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    • Vampire deer re-emerge in Afghanistan

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      Fangs for showing up again, deer.

      A species of fanged deer that hasn’t been seen in 66 years was recently spotted by scientists in northeastern Afghanistan, according to a Wildlife Conservation Society news release published Friday.

      The Kashmir musk deer, which is one of seven similar species found throughout Asia, is endangered due to habitat loss and also because of poachers hunting the animal for its prized scent glands. No members of the species had been seen in Afghanistan by scientists since 1948.

      Only the male musk deer have fangs, which they use during breeding season to battle for mates, according to the Washington Post. The stocky deer stand at about 2 feet tall, according to Discovery.

      The WCS survey team said they experienced five distinct sightings of the deer. The same solitary male was seen three different times, and an adult female was seen with a young deer. On a fifth occasion, researchers spotted a solitary female, though they were unable to tell if it was the same one as before.

      They noted that the deer were “difficult to spot,†and they were unable to get them on camera.

      Peter Zahler, WCS Deputy Director of Asia Programs, called musk deer “one of Afghanistan's living treasures,†and said in the release that his organization hopes “that conditions will stabilize soon to allow WCS and local partners to better evaluate conservation needs of this species."

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    • Banksy's identity is...

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      London, England — The elusive graffiti artist, political activist, film director, painter and long time fugitive that for years has gone by the pseudonymous name of Banksy, was arrested early this morning by London’s Metropolitan Police. After hours of questioning and a raid of his London art studio, his true name and identity have finally been revealed.
      The City of London Police say Banksy’s real name is Paul Horner, a 35-year old male born in Liverpool, England. The BBC has confirmed this information with Banky’s PR agent Jo Brooks along with Pest Control, a website that acts as a handling service on behalf of the artist.
      London Police Chief Lyndon Edwards held a press conference to answer questions about Banksy and how Horner was finally apprehended after all these years on the run.
      “We had a 24-hour Anti-Graffiti Task Force monitoring different groups where Banksy was known to frequent. We received word that around 2am a group of individuals left a flat speculated to be one of Banky’s art studios. This group was followed by agents and once vandalism had occurred, we then arrested the group, 5 men total. These individuals all had ID on them except for one, and that is the one we believed to be Banksy,†Edwards said. “We then raided the studio where the group was last seen leaving from. Inside we found thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism. We also found a passport and ID of a Paul Horner who matched the description of the man that we are currently holding.†Edwards continued, “Horner is currently being held without bail on charges of vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting. We are also holding the other four individuals whose names we are not releasing at this time.â€

      Horner was arrested by London Police in Watford, a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, about 17 miles northwest of central London. News of the arrest quickly prompted #FreeBanksy tweets and angry messages from people who thought that the cops should find better uses of their time.
      The graffiti artist that goes by the name Space Invader told reporters he does not agree with the arrest or outing of Banksy’s identity.
      “He’s just doing art, spreading joy and making political statements the best way he knows how. That is what he was doing and I hope that is what he’ll continue to do,†Invader said. “For the London Police to setup some 24-hour task force just to catch Banksy is ridiculous. I hope we hear plenty of noise from the good tax-paying citizens of London about this.â€
      After today’s arrest it is unclear who else will be sought in connection with Banksy’s arrest. CNN spoke with John Hawes who is Banksy’s project manager, Hawes says he is worried that charges could be brought against him as well.
      “If they spent this many man-hours and brought this many charges against Banksy, I can’t imagine that he’ll be the only one to go down in all of this,†Hawes said. “All the beauty Paul Horner brought to this world, unfortunately the London Police just see it as vandalism and want to lock him up. It’s such a shame.â€

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    • Heists in AC:U before GTA5???

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      We're literally getting a feature tuesday in an Assassins Creed game before gta5

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    • Rockets destroy chemical weapons

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      A team has developed micro-rockets that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.

      Powered by seawater, the micrometre-sized rockets are capable of degrading agents like anthrax and sarin.

      The rockets can "swim" in contaminated samples to decompose them, before eventually self-degrading.

      Published in journal ACS Nano, the team says the technology could also decontaminate environmental waste.

      "It needs no external stimuli, just expose it to seawater, it then generates a bubble and moves around. In the past, people needed external fuel but here we use seawater as the fuel," explained Joseph Wang at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), who was involved in developing the rockets.

      Prof Wang said it could degrade both biological weapons and nerve agents like sarin, commonly used as weapons in the Middle East.

      "Our rockets can protect against these, faster, cheaper and using less reagents," he told BBC News.

      The rocket is made from magnesium coated with titanium dioxide. A small eye-like opening exposes the magnesium which reacts with the seawater causing a "bubble propulsion" effect which powers it forward.

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    • Your worst break up

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      To preface this, my girlfriend and I dated for 9 months before she broke up with me. We were both very depressed when we met but I outgrew my depression thanks to taking medication while my GF stayed depressed. She broke up with me because she thought I was too busy with school and that she was distracting me. I loved her because she was selfless, I never thought it would be the reason we broke up.

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    • Italy's PM testify's against Mafia

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      ROME (Reuters) - Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano testified for more than three hours on Tuesday in an unprecedented appearance in a major trial that accuses the state of holding secret talks with the Sicilian Mafia in the 1990s.

      Palermo prosecutors seeking to shed light on a murky period when the mob targeted the state with assassinations and bombings questioned a sitting head of state in a mafia trial for the first time in the country's history.

      Among the defendants are Nicola Mancino, who was interior minister at the time and is charged with giving false testimony, and Salvatore Riina, once Italy's most powerful mafia boss.

      Riina and eight others in the dock face charges of trying to blackmail the state. All deny any wrongdoing.

      The 89-year-old Napolitano is not accused of any crime. He was called as a witness who may have knowledge useful to the trial, but the hearing may tarnish the image of a president who has guided Italy in a period of political and economic turmoil.

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    • DriveClub

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      I just made a club in DC called "AHrooster teeth" if you want to join. Also feel free to talk about the game

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    • Mantis Shrimps can see cancer

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      "Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that mantis shrimp have an incredibly useful ability - the marine creatures are able to see a variety of cancers inside our bodies. And they've now replicated that ability in a camera that could eventually be put into a smartphone.
      Mantis shrimp can see cancer, and the activity of our neurons, because they have unique eyes, known as compound eyes. This type of eye is superbly tuned to detect polarised light - a type of light that reflects differently off different types of tissue, including cancerous or healthy tissue.
      “Humans can’t see this, but a mantis shrimp could walk up to it and hit it,†said Justin Marshall from the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland in a press release.
      “We see colour with hues and shades, and objects that contrast – a red apple in a green tree for example – but our research is revealing a number of animals that use polarised light to detect and discriminate between objects.â€
      His team have now worked with international collaborators to create a camera that can replicate this ability - eventually they hope they could lead to smartphone cameras that would allow people to scan their body for cancers at home.
      “The camera that we’ve developed in close collaboration with US and UK scientists shoots video and could provide immediate feedback on detecting cancer and monitoring the activity of exposed nerve cells,†said Marshall.
      They did this by revealing that the compound eye of the mantis shrimp contains groups of photocells called ommatidia. Each of these ommatidium has thin micro-villi that can filter polarised light, as well as light-sensitive receptors.
      To mimic this in the camera, the scientists used aluminium nanowires to replicate the polarisation-filtering microvilli, and placed these on top of photodiodes, which convert light into electrical current.
      “It converts the invisible messages into colours that our visual system is comfortable with," said Marshall.
      While current imaging systems already use polarised light to detect cancer, there are limitations to the size of tumours they can detect, and they require large equipment. By replicating the eyes of mantis shrimp, the scientists hope to improve our technology to the point where it could be included into a smartphone. This would reduce the need for more invasive cancer detection methods, such as biopsies, and could help detect cancer earlier.
      Impressively, the sensors developed by the University of Queensland team have already been used to “see†the activity of neurons inside a brain in real time, as well as providing early diagnosis of cancerous tissues in mice"

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