Can curiosity lead to a jail sentence? In this case it can

Belinda Feek has the dubious honour of reporting on this sordid story

A Hamilton judge has labelled a man’s collection of “extreme” sex videos the worst he has encountered in his 37-year legal career.

So bad was the “disgusting” collection – which featured torture, bondage, bestiality and child rape, Judge Robert Spear said a deterrent message had to be sent to others that may follow David Robert Miles’ “curiosity”, and sentenced him to 13 months’ jail.

Between January 1, 2012, and April 19, 2013, the 67-year-old grandfather downloaded 16 explicit files to his computer hard drive that included torture of women and sexual abuse of children as young as 5.

The judge noted that some files were lengthy, with one up to 37 minutes, but most between two and six minutes long.

“The videos portrayed what might loosely be described as pornography at its most gross level. It involved sex offending involving very young children; it involved bestiality and torture.

“I have to tell you that with some 37 years of appearing or presiding over criminal courts and having to deal with cases of this nature, this is without question the most disgusting material that I have ever had to deal with.

Being in law enforcement against this sort of debased behaviour has to be both  the most rewarding and soul destroying.  On the one hand you know you’re doing the Right Thing, but it just has to eat away at you and change you as a person.   Read more »

Mars Mystery: what is that metallic hook sticking from the rock?


Universe Today reports

The Curiosity Mars rover has found some strange-looking little things on Mars – you’ve likely heard of the Mars ‘flower,’ the piece of benign plastic from the rover itself, and other bright flecks of granules in the Martian soil.

Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock.   Read more »

A small hole for Mars, a giant hole for mankind


Curiosity drills a hole that is 16mm across (5/8inch).

BBC Reports

Nasa’s Mars rover Curiosity has turned its drill in rock for the first time.

The big rover had previously used just the hammer action on the tool, but it has now progressed to operating the device in a rotary mode as well.

New pictures sent back from the robot show a small, shallow, rounded hole that is surrounded by fine tailings.   Read more »