Guest post: “When the punishment doesn’t fit the crime”

Mindy Harrison is a former co-worker of mine from my time spent working at Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center in Portland. At Amistad, she is the Co-Director of Peer Services, and at her home in Woolwich, she is a wife and mother of three great kids. Based on the …

Man accused of hurling alligator through Wendy’s drive-thru window

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Wendy’s: the home of spicy chicken nuggets, creamy baked potatoes and terrifying Florida alligators.

In October, a man, believed to be 23-year-old Joshua James, pulled up to a Wendy’s drive-thru window in Jupiter, Florida. But instead of asking for more napkins or extra ketchup, he did the unthinkable: he threw a living alligator through the drive-thru window, according to WPTV.

While the crime happened almost six months ago, U.S. Marshals just captured him this week, local news station WPTV reports. The alligator in question was reported to be approximately 3-and-a-half feet long. Read more…

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Options and Opportunities for Off-Campus Work: A Human Ecology Forum with Students Returning From Fall Internships

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Location: College of the Atlantic – Davis Center, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME For more information: 2078015623; coa.edu/calendar A total of 13 COA students returning to campus from fall 2015 internships present their work. Topics include the organization’s mission, the …

From Beyoncé to Dancing Guy: The best memes from Super Bowl 50

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While Super Bowl 50 was a great day for fans of the Denver Broncos and chicken wings, it was the best day for anyone who loves a good meme

We’ve rounded up the best of the bunch so you can relive the glory (and defeat) all over again.

The ‘Beyoncé Bounce’

Until next year, footballers.

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Two minor earthquakes detected near Maine-Canadian border

The U.S. Geological Survey said 2.7- and 1.9-magnitude earthquakes were recorded Monday morning near Maine’s border with Canada.

According to the USGS, the earthquakes occurred near the New Brunswick town of Nackawic around 9:43 a.m. and then at 9:49 a.m.

No injuries were reported. An earthquake greater than 2.5 can usually be felt, but typically causes only minor damage. Earthquakes lower than 2.5 usually cannot be felt.

The border town of Vanceboro is the closest community in Maine to Nackawic. Nackawic is located 89 miles northeast of Bangor.

‘Bionic spinal cord’ aims to move robotic limbs with power of thought

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Australian scientists hope a device about the size of a matchstick will one day help people with spinal cord injuries get back on their feet.

The device, a stent-electrode recording array or stentrode, could allow patients to control powered body armour, known as exoskeletons, or bionic limbs using only their thoughts, researchers announced Tuesday at the University of Melbourne

The stentrode will be implanted in a blood vessel that sits over the brain, and will turn brain signals into electrical commands that could wirelessly move the exterior mechanical technology. Currently, most exoskeletons are controlled by a joystick that is operated manually. Read more…

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China Just Made a Major Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Research

New submitter TechnoidNash writes: China announced last week a major breakthrough in the realm of nuclear fusion research. The Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was able to heat hydrogen gas to a temperature of near 50 million degrees Celsius for an unprecedented 102 seconds. While this is nowhere near the hottest temperature that has ever been achieved in nuclear fusion research (that distinction belongs to the Large Hadron Collider which reached 4 trillion degrees Celsius), it is the longest amount of time one has been maintained.

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China Just Made a Major Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Research

New submitter TechnoidNash writes: China announced last week a major breakthrough in the realm of nuclear fusion research. The Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was able to heat hydrogen gas to a temperature of near 50 million degrees Celsius for an unprecedented 102 seconds. While this is nowhere near the hottest temperature that has ever been achieved in nuclear fusion research (that distinction belongs to the Large Hadron Collider which reached 4 trillion degrees Celsius), it is the longest amount of time one has been maintained.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Facebook Beer Economy is all the rage in Australia, but is it legal?

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The beer economy has become an Australian phenomenon, with Facebook groups trading goods and services for booze. Think of it as an extension of buying a drink for your mate as a thank you.

It’s off the back of the very popular Perth Beer Economy group, where one can trade a six-pack for say an electric fan, or get your trees pruned for the cost of a bottle of whisky

The group which has more than 57,000 members has been under government scrutiny lately, with Western Australian authorities deeming the practice “illegal.” Read more…

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Bentley working on Tesla-trouncing EV for eco-friendly super-rich, report says

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Tesla has shaken up the luxury sedan market so much, Bentley is reportedly considering joining in with an EV of its own.

Though the average Model S sells for around $100,000, a Bentley EV would likely run into the $200,000 mark. So, it’d be like a Tesla competitor … times two.

According to Drive.com.au, Bentley plans to join the rest of the Volkswagen Group, including Audi and Porsche, and build a bespoke British electric car.

“We are currently in the stage where we are evaluating all the possibilities, but there are so many question marks behind this,” Bentley engineering chief Rolf Frech told Drive.com.au. “I think there will be an answer within the next six months to a year to decide which direction we will go, but of course electric will be a future strategy direction for Bentley.” Read more…

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