It's been fifty years since a woman was first launched into space, according to The Huffington Post:
Sunday (June 16) marks the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's landmark 1963 flight, which launched her into history as the first woman to fly to space — only two years after Yuri Gagarin performed the first spaceflight ever in 1961. Tereshkova circled the Earth 48 times during her time as the pilot onboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft.
Today, 57 of the 534 people that have flown to space are women, according to space history and artifacts expert Robert Pearlman, editor of collectSPACE.com.
Should we start popping champagne, or is there more to worry about?
Everyday it seems that today’s youth are coming up with challenges that are deadlier than ever! First there was the ‘cinnamon challenge. Then there was the ‘hot sauce challenge’. Now, a 19-year-old has survived a dangerous sodium overdose after drinking more than a quart of soy sauce on a dare!
After drinking a quart of the sodium-heavy condiment, the teenager slipped into coma with seizure-like activity. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he was suffering from hypernatremia, a metabolic condition in which there is a salt imbalance in the bodily fluids.
Eventually doctors determined that he had ingested 160 to 170 grams of sodium from the soy sauce, a potentially lethal dose for his weight and build. He had effectively overdosed on sodium.
While death from sodium is incredibly rare, it is not unheard of. Read more at Yahoo! News
The Northwest Houston community of Oak Forest is the first neighborhood in the country to benefit from the Armed Citizen Project, a Houston based nonprofit that gives free shotguns to single women and residents of neighborhoods with high crime rates…And this is a good thing?
The organization, which plans to offer training classes in
While there are many is
What are your thoughts on the Armed Citizen Project? Read More At Yahoo! News
Talk about reaching…In response to First Lady Michelle Obama confronting a heckler at a recent speaking engagement, Conservative radio host and republican mouthpiece Glenn Beck called the First Lady a “monster”!
Ellen Sturtz, who is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist had engaged Mrs. Obama and heckled her at a private Democratic National Committee fundraising event.
After viewing the confrontation Beck exclaimed; this woman's a monster. She is Lady Macbeth. She is a frightening woman."
Has Glen Back gone too far? Watch The Video Below:
Proponents for the legalization of marijuana have a new dog in the fight…Literally. Yes, leading the charge in Medical Marijuana for Canines is the
Veterinarian Doug Kramer considers his work to be “enlightened”, even naming his clinic the Enlightened Veterinary Therapeutics. When hearing about his out-of-the-box methodolgy, it’s hard to argue.
Dr. Kramer administers medical marijuana to dogs, especially those with late-staged cancer. He does so in his clinic, and is undeniably vocal about it. He’s not hiding what he’s doing, and instead is making sure to spread the word as far and wide as he can.
Would you treat man’s best friend with medical marijuana? Read more at The Weed Blog
NPR is reporting that Starbucks will no longer allow smoking outside of its stores:
Starbucks is moving its smoking ban outdoors.
Starting Saturday, according to signs posted in its more than 7,000 shops across the U.S. and Canada, "the no-smoking policy ... will include outdoor areas."
"Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of the store and within outdoor seating areas," the notices read.
Have we trampled on smoker's rights too often? Or does their gross habit deserve to be marginalized?
These days, just about anything involving space and animals will go viral. The Huffington Post reports:
Is that a rat... on Mars?!
Yes, according to a theory from one determined man in Japan who recently scoured dozens of NASA photos taken by the space agency's Mars Curiosity rover. A post on UFO Sightings Daily shows the "Mars rat," which appears to be a creature with legs and a tail among rocks on the planet.
As the blog notes, the figure "seems to resemble a rodent but also may be a lizard."
The alleged Mars rat should not be confused with a similar sighting first pointed out in December: An image taken by the Curiosity rover at the "Rocknest" site in September shows a rodent-like figure that most closely resembles a squirrel. However, as UFO Sightings Daily notes, that observation may have been staged by NASA as part of an experiment.
Do you see a rat?
Call 2013 the year of ricin. From POLITICO:
A ricin-laced letter addressed to President Barack Obama was intercepted before reaching the president, the Secret Service confirmed Thursday. The letter was similar to those sent last week to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the gun control group he backs.
“The White House mail screening facility intercepted a letter addressed to the White House that were similar to letters previously addressed to Mayor Bloomberg in New York,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement to POLITICO. “This letter has been turned over to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.”
Are you concerned about this trend?
From the AP:
It was an audacious idea that came to symbolize Israel's self-described status as "Start-Up Nation," a company that believed it could replace most gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles and reduce the world's reliance on oil — and all within a few years.
But it all came crashing down.
The company, Better Place, started out as a source of pride and a symbol of Israel's status as a global high-tech power, but it suffered from a local brand of hubris and overreach. On Sunday, it announced plans to liquidate after burning through almost a billion dollars and failing to sell its silent fleet of French-made sedans to a skeptical public.
"This is a very sad day for all of us. We stand by the original vision as formulated by Shai Agassi of creating a green alternative that would lessen our dependence on highly polluting transportation technologies," the company said. "Unfortunately, the path to realizing that vision was difficult, complex and littered with obstacles, not all of which we were able to overcome."
It capped a stunning fall from grace for Better Place and its founder Agassi, a former high-tech whiz kid who sought to change the world by building a revolutionary network of battery-swapping stations.
Is this sad? Or just capitalism at work?