By: Geoff Gaherty
The sun will look like a ring of fire above some remote parts of the world next Tuesday (April 29) during a solar eclipse, but most people around the world won't get a chance to see it.
Whereas lunar eclipses occur only when there's a full moon, and solar eclipses only happen during a new moon. Half the world saw a lunar eclipse during the full moon on April 15. When a lunar eclipse occurs, it usually means there is also a solar eclipse at the preceding or following new moon.
Tuesday's solar eclipse is known as an "annular" — rather than "total" — lunar eclipse. That’s because Tuesday's eclipse will occur when the moon is close to its farthest distance from the Earth, making it too small to cover the sun completely. The resulting effect looks like a ring of fire, called an "annulus," appears around the silhouette of the moon. ['Ring of Fire' Annular Solar Eclipse of April 29, 2014 (Visibility Maps)]
But most people won't see the whole eclipse. The only place in the world where thisannular eclipse will be visible is a small area in Antarctica. However, partial phases of the eclipse will be visible in other places. Most of those areas are in the ocean — rarely traveled ocean, in fact — but the entire continent of Australia will get a good view.
The best view of the eclipse will be from the island state of Tasmania. From Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the eclipse will begin with the moon taking a tiny nick out of the sun's edge at 3:51 p.m. local time (0551 GMT). Maximum eclipse will be at 5 p.m. (0700 GMT), and the sun will set at 5:17 p.m. (0717 GMT). The farther north you go in Australia, the less the moon will cover the sun. In Sydney, the eclipse will begin at 4:14 p.m. and will be at maximum — 52 percent covered — at 5:15 p.m. The sun will set in eclipse two minutes later.Skywatchers in the western parts of Australia will be able to see the end of the solar eclipse. In Perth, the eclipse begins at 1:17 p.m. (0517 GMT), is at maximum (59 percent) at 2:42 p.m. (0642 GMT), and ends at 3:59 p.m. (0759 GMT).
WARNING: Never look directly at the sun during an eclipse with a telescope or your unaided eye; severe eye damage can result. (Scientists use special filters to safely view the sun.)
Partial solar eclipses have the greatest potential for eye damage because at no time is the sun completely covered by the moon. The sun itself is no more dangerous during an eclipse. The danger comes from people's desire to look at it, to overcome the natural reflex that forces us to look away from the sun.
The safest way to view a solar eclipse is to project its image. The easiest way to do so is with a pinhole camera. The longer the projection distance from the pinhole to the viewing screen, the larger the sun will appear. Natural pinholes are often formed by gaps between tree leaves, covering the ground beneath with miniature eclipses. A small mirror on a window ledge can project a fine image on the ceiling or far wall, suitable for viewing by a whole room full of people.
You should never attempt to look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter, available from telescope stores, planetariums and science centers. This is especially true if you're viewing it through binoculars or a telescope. There is no way to create your own safe filter from ordinary materials, so don't risk it.
Editor's Note: If you live in the populated visibility path and snap an amazing picture of the April 29 solar eclipse, you can send photos, comments, and your name and location to managing editor Tariq Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By: The Week
Ronald McDonald has replaced his passé overalls with a chic vest and pants combo, showing that just because you're a clown, you don't have to look like one.
The Associated Press reports it is all part of a new campaign by McDonald's to boost weak sales. Ronald left the spotlight a few years ago, keeping a low profile due to criticism from activists who thought he was peddling unhealthy food to children. Now he's back with a new look and an appreciation of social media: Ronald is going to become active on Twitter, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald to share photos and videos (according to the AP, Ronald will not have his own handle, at least not yet).
"Selfies…here I come! It's a big world and now, wherever I go and whatever I do…I'm ready to show how fun can make great things happen," the character said in a statement.
The world's most famous clown may be wearing new digs, but one thing that hasn't changed is his taste in footwear. "His iconic big red shoes will remain the same," McDonald’s said in a statement. Watch a video of Ronald's transformation below. --Catherine Garcia
BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN
Barefoot and wearing a black veil, the man dropped a large backpack shortly before being apprehended by police. The area is on high alert as commemorations for the victims of last year's bombing are underway Tuesday.
The area around the Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated as cops investigate two suspicious backpacks left along Boylston Street.Ceremonies throughout the day commemorated the victims on the one year anniversary of the bombing at the site that killed three and injured more than 260 people.
Around 7 p.m., a barefoot man wearing a black veil and yelling “Boston Strong!” as he ran left one of the backpacks at the finish line near Boylston and Dartmouth, WBZ-TV reported.
The man was detained, and police have ordered media and bystanders to clear the area as the large black backpack is investigated.
Police confirmed just after 7:30 p.m. that the department is investigating the two backpacks.
A bomb squad is now on scene approaching the bag.
Two pressure-cooker bombs in backpacks were left near the finish line last April 15 and detonated around 2:49 p.m., killing and injuring scores of people and sending Boston into chaos.
JARED WICKERHAM/GETTY IMAGESBoston Police officers patrol a section of Boylston Street on their bikes while it is closed off to traffic prior to the flag raising ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston Street near the finish line on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013.
The annual marathon is scheduled for April 21 this year.
By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
The Fast and the Furious will go on, with Paul Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, helping to fill in the late actor's remaining action scenes.
The franchise posted "A Note to the Fans" on Facebook Tuesday to thank audiences "for the love and support you always show us" and to confirm that the latest film in the series, The Fast and the Furious 7, will be completed.
"Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November," the post says. "We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film."
"We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it's among the strongest work of his career."
"We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul's brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too," the post says.
The producers go on to confirm Vin Diesel's announcement that the film will be released next spring, and that its completion "will allow the character of Brian O'Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role."
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By Ty Burr
During the prime of her then-unprecedented stardom, from age 6 to 11, Shirley Temple was a living example to all the little girls (and boys) of how to move through the world: with effervescence, good cheer, a song on the lips, and a tap dance in the toes. Were the grown-ups having problems? They’d sort themselves out and, if not, a little child would lead them. Even the Great Depression seemed to buckle before her steel-belted optimism.
From a modern vantage point, though, with the announcement of Shirley Temple Black’s death Monday at 85, she represents a different example: a lesson in how to be famous while retaining one’s sanity, humanity, and perspective. This matters very much in a culture in which public attention, more than ever, is a cheap commodity easily obtained and to which our celebrated children respond by flipping out.
Not for her the DUIs and paparazzi meltdowns, deranged tweets, and dead-eyed mug shots. Temple chain-smoked in her late teens and, at 17, married the first man who came along; that appears to be as rebellious as she got. (The husband was Army Air Corps sergeant John Agar; the marriage lasted four years. Her second marriage, to California businessman Charles Black, lasted more than half a century.)
Times were different then, and the great film factories kept their talent on a short leash while working them hard: Temple turned out 24 films during her peak six years of 1934 through 1940. Yet it’s worth remembering that her fame eclipsed almost all earlier models, and still she turned out shockingly normal. She was and remains as iconic as Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse, two other early movie stars who quickly became the property of the public imagination and who roll on, ageless, in the culture.
Admit it: When you heard she’d died, you were surprised Shirley Temple Black was still alive, because the woman herself, with all her diplomatic accomplishments -- she served as ambassador to Ghana in the 1970s and Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution of 1989 -- and high-profile Republican fund-raising activities, had long ago receded behind the eternal, dancing, black-and-white tot.
Like Chaplin and Mickey Mouse, she posessed vast monetary value. Temple’s fortunes dictated those of her employer, Twentieth Century Fox, and the profits from movies like “Curly Top,” “The Little Colonel,” and “Stand Up and Cheer!” quite literally saved the studio from going under in the early 1930s. As Temple herself noted in her 1982 autobiography “Child Star” -- both an enjoyable read and a marvel of fiscal probity -- “During 1936, almost 90% of reported corporate net profits were attributable to earnings of my four most recent films.” As with Clark Gable at MGM and Mae West at Paramount, the studio rode out the Depression on her back.
That meant that when Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck heard that Temple had lost a tooth on the set one day, he panicked and ran out of a meeting with “Grapes of Wrath” author John Steinbeck. It meant that when grown-up costars forgot their dialogue and the kid -- who had entire scripts memorized -- fed them their lines, they had to grit their teeth and take it. (“We hated her for that,” said Alice Faye.) It also meant that Zanuck held no illusions about the half-life of a child star’s popularity. He shaved a year off Temple’s age to make her appear more of a prodigy -- the actress didn’t find out until she was a teenager -- and told her mother, “The less she changes, the longer she lasts.”
At the peak of Shirley-mania, during the first half of the 1930s, she was the popular culture’s living doll, easily available for purchase in tie-in form. In addition to actual Shirley Temple dolls sold by Ideal -- there were 13 different models -- you could buy Shirley berets, overcoats, hair ribbons, headbands, soap, dishware, sheet music, sewing kits, pocket mirrors, paper tablets, playing cards, anklets, and barrettes. She promoted GE model kitchens, Packard automobiles, insurance, Wheaties, flour, Grunow Teledial radios, and Quaker Puffed Wheat. She was the perfect product spokesperson, for how could a child be accused of faking enthusiasm?
If the tie-ins weren’t enough, you could turn your own daughter into Shirley -- a bull market in tap-dancing lessons and curling irons was one result-- or you could try to make one. Temple’s father, George, was repeatedly propositioned by women hoping against genetic hope to spawn their own child star. Shirley herself was the subject of numerous kidnapping threats, and the perpetrators invariably turned out to be young men and women, bored and maybe a little resentful about their own vanished innocence, wanting only to be seen by an audience of millions.
That audience could turn ugly, even rapacious. During a 1938 appearance at Boston’s Public Garden, 10,000 fans turned out to greet Temple, breaking through police barricades and rushing the 10-year-old star. Wrote Temple in her autobiography, “As we approached, a sea of arms were upthrust, waving like tentacles, and from this packed humanity rose a pulsing cacophony of screams and reverberating growls... Down came the ropes, wooden barricades tipped and we were swallowed by the crowd’s advance... I suddenly saw only a mosaic of arms and faces, mouths gaped open and shouting. Hands reached up to claw along my bare legs, tug at my shoes, and pull at my dress hem.”
Afterwards, she asked her mother, Gertrude, why people behaved like that. “Because you make them happy,” Gertrude replied, and, honestly, she was right. If it’s asking a great deal of a child to process such a paradox -- the savagery of mass love, the blunt simplicity of the emotion behind it -- it says a lot about Temple that she rose to the task. “A fundamental fact of life began to sink in,” she wrote later. “No matter its brilliance or how remote its location, any star can be devoured by human adoration.”
There’s a famous line from a William Carlos Williams poem -- “the pure products of America go crazy” -- that has been much-used to explain the flame-outs of our entertainment idols, from Elvis Presley to Marilyn Monroe to Kurt Cobain. As a blanket statement, it explains (or pretends to) the youthful stars who appear to have gone off the rails in recent decades: Macaulay Culkin and Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. Growing up in public is the hardest performance of all. Judy Garland and Michael Jackson would be the first to tell you that.
Yet Shirley Temple escaped -- and this, I’d hazard, is her gift to the culture, after we’ve put the DVDs of “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Wee Willie Winkie” back on the shelf. The talented yet uncomplicated confidence that made her so delightful onscreen was, in large part, who she was in life. All celebrities are conscious projections of the ordinary people playing them, and certainly Shirley learned how to “do Shirley” over the years. But because she started so young, because she was encouraged and protected by supportive parents -- not perfect, just loving -- because she had the genes or temperament or luck to have an inviolable sense of herself from early on, she may be the one movie star who really was as we saw her.
Because of that, she survived. At 16, with her popularity waning and her movies earning less and less, Temple happily left Fox and its studio schoolroom to enroll in a private Los Angeles high school. “Tears came to my eyes,” she wrote. “I looked at all those girls and knew I was one of them.”
As if she had ever been anything else.
By SARAH GRIFFITHS
That's one freaky feline! Breeders develop a CAT that looks like a WEREWOLF and acts like a DOG
Exotic animals can make popular pets but a cat with a touch of the supernatural will stand out in among the neighbours’ moggies.
A new breed of cat that looks like a werewolf and behaves like a dog has been developed by U.S. breeders
The Lykoi gets its spooky looks because of a genetic mutation in a domestic short hair cat, which prevents the curious creature from growing a full coat of fur, making it looks like a werewolf.
Its name comes from the Greek for 'wolf' and translates as ‘wolf cat’ as the animal has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle as well as a consistently patchy coat on the rest of its body.
Curiously Lykois are said to have a ‘hound dog personality’.
‘They like to hunt around the house for whatever they can find.
'They show caution to strangers, but warm up quickly and become very friendly,’
according to the breed’s website.
Perhaps in parallel to supernatural werewolf characters, the cats have a ‘strong prey drive’ that ‘causes them to stalk and pounce on everything they consider to be prey.’
However, unlike a werewolf, whose personality chances at full moon, Lykois are said to be friendly and playful as well as loyal to their owners.
The first official Lykois came had a father with a naturally-occurring Sphinx mutation and a mother who was a black domestic short hair cat.
‘The gene is a natural mutation that appeared in the domestic cat population,’ said Breeder Johnny Gobble.
‘There was no human intervention to create the cat. We are simply using the genetics of natural processes,’ he added.
There were three ‘foundation breeders’ – Mr Gobble, his wife Brittney Gobble and Patti Thomas, who located the first two kittens, while it was Mr Gobble used cats from two groups of kittens to breed the first Lykoi kittens.
They found that the cats were not a Sphinx (a breed of hairless cat) that had retained some of its fur and this was confirmed by DNA testing that did not find the Sphinx gene.
In fact, researchers found that a new breed had been created, but they wanted to make sure the kittens were completely healthy before breeding them.
Tests were run to rule out genetic illnesses and dermatologists at the University of Tennessee examined the animals for skin abnormalities. While none were found, the scientists were stumped at first as to what had caused the strange coat.
They then found that some of the animals' hair follicles lacked all the components needed to create hair and that follicles that did have an undercoat were imbalanced so the hair could not be maintained.
Consequently the cats moult and can go completely bald some of the time – not just on a full moon.
t is hoped that the felines will be categorised as a 'preliminary new breed' by the The International Cat Association (TICA) this coming Autumn when they will be able to be shown at cat shows.
A total of 14 litters of kittens not from the original litter have been reported and there are just seven Lykoi breeders registered in the world, making the kittens hot property.
Mr Gobble said that breeders get requests for the unusual kittens daily and he gets asked about the breed at least ten times a day.
‘We are doing our very best to monitor breeding cats to ensure that the Lykoi cat will be a new breed that has wonderful health, great personality, and the Lykoi (werecat) look,’ he said.
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By: TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's will was poorly drafted ... making it SEEM like he wanted his mom to wrestle parental control of his daughter from his baby mama-- yet in a strange twist of events, the will now reflects exactly what Paul would have wanted.
Paul's will was drafted back in 2001 ... and it makes his mother Cheryl the legal guardian of Meadow. It reeks of a family feud because there's no mention of Meadow's mother Rebecca Soteros.
The guardianship clause doesn't make sense ... because at the time the will was drafted Meadow lived with her mom in Hawaii .... and sources close to Paul say he was happy with the arrangement when he signed the will.
Now the twist of fate. Three years ago Meadow moved to Southern California to live with her dad and Rebecca stayed in Hawaii. Meadow wants to continue living in So. Cal. and Rebecca is fine with it ... she will continue to live in the Aloha state.
So now it makes complete sense for Paul's mom Cheryl to become the guardian of Meadow.
As TMZ first reported ... Paul's father -- executor of the will -- has petitioned the court to make Paul's mom guardian of Meadow. Cheryl will also be the trustee of Paul's $25 million estate -- which will eventually go outright to Meadow.
So ... Father did know best.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/02/05/paul-walker-will-daughter-meadow-guardian-mother-rebecca-soteros/#ixzz2sWEnRtB3
By: EMMA INNES
A new and potentially deadly form of bird flu has claimed its first confirmed victim.
Tests revealed that a previously unknown sub-strain of the H10N8 virus killed a woman who was admitted to hospital in China with fever and pneumonia.
The woman, from Nanchang City in Jiangxi province, died nine days after becoming ill despite antibiotic and antiviral treatment.
Experts believe the strain spread from poultry and may pose the threat of a pandemic.
The dead woman had visited a live poultry market a few days prior to her illness, suggesting an incubation time of around four days - similar to that of other bird flu strains.
Reports suggest the victim was not an isolated case. At least one other person is believed to have been infected by the same strain in Jiangxi Province.
Dr Yuelong Shu, from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing, said: ‘A genetic analysis of the H10N8 virus shows a virus that is distinct from previously reported H10N8 viruses, having evolved some genetic characteristics that may allow it to replicate efficiently in humans.’
The strain is thought to have emerged from multiple re-assortments of genes from different bird flu viruses.
Notably, it shares genes with three other bird flu strains, H9N2, H7N9 and H5N1, the last two of which have spread to humans.
Scientists conducted tests on swab samples taken from the woman victim's windpipe.
Their results, reporting the first human death associated with H10N8, appear in The Lancet medical journal.
Co-investigator Dr Qi Jin, from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, said: ‘Importantly, the virus had a mutation in the PB2 gene that is believed to be associated with increased virulence and adaption in mammals, and could enable the virus to become more infectious to people.’
The H10N8 strain was previously found in a water sample taken from Dongting Lake in Hunan Province in 2007.
In 2012, it was detected at a live poultry market in Guangdong Province.
Co-author Dr Mingbin Liu, from Nanchang City Centre for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the threat should not be taken lightly.
‘A second case of H10N8 was identified in Jiangxi Province, China on January 26, 2014,’ said Dr Liu.
‘This is of great concern because it reveals that the H10N8 virus has continued to circulate and may cause more human infections in future.’
Dr John McCauley, director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Influenza at the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in London, said: ‘This case reminds us to be aware of human infections from animal influenza viruses.
‘Previously we did not think that H7N9 infections might be so lethal.
‘More human infections by avian H10N8 viruses cannot be ruled out. H10N8 viruses are of low pathogenicity in poultry and so infection in birds is not easy to detect. Whether humans are frequently exposed and infected is also not known. ‘
He added that the underlying condition of the dead woman was likely to have worsened her infection.
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By Kanti Kasa
January 29th 2014
And just when you thought the stories of HAARP was all over! Well apparently, HAARP definitely exists, and is still being used today! We've stumbled across a video which was posted this morning regarding snow, and how it did not melt normally.. but it was more, on the scale of "Not Normal", and just plain weird! The snow melted like nothing.. as a matter of fact, it melted more like Styrofoam! Crazy right? We thought so too, which is why we decided to share the video with you all.
The video was made and posted by the artist; Dredlakh RA
"Is this even eatable?" I've wondered and asked out loud.
When kids go outside to play in the snow during the cold winter season, the first thing they do is look up to the sky, and open their mouths to try to catch the cold flakes, only to see what it tastes like. Is this even safe to do anymore? So many questions, though they haven't.. really been answered. I guess with Styrofoam snow, kids might as well eat the Styrofoam which comes in packages.
What are your thoughts on this? Feel free to leave a comment!
Fantasy Crew's WHHA Radio Show writer; Kanti Kasa
Published January 29th 2014; CopyRight © 2014
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