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article imageTopFinds: Melting ice alters gravity; Norway best place to age

By Michael Thomas     Oct 4, 2014 in Internet
So much of Antarctica's ice has melted that Earth's gravity has shifted. Norway is named the best place in the world to grow old. A carjacker picks the wrong woman to try and steal from in a viral video. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.
As we do every week, we've collected the top news stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists this week reported on environmental news, covered local arts events looked at the latest in virtual reality technology and more.
We also highlight some of the major topics Digital Journalists have been covering recently. Note you can see the trending topics at the top of any page on our news network, in the grey bar.

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Video: Belly dance stars come to Vancouver in Safar Conference (Includes interview and first-hand account) by AR Vasquez
Belly dance and Middle Eastern music in Vancouver's inaugural Safar Middle Eastern Dance and Music Conference and Gala Show.
Review: Lee Ann Womack's 'The Way I'm Livin'': Best country album of 2014 (Includes first-hand account) by Markos Papadatos
Country songstress Lee Ann Womack has released the best country album of the year with "The Way I'm Livin'," which came out on Sugar Hill Records.
Review: Joe Rogan delivers a mixed bag at JFL42 (Includes first-hand account) by Michael Thomas
Joe Rogan is a man of many day jobs — MMA colour commentator, podcaster, host of 'Fear Factor — but his first job was stand-up, and he brought a sprawling set to JFL42.
NextVR brings live 360° virtual reality content to mobile phones (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Matt Terndrup
In Laguna Beach, California, on the edge of the Crescent Bay, is a technology company called NextVR that is working on a platform that will fundamentally alter the way individuals view sports games and music events in the future.
De Blasio tries to squash new 9/11 investigation, City Hall fraud (Includes interview) by Ralph Lopez
For the second time in five years, petitioners working with 9/11 families have gathered over twice the 45,000 signatures needed to place an initiative requiring a new 9/11-related investigation on the New York City ballot.

Top Images

A view of the house in the Liberian capital Monrovia  on October 3  2014  where Thomas Eric Duncan  ...
A view of the house in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 3, 2014, where Thomas Eric Duncan, infected with the Ebola virus, was living prior to traveling to the USA
Pascal Guyot, AFP
A worker guards the entrance of a Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia on Octo...
A worker guards the entrance of a Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia on October 3, 2014, where NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who has been infected with the Ebola virus, is being treated
Pascal Guyot, AFP
Medical staff wearing protective clothes transport an Ebola patient to the isolation ward at the Uni...
Medical staff wearing protective clothes transport an Ebola patient to the isolation ward at the University Clinic in Frankfurt, Germany on October 3
Boris Roessler, DPA/AFP
The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of supplies on thei...
The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of supplies on their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014
Florian Plaucheur, AFP
Workers set up a new treatment centre as part of the fight against Ebola  on September 28  2014 in M...
Workers set up a new treatment centre as part of the fight against Ebola, on September 28, 2014 in Monrovia
Pascal Guyot, AFP
A medic works at an Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone  where there were an estimated 765 new ...
A medic works at an Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone, where there were an estimated 765 new cases of the virus last week
Carl de Souza, AFP/File
Traffic moves past Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas  Texas where a patient has been diag...
Traffic moves past Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas where a patient has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus on September 30, 2014
Mike Stone, Getty/AFP
Protesters and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a pr...
Protesters and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the headquarters of Legislative Council in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014
Xaume Olleros, AFP
Pro-democracy protesters  including one carrying a shield from the 'Captain America' comic...
Pro-democracy protesters, including one carrying a shield from the 'Captain America' comic book series, stand their ground as they look out for rival protest groups, next to a barricade on a road in Hong Kong, on October 4, 2014
Philippe Lopez, AFP
Police stand guard in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3  2014
Police stand guard in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014
Anthony Wallace, AFP
A man makes verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on ...
A man makes verbal threats against pro-democracy protestors in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 3, 2014
Anthony Wallace, AFP
Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a blocked road in Hong Kong on October 3  2014
Pro-democracy protesters sleep on a blocked road in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014
Alex Ogle, AFP
Police and protesters stand next to barricades outside government offices in Hong Kong on October 3 ...
Police and protesters stand next to barricades outside government offices in Hong Kong on October 3, 2014
Xaume Olleros, AFP
Pro-democracy protesters write messages on a banner in the central district of Hong Kong on October ...
Pro-democracy protesters write messages on a banner in the central district of Hong Kong on October 2, 2014
Philippe Lopez, AFP
A couple take wedding photogtaphs in front of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 1  20...
A couple take wedding photogtaphs in front of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 1, 2014
Philippe Lopez, AFP
In this long exposure photo  pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their mobile phones during a protes...
In this long exposure photo, pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their mobile phones during a protest near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014
Aaron Tam, AFP
US actor George Clooney ( L) and Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on Sept...
US actor George Clooney ( L) and Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014
Andreas Solaro, AFP/File
US actor George Clooney (R) stands on a taxi boat on the Grand Canal on his way to the Aman hotel on...
US actor George Clooney (R) stands on a taxi boat on the Grand Canal on his way to the Aman hotel on September 27, 2014 in Venice, Italy
Andreas Solaro, AFP
Pro-Ukrainian fighters drive in the Donetsk suburb of Peski village  October 3  2014
Pro-Ukrainian fighters drive in the Donetsk suburb of Peski village, October 3, 2014
Anatolii Boiko, AFP
An elderly woman walks past a checkpoint bunker as she crosses a bridge leading to Donetsk's ai...
An elderly woman walks past a checkpoint bunker as she crosses a bridge leading to Donetsk's airport, on October 2, 2014
John MacDougall, AFP
A Ukrainian woman walks through her wrecked home in Donetsk's Oktyabrsky district  adjoining th...
A Ukrainian woman walks through her wrecked home in Donetsk's Oktyabrsky district, adjoining the airport, October 2, 2014
John Macdougall, AFP
Smoke rises from the area near Donetsk's airport following heavy shelling on October 2  2014 in...
Smoke rises from the area near Donetsk's airport following heavy shelling on October 2, 2014 in Ukraine
John Macdougall, AFP
A woman injured at a bus station during a shelling cries after being taken to hospital in Donetsk  e...
A woman injured at a bus station during a shelling cries after being taken to hospital in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on October 1, 2014
John MacDougall, AFP
An injured man arrives on a stretcher at hospital after a shelling in Donetsk  eastern Ukraine on Oc...
An injured man arrives on a stretcher at hospital after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on October 1, 2014
John MacDougall, AFP
According to Unicef  74 schools and 44 kindergartens have been damaged despite a ceasefire near Done...
According to Unicef, 74 schools and 44 kindergartens have been damaged despite a ceasefire near Donetsk and Lugansk
John Macdougall, AFP/File
Rescue workers board a defense force helicopter heading for Mount Ontake during a search operation o...
Rescue workers board a defense force helicopter heading for Mount Ontake during a search operation on October 1, 2014 following a volcanic eruption near Otaki village in Nagano prefecture
Jiji Press, Jiji Press/AFP
Firefighters carry an injured climber down from Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture on September 28  2...
Firefighters carry an injured climber down from Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture on September 28, 2014, one day after the volcano erupted
Tokyo Fire Department, Jiji Press/AFP/File
Rescue workers and soldiers search for survivors among ash covered mountain cottages on Mount Ontake...
Rescue workers and soldiers search for survivors among ash covered mountain cottages on Mount Ontake after the volcano erupted
, Jiji Press/AFP
Japan's meteorological agency has restricted access to Mount Ontake as smoke and ash continues ...
Japan's meteorological agency has restricted access to Mount Ontake as smoke and ash continues to spew from it
, Jiji Press/AFP
Iraqi Shiite fighters from Tal Afar take part in a parade in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala in Ir...
Iraqi Shiite fighters from Tal Afar take part in a parade in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala in Iraq on October 2, 2014, ahead of joining the fight against Islamic State jihadists
Mohammed Sawaf, AFP
Turkish Parliament members convene to vote on a motion seeking a green light for the use of troops i...
Turkish Parliament members convene to vote on a motion seeking a green light for the use of troops in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State group jihadists, in Ankara on October 2, 2014
Adem Altan, AFP
Syrian Kurds look down on clashes between Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Kurdish fighters  close t...
Syrian Kurds look down on clashes between Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Kurdish fighters, close to the Turkish-Syrian border in Sanliurfa province, on September 28, 2014
Bulent Kilic, AFP/File
A picture released by Japan's Self Defense Force shows soldiers and rescue workers searching fo...
A picture released by Japan's Self Defense Force shows soldiers and rescue workers searching for survivors on Mount Ontake on September 28, 2014
, Japan Self Defense Force/Joint staff/AFP
Saudi security personnel stand among Muslim pilgrims gathering on Mount Arafat  near Mecca  to take ...
Saudi security personnel stand among Muslim pilgrims gathering on Mount Arafat, near Mecca, to take part in one of the Hajj rituals on October 3, 2014
Mohammed al-Shaikh, AFP
Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca as they perform one of the Hajj rituals
Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca as they perform one of the Hajj rituals
Mohammed al-Shaikh, AFP
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
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Bergen  Norway. The Bryggen  seen from across the harbor.
Bergen, Norway. The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor.
Bergen  Norway  seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Bergen, Norway, seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Section of Bergen  Norway with buildings from the time of the historic Hanseatic League. This area w...
Section of Bergen, Norway with buildings from the time of the historic Hanseatic League. This area was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

In the Media

Video: Carjacker tries to steal car from the wrong woman by Megan Hamilton
We've all heard the tired cliché that "crime doesn't pay," but this is especially true in the case of one thug who tried to pull off a carjacking when Deborah Smythe, 52, briefly hopped out of her Audi Q3 to open a gate at work and he hopped in.
Antarctic ice melts causing shift in Earth's gravity by Karla Lant
The effects of climate change are now so profound that gravity itself is changing. The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Friday that Antarctica has lost enough ice in only three years to cause a shift in the Earth's gravitational pull.
Norway named best place to grow old by AFP
Norway is the best place to grow old, according to the latest Global AgeWatch index of 96 countries published on Wednesday, while Afghanistan is the worst.
With no place to rest, 35,000 walrus gather on Alaska beach by Karen Graham
It can get very tiresome swimming around the Arctic Ocean without having any place to take a rest. And if you are a Pacific walrus, and spend your winters in the Bering Sea, it's essential that sea ice be present to use as a resting place.
Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin reunion 'doesn't look likely' by Earl Dittman
At a press conference to promote the reissue of two seminal Led Zeppelin albums, the iconic rock guitarist said the chances of the band reforming don't look very good. However, Page is anxious to tour and play material spanning his entire career.
Filipino boxers go for gold in Asian Games Thursday by Leo Reyes
At least four boxers of the Philippine boxing contingent in the ongoing Asian Games in South Korea are aiming for their individual gold medals when they face their semi final opponents Thursday in Inchon.
Swinging for Christ: Couple spreads word of God through swinging by Greta McClain
A Florida couple says they are helping to spread the gospel of Christ by "swinging", calling it all a part of "God's plan."
Caroline Kennedy says George Clooney chose his first lady well by Leo Reyes
Caroline Kennedy thinks actor George Clooney is eyeing the US presidency and his recent, well-publicized wedding to top British lawyer Amal Alamuddin could be part of his plan to move over to the White House soon.
Op-Ed: Why Algieri won't engage Pacquaio toe-to-toe on Nov. 22 by Leo Reyes
On Nov. 22 at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort & Casino in Macau, China, unbeaten American boxer Chris Algieri will share the spotlight with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and most likely he won't go toe-to-toe with the Filipino star.
Man pays fine with casino winnings, just as cops arrive by Owen Weldon
A man in Germany was able to avoid being arrested by paying a fine with his slot machine winnings, just as cops were going to arrest him.
Catholic Bishop resigns after being 'unfaithful' to vows by Greta McClain
One of England's most powerful and influential Roman Catholic Bishops has resigned after admitting he has been "unfaithful" to his vows.
Predicting the next Nobel Prizes by Tim Sandle
Using citation statistics, the Thomson Reuters is forecasting which researchers are likely to take home science’s top honors this year: the Nobel Prizes.
Op-Ed: Russia to join fight against ISIS by Robert Weller
Russia has decided to join the fight against terrorist ISIS in Iraq. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Iraqi officials and announced the offer.
Quantum technology advances digital communications by Tim Sandle
Technologists have shown that information stored as quantum bits can be "exponentially compressed" without losing information. This technological feat will be useful for a new generation of communications and computer storage.

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