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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn’t Pollute Water: AP

 

 

” A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. 

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said.

Although the results are preliminary — the study is still ongoing — they are a boost to a natural gas industry that has fought complaints from environmental groups and property owners who call fracking dangerous.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsunami hit East Coast in June? Scientists say maybe.

” A tsunami may have made landfall on the US East Coast earlier in June, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. A strong storm moved through the region and offshore that day, and scientists were trying to determine if it played a role in a possible tsunami.

Tsunami-like conditions were observed June 13 at more than 30 tide gauges along the East Coast, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. The highest peak amplitude was recorded in Newport, Rhode Island, where it reached just under 12 inches (304 millimeters) above sea level.”

Study: Self-replicating alien space probes in our solar system?

” A group of researchers from Edinburgh University have said that based solely on the age of the universe and feasible interstellar flight technology, “self replicating” probes from alien civilizations could already have arrived in our solar system.

   According to mathematicians Arwen Nicholson and Duncan Forgan, in a paper entitled “Slingshot Dynamics for Self Replicating Probes and the Effect on Exploration Timescales,” published on July 5, 2013, in the journal Astrobiology, alien space probes propelled to the vicinity of our Sun using the gravitational field of stars rather than of planets, as humans have accomplished with the Voyager space probes, could already be in our solar system, but it could be that we are unable to detect them.”

Horrified Woman , 27 Discovers Headaches Scratching Sounds Inside Head From FLESH EATING MAGGOTS From Trip To Peru

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” A woman has spoken of her terror at discovering that she harboured flesh-eating maggots inside her ear.

When Rochelle Harris, 27, from Derby, returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Peru, she thought little of the headaches that she had started to develop on the flight back to the UK.

But within hours she had developed excruciating shooting pains down one side of her face and had started to hear strange scratching sounds in her head. The next morning she woke to a pillow soaked with fluid from her ear.”

MapBox Plans to Bring You Super-Fresh Satellite Imagery

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” I really love both maps and images of Earth from space, so when I learned this week of MapBox’s plan to deliver satellite
imagery that is just hours old from all over the planet, I thought they must have done this just for me.!

  They didn’t, but I am really excited about this. Here’s why: A major barrier between the average person and satellite data is the ability to process that data and turn it into a usable image. MapBox intends to remove that barrier. Yesterday I talked to two of the folks behind what they are calling MapBox Satellite Live.

“Let’s get the most recent imagery possible out there,” Chris Herwig, who leads the satellite team, said. “Let’s get that imagery out there in a format everyone can use that doesn’t require any specialized knowledge.”

Yes, please! “

HT/Instapundit

Apple Investigates China iPhone Death Allegations

” Apple Inc. AAPL -0.27%said Monday that it is investigating a case in which the family of a 23-year-old woman alleges that she was electrocuted by her iPhone.

  Though details about the case remain sketchy, it has caught the imagination of social media users in China, who have been spreading word about the case and warning not to use devices while they are charging.ReutersA visitor tries an iPhone at an Apple store in Beijing March 28, 2013.

  According to a report in China’s official state-run Xinhua news agency, relatives of the woman in China’s western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are alleging the woman died after trying to answer a call while her iPhone was charging.

   An officer with the local Public Security Bureau said Monday that an “elementary inspection” showed the woman, named Ma Ailun, was electrocuted.

“Her neck had an obvious electronic injury,” he told China Real Time.”

Good morning readers. We have a request . Does anyone know of a browser for an iPad 4 that works for blogging ?

Apparently my old WordPress app doesn’t work anymore and the updated version is unsupported by our older iPad.

I’ve tried to post from Opera , Chrome, Dolphin and Terra without success. I cannot copy and paste  nor can I scroll through my categories .

It’s going to be another couple days before my backup laptop arrives from the mainland and posting by phone is getting old.

Is my iPad just too old ? Can it’s OS be updated ?

Next Nokia To Have A 41 Megapixel Camera

 

 

 

 

” As part of the never-ending smartphone battle, Nokia has unveiled a new handset that features a 41 megapixel sensor camera.

 
The camera is sufficiently powerful that Nokia states that users will be able to zoom in and reframe their photos without worrying about the image quality suffering. The phone will be called the Lumia 1020. Nokia, according to Tech Radar, note that phone will allow owners to adjust focus, shutter speed and white balance via a new user interface

 

Discussing the new design, Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile phone analyst at the firm, told the BBC that:”

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Melting Alaska Glacier Reveals Military Plane Crashed In 1952

 

 

 

” Alaska National Guard crews discovered relics from an Air Force cargo plane that slammed into a mountain in November 1952, killing all 52 servicemen on board. More material comes up to the surface as the glacier melts, including some human remains.

 
Identifications are expected to be announced in the near future, said Dr. Gregory Berg who leads the team. The remains will be sent to a laboratory in Hawaii for analysis, including possible DNA matches with surviving relatives. So far, only the lightest pieces have been pushed to the glacier’s surface, and only a small portion of the 154-foot aircraft has emerged. “We don’t have all 52 guys lined up neatly, ready to be located,” Berg said.”

Deserts ‘Greening’ From Rising Carbon Dioxide: Green Foliage Boosted Across The World’s Arid Regions

 

 

 

 

 ” Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue.

“In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments and it consequently uses water very efficiently,” Dr Donohue said. “Australian vegetation seems quite sensitive to CO2 fertilisation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

 

 

 

” After more than 30 years without a winner, the Sikorsky Prize has a champion. Today aeronautical startup Aerovelo confirmed that its human-powered helo, Atlas, has won the competition. (Take a closer look at the aircraft in our photo gallery.)

A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute. Aerovelo, an aeronautical engineering startup founded by Canadians Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, announced this morning that the Federation d’Aviation Intenationale (FAI)—the governing body of international aeronautical prizes—has certified a flight that Reichert piloted on June 13 as having met the qualifications for the $250,000 prize. 

The rules of the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge, established in 1980, specify that the craft must fly for 60 seconds, must rise to an altitude of at least 3 meters (about 10 feet), and must remain within a horizontal area no bigger than 10 meters by 10 meters (33 feet by 33 feet). The actual flight, completed at an indoor soccer stadium near Toronto, lasted 64 seconds and reached a maximum altitude of 3.3 meters. 

The prize-winning flight came at the very end of five days of test flights, after which the space would no longer be available. On two earlier flights, Reichert pilot the craft, called Atlas, to heights of 2 meters and 2.5 meters. With just minutes remaining before the team was scheduled to vacate the stadium to make way for an evening soccer practice, Reichert managed to squeeze in one last flight. Within 10 seconds a horn sounded signaling that he had exceeded the 3-meter mark. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

39,000-Yr-Old Mammoth With Blood On Display In Japan

 

 

 

 

” The well-preserved carcass of Yuka, a 39,000-year-old female woolly mammoth found trapped in an ice tomb on the Novosibirsk Islands, Russia will be put on public display in Yokohama, Japan from July 13 until September 16.”
Woolly mammoth with flowing blood

 
” According to Digital Journal, the exceptionally well preserved carcass found in March was trapped in an ice tomb with much of the upper torso and two legs buried in soil showing signs of gnawing by both prehistoric and modern predators.”

Nerf Sentry Gun Tracks, Takes Out Targets

 

Nerf Sentry Gun

 

” The best part about this is that you too can make yourself a Nerf sentry gun! (And it’s not limited to Nerf guns, it was originally designed for paintball and airsoft, and who knows how long it’ll be before someone hooks one up with a real gun!)

(Holy shit can you imagine how ballistic people will go if someone 3D-prints a sentry gun with a 3D-printed gun inside? The internet could collapse.)”

 

 

 

 

” All you need to make your own Nerf sentry gun is:

Platform parts:

Electronics:

Miscellaneous:

Tools:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Android App Tracks Gun Owner’s Addresses, Displays Info to All Users

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” There’s a new app in the Android Marketplace, and it may be exposing the fact that you’re a gun owner to the entire world.

  Yep, the app’s entire purpose is to document and map the personal addresses of people who own guns. The “irresponsible” part of that is completely at the discretion of the person making the posting.

  The maker of the app understands there are concerns in regards to the app, and they have opened up a phone line to take feedback from the general population. That number is (225) 267-7346.”

Remarkable 3,000-year-old Subterranean Tunnels Discovered in Jerusalem

 

 

” Archaeologists were digging in the ancient Ophel area near Temple Mount when they discovered a cave filled with loads of dirt and rock.  After removing piles of rubble, they were astounded to find that the cave appeared to link to a system of tunnels, which were clearly man-made – the walls were layered in plaster, chisel marks could still be seen carved into the rock, and holes where candles would have been replaced, still showing burn marks on the rock, had remained intact. The cave also appeared to be linked to a structure featuring water channels dating to the First Temple period, which suggest that at one point in time, the tunnels may have formed part of an ancient water cistern which would have served Jerusalem’s royalty for collecting and storing water. But that was not all it was used for.

Evidence of use as a passageway for people associated with the period of time just following Herod the Great was also found.  Archaeologists discovered that some walls had been constructed after the cistern had lost its use for water and were high enough and large enough to move individuals from one location to another.”

 

 

 

HT/Intellihub

 

 

 

 

 

Stem-Cell Transplants Erase HIV In Two Men

 

 

 

” Two men with HIV seem to have been cleared of the virus after receiving stem-cell transplants to treat their lymphoma, scientists announced Wednesday at an International AIDS Society conference in Kuala Lumpur. One of the men has now been off off antiretroviral therapy for 15 weeks; the other stopped taking HIV-suppressing drugs seven weeks ago.

Doctors have been unable to detect HIV infection in the two men since they received the stem-cell therapy, though it is too early to be certain that the virus has completely disappeared from their bodies, according to Timothy Henrich, a physician and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series Of Blasts Heard Overnight Near Assad Arms Depot In Northern Syria

 

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Several powerful blasts were heard at a weapons depot belonging to the Syrian military late on Thursday night, according to reports gradually streaming in from Syria. BBC Arabic radio reported overnight Thursday that the explosions took place near the port of Latakia in Syria’s north.”

 

 

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” The same source said that the base contains large stockpiles of weapons. The anonymous source denied the possibility that the explosions were caused by an air or sea strike targeting the Syrian regime’s arms store. It remains unclear whether the source was Syrian.”

 

 

     The Israeli sub-launched Popeye Turbo has an estimated range up to 1500 kilometers which would put Mushayrafet al-Samouk within easy striking distance .

 

 

” The reports cast blame for the blasts upon Syrian opposition groups. The source of the strike, however, remains unclear, as do the details about the damage that has been caused.”

 

 

Doug Engelbart, Inventor Of Computer Mouse, Dies At 88

 

 

” Doug Engelbart, a visionary who invented the computer mouse and developed other technology that has transformed the way people work, play and communicate, died late Tuesday. He was 88.

His death of acute kidney failure occurred at his home in Atherton, Calif., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to one of his daughters, Diana Engelbart Mangan.

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, when mainframes took up entire rooms and were fed data on punch cards, Engelbart already was envisioning a day when computers would empower people to share ideas and solve problems in ways that seemed unfathomable at the time.” 

Man Catches 200-Year-Old, 40-Pound Fish

 

 

” A fisherman in Alaska took home a catch for the ages recently when he reeled in a 40-pound shortraker rockfish that experts believe is at least 200 years old.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported that Henry Liebman of Seattle was deep-sea fishing off the coast of Alaska on June 21 when he hooked the record-setting shortraker fish from a depth of approximately 900 feet.

“I knew it was abnormally big (but I) didn’t know it was a record until on the way back we looked in the Alaska guide book that was on the boat,” Liebman told the paper.

Shortrakers, which have hues of orange, pink or red on top of their white bodies, are one of the most commonly sought fish in Alaska and can live at depths of more than 2,500 feet.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

WaterCar Panther, ‘Fastest Amphibious Car In The World’

 

 

” The Panther, the latest amphibious vehicle from WaterCar, claims the advantage of multi-terrain capability as the world’s fastest amphibious car capable of doing over 80mph (127km/h) on land and 44 mph (70km/h) on water.

 
Panther’s engine is the latest generation Acura 3.7 liter VTEC V-6, equipped with single overhead camshaft cylinder and 24 valves. The vehicle can move from land to water at speeds of up to 15 mph (24 km/h). During the transition, the driver shifts the four-speed to neutral, and once the vehicle slides into water, she switches to jet drive and lifts the wheels out of the water, hydraulically, all within 15 seconds.”

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How Interstellar Space Travel Works (Infographic)

 

Here's what we would have to do to reach a star in less than a hundred years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunicates, A New Biofuel Source

 

 

 

 

” The development of biofuels has so far been relatively inefficient, one reason for these is the scarcity in relation to the raw material needed to create the new generation of fuels. The bioethanol produced today is unsustainable because it comes from foods already used for human consumption.

 

However, scientists think that they have a new source: tunicates. Tunicates are marine filter feeders with a sac-like body structure. Various species are commonly known as sea squirts, sea pork or sea tulips. Tunicates contain a host of potentially useful chemical compounds, including didemnins, which are effective against various types of cancer.

 

There is something else special about tunicates: they are the only animal known to produce cellulose. Cellulose is seen as a key raw material for biofuel production, where certain bacteria are used to metabolize cellulose to produce ethanol.”

America’s Freedom Watcher

 

 

 

What is Oil Shale? 

” 1) U.S. western oil shale is carbonate rock, 
generally marlstone that is very rich in organic 
sedimentary material called “kerogen.” Eastern 
shales are more often silica based. 

2) Oil shales are “younger” in geologic age than 
crude oil-bearing formations; natural forces of 
pressure and temperature have not yet converted 
the sediments to crude oil. 

3) Kerogen can be converted to superior quality jet 
fuel, #2 diesel, and other high value by-products. 

4 )The kerogen content of “oil shale” ore can range from 10 to 60 or more gallons of oil per ton. 
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Where is Oil Shale Found? 

1) The richest, most concentrated deposits are found 
in the Green River Formation in western 
Colorado, southeastern Utah, and southern 
Wyoming. 

2) Other significant, less concentrated deposits exist 
in the Devonian, Antrim, and Chattanooga shale 
formations in several eastern and southern states 
and parts of Alaska.
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How Much Oil Shale Does America Have?

1) America’s total oil shale resources could exceed 
6 trillion barrels of oil equivalent. However, most 
of the shale is in deposits of insufficient thickness 
or richness to access and produce economically. 
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How Much Oil Shale Could Be Recovered?

1) Potentially recoverable resources are generally 
deemed to be at least 15 feet thick and have 
potential yields of 15 gallons per ton or more.

2) Oil shale yields more than 25 U.S. gal/ton are 
generally viewed as the most economically 
attractive, and hence, the most favorable for 
initial development.

3) About 1.8 trillion barrels of shale oil are thought 
to reside in deposits greater than 15 gallons per 
ton in the Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. 
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What is the Area of the Green River Formation? 

1) Oil shale underlies 17,000 square miles or 11 
million acres in the Piceance (CO), Uinta (UT), 
Green River, Washakie (WY), and Sand Wash 
(CO) Basins.

2) The Piceance Basin, which contains more than 80 
percent of the recoverable resources of the Green 
River Formation, underlies a 35 mile by 35 mile 
(1,225 sq miles) area of western Colorado.
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How Much Oil Shale Does America Have?

1) America’s total oil shale resources could exceed 
6 trillion barrels of oil equivalent. However, most 
of the shale is in deposits of insufficient thickness 
or richness to access and produce economically.
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How Much Oil Shale Could Be Recovered? 

1) Potentially recoverable resources are generally 
deemed to be at least 15 feet thick and have 
potential yields of 15 gallons per ton or more.

2) Oil shale yields more than 25 U.S. gal/ton are 
generally viewed as the most economically 
attractive, and hence, the most favorable for 
initial development. 

3) About 1.8 trillion barrels of shale oil are thought 
to reside in deposits greater than 15 gallons per 
ton in the Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. 

4) Green River Formation Oil Shale Deposits The thickest and richest resources have the greatest technical recoverability and economic potential. 
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Who Owns the Oil Shale Resources?

1) The U.S. Government owns and manages about 
73 percent of the lands that contain significant oil 
shale deposits in the west. Federal lands contain 
about 80 percent of the known recoverable 
resource in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

2) As on 1978, private company ownership of oil 
shale lands in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah 
totaled about: 
– 21 percent of the Piceance Basin (CO) 
– 9 percent of the Uinta Basin (UT) 
– 24 percent of the Green River Basin (WY) 
– 10 percent of the Washakie Basin (WY).

3) State governments and localities and Native 
American Tribes also own oil shale lands. 
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How Do We Know How Much Oil Shale Exists?

1) More than a quarter million assays have been 
conducted on core and outcrop samples for the 
Green River oil shale.

2) Results show that the richest zone, known as the 
Mahogany zone, is located in the Parachute 
Creek member of the Green River Formation. 
This zone can be found throughout the formation. 
Because of its relatively shallow nature and 
consistent bedding, the resource richness is well 
known, giving a high degree of certainty as to 
resource quality.
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How Do U.S. Oil Shale Resources Compare with 
other U.S. and Canadian Energy Resources? 

1) U.S. western oil shales are more concentrated on 
a resource per acre basis than Alaskan North 
Slope oil or Alberta’s tar sands.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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