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Watch the stars rotate above the clouds in this gorgeous panorama of the stunning sky as it moves across the horizon throughout the night. Now you will be able to see how the Earth moves in concert with the stars.
Be sure not to miss a glorious moonbeam as it flashes and dances over the beautiful lake. And then catch a glimpse of a huge and radiant rainbow as it glows for mere seconds and flickers away like a dream. Absolutely stunning vision of the heavens.
A visually stunning trip through the known universe by the American Museum of Natural History. You never knew how small the Earth is, how beautiful, how singular and alone.
Another visual stunning trip through the Universe is the introductory scene from the movie, “Contact” with Jody Foster and Matthew McConaughey. A Must Buy movie, by the way…
“The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.”
New endless possibilities… Growing new body parts is becoming a reality. One man grew a new esophagus lining, another man grew new muscle tissue. Ears, fingers, bladders, livers, kidneys, hearts, heart valves, more.
Morley Safer interviews several doctors, one whose name is Dr. Badylak, pronounced “Battleax.” Among other things, Dr. Badylak’s team has found that extracellular matrix (ECM) can help create a biologic scaffold for tissue repair and regeneration.
SCARY GLOBS OF MUCUS SLIME BLOBS INCREASING
These blog globs are growing. There’s more of them, and they’re getting bigger. If you are unlucky enough to get caught and swim inside their soupier members, their slime doesn’t wash off. The thick mucasoid globs are more solid, white gelatinous collection of germy bacterial infested soup. Gross!
These mucus sea blobs are growing in the ocean. Some are huge.
“But the new study found that Mediterranean mucilages harbor bacteria and viruses, including potentially deadly E. coli, Danovaro said. Those pathogens threaten human swimmers as well as fish and other sea creatures, according to the report, published September 16 in the journal PloS One. ”
“The noxious masses can also trap animals, coating their gills and suffocating them, Danovaro said.
And the biggest blobs can sink to the bottom, acting like a huge blanket that smothers life on the seafloor.
Mucilages Going Global?
Mucilages aren’t a concern for just the Mediterranean, Danovaro added. Recent studies tentatively suggest that mucus may be spreading throughout oceans from the North Sea (map) to Australia, perhaps because of rising temperatures, he said.
“It’s a good example [of what will happen if] we don’t do something to stop climate warming,” Danovaro said. “There are consequences [if] we continue to deny the scientific evidence.”
Updated: 5:48 PM 8/12/2009 The News is In
Researchers Finding Much More Plastic than Expected
It’s hard to imagine finding plastic garbage fragments and bits throughout the huge Pacific Ocean. But, researchers are doing just that. From the very start of their journey, they are netting plastic with every tow sampling.
Images below: See the plastic bits floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from land. The Scripps Institute Research vessel is reporting its findings.
Giant Floating Garbage Patch: The Scripps Institute Reseach vessel has officially reached the huge “Great Pacific Floating Patch” in the Pacific Gyre.
Today, they report finding much more plastic than expected. In fact, they are finding it everywhere, even from the beginning of their voyage.
One of the observers describes what they are seeing: “It is a soup of bits, pieces and strands. If you look out over the water you see a beautiful cobalt blue ocean. If you look down you see a little bits of things that were once important to someone probably 1,000 miles away…
Most of the water has plastic in it. With the obvious and already stated fact that the ocean is huge, it is the job of the scientist to put the numbers into perspective…”
They are collecting small feeder fish, expressing concern that the small feeder fish that are eaten by larger predator fish may be eating fragments of plastic, thus absorbing chemicals and toxins directly into their systems. Since we eat the larger fish that feed upon these feeder fish, we would be ingesting these pollutants from our seafood.
This seems to be a more serious problem than they had imagined. Although they are glad they were able to reach their destination, discover exactly what they were looking for, they find themselves somewhat somber and a bit depressed having seen the severity of the problem.
They also are reporting via CBS 8 that a large number of sea turtles, birds, mammals and fish sea life are dying due to the marine debris.
The researchers will be investigating ways to clean up the “toxic mess.”
Previously Updated: 9:42 AM 8/4/2009 Project Kaisei Embarks to Investigate the “Dump”
Sylvia Earle “Explorer-in-Residence”
National Geographic, Mission Programs
“Solving a problem starts with knowing that you have one. Project Kaisei vividly shows how discarded plastics are clogging the ocean, causing a major problem for the planet’s vital “blue heart,” entangling marinelife and insidiously killing as it accumulates in the food chain, from tiny plankton to great whales. Best of all, the mission highlights hope with ideas for positive action.” http://www.projectkaisei.org/
Note: The Project Kaisei team will embark on a multi-week expedition to the “Plastic Vortex” from the West Coast in order to:
– Study and document the marine debris found in this area of the Pacific Ocean;
– Test catch methods for removing the debris;
– Conduct research on the chemical interactions of marine debris in the gyre and select fishes and wildlife related to persistent organic pollutants (POPs);
– Understand the needs required to undertake an eventual large scale clean-up of the waste material;
– Test technologies for conversion into an economically viable by-product: diesel fuel.”
Updated: 4:01 PM 4/26/2009
A giant, almost endless plastic soup extends
a wider distance than the length and breadth
of the United States, right smack in the middle
of the Pacific Ocean.
UPDATE 9:37 AM 8/4/2009 – Scripps Embarks…
Scripps Scientists Aboard Research Vessel to Study Huge Garbage Dump
“From August 2-21, a group of doctoral students and research volunteers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will embark on an expedition aboard the Scripps research vessel New Horizon to explore the problem of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre.
The Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) is the first of its kind and will focus on a suite of critical questions. How much plastic is accumulating, how is it distributed, and how is it affecting ocean life?
The researchers hope to provide critical, timely data to policy makers and combine Scripps’ long tradition of Pacific exploration with focus on a new and pressing environmental problem. ” http://seaplexscience.com
This plastic “continent” stretches a distance wider than the United States and can be 90 deep or greater in places. It’s growing by leaps and bounds due to extensive plastic waste cast off by a “throwaway” mentality of the world’s consumers.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Garbage
There’s a continent of garbage in the Pacific gyre. (Gyre: swirling center region of the ocean’s currents)
There’s garbage all over Mt. Everest – it’s “notoriously filthy.”
Some garbage can live a million years… or more.
Landfills pollute worse than… chernobyl. Then expel vast quantities of toxic gases.
Plasma” can obliterate garbage. (Discovery Link to Plasma Gasification)
See more about Plasma, below.
According to Charles Moore, garbage growth is so extensive that the expansion of this island of trash seems virtually unstoppable, and may eventually, sooner than later, choke off the world’s fish supply.
Currently, over 90% of the world’s larger consumable fish stores are gone, depleted.
In addition, if the destruction of plankton is severe enough, oxygen levels will diminish and the world’s atmosphere is at risk.
There are many foreseen as well as unforeseen repurcussions to the huge accumulations of non-biodegradable waste in the world’s oceans.
Animals are indeed dying in record numbers exceeding hundreds of thousands. Seabirds feed their young colorful plastic bits, and the baby birds die a slow death. Sea mammals perish in netting and plastic coils and strips and die from poisoning as well.
Almost all fish are becoming contaminated with plastic bits and chemicals – even the tiniest fish. As Charles Moore says, “You can buy certified organic produce, but no fishmonger on earth can sell you a certified, organic, wild caught fish.”
The only solution: To stop the plastic at its source. It would be impossible to clean up the ocean. No country or power has the money or wherewithal to remove even a small proportion of plastic trash.
Just saw at the theater. One of the best docu-drama-stories-movie ever. The reason is because it was able to take a boring subject and still captivate our ENTIRE interest. It REALLY got under my skin, plus my brother’s skin (almost impossible) and was able to STOP US in our tracks.
We have changed our eating habits, our way of life.
We stopped at the grocery store after we saw the movie. It was amazing – huge rows upon rows of brightly colored packages of pretty much, NOTHING. We looked at the ingredients – corn this, corn that. Corn syrup, solids, liquid, seasoning, powder, starch, di this di that, mono this mono that. EVERYTHING was FAKE.
The fish counter was especially sad. Small print everywhere: farm raised from some exotic locale like Thailand, China or Chile… And the selection was paltry. Mostly tilapia or shrimp in "butter," bbq sauce, peppers or breaded…
Wikipedia just read: "Tilapiines are also among the easiest and most profitable fish to farm…"
Well that figures. Fish is probably high in mercury anyway.
As for the fruits and vegetables, they were probably just ok… but we wanted organic rather than the big beautiful tasteless flavorless stuff.
Food Food EVERYWHERE but not a bite to eat. Not a bite of down home REAL food, that is. Best bet: Starbucks coffee and a pastry. Wow – are they filled with corn syrup solids?
This movie featured a family eating the dollar menu at McDonalds. Cheap food, filling, but the Dad takes SO much medication. Nice family… really sad.
There’s was a farmer in Nebraska or somewhere in this movie who amazed me. He looked really healthy, and he raised his own animals and prepared them for purchase that people drove 100s of miles to come buy. The animals were so well treated, fed pure wholesome food, and he probably has his own garden.
He was like, a hero.
Then there was a sweet older man who cleaned seed. How natural, normal and wonderful with his amazing old and WELL BUILT cleaning machine. THOSE must have been the days – when stuff WORKED FOREVER if you took care of it.
What happened to us? To this country? USA?
As for Monsanto – beating up this guy to a pulp using the legal system – beating up ALL the good, traditional farmers who didn’t want to buy Monsanto’s genetically modified seed year after year.
WELL I’LL BET Monsanto lawyers and executives DON’T feed their families crud-burgers and fries.
They probably buy the best at restaurants that serve organics because Organic tastes best.
And their wives probably feed the kids really healthy good stuff…
I could be wrong about this… maybe Monsanto Cargill folks eat what they create. Chem-burgers from terribly sad steers and cloned veggies and fruits sprayed to hog heaven with pesticides and additives.
I told my friends – all the good people – "go see this movie and change your ways." All the bad people – "go to the fast food restaurant and have a burger or two, double the cheese, double the fries and lots of soda. mmmmm."
I jest… or do i?
In summary – this movie is perhaps, pivotal. In a huge huge way. It’s shocking how they were able to reveal the truths some want to hide at almost murderous cost.
It can be heartbreaking when you see good good salt of the earth people just beaten all to smithereens by glossy corporate suits.
Let’s all bow down to the almighty bottom line… the almighty dollar.
The irony is this: You destroy your competition and become super powerful and rich. Then what? You buy a luxury home and yacht and go shop at the grocery store for twinkies and dingdongs?
You eat mercury fish? tasteless beef that needs gallons of BBQ sauce and burnt fat just to taste good?
I don’t think so. Things are all topsy turvy.
Dear Monsanto, stop trying to own the world and destroy every vestige of honest independence and goodness. Stop trying to dominate, control, and probably RUIN my world.
When people raise animals with kindness and care, feeding them wholesome REAL food they need, killing them quickly and painlessly, and able to use natural waste to fertilize and grow delicious fruits, vegetables and grains, life can be incredibly wonderful.
Your company is trying to own everything and everybody. Yes, every BODY.
In the end, if you get your way, soylent green and tortured animals will be all we have.
After all, we’ve already lost 90% of good ocean fish.
This movie inspired me… to write WAY too much… Anyway, good people, GO SEE. And bad people, GO SEE.
And then, go see the movie "HOME."
It’s also incredible, and impossibly beautiful as well.
“Big Dog” at the Beach. Can Big Dog Paddle?
Big Dog hits the beaches of Thailand… nice music…
About “Big Dog”
He’s been called a “Tank Mule,” which sounds appropriate considering what he looks like. Big Dog was developed by Boston Dynamics with a 10 million dollar grant from DARPA. So, Big Dog will be designed to be a war toy. Or, War Robot.
WEAPONIZED BIG DOG
They’re trying to make us believe that Big Dog is just a cute fuzzy little helper robot rather than a weaponized killing machine…
Big Dog Info
“BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics robots. It is a rough-terrain robot that walks, runs, climbs and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by an engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog has four legs that are articulated like an animal’s, with compliant elements to absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule; about 3 feet long, 2.5 feet tall and weighs 240 lbs…
In separate tests BigDog runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs a muddy hiking trail, walks in snow and water, and carries a 340 lb load. BigDog set a world’s record for legged vehicles by traveling 12.8 miles without stopping or refueling…
The ultimate goal for BigDog is to develop a robot that can go anywhere people and animals can go. The program is funded by the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA.”
Update: Woops, discovery? Not really… Missing Link may not have been “discovered” after all, according to some higher falutin’ scientists who claim that humanoid fossils and remnants dating back 50 million years have been collected from places such as California Gold country and Switzerland that far surpass this little lemur monkey’s claim to fame as The Missing Link.
One scientist claimed that perhaps somebody was trying to justify the one million dollar pricetag raised to pay for this little plasticized fossil girl…
But, for a brief moment, we all had a semi-thrill that something monumental supposedly happened. : )
On the other hand, it was all seeming a bit tongue in cheek – agreed? ; )
Finally! The “Missing Link” proving mankind evolved from monkeys has been discovered. If so, it would prove that the Theory of Evolution is no theory. This is BIG news.
Little Ida is a fossilized lemur monkey, 1 foot 9 inches dying at about 9 months old (6 years in human age) (severe wrist fracture, thereby forced to drink water from the lake succumbing to toxic lake fumes). Ida has humanish toenails, opposable foot thumbs and humanoid tarsus bones in her feet.
Does this new information eliminate Biblical history as fact?
Well, not necessarily as far as I am concerned. The world is filled with mysterious things and circumstances that defy explanation. Things that absolutely don’t make sense.
For instance… someone I know well bought 160 piece stainless silverware set. (Stainless silverware… hmmm… hopefully you get my drift). Slowly but surely, the silverware is gradually disappearing piece by piece and all that’s left is 2 forks and 3 spoons. SERIOUS. Now that’s wierd!!! True story folks.
I can also tell you that the year my beloved Grandmother died, I was visited by a “presence” while waking up one morn. Coincidence? Don’t think so…
Well, what does this have to do with Ida?
Point: The world is an interesting enigmatic place of arresting circumstances…
What does THAT mean? Oh forget it.
Regarding Biblical history – if the Bible was 100% provable by pure fact, where would the free choice to believe by faith, be?
You’d have to be a num-ninny to deny pure undeniable facts… no room to quibble there.
Anyway, here’s the link to a wonderful article about Little Ida and her sad passing from tree-swinging kid to polyesterized wall hanging in some nameless German collector’s house for the last 20 years or so. Something a little ignoble about that. Anyway, dear poor sweet animals. Subjected to man’s whimsical whims.
The reason I bring this up is because a grandfatherly person I dearly respect (he died before I was born), drank natural, “new wine” every day after the age of 35 until his passing at the age of a very healthy, albeit terminal, 92. (edited as per request by Commenter below)
He said that wine was not for everybody, but he enjoyed it in small quantities of never more than 2 small glasses per day, each glass being less than 6 or 7 ounces.
He also ate very small portions of food per day which he insisted, was paramount in maintaining his perfect health till his very last day, when he passed quietly and peacefully in his sleep.
He lived an exemplary life filled with joy, completion, love and happiness, and was dearly beloved by his loving family.
The wine he drank had no preservatives or additives and was pesticide and chemical free.
It should be noted that wine is derived from “raw” grape juice, then naturally fermented and filtered, while grape juice is heated or pasteurized.
This treatment may change the nature of grape juice, thus explaining its slightly lower benefits.
However, “raw” or unpasteurized grape juice might be of equal benefit as red wine – the research is not in on that one.
Past and new research supports the claim that the polyphenolic compounds in red wine and red or purple grape juice DO inhibit atheroschlerosis and MAY extend life expectancy for 5 years or more.
Whether you should drink 1/2 glass of wine or less than 2 glasses of wine per day depends upon the researcher you speak with.
Note: The research seems to apply to men at this time – whether women would receive same benefits is up for question.
Alcohol tolerance differs between men and women, and women are known to suffer liver disease due to alchohol consumption far sooner than men.
SRI Institute, a respected California Company has been able to reproduce or review successful results repeatedly – over 50 times.
A fusion process similar to that of the sun occurs within a certain metal without dangerous radiation – a nuclear effect that creates heat 25 times the amount of electricity used, 70% of the time, at unpredictable times.
Darpa with the Pentagon has stated that “without a doubt, anomalous excess heat was reproduced in their own experiments.” The Pentagon is funding more experiments in Washington and another research laboratory.
This is extraordinary information.
Movie about the discreditation of the original Cold Fusion Science. Perhaps there is a case for complete redemption, now.
“The original title of this documentary is : “Heavy Watergate : The War Against Cold Fusion”. On March 23rd 1989, two respected chemists makes an announcement that rocks the world of science.
Heavy water, readily available in the oceans, is used in tabletop experiments that yield enormous amounts of heat energy.
Appropriately named “cold fusion”, this purported breakthrough challenges many basic scientific concepts.
In response, the gatekeepers of “official science”, heavily reliant upon government funding for their hot fusion research, level an unprecedented smear campaign against the entire field of cold fusion science.
Was their discovery of “fire from water” too good to be true ?. Or was it the discovery of the millennium?
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