"a dwarf galaxy more than 3 billion light years from Earth"
Well.... One thing is pretty obvious.... If these repeating fast radio bursts are communication signals, they're probably not aimed at us. Homo sapiens has only been on this planet for roughly 30,000 years.....
Mmmm.... make that say 300,000-350,000 ybp (haven't they found fossils of 'modern humans' so dated in Morocco?) and we're in (the potential contact, message sent blind?) business, Swamprat! Pending additional evidence of course pertaining to communicative nature: Crystal's post # 3077 indicate these transmissions are extremely rare/unique yet with a number of natural explanations on offer.
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« Reply #3137 on: Jan 17th, 2018, 08:23am »
UK firm contracts to service satellites
By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 17 January 2018
A UK-headquartered company says it has won a contract to send spacecraft to dock with two existing satellites to extend their lives.
Effective Space will not name the satellites' owner at this stage - only that it is a major regional operator. The deal is described as being worth more than $100m ($70m).
Effective Space says its two servicing "Space Drones" will be built using manufacturing expertise in the UK and from across the rest of Europe.
The pair, which will each be sized about the same as a washing machine and weigh less than 400kg, are expected to launch on the same rocket sometime in 2020.
Once in orbit, they will separate and attach themselves to the two different geostationary telecommunications satellites that are almost out of fuel.
The drones, using their own propulsion systems, will then take over station-keeping duties 36,000km above the Earth, ensuring the satellites can continue to point in the right direction to transmit their signals.
Satellite servicing has been talked about as a commercial enterprise for more than decade, but it is only now that the first projects are really coming to market.
The American operator Intelsat, for example, is buying a similar service from manufacturer Orbital ATK. The latter's initial "Mission Extension Vehicle" should launch later this year.
Daniel Campbell, the managing director of Effective Space, told BBC News: "While in-orbit servicing has been preached for the last 10 years, the main challenge has been to come up with a solution where the cost [of the space drone] is significantly less than a replacement satellite."
Today's big telecommunications satellites can cost upwards of $300m over their 15-year design lives.
For a much more modest outlay, an operator can extend this timeframe with one of Effective Space's drones, so maintaining revenues.
The London-based company's initial focus is on station-keeping, but future markets for similar types of servicing vehicle will almost certainly open up for satellite removal. Orbits above the Earth are becoming congested, and experts say old and broken hardware needs to be brought out of the sky if the environment is to remain stable.
Effective Space is part of the wave of so-called "new space" companies that have sprung up in recent years.
Their goal is to drive novel business opportunities and applications off the back of lower-cost systems enabled in large part by the greater use of off-the-shelf consumer electronics and step-change manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing.
It is an approach that has found fertile ground in Britain, with supporting government policies promoted through the UK Space Agency. This has drawn a number of foreign initiatives to base themselves in Britain.
Effective Space, for example, has its roots in Israel and maintains R&D facilities there, but the UK is the place it wants to make its operations centre.
"We are deploying a very innovative service and the only way you can do that is by being able to rely on very solid space law and a supportive space agency," said Mr Campbell.
"And since the Brexit vote, actually, we are seeing more support, more proactive moves, to ensure we're on the right track. There is a tailwind in the UK that allows space companies to thrive."
A UK Space Agency spokesperson commented: “The government’s Industrial Strategy set out how the UK can thrive in the commercial space age as technology evolves and innovative companies develop new products and services.
"We engage regularly with these companies and offer a safe and competitive regulatory environment for new commercial ventures to support our growing space sector.”
Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii.
NHK television issued the message on its internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea appeared to have fired a missile at Japan. It said the government was telling people to evacuate and take shelter.
Japan also is stepping up its missile intercepting capabilities and conducting missile drills across the country in which residents, including schoolchildren and elderly people, rush to community centers, cover their heads and duck to the floor. A major drill is planned in downtown Tokyo next week.
Unlike the mistaken Hawaii warning, the NHK alert did not contain the statement, "This is not a drill." NHK was able to correct its error in a few minutes, far faster than the nearly 40 minutes that lapsed before the Hawaii alert was withdrawn.
The Hawaii agency has changed its protocols to require that two people send an alert and made it easier to cancel a false alarm.
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« Reply #3139 on: Jan 17th, 2018, 12:28pm »
METEOR EXPLODES OVER MICHIGAN (UPDATED): Sonic booms, rattling windows, and a bright flash of light washed over Michigan and surrounding states Tuesday evening when a meteoroid exploded in the atmosphere over the Great Lakes region of the USA. This video from a backyard security camera in southeastern Michigan shows the snowy landscape brightening like day during a rapid double-flash in the sky overhead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK-7IhdhXhs So far, the International Meteor Organization has received almost 400 reports of the explosion from observing sites in Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ontario, and Iowa, most agreeing that the explosion occured around 8:10 pm local time on Jan. 16th (01:10 UT on Wednesday, Jan. 17th).
This shadow-casting fireball was brighter than the full Moon and it produced loud sonic booms – a sign that it penetrated deep in the atmosphere and may have dropped meteorites on the ground. Indeed, the USGS says the explosion may have caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake. Stay tuned for updates about this event as more information becomes available. http://spaceweather.com/
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« Reply #3140 on: Jan 18th, 2018, 07:49am »
"METEOR EXPLODES OVER MICHIGAN"
Thanks Cliff! Good morning to you & all of our lovely UFOCasebookers
Fun Fact: Chameleon Bones Glow in the Dark
By Nathaniel Scharping | January 17, 2018 4:05 pm
Shine an ultraviolet light on a chameleon in the dark, and it will light up with an eerie blue glow. It’s not their color-changing skin at play here, either. It’s their bones.
It’s long been known that bones fluoresce under ultraviolet light, some researchers have even used the property to find fossils, but our bones are usually all covered up. To let the light out, chameleons have evolved rows of small bony outgrowths along their skeletons that sit just beneath the skin, making it thin enough for the glow to shine through, say researchers from Germany.
It’s the first time researchers have noticed the ability among chameleons, and they think it’s used for communication and for sexual selection. Chameleons can see UV light, though not every animal can, and it could function as a form of secret communication in the rain forest. The trait shows up around the eyes and temporal regions most frequently, both areas commonly associated with communication in chameleons, they say, and males seem to have more of the bony bumps that cause the glow, indicating that it probably plays a role in mating as well.
Not every chameleon possesses the ability to fluoresce visibly, though. The trait seems to be most dominant in species that live in rain forests, as opposed to open grasslands, and the researchers suggest this is because forests are typically darker, and the glow is more easily seen. The electric blue would show up visibly against the dull greens and browns of the rain forest, helping chameleons to stand out to their friends. And their skin might help make the color even more distinct, the researchers suggest in a paper published Monday in Nature Scientific Reports, acting as an optical filter to highlight blue wavelengths of light.
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« Reply #3144 on: Jan 19th, 2018, 08:26am »
Good Friday morning all
Aliens, coffee and vertigo: Here are the strangest excuses for late tax returns
The items taxpayers have attempted to list as expenses are also unusual including veterinary fees and birthday drinks.
January 17 2018
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed the strangest excuses taxpayers have used for filing late tax returns.
The list, which was released by HMRC in advance of the deadline for filing tax returns online at the end of January, includes “questionable” excuses including blaming vertigo, seeing aliens and touring the country with a one-man play.
The deadline for sending 2016-17 Self Assessment tax returns to HMRC, and paying any tax owed, is January 31.
The items taxpayers have attempted to list as expenses are also unusual, including the same meal for 250 days, veterinary fees for a rabbit and birthday drinks at a Glasgow nightclub.
Angela MacDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services, said: “Each year we’re making it easier and more intuitive for our customers to complete their tax return, but each year we still come across some questionable excuses, whether that’s blaming a busy touring schedule or seeing aliens.
“However, help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time.
“We also receive absurd expense claims from vet fees for a rabbit to room service at a hotel. It is unfair to make honest taxpayers pick up the bill for other people’s spurious claims, so HMRC will only accept sincere claims such as legitimate expenses for a job.”
Here is the list of failed excuses for late returns released by HMRC:
1. I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house
2. I’ve been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play
3. My ex-wife left my tax return upstairs, but I suffer from vertigo and can’t go upstairs to retrieve it
4. My business doesn’t really do anything
5. I spilt coffee on it
Here is the list of failed expenses claims for late returns released by HMRC:
1. A three-piece suite for my partner to sit on when I’m doing my accounts
2. Birthday drinks at a Glasgow nightclub
3. Vet fees for a rabbit
4. Hotel room service – for candles and prosecco
5. £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days
China officials denied reality in December despite being "caught red handed" selling sanctions-defying oil to North Korea. However, the denials might be harder to justify, as WSJ reports citing satellite photographs and intelligence gathered by U.S. officials, at least six Chinese-owned or operated cargo ships violated UN sanctions against North Korea.
Within days after the complete U.N. ban was passed, the Glory Hope 1, a Chinese-owned vessel, entered the Yellow Sea near North Korea under a Panamanian flag. The ship crossed the Yellow Sea, entered North Korea’s Taedong River and then turned into the North Korean port of Songnim, according to the information presented to the U.N.