Posts filed under ‘Science’
Gawd I love this:
At Pre-Launch Presser, First Female Russian Cosmonaut to Visit the Int’l Space Station is Asked About Her Hair
Will this kind of thing e-v-e-r end?
Food That Will Kill Us: Obama’s USDA, in the Hands of the Corporatocracy, is Making Our Food Inedible and Our Planet Unlivable
Ah yes, Obama’s USDA:
Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than 50 members of Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted final approval to a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Wednesday [September 17, 2014].
According to the agency’s own findings, the move could result in up to a sevenfold increase in the use of an older, more toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a compound used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The new GE crops, also known as GMOs, approved include Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soy. These crops were developing to survived sprayings of both glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and 2,4-D.
As an aside, to those who say Obama’s a great guy but his hands are tied because of the Republican-controlled House and the Republican do-nothings in the Senate, what say you about this? This is his USDA.
“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of GMO mono-crops, is a failure,” says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. “Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these ‘miracle’ crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?”
Wow. Via NASA:
As an island in the moist, atmospherically turbulent North Atlantic, Iceland is often shrouded in cloud cover and hard to observe from space. And lately, the island is making some of its own cloud cover, as the Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes and spewed lava and hot gas. The view of the Holuhraun lava field has been spectacular from the ground and from low-flying aircraft. Infrared imaging makes the view spectacular from space, too.
On September 6, 2014, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this view of the ongoing eruption. The false-color images combine shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light (OLI bands 6-5-3). Ice and the plume of steam and sulfur dioxide appear cyan and bright blue, while liquid water is navy blue. Bare or rocky ground around the Holuhraun lava field appears in shades of green or brown in this band combination. Fresh lava is bright orange and red.
CARBON is the first film in the Green World Rising Series.
USA! USA! USA! We’re #1 all right, at being idiots when it comes to climate change:
This may confirm suspicions that many of us have already had. Besides leading the world in consumer debt and military spending, the U.S. can now add climate denial to that list. That is, according to a Global Trends survey by the U.K.-based market research firm Ipsos MORI. The study polled 16,000 people in 20 leading countries on eight different topics, including the environment.
Not only was the U.S. last, but it was last by a considerable margin. Consider the following question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree, the climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity?” A mere 54 percent of respondents from the U.S. agreed. Compare that with 93 percent from China and 84 percent from both Argentina and Italy. India, France, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, South Korea and South Africa all scored 75 percent or higher.
Tied for second-to-last with 64 percent were Great Britain and Australia. What do these three English-speaking countries have in common? Among other things, global media holding companyNews Corporation, the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Canada, which is also blessed with Murdoch’s version of the news, was only slightly better, with 71 percent agreeing.
Just think, Rupert Murdoch’s greatest legacy might be that he brainwashed four of the leading countries on Earth into believing climate change was a hoax — to benefit his corporate oil and gas buddies — thus leading to the destruction of the planet itself because the world waited too long to take action.
The Antichrist incarnate.
I can’t wait to see what happens with this:
A spacecraft that has spent ten years chasing a comet in the hope of discovering more how the solar system formed and what caused life on Earth to start will intercept its quarry on Wednesday.
The European-built Rosetta probe is due to swing into an orbit around a 2.5 mile wide comet today after travelling more than four billion miles through space since it was launched in 2004.
The three-tonne spacecraft will circle the icy comet, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it travels at 34,175mph around the sun before attempting the first landing on a comet later this year.
Scientists hope the mission will be able to reveal new insights into the volatile and icy environment on the surface of the comet, which is part of the remnants of debris that helped to form the solar system more than four billion years ago.
It is also believed that the icy and dust that makes up the comet may hold secrets to help explain how life may have first began on Earth.