A curious sea lion is now recovering in a California marine mammal treatment facility. The pup now named ‘Hoppie’ was seen on March 31st near an orchid in the San Joaquin Valley, about 100 miles away from the ocean. A curious sea lion is recovering in a California marine mammal treatment facility. The pup now named ‘Hoppie’ was seen on March 31st near an orchard in the San Joaquin Valley. The 36-pound sea lion was reportedly starving and confused. ‘Hoppie’ was about 100 miles away from the ocean and a mile away from the closest river. Staffers working in the orchard were the first to see ‘Hoppie’. Concerned, they alerted the property owner’s son, Billy Lyons. He in turn got in touch with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Lyons soon handed the sea lion over to an assistant wildlife refuge manager at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge named Eric Hopson, who played a big role in saving the sea lion’s life.After he gave the creature to the Marine Mammal Center, staffers there decided to name the sea lion after him. Hopson commented ‘He probably would have starved to death. He was already emaciated and lacking in body weight. Unless he could find his way back to the river and back to salt water, he would have eventually died a slow death.’ ‘Hoppie’ is said to be recovering well. He's eating and gaining weight. Staffers from the Marine Mammal Center hope that he’ll eventually be able to return to the ocean.
The city of Portland is planning to dump 38 million gallons of drinking water because somebody urinated in the Mount Tabor Reservoir. The city of Portland is planning to dump 38 million gallons of drinking water because somebody urinated in the Mt. Tabor Park Reservoir 5.Said a Portland Water Bureau administrator, “Even though there is very minimal public health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water that’s clean, cold and constant. “That doesn’t include pee. Not from people, at least.” The culprit is a 19-year-old man, and his poor choice of places to relieve himself was caught on video. Footage shows that he and 4 fellow skateboarders were milling around the water supply’s gatehouse. Before long, three of them headed towards the water. When they got there, one unzipped his pants, leaned against the fence, and shortly after pulled his pants back up. The two others tried to climb the barricade. One made it over and may have walked into the water. Perhaps they didn’t see the nearby sign that alerts passersby that it’s the city’s drinking water supply. The video shows that after they contaminated it, they focused their attention to taking selfies.Thus far, the perpetrators have been cited with suspicion of trespassing and the one accused of public urination. The pipes that carry the water into and out of the reservoir were shut off immediately.
In a remarkable new finding, astronomers reviewing Kepler’s images say they have discovered the most earth-like planet yet. Kepler Space Telescope has been invaluable in helping us learn about other planets in the universe. In a remarkable new finding, astronomers reviewing Kepler’s images say they have discovered the most earth-like planet yet. Officially called Kepler-186f, the astronomers don’t know too much about it including if it has a protective atmosphere, but it orbits in the habitable zone of its star and is a similar size to Earth, which could mean water may very well exist.They also don’t know the mass and composition, but despite all that, the discovery is a very important one as it proves that there could be a slew of other planets in space similar to Earth and potentially suitable for life that have yet to be spotted.
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The company Foreo has suggested saving electricity by brightening the moon, but it’s hard to tell if they’re serious. The company Foreo has suggested saving electricity by brightening the moon, but it’s hard to tell if they’re serious.One indicator they’re not is that Foreo is a cosmetics company, not a space science think tank. However, they do carry a line of facial cleaning products called ‘LUNA’. Regardless, their plan, which involves coating a section moon with a reflective substance, would cut back on nighttime lighting costs. It’s estimated that in Europe, 13 billion dollars is spent annually just to keep streetlights lit. The moon, it seems, isn’t the greatest reflector of light. Boosting its abilities would result in longer days and not-so-dark nights.And therein lies a few more indications that their suggestion may not be entirely on the level.According to Popular Science, making the moon brighter would cause a whole bunch of problems. High on the list is that it would be bad for people’s health. Humans respond poorly to overnight light in general, and it’s been shown that people who work the graveyard shift have a higher cancer risk.Animals don’t fare well when the night sky is overly illuminated, either. Some species experience changes in hormone production, which can result in developmental anomalies.
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Many members of the Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas spent part of their Easter week drawing an enormous chalk portrait of Jesus in the church’s parking lot. Many members of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas spent part of their Easter week drawing an enormous chalk portrait of Jesus in the church’s parking lot. The image covers an area of approximately 17 thousand square feet and took over 65 hundred pieces of chalk and 125 bags of charcoal to complete. It’s hoped that the drawing will inspire widespread interest in the church in the days leading up to the holiday. Said Fellowship Church’s pastor, "Easter is always a time of celebration, reflection, and renewal. This giant chalk drawing on our church's parking lot is just a great way to connect with so many people and to remind us what this week is all about. We're excited to do this as we attempt to make history by pointing to the greatest story in history!"The history he’s talking about making is setting a world record. Whether or not that happens, the effort will be seen by a lot of people.Thousands of airline passengers pass over it every day on their way to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
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A 37-year-old woman in Florida gave birth in a motel bathtub before cutting the umbilical cord with her teeth. A 37-year-old woman in Florida gave birth in a motel bathtub before cutting the umbilical cord with her teeth. She was on a 24 hour crack cocaine binge at the time. She had just found out that she was seven months pregnant, and she started to go into labor while alone in the motel room and on drugs. Then she got into the bathtub and gave birth to a premature baby boy. Soon after, the newborn stopped breathing. The woman called her boyfriend, and told him to hurry up and come back from the errands he was running. When he didn’t show up, she finally called 911. It was later discovered that the boyfriend and father was pulled over while rushing to get back to the motel, and he was arrested for previous attempted murder and domestic abuse charges from when he was living in Colorado.The couple’s 11-month-old son was with the boyfriend when he was arrested, and has been put into foster care. The mother was also arrested for child neglect because she failed to call medical professionals right away after going into labor.The infant is now in critical condition after being airlifted from Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
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Four new species of 'killer' sea sponges have been discovered in the Pacific Ocean. Staffers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute or MBARI for short led the study behind the finding. Four new species of sea sponges have been discovered in the Pacific Ocean. Staffers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute or MBARI for short led the study behind the finding.The new species are considered to be ‘killer sponges’ because they’re carnivorous. They are certainly beautiful marine life forms, but aside from their appearance is a cut-throat approach to surviving in the ocean where food is often scarce. The ‘killer sponges’ prey on amphipods, similar in size to shrimp or other similar small animals. While most sponges under the ocean’s surface are filter feeders that utilize special cells equipped with miniscule, beating tails to lure in prey, these new species have a far more efficient technique. The ‘killer sponges’ are outfitted with wire-like hairs and hooks that essentially snatch up food. Those hooks allow them to catch larger crustaceans. After the prey has been captured, the ‘killer sponges’ digest the food over a course of several hours and in the end the only thing that’s left in a sponge’s grasp is a tiny shell. Lonny Lundsten, a senior research technician at MBARI and his team used remotely operated underwater vehicles to film the sponges intricately capturing their prey.
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Home surveillance footage shows a suspect creeping around a house with a flashlight before entering the room of the homeowner’s baby and staring at the child. A family in Texas is shocked at the audacity of one burglar. The crime occurred on April 5th at a little after 5 in the morning. Surveillance video captured the suspect entering the home as the family peacefully slept. The footage shows the man creeping around the house with a flashlight before entering the room of the homeowner’s baby. The male shined the flashlight around the little boy’s room and even snuck up to the crib to stare at the infant. The baby reportedly woke up for a moment, made eye contact with the suspect and went back to sleep. Fortunately the man didn’t touch the infant, but nevertheless, the child’s father Thinh Le says he was infuriated when he saw the burglar enter his son’s room. The Le family wasn’t aware someone had entered their home until a neighbor contacted them and said Thinh’s laptop and briefcase had been discarded in their yard. That’s when they reviewed the footage and contacted police, who later discovered $60 had also been stolen from the home. Law enforcement describes the suspect as a 16 to 18 year Hispanic male with a tattoo behind his right ear. They are asking the public for help in identifying him.
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Two tiny kittens are amazingly still alive after they were shipped from Hollywood to Chula Vista. Two tiny kittens are amazingly still alive after they were shipped from Hollywood to Chula Vista. Cox Communications staffer, JC Collins and his co-workers are responsible for finding the kittens. Collins had been at work when his co-worker opened up the box, believing it was just a typical shipment. The box contained fiberglass equipment and the two newborn cats were stashed among the contents.Collins was shocked they survived the journey and saw that they were clinging to life, so he immediately contacted his nephew who works for the San Diego Humane Society. Investigators soon took the kittens, now named Mouse and Wifi, in. A nurse at the San Diego Humane Society, Jenny Bonomini, said the pair arrived at the facility with their umbilical cords still attached, proving how young they are. She suspects the mother of the kittens chose the box as a safe spot to give birth, then left the babies. Somehow, they were missed during the packaging process and shipped to Cox Communications. Now, Mouse and Wifi will be receiving around-the-clock care until they’re ready to go to a foster home before they’ll be put up for adoption.
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Check out 10 cool facts about IKEA. Even though many can’t pronounce most of the merchandise the store sells, IKEA has become the go-to source for affordable yet stylish furnishings and housewares.Well, at least among those who don’t mind putting stuff together themselves.Here are 10 facts about the flat-pack ruler of the universe.Number 10. IKEA had 690 million customers in 2012. That’s double the population of the United States. That same year, their website got about a billion views.Number 9. The furniture wasn’t always flat-pack. It wasn’t until the designer had to remove the legs of a table so it would fit it in a trunk that the assembly-required idea started to be explored. That happened in 1956.Number 8. The name references the founder. The I and the K from IKEA stand for Ingvar Kamprad, the man who started the company at the tender age of 17. E is for Elmtaryd and A is for Agunnaryd, the farm and village he once called home.Number 7. Ingvar Kamprad was once a Nazi sympathizer."In a letter to his employees, he called it his greatest mistake." [euronews]Number 6. IKEA had a horsemeat scare. In the winter of 2013 a batch of their famous Swedish meatballs tested positive resulting in them pulled off the shelves and out of the cafeterias in their European stores.Number 5. There’s a logical system behind the crazy names. The founder has dyslexia, and finds nouns easier to keep track of than numbers. So, for example, kids stuff is named for mammals and utensils for fruits and veggies. Number 4 - IKEA uses up some serious wood. To be precise, the company goes through 1 percent of the entire commercial wood supply in the entire world. While 1 percent may seem like a measly amount, it’s actually huge and most likely deems IKEA as the Earth’s largest consumer of wood.Number 3. The IKEA catalog rivals Harry Potter books. Based on the print run, anyway. In 2010 alone, over 195 million catalogs rolled off the presses. They were available in 29 languages and 61 editions.Number 2. 1 in 10 Europeans is conceived in an IKEA bed. Well, that’s the estimate, anyway. You may be relieved to know that although they take returns on mattresses, they inspect them first.Number 1. They’re building their own neighborhood. It’s going up in London, complete with schools, theaters, and homes. Yes, the houses will be flat-pack and cost significantly less than traditional ones do.Do you like IKEA? What was the last product you bought from there?
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A rare species of wild Bactrian Camel gave birth at the Budapest Zoo in Hungary last week. A rare species of wild Bactrian Camel gave birth at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden in Hungary last week and the newborn baby has finally made its first public appearance.The father is from a zoo located in Miskolc, Hungary, and the mother, named Iris, is an eight year old resident of the Budapest Zoo. She belongs to a group of Bactrian camels that have been raised there in captivity for several generations, and the newborn, named Ilias, is the mother’s first offspring. Zoltan Hanga, a spokesperson for Budapest Zoo is quoted as saying: “When he was born there were problems, the baby was looking for milk from the mother, but as this was her first baby she had no experience. Us zookeepers had to hold down the mother and gently help the baby to feed.” The last remaining wild group has an estimated eight to nine hundred of the endangered camels living on the edge of extinction in the Gobi desert of Mongolia and China, but most of the Bactrian camels that are alive today have been domesticated and are in captivity. The wild group in the Gobi have to have to endure extreme changes in temperature, ranging from one hundred degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to negative twenty in the winter.
Noah Van Vooren, from Wisconsin has Down Syndrome. His family recently filmed his sheer happiness after reading his college acceptance letter and the end result is absolutely priceless. Opening up a potential college acceptance letter combines a mix of emotions. The family of one college bound man in particular recently captured those feelings on video and the end result is absolutely priceless. "He received his acceptance letter and video has gone viral. Take a look." [WMTV]Noah Van Vooren, from Wisconsin has Down Syndrome. The footage shows Noah’s face as his relatives handed him the envelope. With a big smile he took it, fumbled over the opening for a bit before grasping the ever-important paperwork in his hands. He got a little angry when his dad asked if he could read it to him, but got over it quickly and recited the news that he had indeed been accepted to Edgewood College's 'Cutting Edge Program.' What followed was Noah’s yells of sheer happiness. After telling his dad he loved him, Noah tugged off his sweatshirt, roared and altered his voice to sound just like an overly excited sports announcer. The clip is certainly heartwarming, but then again so is Noah’s life story.[cut from vo]Just last year, he captured the attention of reporters after scoring a touch down for his school’s football team. That’s an amazing feat considering Noah’s parents were told after his birth that he would never be able to walk or talk.
Google filed a patent for a new technology they’re developing – a camera that’s embedded into contact lens. Google filed a patent for a new technology they’re developing – a camera that’s embedded into contact lens. Its details were recently made public, and one of the suggested uses for the development was as an assist for blind individuals.The camera would operate via eye movements such as blinking, and the information it gathers could be shared with other devices. When paired with the appropriate apparatus, it could warn the wearer of oncoming traffic or offer information about approaching people. The camera itself would not have a great deal of processing power, but would be capable of wireless transmission, which would allow it feed data to a computer or smartphone. Depending upon the boost it gets, and the mobility its co-working device offers, the potential uses for the lens are numerous. There’s superhero type stuff like infrared thermal night vision and the power to zoom in on things. It’s also been proposed that police could pair it with facial recognition software to locate criminals in a crowd. What the Google contact lens camera could actually do, will of course, depend upon how the development process goes. So far, no timeline for the project has been given.
It’s believed that sheepdogs in Georgia have been sleeping with the enemy. It’s believed that sheepdogs in Georgia have been sleeping with the enemy. That conclusion came from a recent study that produced some surprising findings. Testing revealed that 3 percent of the group of animals examined were first generation dog-wolf hybrids. 10 percent showed evidence that crossbreeding had occurred at other times along their familial lines. Among the study subjects were wolves, dogs that guard livestock, and mongrels. Said one of the author’s of the results, "We expected to identify some individuals with hybrid ancestry, but it was quite surprising that recent hybrid ancestry was found in every tenth wolf and every tenth shepherd dog." In addition to learning that some guard dogs aren’t doing their job, choosing to consort with the predators instead of chasing them away, the scientists came upon an explanation for another matter. Reports of wolves attacking humans have become more common in Georgia, and sometimes sightings take place in highly populated areas. The scientists believe that it could be a result of the dog and wolf breeding, as it could be creating hybrids that are more comfortable and less fearful around humans.
Beards are on their way out, and it’s not the fashion police who are saying so – it’s a team of evolutionary biologists. Beards may be on their way out, and it’s not the fashion police who are saying so – it’s a team of evolutionary biologists. The problem with facial hair, it appears, is that there’s just too much of it. Beards of all varieties, from the burly lumberjack style to the carefully maintained bank executive look, have become so common, they’re beginning to give the wearer an evolutionary disadvantage. In short, women just aren’t into them anymore.A more scientific explanation is that they no longer give a competitive advantage. The phenomenon is called "negative frequency-dependent sexual selection" and it dictates that in some instances, rare traits provide an evolutionary edge as they’re more likely to attract to the opposite sex. Through a series of experiments, the scientists determined that facial hair falls into that category.The team had 36 men grow beards and took photos of each of them with 4 different lengths. The photographs were then shown to over 14 hundred women and a couple hundred men. The photographs were carefully grouped to provide a myriad of scenarios showing relative beardedness from frequent to rare.The results showed that when most of the subjects were sporting some growth, the clean-shaven ones were deemed more desirable.
A little boy, who has experienced a very tough life, recently had a dream come true. Make A Wish Colorado granted Max Vertin's wish and turned him into 'Iron Man' for a day. A little boy, who has experienced a very tough life, recently had a dream come true. Max Vertin is 8 years old and suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He recently got to portray 'Iron Man' in an unbeatable way. A limo carted Max right to the entrance of SkyVenture Colorado in Lone Tree. Staffers were waiting for him. They greeted him outside and then escorted him indoors where they brought him his special 'Iron Man' suit. After his mom suited him up, he was taken to a vertical wind tunnel.An employee guided Max through the motions, as 100 mile winds helped boost him upwards, giving him the sensation and appearance of flying. Max’s brother 5-year-old Rowan also took a turn in the wind chamber. Their mother, Betty Vertin is the carrier of the genetic disease that eventually results in the ‘steady decline in muscle strength’. All three of her boys have the condition. Max is the oldest of the boys, and according to Betty, he may soon be in a wheelchair. Given the emotions and uncertainty of the future, Make A Wish Colorado granted Max’s wish, so the family could enjoy much needed moments of happiness.
According to the latest research from scientists at the University of St. Andrews, some kinds of birds can learn how to choose the best available building material for their nests. Previous research had indicated that the materials birds choose to build their nests with was related to their genetics. According to the latest research from scientists at the University of St Andrews,some kinds of birds can learn how to choose the best available building material for their nests. Previous research had indicated that the materials birds choose to build their nests with was genetically determined.But by giving the birds one material to build their nest from, and then giving them a choice between two different materials, the scientists discovered that the birds made a decision as to which of available material would make a better nest.Doctor Ida Bailey from the University of St. Andrews, who worked on the study, is quoted as saying: “Because birds are not considered to be as clever as people, who can learn to use different materials quite easily, the assumption had been that there was a genetic template in the birds' brains. This shows that actually learning is also very important for their decisions." Birds are capable of making a large variety of nests in nature, and some of the structures are quite complex. For example, the long tailed tit uses thousands of pieces of material like moss, lichen, feathers and spider webs to make a dome nest.
34-year-old Christopher Nicholas Hiatt has been accused of licking a cop in the eye while the officer was attempting to arrest him. Apparently, some cops are hard to resist. One particular officer in Montana was recently licked by a man. 34-year-old Christopher Nicholas Hiatt has been accused of licking a cop in the eye while the officer was attempting to arrest him. The utterly bizarre ordeal went down after Hiatt dialed 911 to report a theft.Once cops arrived at the scene, outside a local tavern, they spoke to Hiatt and discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest, which was issued from a neighboring county. The responding officers attempted to cuff him but Hiatt wasn’t surrendering peacefully. The cops eventually got him secured and tried to place him in the back of a squad car. That was when Hiatt reportedly expressed his displeasure with the arrest by licking the cop’s eye. The outstanding warrant that started all the trouble pertains to a criminal contempt charge. Now, in addition to that, he’s also facing charges of ‘felony assault on a peace officer and assault with bodily fluid’, referencing his saliva.