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Sunday, March 13, 2011

In the News: March 13, 2011

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Tiger kills lion in Turkish zoo
Ending the age-old question...
(Not really. It's pretty well accepted that a Bengal tiger would crush a lion any day of the week).

And I'm pretty sure we're doomed if they every decided to ally themselves.

"A Bengal tiger has killed a lion at Ankara Zoo after finding a gap in the fence separating their cages, say zoo officials in the Turkish capital.

The tiger severed the lion's jugular vein in a single stroke with its paw, leaving the animal dying in a pool of blood, officials said.

They denied local media reports that the tiger had broken down the fence during the incident last September.

The zoo says it is safe for visitors, despite the incident.
"
(BBC)


Google's Self-Driving Car Performs Like a Precise Maniac
I want one.



"Google's self-driving car project is ambitious at heart--working with DARPA, Google is aiming to cut the number of traffic-related fatalities by as much as half, saving fuel along the way. But the badassery of the project has been kept largely under wraps until now: This video comes from a demonstration at a TED conference, and we can see that Google's robot drivers have the cold, steel heart of a rally driver."
(PopSci)


Former Senator "Kids Listen to Too Much Enema Man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog"
Even scarier: there are people older than him still in office...



"Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson is worried about the young generation. Not only don't send thank you notes after Christmas but they listen to vulgar music like Enema Man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog."
(gawker thanks to DiP)

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Man allegedly karate chops air marshal
Story of the week.


"In-flight movies may feature martial arts, but some airline passengers apparently got to see the real thing on a recent flight that ended with a man being subdued by air marshals.

The incident happened on a Delta Air Lines plane en route from Paris to Atlanta last Thursday, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Georgia.

A woman said she was asleep when the passenger seated behind her, identified as Brian Louis Pomykala, woke her up by "forcibly fondling and grabbing her face and head and then gesturing toward his crotch area indicating that he needed some sex," according to the complaint.

The woman's companion sought help from flight attendants who alerted two air marshals on board the flight, the complaint says.

When they approached Pomykala and asked him to go to the rear of the plane to explain what happened, he said he was not going anywhere, court papers allege.

Pomykala then struck one of the air marshals in the throat "with a bladed, karate-style thrust strike" and followed with a choke hold move, according to the complaint.

The air marshal was able to put Pomykala in a head lock and handcuff him with the help of the other air marshal, court papers say. Pomykala spent the rest of the flight in the rear galley jump seat. Law enforcement officials met the plane when it landed in Atlanta.
"

I think my favorite part is the 'crotch gesturing for sex'.
(CNN)


At age 50, Carl Lewis is running a marathon.



"For a guy with 10 Olympic track medals, 26.2 should be a piece of cake, right? Maybe not.

“The farthest I’ve run is four miles,” Lewis says. “When I get to the end, I’m going to find someone who looks worse than me and say, ‘It’s me and you.’ And I guarantee I can outrun them.”
"
(Runner's World)


England 'healthier than the US'
Least shocking news of the day...


"People living in England enjoy better health than Americans, despite less investment in healthcare, research published in the US has revealed.

Across all ages, US residents tend to fare worse in terms of diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease markers, data on over 100,000 people show.

The reason remains a mystery, says the US team, and challenges the idea that resources necessarily improve health.

It may be due to the UK's bigger drive on disease prevention, they say.
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So... Mrs. Obama's campaign for a skinny America is all for naught?
(BBC)


Discovery's Booster Rocket Films a Stupendous Full-Length Video
Awesome, awesome video.



"We've seen footage from rocket-mounted cameras before, but this is a particularly stunning example of the genre: cameras mounted on the solid-fuel rocket boosters that lifted the shuttle Discovery into space last week document their entire 30-minute voyage, from liftoff to splashdown. The ground recedes fast amid sparks and smoke; Discovery cuts loose and continues on its lonely voyage; the boosters capture some lovely shots of our planet as they spin and parachute and land safely in the ocean.

NASA could go a long way toward solving its budgetary issues if they charged audiences to watch amazing movies like this.
"
(PopSci)

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