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NO Hoax! NASA has a job opening for someone to defend Earth from alien microbes — and it pays a six-figure salary

Posted in 2017, Galaxy with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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  • NASA is hiring a planetary protection officer with a salary of up to $187,000.
  • The job was created after the signing of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967.
  • Planetary protection officers are tasked with making sure humans don’t contaminate planets, moons, and other objects in space.
  • They’re also supposed to help prevent any alien microbes from spreading to Earth.
  • US government scientists work hard to protect the public.Some study infectious diseases and effective treatments. Others ensure that drugs, food, vehicles, or consumer products live up to their claims and don’t harm anyone.

    But the concerns at NASA’s headquarters are, quite literally, extraterrestrial — which is why the space agency now has a job opening for “planetary protection officer.”

    The gig? Help defend Earth from alien contamination, and help Earth avoid contaminating alien worlds it’s trying to explore.

    The pay? A six-figure salary, from $124,406 to $187,000 a year, plus benefits.

    A rare and cosmically important position


Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano erupted on August 2, 2017, ejecting a plume of ash and smoke up to 5.4 km (18 000 feet) above sea level.

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Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano erupted at 01:10 UTC (08:10 local time) on August 2, 2017, ejecting a plume of ash and smoke up to 5.4 km (18 000 feet) above sea level. It was one of Sinabung’s biggest eruptions in the past several months. By 05:10 UTC, there were at least 19 reported eruptions, up from about 2 to 8 per day. The Aviation Color Code is Orange. There were no reports of casualties.

The eruptions produced a large pyroclastic flow at 03:04 UTC (08:04 local time). The flow tumbled down the east and southeast slopes as far as 4.5 km (2.8 miles), reaching the Labortus River and creating a natural dam on its upper reaches.

By 03:30 UTC, volcanic ash cloud was reaching a height of 5.4 km (18 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Darwin VAAC. 

According to local media reports, students from an elementary school in Kuta Rakyat were sent home because volcanic ash covering the village was considered dangerous. 

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, as reported by the AFP, thousands of people in 10 villages were directly affected by ash fall. He warned villagers to stay out of a danger zone that extends as far as 7 km (4.4 miles) from the peak.

Nugroho said villagers urgently need face masks and clean water and called on people to be vigilant about the possibility of flash floods and lava flows because the eruption created a natural dam on the Laborus River.


Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , on August 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Above: On July 31, 2017, James W. Young photographed this green Perseid fireball skimming the coast off Cannon Beach in western Oregon.  [meteor gallery]

Specks of dusty debris hitting the top of Earth’s atmosphere faster than 110,000 mph are burning up in the night sky, producing a spray of shooting stars from the constellation Perseus.

Meteor rates are relatively low now, but they will increase sharply in the nights ahead. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Aug. 11-13 with perhaps dozens of meteors per hour visible in bright moonlight.

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“Cancer Villages” throughout China are turning up ill as a result of perpetual exposure to arsenic

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Hills of radioactive phosphogypsum surround the village of Liuchong. – Rob Schmitz/Marketplace

Three years ago, state-run CCTV, China’s most popular television news organization, broadcast a half-hour documentary about the health problems of villagers here. The report said 20 villagers had died of cancer likely caused by Dasheng’s pollution. The village doctor said out of 300 villagers who live near Dasheng Chemical’s factory, 30 have died from cancer and five more will likely die soon.

“Patients come to see me every day because they feel weak and dizzy. I estimate 80 to 90 percent of the people in this village are suffering from low white blood cell counts or anemia.”

The doctor agreed to speak for this report under condition of anonymity because Dasheng Chemical’s owner, a man named Zhong Shoubin, has threatened villagers about talking to outsiders about his company’s pollution, the doctor said.

“He has told us that if we say anything bad about his company, he’ll have us killed,” the doctor said.



Folks unfortunate enough to live in so-called “cancer villages” throughout China are turning up ill as a result of perpetual exposure to arsenic, indicate new reports. Industrial pollution from years of chemical mining have poisoned entire villages, leaving residents stricken with everything from skin lesions to cancer.

One such resident is Xiong Demin, an elderly man from the Heshan village in China’s Hunan province who developed cancer after working in local mines for more than three decades. According to Reuters, Demin and his wife both developed the condition, which they say was caused by the mining and processing of realgar, or “ruby sulfur,” throughout the area.

Often used as a color pigment and in the production of fireworks, realgar is composed of arsenic sulfide, which has been linked to lung and other forms of cancer. Despite its attractive, reddish color, realgar is highly poisonous to humans, particularly when exposure is ongoing over the course of many years.


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