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QT New Year’s news you can use

Happy New Year
The Sub-Bureau for Rapid Service and Predictions of Earth Orientation of the International Earth Rotation Service has announced that there will be no leap second added to civil time at midnight December 31.
So you had better make up for lost time.
And eat black-eyed peas for good luck.
And Happy New Year!

Science just never shuts up, does it

Science Lab
News Headline: “7 things that will make you sicker or kill you sooner, according to science.”
News Headline: “7 things that will make you healthier and help you live longer, according to science.”
Another reason you don’t want to invite science to your New Year’s Eve party.

Words fail

News Headline: “Can texting help improve childhood literacy?”
News Headline: “Heart emoji named top word of 2014.”
Asked and answered.

Toward the New Year

Hadron Collider
News Headline:
“Large Hadron Collider hasn’t created any black holes, despite early fears.”
News Headline: “Large Hadron Collider set to go at double power in 2015.”
If at first you don’t succeed. . . .

QT trickle-on economics update

2012 Miss Universe Pageant
The gap in wealth between high-income and low-income Americans has reached record levels in the past five years, according to a new study, with high-income Americans showing “a clear trajectory of increasing wealth” and low-income Americans showing no increase at all.

Asked and answered

China Dam
News Item: “A towering dam in central China holds back a vast expanse of water destined to travel over 1,000 kilometers north to Beijing. . . . Another 8.5 billion cubic meters–equivalent to 3.4 million Olympic-sized swimming pools–will reach provinces along the way. . . .”
Testy Copy Editors asks:
“What’s that in soda cans?”
It comes to 23,951,599,306,600 soda cans, for those trying to visualize it.

QT Super Bowl XLIX countdown updVIII

NFL Today
There have been XLII arrests of NFL players reported since Super Bowl XLVIII, with XXXIII days remaining until Super Bowl XLIX.
Which isn’t to mention CIX concussions.

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year. . . .’

News Headline:
“Neighbors say man is terrorizing them with hostile Christmas decorations.”
News Headline: “Enraged man rams taxi, opens fire to scare off cabbie on Christmas Day.”
News Headline: “Man kicked off plane after ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting sets him off.”
These are the most interesting days of National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

Earthquake Swarm
Scientists report they are “not sure” of the significance of  a current swarm of earthquakes near the Yellowstone Caldera, but add that it “is not a coincidence” and is “interesting scientifically because there are so many things going on.”

On the second day of Christmas. . . .

Asteroid Impact
News Headline: “We would get only three days warning of where an asteroid would hit.”
This isn’t to mention Asteroid 2014 YR14, which was discovered Saturday, a day after it passed between Earth and the moon.
But at worst, if it had hit, it would have destroyed everything for only a few miles in every direction.
So it won’t be mentioned.