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  • Nasa scientists braced for 'solar tsunami' to hit earth

    08/02/2010 5:25:07 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 38+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/2/2010 | Andrew Hough
    Earth could be hit by a wave of violent space weather as early as Tuesday after a massive explosion of the sun, scientists have warned. Sunspot 1092 may combine with a large filament of cool gas stretching across the sun's northern hemisphere to produce interference with communication systems on Earth The solar fireworks at the weekend were recorded by several satellites, including Nasa’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory which watched its shock wave rippling outwards. Astronomers from all over the world witnessed the huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of the Earth, which they linked to even larger eruption...
  • Oil spill teaches us scientists are not gods(Methodist Barf Alert!)

    07/16/2010 8:57:21 PM PDT · by deltaromeo11 · 11 replies · 2+ views
    UMC.org ^ | 8/16/2010 | Rev. Tina Carter
    It is the fact that the letters “Ph.D.” follow my name. It is my degrees in chemistry and a decade of work in environmental remediation that draw people’s dreamy adoration. I am held to a higher standard not just because I’m a pastor but mostly because I am a scientist. Folks assume that I know the answer to any question they might think up. With our increased demand and consumption of oil, with our increased demand for money and the greed that pervades our culture, and with the expectation of instant results born of the very technology that scientists and...
  • Iranian nuclear scientist recounts 'CIA abduction'

    07/14/2010 11:24:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/14/2010 | Richard Spencer
    Mr Amiri, 32, said he was seized and spirited from the country after being offered a lift while walking towards a mosque. He gave his account before flying home to Iran on Wednesday after taking refuge at the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani embassy in Washington earlier this week. The US state department has insisted he was in the US of his own free will but Mr Amiri said he was kidnapped by secret agents in Medina, Islam's second holiest city, in May last year. "A white van stopped in front of me... They told me in Farsi that...
  • US scientists create cloth that can listen

    07/12/2010 4:38:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/10 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – This could give a whole new meaning to the phrase power dressing. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a cloth that can hear and emit noise. The team, led by MIT professor Yoel Fink, has reached "a new milestone on the path to functional fibers: fibers that can detect and produce sound," MIT said in a statement. The development, described in the August issue of Nature Materials, transforms the usual passive nature of textiles into a virtually all-singing, all-dancing version. According to MIT, "applications could include clothes that are themselves sensitive microphones, for...
  • Scientists: Oil leaking up to 2.52M gallons daily

    06/15/2010 2:37:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 826+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/10 | Pat Henry - ap
    NEW ORLEANS – Scientists provided a new estimate for the size of the Gulf oil spill on Tuesday that indicates it could be worse than previously thought. A government panel of scientists said that the ruptured well is leaking between 1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons a day of oil. That is an increase over previous estimates that put the maximum size of the spill at 2.1 million gallons per day. "This estimate brings together several scientific methodologies and the latest information from the sea floor, and represents a significant step forward in our effort to put a number on...
  • Scientists scramble for Japanese asteroid capsule (Update: Capsule found, headed to Japan)

    06/13/2010 7:51:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 771+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/10 | Madeleine Coorey
    SYDNEY (AFP) – A capsule that scientists hope will contain a little slice of outer space after a seven-year journey across the solar system was sitting in the Australian Outback on Monday waiting to be recovered. The pod, which was ejected from a Japanese space probe as it burned up in a spectacular meteor-like display over Australia, could hold the first piece of asteroid ever brought to Earth. The heat-resistant pod parachuted into the Woomera military zone after being ejected from Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft as it flamed back into the planet's atmosphere late Sunday. Australian National University scientist Trevor Ireland,...
  • Missing piece found in particle puzzle: scientists...

    06/01/2010 4:08:50 PM PDT · by TaraP · 23 replies · 707+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 1st, 2010
    Research scientists announced on Monday they had identified the missing piece of a major puzzle involving the make-up of the universe by observing a neutrino particle change from one type to another. Science The CERN physics research center near Geneva, relaying the announcement from the Gran Sasso laboratory in central Italy, said the breakthrough was a major boost for its own LHC particle collider programme to unveil key secrets of the cosmos. According to physicists at Gran Sasso, after three years of monitoring multiple billions of muon neutrinos beamed to them through the earth from CERN 730 kms (456 miles)...
  • Breakthrough in fight against fatal Ebola as new drug saves 100% of monkeys tested! (Praise God!)

    05/29/2010 4:21:54 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 29 replies · 708+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:57 PM on 29th May 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A gene silencing approach can save monkeys from high doses of the most lethal strain of Ebola virus in what researchers call the most viable route yet to treating the deadly and frightening infection. They used small interfering RNAs or siRNAs, a new technology being developed by a number of companies, to hold the virus at bay for a week until the immune system could take over. Tests in four rhesus monkeys showed that seven daily injections cured 100 per cent of them. U.S. government researchers and a small Canadian biotech company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, worked together to develop the new...
  • UVA fights Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for researcher’s records

    05/27/2010 10:44:27 PM PDT · by reaganairport · 16 replies · 604+ views
    WSLS 10 ^ | Karin Kapsidelis
    The University of Virginia filed a court challenge today seeking to block Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's investigation of climate scientist Michael Mann. The university filed a petition in Albemarle County Circuit Court as the first step in a legal process to set aside Cuccinelli's civil subpoena seeking documents relating to global-warming research by Mann, who left U.Va. in 2005 and now works at Pennsylvania State University. President John T. Casteen III said the university intends to protect academic freedom. The issuance of Civil Investigative Demands, or CIDs, "has sent a chill through the commonwealth's colleges and universities -- a...
  • US top scientists urge coal, oil use penalties (carbon tax on fossil fuels or emissions cap&trade)

    05/19/2010 3:03:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 954+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/10 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Ditching its past cautious tone, the nation's top scientists urged the government Wednesday to take drastic action to raise the cost of using coal and oil to slow global warming. The National Academy of Sciences specifically called for a carbon tax on fossil fuels or a cap-and-trade system for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, calling global warming an urgent threat. The academy, which advises the government on scientific matters, said the nation needs to cut the pollution that causes global warming by about 57 percent to 83 percent by 2050. That's close to President Barack Obama's goal. "We really...
  • China scientists find use for cigarette butts (chemical extracts protect steel pipes from rusting)

    05/13/2010 11:27:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 331+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/10 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chemical extracts from cigarette butts -- so toxic they kill fish -- can be used to protect steel pipes from rusting, a study in China has found. In a paper published in the American Chemical Society's bi-weekly journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, the scientists in China said they identified nine chemicals after immersing cigarette butts in water. They applied the extracts to N80, a type of steel used in oil pipes, and found that they protected the steel from rusting. "The metal surface can be protected and the iron atom's further dissolution can be prevented,"...
  • Scientists decry "assaults" on climate research (~250 U.S. National Academy of Sciences members)

    05/08/2010 3:37:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 966+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/10 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 250 U.S. scientists on Thursday defended climate change research against "political assaults" and warned that any delay in tackling global warming heightens the risk of a planet-wide catastrophe. The scientists, all members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, targeted critics who have urged postponing any action against climate change because of alleged problems with research shown in a series of hacked e-mails that are collectively known as "climate-gate." "When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take...
  • Scientists: EPA 'Distorting' Biofuels Reality

    04/23/2010 9:58:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 349+ views
    Big Government ^ | 4/23/10 | Capitol Confidential
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing renewed criticism this week with scientists charging that the government arm inaccurately labeled ethanol a “renewable fuel” last February. According to reports, at the same time that it revised its renewable fuel standards, the EPA also re-ran numbers relating to corn-based ethanol’s lifecycle emissions, and determined that ethanol was responsible for substantially less greenhouse-gas emissions than gasoline, thus allowing it to be redesignated as “renewable.” But, scientists argue, the underlying data remained the same, and demonstrated that ethanol was not a “green” energy source. Nonetheless, they charge, the EPA presented the data in...
  • Iceland volcano unlikely to slow global warming: scientists

    04/16/2010 7:20:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,130+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/10 | Richard Ingham
    PARIS (AFP) – Big volcanic eruptions have had a cooling effect on Earth's climate, but the Icelandic event is too small to provide any such respite from manmade global warming, scientists said on Friday. The benchmark cooling event of the past 20 years was in 1991, when Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines. It cooled Earth's surface by 0.5 degrees Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next year, enough to offset the impact of greenhouse gases from 1991 to 1993. A smaller cooling episode occurred in 1980, when Mount St. Helens in the US state of Washington blew its top,...
  • Will IITs, IIMs fall victim to poaching by foreign universities?

    04/09/2010 2:53:42 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 5 replies · 633+ views
    Times of India ^ | Mar 16, 2010, 02.51am IST | Hemali Chhapia
    MUMBAI: In 2008, when Atlanta-based Georgia Tech University bought 250 acres of land in Hyderabad it left many gaping. It did something even more astonishing shortly afterwards: it invited its own faculty members to quit their jobs and consider moving to India. A professor in the computer science department of the university told TOI: ‘‘Each one of us got a formal note. Even more amazingly, he added, all of us were offered the same salary that we were getting in Georgia. It was clearly an offer very few would even think of refusing; given the cost of living in India,...
  • BREAKING: Obama Administration Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists

    04/08/2010 3:34:46 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 47 replies · 1,216+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4-8-10 | Roger L. Simon
    The Obama administration is now denying U.S. visas to Israeli scientists who work at that nation’s Dimona nuclear reactor. This startling reversal of traditional policy was reported April 7, 2010, in the Israeli website/newspaper NRG/Maariv (link to the original Hebrew here and to an exclusive Pajamas Media translation here). This could be yet another flashpoint in the increasingly sensitive relations between the administration, the American Jewish community, and Israel. The revelation in Maariv came only a day before the arrival in New York of Tariq Ramadan — controversial grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna — whose visa was...
  • US Refuses Visas to all Israeli Nuclear Scientists

    04/08/2010 7:39:29 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 396 replies · 11,749+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Clarice Feldman
    In a new and ridiculous policy, the US is denying Israeli scientists who work at the Dimona reactor site an opportunity to refresh their knowedge, Joshua Pundit reports: Ma'ariv reported today that the Israeli government was stunned when every nuclear technician at Israel's Dimona reactor who had submitted visa requests to visit the United States for ongoing university education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering had their visa applications summarily rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor.
  • Mega-flood triggered cooling 13,000 years ago: scientists

    03/31/2010 11:05:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,642+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/10 | David Fogarty
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scientists say they have found the trigger of a sharp cooling 13,000 years ago that plunged Europe into a mini ice age. Mark Bateman from the University of Sheffield in England said a catastrophic flood unleashed from a giant North American lake dumped large amounts of freshwater into the Arctic Ocean. This led to the shutting down of the Gulf Stream ocean circulation pattern that brings warmth to Europe. "We're talking about a lake the size of the UK emptying very quickly," Bateman told Reuters by telephone. "We don't know the exact period of time but we're...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA 'Intelligence Coup'

    03/30/2010 4:14:24 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 45 replies · 3,100+ views
    ABC News ^ | 03/30/10 | Matthew Cole
    An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials. Shahram Amiri, a nuclear physicist in his early 30s, went missing last June three days after arriving in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, according to the Iranian government. The officials were said to have termed the defection of the scientist, Shahram Amiri, "an intelligence coup" in the continuing CIA operation to spy on and undermine Iran's nuclear program. A spokesperson for the CIA declined to comment....
  • Monckton attacks BYU on climate science

    03/24/2010 8:10:02 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 39 replies · 799+ views
    Mid Utah Radio.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | Bruce Mehew
    (OREM) – A former advisor to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says scientists and the media have falsified data and exaggerated conclusions suggesting that mankind is behind climate change. Speaking at a forum at Utah Valley University on Tuesday, Lord Christopher Monckton attacked a Brigham Young University geochemistry professor and his colleagues, who have taken state lawmakers to task for over-relying on climate skeptics, like himself, for their information. He accused the BYU scientists of being terrified of “non-political” and scientific arguments refuting mainstream climate science and said “post-normal science” is being practiced the way science was done under Hitler’s...