A dog in Georgia ate $10,000 worth of diamonds as a snack! Watch the Associated Press’s video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfoENz-scmM&feature=youtu.be
Al Qaeda’s No. 2 man, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was allegedly killed during a CIA drone attack in Pakistan’s Waziristan region.
Read more about it here.
Elmhurst College, in Illinois, now asks the question “Do you consider yourself a member of the LBGT community?” on its application for admission.
Gay-rights groups have applauded the move, but it remains controversial to some.
Watch this video from MSNBC, and then let us know whether you think Tech should ask about sexual orientation on its application.
The United Kingdom has called for a ban on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter during times of civil unrest, as a measure to contain rioters and violence.
Of course, the social media companies oppose this form of censorship, and argue that their networks can be used to gather information that can help prevent violence.
Read about it here.
I was feeding the ducks yesterday afternoon, when I noticed this Canada goose with a piece of plastic wrapped around its beak. I tried to lure it closer with bread crumbs so I could remove the plastic, but that didn’t work. It makes me realize how big of an effect we have on these natural places that are so close to campus!
I felt it all the way in Ridgewood Queens NY. The whole kitchen, the windows and the refrigerator shook so hard like they were dancing!
-commenter G M-C on the CT story on today’s earthquake
Many people are wondering why today’s quake (which struck northwest of Richmond, Va.) was felt far and wide.
Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic has taken a stab at answering the question as to why the commenter in New York felt such a strong effect:
The Virginia quake struck at a depth of just 6 kilometers. That’s unusual as the plot above shows (note it’s logarithmic scale on the vertical axis). Most strong quakes occur deeper in the earth’s crust. The depth of a quake has a direct relationship with how intense humans at the surface perceive its shaking to be, although that depends on a lot of other things, too. Still, relative to a deeper quake, this 5.9 tremor was felt more strongly than you’d expect.
A fairly common West Coast news story is making a big splash in Virginia today: An earthquake struck central Virginia and its effects were felt throughout the region.
This site for young seismologists has a rundown of earthquakes in the U.S. that didn’t take place on the West Coast.
If you came to our blog yesterday to read about the search for missing Blacksburg High School student Grace Cranwell, thankyou! And know that she is safe and sound.
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For today, lets talk about hipsters. Hipster-ness has seemingly been growing at colleges across the nation, according to this article, which even goes as far as to list the top hipster colleges in the U.S.!
Is hipster-ism taking over Virginia Tech? Let us know what you think.
Grace Cranwell, a Blacksburg High School senior, returned home today, Aug. 22, after being missing this weekend.
Lindy Cranwell, Grace’s mother, posted on her daughter’s Facebook wall at 1:01 p.m. today, indicating she is home safely.
The post reads as follows:
“Yes, Grace is home. She is tired, hungry, and crying but ok and home. Praise God!”