Category: Weather/Nature


Why Canada Spent $597,000 On A ‘Stealth Snowmobile’

 

(Durham University)

 

” The Canadian Press reports that the quiet, hybrid-electric snowmobile was commissioned in 2011 as part of Canada’s long-term military buildup in the Arctic, where melting ice is opening access to a part of the world with lots of natural resources and sketchy territorial claims. A prototype was reportedly designed to help conduct “winter operations” on a variety of terrains and to operate more quietly than other models on the market.

Arctic claims, as it turns out, are highly contested and terribly passive-aggressive, even more than 60 years after Canada resettled Inuit families in Resolute Bay to assert its sovereignty there. International treaties have, for the most part, neatly divided up the lands around the Arctic: No one owns the North Pole, but Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark/Greenland and Norway have extended their borders northward to claim the territories around it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missing Montauk Fisherman Found More Than 40 Miles From His Boat

 

 

” A commercial fisherman who fell overboard from a lobster boat and into the Atlantic Ocean has been found alive 43 miles south of Montauk Point, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

John Aldridge was found shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he went missing from the Anna Mary, a 44-foot fishing vessel, officials said. He was airlifted to Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod for treatment of dehydration, exposure and hypothermia.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confirmed: Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Recovered from the Sea

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” Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says his team has confirmed that relics they recovered in Gulf of Mexico this March are indeed rocket engines and engine parts from the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.

  “One of the conservators who was scanning the objects with a black light and a special lens filter has made a breakthrough discovery – “2044” – stenciled in black paint on the side of one of the massive thrust chambers. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that correlates to NASA number 6044, which is the serial number for F-1 Engine #5 from Apollo 11.” “

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.”

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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.”

Search Called Off For Sailboat With Seven Passengers Off New Zealand

 

 

 

” The search operation was launched June 25 and covered an area eight times the size of New Zealand, FairfaxNZnews reported.

Onboard the Nina were David Dyche III, 58; his wife Rosemary, 60; their son, David Dyche IV, 17; Evi Nemeth, 73; Kyle Jackson, 27; and Danielle Wright, 18, all Americans, and Briton Matthew Wootton, 35.”

 

Conservation For Big Guns That Opened Civil War

 

 

” Preservationists are using computer sensors and other high-tech methods to protect massive iron Civil War guns at a fort in South Carolina that fired on Fort Sumter to open the war in April 1861.

The sensors and modern rust-fighting epoxy coatings are being used to preserve historic siege and garrison guns, some of which were used to lob shells at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor when the war erupted. Union forces surrendered 34 hours after the bombardment started as the nation plunged into a bloody, four-year war.

Ten massive guns from Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island, which is part of the Fort Sumter National Monument, were recently conserved as part of an ongoing program to protect the historic pieces from the salty, humid air. The guns were cast in foundries both in the North and South a century and a half ago.

The last of the guns, a 7-ton Union rifled Parrott gun suspended in a yellow sling held by a crane, was slowly jockeyed into place onto a new concrete base last week. It completes what the fort refers to as Cannon Row, where seven of the heavy guns are lined up next to each other.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New High-Speed Camera System Reveals What Snow Looks Like In Midair

 

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This is a collection of snowflakes photographed automatically as they fell at Alta, Utah, by the new Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera developed at the University of Utah. Credit: Tim Garrett, University of Utah

 

 

” These fluffy snowflakes, known as aggregates, form when snow crystals collide with other snow crystals. Many of these flakes also show some riming, or an icy coating. A new high-speed, three-camera system developed at the University of Utah made these pictures as the snowflakes fell.  University of Utah researchers developed a high-speed camera system that spent the past two winters photographing snowflakes in 3-D as they fell – and they don’t look much like those perfect-but-rare snowflakes often seen in photos.

With help from the University of Utah’s Technology Commercialization Office, Garrett and Cale Fallgatter – a 2008 master’s graduate in mechanical engineering – formed a spinoff company, Fallgatter Technologies, to make the new camera system, known as the MASC, for Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera, for which a patent is pending.

The device – under development for three years – includes three, industrial-grade, high-speed cameras: two 1.2-megapixel cameras and a 5-megapixel camera, plus two sets of two motion sensors to measure the speed of falling snowflakes. The 5-megapixel camera helps zoom in on single flakes, Fallgatter says.

The Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera has a ring-shaped housing measuring about 1 foot wide and roughly 4 inches tall. The three cameras are mounted on one side, each separated by 36 degrees and pointed toward the center.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On The Environment, The Alarmists Are Still Losing

 

 

” All that money. All that effort. All the sermonizing and bloodcurdling imagery and still, Americans don’t seem to be evolving quickly enough on the environment.

A new poll by Pew Research Center, for instance, finds that a wide majority of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian oil to refineries in Texas. Sixty-six percent of Americans favor finishing the pipeline, with only 23 percent in opposition. Strong support cuts through every political distinction — other than “liberal” Democrats.

Among those who see the irrefutable scientific evidence of global temperatures rising, only 42 percent believe that most of it should be attributed to human activity. In fact, when you break it down, 23 percent of Americans believe that natural patterns in the earth’s environment are heating the earth, and another 27 percent don’t believe there is any solid evidence of warming at all. The more appropriate question would be: Do you believe in man-made global warming? The answer: Less than half of Americans would say yes. That, even after the unrelenting cultural, educational and political bombardment we’ve all had to endure on the topic.

And though 33 percent of Americans believe that global warming is a “very serious” problem, that number has declined by 6 points since October 2012.”

” A video showing a man sliding to his death in a sinkhole in the city of Shenzhen, a few kilometres north of Hong Kong, has been posted online.

CCTV footage shows 25-year-old security guard Yang Jiabin walking on a pavement holding an umbrella in the city’s Futian District before the ground opens under his feet.

Yang disappears into the hole, which reportedly measured five metres in diameter and 16 metres in depth.

Police arrive at the scene but Yang is, according to reports published later, already dead by this point.”

 

 

 

 

 

Endangered Giraffe Born In Connecticut Takes His First Steps

 

Who Has the Right To Mine An Asteroid?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As PopMech has relentlessly covered, the race is on to tap the mineral wealth tucked away in the asteroids. But are these big space rocks free for the taking, or will asteroid miners find themselves bogged down in outer space red tape? Instapundit blogger and resident contrarian Glenn Harlan Reynolds investigates.

Suddenly, the idea of asteroid mining is everywhere. As a recent feature here in Popular Mechanics noted, asteroid mining has gone from a “someday” idea to a business plan for more than one company. As a professor who’s been writing, teaching, and practicing space law since the 1980s, I say, why not? Asteroids are valuable, they’re out there, and they are free for the taking.

Or are they?

Asteroids are certainly available, and they’re valuable. More than 750,000 asteroids measure at least 1 kilometer across, and millions of smaller objects are scattered throughout the solar system, mostly in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even a comparatively small asteroid is potentially quite valuable, both on Earth and in space.

A 79-foot-wide M-type (metallic) asteroid could hold 33,000 tons of extractable metals, including $50 million in platinum alone. A 23-foot-diameter C-type (carbonaceous) asteroid can hold 24,000 gallons of water, useful for generating fuel and oxygen. Even 1 gallon of water, at 8.33 pounds per, can cost tens of thousands of dollars to launch into Earth orbit. Prices will probably come down now that SpaceX and other private launch companies are in the game. But the numbers would need to improve a lot for water launched from Earth to compete with water that’s already floating in space. “

 

 

 

Top 5 Deadliest Substances on Earth

” Published on Mar 25, 2013

There are natural poisons that lurk in bacteria, plants, and fungi pretty much everywhere, and they’re there for good reasons (according to the organisms that produce them) – but what is it about their chemical make up that makes them so poisonous? How do their toxins attack the human body with such deadly efficiency? Discover the answers to these and other questions as Hank talks about some of the most deadly natural substances in the world.”

 

 

 

SINKHOLES ALL AROUND THE GLOBE 2012

Yet Another Sinkhole Eats Up Real Estate In Seffner, Fla.

 

 

” Even the hardiest residents of Seffner, Fla., must be getting that sinking feeling, with a third sinkhole having opened up in the small town. Some kids playing in Lakeshore Ranch Dr. on Saturday night discovered the new sinkhole just 1.6 miles from where the Earth opened up and swallowed Jeff Bush in February… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-Year-Old Brings 300 Million-Year-Old Fossil To Show And Tell

” Debattista is a primary school student in Oxford with an interest in pre-history and he took his find to an after school club at Oxford University`s museum of natural history . He found it last year on a beach in Cornwall, there vacationing with his family. Despite being just 10, he suspected it was an old fossil of crustacean footprints and to everyone`s amazement, he was mostly correct.”

 

 

 

Creepy Sheepshead Fish Have Human-Like Teeth

 

 

 

” The Sheepshead fish (Archosargus probatocephalus), also known as “convict fish” because of its “prison stripes,” belongs to the family Sparidae which includes some even weirder fish. According to the Scientifiic American, some species of the family Sparidae experiment with forms of “LGBT” lifestyles that would shock anti-gay fundamentalists. Some are hermaphrodites while others change from female to male (progogyny), or from male to female (protandry).

Some members of the Sparidae family such as Salema porgy (Sarpa salpa), nicknamed “dreamfish” taste great, but you risk falling into a drug induced psychedelic trance if you eat the flesh. Scientific American reports that Salema porgy was used for recreational hallucinogenic purposes in the ancient Roman empire and was used in traditional Polynesian ceremonies.

Eating parts of Salema porgy, including the head, could cause a condition known as ichthyosarcotoxism or Ichthyoallyeinotoxism, a form of poisoning caused by toxins of the marine plankton Gambierdiscus toxicus. The poisoning, according to Scientific American, causes florid hallucinations and nightmares that could last several days.”

 

 

 

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