Day's Headlines: July 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Taiwantology; Spider Bot; Not So Excited About Upgrades; Printing Mars' Maybe Habitat; and Syria Falls off Wall

False Religion

The Curious Rise of Scientology in Taiwan theatlantic

Scientology around the world is in broad retreat, but to be in Taiwan you would never know that. In an area slightly smaller than the combined size of Delaware and Maryland, with a total population of 23.4 million—roughly the same as that of the New York metropolitan area—Taiwan has 15 Scientology missions and churches. Per capita, it’s one of the most Scientology-friendly countries on earth. The island serves as a major source of donations and new members for the church, which has capitalized on L. Ron Hubbard’s early suggestions that he was a new Buddha. In a sign of Taiwan’s importance to the church, Scientology chief David Miscavige also attended the 2013 Kaohsiung reopening of the hotel as a Scientology megachurch.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

4 Sec Bust; Delivery Treading; Partial Future Today; Another 'Secret' Spy Satellite; Star Wars; Red Hot Spot; The Media Coup; Strait of Hormuz Knot


Royal Academy of Arts offers visitors an ultra high-res 3D digital sculpture in four seconds v

The Royal Academy of Arts in London has recently begun experimenting with a photogrammetry system that takes 96 photos in rapid succession via an eight camera system. These images can then be processed into a digital 3D model, replicating every feature of the face in intricate detail. The results are something some of history's greatest artists would be jealous of no doubt.

See the RAA's website for more images/info: The Veronica Scanner

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Whale; Well-Sunk Sinkhole; Robotic Onesie; Brain Communiqué; Classifying Transgender; All-Inclusive Unless Biblical; Maze Daze; and Anti-Drone Defender


Scientists say they’ve just discovered a new species of whale quartz

The first hints of a new species came from Japan in 1940s, when whalers reported catching an unknown beaked whale. Then, in 2004, a dead whale washed up on an Alaskan shore that looked vaguely familiar. The next hint came in 2013, when Japanese scientists used modern DNA analysis to test old samples and found evidence that indeed this mysterious mammal may be new to us. Then, finally, in 2014, another washed up dead on a shore in Alaska.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Leaked Secret Deal; 50k People Purge; Fists of Iron; Making Aliyah; Guessing Lone Wolves; Slug-Bot; Hip on Stem Cells; The Self-Driving Bus of the Future...Today; Sun Probe; More Than Break-Even Landings; SoftBank's ARM; and The Great Pyramid Papyrus


Secret document lifts Iran nuke constraints usatoday

The document is the only secret text linked to last year's agreement between Iran and six foreign powers. It says that after a period between 11 to 13 years, Iran can replace its 5,060 inefficient centrifuges with up to 3,500 advanced machines. Since those are five times as efficient, the time Iran would need to make a weapon would drop from a year to six months.

Also see A Year After Iran Nuclear Deal, What Has Changed? npr w!

Friday, July 15, 2016

LGBT History Lessons; Struttin' Bot; Bomb Bot or Drone?; Ford's Robot Co-Workers; Nano 'Wind' Turbines for Nano Power; Cloaked Research; DNA Decoding in Space; Japan's Throne; South Seas Nuclear Power; A Friend in Africa is a Friend in the UN; Iran's 4th Test; and Terroist States Condem Terrorism Elsewhere


LGBT History Lessons Heading for California Classrooms abcnews.go

The State Board of Education unanimously approved those changes in classroom instruction Thursday to comply with the nation's first law requiring public schools to include prominent gay Americans and LGBT rights milestones in history classes.

Do you remember that lesson you learned in school about the danger of rulling parties of some, shall we say, "less free" nations projecting/rewriting history to suit its purposes?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On Target, As Expected; Facebook Extremism Arrests; Putin Bans Evangelism; Turkey Offers Hand to Syria; UN, Help!; The Hague Dilemma; Islam Does Well in Prisons; Canada Anglican's Pro-Abomination Vote; Muslim Sees Peace in Third Temple; Make Less than $20? There's a Bot for That; Luke, the Brain Controlled Prosthetic; and DNA's Starry Night


Transgender 'woman' arrested for voyeurism in Target changing room washingtontimes

Police responded to a call on Monday from a woman who said she noticed someone reaching over her stall and taking pictures while she was trying on clothes, the Post Register reported. The victim confronted the perpetrator, who ran out of the store.

Also see Transgender 'woman' accused of videotaping 18-year-old in Target fitting room pix11, where at least the police are shown with some remaining sanity:

Smith is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Bonneville County and was booked as a male into the Bonneville County Jail bonnevillesheriff on a $30,000 bond.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Gay Mingled In; Women on the UK Front-line; 10 (More) States Sue Obama; State Money for Soft Landings; China Incensed in Seoul; Hold it Together NATO; Even Dallas is Israel's Fault; Syndrome K; Iran Seeks Nuke; House Denies Boeing; DNA Player; Robot Ends Standoff...and Life; Small, 3D Portions


ChristianMingle now allows gay dating, after a lawsuit washingtonpost

The lawsuit, according to Christianity Today, argued that ChristianMingle violated California’s non-discrimination law that prohibits for-profit companies, such as Spark Networks, which owns ChristianMingle, from discriminating against customers on the basis of sexual orientation, among other categories.

Based on their ads, I've never thought of ChristianMingle as anything more than a cultural Christianity thing - and the fact that only 1 board member stepped down as a result of the ruling is probably a good indication that that's about as deep as their theology goes. However, still an illustration of the overarching enforcing of state religion.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Precision Medicine; Bugged Science; Stringraybo; Hottest Year Ever. Again.; Don't Worry...and Don't Withdraw; When Women Rule the World; Who Needs the Gospel When Your Church Has WiFi; NATO Meets; NK Stomps and Cries War; Just Another Peace-filled Follower of Mohamed; Shoot the Moon; and Internet Cars


NIH awards $55M to build million-person precision medicine study centerwatch

The PMI Cohort Program is one of the most ambitious research projects in history and will set the foundation for new ways of engaging people in research. PMI volunteers will be asked to contribute a wide range of health, environment and lifestyle information. They will also be invited to answer questions about their health history and status, share their genomic and other biological information through simple blood and urine tests and grant access to their clinical data from electronic health records. In addition, mobile health devices and apps will provide lifestyle data and environmental exposures in real time. All of this will be accomplished with essential privacy and security safeguards. As partners in the research, participants will have ongoing input into study design and implementation, as well as access to a wide range of their individual and aggregated study results.

See also Fact Sheet: Administration Announces New Actions to Advance the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Saturday, July 2, 2016

$10.50/hr; Missile Fired at China - Accidentally; Israel Charging for Terror; Qualitative Edge for a Price; NC Hangs onto (Most of) Original Law; Brainless Consciousness; July 4th - Jupiter; and Underwater Drones

Minimum Wage

Minimum wage goes up in City of LA, unincorporated areas of LA County asianjournal

The minimum wage in the City of Los Angeles and unincorporated areas of LA County is now $10.50 an hour. The city and county join the District of Columbia and 12 other cities, states and counties that boosted the hourly pay rates on Friday, July 1.

If they keep this up, soon I'll be making minimum wage :)