Hawking’s ashes buried next to Darwin, Newton

By Lindsey Bever | Washington Post The universe that Stephen Hawking spent a lifetime studying now knows his voice. Following Hawking’s death in March, the renowned British physicist, who had battled a debilitating degenerative motor neuron disease for decades, was remembered at a memorial service Friday at Westminster Abbey. His ashes were buried between Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton and later covered with a gravestone – etched with an equation he used it to teach the world about black holes. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our Morning Report weekday newsletter. But at the same time his ashes were… Read More

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‘There was a future’: Past Hawaii eruptions provide lessons

By AUDREY McAVOY | The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lava pouring out of a Hawaii volcano burned down Mary Dressler’s home and her town 28 years ago. Now, watching creeping lobes of molten rock slowly wipe out entire neighborhoods over the past month, she has been transported back to those losses. Memories and emotions overcame the naturopathic physician when she recently took clothing donations to an evacuation center — so much so she had a hard time staying. “You see people walk up with that lost look. They have no clue what they’re going to do next. I know that feeling,” Dressler said. Start your day with the news you… Read More

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Spiders can float in the air, and scientists just figured out how they lift off

By Ben Guarino | The Washington Post Spiders fall from the sky all the time. Most airborne spiders are small and scattered, so they often go unnoticed, except when they descend all at once. A rain of spiders drowned the Australian town of Goulburn in silk in 2015. A Goulburn resident who bravely looked up saw a several-hundred-yard tunnel of spiderlings in the air, he said. The spiders parachuted in on long strands of webbing, a behavior that biologists call “ballooning.” Records of spider ballooning go back centuries. But scientist have struggled to understand how the arachnids generate lift. One physicist proposed that they use electrostatic forces to take to… Read More

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2 adults, 2 kids shot in suburban Denver parking lot

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — A person of interest is in custody following the Thursday shooting of two adults and two children in a parking lot in suburban Denver, according to police. Westminster police said a vehicle seen leaving the area was located about three hours after the shooting, and investigators are interviewing the driver. Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said she did not have any information on the conditions of the victims, and it was not immediately clear what led to the shooting. Officers who arrived at the scene found four people with gunshot wounds outside at the Cedarwood Square Office Complex, which is about 14 miles (23 kilometers) northwest of… Read More

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Florida man wants police to test his meth. They did — and then arrested him.

By Lindsey Bever | Washington Post Florida authorities can be soooooo accommodating – so much so that when Douglas Peter Kelly phoned sheriff’s deputies to tell them he’d been sold the wrong illicit drug, they offered to test it for him. Kelly, from Hawthorne, called the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to say that he had bought what he thought was methamphetamine; but, after smoking it and having a “violent reaction,” he suspected that he’d been given the wrong substance – and he wanted to press charges against the person who sold it to him, deputies said in a Facebook post. Start your day with the news you need… Read More

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Colorado police say 2 adults, 2 kids shot outside dentist

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two adults and two children have been shot in a parking lot behind a Colorado’s dentist’s office. Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke says the suspect in the shootings is at large. The Denver Post reports that the condition of the injured adults and children was not known. Spottke says the shootings happened Thursday around 3 p.m. Video footage at the scene showed police focusing on an office complex that holds several dental offices. The area is about 14 miles (22.53 kilometers) northwest of Denver. …read more Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World       

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