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  • Spot five planets at once and a transit of Mercury in 2016

    12/31/2015 11:16:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Batlimore Sun ^ | 12/31/2015 | Scott Dance
    Skywatchers will have many opportunities in 2016 to see just how small we are in the universe. Four days into the new year, hundreds of meteors will dance across the night skies.... Come September, an outer ring of the sun's annular eclipse will be visible across Africa. In between, there will be spectacular shooting stars, super moons, and lunar eclipses to take in. ... From about Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, all five planets that are visible to the naked eye — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — will occupy the morning sky. This hasn't happened since 2005, according...
  • Did a Pacific Ocean meteor trigger the Ice Age?

    09/20/2012 5:02:02 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9-19-2012
    ( a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 million years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have plunged the world into the Ice Ages, a new study suggests. A team of Australian researchers says that because the Eltanin meteor which was up to two kilometres across - crashed into deep water, most scientists have not adequately considered either its potential for immediate catastrophic impacts on coastlines around the Pacific rim or its capacity to destabilise the entire planet's climate system. "This is the only known deep-ocean impact...
  • World's deepest fish found: Ghostly snailfish is found lurking 27,000ft below at the bottom

    12/19/2014 6:36:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    A new record has been set for the deepest fish ever seen in the world, at an incredible depth of 26,722 feet (8,145 metres). The snailfish was found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and breaks the previous record by almost 1,640 feet (500 metres). The finding was part of an international expedition that also found many other new species at the extreme depths.
  • Earth's Hottest June Follows Hottest May. The New normal? (Conflicting Data Scam Alert)

    07/22/2014 8:50:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 24 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 22, 2014 23:20 GMT | Noelle Swan
    Things are heating up on planet Earth. Average global temperatures shattered records this June ... for the second month in a row, according to a new report from the National Climactic Data Center. The NCDC, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, analyzed data from 2,000 weather stations scattered across the globe measuring both ocean and land temperatures and found that global average temperatures surpassed the previous record by 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit. That makes June 2014 the warmest June since record keeping began in 1880. If this trend continues, 2014 could top 2010 as the warmest year recorded.
  • Fukushima radioactive material has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport

    Jay T. Cullen, Associate Professor of marine chemistry at the University of Victoria, Daily Kos diary, Jan. 4, 2014: [...] Fukushima derived Cs has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport but [the] concentrations of Cs continue to be well below levels thought to pose environmental or public health threats. There have been a number of popular press articles that [...] report the timing of the arrival of the radionuclides but offer no perspective on the actual levels and the associated risk to residents of the west coast (e.g. link). [...] About 93% of radioactivity in...
  • Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War

    The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation. The crisis in Japan has been described as a nuclear war without a war. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami: This time no one dropped a bomb on us We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives. Nuclear radiation which threatens life on planet earth is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues...
  • Is Fukushima Radiation Contaminating Tuna, Salmon and Herring On the West Coast of North America?

    08/26/2013 7:34:30 PM PDT · by Errant · 103 replies
    Zero Hege ^ | 26 August, 2013 | George Washington
    We've extensively documented that radioactivity from Fukushima is spreading to North America. More than a year ago, 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna tested in California waters were contaminated with radioactive cesium from Fukushima. Bluefin tuna are a wide-ranging fish, which can swim back and forth between Japan and North America in a year:
  • Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

    06/07/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies ^ | 6 June 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. The president of the country's national assembly, Rene Nuez, announced the $40bn (26bn) project, which will reinforce Beijing's growing influence on global trade and weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The name of the company and other details have yet to be released, but the opposition congressman Luis Callejas said the government planned to grant a 100-year lease to the Chinese operator. The national...
  • [snip] fears active fault-line could cause Japan-style tsunami that could devastate [CA & HI]

    05/19/2012 4:52:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    dailymail ^ | 10:43 EST, 16 May 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    Scientists say a fault-line running across Alaska could cause tsunamis of the same magnitude as the Japanese disaster of March last year. Attention has turned to the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone, a region where one of the earth's tectonic plate, carrying the Pacific Ocean, drops beneath the North American plate. A particular section of the fault near the Semidi Islands has not ruptured since at least 1788, and measurements on this area - which lies four to five kilometres under water - reveal the pressure is accumulating rapidly. If the Pacific Ocean plate slips, as happened in the geographically-similar Tohoku subduction...
  • China's High-Tech Military Threat

    04/03/2012 6:57:48 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Bill Gertz
    President Barack Obama said during the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in February that we welcome Chinas peaceful rise [and] we believe that a strong and prosperous China is one that can help bring stability and prosperity to the region and the world. Few presidents have made statements so stunningly disingenuous as this. For as he was speaking, Obama was presiding over a shift in military doctrine whose central tenet is that China is, and will be, the main military threat to the United States for at least the next generation. Weeks earlier, in November 2011, the Pentagon...
  • US Drones Trump China Theatrics

    02/09/2011 9:59:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 2/7/2011 | David Axe
    Call it Chinas Christmas surprise. In a series of grainy photos given a pass by government Internet censors starting December 25, the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force unveiled the countrys first stealth fighter prototype, the Chengdu J-20. For alarmists, the Pacific balance of power seemed to shift in an instant. Armed with hundreds of fast, elusive J-20s in coming years, the PLAAF could dominate the South China Sea, reaffirming Chinas rise as a global power and elbowing aside less audacious, tech-savvy rivals. (The) Asia-Pacifics political landscape will be changed as Chinas military capability can win over countries in this region,...
  • Chinas Carrier Killer Ballistic Missiles are Operational

    02/09/2011 9:13:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/28/2010 | Defense Tech
    It looks like this is the week Chinas military rapidly advancing military tech keeps getting the limelight . First, we saw pics of the Asian giants new stealth fighter. Now, it looks like China is one step closer to fielding ballistic missiles aimed at holding U.S. forces throughout the Pacific at bay. Adm. Robert Willard, the top U.S. officer in the Pacific said this week that Chinas new DF-21D anti-ship balistic missiles, with their 900-mile range, have reached an early operational status. Apparently, the missiles, widely fretted over in Washington as one of the most serious threats to the United...
  • U.S. yet to decide on F-16 fighter sale to Taiwan: defense minister

    11/03/2010 9:00:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Taiwan News Channel ^ | 11/3/2010 | Taiwan News Channel
    Taiwan's high hopes to get advanced weapons to boost its defense capabilities, the United States remains undecided over whether or not to sell F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Monday. "The purchase of the high performance jet fighters is a politically sensitive issue due to the U.S.' efforts to maintain a strong presence in the Pacific and to its political difficulties with Beijing, " Kao said when answering questions from Legislator Lin Yu-fang at a legislative hearing. Lin's question came after William A. Stanton, director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT),...
  • American SSGNs Prowl The Pacific

    07/14/2010 4:17:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 7/14/2010 | The Strategy Page
    In the last month, three of the four American SSGNs (former ballistic missile subs each now carrying 154 cruise missiles and SEAL commando teams) appeared in the Pacific and Indian oceans (the Philippines, South Korea and Diego Garcia). Some through this was a message for China, but, in fact, the SSGNs go where the potential trouble is. When questioned, U.S. Navy officials responded that, for the first time, all four SSGNs were operating at sea, in locations distant from their bases. Two years ago, the U.S. Navy completed the conversion of the last of four Ohio class ballistic missile submarines...
  • RIMPAC operations get under way

    07/07/2010 11:28:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | 7/8/2010 | William Cole
    F/A-18 Hornets started to take off in waves just after 5 p.m. yesterday as more than 100 crew members wearing different colored shirtsincluding brown for maintenance, yellow for handlers and purple for fuelersworked the deck of the ship, mostly using hand signals in the noisy and windy environment. Fifty miles south of Oahu, a two-seater Hornet powered up with enough force to cause a vibration in the chest and launched off the deck in less than three seconds at 150 mph. With 4,500 sailors and about 60 aircraft, the aircraft carrier Reagan is the centerpiece of the "Rim of the...
  • USS GW completes 'Undersea Warfare Exercise'

    07/07/2010 12:49:52 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies ^ | 6/30/2010 |
    US and Japanese naval forces have successfully completed the Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) in the western Pacific Ocean. The American nuclear-powered super carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73) participated in the exercise held from June 21 to 25. The exercise was conducted by elements from Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Patrol & Reconnaissance Force, 7th Fleet (CTF 72), Commander, Submarine Force, 7th Fleet (CTF 74), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and components from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). "This year during USWEX we continued to strengthen interoperability between the US Navy and...
  • X-51A Team Eyes Results Of Scramjet Flight

    05/29/2010 10:24:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 695+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/29/2010 | Graham Warwick
    Following the longest flight yet by an air-breathing scramjet engine, the X-51A Waverider team is waiting to see whether the largely successful first launch of the hypersonic demonstrator will unlock funding for further development of the technology. The X-51A was launched over the Pacific on May 26, achieving scramjet ignition and acceleration, but the engine ran for only 200 sec. rather than the 300 sec. planned, and the vehicle reached around Mach 5 instead of accelerating beyond Mach 6. When it began to slow down and telemetry was lost, the flight was terminated and the vehicle destroyed, says Charles Brink,...
  • Chinas Maritime Missile Threat

    05/29/2010 9:54:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 299+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 5/10/2010 | By Toshi Yoshihara
    Last month was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). At the naval parade held to commemorate the event, in front of delegations from 29 countries, PLAN Commander General Wu Shengli declared that Beijing intended to build aircraft carriers, spurring widespread speculation over Chinas blue-water ambitions. So what should we make of Beijings assertiveness and openness about its carrier plans? My advice: ignore it. Traditional measures of naval power fail to give an accurate picture of Chinas maritime ambitions and capabilities. Beijing currently lacks the hardware and skills to keep a carrier at sea,...
  • PACOM: China is America's biggest threat in Asia Pacific

    05/07/2010 8:17:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 273+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 5/07/2010 | Taiwan News
    The growing capacity of China military force tip the balance in the regional stability of the Asia Pacific area including Taiwan Strait and Southeast Asia, noted Admiral Robert F. Willard, the current Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), while adding that in a broader context, the biggest challenge to US navy in the Pacific Ocean is China, according to Liberty Times report. In response to Chinas immense presence in the Pacific Ocean, the PACOM will step up its efforts to maintain the regional stability, said Willard at an interview by the Straits Times, a Singaporean news media. China is...
  • U.S. Consolidates Military Network In Asia-Pacific Region

    04/28/2010 8:48:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 315+ views ^ | 4/29/2010 |
    The United States has six naval fleets and eleven aircraft carrier strike groups patrolling the world's oceans and seas. The U.S. Navy is as large as the world's next thirteen biggest navies combined . Washington has as many aircraft carriers as all other nations together. Russia has one; China has none. The U.S. and its NATO allies - Britain (2), Italy (2), France (1) and Spain (1) - account for 17 of 22 in service in the world. Ten of the eleven American carriers are Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarriers, substantially larger than most all non-U.S. ones. The U.S. Navy has...
  • Japan increasingly alarmed by China's growing naval power

    04/21/2010 5:07:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 899+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 4/21/2010 | Jonathan Manthorpe
    Warships off Okinawa and other incidents with an increasingly far-roaming and competent Chinese navy likely a harbinger of shocks to come. Tokyo's shock, horror and alarm at the sighting a few days ago of a flotilla of 10 Chinese warships off Japan's southern Okinawa island is undoubtedly contrived. It has been evident for the past two decades as it invested huge amounts of money, time and effort into military modernization that Beijing intends to be able to project military power that supports its growing economic and diplomatic supremacy. Just a few days before the latest encounter, a helicopter from a...
  • Navy's sea sick move (Navy Ships drag race at sea)

    03/04/2010 7:42:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 135 replies · 3,953+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/04/2010 | Andy Soltis
    <p>A Navy captain turned the Pacific into the world's strangest drag strip -- ordering two warships to stage a bizarre race that one sailor said nearly ended in tragedy, a high-ranking military official told The Post yesterday.</p> <p>"Multiple witnesses interviewed by the [inspector general] and the commanding officers of both ships all stated that the ships were racing," said Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Davis.</p>
  • Deep secrets: Former cold war agent gagged by the CIA

    02/21/2010 10:57:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 1,163+ views
    Times Online ^ | 2/21/2010 | Tony Allen-Mills
    HE remembers the women sunbathing naked on the deck of a passing yacht. He remembers, too, the lurking menace of a Russian intelligence-gathering trawler, watching from afar as one of the most audacious American coups of the cold war unfolded on the ocean floor, 16,500ft beneath the Pacific surface. David Sharp recalls every detail of the 1974 mission known as Project Azorian, one of the most ambitious, expensive and politically volatile clandestine operations launched by the CIA. As one of the CIAs agents in charge of recovering a sunken Soviet submarine and its cargo of nuclear-tipped missiles, Sharp spent 63...
  • CIA opens files on project to raise sunken Soviet submarine

    02/13/2010 12:59:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 1,816+ views
    Zee News ^ | 1/13/2010 | Zee News
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for the first time has revealed details about an ultra-secret Cold War-era project to raise a sunken Soviet submarine from the depths of the Pacific Ocean in 1974. The high-risk salvage operation, code-named Project Azorian, had been shrouded in secrecy for decades but the spy agency broke its silence in newly-declassified documents published yesterday by an independent watchdog, the National Security Archive. The documents, drawn from a 50-page article written for an in-house CIA journal, recount the daring bid approved by then-president Richard Nixon to raise the submarine using a specially-designed ship, the Glomar Explorer....
  • Tale of Two Creation Films Denied First Amendment Rights on Darwin's Anniversary

    11/25/2009 7:56:35 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 179 replies · 3,262+ views
    ChristianNewsWire ^ | November 25, 2009
    HUNTSVILLE, AL, Nov. 25 Christian Newswire --Two creation films called "inappropriate" were denied the opportunity to be shown in government facilities this week--which marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species". While the intelligent design film "Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record" has not been granted permission for a showing in California, "The Mysterious Islands", a new 90-minute Vision Forum film that challenges Darwin's evolution by taking audiences back to engage the enchanted Galapagos Islands, has enjoyed a victory and will premiere as previously scheduled tonight, Nov. 25, at 6:30 PM, at...
  • 7.9 Earthquake hits Samoa Islands [Update: tsunami confirmed, 8.3 quake]

    09/29/2009 11:16:33 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 86 replies · 4,631+ views
    M7.9 - Samoa Islands region - 2009 September 29 17:48:19
  • Quake triggers tsunami in the Samoas, killing 34

    09/29/2009 6:48:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 728+ views
    Yahoo News? ^ | 29 September 2009 | Fili Sagapolutele
    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens of workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities. Cars and people were swept out to sea by the fast-churning water as survivors fled to high ground, where they remained huddled hours later. Hampered by power and communications outages, officials struggled to assess the casualties and damage. The quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn about 20 miles below the ocean floor,...
  • Japan Meteorological Society: 8.1 Earthquake hits northern part of Japan (Tsunami warning issued!)

    11/15/2006 3:43:02 AM PST · by tsmith130 · 252 replies · 11,675+ views
    Fox News Alert: Pacific side residents told to get to higher ground.
  • Plastic Trash Vortex Menaces Pacific Sealife

    11/07/2006 2:20:00 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 81 replies · 2,523+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 06, 2006 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea creatures that get tangled in it, eat it or ride on it, a new report says. Because plastic doesn't break down the way organic material does, ocean currents and tides have carried it thousands of miles to an area between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, according to the study by the international environmental group Greenpeace. This swirling vortex, which can grow to be about the size of Texas, is not far from...
  • 3 states to work on Pacific Ocean health (WA, OR, CA)

    09/18/2006 7:24:03 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 334+ views
    Monterey County Herald ^ | Sep. 18, 2006 | AP
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The governors of Oregon, Washington and California announced an agreement Monday to press the federal government to give greater support to state efforts to combat threats to the ocean, such as pollution, climate change and declining fisheries. Noting two national panels had identified the need to act quickly to protect the nation's oceans, the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health, announced at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, said oceans need to be managed on an ecosystem level that crosses political boundaries, which demands increased coordination between states and the federal government....
  • Updated: 7.9 Earthquake Tonga (Northeast of Australia)

    05/03/2006 9:07:35 AM PDT · by silentknight · 170 replies · 9,046+ views
  • Pacific Ocean getting warmer, more acidic

    03/31/2006 8:54:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 244+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/31/06
    SEATTLE, March 31 (UPI) -- Testing by U.S. scientists finds that the Pacific Ocean is getting warmer and more acidic, while the amount of oxygen is decreasing. Scientists with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the University of Washington say the ocean is becoming increasingly acidic because of its absorption of carbon dioxide, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Friday. "You don't have to believe in climate change to believe that this is happening," said Joanie Kleypas, an oceanographer with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colo. "Acidification is more frightening than...
  • India-USA military agreement in offing (Target China? Indian & S. Pacific Ocean bases)

    06/07/2005 7:46:41 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 8 replies · 914+ views
    India-Defence ^ | NewsInsight
    India-USA military agreement in offing (Original Article) Asia-Pacific | China | Intelligence Reports | Navy | USA 7 June 2005: In return for access to sixteen US bases in the South Pacific, India will offer refueling, berthing, maintenance and R&R facilities to the American forces in Mumbai, Kochi, Vishakapatnam, and possibly the Andamans, and prime minister Manmohan Singh may agree to this when he visits the United States shortly. First proposed in 1999, this agreement hung fire, until defence minister Pranab Mukherjee and the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, accepted this in principle, while clarifying each sides goal in this,...
  • Ice Age coming into Focus!

    06/05/2004 2:32:35 PM PDT · by cureforcancer · 21 replies · 694+ views
    The Neutrino Report ^ | 1995, 2004 | Robert Texas Bailey(Tex)
    In 1990 they found that the Earth goes through abrupt temperature changes from deep ice samples in Greenland of about 10,000 years ago the Earths temperature dropped 19 degrees (research found by weather channel) taking 5-10 years (weather channel) but from analytical data, I intend to show this could take for the most part one year (Robert T Bailey) and more shocking a large part of the temperature change will happen this year! The End of the World as we known it is coming; an ice Age will change the face of the Earth. We have a crisis here. In...
  • NOAA: El Nino "Officially" Back

    07/12/2002 8:56:40 AM PDT · by cogitator · 22 replies · 643+ views
    EL NIO MAKES ITS OFFICIAL RETURN, NOAA REPORTS July 11, 2002 It's now official: El Nio is back. It's not the powerful, climatic juggernaut of 1997-98, but a milder, weaker version that may begin affecting weather in the United States by Fall 2002, according to NOAA's National Weather Service. (Click NOAA satellite image for larger view of sea surface temperatures taken July 8, 2002. Click here for the NOAA image without grids. Click here to see the latest sea surface temperatures.) The agency's climate experts today said mature El Nio conditions likely will develop in a few months....