2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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YIR 2012: Superstorms and Scorchers
Mother Nature made her mark again this year and did so, unfortunately, in the most extreme ways: hellish heat, drought, superstorms and other wild weather events.
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- New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.
- FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
- Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease: study
People who had low birth weights and those breastfed for short periods may be more likely to develop chronic inflammation linked to heart disease in adults, a study said Wednesday. Researchers in the United States found a "significant" association in almost 7,000 people between birth weight or duration of breastfeeding and higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation, in blood samples of young adults. The protein is produced by the liver and levels increase when a person suffers from inflammation. "Each pound of additional birth weight predicted a CRP concentration that was five percent lower," said a statement from Northwestern University, whose experts took part in the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
- New York teen gamer latest victim of 'swatting,' police say
- Milky Way's Structure Mapped in Unprecedented Detail
Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like. "We are fairly confident that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but we don't know much in detail. At the most basic level, we'd like to be able to make a map that would show in detail what it looks like," said Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the new study. Using the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a system of 10 radio telescopes spanning the globe from Hawaii to New England to the Virgin Islands, and operated in Socorro, N.M., Reid’s team studied masers — naturally occurring sources of laser-like radio waves from clouds of gas near luminous stars — to map our galaxy in unprecedented detail. "Mark Reid's paper presents the most precise data we have on the dynamics and structure of the Milky Way galaxy," said Harvard theorist Avi Loeb, who did not take part in the study.
- Young Money Talks an Old-School Game in Washington
- Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
- Verizon’s Galaxy S5 plagued with huge bug that has no fix
Many eager Samsung fans who finally got their hands on the company’s latest and greatest after months of leaks and rumors have been greeted with an unpleasant surprise: A huge bug in Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S5 is rendering the device’s camera completely unusable, and it has no known fix. As noted by SamMobile, several users have taken to the XDA Developers forum and other websites to discuss a troubling bug that is impacting some Galaxy S5 devices. Seemingly without cause, several users are seeing the device’s camera fail with they try to launch the app. The message “Warning: Camera Failed” is displayed on the screen and unfortunately, it looks like there is no way to fix the issue. Users have