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BASE jumper's terrifying 1,000-foot fall caught on GoPro

For many of us, the video below of Matthew Gough falling 1,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned during a BASE jump is like watching a common nightmare brought to life.<p>Remarkably, the video bears even more similarities to that horrible falling dream than first meets the eye, in that in the …

Red Wings' quick burst downs Blackhawks

DETROIT - Before the Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings series started, the question was whether Detroit's power play would work against top-seeded Chicago's effective penalty killing.<p>The Blackhawks have indeed shut down Detroit's power play, but inexplicably they haven't been able to out-produce …

Winterhawks win over Knights creates four-way deadlock at Memorial Cup

After seeing their three-goal lead evaporate, the Portland Winterhawks' quick-strike offence ensured the race for the MasterCard Memorial Cup title is still wide open.<p>Derrick Pouliot and Chase De Leo scored 23 seconds apart in the third period Monday as Portland picked up its first win at the …

New York Rangers' John Tortorella Has Overstayed His Welcome

The time, ladies and gentlemen, is fast approaching. If the New York Rangers' organization expects to realize the full potential of a host of young and talented players and capitalize on an all-world, in-his-prime goalie in Henrik Lundqvist, John Tortorella, their feisty, brusque, irreverent and …

Iranian Scientist Says He Has A Future-Predicting Machine

We see no reason to doubt this.<p>Ali Razeghi, a 27-year-old businessman and scientist in Tehran, has registered "The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine" with Iran's Center for Strategic Inventions.<p>Razeghi told a state news agency that the machine can "predict five to eight years of the future life of any …

Today is the last day of the International Dark Sky Week! Unfortunately I've been swamped with my upcoming projects I haven't had time to post here in a few days. From the comments I've read on earlier posts, some people don't understand why losing the dark matters. Light pollution interferes with living systems in many ways, causing, for example, sea turtles to lose their way to the sea, migrating birds to become confused and strike buildings, and plant seasonal cycles to be disturbed. It also affects human hormone cycles and our day-and-night cycles of sleep and wakefulness. Using light carelessly wastes energy, resources used to make the energy, and interferes with everyone’s visibility not only of stars but also of things on the ground that we need to see. The last image, or images I would like to share in honor of IDSWeek is a body of work by the artist Thierry Cohen (http://thierrycohen.com/). He photographs major cities, noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposures. He then shoots the sky at the same angles from remote places at the same latitude, and digitally combines the images to show what the night sky would look like if we could turn off the lights. I want to thank the International Dark-Sky Association for all of their support and hard work promoting dark sky awareness! Celebrate the Night! Light Right! http://www.darksky.org/resources/109-international-dark-sky-week Goldpaint Photography www.goldpaintphotography.com For more information, please read below. Light pollution and human health In the USA today, 56% of children between the ages of 8 and 12 own their own cell phone and many are able to download and use astronomy apps. However, only 1% of those children will be able to see the majority of the objects shown by those apps because of light pollution. This makes for many disappointed, and disillusioned children; uninspired to pursue science. Not only is that frightening from a social and cultural standpoint, it is also terrifying as a health concern. Being exposed to light at night continues to be shown as a factor leading to health problems including obesity, depression, and even cancer, among others. Glare on the Eyes Bright points of light from poorly designed roadway lighting produce a condition known as “disability glare.” Disability glare is so intense that it causes us to avert our eyes from the veil of light being scattered across our retinas. This condition can temporarily cast everything except the light source into virtual invisibility. Older drivers are especially vulnerable to disability glare, because as we age the eye loses its ability to quickly adjust to changing levels of illumination. Fully shielded roadway lighting reduces this hazard and creates a safe and more pleasant driving experience by distributing the light evenly. Circadian Rhythm The 24-hour day/night cycle, known as the circadian clock, affects physiologic processes in almost all organisms, including humans. These processes include brain wave patterns, hormone production (melatonin), cell regulation and other biologic activities. Disruption of these rhythms can result in insomnia, depression, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. In 2012 the American Medical Association has recognized light at night as a carcinogen and a health risk. More information may be found at: http://www.darksky.org/assets/documents/AMA_2012_report.pdf Melatonin Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone which is released by darkness and inhibited by light. It serves many functions in the human body, primarily regulating the daily cycles of our systemic activities. Reduction or elimination of light at night can help maintain a robust melatonin rhythm. While any kind of light can interfere with melatonin production, the short wavelength, blue portion of the spectrum is the most potent for melatonin suppression in humans. Sleep disorders Exposure to the artificially extended daytime of our lighted modern world can lead to desynchornization of our internal rhythms. According to the National Institution of Health (NIH), a shift in our clocks impairs our ability to sleep and wake at the appropriate times and leads to a decrease in cognitive and motor skills. A good night’s sleep helps reduce weight gain, stress, depression, and the onset of diabetes. The NIH believes humans function best when they sleep at night and act in the daytime. If outdoor light is shining into your window and disrupting your sleep, it is recommend you block out the light or request that the light be shielded for everyone’s benefit. Emerging Research

UFC: Benson Henderson, 'I Like Fighting on the Biggest Platform and That's Fox'

UFC title matches are usually reserved for headlining pay-per-view events, but that isn't the case for UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.<p>The UFC champ last defended his title at a UFC on Fox event in December and will be facing Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez later this month. The …

Penguins captain Crosby named NHL’s first star for March

Sidney Crosby's broken jaw was the unfortunate end of an otherwise spectacular month.<p>The NHL named Crosby the first star for the month after the Penguins captain's 25 points in 15 games helped Pittsburgh go undefeated in March.<p>Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban was named second star, while Columbus …

How smell might be the next big thing in advertising

Smell-O-Vision may be coming to a billboard near you<p>A team of Japanese researchers has been working on developing a new system, the "smelling screen," that releases scents into the air with directional accuracy. Augmenting our audio-visual experiences with odor isn't a new idea — theaters …

Islanders vs. Penguins - Game Recap - March 30, 2013 - ESPN

PITTSBURGH -- Despite losing their captain, the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to finish the month unbeaten.<p>Pittsburgh, gearing for a run at the …

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The Wonderful World Of Whisky Art

Ernie Button was putting a Scotch glass left out overnight into the dishwasher when he noticed something — a white, chalky film on the bottom of the glass. He held it up to the light and, upon closer inspection, could see a series of fine, lacy lines running along the inside of the glass.<p>As a …

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NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Ryan Whitney and More

With the amount of rumors surrounding Ryan Whitney of the Edmonton Oilers, it would be a shock if he didn't go somewhere.<p>He is not the only player in this situation. With the April 3 trade deadline bearing down on us, the chatter is picking up.<p>Here is the latest on three players who could be on …