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Israeli aircraft strike Gaza after Palestinians fire rockets into Israel

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:23

Israeli aircraft struck more than 150 targets in Gaza overnight, and Palestinian militants fired scores of rockets, including a long-range missile, deep into Israel, escalating fighting despite talks on a truce to avert an all-out conflict. Israel has fought three wars in the past decade with Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.

The Only iPhone Cable You'll Ever Need Is 62% Off

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:45

The 10-foot Aduro lightning cable is the best and last iPhone charger you'll ever buy.

Laura Ingraham Has Been Peddling White Nationalism For Years: A Reminder

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:34

From her perch on a prime-time national television show, conservative

Nasa probe will still be circling Sun at end of Solar System say scientists

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:15

Nasa's new solar spacecraft is so indestructable that parts of it will be circling the Sun until the Solar System ends, eight billion years from now, scientists have said.  The US space agency launches its Parker Solar Probe on Saturday, which will travel closer to the Sun than any mission before, to unlock the secrets of fierce radioactive storms which threaten Earth.  Earth, and all the other objects in the Solar System are constantly plowing through what is known as the solar wind - a constant stream of high-energy particles, mostly protons and electrons, hurled into space by The Sun. These radioactive storms are so powerful they are able to knock out satellites, disrupt services such as communications and GPS, threaten aircraft and in even interfere with electricity supplies. The mission Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, the closest any man-made instrument has ever got to a star.  For seven years it will orbit at around 3.38 million miles from the star's surface, where temperatures reach 1,400C. The probe is relying on a 4.5 inch carbon heat shield which has taken 10 years to develop and which is so strong it will survive for billions of years even when the rest of the spacecraft has disintegrated. Speaking at a briefing ahead of the launch, Andy Driesman, Parker Solar Probe Programme Manager from Johns Hopkins University said: "At four million miles the Sun is very hot, so we need to bring an umbrella with us. "It’s a carbon heat shield. It took 18 months to fabricate it and a decade to develop it.  "Eventually the spacecraft will run out of propellant and will leave altitude control and parts of it will transition into the Sun. But hopefully in 10 to 20 years there is going to be this carbon disc and that will be around to the end of the Solar System." The Parker Solar Probe  Credit: Ed Whitman Johns Hopkins APL/NASA The spacecraft also holds a memory card containing the names of more than 1.1 million members of the public who were asked to write in to support the mission. London-born professor Nicky Fox, project scientist from Johns Hopkins University, said: "I think the spacecraft will break up into parts and form dust, and then those names will orbit the Sun forever." The nearest a spacecraft has previously come to the Sun was the Helios 2 mission in 1976, which flew to within 27 million miles. Once inside the corona, sensory equipment will attempt to ‘taste’ and ‘smell’ electronic particles while they are still moving slowly enough to be measured. Professor Mathew Owens, space scientist at the University of Reading, said: “It's an incredibly hostile environment in which to do science, so the spacecraft has faced enormous engineering challenges. But everything is looking positive for Saturday. “The thing we really don't understand about the Sun, and therefore stars in general, is why its atmosphere gets hotter further away from the heat source. “We've been trying to solve this mystery for more than 50 years, by taking measurements from a nice, safe distance, and it's left us in an unusual position. We've got a bunch of theories that seem to work, but don't know which ones actually explain the Sun.” Currently, solar activity is monitored by a network of satellites, but scientists still have a poo understanding of how radiation builds up in the star’s outer atmosphere and then accelerates towards Earth. A better understanding of “space weather” is also considered crucial for protecting astronauts and their equipment for any future endeavours to colonise the Moon or Mars. The Parker Solar Probe will go closer to a star than any mission has ever gone  Credit: Nasa The Parker Solar Probe, which weights 1,400lbs, will travel faster than any craft ever before at 430,000 mph, and during its a seven-year mission will make 24 orbits of the Sun. The spacecraft will carry instruments to measure bulk plasma, described as the 'bread and butter' of solar waves, as well as a full package of magnetic measuring equipment. Eugene Parker, who the mission is named after  Credit: AFP It will also carry a white light imager, dubbed 'Whisper' which can photograph solar waves. “Where does the solar wind come from? What causes flares and coronal mass ejections? We still don’t understand these processes,” said Justin Kasper, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering at the University of Michigan, mission principal investigator on the Parker Solar Probe. “The Parker Solar Probe will help us do a much better job of predicting when a disturbance in the solar wind could hit Earth.” The mission was named after Eugene Parker, the solar astrophysicist who first discovered the solar wind, and has been in the works for more than half a century. The memory card on board also contains a copy of his first scientific paper outlining his work. It was conceived before a space program, or even Nasa, existed.

Alt-Right Site Gab Says Microsoft Threatening Shutdown Over Anti-Semitic Posts

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:06

The accusation follows a series of actions against conservative conspiracy site InfoWars.

Mendocino Complex Fires now bigger than Los Angeles

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:59

The Mendocino Complex Fires are at least 469 square miles, the largest fire in state history and now bigger than the city of Los Angeles.

Could Ford and Volkswagen Co-Develop a Pickup Truck? That Rumor Explained

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:22

It’s entirely possible that the next-generation Ranger and Amarok could merge.

Court Orders EPA To Ban Chlorpyrifos, A Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Kids

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:20

A federal court on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban

Wildfire smoke from California has reached New York City, 3,000 miles away

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:04

Anthony Wexler, the director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis, packed his bags and drove his family out to the coast.  They're escaping the smoke. Davis, California, sits amid a layer of wildfire smoke in Northern California. To the northwest, the largest fire in state history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, continues to burn. To the southeast, the Ferguson Fire has closed down smoke-choked Yosemite National Park indefinitely. And to the North, the Carr Fire, infamous for its towering fire tornado, still burns.  SEE ALSO: California just had its hottest month on record, and that means more wildfires The air quality in the region around the fires — whose spread has been enhanced by extreme heat parching the land — is some of the worst in the world.  "I decided to go out to the coast for a couple days because it was so ridiculous," Wexler said.  On Wednesday, the National Weather Service illustrated how winds have lifted bounties of smoke across the entire U.S., bringing pollution even beyond the East Coast.  Smoke from the western fires is making it all the way to the East Coast and beyond (at least aloft—mostly above a mile above the surface). Here's the vertically integrated smoke (HRRR model from last night). Another map showed some smoke near the surface even in New England. — NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 8, 2018 That said, it's not as if these smoke particles are harmful to those on the East Coast. By the time that smoke arrives in Boston and New York, the particles have been diluted with fresh air, and certainly can't be seen, nor are concentrations unhealthy. It's normal for pollution to waft from west to east across the country, just like pollution from China is regularly transported over the Pacific Ocean into the U.S. That's how air generally moves over the Northern Hemisphere, said Wexler. But it's much rarer for even low concentrations of smoke to find their way across the nation. "It doesn’t happen every day," Gabriele Pfister, deputy director of the National Center of Atmospheric Research’s atmospheric chemistry lab, said in an interview. "But, it can happen."  "Normally, the pollution isn’t so great that it’s noticeable when it gets east," added Wexler. This isn't stratus this morning looking west from the @LickObservatory, it's smoke. #CAwx — NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 7, 2018 But just how bad is the air pollution in large regions of the West? "It's been like a reasonably decent day in Beijing," said Wexler. "That's really telling. It’s really awful there." "It’s unbelievable," said Pfister.  She noted that planes flying over the area, as part of a National Science Foundation-funded wildfire study, have picked up some alarming pollution numbers.  It's expected that particulate matter — tiny fragments of pollution 30 times thinner than a human hair — would be bad. But the flights even picked up abnormally high concentrations of carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can be dangerous to human health in enclosed spaces, and at worse, lethal. However, some of the measured values around the fires are about 5 parts per million, or ppm, which are not considered nearly dangerous — but it's still telling.  The amount of smoke over the West tonight is nothing short of astounding. — Dan Satterfield (@wildweatherdan) August 8, 2018 "These are values you don’t typically find near the surface in the U.S.," said Pfister. "Maybe you’ll find that if you stick your head into the exhaust of a car." It's not carbon monoxide, however, that people in burning regions need to be concerned about. One of the main factors that's figured into air quality ratings is particulate matter.  Both U.S. government and university researchers have repeatedly shown that breathing this stuff is bad for your heart, as it accelerates plaque build-up in blood vessels.   In some areas of Oregon, the Air Quality Index currently registers as "Hazardous." In Redding, California, where a fire tornado spun for 80 minutes last week, the air quality is rated as "Unhealthy." But out near the windswept coast, like in San Francisco, the air quality is "Good." Here is what the #smoke looked like over the Central Valley and affecting #AirQuality today. Deep smoke up to 10,000 feet AGL with multiple layers of smoke caused by transport of different #wildfire plumes. Thanks to @MBrewerWX @weather_jack #MendocinoComplexFire #CarrFire — SJSU FireWeatherLab (@FireWeatherLab) August 9, 2018 It's likely that the West will be intermittently blanketed in unhealthy to hazardous air for months ahead, as the fire season is not nearly over.  Rains aren't expected for months, and more temperature and fire records might be broken. Many Westerners aren't near the fires themselves. But it's harder to outrun the smoke. "In my experience, it's never been this bad," said Wexler.  WATCH: A tick is spreading and making people allergic to beef

Sex scandal at American 'megachurch' causes leaders to quit after ten women accuse founder 

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:45

One of America's largest "megachurches" has been rocked by a sex scandal which has seen its entire senior leadership team quit. Willow Creek Church's founder, Bill Hybels, was accused of sexual misconduct several years ago but was privately cleared of wrongdoing by the church elders. He was forced to step down earlier this year when the historical allegations became public. Mr Hybels has denied any wrongdoing but said he had become a distraction from the church. Since then, more women have come forward to claim they were harassed by the church founder.   The new revelations over the weekend led the church's leaders to admit they had failed to handle the claims appropriately. In a statement, the church elders announced they would all be standing down, saying a "new start" was needed. “We trusted Bill, and this clouded our judgment,” one elder, Missy Rasmussen, told the congregation. Church leaders did not move quickly enough to secure Mr Hybels’ electronic devices, she said.  Ms Rasmussen said the church elders had "no reason not to believe" the ten women who have accused the church founder of sexual misconduct. A pastor can be seen projected on several televisions in one 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church in Illinois Credit: Reuters  Willow Creek is thought to be the fifth largest "megachurch" in the US with more than 25,000 members and locations across Chicago.  "Megachurches" are defined as congregations with at least 2,000 people in regular weekly attendance. The allegations against Mr Hybels by a string of women date back to the 1990s but only became public when The Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today broke the story earlier this year. The papers detailed claims of unwanted advances and suggestive comments to church members.  The church's leaders were reportedly told four years ago that Mr Hybels was having an affair with one woman and was accused of harassment by others. An internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing. But in April, after the allegations came to light, Mr Hybels announced he would step down months ahead of his planned retirement in October. His announcement brought gasps from his congregation. New allegations emerged in recent days, with Mr Hybels' former assistant alleging he groped her repeatedly. The church's entire leadership have now quit over the church's handling of the misconduct allegations. In their statement, church elders said investigations had been "flawed" and that their trust in Willow Creek's founder had "clouded our judgement". "We, as a board, know Willow needs and deserves a fresh start, and the entire board will step down to create room for a new board," it said. The church's lead pastor, Heather Larson. who also stepped down, said trust in the church's leadership had been broken and urgently needed to "move in a better direction". The megachurch had been due to host a summit of hundreds of churches, but dozens have pulled out since the announcement on Wednesday. Willow Creek's new lead pastor, Steve Gillen, has pledged to commission an independent review of the church's leadership.

Alex Jones' 'Free Speech' Shouldn't Be Your Primary Concern

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:23

After Apple, YouTube, Facebook and other companies removed or banned some of

Alex Jones' 'Free Speech' Shouldn't Be Your Primary Concern

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:23

After Apple, YouTube, Facebook and other companies removed or banned some of

How Ford Celebrated the 10 Millionth Mustang

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:20

quite the milestone

Steph Curry Helps Raise More Than $21,000 For Nia Wilson's Family

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:08

NBA star Steph Curry helped raise more than $21,000 for the family of Nia

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks Why U.S. Funds 'Unlimited War' But Not 'Medicare For All'

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:03

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued Wednesday that Congress seems to have no money

The Latest: Life with parole for son in fatal stabbings

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:02

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a teenager who was convicted in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings (all times local):

Florida Tourist Dies After Being Punched by Man He Apparently Mistook for Uber Driver

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:59

The driver fled and remains at large.

California police chief pens open letter saying he is ‘disgusted’ son was involved in attack on elderly Sikh man

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:57

A California police chief has penned an open letter saying he was “disgusted” to learn his estranged son was allegedly involved in an attack on an elderly Sikh man. Sahbit Singh Natt, 71, can be seen on security camera footage being beaten by two suspects while on his morning walk in Manteca, California. One of the suspects has been identified as Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister’s son, Tyrone.

Harley Looking for a Guide to Come and Take it By the Hand

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:01

Harley Looking for a Guide to Come and Take it By the Hand The company is willing to learn how to make small bikes, all it needs is someone willing to teach it Harley-Davidson dropped a bomb last week when it announced a series of measures to diversify

Tourists could be made to file past Rome's Trevi Fountain on one-way route in bid to control overcrowding

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:53

Tourists could be made to file past the Trevi Fountain on a designated pathway rather than linger at their leisure as officials in Rome warn that overcrowding at the monument has got out of hand. The Baroque monument was catapulted to fame by the 1960 film La Dolce Vita but the days when visitors could admire it in relative solitude – let alone wade into waist-deep it as Anita Ekberg did in the Federico Fellini classic – are long gone. Nowadays the fountain, and the piazza in which it is located, is packed with tourists night and day. Visitors clamber over the flanks of the imposing monument, drop melting ice cream on its travertine stone and dangle their feet in the water to cool off during the summer months. The tourist hordes attract a small army of itinerant vendors peddling selfie sticks, postcards and fridge magnets, as well as street artists dressed as Roman centurions and legionaries. “We’re looking at the idea of having a route which would allow tourists to see the Trevi Fountain but without stopping,” Andrea Coia, a city councilor, told La Repubblica newspaper. The aim would be to replace the current free-for-all with controlled access to the fountain Credit: Maremagnum The aim would be to replace the current free-for-all with controlled access to the fountain, “because the situation has become unlivable”, said Mr Coia, a member of the populist Five Star Movement. A similar proposal was trialed last July but dropped a couple of months later. If revived on a permanent basis, the city would deploy police officers to make sure visitors stick to the route and walk in the same direction. There might just be time to toss a coin into the water over the left shoulder – a popular ritual that supposedly guarantees you will return to the Eternal City one day. A woman tosses a coin into the Trevi fountain in Rome. Legend has it that tossing a coin over one's shoulder into the fountain ensures a return visit Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Sabrina Alfonsi, a municipal representative, cautiously welcomed the idea but said the piazza needed to remain accessible to local residents. “It needs to be a piazza that belongs to the whole city, a living place,” she said. Celebrated as one of Rome’s must-see attractions, the Trevi Fountain also proves irresistible to drunks, exhibitionists and sweaty tourists longing for a refreshing dip during the torrid heat of the summer. Two years ago, a British woman named Delilah Jay waded into the fountain in an evening dress, in imitation of Ms Ekberg’s scene with Italian heartthrob Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita. She blew kisses to crowds of tourists but was then apprehended by police officers and fined €450.  A police officer tells tourists not to eat or sit on the rim of the fountain Credit: EPA In March, two Scottish rugby fans were each fined €450 after celebrating Scotland’s victory over Italy in the Six Nations tournament by plunging into the fountain. The men, one of whom was wearing a kilt as he performed a leisurely breast-stroke through the frigid water, were also hauled out by police. Consisting of a grand central arch, marble pillars and allegorical figures surrounded by gushing water, the Trevi Fountain was completed in 1762 after 30 years of work. Standing at the centre of the whole tableau is a statue of the god Oceanus commanding a chariot pulled by horses.