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  • A sign outside of Facebook headquarters (Atlantic Wire)It was literally a one in ten million chance when Paul Zamecnik was matched up with a stem cell donor who could finally help the 53-year-old Virginia man get a sustainable treatment for his leukemia.

    But after the potential donor failed to show up for his scheduled appointment, Zamecnik has been forced to turn to Facebook in a desperate attempt to find the man who could literally save his life.

    "Basically I'm a really good candidate for a transplant. The only thing I'm missing is a donor," Zamecnik told a Virginia NBC affiliate.

    "I have no way of knowing who it is and where he lives," Zamecnik said. "The donor programs keep all that at an arm's length. But I sure would love to get him to change his mind.”

    To that end, Zamecnik has started a Facebook page, which he hopes will eventually put him in touch with the anonymous donor – about which Zamecnik knows very little – only that he is a 25-year-old man living in the U.S.

    "After all, we are only 6 degrees of separation from everyone in

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  • NASA has released a series of new photos taken by its Curiosity rover that appear to show a “flower” on the surface of Mars.’s photo blog reports that the photos were taken as part of an effort to capture 360-degree images during Curiosity’s trek through Mars’ Yellowknife Bay.

    New Jersey-based journalist and photographer Ken Kramer has assembled the Curiosity photographs, adding color to give a realistic view of what the rover is seeing on the planet’s surface.

    But what has really caught people’s attention is a raw image from NASA’s photo feed that one reader on Above Top Secret has called a “Martian flower.” On the posting, the commenter going by the name “Arken,” writes: “The Albedo (or Reflectivity of Sun Light) of this object is very high, and its translucent appearance, the irregular conformation (like pistils) and the 'texture' of its wider areas is smooth, and seem that it is ground attached. This is the SECOND TRANSLUCENT ANOMALY detected by Curiosity in Gale

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  • The guitar case for a 1965 Gibson ES-335 is seen stuck in a Delta gate. (Dave Schneider/Facebook)

    It was a musician's worst nightmare.

    At least that's how Dave Schneider, guitarist and singer for Hanukkah-themed rock band The LeeVees, described it when his guitar—a 1965 Gibson ES-335—got jammed in an elevator by baggage handlers at a Detroit airport.

    Schneider was traveling with fellow LeeVees guitarist Adam Gardner from Portland, Maine, to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a gig last month at a conservative temple when their flight was diverted to Rochester, N.Y., due to bad weather, causing them to miss their connection in Philadelphia, Pa. They then drove to Buffalo, N.Y., to hop on a plane destined for Detroit, Mich., where they planned to make a connecting flight to Tampa, Fla.

    While boarding in Buffalo, Schneider says he asked Delta staffers not to check in the vintage guitar—which he estimates is worth about $10,000—and allow him to carry it on the plane and place it in an available space, as he did on the flight from Portland.

    "I've always carried it on," Schneider, who also tours as the lead singer of the hockey-themed rock group the Zambonis, told Yahoo News. "Never been a problem before."

    Schneider says he even showed them a link to a story about Congress passing the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that made it easier for musicians to fly with their instruments—allowing them to purchase an extra seat on the plane for their fragile instruments.

    But he was denied.

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    When their plane landed in Detroit, Schneider says, "I had a bad feeling." He whipped out his iPhone and started filming.

    As the pair of rockers waited at the gate for their checked guitars, Schneider asked a member of the flight crew to check on his prized ax as it was being removed from the plane. "He did and said it would be fine," Schneider recalled. But as the musicians waited for the luggage to appear, they could hear a screeching noise coming from the elevator.

    "It was this crazy sound," Schneider said. "Metal on metal."

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