Infant Beaten to Death on Christmas Day

Presented without comment. via KTVQ Billings BILLINGS – An infant allegedly assaulted by his parents on Christmas died Saturday morning, according to the Billings Police Department. Lt. Jeremy House said the baby died at 3:48 a.m. at Children’s Hospital in Denver. The autopsy on the infant is being conducted this weekend in Colorado, House said. The infant was in critical condition at St. Vincent Healthcare on Thursday and the child’s parents were taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated assault. Brandon T. Edwards, 28, and Kayla Jean Edwards, 23, are being held at the Yellowstone County Jail without bond. Advertisements Continue reading Infant Beaten to Death on Christmas Day

Research: Long Pepper Extract Cures Cancers

The Windsor Star A University of Windsor anti-cancer crusader may have discovered his most effective agent yet — a fruit that causes evil cells to commit suicide. Dr. Siyaram Pandey, known for promising work on dandelion root extract, is thrilled with results from his initial research on long pepper fruit. “It is very potent, which is surprising, actually,” said Pandey. “I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say it’s a little bit better than dandelion root extract.” Pandey led a group of researchers, who published their long pepper paper in the November edition of the scholarly journal PLOS One. Pandey’s team included Pamela Ovadje, Dennis … Continue reading Research: Long Pepper Extract Cures Cancers

Solar and Wind Winning On Price

via New York Times For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase agreements, for solar or wind at … Continue reading Solar and Wind Winning On Price

Asian Restaurants Replacing Waiters With Robots

From Channel News Asia Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one of Timbre Group’s five outlets in Singapore. Infinium Robotics CEO Woon Junyang estimated the project to cost a “low seven-figure sum” for the five outlets, subject to final negotiations and certain variables of the actual deployment of the robots. Infinium Robotics signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Timbre Group on Oct 31. Both companies are seeking productivity-related government grants … Continue reading Asian Restaurants Replacing Waiters With Robots

Saudis Fight US Oil Boom With Low Prices

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s oil minister told fellow OPEC members they must combat the U.S. shale oil boom, arguing against cutting crude output in order to depress prices and undermine the profitability of North American producers. Ali al-Naimi won the argument at Thursday’s meeting, against the wishes of ministers from OPEC’s poorer members such as Venezuela, Iran and Algeria which had wanted to cut production to reverse a rapid fall in oil prices. They were not prepared to offer big cuts themselves, and, choosing not to clash with the Saudis and their rich Gulf allies, ultimately yielded to Naimi’s pressure. … Continue reading Saudis Fight US Oil Boom With Low Prices

California Drought Threatens Western States

via Billings Gazette The worst drought in California’s history is a forewarning of problems for the entire West, including Montana and Wyoming. “There’s every chance this phenomenon will increase in frequency and severity,” said Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Water in the West, a program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment in California. Water in the West is collaborating with other researchers to find ways to help the region deal with what is predicted will be an all-too-scarce resource in the future: water. It’s already a pressing issue in the Eureka state, which has suffered through an epic drought … Continue reading California Drought Threatens Western States

Owner of Flathead Island Seeks to Reduce His Property Tax

ROLLINS – In perhaps the most expensive residential tax appeal case in Montana history, a California real estate mogul is asking a state board to reduce the assessed value of his Flathead Lake island home by $32 million. If the board agrees, Don Abbey of La Mirada, California, would see the parcel’s annual property tax bill of $367,700 reduced by at least two-thirds. Last week, a dozen attorneys and expert witnesses spent three days before the state Tax Appeal Board in Helena, arguing whether the state properly assessed Abbey’s extravagant home and other structures on Shelter Island. Abbey built the home … Continue reading Owner of Flathead Island Seeks to Reduce His Property Tax