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Your Daily Science: Black Hole Devours Star

If you got a rush watching sharks prey on lesser forms of sea life during Shark Week, wait until you see what happens when predators attack in space. For the first time ever, a NASA satellite caught this massive black hole — about one million times bigger than our sun — devouring an unlucky star, Swift J1644+57, that got in its way. Until now, scientists had only theorized about how how black holes fed on matter; this is the first time they’ve been able to witness it. That is some crazy s**t! May I humbly suggest a Space Week on the Discovery Channel? [MSNBC] Keep reading »

The Diamond Planet Is A Girl’s Best Friend

Oh hey, what’s happening in space? Nothing maj, except astronomers discovered a planet made of SOLID DIAMONDS! Go and get that planet, girl! No, for real, before Mariah Carey finds a way to blast Nick Cannon off in a spaceship to go diamond mining for her, the planet is around 4,000 light years away and consists of pure carbon hardened into a crystalline pattern. It’s apparently stuck inside a tight orbit around a distant star. “The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon — i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun,” said Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. The tiny planet makes its orbit every two hours or so, and has been found to be around the same mass as Jupiter, but around 20 times as dense. So think tiny, compact and full o’ glittering diamonds. And oh yeah, way, way out of reach. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Forget Dogs, Get A Pet Llama

Dogs are so over. It’s all about pet llamas now. A UK couple proved that llamas can do what dogs do, maybe even more. Tim and Terri Crowfoot managed to train their pack of seven pet llamas — David, Dillon, Thomas, Oscar, Toby, Mary, and Ann — how to do all sorts of dog tricks like fetching, sitting, rolling over, shaking. They can even pull carts and jump through hoops! If you thought of llamas as spitting camel cousins with funny hairdos, think again. Llamas are highly intelligent according to the Crowfoots. They communicate by humming (hey, me too!) and using a series of body, ear, and tail postures, which has made it possible to train them so well. And they’re friendly! “They love playing fetch — their little faces just light up. Our friends think it’s hilarious — but as long as the llamas are happy and having fun, then so are we … The llamas can now do everything your average dog can do, and more,” the proud owners bragged. Okay. Sold! Pet llama it is. I can dye its hair and make it pull me around in a wagon. I just have to figure out where my llama is going to sleep. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: NYPD Officer Being Investigated For Unsolved Rapes

  • Last week, New York City police officer officer Michael Pena was charged with allegedly grabbing a 25-year-old woman off the street, flashing his gun, and raping her in her yard. Pena was caught, literally with his pants down, when a neighbor saw the sexual assault from her window and called 911. Now the NYPD is investigating several other unsolved rape cases and seeing if his DNA matches any that was retrieved from a rape kit in those other incidents. The police commissioner would not comment on the specific reasons certain cases were being examined. However, another NYPD official indicated that a stranger rape on the street is relatively uncommon — most rapes are committed by individuals who know each other — so those may be the types of cases the police department is examining. Regardless, it’s very unnerving a cop allegedly did this. [New York Times]
  • The rate of unintended pregnancies among low-income women is on the rise, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Wait, you mean abstinence-only sex education and funding cuts for family planning services means people get pregnant? [Think Progress]
  • Blogger LaToya Peterson at the blog Racialicious reacts to this New York magazine piece on all the (skinny, white) women in the fall TV lineup. [Racialicious]

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Paintball Shot Ruptures Woman’s Fake Boob

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Important life lesson: if you’ve got two sacks of silicone dangling from your chest, do not put yourself near things flying through the air at 190 mph. Sadly, that is a lesson that one 26-year-old woman in the UK had to learn firsthand. This young filly was shot in the breast while playing paintball and saw a doctor a few days later when the pain had not subsided. It turns out her breast implant had ruptured from the force of the paintball, which is allegedly the first-recorded injury of this kind. UKPaintball in South London, the scene of the crime, is keen for this incident to be the last. “We want to ensure nothing like this happens ever again,” a spokesman told The Sun UK. “We’re now providing additional padding around the chest region to any surgically enhanced female participants. They just need to contact their local venue, tell them they have fake breasts, let them know their bra size and then the centre will take care of the rest.” I cannot tell if that last part is tongue-in-cheek. Do they really think women want to be known around the paintball field as The Chick With Fake Boobs Who Needs Extra Padding? [The Sun UK] Keep reading »

Switzerland’s Sex Ed Involves A Wooden Penis And A Fabric Vagina

In America, sex education is whatever the religious right says it is. But in Switzerland kids ages four to 10 get their sex education with a wooden penis and a fabric vagina which teachers use to “show that contacting body parts can be pleasurable.” Another part of the teacher’s guide instructs kids to learn about pleasure while they rub themselves with warm sand bags while listening to soft music. Keep reading »

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