If you are thinking about what I think you are you will in the future think twice...definitley think twice if you are one of the 3000 marines going to Africa to help out the natives. I would cancel out any Safaris too.
Developing research indicates that the Ebola virus could be passed via sexual intercourse. Scared yet?
The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has spent the last decade or two trying to convince people to wear condoms during sexual intercourse in order to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Prior to that, it and other public health authorities had spent many decades trying to get people to wear condoms during sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of acquiring gonorrhea or syphilis. And well before that, for at least 400 years, the condom was a popular form of birth control worldwide.
Now, the CDC finally has something to scare people into putting one on, a motivation so powerful that just about everyone reading this article will think twice about going latex-free at the next close encounter: Ebola.
Yes, the Ebola virus is potentially a sexually transmitted disease. Some have suggested that sexual transmission may account for some of the cases in the current completely uncontrolled outbreak engulfing West Africa. The risk is great enough that most experts recommend no unprotected sexual intercourse for three months after recovery.
The evidence is simple and quite compelling. It has been known for a long time, from other outbreaks, that a man who recovers from Ebola—in the current outbreak, about 45 percent survive—has detectable Ebola virus DNA in his semen for up to seven weeks. In addition, among infected women, viral DNA has been found in vaginal secretions for weeks after recovery. No one is certain that the viral DNA is actually living, transmissible virus—but any time a rapidly dividing virus is detectable for that long it is, in my opinion, certain that the virus is in fact alive and ready to kick.
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Mothman Museum lays out evidence for believers and skeptics
By Zack Harold
POINT PLEASANT — Museums are usually reserved for proof. Their exhibits — whether it’s a taxidermied specimen of some long-extinct animal, a collection of dinosaur bones, a historic document or some famous work of art — are meant to prove the existence of something and preserve those artifacts for future inspection.Not so with the Mothman Museum, Point Pleasant’s number-one tourist attraction.
There is no Mothman specimen. There’s not even a clear photo of the creature, or any other definitive proof of its existence. Like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, Mothman is a mythic creature that some people adamantly believe is real, even though the larger scientific community does not.However, the museum does feature several different kinds of “evidence,” such as it is, laid out for visitors to form their own opinions.
Founded in 2006 by Jeff Wamsley, author of “Mothman: Behind the Red Eyes,” the museum claims it has drawn visitors from all seven continents. It relocated last month to a new storefront just across from the town’s famous chrome Mothman statue.The museum will mark its grand re-opening this Saturday at 9:45 a.m., as part of the 13th annual Mothman Festival.While the collection was a bit jumbled in its former location, the new larger space has plenty of room to spread out spacey memorabilia, allowing the museum to better organize its exhibits.
One table features a display case containing hand-written eyewitness accounts of the first reported Mothman sighting. On Nov. 15, 1966, Roger Scarberry, Linda Scarberry, Steven Mallette and Mary Mallette claimed they saw a large, winged creature with glowing red eyes during a late night drive.The same table holds a scale model of the North Power Plant, Mothman’s alleged lair that was demolished in the early 1990s.There’s a corner devoted to the “men in black,” the mysterious agents some believe were dispatched to keep Mothman witnesses from talking about their experiences.
There are also displays devoted to John Keel, the writer and “UFOlogist” who wrote the 1975 book “The Mothman Prophecies,” and Mary Hyre, a local newspaper columnist for “The Athens Messenger” who often wrote about Mothman sightings.One wall is devoted to memorabilia from the 2002 film adaptation Keel’s book, including a blanket from the movie’s motel scenes and a police uniform worn by star Laura Linney.
An adjacent display includes newspaper clippings from the 1967 Silver Bridge collapse, which happened shortly after Point Pleasant’s final Mothman sighting.The museum has saved room for Mothman doubters, too. A few display cases feature alternative theories about the creature, like naysayers who claim it was a giant crane spotted in Point Pleasant, not a moth monster.
On a recent Friday morning, retired school teacher Jim Woods made the hour-long drive from his Chilicothe, Ohio home to see the museum. He stopped to take pictures of the Mothman statute with his digital camera before going inside. “I’d like to have him standing in my yard,” he said.Woods had never heard of the creature until he won a Mothman T-shirt at an auction. He started researching the tales surrounding Mothman and quickly became a fan. For his first visit to the museum, Woods came dressed in the orange T-shirt that first piqued his interest.“I’ve been wanting to come down here a long time to see it,” he said.Woods took his time inside the museum, slowly walking the long rows of folding tables covered in black table cloths and Mothman memorabilia.
Museum visitor Janice Buckley, 68, of Charleston, was not shy about voicing her opinion about Mothman. She’s a skeptic. “There’s two things I don’t believe in, this and Bigfoot,” she said.Buckley said she doesn’t believe the Scarberrys’ and Mallettes’ eyewitness accounts are reliable.“They admitted they were drinking that night,” she said.Buckley’s sister, Connie Craze, believes Mothman could be real, however.“I’ve seen UFOs. Anything’s possible,” Craze, 60, said. “There’s all kinds of stuff we don’t know about.”Craze said she saw a UFO when she was about 10 years old, while helping her brother Larry deliver newspapers on Charleston’s West Side. “It was the round, saucer type,” she said.The craft was silent, hovering outside the second-story of a home.“It was like they were looking in the window,” she said.The siblings ducked inside a hedge and watched as the alien craft ascended back into the dark morning sky.Listening to Craze tell the story, Buckley reconsidered her hardline stance on Mothman. She believes her sisters’ UFO story — “Connie’s never lied,” she said — so there might be an explanation for the strange creature spotted in Point Pleasant more thean 40 years ago.“If somebody said this was from outer space, I might be persuaded,” Buckley said.
Mothman believers from around the country will descend on Point Pleasant this weekend for the 13th annual Mothman Festival.The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Friday with the Miss Mothman Festival Pageant at Trinity United Methodist Church.Saturday and Sunday will feature musical entertainment by West Virginia and Ohio bands, as well as lectures by UFOlogists, cryptozoologists and paranormal researchers.
On Saturday, attendees can purchase “Mothman Pancakes,” the official food of the festival.For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.mothmanfestival.com. The Mothman Museum will be open all weekend, and is open every day from noon to 5 p.m.Admission is $3 for visitors age 11 and up, and $1 for children under 10.
Fantastically Wrong: Magellan’s Strange Encounter With the 10-Foot Giants of Patagonia
By Matt Simon 09.17.14 6:30 am
In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan took time out of his busy schedule of sailing around the world to stop in what is now Patagonia, where he found a naked giant dancing and singing on the shore. Magellan ordered one of his men to make contact (the unwitting emissary’s no doubt hilarious reaction to this sadly has been lost to history), and to be sure to reciprocate the dancing and singing to demonstrate friendship.
It worked. The man was able to lead the giant to a small island offshore, where the great captain waited. Describing the scene was a scholar along for the journey, Antonio Pigafetta, who kept a diary of the journey that was later turned into the book Magellan’s Voyage: A Narrative Account of the First Circumnavigation: “When he was before us, he began to marvel and to be afraid, and he raised one finger upward, believing that we came from heaven. And he was so tall that the tallest of us only came up to his waist,” and had a big, booming voice. The illustration above proves it—Patagonia was once inhabited by giants that positively dwarfed the heavenly Europeans that would come to conquer them.
Alright, maybe that isn’t airtight evidence. But it could well be that the people Magellan encountered, the Tehuelche, were indeed enormous, and that therefore this myth has some grounding in reality. And our trusty explorer would be damned if he wasn’t going to try to bring back evidence in pretty much the most obnoxious way you could imagine.
On that small island, Magellan had his men give the giant food and drink, then made the mistake of showing him a mirror. “Wherein the giant seeing himself was greatly terrified,” wrote Pigafetta, “leaping back so that he threw four of our men to the ground.” But once things had calmed down, the explorers proceeded to make contact with the rest of the tribe, hunting with them and even building a house to store their provisions while onshore.
After several weeks with the tribe, Magellan hit upon a scheme: He’d kidnap two of them and take them back to Spain to prove he had discovered giants. “But this was by a cunning trick, for otherwise [the giants] would have troubled some of our men.” Magellan gave them all manner of metal goods to fool around with—mirrors, scissors, bells—so they wouldn’t mind at all when he slapped cuffs and chains on their legs. “Whereat these giants took great pleasure in seeing these fetters, and did not know where they had to be put, and they were grieved that they could not take them in their hands” because their mitts already were full of other trinkets.
Magellan, though, lost his evidence during the long haul back to Spain. The giants didn’t survive. But what Magellan and Pigafetta did bring back was the tale and the new name of the land of the giants, Patagonia, the etymology of which is still unclear. Some have argued it means “Land of the Big Feet,” from “pata,” Spanish for foot. More likely, though, Magellan picked up the name from a popular novel at the time, Primaleon, which featured a race of wild people called the Patagonians.
Israel: Archaeologists Discover Crescent-Shaped “Moon God Monument” For The Ancient Mideast Moon God “Sin” 09/17/2014ICALeave a commentGo to comments 4 Votes
In Hebrew, the name “Lucifer” is “heylel” and means “light-bearer.” The Arabic equivalent is “hilal” and means “crescent moon.” Revealing the adversary’s corrupted ambitions, the Prophet Isaiah writes how Satan had said in his heart that “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation … I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Through “the man of sin” he will magnify himself above everything that is called god, even above God Himself, and will continue to pursue the iniquity of his disdain to the bitter end, to exalt his own throne upon the mount of his own congregation — the nation or “Ummah” of Islam — which derogates all other faiths and gods in order to honor its own. It is therefore no surprise that the rallying cry of Islam — “Allahu Akbar” — doesn’t really mean “Allah is great” as it is often translated by Western media. It means “Allah is greater.” A crescent-shaped monument to the moon god “Sin.” It’s another fitting name to a deceptive demon who takes so much pleasure in reveling in it …
Qur’an Sura 3:54, “… Allah is the best of the deceivers.”
Revelation 12:9, 13:4 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth … And they worshiped the dragon [Satan], for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’”
Recommended: Allah Was Originally a Pre-Muslim Arabian ‘Moon God’
The structure, known as Rujum en-Nabi Shua’ayb or Jethro Cairn, is located near the Sea of Galilee and predates the construction of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid in Egypt, as well as the writing of the Bible.
It was initially discovered in the early part of the 20th century, and was thought to form part of an anciant city’s defensive walls.
Butt doctoral student Ido Wachtel from Hebrew University in Jerusalem recently made a convincing case that the construction served as a monument in its own right.
‘The proposed interpretation for the site is that it constituted a prominent landmark in its natural landscape, serving to mark possession and to assert authority and rights over natural resources by a local rural or pastoral population’, Mr Wachtel wrote in a paper submitted to an archaeology conference in Switzerland.
Presenting his findings ad the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Mr Wachtel said the structure may have been erected to honour the ancient Mesopotamian moon god, ‘Sin’.
One of the most important gods in Mesopotamian mythology, Sin is symbolised as a crescent moon and often depicted riding on a winged bull.
The structure was found close to the ancient Israeli town of Bet Yerah, which translates as ‘house of the moon god’, and is believed to have been linked to the town’s religious community.
The vast structure, which is 150 metres long with a volume of 14,000 cubic metres. is thought to have taken more than five months to build.” Source – The Telegraph.
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New branch added to European family tree: Europeans descended from at least 3, not 2, groups of ancient humans
Date: September 17, 2014
Source: Harvard Medical School
The setting: Europe, about 7,500 years ago. Agriculture was sweeping in from the Near East, bringing early farmers into contact with hunter-gatherers who had already been living in Europe for tens of thousands of years.
Genetic and archaeological research in the last 10 years has revealed that almost all present-day Europeans descend from the mixing of these two ancient populations. But it turns out that's not the full story.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Tübingen in Germany have now documented a genetic contribution from a third ancestor: Ancient North Eurasians. This group appears to have contributed DNA to present-day Europeans as well as to the people who travelled across the Bering Strait into the Americas more than 15,000 years ago.
"Prior to this paper, the models we had for European ancestry were two-way mixtures. We show that there are three groups," said David Reich, professor of genetics at HMS and co-senior author of the study.
"This also explains the recently discovered genetic connection between Europeans and Native Americans," Reich added. "The same Ancient North Eurasian group contributed to both of them."
The research team also discovered that ancient Near Eastern farmers and their European descendants can trace much of their ancestry to a previously unknown, even older lineage called the Basal Eurasians.
The study is published Sept. 18 in Nature.
Peering into the past
To probe the ongoing mystery of Europeans' heritage and their relationships to the rest of the world, the international research team -- including co-senior author Johannes Krause, professor of archaeo- and paleogenetics at the University of Tübingen and co-director of the new Max Planck Institute for History and the Sciences in Jena, Germany -- collected and sequenced the DNA of more than 2,300 present-day people from around the world and of nine ancient humans from Sweden, Luxembourg and Germany.
The ancient bones came from eight hunter-gatherers who lived about 8,000 years ago, before the arrival of farming, and one farmer from about 7,000 years ago.
The researchers also incorporated into their study genetic sequences previously gathered from ancient humans of the same time period, including early farmers such as Ötzi "the Iceman."
"There was a sharp genetic transition between the hunter-gatherers and the farmers, reflecting a major movement of new people into Europe from the Near East," said Reich.
Ancient North Eurasian DNA wasn't found in either the hunter-gatherers or the early farmers, suggesting the Ancient North Eurasians arrived in the area later, he said.
"Nearly all Europeans have ancestry from all three ancestral groups," said Iosif Lazaridis, a research fellow in genetics in Reich's lab and first author of the paper. "Differences between them are due to the relative proportions of ancestry. Northern Europeans have more hunter-gatherer ancestry -- up to about 50 percent in Lithuanians -- and Southern Europeans have more farmer ancestry."
Lazaridis added, "The Ancient North Eurasian ancestry is proportionally the smallest component everywhere in Europe, never more than 20 percent, but we find it in nearly every European group we've studied and also in populations from the Caucasus and Near East. A profound transformation must have taken place in West Eurasia" after farming arrived.
When this research was conducted, Ancient North Eurasians were a "ghost population" -- an ancient group known only through the traces it left in the DNA of present-day people. Then, in January, a separate group of archaeologists found the physical remains of two Ancient North Eurasians in Siberia. Now, said Reich, "We can study how they're related to other populations."
Room for more
The team was able to go only so far in its analysis because of the limited number of ancient DNA samples. Reich thinks there could easily be more than three ancient groups who contributed to today's European genetic profile.
He and his colleagues found that the three-way model doesn't tell the whole story for certain regions of Europe. Mediterranean groups such as the Maltese, as well as Ashkenazi Jews, had more Near East ancestry than anticipated, while far northeastern Europeans such as Finns and the Saami, as well as some northern Russians, had more East Asian ancestry in the mix.
The most surprising part of the project for Reich, however, was the discovery of the Basal Eurasians.
"This deep lineage of non-African ancestry branched off before all the other non-Africans branched off from one another," he said. "Before Australian Aborigines and New Guineans and South Indians and Native Americans and other indigenous hunter-gatherers split, they split from Basal Eurasians. This reconciled some contradictory pieces of information for us."
Next, the team wants to figure out when the Ancient North Eurasians arrived in Europe and to find ancient DNA from the Basal Eurasians.
"We are only starting to understand the complex genetic relationship of our ancestors," said co-author Krause. "Only more genetic data from ancient human remains will allow us to disentangle our prehistoric past."
"There are important open questions about how the present-day people of the world got to where they are," said Reich, who is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator. "The traditional way geneticists study this is by analyzing present-day people, but this is very hard because present-day people reflect many layers of mixture and migration.
"Ancient DNA sequencing is a powerful technology that allows you to go back to the places and periods where important demographic events occurred," he said. "It's a great new opportunity to learn about human history."
WASHINGTON — The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is teaming with Seattle-based Blue Origin to design and produce a next-generation, American-made rocket engine for space launch, the companies announced Wednesday.
While the engine will be designed for multiple missions, the agreement is a clear move by ULA to develop an American-made replacement for the RD-180, used in its Atlas V vehicle for military space launch under the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. The Russian-made RD-180 has become a source of controversy following that country’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The RD-180 is a great engine, it’s a real workhorse, it’s reliable and it’s high performance,” Tory Bruno, ULA president, told reporters. “But this is a real opportunity to jump ... into the 21st century with modern technology so we can achieve more performance at a lower cost.”
Blue Origin has been a passion project for Jeff Bezos, best known as the founder of Amazon.com, and more recently as the new owner of the Washington Post.
Its prime facility is located just outside of Seattle — close to a number of facilities operated by Boeing, which owns half of ULA in a partnership with Lockheed Martin.
Bruno, who replaced long-time ULA head Michael Gass in August, heaped praise on Bezos as a true American success story.
“I just have to say how honored I am to sit up here with Jeff Bezos, one of our country’s truly great innovators and entrepreneurs, a man who has really changed how things work,” Bruno said.
It was hard not to miss the fact ULA now has its own silicon valley superstar on board to help counter the popularity of Elon Musk, the PayPal and Tesla Motors inventor whose SpaceX launch company has proven a thorn in ULA’s side.
That will be particularly helpful when dealing with Congress, which has clearly taken a shine to SpaceX as an alternative to the legacy provider of military launch. But while Bruno said the team was already holding meetings with members of Congress on its new venture, he insisted the decision was driven by the technology Blue Origin could bring to the table.
Bezos, for his part, referred to ULA’s decision to use its technology as a “huge endorsement from a very successful space launch company.”
The engine in question is the Blue Engine 4 (BE-4), which Bezos said could provide 555,000 pounds of thrust, operating with liquefied natural gas.
In the future, the engine also has the potential to be reusable, although that won’t occur for EELV purposes, Bezos told reporters.
Both men stressed that the Blue Origin team has been working on the engine for three years, which should reduce needed development time. Analysts have estimated that developing a new engine from scratch could take anywhere from five to seven years and cost $1 billion.
“By partnering with [Blue Origin], we have the opportunity to really cut that cycle in half,” Bruno said. “That means that in about four years from now we will be in a position to start flying rockets with this engine technology.”
ULA is making a “significant” investment in Blue Origin, Bezos said, but declined to say how much money the launch company was funneling to its new partner.
The engines will be adapted for the Atlas V and Delta IV, ULA’s existing launch vehicles. That will require some re-engineering on the vehicles to adjust for the differences in size and weight of the new stage-one rocket engines. ULA engineers are studying that issue and expect to make their decisions public by the end of the year, Bruno said.
Bruno confirmed that the relationship came out of a series of study contracts ULA announced in June.
The ULA event was held at the National Press Club in downtown Washington. As Bezos and Bruno finished speaking, the Air Force’s head of Space Command, Gen. John Hyten, discussed the announcement with reporters at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space conference, being held just outside the city.
Hyten said he was “excited” about the partnership, according to news reports. Both Bezos and Bruno said they had contacted the Air Force and received positive feedback about the new agreement.
Mysterious Satellite Launched from Florida by Atlas 5 Rocket
By Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now | September 17, 2014
Rocketing through gloomy skies with a payload clouded in a veil of secrecy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday to deploy a satellite thousands of miles above Earth.The CLIO satellite's purpose has not been revealed, but officials acknowledged it was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp. in a commercial arrangement with the craft's user: an unidentified U.S. government agency.
The level of secrecy is unusual for U.S. space launches. The National Reconnaissance Office, which owns the government's spy satellites, declares when one of its payloads is shot into orbit.
Such orbits are commonly used by satellites destined to operate in geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles high, where a spacecraft's speed and the rate of Earth's rotation match up, allowing a satellite to remain over a fixed location on the planet.CLIO's final orbit is still unknown.
"If CLIO operates in a portion of GEO (geosynchronous orbit) within sight of my fellow hobbyists who track such objects, then they are likely to come across it eventually," said Ted Molczan, a respected Canadian amateur satellite tracker.
The U.S. military and the National Reconnaissance Office own communications, missile detection and early warning, and eavesdropping satellites in such orbits.
But the mission of CLIO is being kept secret.
Lockheed Martin said the satellite is based on commercial technology, including the company's A2100 spacecraft bus, a type of platform used by commercial broadcasting craft, Defense Department communications satellites and the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System for early warning of missile attacks.
The paradigm of secrecy surrounding Tuesday's launch is similar to another satellite launch in September 2009, when a spacecraft named PAN lifted off from Cape Canaveral.
Like CLIO, the PAN spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin and launched on an Atlas 5 booster for an unspecified U.S. government customer.