A picture released on April 23, 2012 shows the fin of a white killer whale nicknamed Iceberg travelling in a pod of 13 orcas near Bering Island. ( E.LAZAREVA/AFP/Getty Images)
A white dorsal fin among a pod of orca whales swimming off the coast of Russia is believed to be that of the first all-white adult orca spotted by scientists, the BBC reported.
The rare creature, nicknamed Iceberg, was found by the Far East Russia Orca Project.
“We’ve seen another two white orcas in Russia but they’ve been young, whereas this is the first time we’ve seen a mature adult,” researcher Erich Hoyt told BBC News. “It has the full two-metre-high dorsal fin of a mature male, which means it’s at least 16 years old – in fact the fin is somewhat ragged, so it might be a bit older.”
Additional images and video of Iceberg can be viewed on the BBC site.
Winning the lottery once would be more than most people will ever experience, but one woman in Berryville, Va., won a Powerball prize of $1 million twice in the same day.
Virginia Fike’s two tickets matched five of the six numbers in the April 7 drawing.
In early April, Fike stopped at an Olde Stone Truck Stop in Virginia with her numbers ready and purchased two tickets, ABCNews is reporting:
“I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married,” Fike said in the release. “I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it.”
… “It’s not that uncommon for people to buy tickets in games with the same number, but this is the biggest prize we’ve ever had in Virginia of two tickets in the same drawing,” Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty told ABCNews.com.
Fike was presented with a check for $2 million on Friday at the truck stop where she purchased the ticket.
Screenshots of the Sigmund app available on iTunes. (itunes.apple.com)
Sigmund logo. (itunes.apple.com)
Want to dream bigger? If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, help is here.
A 99-cent app called Sigmund, from Iris Sky Labs and developed at Harvard University and MIT, is designed to influence the content of your dreams, according to its tout on iTunes.
You influence the content of your dreams by selecting verbal stimuli to be played during your REM-phase sleep, below your waking threshold. Visually strong verbal stimuli, such as “beach, orange tiger” as well as personally-meaningful subjects that relate to activities, people, and places, such as “date, girlfriend, Paris” are especially likely to be incorporated into your dream content during sleep, and Sigmund allows you to select from thousands of recorded dream elements.
Here’s how it works basically: Before you go to bed, you select words the app will repeat to you during REM sleep. You program in your bedtime and waking time, and it calculates when you’ll be in REM stage.
Actual spoken words are the only verbal stimuli that research has shown to be capable of influencing dream content (Journal of Sleep Research, Schredl, et al., 2009). There is no scientific evidence that mere ambient noises or “soundscapes” are meaningfully incorporated into dream content, and all research in this area has focused on the effect of verbally-spoken word recordings on dreaming.
Fearless Chinese beekeeper She Ping attempted a new world record last week, covering himself in a 73 lb. bee suit – an estimated 331,000 bees total. According to China Daily, local media reported that Ping had smashed the previous Chinese record of 53 lbs., set in 2008.
“A representative from Guinness World Records told The Huffington Post that a record set in 2009 still stands.
The “Heaviest Mantle of Bees,” as it’s called, weighed 135.4 pounds and was comprised of an estimated 613,500 bees. Vipin Seth set the record in India on March 9, 2009, according to Guinness World Records.”
LOS ANGELES — Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been ejected for elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden in the head.
World Peace was ejected for a flagrant foul late in the second quarter on Sunday.
World Peace had just dunked on a fast break and was celebrating his basket while running upcourt when he ran into Harden. While World Peace pounded his chest with his right arm, he threw his left elbow right over Harden’s shoulder and into the back of his head.
Harden dropped to the court and stayed down for about a minute. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka and teammates challenged World Peace, but they were kept apart.
Harden went to the locker room, and World Peace went to the Lakers’ locker room after officials reviewed video of the blow.
A controversial South Korean advertisement is causing outrage after the leaked ad shows a baby holding an Oreo while breastfeeding.
The mother’s breast is exposed and her nipple is partially exposed in the advertisement, according to an ABC News story. In the lower corner, the ad says “Milk’s favorite cookie.”
Kraft, the owner of Nabisco, which produces Oreos, said the company did not make the ad and the ad never ran in any country. The ad is believed to have been created by Cheil Worldwide, an independent advertising agency.
“Our understanding is that they created it for use at an isolated advertising awards forum in Korea,” the official said. “It was never intended for consumer advertising or public distribution.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth feeds cake to Makode Aj Linde. Photo by Asa Andersson
Sweden’s minister for culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, has faced criticism after photos were released of her slicing into a cake formed into a stereotypical image of a black woman meant to symbolize female circumcision in Africa.
The performance piece, which was part of World Art Day at the Moderna Museet in Sweden, included a portion where Liljeroth fed pieces of the cake’s “genitalia” to the artist Makode Aj Linde as he pushed his face up through the table while wearing blackface makeup designed to make him appear as a woman.
Linde moans as if in pain while Liljeroth and others in the audience laugh and cheer. You can see video of the performance piece here. (Warning: may be disturbing to some viewers.)
In Africa an estimated 92 million girls 10 years-old and above have undergone the procedure that can cause severe bleeding, problems with urination, cysts, infections, infertility and complications in childbirth. It is often performed by other women, some of whom also cheer and celebrate.
The African Swedish National Association, have called for Liljeroth’s resignation over the piece. Liljeroth has declined and wrote on a government website defending her participation that “art must be allowed to provoke.”
I am the first to agree that Makode Linde’s piece is highly provocative since it deliberately reflects a rasist (sic)stereotype. But the actual intent of the piece – and Makode Linde’s artistry – is to challenge the traditional image of racism, abuse and oppression through provocation. While the symbolism in the piece is despicable, it is unfortunate and highly regrettable that the presentation has been interpreted as an expression of racism by some. The artistic intent was the exact opposite.
As Minister for Culture it is my responsibility to safeguard the conditions for and independence of art and culture. At the same time, it is also my job to uphold the democratic values that counter racism, intolerance and xenophobia. …
It is perfectly obvious that my role as minister differs from that of the artist. Provocation can not and should not be an expression for those who have the trust and responsibility of Government representative. I therefore feel it is my responsibility to clarify that I am sincerely sorry if anyone has misinterpreted my participation and I welcome talks with the African Swedish National Association on how we can counter intolerance, racism and discrimination.
Linde, who is of mixed African and Swedish heritage, has also defended his work saying its purpose is to create a new historical context for racist imagery such as blackface by over-exaggerating such images. He also says the work was taken out of context, which has led to the outrage. You can see an interview with the artist and Robert Mackey of the NY Times Lede blog here:
Johan Palme speculates for the blog Africa is a Country, that the photo of a grinning white woman feeding an exaggerated image of a black woman a symbolic piece of her own mutilated body may be part of the overall context of the piece. He calls the piece a “very efficient mousetrap.”
I’m left wondering – whatever the artist himself says – if the intended artwork here is not the cake, nor the performance, but the picture. Because what Makode Linde and Marianne Lindberg De Geer (a visual artist, provocateur and fierce critic of Liljeroth who was also present) have produced is a picture which is incredibly powerfully laden with symbolism of colonial exploitation.
The all-white crowd, laughing bayingly and taking pictures while the African Other screams in anguish.
The cemented association between racist stereotyping and the haute bourgeoisie, as Johan Wirfält writes.
No more bugs in your strawberry Frappucinos. (Photo by Flickr user SimonQ).
There will be a little less protein in that strawberry Frappucino this summer.
Starbucks announced Thursday it will stop using insects as a food colorant in their rosy-hued drinks and foods in the wake of protests by vegetarians.
“After a thorough, yet fastidious, evaluation, I am pleased to report that we are reformulating the affected products to assure the highest quality possible,” Cliff Burrows, president of Starbucks U.S., wrote on the company’s site.
Vegans were particularly upset, and the company earned the nickname “Starbugs.”
“What originally began as a story to inform vegans that their Starbucks’ Strawberry Frappucino was no longer safe to consume ended up being an issue that bothered many people,” said Daelyn Fortney, a blogger for the site “ThisDishIsVeg,” in a statement.