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18 Aug 11:35

More additives sneak into your foods

More and more new food additives are making their way into your meals as the Food and Drug Administration eases its oversight.
09 Aug 15:16

Police: dog thrown from moving car on New Jersey highway

New Jersey police are looking for the person who threw a dog from moving car on Saturday.
08 Aug 04:58

Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles

Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday -- but don't bring any candles to the party, please.
07 Aug 13:00

Judge tosses suit claiming botched circumcision

A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who claims a botched circumcision resulted in the amputation of his penis, ruling Thursday that the complaint wasn't specific under state malpractice law.
07 Aug 06:09

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

al. The sugar is also is found in red meat -- beef, pork, venison, rabbit -- and even some dairy products. It's usually fine when people encounter it through food that gets digested.
05 Aug 12:34

Florida man gets life for throwing baby from car

A Florida man convicted of killing a 3-month-old boy by tossing the infant out of a moving vehicle has been sentenced to life in prison.
15 Aug 08:53

White-nose syndrome affecting bats throughout the U.S.

It's in 25 states and five Canadian provinces.
15 Aug 08:17

Culpeper County expands noise ordinances

County leaders in Culpeper want to help the sheriff's office by putting teeth into a noise ordinance. Under the proposed changes normal activities that are legal now could end up becoming criminal.
15 Aug 08:03

Commander of Norfolk-based submarine fired

The Navy says the commander of the Norfolk-based attack submarine Newport News has been relieved of his duties.
14 Aug 08:41

100s of bikers crossing Md., Va. for 9-11 event

The ride, which remembers those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks, takes place this weekend.
15 Aug 15:25

Feds may ban removal of dogfish fins at sea

Federal regulators are considering changing interstate fishery laws to prevent fishermen from removing fins from spiny dogfish before they're brought ashore.
15 Aug 15:25

9 dead dogs found in vacant western Md. home

Authorities are looking for the former occupants of a vacant home near Cumberland where nine dead dogs were found.
14 Aug 08:45

Sea turtles ready for release in Virginia Beach

The Virginia Aquarium is preparing to release three sea turtles that were hooked this summer by recreational fishermen.
12 Aug 09:20

Md. Horse Council seeks hearing on Sunday hunting

The Maryland Horse Council is objecting to the way in which the Department of Natural Resources is trying to expand Sunday hunting opportunities in western Maryland.
12 Aug 07:10

Smithsonian seeking volunteers to digitize objects

The Smithsonian Institution wants the public's help to digitize museum collections faster to make them available to researchers online.
08 Aug 16:15

What's the best way to stop your neighbor's barking dog?

Your neighbor may have the cutest dog by day, but come nighttime, he likes to bark up a storm or spend hours howling at the moon.
10 Aug 06:08

Deadly disease threatens world's amphibians

The threat of the Ebola virus has generated concern across the globe. Among wildlife ecologists, another deadly virus is raising worldwide alarm: the ranavirus.
10 Aug 05:40

Bananas: An uncertain future for America's favorite fruit

They're sliced into cereal and eaten as snacks, but these days growers are increasingly worried about the future of America's favorite fruit: the Cavendish banana.
07 Aug 07:32

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

al. The sugar is also is found in red meat -- beef, pork, venison, rabbit -- and even some dairy products. It's usually fine when people encounter it through food that gets digested.
07 Aug 14:06

Nixon's back! (At least on Twitter)

If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation.
06 Aug 12:20

Virginia resident catches squirrel kick on video

A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.
04 Aug 12:20

Dolphin deaths decline in Virginia

Bottlenose dolphin deaths in Virginia are declining.
04 Aug 16:42

News Post: Just kids

by (Gabe)
Gabe: I’m finally back home after a bunch of traveling. Comic Con has changed a lot over the years. I think 2002 was the very first year we attended. We were guests at Kiko’s “Gameskin’s” booth. 2003 was the first year we actually had our own space. PA reader Nessa was one of the very first people to come see us and she snapped this picture. Look at those babies! Well I look like a baby, Tycho looks pretty much identical. For reference here is another pic snapped this year with PA reader Lauran who happens to be the very cool social media coordinator over at Lionhead. Somewhere…
31 Jul 19:18

Zoo Visitor Claims She Lost Part Of Her Finger After Trying To Pet A Lion

by Mary Beth Quirk

Here’s the thing about zoos: Despite the fact that those wild animals are behind bars, they’re still wild animals. So no matter how fuzzy and furry that lion looks, it’s not a good idea to pet it unless a zookeeper says to go ahead and do so. But one Michigan woman claims that after she was allowed into a lion’s cage, she ended up losing part of her finger..

She tells that a zookeeper allowed her into the cage with the big cat over the weekend, and that the guide told her “yeah,” when she asked if she could pet it. But as she tried to pet it, she claims the lion ripped off part of her finger.

“I was totally in shock. I really didn’t believe that was part of my finger laying on the ground,”she said. “I put my hand down there to pet it and it ripped my finger.”

Afterward, she alleges that the staff tried to cover it up.

“They just told me not to tell. They told me to lie,” she claims.

But the owners of the zoo tell the news station that the woman went into an area where she wasn’t supposed to, and tried to pet the lion against the zookeeper’s warning.

“The lady went into the security area and was told by the guide to get back and the lady stated she wanted to touch the lion and continued, against the guide’s warning, to put her finger inside the fence and the lion nipped the end of her finger,” the owners said in an email to WNEM, adding that the zoo has posted warning signs and bite signs everywhere.

The woman says she’s considering legal action, although she wants the zoo to stay open. But if you’re ever tempted to stroke a flowing mane, don’t, she advises. Because everyone likes having full fingers.

“They are beautiful, but don’t do it,” she says.

Woman loses part of finger during lion attack []

31 Jul 17:10

If You’re Not Cooking With Hot Lava Or Lightning, Just Quit Calling Yourself A Grillmaster Now

by Mary Beth Quirk

I’m not here to burst your happy grilling bubble, but come on — can you really consider yourself a master of the art of grilling if you haven’t tried cooking with hot lava? What about lightning? Maybe. But bending the forces of nature to do your culinary bidding? There’s no topping that, at least not yet. Call me when you beat an egg with a tornado.

Don’t feel too ashamed, my fellow normal people who do not have access to hot lava or lightning on demand, it’s not like Pat and Terry next door are going to top you anytime soon, as these two methods aren’t things anyone should be trying at home.

Over at DesignBoom, however, a video made by a London-based creative team knowns as Bompas & Parr shows how it could be done if you’ve got the right tools: An artificial volcano, allowing grillers to get molten hot liquid to 2,100 degrees using an industrial furnace, an ice flue and dry ice.

The resulting stream of hot lava flows beneath a normal grilling surface to cook steak and corn on the cob, basically instantly roasting both foods.

The B&P team also cooked with lightning, using a high-voltage laboratory that again, isn’t going to be easy to replicate but is super cool.

I don’t even have to warn you not to try this at home, because unless you happen to have the abovementioned tools or live on top of an active volcano (in which case you’d have other things to worry about besides ribeyes), you’re not going to be able to top Pat and Terry next door anyway. But it’s still fun to watch.

B&P Cook Out from robert wysocki on Vimeo.

29 Jul 17:52

Soon You’ll Be Able To Learn Dothraki So You Can Pick Up Dates At The Stables

by Mary Beth Quirk

dothrakilearnHash yer dothrae chek? Oh, I’m sorry, fellow equine enthusiast hanging out at this stable. I thought you might speak Dothraki. No fear, you’ll soon be able to learn all the phrases you need to pick up fellow horse lovers at the stable or tell your boss she reminds you of an enraged wild boar.

When George R.R. Martin created the Dothraki language for his Game of Thrones series of books, he didn’t build an entire vocabulary or grammar, but he did a good enough job that a linguist has expanded it to an actual language, reports CNET.

Language consultant David Peterson introduced a new Living Language course at San Diego Comic Con this week, a course based on the series that offers grammar lessons, pronunciation guides, vocabulary, and cultural notes that tell you exactly when and where you should use certain words.

“Living Language Dothraki” will sell for $19.99 starting on Oct. 7, with 200 words and phrase included. For an additional $10 you can buy an expanded online course, or a mobile app for an additional $3.99.

“I always like Dothraki because it’s non-European,” Peterson said, noting that its roots in mostly Arabic and Spanish really makes it roll off the tongue, especially with those trilling Rs.

“It’s great for picking people up,” he joked.

This is the first language he’s invented that was based entirely on someone else’s work — Martin started the process and Peterson says he’s kept the author’s structure.

“George R.R. Martin did an incredible job for someone who says he’s not a language guy,” he explains.

Beyond saying “how are you” to the hottie with the horse, which literally translates to “you ride well” — the best compliment a Dothraki could give — you can learn to call your annoying neighbor an “ifak” which means, “one who walks.” BURN! Thanks, Dothraki!

​Soon, you too will be able to learn Dothraki [CNET]

31 Jul 11:19

Ways to save money at the grocery store

The cost of groceries can take a bite out of shoppers' budgets, but Consumer Reports has some tips to combat rising food prices and other costs at stores.
31 Jul 10:02

Marion Barry's son jailed after latest arrest

Court documents show the only son of former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry has been jailed after he was caught driving on a revoked license.
30 Jul 10:21

What you should and shouldn't buy on

When it comes to online shopping, Amazon is king. But for some items, shopping at the e-commerce site can cost you money.
30 Jul 16:57

I am here to teach you about animals in space

by Matthew Inman
I am here to teach you about animals in space

I gave a short talk at W00tstock this year about animals in space.