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Tuesday February 28, 2012    05:20 PM
San Francisco biologists recently made a macabre discovery that might help explain the mysterious crash of honeybee populations: parasites that turn bees into zombies.

Infected bees go mad, abandoning their hive in a suicidal rush toward bright lights, according to a new study by San Francisco State researchers.

"It's the flight of the living dead," said lead investigator and biology professor John Hafernik, also president of the California Academy of Sciences.

The parasite, a tiny fly, has been found in bees from three-quarters of the 31 surveyed hives in the Bay Area -- essentially, everywhere except Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

In a plot line similar to a George Romero

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Monday February 27, 2012    05:02 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome 2012's first harbinger of the apocalypse: Jack in the Box is selling a bacon-flavored milkshake.

The Bacon Shake, available in limited-edition supply, contains vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a maraschino cherry and "bacon-flavored syrup." The Orange County Register notes that the milkshake is not listed on the restaurant's menu and was not promoted in any of the chain's Super Bowl advertisements. The under-the-radar roll-out may have something to do with the Bacon Shake's super-sized nutritional credentials: the 24-ounce cup packs in 1,081 calories and 54 grams of fat. What's more, the shake is getting panned by the fast-food intellig

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Sunday February 26, 2012    04:57 PM
We hear Baaaa but goats hear Baawww.

Goats acquire different “accents” depending on where they’re put to pasture, according to a recent study by Queen Mary University of London.

Researchers found that as goats grew older and moved with different herds, their voices changed to adopt the specific call of their new herd, the U.K. Daily Telegraph reported. That suggests a goat’s voice is not solely genetic, but is also a product of their environment.

Scientists monitored noises from half-sibling baby pygmy goats of several different herds. When the goats were one week old, their calls showed little likeness to the rest of their herd. By the fifth week, the goats’ calls were very similar

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Saturday February 25, 2012    04:53 PM
A maintenance man cleaning out a newly vacant apartment in Jonesboro, Arkansas found 25 vials of E. coli bacteria in the refrigerator, according to reports.

The vials marked “E. coli” were in a foam box in the fridge at a Willow Creek Apartments unit, The Associated Press reported. After the facilities manager alerted authorities, an Arkansas National Guard hazardous material crew removed the bacteria.

The bacteria were determined to be medical grade, Fire Battalion Chief Marty Hamrick told the Jonesboro Sun.

While E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections and pneumonia, officials determined there was not enough of a safety danger to evacuate the apartment complex, the AP

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Friday February 24, 2012    04:48 PM
And you thought "pink slime" in your hamburger sounded unnatural.

A research team that's growing beef in a petri dish instead of a cow is planning to serve the first ever lab-grown hamburger to a celebrity taster this fall.

The project is being spearheaded by Mark Post, a physiologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, and funded anonymously by an investor who thinks lab-grown meat could fundamentally alter the way food is manufactured.

The raising of livestock and production of meat have garnered attention in recent years for how much energy they use and pollution they create. But the new beef Post and his team hope to have an experimental chef grill up in October

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Thursday February 23, 2012    04:45 PM
An errant wild goose is the culprit in a Marin County wildfire. The goose is now in custody.

A goose flew into power lines in a remote area of Marin near the Gnoss Field airport and a marina, according to the Marin Independent Journal. "The goose caught on fire, and fell. The grass caught on fire. And the rest is history," said Capt. Alex Bowlds of the Novato Fire Protection District.

Firefighters were forced to travel on foot at noon on Sunday to find and extinguish the half-acre fire, according to the newspaper. When they arrived and put out the fire by 3:30 p.m., they found the goose -- "well burned, but still alive," according to authorities.

The goose was sent to the Marin Coun

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Wednesday February 22, 2012    04:39 PM
No airbags, no problem.

A Brazilian model, actress and former record holder for the world’s largest fake bosom has credited her enormous assets with saving her life.

Sheyla Hershey, of Kingwood, Texas, said her size 38KKK chest cushioned the blow from a post-Super Bowl car accident when her airbags failed to deploy. “I’m so lucky to be alive right now,” Hershey told Houston TV station Fox 26.

Hershey said she was on her way to visit family Sunday when she lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a tree.

Authorities have charged Hershey with a DWI, though she said she wasn’t drinking and passed a breathalyzer test. Hershey takes medication for bipolar disorder and depression

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Tuesday February 21, 2012    04:31 PM
He can't say he wasn't warned.

A diner at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas fell ill Saturday night while eating a three and a half pound Triple Bypass burger and had to be wheeled out on a stretcher, ABC News reported.

Laughing patrons thought the whole thing was a stunt—the restaurant is set up around an emergency room theme where waitresses in skimpy nurse uniforms serve such items as butterfat shakes and fries cooked in lard to diners donning surgical gowns. A sign outside the venue warns that "This establishment is bad for your health," and the website bills the food as "taste worth dying for."

"Doctor" Jon Basso, the restaurant's owner, said he felt bad for the customer whos

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Monday February 20, 2012    04:24 PM
Sometimes it costs more than a lot of money to get elected as the President of the United States of America.

President Barack Obama knows this all too well. While the President did raise tens of thousands of dollars on his Bay Area whirlwind tour, he worked for his money.

During his 24 hours in San Francisco, Mr. Obama shook hands, kissed babies and told strangers that he loved them, too.

But that wasn't the strangest thing. While Mr. Obama made an unannounced pit stop at a Chinatown restaurant to buy lunch for his entourage, two women took the opportunity to get up close and personal with the President.

The two women posed for separate pictures with Mr. Obama and just before th

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Sunday February 19, 2012    04:16 PM
A North Georgia judge is being investigated after pulling out a handgun in court to prove a point while a witness was testifying in a rape case,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Superior Court Judge David Barrett told the witness that she might as well shoot her lawyer because she was “killing her case.” He pretended to offer her his handgun before prosecutor Jeff Langley told the judge the move was inappropriate and asked him to put away the weapon.

“When it happened, I objected and sought to take control of the situation and terminate that conduct immediately,” Langley told the Atlanta paper.

The female victim, who had accused a Sheriff’s deputy of rape and aggravated ass

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