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Old 11-28-2008, 10:58 AM   #1001
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Some locust plagues don't like it hot

* 00:01 26 November 2008 by Catherine Brahic
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It's not often we can report on some good news associated with climate change. But it seems that warming temperatures could give welcome respite to farmers - in China, at least - by suppressing locust plagues.

Zhibin Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and colleagues have trawled through 1000 years of historical records documenting locust swarms and compared it with 1000 years of temperature, drought and flood data estimates.

They found that the Oriental migratory locust (Locusta migratoria manilensis), which has been named as one of the most damaging agricultural pests in Chinese history, operates on a climate-driven cycle. Every 160 to 170 years, the swarms get bigger then subside again.

Counterintuitively, the timing of the largest swarms coincides with cooler periods.

"The popular view is that global warming may accelerate natural and biological disasters like drought and flood events, and outbreaks of pests, as predicted by the IPCC," says Zhang. "Our results suggest that warming reduced climatic extremes and locust plagues in ancient China."
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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...ic-oceans.html

Oceans Ten Times More Acidic Than Thought
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Key Concepts

* A synthetic molecule called peptide nucleic acid (PNA) combines the information-storage properties of DNA with the chemical stability of a proteinlike backbone.
* Drugs based on PNA would achieve therapeutic effects by binding to specific base sequences of DNA or RNA, repressing or promoting the corresponding gene.
* Some researchers working to construct artificial life-forms out of mixtures of chemicals are also considering PNA as a useful ingredient for their designs.
* PNA-like molecules may have served as primordial genetic material at the origin of life.


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Are Modern Humans in Evolution's Fast Lane?

"We are more different genetically from people living 5,000 years ago than they were different from Neanderthals."

John Hawks -University of Wisconsin anthropologist

In a fascinating discovery that counters a common theory that human evolution has slowed to a crawl or even stopped in modern humans, a study examining data from an international genomics project describes the past 40,000 years as a time of supercharged evolutionary change, driven by exponential population growth and cultural shifts.
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'Heavy water' could help us live longer
Drinking "heavy water" enriched with a rare form of hydrogen could prolong our lives by up to ten years, it has been claimed.
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Key Molecule for Life Found in Habitable Region of the Galaxy
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When Intelligent and Natural Design Collide

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Scientific paper concludes that Indian 'red rain' was a possible case of "extraterrestrial life form" (PDF).


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Life is like a dream -- you never know you're asleep, trapped in an illusion, until you wake up.

In our three-dimensional plane of existence, the world is not what it seems. What appears to be solid is basically empty space. Everything we perceive, such as earth, stars, animals, vegetation, people, buildings, etc., is made up of atoms. An atom consists of electrons orbiting a nucleus of protons. It's an assembly of energy, not solid matter. And it's more than 99 percent empty space.

Therefore, everything we perceive as solid is basically a glob of energy.

Furthermore, what we call "everything" (the universe and beyond) is made up of a vast array of frequencies or vibrations. Human senses are based on frequencies. Humans are only able to visualize "objects" that reflect light. The frequency range of human sight is exceedingly miniscule compared to what exists all around us.

Therefore, humans are unable to perceive alternate dimensions driven by other frequencies.

Eastern religions (Hinduism, Sikhism, etc.) believe the material world is an illusion. They call this illusion Maya. Unlike true reality, which is changeless and eternal, Maya (illusion) is all that has a beginning and an end.

The path of spiritual enlightenment requires understanding of the Seven Pillars of Ancient Wisdom.

1) All things, organic or inorganic, from atom to galaxy, contain a living presence.

2) Every living presence resides within the body of a greater being.

3) Every being is made in the image of an ultimate greater being.

4) The vibration of every living presence is felt by every other living presence in our solar system.

5) Our solar system is constructed from energies which vibrate to seven levels.

6) Energy and matter are interchangeable. The material world is an illusion.

7) There is no death, only a change of state.

In a world where people exist in a temporary life spanning seven or eight decades, feverishly attempting to accumulate things, modern science appears to be catching up with ancient wisdom.

In 1982, physicist Alain Aspect (University of Paris) discovered that "under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them." It doesn't matter if they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart, somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. This may be one of the most important discoveries in history.

This revelation would confirm step 4 in the Seven Pillars of Ancient Wisdom, which would seem to lend credence to the previous three steps as well. The universe is basically a living entity made up of living entities.

Physicist David Bohm (University of London) believes Aspect's findings suggest that material reality does not exist. Despite the apparent solidity of the universe, it's actually a hologram (a three-dimensional "image" that is an illusion of a three-dimensional solid reality). Bohm contends that the subatomic particles are able to remain in contact with one another because their separateness is also an illusion.

If true, this would verify step 6 of the Seven Pillars of Ancient Wisdom that the material world is an illusion.

Aspect's discovery would explain such human paranormal phenomena as psychic abilities, remote viewing, out-of-body journeys, near-death experiences, precognitive renderings, premonitions, etc. A woman in Detroit has a bad "feeling" about her son in Seattle just before he has an auto crash, or a person who nurtures his plants with kindness has a garden that flourishes. Everything is connected, regardless of time or distance.

Neurophysiologist Karl Pribram (Stanford University), a proponent of a holographic universe, has theorized that memories are not encoded in neurons of the brain but rather in patterns of nerve impulses that crisscross the entire brain. Experiments were conducted whereby various portions of the brain of a rat were removed yet the rat was still able to perform tasks (its memory remained intact). According to Pribram, the brain itself is a hologram.

The findings of Bohm and Pribram have become known as the "Holographic Paradigm" in the scientific community. While many scientists are skeptical of this theory, there's also a growing group of researchers who believe these speculations may be the most accurate model of reality so far.

There is no physical world.

We are not objects.

We are perceivers of objects.

According to certain Native American folklore, the Great Spirit that lives within the Great Mystery gathered all the animals on Mother Earth and said, "I must conceal the Realization, that humans create their own reality, until they are able to comprehend it."

The Buffalo, most sacred of all animals, said, "I will bury it in the great plains."

"No, humans will dig and find it there," replied the Great Spirit.

The Whale, keeper of ancient knowledge, said, "I will carry it to the bottom of the ocean."

"No, humans will go there one day and find it," replied the Great Spirit.

The eagle, close to the heavens where the Great Spirit dwells, said, "I'll fly it to the moon."

"No, humans will soon go there too and find it," replied the Great Spirit.

The Owl, essence of true wisdom, said, ""Put it inside them."

"Yes," replied the Great Spirit. "It is the last place they will look."

I am an illusion named Bret, masquerading as a human being on a small planet in a far corner of an average galaxy, wondering why.

I am a mystery within the Great Mystery.

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That is a big fat load.

What Alain Aspect proved was quantum entanglement. It only happens to particles who are correlated because they are some point arose from the same event.

An abstract example is that you take a white and a black ball, you put each in a box, the boxes are identical. You then give a random box to someone to take with them and you keep the other box. If 30 years later someone opens the box you gave away, they will see if they got the white or the black ball, and without even checking your box you will know you got the other one.

Entanglement doesn't allow particles to comunicate across distance, it just changes the probability of a particle being in one of 2 opposite states from 50/50 to 0/100.

The only reason particles are entangled is because 1 particle must be in the opposite state of the other because the states must add up to 0, so if you figure out which state the one particle is in you know which state the other one is in, the trick here being that the particle had that state all along, you just didn't know.

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1) All things, organic or inorganic, from atom to galaxy, contain a living presence.
That would be the soul then, lets call things what they are.

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2) Every living presence resides within the body of a greater being.
That would be gaia or something similar.

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3) Every being is made in the image of an ultimate greater being.
Sounds a lot like genesis to me, god making us in his image.

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4) The vibration of every living presence is felt by every other living presence in our solar system.
This sounds like Bologny to me, firstly if this is true it must stretch beyond the solar system, secondly why would only the living interact?

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5) Our solar system is constructed from energies which vibrate to seven levels.
Seven huh? Dante's 7 circles of hell? 7 days of creation? 7 chakras? 7 heavens? 7 deadly sins? It is a good thing they went all out and figured this one scientificly, some would suspect they just took the number that is most common across the large religions.

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6) Energy and matter are interchangeable. The material world is an illusion.
Since when is energy an illusion? I am sure a lot of my friends working with x-rays will be sad to hear that.

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7) There is no death, only a change of state.
Yep, you get reborn, or you go to heaven, or hell, or hades, or the black parade, or New Jersey (only if your name is Jimmy Hoffa).



Why try to disguise religion as science? the people who buy into it will do so no matter what you call it and the people you are trying to imress will see right through you anyway. It is a losing game.
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The only reason particles are entangled is because 1 particle must be in the opposite state of the other because the states must add up to 0, so if you figure out which state the one particle is in you know which state the other one is in, the trick here being that the particle had that state all along, you just didn't know.
Wouldn't the particle not "have" that state until the wave-form collapses, that being caused by the observer measuring the state of the other particle?
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Wouldn't the particle not "have" that state until the wave-form collapses, that being caused by the observer measuring the state of the other particle?
That really depends what interpretation you go with. If you go with the Copenhagen interpretation that will be the case. If you go with Bohms interpretation or Everetts manyworld interpretation that no.

This is something that has been argued to death and many great minds have failed to come up with a single great solution. The problem is, that we don't know if wave functions actually exist or if they just happen to describe something we can't see. The Copenhagen interpretation says that the wave functions are real and that we collapse them by doing a measurement. Bohm says that wave functions just happen to describe probability of some underlying invisible variables that are always there, so when we apparently force the system to choose, we just get a glimpse of that hidden variable. The Everett many world idea is that all possible situations happen, and we just happen to choose at random which situation we live in, so there is a world where the left particle is up and right particle is down and a world where it is the other way, we only live in one of the worlds and thus only see 1 result that only depends on which world we are in.
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Hey guys - i can only say this:

I spent 10 years looking for what was the ultimate truth, the ultimate reality.

Here's what i found:

Reality is truly a reflection of yourself. Granted there are "rules" so to speak the game is played in, but things are waves of probability in life. So if you do something, an action..a behaviour - you'll eventually be confronted with what you said you wouldn't do, be, etc.

I've found that it's best to not have any real definition and to be as open as possible to all that "reality" contains. If somethings are magickal, so be it - that's the world i may choose to live in. If things are pure Darwinian, so be it - you will see that world constructed all around you.

That's the thing that's so amazing. How your imagination constructs the world around you by the words, actions, ideas, behaviours you CHOOSE. Granted some things will be done due to how you are scripted -

But to argue over which is the definitive reality, the ultimate truth... - it's impossible.

However, the more you allow your eye to see - the more you don't see the colours refracted out of a prism. You just see the whole.
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Hey guys - i can only say this:

I spent 10 years looking for what was the ultimate truth, the ultimate reality.

Here's what i found:

Reality is truly a reflection of yourself. Granted there are "rules" so to speak the game is played in, but things are waves of probability in life. So if you do something, an action..a behaviour - you'll eventually be confronted with what you said you wouldn't do, be, etc.

I've found that it's best to not have any real definition and to be as open as possible to all that "reality" contains. If somethings are magickal, so be it - that's the world i may choose to live in. If things are pure Darwinian, so be it - you will see that world constructed all around you.

That's the thing that's so amazing. How your imagination constructs the world around you by the words, actions, ideas, behaviours you CHOOSE. Granted some things will be done due to how you are scripted -

But to argue over which is the definitive reality, the ultimate truth... - it's impossible.

However, the more you allow your eye to see - the more you don't see the colours refracted out of a prism. You just see the whole.
Sounds reasonable, a lot better than the religion wrapped in science mumbo-jumbo in the other post.
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Sounds reasonable, a lot better than the religion wrapped in science mumbo-jumbo in the other post.
I think many of the "new" sciences echo what has been written about for thousands of years in some instances.
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2,700-Year-Old Marijuana Found in Chinese Tomb
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Dean Beeby, THE CANADIAN PRESS: Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly "cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

The extremely dry conditions and alkaline soil acted as preservatives, allowing a team of scientists to carefully analyze the stash, which still looked green though it had lost its distinctive odour. "To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent," says the newly published paper, whose lead author was American neurologist Dr. Ethan B. Russo.

Remnants of cannabis have been found in ancient Egypt and other sites, and the substance has been referred to by authors such as the Greek historian Herodotus. But the tomb stash is the oldest so far that could be thoroughly tested for its properties.
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Is the video game industry recession-proof?
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A Whisper, Perhaps, From the Universe’s Dark Side

concatenation of puzzling results from an alphabet soup of satellites and experiments has led a growing number of astronomers and physicists to suspect that they are getting signals from a shadow universe of dark matter that makes up a quarter of creation but has eluded direct detection until now.

Maybe.

“Nobody really knows what’s going on,” said Gordon Kane, a theorist at the University of Michigan. Physicists caution that there could still be a relatively simple astronomical explanation for the recent observations.

But the nature of this dark matter is one of the burning issues of science. Identifying it would point the way to a deeper understanding of the laws of nature and the Einsteinian dream of a unified theory of physics.

The last few weeks have seen a blizzard of papers trying to explain the observations in terms of things like “minimal dark matter” or “exciting dark matter,” or “hidden valley” theory, and to suggest how to look for them in particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider, set to begin operation again outside Geneva next summer.
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Federal agents seized a statue of Jesus Christ made out of cocaine and arrested the woman who was attempting to smuggle it across the Mexican border into Texas. The statue, valued at about $30,000, was examined more closely after drug-sniffing dogs took notice. It was being smuggled into the US on behalf of a drug dealer named "The Spider."
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Holy smoke, Batman! Are you dead?

Fans up in arms as writer consigns Bruce Wayne to 'a fate worse than death'

The closing page of Morrison's new comic book, released to a mixture of frenzied anticipation and mounting controversy in the US – and in UK newsagents yesterday – ends with an eerie picture of the outfit fluttering to earth. Wayne is missing, presumed dead.

Rumours of Wayne's demise have been circulating for months, not least because of the title of the new DC Comics series, but reached fever pitch this week when Morrison, 48, told an interviewer that the hero faced "a fate worse than death". He added: "This is the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman. But, like I say, it's so much better than death. People have killed characters in the past but to me, that kind of ends the story. I like to keep the story twisting and turning. So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all."



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Mark Benjamin: Last month, Salon published a story reporting that U.S. Army Pfc. Albert Nelson and Pfc. Roger Suarez were killed by U.S. tank fire in Ramadi, Iraq, in late 2006, in an incident partially captured on video, but that an Army investigation instead blamed their deaths on enemy action. Now Salon has learned that documents relating to the two men were shredded hours after the story was published.

Three soldiers at Fort Carson, Colo. — including two who were present in Ramadi during the friendly fire incident, one of them just feet from where Nelson and Suarez died — were ordered to shred two boxes full of documents about Nelson and Suarez. One of the soldiers preserved some of the documents as proof that the shredding occurred and provided them to Salon. All three soldiers, with the assistance of a U.S. senator's office, have since been relocated for their safety.


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CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- More than 36 million Americans, including 12.4 million children, are food insecure, officials of a U.S. non-profit group said.

Feeding America, a U.S. hunger-relief organization, said the actual number of Americans forced to skip meals and survive without adequate nutrition is even greater than the report indicates because it is based on statistics from 2007.

"It is important to note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers released today are 2007 figures and do not take into account the unprecedented economic crisis that our country is currently facing," Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America said in a statement.

"Feeding America believe that this is just the beginning of a downward trend and we expect things to get worse before they get better," Escarra said.

The organization serves more than 200 food banks that provide food to the vast majority of food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency feeding centers nationwide. More than 4 million people stand in line every week for a few bags of groceries to help feed themselves and their families, Escarra said.

"Our food banks are calling us every day, telling us that demand for emergency food is higher than it has ever been in our history," Escarra said.
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Take decisions on drug classification out of UK politician’s hands

Like interest rates, the final decision on the classification of illegal drugs should be free from political influence, say the UK government’s drug advisers
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Study says HIV could be eliminated in a decade
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Motionographer: Four international students at Vancouver Film School, Aaron Chiesa, Hendy Sukarya, Lisa Temes and Toru Kageyama created a thought-provoking short film entitled “Iran: a nation of bloggers” for their final term 3 project.

I have a penchant for posting visual essays, and this one is on a topic I knew next to nothing about. The primary thrust of the project is that blogging is a cultural outlet for thousands of Iranians, despite it being a sometimes dangerous practice. Blogging is, in essence, a means of revolution.

Visually, the project benefits from restraint. The visuals are completely justified by the script, with very little eye candy and a deadpan seriousness befitting the subject matter. That doesn’t keep them from being entertaining and engaging, though.


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