Category: Life Is Like Science Fiction

Bumble Bee tuna plant employee dies after accidentally being cooked in oven

The initial investigation indicated that, “he was fatally injured when he was cooked in an oven,” California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman Erika Monterroza said. Cal-OSHA has launched an investigation into the the circumstances of what officials are calling an accident.

via Whittier Daily News.

Meteorologist: supersonic skydive ‘a go’ on Sunday

The weekend weather in New Mexico appears to be cooperating this time for a daredevil trying to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.

Read more at  Yahoo! News.

Could GPS be used to predict earthquakes?

Professor Kosuke Heki of Hokkaido University in Japan believes he has found a way to predict earthquakes.

Read more  at BBC News 

Amazing Astronomy Illustrations From the 1800s Resurface Online | E.L. Trouvelot Images & Drawings | Space, Sun & Planets | LiveScience

Recently digitized and made available by the New York Public Library, the images are a remarkably modern-looking glimpse into astronomy in the late 1800s.


Imminent Destruction? Doomsday Clock Moved 1 Minute Closer to Midnight | LiveScience

In making their deliberations about how to update the clock’s time, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists focused on the current state of nuclear arsenals around the globe, disastrous events such as the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and biosecurity issues such as the creation of an airborne H5N1 flu strain.

via  LiveScience.

Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle

Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.

via Sydney Morning Herald.

Baby suckles directly from cow for milk | Reuters

(Reuters) – An 18-month-old Cambodian boy who has suckled milk directly from a cow daily for more than a month is in fine health, the child’s grandfather said.

via |Reuters.

Snakes in underwear smuggler fined $400 | Reuters

A Brazilian man who was caught at Miami airport trying to smuggle seven baby pythons and three baby tortoises concealed in his underwear and pockets was fined $400 by a U.S. judge on Wednesday.

via| Reuters

Abandoned for two weeks, starving dogs eat owner | Reuters

Seven dogs starved of food and water for two weeks are suspected of eating their Indonesian owner after he returned to his hometown in Manado from a holiday, local media reported on Tuesday.

via  Reuters.

Money-using monkeys give insight into human economics

Working with capuchin monkeys, a Yale research team managed to teach the primates to use currency and, in doing so, unlocked several mysteries behind human beings sometimes odd behavior with money.

via Digital Journal