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Thursday December 8, 2016     7:00 PM EST

Ellie's World Blogs
President-elect Donald Trump - TIME Person of the Year for 2016
Changing political climate
Flat: The Earth, The Universe, The Sheets That Create Our Reality
Erich von Daniken at the 2016 Transformation Conference (Video Clips)
Ellie at the Great Pyramid 16 Years Ago - 12.12.00 - and Related
7 Powerful Pacific Plate Earthquakes November-December 2016
How Spirits Communicate - Leslie's Experiences
Orion, Science, Mythology, Alignments, Pseudoscience

  John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95   CNN - December 8, 2016
John Glenn, a former US senator and the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday, according to Ohio State University. He was 95.

  Tsunami threat over after 7.8 quake near Solomon Islands   CNN - December 8, 2016
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit close to the Solomon Islands early Friday, putting that nation and others in the South Pacific on alert for a tsunami. "Based on all available data, a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas, even far from the epicenter. An investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The earthquake hit less than 30 kilometers off the island of Makira - and 70 kilometers southwest of the city of Kirakira on that island -- about 4:38 a.m. local time Friday (12:38 p.m. ET Thursday).

  6.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of California   CNN - December 8, 2016
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook the ocean floor about 100 miles off the northern California coast Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said. The quake, centered about 102 miles west of Ferndale, California, happened around 6:50 a.m. PT and is believed to have caused weak or light shaking in parts of northern California, including as far south as San Francisco, the USGS said. There is no tsunami threat from the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Developing story - more to come

  Trump and Pence promise a winter of wholesale change   CNN - December 8, 2016
Donald Trump and Mike Pence are telling supporters across the country that they will make a sea change in decades old government policies before winter's cold has thawed, raising expectations for the first 100 days of their new administration.

Slowing of Earth's Spin Revealed in Ancient Astronomers' Tablets   Live Science - December 8, 2016
The work of ancient astronomers reveals that the Earth's spin is slowing down - though not as much as scientists believed. Each century, the length of the solar day, or the time it takes the planet to do a full rotation, grows by 1.8 milliseconds, according to a new study using astronomical observations going back to 750 B.C. Researchers have known that the planet's rotation is slowing because of friction caused by the tides, as water that's being tugged on by the moon's gravity sloshes against the solid Earth. However, measurements of this tidal effect suggest that the planet should be slowing in its rotation by 2.3 milliseconds per century, slightly more than the new research finds. The difference between 2.3 milliseconds and 1.8 milliseconds over a century may seem trivial, said study researcher Leslie Morrison, who worked at the Royal Greenwich Observatory for nearly 40 years. But those fractions of milliseconds are important for understanding the ways that the Earth has changed shape since the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago

  6.5-magnitude earthquake off the coast of California   CNN - December 8, 2016

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook the ocean floor about 100 miles off the northern California coast Thursday morning, causing weak to light shaking in coastal communities in parts of that state and Oregon, the US Geological Survey said. The quake, centered about 102 miles west of Ferndale, California, happened around 6:50 a.m. PT. Light shaking was reported from east central Oregon to areas a few dozen miles south of San Francisco, the USGS said.

Historic Iraq Sites Reclaimed in Mosul Offensive   Live Science - December 8, 2016
A military offensive to take back the city of Mosul, Iraq, from the terrorist group ISIL (also called ISIS) has also resulted in the retaking of several historic sites that ISIL destroyed and looted. The offensive is being carried out by the Iraq military and the Peshmerga, which is a Kurdish force supported by Iraqi Kurdistan (an autonomous region of the country). Air strikes by a coalition of countries are supporting these ground troops. U.S. Special Forces are also on the ground and assisting in the fighting. The forces have retaken outlying areas of Mosul, and ground troops are making their way toward the center of the city.

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges   BBC - December 8, 2016

A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world's tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction. Numbers have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015 according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The iconic animal has declined because of habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest in many parts of Africa. Some populations are growing, mainly in southern parts of the continent. Until now, the conservation status of giraffes was considered of "least concern" by the IUCN.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 8, 1964

Teri Hatcher

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Teri Hatcher is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

I feel like I'm too old to just have sex.

I mean, I want to have sex, but with somebody who really loves me.

Teri Hatcher Quotes

December 8, 1982

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj is an award winning
Trinidadian-born American recording artist.
Filmography -- Discography

Wigs ...

Boobs ... butt

and attitude ... sell.

Nicki Minaj Quotes

December 8, 1953

Kim Basinger

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Kim Basinger is an award winning American
actress and former fashion model. Filmography

I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition.
If I go against her, she'll screw me every time,
but if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.

Kim Basinger Quotes

December 8, 1993

AnnaSophia Robb

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AnnaSophia Robb is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

What we do in life echoes in eternity. I want to explore the world.

AnnaSophia Robb Quotes

December 8, 1946

John Rubinstein

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John Rubinstein is an award winning American film, Broadway, and television actor, a
composer of film and theatre music, and a director in theatre and television. Filmography

Hitler believed that harmonics contain genetic codes for the next root race.

John Rubinstein

December 8, 1939

Jerry Butler

  Jerry Butler Google Videos

Jerry Butler is an American soul singer and songwriter. Discography

The answer is not in the music - it is the music.

Jerry Butler

December 8, 1936 - June 3, 2009

David Carradine

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David Carradine was an award winning popular American actor, director,
martial artist, spokesman, singer, best known for Kung Fu. Filmography

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. Focus your energies to succeed.

David Carradine Quotes

December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971

Jim Morrison

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James Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, writer, film director, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the popular American rock band The Doors, and is considered to be one of the most charismatic and influential frontmen in the history of rock music. Doors: Discography

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power,

and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.

Drugs are a bet with your mind.

Love cannot save you from your own fate.

Jim Morrison Quotes 1

Jim Morrison Quotes 2

December 8, 1815 - February 9, 1905

Adolph von Menzel

Adolph von Menzel Online Art

Adolph von Menzel was noted for his drawings, etchings and paintings.. He produced 400 drawings, reviving at the same time the technique of engraving on wood, to illustrate the Geschichte Friedrichs des Grossen (History of Frederick the Great - King of Prussia) a book by Franz Kugler. Menzel's brilliant career was crowned with the decoration of Knight of the Black Order.

It is so true that the more a person is suited for art,

the more they are disheartened
by the craft aspect of their work.

But all art is craft, something that has to be

learned with difficulty, and that is where the greatness of art lies.

Adolph von Menzel

December 8, 1886 - November 24, 1957

Diego Rivera

Google Doodle December 8, 2011

Diego Rivera Online Art Google

  Diego Rivera Google Videos

Diego Rivera as a prominent Mexican painter, an
active communist, and husband of artist Frida Kahlo.
His large wall works in fresco helped establish the
Mexican Mural Movement and were exhibited globally.

I did not know it then, but Frida had already become the most important fact
in my life. And would continue to be, up to the moment she died, 27 years later.

Diego Rivera

Wednesday December 7, 2016     5:00 PM EST

  TIME Person of the Year for 2016 is President-elect Donald Trump   BBC - December 7, 2016

Former senator, astronaut John Glenn hospitalized   CNN - December 7, 2016

  Ghana elections: Long queues in tight presidential poll   BBC - December 7, 2016
Africa Live: Election updates

Greenland Was Once Ice-Free for 280,000 Years   Live Science - December 7, 2016
More than a million years ago, frosty Greenland was ice-free, its bare bedrock exposed for 280,000 years, researchers have found. During this exposed stint, the island's overall ice cover could have dropped by more than 90 percent.

California's Long Drought Has Killed 100 Million Trees   Live Science - December 7, 2016
The lingering drought in California has killed more than 100 million trees, according to the U.S. Forest Service's latest aerial survey. The recent death count found that 62 million trees have died just this year in California, bringing the six-year total to more than 102 million. More than five years of drought are to blame for the tree deaths, scientists said, adding that tree "fatalities" increased by 100 percent in 2016. While die-off is expected under drought conditions, the rate of the forests' death is faster than scientists expected, according to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials.

  What Is a 'Self'? Here Are All the Possibilities   Live Science - December 7, 2016
After speaking with multiple philosophers about the realm of possibilities that could explicate, enhance or eliminate the "self," I am able to sum up this broad, yet well-sculpted landscape with 10 possible explanations.
1. Illusion: The self is not real; it is an artificial construct of competing neural systems seeking to make sense of myriad streams of inner information - a trick of the brain.

2. Phenomenal subjectivity:The self is real in that the subject has authentic felt experiences that compose a coherent whole, but the self remains the product of brain neurophysiology and neurochemistry functioning much as we know it (with nothing else needed, certainly nothing exotic).

Anxiety, Irritability May be First Warning of Depression in Kids   NBC - December 7, 2016
They found that the children of parents with major depression often gave clues not only in the form of anxiety, but also with angry, resentful behavior.

India doctor to operate on '500kg' Egyptian woman   BBC - December 7, 2016
An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world's heaviest woman at 500kg (1,102lb), will soon be flown to India for weight reduction surgery. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, will be flown on a chartered plane to Mumbai where bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala plans to operate. The Indian embassy in Cairo initially denied her visa request as she was unable to travel there in person. After the surgeon tweeted to India's foreign minister that changed. India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is herself in hospital awaiting a kidney transplant, was quick to respond with an offer of help.

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains   BBC - December 7, 2016
Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA "typo" in their genetic code, research suggests. The mutation was also present in our evolutionary "cousins" - the Neanderthals and Denisovans. However, it is not found in humans' closest living relatives, the chimpanzees. As early humans evolved, they developed larger and more complex brains, which can process and store a lot of information. Last year, scientists pinpointed a human gene that they think was behind the expansion of a key brain region known as the neocortex.

First photos from Cassini Saturn probe's new orbit   BBC - December 7, 2016
Last month, the Nasa probe began a new phase of its mission - one that involves making a series of daredevil maneuvres over the next nine months. The phase will end with Cassini being destroyed in the atmosphere of a planet it has been studying for 12 years. The new photos show the hexagon-shaped storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere.

Deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia   BBC - December 7, 2016

An earthquake off Indonesia's northern Aceh province has killed at least 97 people, say local military officials. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra island, where dozens of buildings have collapsed and many people are feared trapped under rubble. In 2004, a huge undersea quake off the coast of Aceh caused a tsunami that killed more than 160,000 people in Indonesia alone. There was no tsunami after Wednesday's tremor, which the US Geological Survey said struck just offshore at 05:03 local time (22:03 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 8km.

100 moments from Obama's presidency   CNN - December 7, 2016

  Crews Work to Fix, Find Cause of Massive Brooklyn Sinkhole That Nearly Swallowed Bus   NBC - December 7, 2016
Crews were working Wednesday morning to fix the sinkhole. By 5 a.m., they had jackhammered a second hole nearby as they continued their search for a broken water main believed to have caused the urban trench.

Mystery device could let criminals get in your car in seconds   Today - December 7, 2016
In June 2013, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reported on a wave of auto thefts involving a high-tech gadget giving criminals full access to your car. Police were stumped. But now officials say they may have solved the mystery. "It certainly could be a factor in some of the increase in thefts we've seen recently," said Roger Morris of the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 7, 1941

Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

  Attack on Pearl Harbor Google Videos

The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.

75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor    Google News

Pearl Harbor Subs: See Underwater Graves in Live-stream Dives  
Live Science - December 6, 2016

75 Years On, Pearl Harbor Survivors Forgive - But Can't Forget  
National Geographic - December 6, 2016

December 7, 1989

Nicholas Hoult

  Nicholas Hoult Google Videos

Nicholas Hoult is an award winning
English actor. Filmography

Sometimes life makes me wonder why things turn out the way they do.
They say there are no coincidences, so there must a method to the madness.

Nicholas Hoult Quotes

December 7, 1987

Aaron Carter

   Aaron Carter Google Videos

Aaron Carter is an American singer and actor.
Discography -- Filmography

Having a dream, living that dream, losing that dream,
dreaming again and then having that dream come true again
is one of the greatest feelings ever because I'm stronger.

Aaron Carter Quotes

December 7, 1988

Emily Browning

  Emily Browning Google Videos

Emily Browning is an award winning Australian
film actress and fashion model. Filmography

I am the classic case of somewhere,
somehow I'll find the actress I'm supposed to be.

Emily Browning Quotes

December 7, 1978

Shiri Appleby

  Shiri Appleby Google Videos

Shiri Appleby is an award winning American
film and television actress. Filmography

Indecision is the seedling of fear.

Shiri Appleby Quotes

December 7, 1979

Jennifer Carpenter

  Jennifer Carpenter Google Videos

Jennifer Carpenter is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

I try to look at everything from a birds eye perspective and
not let my own point of view get in the way.

Jennifer Carpenter Quotes

December 7, 1982

Jack Huston

  Jack Huston Google Videos

Jack Huston is an award winning
English actor. Filmography

Next to a bartender and your therapist, a great psychic can give you needed insights.

Jack Huston Quotes

December 7, 1932

Ellen Burstyn

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Ellen Burstyn is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

What a lovely surprise to finally discover

how unlonely being alone can be.

Ellen Burstyn Quotes

December 7, 1928

Noam Chomsky

  Noam Chomsky Google Videos

Noam Chomsky is an award winning American linguist, philosopher,
cognitive scientist, historian, political critic, and activist. Filmography

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.

Noam Chomsky Quotes 1

Noam Chomsky Quotes 2

December 7, 1598 - November 28, 1680

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

  Gian Lorenzo Bernini   Google Videos


Gian Lorenzo Bernini was a Baroque artist in 17th century Baroque Rome, where he is known mainly for his often overlapping skills as a sculptor and architect. He was also a painter, draftsman, designer of stage sets, fireworks displays, and funeral trappings. Bernini was also a town planner and left signs of his brilliance throughout Rome.

The rays of sunlight affect the inner cross.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Tuesday December 6, 2016     6:30 PM EST

  Warehouse fire: What we know about the victims   CNN - December 6, 2016

  Trump wants to cancel Air Force One order from Boeing   CNN - December 6, 2016
Donald Trump wants to cancel a government order for a new Air Force One. The president-elect said in a tweet early Tuesday that the new Boeing (BA) 747 jet that's being built to carry "future presidents" already costs more than $4 billion, and that he wants to cancel the order.

  Ben Carson did not live in public housing   CNN - December 6, 2016

We all know the answer ... Ivanka of course
Who will be Donald Trump's real first lady?   CNN - December 6, 2016

  Grammy nominations 2017: Adele and Beyonce reign   CNN - December 6, 2016


Mysterious Ocean Blob Found for First Time in a Century   National Geographic - December 6, 2016
Scientists have identified a weird mass found off California. The mysterious, blob-like animal was collected by a remotely operated vehicle deep in California's Monterey Bay by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The translucent, tadpole-shaped creature itself is about three and a half inches long.

'Exercise boosts men's sperm count'   BBC - December 6, 2016

Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution'   BBC - December 6, 2016
The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study. Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today. Historically, these genes would not have been passed from mother to child as both would have died in labor. Researchers in Austria say the trend is likely to continue, but not to the extent that non-surgical births will become obsolete.

Tim Peake spacecraft will arrive in UK in 2017   BBC - December 6, 2016
The UK has bought the capsule which sent Tim Peake into space and returned him to Earth. BBC News has learned that the vehicle will be go on display in the Science Museum in London in early 2017.

  Humpback Whales 'Mug' Boat in South Pacific   Live Science - December 6, 2016
A new National Geographic video showing humpback whales in a graceful ballet around a passenger boat in the South Pacific is a whale-watcher's dream.

How Humans Lost Their Tail, Twice   Live Science - December 6, 2016
Humans can't seem to keep a tail, suggests new research that finds our early ancestors lost tails not just once, but twice. The findings, published in the journal Current Biology, not only help explain why people don't wag dog-like tails, but they also shed light on why we all have a tailbone and begin life with an actual tail that gradually disappears.

Behemoth Antarctic Ice Rift Is 70 Miles Long   Live Science - December 6, 2016
n ominous crack in an Antarctic ice shelf as wide as a football field is long takes on an otherworldly beauty in a new aerial image. Snapped by scientists on NASA's IceBridge mission, the shot shows a rift in Larsen C, an ice shelf that is floating off the Antarctic Peninsula. When the crack eventually spreads across the entire ice shelf, it will create an iceberg the size of the state of Delaware, according to IceBridge. That's around 2,491 square miles (6,451 square kilometers). As of Nov. 10, when the IceBridge scientists observed this crack, it was 70 miles (112 km) long and more than 300 feet (91 meters) wide. The dark depths of the crack plunge down about a third of a mile (0.5 km), all the way through the ice to the ocean below.

Geoscientists size-up early dinosaurs, find surprising variation   PhysOrg - December 6, 2016
Look out your window, and you may see people of all ages and sizes roaming the street: a 6-foot-5-inch man walking beside a 4-foot-6-inch boy, for example, or a sprouting teen-ager who is much taller than a full-grown adult.

Secrets of the Paleo diet: Archeological discovery reveals plant-based menu of prehistoric humans   Science Daily - December 6, 2016
A collection of 780,000-year-old edible plants found in Israel reveals the plant-based diet of the prehistoric human and is the largest and most diverse in the Levantine corridor linking Africa and Eurasia.

Prehistoric plant remains highlight diverse origins of cereal domestication   PhysOrg - December 6, 2016
A study from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) and the University of Copenhagen shows that the process of cultivation and domestication of cereals occurred at different times across southwest Asia. The analyses of plant remains from archaeological sites dated to around 11,600-10,700 years ago suggest that in regions such as Turkey, Iran and Iraq, legumes, fruits and nuts dominated the diet, whereas cereals were the preferred types of plants in Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Israel. This means that Neolithic plant-based subsistence strategies were regionally diverse and that cereals were not staple foods in all regions.

Fish fossils reveal how tails evolved, professor finds   Science Daily - December 6, 2016
A paleobiologist's study reveals that the tails of fish and the tails of tetrapods, or four-limbed animals, are entirely distinct structures, with different evolutionary histories.

No peeking: Humans play computer game using only direct brain stimulation   Science Daily - December 6, 2016
Researchers have published the first demonstration of humans playing a simple, two-dimensional computer game using only input from direct brain stimulation -- without relying on any usual sensory cues from sight, hearing or touch.

Predicting unpredictability: Information theory offers new way to read ice cores   PhysOrg - December 6, 2016
Completed in 2011, the core is packed with information, but it's also packed with noise and error, making the climate story hard to read. Figuring out whether blips in the data are evidence of humans spewing carbon into the atmosphere, odd North Atlantic weather events, or equipment malfunctions often challenges the scientists trying to read the ice cylinder's story.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 6, 1967

Judd Apatow

  Judd Apatow Google Videos

Judd Apatow is an award winning American film
producer, director, and screenwriter. Filmography

It's so difficult to shock America these days.

Judd Apatow Quotes

December 6, 1948

JoBeth Williams

  JoBeth Williams Google Videos

JoBeth Williams is an award winning
American and director. Filmography

Spending time in nature makes you feel more alive and in balance.

JoBeth Williams Quotes

December 6, 1976

Lindsay Price

  Lindsay Price Google Videos

Lindsay Price is a Korean
American television actress. Filmography

If we take care of ourselves first, our spirits,
our hearts, we can be strong alone.

Lindsay Price Quotes

December 6, 1920 - December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck

  Dave Brubeck Google Videos

Dave Brubeck was an award winning
American jazz pianist. Discography

Relaxing is not a thing I do well.

Dave Brubeck Quotes 1

Dave Brubeck Quotes 2

December 6, 1823 - October 28, 1900

Max Muller

British Philologist and Orientalist

The returning to God is never concluded on Earth

leaving behind in the soul a divine home sickness,
which never ceases.

Max Muller Quotes 1

Max Muller Quotes 2

Monday December 5, 2016     6:00 PM EST

Night Sky - December 2016: Orion the mighty hunter returns   Telegraph - December 5, 2016

Donald Trump Taps Ben Carson To Lead Housing & Urban Development   Huffington Post - December 5, 2016
Donald Trump is nominating Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has never held public office.

Trump's First 100 Days: Science Education and Schools   Scientific American - December 5, 2016
The new administration will champion controversial school choice policy and potentially undermine the teaching of evolution and climate change.

  Trump takes fresh swipe at China after controversial Taiwan call   CNN - December 5, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump has taken a fresh swipe at China just two days after a controversial phone call with Taiwan's president that upended decades of diplomatic protocol. Trump, in two tweets late Sunday, accused China of keeping its currency artificially low and of military posturing in the South China Sea -- home to a tense territorial dispute.

  New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in surprise resignation after 8 years in office   BBC - December 5, 2016

After Fidel Castro's death, Cuba and Venezuela may turn to each other for political survival   Business Insider - December 5, 2016

  Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's heavy referendum defeat on Sunday has left the country facing political and economic uncertainty   BBC - December 5, 2016

  Stalagmites Point to Indiana Caves' Shaky History   Scientific American - December 5, 2016
Researchers can crack open stalagmites to uncover ancient earthquakes and changes in cave climate.

Wind and Solar Are Better Together   Scientific American - December 5, 2016
Building turbines and photovoltaics at the same location can reduce grid and battery costs and level out power supply

  Dakota Access Pipeline to be rerouted   CNN - December 5, 2016
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota are celebrating the Department of the ArmyÕs decision to block the building of an oil pipeline close to their reservation. The move could lead to a lengthy environmental review that would halt the projectÕs construction for months or years. Some protesters camped near the site are vowing to stay.

  Gatlinburg plans to reopen for business this week after a deadly firestorm saw the city enforce a dawn to dusk curfew -14 dead   CNN - December 5, 2016


  Flooding across parts of the UK last winter was the most extreme on record, experts have said.   BBC - December 5, 2016

Is this the world's first polluted river?   Daily Mail - December 5, 2016
7,000-year-old waterway in Jordan may have been contaminated by Neolithic humans making metal tools

Climate change will drive stronger, smaller storms in US   PhysOrg - December 5, 2016
Though storm intensity is expected to increase over today's levels, the predicted reduction in storm size may alleviate some fears of widespread severe flooding in the future.

  An abandoned WWII design is being revived to make a new type of engine that uses a third less fuel   Daily Mail - December 5, 2016
The modern combustion engine needs a revamp, and one company believes it has the answer in a 70-year-old abandoned design. Current motors are based on a single-piston design, which has dominated the industry since the very first car was made 130 years ago - but they are fuel-hungry.

Cooling technique helps researchers 'target' a major component for a new collider   PhysOrg - December 5, 2016
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory have recently developed a new ultra-low-friction sliding contact mechanism that uses chilled water to remove heat from a key component of a next-generation collider.

Physicists confirm the precision of magnetic fields in the most advanced stellarator in the world   PhysOrg - December 5, 2016
Physicist Sam Lazerson of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with German scientists to confirm that the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device called a stellarator in Greifswald, Germany, produces high-quality magnetic fields that are consistent with their complex design.

Cars without drivers scoot around Nissan plant, towing cars   PhysOrg - December 5, 2016
The Japanese automaker thinks the technology will, in the long run, save costs and boost efficiency. The tests also can add to knowledge needed to take such autonomous driving onto public roads.

Revealed: 2,600-year-old skeletons of male monks found at a Somerset chapel provide the earliest evidence yet of monastic life in the UK   Daily Mail - December 5, 2016
Skeletons unearthed at a site said to have been visited by King Arthur are the oldest example of monks ever found in the UK, archaeologists have said. Carbon dating revealed the remains discovered at medieval Beckery Chapel, near Glastonbury, Somerset were from the 5th or early 6th Century AD.

NASA releases stunning picture of the sun which makes it look like it's smiling   Daily Mail - December 5, 2016

A handful of nuts a day cuts the risk of a wide range of diseases   Medical Express - December 5, 2016

A large analysis of current research shows that people who eat at least 20g of nuts a day have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Yo-yo dieting might cause extra weight gain   Science Daily - December 5, 2016

Repeated dieting may lead to weight gain because the brain interprets the diets as short famines and urges the person to store more fat for future shortages, new research by the universities of Exeter and Bristol suggests. This may explain why people who try low-calorie diets often overeat when not dieting and so don't keep the weight off. By contrast, people who don't diet will learn that food supplies are reliable and they do not need to store so much fat.

Brains of people with autism spectrum disorder share similar molecular abnormalities   Medical Express - December 5, 2016
Autism spectrum disorder is caused by a variety of factors, both genetic and environmental. But a new study led by UCLA scientists provides further evidence that the brains of people with the disorder tend to have the same "signature" of abnormalities at the molecular level. The scientists analyzed 251 brain tissue samples from nearly 100 deceased people -48 who had autism and 49 who didn't. Most of the samples from people with autism showed a distinctive pattern of unusual gene activity.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 5, 1975

Paula Patton

  Paula Patton Google Videos

Paula Patton is an award winning
American actress. Filmography
In 2016 she co-starred in "The Perfect Match", "The Do-Over", and "Warcraft"

Sometimes I do yoga, sometimes it's kickboxing,
sometimes it's weight training, sometimes it's Pilates.

Paula Patton Quote

December 5, 1982

Keri Hilson

  Keri Hilson Google Videos

Keri Hilson is an award winning American R&B
recording artist and songwriter. Discography

I was blessed to just keep bumping into successful people
who could take me higher.

Keri Hilson Quotes 1

Keri Hilson Quotes 2

December 5, 1979

Nick Stahl

  Nick Stahl Google Videos

Nick Stahl is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

If I had magic powers... I would hope that I would use them for good.
But I would do something pretty trivial like making traffic disappear.

Nick Stahl Quotes

December 5, 1985

Frankie Muniz

  Frankie Muniz Google Videos

Frankie Muniz is an award winning American actor, writer,
musician, producer, and race car driver. Filmography

Everybody has to grow up sometime.

Frankie Muniz Quotes

December 5, 1968

Margaret Cho

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Margaret Cho is an award winning American comedian, actress,
fashion designer, author, and recording artist. Filmography

Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable
ways it can change someone else's life forever.

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December 5, 1932

Little Richard

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Little Richard is an award winning American
singer, songwriter, pianist and recording artist.
Discography -- Filmography

Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic,
warmest and most thoughtful people in the world.
And since the beginning of time, all they've ever been is kicked.

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December 5, 1901 - December 15, 1966

Walt Disney

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Walt Disney was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film
producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur
and philanthropist and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions.

All our dreams can come true,

if we have the courage to pursue them.

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December 5, 1890 - August 19, 1957

David Bomberg

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David Bomberg was an English painter
and one of the Whitechapel Boys.

The pyramids began the history of architecture.
People learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot
the stars by astronomy and chart the Earth by geometry.
They also developed that most awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity.

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