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« Reply #11250 on: Aug 21st, 2014, 02:49am »

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Scientists generally agree that Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia about 200,000 years ago. But when did they die out? That's a tougher question. Now it seems that the answer is earlier than previously thought -- and by 10,000 years, the New York Times wrote Wednesday.

The new discovery has been cited by various news sites and was published in the journal Nature. It refutes the belief that Neanderthals lived in Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar until 30,000 years ago, even as groups of modern humans expanded.

Neanderthals in Europe died out 40,000 years ago, which means the heavy-browed relatives and modern humans lived in Europe simultaneously for 5,000 years, a new study of Neanderthal sites from Spain to Russia revealed. They might have even shared ideas and culture, the BBC noted.

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“This is a very strong compilation,” Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London said, according to the New York Times. “I think it kind of replaces the picture we had before.”

Modern humans migrated from Africa at least 600,000 years ago and crossed paths with the Neanderthals. DNA proof shows Neanderthals and humans not only encountered each other, but interbred about 50,000 to 60,000 years ago in western Asia.

“You’ve kind of got two parts of the story,” Dr. Stringer said. “There must have been a western Asia coexistence, which included interbreeding. Then there was a later coexistence in Europe, for which we have no evidence of interbreeding but possible evidence of some cultural contact between the groups.”

Modern humans might have played a role in the extinction of their ancestors. The big-brained and thick-boned hunters might have felt competitive pressure from early Europeans, who hunted many of the same prey species, research shows. "They were hunting the same animals, collecting the same plants and wanting to live in the best caves. So there would have been an economic competition," Stringer added, according to the BBC.

"But it was not an instantaneous extinction," he continued. "They were not hunted down and killed by modern humans or wiped out by diseases they might have brought with them from Africa. It was a more gradual process."

Neanderthals underwent a population decease around 50,000 years ago that left some of them in isolated groups, which is just around the time early modern humans arrived.

"In ecology when you see a species that is isolated and losing genetic diversity, you are seeing one that is often on the way out," Tom Higham of the United Kingdom's University of Oxford explained, according to National Geographic. "I think most of my colleagues would agree that having modern humans around played some role in the disappearance of the Neanderthals."

Neanderthals might have lived longer in Russia and Siberia, Dr. Higham believes, and he wants to expand his research there. The conclusions, however, are uncertain since the research sites do not contain bones of the actual inhabitants and researchers aren’t sure if Neanderthals or modern humans made the tools that were discovered.

“This gives us a framework, basically, which allows us to ask more interesting questions,” Nature commentator William Davies said, according to the Times. “About what the tools might mean, how they were used, what they tell us about Neanderthal interactions.”
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For climbing snakes, better safe than sorry

By Sid Perkins
19 August 2014 7:15 pm

Afraid of falling from a great height? Maybe snakes are, too. New research shows that several species of these legless reptiles, when climbing a wrist-thick pole, grip it more tightly than strictly necessary to keep from plummeting to the ground. In lab experiments, researchers first had 10 snakes from five different species (including Morelia spilota, the carpet python, shown) slither across a flat, sensor-studded surface covered with a textured fabric to determine the force they typically used to move forward. Then, the researchers had the snakes climb a vertical, 2.4-meter-tall pole covered with the same fabric and sensors. (All snakes scaled the pole using a “concertina” movement, gripping with one section of the body while pushing or pulling other sections upward. Click here (http://bcove.me/54gcjnoo) to see a video of a carpet python climbing, annotated with bars that show the pressure it exerted on the pole moment by moment.) On average, the snakes clung to the pole with at least three times more force than they actually needed to counteract gravity and move up the surface, the researchers report online today in Biology Letters. The exertion needed to generate this “safety factor,” which often exceeded five times the necessary force, requires substantial muscular effort in the short term but generally yields an evolutionary benefit to the snake because the consequences of failure (i.e., falling out of a tall tree) are so dire, the researchers say.

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Scientists Propose First Major Framework for Climate Engineering Experiments

by Brian Merchant
August 18, 2014

Professor Steve Rayner, the co-director of the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, has unveiled a proposal to create the first serious framework for future geoengineering experiments.

It's a sign that what are still considered drastic and risky measures to combat climate change, like artificially injecting tiny particles into the Earth's atmosphere to reflect sunlight back into space, are drifting further into the purview of mainstream science. The august scientific body has issued a call to create "an open and transparent review process that ensures such experiments have the necessary social license to operate."

Rayner, who served on the Royal Society of London's Working Group on Climate Geoengineering, released what's been christened the 'Berlin Declaration', at the world's first major climate engineering conference currently underway in Germany. Rayner issued a call for amendments from the conference's attendees, which includes top climate scientists, policymakers, and geoengineering scholars.

The draft, in its current iteration, states that "New technologies have the potential to provide significant benefits to society, but they can also be controversial. Indeed the controversies surrounding new technologies have often led to a backlash against their development, as has been seen in the fields of genetically modified organisms and nuclear power." You can read the full draft here—it was distributed at the Climate Engineering Conference in Berlin, where I'll be reporting from all week.

It's specifically focused on a subset of geoengineering projects called solar radiation management, which also includes proposals to brighten clouds over the ocean and to send tiny mirrors into orbit to deflect sunlight. The grander geoengineering projects, which fall into this category, have inspired comparisons to schemes befitting Dr. Evil.

"The emergence of interest in climate geoengineering, broadly defined as the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract climate change, has provoked controversy about the practicality and wisdom of such ideas," the document reads.

In an interview, Rayner told me that the document was inspired in part by a failure of a previous foray into climate engineering experimentation, the first attempt by the SPICE (Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering) project to explore aerosol delivery into the stratosphere.

That undertaking would have floated a blimp a kilometer into the sky to spray 40 gallons of water into the atmosphere, in an attempt to illustrate the machinery that could be used to deliver aerosol particles into the stratosphere.

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« Reply #11254 on: Aug 21st, 2014, 11:03pm »

VERY KEWL CRYSTAL!!!

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on Aug 21st, 2014, 11:03pm, ZETAR wrote:
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Effort to restore grizzlies in North Cascades gets rolling

Nearly 40 years after the grizzly bears were declared threatened, the federal government will start environmental analysis of restoring the species to Washington.

By Sandi Doughton
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21 August 2014

Nearly four decades after grizzly bears were declared threatened in the Lower 48 states, long-stalled efforts to bring the species back to Washington’s North Cascades are rolling again.

The federal government announced Thursday it will launch an environmental analysis this fall to evaluate strategies to boost bear numbers. Among the options on the table, the most controversial is the possibility of transplanting grizzlies from healthy populations elsewhere.

“This is huge news for the Pacific Northwest and for grizzly bears,” said Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest, which has been pushing to restore grizzlies for 25 years. “This is the turning point.”

Chris Morgan, founder of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, said he had tears in his eyes when he heard the news. “These animals have always lived in the North Cascades, and I think they deserve an opportunity to persist and thrive there,” he said.

But not everyone is thrilled about sharing the woods with creatures that can tip the scales at more than 500 pounds, run as fast as a racehorse and wield fearsome teeth and claws.

The species’ scientific name — Ursus arctos horribilis — reflects the terror the bears inspired in early explorers, including Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

“Grizzly bears are incredible, wonderful animals,” said Tom Davis, director of government relations for the Washington Farm Bureau. “I just wouldn’t want them living next door to me, and I think that’s how farmers and ranchers ... feel.”

The three-year analysis will determine the best approach to restoring grizzlies, and will involve extensive public debate, said Chris Servheen, grizzly-bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“It may not be universally agreed upon at the end, but at least people will know it’s not something that was cooked up in a backroom,” he said.

There’s no guarantee of action even after the process is finished, Servheen added. It all depends on funding, the lack of which is largely responsible for the slow pace of progress so far.

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a news release that the option to not restore the bears will also be considered.

As many as 100,000 grizzlies once roamed the Western United States before trapping and bounty hunting pushed them to the verge of extinction.

Biologists estimate fewer than 20 of what some call “ghost bears” still survive in the North Cascades ecosystem — a nearly 10,000-square-mile expanse of wild country that extends from the Canadian border to Interstate 90.

The last confirmed sighting was in 2010, when a hiker photographed a grizzly munching on vegetation in North Cascades National Park. After that report, state and federal biologists launched an extensive search for grizzly scat or hair but came up empty, Servheen said.

The North Cascades ecosystem, most of which is federal land, is one of six designated grizzly-recovery areas, and the only one outside of the Rocky Mountains.

But while most of the other areas have active recovery programs, North Cascades has languished.

When conservation groups petitioned to have grizzlies in Washington classified “endangered” — a more critical designation than “threatened” — the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed that the change was warranted but said the plight of other species took higher priority.

“It has become a competition between bears and other animals, which is unfortunate,” Scott said.

A recovery plan for North Cascades grizzlies written more than 20 years ago set a population goal of 200 to 400 animals.

Those seem like big numbers, said Jack Field, executive vice president of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association.

“The biggest concern I have is that the recovery objectives are set too high,” he said.

Even though recovery efforts will occur primarily on federal lands, a resurgence is sure to affect private landowners in the area, Field added.

Ranchers in the northeastern part of the state are already dealing with livestock losses caused by the return of wolf packs, he pointed out.

And grizzlies can also pose a danger to people.

“The issue of grizzlies and human safety is a real concern,” Field said.

Grizzly attacks on humans are rare, with an average of one fatal mauling every 10 to 15 years in the Lower 48 states, Servheen said.

But in 2011, grizzlies killed two hikers in Yellowstone National Park, where the population of the bears has tripled to about 700 in recent decades.

Grizzly recovery in the Yellowstone area was accomplished mainly through measures to eliminate garbage dumps and to educate people on avoiding conflicts with bears, Servheen said.

But the population there numbered about 180 animals when the project started in the 1980s.

Many experts argue that it will be impossible to re-establish a healthy population of grizzlies in the North Cascades without transplanting bears to kick-start reproduction. A National Park Service spokesman said a decade of monitoring has shown little evidence of bears migrating on their own from Canada.

Over the past 15 years, biologists have trapped about a dozen bears in Canada and around Glacier National Park and released them in the Cabinet-Yaak area of northwest Montana and northern Idaho. Genetic tests show that many of the transplants reproduced, helping bolster the local population.

“We know how to move bears successfully,” Servheen said. “It’s a tool in our toolbox.”

But the idea is so contentious that the state Legislature adopted a law that forbids state agencies from importing bears.

The measure may not block federal efforts, but it certainly would complicate things, Scott said.

Overall support for grizzly recovery in Washington is high, said Morgan. More than 80 percent of rural residents surveyed by his organization in the northwest corner of the recovery zone supported grizzly recovery and agreed that the bears are worthy of preservation.

Grizzlies have an important role to play in wild ecosystems, Scott pointed out. “They not only enrich the ecology but they enrich our lives,” he said. “Grizzlies are no less deserving of a place here than any other creature.”

But to the people on the east side of the Cascades who are most likely to encounter the bears, the push to restore another top predator feels like an attempt by city dwellers to impose their will across the state, Davis said.

“The romance the west-siders feel for the grizzly bear is not equally shared on the east side, where they live where the bears are.”

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« Reply #11258 on: Aug 23rd, 2014, 08:12am »

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« Reply #11259 on: Aug 23rd, 2014, 4:51pm »

THE OTHER NIGHT SOUTH TEXAS HAD AN AWESOME LIGHTNING SHOW ~ SOME OF THE MOST UNIQUE PATTERNS OF LIGHTNING I'VE SEEN ~ EVER ~ THOUGHT IT WAS QUITE KEWL ~ THE NEXT DAY COUNTLESS PEOPLE REVEALED THE PHOTOPGRAPHS OF THIS ANOMALY/UNKNOWN DURING THAT STORM/LIGHTNING..............

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« Reply #11260 on: Aug 23rd, 2014, 6:08pm »

Lets Mix it up cheesy

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Meet the 'coywolf' a hybrid of a wolf and a coyote which is taking over the northeast of the U.S.
The wild animal has been spotted roaming around West Virginia and in the land north of the Great Lakes
The animal has 1/4 wolf DNA, 2/3 coyote DNA and the rest is from dog
The coywolf can be 40 per cent larger than the Western coyote, with powerful wolf-like jaws
Over the past decade, the coywolf has emerged after wolves were hunted and forced north and coyotes moved east from the Great Plains
The animal's wolf genes allow the coyote to take down bigger prey, whilst its coyote genes let them adapt to built-up areas

Personally I would have named it Woyote smoother pronunciation..and even Woy from Virginia an old colleague and nature enthusiast would have approved..


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« Reply #11261 on: Aug 23rd, 2014, 6:26pm »

For what it may or may not be worth, ZETAR, Daily Grail had what seemed to be a pretty good post on the Houston UFO:

http://www.dailygrail.com/Alien-Nation/2014/8/Shedding-Some-Light-the-Houston-UFO-Sighting

Basically, it looks pretty likely that it was a reflection of a lamp post in car windows, at least in some cases.

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I dunno, but the post seemed worth a look to me.
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« Reply #11262 on: Aug 23rd, 2014, 6:34pm »

JJ looks like the same number of bulbs..but we dont see the light from the lamp.. Didnt the same thing happen in the old Washington DC photos and even some of the marfa lights..which were replicted in a UT university study?
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« Reply #11263 on: Aug 23rd, 2014, 8:39pm »

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YEAH...COULD BE...THE ONLY CAVEAT I SEE...IS A COUPLE OF HUNDRED WITNESSES CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN OR PHOTOGRAPHED THIS OBJECT.
THE APPROACH FROM MY PERSPECTIVE. WOULD BE TO CONDUCT A LIGHT SPECTRUM/SPECTRAL ANALYSIS...FOR STARTERS.
I SAW THE MAGNIFICENT BOLTS OF LIGHTNING...BUT DIDN'T SEE THIS UNKNOWN...BUT...PLENTY OF FOLKS DID...WHICH WITH THE NUMBERS...IS IT A MASS HALLUCINATION...MIRAGE...OR...huh...smiley

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« Reply #11264 on: Aug 23rd, 2014, 8:54pm »

The only thing I notice is that these points are very sharp rather than diffused as would occurr with light from a flashlight and increase with disance ..the sharpening could be a product of the digital gear refinin g and filtering..I am aware that various dancing sprites at time appear also but those tend to be in upper cloud strata..when filmed by sats..having what appears to me..the same number of lights as that towered lamp was a little to coincidental..yet..they dont appear on..at the source...I would love to see more pix from other witnesses..preferrably closer..and even more preferred during different nights..and cloud cover.


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Long time Houstonian, when we saw the main photo in question my wife and I both immediately thought of the highway lights here. Unfortunately, I feel I can also clearly see the evidence of poor photoshop editing in the picture as well (big line in the sky dropping down from the light circle, unlikely distortion).

Funny part is, when this happened.. we were in Marfa at the lights viewing platform!

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