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Fighting Off An Armed Robber With A Machete

Someone tried to rob a deli in Long Island, New York on September 25, 2013 but it didn’t go as planned. When a masked man with a gun demanded money, the deli worker behind the counter hesitated.  He said later he didn’t think the gun was real until the robber fired a shot, narrowly missing him. It’s hard to tell from the video, but it looks like the robber fired once and the clerk hardly flinched.  Then it looks like the robber fired again and you can see the worker apparently dodge the bullet – literally.  Shells and at least
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Police Using High Voltage Stun Cuffs

Handcuffs that deliver a high voltage shock to prisoners are no longer just something you would see in a science fiction movie.  Stun cuffs are here now.  And police in some areas are already using them on prisoners. American Police Beat reports that the Buchanan County, Missouri Sheriff’s Department is already using 80,000-volt stun cuffs for prisoner transfers and some court appearances. At least one company, Stun-Cuff by Myers Enterprises, Inc., is marketing such high voltage stun cuffs to police.  Their Stun-Cuff Institutional Dual Cuff Model delivers “an initial 5 second burst consisting of 50K volts, 3mA, 18 pulses per
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National Weather Service Forecast Sends Hidden Message To Congress

Someone at the National Weather Service has a great sense of humor, or is really hurting from the government shutdown, or both. ABC Weatherman, Mike Masco, found a hidden message to Congress in a National Weather Service forecast and tweeted it on Twitter first. The message is hidden in the first letter of every line in an area forecast discussion from Anchorage, Alaska.  Apparently it’s a hidden message to Congress.  You can see it in the screen capture below. It’s not Photoshopped, the forecast was really posted on the National Weather Service site.  You can see it here if you
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Quantum Entanglement Successfully Stored

This week, scientists at JILA successfully stored and retrieved data using quantum entanglement with an aluminum micro-drum.  JILA is a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder. This is a major breakthrough with implications in quantum computing, communications, and even a fundamental understanding of the universe. Quantum entanglement (“spooky action at a distance”) is one of the stranger aspects of quantum mechanics. Entangled particles somehow mirror each others’ actions instantly regardless of distance. Entangled particles could be on opposite sides of the universe and still “communicate” with each other instantly.  That’s right… it’s not limited to the
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New Boston Dynamics Wildcat Robot Runs A 4 Minute Mile

Boston Dynamics has created a new robot, the Boston Dynamics Wildcat, that does not have to be tethered and can run a mile in less than 4 minutes.  With a top speed of 16 miles per hour, you don’t want this robot chasing you. Since it’s funded by DARPA, you know military applications are the end goal.  Just add weapons and artificial intelligence and this is going to be a pretty scary weapon.  Imagine it running across a battlefield with drones laying down cover fire! See the Boston Dynamics Wildcat robot in action in this video on their YouTube channel:
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Mountain Lion Prowling Around Washington, DC?

Could there really be a mountain lion prowling around Washington, DC?  It sounds unlikely, but that’s what Linda Miley saw in her backyard recently.  And she isn’t the only one who has called 911 to report seeing the cougar. Authorities are skeptical, but the sightings are not without precedent.  According to the Humane Society, there have been reports of mountain lion sightings in Washington, DC every October for the last 3 years.  And just this past June, a black bear was captured in Washington, DC. We can only hope that the mountain lion will chase off all of the wolves
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Welcome To Crazy Planet

Welcome to Crazy Planet.  We’re just getting started, but to give you an idea what to expect, we could hardly do better than to quote H. P. Lovecraft from The Call Of Cthulhu: “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of
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