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« Reply #13790 on: Nov 11th, 2015, 11:32am »
Striking thermal anomalies detected in Egypt Khufu Pyramid
Wed Nov 11, 2015
An international team of scientists and architects have revealed a mysterious thermal anomaly in the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the largest and oldest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex in Egypt, the country’s antiquities officials say.
In a statement released on Monday, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that “among the various identified thermal anomalies, the team has observed a particularly impressive one located on the eastern side of the Khufu Pyramid at ground level,” adding that in this part of the pyramid, an area of few blocks were hotter - up to six degrees Celsius - than its neighboring blocks.
According to the statement, many hypotheses and possibilities could be drawn up, including the presence of voids behind the surface, internal air currents or different materials used in building pyramids.
The project, called the Operation Scan Pyramids, was initiated on October 25 by the Faculty of Engineering of Cairo University and the French Institute of Heritage, Innovation and Preservation (HIP), under the authority of Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in order to identify the presence of unknown internal structures and cavities.
The project, which is expected to last at least until the end of 2016, uses a mix of technologies, including infrared thermography, photogrammetry, and 3D reconstruction to scan the two Gizan pyramids of Khufu and Khafre, situated on the outskirts of the capital Cairo. The Bent and Red pyramids at Dahshur, located on the west bank of the Nile almost 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Cairo, were also included in the project.
Khufu’s pyramid was erected some 4,500 years ago during a 10 to 20 year period by the order of Pharaoh Khufu of the Fourth Dynasty of ancient Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one that remains largely intact.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13792 on: Nov 11th, 2015, 9:38pm »
What If All of Earth's Insects Were Dead?
by Adam Hadhazy November 11, 2015
Dragonfly (Platycnemis pennipes) covered in dew drops. Credit: Peter Schwarz / Shutterstock.com
"Ewwww ... a bug!" is the reaction many people have when they feel an insect's six legs crawling on them. This revulsion is lamentable, for not only are the vast majority of insects completely harmless, we humans and most other complex life on the planet would be in dire shape without them.
"If insects were to disappear, the world would fall apart — there's no two ways about it," said Goggy Davidowitz, a professor in the departments of entomology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona.
True, if insects vanished, that would mean no pesky mosquito bites or fleas on Fido. Far more significantly, the scourge of insect-spread diseases, like malaria and dengue fever, that infect millions and kill hundreds of thousands of people a year would be over.
Farmers would also no longer need to use insecticides — more than 500 million pounds of the chemicals are used annually just in the United States — to protect crops from hungry pest insects, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Yet these gains for humankind would be sort of pointless, seeing as most of us would starve to death.
"The cons way outweigh the pros," Davidowitz told Live Science.
For starters, approximately 80 percent of all of the world's plant life are angiosperms, or flowering plants. In order to reproduce, these plants must have pollen physically transferred from a male anther to the female stigma within a flower.
In rare instances, wind, water or animals such as birds and bats do the trick. But the vast majority of the pollinating work is done by insects, including bees, beetles, flies and butterflies. "Without pollinators," Davidowitz said, "most plants on the planet will disappear."
The world would not just be a less leafy place in this insect-apocalypse scenario. Between 50 and 90 percent of the human diet by both volume and calories, depending on the country, comes directly from flowering plants.
Angiosperms include staple grains like rice and wheat, as well as fruits and vegetables. In addition, flowering plants indirectly put food in our bellies by making up the diets of the animals we eat, from cows to chickens and even most freshwater fish.
"Most of our food is insect-dependent," said Davidowitz. "If insects disappear, a lot of mammals and birds disappear, too, because if you don't have insects pollinating, even those animals that don't eat insects won't have fruit and foliage to eat. It does have a domino effect."
Upping the ante on the End of Days-style event that insect eradication would represent: Ghoulishly, all the resulting dead trees and animal carcasses — and human bodies — would linger around far longer, decomposing much slower than they would in a world abuzz with insects.
That's because insects, along with bacteria and fungi, serve as major decomposers of organic material, from leaf litter to corpses. Without insects, the world would heap up with dead stuff.
Adding a poetic touch to the decrepitude, honey and silk — two of the most highly prized substances in human history, celebrated in ancient verse and across centuries of trade — would be no more, since both are products of insects.
Alarmingly, the notion of all insectkind croaking is not utterly inconceivable. To take one prime example, the triple whammy of pesticide exposure, disease and habitat loss has decimated wild and commercially hived honeybees in recent years.
Furthermore, global climate change is throwing off the delicate synchronicity of insect hatchings and flower blooms in the spring. Missing each other by critical weeks, flowers that bloom too soon or too late go unfertilized, while their dedicated pollinators go hungry. For instance, research published in 2014 in the journal Current Biology revealed the spider orchid and its pollinator, the miner bee, have become out of sync with climate change causing the bee to emerge too early in the flower's cycle.
Overall, times are tough for many insects out there, giving us a taste of what life would be like in their absence. "This is not an abstract thought process," Davidowitz said. "This is happening now."
ALIEN conspiracy theorists claim to have found evidence of military vehicles "guarding" a mysterious UFO crash site discovered in the Antarctic.
By Jon Austin PUBLISHED: 08:40, Thu, Nov 12, 2015
Express.co.uk revealed earlier this year the claims of another UFO hunter that he had 'found the crash site and wreckage of an alien craft" that he believes may have been downed in the Antarctic.
Valentin Degterev from the city of Nizhny Tagil in central Russia, says he found the UGO (unidentified ground object) online using Google Earth.
But now fellow researchers have dug out satellite images of the same site, just off Willy Field Road, which were taken in April and December 2011.
The channel says it found the pictures which they believe show four tanks in a line facing the strange crack in the snow on Google Earth – as if a UFO has skidded to a halt after an emergency landing.
YouTube channel Third Phase of Moon has posted an online video of the finding of the images, the latest of which were taken just two months before the previously released picture, which shows the "crash site" but no tanks.
The channel has previously been accused of uploading allegedly hoaxed or misleading footage, which is something it denies.
Not all viewers of their new video were convinced, with one poster saying from the scale of the map the tanks would be 70 feet long - bigger than any known military tank.
But speaking on the video representatives of the channel said: "Why do they have tanks around it?
"It is something on Google maps, not something created by us."
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13795 on: Nov 12th, 2015, 08:21am »
Astronomers eager to get a whiff of newfound Venus-like planet
Date: November 11, 2015 Source: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The collection of rocky planets orbiting distant stars has just grown by one, and the latest discovery is the most intriguing one to date. The newfound world, although hot as an oven, is cool enough to potentially host an atmosphere. If it does, it's close enough (only 39 light-years away) that we could study that atmosphere in detail with the Hubble Space Telescope and future observatories like the Giant Magellan Telescope.
"Our ultimate goal is to find a twin Earth, but along the way we've found a twin Venus," says astronomer David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). "We suspect it will have a Venus-like atmosphere too, and if it does we can't wait to get a whiff."
"This planet is going to be a favorite target of astronomers for years to come," adds lead author Zachory Berta-Thompson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
GJ 1132b, as the planet is known, orbits a red dwarf star only one-fifth the size of our Sun. The star is also cooler and much fainter than the Sun, emitting just 1/200th as much light. GJ 1132b circles its star every 1.6 days at a distance of 1.4 million miles (much closer than the 36-million-mile orbit of Mercury in our solar system).
As a result, GJ 1132b is baked to a temperature of about 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Such temperatures would boil off any water the planet may have once held, but still allows for the presence of an atmosphere. It is also significantly cooler than any other exoplanet confirmed to be rocky. In comparison, well-known worlds like CoRoT-7b and Kepler-10b possess scorching temperatures of 2,000 degrees F or more.
GJ 1132b was discovered by the MEarth-South array, which is dedicated to the hunt for terrestrial worlds orbiting red dwarf stars. MEarth-South consists of eight 40-cm robotic telescopes located at the Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.
MEarth-South monitors several thousand red dwarf stars located within 100 light-years of Earth. It looks for planets that transit, or cross in front of their host stars. When a planet transits its star, the star's light dims by a small but detectable amount. This dimming gives an indication of the planet's physical size.
After MEarth-South detected a transit in real time, additional observations were gathered by the array and the Magellan Clay telescope in Chile. The team also measured the host star's gravitational wobble using the HARPS spectrograph to determine the planet's mass.
They found that GJ 1132b is 16 percent larger than Earth, with a diameter of about 9,200 miles. It has a mass 60 percent greater than Earth. The resulting density indicates that the planet has a rocky composition similar to Earth.
The planet also has an Earth-like force of gravity. A person standing on the surface of GJ 1132b would weigh only about 20 percent more than they do on Earth.
Since the red dwarf star is small, the relative size of the planet to the star is larger than it would be for a Sun-like star. This, combined with the star's close distance, makes it easier to detect and study any planetary atmosphere, should one exist. The team has requested follow-up observations with the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. Future observatories like the James Webb Space Telescope also will undoubtedly take a close look at GJ 1132b.
A final intriguing possibility is that GJ 1132b has sister planets that have not yet been detected. The research team plans to examine this system closely for signs of siblings.
The University of Missouri student who filmed assistant professor Melissa Click call for "muscle" to eject him from a protest site on campus says he has filed a complaint with police alleging simple assault.
Mark Schierbecker said that he filed the complaint with campus police late Wednesday and was waiting to hear if they would press charges against Click, an assistant professor in the university's Department of Communication. A police department spokesman, Major Brian Weimar, confirmed the complaint had been filed.\
She said she wants a man to always understand But that's alright for her still it ain't enough for me She said she wants a guy to keep her satisfied But that's alright for her but it ain't enough for me
Still, I don't care if he's young or old (Just make him beautiful) I just want someone I can hold on to
I want muscles all, all over his body (Make him strong enough from his head down to his toes) I want muscles all, all over his body (Make him strong enough from his head down to his toes)
They say they have to see his real personality But that's alright for them still it ain't enough for me I need what the eyes can see, his anatomy If that's alright for them still it ain't enough for me
GREAT SPIRITS ALWAYS ENCOUNTER THE MOST VIOLENT OPPOSITION FROM MEDIOCRE MINDS E=MC2
roasting taxpayers and Veterans Nuts on an open fire..
For several months in 2014, one of the biggest stories in America revolved around revelations of incompetence and death at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Specifically, an internal VA investigation admitted at least 23 veterans died while waiting for care, and that 120,000 were being affected by delinquent care. The FBI subsequently launched a criminal probe into the VA, and here’s what the White House had to say about the entire affair:
A summary of the review by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors says the Veterans Health Administration must be restructured and that a “corrosive culture” has hurt morale and affected the timeliness of health care. The review also found that a 14-day standard for scheduling veterans’ medical appointments is unrealistic and that some employees manipulated the wait times so they would appear to be shorter.
So how did the VA respond to its shocking and deadly mismanagement of U.S. veterans’ affairs? By spending $142 million in cash bonuses to its employees, some of whom should have clearly been fired, if not jailed. Thank you U.S. taxpayer.
From USA Today:
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014 even as scandals over veterans’ health care and other issues racked the agency.
Among the recipients were claims processors in a Philadelphia benefits office that investigators dubbed the worst in the country last year. They received $300 to $900 each. Managers in Tomah, Wis., got $1,000 to $4,000, even though they oversaw the over-prescription of opiates to veterans – one of whom died.
The VA also rewarded executives who managed construction of a facility in Denver, a disastrous project years overdue and more than $1 billion over budget. They took home $4,000 to $8,000 each. And in St. Cloud, Minn., where an internal investigation report last year outlined mismanagement that led to mass resignations of health care providers, the chief of staff cited by investigators received a performance bonus of almost $4,000.
Yes, you read that right: $1 billion over budget. Somebody got paid…
Of course, this is just the latest example of government bureaucrats not only being “above the law,” but actually being rewarded for criminal behavior. The incentive structure throughout government, Wall Street, and big business generally is that “crime pays,” which is exactly why we’re seeing more and more of it. It will only get worse, until we grow up as a culture and demand accountability.
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