Mars Colonists May Evolve

Nasa plans to put humans on Mars by 2030 and has already begun to test the limits of its astronauts.

But we may have to take more drastic steps – including modifications to the body and mind – if we are ever to succeed in visiting our inhospitable neighbour.

And once we arrive on the red planet, its unique environment could force rapid evolutionary changes creating a whole new species, experts claim.

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Cognitive scientist Konrad Szocik believes astronauts undertaking missions to Mars may need electronic enhancements to the senses or drugs to dull panic and other emotional reactions to endure the trip (stock image)
Cognitive scientist Konrad Szocik believes astronauts undertaking missions to Mars may need electronic enhancements to the senses or drugs to dull panic and other emotional reactions to endure the trip (stock image)

THE PREDICTIONS 

Electronic devices to enhance the senses and drugs to dull panic and other emotional responses may be needed to successfully complete the trip to Mars.

Any humans who choose to stay and colonise the planet will be faced with other challenges, including the risk of inbreeding.

Colonists may quickly – in scientific terms – evolve into a separate species, with darker skin and thickened bones.

Social problems faced here on Earth, like conflicts, crime and wars, will also need to be addressed.

Cognitive scientist Konrad Szocik at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland, believes that preparations being carried out by Nasa come nowhere near to a realistic simulation of the conditions that they will face.

He suggests that electronic devices to enhance the senses and drugs to dull panic and other emotional responses may be needed to successfully complete the trip.

And any humans who choose to stay may evolve into a separate species, according to evolutionary biologist Scott Soloman.

Singing Skyscrapers

Storms brought misery to Britain last week as 90mph winds brought down trees, blocked roads and caused travel chaos.

But for those living in certain areas, the gales brought the very real headaches caused by screeching buildings and ‘singing’ skyscrapers.

A number of buildings have been heard giving off whistling noises during blustery weather, usually caused by architectural features added to the outside.

Torbay Hospital is the latest modern building to discover a ‘whistling’ problem in high winds

Torbay hospital is the latest to be added to the list, where locals noticed that a new metal facade on the building was whistling in the wind.

But the health centre is not the first to be hit by the issue. The Beetham Tower in Manchester has developed a reputation for howling, humming and whistling every time the wind picks up, prompting repeated attempts to tackle the problem.

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Judge Helps Illegal Alien Escape

You can’t tell me our courts aren’t completely politicized!

from the Daily Mail:

  • Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, faced court in Oregon on January 27 over a DUI
  • Judge Monica Herranz is accused of helping him leave Multnomah County Court so he wouldn’t be arrested by waiting ICE agents 
  • Salazar is an undocumented Mexican-born construction worker 
  • He ended up being arrested by agents two weeks later when he returned for a further court appearance
  • ICE is not conducting a criminal investigation into Judge Herranz but she is being investigated internally 
  • Judge Herranz is on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, appeared before Judge Monica Herranz to plead guilty in a DUI case on January 27 in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Salazar entered the courtroom with his lawyer but never came back out again.

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Russia Did NOT Provide Clinton Emails

This claim is unsubstantiated as yet.

from: Alana Goodman In Washington, Dc For Dailymail.com

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails – they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for ‘disgusted’ Democratic whistleblowers

  • Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and associate of Julian Assange, told the Dailymail.com  he flew to Washington, D.C. for emails
  • He claims he had a clandestine hand-off in a wooded area near American University with one of the email sources 
  • The leakers’ motivation was ‘disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the  ’tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders’
  • Murray says: ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks’
  • ‘Regardless of whether the Russians hacked into the DNC, the documents Wikileaks published did not come from that,’ Murray insists
  • Murray is a controversial figure who was relieved of his post as British ambassador amid allegations of misconduct but is close to Wikileaks

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Snoop Dogg’s Trump Song Isn’t Disturbing but a Parade Float Is

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In July, the piece of crap, drug using and women abusing rapper Snoop Dogg posted an anti-Trump video on his Instagram account. The “song,” and I use the word “song” in the loosest of terms, I guess is called F**k Donald Trump.

The lyrics are very catchy and must have taken him…say…30 seconds to write, as every other word is “yeah N**ger, or F**k Donald Trump.

I’m going to go way out on a limb and conclude Mr. Dogg doesn’t care much for Donald Trump.

After forcing myself to watch about 15 seconds of his masterpiece-of-crap, I proceeded to the nearest search engine to look for the appropriate backlash from every major news outlet in the land, decrying the caustic and racist nature of the “song,” and defending the Trumpster.

I thought surely, despite their misgivings with The Donald, all the major news outlets would join in to condemn such a hate-filled song.

Sooprise – Sooprise! Scrolling through two or three full pages in Google search, I found not a single posting by CNN, the Washington or Huffington Post, NYT, Salon – nobody. read more

Jailhouse Rock

from: James Daniel at the UK Daily Mail

Tennessee prisoners post Facebook pics and videos of drugs, cash and parties  from behind bars

Whilst the idea of prison is to curtail ones  freedom, it seems that tens of inmates in Tennessee are living life to the max,  behind bars.

Videos and pictures posted to around 100  prisoners personal Facebook pages show the convicts are surrounded by drugs,  money and even get to party, despite being in jail.

Inmates aren’t supposed to have even have  internet access, let alone have their own cell phones which are forbidden in  prisons.

 

 
This is the life! Inmates in West Tennessee jail post photos of themselves having fun whilst in the slammer
This is the life! Inmates in West Tennessee jail post  photos of themselves having fun whilst in the slammer

 

 
Hoarders: He may be banged up, but that doesn't mean this inmate can't enjoy a snack or two, or three...
Hoarders: He may be banged up, but that doesn’t mean  this inmate can’t enjoy a snack or two, or three…

 

A district attorney from West Tennessee says  a change in the law has to occur to prevent postings like this from  happening.

Mike Dunavant has one federal prison, three  state prisons, and five county jails in his district.

He told WAFB that  the prisoners are getting around a loophole in the law.

For although it is illegal to bring a cell  phone into prison, it is not  illegal to posses one once inside.  He says  that law needs to be  changed.

‘It’s certainly  offensive to victims of  crime and to citizens of this state who really  expect inmates will not have  access to the Internet, not have the  luxuries of Facebook as we have,’ Dunavant  said.

He believes the prisoners behaviour to be  disturbing, offensive and dangerous.

One inmate revels in being in the slammed:  ‘Between me and you, this s*** ain’t half bad,’

Burning down the house: It seems the prisoners can get away with virtually anything - here they burn a t-shirt in a cell

Burning down the house: It seems the prisoners can get  away with virtually anything – here they burn a t-shirt in a cell

 
Contraband: Cellphones are not allowed to be brought into jail, but once they are behind bars it's not illegal to own one
Contraband: Cellphones are not allowed to be brought  into jail, but once they are behind bars it’s not illegal to own one

 

The videos show the prisoners taking drugs,  smoking, hoarding snacks, giving each other tattoos, and in one  photograph,  burning clothes inside a cell.

On one video, a convicted murderer, Rivera  Peoples, posted pictures and  video, showing off his contraband iPhone he  somehow got in prison to  operate his Facebook page.

In another, an inmate asks Peoples how much  money has collected while in  prison. Peoples responds, ‘I’m a thousand,  definitely a thousand.’

Other inmates show pictures of large amounts  of cash as well.

One picture shows an inmate showing off $200  while in prison and another shares the photo on his Facebook wall.

Other Facebook videos show inmates watching  TV, singing and rapping.

A convicted burglar Martez Wright posted  videos of his exploits while in jail in Memphis.

He is seen showing off what he claims is  marijuana and then shows off  various junk food and snacks he and his fellow  inmates have managed to  hoard.

Mo money, mo problems: One convict is making a fortune from selling other contraband goods including drugs

Mo money, mo problems: One convict is making a fortune  from selling other contraband goods including drugs

 

 
No dope: A prisoner shows off his marijuana in a Facebook post from behind bars
No dope: A prisoner shows off his marijuana in a  Facebook post from behind bars

‘We’re hungry. About to eat a mother f******  feast. We’ve got scrumptious items we eat on a daily basis,’ Wright  said.

Dunavant proposes stricter security screening  for visitors and a cell signal blocking device inside prisons.

He hopes to have a proposal in place for law  makers to consider when they reconvene in January.

‘Anyone who sees those videos, they’re going  to be sickened by it. They’re  going to be angry,’ said Verna Wyatt, executive  director of Tennessee  Voices for Victims, an advocacy group for crime  victims.

The Channel 4  Newsteam which conducted the original  investigation found inmates using  Facebook not only to communicate instantly  with family and friends, but  also to talk to inmates in other  prisons.

The fear is that despite being off the  streets, the criminals can still organize drug crimes and violent  crimes.

 
Lighting up: A prisoner lights a blunt in the comfort of his cell
Lighting up: A prisoner lights a blunt in the comfort of  his cell

 

On one occasion two inmates at different  prisons contact one another by posting their phone numbers on each others  wall.

Many of the families of the criminals’  victims have said they are outraged at the freedom the inmates are  experiencing.

The victims’ families said when the criminals  were sentenced to prison,  they never imagined them posting photos of themselves  to Facebook  watching TV or burying themselves in junk food.

Plenty of possessions: This inmates cell looks more like the inside of a student's dorm room with books, clothes and food all on display

Plenty of possessions: This inmates cell looks more like  the inside of a student’s dorm room with books, clothes and food all on  display

 

 
Living it up: A prisoner shows the marijuana bags he has for sale behind the prison walls
Living it up: A prisoner shows the marijuana bags he has  for sale behind the prison walls

Convicted murderer Brandon White, who killed  Ryan Wright, posted pictures of his phone and holding $200 cash.

Ryan’s mother, Linda Wright told Channel 4:  ‘That’s not punishment. That’s not any kind of punishment. It’s just like being  out on the outside. It’s still freedom for them. We can never communicate again.  And he [Brandon White] has access to be able to communicate with the outside  world.’

The Department of Correction says every  correctional facility struggles with contraband.

Some of the prisoners who have made postings  online are now being investigated, especially those who are seen to be flaunting  drugs.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections says  70 inmates at 14 prisons across the state have been disciplined and their  offending Facebook pictures have now been removed.

 

Greedy Bankers…Oh Wait

The former chief executive of The New York Times Company received $24million when she was forced out of her job, it has emerged.

Janet Robinson received the huge pay-off – larger than the company’s profits from the last four years combined – despite overseeing an 80 per cent fall in the company’s share price.

She presided over seven years of falling profits and squeezed revenues in the wake of the economic downturn and the threat to newspapers’ business models posed by the internet.

Ms Robinson’s ‘golden parachute’ deal has been criticised by Times staff, who face the prospect of lay-offs and a pension freeze in response to the firm’s ongoing struggles.

The 61-year-old former CEO, a 28-year veteran with the company, has yet to be replaced by chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr, who is temporarily acting in her place.

Ms Robinson’s package includes a $4.5million consulting fee that The Times had agreed to pay as part of her exit package, as well as pension benefits and performance-related payments.

In 2011, her last year with the company, it lost $39.7million, but she was paid a salary of $1million.

Her $24million departure package is equivalent to around 2.4 per cent of the entire market value of the company.

The New York Times Company, which owns the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and About.com as well as its flagship newspaper, insists it is on the right track despite the troubles of the Robinson years.

It had 406,000 paying digital subscribers at the end of 2011 after it rolled out an online pay system last year.

The focus on an improved digital strategy helped circulation revenue grow five per cent to $241.6million in the fourth quarter of last year, according to the company.

However, it is currently lacking a digital boss as well as a CEO, after former digital head Martin Nisenholtz retired.

Attribution:  Daily Mail

Don’t Tell My Kids

Playing video games could improve the vision of people born with cataracts, according to new research.

Surgery and contact lenses do not always work – and people experience visual difficulties into adulthood.

However, some of these effects can be reversed if the individual follows a short course of ‘game therapy’.

Doctor Maurer, of McMaster University in Canada, said: “After playing an action video game for just 40 hours over four weeks, the patients were better at seeing small print, the direction of moving dots, and the identity of faces.”

Psychologist Daphne Maurer has researched how vision develops in individuals born with cataracts in both eyes.

Previous research found that a 40-hour ‘course’ of video gaming could be used to treat ‘lazy eye’ or amblyopia, a brain disorder in which the vision in one eye fails to develop properly.

‘Those improvements tell us that the adult brain is still plastic enough to be trained to overcome sensory deficiencies,’ says Maurer.

Dr Maurer is internationally known for her work on “synaesthetes” – a condition that makes people’s brains link different senses.

Dr Maurer is due to present her findings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, in a session called The Effects of Early Experience on Lifelong Functioning: Commitment and Resilience.

Attribution: Daily Mail

A Rock goes for a Walk

What’s so special about a rock rolling across the ground, even on the moon?

One would certainly forgive you for thinking that this solitary boulder on the Moon had recently rolled down a slope, leaving a trail behind it.

The tracks are in almost perfect condition so it appears as though this journey just happened.

However, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is able to zoom in so closely that it is possible to see craters along the route of the 9-meter (29-1/2 feet) boulder, which is thought to have bounced off the rim of the Schiller crater.

With the high resolution capability of the LROC, scientists were able to work out when they believed the journey took place.

It is thought the boulder actually rolled between 50 and 100 million years ago.

Lunar scientist James Ashley said on the LROC website: “Studies suggest that regolith development from micrometeorite impacts will erase tracks like these over time intervals of tens of millions of years.”

“Eventually it’s track will be erased completely”, added Ashley.

It is not known what might have caused the rock to roll but Ashley has suggested the boulder moved because of impact and that this might have been caused by a direct hit from a meteoroid.

 

Attribution: Daily Mail

Gotta Get Me one of Deez

Ever wonder what it would be like to drive a F1 racecar? I know I have.

Well, wonder no more. For the miserly some of about $500,000, you too, can be the proud owner of the Caparo T1, street-legal supercar.

The Stratton Motor Company in Norwich, England is now offering this 2 seater that will do 0-60MPH in a blistering 2.5 seconds, which almost matches the 2.4 seconds of the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The Bugatti will set you back a tad more at $2,400,000.

So the T1 is a veritable bargain.

Of course it has no doors, windows or even a windshield, but is equipped with a 6 point racing harness as the seatbelt. What do want for a half a million?

It is fitted with a six-speed ‘flappy paddle’ gearbox and brakes which will stop it from 100MPH in three seconds.

The T1’s maximum speed is more than 200MPH and does 0-100 in 5 seconds.

The T1’s power plant is a 575HP Aluminum V-8 engine. For those in the know, 575HP doesn’t sound that radical. After all, the Bugatti has 1200HP.

The key to the incredible performance of the Caparo is the power-to-weight ratio.  At 1210 pounds, it weighs 20 percent less than a Smart Car, which gives it twice the power-to-weight ratio of the Veyron.

 There have been more than a few humans who weigh more than this car, but I don’t have the stomach to show a picture of any of them.

The wildly popular British television show, “Top Gear”, took it out on their test track, where they have driven virtually every supercar in the world.

The official test driver, known as “The Stig”,  flew around the Top Gear track in just 1 minute 10 seconds – six seconds quicker than the Bugatti. On that short track, six seconds is a lifetime.

Due to the awesome performance of the T1,  the Stratton Motor Company insist on taking the new owner on an intensive two-day driving course on road and track so they can understand the car’s incredible capabilities.

Attribution: Daily Mail