Dec 4 - Don't Get Kids Xmas Gifts, Donate To Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Instead|
By SickaMorStyle - 16 hours ago
Governor Tells Supporters To Forgo Buying Children Presents, Give Money To His Campaign Instead | ThinkProgress
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Dec 4 - New 3D Metal Printer Is Open Source and Affordable|
By SickaMorStyle - 16 hours ago
Anyone with access to a welder and the Internet soon could make his or her own replacement parts or tools with a new 3D metal printer that can be built in any garage.
Until recently, most of the 3D printing hype has swirled around plastic 3D printers, which have been used to make everything from clothing to art. And while 3D metal printers do exist, their price tag starts at a half million dollars.
Now, scientists have built an open-source 3D metal printer that costs under $1,200, sharing their design and software with the maker community.
"We have open-sourced the plans," in the hopes of accelerating the technology by allowing others to build upon the design, said project leader Joshua Pearce, a materials engineer at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. [The 10 Weirdest Things Created By 3D Printing]
The snazzy device is modeled after a RepRap (short for "replicating rapid prototype"), a 3D printer that can print most of its own components. The printer uses a metal inert gas (MIG) welder to lay down thin layers of steel, much like plastic printers do, and build complex geometric objects. All of the parts needed to build the metal printer are things one could buy or print using a plastic 3D printer, Pearce told LiveScience.
Pearce envisions the printer being used to make replacement parts for things such as bicycles or to print scientific tools, which could radically reduce the cost of lab equipment, he said.
"I hope to see a large number of small companies starting up to make specialty parts," he said.
Of course, there's always the chance that someone will use the technology to make guns or other weapons. The standard design files are already out there, and Pearce said he's sure someone will make weapons from them.
"Every single technology humanity has ever developed, we have found a way to abuse," he said,
But Pearce said the technology has greater potential to be used for good. In the developing world, for example, the printer could be used to make water pumps or windmill components.
The printer takes about a day to build, and it is inexpensive and simple enough to be built in a garage by someone without much welding experience. But the technology is better suited for use by a small shop business or maker space, because of the safety gear required to operate a welder.
Higher-end metal printers are still much more precise than the one made by Pearce's team. "We are definitely not there yet," Pearce said, but he added that the resolution and speed will only improve with the involvement of the maker community.
New 3D Metal Printer Is Open Source and Affordable
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Dec 4 - Hubble finds hints of water on 5 alien planets|
By SM - 16 hours ago
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected water in the atmospheres of five planets beyond our solar system, two recent studies reveal.
The five exoplanets with hints of water are all scorching-hot, Jupiter-size worlds that are unlikely to host life as we know it. But finding water in their atmospheres still marks a step forward in the search for distant planets that may be capable of supporting alien life, researchers said.
"We're very confident that we see a water signature for multiple planets," Avi Mandell, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., lead author of one of the studies, said in a statement. "This work really opens the door for comparing how much water is present in atmospheres on different kinds of exoplanets Â— for example, hotter versus cooler ones." [The Strangest Alien Planets (Gallery)]
'We were able to pull out a very clear signal, and it is water.'
- Drake Deming of the University of Maryland
The two research teams used Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 to analyze starlight passing through the atmospheres of the five "hot Jupiter" planets, which are known as WASP-17b, HD209458b, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b.
The atmospheres of all five planets showed signs of water, with the strongest signatures found in the air of WASP-17b and HD209458b.
"To actually detect the atmosphere of an exoplanet is extraordinarily difficult. But we were able to pull out a very clear signal, and it is water," Drake Deming of the University of Maryland, lead author of the other recent study, said in a statement.
Water is thought to be a common constituent of exoplanet atmospheres and has been found in the air of several other distant worlds to date. But the new work marks the first time scientists have measured and compared profiles of the substance in detail across multiple alien worlds, researchers said.
The water signatures were less intense than expected in all cases, likely because the five hot Jupiters are surrounded by a haze of dust, researchers said.
"These studies, combined with other Hubble observations, are showing us that there are a surprisingly large number of systems for which the signal of water is either attenuated or completely absent," Heather Knutson of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, a co-author on Deming's paper, said in a statement. "This suggests that cloudy or hazy atmospheres may in fact be rather common for hot Jupiters."
The study led by Mandell came out Tuesday in The Astrophysical Journal, while the paper led by Deming was published in September in the same journal.
Hubble finds hints of water on 5 alien planets | Fox News
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Dec 4 - tweakers glass pipe shatters in her private parts|
By messy marv stan - 16 hours ago
Hidden Glass Meth Pipe Causes A Bloody Mess | The Smoking Gun
As if you need another reason not to hide a glass meth pipe in a body cavity, a North Dakota woman was discovered bleeding from her vagina Monday after she rear-ended a car on a Fargo roadway, police report.
When police responded to the crash scene, they arrested Jeana Marie Smart, 26, after a warrant check revealed that she had failed to appear in court on a pending narcotics and drug paraphernalia case.
After transporting Smart to the Cass County jail, Officer Michael Benton spotted blood on the back seat of his patrol car. Â“When I asked Smart about this, she said she was on her period,Â” Benton noted in a Fargo Police Department report.
But as Smart (seen above) was walked to the booking area, blood continued to drip from her Â“crotch area onto her legs and the floor.Â” She subsequently Â“admitted she had Â‘a pipeÂ’ in a body cavity,Â” Benton reported.
Jail personnel then Â“recovered a broken, clear glass meth/crack pipe and a capped syringe from SmartÂ’s vagina.Â” The pipe was booked into evidence, while the needle was discarded.
Since Smart continued to bleed, she was brought to a local hospital, where Â“medical staff removed some additional broken glass from SmartÂ’s vagina.Â” After being medically cleared, she was returned to jail, where she was booked into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
Smart, whose bail was set at $2000, was subsequently released from custody. She is scheduled for a January 3 preliminary hearing in District Court
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Dec 4 - Truck Carrying Nuclear Waste Stolen In Mexico|
By sincere - 16 hours ago
A truck carrying nuclear waste was stolen in Mexico earlier this week, Agence France-Presse reported.
The truck was transporting the radioactive isotope cobalt-60 from a hospital in Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage facility when it was taken on Monday, NBC noted.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mexican authorities are currently conducting a search for the missing truck, and have issued a press release to alert the public.
Cobalt-60, which is primarily used in medical treatments, cannot be utilized in a conventional nuclear weapon; however, it could be added to a "dirty bomb." Such a device could potentially spread the radioactive material over a wide area.
In a statement, the IAEA cautioned anyone against trying to access the material inside the truck.
"At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged," it said.
Exposure to large sources of cobalt-60 can cause skin burns, acute radiation sickness or death, the CDC reports.
The vehicle was stolen from a gas station near Mexico City and is described by local media as a 2.5-tonne Volkswagen Worker truck. At the time of this writing, no description of the thieves had been released.
Truck Carrying Nuclear Waste Stolen In Mexico: IAEA
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Dec 4 - california serial killer committed suicide by ingesting ajax|
By messy marv stan - 16 hours ago
In this file photo, defendant Itzcoatl Ocampo confers with attorney Randall Longwith during Ocampo's arraignment Tuesday Feb. 21, 2012 in Santa Ana, Calif. Ocampo, a former Marine, was charged with the murder of six people in Southern California, including four homeless men and a friend's mother and brother. Attorney Michael Molfetta said Friday that Ocampo died in custody after ingesting Ajax
The former Marine and Iraq war veteran who was awaiting trial on murder charges in the deaths of six people, including four homeless men, died after ingesting Ajax in his jail cell, his lawyer said Friday.
Itzcoatl Ocampo, 25, apparently accumulated the cleaning product over time while in custody, said his attorney, Michael Molfetta, who was briefed on the death. The incident raises serious questions about how well Orange County jail deputies were supervising Ocampo, who had mental health issues, Molfetta said.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department would not comment to KPCC on the Ajax allegation. A spokesman there said the rumor may have started with e-mails the District Attorney's office sent to victims' families informing them of what happened to Ocampo.
But Marie Middaugh, mother of Lloyd "Jimmy" Middaugh, one of the homeless men allegedly killed by Ocampo, told KPCC that neither of the two e-mails she received from the D.A.'s office said anything about what killed Ocampo.
Ocampo was found shaking and vomiting in his single-man cell Wednesday and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.
No cause of death was immediately given, and officials said an autopsy will be performed in the coming days. The Orange County district attorney's office will investigate the death and autopsy results by an independent pathologist are expected by the middle of next week, Hallock said.
"If you spend three minutes with Ocampo, you are acutely aware of the fact that he has some mental issues. They were severe and they were obvious and they definitely were not contrived," Molfetta told the Associated Press.
"[Ocampo] is supposedly a very calculated — and I am quoting the prosecutor — 'thrill killer,'" Molfetta said later in an interview with KPCC. "You would think that that would be somebody that would be watched very closely… but apparently not."
Hallock initially declined to comment to the AP on inmate supervision or the attorney's account except to say jail deputies are required, in general, to walk by each inmate's cell a minimum of once an hour.
Hallock did, however, confirm with KPCC that inmates can request a powdered cleaning agent to clean their cells — just enough for one cleaning. He said it was likely in the two or so years Ocampo was in the prison that he had been given such cleaners, since inmates are expected to clean their own cells.
"At times they may be supervised but other times they may just hand them a small quantity and expect that they are going to clean their cell with that," Hallock said.
Hallock also told KPCC that Ocampo was not in a medical unit designed for inmates at immediate risk of suicide at the time of his death.
Middaugh told the AP Friday that she was relieved to hear the news of Ocampo's death.
"A trial wouldn't have brought our loved ones back," she said. "I'm sorry things happened the way it did for his family because I know they're grieving, too, but I'm just glad that really it's all over."
Someone at a number listed for Ocampo's father hung up repeatedly when a reporter called Friday.
Prosecutors alleged that Ocampo, a native of Mexico, stabbed four homeless men in what they called a serial thrill-kill rampage in late 2011 and early 2012. Ocampo targeted his homeless victims because they were vulnerable and because he felt they were a blight on the community, authorities said.
He was charged in January 2012 with four counts of murder, with special allegations of multiple murders, lying in wait and use of a deadly weapon. Three victims were stabbed more than 40 times each with a single-edged blade at least 7 inches long. In one instance, prosecutors, said, Ocampo selected as his next victim a homeless man who was featured in a Los Angeles Times story about the killings.
Ocampo, who was discharged from the Marines in 2010, also was facing murder charges in the deaths of a school friend's mother and brother in October 2011.
At the time, his family said Ocampo was a troubled man after he returned from Iraq in 2008 and he went to visit the grave of a friend who died in combat in Afghanistan twice a week. He also began drinking heavily and he suffered from headaches and hand tremors, they said.
His parents separated in 2010 and his father became homeless after losing his job. During the killing rampage, Ocampo visited his father on the streets and warned him about the dangers of being homeless, even showing him a picture of one of the dead men.
In March 2012, Ocampo temporarily was placed on suicide watch after he began banging his head on a metal toilet in the jail. He told his attorney he was trying to stop voices as well as headaches and twitches that were bothering him, according to The Orange County Register.
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Dec 3 - China launches its first moon rover mission|
By critiQue - 16 hours ago
BEIJING Â— China successfully launched a lunar probe into space Monday morning, on a two-week journey to deliver a robotic rover to the surface of the moon. The mission marks China's first attempt at soft-landing a spacecraft on an extra-terrestrial body, and could benefit future plans to land Chinese astronauts on the moon.
A Long March rocket carrying the Chang'e 3 lunar lander blasted off at 1:30 a.m. local time Monday from southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, reported the official Xinhua News Agency.
"We will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,'' said the center's director, Zhang Zhenzhong. China's ruling Communist Party has used the military-backed, state-run space program to boost national pride and support for its policies.
By mid-December, Chang'e 3 aims to land on the moon's Bay of Rainbows, and unleash the six-wheeled, solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, lunar rover to look for natural resources and conduct geological surveys for three months. China hopes to become the third nation, after the USA and the former Soviet Union, to achieve a difficult "soft landing" on the moon, whereby the spacecraft and equipment remain intact. An earlier Chinese orbiter made an intentional crash-landing on the moon.
The spacecraft, bearing China's red, five-starred flag, will become the first to visit the moon since the last Soviet unmanned mission there in 1976. One new feature is a ground-penetrating radar to measure the lunar soil and crust. The mission represents the second stage of China's slow but steady lunar program. In phase three, China will send another robotic probe to gather lunar samples, possibly by 2020. A manned mission could then follow.
While China's space achievements appear to imitate those of the USA and Soviet Union in decades past, they stir considerable pride and nationalism within China, whose government stresses its use of indigenous technology, and peaceful aims in space. Live TV broadcasts showed excited scenes at the launch center, where a reporter from the national broadcaster CCTV embraced one delighted designer.
Some viewers who stayed up to watch later went online to celebrate.
"The scientists are so great," wrote an "inspired and proud" Wang Wei on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like micro-blog platform. "Of course there's still a definite gap from America sending humans to the moon, but this is already amazing," wrote Wang, an economics professor in east China's Shandong province.
Other Internet users said the launch was even more stunning than the space movie Gravity, currently no.1 at China's box office. Legend and literature abound in China's real space program, where the space station that saves the day in Gravity is called the Heavenly Palace, lunar spacecraft are named after moon goddess Chang'e, and the lunar rover is named after her pet rabbit.
While China's citizens cannot choose their leaders, they were able to participate in an Internet poll that chose the "Jade Rabbit" name. Chinese poets and folklore artists down the centuries have depicted a white rabbit pounding a mortar and pestle to create an elixir of immortality.
The secret of eternal life may remain elusive, but Chinese scientists are hopeful the moon may offer up other treasures such as rare metals and Helium-3, a potential fusion energy source. China's ultimate aim is to use the moon as a "springboard" for deep space exploration, said Luan Enjie, a senior adviser to China's lunar program, in the China Daily newspaper.
The USA should overcome its objections and cooperate with China in space, wrote Leroy Chiao, a former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, on the website Space.com in October.
"America, already on the decline after the retirement of the space shuttle (now only Russia and China can launch astronauts into space), will on the way down hand over the leadership position of human spaceflight to the Chinese," he said. Partnering with China "could be a win-win-win for all", but "certain members of the U.S. Congress are dedicated to keeping China out, dooming the United States to continue its decline in human spaceflight," Chiao wrote.
China launches its first moon rover mission
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Dec 4 - Rocket debris from Moon launch hits Chinese village|
By critiQue - 16 hours ago
Two houses in China were damaged by falling pieces of a rocket launched on Monday, prompting calls for an insurance scheme to cover future damage from the country's space programme, the China Daily newspaper has reported.
No casualties were reported after the successful launch of China's first moon rover, Chang'e-3, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern province of Sichuan, but debris from the launch hurtled into a village in neighbouring Hunan province.
A villager with what was said to be a piece of Long March rocket
A villager with what was said to be a piece of Long March rocket that fell through his roof during the launch of China's Chang'e-3 moon rover. Photograph: Rex Features/Imaginechina
A photograph in the newspaper showed a farmer standing by a desk-sized metal cone below a hole in his wooden roof.
"Suppose the rocket wreckage hit a person; what would the authorities do?" the paper quoted Ren Zili, a professor of insurance laws at Beihang University, as saying.
One person whose home was damaged received 10,800 yuan ($1,800) as compensation and the other received 5,200 yuan, it said.
Ren called for a programme to handle compensation in such cases, rather than dealing with each on an individual basis.
More than 180,000 residents of Sichuan and Hunan were relocated before the launch of the Chang'e-3 lunar probe, the paper said.
The number of launches has climbed to as many as 20 each year, Zhang Jianheng, deputy general manager with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Cooperation, told the official Xinhua news agency.
China is also studying ways to build recoverable rockets that leave no wreckage, to solve the problem once and for all.
China successfully completed its latest manned space mission in June, when three astronauts spent 15 days in orbit and docked with an experimental space laboratory critical in Beijing's quest to build a working space station by 2020.
Rocket debris hits Chinese village | World news | theguardian.com
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Dec 4 - UPS Also Working On Delivery Drones|
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Dec 3 - Pastor denies new church intended to look like giant peni$ from space|
By critiQue - 16 hours ago
The architects, and owners, of a new Christian Science Church in Dixon, Illinois (pop. 15,733) are denying that their place of worship was intentionally built to look like an erect penis.
The church claims the exotic shape of the building is intended to preserve a tree just in front.
Or perhaps itÂ’s a bush.
ItÂ’s not entirely clear when the discovery was first made, or who made it, but the chatter about the church has been going on for a few weeks now. And while the church is trying to stay of good humor about the whole affair, their patience is clearly wearing thin.
Â“The Internet has great capability for good,Â” church officer Scott Shepherd told the local paper, SaukValley.com, Â“and great capability for gossip and destructionÂ…. We didnÂ’t design it to be seen as what theyÂ’re seeing, and we didnÂ’t design it to be seen from above.Â”
Having said that, the church gets serious kudos for having a bit of fun with the whole thing on their Facebook page.
First there was the post announcing Â“Giant fig leaf coming soonÂ”:
Pastor denies new church intended to look like penis from space
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