Posts by Eric Pfeiffer
- Yahoo News13 hrs ago
On May 20, 17-year-old Zach Sobiech passed away after a long battle with osteosarcoma. But before he died, the aspiring musician created a heartfelt and uplifting song about his struggle, titled “ Clouds,” that has been heard by millions.
“You can either sit in your basement and wait. Or you can get out there and do some crazy stuff,” Sobiech said months before his death. “My closure is being able to get my feelings into these songs.”
But his story was far from over.
On Thursday, 5,000 people gathered in the Mall of America forming an enormous choir honoring Zach Sobiech. They re-created “Clouds” with thousands of voices singing his song in harmony with his family and friends.
The event was organized as part of Ryan & Shannon's KS95 for Kids Radiothon. The station was the first to air “Clouds” a year ago, on December 6, 2012.
- Yahoo News14 hrs ago
In November, NASA released some incredible composite photographs of Saturn taken from the Cassini spacecraft. In some of the images, you can see streams of liquid erupting from the planet.
This week, NASA has topped that with its most detailed movie of the “hexagon jet stream” erupting from the ringed planet, creating a giant storm that might be hundreds of years old.
The movie shows a complete view of the top of Saturn. And in the middle of it all is the hexagon, a giant 20,000-mile-wide jet stream of winds racing at 200 mph.
It’s a storm that NASA says truly stands alone in the entire solar system.
- Yahoo News2 days ago
A group of young men have turned an attempted good deed gone wrong into an even better cause: helping to raise money for a Mom suffering from breast cancer.
Back in October, a trio of young California men who host an online dating show came up with an original idea to raise money for breast cancer research. The video went viral, getting 4.5 million views. The video (which you can view here) is mildly suggestive and may be offensive to some.
But since the very thing that made the video a hit also made it controversial to some, the charity they gave their money to returned the donation.
Undeterred, the three young men (Kong, Jesse and Jason) decided to put their fundraising dollars to work.
“We read all of your comments and one suggestion kept popping up,” Kong says in the video. “Why don’t we give the money to someone who has breast cancer who really needs it?”
- Dylan Stableford and Tim Skillern at Yahoo News2 days ago
One of the biggest public supporters of the Affordable Care Act has reportedly decided that some of his staff should be exempted from the new law.
CNN reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
That’s right, even House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who have voted against the healthcare law dozens of times, have told their staff to sign up for insurance plans through the federal exchange.
The news will likely provide another talking point to critics of the healthcare law, commonly known as Obamacare. After all, members of Congress and their staff are not only required to buy insurance through the exchanges, they must buy plans in the “gold” tier, the second most-expensive option available.
- Yahoo News3 days ago
“ Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. " — Han Solo “Star Wars: A New Hope”
Especially when they’re worth more than $200,000.
Sure, Han Solo is used to having a price on his head. But now, instead of being pursued by the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunters, he’s the target of geeks hoping to get their hands on his famed blaster.
The resin-based blaster may appear crude and clumsy when compared to that more famous, elegant weapon from a more civilized age. But the prop gun used by Harrison Ford in the original “Star Wars” trilogy films “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” has been put up for auction — and the minimum asking price is $200,000.
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- Yahoo News3 days ago
This was the seventh official launch in the Falcon 9 series and takes SpaceX, run by founder Elon Musk, one step closer to its ultimate goal of transporting humans into space by 2017.
The successful launch came from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday afternoon after two previous attempts were canceled in recent weeks.
"The entry of SpaceX into the commercial market is a game-changer," SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell said in a recent teleconference. "It's going to really shake the industry to its roots."
- Yahoo News3 days ago
It’s been a good year for Eminem, with a top selling and critically acclaimed new album. And the iconic rap star has decided to give back to his hometown of Detroit, offering to match up to $100,000 in donations given to a local charity.
And on the same day that a federal judge said Detroit's bankruptcy case can go forward, the city could use some good news.
Eminem shared his offer with his 16 million Twitter followers as part of the #GivingTuesday trending topic on the social media site, saying the donations would go to Wolverine Human Services, a fund that provides “safety, sustenance, and nurturing and therapeutic intervention to children.”
- Yahoo News9 days ago
A Texas schoolteacher who wrote a letter highly critical of President Obama’s health care law was surprised when the president himself wrote back defending his policies but admitting that health care “wasn’t the smart political thing!”
Just like every commander in chief before him, Obama has his share of critics. And in the Internet age, those critics have been given a bigger voice than ever before.
But what do you when the president writes back? The New York Post reports that fifth-grade schoolteacher Thomas J. Ritter was shocked to receive a handwritten response from Obama that reads in part:
“I believe that health care reform will be the right thing for the country . . . It certainly wasn’t the smart ‘political’ thing! And I hope that in the months to come, you will keep an open mind and evaluate it based not on the political attacks but on what it does or doesn’t do to improve people’s lives. Sincerely, Barack Obama.”
- Yahoo News9 days ago
A California businessman says he has invented a new way of consuming marijuana that could change people’s attitudes and habits when it comes to the increasingly popular herb.
The pro-pot movement has made leaps and bounds in recent years. An October Gallup Poll for the first time found a majority of American voters favoring legalization of marijuana. Even former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively recently announced he wants to get into the medical marijuana business.
Still, not everyone is convinced.
The world of weed, including medical marijuana, remains largely shrouded in mystery. Even potential medical cannabis patients say they are denied potential health benefits, because their health conditions prevent them from ingesting or smoking it.
But what if there was a way to use medical marijuana without the negative physical side effects of smoking?
- Yahoo News13 days ago
David Amaya Barrick was still a toddler when his dad took him from his birthplace in Chicago across the border to Mexico. And now, more than 30 years since they last saw each other, Barrick and his mother have been brought back together in an emotional reunion.
“I love you and I'm very happy to see you, and I'm not going to let you go," were the words Kathy Amaya told her son when they were reunited on Saturday in San Diego.
The meeting was not a simple one to arrange. The pair had not been in contact since Barrick was moved to Mexico when he was between 2 and 3 years old. Amaya said she attempted to track him down over the years but was unable to reach him through her now ex-husband or her mother-in-law.