Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Seventy percent of America's feature-length silent movies have been completely lost to time and neglect.
Lawmakers who came to blows this week in a fight in Russia's parliament that culminated with an ambulance being summoned have come under fire for their unruly conduct.
The scuffle between Alexei Zhuravlyov and Adam Delimkhanov, both members of the ruling United Russia party, reportedly took place in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on Tuesday evening. Russian daily Kommersant quoted Zhuravlyov as saying the brawl ended only when a gold-plated pistol fell out of Delimkhanov’s pocket.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
Mexico has informed the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Center (IEC) of the theft of a truck carrying a dangerous radioactive source used in medical treatment.
Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS) said the truck, which was transporting the cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center, was stolen in Tepojaco near Mexico City at around 08:00 UTC on 2 December 2013.
At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged.Update here.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Radio Free Asia: "North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek, widely regarded as the de facto number two in the reclusive, hard-line communist state, is believed to have been sacked, reports say, in what could be the most significant leadership purge since the young Kim came to power two years ago."
Monday, December 2, 2013
County of Maui:
A kayaker is reported to have died of his injuries this morning after having been bitten by a shark in waters off of Makena.
Maui County Ocean Safety officers received a report around 10:20 a.m. that said the male victim was fishing in his kayak somewhere between Maui and Molokini when he was bitten by a shark. A friend who was kayaking with the victim took him to a nearby snorkeling charter boat, which then transported them to shore.
The victim died prior to reaching shore.
CITES: "As delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African elephant at a summit convened by the government of Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), new analyses released today find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next ten years."
A former morgue employee in Siberia who killed his girlfriend and claimed to have eaten parts of her corpse was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony Monday, a Russian media outlet reported.
A court in Russia’s northern Yamalo-Nenets Region found the man guilty of murder after psychologists declared him sane, Uralpolit.ru reported, citing local investigators.
The alleged cannibal confessed to police in May, according to local media reports, saying he had stabbed his common-law wife twice in the neck during an argument while walking through the forest in April 2011. He admitted to hiding her body in the woods outside the town of Aksarka, reports said, and returning several times to eat parts of the corpse.
Local information portal Region89.rf said that the man later recanted his confession, telling the court that his girlfriend had died — but not at his hand — and that he had only hidden her body from fear of punishment.
The man reportedly told police he had gotten used to eating human flesh when he worked at the morgue.
University of Sussex (United Kingdom):
The pitch of male koalas’ mating calls is about 20 times lower than it should be, given the Australian marsupial’s relatively small size, University of Sussex research reveals.
Dr. Benjamin Charlton and Dr. David Reby, reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 2, have discovered the koalas’ secret: they have a specialized sound-producing organ that has never before been seen in any other land-dwelling mammal. The key feature of this newly described organ is its location outside the voice box, or larynx.
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At a village in the Indian state of Gujarat, a male leopard entered a hut, killed a 5-year-old girl and injured her 18-year-old brother late last night.
Secrets of the Knights Templar
Nonfiction book by Susie Hodge
The Knights Templar are one of the most secretive and powerful religious orders in history: for over two centuries they were the elite fighting force of the Crusades. Highly trained, and adhering to a strict chivalric code, their success on the battlefield brought them both wealth and political influence. But it is the legends and secrecy surrounding the order and its Grand Masters that continue to fascinate historians and general readers alike.
Secrets of the Knights Templar examines each of these mysteries in turn to reveal the truth about the Knights' secret practices, rituals and codes, as well as the continued influence of the Templars today. From the true location of the Holy Grail to the Templars' involvement in the Battle of Bannockburn, and from the sudden downfall of the order to modern-day claims of descent — S. J. Hodge uncovers the hidden links behind the stories and separates historical fact from fiction.Related: Barnes and Noble