NASA took tree seeds into space nearly 50 years ago. Here's what happened to them.
Via: Perrie Halpern • Health, Science & Technology • 8 Comments • 3 Likes • 5 hours ago
“When astronaut Stuart Roosa boarded for the Apollo 14 in 1971he wasn’t alone. He was carrying a canister the size of a soda can, filled with 500...”
In Memorial For Marsha Meyer aka Dowser
By: Perrie Halpern • Other • 67 Comments • 23 Likes • 6 days ago
“A meaningful life”
A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated, or being perfect. It's about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and to touch the lives of others. Author unknown. It is with great sadness that I have to inform the community of the passing of...
Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president
Via: Perrie Halpern • News & Politics • 85 Comments • 3 Likes • 4 weeks ago
“The decision could give a single elector the power to decide the outcome of a presidential election — if the popular vote results in an apparent...”
By Pete Williams A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that presidential electors who cast the actual ballots for president and vice president are free to vote as they wish and cannot be required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states. The decision could give a single...
Wasteland: Why recycling isn't the answer to our trash problem
Via: Perrie Halpern • Environment/Climate • 21 Comments • 5 Likes • one month ago
“In the environment-saving trio of reduce, reuse, and recycle, America has banked most on that last one over the past half-century or so. But as...”
Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer opioid deaths
Via: Perrie Halpern • Health, Science & Technology • 22 Comments • 2 Likes • one month ago
“The United States is in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in its history.”
By Associated Press Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades. The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled from...
Miners, keepers: Could bees be the answer to West Virginia’s coal slump?
Via: Perrie Halpern • News & Politics • 23 Comments • 6 Likes • 2 months ago
“In Summers County, West Virginia, what was once a booming coal-fueled economy has diminished as coal usage in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest...”
French 'flying man' succeeds in bid to cross English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard
Via: Perrie Halpern • News & Politics • 9 Comments • 4 Likes • 2 months ago
“Franky Zapata abandoned a previous attempt after failing to land on a refuelling platform and falling into the sea.”
By Reuters SANGATTE, France — French inventor Franky Zapata on Sunday succeeded in crossing the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed, after a previous ended with him falling into the sea. Standing on a platform powered by five small jet engines and carrying kerosene in a...
Two United Airlines pilots arrested before flight from Scotland to U.S.
Via: Perrie Halpern • News & Politics • 53 Comments • 6 Likes • 2 months ago
“"We hold all of our employees to the highest standards and have a strict, no tolerance policy for alcohol," United Airlines said in a statement.”
By Phil McCausland Two United Airlines pilots were arrested in Scotland on Saturday morning for drinking before taking control of the aircraft they were supposed to fly to the United States. Scottish police confirmed to NBC News that they arrested two men, aged 61 and 45, under a British law...
A raccoon got stuck in a storm grate. Ten firefighters in Newton, Massachusetts, worked to get it out.
Via: Perrie Halpern • News & Politics • 34 Comments • 3 Likes • 2 months ago
“"It was quite the operation," said a tweet from the fire department.”
By Elisha Fieldstadt Firefighters in Massachusetts, along with backup responders, spent two hours Thursday freeing a raccoon that had gotten stuck in a storm grate. The Newton Fire Department tweeted a picture of the critter with its head sticking out of one of the grate's holes, and its...
Dad of twins who died in hot car in the Bronx sees criminal case halted
Via: Perrie Halpern • News & Politics • 17 Comments • 2 Likes • 2 months ago
“The Bronx district attorney decided not to put the case before a grand jury at this time, pending further investigation.”
By Janelle Griffith A judge on Thursday ruled that there is no criminal case at this time against the father who went to work last week at a Bronx hospital and left his nearly 1-year-old twins to die in his car on a hot summer day. Juan Rodriguez appeared in court on Thursday to answer...