Category: Nature


Has Apple Maps Found The Loch Ness Monster?

 

 

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” Since its inception in the sixth century, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster has endured unreliable sightings, doctored photos and faked footprints, but a mysterious satellite image has given fresh hope to believers of the elusive Scottish sea creature.

  The image, taken by an Apple map satellite, depicts a shadowy form of around 100 feet in length with something akin to flippers in the water of the Loch Ness.”

 

 

 

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” We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is,” Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, told the Daily Mail.

” It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” After studying the image for six months, and with apparently no other obvious explanation, the Club has concluded that shadow is probably the Loch Ness Monster.”

 

The Telegraph has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looming, Creeping Landslide Splits Home In Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon just-begun efforts to stabilize the hillside.

 A huge crack in the ground that had opened up under the house a couple weeks ago shifted several feet downhill in less than a day, breaking off a room or two and leaving a door swinging above the precipice. Rocks and dirt tumbled down in an almost constant stream and a geologist warned much bigger chunks could fall. The ground had been moving at a rate of an inch a day.

“ As it starts to get moving, it will start to get faster,” George Machan, a landslide specialist consulting for the town, said at a town meeting Friday.

  Still, Machan said the ground was unlikely to liquefy and collapse suddenly like the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 39 people.

  More likely, large blocks of earth would tumble down piece by piece, he said, perpetuating the drawn-out threat to four homes on the hill and to two apartment buildings and four businesses below.”

Washington Post

Journey Part 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This timelapse video is a collection of footage shot over the last year and a half around the western half of the United States. The shots ranged from very different locations. From Montana to Arizona and most weren’t easy to get to but of course that makes them worth going to. The locations captured ranged in temps of 100 degrees to -9 degrees and in elevations of 12,000 feet to 225 feet below sea level. It took over 15,000 captured still images to make this video.

  I would like to thank the companies that provided motion control equipment. dynamicperception.com/ kesslercrane.com/

  The TB3 eMotimo that I used along with the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero was a huge help in getting some of these shots. emotimo.com/

  Music: “Journey to the Line” Artist: Hans Zimmer itunes.apple.com/us/album/journey-to-the-line/id212408475?i=212408687

Website: 599productions.com/ 

Astronomers Using Kepler Telescope Discover First Earth-Sized Exoplanet Within The Habitable Zone

 

 

 

 

 

” A potential game changer in the hunt for life outside our neighborhood has just been discovered about 493 light years away. Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have found a rocky planet that is similar in size to Earth and is within the “habitable zone” of the star it orbits.

  The discovery of this planet, called Kepler-186f, is confirmation that exoplanets the size of Earth do exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. The habitable zone – often referred to as the Goldilocks Zone – is the range of distance from a star where liquid water can pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

  This is not the first planet that has been discovered within the habitable zone, but it is the first of near equal size to Earth. Other larger planets that have been found have been at least 40 percent larger than Earth and have been difficult for researchers to determine their exact composition.”


Red Orbit has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing Catch With A Polar Bear

 

 

 

 

An unusual game of frisbee between an eight year-old and a polar bear at the Albuquerque BioPark .

HT/Daily Breeze

23 Global Warming & Climate Change Stories All Americans Should Read Before Earth Day

 

 

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” The following are 23 news stories from a variety of sources that everyone should consider before the avalanche of “go green” stories that will be unveiled on Earth Day – in the media and in our kids’ schools.

  Whether or not one wants to promote the perfectly fine goal of fostering a better environment and leaving a cleaner planet for one’s children, that should not be carried out on the basis of disinformation, hysteria, or hidden political agendas.

1. Humans are NOT to Blame for Global Warming, Says Greenpeace Co-founder… (Daily Mail)

“ There is no scientific proof of man-made global warming and a hotter earth would be ‘beneficial for humans and the majority of other species’, according to a founding member of environmental campaign group Greenpeace. The assertion was made by Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, a member of Greenpeace from 1971 to 1986, to U.S senators on Tuesday.”

2. James Hansen Admits Global Temperature Standstill Is Real(The GWPF)

“ According to Hansen et al. the Nasa Giss database has 2012 as the ninth warmest year on record, although statistically indistinguishable from the last 12 years, at least. Noaa says it’s the tenth warmest year. The difference is irrelevant.”

 

Read the other twenty one admissions at IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLM Attempting To Seize 90,000 Acres Of Texas Ranchers’ Land!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Apr 13, 2014

” RED RIVER RUMBLE? BLM Wants to Seize 90,000 Acres of Texas Ranchers’ Land!

  Byers, Texas along the Red River — The BLM stole 140 acres of the Tommy Henderson ranch thirty years ago. They took his land and paid him absolutely nothing. He sued and lost. Now the BLM is using that court case as precedent to do it again. The problem is, the land they want to seize is property that ranchers have a deed for and have paid taxes on for over a hundred years.

  The BLM claims that about 90,000 acres (116 miles along the Red River) have never belonged to Texas in the first place. They will seize the land and it will seriously change the boundaries between the two states.

  Since 1803 when the Louisiana Purchase was completed, there has been a controversy over the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas. The boundary is supposed to be the vegetation line on the south side of the Red River. But the River has moved over time. The problem is the definition of that boundary line- Oklahoma and Texas each use different semantics to define it. And the BLM is finding ways to use the disputed words to give them the ability to seize the land.

Read complete article here:http://www.americasfreedomfighters.co… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irrefutable Proof That Michelle Obama Is A Man 

 

 

 

   We pass no judgement . We merely offer this video for informational purposes only . Watch it and reach your own conclusions .

Dolphin ‘Sharkbombs’ Kelly Slater Video

 

 

 

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” The surfing world has been abuzz this week after video emerged of Kelly Slater seemingly having a close encounter with a shark while surfing in Western Australia.

  A mysterious shadow can clearly be seen next to Slater as a surfs a wave in the Margaret River region, with fans speculating that the 11-time world champion may have survived a hairy moment with a shark.

  But Steve Robertson from Association of Surfing Professionals has poured a big bucket cold, salty water on that theory.”

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Federal Snipers Train Guns On Family For Filming Cattle

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Carol & Cliven Bundy – Enemies Of The State

” Federal snipers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trained guns on members of a family yesterday after they dared to stop and take video footage of cattle outside the bounds of a designated “First Amendment Area,” before arresting one of the men for non-compliance.”

” The cattle were being rounded up by BLM officers as part of a crackdown on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay “grazing fees” demanded by the feds as a result of a re-classification of 600,000 acres of federal land in northeastern Clark County which Bundy claims has been in his family for generations.

  Some fear the dispute could turn into a Ruby Ridge-style violent standoff because Bundy has said he is prepared to become a martyr for what he perceives as a constitutional stance against tyranny.”

   

    How ironic that Mr Bundy’s plight at the hands of the Federal Army comes to our attention just one day after posting an article about the exponential growth of armed Federal agencies that need no guns , unless they have designs on war with the citizenry , which apparently IS their goal as witnessed above .

   Read more on the continued tyranny of the Feds here.

UFO? Mysterious Floating Light Caught On Camera In Cumbest Bluff

 

 

 

 

 

 


” They were caught on camera the night of February 16. Mysterious lights that appeared in the sky over the 150 acres that Rainer and Edith Shattles call home in the Cumbest Bluff area of Jackson County. Were they a phenomenon that’s simple to explain, or something else?

  The Shattles never tire of looking at the strange images caught by their trail cameras on that clear winter night.

” We have unusual things happen around here that happen, but it’s usually associated with our grandchildren. But this case, we didn’t know what it was,” Edith recalled. “I was looking for a nice buck to be showing up on the trail camera actually.”

  The timeline of the pictures is clear. At 7:24 pm, deer appear and all is normal. At 7:29, a dim light appears. At 7:35, it gets brighter. Then at 7:53, a weird shape appears on the camera.  The deer are lit up brightly, but how? The cameras are infrared and don’t emit light. At 7:56, another sharper light appears, then it gets much closer, seemingly focused on the deer. It looks like headlights, but well off the ground and there is no road. It then flies away. “

 

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HT/WideOpenSpaces.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Inside the Animal Mind: Episode 2 – BBC Two

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 4, 2014

” Programme website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03tt7jm Dr Alex Taylor sets a difficult problem solving task, will the crow defeat the puzzle?”

    How smart is the crow ? I once spent 20 minutes watching one work at opening , successfully , a backpack strapped to a Harley in Yosemite National Park to get the biker’s lunch , but 007 has that one beat by a mile .

Sport Fishing Girls, Presented By Photographer Pat Ford

 

 

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” We know you’re out there, and we want to put you in our informative girls-only galleries. We hope you’ll discover something that you may not have known about a fish, a boat or a fishing destination. Send us your fishing photos to sfgirls@sportfishingmag.com. Enjoy our latest edition presented by Pat Ford.

  Amanda reeled in a permit off Bimini. Permit are widely considered the most elusive and wary trophy among flats anglers, permit range throughout tropical waters of the western Atlantic. Other species occur elsewhere, notably in tropical Australia.”

 

 

We can’t resist offering one more sample and positing the age old question; How do we get a job like this ?

 

 

 

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” Jessica fishes out of Key West, Florida. Key West is known a wide variety of fish, inshore species include permit, bonefish and tarpon. Offshore species can include anything from dolphin to billfish.”

 

 

 

See two dozen more photos at Sportfishing Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russian Photographer Takes Stunning Portraits With Real Animals

 

 

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” What you’re about to see is not Photoshop – Moscow-based Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova created these stunning images with the help of real live animals! She is only the latest in a line of excellent surreal photographers covered by Bored Panda, but her unique choice of models brings her amazing compositions to the next level.”

 

 

 

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” While seemingly dangerous, these shots were made possible with the help of professional animal trainers. The bear, held by many as a symbol of primal strength and instinct, contrasts especially well with the elegant princess it has embraced. Fortunately, she has provided us with a few adorable behind-the-scenes photos showing how the animals are posed by their trainers, including a shot where the bear sneaks a snack from its trainer over the model’s shoulder.”

 

 

 

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” Even without the well-trained animals, her photos possess a rich mysticism and dream-like quality that makes them absolutely enchanting. Plotnikova’s human models exude a quiet regal air that is only made all the more arresting by their animal companions.” 

 

 

See much more at My Science Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaguar Attacks Crocodile 

 

 

 

 

” Watch “a big hoss of a male” jaguar sneak up on an unsuspecting crocodile.

  National Geographic captured this incredible footage of a jaguar hunting down a caiman crocodile along a river in central Brazil’s Tres Irmãos River.

  The jaguar is a battle-scarred adult male that biologists have nicknamed him Mick Jaguar. While this cat can’t dance on stage like his rock n roll namesake, he does have some slick moves in his own right.”

 

Wide Open Spaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vast Ocean Found Beneath Ice Of Saturn Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s little moon Enceladus.

  Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. Their findings were announced Thursday.

  This new ocean of liquid water – as big as or even bigger than North America’s Lake Superior – is centered at the south pole of Enceladus and could encompass much if not most of the moon. Enceladus (ehn-SEHL’-uh-duhs) is about 310 miles across.

  The data do not show if the ocean extends to the north pole, said the lead researcher, Luciano Less of Sapienza University of Rome. At the very least, it’s a regional sea some 25 miles deep under miles-thick ice. On Earth, it would stretch from our South Pole up to New Zealand – at the very least.”

 

 

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Dog Attack Shark

 

 

 

Uploaded on Dec 3, 2006

” It’s the craziest thing, a dog on a boat jumps right into the water and bites this shark and drags it to land. Gotta see it to believe it.”

 

 

HT/ Wide Open Spaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massive Sandstorm Overruns Saudi Capital

 

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” A massive sandstorm overran Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Wednesday followed by heavy rain, bringing traffic to a halt and forcing people to stay indoors.”

 

 

 

This is a sand storm from 2012 just to give the reader some idea of what they are like .

 

 

 

” Khaled Zaqaziq, a weather expert, told Al Arabiya News that the impact of the sandstorm was slowed by the rain in the capital. But when the storm moved to a dry area to the south, it picked up again.”

 

Al Arabiya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Lapse: Puppy To Adult In 40 Seconds. Dunder Photo A Day. Year 1

Uploaded on May 19, 2011

” See more Dunder at! http://facebook.com/thedunderboy

  A photo a day of Dunder the German shepherd. 8 weeks old to 1 year in 40 seconds. It really does feel like he grew up this fast. Created by http://remediestudio.com/about “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilot’s Calm Announcement As Plane Is Struck By THREE Bolts At Once

‘Ladies And Gentlemen, You May Have Noticed We Were Hit By Lightning’

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” A bright flash of light and booming noises in a cramped seat thousands of feet in the air would be enough to put off even the most hardened fliers.

But passengers landing at Birmingham airport on Friday afternoon were led by example as their captain coolly steered them through three lightning blasts and left it until afterwards to calmly explain what happened.

Passengers spoke of a ‘massive bang’ as one of the bolts struck the body of the KLM service from Amsterdam, but the blasts had no effect on the landing, which proceeded as normal to touch down at 4.30pm.”

 

Source: Daily Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Vietnam War. Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. Back in the Vietnam war, however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully covered up and hidden from public view.

  In the early nineties, Sally [name changed to protect privacy] was married to a licensed psychologist who worked at a VA medical hospital. He worked with combat veterans with PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Most of them had served in Vietnam.

  Sally said, “I remember clearly an evening when my husband came back to our apartment on Doctor’s Circle carrying a thick official looking folder in his hands. Inside were hundreds of pages of certain studies commissioned by the government. He was in shock from the contents. What he read in those documents completely changed his life. From that moment on my conservative, middle-of-the-road husband grew his hair and beard and never cut them again. What is more, the VA Medical Center let him do it, and other very conservative men in the staff followed his example.

  As I read the documents, I learned why. It seems that during the Vietnam War, special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to comb American Indian Reservations looking for talented scouts, for tough young men trained to move stealthily through rough terrain. They were especially looking for men with outstanding, almost supernatural tracking abilities. Before being approached, these carefully selected men were extensively documented as experts in tracking and survival.

  With the usual enticements, the well-proven smooth phrases used to enroll new recruits, some of these Indian trackers were then enlisted. Once enlisted, an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.

  Serious causalities and failures of performance led the government to contract expensive testing of these recruits, and this is what was found.

  When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer ‘sense’ the enemy, they could no longer access a ‘sixth sense,’ their ‘intuition’ no longer was reliable, they couldn’t ‘read’ subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information.

  So the testing institute recruited more Indian trackers, let them keep their long hair, and tested them in multiple areas. Then they would pair two men together who had received the same scores on all the tests. They would let one man in the pair keep his hair long, and gave the other man a military haircut. Then the two men retook the tests.

  Time after time the man with long hair kept making high scores. Time after time, the man with the short hair failed the tests in which he had previously scored high scores.

  Here is a Typical Test:

  The recruit is sleeping out in the woods. An armed ‘enemy’ approaches the sleeping man. The long haired man is awakened out of his sleep by a strong sense of danger and gets away long before the enemy is close, long before any sounds from the approaching enemy are audible.”

 

Story continues here . Could this help to explain the belief that women are innately more intuitive than men ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing How Identical Twins Differ Later In Life Is Fascinating

 

 

 

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” When identical twins are born, they look like they will grow up to be the same person. They literally have the same face, the same body. Even their parents may need assistance in identifying who is who when they are just children. Even though twins start life looking like the other person, inside each of them is a very different soul. (Even a twin’s genetic makeup is completely unique and not an exact match to their counterpart’s.)

  Photographer Gao Rongguo created a photo series that focuses on how life changes each of us. He studied twins that grew up where he did, the Shandong province of China. He took pictures of identical twins and placed them side-by-side, to make it look as if the twins were facing each other. He wanted to allow others to reflect on the differences that life, learning and experience can have on us all, but is especially apparent in identical twins.”

 

 

Viral Nova has the entire story with many more pictures .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image via ncrustic.com

 

 

 

” It’s a question that has been asked by many first-time anglers, and one that will be asked many more times in the future. Of course, different fishermen will have all sorts of different answers to this question, based on everything from personal preference to scientific study. Sunset is one of the most ideal times of day to fish. Here’s eight reasons why.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

119 MPH Gust Off Maine Coast? Weather Service Takes Second Look

 

 

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” A powerful storm produced hurricane-force winds off the Maine coast, but scientists aren’t sure whether a 119 mph reading off Jonesport was accurate..”

 

 

Weather Buoy Jonesport Maine

 

” Rich Norton from the National Weather Service said the reading at a buoy off Jonesport could be accurate but that it’s under review because it was out of line with other readings. For example, the storm whipped up gusts of 70 mph at Matinicus Rock. On land, the storm produced gusts approaching 60 mph.”

 

 

   These previous observations from the Jonesport buoy show hours of winds in excess of 50 knots continuous and periodic gusts over 100 knots so it would not seem out of the range of possibility that there was a recorded gust of 119 mph considering the fact that 103 knots equals 118.53 mph and even the lower 99 knot readings correspond to wind guts of nearly 114 mph .

 

 

 

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” To the east, Canada also had some big wind readings: 106 mph off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and 114 mph off Newfoundland.”

 

 

 Any way you look at it , it was no day to be at sea .

 

 

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