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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

The lyrebird is one of Australia’s best known and most loved bird It can imitate almost any sound

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , on November 11, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this lyrebird must be looking for some compliments as he seems to have his impersonations of bush birds down to a tee.

The lyrebird is one of Australia’s most well-known and loved birds, easily mimicking any sound he hears, from chainsaws to car-horns and all the birds of the rainforest.

In this astonishing video, the chameleon bird manages to showcase its incredible vocal abilities, with impressive impersonations of cameras, birds and what sounds like laser beams. 

It’s complex larynx enables it to imitate up to 20 different species at a time. Mixed in with it’s own unique sounds of clicks and song, they can also be heard mimicking other birds and even mammals.

Lyrebirds have been recorded imitating everything from humans to trains and cameras; It imitates a rang of native birds including the cuckoo-borough and seems to incorporate laser beam noises into it’s repertoire, which also sound like a camera lens

 

 

 

The hummingbird migrates 3,500 miles away and live five times longer than thought

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , on November 10, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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>Ornithologists in the US say hummingbirds can live longer than 10 years

They have been tagging the birds for a decade to study their habits

Experiment has revealed that one bird flew 3,500 miles (5,630km) for winter

Hummingbirds have been found wintering in relatively cool areas below 18°C

Thousands of birds have been ‘banded’ and experts hope to learn about whether they migrate in one go, or stop off along the way

HOVERING HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds are the only birds to hover in the air by relying on their strength alone.

In August, scientists found that it is the ratio of the bird’s wing length to its width that makes them so efficient.

The discovery is helping experts compete with 42 million years of natural selection to build helicopters that are increasingly efficient, which could match the performance of the best hummingbird.

David Lentink, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University in California, tested wings from 12 different species of hummingbirds, which he sourced from museums.

He positioned them on a machine used to test the aerodynamics of helicopter blades – so they spun around like man-made blades.

Together with his team, he used cameras to capture airflow around the wings and measured the drag and the lift force they exerted at different speeds and angles.

Professor Lentink’s team used the same machine to test the rotor blades from a ProxDynamics Black Hornet autonomous micro helicopter, which is one of the most efficient on the market and is used by the UK’s army in Afghanistan.

They found that the micro-helicopter’s blades are as efficient at hovering as the average hummingbird.

But while the micro-copter’s blades kept pace with the middle-of-the-pack hummingbird wings, they could not keep up with the most efficient hummingbird’s wing.

The wings of Anna’s hummingbird – a species common throughout the West Coast of the U.S. – were found to be about 27 per cent more efficient than the man-made micro-copter blades.

 

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