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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse

    11/03/2013 7:02:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | November 03, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A spectacular geocentric celestial event of 2005 was a rare hybrid eclipse of the Sun -- a total or an annular eclipse could be seen depending on the observer's location. For Fred Espenak, aboard a gently swaying ship within the middle of the Moon's shadow track about 2,200 kilometers west of the Galapagos, the eclipse was total, the lunar silhouette exactly covering the bright solar disk for a few brief moments. His camera captured a picture of totality revealing the extensive solar corona and prominences rising above the Sun's edge. But for Stephan Heinsius, near the end of the...
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 56 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
        Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • 'Magical Thinking' About Islands an Illusion? Biologist Refutes Conventional Thinking on Evolution

    07/08/2010 8:14:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 07/08/2010
    Long before TV's campy Fantasy Island, the isolation of island communities has touched an exotic and magical core in us. Darwin's fascination with the Galapagos island chain and the evolution of its plant and animal life is just one example. Think of the extensive lore surrounding island-bred creatures like Komodo dragons, dwarf elephants, and Hobbit-sized humans. Conventional wisdom has it that they -- and a horde of monster-sized insects -- are all products of island evolution. But are they? Dr. Shai Meiri of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology says "yes," they are a product of evolution, but nothing more...
  • New Finch Species Shows Conservation, Not Macroevolution

    12/09/2009 6:13:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 665+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 9, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    “Darwin’s finches” are a variety of small black birds that were observed and collected by British naturalist Charles Darwin during his famous voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle in the early 1800s. Years later, Darwin argued that subtle variations in their beak sizes supported his concept that all organisms share a common ancestor (a theory known as macroevolution). The finches, whose technical name is Geospiza, have since become classic evolutionary icons...
  • Darwin Was Wrong About Geology

    12/02/2009 7:13:55 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 148 replies · 2,561+ views
    CEH ^ | December 2, 2009
    Dec 2, 2009 — Field geologists have revisited a site Darwin visited on the voyage of the Beagle, and found that he incorrectly interpreted what he found.  A large field of erratic boulders in Tierra del Fuego that have become known as “Darwin’s Boulders” were deposited by a completely different process than he thought.  The modern team, publishing in the Geological Society of America’s December issue of the GSA Today,1 noted that “Darwin’s thinking was profoundly influenced by Lyell’s obsession with large-scale, slow, vertical movements of the crust, especially as manifested in his theory of submergence and ice rafting to...
  • Tale of Two Creation Films Denied First Amendment Rights on Darwin's Anniversary

    11/25/2009 7:56:35 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 179 replies · 3,262+ views
    ChristianNewsWire ^ | November 25, 2009
    HUNTSVILLE, AL, Nov. 25 Christian Newswire -- Two creation films called "inappropriate" were denied the opportunity to be shown in government facilities this week--which marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species". While the intelligent design film "Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record" has not been granted permission for a showing in California, "The Mysterious Islands", a new 90-minute Vision Forum film that challenges Darwin's evolution by taking audiences back to engage the enchanted Galapagos Islands, has enjoyed a victory and will premiere as previously scheduled tonight, Nov. 25, at 6:30 PM, at...
  • Wired: “Birth of New Species Witnessed by Scientists”

    11/21/2009 9:59:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 99 replies · 3,140+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    Scientists have watched as a new species is “born”—or is that “evolved”?—on one of the Galapagos Islands, home of Darwin’s famous finches...
  • Mosquito Evolution Spells Trouble For Galapagos Wildlife

    06/02/2009 6:21:52 AM PDT · by steve-b · 23 replies · 613+ views
    The Galapagos giant tortoise and other iconic wildlife are facing a new threat from disease, as some of the islands' mosquitoes develop a taste for reptile blood. Scientists from the University of Leeds, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Galapagos National Park have discovered that while its mainland ancestors prefer the blood of mammals and the occasional bird, the Galapagos form of the black salt marsh mosquito (Aedes taeniorhynchus) has shifted its behaviour to feed mainly on reptiles – primarily Galapagos giant tortoises and marine iguanas. The findings raise fears that these changes could devastate the islands' unique...
  • Inspirational Turtle

    12/20/2008 9:56:31 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies · 236+ views
    YouTube ^ | 12/20/08 | Revski
    The Galapagos turtle in this video is singing the song; River of Life and this song is sung by o7jimmy!
  • Mexicana de Aviacíon Gets a Frequent Flyer

    06/09/2007 9:53:08 PM PDT · by teldon30 · 12 replies · 920+ views ^ | May 31, 2007 | Fred Reed
    It was May 29 and I was coming through Houston on the way back from the Galapagos—kind of long-way-around routing, but what the hey. I’d gotten up at three a.m. in Quito to take the flight out so I was running on coffee and hope. My flight, Continental 2099, left at 2:20. I was ready to get back to Guadalajara. Swarm aboard the Embraer, fasten seat belt, haul out book. Normally the stews go through the usual about overhead bins, seatbelts, and the rest. They have to do it, everybody has heard it a thousand times, but the crew is...
  • Trouble in Darwin's paradise (Galapagos Islands losing original state)

    10/11/2006 2:07:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 67 replies · 1,218+ views
    New Scientist ^ | October 14, 2006 | Henry Nicholls (and?) Rowan Hooper
    Can the Galapagos islands survive the onslaught of mass tourism and the invasion of non-native species? IN THE pantheon of evolutionary icons they have prime status - for biologists they are the closest thing to Mecca. Now the Galapagos islands are facing a two-pronged attack. On one side are the rats, goats and other alien species that have made the islands their home, to the detriment of local flora and fauna and on the other, the hordes of eco-tourists descending on the equatorial paradise. Last year around 126,000 people visited the Galapagos, and cruise ship companies have recently added the...
  • Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day

    10/26/2005 11:34:19 AM PDT · by Junior · 27 replies · 532+ views
    AP - Science ^ | 2005-10-26 | GONZALO SOLANO
    QUITO, Ecuador - A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name. Oscar Carvajal, chief technician of the Galapagos National Park on Isabela island, said tortoises and land iguanas were not threatened because the lava flows were down the northeast slopes of Sierra Negra volcano where there were no animal populations. "The lava flows have not affected the species because they are on the other side. There are no problems with tortoises...
  • Evolution Looking into the 21st Century [Galapagos World Summit]

    06/24/2005 4:07:28 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 218 replies · 2,261+ views
    USFQ (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) hosted the World Summit on Evolution from June 9-12 at the island of San Cristóbal in the Galapagos Archipelago. This one-of-a-kind conference brought together the world’s most prominent biologists to discuss and debate what is evolution, the different fields of study, and what are the future horizons for evolution biology. This conference was unique because it compromised all subfields of evolution from microbes to humans, plus participants came from all around the world (more than 20 countries represented). The format was also special because it consisted of a presentation given by a speaker followed...
  • Naturalists: 'Finning' Threatens Galapagos Sharks

    10/20/2003 10:34:50 AM PDT · by yonif · 11 replies · 248+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon 20 October, 2003 | Amy Taxin
    GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador (Reuters) - They may not be cute like the sea lions that waddle on sandy beaches or the once-endangered giant tortoises featured in campaigns to conserve Ecuador's exotic Galapagos Islands. But sharks, which draw tourists and scuba divers, are increasingly a cause celebre in Galapagos. Environmentalists and the tourism industry are lobbying for more protection for sharks from fishermen who see a lucrative business in exporting their prized fins. Shark fishing is illegal in Galapagos. But that doesn't stop small motorboats from cruising the islands' Pacific Ocean waters at night to hunt the giant fish, whose fins...
  • On Evolution Islands, Nature Does an About Turn

    01/10/2003 8:31:51 AM PST · by winner45 · 17 replies · 347+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 1/10/03 | Robert Evans
    ESPANOLA ISLAND, Ecuador (Reuters) - The squat, brown owl sits immobile under the lee of a lava rock and stares unblinkingly as a dozen camera-toting tourists scramble on a ridge in front to get a better view. "He'll take off soon," says naturalist Ramiro Tomala, squinting in the morning sunshine. "It's his hunting time." A surprising assertion for visitors to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands (news - web sites) from North America, Europe and Asia -- as well as mainland Latin America -- where any self-respecting owl will only fly by night. But the day-owl is only one of many quirks of...

    07/09/2002 6:43:09 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 54 replies · 644+ views
    Reuters, NASA, AP, Yahoo, Other sources | 7/10/02
    GOTTA SEE THIS -- SATELLITE IMAGING DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 7/10/02 BREAKING NEWS - The Big Picture: Fires and Rockets of July around the World and Universe ===== ROCKETS OF JULY 2002 ====== In Nizhny Tagil, 800 miles east of Moscow, a Russian-made Smerch 300 mm Multiple Launch Rocket System fires a rocket during an exhibition 7/9/02. Russia's weapons export agency Rosoboron unfortunately continues to offer this and other war technology to Iran. Better get your act together, Ivan. Kourou space base, French Guyana - European rocket Ariane 5 lifts off 7/6/02 with the European communication satellite Stellat-5 and the...