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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

British woman convicted manslaughter for killing pedophile - NY Daily News

"Who houses a f---ing pedophile on an estate, like seriously? He was asking for trouble," she told police after turning herself in, the paper said.

via www.nydailynews.com

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First blue moon since 2012 will cross sky on Friday | The Sacramento Bee

As rare as a blue moon? Not this week, when the first blue moon since August 2012 will grace us with its presence on Friday evening.

via www.sacbee.com

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Minnesota Dentist Acknowledges Killing Zimbabwe Lion Named Cecil - ABC News

In 2008, Palmer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he shot and killed in Wisconsin outside of an authorized hunting zone, according to court documents.

via abcnews.go.com

Cheater and killer.

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How Close Was Donald Trump To The Mob?

But now that Trump holds the lead in national polls, as well as polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, it’s time to take his campaign seriously. Media outlets like Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal, which are covering Trump’s run as an entertainment story, not a news story, are making a mistake. If Trump wants to be a serious candidate for president, and has the numbers to back it up, he must be vetted like a serious candidate for president. A good place to start is to take a hard look at Trump’s ties to Philadelphia and New York organized-crime families.

via thefederalist.com

Sounds entertaining.

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Forcing Hillary’s Emails Into the Open - WSJ

We have reason to believe our case will proceed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held in 1991 that a private plaintiff may bring a lawsuit under the Administrative Procedure Act to require an agency head and the national archivist to initiate legal action for the recovery of records that were either destroyed or removed in violation of an agency’s guidelines and directives.

Before the court can rule on that question, however, it must first determine whether Mrs. Clinton’s emails are federal records—as defined by the Federal Records Act of 1950 and its amendments—and whether her exclusive use of a private email server constitutes an illegal removal of those records from the State Department’s official record-keeping system.

via www.wsj.com

The good old DC Circuit. And the good old APA. It'll get you in the end.

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How to Tell If a Hamster Is Truly Happy : Discovery News

Hamsters can experience happiness, optimism, sadness and depression much the way that we do, suggests a new study that describes a method for determining the feelings of these cute and cuddly popular pets.

via news.discovery.com

Dear lord. It will be cats next.

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Amber fossils demonstrate deep-time stability of Caribbean lizard communities

An unresolved question in ecology is whether the structure of ecological communities can be stable over very long timescales. Here we describe a wealth of new amber fossils for an ancient radiation of Hispaniolan lizards that, until now, has had a very poor fossil record. These fossils provide an important and previously unavailable perspective on an ecologically well-studied group and indicate that anole lizard communities occurring on Hispaniola 20 Mya were made up of the same types of habitat specialists present in this group today. These data indicate that the ecological processes important in extant anole communities have been operative over long periods of time.

via www.pnas.org

Not a lot goin' on in the Caribbean if you're a lizard.

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Beetle Infiltrates Ant Colonies, Pretends to Be Queen | RealClearScience

University Roma Tre's Professor Andrea Di Giulio and his team of co-authors set the scene remarkably well in their paper recently published to PLoS ONE. The focus of that paper? A group of conniving beetles that somehow manages to infiltrate ant colonies and parasitize the ants without eliciting any retaliation whatsoever. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ant nest beetle.

via www.realclearscience.com

And there are human analogs I'm sure.

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What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist : Shots - Health News : NPR

Cotard's syndrome was something that was first identified by a French doctor in the late 1800s. His name was Jules Cotard, and it's named after him. It's a constellation of symptoms ... and the most characteristic symptom is the situation where people say that they don't exist. This is a perception that they have, and you cannot rationalize, you cannot really give them evidence to the contrary and expect them to change their mind. It is a complete conviction that they have that they don't exist. ... It's very, very paradoxical. It poses a great philosophical challenge to people who are trying to understand what it means to say "I exist" or "I don't exist." It also makes you wonder about all the other things that we are certain about, like you and I probably are very certain that we exist, well, these people are just as certain that they don't. So it makes you question about perceptions that arise in the brain and somehow, in this case, the delusion is so complete and so convincing that you really cannot shake their conviction that they are dead.

via www.npr.org

Bummer.

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Using Algorithms to Determine Character - The New York Times

Computers aren’t just doing hard math problems and showing us cat videos. Increasingly, they judge our character.

Maybe we should be grateful.

via bits.blogs.nytimes.com

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