Fans of John Q's Steakhouse in downtown Cleveland may want to make one last stop in to enjoy the restaurant's food and atmosphere, as next month the historic Cleveland restaurant will close its doors for good. After decades of service to Clevelanders, owner Rick Cassara says that John Q's will close on June 15.
Cassara says that the closure was a "business decision", and that it was a very sad day for many of his longtime employees.
A number of vials of moon dust that were brought back to Earth by the first men to set foot on the moon had been lost for about 40 years, but were recently found inside a lab warehouse in California.
The samples, which were collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, were discovered last month by an archivist who was reviewing artifacts at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Karen Nelson made the surprising discovery, and said in a statement:
"We don't know how or when they ended up in storage."
Nelson discovered the roughly 20 vials, each which featured handwritten labels dated "24 July 1970", packed inside a vacuum-sealed glass jar. She also found with the jar an academic paper which was published in the Proceedings of the Second Lunar Science Conference in 1971 titled "Study of carbon compounds in Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 returned lunar samples."
NASA has announced that it is funding research into 3D-printed food. Mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor recently received a $125,000 grant from NASA to build a prototype 3D printer with a goal of automating food creation.
NASA's interest in a 3D food printer is obvious. The space agency hopes that such a system could provide astronauts food during long distance space travel, but the printer's creator has a much loftier goal of helping to solve increasing world food shortages by cutting down on waste.
Software for the 3D food printer will be open-source, and the hardware is based on the open-source RepRap Mendel 3D printer.
The concept behind the 3D food printer involves using basic "building blocks" of food in replaceable powder cartridges. By combining each block, a wide range of foods should be able to be created by the printer. The cartridges will also have an incredible lifespan of 30 years, which is more than sufficient for long distance space travel.
Contractor will first prove that his system works on a basic level by printing chocolate, then he will begin his project in the next few weeks by attempting to print a pizza.
Using plant samples collected during the mid-19th century, scientists have been able to identify the pathogen that caused the infamous Irish potato famine, which led to the deaths of more than a million Irish due to starvation between 1846 and 1851.
DNA that was extracted from the museum specimens shows that the strain that caused such devastation to potato crops in Ireland spread to the country in 1845, is different than modern day epidemics, and has likely gone extinct.
Other strains of the fungus-like infection continue to plague potato and tomato crops around the world, with annual losses of enough potatoes to feed hundreds of millions each year.
When Amanda Berry made the call to 9-1-1 operators asking for help after she had escape the confines of Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home, where she was held for a decade, many people were upset and outraged with the way that the operator handled the call. The dispatcher was accused of being dismissive, but now faces even more serious accusations: that he called Amanda Berry a f---ing bitch.
It's absolutely shocking and unthinkable, but fortunately, the authorities are taking the complaints about the dispatcher's call seriously. The 911 call is now under investigation to determine if he indeed cursed at the woman who'd been kidnapped, raped, and held prisoner for ten long years.
Allegedly, the individual who fielded the call cursed at Berry at the very end of it, saying "f---ing bitch." You can listen to it and decide for yourself. The alleged remarks come at the 1:42 mark in the video below.
Berry, along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held prisoner in Castro's home for ten years, where they were repeated raped and beaten. He is also the father of Berry's six-year-old daughter.
Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid, 62, announced on Monday that he is planning to run for the Cuyahoga County Executive position that will be vacated by Ed FitzGerald in 2014 when he runs for governor.
Reid says that he has considered running for the position since April. He believes that his 25 years of experience in city and county affairs makes him qualified for the job. In addition to being a county sheriff for four years, Reid was also a city manager and police chief in Bedford for 10 years.
Reid was appointed Cuyahoga County Sheriff in December 2009 to head up a department that had been plagued by scandal under the leadership of former sheriff Gerald McFaul.
A group of former Nokia employees who quit over the Finland-based company's decision to scrap the planned MeeGo operating system in favor of teaming up with Windows has unveiled their own smartphone on Monday, and are hoping to rival the smartphone sector giants.
The smartphone, which is so far just called Jolla, is entirely intuitive and features absolutely no physical buttons. It also has a 4.5-inch touchscreen and features two different colored halves that together form the phone. It is due to go on sale to the public in the fourth quarter, and will retail for 399 euros ($513 USD).
The Jolla smartphone runs on its own operating system called Sailfish OS, which is a successor to MeeGo and is compatible with some Android applications. They are offering Sailfish products to retailer and operator partners for the medium price range.
Jolla is hoping to compete in markets in China, Europe and North Africa, but has no plans to enter the United States' market. Jolla has already signed two distribution deals, one with the largest smartphone retailer in China, D.Phone, and another with the Finnish operator DNA.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill attached to its robotic arm to drill a second time, this time collecting a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland".
The space agency's plans call for portions of the sample to be delivered to laboratory instruments inside the rover in the coming days. This is just the second time that a sample has been collected from inside a rock on the Red Planet.
The first time Curiosity drilled and collected a sample of powdered rock was three months ago when it drilled a target known as "John Klein." Cumberland resembles John Klein, and lies about nine feet further west. Both Cumberland and John Klein are within a shallow depression known as Yellowknife Bay.
Curiosity drilled the 2.6-inch deep hole into Cumberland on May 19.
An unusually large asteroid measuring 1.7 miles wide will be zooming pass the Earth later this month. According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Asteroid 1998 QE2 will get no closer than 3.6 million miles, which is 15 times the distance between us and the moon, however due to its size, stargazers are in for a treat on May 31.
NASA also says that anyone with a 230-foot or larger radar telescope will be able to see the asteroid, which is about the size of nine cruise ships. Discovered in 1998, QE2 will not come this close again for two centuries.