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Mexican farmer immolates self during protest

Posted in News with tags on December 9, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Mexican farmer immolates self during protest

Associated Press

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — A young farmer in southern Mexico set himself on fire outside the Chiapas state legislature building to demand the release of his father, an indigenous leader who was arrested last year on charges stemming from a series of demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent.

Agustin Gomez Perez, 21, lay down and allowed another protester to douse him with gasoline and set it alight Friday in the state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez. He was taken to a hospital, and his stepmother, Araceli Diaz, said Saturday that he was “serious but stable” condition with second- and third-degree burns.

Gomez Perez and other indigenous farmers have been protesting last year’s jailing of his father, Florentino Gomez Giron. The father is charged with murder, stealing cattle, organized crime and causing 39 families to flee the Ixtapa municipality as a result of leading indigenous protests in 2011 to demand improved basic services. The protests culminated in violence that included the destruction of police cars and the burning of the Ixtapa town hall.

The human rights office of the Chiapas state government issued a statement lamenting Gomez Perez’s immolation and saying it would seek to discourage “acts that put at risk the lives of protesters.”

Authorities said the father remains in prison.


Is 8-Year-Old Kristina Pimenova the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?

Posted in News with tags on December 9, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Is 8-Year-Old Kristina Pimenova the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?

Underage girls working in the fashion industry isn’t new. But after years of consciously discouraging the sexualization of young girls and promoting fair treatment and healthy lifestyles for minors, it comes as a bit of a shock that Kristina Pimenova is being dubbed the “most beautiful girl in the world” at just eight years old.

Born in 2005 in Moscow, Russia, Pimenova started modeling at the age of three, scoring contracts with Armani, Benetton, Fendi, and Roberto Cavalli’s children’s lines. She landed the cover of Vogue Bambini, herFacebook fan page has more than 2 million likes, and her Instagram handle, which is managed by her mother, has 416,000 followers.

Related: Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, Cara Delevingne and Angelina Jolie Were Child Models!

Of course, children have always worked as models, butPimenova’s case is especially disconcerting thanks to her massive social media following, which opens her up to trolling on an international scale. Many commenters have called her a “babe,” “flawless,” and are even making remarks on her long legs and other body parts. Not even old enough to walk down the aisle, Pimenova has even received marriage proposals.


But Pimenova, and more specifically her mother, Glikeriya Shirokova, who is also a model, has come under fire following recent media attention. “My child would never ever ever ever ever wear shorts this tight and small—ever,” one Instagram user wrote. Another said, “Parents like you are the reason why girls grow up to have many issues… also there are so many sick people out [there] that look at these in sexual ways.” One even called the provocative photos a “pedophile’s dream.”

In response to the criticism, Shirkova told MailOnline: “You must think like a pedophile in order to see something sexual in these pictures, so it is time for you to see a doctor.” She insists that all the photographs are completely innocent and despite claims that she’s exploiting her daughter’s beauty for personal gain, she insists the problem is with people who have their own personal and possibly psychological issues. “I do not accept those accusations about sexualization of my child,” she said.

NASA craft to probe Pluto after nine-year journey

Posted in THE UNIVERSE & SPACE SCIENCE with tags on December 9, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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NASA craft to probe Pluto after nine-year journey


Washington (AFP) – An American probe that will explore Pluto woke up from its slumber Saturday, after a nine-year journey to take a close look at the distant body for the first time.

“New Horizons is healthy and cruising quietly through deep space, nearly three billion miles from home, but its rest is nearly over,” said Alice Bowman, the craft’s operations manager at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory outside Washington.

The probe came out of hibernation and transmitted a message to Earth.

New Horizons was launched in January 2006 and was in hibernation for 1,873 days, about two thirds of its journey, to preserve the craft’s electric power and minimize resources needed to monitor it.

During its trip, NASA engineers woke the craft every few months to check if its systems were still functioning.

The craft’s computer has also been sending a weekly message to Earth that travels four hours to get here.

It aims to study Pluto, an icy body with several moons near the outer reaches of our solar system.

New Horizons begins its exploration of Pluto in January at a distance of about 260 million kilometers (160 million miles) from the body.

The probe will pass closest to Pluto, which travels on an elliptical orbit, in July, just before it ends its research.

During its mission, New Horizons will collect data on Pluto’s topography and its largest moon Charon, giving astronomers an up-close look at the dim surfaces that are difficult to see from Earth.

The craft carries onboard seven instruments including infrared and ultraviolet spectrometers, a multicolor camera, a high-resolution telescopic camera and a space dust detector.

All of the instruments aboard New Horizons draw power from a radioisotope thermoelectric generator, which provides less power than a pair of 100-watt light bulbs, scientists said.

After New Horizons finishes its six-month investigation of Pluto, it will pass near other objects in the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of debris left over from the solar system’s birth 4.6 billion years ago.

Scientists identified three possible objects in the Kuiper Belt, about 1.5 billion kilometers from Pluto, that New Horizons could also investigate.

Pluto is about 2,300 kilometers in diameter, smaller than Earth’s moon, and has a mass about 500 times less than Earth.

Pluto and its five moons circle the sun every 247.7 years.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union withdrew Pluto’s status as a planet given its small size, reclassifying it as a dwarf planet and leaving the solar system with eight planets.


Mysterious ‘Ghost’ Ship Rediscovered Near Hawaii

Posted in UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY with tags on December 9, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Mysterious ‘Ghost’ Ship Rediscovered Near Hawaii

A “ghost ship” that has been lost beneath the waves for more than 60 years has been discovered nearly a half-mile below the ocean surface off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

A small submersible vehicle came upon theshipwreck last year, researchers at the University of Hawaii announced today (Dec. 5). Despite being torpedoed after World War II, many parts of the ship, including the ship’s wheel, are still in their original locations.

“The upper deck structures from the bow to the stern were well-preserved and showed no sign of torpedo damage,” Terry Kerby, a submersible pilot with the university’s Hawai’i Undersea Research Laboratory, said in a statement. [Shipwrecks Gallery: Secrets of the Deep]

Vast submarine network

The ship, then called the Dickenson, first set sail in early 1923 as part of a fleet of ships that maintained the growing submarine telecommunications network at the time. The ship set out from Chester, Pennsylvania, as part of the Commercial Pacific Cable Company fleet, and arrived in Hawaii in July of that year.

The Dickenson ferried supplies and patched up cables at the remote Midway and Fanning Islands from 1923 to 1941. Then, soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Dickenson evacuated British employees of the telecommunications company Cable and Wireless Ltd., from Midway Island, ferrying them back to Oahu. Some of the evacuees even spotted a submarine tailing their ship, before American ships chased it away.                                   Mysterious 'Ghost' Ship Rediscovered Near HawaiiThe U.S.S. Kailua when it was still in operation in 1943..

During the war, the Midway Island telecommunications hub stopped functioning, and the Dickenson was renamed the U.S.S. Kailua and was sent to maintain cables in other locales in the South Pacific.

After the war, the ship returned to Pearl Harbor, but neither the Navy nor its original owners wanted it. On Feb. 7, 1946, the ship was torpedoed and sunk into the deep waters off Oahu, but no one recorded its final resting place.

“From her interisland service to her role in Pacific communications and then World War II, Dickenson today is like a museum exhibit resting in the darkness, reminding us of these specific elements of Pacific history,” said Hans Van Tilburg, a researcher with the maritime heritage program in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Marine Sanctuaries.

Easy ID

The team came across the WWII ship by accident last year. The shipwreck was about 2,000 feet (609 meters) below the water’s surface and was still sitting upright, with its lone mast still pointing upward and the wheel still intact.

“It is always a thrill when you are closing in on a large sonar target with the Pisces submersible, and you don’t know what big piece of history is going to come looming out of the dark,” Kerby said.

Almost everything on the ship was still in place, and the identification was easy — the navy ship number, IX-71, was still visible on the ship’s bow.

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Complete Skeleton Of Tiny Dinosaur Discovered In South Korea Tiny Dinosaur

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Complete Skeleton Of Tiny Dinosaur Discovered In South Korea     Tiny Dinosaur

Every year, archaeologists find new and exciting discoveries on species that lived eras in the past. The most monumental finds are always associated with dinosaurs. In that respect, the Inquisitr reported on such amazing finds like the footprints pointing to a mystery mammal that lived during the time of dinosaurs. With each new discovery, we learn more about dinosaurs, such as the possibility that they looked more like “Big Bird” than a “big lizard.” Maybe that’s why many experts complain about the inaccurate portrayal of said dinosaurs in the upcoming film, Jurassic World.

Now there are reports of a discovery of a complete dinosaur skeleton discovered in South Korea. What is unique about this skeleton is it isn’t huge, as in the stereotypical visualization most people have when they think of dinosaurs. The skeleton is quite small, like “house pet” small.

According to the original article by Korea JoongAng Daily, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) announced the fossilized skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur was discovered. Lim Jong-deock, the chief curator of the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, was able to give initial data on the find.

“Based on the findings so far, we assume that the dinosaur is something close to a Microraptor or others in the raptor genera. However, it’s uncertain at this stage exactly which type of dinosaur it was, and there is a chance that it is a new type that hasn’t been reported to academia as of yet.”

Microraptors are bird-like dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period that measure between 77 to 90 centimeters (30 to 35 inches). They weight about one or two kilograms (2.2 or 4.4 pounds), have feathered wings, and were the smallest carnivorous dinosaurs believed to have eaten insects and other animals. It should be noted that the complete specimen found only measured 28 centimeters in total body length. Because of how short the length was, more tests are being done to figure out if the bones belonged to a matured, adult dinosaur.MicroraptorThe fossilized skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur found in Hadong County, South Gyeongsang. (via CHA)

Huffington Post followed-up with more details on how the fossil was discovered. It was last October when a man went fishing in Hadong County, South Gyeongsang, and found it. He reported his findings to state authorities. After a preliminary analysis co-conducted by the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and the Korea Geological Heritage Research Institute of Chinju National University of Education, it was concluded the fossils indeed came from a dinosaur that walked upright on two-legs.

What do you think about the discovery of a complete skeleton of a Microraptor? Do you find it exciting there were such dinosaurs the size of “house pets” back in prehistoric times, or do you find it disturbing (especially if they were to be alive today)?

[Featured image via Bing and Post image via CHA]