China Could Supplant U.S. as theSupercomputing Superpower06.14.13China’s Tihane-2, the world’s top supercomputer. …Two weeks ago, Jack Dongarra flew to Changsha, China for a meeting with researchers at the NationalUniversity of Defense Technology, home to the country’s top supercomputing program. He expectedan update on their plans for a new mega-machine, but they had a little surprise for him: The systemwas already up and running.It’s called Tianhe-2, and with more than 3 million processor cores, it’s the world’s most powerfulsupercomputer. It can perform more than 30 quadrillion calculations per second, easily dwarfing therunner-up, an Oak Ridge National Laboratories machine known as Titan. The Oak Ridge system can do17.59 quadrillion calculations per second, according to its most recent published benchmarks.On Monday, the folks who keep track of the world’s biggest supercomputers will release the latestrankings, called the Top500 List, and the smart money is betting Tianhe-2 will be on top.The United States, long the dominant power in supercomputing, won’t have a comparable systemuntil around 2016, when the U.S. Department of Energy is expected to build a Tihane-2-rangesupercomputer called Trinity. Tihane-2 probably will beat out all U.S. systems for a few years, which ismore than a loss of bragging rights for the U.S. It raises questions about whether the U.S. is investingenough in research and development to keep its supercomputing lead.
5% Of Your Company? Business Owners Say AbsolutelyThis morning the New York Times reported an interestingpiece of information about Shark Tank, the popular ABCshow where business owners pitch their companies to a group of high-profileinvestors, including billionaire Mark Cuban. Just for appearing on the show, ownersagree to give up 5% of their company or 2% of future royalties.The idea is that exposure to seven million viewers, along with business advice fromtop entrepreneurs, is worth that much. Instinctively, this strikes me as a bad deal—another example of founders undervaluing their equity and future earnings early inthe game. And it fits with an overall theme of the show, where business ownersgive away shockingly large chunks of their companies for paltry sums of cash. Onecringe-worthy example: Jay Kriner of BevBuckle gave up half of his company for$50,000. Why not just sell the whole thing and start over at that point?
EuropeGermany Has Become the Cut-Rate Prostitution Capital of the WorldJune 18, 2013TIMEThe presence of thousands of brothels and hundreds of thousands of prostitutes hasheightened competition and pushed prices down steeply in the German sex trade. Onetourist from Florida, who visits the country three times annually to pay for cheap sex,compares the scene to a discount supermarket: “Germany is like Aldi for prostitutes,” hesays.Prostitution became legal in Germany in 2002, and the open sex trade has taken off in theyears since. There are reportedly around 3,000 red-light establishments in the country,and 500 brothels in Berlin alone. It’s been estimated that more than 1 million men pay forsex in Germany every day.One of the classic arguments for legalizing prostitution is that recognizing and regulatingthe world’s oldest profession would improve the conditions of sex workers. Instead, recentreports paint legalized prostitution in Germany largely as a failure.
Walking after dinner may reduce diabetes riskNew study finds that short, brisk walks after dinnermay be more effective than other forms of exerciseat preventing diabetes.MNNThu, Jun 13 2013 at 2:42 PMHealth experts have been saying for years that exercising for 30 minutes a day can helpreduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But a new study has taken a closer look atthe time of day that exercise takes place and found that short, brisk walks taken right afterdinner may be the most effect way to curb your diabetes risk.The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that a 15-minute walk about a halfan hour after meals was as effective at reducing blood sugar as a longer walk done in themorning or late afternoon.
Man Arrested For Throwing Spear At Passing VehicleJune 19, 2013 10:29 AMSACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A man was arrested Tuesday night for spearing a passing vehicle.Jeffrey Jones, 56, was standing in the road at Auburn Boulevard and Annadale Lane in Sacramento at7:38 p.m. when, police say, he threw a spear at the front fender of a vehicle that was driving by,causing it to become lodged in the vehicle.Jones was located by police and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.The spear was booked as evidence.No injuries were reported.
Worlds largest doomsday shelter to open in KansasJune 20, 2013 4:36ATCHISON, KS (KSHB/CNN) - An old cave, once used as agovernment storage unit, will soon be the worlds largestdoomsday shelter.California company Vivos is renovating more than 2 million square feet of underground space.The doomsday resort will have room for 5,000 people living in up to 1,500 recreational vehicles.Customers will be able to buy a spot and pay $1,000 per foot for their vehicle.A 25-foot-long RV would cost $25,000 plus a $1,500 charge per person to pay for a years worth ofprovided food and toiletries.The owner of the underground facility says while its an unusual project, its also exciting."I think its unique, but this is a unique facility that probably deems necessary and have a uniquepurpose," Coby Cullins, owner of Mo-Kan Underground. "And I do not have a problem with what theyredoing with it. I think theyre going to bring great economic development to the city of Atchison, and Ithink theyre good at what they do.The complex will include indoor golfing, a bowling alley and swimming pool complete with otheramenities.Members will be able to visit whenever they like.Its expected to open in August 2014.
Heres Why United Was Just Named Americas Worst AirlineJune 18th 2013 3:50PMIn a week that saw United Airlines (UAL) place dead last in a customer service ranking of the majorairlines, a picture surfaced that gives some idea of how the airline earned that dubious distinction.FlyerTalk A member of travel forum FlyerTalk posted this picture, which he says he snapped in thelavatory of a United Airlines flight."Apparently, they ran out in one lav half-way home and couldnt bother to transfer a roll fromanother," writes the poster. As you can see, a member of the flight crew seems to have hackedtogether a holder out of duct tape and filled it with cocktail napkins -- which, appropriately enough,bear the slogan "Fly by the tips of your fingers."And this was no short flight, either: He notes that this took place on a San Francisco-to-London trip.While having to use napkins as toilet paper isnt the end of the world, its still hard to imagine anairline like JetBlue (JBLU) running out of toilet paper and having to resort to such college-dorm-styleinnovation.
Complaints grow against use ofhuman waste as fertilizerWFAAJune 18, 2013 at 9:04 AMPARKER COUNTY, Texas –– The use of human waste as fertilizer is becoming a major concern for agrowing number of Texas communities. Tuesday they take their fight to Austin. On Monday, it wasParker County."And I have never in my life smelled anything like what weve been smelling here the last threeweeks," exclaimed one man at an emergency meeting of County Commissioners. They met outsidein Springtown near treated fields.But not too near."I dont know why we expect anyone to have to put up with that," said a clearly frustrated CountyJudge Mark Riley.He got a snoot full from angry citizens like Julie Lambert. "So my property value, my worth, has it allgone to zero?" she asked. She said the smell chases her indoors for days at a time.
The Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece from JapanThe Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece from Japan. Haha. You just put it in your mouth and “sayvowel sounds out loud over and over again” in an effort to “fight wrinkles around your eyes and helpshape the overall look of your face.” It’s available to purchase at Japan Trend Shop."the Face Slimmer is a simple solution to the timeless problem of how to give sagging facial skin andmuscles that much-needed daily lift. Just three minutes per day is all you need; pop in the mold andthen make mouth movements.""The movements are given extra load by the mold, forcing everything to work a bit harder andresulting in more youthful, vibrant faces“The above photo is a woman practicing her vowels with the Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece.+ More >>
LE BOBeing Electric Doesn’t Keep This Plane From Serious Aerobatics06.18.13URGET, France —The E-Fan is the brainchild of Didier Esteyne, an engineer and pilot with a knack forelectric aircraft. Two years ago he unveiled an electric version of the diminutive Cri-Cri, which made itsdebut here last year.The E-Fan has a wingspan of just over 31 feet and a maximum weight of 1,212 pounds. Juice is storedin a pair of 250 volt, 40 amp-hour multi-cell lithium ion battery packs in each wing root. Esteyne saysthe current setup provides an hour’s flying at about 110 mph. To maximize flight time, one mainlanding gear wheel has a small electric motor that can propel the airplane up to 35 mph, which is moreefficient than using thrust to taxi.
14-year-old at the center of "NRA T-Shirt Controversy" now facing possibility of 1 year in jailJune 16, 2013Suspended and arrested after refusing to change his NRA shirt. Today, 14-year-old Jared Marcumappeared before a judge and was officially charged with obstructing an officer.A $500 fine and up to a year in jail, thats the penalty that Jared could face, now that a judge hasallowed the prosecution to move forward with its obstructing an officer charge against him.The Logan County Police Department initially claimed that the at-the-time 8th grade Logan MiddleSchool student was arrested for disturbing the education process, obstructing an officer and Lardierisays that officers even went as far as threatening to charge Jared with making terroristic threats.We obtained official court documents from both sides of this case. On one hand, the arresting officerfrom the Logan City Police Department, James Adkins, claims that when Jared refused to stop talking,that hindered his ability to do his job, hence, the obstruction charge. On the other side, Ben Whitepoints out that nowhere in the arresting officers petition, does it mention Jared ever making anythreats or acting in a violent manner."Every aspect of this is just totally wrong," Lardieri said. "He has no background of anything criminal,up until now and it just seems like nobody wants to admit theyre wrong."Ben White says he will continue working to have the charges against Jared dismissed. If that doesnthappen in the coming weeks, Jared will be back in court on July 11th.
All of the rivers JUN 13 2013Perhaps inspired by All Streets, Ben Frys map of all the streets in the US,Nelson Minar built a US map out of all the rivers in the country.
Eyeball Licking Causing Pinkeye In Japan06/14/13-- Only In Japan“It is eyeball licking— a strange erotic activity wherein participants actually put eachother’s tongues on each other’s peepers.Alternatively called ‘oculolinctus’ or ‘worming,’ eyeball licking has few public advocates butthey include Elektrika Energias, a 29-year-old environmental science student in the U.S.Virgin Islands. ‘My boyfriend started licking my eyeballs years ago and I just loved it. I’m notwith him anymore, but I still like to ask guys to lick my eyeballs,’ she told The Huffington Post.‘I just love it because it turns me on, like sucking on my toes. It makes me feel all tingly.’ It’salso a very intimate act, she said.”
Any way you look at it, Florida is the state of weirdJune 13, 2013 | Orlando SentinelWe live in the center of weird. Weird is the state of Florida.Florida has long eclipsed California as the place where thebizarre, unusual and outlandish have become commonplace.Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen has made a career ofrepackaging Florida weird as fiction.When it comes to calling attention to itself, there is no place likeFlorida in the past 30 years. It has become so obvious that thisweek even a New Yorker blogger noticed.We qualify as our own tabloid. Sinkhole Swallows Man. Killer Amoebas in Central Florida Lakes.Giant Pythons Amok in the Everglades. Nude Man Found Dead on Killer Whales Back. MiamiHeiress Leaves $3 Million to Her Chihuahua.Maybe its the heat. Or something in the water. Or maybe its that we are the southernmost stateon the easternmost edge of the United States, and stuff just naturally flows downhill.
11-Year-Old Boy Impregnates Friend’s MomSat, June 15, 2013An 11-year-old Auckland boy fathered a child after having sexwith a school friends 36-year-old mother.Contact between the boy and the woman reportedly began right around April oflast year, when the boy was 11.The womans son took a day off school and encouraged his friend to do likewise, spending the day at hishome.During the course of the day, the woman gave the boy beer and then later took part in a sexual encounterwith him.The sexual contact continued for a number of months after the initial encounter. The boy had turned 12by the time the child was born.Social services took the baby into care about two months ago.The boy approached his principal in his office about two-thirds of the way through the 2012 school yearand told him he had a disclosure to make."You wont be very happy with me," he recalled the boy saying. He said he had been having sex with hisfriends mother "and it needs to stop."
Star Theatre Planetarium06/14/13--“The mind-blowing Star Theatre Planetarium uses the same lens as a full-blowncommercial planetarium to show real constellations in stupendous detail. Just turn thelights off, switch the Star Theatre on, then sit back and relax. You won’t believe your eyes!Ultra-bright white LED technology enables this über-advanced projector to beam 10,000stars skywards. It even includes special discs to display both stars and delineatedconstellations (whatever they are), and mimics celestial movement in both northern andsouthern hemispheres. Simply place the little discs in the Star Theatre’s front-loading trayand prepare to be gobsmacked”
DNA linked suspect seven months laterSun Sentinel5:04 a.m. EDT, June 14, 2013A DNA test led to the arrest Wednesday of aFort Lauderdale massage therapist accused ofperforming a sex act on a sleeping client.Scott Lloyd Price, 55, was a massage therapist at the Center for Wellness, 4001 N. Ocean Drive inLauderdale-by-the-Sea, according to the arrest report.The customer arrived for a massage Nov. 11 and told detectives that after dozing off, he awoke tofind Price performing oral sex on him. The customer said he immediately flipped onto his stomach asPrice left the room, the report stated.The customer was taken to a sexual assault treatment center, where a DNA sample was taken. Thesample was identified as the DNA of another man. Investigators subsequently obtained a DNAsample from Price, which matched the sample taken from the client, detectives said.The arrest report did not make it clear whether Price is still employed at the center.Price was charged with sexual battery and was being held on $5,000 bond, jail records showed.
Alligator found in backpack of man trying to get high, FWC officials sayJun 13, 2013SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida (WKMG) -- Four men and a juvenile were arrested Sunday on suspicionof picking mushrooms at the Little Big Econ State Forest in Seminole County to get high, and one ofthem had an alligator in his backpack, wildlife officials said.Rick Daniel Myers was arrested on drug charges and one count of possession of an alligator. TylerMichael Salzma, Gregory Matthew Sansota, another man and a juvenile were also arrested.According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, wildlife officials found the grouppicking mushrooms and discovered a 2-foot gator wrapped in a bandana in Myers backpack.Myers said he picked the alligator from a nearby field and planned to take photos of it before lettingit go, wildlife officials said.
Theyve really splashed out! Billionaire couple buy incredible£15million superyacht that can be controlled by an iPad- It has a dining area with panoramic views, fully functional kitchen and bathroom- It can be controlled by the touch of an iPad from up to 50 metres away- Adastra is 42.5 metres long, 16 metres wide and weighs 52 tons14 June 2013Heres the latest plaything for the super-rich - a giant three-hulled yacht that cost £15millionto make and would fit as comfortably in outer space as it would on the open sea.Described by Boat International magazine as one of the worlds most amazing superyachts, the 42.5metre-long Adastra is a floating pleasure palace equipped to entertain abillionaire with even the highest of standards.She is the the new pet of Hong Kong-based shipping magnate Anto Marden, 64, and his wifeElaine, whose uses for her may include - among other things - gliding between the twotropical islands they already own off the coast of Indonesia.
The giant Adastra is a three-hulled made-to-order yacht thatcost $15million to make….
Futuristic: The main deck area looks more like that on a spaceship than a boat
The yacht has been described by Boat International as one of the worlds mostamazing super yachts, that could spell the future for efficient long range cruising
Adastra was unveiled in China and took three years to build, as well as two years of planningand design. It is 42.5 metres long, 16 metres wide and weighs 52 tons.Her enormous petrol tank coupled with her dynamic sailing efficiency allows the Adastra totravel up to 4,000 miles without refuelling - the same distance from London to New York.
A palace on wheels! Worlds most expensive motor home goes on sale for £2m and comescomplete with cocktail bar and roof terrace. The space-age eleMMent Palazzo has goneon sale in Dubai. Comes complete with a colossal master bedroom and dozens of modcons. Has a pop up cocktail bar, under floor heating and marble lights.The state-of-the-art home even wash’s itself after a days driving.
Gear | ConceptThis luxury design concept for a 377-foot submarine was created by design firm Motion Code: Blue,and could become a reality if some well-heeled buyer steps up.Of course this vessel features all the usual super-luxury features that are so important for takingover the world on your yacht, such as a helipad for quick escapes, a two-story owners suite with aprivate patio on the bow, eight VIP suites.Theres a huge beach club midship, complete with a pool, bar and plenty of deck space for them tobask in the sun."About the price, they didnt say, but Charlie White of Mashable noted that a comparable Virginia-class attack submarine by the U.S. Navy costs $2.3 billion to build.+ More >>