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About Bennett Rieser

Bennett is a college-educated contract writer with WebProNews. When not bombarded by fascinating news or political upheaval, he spends his time relaxing with good friends, loyal family, and typically some of the many bastions of free internet discourse.
How Prohibition Made Soda the King of Beverages How Prohibition Made Soda the King of Beverages

A new book by author Tristan Donovan called Fizz: How Soda Shook Up The World was excerpted this week in the Atlantic, and he argues that Coca-Cola has the 1920′s Prohibition movement to thank for its rise to glory. As …

Lockheed Martin Announces SR-72, a Mach-6 Spy Plane Lockheed Martin Announces SR-72, a Mach-6 Spy Plane
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In 1998, the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was retired from service, and no plane has come anywhere near serving a similar role. With an announcement from Lockheed Martin Corp. last week, the supersonic stealth spy plane is about to reach …

New Taliban Leader: Same Boss Who Wanted Malala Dead New Taliban Leader: Same Boss Who Wanted Malala Dead

CBS News and The Week have both reported that, following the drone bombing of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, a new leader for the Pakistani Taliban Movement has been chosen. The AP confirmed the ascendance of a new leader with a …

Global Warming Causes Shrinking Mammals, Enlarged Reptiles Global Warming Causes Shrinking Mammals, Enlarged Reptiles

Phys.org noted a study published earlier this week by a University of Michigan paleontologist and his research team. They claim to have discovered a process of mammalian “dwarfing” that occurred during multiple climate warming events between 50 and 53 million …

Tsunami Debris Still Headed to US, Just No Island Tsunami Debris Still Headed to US, Just No Island

UPDATE: Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris specialist, said this with regard to clarifications from the NOAA about the reports of a “Texas-sized” island: “Following the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan a tremendous quantity of debris washed into the Pacific …

Transylvania Scientist: “I Created Artificial Blood” Transylvania Scientist: “I Created Artificial Blood”
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MedicalDaily reports that a Romanian scientist from the town of Cluj-Napoca in historical Transylvania may have just created the first synthetic and side-effect-free artificial blood substitute. This new blood doesn’t use hemoglobin to carry oxygen like previous blood synthesis attempts; …

8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way 8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way
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The AP via NBC News took notice of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: apparently, Earth is one of 8.8 billion similar planets in the Milky Way that fall inside the “Goldilocks …

India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds

India seeks to join the United States and the former Soviet Union in a singular space exploration achievement: sending an unmanned probe to Mars successfully. India’s space agency (ISRO) hopes to demonstrate their nation’s capacity to reach the orbit of …

Skydiver Planes Collide; Everyone Jumps to Safety Skydiver Planes Collide; Everyone Jumps to Safety

It was supposed to be an exciting weekend until everything went terrifyingly wrong in a split second for two planes, each full of excited skydivers. CNN reports that those two planes endured a mid-air collision, but everyone on both planes …

John Kerry Visits Egypt, Vows Support for Interim Gov’t John Kerry Visits Egypt, Vows Support for Interim Gov’t

NBC News and Fox News both report that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Egypt last weekend to see just how much of a foothold democracy has gained. “President Obama and the American people support the people of Egypt,” …

CoD: Ghosts Will Run at 720p on XB1 While PS4 Runs 1080p CoD: Ghosts Will Run at 720p on XB1 While PS4 Runs 1080p
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Call of Duty has done it again, at least in terms of causing controversy. Unlike previous controversies of the next-generation consoles, one of which involved Microsoft’s crazy DRM policies and the feud with the retail/resale market while another cited NSA-like …

Churches Now Attracting Members With Free Beer Churches Now Attracting Members With Free Beer
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NPR reports that while some churches are dealing with the problem of a dwindling congregation, others are trying to create a new kind of Christian community: one dedicated to good beer. Church-in-a-Pub, as it’s being affectionately called, sounds like quite …

Archaeologist: King Tut Died… While Chariot Racing Archaeologist: King Tut Died… While Chariot Racing
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His discovery captivated the world, and from 1922 on, discoverers Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter would become the most famous (and, allegedly, accursed) Egyptologists until their mysterious deaths. Over 20 people associated with the famous discovery of King Tutankhamen’s earthly …

DARPA Just Spent $26M… On Anti-Missile Laser Beam DARPA Just Spent $26M… On Anti-Missile Laser Beam
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According to an article in Military & Aerospace Electronics, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has given a total of $26 million in contracts to two U.S. defense companies to research a more efficient anti-missile defense system. Northrop Grumman’s …

If ‘Walking Dead’ Were Real, Could Zombies Really Walk? If ‘Walking Dead’ Were Real, Could Zombies Really Walk?

So AMC has renewed zombie-smashing hit series The Walking Dead for a fifth season, but after five years of shambling around trying to munch the brains of Rick Grimes & co., would there be enough of the zombies left for …

Israeli Airstrikes: Three Attacks in Two Days Israeli Airstrikes: Three Attacks in Two Days

Israel appears to be responsible for a series of bombings over the last two days, according to separate reports by the New York Times and USA Today. The NYT article, published today, has Israeli military strikes killing four Hamas militants …

OPCW: Syria’s Chemical Weapons Factories Destroyed OPCW: Syria’s Chemical Weapons Factories Destroyed
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According to a press release from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the joint OPCW-UN mission to render Syrian chemical weapons production sites inoperable was highly successful. “The government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional …

F-35 Fighter Drops 1st Bomb Against A Ground Target F-35 Fighter Drops 1st Bomb Against A Ground Target
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Reuters reported yesterday evening that Lockheed Martin’s stealthy new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter laid waste to a tank at Edwards Air Force Base in California using a 500-pound guided bomb. The Pentagon confirmed this was the first time an F-35 …

Mercury From Gold Rush Contaminating Wildlife Today Mercury From Gold Rush Contaminating Wildlife Today

Gold mining has been called “the gift that keeps on taking” by geographer Gary Brechin, and the damage to California will possibly last ten millennia. The LA Times and USA Today report that the hydraulic mining practices of gold rush-era …

Five Cannons Recovered From Blackbeard’s Ship Five Cannons Recovered From Blackbeard’s Ship

In 1718, the legendary pirate Edward Teach, AKA Blackbeard, sank the Queen Anne’s Revenge off the coast of Beaufort, NC after the flagship accidentally ran aground in the shallows. For nearly 300 years, the ship rested and rusted, until 1996 …

Assassin’s Creed IV Expected To Sell 8 Million Assassin’s Creed IV Expected To Sell 8 Million
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Fortune video game writer John Gaudiosi reported today that the latest Assassin’s Creed franchise entry, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, is expected to sell 8 million copies. The number comes from video game analyst for Wedbush Securities Michael Pachter, who …

Supermax Prisons: Created in Response to Aryan Murders Supermax Prisons: Created in Response to Aryan Murders
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Slate crime correspondent Justin Peters wrote a story last week that explored the origins of the Super-maximum-security prison. In 1983, the Marion Penitentiary in Illinois was the toughest prison in the federal system. In Marion’s maximum-security complex, the most dangerous …

Troops Liposuction: Soldiers Needing to Pass Physicals Troops Liposuction: Soldiers Needing to Pass Physicals
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The AP via ABC News reports that desperate service members are seeking liposuction in order to pass the Pentagon’s body fat test, which can determine one’s future in military service by measuring the waist and neck. One plastic surgeon, Dr. …

The Ultimate Piracy Deterrent: Britney Spears Music? The Ultimate Piracy Deterrent: Britney Spears Music?

The Daily Mirror reports that merchant sea captains who sail off the coast of Africa repeatedly deal with pirate attacks and have found solace in the most unlikely of weapons: Britney Spears’ early catalog. The effects of the music are …