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  • Norway Fjord Invaded by Monster Jellyfish

    07/01/2014 6:16:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Norway's Beitstadfjord has been so severely invaded by monster deep sea jellyfish that, just two years since their arrival, they have driven out all of the local fish. The innermost arm of the Trondheimsfjord now holds an estimated 40,000 tonnes of the helmet jellyfish, only a few years after the fiery red peril first appeared in its waters. According to Norway's VG newspaper, Jarle Mork, a researcher at NTNU in Trondheim, caught vast quantities of the slimy animal in a single trawl. "We took up 3.5 tons of monster jellyfish in under ten minutes," he said. "There was a tremendous...
  • Comb Jelly Genome Gums Up Evolution

    06/11/2014 12:28:07 PM PDT · by fishtank · 39 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 6-11-2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins PhD
    Comb Jelly Genome Gums Up Evolution by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Comb jellies (ctenophores) look like disco balls with flashing lights that dance and spin as they float around the ocean. These creatures are so fascinating that one neuroscientist likened them to "aliens who've come to earth."1,2 The genome of comb jellies has been sequenced, and it's as alien as the creature looks—utterly defying all predictions about its evolutionary origins.3 Even prior to recent advances in genome sequencing, comb jellies perplexed evolutionists. While they resemble a jelly fish in some ways, they have complex nervous systems that detect light, sense...
  • Was Your Ancestor a Ball of Jelly? Evolution Study Surprises Experts

    12/19/2013 11:18:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 12, 2013 | Jane J. Lee
    In a prehistoric version of "the chicken or the egg" question, researchers have long debated which animal group came first. A traditional view pegs sponges—marine creatures that look more like rocks or corals—as our ancient ancestors. But a new genetic study is stirring the waters, suggesting comb jellies, gelatinous marine animals that look similar to jellyfish, are actually the first animals to have evolved over 600 million years ago.
  • “Gob-Smackingly Huge” Jellyfish Washes Up in Australia

    02/10/2014 9:16:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    National Geographic ^ | February 7, 2014 | Sonia Harmon
    A regular day at the beach led to a surprising scientific discovery for one family in Australia last month—local resident Richard Lim and his family spotted a shockingly large jellyfish at a beach in Howden, a small town in Tasmania.The family did what anyone would do—take photos, of course—but they also shared the images with Lisa-ann Gershwin, a research scientist and jellyfish expert at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency. Gershwin’s first reaction upon seeing the photos? Pure shock, despite the fact that she’d already known about the new species. “I had seen what...
  • Giant jellyfish found on Australia beach

    02/06/2014 3:21:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/6/14 | BBC
    Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania. A family found the 1.5m (5ft) jellyfish on a beach south of Hobart last month.
  • ‘Easily the Most Insane Animal Footage’: What Is This Strange Underwater Creature?

    05/09/2012 1:02:12 PM PDT · by Twotone · 48 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 9, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    You may think what you see at 20 seconds into the video below is just a little jelly fish. But wait — you‘re about to be taken on a ride where you’ll see it grow, morph, undulate and still won’t know quite what this confounding, “easily the most insane animal footage ever caught on an undersea camera” is.
  • US Navy Develops Robot 'Jellyfish' Powered Exclusively by Seawater~

    04/12/2012 4:23:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Reaganite Republican
    Potential military applications for 'Robojelly'  nearly as infinite as it's hydrogen energy supply... Robojelly in the lab _________________________________________________________________________________ Although still in early stages of development, researchers from Virginia Tech and UT at Dallas have created an amazing hydrogen-powered underwater drone that looks and moves like a jellyfish, pumping itself along via artificial muscles...  Robojelly is the first successful underwater robot ever created that uses external hydrogen as it's only power source, while it appears the opaque, plastic blob would be all but undetectable by the enemy when deployed for recon. The unit also holds promise for various underwater rescue/salvage operations. The...
  • Jellyfish halt British nuclear power station

    06/30/2011 1:38:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/30/11 | Antony Dickson - AFP
    A nuclear power station in eastern Scotland had to shut down its reactors after "high volumes" of jellyfish were found on its seawater filter screens, the operating company said Thursday. "Both units at Torness power station were manually shut down on 28 June, due to the high volumes of jelly fish fouling the cooling water screens," said a statement from EDF Energy, which runs the power station near Dunbar. It explained that the shutdown was purely a precautionary measure and insisted that "at no time was there a danger to the public", nor had there been any impact on the...
  • Sons of Blackwater Open Corporate-Spying Shop

    05/12/2011 4:48:12 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Washingtonian ^ | 12/05/2010 | Shane Harris
    From the team that brought you Blackwater and the pre-9/11 counterterrorism program Able Danger comes “Jellyfish Intelligence.” That’s the name a group of former US intelligence officials and executives from the controversial security firm have chosen for a new private outfit that offers “predictive intelligence” for Fortune 500 corporations and senior-level executives and that aims to “protect human lives and their business interests throughout the world. The company blends traditional models of a strategic consulting firm with what it claims is an extensive network of human sources—people who, in an official context, would be called spies. Jellyfish employs a network...
  • Massive black sea nettle, a rare carnivorous jellyfish, has been spotted in San Diego Bay

    07/14/2010 1:00:03 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | July 14, 2010 | Rene Girard
    A massive jellyfish called the black sea nettle has recently been spotted in San Diego Bay. The rare creature, whose scientific name is Chrysaora achlyos, is the largest invertebrate discovered in the twentieth century. This giant jellyfish, first recognized as a seperate species in 1997, has a bell measuring up to 1 m (3 ft) in size, with arms extending up to 6 m (20 ft) in length ... If you would like to learn more about jellyfish, then you may want to read this article entitled "A clever hunter for a creature with no brain" from answersingenesis.org, and listen...
  • Giant Deep Sea Jellyfish Filmed in Gulf of Mexico

    04/26/2010 3:52:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 2,582+ views
    Direct observations of these creatures from submersibles are very rare. It has been previously videoed by scientists off the Pacific coast of the US and by ROVs off Japan. However, this is the first time the giant jelly has been recorded in the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers reported four chance encounters with jellyfish between 2005 and 2009, during the routine underwater work the energy companies carried out on their underwater structures. The footage shows the reddish purple coloured jellyfish at depths ranging from 996m to 1747m. Trap prey The scientists observed the jellyfish attaching itself to the subsea equipment...
  • After Threat, Obama Gets His Nominees (GOP caves to another Obama lame threat!)

    02/12/2010 3:58:19 AM PST · by tobyhill · 21 replies · 773+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/12/2010 | WSJ
    President Barack Obama dropped his threat to bypass the Senate and install nominees to their positions through recess appointments -- at least for now. Recess appointments can be made while the Senate is out of session and are a way for presidents to get around the need for a confirmation vote. The president said in a statement Thursday evening that he is encouraged by confirmation earlier in the day of 27 high-level nominees. On Tuesday, Obama threatened to make the recess appointments to get around senators who had placed "holds" on his nominees, which prevent, or at least delay, the...
  • President Obama wins showdown with GOP

    02/11/2010 7:40:12 PM PST · by ricks_place · 69 replies · 3,511+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/11/10 | MIKE ALLEN
    The Senate confirmed a huge group of administration nominees on Thursday, following a tense exchange between President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). At a White House meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders on Tuesday, Obama warned that he would make recess appointments if the logjam over nominees wasn’t broken before the Senate left for the Presidents’ Day break. “Mitch, this is unprecedented,” the president said, gesturing forcefully on the Cabinet Room table, according to aides. “If you don’t move any, I’m going to do some [recess] appointments.” The 27 confirmations mean no recess appointments will be needed...
  • PHOTOS: "Alien" Jellyfish Found in Arctic Deep

    12/15/2009 10:25:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies · 2,656+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | December 11, 2009-
    In the black depths of the frigid Arctic Ocean, scientists on a 2005 expedition found a splash of color: The brilliant, blood-red Crossota norvegica jellyfish (pictured). The creature was spotted by a remotely operated vehicle 8,530 feet (2,600 meters) underwater during a two-month National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition to the Canada Basin, the deepest and least explored part of the Arctic waters. Though C. norvegica is not a new species, several new deep-sea animals were discovered during the expedition--some of which were announced in recent research papers in 2009.
  • FIRST PICTURES: "Predator" Corals Eat Jellyfish

    11/20/2009 4:08:43 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,981+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | November 19, 2009
    Sorry, kids—scientists have not discovered the first known bubblegum-blowing sea creature. But they have found the only known corals to eat adult jellyfish, a new study says. Opening wide--yes, that's a mouth--a mushroom coral ingests a roughly 4-and-a-half-inch-wide (12-centimeter) moon jellyfish (pictured) in the Red Sea in March 2009. And this coral wasn't alone. The study, led by scientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University and Tel Aviv University, witnessed other corals dining on the jellyfish. Marine ecologist Jennifer Smith, who wasn't part of the study, agreed the find was unique, though she's "not entirely surprised." Mushroom corals, which have soft bodies,...
  • Jellyfish swarm northward in warming world (Except the world isn't warming:)

    11/16/2009 8:50:51 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 15 replies · 1,330+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/16/2009 | MICHAEL CASEY
    KOKONOGI, Japan – A blood-orange blob the size of a small refrigerator emerged from the dark waters, its venomous tentacles trapped in a fishing net. Within minutes, hundreds more were being hauled up, a pulsating mass crowding out the catch of mackerel and sea bass. The fishermen leaned into the nets, grunting and grumbling as they tossed the translucent jellyfish back into the bay, giants weighing up to 200 kilograms (450 pounds), marine invaders that are putting the men's livelihoods at risk. The venom of the Nomura, the world's largest jellyfish, a creature up to 2 meters (6 feet) in...
  • Japanese fishing trawler sunk by giant jellyfish

    11/02/2009 7:53:04 PM PST · by RDTF · 34 replies · 2,646+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Nov 2, 2009 | Julian Ryall
    A 10-ton fishing boat has been sunk by gigantic jellyfish off eastern Japan. -snip- The crew of the fishing boat was thrown into the sea when the vessel capsized, but the three men were rescued by another trawler, according to the Mainichi newspaper. The local Coast Guard office reported that the weather was clear and the sea was calm at the time of the accident.
  • LATEST:US President Obama Says He Will Not Rush "Solemn Decision" To Commit Troops To Afghanistan

    10/26/2009 1:46:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 113 replies · 5,418+ views
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/ ^ | October 26, 2009
    BBC LATEST: Headline Only US President Obama Says He Will Not Rush "Solemn Decision" To Commit Troops To Afghanistan
  • Jellyfish tossing helps land Madeira Beach man in jail

    09/09/2009 4:35:04 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 21 replies · 1,948+ views
    Tampabay.com ^ | Sep 08, 2009 | Brant James
    Jellyfish tossing helps land Madeira Beach man in jail By Brant James, Times Staff Writer Posted: Sep 08, 2009 02:27 PM MADEIRA BEACH — A 41-year-old man who witnesses said had been drinking since 9 a.m. was arrested Monday afternoon after authorities say he created a disturbance by pretending to drown and throw jellyfish on teenagers. Keith Edward Marriott, of 100 154th Ave. in Madeira Beach, faces charges of disorderly intoxication and carrying a concealed weapon after a pocketknife was found in his shorts, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said. Marriott repeatedly submerged himself and floated to the surface, "causing concern...
  • GIANT JELLYFISH PICTURES: Japan's Nomura Invasion

    08/01/2009 5:46:38 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 2,344+ views
    .nationalgeographic ^ | July 29, 2009
    Eat your heart out, Godzilla. A massive menace from the sea seems poised to invade Japan anew this summer, experts predict. In 2005 Japanese waters were inundated with swarms of Nomura's jellyfish--like the pair seen above cruising off the coast of Fukui Prefecture in November 2007. The giants clogged fishing nets and poisoned potential catches with their toxic stings, costing coastal fishers billions of yen. Scientists have since been racing to unlock the mysteries of this giant jellyfish species in an attempt to forecast invasions and prevent damages. This June researchers at Hiroshima University made some of the first surveys...
  • PHOTOS: Japanese fishermen brace for giant jellyfish

    07/19/2009 5:25:17 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies · 3,136+ views
    cnn ^ | 3 hours, 7 minutes ago | Shelby Lin Erdman
    Giant jellyfish descend on the Sea of Japan, causing untold devastation to coastal villages and leaving a trail of destruction and human misery behind. Sounds like a great sci-fi flick. But it's not. It's real and it's a nightmare for Japanese fishermen. The massive sea creatures, called Nomura's jellyfish, can grow 6 feet in diameter and weigh more than 450 pounds. Scientists think they originate in the Yellow Sea and in Chinese waters. For the third year since 2005, ocean currents are transporting them into the Sea of Japan. Monty Williams, a marine biologist at Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab,...
  • Four foot Jellyfish found on British beach

    05/13/2009 4:46:58 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 19 replies · 767+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 13 2009 | telegraph
    A 4ft jellyfish - one of the biggest to be found in Britain - washed up on a popular beauty spot on the coast of north Devon. Experts say the 4ft (1.21m) Rootmouth Jellyfish - nicknamed the Dustbin lid or Sea Mushroom - can cause a painful rash on human skin if in contact with tentacles. The jellyfish was caught on camera by photographer Peter Stapleton who is keeping the exact location secret to avoid panic. "A woman came up to me and said there was a huge jellyfish over on the other side of the beach," he said. "It...
  • Crab Videotaped Riding Giant Jellyfish

    05/07/2009 10:21:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 3,961+ views
    A photographer caught video of a crab hitching a ride on the back of a giant pink meanie jellyfish off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Pat Clyne made the video of the underwater spectacle off the coast of Sanibel Island, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported. The video shows the crab moving underwater on the pink meanie jellyfish, which have tentacles 100 feet long and are rarely seen in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • PHOTO IN THE NEWS: New "Rainbow Glow" Jellyfish Found

    03/18/2009 8:54:08 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 31 replies · 1,669+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | March 16, 2009
    Look on the bright side—this luminous new jellyfish species doesn't sting. Jellyfish expert Lisa Gershwin caught the unnamed species in early March while swimming near a jetty off the Australian island of Tasmania with a "phototank"—a small aquarium that makes it easy to photograph sea life. The jellyfish does not emit its own light, as bioluminescent creatures do. Rather, its rainbow glow emanates from light reflecting off the creature's cilia, small hairlike projections that beat simultaneously to move te jellyfish through the water.
  • "Immortal" Jellyfish Swarm World's Oceans

    01/31/2009 7:00:19 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 5,582+ views
    A potentially "immortal" jellyfish species that can age backward—the Benjamin Button of the deep—is silently invading the world's oceans, swarm by swarm, a recent study says. Like the Brad Pitt movie character, the immortal jellyfish transforms from an adult back into a baby, but with an added bonus: Unlike Benjamin Button, the jellyfish can do it over and over again—though apparently only as an emergency measure.
  • Newt denounces Blago attacks

    12/16/2008 5:22:54 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 67 replies · 1,829+ views
    Politico ^ | 2008-12-16 | Ben Smith
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is denouncing Republican attempts to link President-elect Barack Obama and disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
  • Research On Glowing Jellyfish Earns Scientists Nobel Prize For Chemistry

    10/08/2008 10:40:21 AM PDT · by Justice Department · 8 replies · 733+ views
    Stockholm, Sweden (AHN) - Another trio of scientists were recognized by the Nobel Foundation for their discovery of the mystery behind the green glow of jellyfish. The past two days saw trios also being awarded the Nobel laureates for Medicine and Physics. For this finding, Osamu Shimomura of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Roger Tsien of the University of California at San Diego will be awarded the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
  • Shock: First Animal on Earth Was Surprisingly Complex

    04/27/2008 6:07:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 184 replies · 154+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Thursday, April 10, 2008 | LiveScience
    Earth's first animal was the ocean-drifting comb jelly, not the simple sponge, according to a new find that has shocked scientists who didn't imagine the earliest critter could be so complex... scientists analyzed massive volumes of genetic data to define the earliest splits at the base of the animal tree of life... The new study surprisingly found that the comb jelly was the first animal to diverge from the base of the tree, not the less complex sponge, which had previously been given the honor... Unlike sponges, comb jellies have connective tissues and a nervous system, and so are more...
  • Giant Marine Life Found in Antarctica (huge jellyfish! Yikes!)

    03/21/2008 4:40:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies · 2,521+ views
    apnews.myway.com ^ | 3-21-08 | RAY LILLEY
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Scientists who conducted the most comprehensive survey to date of New Zealand's Antarctic waters were surprised by the size of some specimens found, including jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and 2-foot-wide starfish.A 2,000-mile journey through the Ross Sea that ended Thursday has also potentially turned up several new species, including as many as eight new mollusks.
  • Lieberman to Arab MKs: One day we will 'take care of you' ("We have a gov. made up of wimps.")

    03/10/2008 9:51:12 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 17 replies · 1,300+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Last update - 18:22 10/03/2008 | By Shahar Ilan, Haaretz Correspondent
    Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman said at a Knesset plenary meeting on Monday, addressing Arab MKs, that "a new administration will be established and then we will take care of you." The statement came three days after Lieberman made another inflammatory statement directed at Arab MKs, shortly after an Israeli Arab terrorist gunned down students at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem on Thursday, killing eight people. Lieberman had said following the incident that the attack had been a result of incitement to violence propagated by Arab MKs. (edit) Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman. (Daniel Bar On/Jini) Lieberman...
  • Invasion of Jellyfish Envelops Japan In Ocean of Slime

    11/27/2007 7:05:35 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 33 replies · 152+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 27, 2007 | By Sebastian Moffett
    Pink 450-Pound Blobs Clog Nets but Spur New Recipes; Pointing Fingers at China (OKI, Japan) -- Fisherman Ryoichi Yoshida pulled in his nets before dawn one morning, hoping for lots of yellowtail and mackerel. But the fish were overwhelmed by a heaving mass of living pink slime. The creatures, called Nomura jellyfish, can measure six feet across and weigh up to about 450 pounds. They have been drifting en masse to places like Oki, a small island 40 miles off the coast, bobbing beneath the surface of the water like pink mines. They rip holes in fishermen's nets, and they...
  • Bush: Israelis, Palestinians agree on framework for peace talks

    11/27/2007 8:22:46 AM PST · by RDTF · 86 replies · 103+ views
    cnn ^ | Nov 27, 2007 | cnn
    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (CNN) -- Israel is "ready now for a deal," said an Israeli official attending Tuesday's U.S.-brokered Mideast summit aimed at laying the groundwork for future peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have "very good chemistry," the official said, adding that he is hopeful a document "will be finalized before we leave Washington Wednesday night." -snip-
  • A Divided Jerusalem? The Nightmare ILLUSTRATED

    10/08/2007 11:22:49 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 24 replies · 1,792+ views
    various sources | Monday, October 8, 2007 | Cinnamon Girl
    HEADLINE: Israel May OK Division of Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (AP Photo)Summary of Six Day war from BBC: After a period of relative peace in the Middle East(?), Palestinian guerrilla groups, supported by Egypt and Syria, started a series of attacks on the Israeli border in 1965. These were followed by Israeli reprisals and a gradual build-up of Arab military forces around Israel's border. The Second Arab-Israeli war that began on 5 June 1967 ended on 10 June and became known as the six-day war - it changed the face of the Middle East conflict. At the end...
  • STUNG BY MOST VENOMOUS OF CREATURES, MAN SAYS HE ENCOUNTERED 'LIGHT' OF LORD

    09/25/2007 12:08:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies · 2,095+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | September 25, 2007
    One night while diving for lobster on the island of Mauritius, an Australian named Ian McCormick was stung on his forearm by what local Creole fishermen call "invisibles": extraordinarily poisonous but hard to see "five-box" jellyfish, in the nomenclature of the trade. Medics were called -- urgently. It was an emergency if ever there is an emergency. "Found in the waters off northern Australia, the box jellyfish Chironex fleckeri is not the only marine invertebrate to use venom, but it is the possessor of arguably the most lethal venom in the world," notes one expert. "In the past half...
  • Monster Jellyfish Invade Gulf of Mexico (Australian spotted jellyfish)

    08/18/2007 9:37:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 10,705+ views
    LiveScience.com on yahoo ^ | 8/18/07 | Robert Roy Britt
    Australian jellyfish that invaded the Gulf of Mexico seven years ago have made a "vigorous reappearance" this summer and threaten to devour native fish, scientists announced Friday. And in the Gulf, with plenty to eat, they grow to monster size. "In their native waters, they tend to be fist-sized," said Monty Graham of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. "Here in the Gulf, they can be a big as dinner plates.” The creatures can weigh up to 25 pounds. The Australian spotted jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata, are not dangerous to humans. But scientists say the invasion could pose a threat to the...
  • Scientists Create 12-Headed Jellyfish (gene manipulation alert!)

    08/03/2007 8:25:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 830+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 1, 2007 | Charles Q. Choi
    Jellyfish with up to a dozen heads have been created in the laboratory by carefully monkeying with a few genes. The genetic experiments could shed light on how natural colonies of other multi-headed organisms first originated, including some that build coral reefs. Researchers targeted so-called Cnox genes, which help control how the bodies of jellyfish are laid out as their embryos develop. These genes are closely related to Hox genes, which play a similar role in humans. How they did it They experimented on the European hydromedusa (Eleutheria dichotoma), collected from the south of France. (In Greek mythology, the Hydra...
  • Spanish beaches invaded by jellyfish

    06/09/2007 5:15:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 493+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/07 | Daniel Woolls - ap
    MADRID, Spain - What do tourists and jellyfish have in common? They both love warm water and proliferate along Spanish beaches in the summer. And that's bad news for Spain, the world's top tourist destination after France. On Friday, the government approved a plan to create an armada of recreational boaters to spot the stinging blobs and summon help. "The important thing is that anybody who comes to the beaches here in Spain should know that a serious plan is under way to keep this from being a problem," said Josep-Maria Gili, the biologist coordinating the project. Spain's Mediterranean waters...
  • Olmert to PA: Release Shalit and we'll free many Palestinians (OR: PLEASE KIDNAP MORE SOLDIERS)

    11/27/2006 11:27:05 AM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 24 replies · 667+ views
    ha'aretz ^ | 19:00 27/11/2006 | Avi Issacharoff, Aluf Benn, Jack Khoury and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, held since June by Gaza militants, would lead to the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. "With Gilad Shalit's release and his return safe and sound to his family, the Israeli government will be willing to release many Palestinian prisoners, even those who have been sentenced to lengthy terms," Olmert said. The prime minister, speaking at the grave of Israel's first premier, David Ben-Gurion, in Sde Boker, said that he was extending his hand in peace to the Palestinians, and that he hoped...
  • The Sting of Ignorance

    09/27/2006 10:38:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,010+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 16, 2006 | JERRY AVORN
    Op-Ed Contributor LATE on a summer afternoon not long ago, the water at Lucy Vincent Beach on Martha’s Vineyard was warm, and the toxic jellyfish that had plagued bathers weeks earlier had floated out to sea. Body-surfing in on my last wave, I suddenly felt as if someone had whacked my leg with a lead pipe studded with nails. On the 1-to-10 pain scale we use with patients, I would have called it a 14. When I rubbed the area with my hand, my whole palm stung. Apparently those toxic jellyfish hadn’t all left. A crowd of passers-by gathered to...
  • [New Zealand] Fonterra Distancing Itself From Danish Products (over cartoon boycotts)

    02/08/2006 1:23:39 AM PST · by NZerFromHK · 19 replies · 725+ views
    Dairy giant Fonterra is distancing itself from Danish products caught up in widespread Muslim protests and trade boycotts after the publication of cartoons of Mohammed. Denmark was the first country to publish controversial caricatures of the Muslim prophet last September and the country has been hardest hit by the backlash. Fonterra is remaining tight-lipped about any impact the publication of the cartoons in New Zealand might have had on its business, but Middle East reports say that some emails and fliers wrongly list Fonterra products as coming from Denmark. Fonterra has published an ad in Middle East newspapers highlighting that...
  • [New Zealand PM] Helen Clark says [Muhammad] cartoon issue not freedom of press issue (surrenders)

    02/05/2006 3:14:11 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 46 replies · 1,669+ views
    Newstalk ZB ^ | 6/02/2006
    The Prime Minister has spoken out about the Mohammad cartoon controversy, saying she does not think it is a freedom of the press issue. Helen Clark says the New Zealand press is free, and politicians do not dictate what it can and cannot print. She says it is a question of judgement. She does not think the publication of the cartoons does anything to bring communities together in New Zealand or around the world. Helen Clark says the New Zealand government's position is very strongly in favour of respecting all religions and working to bring communities together, not drive them...
  • [NZ] Fonterra cautions about economic effect of publishing controversial (Muhammad) cartoons

    02/04/2006 7:03:06 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 9 replies · 540+ views
    Fonterra is worried about how the publication in New Zealand of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad will affect its business in the Middle East. Two newspapers in New Zealand - The Dominion Post in Wellington and the Christchurch Press - have printed the controversial cartoons. Some were also shown on New Zealand television on Friday night. The images have triggered outrage and protests across the Muslim world. Hundreds of people demonstrated in Pakistan on Thursday, chanting "Death to Denmark" and burning Danish and French flags. Palestinian gunmen briefly surrounded European Union offices in Gaza to demand an apology over the...
  • [New Zealand] Trade officials on alert after media show cartoons (money talks supreme)

    02/04/2006 4:57:55 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 8 replies · 651+ views
    Stuff.co.nz ^ | 05 February 2006 | By TIM HUME
    New Zealand diplomats in the Islamic world have been warned to take precautions against possible threats to staff and property following the publication here of controversial cartoons of Mohammed. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials have reacted "with concern" to the publication of the images, and were yesterday monitoring Muslim reaction for signs of retaliation against New Zealanders overseas or our trade interests. Yesterday The Dominion Post ran the 12 caricatures, originally published by a Danish newspaper in September. Dominion Post editor Tim Pankhurst said the publication was a test of Islamic tolerance. The Press ran two of the...
  • Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

    01/12/2006 6:39:00 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 773+ views
    BBC ^ | January 12, 2005 | Chris Hogg
    Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark. They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through. The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo. The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island's stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease. The researchers, from National Taiwan University's Department of Animal Science and Technology, say that although the pigs glow, they are otherwise no...
  • How do you tackle an invasion of giant jellyfish? Try making sushi

    12/07/2005 2:02:16 PM PST · by bahblahbah · 24 replies · 1,612+ views
    TimesOnline.uk ^ | December 07, 2005 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    THEY are called echizen kurage and they sound like monsters from the trashier reaches of Japanese science fiction. They are 6ft wide and weigh 450lb (200kg), with countless poisonous tentacles, they have drifted across the void to terrorise the people of Japan. Vast armadas of the slimy horrors have cut off the country’s food supply. As soon as one is killed more appear to take its place. Finally, the quarrelsome governments of the region are banding together to unite against the enemy. Echizen kurage is not an extraterrestrial invader, but a giant jellyfish that is devastating the livelihoods of fishermen...
  • How do you tackle an invasion of giant jellyfish? Try making sushi

    12/09/2005 10:26:52 AM PST · by jb6 · 36 replies · 1,735+ views
    Times Online ^ | December 07, 2005 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    THEY are called echizen kurage and they sound like monsters from the trashier reaches of Japanese science fiction. They are 6ft wide and weigh 450lb (200kg), with countless poisonous tentacles, they have drifted across the void to terrorise the people of Japan. Vast armadas of the slimy horrors have cut off the country’s food supply. As soon as one is killed more appear to take its place. Finally, the quarrelsome governments of the region are banding together to unite against the enemy. Echizen kurage is not an extraterrestrial invader, but a giant jellyfish that is devastating the livelihoods of...
  • House GOP Drop Artic Drilling From Budget Bill

    11/09/2005 7:10:25 PM PST · by sonsofliberty2000 · 375 replies · 11,661+ views
    Yahoo breaking News
    House GOP leaders have decided to drop an Arctic oil drilling proposal from a budget bill.
  • Jellyfish Cause Reactor Shutdown in Sweden

    08/29/2005 8:43:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 503+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | 8/29/05 | AP
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Swedish nuclear power plant shut down one of its three reactors Monday because of an abnormal accumulation of jellyfish in the cooling system. The Oskarshamn plant in southeastern Sweden uses water from the Baltic Sea in its cooling tanks. The water has been unusually rich in jellyfish in recent weeks, but the problem grew worse Monday morning, forcing officials to shut down the reactor. "When there are too many jellyfish in the cooling water, the flow is hindered and we have to clean it to keep the reactor going at full effect," plant spokesman Erik Mattsen...
  • From jellyfish to sunburn, beach can hurt

    07/30/2005 6:12:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies · 2,571+ views
    Georgetown Times SC ^ | July 29, 2005
    Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. Lifeguards recommend the following safety tips: • Learn to swim • Swim near a lifeguard • Never swim alone • Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present • Don't rely on flotation devices, such as rafts, you may lose them in the water • If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free, don't swim against the current's pull • Alcohol and swimming don't mix • Protect your head, neck, and spine — don't dive into unfamiliar waters — feet...
  • CA: Red light-flashing jellyfish lures in prey off California coast

    07/07/2005 4:11:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,742+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/7/05 | Randolph E. Schmid - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The first deep sea red-light district - glowing appendages on a newly discovered jellyfish relative - appear to flash their come-hither message to lure prey. Jellyfish and other types of sea creatures are known to produce light, but this is the first deep ocean invertebrate known to use red fluorescent light, said Steven H. D. Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif. Three of the animals were found by scientists using a remote controlled research vehicle at depths of between 5,200 feet and 7,500 feet off the coast of California. The discovery...