Knockout Game Turns Deadly
Nov27

Knockout Game Turns Deadly

Police are still trying to piece together the events of Monday night after a woman was attacked and then fired shots into the crowd of teens that assulted her. Beulah Montgomery, who just turned 60 yesterday, says she was walking home after purchasing lottery tickets when she says a group of teens, 7 of them, approached her. Montgomery initally thought they were going to attempt to steal her purse but says she was instead hit by one of the individuals as a second attempted to hit her. That’s when she grabbed her gun. “All I could feel was pain and I said to myself I had made it to 60 and I wanted to atleast see 61,” she recalled. “Then I started praying and I asked the Lord to guide my hands” Montgomery says she then reached into her purse and and shot in the direction of the teens and they started to flee. However two of them didn’t make without being hit. Beulah who is a member of her local neighborhood watch said she has always carried a gun after being mugged once before. “Its a shame you can’t walk through your own neighborhood where you are supposed to feel safe without being assulted and mistreated,” she continues. “I purchased the gun hoping I would never have to use it, but I’m glad to still be in the land of the living.” The same cannot be said for her two victims, Montgomery fired 5 times hitting one of the teens in the chest and the other in the stomach. Because of their age police are not releasing the names at this time, but are saying the teens died as a result of the gun shot wounds. Police are still looking for the others teens who were apart of the group. Witnesses say they ran off after the gun shots were fired. Police have not yet charged Montgomery, who has no prior arrests, but she was detained and later released. This is the latest story in what seems to be a string of similar incidents happening over the US where teens are playing something called the “knockout game” where they approach strangers and attempt to knock them out with one punch. Stay tuned for...

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Storm turns lighthouses into Cthulhu.
Nov25

Storm turns lighthouses into Cthulhu.

Hollywood set designers make a career out of creating enchanted towers and mythic-looking castles for big-budget fantasy films. But if you visit one of the Great Lakes in the winter, you can often see those special effects in real life without spending a dime. That’s exactly what photographers Thomas Zakowski and Tom Gill found when the lighthouses at the St. Joseph North Pier on the coast of Lake Michigan froze over. And thankfully, they pulled out their cameras to document nature’s frigid masterpiece. The pair of century-old lighthouses, which stand 10.5 and 17.4 metres tall, are connected by a catwalk that leads to some impressive ice sculptures when battered by winter waves. Known for their spectacular icicles, the lighthouses have become an unlikely winter destination for tourists. And based on the breathtaking images below, we can see...

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24,000-year-old Siberian boy links Europeans to Native America
Nov21

24,000-year-old Siberian boy links Europeans to Native America

The anthropological world was stunned when the recent genome study of the 24,000-year-old remains of a small Siberian boy revealed that the child was both part-Western European and modern Native American. This turns on its head the long-held notion that those who first settled the Americas (themselves descendants of Siberian populations) were related to East Asians, as well as raising questions as to when the Americas were first settled – and by which peoples. New evidence gleaned from the three-year-old Mal’ta boy found near Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia shows that the ancient Native Americans could in fact be a mixture between West Europeans and an ancient East Asian people, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The study demonstrates that as much as 30 percent of this brown-haired, freckled boy’s DNA can be found in modern Native Americans, which suggests that their modern population came directly from Siberia. The boy’s body was discovered by Russian archaeologists in the 1920s, lying under a slab of rock, wearing ancient jewelry – an ivory diadem, a bird-shaped pendant and a bead necklace – all of which point to an Upper Paleolithic European culture. Some figurines were found at the site as well. All of this was excavated by the scientists and studied for two decades, then subsequently stored in museums in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). But a team led by Danish ancient DNA expert, Eske Willersley, from the University of Copenhagen, recently got to work trying to find a direct connection between East Asia and the American Indians. The resulting research was published in the journal Nature on November 20. Willersley set about extracting mitochondrial DNA from the boy’s arm, but was underwhelmed when it turned out to belong to the U lineage – which means modern Europeans who settled on the continent over 44,000 years ago. The lineages common to Native Americans are A, B, C, D and X. But having analyzed the so-called nuclear genome, which carries more evidence of our ancestry, he told AFP that “the result came as a complete surprise to us.” Firstly, the boy was from all over Europe: the two examined genomes show that modern Europeans had traveled much father into Eurasia than we had previously assumed. Kelly Graf, an assistant professor at the Center for the Study of First Americans and Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M, who helped Willersley in his research, told Science Daily that the find “shows he had close genetic ties to today’s Native Americans and some western Eurasians… Also, he shared close genetic ties with other Ice-Age western Eurasians living in European Russia, Czech...

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Watch a City-Sized Glacier Collapse
Nov18

Watch a City-Sized Glacier Collapse

Watch a City-Sized Glacier Collapse The makers of the movie Chasing Ice were able to capture on film the largest ice calving ever witnessed by humans (so far, but that might not last the way things are going with our planet’s climate). It was the Jakobshavn Glacier (aka Ilulissat Glacier) in Western Greenland. The apocalyptic event lasted for more than an hour and when things stabilized, the glacier had retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide! I haven’t seen Chasing Ice yet, but after this, I want to! For more info, including on where you can see the film, check out the official movie website. Below is the official...

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Breaking Bad’s ‘official’ alternate ending
Nov17

Breaking Bad’s ‘official’ alternate ending

Breaking Bad’s ‘official’ alternate ending has leaked on YouTube ahead of the release of the show’s complete series box set. The AMC show’s finale aired in September but fans desperate for another piece of the hugely popular drama didn’t have to wait long. While it was originally thought the alternate ending would be a serious offering, the show’s creators instead opted for a spoof of Malcolm In The Middle. Starring Bryan Cranston, who played lead character Walter White, and his Malcolm In The Middle co-star Jane Kaczmarek, the scene shows Bryan reprising his Malcolm role as Hal and waking up to discover that the entire Breaking Bad TV series had been a dream. The complete Breaking Bad box set will be released on November...

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