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  • Unprecedented Movement Detected on Mojave Desert Fault Capable of 8.0 Earthquake: Caltech

    10/17/2019 2:00:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/17/2019
    In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or to even creep — the slow movement between earthquakes that causes a visible scar on the ground surface. But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space. “This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” said the lead author of the study, Zachary...
  • Common Joint Pain Treatment Dubbed ‘Unsafe’ By Experts [Cortisone ]

    10/17/2019 7:51:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.medicaldaily.com ^ | Oct 16, 2019 04:11 AM | By Johnny Vatican
    It's been a full 90 years since Dr. Philip S. Hench and his colleagues from the Mayo Clinic discovered cortisone can be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Cortisone was first prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis in 1949, or 70 years ago, after it was first produced commercially by Merck & Co. in 1948. In the seven decades since, hundreds of millions of people around the world have had cortisone shots for short-term pain relief and to reduce the swelling from both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Worldwide, corticosteroid injections into the hips and knees remain a common treatment for patients...
  • Hubble telescope captures the best photo yet of the interstellar comet Borisov [tr]

    10/17/2019 6:47:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2019 | Ian Randall
    An Astronomer has released our best and sharpest look to date at Comet Borisov, the second ever-known interstellar object to visit our solar system, using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to capture the new image. The comet was travelling at around 110,000 miles per hour when University of California Los Angeles astronomer David Jewitt studied it on October 12, 2019, when it was 260 million miles away. The comet — which is named after the Crimean astronomer who discovered it — will pass within around 177,000 miles (285,000 kilometres) of the Earth in early December this year. It is trailing behind...
  • Nominee to oversee NWS wants to privatize weather forecasting

    10/17/2019 3:09:18 AM PDT · by Norski · 6 replies
    Wildfire Today ^ | October 15, 2019 | Bill Gabbert
    Barry Myers is the former CEO of Accuweather NOAA NWSThe person that has been nominated to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service, thinks the NWS should reduce or eliminate the weather analysis and forecasting products it makes available to taxpayers. Barry Meyers resigned from his CEO position at Accuweather, a company founded by his brother Joel, in order to improve his chances of being confirmed by the Senate and Congress to run NOAA. The executives at Mr. Meyers’ family business would like to continue receiving weather data at no charge that NOAA and...
  • Are We Close to Finding the Tomb of Queen Nefertiti in the Valley of the Kings?

    10/16/2019 8:20:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 9, 2019 | Ancient Architects
    In May 2018, media outlets around the world ran the headline: “Secret Chamber Does Not Exist”, referring to the possible burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti behind the walls of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the King's in Egypt. So you’ll image my surprise when this week I see that the major media outlets across the world are once again reporting that Nefertiti could be hiding behind a wall in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. The story was ran by a number of well known publications, including The Sun, New York Post, Fox News and more, but why have...
  • Archaeologists discover more than 20 sealed coffins just as the ancient Egyptians left them

    10/16/2019 7:49:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    WaPo ^ | October 16, 2019 | Lateshia Beachum
    The Egyptian government is hailing the discovery of more than 20 wooden coffins as “one of the largest and most important” archaeological finds in the past few years. The coffins were found in Assasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River. Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities tweeted images of the “intact and sealed coffins” Tuesday. The sarcophagi, which were stacked in two layers in a large tomb, still boasted their original carvings of faces and hands and colors of red, green, white and black that have not faded much over time... Egyptian officials have not given the time...
  • Earthquake struck on unusual section of San Andreas fault known for ‘creeping’

    10/16/2019 11:44:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Ohama.com ^ | Oct 16, 2019 | Rong-Gong Lin
    Tuesday’s quake occurred along a section that is notable for not having had dramatically large earthquakes in the modern historical record. Keith Knudsen, USGS geologist and deputy director of the agency’s Earthquake Science Center, called Tuesday’s quake “a garden variety San Andreas event” in this section. “This is the 10th earthquake larger than magnitude 4 in the last 20 years in this area” within a radius of about six miles from Tuesday’s epicenter, Knudsen said. The stretches of San Andreas north and south of the creeping section have acted very differently in the modern historical period, rupturing in the state’s...
  • Space shock as 'unidentified object' feeding mysterious black hole leaves experts baffled

    10/16/2019 10:46:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    UK Express ^ | Oct. 16, 2019 | Brian McGleenon
    A MYSTERIOUS supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy is spitting high energy particles after being fed by an object that has never been seen before. The baffling phenomenon has put existing theoretical models on their head, and astrophysicists are puzzled as to what is creating such a regular excretion of material from within the bowels of this supermassive black hole. According to the paper titled, 'Nine-hour X-ray quasi-periodic eruptions from a low-mass black hole galactic nucleus', the energy erupts from the black hole every nine hours and last for one hour and it's that precision which has baffled scientists.
  • 'Meteorological bomb' to lash northeastern US

    10/16/2019 10:40:52 AM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 40 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | oct. 16, 2019 | Alex Sosnowski
    A storm will strengthen rapidly and bring a dose of drenching rain, high winds and even some high-elevation snow to the northeastern United States into Thursday. The latest indications are the storm will strengthen at a fast enough pace into Thursday to be classified as a bomb cyclone. The barometric pressure has to fall at least 24 millibars, or 0.71 of an inch of Mercury, in 24 hours for the bomb cyclone criteria to be met.
  • Liquifying a rocky exoplanet

    10/15/2019 4:32:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Science Daily ^ | October 9, 2019 | University of Bern
    A hot, molten Earth would be around 5% larger than its solid counterpart. The difference between molten and solid rocky planets is important for the search of Earth-like worlds beyond our Solar System and the understanding of Earth itself. Rocky exoplanets that are around Earth-size are comparatively small, which makes them incredibly difficult to detect and characterise using telescopes. What are the optimal conditions to find such small planets that linger in the darkness? ... In the characterization of exoplanets outside our solar system and the search for potentially habitable worlds, researchers at the University of Bern are among the...
  • 35 ‘Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019’ Finalists

    09/19/2019 4:58:06 PM PDT · by Openurmind · 12 replies
    Boredpanda ^ | Sep 18 2019 | Li Nefas and James Caunt
    Astrophotography is probably one of the most difficult and specialized types of photography to try your hand at, but if you manage to get it right the rewards are some of the most astonishingly breathtaking images you are ever likely to see. The Royal Observatory Greenwich has just revealed the winners of its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, and the quality of the entrants was nothing short of spectacular. This year the competition attracted 4,602 entries from 90 different countries across the world, all presenting the universe in a new light and vying for the coveted prize of...
  • Why NASA's Annoyed About Elon Musk's Giant Rocket [not]

    10/15/2019 12:46:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Space dot dumb, er, com ^ | Monday, October 7, 2019 | Rafi Letzter
    The Starship MK1 assembled at SpaceX's build and launch facility in Texas. On Sept. 30, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, told CNN that the Crew Dragon would be ready to carry astronauts into space in three to four months. But NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told CNN he wasn't convinced, and due to delays from SpaceX and Boeing (which is at work on a similarly delayed, competitor capsule called Starliner), he anticipated NASA buying more seats aboard Russian capsules... "I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see...
  • Doctors Want FDA To Warn Women About Cheese And Breast Cancer Link

    10/15/2019 7:35:28 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 56 replies
    www.msn.com ^ | 10/15/2019 | Darwin Malicdem
    PCRM has called on the federal government to consider adding label to cheese products that would warn women about the risk of breast cancer. Doctors said hormones found in cow milk-based cheese could contribute to development of the disease. […]document highlights a study that found high-fat cheese products could increase breast cancer risk by 53 percent in women. PCRM aims to promote plant-based nutrition and lower consumption of animal products for better health. Up to 12,000 members agreed with the findings that cheese made from cow’s milk could be harmful. These potentially harmful hormones include IGF-1, which has been directly...
  • Former NASA scientist says they found life on Mars in the 1970s

    10/15/2019 6:30:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 0809 GMT (1609 HKT) October 15, 2019 | By Jessie Yeung
    We may have already discovered the essence of life on Mars 40 years ago, according to a former NASA scientist. Gilbert V. Levin, who was principal investigator on a NASA experiment that sent Viking landers to Mars in 1976, published an article in the ScientificAmerican journal last Thursday, arguing the experiment's positive results were proof of life on the red planet. The experiment, called Labeled Release, was designed to test Martian soil for organic matter. "It seemed we had answered that ultimate question," Levin wrote in the article. In the experiment, the Viking probes placed nutrients in Mars soil samples...
  • New CA Earhtquake

    10/14/2019 10:35:47 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 66 replies
    10:34 at least a 5.low
  • DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic battle axe culture

    10/14/2019 8:16:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | Uppsala University
    In 1953, a significant burial site belonging to the Battle Axe Culture was found when constructing a roundabout in Linköping. 4,500 years ago, a man and a woman were buried together with a child, a dog and a rich set of grave goods including one of the eponymous battle axes. "Today, we call this site 'Bergsgraven'. I have been curious about this particular burial for a long time. The collaboration of archaeologists with geneticists allows us to understand more about these people as individuals as well as where their ancestors came from," says archaeogeneticist Helena Malmström of Uppsala University, lead...
  • NASA Gets a Rare Look at a Rocky Exoplanet's Surface [LHS 3844b]

    10/14/2019 8:02:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory Spitzer Telescope site ^ | August 19, 2019 | Calla Cofield
    A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provides a rare glimpse of conditions on the surface of a rocky planet orbiting a star beyond the Sun... the planet's surface may resemble those of Earth's Moon or Mercury: The planet likely has little to no atmosphere and could be covered in the same cooled volcanic material found in the dark areas of the Moon's surface, called mare. Discovered in 2018 by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) mission, planet LHS 3844b is located 48.6 light-years from Earth and has a radius 1.3 times that of Earth. It orbits...
  • A Mayan Archaeologist Has Discovered 27 Previously Unknown Ancient Sites—All (from his Computer)

    10/14/2019 4:20:59 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    artnet.com ^ | 10/10/2019 | Sarah Cascone
    A resourceful archaeologist has made the stunning discovery of 27 new ancient Mayan sites—all without ever leaving his desk. Takeshi Inomata, an researcher at the University of Arizona, made his discoveries using freely accessible light detection and ranging maps (LiDAR for short) published in 2011 by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography in Mexico, according to the New York Times. The organization created the map, which surveys 4,400 square miles of land in the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas, with an eye toward serving businesses and researchers. An even though the imagery is low resolution, it still suited...
  • Bronze Age 'New York' discovered, Israeli archaeologists say

    10/13/2019 4:19:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | October 2019 | unattributed
    Archaeologists in Israel announced Sunday that they had uncovered a 5,000-year-old city north of Tel Aviv. It is the largest Bronze Age urban area found in the region to date and could fundamentally change ideas of when sophisticated urbanization began taking place in the area, they said. Israel's Antiquities Authority said in a Facebook post that the city was discovered at the En Esur excavation site during road works near Harish, a town some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Tel Aviv. The archaeologists described the city as "cosmopolitan and planned." It covered 65 hectares (160 acres) and was home...
  • Zeppelins could make a comeback with this solar-powered airship cargo mover

    10/13/2019 9:05:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Digitaltrends ^ | 10/08/19 | Luke Dormehl
    Zeppelins, the rigid airships most famously epitomized by the Hindenburg, now seem kind of retro, rather than the image of futurity they represented in the 1930s. But they could be about to make a comeback in a big way — courtesy of a new aluminum-shelled, solar-powered airship that’s being built by the U.K.-based company Varialift Airships. According to the company’s CEO Alan Handley, the airship will be capable of making a transatlantic flight from the United Kingdom to the United States, consuming just 8% of the fuel of a regular airplane. It will be powered by a pair of solar-powered...