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Started 1/25/18 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 52400 views.
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/14/18

Oxford student uses ordinary camera to capture atom in prize-winning photograph

A photo taken of a single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields

A British student has used an ordinary camera and tripod to capture a prizewinning photograph of a single atom.

The long exposure photograph was taken by University of Oxford student David Nadlinger through a window of a ultra-high vacuum chamber.

Apart from using a lens accessory that increases the focal length of an existing lens, much of the camera technology Mr Nadlinger used was simplistic.

But the scientific process behind capturing the atom in the photo was much more complex.

The single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields, was illuminated by a laser of a blue-violet colour which caused the atom to absorb and re-emit light quickly enough for an ordinary camera to capture it in a long exposure photograph.

Mr Nadlinger was able to zoom in close enough to capture the atom, which was held between two needle tips about 2 millimetres apart.

The resulting image named Single Atom in an Ion Trap came first in the Equipment and Facilities category of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's national science photography competition.

"The idea of being able to see a single atom with the naked eye had struck me as a wonderfully direct and visceral bridge between the miniscule quantum world and our macroscopic reality," Mr Nadlinger said.

"A back-of-the-envelope calculation showed the numbers to be on my side, and when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot."

You might have the right camera rig, but it might not be so simple to snap your own atom selfie just yet.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-14/atom-photo-taken-with-ordinary-camera/9445288

Outstanding!

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/15/18

Would-be thief knocked out by accomplice in bungled burglary attempt in China

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Two would-be burglars got into a spot of bother when one threw a brick in an attempt to break a window but managed to hit his partner instead.

The encounter was captured on CCTV footage outside a non-descript warehouse in Shanghai.

The two men are seen approaching the building before one man takes his first attempt at smashing the storefront open with a brick.

The brick appears to bounce off the building and onto the ground, sending one of the thieves scurrying over to fetch it.

Following his lead, within seconds, the other man hurls a brick in the same direction which hits his accomplice in the head.

The brick-throwing burglar can be seen hoisting his partner's limp body off the ground and dragging him away from the scene afterwards.

The video footage was posted to social media website Weibo by the Shanghai Police Department, and has since been viewed more than 15 million times on the site alone.

"If all thieves were like this, police wouldn't have to work overtime," the video was captioned.

The condition of the injured thief is unknown and police are yet to identify the men involved.

You've gotta watch this video!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-16/thief-knocked-out-accomplice-in-botched-burglary-attempt-china/9453712

Hilarious!

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/18/18

Kim Jong-un impersonator causes a stir at Winter Olympics ice hockey game

A man waves a flag in front of a stand full of cheerleaders in an ice hockey arena.

A group of North Korean cheerleaders were briefly wowed by the apparent, sudden arrival of their leader, Kim Jong-un, at a Winter Olympics ice hockey game on Wednesday.

Some cheerleaders immediately averted their gaze as the impersonator, who later only identified himself as Howard, smiled and waved to crowds who came to watch a unified Korean team play Japan at the Pyeongchang Games.

"They are playing a good game, they scored one goal. As a president, it's all I can ask for," Howard said, shortly after plain-clothed officials from South Korea's National Counterterrorism Centre moved him away from the cheerleaders, who he said had been doing a very good job.

"I mean I trained them by myself so, of course, they're the best in the world," he said.

Howard had caused a commotion during last Friday's opening ceremony when he and a person dressed as US President Donald Trump were swiftly shown out of the stadium by security staff.

He said he was briefly detained inside a police office during Wednesday's match, then "politely asked" to leave.

"My face is too political," the dejected impersonator said as he walked slowly out of the ice hockey stadium.

"I was born with this face, I've got to live with it."

In North Korea, anyone impersonating a member of the ruling Kim family would be considered blasphemous.

Images of the North Korean leadership are tightly choreographed and controlled by the reclusive nation's state propagandists.

Still, Howard's entrance was so spectacular that the North Korean cheerleaders struggled to stifle a quick laugh in between chants of "We are one!" and "Unify the motherland!".

"It shows you we're human after all," Howard said.

"Doesn't matter if they're South or North Koreans, a sense of humour and a bit of political satire is always needed."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-15/kim-jong-un-impersonator-causes-stir-at-winter-olympics/9449014?section=world

Alfi (THIALFI)

From: Alfi (THIALFI)

2/18/18

I didn't know The Onion had bought ABC.

Alfi (THIALFI)

From: Alfi (THIALFI)

2/18/18

It's Intermarche who's nuts.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/21/18

China cracks down on funeral strippers hired to entertain mourners

A stripper performs at a funeral in China. There is an image of a man's face with a condolence message on the screen behind her.

Chinese authorities are cracking down on the practice of hiring strippers as funeral entertainment, a technique some rural families use to increase the turnout at a loved one's final farewell.

The country's Ministry of Culture said late last month it would be targeting "striptease" and other "obscene, pornographic and vulgar performances" at funerals and other gatherings across Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Hebei provinces.

It has urged witnesses to call a special hotline to report any performances, with rewards on offer for informants, according to the state-run Global Times newspaper.

"The crowd is pushed to climax, roaring with laughter, whistling, applauding and cursing," state media said.

"As the performers saunter into the audience to jiggle their breasts and rub men's crotches, a reminder of 'no photographs allowed' can occasionally be heard."

Hiring entertainment for funerals is a longstanding practice in rural China, as ensuring a high number of mourners attend the ceremony is a way of showing respect to the dead, the Global Times reported.

"Chinese rural households are more inclined to show off their disposable incomes by paying out several times their annual income for actors, singers, comedians, and — most recently, strippers — to comfort the bereaved and entertain the mourners," state media said.

This is also not the first time China has tried to stamp out the practice.

In 2015 two villages in the provinces of Hebei and Jiangsu made headlines with viral photos of strippers at funerals inviting "grieving" men to come on stage and undress them — seniors and children are seen standing nearby watching attentively.

The Ministry of Culture also released a similar statement to this report in 2015 describing the hiring of strippers at funerals as "uncivilised", Xinhua news agency reported at the time.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-21/china-cracks-down-on-rural-funeral-strippers/9470238

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/22/18

Models carry replicas of their own severed heads in 'creepy' Gucci runway show

Model with fake head of himself parades during Milan Fashion Week

Models have strutted the runway carrying replicas of their own severed heads in Gucci's operating room-themed show at Milan Fashion Week.

The show space was ready for a fashion emergency — complete with surgical tables, overhead LED lamps, PVC-coated walls and floors, and panic bars on fire doors.

Audience members, including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, were seated on replica waiting room plastic chairs.

"The concept of the operating room reflects the work of a designer — the act of cutting, splicing and reconstructing materials and fabrics to create a new personality and identity with them," Gucci said in a Facebook post.

The show, called "sensational — in a disturbing and creepy way" by Vogue, also featured a model wearing a third eye, one carrying a sleeping baby dragon and another cradling a snake that was perfectly colour-coordinated with her outfit.

Model parades carries fake head of herself during Milan Fashion Week

The full show is here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-22/gucci-models-carry-replicas-of-their-own-severed-heads/9476184

I only saw ONE thing less awful than the severed heads.  A plain white hoodie.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

3/5/18

Massive 'babushka' egg laid on far north Queensland farm

A massive egg bulging from an egg carton alongside much smaller eggs

A gigantic chicken egg laid with a smaller egg inside it has baffled a poultry expert, who says he has never seen the phenomenon before.

The babushka egg was laid by a free-range chicken at the Stockman's Eggs on the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, in far north Queensland.

The farm said the egg weighed 176 grams, more than three times the size of an average egg.

When it was cracked, they discovered a second smaller egg sitting inside.

An egg yolk and a small egg beside the larger egg that contained it

Associate Professor Raf Freire from Charles Sturt University's veterinary sciences school said he had never seen anything like it before.

"To be honest, I don't really know how it's come about," he said. Professor Freire said it looked like the chicken had produced an egg as normal, but for some reason it was never laid.

"Then the next day, rather than that egg being laid, like it usually is, what's happened is that there's been another ovum released."

"That's come down and then the chicken has somehow decided to make its shell around both the previous day's egg and the new ovum that's come down.

The farmers have not revealed how the chicken is faring.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-06/massive-egg-with-another-inside-it-laid-free-range-chicken-farm/9517854

Not well, I would imagine.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

3/6/18

Drunk driver manages to get hit by his own car in Virginia police chase

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Watch the video here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-07/man-gets-hit-by-own-car-in-police-chase/9522866

A Virginia man has given an example of how not to run from the police.

Police released dashcam footage of the drunk driver getting hit by his own car as he got out and tried to escape.

Fairfax County Police said the incident happened at about 1:00am Sunday morning (local time) as they tried pulling the man over for an equipment violation.

In the video, 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu is seen jumping out of his car and starting to run off.

He is then immediately run over by his own car as it continues to drive around a corner.

Police said Bonsu neglected to put the car in park in his haste.

Officers said the man was unharmed and is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana, among other violations.

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