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‘Ghost Chair’ Spooks Hospital Staff As It Creepily Wheels Away By Itself

It must be getting close to Halloween. Spooky videos are circulating on social media, including new footage of a wheelchair that appeared to move on its own. 

Newsflare reported that staff at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh, India, is reluctant to work the night shift after a ghostly incident was captured on security camera footage. The video shows a wheelchair parked against a wall, slowing moving out of a portico-like area, down a ramp and into a garden. 

However, a doctor at the hospital dismissed any notion of a haunting. 

“It rolled on the smooth floor and went out,” the unnamed physician told the news agency. “It was just wind and not any ghost.”

Indeed, the footage shows some of the greenery moving in a breeze. 

Just 36 days until Halloween … 

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Scientists rushed to save lab specimens as California’s PG&E cuts power

José Cerca left his lab on the University of California, Berkeley campus Wednesday evening, the fateful day Pacific Gas and Electric began intentionally cutting power to wide swathes of Northern California. Cerca, an evolutionary biologist working at school’s Evolab, thought his workday was finished. 

But then Cerca ran into his distressed boss who said, ominously, “We have to move everything.”

The news came that PG&E’s intentional blackouts — a new disaster strategy to limit catastrophic, climate change-enhanced fires during the state’s notoriously windy fall season — would cause Berkeley’s research laboratories to soon lose power. That’s terrible news for biologists, many of whom freeze collections of specimens, cells, and genetic material.

“Imagine eight huge freezers with 30 years of organized research,” explained Cerca, who recently joined the lab. “We have hundreds of thousands of spiders in vials organized.”

Their lab had to move quickly. They were able to ship one large freezer (larger than a typical fridge) across the bay to San Francisco, and identified a building they were told had back-up power. Over the course of five hours they moved the frozen, arduously-collected archive of arthropods, many from the Hawaiian Islands. 

“It’s like me telling you to move all your furniture,” Cerca said. 

Much of the Berkeley campus still lacks electricity. “We are without power to most buildings as of late last night [Wednesday],” Bob Sanders, the manager of science communications at Berkeley, said via email Thursday morning. 

Fortunately, there is enough university-generated emergency power to supply electricity to essential freezers and refrigerators, Sanders said. 

But there certainly isn’t enough power for the campus to function. For the second day in a row, classes were canceled for the prestigious university’s 43,201 students.

“It’s like me telling you to move all your furniture.”

Foreseeing power shortages, the school also arranged for trucks to ship invaluable, frozen research specimens from its labs across the bay to UC San Francisco, the school’s sister campus, said Sanders. James Olzmann, an associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, watched moving trucks load his lab’s frozen cell collection.

“Moving trucks taking our -80 freezers to @ucsf because our @UCBerkeley building doesn’t have backup power and PG&E is shutting off the power (up to 5 days?!),” Olzmann tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. 

UC Berkeley appears to be taking the power loss quite seriously.

“While PG&E’s disconnection of the University of California, Berkeley campus from its transmission grid is enormously disruptive to our research enterprise, we are doing everything we can to protect our critical research assets,” Randy Katz, the university’s vice chancellor for research, said in a statement sent to Mashable. “Beyond life safety being our highest priority, the campus’ highest research priority is to protect our research animals, then our experimental specimens, and finally our reagents.”

It’s unclear when the campus will have normal power again. “We may be up tomorrow, or we may not,” said Sanders. “It’s up to PG&E.”

The utility’s large-scale blackouts are a contentious climate adaptation. With relentlessly rising temperatures, already fire-prone California has grown increasingly parched, making it more likely to burn. The use of a hammer recently sparked the largest fire in Golden State history. 

Since 1972, the amount of land burned in California has increased fivefold. Overall in the Western U.S., today’s fires burn for weeks longer than they did in the 1980s, and they’re burning twice as much land than in the 1990s.

Following the nightmarish Camp Fire in 2018, which was by far the deadliest blaze in state history, PG&E is hellbent on avoiding future liability or catastrophe should its corroded, antiquated equipment fail and send sparks onto the dried-out ground. When there is potential for extreme fire weather, fueled by notoriously dry and hot winds, the utility may continue to cut power — which can mean some 2 million people, or more, go powerless.

It’s a new, evolving, disaster mitigation strategy. And it emphasizes how, even in one of the wealthiest and most advanced economies in the world, civilization is ill-equipped for a warming climate.

“Society is woefully unprepared for the impacts of climate change,” Leah Stokes, who researches public policy and climate change at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told Mashable on Wednesday. 

As for Cerca’s lab specimens, he can only hope they’re still frozen. The university has asked everyone to stay off-campus to avoid overloading the emergency power system. 

Amid Wednesday’s discord and surprise, he received mix-signals about whether the building where they stored frozen specimens had ample back-up power. But Cerca and his lab will soon learn how the arthropods faired.

“You know how chaos goes,” he said. 

Road Sign Hacked To Display A Blunt Message About Trump

Someone in Seattle broke into the control box of a road sign and changed the message to one that doesn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, but certainly appears to invoke him. 

Instead of construction information, it displayed just three words: 

The sign was being used by the city’s Department of Transportation, but belongs to a company called National Barricade, The Seattle Times reported. Company service manager June Hatfield said the message was up for about two hours. 

Hatfield warned that altering signs can have consequences, including crashes. 

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End of the world: How lost Isaac Newton letter revealed shocking doomsday prediction date

Sir Isaac was a legendary English mathematician, physicist and astronomer, widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time. His book, “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,” published in 1687, laid the foundations the laws of motion and universal gravitation, which is said to have been inspired by an apple falling from a tree. However, it would appear Newton was just as in touch with his religious side as he was with his scientific.

Resurfaced papers, which were first discovered in the trunk at the house of the Earl of Portsmouth in 1969, reveal he believed the apocalypse would come exactly 1,260 years after the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire.

In a letter from 1704, which went on show in Jerusalem’s Hebrew University in 2007, Newton uses the Bible’s Book of Daniel to calculate the date for the end of the world.

The note reveals a deeply spiritual side to a man more usually regarded as a strict rationalist.

He confidently stated in the papers that the Bible proved the world would end in 2060, adding: “It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner.

“This I mention not to assert when the time of the end shall be but to put a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end.

“By doing so they bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail.”

The exact words from the Book of Daniel that inspired his prediction are not clear.

However, he promises the end days would see “the ruin of the wicked nations, the end of weeping and of all troubles, the return of the Jews (from) captivity and their setting up a flourishing and everlasting Kingdom.”

Yemima Ben-Menahem, one of the curators of the exhibition, said in 2007: “These documents show a scientist guided by religious fervour, by a desire to see God’s actions in the world.”

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$80,000 Worth Of Wigs Stolen From South Florida Warehouse In Hair-Raising Robbery

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Police in South Florida say thieves stole up to $80,000 in merchandise from a wig warehouse.

The owner of Prime Trading Hair and Wigs told detectives in Miami Gardens that he was notified overnight Tuesday that the alarm at the warehouse had been triggered.

Owner Rakib Hossain tells Miami television station WFOR that some of the products are worth up to $800 each.

Hossain says the thieves appeared to know what they were doing and were in the warehouse for no more than 5 minutes.

Video surveillance shows a truck backing up and ramming the warehouses front door three times.

Hossain says he is insured for his losses.

Information from: WFOR-TV, http://www.wfor.com/

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