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  • Mysterious Iceland Earthquake Swarm Hits 9,000 In Less Than 2 Weeks

    07/02/2020 1:41:37 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies
    ibtimes ^ | 6/29/20 | Iñigo Monzon
    The number of earthquakes detected in Iceland has already increased to 9,000. The series of earthquakes began as scientists in the country reported signs of activity from Iceland’s most active volcano. In its latest report, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) noted that it had detected a total of 9,000 earthquakes as of June 29. According to the agency, the earthquake swarm began on June 19 in areas northeast of Siglufjörður, which is a fishing town located on the northern coast of Iceland. Three of the earthquakes detected by the agency had magnitudes of over five. “The earthquake swarm began on...
  • A massive star in a far-off galaxy just disappeared, leaving behind no trace

    07/02/2020 11:11:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 78 replies
    wion ^ | Jul 01, 2020
    A giant star which was under the observation of astronomers for over ten years has suddenly vanished. The star in question was located in a dwarf galaxy 75 million light-years away, and was one of the largest stars in the known universe. The star, which was 2.5 times brighter than the Sun, left no trace behind The star was located in a very far off galaxy, making its detection and observation very difficult. The astronomers observed it based on its signature, which was picked up and then analysed, instead of a direct observation. A highly unstable blue star, researchers picked...
  • Testing the DNA of cave art

    07/02/2020 10:40:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Bradshaw Foundation ^ | Friday, June 19, 2020 | Bridgette Watson (CBC News)
    The University of Victoria paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger explains that a DNA test, which would reveal genetic mutations due to evolution, could help pinpoint the time period a painting was made and may help determine if the art was actually the handiwork of humans or Neanderthals — who lived about 130,000 to 40,000 years ago. "It would just be so fascinating to see the identity. The million dollar question is, did Neanderthals paint?" There is already some indication, according to von Petzinger, that this extinct species was, in fact, artistic. Von Petzinger said that a few years ago, some of...
  • Biology in art: Genetic detectives ID microbes suspected of slowly ruining humanity's treasures

    07/02/2020 9:57:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 18, 2020 | editors
    A new study of the microbial settlers on old paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art charts a potential path for preserving, restoring, and confirming the geographic origin of some of humanity's greatest treasures. Genetics scientists with the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), collaborating with the Leonardo da Vinci DNA Project and supported by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, say identifying and managing communities of microbes on art may offer museums and collectors a new way to stem the deterioration of priceless possessions, and to unmask counterfeits in the $60 billion a year art market... The genetic detectives caution that additional...
  • Schoolboy Cathal gets a hands-on history lesson with 4,000-year-old boat

    07/02/2020 9:22:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 9, 2020 | Shane O'Brien
    The lake is home to at least one crannóg -- an artificial island used as dwellings and defense mechanisms in prehistoric Ireland. Crannóg's are the oldest dwellings in prehistoric Ireland. There are additionally at least seven ringforts surrounding the town of Lisacul. Eileen McDonagh, Cathal's mother, told the Irish Independent that he was supposed to be doing his homework when he made the discovery. She said that her son became bored with his schoolwork and went for a walk down to the lake, where he paddled up to his ankles in a pair of wellington boots. It was there that...
  • Intelligent Design YouTube Festival

    07/02/2020 8:25:30 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Evolution News and Science Today ^ | June 16-30, 2020 | evolutionnews.org
    Intelligent Design YouTube FestivalFrom June 16-30, we are holding an Intelligent Design YouTube Festival by highlighting 15 Center for Science & Culture YouTube videos that have received more than 100,000 views each. #1 - The Information Enigma How do you condense the message of two books totalling 1,100+ pages into a 21-minute video? That’s what we were trying to accomplish with “The Information Enigma,” which seeks to present the core message of Stephen Meyer’s bestselling books Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt. See if we succeeded! #2 - The Workhorse of the Cell: Kinesin It’s often said that a...
  • Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution

    07/01/2020 11:13:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 26, 2020 | University of Cincinnati
    Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in Tikal, an ancient Maya city that dates back to the third century B.C. in what is now northern Guatemala. UC's findings suggest droughts in the ninth century likely contributed to the depopulation and eventual abandonment of the city. "The conversion of Tikal's central reservoirs from life-sustaining to sickness-inducing places would have both practically and symbolically helped to bring about the abandonment of...
  • On the 4th, keep your eyes on the sky even after the fireworks end

    06/30/2020 10:49:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | Jun 16, 2020 | Brian Lada
    On the night of July 4, the full moon will pass through part of Earth’s shadow, creating a lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America and South America. This will be the first lunar eclipse visible from this part of the world since 2019. People in some places in Africa and western Europe will also be able to see part of the eclipse. The eclipse will be the perfect celestial event for those across the United States staying up late after Independence Day fireworks, as long as clouds don’t interfere. In a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon passes...
  • Olives First Domesticated 7,000 Years Ago in Israel, Study Says

    07/01/2020 10:23:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Haaretz ^ | March 11, 2020 | Ariel David
    Villagers in what is today Israel were the first to cultivate olive trees, an international study that pooled data from countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea has concluded. This start of olive domestication apparently began in the Galilee around 7,000 to 6,500 years ago, the team estimates. Olives and especially olive oil were staples of ancient economies around the Mediterranean Basin: The oil was used for cooking, lighting as well as medicinal and ritual purposes. But so far there has been little agreement among researchers as to where and when people first domesticated the plant. Dating estimates have ranged from more...
  • Some Chimpanzees Have a Bone in Their Heart—and Some Humans Might, Too

    07/01/2020 7:36:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | June 20, 2020 | George Dvorsky
    Scientists in the United Kingdom have discovered a rare bone, called the os cordis, in chimpanzees with a common heart condition. The implications of this finding could extend to humans, who share a close genetic relationship to chimps. Cattle, buffalo, and sheep have it. So do otters, camels, and dogs. Primates, not so much—at least that’s what scientists thought. The os cordis, a small bone found in the hearts of certain animals, is also present in some chimpanzees, according to research published today in Scientific Reports. It’s the first time os cordis has been detected in a great ape species....
  • Anti-Monsanto Lawyer And USRTK, Carey Gillam Collaborator Possibly Headed To Prison For Extortion

    07/01/2020 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 06/24/20 | Alex Berezow
    Surely, Timothy Litzenburg is a wealthy man. As one of the lead plaintiffs' attorneys suing Monsanto over the alleged (but factually incorrect) claim that its product Roundup (glyphosate) causes cancer, he likely has had several nice paydays in recent years as the company has been slammed with one jackpot verdict after another. Lawsuits have cost its parent company, Bayer, billions of dollars. The trouble with money, however, is that no matter how much you have, you never really have enough. You always want more. Litzenburg wanted more, too, and he knew just how to do it. After seeing how easy...
  • How To Remove "COVID 19 Trace you app" From Cell Phones

    07/01/2020 12:48:43 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Youtube ^ | 06/22/20
    How to tell if your phone has Covid 19 installed AND HOW to remove it:Step 1. Go to SettingsStep 2. Click on GOOGLE If you see COVID 19 at the top of the list you have it on your phone.  How to remove it? Step 1.   Click on PLAY STORE and then SETTINGS and change to DO NOT AUTOUPDATE APPS. Then go to your main screen and go to step 2. Step 2.   Go to Settings then go to SECURITY AND LOCATION under Settings and shut off "FIND MY DEVICE". Step 3.   This is the most important part. Make sure your phone...
  • The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closings

    07/01/2020 10:14:45 AM PDT · by khelus · 4 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | June 23, 2020 | Dr.Scott Atlas
    The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZqGSnVt8c8&feature=emb_rel_end
  • Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech shows positive results

    07/01/2020 8:44:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/01/2020 | Matthew Herper
    An experimental Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the drug giant Pfizer and the biotech firm BioNTech spurred immune responses in healthy patients, but also caused fever and other side effects, especially at higher doses. The first clinical data on the vaccine were disclosed Wednesday in a paper released on MedRXiv, a preprint server, meaning it has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a journal. The Pfizer study randomly assigned 45 patients to get one of three doses of the vaccine or placebo. Twelve receive a 10 microgram dose, 12 a 30 μg dose, 12 a 100 μg dose, and...
  • Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027 from Hubble (Astronomy Picture of the Day)

    06/30/2020 8:09:50 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    APOD.NASA ^ | 30 Jun, 2020 | NASA/Joel Kastner
    Explanation: What created this unusual planetary nebula? NGC 7027 is one of the smallest, brightest, and most unusually shaped planetary nebulas known. Given its expansion rate, NGC 7027 first started expanding, as visible from Earth, about 600 years ago. For much of its history, the planetary nebula has been expelling shells, as seen in blue in the featured image. In modern times, though, for reasons unknown, it began ejecting gas and dust (seen in red) in specific directions that created a new pattern that seems to have four corners. These shells and patterns have been mapped in impressive detail by...
  • Government health care restrictions are costing lives; Doctors who want to prescribe drugs like Hydroxychloroquine to patients with Coronavirus are forbidden from doing so

    07/01/2020 6:06:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/2020 | BY CHRISTINA HERRIN
    Free to Choose Medicine (FTCM) is a policy proposal that would lower the cost of pharmaceutical drugs while expediting approval of potentially life-saving treatments. In short, FTCM would relieve needless pain and suffering and save lives. So, why is the government anti-FTCM? FTCM allows health care choices to be made by patients and doctors, not the federal government. In the drug approval process, after Phase I safety testing, and at least one Phase II efficacy test, drugs that are awaiting approval in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval pipeline would be available to patients via a Free to...
  • Moving the Orbits of Planets

    02/02/2006 9:44:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies · 737+ views
    David Jewitt ^ | Last updated Sep 2004 | David Jewitt
    Meanwhile, the Doppler discovery of extrasolar planets orbiting very close to their parent stars has raised a different problem. Many of the planets are so close to their stars (<0.1 AU), and so hot, that they cannot be supposed to have formed where we now observe them. By inference, they could have formed at larger distances (several AU) and then migrated inwards. What would cause this inward migration? As with the solar system case, the root cause may be an exchange of angular momentum with material surrounding the planets at their formation. In particular, if the extrasolar planets formed in...
  • Rogue Planet Find Makes Astronomers Ponder Theory

    12/28/2005 1:02:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 559+ views
    CNN / Reuters ^ | October 5, 2000 | Maggie Fox
    Eighteen rogue planets that seem to have broken all the rules about being born from a central, controlling sun may force a rethink about how planets form, astronomers said on Thursday... "The formation of young, free-floating, planetary-mass objects like these is difficult to explain by our current models of how planets form," Zapatero-Osorio said... They are not linked to one another in an orbit, but do move together as a cluster, she said... Many stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, may have formed in a similar manner to the Orion stars, she said. So there could be similar,...
  • Hydroxychloroquine: The Malaria drug and Zinc, the missing link in the treatment of Covid-19

    06/30/2020 2:44:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Conservative Woman ^ | 05/26/2020 | Joseph Berry
    MYSTERY surrounds why an anti-malaria drug is not being tested as a Covid-19 treatment in combination with zinc, which doctors say is crucial for efficacy. As we reported recently, President Trump revealed he was taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) alongside zinc after reports that many doctors are doing the same to help ward off Covid-19. Criticism of the President rose sharply after a non-randomised study published in the Lancet said that HCQ provided no benefit to hospitalised Covid-19 patients while being linked to increased deaths. What the mainstream media did not point out is that the Lancet study failed to test HCQ with zinc. Other experts...
  • Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy

    06/29/2020 9:57:36 AM PDT · by Grandpa Drudge · 36 replies
    Technocracy News & Trends ^ | May 11, 2020 | Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD
    Keep in mind, no studies have been done to demonstrate that either a cloth mask or the N95 mask has any effect on transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Now that we have established that there is no scientific evidence necessitating the wearing of a face mask for prevention, are there dangers to wearing a face mask, especially for long periods? Several studies have indeed found significant problems with wearing such a mask. This can vary from headaches, to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, to hypoxia, all the way to serious life-threatening complications. While most agree that the N95 mask...