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  • HBO's "The Pacific" Trailer

    09/29/2009 8:07:56 PM PDT · by Saije · 39 replies · 1,563+ views
    HBO ^ | 9/17/2009 | HBO
    Trailer for "The Pacific", the HBO series on the war in the Pacific during WWII
  • Hurricane JIMENA Forecast Discussion [Pacific/Baja]

    09/01/2009 5:51:16 AM PDT · by xcamel · 16 replies · 1,089+ views
    NWS/NHC ^ | 09/01/2009 | NWS
    HURRICANE JIMENA DISCUSSION NUMBER 15 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP132009 200 AM PDT TUE SEP 01 2009 THE SMALL EYE OF JIMENA BECAME LESS DISTINCT IN SATELLITE IMAGERY AROUND 0500 UTC...HOWEVER SINCE THAT TIME IT HAS WARMED AND IS EMBEDDED WITHIN VERY COLD CLOUD TOPS AND A RATHER SYMMETRIC CDO. THE LATEST DVORAK CI-NUMBERS REMAIN 6.5 FROM TAFB AND 6.0 FROM SAB...AND OBJECTIVE ADT ESTIMATES ALSO CONTINUE TO HOVER AROUND T6.5. BASED ON THE SATELLITE APPEARANCE AND UNCHANGED SATELLITE ESTIMATES...THE INITIAL INTENSITY WILL REMAIN 135 KT FOR THIS ADVISORY. AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO...
  • U.S. tsunami threat higher than thought (Ca, Or, Wa)

    07/21/2009 1:13:28 PM PDT · by decimon · 36 replies · 1,236+ views
    Live Science ^ | Jul 21, 2009 | Unknown
    The threat of a devastating tsunami hitting the U.S. West Coast might be higher than previously thought, scientists say, based on a new study of earthquake faults off the coast of Alaska. Tsunamis are often triggered by earthquakes, as was the case with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which was sparked by the 9.3-magnitude Sumatra-Andaman subduction quake in the same ocean. The tsunami killed nearly a quarter of a million people. The new research suggests that future tsunamis could reach a scale far beyond that suffered in a 1964 tsunami generated by the great 9.2-magnitude Alaskan earthquake — "the most...
  • AIRMAN MISSING IN ACTION FROM WWII IS IDENTIFIED

    04/17/2009 8:39:40 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 19 replies · 929+ views
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is Staff Sgt. Jimmie Doyle, U.S. Army Air Forces, of Lamesa, Texas. He will be buried April 25 in Lamesa. Representatives from the Army’s Mortuary Affairs Office met with Doyle’s next-of-kin in his hometown to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. On September 1,...
  • Gazprom gets major deal to supply gas to US

    04/09/2009 2:26:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 577+ views
    AP ^ | April 9, 2009
    The world's largest natural gas company, Russia's Gazprom, has after years of attempts finally gotten a foothold in the U.S., the world's biggest gas market. A supply agreement, part of a multipart contract reached with Royal Dutch Shell, was announced late Wednesday. The contract, signed in Moscow by Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and his Shell counterpart Jeroen Van der Veer, guarantees the two companies will deliver 1 million tons of Russian liquefied natural gas annually until 2028. Under the arrangement, Gazprom gets access to a Shell terminal in Baja California, Mexico, that will turn Russian liquefied gas into gas that...
  • Trailer: Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific Miniseries (HBO)

    03/10/2009 3:19:56 PM PDT · by af_vet_rr · 17 replies · 2,980+ views
    /Film ^ | 10 Mar 2009 | /Film
    Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and from the creators of “Band of Brothers”, The Pacific is a a 10-part HBO mini-series which tells the intertwined stories of three Marines, Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda), during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. Produced on a budget of more $150 million, and shot on location in Australia, the series follows (from an early press release) “The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in...
  • 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron

    03/08/2009 1:11:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 3,706+ views
    201st Mexican Fighter Squadron Flag of Mexico The "Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 201" (201st Mexican Fighter Squadron) of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Expedicionaria Mexicana) has the honor of being the only military unit that has fought outside of Mexican Republic. This Squadron fought in the liberation of the Philippines while assigned to the 58th Fighter Group, under the command of Major Ed Roddy, a fighter ace with 8 kills to his credit while assigned to the 348th Fighter Group under Col. Neal Kearby, 5th Fighter Command, 5th Air Force; (six of its pilots had trained in dive-bombing...
  • Pacific people spread from Taiwan

    01/23/2009 12:08:54 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 410+ views
    The University of Auckland-New Zealand ^ | 23 Jan 2009 | University of Auckland
    New research into language evolution suggests most Pacific populations originated in Taiwan around 5,200 years ago. Scientists at The University of Auckland have used sophisticated computer analyses on vocabulary from 400 Austronesian languages to uncover how the Pacific was settled. “The Austronesian language family is one of the largest in the world, with 1200 languages spread across the Pacific,” says Professor Russell Gray of the Department of Psychology. “The settlement of the Pacific is one of the most remarkable prehistoric human population expansions. By studying the basic vocabulary from these languages, such as words for animals, simple verbs, colours and...
  • Bush to create three Pacific marine sanctuaries

    01/05/2009 3:41:36 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 554+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    Size is reduced from what activists sought, but they plan to lobby Obama> The marine areas — totaling 195,280 square miles — are: * In the northern Pacific, waters at the northern end of the Northern Mariana Islands, including the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of Earth's oceans at 36,000 feet. * In American Samoa, the Rose Atoll — the world’s smallest coral atoll and one of the most remote. * In the central Pacific, coral reefs, pinnacles, sea mounts, islands and surrounding waters of Johnston Atoll, Howland, Baker and Jarvis Islands, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island. These...
  • Asia-Pacific leaders sound upbeat note on crisis (confident world will overcome crisis in 18 mos.)

    11/23/2008 1:16:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 363+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/23/08 | P. Parameswaran
    LIMA, Peru (AFP) – Asia-Pacific leaders wrapped up a summit Sunday voicing confidence the world would overcome the financial crisis within 18 months by jumpstarting global trade talks and resisting protectionism. The meeting in Peru marked the farewell to international summits for US President George W. Bush, who held final meetings with other top world leaders including a cool exchange with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum vowed in a final declaration to "act quickly and decisively" to combat "one of the most serious economic challenges we have ever faced." In an unusual...
  • Pacific Ocean Hurricane Norbert heads toward El Paso, TX

    10/11/2008 3:05:20 AM PDT · by topher · 21 replies · 943+ views
    The storm is forecast to be a TROPICAL DEPRESSION when it reaches the El Paso, Texas area on Sunday Morning/Afternoon. It is expected to dissipate into a low pressure center in that area... Just some wind for the El Paso area. Fox News reports the storm is a Category 3 Hurricane as it is set to strike the Baja Peninsula, and Mexican mainland. Also of interest is (Fox News story): Fox News: Hurricane Norbert Strengthens to Category 3 Storm LA PAZ, Mexico — As Norbert bore down on Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula, it gathered strength overnight and was classified...
  • Harmony thrives in Pacific isolation

    07/27/2008 10:32:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies · 118+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/26/08
    It is one of the world's most remote islands but has a community spirit that is almost utopian, reports Huw Cordey from Anuta in the Pacific. Sailing from Santa Cruz, in the eastern Solomons, it took us five days to reach Anuta. It was one of the most tedious journeys I have made, the continuous pitching of our small yacht making it impossible to either read or write. So it was with some relief when the speck of land that was Anuta finally appeared on the horizon. Harbour masterBut as the island grew larger, the question of how 300 people...
  • Navy says fire damage on USS George Washington to delay Kitty Hawk transition

    06/24/2008 1:14:54 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 18 replies · 542+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/23/08 | Allison Batdorff
    Fire damage aboard the USS George Washington will delay the swap out with USS Kitty Hawk and may push back the carrier’s arrival to Japan, the Navy announced. The Kitty Hawk, which left Yokosuka last month for eventual decommissioning in Bremerton, Wash., was to turn over duties to the George Washington this month at Pearl Harbor. The aircraft carrier transfer will now happen in San Diego in August, according to a Navy release. The George Washington is already in San Diego undergoing repairs. A May 22 fire aboard the George Washington damaged electrical cabling and components in about 80 of...
  • El Niño May Have Been Factor In Magellan's Pacific Voyage

    05/15/2008 8:49:47 PM PDT · by blam · 117+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-16-1008 | North Carolina State University
    El Niño May Have Been Factor In Magellan's Pacific VoyageA new paper by North Carolina State University archaeologist Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick shows that Ferdinand Magellan's historic circumnavigation of the globe was likely influenced in large part by unusual weather conditions -- including what we now know as El Niño -- which eased his passage across the Pacific Ocean, but ultimately led him over a thousand miles from his intended destination. (Credit: iStockphoto) ScienceDaily (May 16, 2008) — A new paper by North Carolina State University archaeologist Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick shows that Ferdinand Magellan's historic circumnavigation of the globe was likely...
  • Islanders Speak With A West Country Accent

    04/28/2008 8:26:35 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 126+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Richard Alleyne and Richard Savill
    Islanders speak with a West Country accent By Richard Alleyne and Richard Savill Last Updated: 1:32am BST 29/04/2008 The entire population of a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has been found to speak with a West Country accent - because the residents all descend from one man from Gloucestershire. William Marsters [left] and with his family, who had four wives, 17 children and 54 grandchildren before his death in 1899. All the inhabitants of the island descend from him Researchers have long been puzzled by the strong rural drawl spoken by the inhabitants of Palmerston Atoll,...
  • Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina Linger

    04/22/2008 1:42:29 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 92+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-22-2008 | NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina LingerThis La Niña is indicated by the blue area in the center of the image along the equator. Blue indicates lower than normal sea level (cold water). (Credit: NASA/JPL) ScienceDaily (Apr. 22, 2008) — Boosted by the influence of a larger climate event in the Pacific, one of the strongest La Niñas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator, as shown by new sea-level height data collected by the U.S.-French Jason oceanographic satellite. This La Niña, which has persisted for the past year,...
  • Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina Linger

    04/22/2008 11:32:05 AM PDT · by cogitator · 26 replies · 129+ views
    SpaceRef ^ | April 22, 2008 | NASA JPL
    PASADENA, Calif. -- Boosted by the influence of a larger climate event in the Pacific, one of the strongest La Ninas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator, as shown by new sea-level height data collected by the U.S.-French Jason oceanographic satellite. This La Nina, which has persisted for the past year, is indicated by the blue area in the center of the image along the equator. Blue indicates lower than normal sea level (cold water). The data were gathered in early April. The image also shows that this La Nina...
  • Japan To Plant Coral Island In The Pacific

    04/09/2008 10:18:56 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 137+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-10-2008 | Julian Ryall
    Japan to plant coral island in the Pacific By Julian Ryall in Tokyo Last Updated: 12:01am BST 10/04/2008 Japanese scientists will attempt to "grow" an island in the Pacific Ocean to maintain its fishing territory. Up to 50,000 shards of coral will be transplanted into the waters around Okinotorishima, two stone outcrops 1,000 miles south of Tokyo, in an effort to stop them sinking. The outcrops sit just 4in above water at high tide. If they disappear, Japan's maritime territory will shrink dramatically. addition, rights to oil, minerals and gas beneath the seabed could be lost. However, the £3.6 million...
  • Archaeologists Find Evidence Of Origin Of Pacific Islanders

    03/31/2008 1:56:50 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1,238+ views
    VOA News ^ | 3-31-2008 | Heidi Chang
    Archaeologists Find Evidence of Origin of Pacific Islanders By Heidi Chang Honolulu, Hawaii 31 March 2008 The origin of Pacific Islanders has been a mystery for years. Now archaeologists believe they have the answer. As Heidi Chang reports, they found it in China. The excavation of the Zishan site (Zhejiang Province) in 1996, where many artifacts from the Hemudu culture have been found China had a sea-faring civilization as long as 7000 years ago. Archaeologist Tianlong Jiao says, one day, these mariners sailed their canoes into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and stayed. He points out, "Most scientists, archaeologists,...
  • Kansas aircrew brings WW II comrades back from watery grave (Home at Last!)

    03/11/2008 5:53:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 666+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. W. Michael Houk, KS USAF NG
    3/11/2008 - PALAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Palau (AFPN) -- A Kansas Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker crew from the 190th Air Refueling Wing returned the human remains March 3 to American soil after a recovery team recovered from a downed B-24 Liberator shot down near the Pacific island nation of Palau Sept. 1, 1944. According to military reports, the Army Air Forces B-24 was involved in a fight between American and Japanese forces over the island and suffered anti-aircraft fire. Three of the crew reportedly bailed out, one without a parachute, before the bomber crashed into the water. BentProp officials, a...
  • Virtual Mega-quake Shows Earthquake Could Inflict Major Damage On Pacific Northwest US

    02/28/2008 3:20:50 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 116+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-28-2008 | University of California - San Diego.
    Virtual Mega-quake Shows Earthquake Could Inflict Major Damage On Pacific Northwest USScientists used a supercomputer-driven "virtual earthquake" to explore likely ground shaking in a magnitude 9.0 megathrust earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. Peak ground velocities are displayed in yellow and red. The legend represents speed in meters per second (m/s) with red equaling 2.3 m/s. Although the largest ground motions occur offshore near the fault and decrease eastward, sedimentary basins lying beneath some cities amplify the shaking in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Vancouver, increasing the risk of damage. (Credit: Kim Olsen, SDSU) ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2008) — On January 26,...
  • Spam At Heart Of South Pacific Obesity Crisis

    02/11/2008 6:54:44 PM PST · by blam · 117 replies · 409+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-11-2008 | Nick Squires
    Spam at heart of South Pacific obesity crisis By Nick Squires In Sydney Last Updated: 12:32pm GMT 11/02/2008 It was lampooned by Monty Python and spurned by British shoppers, but Spam is fuelling a "raging epidemic" of diabetes, strokes and heart disease among the previously lithe inhabitants of the South Pacific. Another of Britain's colonial culinary legacies - corned beef - is also being blamed for a rise in obesity-related illnesses in countries once known for muscled warriors and slim-hipped maidens. Many islanders drive to the local shop to buy tins of spam Countries across the region - many of...
  • NASA Observes La Nina: This 'Little Girl' Makes A Big Impression

    01/15/2008 11:59:58 AM PST · by cogitator · 2 replies · 97+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | January 15, 2008 | NASA
    The blue area throughout the center of this image shows the cool sea surface temperature along the equator in the Pacific Ocean during this La Nina episode.Cool, wet conditions in the Northwest, frigid weather on the Plains, and record dry conditions in the Southeast, all signs that La Nina is in full swing. With winter gearing up, a moderate La Nina is hitting its peak. And we are just beginning to see the full effects of this oceanographic phenomenon, as La Nina episodes are typically strongest in January. A La Nina event occurs when cooler than normal sea surface temperatures...
  • Archaeology Unearths Gout In Early Pacific People

    11/23/2007 7:43:15 AM PST · by blam · 41 replies · 240+ views
    Maranias Variety ^ | 11-22-2007
    Archaeology unearths gout in early Pacific peopleThursday November 22, 2007 OTAGO (Pacnews) — High rates of gout among Mâori and Pacific Island men may have a genetic basis going back thousands of years to the time when Polynesia and Melanesia were being colonized from South East Asia. University of Otago Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology biological anthropologist Dr. Hallie Buckley has been working with colleagues from the Australian National University and CNRS in Paris to analyze skeletons from a 3,000-year-old cemetery in Vanuatu. Her paper on possible gouty arthritis amongst the Lapita people — so-called because of their distinctive...
  • Ancient Headless Skeletons Found In Island Grave

    10/30/2007 8:14:22 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 75+ views
    Live Science ^ | 10-29-2007 | Jeanna Bryner
    Ancient Headless Skeletons Found in Island Grave By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Staff Writerposted: 29 October 2007 11:36 am ET More than fifty headless skeletons have been unearthed in one of the oldest Pacific Islander cemeteries in the world. The individuals were members of a socially complex society, traveling between islands hundreds of miles away, a new study suggests. The finding could solve a long-held debate over whether the Lapita people, thought to be ancestors of the Polynesians, were isolated on individual islands or interacted with other distant Lapita tribes to find marriage partners, exchange information and maintain social ties. Results,...
  • Ancient Cataclysm Rearranged Pacific Map, Study Says

    10/24/2007 2:48:01 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 1,449+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 10-24-2007 | Julian Ryall
    Ancient Cataclysm Rearranged Pacific Map, Study Says Julian Ryall for National Geographic NewsOctober 24, 2007 A cataclysm 50 million years ago changed the face of the planet from the Hawaiian Islands to Antarctica, according to new research. The collapse of an underwater mountain range in the Pacific Ocean turned Australia into a warm and sunny continent instead of a snowbound wasteland and created some of the islands that dot the South Pacific today. "We have found that the destruction of an entire mid-ocean ridge, known as the Izanagi Ridge, initiated a chain reaction of geological events," said Joanne Whittaker, a...
  • Pacific Shaken By Strong Quakes

    09/30/2007 2:48:02 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 115+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-30-2007
    Pacific shaken by strong quakes Two high-magnitude earthquakes have hit different parts of the Pacific Ocean, officials in the US and Japan say. A 7.3 magnitude quake struck at 0525 GMT south of New Zealand's South Island, with no reports of injuries. Earlier, the US territory of Guam was shaken by weaker tremor. Islanders in high-rise buildings felt the quake but reported no damage, local media said. The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said neither quake was likely to cause a destructive tsunami. The stronger tremor hit about 500km (310 miles) off the coast of New Zealand, around the uninhabited...
  • Hurricane FLOSSIE forms in the Pacific east of Hawaii

    08/10/2007 11:24:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 29 replies · 1,470+ views
    National Hurricane Center ^ | August 11, 2007 | FORECASTER RHOME
    000 WTPZ44 KNHC 110234 TCDEP4 HURRICANE FLOSSIE DISCUSSION NUMBER 10 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP092007 800 PM PDT FRI AUG 10 2007 WHILE FLOSSIE HAS MAINTAINED ITS CONVECTIVE VIGOR...THE EYE IS NOW A BIT RAGGED. STILL...THIS COULD BE A TEMPORARY TREND AND THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS HELD AT 75 KT IN LINE WITH A CONSENSUS OF THE VARIOUS SATELLITE ESTIMATES. CONDITIONS APPEAR FAVORABLE FOR A LITTLE MORE STRENGTHENING AND INTENSITY GUIDANCE INDICATES THAT FLOSSIE WILL REACH ITS PEAK INTENSITY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. THEREAFTER...SLOW WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AS THE CYCLONE ENCOUNTERS COOLER WATER AND AN...
  • This day in History 1942 : U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal

    08/07/2007 4:37:48 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 978+ views
    History.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | Staff
    On this day in 1942, the U.S. 1st Marine Division begins Operation Watchtower, the first U.S. offensive of the war, by landing on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands. On July 6, 1942, the Japanese landed on Guadalcanal Island and began constructing an airfield there. Operation Watchtower was the codename for the U.S. plan to invade Guadalcanal and the surrounding islands. During the attack, American troops landed on five islands within the Solomon chain. Although the invasion came as a complete surprise to the Japanese (bad weather had grounded their scouting aircraft), the landings on Florida, Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tananbogo...
  • Is This Earhart's Final Landing Site

    07/14/2007 9:40:23 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 1,908+ views
    The Telegraph(UK) ^ | 7-14-2007 | Tom Leonard
    Is this Earhart's final landing site? By Tom Leonard Last Updated: 2:05am BST 14/07/2007 Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1937 It is one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. But today an expedition is heading for a remote South Pacific island that they believe holds the key to finally solving the 70-year-old puzzle of the missing aviator Amelia Earhart. Fifteen members of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (Tighar) will hunt for evidence that the American pilot and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have crash-landed on a reef and...
  • Australia says China military rise risks instability

    07/05/2007 7:20:51 AM PDT · by Wiz · 23 replies · 597+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 2007 Jul 5 | Rob Taylor
    CANBERRA (Reuters) - China's rapid military expansion risked causing greater instability in the region, Australia said in a new defense strategy paper launched by Prime Minister John Howard on Thursday. "The pace and scope of its military modernization, particularly the development of new and disruptive capabilities such as the anti-satellite missile, could create misunderstandings and instability in the region," the defense department paper said of China's rapid military expansion. Australia, a close U.S. ally, has been dovish so far about China's military and economic development, with Beijing having this year overtaken Japan as the country's top trade partner. But with...
  • Found: The Clearest Ocean Waters On Earth

    06/29/2007 1:57:31 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 3,117+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-29-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Found: The clearest ocean waters on Earth 12:38 29 June 2007 NewScientist.com news service Catherine Brahic As clear as the clearest lakes on the planet, salty as ocean waters, and roughly the size of the Mediterranean – this, say researchers, is the clearest and most lifeless patch of ocean in the world. And it is in the middle of the Pacific. "Satellite images that track the amount of chlorophyll in ocean waters suggested that this was one of the most life-poor systems on Earth," explains Patrick Raimbault of the University of the Mediterranean, in Marseille, France. In October 2004, Raimbault...
  • Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey(E Pacific to N Atlantic)

    06/28/2007 7:57:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 3,511+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/27/07 | BEN CLERKIN
    Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journeyBy BEN CLERKIN - More by this author »Last updated at 22:00pm on 27th June 2007 Comments (9)They were toys destined only to bob up and down in nothing bigger than a child's bath - but so far they have floated halfway around the world. The armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago. Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years...
  • Biofuels project gets P1-b ($21M USD) funding (Philippines)

    05/17/2007 11:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 670+ views
    The Manila Standard ^ | November 9, 2006 | Joyce Pangco Pañares
    A P1-billion fund has been earmarked for the development of the biofuel industry, using jatropha (tubang bakod) as a fuel source. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri said a draft administrative order for this purpose is now under review by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel before it is sent to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her approval. Neri explained that jatropha-based fuel can replace $1.75 billion worth of diesel import. The country imports $7 billion worth of oil products each year. The Philippine National Oil Company Petrochemicals Corp. and the National Development Co. will each contribute P500 million to...
  • China Is Accused Of Fuelling Pacific Arms Race As Submarine Orders Rise

    03/31/2007 4:27:37 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 774+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-31-2007 | Tim Shipman - Chad Bouchard
    China is accused of fuelling Pacific arms race as submarine orders rise By Tim Shipman and Chad Bouchard in Jakarta, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:53pm BST 31/03/2007 A dramatic increase in the number of submarines being built in southeast Asia has sparked claims that a new arms race is under way beneath the waves in the Western Pacific. Dozens of hunter-killers, armed with missiles and intelligence-gathering equipment, are being built, fanning fears of potential conflict in a volatile corner of the world and threatening to alter the global balance of military power. The Indonesian government has announced that it wants...
  • Indian ships leave for historic exercises( with US/Japan)

    03/26/2007 5:59:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 569+ views
    Daily News & Analysis(DNA),India ^ | March 25, 2007 | Josy Joseph
    Fleet leaves for historic exercise Josy Joseph Sunday, March 25, 2007 21:57 IST PORT BLAIR: A naval fleet, led by one of Indian Navy?s most potent destroyers, left the harbour here on Sunday on a long voyage that would not only set several new milestones for the Navy but also raise the discussion over China?s growing military might to new levels. Over the next few months, the naval fleet of five ships would stage for the first time in 15 years an Indo-US naval exercise in the Pacific Ocean, an Indo-Russian naval exercise in Russian waters, and spend almost four...
  • Headless Bodies Hold Secret To Pacific Migration

    03/15/2007 2:52:10 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 747+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-15-2007 | Heather Whipps
    Headless Bodies Hold Secrets to Pacific Migration Heather Whipps Special to LiveScience LiveScience.com Thu Mar 15, 10:15 AM ET Archaeologists working on the Pacific islands of Vanuatu have found the region's oldest cemetery, and it's filled with a slew of headless bodies. The peculiar 3,000-year-old skeletons belong to the Lapita people, the earliest known inhabitants of the Pacific Islands. Their DNA could shed light on how the many remote island specks surrounding Vanuatu were colonized, the researchers say. "Both Vanuatu and Western Polynesia were first settled by the Lapita culture but their populations are somewhat different genetically and this has...
  • Pig Study Forces Rethink Of Pacific Colonisation

    03/13/2007 11:22:38 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 601+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-13-2007 | Durham University
    Source: Durham University Date: March 13, 2007 Pig Study Forces Rethink Of Pacific Colonisation Science Daily — A survey of wild and domestic pigs has caused archaeologists to reconsider both the origins of the first Pacific colonists and the migration routes humans travelled to reach the remote Pacific. Scientists from Durham University and the University of Oxford, studying DNA and tooth shape in modern and ancient pigs, have revealed that, in direct contradiction to longstanding ideas, ancient human colonists may have originated in Vietnam and travelled between numerous islands before first reaching New Guinea, and later landing on Hawaii and...
  • Cooling Pacific Heralds Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

    03/12/2007 7:04:28 PM PDT · by blam · 69 replies · 1,486+ views
    Newswire ^ | 3-9-2007
    Cooling Pacific Heralds Active Atlantic Hurricane Season CAMP SPRINGS, Maryland, March 9, 2007 (ENS) - On the heels of El Niño, its opposite, the cooling weather pattern in the east-central equatorial Pacific known as La Niña is expected to arrive soon, according to government forecasters. La Niña conditions in the Pacific typically mean a greater than normal number of Atlantic hurricanes. In a weekly update, scientists at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center said that as the 2006-2007 El Niño has faded, surface and subsurface ocean temperatures have rapidly decreased. Recently, cooler than normal water temperatures have developed at the surface...
  • [Aus. Prime Minister] Howard backs Japan security deal

    03/10/2007 6:04:30 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 9 replies · 488+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Mr Howard said the deal would bring the two countries closer Australian Prime Minister John Howard has dismissed suggestions that a security declaration with Japan could strain ties with China. Mr Howard is set to sign the ground-breaking deal during a four-day visit to Japan which begins on Sunday. The agreement is thought to include co-operation on terrorism, peacekeeping and disaster relief. Australia has been looking to exert more influence in Asia, in terms of business as well as regional security. Full details of the pact have not been revealed but it is expected to include plans for greater...
  • Diary reveals Hirohito war doubts

    03/09/2007 12:39:39 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 35 replies · 1,202+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, March 9, 2007 | Steve Jackson
    Did Hirohito play an active part in planning and conducting the war? Japanese emperor Hirohito expressed doubts about going to war with China in the 1930s and 40s, extracts from a diary of one of his advisers reveal. They show Hirohito was afraid the Soviet Union would intervene. The diary by Kuraji Ogura, who worked as a chamberlain to Hirohito in World War II, was found recently and parts have been published in Japan's media. The full text may help solve the debate about how much responsibility the emperor had for Japan's wartime action. South Pacific visit The document...
  • Navy in trilateral war games [US, Japan, India to balance China?]

    03/08/2007 10:27:12 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 2 replies · 371+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 9 Mar, 2007 0101hrs IST | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The Indian, Japanese and US navies will conduct, for the first time ever, trilateral exercises in the Pacific Ocean in April. Apart from displaying India's naval ambitions, it will be a first in many ways. Most important, it will be the first time after the 2004 tsunami that the three countries will be seen courting each other. Incidentally, foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee will visit Japan from March 20-23 to give greater teeth to a strategic relationship that gives both India and Japan crucial wiggle room in foreign policy. It comes from both countries needing a lever to balance...
  • United States, Japan, India to Conduct Military Exercises in the Pacific

    03/04/2007 9:36:58 PM PST · by Srirangan · 9 replies · 624+ views
    Japan, the United States and India will carry out a joint military drill in the Pacific off Japan's coast amid concerns about China's military build-up, a report said Monday. The Pentagon will call on Japan and India to participate in the military exercise set for next month, the regional Tokyo Shimbun newspaper reported, citing unnamed Japanese and US government sources. The drill is likely to focus on safety measures to be taken in the event of a major natural disaster in the Pacific such as a tsunami, it said.
  • Doctors of Depravity

    03/04/2007 2:53:43 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 298 replies · 5,170+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/2/07 | Christopher Hudson
    After more than 60 years of silence, World War II's most enduring and horrible secret is being nudged into the light of day. One by one the participants, white-haired and mildmannered, line up to tell their dreadful stories before they die. Akira Makino is a frail widower living near Osaka in Japan. His only unusual habit is to regularly visit an obscure little town in the southern Philippines, where he gives clothes to poor children and has set up war memorials. Mr Makino was stationed there during the war. What he never told anybody, including his wife, was that during...
  • South Pacific is 'fattest region' (USA also on the list).

    02/25/2007 11:54:09 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 17 replies · 722+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, February 26, 2007 (in the UK). | Phil Mercer
    Junk food and lack of exercise are largely to blame A survey on obesity has shown that the South Pacific is the world's most overweight region. The tiny republic of Nauru is the fattest nation on earth. About 94% of its adult population is overweight. The WHO has warned that poor diet and a lack of exercise increase the risk of illness and premature death. Doctors say obesity can lead to heart disease and arthritis, and fat children are increasingly being condemned to a lifetime of ill health and disability. Junk food In a list of the world's 10...
  • Cheney Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Asia, Pacific

    02/23/2007 4:28:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 179+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2007 – Vice President Richard B. Cheney today in Australia reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to peace, progress and freedom in the Asia-Pacific region. “In this neighborhood of the globe,” Cheney said in an address to the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue in Sydney, “millions look to our countries to promote security, economic progress, and democratic ideals.” Cheney noted that President Bush had expressed the same sentiment in a speech before the Australian Parliament in October 2003. “As President Bush said when he spoke to your Parliament, America will continue a forward presence in Asia and continue our close...
  • U.S. presses China on armed submarine encounter

    01/11/2007 9:48:33 AM PST · by mfnorman · 185 replies · 3,300+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 01-11-07 | Bill Gertz
    The admiral in charge of the U.S. Pacific Fleet pressed Chinese military leaders to explain why an armed submarine challenged a U.S. aircraft carrier in the western Pacific by sailing within five miles of the warship, U.S. defense officials said. The Chinese responded by claiming the Song-class submarine that surfaced near the USS Kitty Hawk on Oct. 27 was there by accident, and that it did not shadow the warship before making its presence known, the officials said. Defense officials familiar with reports of closed-door military meetings in Beijing, Shanghai and Zhanjiang privately doubted the Chinese explanations and said it...
  • Quake cuts off much of Asia Internet

    12/27/2006 6:48:40 AM PST · by KoRn · 21 replies · 2,877+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | 12.27.2006 | dunno
    Internet and phone services have been disrupted across much of Asia after an earthquake damaged undersea cables, leaving one of the world's most tech-savvy regions in a virtual blackout. From frustrated traders seeking in vain for stock quotes to anxious newshounds accustomed to round-the-clock updates on world events, millions of people from China to Japan to Australia were believed to have been affected. There was no chaos on the stock exchanges or any of the other doomsday scenarios of science fiction, but reports that services could be down for weeks were dramatic enough. "It is not a matter of days,"...
  • Field Museum Scientists Solve Riddle Of Mysterious Faces On South Pacific Artifacts

    12/13/2006 3:34:03 PM PST · by blam · 42 replies · 884+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 12-12-2006
    Field Museum scientists solve riddle of mysterious faces on South Pacific artifactsDecipher their hidden meaning and religious significance John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum, and Esther M. Schechter, a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum, have pieced together... CHICAGO—The strange faces drawn on the first pottery made in the South Pacific more than 3,000 years ago have always been a mystery to scientists. Now their riddle may have been solved by new research done by two Field Museum scientists to be published in the February 2007 issue of the Cambridge...
  • Japan parliamentary committee approves bill to upgrade defence agency to full ministry

    11/30/2006 6:22:47 AM PST · by valispkd · 214+ views
    A Japanese parliamentary committee on Thursday approved a bill to upgrade Japan's defence agency to a full ministry to allow its troops a greater role in case of possible threats from abroad. The bill, which would bolster the agency's status within the government, is expected to be passed by the full lower house in a separate vote later Thursday. Currently, Japan's military is strictly constrained by the country's pacifist constitution - which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to revise. The Defence Agency is part of the Cabinet Office rather than a separate ministry. The bill would make the defense...