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Drones to Watch Over US Highways

January 31, 2013

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Drones could help human workers safeguard the 4 million miles of U.S. highways crisscrossing the country. The flying robots could inspect bridges and roads, survey lands with laser mapping, and even alert officials to traffic jams or accidents. One such project focused on studying the use of drones recently received $74,984 from the Federal Highway […]

Student says his camera shot “giant ghost”

January 31, 2013

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A Saudi nursing student said his camera captured what he described as a “giant ghost” by accident while filming the night moon near a beach in the Gulf Kingdom. His photograph published by a Saudi newspaper showed a large ghost-like image, which the shocked student said shot above him at a lightning speed. Ibrahim bin […]

Miniature Star Trek-Style ‘Tractor Beam’ Created in Lab

January 31, 2013

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…A group of scientists from Scotland and the Czech Republic says it’s managed to drag around teeny-tiny objects using nothing more than a beam of light. That’s essentially how it worked when the crew of the starship Enterprise periodically unleashed its tractor beam to tug derelict vessels (and once even the captain himself, snared by […]

DeLorean Hovercraft goes for a spin

January 31, 2013

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The craft is the creation of Matthew Riese, who raised money on Kickstarter to fund his “Back to the Future” homage. Deciding he doesn’t need roads, Riese has taken the hovercraft to several Bay Area spots, including the waters near Emeryville and McCovey Cove during a Giants game. DeLorean Hovercraft goes for a spin – […]

Ukrainian teen solves deep-sea mystery

January 31, 2013

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A Ukrainian teen enthralled by live images from an underwater camera off Vancouver Island has helped unravel the mystery of how deep-diving elephant seals eat a seemingly inedible fish. At first, Kirill Dudko of Donetsk, Ukraine, didn’t know what he had seen. The 14-year-old was watching live Internet video of a hagfish slide toward a […]

New Alien Planet ‘Habitable Zone’ Rules

January 31, 2013

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…  scientists have redefined the boundaries of the habitable zone for alien planets, potentially kicking out some exoplanaets that were thought to fall within it, and maybe allowing a few that had been excluded to squeeze in. “This will have a significant impact on the number of exoplanets that are within habitable zone,” said research […]

Green ‘fireball’ flashes across the night sky in Lincolnshire

January 31, 2013

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Sightings have been reported of a green ‘fireball’ flashing across the sky over Lincolnshire last night. Lincoln City goalkeeper Paul Farman was among those who saw the phenomenon and wrote on Twitter at about 9pm that he’d seen a meteoroid or a shooting star. “It is difficult to say whether this was a chunk of […]

Area 51 Batplane Caught On Video

January 31, 2013

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A super secret airplane filmed over Area 51 in Nevada looks more like something out of a Batman movie than Jane’s Defense Weekly. The image here was caught on video by a man who lives near Groom Lake, Nevada, and has a remote cabin situated near the landing strip for the Air Force’s research and […]

High School To Collect Students’ Hair For Mandatory Drug Testing

January 31, 2013

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14 hours ago 14 hours ago A Kansas City high school will begin collecting hair from students to conduct mandatory drug tests. KSHB-TV reports that Rockhurst High School will start the random drug testing during the 2013-14 school year. “Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad decisions with drugs or alcohol, we […]

Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows 2,500+ Times Legal Radiation Limit

January 31, 2013

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The two-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is rapidly approaching, and the waters around the crippled plant are still highly contaminated with radiation, according to new reports. A fish caught as part of an ongoing Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) seafood monitoring program recently tested at levels of 254,000 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) […]

US Army Invades Galveston, Texas

January 31, 2013

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On Wednesday the residents of Galveston, Texas, endured what folks in Houston and Miami did earlier this week – an “urban warfare” exercise conducted by the U.S. military. “If you hear a lot of loud noises in Galveston tonight, it’s probably part of a military training exercise,” KTRK-TV in Houston reported. “According to the Galveston […]

Whistleblower John Kiriakou: For Embracing Torture, John Brennan a “Terrible Choice to Lead the CIA”

January 31, 2013

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Days after he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, John Kiriakou — the first CIA official to be jailed for any reason relating to the torture program — denounces President Obama’s appointment of John Brennan to head the CIA. “I’ve known John Brennan since 1990,” Kiriakou says. “I worked directly for John Brennan twice. […]