Police in Galveston arrested a man last Saturday who claimed he assaulted a woman because he was a 500-year-old vampire and “needed to feed.”

19-year-old Lyle Monroe Bensley broke into the victim’s apartment and attacked her in her bed, repeatedly biting and hitting her while making “growling and hissing noises.” After Bensley dragged the woman out of the apartment she managed to break free and escaped with the help of a neighbor.

Police arrived to find Bensley in a nearby parking lot. “He was begging us to restrain him because he didn’t want to kill us,” said officer Daniel Erickson. According to a medical evaluation, Bensley was not under the influence of drugs.

He remains at the Galveston County jail under a mental health hold.

Shot in the fields of Springfield, Nebraska, check out Lady Gaga’s wild new music video for “You and I.” Gaga explains the concept of the video which follows her as she walks from the concrete jungle of New York City to dirt roads of rural Nebraska.

“I’m walking with no luggage and no nothing and it’s just me and my ankles are bleeding a little bit and there’s grass stuck in my shoes and I’ve got this outfit on and it’s real sort of New York clothing and I’m sprinting,” explained Gaga. “The idea that when you’re away from someone you love, it’s torture. I knew I wanted the video to be about me sprinting back and walking hundreds of thousands of miles to get him back.”

Science. Is. Rock & Roll.

Will.i.am … I take back everything I’ve ever said about your songs. I’ve got a feelin’, and that feelin’ is that you are doing something amazing with i.am.FIRST.

You’re right … we need to turn the spotlight onto our best and brightest minds, to make them our idols. You’re right that the gadgets we depend on for music, life and work wouldn’t exist without science. We need to remind kids that being interested in science isn’t something that has to stop as you grow, but rather it can cause you to grow beyond your wildest dreams.

ABC aired a one-hour special featuring Will, robotics inventor Dean Kamen, and a host of stars from music and beyond reminding us why scientists are our rock stars too.

Did you miss it? Don’t worry, found it on youtube. here. (Unfortunately, I think they could have done the show better, but I’m not complaining. Anything in this direction is already a win.)



Drug Resistance in Food — Coming from Aquaculture?

A new and dangerous strain of Salmonella is circulating in Europe and North African poultry. As usual these days, it’s hypothesized to come from the use of antibiotics in factory farming operations. Only this time it’s a bit different.

Some less “clean” forms of aquaculture (the factory farming of fish) use a (disgusting) process called “integrated aquaculture”. Basically, this means that the ponds are fertilized with chicken poop, and the waste from the ponds is fed back to chickens as “feed”. Suffice to say that you wouldn’t want to eat either that fish or that chicken if you knew the source in advance.

It looks like the DNA that made this new Salmonella (almonella Kentucky ST198) so dangerous came from poultry feed/fish poop that was subject to some antibiotic exposure and became resistant. It then jumped to the chickens through their feed.

It’s troubling on two counts. First, aquaculture is actually one of the more sustainable ways to provide ecologically-friendly food protein to the world’s population, so seeing dangerous bugs pop up in that world is not good news. Second, because aquaculture is a young method compared to land-animal farming, the regulations are weak and incomplete, therefore allowing such practices as poop-food recycling. It means that antibiotic abuse is part of small-scale farms now, and those farms are growing fish.

(via Wired Science)

Breaking Breaking Bad News: AMC announced yesterday that it has picked up 16 additional episodes of the critically acclaimed dramaBreaking Badcomprising the network’s final order.

According to the official press release, production will begin in early 2012, but the roll-out — which may split the episodes into two seasons — and a premiere date have yet to be determined.

As promised, Charlie Sheen made an appearance at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos, only to be booed and pelted with various objects.

Behold: This is what an all-time-low looks like.

Morning Links:
Not So Fast, Baby: Austin Powers 4 deal not quite done.
SF Weekly’s All Shook Down talks to Doctor Octoroc about what makes the chiptune master beep.
Twitter Account of the Day: T-800 (@111001001101010).
Morning Distraction: Psychopomps. (via.)
Morning Wood: Chasity Soules.
Morning List: The 30 Harshest Musician-on-Musician Insults in History.
[photo: reddit.]

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