Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs

Posted in 2014, astronomy, Galaxy with tags on November 26, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth’s atmosphere and many other characteristics. Daily results are presented  on http://spaceweather.com/

On Nov. 25, 2014, the network reported 55 fireballs.
(44 sporadics, 4 alpha Monocerotids, 4 Leonids, 2 November omega Orionids, 1 Northern Taurid)

In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point–Earth. The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow (red) to fast (blue). [Larger image] [movies]


Floating spheres that house entire cities and sink to the seabed in extreme weather could be built by 2030

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , on November 24, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


Tokyo-based construction firm Shimizu Corporation has revealed concepts for futuristic cities

Called Ocean Spirals the massive structures would float on the top of oceans and submerge during bad weather

Each sphere is 1,600 feet (500 metres) across and can accommodate 5,000 people in homes and hotels

The spheres would be placed at the top of spirals 2.5 miles deep with a research station on the seabed

Shimizu says it would cost £16.2 billion ($25.5 billion) to build the first sphere, which could be done by 2030

On Earth we’ve colonised deserts, forests, mountains and many other locations, but we’re yet to truly live on our planet’s most abundant locale, namely oceans, which cover 71 per cent of the surface.
That could all be set to change though as one company has unveiled designs for floating cities that could operate both on the surface and underwater.
Using a number of advanced technologies, the enormous spheres could house 5,000 people and also perform research on the seabed.

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1,200 Square Feet Under the Sea

A virtual tour of the Poseidon undersea resort

November 14th 2014 : Meteorite Explosion In Russia 2014, What Is That? Huge Flash Of Light In Sky Raises Suspicion

Posted in 2014, astronomy with tags , , , , on November 18, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

 A huge flash in the night sky over Russia is raising suspicions after the authorities refuse to comment on its cause.

The eruption lit up the sky near Yekaterinburg for 11 seconds in what appeared to a major aerial explosion.

The strange light was not accompanied by any sound, according to eyewitnesses, although Russian authorities are refusing to comment on the event. 

One witness told the Siberian Times: ‘ 

‘For a few moments night turned into dazzling day, then everything went dark again,’ a witness told The Siberian Times – 

The dark early evening sky turned into a dazzling orange light then pulsating yellow and white as the flash engulfed the entire sky.

The amazing images were recorded on a dashcam installed by a motorist.

According to the report: ‘ Theories for the explosion included a missile or an object from space.

‘Yet it did not have the same shape or pattern as the Chelyabinsk meteorite which exploded over the Urals in February 2103.

‘Inevitably, web versions claimed it could have caused by a UFO.’

The driver who shot the footage issued a plea on the internet for others to help him explain what caused it.



Fukushima radiation detected in Seawater 160km off Californian coast containing Caesium-134

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , on November 17, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


This is an isotope that only occurs in nuclear reactors and can be used to trace the spread of radiation from Fukushima
However the levels found were very low and not harmful to humans
But lead researcher Dr Ken Buesseler says it is important to continue tracking the radiation to ensure it does not reach dangerous levels

Trace amounts of radiation originating from the Fukushima disaster have been detected off the Californian coast.
Although the levels are not high enough to cause any health issues in humans, the discovery is a worry that radiation can travel so far from the disaster.
It is the first detection of radiation originating from Fukushima found across the Pacific Ocean.

The findings were made by Dr Ken Buesseler from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
He says they detected very small amounts of an isotope called caesium-134, which can only originate from nuclear reactors and does not form naturally.
This makes it a useful isotope to trace the radiation leak from Fukushima, reports Live Science.


A dog howls along with a toy that sings Louis Armstrong songs

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , on November 16, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

The dog, which appears to be a husky, attempts to sing along to Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” while being filmed. The song is played by a dancing toy that plays music and resembles a dog.

NASA map reveals the number of asteroids that smashed into Earth

Posted in 2014, astronomy, Galaxy with tags on November 16, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


NASA map shows that 556 space rocks smashed into the Earth’s atmosphere over a 20-year period but most are harmless

NASA map reveals the number of asteroids that smashed into Earth; Most were small and harmless and disintegrated

But The Near Earth Object Program helps to track dangerous rocks; .

Last year, an asteroid measuring 55 feet in diameter crashed in Russia

A flash of light from a fiery asteroid is often treated with intrigue when it is spotted on Earth.

But scientists at NASA suggest that asteroids are smashing into the Earth’s atmosphere at a higher rate than most people realize.

According to a new map by the space agency, it’s a wonder we don’t see fireballs raining down from the skies more frequently.


Historical Cycles: Are we doomed to repeat the past?

Posted in 2014 with tags on November 13, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

Chinese dynastic cycles show how the theory of historical cycles work and how to apply them to our current situation. Are we headed towards an age of chaos? What did the ancients do to survive? This article appears in The Trends Journal, Fall 2014 edition.


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