Scientists discover tarantula with bizarre horn on its back

first_img Turo Tailed spider found in amber will crawl into your nightmares Giant Australian funnel web spider gets named ‘Colossus’ Read the Rylo camera preview The Cheapskate A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Enjoy these spiders 7 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Comment Apple iPhone XS Ceratogyrus attonitifer is a type of horned baboon spider, but its prominent soft horn is highly unusual. The team described the tarantula in a paper published this month in the African Invertebrates journal. “No other spider in the world possesses a similar foveal protuberance,” the researchers say.The spiders are venomous and like to dine on insects. “The venom is not considered to be dangerous, though bites may result in infections which can be fatal due to poor medical access,” the paper notes.C. attonitifer might seem horrifying or scary to people who fear spiders, but it’s an eye-opener for arachnologists. Researchers hope to further study the mysterious spider to learn more about the extent of its range. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Rylo Share your voice Enlarge ImageSpider expert Ian Enelbrecht photographed this close-up of the odd horn found on C. attonitifer. Ian Enelbrecht Excuse me, your nightmares would like to have a word with you. Please take a moment to say hello to Ceratogyrus attonitifer, a spider with a species name derived from the Latin root for astonishment. Because that’s just how amazed the scientists were who found it.The new-to-science tarantula sports a horn-like protuberance on its back. Researchers from the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project discovered it in Angola in Africa while investigating biodiversity in the region. Chris Monroe/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img Amazon Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo $59 at eBay Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 1 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Best Buy Share your voice Tags $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It $155 at Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 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Afghanistan Unrest 23 civilians killed

first_imgKabulAt least 23 civilians, including women and children, were killed by a US air strike in southern Afghanistan earlier this week, according to an UN investigation, as ordinary Afghans continue to bear the brunt of the 17-year conflict.”Initial findings indicate that the vast majority of the victims were women and children,” the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a report received by AFP late Thursday, adding that at least three people were also injured in the attack.The strike occurred during a firefight between Afghan special forces working with US advisors and Taliban insurgents late Tuesday in restive Helmand province.NATO said air support was requested by security forces on the ground as the militants deployed heavy weapons and retreated into a nearby compound.Provincial authorities had earlier said several members of a single family appeared to be killed in the strike, with one official saying “at least 18 civilians were killed”, which could not be confirmed.NATO has said it was investigating the incident.Haji Mohammad, who lived near where the incident occurred, said the strike came after the Taliban entered a home during a battle with security forces, saying it killed several civilians inside along with nine insurgents.Civilians continue to face “extreme levels of harm”, a recent UN report said, with 8,050 people killed or wounded in the January to September period this year.Violence has escalated in the past year as US and Afghan forces press ground and air offensives against Taliban and IS insurgents.The Taliban has also upped assaults on Afghan forces even as the United States increased efforts to engage the militants in peace talks.Washington is trying to find a way out of the conflict more than 17 years since it began.US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is spearheading efforts to strike a peace deal with the Taliban before Afghanistan’s presidential election, scheduled for April next year though officials have said it could be postponed until July.A Taliban delegation met with Khalilzad in Doha in October and November to discuss ending the Afghan conflict. Khalilzad has said he is “cautiously optimistic” for an end to the conflict.last_img read more

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first_img US News Share Video: Low-Flying Police Helicopter Sends Tents, Debris Flying By Jack Phillips October 3, 2018 Updated: October 3, 2018 Show Discussion Share this articlecenter_img QualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A Penn State University tailgate party was buzzed by a helicopter, sending debris flying everywhere, and it was captured on video.The college said it will stop using helicopters to make announcements outside of the school stadium in State College, Pennsylvania after the police chopper flew low over an unruly crowd, The Associated Press reported on Oct. 2.“In the aftermath of the deployment of game day safety and security measures the decision has been made to discontinue use of a helicopter to make crowd announcements at football games pending an assessment,” Penn State police said in a statement on Oct. 2, according to StateCollege.com. “We will continue to confer with state police, and evaluate steps taken, which is our normal practice.”The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it is investigating a complaint about the helicopter incident during last weekend’s game against Ohio State.helicopter tent video goes viral A Penn State University tailgate party was buzzed by a helicopter, sending debris flying everywhere, and it was captured on video. (CNN)Police told AP that the pilot was trying to get low to the ground so that people could hear orders to disperse. Officials told WFMZ they first tried to use a team on horseback to get the crowd to disperse, but the tailgaters didn’t listen to their commands. That’s when they deployed the helicopter.“It is rare to resort to these expanded interventions at Penn State; however, when all other warnings from the mounted police unit and officers on the ground were ignored, a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter was deployed as another tool to compel the group to disperse and curb dangerous and unruly behavior,” university police told ESPN. “Following the use of the helicopter, the dangerous behaviors dissipated.”ESPN reported that 21-year-old Joseph Michael Oleynik of Derwood, Maryland, was arrested for a felony charge of taunting or striking a police animal in the incident. He was charged with other misdemeanor counts.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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