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« Reply #12030 on: Jan 6th, 2015, 11:12am »

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« Reply #12031 on: Jan 6th, 2015, 3:40pm »

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« Reply #12032 on: Jan 6th, 2015, 3:45pm »

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Severe weather warnings as 90mph winds forecast to hit UK

Powerful 250mph jet stream and two Atlantic "weather bombs" will see UK battered by severe gales this weekend

By Emily Gosden
5:17PM GMT 06 Jan 2015



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Severe weather warnings have been issued for Friday and Saturday as a powerful 250mph jet stream and two Atlantic "weather bombs" bring winds of up to 90mph to the UK.

Scotland and the north of England will experience the worst of the bad weather, but it will be very windy across most of the UK with coastal and hilly areas in southern England also likely to see gusts of up to 60mph.

Travel disruption and power cuts are possible across Scotland, Northern Ireland, the northern half of England and northern parts of Wales, the Met Office said.

Forecasters said that two Atlantic storms would rapidly deepen - in a phenomenon known as explosive cyclogenesis or a weather bomb - and pass just to the north of the UK.

"Northern Scotland is likely to see the strongest winds as the storms pass by on Friday and Saturday, with gusts of up to 90mph or more possible in the most exposed regions," the Met Office said.

An unusually powerful jet stream - the narrow band of fast-moving wind, more than 30,000 feet up in the atmosphere - would contribute to the formation of the low pressure patterns, fuelling the storms.

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The jet stream is going to be particularly strong later this week and this effectively fuels the low pressure systems moving across the Atlantic, causing them to deepen rapidly as they pass to the north of the UK.

“This will bring some very strong winds across the UK, but they will most likely be strongest in northern Scotland – which is expected to see the greatest impacts from the weather.

"This is likely to cause disruption in places and people should stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings to get the latest information as we move closer to the end of the week.”

Friday’s severe weather warnings for wind cover almost all of Scotland and the northern part of Northern Ireland, while Saturday’s warnings also extend south to cover the northern half of England and northern parts of Wales.

The most severe alerts, covering the northern part of Scotland, warn of possible “structural damage” and large waves that may cause “dangerous conditions along some coasts”.

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« Reply #12033 on: Jan 6th, 2015, 4:31pm »

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« Reply #12034 on: Jan 6th, 2015, 7:44pm »

Agencies investigating mysterious ‘booms' in Hamblen County (East Tennessee)

Jay Miller
Jan 6, 2015

MORRISTOWN — The Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Management Agency in Morristown is asking residents of the Hamblen County area if they “felt or heard a loud boom” early Tuesday.
Chris Bell, director of the Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Management Agency in Morristown, said they have had widespread reports from people in the community about mysterious vibrations and unexplained loud noises.
The “booms” have been occurring “for quite some time,” and the agency is working to find the source of the noise, according to a Facebook post by the agency Tuesday morning.
“People report windows shaking or a boom that sounds like a transformer booming, or something running into their house,” Bell said.
According to Bell, EMA is working with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to determine the cause of the disruption. CERI has deployed an instrument that detects seismic activity to help determine the source of the sounds.
“We had an instrument deployed here in town to figure out what those booms originate from,” he said. “The instrument is a seismic instrument that reads when there is ground shaking. We are still investigating.”
Bell said the groups have narrowed down a few possible reasons for the disruptions, but so far they can only speculate on the cause.
“There is speculation,” he said. “We are trying to rule out man-made (causes), and we believe that it could be something that is natural, but we cannot determine that until we have reviewed the data.

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Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Management Agency
Good morning: Today is Tuesday, January 6, 2015. If you felt and heard the loud boom this morning please let us know so that we can contact you. Please include your name, full address and a contact number where you can be reached. These booms have been going on for quite some time and our agency is working with another agency trying to find out where the booms are coming from and why. This information is very imperative to us so please reach out to us either on here or at our phone number, (423) 581-6225 and ask for Director Chris Bell or myself Teresa Ewing, Administrative Assistant.

Afternoon Update:
We greatly appreciate everyone who has called in and gave us your information or either left a message on our page. We have now compiled a listing of locations and we are working with an agency in the Memphis area to determine the exact location and/or cause of the booms. With this type of magnitude that was felt and heard this process may take some time but once we can get a more clear dimension and location we will be working close with the agency out of Memphis and once information has been obtained we will be letting our community know the outcome as we know more. Again, the communities support is greatly appreciated and keep watch on our facebook page for updates as we get them in. Please keep in mind that we do not give out any names or phone numbers to any agencies as we consider this private information, the information that was collected from our agency will stay within our agency. Thank you for your concern and for the calls and posts.but once we can get a more clear dimension and location we will be working close with the agency out of Memphis and once information has been obtained we will be letting our community know the outcome as we know more. Again, the communities support is greatly appreciated and keep watch on our facebook page for updates as we get them in. Please keep in mind that we do not give out any names or phone numbers to any agencies as we consider this private information, the information that was collected from our agency will stay within our agency. Thank you for your concern and for the calls and posts.

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« Reply #12035 on: Jan 7th, 2015, 10:10am »

Hey Swamprat,

Some other area, I can't remember where, reported mysterious booms.

Good morning cheesy

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The Leap Second Is About to Rattle the Internet. But There’s a Plot to Kill It

By Robert McMillan
01.08.15

The Qantas Airways computers started crashing just after midnight. A few hours later, as passengers started flying home from weekend getaways, there were long delays in Brisbane, Perth, and Melbourne, and the computers still didn’t work. Qantas flight attendants were forced to check passengers in by hand.

That Sunday morning in July 2012 was a disaster for Amadeus Software, the German company responsible for the software that had computer screens flickering at Qantas kiosks. But it wasn’t entirely the company’s fault. Most of the blame lay with an obscure decades-old timing standard for the UNIX operating system, a standard fashioned by well-intentioned astronomer time lords. They were working for an international standards body, a precursor of the International Telecommunications Union, which today officially tells clock-keepers how to tell the rest of the world what time it is. Back in 1972, they decided to insert the occasional leap-second into Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the standard most of the world uses to set wristwatches.

We’ve had 25 of these leap seconds since then, and we’re about to get our 26th. This week, the modern time lords announced that the next leap second will arrive at 11:59 pm and 60 seconds on June 30. That has some computer experts worried. Amadeus wasn’t the only company to go glitchy during the last leap-second. Reddit, Foursquare, and Yelp all blew up thanks to the leap second and the way it messed with the underlying Linux operating system, which is based on UNIX.

The trouble is that even as they use the leap second, UNIX and Linux define a day as something that is unvarying in length. “If a leap second happens, the operating system must somehow prevent the applications from knowing that it’s going on while still handling all the business of an operating system,” says Steve Allen, a programmer with California’s Lick Observatory. He likens it to the problem facing the HAL 9000, the fictional onboard computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which loses its mind after it is programmed to lie. “All the problems that crop up are, in a metaphorical sense, the HAL 9000 problem. You have told your computer to lie. I wonder what it will do,” he says.

The Linux kernel folks aren’t expecting any major issues when July 1 comes around, but the situation is unpredictable. Back in 2012, Linux creator Linus Torvalds told us: “Almost every time we have a leap second, we find something.” And this time around, there will be problems again. Torvalds doesn’t think they’ll be as widespread as they were three years ago, but they’re largely unavoidable. The “reason problems happen in this space is because it’s obviously rare and special, and testing for it in one circumstance then might miss some other situation,” he says.

As a result, some insiders are trying to abolish the leap second, in favor of more reliable system. But they may or may not succeed. Yes, we already have atomic clocks that don’t need leap seconds, and some standard time systems already use these clock. GPS has worked off of atomic clocks for decades, leap-second free. But some believe UNIX and Linux, its ultra-popular clone, should continue to get their time from the leap-second-friendly UTC standard. They want man and machine to remain in line.

Spring Would Be Fall

You can think of the whole mess as a kind of cosmic struggle between machines, which consider a day to be 86,400 seconds, and humans, who think of a day as one spin of Planet Earth. For thousands of years, one rotation of the earth was indeed the best way of measuring 86,400 seconds, but it turns out this is an imperfect method.

The moon’s gravitational pull on the earth’s water messes with things. So do earthquakes. In fact, there are many factors that can slow up or speed up the earth’s spin, much like an ice skater extending and pulling back her arms.

If the world moved completely to atomic clocks, then after tens of thousands of years, noon would fall in the middle of the night. And long after that, spring would be the season, here in the US, that starts in November.

Switching to something like the GPS system seems like an obvious way around this. Let the computers have their crazy time and leave UTC for human wristwatches. But things aren’t quite so simple. Some think abandoning UTC would lead to more time-translation problems. And because so many computers are already hard-coded to use the UTC standard, weaning them from it would be a big and nasty piece of coding work. “It would just cause other problems instead,” Torvalds says. “Many worse problems.”

Showdown in Geneva

With the next leap second looming, some of our current day time lords are looking to abolish the whole idea at the next meeting of the International Telecommunications Union, the group that responsible for UTC. The leap second question has been openly debated for 15 years, but this November, it will come to a head at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, according to Wayne Whyte, a NASA program manager who chairs the group that’s studying whether to drop the leap-second.

Will it get passed? Nobody knows for sure, but people who follow the time war say that some members of the ITU really don’t like the idea. “It’s a really complicated issue,” says Marek Kukula, the public astronomer with the Royal Observatory Greenwich. “Some of the contributing factors are cultural and emotional,” he says.

Kukula wouldn’t be surprised to see the debate tabled for another decade or two. “My impression is that they’re not desperate to come to a conclusion,” he says. “And in their position, I totally understand how they feel.”

Man and Machine

None of this will be much use to Udo Seidel, over at Amadeus Software. The ITU meeting doesn’t happen until months after the June leap-second, so he’s quietly building out a set of test tools that allow system administrators to simulate the leap-second effect and see if everything crashes.

Seidel was working at Amadeus back in 2012 when it systems crashed, so he’s probably one of the first people you’d expect to call for is abolition. But when I ask him what he thinks, he grows thoughtful on the phone. Whimsical, even.

We should keep the earth and its computers in alignment he tells me. To him, it just feels like the right thing to do. And besides, he’s a technologist. “If we cannot manage to make our systems handle a leap second,” he says, “then we have bigger problems.”

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/leap-second-rattle-internet-theres-plot-kill/

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PET scans hint at brain’s reorganization after injury

by Ashley Yeager 3:02pm, January 7, 2015

Imaging monkeys’ brains after strokelike injury is giving scientists clues to how neurons reorganize themselves so the animals can move again.

In a new study, rhesus monkeys with damage to the brain region that controls hand motion were retrained to grip a potato piece through a small opening. PET scans and other analyses of the monkeys’ brains before and after injury show that early in recovery, there is more activity in a region called the ventral premotor cortex, which sits relatively far from the injury site. Later in recovery, connections grew stronger between the injury site and parts of the brain closer to it.

The results, published January 7 in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that brain remapping that occurs during rehabiliation after strokes and similar injuries may follow multiple steps, which depend on the time since the damage was done. Further studies could have implications for treating people who have suffered strokes, the scientists say.

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/pet-scans-hint-brain%E2%80%99s-reorganization-after-injury

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