tend to glorify "risky behaviors" like sex and drug use, regardless of the rating a film has been granted.
09 Dec 13
Israelis brace for frigid temperatures, escalating storms
With an onslaught of torrential rains forecasted to continue, the country’s residents will begin to brace themselves for the season’s coldest temperatures yet, and possibly even snow later in the week.
Precipitation, as well as unseasonably cool weather, will continue for the next several days, with temperatures dropping, and increasingly strong winds rendering flimsy umbrellas useless.
Knockout Game Backfires When Woman Defends Herself Against Attacker
In an apparent case of the “Knockout Game” gone wrong, new video shows a man attempting to hit a girl and knock her down as part of the game, but his plan backfires when the woman hits him back.
Now the Twelfth Imam Can Come
“A reality in which a bad deal was signed with Iran. A very bad deal. If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal that was signed this morning.” If that happens, it will also be because of the Shi’ite belief in the return of the Twelfth Imam.
More Earthquakes Keep Jolting North Texas -- Quakes Recorded Sunday, Monday Morning
Another day, another earthquake in North Texas. The ice storm stopped pretty much everything in North Texas, but it hasn’t stopped seismic activity. Early Sunday morning, a 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck in Parker County, about 2 miles northwest of Azle. And then early this morning, another earthquake struck – a 3.7-magnitude quake about 11 miles northeast of Mineral Wells. More than 20 earthquakes have hit the region since early November.
Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers
In one study, all five adults and 19 of 22 children with acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL, had a complete remission, meaning no cancer could be found after treatment, although a few have relapsed since then.
These were gravely ill patients out of options. Some had tried multiple bone marrow transplants and up to 10 types of chemotherapy or other treatments.
Time warp: Researchers show possibility of cloning quantum information from the past
It all started when David Deutsch, a pioneer of quantum computing and a physicist at Oxford, came up with a simplified model of time travel to deal with the paradoxes that would occur if one could travel back in time.
'Historic' Agreement to Link Red & Dead Seas
Under the agreement, which is to be signed at the World Bank in Washington, AFP reports that water will be drawn from the Gulf of Aqaba off of Eilat in Israel's south, with some desalinated and distributed to all three members of the agreement, and the rest transferred in 4 pipes to the Dead Sea.
Researchers find giant convection cells on the Sun
A trio of researchers with affiliations with NASA and several U.S. institutions has found the elusive giant convection cells suspected for nearly a half century to exist on and within the sun. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they used data from a NASA observatory that captured solar information every 45 seconds over a several month period which allowed the researchers to track the slow movement of the giant cells.
Hersh: Obama administration lied about gas attack in Syria
“When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.”
Lowest ever temperature on the surface of the Earth - minus 91.2 degrees Celsius recoded by scientists in the Antarctic
This was reported on Sunday by the British newspaper on "Sunday Times". Previous planetary record - minus 89.2 degrees Celsius - was recorded in 1983 at the Russian Antarctic station "Vostok".
(-91.2C = -132.2F)
"The shower could increase in intensity on Dec. 9th, so we hope observers will be alert for meteors." Andromedid meteoroids come from Comet Biela, which broke apart in the 19th century. The shower's radiant in Cassiopeia is high in the sky after sunset for observers in the Northern Hemisphere
Turkey Faces Volcanic Explosion Hazard
Turkey faces the hazard of volcanic explosion of 14 active volcanoes.
Mount Marapi erupts, 'caution' alert level unchanged
“The volcano's eruption spewed a column of thick, gray ash 350 meters high,” PVMBG official Warseno said on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Mt. Marapi’s alert level has been maintained at waspada or caution (level 2). The PVMBG has said it is not safe to be within 3 kilometers of the activity.
Strong earthquake strikes Kuril Islands
A strong earthquake, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, struck the Kuril Islands in Japan at 1.24 am today, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department.
Why Is DHS Taking Control of Local Police?
A key plank of the Obama administration platform seems to be the conversion of the local police into a fifth branch of the U.S. armed forces. The means of accomplishing this goal is the doling out of millions of dollars from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to police departments and sheriffs’ offices around the country.
Protecting customer data from government snooping
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Could Satanists get a monument at Oklahoma State Capitol?
The Satanic Temple of New York has alerted the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to build a $20,000 monument on the statehouse grounds. The temple plans to submit plans this month for a monument that would be in "good taste" – which an official describes as a marker with a pentagram or an interactive display for children, according to the Associated Press.
World trade deal expected to boost EU nations
Hailed as "historic" by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the surprise world trade deal agreed over the weekend in Bali aims to lower the cost of exports by simplifying customs procedures and reducing import duties.
It also seeks to give developing countries greater market access to western economies and allows them some breathing space on food subsidies.
PLO: Palestinians won't accept current proposals from Israel
The Palestinians can’t accept any proposals or plans like the ones that are being suggested today; that solidify occupation and legalize the division of the Palestinian territories, the PLO Executive Committee announced Sunday.
...The PLO warned that there could be no deal with Israel that excludes the Jordan Valley, and Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.
Israel, Jordan, PA to sign trilateral Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline plan
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority were expected on Monday to sign an agreement on a Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline project.
Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom was due to attend what he called the "historic" signing ceremony at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.
Number of Palestinians fighting in Syria on the rise
The number of Palestinians leaving to fight forces loyal to the Assad regime in Syria is on the rise, a new Israeli report published on Sunday has found.
Cockroach that can endure cold moves into NYC
The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan's West Side into one of New York's newest tourist attractions, may have brought a different kind of visitor: a cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold and never seen before in the U.S.