Category Archives: Nature

Flora & Fauna related topics.

LHC – Tetraquark seems evident

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The actual discovery of particle Zc (3900) has been a year, but Messchendorp tells his story as if it happened yesterday. “The group gave five lectures. It remains a fascinating subject.”
However, it must have been short lectures because Messchendorp suggest it may be the main physical discovery of 2013, according to the authoritative journal Physics in a sentence explaining: “We have in a unique way demonstrated that particles exist which are composed of four quarks: called tetra quarks [New Scientist].

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    Nuclear crisis at Fukushima – Still huge challenges

    Fukushima. There is no room after 3 years to store radioactive water, no robots to take out the most dangerous area’s (yes, they need to be invented straight away) with concrete or other more permanent solutions. Dumping of vast radioactive amount in the ocean seem unavoidable.
    So much for a 3 year anniversary. Ow and Miles o Brien (see earlier) got his forearm amputated shortly after the report. All 3 reports here.

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      Fukushima thank you – ALL Bluefin Tuna Caught In California Are Radioactive

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      Every bluefin tuna tested in the waters off California has shown to be contaminated with radiation that originated in Fukushima. Every single one (..) The FDA assures us that our food supply is safe, that the levels of radiation found in fish samples are within safe limits for consumption. But one has to question if this is true and, if it is true now, will it remain true? Is this, like the statements issued from TEPCO, another attempt to quell a public backlash in the face of an unprecedented event that, as yet, has no solution and no end in sight?[more]

      Enough can be said about fukushima, except that it clearly shows how terrible local politics (this case Japan) hurts us all. Will we wise up?

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        Seablindness


        Almost everything we own and use, at some point, travels to us by container ship, through a vast network of ocean routes and ports that most of us know almost nothing about. Journalist Rose George tours us through the world of shipping, the underpinning of consumer civilization.
        Rose George looks deeply into topics that are unseen but fundamental, whether that’s sewers or latrines or massive container ships or pirate hostages or menstrual hygiene.

        More on the sea.

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          Why is the human brain special

          Skip the obvious and dig deeper into the why.

          The human brain is puzzling — it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective’s cap and leads us through this mystery. By making “brain soup,” she arrives at a startling conclusion. Suzana Herculano-Houzel shrunk the human brain by 14 billion neurons — by developing a new way to count them.

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            Sugar: The bitter truth

            Al jaren is bekend dat suiker en zout misbruikt worden. Eindelijk zet de GGD dit nu aan?

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              How to Chop an Onion

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                US Fukushima’s

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                There are also within the EU plenty of those. Anyone got a map?

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                  A simple solution to the coming phosphorus crisis

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                    The unheard story of David and Goliath

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                      Voyager 1 spacecraft recorded vibrations of dense interstellar plasma

                      NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft recorded the sounds using an onboard plasma wave instrument. This instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma, or ionised gas, from October to November 2012 and April to May 2013. The waves detected by the instrument antennae can be simply amplified and played through a speaker. These frequencies are within the range heard by human ears.

                      Update:
                      Deep Sky Videos has a nice review of this.

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                        Verborgen buitenplaatsen in Zeeland

                        Walcheren kende in de Gouden Eeuw meer dan 200 buitenplaatsen. Kastelen, landhuizen of grote boerderijen. In de loop der jaren zijn de meeste verdwenen maar wie goed kijkt in het huidige landschap kan ze nog steeds zien. Slimfilm maakte deze reportage voor zeeland-magazine.nl

                        Meer informatie @ Landschapsbeheerzeeland.nl

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                          This photo is gnarly on so many levels

                          Indonesia has been a mecca for surfing for 40 years & in that time seasoned surf travelers have seen major changes. Some good, many bad. Here Dede Suryana shoots through a barrel choked with rubbish washed out from land. @ZakNoyle got the shot & it went on to be the cover of magazines around the world, stimulating conversation about what we are doing to our oceans & how we as surfers might suffer. It shouldn’t be this way & we must work together to fix it. Are you in?

                          More @ Facebook.com/take3.a.clean.beach.initiative

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                            Eat right, right?

                            You should eat right. There are some things we know for sure. However, still there are exceptions we shouldn’t forget. Above the example.

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                              Ending Overfishing (2)

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                              Als zelfs de EU zich zorgen maakt en al rapporten heeft die zeggen dat 80% van gegeten vis ILLEGAAL gevangen is (dus overbevist), zegt dat genoeg.
                              Niet iets van de jaren 80, maar van nu. Quote NL 500 leden voorop zuigen de oceanen leeg met megaboten en frauderen ook nog met grootschalige teruggooien.
                              Goh. Respect voor de klokkenluiders.
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                                Zeehond achter dood bruinvissen

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                                Belgische wetenschappers hebben sterke aanwijzingen dat de grijze zeehond achter de dood zit van de bruinvissen, die steeds vaker in Nederland aanspoelen.

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                                  Shark Attack Infographic

                                  killed sharks

                                  Annually
                                  100.000.000 sharks are killed
                                  vs
                                  12 people killed by sharks

                                  that’s about 11.000 + sharks killed per hour

                                  Great infographic @ Ripetungi.com

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                                    Immortal jellyfish

                                    While the humans have been looking for the elixir of life throughout every period of history, it appears that there is one species of jellyfish that are actually immortal.

                                    Read more @ Boredpanda.com

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                                      How many people have been born?

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                                        Half of Great Barrier Reef Coral disappearing

                                        Those stupid Starfish!

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                                          The global food waste scandal

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                                          Europeans prepare 400% of food that they could eat (incl. normal waste) for own consumption. Awareness is growing that talking about population growth problems and at the same time consuming so ineffective is not right. A nice outline where we could start eating better..
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                                            Why do viruses kill? – BBC Horizon

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                                              Freak Waves – Docu

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                                              BBC Horizon – Freak Wave (2002), is another great documentary of why 100 feet monsters still break ships that easy. 2 Huge ships a month were lost.. Satelites figure out now and surfers aim for them. We have come a long way. More interviews. This is different from Tsunami’s.

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                                                Forget Viagra, the ‘Cuddle drug’ is IN

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                                                Taking a chemical that helps mothers bond with their babies may not immediately strike you as the best way to improve a man’s libido. But oxytocin, the so-called ‘cuddle hormone’, can dramatically improve male sexual performance, researchers have found – producing results on a par with Viagra. (..) One of the scientists behind the discovery and development of Viagra was so impressed that he described an oxytocin-based treatment as having ‘blockbuster potential’
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                                                Let’s wait for the new kind of spam in our mail folders..

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                                                  The secret life of plankton

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