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  • The Rare Rainforest Tree That Bleeds Metal

    09/21/2018 1:11:39 AM PDT · by vannrox · 18 replies
    Oddity Central ^ | 17sep18 | spooky
    Scientists originally discovered hyperaccumulators in the 1970s, and so far over 65 such plants have been identified in New Caledonia, 59 in Turkey, and a few others in countries like Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. However, scientists are convinced that many more remain to be discovered. This capacity to store large quantities of heavy metals has been studied by various biological sciences, from molecular biology to physiology and biochemistry, and while much has been learnt about the hyperaccumulation and hypertolerance of zinc and cadmium by some plants, nickel hyperaccumulation mechanisms remain a mystery.The evolution of hyperaccumulators like Pycnandra acuminata is believed to...
  • Japan's Future Is Looking Brighter

    04/12/2018 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Bogie · 45 replies
    Fortune ^ | April 12, 2018 | David Meyer
    Every day, we use products that are built using rare earthsa group of 17 elements that are, as the name suggests, very rare. Theyre used to make everyday items such as rechargeable batteries, LED lights and display panels, as well as larger products such as wind turbines. Now, it turns out, Japan has an estimated 16 million tons of the stuff on its turf. And researchers claim the trove might be enough to supply the world with metals such as yttrium and europium on a semi-infinite basis.
  • Yellow Cardinal Spotted In Alabama Considered 1 In A Million

    02/26/2018 7:38:58 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-26-2018
    Birders and biologists are reportedly heading to Alabama after pictures of a yellow cardinal started to circulate online, AL.com reported. Geoffrey Hill, a biology professor at Auburn, told the website that the cardinal in photos appears to be a male and carries a genetic mutation, hence the bright yellow plumage. The bird was first spotted in January. "I've been birdwatching in the range of cardinals for 40 years and I've never seen a yellow bird in the wild," Hill, who is on sabbatical in Australia, told AL.com via email. "I would estimate that in any given year there are two...
  • Rare 1 of 1,000 Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle being sold at auction

    09/09/2016 2:23:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    Rock Island Auction Company ^ | September 8, 2016 | Auction Zip
    Description: Well-Documented, Historic Incredibly Rare, and Desirable Ira Flanders Factory Inscribed 1 of 1,000 Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter, and Winchester Advertisement History Relating to Owner There were actually only 133 Model 1873 1 of 1,000 rifles manufactured by Winchester, and according to "Winchester's New Model of 1873: A Tribute Vol. 2" by James Gordon only 63 were uncovered for their survey. This particularly rifle is noted on page 460 in their list of personal inscriptions by serial number and notes "I Flanders:" and "One of a Thousand." The personalized inscription is pictured on page...
  • Hillary Clinton: Trump Could Use IRS To Punish Opponents

    07/13/2016 10:59:43 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 138 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 13, 2016 | RealClearPolitics
    At a campaign event in Springfield, Illinois Wednesday afternoon presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton warned Donald Trump would use the military and IRS "to go after his critics and opponents."
  • Maybe Life in the Cosmos Is Rare After All

    05/25/2016 6:59:50 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 84 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 23 May, 2016 | Paul Davies
    When I was a student in the 1960s almost all scientists believed we are alone in the universe. The search for intelligent life beyond Earth was ridiculed; one might as well have professed an interest in looking for fairies. The focus of skepticism concerned the origin of life, which was widely assumed to have been a chemical fluke of such incredibly low probability it would never have happened twice. The origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, was the way Francis Crick described it, so many are the conditions which would have had to have...
  • Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All

    02/20/2016 12:04:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 2/19/16 | Shannon Hall
    Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All A new tally proposes that roughly 700 quintillion terrestrial exoplanets are likely to exist across the observable universe--most vastly different from Earth By Shannon Hall on February 19, 2016 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+Stumble Upon NASA/ESA/ESO Advertisement More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system. With every subsequent scientific revolution, most other privileged positions in the universe humans might have held dear have been...
  • 'Strange light' above Canberra probably ball lightning, astronomer says (VIDEO)

    01/04/2016 11:09:26 AM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | yesterday at 10:39pm
    A video appearing to show a strange light above Canberra during a storm was probably capturing "ball lightning", an astronomer has said. The video uploaded to YouTube last night, claims to show a circle or donut-shaped light appearing in the Canberra sky during a storm. Australian National University astronomer Brad Tucker said the red and green light which glowed faintly in the background was "characteristic of an aurora" however believed this time it was ball lightning. "An aurora is when energy from the sun hits the earth's atmosphere, the energy rubs the earth's atmosphere with friction and charges the gas,"...
  • Fresh air raids launched against ISIS amid fears ISIS will slaughter rare bird

    05/25/2015 4:46:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/14 | Corey Charlton
    Fresh air raids launched against ISIS close to ancient ruins in Palmyra amid fears ISIS will slaughter rare bird - reward offered in attempt to find bird Fresh air strikes have been launched against ISIS-controlled buildings in the ancient city of Palmyra amid fears ISIS will slaughter an endangered bird that is crucial to its species' survival. Prior to the city being overrun by ISIS last week, four of the exceptionally rare northern bald ibis were kept in a breeding colony. But three of these were abandoned in the fighting and a fourth - a female which knows the species'...
  • More Rare Historical Photos

    09/08/2014 6:27:28 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    US Army anti-aircraft Hawk missiles deployed on Florida beach during the Cuban missile crisis, Key West - October 27, 1962 (picMiami Archives) More at Reaganite Republican...
  • More Rare Historical Photos

    08/05/2014 3:17:19 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Salisbury, Rhodesia (now the impoverished toilet of Harare, Zimbabwe) -1960s (photo:RhodesiaRemembered ) More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Activist Admits She Doesnt Want Abortions to be Rare: We Want as Many Abortions as Needed

    07/17/2014 7:32:59 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 29 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/17/2014 | Liberty Pike
    Safe. Legal. Rare. Three simple words. On their own, powerless. Devoid of any meaning but their individual Merriam-Webster definitions. But string them together and they become something else entirely.“Safe, legal and rare.” A phrase that has been used by abortion advocates since the 1990s. A phrase that admits there is something about abortion that demands its rarity. A phrase that, in its beginning, seeks to ominously remind us of the pre-Roe era, a time period during which abortion advocates claimed women died in droves from back-alley abortions. (The truth is much less macabre.)A phrase that today’s abortion advocates are tired...
  • Seldom-Seen Historical Photographs...

    06/02/2014 7:06:59 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 June 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Couple Stumbles Upon $10 Million in Rare Coins

    02/26/2014 5:52:38 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 26, 2014 | By JOHN ROGERS
    A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to more than $28,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece. [continued at link]
  • Rare Bilderberg Paper Trail Left Behind by Elite Rhodes Scholar

    12/26/2013 8:57:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    21stcenturywire.com ^ | 12/26/13 | 21wire
    The Bilderberg Group meet ever year in June, and although the meeting is attended by heads of state, monarchs, heads of media and finance and captains of industry the meeting is not open to the press and hidden from public view. Needless to say, these transatlantic power-broker Bilderbergers take a vow of secrecy and never leave a paper trail behind except for the case of George C. McGhee (photo above). Heres the story posted by Rundown Live, along with documents and photos that many of you might have missed . Unusual Bilderberg Documents Uncovered at Georgetown University ....
  • Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse on November 3, 2013: How to See It

    10/28/2013 6:52:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 28, 2013 | David Dickinson on
    Its almost upon us. The final eclipse of 2013 occurs this coming weekend on Sunday, November 3rd. This will be the fifth eclipse overall, and the second solar eclipse of 2013. This will also be the only eclipse this year that features a glimpse of totality. This eclipse is of the rare hybrid variety that is, it will be an annular eclipse along the very first 15 seconds of its track before transitioning to a total as the Moons shadow sweeps just close enough to the Earth to cover the disk of the Sun along the remainder of its track....
  • Solving America's Rare Earth Problem (TEAC5)

    08/05/2013 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Kolath · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 08/02/2013 | Jim Kennety
    Jim Kennedy of http://threeconsulting.com/ (ThREE Consulting) on America's shedding of high-tech manufacturing jobs. We focus on projecting power instead of industrial policy. Neglecting both a domestic supply of heavy rare earths, and molten salt reactor (MSR) technology, we guarantee China's future dominance. Jim proposes "Thorium Bank" cooperative as a means of allowing both a domestic supply chain of heavy rare earths (large enough to service global demand), and inexpensive electricity & process heat. This will create American jobs, and stop the hemorrhaging of Intellectual Property into China.
  • The truly inspiring story of the Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised 30 babies....

    08/03/2012 8:51:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7/30/2012
    A woman has been hailed a hero after details of her astonishing work with abandoned children has emerged. Lou Xiaoying, now 88 and suffering from kidney failure, found and raised more than 30 abandoned Chinese babies from the streets of Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province where she managed to make a living by recycling rubbish. She and her late husband Li Zin, who died 17 years ago, kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family to start new lives. Her youngest son Zhang Qilin - now aged just seven - was found in a...
  • Hitachi unveils motor without 'rare earths'

    04/12/2012 5:48:31 AM PDT · by Abathar · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/11/2012 | uncredited
    TOKYO Japanese high-tech firm Hitachi Wednesday unveiled an electric motor that does not use "rare earths", aiming to cut costs and reduce dependence on imports of the scarce minerals from China. The prototype 11 kilowatt motor does not use magnets containing rare earths and is expected to go into commercial production in 2014, the company said. Hitachi started work on the project on 2008. Other Japanese firms, including automaker Toyota, have been working towards the same goal, spurred on by high prices of the minerals. Permanent magnet motors usually contain rare earth such as neodymium and dysprosium and are...
  • Republicans use rare tactic to block 2 Obama rules

    02/16/2012 4:44:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/16/12 | Staff
    Washington - Republicans in Congress are launching bids to nullify Obama administration rules that would speed up union elections and set new air pollution standards for the nation's oldest and dirtiest power plants. The rarely used tactic requires a simple majority for passage. Both have a chance at clearing the Senate, but a vote would force some Democrats to take a public stand on two volatile issues in an election year.