Pope Francis has called on leaders worldwide to take steps towards a global financial reform that would benefit everyone. He intends to overhaul the traditionally secretive Vatican Bank to meet Europe’s standards and boost the institution’s transparency. Continue reading
Beginning in late 2006 — early 2007, abnormally high die-offs, about 30–90% of all hives of European honey bee colonies began in North America. There are fears that neonicotinoids, a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine, are linked to the rapid decline of honeybees. Biotech conglomerates assert that no link has been proven between the use of neonicotinoids and the declining number of bees. The exact cause has been debated at length and numerous studies conducted, but no conclusive evidence has been found. Continue reading
Commander Chris Hadfield has been making some videos recently on board the International Space Station. This one is a full music video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”.
Shortly after the designs for “The Liberator,” the world’s first functioning 3D printable gun, were on the web, they were removed from public access at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense Trade Controls citing possible arms trafficking violations and claiming control of the information. The files are currently hosted on several torrent sites like The Pirate Bay which have no intention of censoring the information. Continue reading
Really excited for this movie to hit theaters, its based on my all time favorite book by Orson Scott Card. It’s scheduled to premiere November 1, 2013 and will star Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. For more info about Ender’s Game, check out if-sentinel.com or IMDb.
This morning around 9:26 AM (03:26 GMT) near the small town of Chebarkul in the Ural mountains of Russia, a meteorite crashed to Earth, injuring approximately 500 people. Russian emergencies ministry stated that thousands of rescue workers have been dispatched to the area to provide relief.
A large meteor estimated to weigh about 10 tons partially burned up in the lower atmosphere, resulting in fragments falling earthwards at supersonic speed, one of which struck near Chebarkul. Continue reading
Research shows that playing first-person action games (particularly shooters) can improve brain function including cognitive abilities and learning skills. The Downside In the wake of mass shootings and violent outbursts, much research has been conducted on children who play violent video games or watch violent TV which demonstrates that they can become violent themselves. According to researchers at Indiana University, brain scans show that violent videogames can alter brain function in young men after only a week of play. The games depress activity among regions of the brain … Continue reading
A 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber, father of seven who commanded great respect in the community, delivered a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a mosque in eastern Yemen. The speech did not go unnoticed and two days later he was approached by three members of Al Qaeda who wanted to talk. Mr. Jaber, his cousin Waleed Abdullah (a police officer brought along for security) and the three members of Al Qaeda were all incinerated by a missile from an American drone. Mr. Jaber is the … Continue reading
A confidential 16-page memo was leaked from the Justice Department which states legal framework whereby American citizens may be targeting by drone strikes without due process or proof of specific intent to harm.
The drone strike “does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future.” Meaning we can pretty much take out anyone, anywhere, at any time so long as informed, high-level official of government gives the green light. Continue reading
A resilient tortoise was rediscovered by a family in a locked store room thirty years after they lost her.
Manuela (the tortoise) disappeared from her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982. After their father died earlier this month that the Almeida children began clearing out a second-floor room in the house that he had filled with broken electrical items and always kept locked. Continue reading