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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CBC News - Technology & Science - Jellyfish discovered in Manitoba lake



Image of Craspedacusta sowerbyi
Source:http://www.fisch-fotos.de/suswassermeduse-craspedacusta-sowerbyi.html 

CBC News - Technology & Science - Jellyfish discovered in Manitoba lake




To read a news article which discusses the fact that jellyfish have been found in
Star Lake,Manitoba please click on the link directly above this sentence. The lake is found within the boundaries of Whiteshell Provincial Park.

A video about this finding can be viewed at:
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Technology_and_Science/ID=1578810402

Apparently, according to an expert the species of jellyfish found in the lake has a
scientific name of Craspedacusta sowerbyi, a freshwater jellyfish from China that has been observed in many U.S. states and parts of eastern Canada, but never before in Manitoba. (source:  http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/08/30/mb-jellyfish-lake-manitoba.html )

The question is how did this species of jellyfish manage to get in this lake?

Well, first of all I would like to provide you with some  some characteristics of this jellyfish :

1.This species of jellyfish only lives in freshwater.
2.C. sowerbyi medusae are about 20–25 mm in diameter, somewhat flatter than a hemisphere, and very delicate, when fully grown.
3.They prefer standing water, and are not generally seen in fast flowing streams or rivers.

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craspedacusta_sowerbyi
According to the link directly above:

"On August 21st 2010, C. sowerbyi was spotted and captured on the northwest corner of Falcon Lake in Manitoba, Canada. Scientists believe this is due to a recent heatwave in the Whiteshell Provincial Park area. It is proposed the C. sowerbyi came to Falcon Lake on waterfowl originating from Star Lake, Manitoba, Canada. Falcon Lake along with Star Lake remain the only two confirmed sightings of C. sowerbyi in Manitoba.



If waterfowl can transport jellyfish to lakes, is it only a matter of time before these
creatures occupy all of the lakes of the World? What will happen to all the life within these lakes when these jellyfish (which are not native to these lakes) try and take over the lake?

According to the website:"Hinterland:Who's who:Issues and Topics: Invasive Alien Species in Canada at http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=220 

 "When an alien species enters an ecosystem, it can have an impact on the species that are present, on important habitats, or even on the ecosystem itself. Concern arises when an alien species changes the system for the worse, either by reducing or eliminating populations of native species, or by otherwise changing the way the ecosystem works."

 "In Canada, a comprehensive national plan to address the threat of invasive alien species, including invasive aquatic and terrestrial animal and plant species, is now being developed through the collaboration of federal, provincial, and territorial governments."

Thank goodness these levels of government in Canada have taken note of this problem and have plans in place (which you can read about at: http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=220 ) to deal with species such as these jellyfish in Star Lake, Manitoba!

Here is what these jellyfish look like as they live in an aquarium:
source of video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub1kgJwlb84

CBC News - Technology & Science - Garbage-to-biofuel plant launched in Edmonton

CBC News - Technology & Science - Garbage-to-biofuel plant launched in Edmonton

The city of Edmonton plans to build a plant that will convert household
 garbage to biofuel.The project is the first of its kind in the world, the city says.


To read more about this plan please click on the link above.You can
watch a one-minute video about this project by clicking on the following
link:
http://video.ca.msn.com/watch/video/garbage-to-biofuel-plant/16an8o90c

"By late 2011, once the plant is operational, 100,000 tonnes of garbage a year will be taken out of the landfill and turned into 36 million litres of ethanol."

"The biofuels facility will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking away from the roads 42,000 cars every year," said Roy Neehall, manager of the city's waste management branch.
 (source:http://sync.sympatico.ca/news/contentposting_cbc/garbage-to-biofuel_plant_launched_in_edmonton/f0990f58

With all the troubling news concerning the environmental impact of Alberta's
Oil Sands, it is nice to hear that the city managers of Edmonton have taken this
very positive step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions within our city!
The only troubling aspect of this situation to me is that a company in Montreal
has been given the go-ahead to build, own and operate this facility. Why doesn't
such a company exist in our province?

CBC News - Technology & Science - White-roofs law would help cool Earth: prof

To read an interesting article in which discusses the fact that painting roofs of buildings in a city or town the color white, in order to cool the temperature of the Earth, please click on the following link:

CBC News - Technology & Science - White-roofs law would help cool Earth: prof

According to my research on this topic, I have discovered that a computer model
at the United States  National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), was involved in a study concerning this idea.  "The study team used a newly developed computer model to simulate the amount of solar radiation that is absorbed or reflected by urban surfaces. The model simulations, which provide scientists with an idealized view of different types of cities around the world, indicate that, if every roof were entirely painted white, the urban heat island effect could be reduced by 33 percent. This would cool the world's cities by an average of about 0.7 degrees F, with the cooling influence particularly pronounced during the day, especially in summer."

"The authors emphasize that their research should be viewed as a hypothetical look at typical city landscapes rather than the actual rooftops of any one city. In the real world, the cooling impact might be somewhat less because dust and weathering would cause the white paint to darken over time and parts of roofs would remain unpainted because of openings such as heating and cooling vents."
(source:http://www2.ucar.edu/news/computer-model-demonstrates-white-roofs-may-successfully-cool-cities


Here is a video about this blog post which I found on Youtube
(source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdoHh6i0kQg 


Flow - For Love of Water

This is a documentary everybody should watch:

"Flow-For the Love of Water"

You can watch this one hour and twenty minute documentary
by going to the following website:


http://www.sprword.com/mustwatch.html

and then click on "Watch Now" under the description of the documentary.

Monday, August 30, 2010

CBC News - Edmonton - Oilsands mining linked to Athabasca River toxins


 Athabasca River, along the Icefields Parkway, in Jasper National Park.

Photo by User:Aude, taken on May 26, 2001.
Source of photo:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Athabasca_river_2001.jpg

A new report by University of Alberta ecologist Dr. David Schindler says the province's oilsands are releasing more pollutants into the Athabasca River than previously reported by government data.

Dr.  Schindler and several colleagues analyzed 13 elements in river water and snow pack along the Athabasca for two years.The ecologist says high levels of contaminants such as mercury, arsenic, and lead were found in the waters of the
Athabasca River.


Click on the links below to read about this scientific finding:
CBC News - Edmonton - Oilsands mining linked to Athabasca River toxins

http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100830/edm_pollution_100830/20100830/?hub=EdmontonHome 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/elevated-levels-of-toxins-found-in-athabasca-river/article1689578/ 


You can watch a CBC video about this finding by clicking on the following link:
http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?category=News&clipid=1578564661

How is it possible for the Government of Alberta to say that these chemicals
do not exist in these quantities in the river?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Canada's lost salmon found

Image: Fraser River near Chilliwack,British Columbia looking downstream.


To read a news article at the Edmonton Journal website which discusses the fact that Sockeye Salmon have returned in large numbers to the Fraser river please click
on the following link:

Canada's lost salmon found

Source of image: http://gsc.nrcan.gc.ca/urbgeo/vanland/images/21.jpg

Apparently, according to experts the reason why there were so few salmon in
the river last year is due to the fact that most of the fish in the river were juveniles, and the water temperature of the Fraser river last year was too high for the fish
to survive in.
(source:http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Environment/2010/08/07/Reynolds-Salmon-Run/  )

After thousands of years, Canada's 'majestic' ice shelves disintegrating

After thousands of years, Canada's 'majestic' ice shelves disintegrating

Wind Turbines interfere with radar?

To read an article at the New York Times website entitled:



Wind Turbine Projects Run Into Resistance

By LEORA BROYDO VESTEL
Published: August 26, 2010
"Goals clash as the Defense Department raises concerns that wind projects can interfere with radar operations."

please click on the following link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/business/energy-environment/27radar.html 



Photo by Morten Mitchell Larød (CC)

'Swindon Honeybee' could save Britain's bees (and the World's bees)



'Swindon Honeybee' could save Britain's bees
(PhysOrg.com) -- "Honey bee numbers have been declining almost everywhere due to a pesticide-resistant mite called Varroa. Now a beekeeper in Britain claims to have discovered a strain of bee that destroys the parasite through grooming."

To read more about this discovery click on the title of this blog entry.

More news article about the Swindon Honeybee are at the following links:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/25/honeybees-virus-superbee-saviour-swindon

http://www.moraybeekeepers.co.uk/Stanton_Park.htm

http://www.sciencenewsdaily.org/plants-animals-news/cluster60083460/

Source of image: www.public-domain-image.com 


This certainly is wonderful news for beekeepers, and for the World's food supply.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

NASA - NASA/NOAA Study Finds El Niños are Growing Stronger



The graphic a bove. expresses the variables Upper Ocean Temperature and Dynamic Height

Please click on the following link to read an article at the www.nasa.com website
entitled:

NASA - NASA/NOAA Study Finds El Niños are Growing Stronger

"Near the end of each year as the southern hemispherical summer is about to peak, a weak, warm counter-current flows southward along the coasts of Ecuador and Peru, replacing the cold Peruvian current. Centuries ago the local residents named this annual event El Niño (span. "the child") based on Christian theology that assigned this period of the year the name-giving Christmas season. Normally, these warm countercurrents last for at most a few weeks when they again give way to the cold Peruvian flow. However, every three to seven years, this countercurrent is unusually warm and strong. Accompanying this event is a pool of warm, ocean surface water in the central and eastern Pacific."

"El Niño has made frequent appearances over the last century, with particularly severe consequences in 1891, 1925, 1953, 1972, 1982, 1986, 1992, 1993, and 1997."

"Today, scientists use the term El Niño for these episodes of ocean warming that originally bore that name."

Source:http://www.sbg.ac.at/ipk/avstudio/pierofun/atmo/elnino.htm 

To learn more about El Nino please visit the following websites:

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/science/elnino.php?wfo=fgz 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Niño-Southern_Oscillation

 http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/

These last links provide information concerning how El Nino effects Canada:

http://www.ec.gc.ca/adsc-cmda/default.asp?lang=En&n=208ED67A-1 

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=elninoimpact_martwo_02_03_2010

Penguins of the Antarctic ~ Climate Change in the Antarctic | Nature



Adélie Penguin
Source of image:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelie_Penguin 

Penguins of the Antarctic ~ Climate Change in the Antarctic | Nature

Please click on the link above this sentence to read an article which
discusses the nature and extent of climate change occcuring within the
Antarctic.

Rhinoceros - Rhino Horn Use: Fact vs. Fiction | Nature



To read an important article concerning Rhinoceros and their horns please
click on the following link:


Rhinoceros - Rhino Horn Use: Fact vs. Fiction | Nature

Source of image:A crop of Image:BlackRhino-USFWS.jpg. By John and Karen Hollingsworth; taken in Tanzania.

Here are two videos which indicate key facts concerning the present
state of this life form on our planet:



Source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSlRZYphEbI



Source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvYpn84dL14&feature=related

Paving the Way to Save the Serengeti Migration



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Paving the Way to Save the Serengeti Migration

Once again Humans show how selfish we are as a species,read the article to find out what I am talking about.


Source of image:http://www.tripadvisor.in/LocationPhotos-g293751-Serengeti_National_Park.html#1589740

Thank you to TripAdvisor LLC for allowing me to use the image.

CBC News - Windsor - Radical change for Ont. mental health urged



CBC News - Windsor - Radical change for Ont. mental health urged

After reading this article, I should say that radical change is needed! According to an article written by Carol Goar, which you can read at:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/787828--what-happened-to-ontario-s-mental-health-strategy, Ontario spends 39 million dollars a year on mental health.
The World Health Organization says governments should aim to spend 8 cents per health-care dollar on mental health. New Zealand spends 10 cents. Britain spends 8 cents. Ontario manages just 5.4 cents!! I am asking those responsible for funding mental health in Ontario why this is so?

Source of image:http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/health-promotion/pics/40055-mental-health-520ss.jpg 

CBC News - Toronto - Men in Creba killing to serve 43 months


Please read the following news article and then return to this blog entry of mine:
CBC News - Toronto - Men in Creba killing to serve 43 months

What kind of justice is this? What kind of a legal system would allow this to happen?

If you do not know about this case here are the basic facts:

"Jane Creba (b. May 13, 1990 – d. December 26, 2005),  was a Grade 10 student at Riverdale Collegiate Institute, was killed in the incident in which gang members were shooting at each other. While shopping with her sister, she crossed the road to shop at the Foot Locker on the west side of the street, when the gunfight erupted. One bullet passed through her upper torso, lodging in her clothing; it was later recovered in hospital. She was rushed to St. Michael's Hospital and died during emergency surgery."
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day_shooting)

"The Boxing Day shooting of Jane Creba was sparked by a scuffle between rival groups that began in the Eaton Centre, escalating minutes later into a full-blown gunfight on Yonge St., according to a police affidavit."
(source:http://www.thestar.com/News/article/206901 )


"Two men convicted of manslaughter in the fatal Boxing Day shooting of 15-year-old Jane Creba were sentenced today to 12 years in prison."
  "But, with a credit of eight years and five months, Louis Woodcock, 23, and Tyshaun Barnett, 22, will only serve three years and seven months"

3 years and 7 months for killing an innocent human being??? Where is the justice
in that????

This are some videos about this case:




Summer of the Gun from The Whiners on Vimeo.


Source of image:
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/life/family/article/13512--family-friends-of-jane-creba-react-to-arrests


If this judgment does not suggest that law pertaining to this sort of occurrence is
totally inadequate then nothing does! And what is also appalling about the senseless death of Jane Creba is this fact:


"While some brave Good Samaritans tried to save her life, several bystanders began callously taking photos of Jane Creba as she lay dying after being hit by an errant bullet during an infamous Boxing Day shootout on Yonge Street in 2005."
(source:http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/5969--some-took-pictures-as-jane-creba-lay-dying-witness )

Why would anyone in their right mind want to visit Toronto when this city is
home of such violent people?

The selfishiness of some Canadians!- Drug-impaired driving common, study finds

CBC News - Health - Drug-impaired driving common, study finds

"A study of more than 14,000 driver fatalities in the country from 2000 to 2006 by the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse found 33 per cent of drivers tested positive for at least one drug and 38 per cent tested positive for alcohol."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/08/26/drug-impaired-driving.html#ixzz0xkUi7qPv

The question is whether these drugs the 33% of drivers were found to test postive for, impaired their driving?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Spiders, Carnivorous Plants Compete for Food—A First


 Image:Burrowing wolf spider
Source:http://en.wikivisual.com/index.php/Wolf_spider 

Spiders, Carnivorous Plants Compete for Food—A First

In the first study of its kind, scientists have discovered that wolf spiders out-compete carnivorous plants for prey. To read about this study click on the link above this sentence.

Space Photos This Week: Sun Spikes, Odd Magnetar, More



Space Photos This Week: Sun Spikes, Odd Magnetar, More

Check out some very kewl photos from space, in the Weekly posting at the National Geographic website, by clicking on the link above.

Image above: Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689 Magnifies the Dark Universe
Source:http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1008/abell1689_hst_big.jpg 

Pictures: Pea-Size Frog Found—Among World's Smallest



A frog that is only the size of a pea? Believe it or not it really exists in our world,click on the following link to read more:

Pictures: Pea-Size Frog Found—Among World's Smallest

This frog has a scientific name of "Microhyla nepenthicola and  was named after the plant on which it depends for survival, the Nepenthes ampullaria, one of many species of pitcher plants in Borneo."
(source:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38850755?gt1=43001

Source of image:http://cdn.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/979806234_tXty7-M.jpg

Pictures: "Lost" Deer, Rare Cuckoo Caught in Camera Traps

Pictures: "Lost" Deer, Rare Cuckoo Caught in Camera Traps

To see some beautiful photos of some rare wildlife click on the link above.

CBC News - Technology & Science - Earth-sized planet found near sun-like star



 View of the sky around the star HD 10180
Source of image:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_10180 

"Scientists say they've identified a sun-like star with as many as seven different planets, including one that might be the smallest ever found outside the solar system.
If confirmed, the planetary system around HD 10180, a star more than 100 light years distant, would be the richest ever discovered."

This star is in the constellation "Hydrus" which is located here:

Read more about this discovery by clicking on the following link:

CBC News - Technology & Science - Earth-sized planet found near sun-like star

Here is a video I found about this discovery: source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqYnW4acLoI

What if there is intelligent life on this planet? :)


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Genetic structure of first animal to show evolutionary response to climate change determined


 Source of image:  http://esapubs.org/bulletin/backissues/086-2/images/pitchers/lg_pitcher_mosquito.jpg
Scientists at the University of Oregon have determined the fine-scale genetic structure of the first animal to show an evolutionary response to rapid climate change, that animal being the "pitcher plant" mosquito (scientific name:Wyeomyia smithii)

To read more about this finding please click on the following link:

http://www.physorg.com/news201872829.html


Source of image of Wyeomyia smithii:
http://esapubs.org/bulletin/backissues/086-2/bulletin_apr2005.htm

What's Left?

A graphical accounting of the limits to which our planet can provide us can be viewed by clicking on "What's left" below. This will take you to the Scientific America website:

What's Left?Powered by Ergo:Ux

Meteorite provides evidence to Solar System age


Meteorite provides evidence to Solar System age

Scientists have no revised their estimation of how old the solar system is. This is due to the finding of an asteroid in 2004. To read about this revision please click on
the link above.

"The term meteor comes from the Greek meteoron, meaning phenomenon in the sky. It is used to describe the streak of light produced as matter in the solar system falls into Earth's atmosphere creating temporary incandescence resulting from atmospheric friction."

"A meteoroid is matter revolving around the sun or any object in interplanetary space that is too small to be called an asteroid or a comet. Even smaller particles are called micrometeoroids or cosmic dust grains, which includes any interstellar material that should happen to enter our solar system. A meteorite is a meteoroid that reaches the surface of the Earth without being completely vaporized."

(source:http://www.solarviews.com/eng/meteor.htm )

Image above:The INNISFREE (Alberta) meteorite fell 13 km north of the town of this name at 7.17 pm on February 5th, 1977. source:http://miac.uqac.ca/MIAC/morp.htm 

The Role of insects in Human Culture



Watch the following video which discusses the fact that insects have always had
a role in human culture:


http://en.video.sympatico.ca/index.php/en/video/technology/9/science-and-space/102/science-and-space/464/insects-in-human-cultures/79688064001

Source of image:http://www.freenaturepictures.com/brown-butterfly-1.php

Had a rough day? Relax to this video

I found this relaxing video at Vimeo.com which is really calming to watch and listen to.I hope you find it relaxes you as well. This video is titled "Contemplation." Thanks to Vimeo member
Nadeem M for allowing me to use his video here.


Contemplation from Nadeem M on Vimeo.

Lion fish invades reefs



Source of video: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4314205/lion-fish-invades-reefs/

Baby Panda Busts a Move at Chinese Zoo

Source of video:http://video.foxnews.com/v/4318804/baby-panda-busts-a-move-at-chinese-zoo/?playlist_id=87937

Monday, August 23, 2010

Shostakovich:Symphony 5



A very interesting discussion of Shostakovich's 5th symphony which is hosted by
conductor Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony can be watched
by going to the  PBS Website: http://video.pbs.org/video/1295305133/
In this "Keeping Score" series, Michael Tilson Thomas also discusses the
works Hector Berlioz's  "Symphonie fantastique", Charles Ives
"Holidays Symphony", Ludwig van Beethoven' 'Eroica' (Symphony Number 3),
Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring,
and Piotr Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. You can access all of these by
going to the following website:http://www.keepingscore.org/


Source of image of Shostakovich:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich 

Carmina Burana online!

I just discovered that we can watch an entire performance of Carl Orff's



work
Carmina Burana online!! This performance is by  the University Chorus
and Alumni Chorus, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific
Boychoir. To watch
the video click on the following link:

http://www.uctv.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=11787

Enjoy!


If you do not know anything about this marvelous piece of music you can  learn about it at the following website:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmina_Burana 

The lyrics of the work have been translated from Latin into English at the following
website:

 http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/works/orff-cb/carmlyr.php
Source of image of Carl Orff:
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Carl_Orff 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Everyday Health: What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

Everyday Health: What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

Please click on the link above to read and important article about what you
should not say to a depressed person.

Invisible Wounds: Mental Health and the Military

To read an article at the Time.com website which discusses the extensive
number of U.S. Military personnel in the Gulf and in Afganistan who are
having to utilize mental health professionals please click on the following link:

Invisible Wounds: Mental Health and the Military

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Farewell Jack Horkheimer, 1938 – 2010

I just learned that one of my favorite television personalities has passed away.
 Sad Face Smiley Jack Horkheimer



hosted a  5-minute television show on PBS called "Star Gazer", which
was about astronomy.

Source of image of Jack Horkheimer:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj60/charli1323/jack_hork.jpg



Here are some links about Jack:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Horkheimer:_Star_Gazer

 http://www.jackstargazer.com/
 

http://www.miamisci.org/www/planetarium_stargazer.php

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/08/20/jack-horkheimer-1938-2010/

Some of Jack's Stargazer episodes can be watched at:

 http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jack-horkheimer-star-gazer/id105074252
(You have to have itunes installed on your computer to watch these.You can get it by going to this website: http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/download/?id=105074252 )

 Jack, rest in Peace you will be deeply missed!!!

Think you can't do something:keep trying and you will do it!

I just became aware of an amazing human being named Liu Wei, who lives in China.
 Li lost his arms in an accident at age 10, however,that hasn't stopped him!
Watch how well he plays the piano:



Liu has shown us all that if you think you can do something or if you want to
do something in this World, you can!

Here is a link to an article about Liu:

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/385927/armless-pianist-liu-wei-defies-odds-on-chinas-got-talent/

What an inspiring human being!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Computer expert suggests using a 12-letter password




According to an article at:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/08/20/super.passwords/index.html

Research scientist Richard Boyd suggests that users of a computer create and
use a 12-character password. Please read the article for more details.

Source of image:http://itickr.com/?p=162 

I thought PETA was against this kind of situation?

According to a news article at http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20100820/fatal-bear-mauling-100820/ a bear owned by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), mauled and killed its owner  in COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio.

The bear was being housed in a cage. I ask you what is ethical about housing a
bear in a cage? Doesn't this suggest that the PETA organization is hypocritical?
I bet this bear will now be euthanized because of what happened, when in fact
it was responding to an unnatural situation, in a way which is natural to it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Take Action to Conserve Freshwater -- National Geographic

To read an article at the National Geographic website which discusses how much
water and indivdual uses on a daily basis, and because of this the need for us
to develop better daily practises relating to our use of water, please click on the
following link:
 
Take Action to Conserve Freshwater -- National Geographic

Here is how most people use water on a daily basis:



Source:
http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/water_use.php 


Here is a link which lists 100 ways you can conserve water on a daily
basis:
http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php 

Here are three websites whose content will help you understand why each person
in our world should  engage in behaviors which conserve water:

http://www.jea.com/community/education/efficiency/wisely/save.html

http://www.abheritage.ca/abnature/environmental/water_conservation_need.htm 

 http://www.greenstrides.com/2009/02/19/why-conserve-water/

Make a difference in the world, change your behavior to conserve water
in our World!

Tracking Salmon with the Help of Seals



To read an interesting article at the Time.com website which discusses the fact
that scientists have begun using elephant seals which have been implanted with
electrical devices to monitor the populations of salmon in the North Pacific
please click on the following link:

Tracking Salmon with the Help of Seals

Source of image:
http://www.eaglewingtours.com/016_WhalesandWild/2709_EagleWingWhal.html 

Scientists create 'bank' for endangered coral species



To read an article which I found at the Edmonton Journal website, and which
discusses  the fact that "US scientists have created the first bank of frozen
coral cells, intended to preserve endangered coral species in Hawaii and
protect their diversity" please click on the following link:

 Scientists create 'bank' for endangered coral species

Source of image:http://www.hawaii.edu/coral/Pocillopora%20eydouxi.jpg
The image shows a species of coral found in Hawaiian waters.

CBC News - Technology & Science - Climate change brings wasps to Baffin Island


 Source of Map:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_indicating_Baffin_Island,_Nunavut,_Canada.png

 To read an article which discusses the fact that scientists have found wasps on
Baffin Island, which suggests that "climate change" is occurring in the area,
click on the following link:

CBC News - Technology & Science - Climate change brings wasps to Baffin Island

"Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world, with an area of 507,451 km2 (195,928 sq mi) and has a population of 11,000 (2007 estimate). Named after English explorer William Baffin, it is likely that the island was known to Pre-Columbian Norse of Greenland and Iceland and may be the location of Helluland spoken of in the Icelandic sagas (the Saga of Erik the Red (Eiríks saga rauða) and the Grœnlendinga saga). "

"Baffin Island lies in the path of a generally northerly airflow all year round, so like much of eastern Canada, it has an extremely cold climate. This brings very long, cold winters and foggy, cloudy summers, which have helped to add to the remoteness of the island. Spring thaw arrives much later than normal for a position straddling the Arctic Circle; around early June at Iqaluit in the south-east to early/mid July on the north coast where glaciers run right down to sea level. Snow, even heavy snow, occurs at any time of the year, although is least likely in July and early August. Average annual temperatures at Iqaluit are around −8.5 °C (17 °F), compared with Reykjavík,[maps 10] around 5 °C (41 °F), which is at a similar latitude."
(source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baffin_Island )

"The Arctic is among the most fragile ecosystems on Earth; it is also under immense environmental pressure as the effects of global warming are felt most acutely at northern latitudes. With their diversity and potential for rapid population growth, arthropods (insects, spiders and their relatives) can serve as barometers of environmental change."

"The Canadian north is experiencing profound and irreversible changes due to global warming. No group of animals is as sensitive – or responds as rapidly – to changes in temperature as arthropods. However, recent anecdotal observations of southern insects colonizing the North (e.g., yellow jacket wasps on Baffin Island) fail to measure the intensity and extent of distributional changes over time. The approximately two million specimens collected during the first Northern Insect Survey offers an unrivalled opportunity to accurately gauge biotic changes (i.e., range expansions and contractions) in Canada’s north. Such knowledge is fundamental for developing predictive models about how biodiversity in the north will respond to global warming."

(Source:http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/bsc/news27_2/nis.htm )

Magnetic mega-star challenges black hole theory

To read an article at the Edmonton Journal website which discusses the
fact that a neutron star called "Westerlund 1" has caused scientists to question
existing theories concerning stellar evolution and the birth of black holes,
please click on the following link:

Magnetic mega-star challenges black hole theory

Source of image of Westerlund 1: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/wd1/wd1_xray.jpg 

For more information concerning Westerlund 1, visit the following website:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerlund_1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerlund_1

A simple definition of a neutron star is: "A neutron star is a stellar remnant--a super-compressed object left over when stars with a mass between 1.4 and about 3 times the mass of our Sun exhaust their nuclear fuel and collapse inwards. The result is a condensed sphere of matter about 20 km (12 miles) across, with a gravitational field approximately 2 x 10^11 times stronger than that of Earth's."

"The density of a neutron star is so great that the protons and electrons making up the atoms fuse to form electrically neutral neutrons, the primary particles making up the neutron star. Because they are electrically neutral, such particles can be packed very closely together, resulting in a celestial object with similar density to that of the atomic nucleus."
(source:http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-neutron-star.htm)

 A more complex definition of a neutron star is:

"Neutron stars are  " compact objects that are created in the cores of massive stars during supernova explosions. The core of the star collapses, and crushes together every proton with a corresponding electron turning each electron-proton pair into a neutron. The neutrons, however, can often stop the collapse and remain as a neutron star."

"Neutron stars are fascinating objects because they are the most dense objects known. They are only about 10 miles in diameter, yet they are more massive than the Sun. One sugar cube of neutron star material weighs about 100 million tons, which is about as much as a mountain."

Source:http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/neutron_stars.html 

 Here are two videos I found at Youtube which discuss neutron stars:



(2) Source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF8QosYwkJc

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

High in the Andes, Keeping an Incan Mystery Alive



High in the Andes, Keeping an Incan Mystery Alive
Published: August 16, 2010
A town in the Andes has one of the last known collections of khipus
(see above)— weavings that may explain how the Incas ruled without a written language — still in ritual use.

To read the entire article please click on the following link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/world/americas/17peru.html

Image:A khipu from the Nazca River valley
source:http://fdocc.blogspot.com/2006/01/incan-khipus-defy-computer-analysis.html 

Quipus or khipus (sometimes called talking knots) were recording devices used in the Inca Empire and its predecessor societies in the Andean region. A quipu usually consisted of colored spun and plied thread or strings from llama or alpaca hair. It could also be made of cotton cords. The cords contained numeric and other values encoded by knots in a base ten positional system. Quipus might have just a few or up to 2,000 cords." (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu )

Thwarting an Online Bully



Thwarting an Online Bully
Published: August 18, 2010
Social networks, e-mail and cellphones are providing new avenues for bullies. But there are some ways to block them and protect your children.

To read the entire article please click on the following link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/technology/personaltech/19basics.html


Source of image:
http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/bullies-in-the-online-playground/1396943 
 

Toxic levels of oil found in Gulf of Mexico area crucial to fish - latimes.com



Photo of Bluefin tuna
Source of image:http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/photogalleries/100506-nation-animals-oil-spill-gulf-pictures/#/gulf-oil-spill-wildlife-threatened-bluefin-tuna-sushi_19947_600x450.jpg 


To read an article at the Los Angeles Times online website, which discusses
the fact that "Scientists have found evidence that oil has become toxic to marine organisms in a section of the Gulf of Mexico that supports the spawning grounds of commercially important fish species," please click on the following link:

Toxic levels of oil found in Gulf of Mexico area crucial to fish - latimes.com

Space Photos This Week: Meteor, Epic Iceberg, and More

To see some interesting photos at the National Geographic website please
click on the following link:

Space Photos This Week: Meteor, Epic Iceberg, and More

New Reports Contradict Government's Claims About Vanished Gulf Oil



Image:The image is a satellite image of the Gulf Oil spill taken on
May 24, 2010 (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill_-_May_24,_2010_-_with_locator.jpg )

To read an article at the AOL website which discusses the fact that some
scientists believe much of the oil leaked by the Gulf oil spill still remains
to be collected, please click on the following link:

New Reports Contradict Government's Claims About Vanished Gulf Oil

In fact, " plume of oil some 700 feet thick and at least 21 miles long has been
detected deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico. It originated at the Deepwater Horizon blowout and consists of hydrocarbons from the well, according to measurements released Thursday." (source:http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2010/0819/Gulf-oil-spill-plume-stretches-21-miles-not-breaking-down-much )

You can watch a video about this story in which Scientists discuss the size and
length of the plume by going to:

http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/21492982 

FOXNews.com - 650-Million-Year-Old Fossils Are Earliest Animal Life, Scientists Say



Limestone rock in Australia contained fossils (shown in blue) that may represent Earth's earliest animal life. The serial grinding process created nearly 500 such images that the scientists stacked and autotraced to create a 3-D model. Credit: Maloof Lab/Situ Studio. Source of image:http://www.livescience.com/php/multimedia/imagedisplay/img_display.php?s=animals&c=news&l=on&pic=sponge-fossil-100817-02.jpg&cap=Limestone+rock+in+Australia+contained+fossils+%28shown+in+blue%29+that+may+represent+Earth%27s+earliest+animal+life.+The+serial+grinding+process+created+nearly+500+such+images+that+the+scientists+stacked+and+autotraced+to+create+a+3-D+model.+Credit%3A+Maloof+Lab%2FSitu+Studio.&title=


To read a news article which discusses the discovery of 650 million year old
fossils in Australia, please click on the following link:

FOXNews.com - 650-Million-Year-Old Fossils Are Earliest Animal Life, Scientists Say

Indonesia's Coral Reefs Dying at Alarming Rate




Indonesia's Coral Reefs Dying at Alarming Rate

To read an article at the Time Magazine website which discusses  the fact
that new scientific research indicates that the coral reefs in Indonesia and other
areas of Asia have been found to be dying at an alarming rate click on the link above.

Source of image:http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ 

An article entitled, "Spike In Ocean Temperatures Causes Coral Bleaching off Indonesia" at the website:
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS26321455020100819  attributes the
death of these coral reefs to, "A spike in ocean temperatures,",
more specifically they believe it is rising sea surface temperatures in the
 Andaman Sea"  for causing the death of these coral reefs.

The Andaman Sea is located here:



 Source of map:
http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/events/department-news/674/quot-the-most-socially-isolated-people-on-earth-quot/ 

"The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral
Hotspots website shows temperatures in the region peaked in late May, when the temperature reached 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) - four degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees F.) higher than long term averages for the area. NOAA reported Friday that the combined global land and ocean surface temperature made this July the second warmest on record, behind 1998, and the warmest averaged January-July on record." Wildlife Conservation Society Marine Program Director Dr. Caleb McClennen was quoted as saying: "This is another unfortunate reminder that international efforts to curb the causes and effects of climate change must be made if these sensitive ecosystems and the vulnerable human communities around the world that depend on them are to adapt and endure."

(source: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2010/2010-08-16-02.html)

 If this situation does not cause us to be concerned about global warming than
what will? It is time for all the people of this world and all the Governments of this world, regardless of their  ideological foundation to start engaging in action
and requiring the citizens of their countries to start acting in ways which will
not cause global warming to continue and get worse.

What can we do to help reduce the temperature of this planet?
According to the website: http://globalwarming.com/ 

"Obviously there is no one magic solution to the problem of global warming. There are instead hundreds of questions that need to be asked and addressed so as to create an overall Earth plan that will develop our planet wisely. The changes we can make, both large and small when combined will curtail global warming for the better."

At the National Geographic website I found this statement:
"http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-solutions/

"In addition to reducing the gases we emit to the atmosphere, we can also increase the amount of gases we take out of the atmosphere. Plants and trees absorb CO2 as they grow, "sequestering" carbon naturally. Increasing forestlands and making changes to the way we farm could increase the amount of carbon we're storing."

The National Resources Defense Council, which is found in the  United States
suggests we need to do the following to reduce Global warming:

Step 1: Set limits on global warming pollution
Step 2: Invest in green jobs and clean energy
Step 3: Drive smarter cars
Step 4: Create green homes and buildings
Step 5: Build better communities and transportation

(source:http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/solutions/ )

Let us hope that we all can come together and face and deal with this problem of Global warming  collectively, so that this focusing of human intellect,creativity and resourcefulness will result in a reduction of our  Planet's temperature to to the proper levels they once were.
were.

Here is what an expert on this situation, Dr. Reese Halter  suggests:
 Dr. Reese Halter is Founder and President of Global Forest Science, Halter has built an international reputation for initiating meaningful research designed to protect natural resources for future generations. He leads a team that encompasses more than 100 scientists from 29 universities in eight countries:



To read more about Dr. Halter visit the following website:

http://www.drreese.com/info/

What can one person do to help reduce the temperature of our planet? Plenty!
Here are some things you can do:

"You can reduce your personal contribution to global warming and set an example for others by using less gasoline, natural gas, oil, and electricity in your daily life. Your choices about energy and transportation are especially crucial.
The next time you buy a car, choose one that is highly fuel efficient. Your choice of vehicle is probably your single most important environmental decision: for every single gallon of gasoline burned, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide go into the atmosphere."

"Instead of driving alone in your car, join a carpool, take mass transit, walk, or ride a bike -- anything that reduces the amount of gasoline you burn."

"The next time you buy an appliance, purchase a highly efficient model. You can tell by looking for the Energy Star, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency."

"Ask your local electric or gas utility to perform an energy audit of your house or apartment. Then put the recommendations into practice."

"Develop a plan to reduce daily electricity use around your home. Ask each member of your household to take responsibility for a different electricity-saving action."

Source:http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/what_you_can_do/

There are also other things you can do as a person to reduce Global warming of
our planet, I cannot mention them all do to the limitations of space and time.

Please visit these websites to learn what you can do:

http://www.globalwarmingsolutions.org/personal-action/

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/take-action/

 http://globalwarming-facts.info/50-tips.html

Experts have told you what you need to do to reduce the temperature of our planet,
it is up to start changing your behavior, following the steps these experts have
given you, so that all of us will be able to continue living on this spaceship we call
Planet Earth!

First Oiled Turtles Released in Gulf After Rehab




 To read an article  at the Online Time magazine website, which discusses the fact that the first turtles which were covered with oil due to the Gulf Oil Spill, have now been released back to nature
please click on the following link to the time.com website:

First Oiled Turtles Released in Gulf After Rehab

Source of image:Susan Poag / The Times-Picayune
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/06/gulf_oil_spills_effects_on_sea.html 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Enviro groups ask feds to protect Alberta’s caribou



To read a news article at the Edmonton Journal website which discusses
the attempts by 3 environmental interest groups : (Alberta Wilderness Association, the Sierra Club Prairie chapter and the Pembina Institute), to try and get the Canadian Federal Government to protect Alberta caribou please click on the following link:


Enviro groups ask feds to protect Alberta’s caribou

Source of image: http://store.wildernesscommittee.org/campaigns/wildlife 
Photographer:Terry Parker

CBC News - Consumer Life - Cybercrime major threat on social networks



To read an article which talks about the growing threat of crime towards
users of social networks online please click on the following link:

CBC News - Consumer Life - Cybercrime major threat on social networks

CBC News - Money - Enbridge fined $2.4M US

 Image:Controlled burn after 6,000 barrels of oil spilled from ruptured Enbridge pipeline in Cohasset, Minnesota in July, 2002. Photo: US National Transportation Safety Board.


To read an article which discusses the fact that Enbridge was fined 2.4 million
dollars On tuesday for pipeline safety violations please click on the following
link:

CBC News - Money - Enbridge fined $2.4M US

According to an article at http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100819-714885.html 

"Rep. Mark Schauer (D., Mich.), who represents the Battle Creek area near where the spill occurred, said the Michigan spill and a 2007 leak in Minnesota from the same pipeline system that was related to two worker deaths "represents a disturbing pattern in the way Enbridge operates and maintains its aging pipeline system."





"In the Senate, Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota also said Enbridge should be investigated. "Enbridge has an unacceptable safety record for its pipelines, and Minnesota has been directly impacted by it in the past," he said in a release."

"Damon Hill, a spokesman for Enbridge's U.S. regulator, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, said the agency has sent Enbridge 94 allegations of safety violations on the Lakehead System since 2002, and that those have resulted in 24 enforcement cases."




Here is a video I found on Youtube which shows the extent of the 2007 pipeline
leak in Minnesota which Enbridge is responsible for:
(source of video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se5azrCfzlk&feature=player_embedded 


Monday, August 16, 2010

Humans are not the only animals to respect their dead

I found an amazing video at Youtube, which suggests that Humans are not the only
species of animal which respect and have reverence for their dead. Watch what this squirrel does for its dead compatriot when confronted with a group of crows:

New research suggests breeding may be harmful to dogs



Image:shows 2 Bouviers
source of image:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bouvier_des_Flandres.jpg 


I just came upon an article at the Scientific America website which discusses
new scientific research which points to the fact that breeding dogs may have
led to dogs having had the position of their brains within their skulls altered.
This alteration may have caused dogs to  which have been breed to
experience a modification of their sense of smell and behavior as well.
When further research is done and if it finds that dogs who have been breed
do in fact sustain a change in their sense of smell and behavior, doesn't that
suggest that the human desire to breed dogs is not only harmful but ethically and
morally wrong?

To read this article please click on the following link:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=breeding-dog-brains

Unlike me the memory of Honeybees is better in the Morning


Scientists have discovered that Honeybees have a better memory in the morning.
This is important to science . To find out why watch the following
video clip at http://watch.ctv.ca/news/news/top-picks/clever-bees/

Source of image of the European honeybee:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:European_honey_bee_extracts_nectar.jpg

Perseid Pictures: Meteor Shower Dazzles Every August


                                     Image:Perseid Meteor shower in 2008
Source:
http://philosophyofscienceportal.blogspot.com/2008/07/perseid-meteor-shower-2008.html 


Check out some amazing photos of the Perseid Meteor shower by clicking on the link below.

Perseid Pictures: Meteor Shower Dazzles Every August

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Why Germany Is a Nation in Conflict


 Source of image: http://www.3generations.org/conflict/world/germany-europe.aspx

To read an article at the
Time magazine website entitled:

Why Germany Is a Nation in Conflict


please click on the link above. This article discusses the German perspective
on the current war in Afghanistan and the conflict which has developed in the
country regarding whether or not Germany should be involved in this War.



Soldiers of Tank Grenadier Brigade 37 (Panzergrenadierbrigade 37) of the German Bundeswehr arrive at a ceremony marking their deployment to Afghanistan on March 6, 2009 in Frankenberg, Germany. (Source of image:
http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/5zrXQQrTo0Y/German+Soldiers+Deploy+Afghanistan/43oie5WyPhl )

The Spill's Psychic Toll



Save The Gulf: Memorial Crosses Symbolizing What is Lost Due to the Gulf Oil Spill (Souce of image:AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


To read an article entitled:

The Spill's Psychic Toll

which is at the Time Magazine website please click on the link above.
This article discusses the psychological stress being experienced by
people who are having to deal with the Gulf Oil Spill.

CBC Bottom Line with Dr. David Suzuki



I have added a feed to my blog, the CBC Bottom Line,hosted by Dr. David Suzuki."The Bottom Line with David Suzuki explores the disconnect between our modern values and our relationship with the Earth.
It is a celebration of our biological makeup that dictates our most basic human needs, the real bottom line." (source:http://www.cbc.ca/thebottomline/)

Source of image:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:David_Suzuki_(arms_crossed).png 

Update: I had to cancel the use of this feed as it was causing my blog to load to slowly.  According to the CBC bottom line website I have learned you can
watch Podcasts of the entire "The Bottom Line" series until September 20,2010 by going to:  http://www.cbc.ca/thebottomline/

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Chess needs more women and girl participants and administrators!

Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.