Archive for the ‘General’ Category
A South Carolina man who told his fellow firefighters he was one of the first responders on 9/11 has admitted it was a lie. Jordan Lifander, a former Cedarhurst, Long Island volunteer firefighter, said this week that he was sorry for telling firefighters in the Palmetto State that he was a captain of FDNY’s Ladder..
Russia clashes over energy with Belarus, Ukraine, EU
Russia plunged back into the disputes over energy with Ukraine and Belarus that have repeatedly disrupted oil and gas supplies to European Unioncountries, and it also termed EU energy policy as "uncivilized". Russia on Friday denied remarks by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that it [more]
Simple test may predict life expectancy
Don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you to sit on the floor at your next checkup. A new study says testing a person’s ability to sit down and then rise from the floor could provide useful insight into their overall health and longevity. [more]
For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test?
North Korea's next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to [more]
NASA releases “Told Ya So” apocalypse video early
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QY_Gc1bF8ds Dec. 21, 2012, has long been rumored to be the day of the Mayan apocalypse, when Earth comes to its inglorious end. The good folks at NASA want you to know that isn't going to happen. In fact, NASA is so [more]
The National Diet and Nutrition Surveys for 2008/09 and 2009/10 showed girls between 11 and 18 consume on average only 2.7 of the recommend five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Doctors have voiced fears about teenagers’ health after new government research showed that many children’s diets contain too much saturated fat and too..
Rupert Murdoch flies to London on Saturday to deal with the escalating phone-hacking crisis engulfing his British newspapers business, according to two people familiar with his plans. The arrival of the 80-year-old News Corp chief executive follows the shock announcement on Thursday that he is shutting down the News of the World, the 168-year-old best-selling..
The game sold more than £400 million of copies in its first five days The publishers of the hugely successful Call of Duty series have announced it’s going to get its own social network. Activision says Call of Duty Elite will launch on November 8th. That means it will coincide with the worldwide release..
“Tribal” means a lot more today than it did fifteen years ago. The definition hasn’t expanded any, but people are trying to throw more and more design and black work tattoos into the category of tribal, unsuccessfully. A solid black tattoo isn’t necessarily tribal, in fact, a tribal tattoo doesn’t need to be black at..
We are heading toward another major economic and financial crisis, probably in the fourth quarter of this year. This time the crisis will be many times larger than the one in 2008. The way our global economy operates is not sustainable. It needs ever-expanding credit growth and also debt service. What would happen if sovereign..
Humanists have altered a planned poster campaign aimed at influencing Census responses on religion after being advised they could be offensive. Posters due to go on buses around the country with the slogan "If you’re not religious, for God’s sake say so" have been changed to "Not religious? In this year’s census, say so", by..
This nation uses a series of complex, almost arbitrary, tests to select its elite, who learn to excel in exams and at certain set up tasks, but who also lack imagination and self-reflection. They’re obsessed with constantly climbing, and are often so blinded by short-term goals that they can be indifferent to how the world..
Jacob Kirby and Ashley Keatings, both 20 and from Liss, shoved the industrial-sized metal bin onto the tracks at Liphook Station in the early hours of May 15th last year. The wheelie bin brought the train to a halt Just moments later, a freight train travelling at 55mph struck the bin, sending sparks flying four..
For centuries people from every corner of the world have reported weird out-of-body experiences. Some have seen their own bodies lying on a hospital bed yards below them, others have felt their spirit floating freely – unshackled from its physical cage. But now an extraordinary experiment has come up with compelling evidence that out-of-body experiences..
The cancer drug Avastin, also known as bevacizumab, is linked to a higher risk of death when combined with chemotherapy, said a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The drug has previously been found to raise the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs by 33 percent, and in December..
The role of a teenage BBC employee in making sure King George VI’s wartime speeches did not contain his stammers has been revealed for the first time. The story adds to the intrigue surrounding the Oscar-nominated film The King’s Speech, which features Colin Firth’s portrayal of the monarch struggling to overcome his impediment. BBC engineer..