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January 19, 2017


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Happy Birthday to the Crystalinks readers born in Aquarius.

Aquarius is a fixed air sign ruled by Uranus.




Thursday January 19, 2017     8:00 AM EST


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Many feared dead as avalanche buries Italian hotel after earthquakes   CNN - January 19, 2017
At least one person has died and many others are feared dead after an avalanche buried a hotel in central Italy following a series of earthquakes. At least 22 guests and several staff members were in the Hotel Rigopiano, at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain, when it was hit by the avalanche on Wednesday, Antonio Crocetta, a rescue group leader in the area told Italian state media.

  Video inside the hotel   Independent - January 19, 2017

Italy avalanche: 'Many missing' in Rigopiano hotel in Abruzzo   BBC - January 19, 2017
The roof on the four-star spa hotel, close to the Gran Sasso mountain in the Abruzzo region, partly collapsed on Wednesday night. Rescuers said at least 20 tourists and seven staff were inside at the time. Crews had been calling out to survivors but there was no response. Local residents in Farindola alerted emergency services.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


January 19-29, 2017

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival Website

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest
independent cinema festival in the U.S.




January 19, 1946

Dolly Parton

  Dolly Parton Google Videos

Dolly Parton is an award winning American singer-songwriter,
author, multi-instrumentalist, actress and philanthropist.
Filmography -- Discography


Songwriting is my way of channeling my feelings and thoughts.

Dolly Parton Quotes 1

Dolly Parton Quotes 2




January 19, 1972

Drea de Matteo

  Drea de Matteo Google Videos

Drea de Matteo is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


I get super bored playing bland, normal girls.

Drea de Matteo




January 19, 1992

Logan Lerman

  Logan Lerman Google Videos

Logan Lerman is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


My generation takes selfies, but sometimes
there is nothing like a great pic using a real camera.

Logan Lerman Quotes




January 19, 1955

Paul Rodriguez

  Paul Rodriguez Google Videos

Paul Rodriguez is an award winning Mexican-American
stand-up comedian and actor. Filmography


Everybody really needs to laugh.
If you don't laugh, you're not going to live long.

Paul Rodriguez Quotes




January 19, 1839 - October 22, 1906

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne Art Work

  Paul Cezanne Google Videos

Paul Cezanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter who formed the
bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's Cubism.


We live in a rainbow of chaos.

Paul Cezanne Quotes




Wednesday January 18, 2017     4:30 PM EST


  Biological mother of Angelina Jolie’s adopted girl Zahara, 12, demands access from Ethiopia after Brangelina love split   Daily Mail - January 18, 2017
Mentewab Dawit Lebiso was forced to give her daughter up after she was raped. Poverty stricken 31-year-old was attacked then fell sick after her baby was born. Jolie adopted the daughter from Ethiopia believing she was an 'Aids orphan'. The natural mother of Angelina Jolie's adopted Ethiopian daughter Zahara has made a heartfelt plea to the superstar actress telling her: 'Please just let me talk to my daughter'. Poverty stricken Mentewab Dawit Lebiso told Daily Mail Online she is desperate to be part of her 12-year-old daughter's life - and called for Jolie to get custody of her daughter in the bitter split with Brad Pitt. She dreams of one day meeting the girl she gave up as a tiny infant - but said she would settle for the chance to simply hear her voice. 'I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her. I do not want my daughter back but just to be in contact with her and be able to call her up and talk with her,' said Mentewab, who ekes out a living in Ethiopia.

'Delirium' caused by busy hospitals can trigger dementia in older patients   The Telegraph - January 18, 2017
Noisy and chaotic hospitals are triggering and accelerating dementia in elderly patients, new research reveals. Multiple transfers from ward to ward, staff coming on and off shift and confusing signage contribute to a state of delirium which renders patients eight times more likely to succumb to the incurable degenerative disease, the new study found. Until recently, delirium had been understood merely as an inconvenient side-effect of being ill in hospital, however this new evidence points to sinister long-term consequences.

Tiny moth with a scaly yellow head and 'unique genitalia' is named after Donald Trump   Daily Mail - January 18, 2017
If you think this moth resembles a certain controversial political figure, you're not alone. Called 'Neopalpa donaldtrumpi', this endangered moth has been named in honor of president-elect Donald Trump. The scientist behind the new name said he hoped it will encourage the president-elect to uphold conservation measures.

People remember their birth language even if they haven't had the chance to speak it   Daily Mail - January 18, 2017
Babies are remarkable at taking in knowledge about the language they hear. Even in the first few months of their lives, children begin to learn about how to pronounce words – and it seems this is a skill they never forget. A new study has shown even if a baby moves country at a young age and never learns its birth language; it will always retain some hidden knowledge of the words it heard in its early life.

You're at higher risk of 5 forms of cancer if you've worked under pressure for 15 years   Daily Mail - January 18, 2017
If you're working in a stressful job it's not just your blood pressure at risk. Your efforts to keep your boss happy may be pleasing them - but it leaves your body at risk of cancer, groundbreaking new research has found. Working in a stressful job for 15 years increases the risk of five forms of the disease, scientists warn. Job insecurity, high work load, time pressures should be considered a public health issue, experts now argue.

Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet   BBC - January 18, 2017
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year. Data from Nasa and the UK Met Office shows temperatures were about 0.07 degrees Celsius above the 2015 mark. Although the Met Office increase was within the margin of error, Nasa says that 2016 was the third year in a row to break the record. The El Nino weather phenomenon played a role, say scientists, but the main factor was human emissions of CO2.

NBC/WSJ Poll: Nearly 70 Percent of Americans Give a Thumbs Down to Trump's Twitter Habit   NBC - January 18, 2017
In these divisive political times, the American public actually has a pretty unambiguous message for Donald Trump: "Cool it with the tweets." Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say that Trump's use of Twitter is a bad idea, and only nine percent say they strongly support his use of the 140-character medium to announce policy positions and express his personal point of view. Sixty-nine percent of respondents in the survey said that Trump's tweeting is bad, agreeing with the statement that "in an instant, messages can have unintended major implications without careful review."

New avenue for anti-depressant therapy discovered   Science Daily - January 18, 2017
Researchers have made a ground-breaking discovery revealing new molecular information on how the brain regulates depression and anxiety. In so doing, they identified a new molecule that alleviates anxiety and depressive behavior in rodents.Researchers have made a ground-breaking discovery revealing new molecular information on how the brain regulates depression and anxiety. In so doing, they identified a new molecule that alleviates anxiety and depressive behavior in rodents.

  Rome metro evacuated as 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Italy   CNN - January 18, 2017
4 tremors 20 minutes apart ... The metro system and some schools in Italy's capital, Rome, were being evacuated Wednesday following an earthquake that struck the country's heart. A 5.3-magnitude quake hit central Italy 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) west-northwest of Amatrice, a town devastated by a series of powerful temblors last year, the US Geological Survey reported. It struck at 10:25 a.m. (4:25 a.m. ET) at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), it reported. It was followed by a more powerful 5.4-magnitude aftershock. There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Nearly 300 people were killed in central Italy in an August quake and a series of aftershocks that reduced much of Amatrice's center to rubble.

4 Quakes hit snow-bound central Italy   BBC - January 18, 2017
Central Italy has been struck by a series of earthquakes, as the region shivers in freezing temperatures. The biggest quake was 5.4 in magnitude and struck an area devastated by earthquakes in August. The tremors hit between 10:25 (9:25 GMT) and 11:25 and were felt as far away as Rome. Almost 300 people died in the mountainous region around Amatrice last year. There are no reports so far of any injuries in the latest quakes.

Under Pressure, Scientists Seek Solutions to Human-Caused Earthquakes   Scientific American - January 18, 2017
Wastewater injection has created seismic problems in states like Oklahoma and Texas - but there are ways to mitigate the rumbling. In Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and a handful of other states, oil and gas production has triggered a surge of earthquakes unlike anything scientists have ever seen. Oklahoma once had an average of one or two earthquakes a year, but in 2015 it had nearly 900. Meanwhile the rate of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. - long considered seismically quieter parts of the country - rose from 29 a year to more than 1,000.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


January 18, 2017

People's Choice Awards Website

People's Choice Awards




January 18, 1955

Kevin Costner

  Kevin Costner Google Videos

Kevin Costner is an award winning American actor, singer,
musician, producer, director, and businessman. Filmography


I'm a big fan of dreams. Unfortunately, dreams are our first casualty in life.
People seem to give them up, quicker than anything, for a reality.

Kevin Costner Quotes




January 18, 1980

Jason Segel

  Jason Segel Google Videos

Jason Segel is an award winning American actor, screenwriter,
composer, puppeteer, musician, singer and comedian. Filmography


The final element is the element of surprise.

Jason Segel Quotes




January 18, 1969

Jesse L. Martin

  Jesse L. Martin Google Videos

Jesse L Martin is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


Go back to what's good,
what's certain,
what's always there.

You woke up today. Just start walking.

Jesse L. Martin




January 18, 1980

Estelle

  Estelle Google Videos

Estelle Swaray is an award winning British R&B
singer-songwriter, and record producer. Discography


Collaboration is the way to go. It's very timely and fun to do.


Estelle




January 18, 1923 - December 7, 2010

Wendelle Stevens

   Google Videos

Wendelle Stevens was a retired USAF fighter pilot turned UFO
investigator highlighted with the Billy Meier contact experiences.


UFOs are real.

Wendell Stevens




Tuesday January 17, 2017     10:00 PM EST


Can Marijuana Treat MS Symptoms?   Live Science - January 17, 2017
An estimated 400,000 Americans are currently living with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease where the body's immune cells attack a fatty substance called myelin in the nerves. Common symptoms are gait and balance disorders, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, pain and muscle spasticity. Colorado has the highest proportion of people living with MS in the United States. It is estimated that one in 550 people living in the state has MS, compared to one in 750 nationally. The reason for this is unknown, but could be related to several factors, such as vitamin D deficiency or environment. Currently available therapies do not sufficiently relieve MS symptoms. As a result many people with the condition are trying alternative therapies, like cannabis. Based on several studies, the American Association of Neurology states that there is strong evidence that cannabis is effective for treatment of pain and spasticity.

  Brexit speech: Theresa May rejects 'partial' EU membership   BBC - January 17, 2017
The UK will not retain "partial" membership of the EU once it leaves, Theresa May is due to say in her much-anticipated Brexit speech. The PM will tell other European countries the UK wants to trade with them "as freely as possible" but will not be "half-in, half-out" of the EU. Her speech, currently taking place, is expected to include further hints the UK could leave the EU single market. Downing Street said she would set out 12 negotiating objectives. The government has so far revealed few details about what it wants to secure from the Brexit talks, which it is promising to trigger by the end of March. Labour has urged Mrs May to push for a "deal that works for trade".

  MH370: Underwater search for missing plane suspended   CNN - January 17, 2017
The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been suspended nearly three years after the plane vanished without a trace over the Indian Ocean, according to a joint statement from Chinese, Australian and Malaysian officials.

MH370: Families say search suspension for Malaysian plane 'irresponsible'   BBC - January 17, 2017
Families of the victims of flight MH370 say a decision to halt the search for the Malaysian airliner that vanished in March 2014 is "irresponsible".

  Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area   BBC - January 17, 2017
The first ever recorded video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat on the Tibetan plateau has caused concern among conservationists.

Were Egyptian 'Pot Burials' a Symbol of Rebirth?   Live Science - January 17, 2017
Ancient Egyptians who buried their deceased kin in pots may have chosen the burial vessels as symbols of the womb and rebirth, scientists argue in a new paper. Pot burials in ancient Egypt have long been considered the domain of the very poor. Archaeologistsin Australia assert that pots weren't just a last-ditch choice for the desperate. Instead, they wrote, pots may have symbolized eggs or the womb, and their use may have indicated beliefs that the dead would be reborn in the afterlife.

Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire   Science Daily - January 17, 2017
Researchers have discovered a brownish piece of split limestone in a site in Croatia that suggests Neanderthals 130,000 years ago collected the rock that stands out among all other items in the cave.

Rock samples suggest oxygen levels during 'Lomagundi Event' were high enough to support life development progress   PhysOrg - January 17, 2017
Scientists believe that life first emerged on planet Earth almost 4 billion years ago - but it took almost another 3 billion years for eukaryotes (a cell-based organism with genetic material) to come about. But there is also evidence that the Earth experienced a time when oxygen levels rose, called the Lomagundi Event - it occurred approximately 2.3 to 2.1 billion years ago. Scientists would like to know whether the degree of oxygen enrichment during that time period was enough to support higher life form development, and if so, why eukaryotes didn't arise during that time instead of a billion years later.

Fossils reveal unseen 'footprint' maker   PhysOrg - January 17, 2017
Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil 'footprints' around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. The trilobites were a very common group of marine animals during the 300 million years of the Palaeozoic Era with hard, calcified, external armour-like skeletons over their bodies. They disappeared with a mass extinction event about 250 million years ago which wiped out about 96% of all marine species.

  Zebra shark surprises scientists by giving birth without male   CNN - January 17, 2017
A female zebra shark in an Australian aquarium has astounded scientists by producing live offspring asexually, three years after being separated from her long-term mate.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


January 17, 1957

Steve Harvey

  Steve Harvey Google Videos

Steve Harvey is an award winning American comedian,
actor, entertainer, and TV personality. Filmography


I am from the hood; I never had nothing.

Now that I have something, I must give back.

Steve Harvey Quotes 1

Steve Harvey Quotes 2




January 17, 1975

Freddy Rodriguez

  Freddy Rodriguez Google Videos

Freddy Rodriguez is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


Co-starring in Bull has taught me a lot about the legal system.

Freddy Rodriguez




January 17, 1980

Zooey Deschanel

  Zooey Deschanel Google Videos

Zooey Deschanel is an award winning American
actress, musician and singer-songwriter. Filmography


I somehow see what's beautiful in things that are ephemeral.

Zooey Deschanel Quotes




January 17, 1962

Jim Carrey

  Jim Carrey Google Videos

Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American award winning
actor and stand-up comedian. Filmography


If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty,

or back to pain and regret.

Jim Carrey Quotes 1

Jim Carrey Quotes 2




January 17, 1922

Betty White

  Betty White Google Videos

Betty White is an award winning American actress, author,
comedian, and former game-show host. Filmography


It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and
don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor
in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.

Betty White Quotes




January 17, 1931

James Earl Jones

  James Earl Jones Google Videos

James Earl Jones is an award winning American
actor of stage and screen. Filmography


One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.

James Earl Jones Quotes




January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin

  Benjamin Franklin Google Videos

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most well-known Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat. As a scientist he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As a leader of the Enlightenment, he gained the recognition of scientists and intellectuals across Europe. He invented the lightning rod, was an early proponent of colonial unity, many historians hail him as the "First American."


Remember that time is money.

Ben Franklin Quotes 1

Ben Franklin Quotes 2




Monday January 16, 2017     6:30 PM EST


  Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies   CNN - January 16, 2017
A retired United States Navy Captain, Cernan earned several distinctions in his 13 years with NASA. He was the second American and one of two men to have flown to the moon on two occasions.

  Venus wave may be Solar System's biggest   BBC - January 16, 2017
A giant wave in the atmosphere of Venus may be the biggest of its kind in the Solar System.

  600-year-old Buddha statue emerges from lake   CNN - January 16, 2017
An ancient Buddha statue has been discovered under the water of a reservoir in China's Jiangxi Province - and there may be more archaeological discoveries.

New Icy Island Forms as Arctic Glacier Retreats   Live Science - January 16, 2017
As Coronation Glacier on Canada's Baffin Island retreats, it has left behind a new island. The island, detected with satellite imagery, is made of loose dirt and rocks deposited by the slow-moving river of ice. Typically, a glacial island like this will erode away after the glacier stops feeding it with new sediment (embedded in the flowing ice), glaciologist Mauri Pelto wrote in the American Geophysical Union blog, "From a Glacier's Perspective." The new island, however, might endure, according to research by Pelto, of Nichols College in Massachusetts, and his colleagues.

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs   PhysOrg - January 16, 2017
66 million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind's reign on Earth. Climate scientists have now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid, which blocked the sunlight for several years, and had a profound influence on life. Plants died, and death cascaded through the food web. Previous theories focused on the shorter-lived dust ejected by the impact. New computer simulations show that the droplets resulted in long-lasting cooling, a likely contributor to the death of land-living dinosaurs. An additional kill mechanism might have been a vigorous mixing of the oceans caused by the surface cooling, severely disturbing marine ecosystems.

First humans arrived in North America 10,000 years earlier than believed   PhysOrg - January 16, 2017
The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now been set back 10,000 years. The earliest settlement date of North America, until now estimated at 14,000 years Before Present (BP) according to the earliest dated archaeological sites, is now estimated at 24,000 BP, at the height of the last ice age or Last Glacial Maximum.

Study of microbes reveals new insight about Earth's geology and carbon cycles   PhysOrg - January 16, 2017
Tiny microbes play a big role in cycling carbon and other key elements through our air, water, soil and sediment. Not only do microbes capture and release carbon, contributing to a cycle that is central to life on Earth, they also release compounds that can change existing minerals and form new ones - in turn shaping the geology of the world around us.

A universe of 2 trillion galaxies   PhysOrg - January 16, 2017
An international team of astronomers have found that the universe contains at least 2 trillion galaxies, ten times more than previously thought. Astronomers have long sought to determine how many galaxies there are in the observable universe, the part of the cosmos where light from distant objects has had time to reach us. Over the last 20 years scientists have used images from the Hubble Space Telescope to estimate that the universe we can see contains around 100 - 200 billion galaxies. Current astronomical technology allows us to study just 10% of these galaxies, and the remaining 90% will be only seen once bigger and better telescopes are developed.

'Anne Frank link' unearthed at Sobibor camp   BBC - January 16, 2017
Researchers excavating the site of the Nazi death camp at Sobibor have discovered a pendant nearly identical to one owned by Anne Frank. Experts from Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial team believe the pendant belonged to Karoline Cohn, who may have known the famous diarist. Like Frank, Cohn was born in Frankfurt in 1929. Yad Vashem traced her via a date of birth engraved on the pendant. Historians say they have found evidence of only two pendants of the kind. The small triangular pendant is engraved on one side with the words "Mazal Tov" (congratulations) in Hebrew, alongside Cohn's date of birth and the name of her home city - Frankfurt.

Is Nasa hiding aliens?   Daily Mail - January 16, 2017
Astronaut covers up evidence of mystery flashing lights moving past the space station, UFO hunters claim.

UFO hunter demands a 'scientific inquiry' into police footage of a mysterious black object flying over the Bristol channel   Daily Mail - January 16, 2017
Gary Heseltine, editor of UFO Truth magazine, says the National Police Air Service (NPAS) who filmed the footage have failed to provide enough information about the UFO, which was spotted in September at around 1,000 feet. NPAS St Athan, in South Wales, filmed the UFO for seven minutes on September 24 last year but only posted a short 1.15 minute clip on Twitter.

One in five young people lose sleep over social media   Science Daily - January 16, 2017
One in five young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media, according to new research. This night-time activity is making teenagers three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school than their peers who do not log on at night, and could be affecting their happiness and wellbeing.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Google Videos




January 16, 1969

Roy Jones, Jr.

  Roy Jones, Jr. Google Videos

Roy Jones, Jr. is an award winning American
actor, singer, and champion boxer.
Discography -- Filmography


A fighter always needs to stay focused.




January 16, 1974

Kate Moss

  Kate Moss Google Videos

Kate Moss is an English model who has
appeared on over 300 magazine covers.


Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

Kate Moss Quotes