The odds are astronomical.

Are they smarter than a 6th grader? …. Evidently not …

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.

Scientists previously underestimated the ability of the lionfish to live in less salty water.i
Scientists previously underestimated the ability of the lionfish to live in less salty water.

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“Scientists were doing plenty of tests on them, but they just always assumed they were in the ocean,” Lauren, now 13, tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers. “So I was like, ‘Well, hey guys, what about the river?’ “

Millennials – still mixed up but headed the right direction.

In some senses, the poll results offer a mixed message. On the general role of government, more than two-thirds believe the public sector has a responsibility to provide food, housing and a living wage. The same majority wants to hike taxes on the wealthy.

But when it comes to what government delivers, millennials sound like Milton Friedman.

Two-thirds of millennials agree that “when something is funded by the government, it is usually inefficient and wasteful.” Large majorities have a positive view of competition and profit, and 55 percent say they’d like to start a business one day.

More interesting is how millennial attitudes change as they either learn more or are more personally involved in the issue. Opposition to income redistribution, for example, rises with income.

Millennials who pay for their health insurance oppose paying more for the uninsured, and when they learn they may get back less from Social Security than they put into it, a majority favors private retirement accounts.
And surprise, surprise! Millennials become “more Republican as they buy homes and get married.”

Not Ataturk.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its ground invasion of Gaza.

Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month.

He has been speaking out strongly against Israel during its offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, which has killed more than 300 Palestinians. He accuses Israel of using disproportionate force and has said the operation there has derailed efforts to normalize Turkish-Israeli ties. Those soured after Israel’s 2010 raid on an aid ship which killed eight Turks and a Turkish-American.

A bad day for israel.

Bloody Sunday as 100 Gazans, 13 Israeli soldiers killed

At least 100 Palestinians and 13 soldiers were killed on Sunday as Israel ramped up a major military offensive in the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years.

The Palestinian president called for an immediate meeting of the UN security council as regional leaders met in Doha for urgent talks on a ceasefire.

As the Palestinian death toll soared to 438, a spokesman for the Gaza emergency services said more than a third of the victims were women and children.

DNA link to breast tumors.

Genetic cause of common breast tumors found

A major breakthrough in understanding the molecular basis of fibroadenoma, one of the most common breast tumors diagnosed in women, has been made by a multidisciplinary team of scientists. The team used advanced DNA sequencing technologies to identify a critical gene called MED12 that was repeatedly disrupted in nearly 60 percent of fibroadenoma cases.

Three afternoons a week at Starbucks?

While the U.S. economy continues its climb out of the depths of the Great Recession, one cohort is having a particularly difficult time regaining its footing: millennials.

Remember when we led the world with purpose? Slideshow.

Chase in ‘hot water? … (O.k. maybe its only getting warm.)

Over 4,000 Americans have signed a petition to boycott Chase bank over a company survey that probed employees about their sexual orientation and personal beliefs.

The National Organization for Marriage’s campaign, “Void Chase,” urges customers across the globe to take their banking business elsewhere until JPMorgan Chase apologizes and promises “never again to invade the privacy of your employees in this way.”

The effort is the result of what critics call an invasive survey that asked whether Chase employees identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or as an “LGBT ally.”

Bing follows Google

Microsoft has started accepting requests from European users who want to have specific search results removed from their search engine, Bing.

The requests come as a result of the “right to be forgotten” ruling issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in May.

The ruling allows European web users to request the removal of links to sites that contain their names or information about them if they are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.”

Geez …

How’s this for irony? A pair of fraudsters phished bank account details out of over 150 Apple users by sending them hairy-scary messages about their accounts having been compromised.

Naturally, those accounts weren’t compromised before the messages came, but they sure were compromised in short order after the crooks coerced people into sending account details to a bogus website.

London’s Metropolitan Police said in a release that the duo sent emails claiming to be from Apple.

The emails directed victims to update details for the purportedly compromised accounts by clicking on a link to a bogus website.

When the unsuspecting victims complied, sending data that included bank details, an email was sent directly to the defendants.

They used the details to siphon off money. Then, they turned around and used that money to buy tickets for more foreign national criminals – in effect, importing people to commit crime in the UK.

Pickpocketing on London’s transport network was a popular activity for the newly imported thieves to undertake, according to the Met Police, as was stealing metal.

The convicted pair are Constanta Agrigoroaie, 23, and Radu Savoae, 28, of Mornington Avenue, Ilford.

US born soldiers kiled in Gaza fighting.

Two American-born soldiers for the Israeli Defense Forces were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip, their families confirmed Sunday.

Day by Day

I’m guessing that the campaign will continue for a couple of more weeks.

IDF is estimating that the rocket stockpile of Hamas is depleting and that might affect the way Hamas engages Israel later on. Netanyahu called for a meeting to consider the depth of the operation. Gantz: “We need to hurt Hamas hard, and prevent it from achieving better military capabilities”…

Substantial achievement for IDF in operation “Protective Edge” : IDF spokesperson, Brig. General Moti Almoz, said today (Saturday) that the Hamas organization lost or used half of its rocket stockpile since the beginning of the operation. Almoz claimed that Hamas launched 1’705 rockets since the operation began and that it is only 17% of the original stockpile of 10,000 rockets 12 days ago. “I think that we destroyed 30% to 40% of the stockpile in the attacks’ he said. In addition the Prime Minister Netanyahu called for a meeting to consider the deepening of the Gaza ground operation.

Probably not a vocational school.

About 20 rockets suspected of being stashed by Islamist terrorists in Gaza were discovered inside of a United Nations-run school located in the Gaza Strip, according to Middle Eastern news reports on Thursday.

Yeah … I’m sure that this will work.

France bans pro-Palestine protests against Israeli action citing security concerns, faces outrage

And it’s come t this …

Forces operating near Gaza attacked by explosive-laden donkey, and IDF claim this is not the first time Palestinians have used such animals to attempt and kill IDF forces – read details of this bizarre terror practice.

Welcome to America III.

A Guatemalan immigrant accused of killing his girlfriend in Louisiana illegally crossed the Mexican border with his children last month and was released from custody after being issued a notice to report back to immigration authorities once he got settled in the United States, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday.

Pedro Alberto Monterroso Navas was caught crossing the border in South Texas on June 26 with his two children, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said. The trio was released after immigration authorities determined that Monterroso, 43, had no criminal history or gang affiliation, much like an undisclosed number of other recent border-crossers from Central America traveling as families.

Local authorities in suburban Houston arrested Monterroso on Monday, a day after police in Metairie, Louisiana, found Heidi Monroy, 24, bludgeoned to death in the bathtub of her apartment. Monterroso is jailed in Harris County, Texas, and faces charges related to Monroy’s death. Jail records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer.

Remember that if this guy can get across – many others who wish harm on the U.S. can get across.

Whoa ! …

“Nanocamera” Takes Pictures at Distances Smaller Than the Wavelength of Light

Natural superglue.

Over a 150 years since it was first described by Darwin, scientists are finally uncovering the secrets behind the super strength of barnacle glue.

Still far better than anything we have been able to develop synthetically, barnacle glue — or cement — sticks to any surface, under any conditions.

But exactly how this superglue of superglues works has remained a mystery — until now.

An international team of scientists led by Newcastle University, UK, and funded by the US Office of Naval Research, have shown for the first time that barnacle larvae release an oily droplet to clear the water from surfaces before sticking down using a phosphoprotein adhesive.

Bad ideas are so expensive?

Centrist and liberal Democrats are battling one another over the emergency spending package for child immigrants at the southern border.

Worried about voter anger over illegal immigration in a midterm election year, centrists want Congress to examine changes to special legal protections granted to immigrants from Central America.

Republicans argue the changes are necessary to stop the wave of child immigrants overwhelming officials at the border. But the changes are hotly opposed by powerful liberals, including Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who worry they could put children from Central America in jeopardy.

Linus still at it.

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Welcome to America II.

It’s not about the policies. It’s about being well liked in high circles.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized Microsoft founder Bill Gates for calling on Congress to increase STEM worker visas while the company plans to cut 18,000 jobs next year.

“Super billionaires aren’t happy apparently. … They declare we need to import more foreign workers,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Mr. Gates says we need to let more and more people into our country to take those kinds of jobs.”

Fortunately for him, he can change the rules when he wants.

The White House needs to make a decision soon on whether ObamaCare’s controversial employer mandate will take effect in 2015.

With the mandate set to take effect in January, businesses are awaiting final world from the administration on whether they will be required to track and report how many of their employees are receiving coverage.

Federal officials are late in delivering the final forms and technical guidance necessary for firms to comply, raising suspicions that the mandate could once again be delayed.

The mandate has been pushed back twice before, the first time in late summer.

The delays to the mandate have angered House Republicans, who are now taking President Obama to court for what they say is his refusal to follow the letter of the law.

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