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  • Archaeologists Excavate Lower City of Mycenae

    06/06/2014 5:53:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, June 2, 2014 | unattributed
    Mycenae -- the ancient city of the legendary King Agamemnon, best known from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and its iconic Lion Gate and cyclopean defensive walls, has long fascinated scholars and site visitors alike with the epic proportions of its imposing citadel remains... But there is another Mycenae -- one known for centuries from ancient historical documents -- which has nevertheless eluded the eyes of archaeologists, historians, and tourists. One might call it "Greater Mycenae", the Lower Town. It is invisible because most of it still lies undetected, unexcavated, below the surface. In its heyday it was a second millenium...
  • Obama is snapped working out

    06/04/2014 11:27:48 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 47 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 6-4-14
  • Meet the Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon

    10/18/2011 3:42:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/18/11 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    The moon is made of far more valuable stuff than green cheese. And one man wants to capitalize on that fact. NASA, which ended America's space shuttle program in June, says it wants to privatize spaceflight. Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express, Inc., wants to go a step further: He wants to privatize the moon itself. Jain's company plans to piggyback on private shuttle flights, using them to carry his lunar landers and mining platforms to the moon. "People ask, why do we want to go back to the moon? Isn't it just barren soil?" Jain told FoxNews.com....
  • The billionaire who wants to harvest the moon

    04/04/2014 2:35:10 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies
    Yahoo/CNBC ^ | April 3, 2014 | Susan Caminiti
    As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons. Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year. This serial entrepreneur-he founded Internet companies Infospace and Intelius-believes that the moon holds precious metals and rare minerals that can be brought back to help address Earth's energy, health and resource challenges. Among...
  • WHERE NEXT WILL OBAMA-REID LOWER THEIR MIGHTY BARRYCADE IRON CURTAIN ?

    10/14/2013 7:47:41 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 34 replies
    Graewoulf | October 14, 2013 | Graewoulf
    The Mighty Democrat Senator "No Debate" Reid has spoken though his use of raw Park Police Power by an incompetent, spendaholic, Democrat Administration: Release the floodgates of continuous increased Federal Spending or we will lower the BARRYCADE IRON CURTAIN until you cave in. In this way Reid and Obama have defined for America what continued control of the US Senate and the Administration will be like in the future. Each section of the BARRYCADE IRON CURTAIN is a visual testament to the abject failure of the Obama-Reid Adminstration and Senate. There should be no doubt, except for the true believers...
  • Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket Fired Towards Eilat

    08/12/2013 8:37:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 8/13/13 | Elad Benari
    At least one rocket was fired towards the Israeli resort city of Eilat on Monday night. Sirens were heard throughout the city shortly before 1:00 a.m. Local residents reported hearing explosions following the sirens. The Iron Dome anti-missile system, which was just recently deployed near Eilat, reportedly intercepted the rocket before it could explode in a populated area. There were no reports of damages, but three people suffered shock. Two of them were treated by paramedics and the third was taken to the Yoseftal Hospital in the city. The IDF and the police are searching the area to determine whether...
  • One Critical Commodity Is Having A Worse Year Than Gold (Iron)

    05/29/2013 7:41:02 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-29-2013 | Sam Ro
    One Critical Commodity Is Having A Worse Year Than Gold Sam Ro May 29, 2013, 7:59 AM Here's a chart that Deutsche Bank includes in its periodic "Equity View" report. It's the year-to-date and month-to-date returns of the world's most important asset classes. There aren't too many surprises here. Japan's Nikkei is leading stocks and the yen is lagging the currencies. High yield bonds are leading the credit markets as investors reach for yield. One area that may surprise some is commodities. Gold has experienced a very widely reported sell-off. But iron ore is actually having a worse year. Iron...
  • Margaret Thatcher did not ‘snub’ Sarah Palin: The truth about the Iron Lady and the former Governor

    04/08/2013 7:28:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | June 13th, 2011 | Nile Gardiner
    In the past few days a number of hugely misleading reports have circulated in both Britain and the United States alleging that Margaret Thatcher snubbed Sarah Palin. It all began with a blog post in The Guardian claiming the former prime minister had refused to meet with Mrs. Palin on her upcoming visit to London, on the grounds that she was “unworthy of an audience”, and quoting an anonymous “ally” of Lady Thatcher. According to The Guardian, in a piece entitled ‘Margaret Thatcher to Sarah Palin: don’t bother dropping by’: Her (Lady Thatcher’s) allies believe that Palin is a frivolous...
  • Obama to visit Church of Nativity, Iron Dome to be moved to airport for photo-op

    03/11/2013 6:09:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    haaretz ^ | 3/11/13 | Barack Ravid
    During his trip to Israel this month, U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, members of his delegation told Israeli government ministry representatives on Monday. According to a high-ranking Israeli official, that stop, scheduled for Friday, March 22, was added to his itinerary only in the past few days. UNESCO recognized the Church of the Nativity as a Palestinian World Heritage Site in June 2012, several months after Palestine became a full-fledged member of the organization. The advance American delegation responsible for organizing President Obama´s visit
  • Greenland warns EU may miss out on its mineral wealth

    03/09/2013 6:38:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, March 7, 2013 | Alistair Scrutton (Editing by Anthony Barker)
    Greenland's prime minister warned the European Union he could scrap a preliminary deal intended to safeguard the bloc's access to his country's huge mineral resources, saying Brussels has failed to follow through. "I don't understand the behavior of the (European) Commission," leftist Kuupik Kleist said on Wednesday in his office... Kleist's comments to Reuters signal Greenland may be increasingly willing to play off rival powers from Brussels to Beijing that are drawn by its minerals as global warming opens up sea routes and mining prospects. Kleist, who grew up harpooning whales from a remote village in northern Greenland, faces a...
  • Man burns his head after mistaking iron for phone

    12/12/2012 2:03:29 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 83 replies
    telegraph ^ | 12-12-12 | Matthew Day
    Tomasz Paczkowski from the northern Polish town of Elblag now sports bandages around his head after a request from his wife to help with the housework while he enjoyed a few days off work backfired. “My wife had gone to work and asked me to help with the housework,” the 32-year old told the Polish newspaper Fakt. “After breakfast I started to work. I turned on the boxing channel on the TV, opened a beer and started ironing. “I was really getting involved in the boxing and was not really thinking about what I was doing,” he continued. “Suddenly the...
  • Iron Dome Running Dry

    11/24/2012 7:17:34 PM PST · by hamboy · 19 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | November 24, 2012 | Strategy Page
    One factor Israel may have considered in agreeing to the recent cease fire with Hamas was a possible shortage of Tamir missiles (used by the Iron Dome system to shoot down rockets). The problem was that Israel was not sure how many long (over 20 kilometers) range rockets (that could reach larger urban areas) Hamas had left. Hamas had managed to fire about a thousand rockets in a week, with most of them hitting unoccupied areas, or being intercepted by Tamir missiles. Israeli aircraft had made over a thousand bombing raids on Gaza, hitting hundreds of rocket storage sites. But...
  • Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

    07/20/2012 11:49:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th July 2012 01:00 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    German researchers have re-ignited debate over geo-engineering by saying that “seeding” oceans with iron is an effective way to lock up CO2. While the principle behind seeding is simple enough – the iron acts as a fertilizer for phytoplankton, which multiply and consume carbon dioxide as they grow – the topic is fiercely debated. The core of the argument is also simple: it’s probably impossible to predict what other environmental impacts phytoplankton fertilization would have. The researchers, led by Victor Smetacek from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, are reporting the results of a 2004...
  • Dumping iron at sea does sink carbon

    07/24/2012 1:06:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Natue News ^ | 18 July 2012 | Quirin Schiermeier
    Geoengineering hopes revived as study of iron-fertilized algal blooms shows they deposit carbon in the deep ocean when they die. In the search for methods to limit global warming, it seems that stimulating the growth of algae in the oceans might be an efficient way of removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere after all. Despite other studies suggesting that this approach was ineffective, a recent analysis of an ocean-fertilization experiment eight years ago in the Southern Ocean indicates that encouraging algal blooms to grow can soak up carbon that is then deposited in the deep ocean as the algae...
  • A Rogue Climate Experiment Outrages Scientists

    10/21/2012 4:24:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | 18 October 2012 | Henry Fountain
    A California businessman chartered a fishing boat in July, loaded it with 100 tons of iron dust and cruised through Pacific waters off western Canada, spewing his cargo into the sea in an ecological experiment that has outraged scientists and government officials. The entrepreneur, whose foray came to light only this week, even duped the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States into lending him ocean-monitoring buoys for the project. Canada’s environment ministry says it is investigating the experiment, which was carried out with no government or scientific oversight. A spokesman said the ministry had warned the venture...
  • A massive and illegal geoengineering project has been detected off Canada’s west coast

    10/16/2012 10:44:29 AM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    io9 ^ | 16 Oct 2012 | George Dvorsky
    A private company backed by a controversial U.S. businessman has unilaterally conducted the world's most significant geoengineering project to date. Russ George, in conjunction with a First Nations village on Haida Gwaii, has dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in a technique known as ocean fertilization. The experiment, which is in violation of two United Nations moratoria, has outraged environmental, legal, and civic groups. The iron sulphate was dumped into the Pacific back in July, but recent satellite images are now confirming its effects — an artificial plankton bloom that's 10,000 square kilometers (6,214 square...
  • The Great Iron Ore Crash Of 2012 (Dr Iron?)

    08/29/2012 2:27:47 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-29-2012 | Matthew Boesler
    The Great Iron Ore Crash Of 2012 Matthew Boesler Aug. 29, 2012, 2:34 PM Iron ore futures collapsed today, falling 6.7 percent. It's a major component of steel and as such is viewed as one indicator of economic health in China.As you can see from the charts below, it's been getting crushed for a while. It's at its lowest levels since 2009. However, JPMorgan analyst Alessandro Abate thinks iron ore is poised for a turnaround. In a note to clients this morning, he writes: Iron ore spot price: catalysts heading towards a reversal of spot price trend in September. Reasons:...
  • The Iron Ore Futures Collapse Chart That Everyone Is Talking About (Dr Iron?)

    08/22/2012 6:27:18 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-22-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Iron Ore Futures Collapse Chart That Everyone Is Talking About Joe Weisenthal Aug. 22, 2012, 8:39 AM You've probably heard the term "Dr. Copper" to describe copper's role in serving as a good bellweather of the global economy. But all the buzz these days is about iron ore, a key ingredient in steel. This morning, a hedge fund manager in Europe sent us this chart of front month iron ore futures over the last couple of years. It's obviously very early, but that is one ugly chart. Included with the chart he sent this nice, quick overview: Iron ore...
  • A cleaner, faster battery [Nickel-Iron]

    07/10/2012 11:09:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | JUL 09, 2012 | Provided by Canadian Light Source
    A team of Stanford and Canadian Light Source researchers have developed an ultrafast rechargeable battery from non-toxic materials. This new rechargeable battery uses nanostructures to update a century-old idea: the nickel-iron bat-tery. Those early batteries, developed by Thomas Edison in 1901 to power electric cars, have been out of favour for a while. In addition to taking a long time to recharge, they just weren’t as powerful as other sources. There are, however, compelling reasons to improve the batteries’ efficiency. “Nickel-iron batteries are attractive because they are cheap and, relative to other battery materials like lithium, they are not very...
  • Videos of the Iron Dome anti missile battery in action today(Israeli site)

    03/10/2012 11:52:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Ynet ^ | 3/10/12 | staff
    The videos are on an Israeli Hebrew source. The videos are available to click on. Recent, real time, live fire.
  • Israel’s Iron Dome Rocket Defense, Built to Protect Civilians From Terror, Could Soon Protect US Arm

    12/01/2011 9:03:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    big peace ^ | 12/1/11 | Sun Tzu
    The Jerusalem Post reports today that the U.S. Army is considering the purchase of Israel’s Iron Dome short-range missile defense system to protect bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iron Dome was developed in response to persistent rocket attacks by the Palestinian Hamas terror group in Gaza, and the Hizbollah terror organization in southern Lebanon, both of which target Israeli civilians. The system was deployed in southern Israel earlier this year, and has been largely successful.
  • Iron Dome Shoots Down Palestinian Morale

    10/27/2011 9:22:01 PM PDT · by hamboy · 16 replies
    StrategyPage.com ^ | October 27, 2011 | StrategyPage.com Staff
    Palestinian terrorists are not happy. Last August, terrorist groups in Gaza thought they had come up with a way to get around the new Israeli Iron Dome anti-rocket system. They thought that all you had to do was fire at least seven rockets simultaneously at the same area being guarded by one Iron Dome battery. Islamic terrorists did this last August. One rocket got through, and killed an Israeli civilian. This “saturation” tactic is a problem with all air defense systems. But the saturation attacks turned out to be no more effective than firing many more rockets over an extended...
  • Could a probiotic be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease? (role of iron in IBS)

    10/19/2011 4:59:44 PM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies
    University of Bristol ^ | October 19, 2011 | Unknown
    Scientists have been unclear for some time about how most probiotics work. A new study has found a scientific 'design' for a probiotic that could be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn's disease. The research by academics at the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences and the School of Clinical Medicine is published online in the journal PLoS ONE. Most probiotics on the market, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, are lactic acid bacteria. Although probiotics have been shown to successfully maintain remission in IBD, evidence of their effectiveness in active disease is rare. The researchers...
  • 'Iron Dome' intercepts 4 Grads; school in Beersheba hit

    08/21/2011 1:20:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/20/11 | YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    At least twelve rockets launched into Israel this morning; Beersheba school hit by Grad; three fired at Ashkelon, one at Beersheba are intercepted; southern Israel hit by nearly 100 Gazan rockets over the weekend. Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip that killed one man over the weekend continued Sunday morning as at least six Grad rockets were fired at Beersheba, one of which hit an empty school building. At least one other of the Grads was intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. Earlier Sunday morning, four mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area and six Kassam...
  • Israel's Iron Dome shoots down 3 rockets over Ashkelon as tensions grow in south (One dead)

    08/20/2011 10:56:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/20/11 | staff
    Attacks continue after Grad rocket directly strikes home in Be'er Sheva on Saturday night, killing one person and seriously wounding four. The escalation in southern Israel continued Sunday morning when six rockets and a barrage of mortars hit near the city of Ashkelon. The Iron Dome system successfully shot down three rockets. Earlier, a Grad rocket directly struck a home in the southern city of Be'er Sheva on Saturday night, killing one person and seriously wounding four. 26 people are being treated for shock.
  • ‘Iron Dome’ Intercepts Three Rockets over Ashkelon

    08/20/2011 10:50:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    INN ^ | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Iron Dome defense system intercepted three Grad rockets aimed at Ashkelon Sunday morning as Israel debates how to react to Hamas’ war. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted three Grad rockets aimed at Ashkelon Sunday morning while Israel debates how to react to Hamas’ latest escalation in its war on the country. The new system has proved effective but is far from offering Israelis total protection from missile attacks.
  • Antibacterial clays kill with iron

    03/25/2011 4:24:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 23 March 2011 | Jon Cartwright
    US researchers have made a step towards understanding why some natural clays are antibacterial, boosting the chances that they could one day be used as alternatives to antibiotic drugs. According to the researchers, the clays supply iron that kills bacteria by generating radicals that attack cell components.People have used clays throughout history for healing. More recently, patients in Ivory Coast suffering from a flesh-eating disease known as Buruli ulcer were treated with French green clays. The clays appeared to ease the swelling of the lesions like an antibiotic, but no-one knew how they did it.Lynda Williams and colleagues at Arizona State University in Tempe came...
  • Gold and iron expected to rise, copper steady

    03/06/2011 6:29:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/06/11 | Euan Rocha and Julie Gordon
    Gold and iron expected to rise, copper steady By Euan Rocha and Julie Gordon Euan Rocha And Julie Gordon Sun Mar 6, 5:28 pm ET .TORONTO (Reuters) – Gold should push higher from its near-record levels due to its appeal as a safe haven, while iron ore should regain its upward momentum on the back of red-hot industrial demand from Asia, forecasters told the world's larger mining conference on Sunday. Copper, an economic bellwether due to its industrial versatility, should be well supported at its current lofty levels but may have trouble pushing significantly higher as mine production races to...
  • Cops: Man holds mom hostage because she won't iron his clothes

    07/07/2010 1:40:31 PM PDT · by rawhide · 31 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 6-7-10 | Alexis Stevens
    A 29-year-old Villa Rica man apparently expected his mother to iron his clothes for him. And when she wouldn't, he pulled a gun and held her hostage for several hours, police said. Robert Edward Tyrrell Jr. remained in jail Wednesday without bond, Sgt. Marc Griffith with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office told the AJC. Tyrell faces aggravated assault and false imprisonment following the June 30 incident, Griffith said. "He wanted her to do some ironing, and when she said ‘no,' they got into an argument," Griffith said. "He told her ‘ironing is woman's work.' " Tyrell, who lives with his...
  • Consumers over age 50 should consider steps to cut copper and iron intake

    04/07/2010 8:43:49 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 815+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Apr 7, 2010 | Unknown
    With scientific evidence linking high levels of copper and iron to Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and other age-related disorders, a new report in ACS' Chemical Research in Toxicology suggests specific steps that older consumers can take to avoid build up of unhealthy amounts of these metals in their bodies. "This story of copper and iron toxicity, which I think is reaching the level of public health significance, is virtually unknown to the general medical community, to say nothing of complete unawareness of the public," George J. Brewer states in the report. The article points out that copper and iron are...
  • Coal and iron ore drive export boom

    01/17/2010 5:50:01 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 297+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 18, 2010 | Nicola Berkovic
    BOOMING growth in the coal and iron ore sectors helped to drive strong increases in exports across most states last year, despite the global downturn. Western Australia led the way as exports jumped 23 per cent across the nation, with big increases in the prices of iron ore and gold helping cement the state as the nation's top export earner. The figures released yesterday by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade showed Queensland recorded the strongest growth of 48.3 per cent, with soaring coal and beef exports enabling the state to overtake NSW as the second-largest exporter. Exports from...
  • Israel's Iron Dome interceptor downs missile in first live fire test

    12/19/2009 2:20:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 732+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 12/17/2009 | World Tribune
    Israel's new rocket defense system has proven a hit-to-kill capability. Officials said Israel's Iron Dome has achieved the ability to strike incoming short-range missiles and rockets. They said the Iron Dome demonstrated this during its first live fire test in mid-2009. "They met head on," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. In a Nov. 17 address to the International Aerospace Conference and Exhibition-Israel, Barak said Iron Dome exceeded all expectations. He said the assessment within the Defense Ministry and military had been that the interceptor would explode 10 meters from the incoming missile.
  • Iron Man 2 Trailer is Out! (Very Cool!)

    12/17/2009 8:33:32 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 41 replies · 1,483+ views
    Paramount Studios ^ | Paramount Studios
    Click here for the new trailer!
  • 'Pillaging' Vikings unmasked as eco warriors

    12/03/2009 7:58:22 AM PST · by BGHater · 24 replies · 865+ views
    Yorkshire Post ^ | 02 Dec 2009 | Paul Jeeves
    THEIR reputation for raping and pillaging may not have set them out as the ideal role-models for an environmentally-friendly way of life. But it seems that lessons could perhaps be learnt from the Vikings after the intriguing discovery in Yorkshire of what is believed to be a metal recycling centre dating back to the 11th century. Historians and metal detector enthusiasts have made the find which is being heralded as evidence of how the Norse invaders recycled their fearsome array of weapons. Hundreds of pieces of metal including arrowheads, shards of swords and axe heads have been unearthed as part...
  • Obama on Food Network's Iron Chef?

    11/22/2009 7:33:24 PM PST · by QDaddy · 21 replies · 1,135+ views
    Food Network TV commercial
    Anyone else see Food Network Iron Chef? There was a promo commercial touting a 2 hour episode with a "very special guest" while showing the Washington Monument.
  • Iron ore imports 50M tonnes over demand

    10/13/2009 5:41:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 469+ views
    China Daily ^ | 10/13/09
    Iron ore imports 50M tonnes over demand BEIJING: China's iron ore imports have exceeded actual demand by about 50 million tonnes so far this year and the oversupply leaves no room for further price rises, a senior official of the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) said on Monday. "We believe the Chinese iron ore price is largely influenced by speculation on the market," CISA's Vice Chairman Luo Bingsheng told reporters at the sideline of an industry conference in Beijing. China imported 405 million tonnes of iron ore in the first eight months of this year, up 32 percent from...
  • As Brazil’s Economy Explodes, China Overtakes the US as its Largest Trading Partner

    05/20/2009 9:31:27 PM PDT · by wrrock · 13 replies · 899+ views
    UK Telegraph via http://visosearch.com/?p=245 ^ | 10 May 2009 | Malcolm Moore, in Shanghai UK Telegraph
    The US has been Brazil’s principal trading partner for nearly 80 years, but a sudden surge in Chinese demand for Brazilian iron ore in the first quarter of this year dislodged the Americans. The news is the latest sign of China’s increasing challenge to US hegemony in Latin America. China has been steadily increasing its sphere of influence and has become particularly close to the four “Red” South American countries: Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.
  • Viral Batteries: A Case for Evolution?

    04/13/2009 9:14:12 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies · 1,419+ views
    ICR ^ | April 13, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Viral Batteries: A Case for Evolution? by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Researchers at MIT have invented a “greener” battery with the help of viruses. Three years ago, they engineered a virus that coats itself with material that serves as an anode, a structure within a battery that attracts positive ions. They have now engineered a virus (bacteriophage) that serves as a cathode, which indirectly links to the anode to help make the battery functional. The result is a battery with little impact on the environment. National Public Radio (NPR) ran a report on its Morning Edition that compared the development of...
  • Boy, 3, speared through torso with 3-foot iron rod, liver injured

    03/15/2009 7:14:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 565+ views
    THREE-YEAR-OLD Mehul Kumar is lucky to be alive after being speared through the torso with a 3-foot (1 metre) iron rod. The boy, from Jharkand, India, was rushed to the hospital after he impaled himself falling off a terrace and onto a rod last week. The boy was fully conscious when he arrived at the hospital. Doctors removed the rod during a 4-hour operation and said he had lost a lot of blood and suffered some injuries, but "nothing major."
  • The Surface Of The Sun

    08/29/2008 12:19:10 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 26 replies · 278+ views
    The Surface of the Sun ^ | copyright 2008
    The composition and mechanical inner workings of the sun beneath the visible photosphere have remained an enigma for thousands of years. There are a whole host of unexplained phenomena related to the sun's activities that still baffle gas model theorists to this day because they fail to recognize the existence of an iron alloy transitional layer that rests beneath the visible photosphere. Fortunately a host of new satellites and the
  • Earth's Core, Magnetic Field Changing Fast, Study Says

    07/10/2008 1:53:24 PM PDT · by hripka · 138 replies · 298+ views
    National Geographic Society ^ | June 30, 2008 | Kimberly Johnson
    Rapid changes in the churning movement of Earth's liquid outer core are weakening the magnetic field in some regions of the planet's surface, a new study says. "What is so surprising is that rapid, almost sudden, changes take place in the Earth's magnetic field," said study co-author Nils Olsen, a geophysicist at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen. The findings suggest similarly quick changes are simultaneously occurring in the liquid metal, 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) below the surface, he said. The swirling flow of molten iron and nickel around Earth's solid center triggers an electrical current, which generates the...
  • Woman dies after life spent in iron lung

    05/29/2008 12:48:16 AM PDT · by Westlander · 60 replies · 265+ views
    AP ^ | May 28, 2008 | AP
    For almost 60 years, Dianne Odell lived inside a 7-foot-long metal tube, unable to breathe outside it but determined not to let it destroy her spirit. Odell, 61, died Wednesday when a power failure shut off electricity to the tube and stopped the pump drawing air into her lungs.
  • Israel to offer Iron Dome system to US

    03/12/2008 7:21:37 PM PDT · by forYourChildrenVote4Bush · 8 replies · 758+ views
    jpost ^ | Mar 13, 2008 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Defense Ministry Director-General Pinhas Buchris will travel to the US next week to try to interest the Pentagon in the Israeli-developed Iron Dome missile defense system and to explore procuring the Skyguard laser system to protect Sderot from Kassam rockets, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
  • Dig Uncovers Iron Age Waterhole (UK)

    03/07/2008 5:49:47 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 600+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-7-2008
    Dig uncovers Iron Age waterhole Archaeologists have found what they describe as a remarkable Iron Age waterhole on the site of an extension to York University. The waterhole complete with a preserved wickerwork lining was revealed during excavations in Heslington village. The structure also contains fragments of wood giving clues to the landscape of the time, about 2,500 years ago. The university's archaeology department plans more digs at the site, which also contains an important Roman building. The university plans to open the site to local archaeological community groups as well as allowing students access to a live dig. 'Fantastic...
  • Ancient Iron Ore Mine Discovered In Peruvian Andes (More)

    02/12/2008 2:17:28 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 837+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 2-11-2008 | Kelly Hearn
    Ancient Iron Ore Mine Discovered in Peruvian Andes Kelly Hearn in Buenos Aires, Argentina for National Geographic NewsFebruary 11, 2008 A 2,000-year-old mine has been discovered high in mountains in Peru. The find offers proof that an ancient people in the Andes mined hematite iron ore centuries before the Inca Empire, archaeologists say. The mine was used to tap a vein of hematite, or ochre—the first such mine found in South America that predates the arrival of Spanish conquistadors, experts note. The discovery, reported by a U.S. archaeologist, was made in southern Peru in the region once inhabited by the...
  • Archaeologist 'Strikes Gold' With Finds Of Ancient Nasca Iron Ore Mine In Peru

    01/30/2008 8:51:00 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 62+ views
    Purdue University ^ | 1-29-2008 | Kevin J Vaughn
    Archaeologist 'strikes gold' with finds of ancient Nasca iron ore mine in Peru WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kevin J. VaughnJanuary 29, 2008 A Purdue University archaeologist discovered an intact ancient iron ore mine in South America that shows how civilizations before the Inca Empire were mining this valuable ore. "Archaeologists know people in the Old and New worlds have mined minerals for thousands and thousands of years," said Kevin J. Vaughn, an assistant professor of anthropology who studies the Nasca civilization, which existed from A.D. 1 to A.D. 750. "Iron mining in the Old World, specifically in Africa, goes back...
  • Planets of Iron, Planets of Ice

    09/26/2007 12:01:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies · 106+ views
    How large a planet is depends upon its composition and mass. Earth is largely made of silicates, with a diameter of 7,926 miles at the equator. Imagine an Earth mass planet made of iron and youÂ’re looking at a diameter of a scant 3000 miles. Interestingly, the relationship between mass and diameter follows a similar pattern no matter what material makes up the planet. Running the numbers, an Earth mass planet made of pure water will be 9500 miles across. Sara Seager (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has been studying these things as part of a project to model the kind...
  • 2nd SCR's Iron Company arrives in Baghdad

    09/15/2007 10:54:13 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Alexis Harrison
    BAGHDAD — Patrolling the streets of the Iraqi capital is common to just about any cavalry squadron, infantry battalion, troop or company. Now add in regular rotations through a Coalition outpost, where you live next door to the local populous, and you have what many leaders call a "projection of force" to deter would-be terrorists from inhabiting quiet neighborhoods. Company I, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment from Vilseck, Germany, is only about a month into their tour, but have already been tasked with running Combat Outpost "Remagen" and patrolling the streets of the Karkh District in central Baghdad. The...
  • Iron Gunners Lend Firepower

    09/28/2006 5:48:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 525+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Malec
    Iron Gunners Lend Firepower U.S., Iraqi soldiers work together to weed out more than 2,000 terrorists. By Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Malec Fires Brigade PAO, 4th Infantry Division CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2006 -- Soldiers of Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, deployed to Forward Operating Base Scania in support of Operation Constant Solidarity, Sept. 1. The operation was a combined effort between the 8th Iraqi Army Division and MND-B soldiers to weed out more than 2,000 terrorists in and around the city of Diwaniyah. The brigade received its marching orders to deploy Guided Multiple...
  • In Search of a Pan That Lets Cooks Forget About Teflon

    06/09/2006 8:55:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies · 1,868+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 7, 2006 | MARIAN BURROS
    LIKE many home cooks, I have sent my nonstick skillets to the moldy recesses of my basement, where they have joined the 1950's aluminum pots and the Dru casseroles (Dutch enamel coated cast iron, now eBay collectibles). What led to this step were unsettling reports that an overheated Teflon-coated pan may release toxic gases. DuPont, the manufacturer of Teflon, says that its pans are safe and that their surfaces won't decompose, possibly releasing the gas, until the pan's temperature reaches 680 degrees. Some scientists say that an empty pan left on a burner set on high reaches 700 degrees in...