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« Reply #10620 on: May 6th, 2014, 10:38am »

It’s still a bit early here to give a full answer on insect life but from what I have seen compared with the last two years it is favorable considering last year was extremely wet, the queens emerging from the wasps and bumble bee nests seem extra large again compared with last year and all healthy but spiders are down dramatically. The butterfly and moth population is doing well so far and again seem healthy and I was worried that the wet season would have affected them but this does not seem the case although strangely the caterpillars appeared extra large as well this year. The frog and toad population is doing well this year indicating a good food supply but I will have a better scope when the swifts and swallows arrive , all in all a lot better than last year so far. As for smaller animals again it looks favorable as I have noticed moles, field mice shrew’s rat’s water voles along with otters are all doing well and the bird population is in extremely good health although there is a problem with the fish as the brown trout is scarce this year.
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« Reply #10621 on: May 6th, 2014, 10:52am »

on May 6th, 2014, 10:38am, hyundisonata wrote:
It’s still a bit early here to give a full answer on insect life but from what I have seen compared with the last two years it is favorable considering last year was extremely wet, the queens emerging from the wasps and bumble bee nests seem extra large again compared with last year and all healthy but spiders are down dramatically. The butterfly and moth population is doing well so far and again seem healthy and I was worried that the wet season would have affected them but this does not seem the case although strangely the caterpillars appeared extra large as well this year. The frog and toad population is doing well this year indicating a good food supply but I will have a better scope when the swifts and swallows arrive , all in all a lot better than last year so far. As for smaller animals again it looks favorable as I have noticed moles, field mice shrew’s rat’s water voles along with otters are all doing well and the bird population is in extremely good health although there is a problem with the fish as the brown trout is scarce this year.


Good morning hyundisonata cheesy

That is good news. Our ecosystem takes a lot of hard knocks. I do wonder what problems the youngins will inherit.

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« Reply #10622 on: May 6th, 2014, 10:57am »

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Bigfoot spotted hiking in Canadian mountains

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Tuesday 6 May 2014 12:06 pm



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New evidence of the legendary Yeti apparently hiking through a Canadian mountain range has just been been made public.

A hiker caught a large two-legged figure on video striding quickly through a snow covered mountain range in British Columbia, Canada.

Myles Lamont took this video three years ago but has only just uploaded it recently, quickly chalking up nearly 500,000 views on YouTube.

Mr Lamont has made it clear that he did not think this potential Yeti could be a bear or a wild animal.

The speed with which this supposed Bigfoot traversed the snow impressed the hikers as ‘the subject was clearly bipedal and was without snowshoes or a backpack and wearing all one coloured clothing’.

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« Reply #10623 on: May 7th, 2014, 07:54am »

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Norwegian army equips tank drivers with Oculus Rifts

07 May 14 / by Liat Clark

The Norwegian army is using the virtual reality Oculus Rift headset to improve visibility for tank drivers, overlaying vital information in the same way a video game might.

TUTV filmed tank drivers and army personnel testing the kit, using systems built by Norwegian camera technology company Making View, which specialises in generating 360-degree experiences. The system could revolutionise multiple army systems -- if proven to be reliable -- when you look at the figures. According to army personnel the TV channel interviewed, the cameras used cost $2,000 versus the army's $100,000 cameras, and Oculus Rift will cost around $350, a whopping $34,650 less than military goggles.

"It's very useful when you have to close all your hatches," Major Ola Petter Odden of the army's Combat Lab told TUTV. "Normally you would be more or less blind because there is armour all around you. With this system you can see just as well as if you were seeing out the hatch."

The system feeds off information gathered by four cameras with spherical lenses fitted to each side of the tank. Obviously this is something that would need to be worked on -- right now they look like an easy target for firing, or even misfiring, seen as they are so exposed. The image is transferred through a standard commercial PC to Oculus Rift. The software "wraps the spherical image back to a normal view," explains Pal Vindfallet from Making View. "With the Oculus you can turn and see in every direction around the vehicle, this gives you an 185-degree overview from each side of the vehicle. This means that you can look straight down in front of the vehicle. You can turn your head to the left, look down and see your entire track, which gives you a complete overview of the vehicle."

Admittedly, Odden tells TUTV, the image generated and visible through the headset will be more strenuous for the eyes, and so it should be reserved for "when you think you could be shot at".

"Over longer transports you might want to drive looking our the hatch because it's more natural for your head and you won't get tired that soon," he told the TV channel.

The gaming elements that might be overlaid in the commercial sector are also introduced here.

"With our software you can add elements we are used to from games," Making View's Daniel Ervik told TUTV. "You can have a map you can show each orientation, how much you tilt, the speed."

The army has been modelling the system since last year, but the report demonstrates that it is serious about taking it into combat situations -- more serious than ever now that the VR company has been bought out by Oculus Rift for a stonking $2 billion (£1.2 billion). "The fact that Facebook bought Oculus Rift means that they have strong financial backing and the development will advance just as rapidly forward now," commented Odden. "I'm optimistic we will soon have good enough goggles to run this as an operational concept."

A skeptic or two might pause over the possibility of the social media giant taking a foray into military services, and the potential crossover and information extractions that could occur -- after all, taking information when the customer is largely oblivious to it, is how Facebook makes its money. However there is no sign of Facebook interfering in the VR company's business plans, which focus on helping build a VR revolution for every industry through access to the low-cost device. In fact, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey made it clear in an interview that the acquisition wouldn't interfere with its software development kit and that the company would remain autonomous. Of course, things can change.

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« Reply #10624 on: May 7th, 2014, 07:58am »

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theguardian.com, Wednesday 7 May 2014 07.41 EDT

EasyJet is to use unmanned flying drones to inspect its fleet of Airbus aircraft.

The airline hopes to introduce the drones as early as next year following trials in the next few months.

The drones will be programmed to assess the carrier's fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 planes, reporting back to engineers on any damage which may require further inspection or maintenance work.

EasyJet is working with the Coptercraft and Measurement Solutions companies as well as Bristol Robotics Laboratory on modifying existing technology so it can bring in the drones.

EasyJet's engineering head, Ian Davies, said: "Drone technology could be used extremely effectively to help us perform aircraft checks.

"Checks that would usually take more than a day could be performed in a couple of hours and potentially with greater accuracy."

Dr Arthur Richards, head of aerial robotics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a partnership between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, said: "Aircraft inspection is a great application for drones. Coupled with smart navigation and computer vision, they can get accurate data from really awkward places.

"We look forward to working with easyJet to develop safe, effective and efficient drone systems for this challenge."

EasyJet also announced on Wednesday that it was looking at deploying new technology to enable a remote engineering team to see exactly what a pilot or engineer is seeing using virtual reality glasses.

The glasses use the world's first high definition see-through display system, providing augmented reality to help easyJet remotely diagnose a technical issue.

This technology will be especially useful in some of the airline's more remote airports across its network. The airline currently flies to 138 airports with some as far away as the Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt and Tel Aviv in Israel.

In addition, the carrier is bringing in special apps designed to aid engineers and pilots in key tasks and is also making its flights paperless.

EasyJet's chief executive, Carolyn McCall, said: "We have examined and assessed cutting-edge technology across many different industries and are now applying a range of new technologies to the aviation sector for the first time to help us run our fleet of aircraft more effectively, efficiently and safely."

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« Reply #10625 on: May 7th, 2014, 08:09am »

Energy mining's disposal wells may have role in Increase of Oklahoma's earthquakes
By Michael Martinez, CNN
Wed May 7, 2014

(CNN) -- The oil and gas industry's injection of wastewater deep into the Earth is "a likely contributing factor" to the 50% increase in Oklahoma earthquakes since October, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The jump in temblors significantly increases the chance for a damaging quake -- 5.5 magnitude or greater -- in the Great Plains state, the federal agency said.
"As a result of the increased number of small and moderate shocks, the likelihood of future, damaging earthquakes has increased for central and north-central Oklahoma," the USGS said Monday.

The increase in earthquakes "do not seem to be due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates," a recent USGS statistical analysis found.

Rather, a finding by the USGS and the Oklahoma Geological Survey "indicates that a likely contributing factor to the increase in earthquakes is wastewater disposal by injection into deep geologic formations," the USGS said.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, however, urged a wait-and-see approach in judging the USGS's assertions.

"Because crude oil and natural gas is produced in 70 of Oklahoma's 77 counties, any seismic activity within the state is likely to occur near oil and natural gas activity. The OIPA and the oil and gas industry as a whole support the continued study of Oklahoma's increased seismic activity, but a rush to judgment provides no clear understanding of the causes," the industry group said.

Between last October and April 14, the state experience 183 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater, the USGS and Oklahoma Geological Survey said. That is an increase from the state's long-term average from 1978 to 2008 of only two magnitude 3.0 or larger quakes per year.

"The water injection can increase underground pressures, lubricate faults and cause earthquakes -- a process known as injection-induced seismicity," the USGS said. "Much of this wastewater is a byproduct of oil and gas production and is routinely disposed of by injection into wells specifically designed and approved for this purpose."

To better gauge the increased quakes, the USGS and Oklahoma officials have added monitoring stations, which now stand at 15 permanent facilities and 17 temporary stations, the agency said.


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« Reply #10626 on: May 7th, 2014, 5:24pm »

Some really good news! :Soysauce Rules
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More than a decade after a Japanese soy sauce manufacturer said it had discovered a molecule in its sauce that could be used to fight HIV, the findings have been confirmed by university scientists.

According to a team of virologists at the University of Missouri, a flavor-enhancing molecule found in soy sauce – called EFdA – is up to 70 times more powerful than typical drugs like Tenofovir, which is often used as a first line of defense before the disease builds up a resistance.

“Patients who are treated for HIV infections with Tenofovir, eventually develop resistance to the drugs that prevent an effective or successful defense against the virus,” said Stefan Sarafianos, associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology in the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and a virologist at the Bond Life Sciences Center.

“EFdA, the molecule we are studying, is less likely to cause resistance in HIV patients because it is more readily activated and is less quickly broken down by the body as similar existing drugs.”

The discovery of the powerful molecule dates back to 1998, when Japanese soy sauce company Yamasa established a division of food scientists with the intention of studying how the body’s immune system reacted to the chemicals contained in food. According to Vocativ, the company discovered the potential of EFdA in 2001, when it noticed the make-up of the molecule bore a striking resemblance to existing HIV drugs on the market.

Thirteen years later, that research has been verified. When it comes to individuals whose bodies haven’t developed a resistance to Tenofovir, the soy sauce molecule is 10 times more effective.

“Not only does EFdA work on resistant HIV, it works better on HIV that has not become Tenofovir resistant,” Sarafianos said.

According to the University of Missouri’s science blog, EFdA’s effectiveness was also proven in monkeys by Sarafianos and other researchers like Michael Parniak of the University of Pittsburgh and the National Institutes of Health’s Hiroaki Mitsuya. In 2012, the three researchers showed that even in animals nearing death, EFdA allowed for rapid and impressive recovery.

“These animals were so lethargic, so ill, that they were scheduled to be euthanized when EFdA was administered,”Parniak told the blog. “Within a month they were bouncing around in their cages, looking very happy and their virus load dropped to undetectable levels. That shows you the activity of the molecule; it’s so active that resistance doesn’t come in as much of a factor with it.”

Moving forward, the researchers hope to apply EFdA most effectively in preventative measures, which the team sees as the best way to halt the spread of the disease. Continued research into the molecule could lead to other breakthroughs and even better ways to battle HIV.

“We want to understand how long EFdA stays in the bloodstream and cells,” Parniak said. “If we understand structurally why this drug is so potent it allows us to maybe develop additional molecules equally potent and a combination of those molecules could be a blockbuster.”

Watch it get regulated..in the mean time I recommend everyone rub their partners down with this stuff just in case..
Thats two household items..worth their weight in gold..soysauce and vinegar..



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« Reply #10627 on: May 7th, 2014, 9:14pm »

By Alan Mozes, HealthDay Reporter

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WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Move over, Frankenstein! Your 21st-century counterpart has just been announced.

In true sci-fi fashion, a team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, Calif., has created a brand-new bacteria based on a genetic structure found nowhere on Earth.


According to lead researcher Floyd Romesberg, the feat involved artificially engineering a unique combination of DNA material -- a combination not found in any living creature -- and then successfully inserting it into a living cell that usually contains only natural combinations of DNA.

"Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G," Romesberg explained in an institute news release. "And what we've made is an organism that stably contains those two plus a third, unnatural pair of bases."

"This shows that other solutions to storing [genetic] information are possible," he added, "and, of course, takes us closer to an expanded-DNA biology that will have many exciting applications -- from new medicines to new kinds of nanotechnology."

Romesberg and his colleagues discuss their handiwork -- funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health -- in the May 7 online edition of Nature.

The product of more than 15 years of work, the current effort builds on a proof-of-concept study conducted in 2008. At that time, investigators had shown that hooking up natural and unnatural pairings of DNA was possible in a test-tube setting.

The next challenge was to replicate the process inside a living cell. The cell chosen by the TSRI team was the common E. coli bacterium, and into it they inserted what they considered to be the best unnatural DNA pairing they could construct: a combination of two molecules called "d5SICS" and "dNaM".

After leaping through a series of highly complex technical problems, the study authors finally managed to pull off their goal: the fashioning on a half-synthetic organism that could actually replicate its unnatural self as long as scientists continuously supplied it with the necessary molecular material.

Romesberg said that, in principle, his team's high-concept work has a very practical purpose: to gain a "greater power than ever" to fashion new treatments by harnessing the power of genetics

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Romesberg insists the cost won’t be prohibitive. Moreover, he says, the requirement to keep feeding the X and Y precursors to the bacteria is actually an important safeguard: If some of the bugs ever escape from the lab, they’ll quickly revert to making natural four-letter DNA.

On that point, Benner agrees. “The public is always asking, are you going to create a monster that’s going to escape and take over the world,” he said. Benner thinks those fears are overblown, especially in this case. “If it gets out of the lab it’s not going to go down to the San Diego zoo and start eating the penguins.”
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« Reply #10628 on: May 8th, 2014, 09:15am »

GOOD MORNING SWAMP, SYS AND FELLOW UFOCASEBOOKERS cheesy


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Associated Press

Putin oversees Russian nuclear forces exercise

May. 8, 2014 6:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw a military exercise involving Russia's nuclear forces amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.

While Putin said the exercise had been planned back in November, it comes as relations between Russia and the West have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War over Ukraine.

Putin, speaking from the Defense Ministry's headquarters where he oversaw the exercise along with leaders of several ex-Soviet nations which are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, said that the maneuvers involved the military across the entire Russian territory, including the nation's nuclear forces.

Russian news wires said that the exercises simulated dealing a massive retaliatory nuclear strike in response to an enemy attack. The description of the exercise is unusually blunt, reflecting tensions with the West running high over Ukraine.

As part of the maneuvers, a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launched from the Plesetsk launch pad in northwestern Russia successfully hit a designated target on the Kura testing range on the far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, the military said.

Two nuclear submarines of the Northern and Pacific Fleets, the Tula and the Podolsk, also fired intercontinental ballistic missiles.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/putin-oversees-russian-nuclear-forces-exercise

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NASA wants YOUR ideas for a planned robotic mission to Europa

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:40pm

In many classic sci-fi films and outer-space odysseys, the enigmatic moon of Jupiter is often a place to avoid at all costs. But with Europa spewing 100-mile-high water plumes from its ice-clad south pole, scientists are now betting it may also harbor a deep subsurface ocean, heated by intense tidal forces caused by Jupiter's gravity. With this revitalized curiosity comes a quest to organize a robotic mission to Europa, and NASA wants your help.

They've issued a Request For Information (RFI) to all science and engineering communities for ideas and concepts centering around a mission that would cost less than $1 billion. All presentations must address fundamental questions about the subsurface ocean and the search for life beyond Earth.

"This is an opportunity to hear from those creative teams that have ideas on how we can achieve the most science at minimum cost," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate. "Europa is one of the most interesting sites in our solar system in the search for life beyond Earth. The drive to explore Europa has stimulated not only scientific interest but also the ingenuity of engineers and scientists with innovative concepts."

NASA has studied a variety of mission designs and concepts in previous years and currently is funding the development of technologies that will be needed for the science instruments for a Europa mission. Congress appropriated $80 million for this work in Fiscal Year 2014, and the Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal requests an additional $15 million. Previous scientific findings point to the existence of a liquid water ocean located under the moon’s icy crust. This ocean covers Europa entirely and contains more liquid water than all of Earth's oceans combined.

So, are you jazzed for a jab at this Jovian moon and wanna add your two cents? Or, did you see The Europa Report and know what lurks below?

http://www.blastr.com/2014-5-7/nasa-wants-your-ideas-planned-robotic-mission-europa

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Lol so long as I would never have to step on American soil I wouldn’t mind having a go at this had my lot the last time so wary of NASA. This is a very interesting little moon that may just have a few surprises up its sleeve.
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on May 8th, 2014, 12:06pm, hyundisonata wrote:
Lol so long as I would never have to step on American soil I wouldn’t mind having a go at this had my lot the last time so wary of NASA. This is a very interesting little moon that may just have a few surprises up its sleeve.


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It certainly would be an amazing project to be involved with.

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Here we go again huh




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Volunteers discover human foot washed ashore in Seattle while cleaning beach

There's trouble a foot! A cleanup at Centennial Park produces a New Balance sneaker with an appendage inside. In recent decades, more than a dozen feet have been discovered off the coast of Washington and British Columbia.

BY Nicole Hensley
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 1:02 PM

The latest human foot to wash ashore in the Pacific Northwest may not have a body to call its own, but it's in good company with a growing list of appendages to startle beach goers and fishermen.

A group of volunteers discovered a left foot while picking up trash in Seattle's Centennial Park on Tuesday after they found a stray tennis shoe on the Puget Sound beach, reported the Seattle Times newspaper.

It took a moment for the volunteer to realize there was still a foot inside it.

There have been more than a dozen feet - both left and right - discovered floating or washed up in areas of Washington and British Columbia in the past decades. In most cases, the original owner has never been identified.

The foot from Tuesday was encased in a men's New Balance tennis shoe, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office. The office released a photo of the model 622 shoe, a size 10 ½ that went on sale in April 2008.

The medical examiner's office hasn't determined the gender, age or ancestry of the foot.

There was a spree of five detached feet discovered in 2008, which sparked theories that the parts belong to victims of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia or a prankster with access to cadavers was dropping the parts to spook people, according to prior news reports.

Another theory? It's the sick work of a serial killer.

However, it's more likely the feet belong to people who drowned at sea, experts say.

The decomposing body is likely to come apart at the joints first, sending feet afloat.

The shoes that have been housing the feet remain buoyant after several years, oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer told the Seattle Times, and protect the feet from birds by floating sole up.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/human-foot-washes-ashore-seattle-park-article-1.1784523

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Putin oversees Russian nuclear forces exercise

May. 8, 2014 6:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw a military exercise involving Russia's nuclear forces amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.

While Putin said the exercise had been planned back in November, it comes as relations between Russia and the West have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War over Ukraine.

Putin, speaking from the Defense Ministry's headquarters where he oversaw the exercise along with leaders of several ex-Soviet nations which are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, said that the maneuvers involved the military across the entire Russian territory, including the nation's nuclear forces.

Russian news wires said that the exercises simulated dealing a massive retaliatory nuclear strike in response to an enemy attack. The description of the exercise is unusually blunt, reflecting tensions with the West running high over Ukraine.

As part of the maneuvers, a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launched from the Plesetsk launch pad in northwestern Russia successfully hit a designated target on the Kura testing range on the far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, the military said.

Two nuclear submarines of the Northern and Pacific Fleets, the Tula and the Podolsk, also fired intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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