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« Reply #10830 on: Jun 9th, 2014, 02:08am »

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Rats Show Regret Study Says

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« Reply #10831 on: Jun 9th, 2014, 04:57am »

on Jun 8th, 2014, 10:15pm, Sysconfig wrote:
AI suffers Major Setback..After investing untold billions in its artificial Intelligence program Google presented it crown Jewel in front of the Naysayers..
and attempted to run it across a group of teenagers ro see if it would pass the Touring test..

Called the National Artificial Neural Connected Inteligence or Nanci for short ..here we see it in almost human form but android form perform as teenagers ask it questions and take it to task



back to the drawing board..we can see from the incoherent rambling that it suffered immediate overload. Kurtz owes me a coffee and donut.

I would suggest in the future that young man not take plane rides and avoid going near nail guns if at all possible.


Thanks for the AI update Sysconfig. In defense of the NANCI cybernetic organism(?) I'd say this actually was an impressive simulation of a politician's' ability to simultaneously defend multiple mutually exclusive positions. (Just try vocalizing this sentence quickly ten times in a row.) An amazing google win imo!!

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« Reply #10832 on: Jun 9th, 2014, 09:19am »

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Kent News United Kingdom

Was this a UFO over Kent’s skies?

by Sarah Linney
Monday, June 9, 2014

Mysterious goings-on were reported in the skies over Kent last night.

An “enormous” white light was seen over Paddock Wood after darkness fell, disappearing at about 1am.

Maurice Greenstreet, 65, who lives in Ringden Avenue, spotted the unusual sight, as did his father.

“It was an enormous white light. My dad said it had been up there for about half an hour before I saw it,” he told Kent on Sunday.

“It was much bigger than an aircraft. It was ever so low on the horizon. Then all of a sudden it turned itself off and this white speckle just went across the sky.”

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/was_this_a_ufo_over_kent_s_skies_1_3635484


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« Reply #10833 on: Jun 9th, 2014, 09:36am »

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Pakistan Taliban claim deadly airport attack

By ADIL JAWAD
— Jun. 9, 2014 9:57 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Monday threatened more attacks after claiming responsibility for a brazen five-hour assault on the country's busiest airport in which gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international airport in Karachi, set off explosions and killed 18 people.

The claim further diminished prospects for a resumption of peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban that officials had hoped could bring an end to the group's bloody, years-long campaign seeking to overthrow the country's U.S.-allied government. The insurgency has shaken the stability of the nuclear-armed country, which borders Afghanistan, where international forces have been fighting the Afghan Taliban for more than a decade.

Peace talks floundered in recent weeks, and the Taliban called off a cease-fire they had declared during the negotiations. Since then, Pakistani troops have hit the group's hideouts with airstrikes in the country's troubled northwestern region, killing dozens of suspected militants. Residents claim several civilians were also killed in the strikes.

The Taliban said the assault on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and the country's economic heart, was in revenge for the killing last November of the militant group's leader in a U.S. drone strike

In a telephone call to The Associated Press, the group's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, warned that "such attacks will continue until there is a permanent ceasefire."

The attack began late Sunday when 10 gunmen, at least some disguised as policemen, stormed into a section of the sprawling airport where a terminal for VIP flights and cargo is located. They opened fire with machine guns and rocket launchers, sparking a battle with security forces that lasted until around dawn.

Heavy gunfire and multiple explosions were heard coming from the terminal amid the fighting. A major fire rose from the airport, illuminating the night sky in an orange glow as the silhouettes of jets could be seen. As dawn broke Monday, smoke could still be seen billowing in the air.

At least some of the gunmen wore the uniform of the Airport Security Force, said an official at the scene near the terminal. All the attackers wore explosives vests, some of which were detonated when they were shot at by the police, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

A cargo building was left completely gutted by the fire and the explosions, said Rizwan Akhtar, the chief of Pakistan's elite paramilitary Rangers.

Just before dawn, security forces regained control of the airport, and all 10 attackers were dead, Akhtar said. He said some of the attackers appeared to be Uzbeks but officials were still investigating to determine their identity and nationality.

At least 18 people were killed besides the attackers, mostly airport security or other airport personnel, according to Seemi Jamali from Karachi's Jinnah Hospital.

During the battle, airport operations were suspended and all incoming flights were diverted. An Emirates flight in Karachi bound for Dubai had to be cancelled and passengers were escorted off the plane because of the fighting, the Dubai-based carrier said.

Late Monday afternoon, the airport reopened and was fully functioning, according to Shujaat Azeem, the prime minister's adviser for civil aviation.

Shahid, the spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — as the Pakistani Taliban are known — said the attack was to avenge the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the Taliban chief who died in an American drone strike last November.

Mehsud's death was the last major killing of a militant commander under the controversial drone program.

The CIA, as reported by The Associated Press in May, has largely wound down its drone program over Pakistan, and there hasn't been a drone strike in Pakistan since Christmas.

Shahid said the attack on the Karachi airport had been planned out before the peace talks started and was put on hold during the negotiations.

Security officials in Karachi had feared that if the peace talks broke down, their city would be a likely spot for militant retribution.

The Pakistani Taliban and their allies increasingly are gaining a foothold in Karachi, the country's largest city and the site of frequent militant attacks in the past. It is the country's economic hub and any militant activity targeting its airport would likely strike a heavy blow to foreign investment in the country.

In May 2011, militants waged an 18-hour siege at a naval base in Karachi, killing 10 people in an assault that deeply embarrassed the armed forces.

Meanwhile, the death toll from another deadly attack Sunday night rose to 24 in the Baluchistan town of Tuftan near the Iranian border. Militants attacked a group of Shiite Muslim religious pilgrims staying at a hotel after they returned to Pakistan. Government official Ghulam Mustafa said that the bodies have been sent by helicopter to the provincial capital of Quetta.

There was no claim of responsibility for that incident, but Sunni Muslim extremists have often targeted Shiites because they don't consider them to be true Muslims.


Associated Press Writers Rebecca Santana, Zarar Khan, Munir Ahmed and Asif Shahzad in Islamabad, and Adam Schreck in Dubai contributed to this report.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pakistan-police-karachi-airport-attack-killed-18

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« Reply #10834 on: Jun 9th, 2014, 09:42am »



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« Reply #10835 on: Jun 9th, 2014, 10:32am »

on Jun 9th, 2014, 04:57am, purr wrote:
Thanks for the AI update Sysconfig. In defense of the NANCI cybernetic organism(?) I'd say this actually was an impressive simulation of a politician's' ability to simultaneously defend multiple mutually exclusive positions. (Just try vocalizing this sentence quickly ten times in a row.) An amazing google win imo!!

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Your enthusiasm is commendable and I am sure as we speak they are trying religiously to make adjustments.
Eventually they will find the missing parts and try again.
Until then the world is safe.
Several thousand orders for drones with the AI implant have been cancelled.

Credit To the great and inimitable Mr. Ed and his cousin Mike working the Nighshift at Googles NANCI Drone worx
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« Reply #10836 on: Jun 10th, 2014, 08:49am »

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An Uncommon Read For UFO Skeptics

BY PR Newswire
06/10/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

SULFUR, La.

Many are skeptical – and raise their eyebrows – when they are asked about the truth of UFOs. For retired chemist B. Timothy Pennington, sometimes the truth cannot be hidden or just locked away anymore. In his newly released book, Science, Skeptics, and UFOs, he offers everyone a book on UFOs that's unlike anything previously published. He takes on a different approach by presenting the viewpoint of the scientific establishment, skeptics, and ufologists squarely and fairly while demonstrating a scientific approach, which he should have done decades ago. What makes this UFO-related read unique is that it's written on a personal level and with an adventurous style, making it more intriguing and interesting to UFO fans and skeptics alike.

"During retirement, a feeling of intellectual dishonesty slowly crept over me. I realized that I needed to share my family's UFO experiences with the world…." And so this began the author's personal quest. He interviewed family members to document their stories; although many of the stories were familiar, there were some that were new to him. Some of these stories were disturbing, so the scientist in him kicked in and he started investigating, delving into the UFO literature. The author went on an incredible journey of adventure and discovery, and these profound findings and insights are what he shares in the pages of this new book.

Science, Skeptics, and UFOs can be considered a history book about the early days of UFOs, a collection of folksy and humorous family vignettes, and a science textbook complete with equations, maps, charts, and more. Just like his research projects during his career, he gathered related literature, investigated the surprising and shocking Mississippi sightings, and formulated hypotheses to document these stories.

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London Mayor Says Enuff is Enuff!

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London mayor says 'ugly, self-defeating and stupid' spikes outside luxury flats are not the answer to rough sleeping
Boris Johnson has called for anti-homeless spikes outside a luxury block of London flats to be removed immediately, describing them as "ugly, self-defeating and stupid".

The mayor of London urged the owner of the private block of deluxe apartments to remove the inch-high metal studs, which triggered outrage when a picture of them was posted online at the weekend.

He tweeted on Monday: "Spikes outside Southwark housing development to deter rough sleeping are ugly, self defeating & stupid. Developer should remove them ASAP.

"We've spent £34m on the likes of 'no 2nd night out' [which aims to ensure no one spends more than one night on the streets], reaching 3/4s of rough sleepers, but must do more. Spikes are simply not the answer."
The spikes, which are thought to have been installed in the last month and have been compared to those used to keep birds away from buildings, are in a sheltered alcove opposite a hostel for homeless people with mental health problems on Southwark Bridge Road.

About 5,000 people have signed a petition calling for the spikes to be removed and several people have lodged complaints with Southwark council about the studs, which have been described by homelessness charities as inhumane.

Katharine Sacks-Jones, head of policy and campaigns at Crisis, said people "deserve better than to be moved on to the next doorway along the street. We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement. Instead we must deal with the causes".

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« Reply #10840 on: Jun 10th, 2014, 7:25pm »

The Smyrna, Tennessee air show this weekend has the Navy Blue Angels returning to our area for performances.

Air shows attracts UFO's.

I believe in England these show are called a Tattoo.



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NASA: "As Long as Alien Life Uses Chemistry, We'll have the Capability to Find It"



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The James Webb Space Telescope, expected to launch in 2018 (image above), will have the ability to search for the chemical signatures of life in alien atmospheres, however, we're not sure how life begins or how pervasive it is, making it very difficult to pinpoint when and where to find it, scientists said during a session at the National Space Symposium held last week in Colorado Springs.

"We don't know how many planets we're going to have to examine before we find life, and not finding it on 10 or 100 doesn't mean it's not there," John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for the science mission directorate said during the panel. "This may be very tricky."
"We can't really tell what life is," MIT astrophysicist and exoplanet hunter Sara Seager said. "All we can do is work with what life does. Life metabolizes and generates gasses, so that's what we're looking for … The good news is, whatever life is, as long as it uses chemistry, we're all set. We'll have the capability to find it [life] and we'll have that capability within a decade with James Webb and hopefully within two decades with an Earth twin, but beyond that, it's really just up to chance."

"I think it's fair to say that we just want to see one example," Seager said. "If we see one, we almost know that it's everywhere because we need to be reassured, we need confidence that life is actually ubiquitous."

After the two successful space telescopes CoRoT and Kepler were decommissioned this year, planet hunters are now hopeful with regard to the pending decision on the PLATO mission. PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars) will build on the experience of CoRoT and Kepler in the search for planetary systems around nearby bright stars, and thus allow for extensive follow-up observations. This could allow the determination of the radius (as in the system KOI-351) and the mass of the planets, as well as a first look at the composition of the planet.

Furthermore, it would even be possible to examine the atmosphere of the planets in such systems, which may give rise to indications of the activity of living organisms. This would be a major breakthrough in search for a ’second Earth’. The European Space Agency will make a decision on the PLATO mission in early 2014.

Until now, 771 stars with planets have been identified. However, most of the exoplanets discovered so far are ’solitary’. Only 170 stars are known to be orbited by more than one planet. Large planetary systems are the exception – not because they do not exist, but because they are particularly difficult to detect and characterise.

The image below features an image of Kepler's launch and artist concepts of milestone discoveries (l to r): Kepler-9b and c, Kepler-10b, Kepler-11, Kepler-16b, Kepler-22 and Kepler-64f. The final panel illustrates exoplanet discoveries: blue is previous; red is previous Kepler; gold is Kepler's on Feb. 26 (Image Credit: NASA Ames/W. Stenzel)


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More UFO sightings in the skies of Hinckley

Jun 11, 2014 11:40
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More sightings of suspected UFOs in Hinckley have been reported.

The latest incidents happened on May 31 when two separate people reported seeing UFOs hovering around the Hollycroft area.

One man saw a yellow light crossing the sky at 1.35am and the other man saw a blue light in the sky that hovered before disappearing at 9.20pm.

The witness to the first incident said: “I saw a bright light, about the size of a usual plane, above the Hollycroft area, but there was no sound.

“There may have been a red tinge to the light, but it was mostly yellow. No lights were flashing, so I’ve ruled out planes, and it was also travelling at a steady speed, to the east of my position.

“It mostly went in a straight line, but wavered every now and then. I watched it until it went behind some trees outside of my view.”

The second witness stated: “I was sitting in Marcian Close, Hinckley, when I spotted a blue light travelling at speed. It moved across the sky very quickly at first, and then hovered from side to side before disappearing - less than 20 minutes later, the same, or similar light, was again spotted by my partner, who alerted me. I tried to take pictures on my iPad - the light appeared to be above the Hollycroft estate area.”

Hinckley Aerial Phenomena Investigations and Leicestershire UFO Investigation Network volunteer Graham Hall said they are appealing for more witnesses to come forward to help establish what the objects may have been.

He said: “What’s interesting is that these occurred at separate times. It seems likely that this could be a Chinese lantern as it on a weekend and people may had a party or something like that. But we won’t know for sure until we investigate further.

“But a blue light on its own in the sky is actually illegal and very rare - lights on an aircraft should have a white flashing light or some other colour.

“We need to investigate further to research the possibilities of what it could be.”

Earlier in May a red light was seen pulsating in the sky above the Hollycroft area. Since then a second person has come forward to say they also saw the “an extremely bright red pulsating light hovering low in the sky” above the leisure centre car park on May 6.

Graham said: “At the rear of the main red light the witness said there appeared to be a ‘tail’ of some kind that was apparently being illuminated by the main light.

“There were no flashing lights seen, or any other colours as on a normal aircraft.”

The witness said the object completely silent, and very low in the sky - which matches what the other witness reported.

Graham added: “After a few seconds, the light began to move off in the direction of St Mary’s Church, appearing to the witness to ‘swim’ through the night sky, giving the impression of a ‘jellyfish’ as it moves through water, varying its appearance as it went, before moving very fast and then finally disappearing over rooftops.

“The witness said the light did indeed appear ‘strange’ and ‘unusual’ in the night sky, and stood out like a sore thumb.”

http://www.hinckleytimes.net/news/local-news/more-ufo-sightings-skies-hinckley-7249300

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« Reply #10844 on: Jun 11th, 2014, 12:30pm »

What Space Smells Like ?
It does not smell or taste like chicken


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When astronauts return from space walks and remove their helmets, they are welcomed back with a peculiar smell. An odor that is distinct and weird: something, astronauts have described it, like "seared steak." And also: "hot metal." And also: "welding fumes."

Our extraterrestrial explorers are remarkably consistent in describing Space Scent in meaty-metallic terms. "Space," astronaut Tony Antonelli has said, "definitely has a smell that's different than anything else." Space, three-time spacewalker Thomas Jones has put it, "carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell."

Space, Jones elaborated, smells a little like gunpowder. It is "sulfurous."

Add to all those anecdotal assessments the recent discovery, in a vast dust cloud at the center of our galaxy, of ethyl formate -- and the fact that the ester is, among other things, the chemical responsible for the flavor of raspberries. Add to that the fact that ethyl formate itself smells like rum. Put all that together, and one thing becomes clear: The final frontier sort of stinks.

But ... how does it stink, exactly? It turns out that we, and more specifically our atmosphere, are the ones who give space its special spice. According to one researcher, the aroma astronauts inhale as they move their mass from space to station is the result of "high-energy vibrations in particles brought back inside which mix with the air."

In the past, NASA has been interested in reproducing that smell for training purposes -- the better to help preemptively acclimate astronauts to the odors of the extra-atmospheric environment. And the better to help minimize the sensory surprises they'll encounter once they're there. The agency, in 2008, talked with the scent chemist Steve Pearce about the possibility of recreating space stench, as much as possible, here on earth.*

Pearce came to NASA's attention after he recreated, for an art installation on "Impossible Smells," the scents of the Mir space station. (This was, he noted, a feat made more complicated by the fact that cosmonauts tend to bring vodka with them into space -- which affects not only the scent of their breath, but also that of their perspiration.) The result of Pearce's efforts? "Just imagine sweaty feet and stale body odor, mix that odor with nail polish remover and gasoline ... then you get close!"

Those efforts, alas, did not move forward. But had Pearce continued in creating a NASA-commissioned eau de vacuum, he would have had the aid of wonderfully poetic descriptions provided by astronauts themselves. Such as, for example, this sweet-smelling stuff from wonder-astronaut Don Pettit:

"Each time, when I repressed the airlock, opened the hatch and welcomed two tired workers inside, a peculiar odor tickled my olfactory senses," Pettit recalled. "At first I couldn't quite place it. It must have come from the air ducts that re-pressed the compartment. Then I noticed that this smell was on their suit, helmet, gloves, and tools. It was more pronounced on fabrics than on metal or plastic surfaces."

He concluded:

It is hard to describe this smell; it is definitely not the olfactory equivalent to describing the palette sensations of some new food as "tastes like chicken." The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.
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