Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BREAKING NEWS ‘New’ Species of Mammal Discovered in South America

American Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute of Washington DC have discovered a new type of carnivorous mammal previously unknown to Western science.

The creature, known as the olinguito, is the first such animal to be discovered on the American continent in 35 years.

Zoologist Dr. Kristofer Helgen, who works as the curator of mammals in Washington DC’s National Museum of Natural History, discovered some stored remains in a Chicago museum and was reportedly ‘stopped in his tracks’ upon seeing them.

Following further examination, Helgen says that, “The skins were a rich red colour and when I looked at the skulls I didn’t recognize the anatomy. It was different to any similar animal I’d seen, and right away I thought it could be a species new to science.”

DNA testing eventually proved that, whilst the 35-cm long olinguito is a type of olingo (a relative of raccoons), it is definitely a distinct species in its own right. However, not content with simply describing the species from the remains, the real challenge for Helgen was to attempt to observe this new mammal in the wild.

Using educated guesswork and clues obtained from the specimen drawer, Dr. Helgen and his team were able to theorize a possible habitat for the olinguito. Their ideas proved to be correct and the animal has since been established as inhabiting a number of protected areas from Central Columbia to Western Ecuador.

This is not the first time that Dr. Helgen has identified new species by examining museum remains. In fact, throughout his distinguished career, he has discovered around 100 new species of animals. As an example, Helgen’s work has demonstrated that the hog badger, presumed simply to be a single, widespread species, was in fact three different species, albeit with similar attributes.

Historical records show that Washington National Zoo actually had an olinguito specimen in the 1960’s, but it was never identified as such. The animal was exhibited as an olinga, but its keepers were puzzled when it failed to breed. Sadly, the captive olinguito died without ever being correctly identified.

It should also be noted that just because an animal is considered ‘new’ to Western science, the term rarely denotes a species completely unknown to Humankind. People native to the areas inhabited by these animals are usually well aware of its presence and indispensable in locating individuals for observation and study by Western researchers. 

A host of other new species have already been discovered this year, including the Cambodian tailorbird, a new type of hero shrew, a reef fish from the Caribbean, a beautifully patterned bat from the Sudan and two new spider species (including a grey and black tarantula the size of an open palm).

To Dr. Helgen, this is hardly surprising, “Conventional wisdom would have it that we know all the mammals of the world. In fact, we know so little. Unique species, profoundly different from anything ever discovered, are out there waiting to be found.” He says.




BREAKING NEWS ‘New’ Species of Mammal Discovered in South America

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Life found in our upper environment, maybe it"s from outer space?

A team of Uk scientists believe that they’ve discovered organisms in earth’s atmosphere that originally come from space.


As difficult as that may be to judge, Professor Milton Wainwright, the team’s boss, insists that this is definitely the case.


The team, out of the University of Sheffield, discovered the little organisms (misleadingly referred to as ‘bugs’ by a great deal of demanding journalists) living on a research balloon that had been sent 16.7 miles into our atmosphere during last month’s Perseids meteor shower.


Reported by Professor Wainwright, the minuscule creatures couldn’t have been passed into the stratosphere with the balloon. He said, “Most people will presume that those biological particles must have just drifted up to the stratosphere from Earth, but it is generally accepted that a particle of the volume found can’t be lifted from Earth to heights of, as an example, 27km. Really the only identified exemption is by a violent volcanic explosion, none of these occurred within 3 years of the sampling trip.”


Wainwright maintains that the only most important conclusion is that the organisms originated from space. He went on to mention that “life just isn’t restricted to the planet also it almost definitely didn’t originally come here”


However, not everyone is so persuaded. Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) project said, “I’m very skeptical. This claim may be made beforehand, and dismissed as terrestrial contamination.” The team responds to that by saying that they were thorough when they prepared the balloon before the experiments begun.


Though, they would acknowledge that there could be an strange reason for these organisms to reach such altitudes. It should also be renowned that microbal organisms discovered within the 1980’s and 1990’s and named ‘extremophiles’ stunned the scientific community by living in environments that might immediately kill the majority of life on earth.


These creatures have always been observed living deep under Antarctic ice or even 1900 feet below the sea floor. In March of that year, Ronnie Glud, a biogeochemist at the Southern Danish Uni in Odense, Denmark was quoted as saying “In the most secluded, unfriendly places, you are able to actually have higher activity than their surroundings,” which “Yow will discover microbes all over the place – they are exceptionally compliant to conditions, and stay alive where they are,” so it seems more plausible that any the team is in error, or that this is solely one more case of microscopic life showing up in an strange place.


Moreover, it isn’t the first time this unique team has come under fire for stating such statements, either. Back in January of this year, astrobiologist Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe reported that ‘fossils’ found from a Sri Lankan meteorite were testimony of extraterrestrial life, an assertion that’s extensively criticized by scientific community.


Other scientists have complained that there frankly is not enough evidence to make a great claim, as the theory this vital would need a huge body of evidence to confirm its validity.


What that says to the reporter is that microbes can live basically anyplace and that it simply is not good science to leap to wild conclusions like aliens each time a more plausible answer is most likely present. Science shouldn’t be subject to such wild leaps of elaborate. Imagination is a great aid to science, it also isn’t a science in and of by itself. Sadly, Dr. Wainwright and his group seem to be seeing exactly what they want to observe.



Life found in our upper environment, maybe it"s from outer space?

Monday, November 25, 2013

The General use of Two-Way Radios

Two-way radios are, in a very real sense, a large part of British industry. If not quite the ‘lifeblood’ of our manufacturing, transport, leisure, health and security industries, they are certainly vital components of it.

People from all walks of life use two-way radios every day. Management teams use them to communicate directly with shop floor staff, security guards and production line supervisors, while builders and tradesmen use them to discuss the next step of the job they are currently working on, saving time by being able to talk over long distances. But it doesn’t end there, cab drivers, truckers and train drivers all use two-way radios and the military views the two-way radio as an indispensable part of modern warfare (and has done since World War 2).

To put it simply, two-way radios save lives, being used by health and safety professionals, fire marshals and, of course, the police. The ability to communicate with one another quickly and reliably over relatively vast distances is not only useful; it’s downright indispensable.

Because of two-way radios, production lines can move faster, shopping centres can be more efficient and building work can be completed more quickly. When merchandise is shipped in from foreign lands and produce is, in turn, shipped out to other lands, radios play a massive part, allowing the cataloguing and stock taking process to be handled quickly and efficiently.

Professionals with radios can be seen on golf courses, at rock n roll gigs, repairing roads, managing conference centres, patrolling our streets and saving lives. More reliable than a mobile phone, more durable and tough than a pager and universally praised for the simplicity and ease-of-use displayed in its design, the humble two-way radio is precision engineered for literally thousands of different tasks.

In fact, radios are so ubiquitous that it’s highly probable that you’ve seen (or even used) several of them today and barely even noticed. Two-way radios are used for so many jobs, be they in the public or private sector, be they practical or theoretical, that it is absolutely impossible to live to adulthood in the UK and never encounter one.

So join us in saluting the unsung hero of British industry, the two-way radio. It really is an amazing invention, one that is far more important than most of us actually realize.

The two-way radio is one of those genuinely great inventions that legitimately changed the world, it is high time that it was celebrated as such. Over. 

The General use of Two-Way Radios

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Koudounaris’ book, ‘Heavenly Bodies’ is out there right away.

Paul Koudounaris, who is also known by his nickname ‘Indiana Bones’ in known as an author, photographer and foremost expert on bone-decorated places and ossuarys. Earlier this year, Koudounaris published a book featuring high definition imagery of that 400-year-old ‘catacomb saints’ of Rome, a bunch of corpses that had been carefully garlanded with jewelry and finery prior to being offered as the remains of saints to congregations around Europe.

Throughout the Protestant Overhaul of the 16th Century, Catholic church buildings were routinely stripped of these relics, symbols and finery. So as to defy this, The Vatican had very old skeletons removed out of the Catacombs of Rome and generously adorned as a remnants of recognizable saints.

Although mostly forgotten until Koudounaris released his book, the catacomb saints continue to fascinate fascinated parties; they may still encourage religious zeal. In 1977, the town of Ruttenbach in Bavaria worked hard to raise enough funds to purchase back 2 of their original saints from private collectors, the ornamental skeletons had originally been auctioned off in 1803.

The book, that Koudounaris has slyly titled ‘Heavenly Bodies’ sees its author try to find and photograph each of these existing tomb saints.

In their glory days (a period that lasted over 200 years before conclusively coming to a close within the nineteenth century), the saints travelled all over the place, being transported at vast expense by the Church. They were venerated as things of care, or conduits for prayer.

Though the saints may seem unusual to contemporary eyes (one Telegraph reporter described these as ‘ghastly’), it’s crucial that you keep in mind that those who prayed at the feet of these gilded cadavers were a lot nearer to demise than their contemporary counterparts. While in the wake of The Black Death (which recurred repeatedly throughout Europe from the 14th to the 17th Centuries), art, literature and even worship had moved to embrace such ghoulish, macabre imagery.

The remains were usually decked out by nuns and often located in various authentic poses, before being secured in glass cabinets. Some of our meticulous decoration took as long as five years to finish, with jewellery and costumes being particularly impressive.

Koudounaris’ book, ‘Heavenly Bodies’ is available now.  

Koudounaris’ book, ‘Heavenly Bodies’ is out there right away.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Is after death actual fictional

The most current scientific study has suggested that dying rats encounter an strange surge of intense neural motion during their final moments of existence. This enlarged brain operation may be consistent with (and thusly describe) Human accounts of close to or after death experiences, as reported by some people around the world.


About a 5th of all folks who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an ‘After Death Experience’ or ADE.  This is sort of an alarming statistic, principally as ADE tends to contain a profound effect within the life of the survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as unquestionable substantiation of an spirit world or even a continuation of the individual’s soul after death.


Likewise, a ‘Near Death Experience’ (or NDE) is believed being comparable to an ADE, but clearly occurs whilst the patient continues to be technically alive. Many individuals who experience NDE’s report a floating sensation or ‘From Body Experience’ (OBE), also as encounters with angels, deceased family members and loved ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors regularly explain traversing an extended tunnel in direction of an intense light.


Discussions of life after death seems in early scriptures, archaeological sites and many subsequent works of philosophy and possess fascinated (and frightened) Human beings, regardless of creed, ethnic group or culture, since time immemorial.


After recuperating from surgery in 1979, Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny of Hull, Georgia, USA, reported a typical NDE story which was finally published in the book ‘Beyond The Light’ by P.M.H Atwater in 1994. Like many, Jazmyne recounts details of her surgery that might be very hard to obtain were she lying.


Jazmyne states that “I was perched over my body.  I could see and listen to all that was being said and done.  I left the area for a short while and then returned to where my corpse lay.  I knew why I died.  It is because I couldn’t breathe.  There was a tube along my throat and the medical staff did not have an oxygen mask on my nose.  I had also been provided too much sedative”.


She went on to illustrate her attempts to remove the tube from her throat in a rather upsetting account.


Prior to that aforementioned study, it was accepted undeniable fact that neural activity ceases once the heart stops. This has now been demonstrated as being untrue, at the least as far as rats are concerned. It is also the strongest premise to this point concerning the reasons of ADEs, OBEs and NDEs.


One of the scientists responsible for these results, Dr. George Mashour of the University of Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA said that the team was “astonished with the high degrees of activity” in the rodents. “In reality, at near-death many recognized electric signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found within the waking condition, signifying that the brain is effective at well-organized electric activity during the early phase of clinical death.” He said.


The team’s lead scientist, Dr. Jimo Borjigin added that “This report tells us that drop of oxygen or equally oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate neural activity that is characteristic of conscious processing,”


However, Dr. Martin Coath from the University of Plymouth, UK was a little critical of the team’s findings.


Dr. Coath said, because the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain’s response to a dangerous deficit of blood flow and oxygen. He also said that the study hadn’t essentially showed that any ‘sharp cognizant processing’ had actually taken place, suggesting the wording of that conclusion was “a bit of a stretch”. He commented that, while the results were “genuinely interesting” they were as well “hardly amazing”.


The results of this report will no doubt be of great notice to numerous in the scientific kinship, also as religious groups, those fascinated in the mystic and people who have experienced an ADE or NDE.



Is after death actual fictional

Saturday, November 9, 2013

What browsers do the microsoft surface Pro use

The Surface Pro is a assorted bag, at least in the eyes of most critics.

Judge this assessment by Marc Weber Tobias of,

“Microsoft has created a sophisticated piece of hardware that can perform the functions of a tablet and ultrabook. The reality is that the Surface Pro works well in both environments but is too much of a compromise. If that works for you, then the Windows tablet will be a great addition to your travel tools arsenal. Just be sure you don’t stay too far from a power outlet for too long a time”.

A few reviewers/buyers loved it, but the majority were a bit let down. Some hated it, but the rest didn’t go that far. The truth is the Microsoft surface Pro did not make it to become the ‘iPad killer’ that it had been speculated to be. Arguments that it is pernickety to work, overpriced and unfamiliar all held water, but it is also worth noting that it was not a terrible device.

In reality, in spite of all the aforementioned drawbacks (many of which I touched upon in earlier reviews) this was still a high-end tablet and a excellent display and outstanding hardware. It handles the Web better than most tablets, as well.

Now, when it relates to Internet use, especially on lightweight tablets, many of us have moved from IE and towards other browsers. Microsoft acknowledges this (albeit grudgingly) but evidently they would rather Windows 8 users to choose Internet Explorer 10.

So, is Internet Explorer 10 it any good? Actually, when used on this Surface, yes it is.

If you are planning on using a Microsoft surface or Microsoft surface Pro, you’ll really be at your finest, Internet-wise, with Internet explorer 10. Several have recommended Google Chrome as the better option, but when Pastor Shaw (writing for the Surface-based blog back in April) is right then I doubt that will be the case forever, (S)he says:


“Chrome doesn’t pinch to zoom, but it handles Google’s stuff really well, especially with extensions.  If only Chrome was more memory efficient and had pinch to zoom.  The forums don’t believe there’s much hope for Google to try to support pinch-to-zoom on Windows 8, because of a not-so-secret cold war brewing between Microsoft and Google.  Soon we’ll have to pick sides.  If you use many services like me, this expanding gulf may force you to pick sides”.


At the end of our day, Microsoft do their best work in their own back patch. Straying too far from the ‘Microsoft Method’ doesn’t regularly result in good things when it relates to using Microsoft products (same with Apple, #in that# regard).


Like everything else, there can be conflicting opinions plus the question itself is very subjective. In my opinion, I consider that Internet explorer 10 is the best browser for the Surface and Microsoft surface Pro. It is the default browser and the device is made to work with it. So that’s the answer I’m going with. 

What browsers do the microsoft surface Pro use

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Alternative ways to power your mobile, Pee as you go

Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, United kingdom, have worked out one way to power a cell phone with Human urine.

The team have been in a position to recharge a Samsung smart phone by putting the liquid through a surge of microbial energy cells. Using this process, enough power has been produced to send text messages, browse the Web and also make a short phone call.

As outlined by the scientists in charge, the next stage is to completely charge the device with pee…I assume cleaning their hands straight afterwards.

Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for ages with microbial energy cells; he is considered a guru in harnessing energy from strange options. The possibe applications of his work are very interesting from an environmental point of view.

Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We are very excited as this is the world’s first, no-one has harnessed power from pee to try this so it is an interesting finding. Using the ultimate waste product as the supply of energy to produce electrical power is roughly as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly tech is, obviously, the good doctor’s main area of interest.

The microbial cells work as an energy converter, they turn the organic substance straight into electricity, via the metabolism of live microorganisms. The electricity is a by-product of a microorganism’s natural life phase, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, they produce power the energy that powers the phone. Now that is what we call ‘pee as you go’.

Bathroom humour aside, the team have engineered a world first, as nothing as large as the mobile battery has ever been charged using this method before.

You’ll notice, at present, no plans to promote this technology on a large scale, but perhaps someday we can be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they are saying, might be pissistance.

PS – I’m sorry about this one. The task and its implications are amazing. All credit to the UWE team. On the other hand, I continuously needed to do one to those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.


Alternative ways to power your mobile, Pee as you go