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Thursday August 21, 2014     6:30 PM ET


Ellie's World Blogs
End of Summer ... There's lots going on
Ellie's Brighton Beach Memoirs
Crop Circles 2014 - Roswell Rock and Chisledon Crop Circle
Student Bodies: From University Choices to Global Incidents
Do you believe in Fate?


Canola genome sequence reveals evolutionary 'love triangle'   PhysOrg - August 21, 2014
An international team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia recently published the genome of Brassica napus - commonly known as canola - in the journal Science. Their discovery paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is used widely in farming and industry.

Drone Pilots Suffer PTSD Just Like Those in Combat   Live Science - August 21, 2014
Although drone operators may be far from the battlefield, they can still develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study shows. About 1,000 United States Air Force drone operators took part in the study, and researchers found that 4.3 percent of them experienced moderate to severe PTSD. In comparison, between 10 and 18 percent of military personnel returning from deployment typically are diagnosed with PTSD, the researchers wrote.

Has Earth's Missing Heat Been Found?   Live Science - August 21, 2014
In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's surface temperatures suddenly slowed, even as greenhouse gas emissions escalated. This unexpected slowdown has been called a global warming hiatus or global warming pause. Most climate scientists don't think this hiatus means global warming went kaput, but the reason (or reasons) for the slowdown has scientists flummoxed. Researchers have offered more than two dozen ideas to explain the missing heat.

Emotions and Eating: A Marketer's Dream?   Live Science - August 21, 2014
Both research and popular media tell us that emotions and eating are intrinsically related. How many times have we seen a character in a TV show reaching for the ice-cream tub when feeling particularly down or after a breakup?

How Facebook Complicates Breakups   Live Science - August 21, 2014
Nowadays, changing a Facebook profile to "In a Relationship" is a rite of passage in dating, more significant than that first date, but less of a milestone than meeting the parents. But when a relationship goes south, the fallout on social media - from the ability to reanalyze every message an ex sent, to the temptation to cyberstalk a former love - can make it hard to move on, said study researcher Anabel Quan-Haase, a sociologist at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Women Seeking Flextime Pay Heavier Price Than Men   Live Science - August 21, 2014
Women may be penalized when they ask for flexible work situations, new research suggests. Women who ask to work from home or work nontraditional hours to fulfill family responsibilities are less likely than men to have their requests approved, according to a study presented here last week at the 109th annual American Sociological Association meeting. Those women are also viewed as less likable and committed to their jobs, the study found.

Hints of elusive early stars found   BBC - August 21, 2014
Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars. Theoretical models predict that some of the very first stars were hundreds of times larger than the Sun.

  US Ebola patient Kent Brantly 'thrilled to be alive'   BBC - August 21, 2014
One of the US aid workers who recovered from an Ebola infection is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

  3 senior Hamas military leaders killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza   CNN - August 21, 2014
An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza overnight killed three high-ranking members of Hamas' military wing, the Qassam Brigades, the militant group said Thursday. Seven civilians were also killed.

  Peace and quiet return to the streets of Ferguson   CNN - August 21, 2014
When night falls, it's pitch dark on Ellison Drive, except for one street light shining on three school children shooting hoops.

  Menopause: Questions women are thinking, but not asking   CNN - August 21, 2014
Menopause: the permanent end of fertility (and periods!) that commonly happens to women in their late 40s and 50s. For many women, just saying the word "menopause" can increase anxiety levels.

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'   BBC - August 21, 2014
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests   Live Science - August 21, 2014
Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest. This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, as some researchers have previously suggested, scientists added. Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, and lived in Europe and Asia. Recent findings suggest that Neanderthals were closely related enough to interbreed with ancestors of modern humans - about 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone outside Africa is Neanderthal in origin.

  New dates rewrite Neanderthal story   BBC - August 20, 2014
Modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought, a study suggests. The most comprehensive dating of Neanderthal bones and tools ever carried out suggests that the two species lived side-by-side for up to 5,000 years. The new evidence suggests that the two groups may even have exchanged ideas and culture, say the researchers.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 21, 2014

National Senior Citizens Day

National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population.

National Senior Citizens Day: How to Celebrate the Day, History and Inspirational Quotes   ITB - August 21, 2014




August 21, 1989

Hayden Panettiere

  Hayden Panettiere Google Videos

Hayden Panettiere is an award winning
American actress and singer. Filmography


Hayden Panettiere's ‘Nashville' Character Will Be Pregnant, Too   TC - August 21, 2014


I'm not one of those crazy girls who thinks that they're fat.
I'm okay with what I have. I can rock this body, you know?


Hayden Panettiere Quotes 1

Hayden Panettiere Quotes 2




August 21, 1938

Kenny Rogers

  Kenny Rogers Google Videos

Kenny Rogers is an award winning American singer-songwriter, actor,
record producer, photographer, and entrepreneur. Discography


Country Music Hall of Fame Honors Kenny Rogers with Awesome Exhibit   People - August 21, 2014


Growing older is not upsetting; being perceived as old, is.


Kenny Rogers Quotes




August 21, 1967

Carrie-Anne Moss

  Carrie-Anne Moss Google Videos

Carrie-Anne Moss is an award winning
Canadian actress. Filmography


Get me out!

Carrie-Anne Moss Quotes




August 21, 1956

Kim Cattrall

  Kim Cattrall Google Videos

Kim Cattrall is an award winning
English actress Filmography


Stars To Study Shakespeare In New TV Show   Contact Music - August 21, 2014


The roles that I play are my sculptures and silhouettes.

Kim Cattrall Quotes




August 21, 1973

Sergey Brin

  Sergey Brin Google Videos

Sergey Brin is a Russian-American computer scientist and
Internet entrepreneur who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google.


The Google Chronicles: 7 Facts on Founders Larry Page & Sergey Brin   Biography - August 18, 2014


Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being
very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.


Sergey Brin Quotes 1

Sergey Brin Quotes 2




August 21, 1986

Usain Bolt

  Usain Bolt Google Videos

Usain Bolt is an award winning Jamaican sprinter
widely regarded as the fastest person ever.


Usain Bolt speeds to 100m victory on Copacabana beach in 10.06 seconds   Daily Mail - August 21, 2014


Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress
and thus tone the spirit just as exercise conditions the body to win.

Usain Bolt Quotes




Wednesday August 20, 2014     7:00 PM ET


  James Foley 'beheading': West condemns 'barbaric' murder   BBC - August 20, 2014
The US, UK and France have expressed abhorrence at the apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by an Islamic State (IS) militant.

  James Foley remembered as 'brave and tireless' journalist   CNN - August 20, 2014
When war reporter James Foley wasn't writing for GlobalPost or recording video for AFP or appearing on the PBS "NewsHour," he occasionally shared stories on his own blog, aptly titled "A World of Troubles."

  Patient tested in California for possible Ebola exposure   CNN - August 20, 2014
The unidentified patient is being isolated in a "specially equipped negative pressure room" at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.

  Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano rumbles, could threaten air travel   CNN - August 20, 2014
In 2010, an Icelandic volcano with an unpronounceable name spewed an ash cloud into the skies that disrupted travel for millions of passengers and cost airlines a small fortune.

  Japan landslides kill 32 in Hiroshima prefecture   BBC - August 20, 2014
At least 32 people have been killed in landslides that struck Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, officials say. The landslides happened in a residential area near a mountain in the Hiroshima city outskirts.

  Michael Brown: Ferguson protest violence subsides   BBC - August 20, 2014
Police in Ferguson, Missouri say they have arrested 47 people during a mostly peaceful protest over the police shooting of a black teenager. Despite the arrests, Tuesday evening's protest was more subdued than previous nights which had seen serious violence.

Heart disease giving way to cancer as top killer of men   BBC - August 20, 2014
Parts of Europe are reaching a "tipping point" where cardiovascular disease is no longer the leading cause of death, a study shows. Four million deaths each year - nearly half the European total - are due to cardiovascular disease.

Life can persist in cold, dark world: Life under Antarctic ice explored   Science Daily - August 20, 2014
The first breakthrough article to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth's final frontiers shows that there's life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, specifically in a lake that hasn't seen sunlight or felt a breath of wind for millions of years. The life is in the form of microorganisms that live beneath the enormous Antarctic ice sheet and convert ammonium and methane into the energy required for growth.

Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem   BBC - August 20, 2014
While the underbelly of Antarctica may not exactly be teeming with life, it certainly supports viable ecosystems. Scientists have pulled up thousands of different types of micro-organisms from Lake Whillans, a large body of water buried 800m under the ice sheet.

Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s   BBC - August 20, 2014
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year. Added to the discharges coming from Antarctica, it means Earth's two big ice sheets are now dumping roughly 500 cu km of ice in the oceans annually.

2,800-Year-Old Zigzag Art Found in Greek Tomb   Live Science - August 20, 2014
Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Corinth, Greece, have discovered a tomb dating back around 2,800 years that has pottery decorated with zigzagging designs. The tomb was built sometime between 800 B.C. and 760 B.C., a time when Corinth was emerging as a major power and Greeks were colonizing the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. The tomb itself consists of a shaft and burial pit, the pit having a limestone sarcophagus that is about 5.8 feet (1.76 meters) long, 2.8 feet (0.86 m) wide and 2.1 feet (0.63 m) high. When researchers opened the sarcophagus, they found a single individual had been buried inside, with only fragments of bones surviving.

  The babysitter costs HOW much?   CNN - August 20, 2014
It seems like a parental dream: A college-educated babysitter shows up, leads your kids through homework, dinnertime and a masterpiece art project, cleans the house and then gives you a report card of how the evening went. Cost: $120.

Teen Birth Rate Hits New Low   Live Science - August 20, 2014
Early data suggest the U.S. teen birth rate hit a historic low in 2013, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2013 birth rate among 15- to 19-year-olds was 26.6 births per 1,000 teenagers, below the previous low, set in 2012, of 29.4 births per 1,000 teens. The 2013 rate was less than than one-third of the highest rate, reached in 1957, of 96.3 births per 1,000 teens, the researchers found.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 20, 1974

Amy Adams

  Amy Adams Google Videos

Amy Adams is an award winning
American actress and singer. Filmography


Amy Adams and Scoot McNairy spotted on 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' set   Batman News - August 20, 2014


I always had a larger view. I'm interested in real life - my family, my friends.

I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is.

My happiness is way beyond roles and awards.

Amy Adams Quotes 1

Amy Adams Quotes 2




August 20, 1948

John Noble

  John Noble Google Videos

John Noble is an award winning Australian film and television
actor, and theater director of more than 80 plays. Filmography


  John Noble Teases 'Sleepy Hollow' Season 2   Access Hollywood - August 20, 2014


John Nobel Quotes 1

John Nobel Quotes 2




August 20, 1983

Andrew Garfield

  Andrew Garfield Google Videos

Andrew Garfield is an award winning
American-English actor. Filmography


  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone's 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2   Starz - August 20, 2014


Acting came from me being depressed. It gave me some kind of purpose.

Making films and plays, and telling stories, and writing books, at the end

of the day it's important and it may not be as important as other things,

but people want to see themselves reflected and feel like they're not alone.

Andrew Garfield Quotes 1

Andrew Garfield Quotes 2




August 20, 1992

Demi Lovato

  Demi Lovato Google Videos

Demi Lovato is an award winning American
singer, musician, and actress. Discography --Filmography


Demi Lovato Talks Mental Illness Struggles, Her Biggest Celeb Inspiration and Collaborating With "Super-Buff" Nick Jonas   E Online - August 20, 2014


I wear lots of different hats in every sense of the word.

Demi Lovato Quotes




August 20, 1956

Joan Allen

  Joan Allen Google Videos

Joan Allen is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


Joan Allen Loves a Killer in Stephen King's 'A Good Marriage' Trailer   First Showing - August 20, 2014


We can all use as much help as we can get finding out who we are.

Joan Allen Quotes




August 20, 1942

Isaac Hayes

  Isaac Hayes Google Videos

Isaac Hayes is an award winning American soul singer,
songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and actor.
Filmography -- Discography


Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project   Billboard - August 20, 2014


Have you ever wondered why young people take to music like fish to water?
Maybe it's because music is fun. Plan and simple.

It opens up their minds to dream great dreams about
where they can go and what they can do when they get older.

Isaac Hayes Quotes




August 20, 1974

Misha Collins

  Misha Collins Google Videos

Misha Collins is an American actor and producer. Filmography


'Supernatural's' Jeremy Carver and Misha Collins Talk Heaven and Earth   Spinoff - August 20, 2014


The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only
thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.

Misha Collins Quotes




August 20, 1954

Al Roker

  Al Roker Google Videos

Al Roker is an American television meteorologist
and author best known for the Today Show.


'Today Show' weatherman Al Roker corn maze pops up   KXAN - August 20, 2014


Now here's what's happening in your neck of the woods ...


Al Roker Quotes 1

Al Roker Quotes 2




August 20, 1946

Connie Chung

  Connie Chung Google Videos

Connie Chung Povich is an American journalist and anchor.


I'm delighted to be part of an organization of dedicated journalists whose
sole mission is to report the news every minute of every hour every day.


Connie Chung Quotes




August 20, 1831 - April 26, 1914

Eduard Suess

Eduard Suess is was a geologist and expert on the Alps.
Described the supercontinent Gondwana and the Tethys Ocean


One thing seems to be foreign on this

large celestial body consisting of spheres,

namely, organic life.

Eduard Suess




Tuesday August 19, 2014     7:30 PM ET


  Michael Brown shooting: Protests as police kill armed man   BBC - August 19, 2014
The police killing of a second black St Louis-area man in 11 days has threatened to further enflame tensions.

James Wright Foley, Kidnapped Journalist, Apparently Executed by ISIS   NBC - August 19, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq.

  Gaza conflict: Israel launches strikes after rocket fire   BBC - August 19, 2014
Israel's military says it has carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to fresh rocket fire, hours before a ceasefire was set to expire.

  Ebola crisis: Doctors in Liberia 'recovering after taking ZMapp'   BBC - August 19, 2014
Three doctors in Liberia with Ebola who started taking an experimental drug last Thursday are showing remarkable signs of improvement, a minister says.

Drones Banned in Arches, Canyonlands National Parks   The Epoch Times - August 19, 2014
Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility. They have seen an increase in use of drones in the last two years.

U.S. Changing Rules for No-Fly List   NBC - August 19, 2014
One of the plaintiffs in the Portland lawsuit, Abe Mashal of St. Charles, Illinois, was unable to print his boarding pass before a flight out of Chicago four years ago. A counter representative told him he was on the no-fly list and would not be allowed to board.

Researchers demonstrate ultra low-field nuclear magnetic resonance using Earth's magnetic field   PhysOrg - August 19, 2014
Earth's magnetic field, a familiar directional indicator over long distances, is routinely probed in applications ranging from geology to archaeology. Now it has provided the basis for a technique which might, one day, be used to characterize the chemical composition of fluid mixtures in their native environments.

Flash Floods in Phoenix Strand Residents, Knock Out Power   NBC - August 19, 2014
Heavy rain blew through Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday morning, leading to flash floods and prompting multiple rescues of residents and motorists trapped in vehicles by high water, NBC affiliate KPNX reported. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for much of the metro area and said up to 2 inches of rain fell in some locations in about an hour Tuesday morning.

4.2-magnitude quake shakes central Oklahoma   CNN - August 19, 2014
A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Guthrie, Oklahoma, at 7:41 a.m. CT (8:41 a.m. ET) Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Man-made earthquakes weaker than natural earthquakes of same magnitude   The Guardian - August 19, 2014
US geological study finds that earthquakes caused by some energy drilling are felt 16 times less than natural earthquakes

Experts still watching Bardarbunga volcano after intense series of earthquakes   The Epoch Times - August 19, 2014
A total of 2,600 earthquakes have been detected under Iceland's largest.

Iceland raises Bardarbunga volcano alert to orange   BBC - August 19, 2014
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, with signs of "ongoing magma movement", Iceland's meteorological office says.

How Do Monster Black Holes Form? New Find May Provide 'Missing Link'   Live Science - August 19, 2014
Black holes are some of the strangest objects in the universe, and they typically fall into one of two size extremes: "small" ones that are dozens of times more massive than the sun and other "supermassive" black holes that are billions of times larger than our nearest star. But until now, astronomers had not seen good evidence of anything in between.

More Than 50 Ancient Greek Inventions Brought to Life Through Incredible Reconstructions   - August 19, 2014
A new museum dedicated to the advanced technological inventions of ancient Greek scientist Archimedes, has just opened up in Ancient Olympia, Greece, according to a news announcement in the Greek Reporter. More than fifty incredible inventions of ancient Greece have been reconstructed, including Archimedes’ screw, the robot-servant of Philon, the automatic theatre of Heron, ancient war machines, and the famous analogue ‘computer’ of Antikythera, covering the period from 2,000 BC up to the end of the ancient Greek world. The exhibition highlights the brilliance of the inventors of our past, and the amazing creations that laid the foundations for the technology we see today.

World's Oldest Trees: 3,000 to 9,500 Years Old   The Epoch Times - August 19, 2014
1. Norway Spruce, Sweden
2. Methuselah, Bristlecone Pine, California
3. Llangernyw Yew, Wales
4. Sarv-e Abar, Cypress, Iran
5. The General Sherman Tree, Sequoia, California
6. The Senator, Bald Cypress, Florida
7. Te Matua Ngahere, Kauri, New Zealand
8. Jomon Sugi, Japan
9. Pando, Quaking Aspens, Utah

Gallery: Oldest Living Things in the World   Live Science - August 19, 2014
Some of the oldest living organisms on Earth are also some of the most beautiful. 13 pictures and explanations

Ancient Toothless Pterosaurs Once Dominated the World's Skies   Live Science - August 19, 2014
Giant toothless pterosaurs with wingspans stretching 39 feet (12 meters) across ruled the skies 60 million years ago, and new research suggests that these ancient flying creatures once had a worldwide presence, and likely played an important role in the Late Cretaceous ecosystem. Despite their formidable size, the pterosaurs in the Azhdarchidae family had no teeth. The new research suggests they replaced their toothed relatives as the dominant species when high levels of carbon dioxide killed off important microscopic marine creatures, leading to a mass extinction about 90 million years ago.

How Pygmy People Got Their Short Stature   Live Science - August 19, 2014
Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainforests, researchers say. The small body sizes known as pygmy traits are seen worldwide, limited to peoples who traditionally hunted and gathered food in tropical rainforests, such as in Central Africa and Southeast Asia. These small statures apparently developed independently in these populations, an example of convergent evolution, much as fish and dolphins both evolved streamlined bodies to better swim in their watery worlds.

Like a Virgin: Chaste Men Sexually Confused After Marriage   Live Science - August 19, 2014
Men who make virginity pledges get strong social support to abstain from sex before the wedding night, but that backing disappears soon after they tie the knot, new research suggests. These men are also taught to think of sex outside of marriage as animalistic and foul, but sacred within a marriage

Love makes sex better for most women   PhysOrg - August 19, 2014
Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women. In a series of interviews, heterosexual women between the ages of 20 and 68 and from a range of backgrounds said that they believed love was necessary for maximum satisfaction in both sexual relationships and marriage. The benefits of being in love with a sexual partner are more than just emotional. Most of the women in the study said that love made sex physically more pleasurable.

More than just X and Y: New genetic basis for sex determination   Science Daily - August 19, 2014
Men and women differ in obvious ways, and scientists have long known that genetic differences buried deep within our DNA underlie these distinctions. In the past, most research has focused on understanding how the genes that encode proteins act as sex determinants. But scientists have found that a subset of very small genes encoding short RNA molecules, called microRNAs, also play a key role in differentiating male and female tissues in the fruit fly.

  Police: California high schoolers plotted to kill 'as many students as possible'   CNN - August 19, 2014
Two high school students plotted to kill three staffers and as many students as possible in a mass shooting plot, police in South Pasadena, California, said. But acting on information provided by officials at South Pasadena High School, authorities were able to foil the plan, police said.

Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers   PhysOrg - August 19, 2014
A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. "White matter" describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity.

How parents juggle work hours may influence kids' weight, research shows   PhysOrg - August 19, 2014
The way parents balance their work schedules may affect their adolescent children's eating habits, according to Penn State researchers. Those schedules may be even more important than the number of hours the parents spend at work, said Molly Martin, associate professor of sociology and demography.

Kids' Drawings May Paint a Picture of Later Intelligence   Live Science - August 19, 2014
How well can your 4-year-old draw? Their ability to draw a picture of a child may be linked to their intelligence at age 14, a new study suggests.

All You Can Eat   Wired - August 19, 2014
Experiment ..

15 Tips to Fall Asleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Refreshed   Huffington Post - August 19, 2014
1. Get the number of hours of sleep each night you need to function optimally.
2. Create a calming atmosphere in your bedroom.
3. Make your bed in the morning.
4. Reserve your bed for sleep and sex only.
5. Create a calming nighttime ritual.

Are new health insurance policies blocking care to the sick?   - August 19, 2014
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

Bored with Your Fitness Tracker? Better Devices Are on the Way   Live Science - August 19, 2014
If you own a fitness tracker that sits in your desk drawer instead of on your wrist, you're not alone.About one-third (34 percent) of people who buy a smart wearable device, such as a fitness tracker or smartwatch, abandon the device after just six to 12 months.

Street Drug 15 Times Stronger Than Heroin   Discovery - August 19, 2014
Acetyl fentanyl can be 15 times stronger than heroin, but users can often buy it through legitimate retail outlets and online stores, researchers warn in a new report. Acetyl fentanyl is an opioid analgesic with no recognized medical uses, the researchers write. On the street, it’s often sold as heroin, so users don’t realize the potency of what they’re taking. Like heroin, it can produce euphoria, altered mood, drowsiness, miosis, cough suppression, constipation, and respiratory depression.

With New Delivery Service, Uber Declares War on Google and Amazon   Discovery - August 19, 2014
Uber is already an expert in getting you from door-to-door. Now, the company wants to figure out how to deliver stuff to your door as well. On Tuesday, Uber announced a pilot program for what it calls Uber Corner Store, a service that would allow Uber users in the Washington D.C. area to get staple items like toothpaste and bandages delivered from local stores.

Don Pardo, voice of 'Saturday Night Live,' dead at 96   CNN - August 19, 2014
Don Pardo, the announcer whose velvety baritone voice introduced "Saturday Night Live" hosts on NBC for decades, has died at age 96, the network announced. Pardo was the announcer for "SNL" for all but one season over the program's 39-year run. Prior to announcing for the comedy show, he was a familiar voice on NBC, handling the announcing duties on such programs as the old "Price Is Right" and the Art Fleming-hosted version of "Jeopardy!"

The Outlaw Instagrammers of New York City   NY Magazine - August 19, 2014
Two backpack-laden figures ran laughing over the rooftop of a six-story building across the street, just a few feet above the walkway. They scurried up a ladder to an empty billboard and disappeared around its far side.

Google changed our life in 10 Years: The top 10 Projects after IPO   Wall Street OTC - August 19, 2014
Have you ever imagined life with Google. The search engine and its various services including Google Maps, Google Chrome, Google Glass, Chromecast and others have become an integral part of our life and our daily routine. Whenever we are in problem, the first solution coming to mind is Google. Whether its browsing, sharing emails, chat or finding locations or directions, we simply Google and use its range of services.

Five things Android smartphones have that are unlikely to come to the iPhone 6   ZDNet - August 19, 2014
1. VoLTE
2. Infrared for remote control
3. MicroSD expansion card slot
4. Long-life battery
5. NFC

  Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' shakes up pop world   Tampa Bay - August 19, 2014
Taylor Swift, she of the saucer-eyed surprise face and cutthroat business acumen, rah-rahed back into our lives Tuesday with Shake It Off, a single from her upcoming "first documented official pop album."




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 19, 1955

Peter Gallagher

  Peter Gallagher Google Videos

Peter Gallagher is an award winning American
actor, musician and writer. Filmography


Bonding Moment with On the Twentieth Century's Peter Gallagher & Kristin Chenoweth   Broadway.com- August 19, 2014


A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking.

Peter Gallagher Quotes




August 19, 1969

Matthew Perry

  Matthew Perry Google Videos

Matthew Perry is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


Leslie Bibb joins Matthew Perry's 'Odd Couple' remake   Celebrity Cafe - August 19, 2014


There are two ways to go when you hit that crossroads in your life: There is the bad way,
when you sort of give up, and then there is the really hard way, when you fight back.
I went the hard way and came out of it okay. Now, I'm sitting here and doing great.

Matthew Perry Quotes 1

Matthew Perry Quotes 2




August 19, 1963

John Stamos

  John Stamos Google Videos

John Stamos is an award winning
American actor . Filmography


Tour Elvis's House Via iPad with John Stamos   Beta Beat - August 18, 2014


If you get depressed, look for the cause, then finds ways to keep your balance.
Don't remain that way or hurt others because your are filled with confusion and pain.


John Stamos Quotes




August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991

Gene Roddenberry

  Gene Roddenberry Google Videos

Eugene Roddenberry was an award winning American television
screenwriter, producer, futurist and creator of Star Trek.
Filmography He is one of the first people to be buried in space.


'Gene Roddenberry Project' Successfully Funded on Kickstarter   Trek News - August 19, 2014


A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it,

or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.

Gene Roddenberry Quotes 1

Gene Roddenberry Quotes 2




August 19, 1952

Jonathan Frakes

  Jonathan Frakes Google Videos

Jonathan Frakes is an American actor, author, and director
best known for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Filmography


Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunion Sunday, August 24, 2014   Rosemont - August 19, 2014


I always enjoyed going into the holodeck. It creates illusions within illusions.

Jonathan Frakes Quotes


This is the closing scene from the final Star Trek Episode ever...


"Computer End Program" - Jonathan Frakes

All that was left were the grids ...

Troi and Riker walked through the door ... and then they were gone.

Fade to Black




August 19, 1965

Kyra Sedgwick

  Kyra Sedgwick Google Videos

Kyra Sedgwick is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


Kyra Sedgwick Joins Cast of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'   CP - August 19, 2014


My choices empower me.

Kyra Sedgwick Quotes




August 19, 1975

Tracie Thoms

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Tracie Thoms is an American television,
film, and stage actress. Filmography


You must confront your own heart to heal.
It helps if you get rid of anything or anyone that no longer belongs in your life.


Tracie Thoms




Monday August 18, 2014     6:00 PM ET


How children's brains memorize math facts   Science Daily - August 18, 2014
As children learn basic arithmetic, they gradually switch from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory. The shift comes more easily for some kids than for others, but no one knows why. Now, new brain-imaging research gives the first evidence drawn from a longitudinal study to explain how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn math facts.

8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes: Study identifies genetic basis for Tibetan adaptation   Science Daily - August 18, 2014
In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A new study is the first to find a genetic cause for the adaptation and demonstrate how it contributes to the Tibetans’ ability to live in low oxygen conditions.

Fascinating rhythm: Light pulses illuminate a rare black hole   Science Daily - August 18, 2014
Astronomers have accurately measured -- and thus confirmed the existence of -- a rare intermediate-mass black hole about 400 times the mass of our sun in a galaxy 12 million light years from the Milky Way. The finding uses a technique never applied in this way before, and opens the door to new studies of these mysterious objects.

Evolutionary misfit: Misunderstood worm-like fossil finds its place in the Tree of Life   Science Daily - August 18, 2014
One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail -- has found its place in the evolutionary tree of life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time.

  Ferguson protests: National Guard sent to Missouri unrest   BBC - August 18, 2014

250 injured after strong 6.2 earthquake hits Iran near border with Iraq   CNN - August 18, 2014

Malaysia searches for Pakistani suspect over alleged MH370 theft   CNN - August 18, 2014
Malaysian police are still searching for a Pakistani national over the alleged theft of money from bank accounts belonging to four people aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, according to Malaysian investigators.

  Julian Assange speaks of 'leaving' Ecuador embassy   BBC - August 18, 2014
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has suggested he will be leaving London's Ecuadorean embassy "soon". He said he understood from Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson he would be "leaving the embassy" after two years' refuge but gave no more details.

Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'   PhysOrg - August 18, 2014
Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics.

  Biotech CEO: How I became a billionaire   CNN - August 18, 2014
Leonard Schleifer is a billionaire and CEO of Regeneron, one of the top biotech companies in the world.

Scientists uncover key clue for protecting hearts against deadly arrhythmia   PhysOrg - August 18, 2014
... how carbon monoxide could be used to protect against life-threatening arrhythmias after a heart attack.

Our genes determine the traces that stress leaves behind on our brains   PhysOrg - August 18, 2014

Not every individual reacts in the same way to life events that produce the same degree of stress. Some grow as a result of the crisis, whereas others break down and fall ill, for example with depression. The outcome is determined by a complex interaction between depression gene versions and environmental factors. There are interactions between stressful life events and certain risk gene variants that subsequently change the volume of the hippocampus forever. The hippocampus is a switching station in the processing of emotions and acts like a central interface when dealing with stress.

Immune cells get cancer-fighting boost from nanomaterials   PhysOrg - August 18, 2014
Scientists at Yale University have developed a novel cancer immunotherapy that rapidly grows and enhances a patient's immune cells outside the body using carbon nanotube-polymer composites; the immune cells can then be injected back into a patient's blood to boost the immune response or fight cancer.

River turtle mothers 'talk' to their hatchlings   BBC - August 18, 2014
Scientists in Brazil have managed to eavesdrop on underwater "turtle talk". Their recordings have revealed that, in the nesting season, river turtles appear to exchange information vocally - communicating with each other using at least six different sounds.

Taiwan's 'vanishing canyon' erasing quake record   BBC - August 18, 2014
Geologists say the Daan River, which floods regularly and violently, will wipe the gorge off the map in 50 years. Savage earthquakes shake this region every 300-400 years, and the results explain why little evidence remains of previous tremors, making predictions and mapping of fault lines difficult.

Still 'Drinkable': 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck   Live Science - August 18, 2014
A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis.

Marriage means faster wage growth for men, but not for women 1 hour ago by Jared Wadley   PhysOrg - August 18, 2014
After the wedding vows are said, gender inequality with wages begin as marriage is associated with fast wage growth for men but slow growth for women, a new University of Michigan study found.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 18, 1969

Edward Norton

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Edward Norton is an award winning American actor,
screenwriter, film director and producer. Filmography

Philanthropy 2014: Edward Norton ...   Hollywood Reporter - August 18, 2014

‘The Lonely Island': Andy Samberg & Judd Apatow Making Musical Comedy   Hollywood Life - August 18, 2014


Wait ... Don't make a decision based on impulse.

Take your time ... Think about it ...

There ... Now you've get it !

Edward Norton Quotes




August 18,1969

Christian Slater

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Christian Slater is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


As you get older you add some balance and mediation to your life,
that's where I am right now. I feel pretty comfortable about things.


Christian Slater Quotes




August 18, 1978

Andy Samberg

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Andy Samberg is an award winning American actor,
voice actor, comedian, and rapper. Filmography


Many of my impressions are atypical.

Andy Samberg Quotes




August 18, 1936

Robert Redford

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Robert Redford is an award winning American film director,
producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist,
actor - founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Filmography

Robert Redford Sues New York Over $1.6 Million Sundance Tax Bill   Forbes - August 18, 2014


Filmgoers are starved for new ideas, voices and visions.

Robert Redford Quotes




August 18, 1970

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner is an award winning American
television actor, film director, and musician. Filmography

'Sons of Anarchy' Recruits Malcolm-Jamal Warner for Final Season   Hollywood Reporter - August 18, 2014


Since I was a child actor, I've watched the entertainment industry
go through major changes in all areas, especially technology.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner Quotes




August 18, 1952 - September 14, 2009

Patrick Swayze

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Patrick Swayze was an award winning American
dancer, actor, and songwriter. Filmography

Remembering Patrick Swayze   Woman's Day - August 18, 2014


There's just something about dance.

It's like a primal thing in all of us.

Patrick Swayze Quotes