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    Default A Wedding...the bride didn't know it was she who was getting married...lol

    Here is another feel-good link I liked. Hope you will enjoy it too... •••• http://m.wimp.com/surprisewedding/
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    Default 8 Home Remedies That Really Work...

    Friday, August 19, 2011 7:00 AM By Sylvia Booth Hubbard••••• Mom always had her favorite home remedies — didn’t everyone’s mom believe in the power of chicken soup over a cold? — and scientists have actually proved that some of her favorite home remedies are as helpful as she believed. These traditional remedies, passed down for generations, have held up to scientific scrutiny:••••• Honey for coughs.*Not only has honey been proved to be a good cough suppressant, a 2007 study printed in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that a teaspoon of honey calmed the coughs of children with upper respiratory infections and helped them sleep better than over-the-counter cough medicines. In addition, honey is less expensive than cough medicines and has none of the side effects like dizziness and sleepiness. Darker honeys, like buckwheat, have more antioxidants than lighter honeys, say experts. Children under the age of 1 shouldn’t be given honey because of the risk of botulism.••••• Aloe vera for burns.*Gel from the aloe vera plant has been used for centuries to treat burns, and modern research is backing up the plant's ability to heal burns and soothe scrapes. A 2009 study found that aloe cream healed second-degree burns in less than 16 days while a common antibacterial cream (silver sulfadiazine) took 19 days. “There are factors in aloe that help the cells regenerate and heal faster,” Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, a pediatrician at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, N.J., told the New York Times.••••• Cranberries for urinary problems.*American Indians used cranberries to fight infections long before Europeans came ashore. Modern scientists have found that cranberries are unique in their ability to keep bacteria from sticking to bladder walls. A daily glass of cranberry juice or cranberry capsules reduces bladder infections, especially in women who have them often. A new study from the Worchester Polytechnic Institute found that the beneficial substances in cranberry could begin protecting against urinary tract infections within eight hours.••••• Saltwater for a stuffy nose.*Nasal saline irrigation, in which salt water is used to rinse the nasal passages, has long been a remedy to relieve the misery of a stuffy nose. Twenty-first century medicine has scientifically proved it to be a cheap, safe, and effective remedy for clogged noses caused by sinusitis, allergies, and other maladies. You can buy a sinus irrigation kit at your local pharmacy.••••• Staying warm to ward off colds.*Mom always insisted that we bundle up when temperatures plummeted, but scientists always snickered. The laugh's been on them since a 2005 British study indicated that being cold might actually lead to developing a cold. Researchers at the Common Cold Center in Cardiff believe that when a person’s extremities are chilled, the blood vessels in the nose narrow, limiting the amount of disease-fighting white blood cells in the nose, the body’s first defense against viruses.••••• Chicken soup for colds.*Mom was right on target; chicken soup really does fight the common cold. Studies show that mom’s favorite home remedy may be an anti-inflammatory, helping fight cold symptoms. Steam from the hot soup also helps decongest stuffy sinuses by helping them drain. Soup also helps prevent dehydration, and it eases sore throats better than just plain hot water, according to Mount Sinai researchers in Miami.••••• Peppermint for headaches.*A placebo-controlled study published in February found that migraine patients who used oil of peppermint and menthol applied topically had less pain or were pain-free more often than those who were given a placebo. And a German study found that after 15 minutes, a preparation of 10 percent peppermint oil reduced pain as well as acetaminophen.••••• An additional study found that peppermint oil applied to the temples, jaw, and back of the neck relieves headaches. In addition, breathing in the soothing aroma of peppermint tea can ease symptoms, especially if your headache is caused by sinus pressure.••••• Ginger for motion sickness.*Ginger has been used for many years to soothe queasy stomachs. One trial of 80 novice sailors who were prone to motion sickness found that ginger significantly reduced their symptoms, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. As a bonus, ginger didn't cause any of the side effects, including drowsiness, associated with prescription and nonprescription meds that fight motion sickness.
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    Default Very interesting link to historic WWII photos....

    Mind blowing link to WWII photo essay and information from the beginning to end. http://m.theatlantic.com/infocus/ww2.html
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    Default I discovered something new... Bacon Jam... Excellent sandwich with mayo & tomatoes

    Bacon Jam An Original Recipe by Not Quite Nigella ••••• 500grams/1 pound smoked bacon (or use regular bacon and liquid smoke) ••••• 4 cloves garlic, chopped ••••• 1 medium brown onion sliced ••••• 3 tablespoons brown sugar ••••• Tabasco sauce (according to taste) ••••• 1 cup coffee ••••• 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ••••• 1/4 cup maple syrup ••••• Black pepper to taste ••••• extra water .... •••1. In a non stick pan, fry the bacon in batches until lightly browned and beginning to crisp. Using a pair of scissors cut into 1 inch pieces. .... •••2. Fry the onion and garlic in the rendered bacon fat on medium heat until translucent. Picture is After 5 minutes of cooking ••••• 3. Transfer the bacon, onion and garlic into a heavy based cast iron pot and add the rest of the ingredients except for the water. Simmer for 2 hours adding 1/4 of a cup of water every 25-30 minutes or so and stirring. Picture is after 30 minutes-1 hour of cooking Picture is after 2 hours of cooking. ••••• 4. When ready, cool for about 15-20 minutes and then place in a food processor. Pulse for 2-3 seconds so that you leave some texture to the “jam” or of course you could keep whizzing and make it a smoother and more paste like. ••••••••• P.S. Can't we do anything about this damned "auto correct" that makes everything to come out like this when posted from iPhone ?
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    Default Mustangs play role in hunt for Mexican smugglers Horses go where......

    WILLCOX, Ariz — Sturdy, highly strung mustangs from wild herds in the Rocky Mountains are playing a growing role as the U.S. Border Patrol takes its hunt for smugglers into the most rugged terrain on the Arizona-Mexico border.The Tucson sector horse patrol took possession of six mustangs from Colorado this week, and is harnessing their sharp hearing, keen eyesight and stamina to track drug smugglers and illegal immigrants trekking up through areas so remote even all-terrain vehicles cannot reach them.
    "They can get where ATVs can't," said Border Patrol Agent Robbie Allred, 28, after he put the horses through their paces on Friday around a corral at the 240-acre Kansas Settlement training facility near Willcox, Ariz.
    "They can get where helicopters and regular agents can't," he added.


    The mustangs, which arrived in Arizona on August 15 are among 32 the Border Patrol has bought since 2010 under the Noble Mustangs program, in which Colorado prison inmates break and train the animals to prepare them for sale to the public or other government agencies.
    The strong, compact horses are particularly valued by Stetson and chap-wearing horse patrol agents as they are an ideal match for the forbidding wilderness south of Tucson.

    "These horses, having grown up in that, are already adapted to that kind of terrain," said Bobbi Schad, the Tucson Sector's mounted patrol coordinator and one of the patrol's most experienced mounted agents.

    Good hearing, eyesight

    Horses are playing a greater role in border security now than at any time since the Border Patrol was founded in 1924. There are 329 mounted agents nationwide, most on the southwest border with Mexico.

    The Kansas Settlement is the center of operations for mounted Border Patrol training in Arizona. Most of the Tucson Sector's 100-plus certified riders and 129 horses came through the training center, which became a Border Patrol facility four years ago after it was seized from a drug trafficker.
    During training, the patrol's mustangs are exposed to flapping tarps, aircraft and gunfire -- from toy cap guns -- to accustom them to police work in the cactus-studded wilderness, often miles from the nearest road.
    The mustangs, which are picked in part for their stout legs and large feet, can also hear, see and smell better than their human riders. They often alert agents to illegal immigrants or smugglers who often try to dodge arrest by hiding under trees and brush.
    "Intuitively, since they were born wild, these horses are more hypersensitive. A lot of times you watch your horse," Schad said.
    "At night, they learn to distinguish the sounds of a group (of drug smuggler or illegal immigrants) moving as opposed to cattle moving," she said.
    Working with the new arrivals from Colorado also requires adaptability, patience and an aptitude for a particular kind of teamwork on the part of agents like Allred.
    "With a motorcycle or an ATV, you just have to push a button and it does what you want," he says. "You really have to work with the horse."
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    Default Our own ED HARROW in the news...<3

    When they're not turning up in other nooks of his Spring Lane home, Ed Harrow's robot components, model rocket parts and Lego pieces rest inside three rollaway bookcases in his basement. *••••• The 63-year-old says his wife calls him the world's oldest teenager, but the bric-a-brac also serves a larger purpose: The pieces are supplies for short-term classes for children and teenagers that the itinerant science tutor runs through the region's summer camps, recreation departments and community education programs. *••••• "I think there's too much sitting at the desk and kids being talked at," Harrow said of traditional, classroom-based science lessons. "Learning is a participatory event.". ••••• He was back at it again yesterday, leading middle-school-age students in a weeklong Lego engineering course at the MetroWest YMCA's Hopkinton branch.*••••• The sessions called for increasingly demanding designs of model cars, with teams required to respond to Harrow's mock "customer" request with a short advertising campaign and a solution to the presented challenge. *••••• "I like engineering," Sudbury 12-year-old Kentra Vellom said when asked why she chose to attend. "I like making things.".*••••• On this particular day, the 16 students had to design a Lego car that a rubber band could propel toward a finish line across the room. If they made their wheels too tight, friction got in the way. Too loose, and their creations wobbled. Many cars skidded sideways, tipped or simply sputtered out. *••••• "There's more balance than the skinny ones," Ashland 11-year-old Sean Lammerding said when explaining why team Everything Inc. used a single pair of fat tires. *••••• The team also used extruding arches to keep its car upright. *••••• When the nearest competitors - Ogel Inc., which is Lego spelled backwards - came up short, rival Matthew Levine of Ashland, 11, was disappointed. *••••• "I'm not telling them how to build these things," Harrow said. "They have to come up with it themselves.".*••••• Harrow came to tutoring after getting laid off from a technology firm during the sector's bust a decade ago. He had consulted with clients during his tenure and led seminars, and his family had a background in teaching - his grandmother, mother and wife all joined the field. *••••• A friend of Harrow's also took note of the couple's years raising foster children and suggested he take the tutoring plunge, prompting him to form*The Whitehall Learning Group. http://www.whitehall-learning-group.com/ *••••• He runs short-term programs throughout the region, with sessions touching topics including carpentry, rocketry and robotics. This summer, he's already taught in Milford and Westborough, and he has a class in Holliston where students build working, desktop-sized medieval catapults. *••••• While he sometimes misses the repartee that comes with training adults and lacks the support system of school-based teachers, he gets to witness the unending creativity of his charges - like a current student's development of a new way to hold rubber bands for the cars, six years into the course's history. *••••• He also watches as students learn to parse instructions, solve problems and work as a team, even if they don't realize they're actually learning. *••••• "That's pretty much the object of all the classes I do," he said.*Link with pictures. http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/ne...mobRedir=false
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    Default Ed Harrow thread....:)

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    Default Dogs sniff out early-stage lung cancer...

    *••••Ruh huh! Sniffer dogs could be used for the early detection of lung cancer, German scientists show.**••••• Still the most common cause of death from cancer worldwide,*lung cancer*isn’t strongly associated with any symptoms, and early detection is usually by chance. **••••• Oftentimes, the presence of cancer is linked to*volatile organic compounds (VOCs)*produced by tumors. However, no lung cancer-specific VOCs have ever been identified because patients aren’t allowed to eat or smoke before the test, analyses take a long time, and the risk of interference is high. **••••• So a team led by Thorsten Walles of*Schillerhoehe Hospital*wanted to see if trained sniffer dogs could identify a VOC in the breath of patients. **•••• In particular, 2 German shepherds, an Australian shepherd and a Labrador were given exhaled breath specimens from 220 cancer patients,chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)*patients, and healthy volunteers. **••••• The participants breathed into glass tubes filled with fleece that absorbed smells, and the dogs sniffed the tubes, sitting down in front of those they detect lung cancer in.*••••• The dogs*successfully identified 71% of the samples with lung cancer.**•••••They correctly detected 372 samples that didn’t have lung cancer out of 400. That’s a 93% success rate… nearly no false positives!**••••• The dogs even*detected lung cancer independently from COPD, tobacco smoke, medication, and even food odors. (Current lab tests can’t even do this.) **••••• First of all, these results confirm that there IS a specific marker for lung cancer separate from COPD and the rest. And second… dogs are reliable (and amazing). **••••• Their keen sense of smell, according to Walles, detects the chemical differences between healthy people and lung cancer patients at an early stage of the disease.*Only 15% of lung cancers are currently diagnosed before the disease spreads to other organs… at that point, the 5-year survival rate is 2%.**••••• Dogs have been shown to detect*colon cancer,*breast cancer,*melanoma, and even*bombs. With this new study,canine breathalyzers*not only smelled lung cancer even when a patient had recently eaten or smoked a cigarette, they also didn’t mistake other scents for cancer. **••••• “This is a big step forward in the diagnosis of lung cancer, but we still need to precisely identify the compounds observed in the exhaled breath of patients,”*Walles says. “It is unfortunate that dogs cannot communicate the biochemistry of the scent of cancer!”.**••••• Once they figure out the chemical the dogs are detecting, researchers can develop a screening method. Some are already working on ‘electronic noses’ that would be able to detect the same chemical as dogs. **•••••The*study*was published in the*European Respiratory Journal. * •••* Via*BBC,*European Lung Foundation.* ••• *Image by*xandert*via morgueFile
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    Default The New Gold Scare... Gold Scams!

    The New Gold Scare... Gold Scams! **••••• Aug 24, 2011 3:06 PM EDT •••••**•••••*If you are a goldbug or if you believe gold is a bubble, one thing is for certain... Investors have to be careful to avoid pitfalls, and the biggest fear is that there are scams out there.* FINRA has gone so far as to release a warning and supporting white paper on the matter called ""Gold" Stocks-Some Investments Mine Your Pocketbook" today.***••••• The aim is to target gold stocks with wild claims.* They are advertised all over the internet and they often note, "Could turn $10,000 into $384,600."* The other big claim is that a small company with vast reserves will end up being the perfect buyout target.* FINRA furthers goes on to point out that gold stocks tied solely to the rise in gold itself is a red flag, as is the threat of inflation and/or an economic meltdown.**••••• Think this is not possible that there are scams out there?* FINRA noted that the SEC charged six individuals in June 2010 with running a Ponzi scheme that bilked more than 3,000 investors out of $300 million.**••••• By the way, FINRA is ONLY covering the investment aspect of gold.* It has not addressed the issues of counterfeit gold coins, gold-plated coins being sold as pure gold, the 'alternative to gold' schemes, and a dozen other ways that are aimed to bilk you out of your cash. What about collectors getting nailed by inflated gold prices for coins that will never be melted down for gold because of their historic importance?**••••• Is there a coincidence that gold is down over $80 today?* Gold futures were above $1900 an ounce in recent days, but now gold is back around $1780...**••••JON C. OGG
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    Default 12-year-old boy delivered his baby brother after their mother went into labor.....

    Gaelan Edwards, a 12-year-old boy from Campell River, British Columbia, delivered his baby brother on Sunday morning when his mother went into labor and couldn't make it to the hospital.

    Gaelan was up late, "watching a movie about showgirls on television at about 2 a.m. on Sunday morning," Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reports, when he heard his mother call from her bedroom. At first, he thought he was in trouble for watching TV when he wasn't supposed to be, he told CTV.

    Danielle Edwards quickly explained what was happening and told Gaelan that when he saw the baby's shoulders, he needed to hold on to them and pull the baby out.

    In his interview with CTV, Gaelan says that when he started to pull the baby, it started crying, which was a relief. "You know that's a healthy baby," he said. After the baby came out, Gaelan clamped the umbilical cord and cut it with household scissors. He then helped mom push out the placenta before cleaning and wrapping his newly born brother.

    Gaelan described the cord cutting as "gross" because "blood was spurting out everywhere."
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    Default At funeral, dog mourns the death of Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan...



    Jon Tumilson, a Navy SEAL, was one of 30 Americans killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter. He was mourned at a service in Rockford, Iowa, attended by 1,500 family members, friends--and Hawkeye, Tumilson's dog. The Labrador retriever was such an important part of Tumilson's life that the friends and family of the San Diego resident called the dog his "son."

    When Tumilson's friend Scott Nichols walked to the front of the room to speak, Hawkeye followed, Today.com reports. "As Nichols prepared to memorialize his friend, Hawkeye dutifully laid down near the casket," Scott Stump writes.

    A video clip of the mourning dog can be seen here. KIMT-TV of Mason City, Iowa, covered the funeral.
    The photo on the right was taken by Tumilson's cousin, Lisa Pembleton, and posted on Facebook. Pembleton wrote on her Facebook page, "To say that he was an amazing man doesn't do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family, and friends is immeasurable."
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    Default Sea turtle who had global following found dead...too bad....:(



    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Andre, a sea turtle who survived catastrophic injuries and underwent a year of rehabilitation and innovative surgeries, has been found dead, three weeks after he was released off the Florida coast.Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which had cared for the turtle, said he was found Wednesday on Hutchinson Island. David McClymont, the center's president, said staffers were able to identify the turtle from a tag that had been placed on him, but he was in such bad condition they couldn't determine what killed him.
    "The staff and the entire volunteer base are deeply saddened," he said Thursday.
    Just three weeks ago, a raucous crowd of hundreds gathered to watch Andre crawl into the sea and swim away. Onlookers hugged, wiped away tears and talked of the inspiration the reptile gave them.
    Amid the disappointment over the sea turtle's death, his caretakers said the herculean efforts they took to save Andre — including several procedures considered animal firsts — were already helping others.
    "The scientific advancements we made while rehabilitating Andre are already being applied in the treatment of other threatened and endangered sea turtles," the center said in a statement.
    When Andre was found stranded on a sandbar on June 15, 2010, he had gaping holes in his shell, the result of two apparent boat strikes. More than three pounds of sand were inside him, along with at least a couple of crabs, a raging infection and a collapsed lung. His spinal cord was exposed, pneumonia was plaguing him and death seemed certain.
    Any one of those injuries could have killed him, but his flippers were working and his neurological function appeared normal. So after beachgoers pulled him ashore on a boogie board, veterinarians began what became a yearlong effort to save him.
    To help remove fluid and other materials and close his wounds, doctors used a vacuum therapy system. To help close gashes in the shell, a local orthodontist installed braces similar to those used on humans. And to fill in the gaping holes, doctors employed a procedure typically used to help regrow breast tissue in mastectomy patients and abdominal tissue in hernia patients.
    The turtle's story was followed by many of the 225,000 annual visitors to the center and through a round-the-clock webcam. Children flooded him with mail and checks flowed in from around the world to support his care.
    Green sea turtles have persisted since prehistoric times, but are endangered today. Only a small fraction of hatchlings survive and even fewer go on to reach adulthood and reproduce.
    At 177 pounds when he was released, Andre was believed to be about 25 years old.
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    Thumbs up In-shoe tech scavenges energy, generates electricity as you walk...(Quite amazing)

    ••••• Just how much oomph is in your step? Up to 20 watts of power is lost as heat each time your foot hits the ground. ••••• But wait! Scientists have found a way to harvest energy from metal microdroplets in the soles of shoes. Talk about power walking. ••••• Not only would it encourage Thomas Jefferson’s preferred form of exercise, this method for collecting and storing energy may also provide a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative to batteries. Portable electronics like cellphones and cameras use between 1 and 15 watts… making foot power pretty awesome if we could harvest it. ••••• “Humans, generally speaking, are very powerful energy-producing machines,” says study researcher Tom Krupenkin from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “While sprinting, a person can produce as much as a kilowatt of power.” ••••• Currently, environmentally friendly, portable high-power energy harvesting – by converting mechanical motion into electrical power – suffers from poor conversion rates. That means they get mere milliwatts (although, that’s just fine for my kinetic watch). ••••• To get around this, Krupenkin and UW-Madison’s Ashley Taylor developed a new method called reverse electrowetting – converting the energy of moving liquid droplets into an electrical current. ScienceNOW explains: •••••They started with a conductive solid substrate, which they topped with droplets of an electrically conductive liquid. On top of it they placed a metal electrode coated with a 10- to 50-nanometer-thick film of an insulating material… The bottom conductive substrate and the top electrode were then connected into a circuit. So when the solid electrode was pushed down, compressing the liquid droplets, or pushed laterally over the top of them, the device produced… voltage. ••••• Then they tested the idea using electrodes coated thinly with something called dielectric tantalum oxide and microscopic drops of mercury and gallium-based alloy. ••••• According to Nature News, 150 droplets produced a few milliwatts of power. But after extrapolating the data, they calculated that 1,000 droplets, which would fit in a 40-square centimeter area, could generate up to 10 watts per step.••••• That would be enough to power a cellphone, military radio, GPS device, or even a small laptop. In your feet, you would have “a mobile electronic unit with you that is always ready,” Krupenkin says. ••••• You could completely recharge a standard cellphone battery by going for a 2-hour stroll, he adds. ••••• Getting energy to your portable device will be tricky. They’re pondering having the electricity-generating device connected to a shoe-bound wireless transmitter. Since the biggest drain on your battery is radio communication, the battery would last tens of times longer, according to Krupenkin. ••••• The duo have already patented the idea and are scaling up the device and designing a shoe to contain it. They formed a company – InStep NanoPower – to commercialize their new in-shoe tech. Expect a prototype that fits into the sole of a shoe (pictured) in a couple years. ••••• Potential customers, MSNBC describes, range from military personnel who now carry 20 pounds of batteries in the field to keep their gadgets running to people in developing countries who have inadequate access to electrical grids for recharging their cellphones. ••••• It’s not quite a totally inexhaustible energy source, but it’ll sort of be like having an electrical power generator under your foot .••••• The work was published in Nature Communications today. ••••• Images: InStep NanoPower / T. Krupenkin & J.A. Taylor
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    Default Can you tell a real Facebook e-mail from a phishing attempt?

    By Ed Bott | August 28, 2011, 2:59pm PDT ••••• Summary: Notification e-mails from social networking sites like Facebook can be dangerous; if you’re fooled by a phisher, you can click your way into big trouble. Here are four Facebook notifications that arrived in my e-mail inbox recently. Can you tell which are real and which are fake?••••• E-mail notifications are an important part of social networking services like Facebook. If you have to continually visit the site to see what’s new, you lose much of the excitement that comes with comments on your photos or other shared items. If you forget to check for a day or two, you might miss an invitation to an event or an opportunity to connect with a long-lost friend who’s in town for a day or two. ••••• But e-mail notifications are also a security risk. If an attacker can create a realistic-looking imitation of a Facebook notification, you might find yourself clicking on a link that can lead to malware or attempt to steal your login credentials. ••••• Unfortunately, phishers are getting better at what they do, and spotting a fake isn’t as easy as you might think. I’ve assembled four Facebook notifications that arrived in my e-mail inbox recently. Can you tell which are real and which are fake? (Click any image to see it at full size, or visit the accompanying gallery*to flip through all four screens at full size.) ••••• Here’s one that arrived last week. As with all the images, I’ve blurred personal information but otherwise these messages are shown in full, as they appear in Microsoft Outlook’s preview pane. ••••• If you guessed that one was a fake, congratulations. It led to a website that was flagged as dangerous by Microsoft’s SmartScreen Filter, by Google’s Safe Browsing feature, and by Safari. If you were using an outdated browser such as Internet Explorer 6 or 7, you would have seen an attempt to install a fake Flash update that was actually a password-stealing Trojan. ••••• OK, let’s try another. Real or fake? ••••• Do you think that odd e-mail address indicates a fake? Confusingly, Facebook notifications come from the facebookmail.com domain and include a suspicious-looking sender’s name. The long, complicated URL might also look suspicious, but this notification is a legit one from Facebook. ••••• OK, here’s a third test. Real or fake? ••••• Hmmm. The previous, real notification included a long complicated URL. This one has a pair of buttons that you’re supposed to click to see the comments a friend supposedly added to your shared link. That’s a favorite trick that phishers and spammers use to disguise misleading links. Surprisingly, this one is legit. ••••• OK, last one. Real or fake? ••••• This is a particularly convincing fake. The graphics, fonts, button design, and links are all indistinguishable from a real Facebook notification. This particular phishing attempt led to a fake online pharmacy, but it could just as easily have led to a malware installer. ••••• One of these fakes was good enough to slip past my spam filters. In that case, the only way to determine that it wasn’t legit was to allow the mouse pointer to hover over a link or button to see what its true destination was. Here’s what it looked like: ••••• That’s certainly not a legitimate link. Here, by contrast, is what a link from a real Facebook notification looks like: ••••• It’s a challenge to get nontechnical users in the habit of checking links before they click, but the results are well worth it. ••••• Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily e-mail newsletter.
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    Default Facial recognition for marketing goes mainstream: is this a good thing?

    A couple of weeks back, we ran some disturbing conclusions by Carnegie-Mellon researchers that privacy is reaching the point of no return with the advent of smartphones employing facial recognition apps. Add another dynamic to the mix: location-based marketing pitches that size up a person’s sex, age and dimensions.

    The Los Angeles Times reports that some companies are adopting or already have facial recognition technology in place to provide the ultimate customization for digital ads:

    “Once the stuff of science fiction and high-tech crime fighting, facial recognition technology has become one of the newest tools in marketing, even though privacy concerns abound. The Venetian resort, hotel and casino in Las Vegas has started using it on digital displays to tailor suggestions for restaurants, clubs and entertainment to passersby. Kraft Foods Inc. and Adidas say they are planning to experiment with it as early as this year to push their products.”

    Some companies are even getting creative with employment of facial recognition technology. A group of bar owners in Chicago now employ mounted cameras to “keep tabs on the male/female ratio and age mixes of their crowds. Patrons planning a night out can use mobile apps to get a real-time check of a venue’s vibe.”

    We know personalization is the holy grail of advertising and marketing. And facial recognition has been successfully deployed in good things, such as crime-fighting and terrorist-spotting. Security and access to facilities or systems may be another positive application of technology. Recognition technologies can enhance the overall experience of interacting with computers.

    But does employing the technology to recognize and sell to people in public spaces take it a step too far?

    For a good overview of the ethical, social and security implications of facial recognition technology, New York University’s Center for Catastrophe for Preparedness and Response issued a*report back in 2009 that concludes that it may be some time before the technology can randomly pick faces out of crowds. A database of image galleries is necessary, and the report recommends that subjects have the ability to “opt in.”* As the paper concludes:

    “It might be that this is ultimately an unattainable goal, especially for larger populations. Not because the technology is not good enough but because there is not enough information (or variation) in faces to discriminate over large populations—i.e. with large populations it will create many biometric doubles that then need to be sorted out using another biometric.”

    The below YouTube video, produced by TweakTown, offers a look at some facial recognition or gesture-controlled systems, that have some interesting applications, such as creating avatars or controlling screen positions. The final segment demonstrates how a TV can sense who is in the room watching, and deliver appropriately targeted ads.* Hmm.

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    Default Could we use sewage to power our cars?

    We’re pretty good about recycling our trash: our soda cans, paper, and plastic, can all be re-purposed and reused down the road. But what if we could make use of another kind of waste: our sewage?




    A Southern California waste treatment plant is doing just that. The Department of Transportation recently commissioned the world’s first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station, using biogas to produce electricity, heat, and hydrogen. It’s location? The Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant, in Fountain Valley, C.A.

    Using a system developed by FuelCell Energy, methane gas produced by sewage in the treatment facility is put through a fuel cell and reformed into hydrogen. The electricity produced by the fuel cell is used to power the treatment plant, while leftover hydrogen is sent to a hydrogen fueling station, managed by Air Products, that will be able to fuel between 25 and 50 fuel cell electric cars per day.

    “This is the epitome of sustainability by taking a human waste and transforming it into electricity which we need, and transportation fuel that we need, as well as thermal product heat that could serve the process of transforming the feed waste into productive products,” said Professor Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, in a statement from Air Products. “This project is at the nexus of the challenge for the next millennium associating how we handle in concert transportation, energy and water resources.”

    This could give ‘recycling’ a whole new meaning.

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    Per request. Reposting from this thread: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...ters-To-Safety

    From the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...feeds-newsxml#

    Diver swims 20 MILES through shark-infested seas to reach safety after being abandoned by boatman
    By Richard Shears
    Last updated at 7:36 AM on 23rd August 2011



    Survived: Mr Koze managed to swim to safety over 24 hours and 20 miles

    A Japanese diving instructor managed to survive being abandoned by a boatman in shark-infested waters by swimming 20 miles to shore in 24 hours.

    Hishashi Koze had been left for dead following a routine dive off Borneo's Santubong peninsula with two other diving colleagues.

    The three men had gone underwater for a third dive, only to be abandoned when boatmen on the surfrace lost sight of their air bubbles underwater and assumed they were in trouble.

    Mr Koze, 39, was then left alone himself after trying to swim after the boat and losing sight of his two colleagues.

    Exhausted, sunburned, dehydrated and emotional, Mr Koze managed to swim back to Malaysia's Borneo island, where he told how the dive boat he was on had headed back to the shore after the boatman had decided there was no hope of finding him and his two companions alive.

    But Mr Koze's friends, Satoo Makoto, 40, and Ngu Teck Hua, 52, were soon picked up by a passing fishing boat.

    Mr Koze, however, lost touch with his friends and did not see them being rescued - he did not even see the fishing boat that picked them up.

    'I kept thinking "I must survive - I must survive",' he told The Star newspaper of Malaysia.

    'I swam backstroke against the waves, covering, I think about 30km through the afternoon, through the night and through until this morning when I reached the shore.'

    Mr Koze and his companions had been taken to the site of a Japanese shipwreck, some 50 minutes from Borneo's Santubong peninsula.

    The dive was routine for the three men - and none dreamed it would turn into a nightmare, particularly for Mr Koze.

    'We made two successful dives and then we decided to dive for a third time,' said Mr Koze.

    'The third dive lasted for about an hour. Then when we surfaced I saw the boat was quite far away.'

    What the three men did not realise was that the boatman had panicked after losing sight of the trio's air bubbles, a common safety indicator between divers and boatmen.

    'I left the two in order to swim to the boat and get it to pick us up, but then I lost sight of it. I then couldn't find the two other divers, but made up my mind it was my responsibility to get rescue.'

    Unaware that his friends were later picked up by a fishing boat, Mr Koze struck out for what he hoped was the direction of the shore.

    'As the light faded I followed the stars as I swam. I realised I had to be calm.

    'The direction of the current told me I was in the right direction and I also had the help of a compass.'

    All three men were kept under observation in the Sarawak General Hospital before being released.

    Asked if he would go back to sea again, Mr Koze, who manages a dive shop on Borneo, said: 'Oh yes - maybe in a week or so.'

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    This is just down the street from my house. I've had to chase the sow and cubs off a couple times, but haven't had any other troubles yet. -Jim

    Woman punches bear to save her dog



    Posted: August 30, 2011 - 10:01pm


    [COLOR=#4B4B4B !important]Michael Penn / Juneau Empire[/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#4B4B4B !important]Brook Collins holds her dog, Fudge, at her home on Tuesday. Collins punched a black bear in the snout after the bear attacked Fudge on Sunday.[/COLOR]




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    By Jonathan Grass
    JUNEAU EMPIRE
    Black bears in residential neighborhoods aren’t exactly unheard of in Juneau. While many people stay inside when bears are about, one local woman says she had a different instinct when she saw her dog was in trouble.
    It started out as a typical evening for 22-year-old Brooke Collins. She let her dogs out as usual but this time, she said there was a black bear outside who took hold of her dachshund Fudge. She said she feared for her pet’s life and, in an instant, ran over and punched the bear right in the face to make it let go.
    “It was all so fast. All I could think about was my dog was going to die,” said Collins.
    “It was a stupid thing but I couldn’t help it,” she said. “I know you’re not supposed to do that but I didn’t want my dog to be killed.”
    Collins said she didn’t see the bear outside when she let the dogs out around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. She said Fudge just darted out and the barking could be heard almost instantly. She said that barking was “the most horrible sound in the world.”
    Collins said when she looked outside she saw a bear was crouching down with Fudge its paws and was biting the back of the dog’s neck.
    “That bear was carrying her like a salmon,” she said.
    She said she almost instinctively went up and did the first thing she thought of. She punched the bear’s face and scooped away her dog when it let go.
    It all happened too fast to really think about but she had flashes of hearing about how some animals will back off from a punch to the nose, she said.
    She said her boyfriend Regan O’Toole came out upon hearing the screaming. O’Toole said the bear already looked startled from being punched at that point. He said the animal went down the driveway and into the bushes to the mountain as he ran toward it.
    Her dog suffered some claw and bite marks but they weren’t deep so she said she decided not to take Fudge to the vet. She said the dog appeared to be more shocked than injured. She’s keeping an eye on the marks and will get Fudge checked out if they appear infected.
    She said she also got a mark on her thumb from where the bear and Fudge bit her, but it didn’t need medical attention, she said.
    Collins said she’s very close to her dogs, which is why she reacted this way. She said after this experience, however, she’ll keep a closer eye on them outside, as she fears an encounter with her other canine, a Pomeranian named Toki.
    Collins lives in a neighborhood tucked up against Mount Juneau and uphill from the AWARE shelter. She said black bear sightings are a regular occurrence there. She believes this same one has been around her house many times and is not afraid of people.
    She said if this is that bear, it’s definitely used to people and keeps coming back and may even know what days the trash will be out. She said she’s even followed it to take pictures before.
    O’Toole said he’s seen five bears in the area this year, including a sow with two cubs.
    “We haven’t had any attacks over the years and they’re around all the time,” he said.
    Collins said one scary thing in hindsight was the bear’s size, which she said was very large even when it was crouching. O’Toole said it was definitely a large one.
    Collins said the whole experience of a physical encounter shook her up, calling the whole thing an eye-opener. She said she’ll be taking a lot more caution from now on and definitely won’t be approaching neighborhood bears.
    “It’s definitely changed my opinion because I never thought one would attack my dog,” she said. “I wasn’t in my right mind at the moment but I would never think of doing it again.”
    Bear sightings should be reported to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s regional office. Call 465-4267 for biologist Neil Barten or 465-4359 for biologist Ryan Scott.
    • Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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    Nicholas and Jim, thanks for posting very interesting stories.
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    China is “vastly increasing” its risk of a nuclear accident by choosing older nuclear technology that lacks advanced cooling systems, according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and reported by Britain’s Guardian newspaper.


    Cables sent three years ago from the U.S. embassy in Beijing express concern that China’s aggressive nuclear power expansion leans heavily on the country’s own “CPR-1000” design, which lacks passive cooling systems, the Guardian notes.


    Passive cooling does not rely on external power to drive circulation of cooling fluid. In older, power-reliant cooling, pumps can fail in an outage. That’s what happened at the Fukushima plant in Japan in March, when the tsunami knocked out backup diesel generators and reactors overheated.


    “As the CPR-1000 increases market share, China is assuring that rather than building a fleet of state-of-the-art reactors, they will be burdened with technology that by the end of its lifetime will be 100 years old,” says one cable dated 7 August 2008. “China is vastly increasing the aggregate risk of its nuclear power fleet.”

    You can read the WikiLeaks cable as provided by the Guardian here.

    The Guardian says that the CPR-1000 has been “the most popular design” for China over the last 10 years, and that 20 of 22 nuclear plants under construction in 2009 used the design.

    Contrary to the tone of the cables, some nuclear experts believe that China will play a leading role in the future of nuclear power by develoiping and deploying modern technologies as it constructs as many as 100 nuclear reactors over the next 20 years – nearly quarter of the total of all reactors in the world today.

    It is currently building four Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, which deploy passive cooling (the “AP” stands for “advanced passive”).

    It is also has ambitious research and development underway in several other nuclear technologies, including molten salt reactors, thorium, fast neutron reactors, pebble bed reactors and fusion. Some of these could be potentially safer and more effective than conventional designs.

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    DENVER (Reuters) - A western Colorado logger said on Wednesday that he amputated all the toes on his right foot with a pocket knife to free himself after a 7-ton trailer landed on his foot, trapping him in an isolated forest.

    Jon Hutt, 61, of Montrose, Colorado, said he's "on the mend" after the harrowing August 19 incident.

    Hutt told Reuters he was gathering a load of firewood for the upcoming winter months in a remote area west of Telluride, Colorado. As he was working on his tractor-trailer, the trailer lurched, became detached and landed on his foot.

    "It was like stepping into a bear trap," he said.

    Unable to free himself, Hutt said he hollered for help but after 30 minutes realized "no one was coming," and he needed to take drastic action before shock set in.

    Utilizing the 3-inch blade on his pocket knife, Hutt cut away his boot and saw that his only option was to cut off all five toes to escape.

    "The three smaller toes were easy, but it took some work to cut through the tendons on the two big toes," he said. "Plus, at that point the blade was getting dull."

    After the makeshift surgery, Hutt used a shirt as a tourniquet to staunch the bleeding and drove his semi-tractor trailer down a mountain pass until he got into cell phone range.

    He then called 911 and an ambulance met him at a reservoir and transported him to an area hospital. Surgeons at Montrose Memorial Hospital could not re-attach the severed digits.

    Hospital spokeswoman Leann Tobin said Hutt spent just four days in the facility, and was released on August 22.

    Pictures showed him sitting in his home next to a pair of crutches, his right foot heavily bandaged.

    Hutt said he was familiar with Aron Ralston, the Colorado mountain climber whose 2003 saga became a best-selling book and Oscar-nominated movie after he amputated his right arm when a loose boulder pinned him in a Utah canyon.

    But the soft-spoken Hutt said he doesn't know if he wants any more publicity after dealing with the whirlwind of media attention that has come his way.

    "It seems like I shot myself in the foot instead," he said, laughing.

    (Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston)
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    Default Eyeborg man puts a camera in his eye to record what he can’t see




    Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence turned his prosthetic eye into a video camera.

    He lost an eye in a*childhood shooting accident*when he was nine, but has made the most of it and become a cyborg celebrity of sorts. His custom-made prosthetic eye has a battery-powered wireless video camera. It is part of theEyeborg Project, which aims to record the world from a view that’s never been seen before.

    The wireless video camera rests between two layers of a prosthetic eye. The OmniVision video camera is very tiny, only 3.2MM 328 x 258. When Spence puts the camera in his eye, a magnet is waved in front of it to turn it on. The video footage is then transmitted to a handheld screen.

    Kosta Grammastis, a former SpaceX engineer, designed initial prototype. In 2009, the eyeborg camera was named one of the best inventions by*Time magazine.

    “This third iteration of the eyeborg is leaps and bounds better in terms of video quality and battery life. Previous versions had a shorter battery life and the picture quality was poor,” Grammastis said. “Cramming all that stuff into such a small space was a big challenge, especially on a small budget.”

    Spence made a documentary about bionic bodies for the launch of a video game called*Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The video game explores a world in which cyborgs rule. But some scenes in the film can make you squeamish (so don’t watch it if you have a weak stomach):


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW78wbN-WuU&sns=em
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    Doesn't anyone else have what they think to be interesting news to post? please...
    Here's one that's sure to appeal to the inner child in all of us. Check out the brief news clip in the link for video of this car in action. The guy did a terrific job fabricating the car and reactions of people who see it on the street are priceless.

    http://www.wtsp.com/rss/article/2085...ads-in-St-Pete

    Red Wagon car turns heads in St. Pete

    St. Petersburg, FL -- Most red wagons are pulled, but not Chuck Redding's Western Flyer Rocket. He recently built a model of his childhood toy that is street legal. It's now turning heads everywhere Redding drives it.


    "The last time we took it out, we didn't even get it out of the gate and cars stopped right in the middle of the road, people jumped out with their cell phone cameras and started taking pictures." Redding told 10 News.


    Redding, who owns Redding's Auto Shop in St. Petersburg, spent the past 8-months building the vehicle. His wife Ginger says he began building it to help occupy his time after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.


    "I think it just pushed him a little harder to recover and do more and not just sit around and concentrate on what he was going through," Ginger Redding said.


    Roughly 5-times the size of the Western Flyer wagon Chuck Redding had as a child he says his new toy has everything a normal car has.


    "(It's) got wipers, horns, an emergency break, back up lights, it's got it all," Chuck Redding said.
    Built partly using a Chevy S10 pick-up truck, Redding estimates he spent $20,000 on materials. But don't ask him about buying it.


    "I didn't build it to sell it, I built it to enjoy it, have fun. We really enjoy people enjoying it and the laughs we get," he said.
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    SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Police in California said a truck crashed and many of its bags of illegally carried marijuana were snatched up by bystanders before officers arrived.
    San Jose police said the truck, which crashed at about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday and wound up on its side near Oakridge Mall, was abandoned by the time police got there and many large bags of marijuana were taken by pedestrians and motorists, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday.
    Investigators said the remaining bags were rounded up by officers and they found a loaded handgun inside the truck.
    Police said they were searching for the driver of the truck and the people who picked up the bags of marijuana.


    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/09/...#ixzz1WqhhMcDx

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    Great stories, both of them.

    The wagon is wonderful. Brings a big smile on the face. I'd love to see it in real life.

    The over-turned vehicle story made me laugh. I bet they never find the "lost" bags or the ones who took them...lol...
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    You have to see this. It's INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ar-trails.html


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    One of World's Smallest Men, Stands 27-Inches Tall
    By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMESSeptember 2, 2011

    Edward Nino Hernandez*is only 27 inches tall -- about the size of a 1-year-old -- and for seven short months he held theGuinness World Records*title as the smallest man in the world.

    Born to a poor family in rural Colombia, Hernandez used his title to pull his struggling family out of poverty, but others looking to profit used the pint-sized 25-year-old along the way.

    His poignant, but torturous journey is the subject of a documentary, "World's Smallest Man," which will air on TLC on Sunday, Sept. 11.

    "When I look out my window, I dream that I am tall -- to go to work, as a doctor or a painter, to have a farm and a Jeep," says Hernandez, who speaks in Spanish.

    "I asked my mom, Why am I not growing?" he says through a translator in the documentary. "I used to get very angry and bad-tempered because of my problems."

    He can do little for himself because of his height, so family members cook for him, bathe him and take him to the toilet.

    His rise to fame -- dancing at discos, appearing on television talk shows, even being patronizingly cuddled on the lap of the president of Colombia -- calls into question how world-record competitions can create success in an instant or destroy it.

    Wherever he goes, Hernandez is fondled and picked up. He has his own "body guard," a family relative who carries him around to protect him from gawking strangers.

    "I am not afraid of kidnapping," said Hernandez's father. "But I am afraid to leave him alone, that people will take him, as if he were a lost toy."

    Eventually, Khagendra Thapa Magar, an 18-year-old from Nepal, who is only one inch shorter, took the new Guinness title, and the celebrity calls dwindled.

    But Hernandez draws strength from a large, loving family who treat him with respect and support all his dreams to lead a normal life.

    One of four brothers, Hernandez weighed only 3 pounds at birth.

    "Someone told me the baby had been swapped, and I was upset because the nurses had taken Nino away," said his mother, Noemi Hernandez, who soon realized the infant had the same birthmarks as his father. "Then, I was sure he was mine, but I had doubts."

    As a baby, he was in and out of the hospital until his mother decided to abandon painful tests and an offer to be part of a medical study. Colombian doctors now say Hernandez had a thyroid condition that today could have been treated.

    "He was always crying and when they took blood, he fainted," she said. "I thought he would die. I had to deal with it all, because my husband works."

    The boy flunked out of the third grade and suffered numerous injuries in school. He dropped out altogether as a young teen and stayed at home.

    Hernandez was measured and obtained the title of world's smallest man in March 2010 when his family saw that as a way to help them out of poverty. The previous winner, Pingping of China, had died in 2009.

    "I felt so happy, I almost cried," says Hernandez. "I am smaller than all the other kids in the world."

    Today,*Junrey Balawing,*18 and the son of a poor blacksmith in the Philippines, holds that world record at 23.6 inches tall.

    The film suggests record holders like Hernandez can be exploited.

    Guinness Book of World Records Defends Publication
    According to Craig Glenday, editor in chief of the Guinness Book of World Records, less than 5 percent of the publication is based on "human body" sizes.

    "It's something we are really conscious of," said Glenday. "We don't want to be seen as exploitive."

    "We do it in as sensitive way as possible," he said. "We don't want to expose anything the record holder doesn't want the public to know. Some don't even care to publish the record. We don't seek people out --- they mostly come to us."

    In fact, Hernandez approached Guinness about his height. The publication sent someone to his home to verify his size. Glenday says too many people, even doctors, "basically lie" about their measurements.

    "Sometimes it seems we are exploiting people because we publish a book that makes money," he said. "But a case inspires doctors to discuss a case -- to see a person in the middle of the jungle who gets all sorts of help and a specialist who want to do what they can for them. To me, that's encouraging."

    In the film, when Hernandez develops cataracts, a Colombian medical clinic offers to help him for free. But in the return, they wanted him to help set up a charity for orphans with eye problems and promise him a Jeep if he can meet their fundraising goals.

    Hernandez is inspired to help children in need, but his appearances at local events, signing autographs and allowing people to photograph, garner him little money.

    Fame also brings fear and unwanted attention. In church, parishioners pull his prominent ears and can't take their hands off the 27-inch man. "I don't like people to touch me or pick me up," says Hernandez.

    During half-time at a soccer game among thousands of unruly fans, Hernandez is singled out by the home team's mascot -- a giant stuffed lion -- who taunts the man, even putting his small head in the fake animal's mouth.

    Hernandez is clearly terrified, but he knows he must endure the humiliation or he will lose a source of income for the family. The money -- sometimes as little as $85 a day for an appearance at a local shop -- has helped the family move from the high country to settle in the barrios of Bogota.
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    A new partnership between the University of Central Florida and Osceola County could create a center that uses horses to help disabled veterans around the country. Orlando Sentinel reports.



    Horses have been integrated into physical or psychological therapy for years, but their role in programs tailored to veterans is pretty new.

    UCF’s College of Medicine wants to establish a national equestrian center to help rehabilitate soldiers through therapeutic horse riding – also known as equine therapy.

    Horses for Heroes, a program founded in 2007 by Colorado-based Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, is a national model. There are 90 of these programs in the US.

    “We had been dealing for decades with folks with amputations and other serious injuries,” says Kay Marks of Horses for Heroes. “Some of our programs began to see a big influx of wounded military personnel coming from these two wars [Iraq and Afghanistan]. We understood they would benefit from a program created for them that would also address their issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological needs.”

    Therapists from the organization also report that their patients develop muscular strength and tone that improve mobility and that amputees learn to use their prostheses more effectively.

    One community partner for the proposed center would be Heavenly Hoofs, an Osceola organization that provides equine therapy whose patients include children and adults with autism, Down syndrome and spinal-cord injuries.

    However, little research has actually been done to quantify the effectiveness of equine therapy for veterans. “No one has had the opportunity yet to demonstrate scientifically what the outcome of the program is in wounded veterans,” says Manette Monroe of the College of Medicine. But because of the school’s affiliation with the Veterans Affairs hospital under construction nearby, “we are in an unique position to achieve this.”

    Studies in other types of patients have shown psychological and physiological benefits including: lowered blood pressure and heart rate and reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety.

    The new agreement is still just taking shape, but it looks like Osceola would donate county-owned land for the center (location TBD), and UCF would build the facility. The biggest expense would likely be a covered arena.

    The school has some money available for the project but is looking for additional funding. Some might come from Osceola County’s $3 million economic-development fund. (The facility would create a handful of jobs and could attract restaurants and stores to serve the clients.)

    Construction could start as early as next year. The program hopes to help at least 2,500 people a year.

    Via Orlando Sentinel.

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    Default French Man Ordered to Pay Ex-Wife Nearly $12,000 in Damages for Lack of Sex...

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    A French man was ordered by a judge to pay his ex-wife nearly $12,000 in damages for not *having enough sex with her during their marriage, the U.K. Telegraph reported Monday.

    The man, identified only as "Jean-Louis B." in press accounts, was fined under article 215 of France's civil code, which orders married couples to agree to a "shared communal life," according to the newspaper. A judge reportedly ruled that the code implies that "sexual relations must form part of a marriage."

    The 47-year-old woman in the case filed for divorce two years ago, claiming that lack of sex with her 51-year-old husband was to blame for the split, the newspaper reports. After a judge granted the couple a divorce, the woman took her ex-husband back to court and demanded compensation for "lack of sex over 21 years of marriage."

    A judge in southern France ruled in the woman's favor, according to the newspaper, saying, "A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent ... By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other."
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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Villagers and veteran hunters have captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to make the star of a planned ecotourism park in a southern Philippine town, an official said Monday.
    Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot (6.4-meter) male crocodile along a creek in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur province after a three-week hunt. It could be one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive in recent years, he said, quoting local crocodile experts.
    Elorde said the crocodile killed a water buffalo in an attack witnessed by villagers last month and was also suspected of having attacked a fisherman who went missing in July.
    He said he sought the help of experts at a crocodile farm in western Palawan province.
    "We were nervous but it's our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers," Elorde told The Associated Press by telephone. "When I finally stood before it, I couldn't believe my eyes."
    After initial sightings at a creek, the hunters set four traps, which the crocodile destroyed. They then used sturdier traps using steel cables, one of which finally caught the enormous reptile late Saturday, he said.
    About 100 people had to pull the crocodile, which weighs about 2,370 pounds (1,075 kilograms), from the creek to a clearing where a crane lifted it into a truck, he said.
    The crocodile was placed in a fenced cage in an area where the town plans to build an ecotourism park for species found in a vast marshland in Agusan, an impoverished region about 515 miles (830 kilometers) southeast of Manila, Elorde said.
    "It will be the biggest star of the park," Elorde said, adding that villagers were happy that they would be able to turn the dangerous crocodile "from a threat into an asset."
    Despite the catch, villagers remain wary because several crocodiles still roam the outskirts of the farming town of about 37,000 people.
    They have been told to avoid venturing into marshy areas alone at night, Elorde said.

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    Default 'World's Oldest' Sword Swallower Performs for Seniors in Wasilla, Alaska

    WASILLA, Alaska — The Wasilla Senior Center has a full event schedule for it's residents. Bingo, fitness classes, arts and crafts and card games keep everyone occupied most days, and they seem to like it that way. But every once in awhile a unique visitor comes along and, for a few minutes at least, bingo is put on hold.

    Jimmy Ball has been entertaining crowds since he was 12-years-old. Now, at 76, he knows just what an audience likes, and so the Kansas resident thought he'd volunteer a little time on his Alaska vacation and put on a show for the people at the senior center with his rare skills.

    Ball is a sword-swallower, the oldest practicing one in the world he claims. No one-trick pony, he also swallows stretched-out coat hangers.

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    Every password you use can be thought of as a needle hiding in a haystack. After all searches of common passwords and dictionaries have failed, an attacker must resort to a “brute force” search – ultimately trying every possible combination of letters, numbers and then symbols until the combination you chose, is discovered.

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    Spin_drift, thank you for taking the time to compile this collection, gotta say the wedding got me..................

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    Default Bedbound patients move robots using just thoughts....

    Researchers have invented a new noninvasive way to steer robots with brain activity.



    This technology could give locked-in patients who can’t communicate with the outside world a way to interact with friends and family. ScienceNOW reports.

    Brain-machine interfaces make it possible to control robots, computer cursors, and prosthetics with just conscious thought… but these often take a lot of effort and intense concentration, and sometimes things have to be implanted in the brain.

    The goal of José del R. Millán from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland is to make control as easy as driving a car on a highway. (So, easy, but not that easy.)

    A partially autonomous robot would allow a user to stop concentrating on tasks that could normally be done subconsciously, like not running into walls. BUT, if an unexpected event requires a split-second decision, the user’s thoughts can override the robot’s AI.

    They modified a commercially available bot called Robotino (pictured), which is essentially a platform on 3 wheels that can avoid obstacles on its own using infrared sensors.
    On top of the robot, they placed a laptop running Skype over a wireless internet connection. This allows the human controller to see where the robot is going. And since the laptop screen also shows a video of the controller, other people can interact with you as though you’re there.
    The user wears a cap of tiny EEG electrodes that measure brain activity. The system translates the EEG signals into navigation instructions and transmits them in real-time to the robot.
    Then the team recruited 2 patients whose lower bodies were paralyzed and who had been bedbound for 6 or 7 years.
    After 6 weeks of hour-long training sessions, the patients (in the hospital) were able to control the robots (in the lab) from 100 km away. Or just over 62 miles. They drove the robot to various targets – furniture, people, objects – around the lab for 12 minutes.

    In the future, Millán imagines modifying the shared control brain-machine interface so the user can control a prosthetic limb or a wheelchair. They may eventually add an arm to the current robot so it can grab objects.

    The findings were reported this week at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference in Boston.

    Via ScienceNOW.

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