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The Most Beautiful Lakes Worldwide

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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© Tropenvog / Flickr    Red Lake, Bolivia

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© Noeloegroj / Flickr  Buenos Aires Lake General Carrera, Chile

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© Hase don / Flickr   Hillier Lake, Australia

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© Loraineltai / Flickr   The Five-Flower Lake, China

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© derichso / Flickr    Peyto Lake, Canada

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© Jeff Clow / Flickr  Flathead Lake, United States

Pakistan

© pkphotographer / Flickr    Lakes of Shimshal, Pakistan

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© NENO / Flickr   Lake of Plitvice, Croatia

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© BaikalNature / Flickr  Lake Baikal, Russia

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© gippswater / Flickr    The Gippsland Lakes, Australia

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Fukushima! US Gov’t Orders 14 Million Doses Of Potassium Iodide to be Delivered by End of January

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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On December 6th the US Department of Health and Human Services put a solicitation notice on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website for 14 million 65 mg doses of Potassium Iodide, the standard treatment protocol for someone exposed to high levels of radiation. As a stipulation of this solicitation, which gets bid on by registered contractors, the HHS requires the 14 million doses to be delivered by the end of January. In other words, the HHS needs enough doses of Potassium Iodide to treat 14 million Americans by the end of January!

The primary use for Potassium Iodide is used for treating, as well as minimizing damaging effects from, radiation poisoning. The area of the human body that are most-sensitive to radiation exposure are the thyroid gland. It absorbs the radiation like a wet sponge.

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Solicitation Number: 14-284-SOL-0015A

Notice Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation Synopsis:
Added: Dec 06, 2013 3:35 pm (i)

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for a commercial item prepared in accordance with FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information in this notice.

This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued.

(ii) The solicitation number is 14-284-SOL-0015A. This solicitation is issued as an Request for Quote (RFQ).

(iii) The corresponding NAICS code is 325412 and the small business standard size is 750 employees.

(iv) The contract line item number, item, quantity and unit of measure is:

Line No. 001; potassium iodide tablet, 65mg, unit dose package of 20s; 700,000 packages (of 20s)

(v) Delivery is required on or before February 1, 2014.
Delivery will be made to:
DHHS, SSC
Bldg #5 Receiving Dock
Perry Point,MD 21902

What caused the explosive phenomenon on Bell Island, Newfoundland in 1978 that electrocuted livestock, melted power lines, and produced floating orbs of fire?

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

Was it ball lightening or a test of a top secret electromagnetic weapon? What caused the explosive phenomenon on Bell Island, Newfoundland in 1978 that electrocuted livestock, melted power lines, and produced floating orbs of fire? Enough energy was released that day to set off the American nuclear test watch satellites, and weapons researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory soon showed up at the site. CBC Reporter, Rick Seaward, was at the scene in 78. He investigates the mysterious phenomenon and the shadowy events that followed in this broadcast from the following year.

Message In A Bottle from 1959 Found In Arctic Glacier Today, Ultimately Reveals Global Warming In Region

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

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More than half a century ago, on July 10, 1959, American glaciologist and explorer Paul T. Walker was working in a remote region of the Canadian Arctic, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a quirky stroke of genius, Walker left a handwritten note to any scientists who might come behind him, and he stuck the message in a bottle under a pile of rocks.

“To Whom it May Concern: This and a similar cairn 21.3 feet to the west were set on July 10, 1959,” the note states. “The distance from this cairn to the glacier edge about 4 ft. from the rock floor is 168.3 feet.”

They carried out Walker’s wish, measuring the distance to the glacier in question, just as Walker had done decades earlier. Vincent and Sarrazin’s measurement revealed that the glacier had retreated 233 feet since 1954.

(Story continues below)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/27/message-in-a-bottle-global-warming-glacier-arctic_n_4509358.html?utm_hp_ref=climate-change

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Virus kills over 1,000 bottlenose dolphins along US east coast

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

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ORLANDO: More than 1,000 migratorybottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the US Eastern Seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said on Monday.
The death toll exceeds the 740 dolphins killed during the last big outbreak of the then-unknown virus in 1987-88.

“It is having a significant impact and that is something we’re monitoring closely,” said Erin Fougeres, a marine mammal biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).An estimated 39,206 bottlenose dolphins populated the eastern seaboard, to a depth of 25 feet, from New Jersey to Central Florida in 2010, according to the latest NOAA census.

Scientists are trying to determine why the morbillivirus resurged this year. The dolphins, which migrate south for the winter, have been stranded or found dead on beaches from New York to Florida since June, Fougeres said.

An unknown number of affected dolphins likely died offshore as well, she said. A record number of manatees have also died in Florida waters this year, mostly from a toxic algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Virus-kills-over-1000-bottlenose-dolphins-along-US-east-coast/articleshow/27821450.cms

Christmas chaos: Hundreds of flights delayed as fierce storms rage worldwide

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame
A grey sky is seen over Madrid on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
A man looks at waves crashing onto rocks as a storm brings heavy winds to Saint-Guenole, western France, on December 23, 2013. (AFP Photo / Frank Perry) Over a million homes and businesses without power, holiday plans destroyed over flight cancelations – that’s how Christmas panned out for some people across the globe, as deadly storms swept the planet.

The disaster is expected to carry on at least for a few more days.In the UK, stormy weather has killed five people since Monday. 150,000 homes were left without electricity. Scotland and Northern Ireland are also due to be hit by powerful winds of 140 kilometers per hour.

Weather and flood warnings have been issued across the country, leading to hazardous driving conditions.

A grey sky is seen over Madrid on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

A power cut at the North Terminal of London’s Gatwick airport caused flight cancelations, before all flights were transferred to the South Terminal. “I’m across plans to get electricity to many without power. My thoughts are with them and those facing travel problems this Christmas Eve,” British prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) 

Parts of the roof of the Theatre Hangar are seen on the Dakota airplane after the roof was partially blown away by strong winds at the former airfield in Valkenburg on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Bas Czerwinski)Parts of the roof of the Theatre Hangar are seen on the Dakota airplane after the roof was partially blown away by strong winds at the former airfield in Valkenburg on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Bas Czerwinski)

In Belgium, winds reached 100 kilometers per hour. Traffic was disrupted in the capital Brussels, after uprooted trees crashed through power cables.

A teenager has died in Normandy in France, following a wall collapse at a building site. Extremely strong winds and torrential rain hit the country, especially in Brittany and Normandy.

Naval authorities also reported a Russian sailor missing after having been flown off board a vessel off the coast of Brest in Brittany, according to Reuters. 120,000 homes across France are experiencing a power blackout due to the disaster, according to Le Nouvel Observateur media outlet.

In the south of France, the situation isn’t any better: a ski resort at La Pierre Saint Martin was closed over the dangerous weather conditions, its manager, Dominique Rousseau, told Euronews.The international airport at Nice was closed down, with all incoming and outgoing flights canceled until at least 12.00 GMT, due to poor visibility on the runway, a spokesman said as quoted by Reuters.

Heavy downpours also caused cancellations of rail, flight and ferry services.The storm largely subsided in the north of France on Wednesday, but continued to batter southeastern France and the Mediterranean coastline.

A man carries a boy in a flooded street in Morlaix, Britanny, where the city center is under 1.4 metres (four feet) of water on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Frank Perry)
A man carries a boy in a flooded street in Morlaix, Britanny, where the city center is under 1.4 metres (four feet) of water on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Frank Perry)

Moving further south in Europe: in Spanish airports such as Bilbau, Asturias, Santander and Vigo, flights are being canceled. Red alerts – the most dangerous possible – have been issued in two districts in Portugal, while another 15 districts are under orange alert, the second highest level.

Authorities have also warned the population to stay away from the coast until Thursday, with waves expected to reach seven meters. Portugal is also experiencing major power cuts, with the electricity supplier EDP saying that 1,000 of its staff are currently carrying out emergency works in north and central areas of the country.

Waves break along the shore in Portstewart in Northern Ireland, on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Peter Muhly)

Waves break along the shore in Portstewart in Northern Ireland, on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Peter Muhly) Across the Atlantic, 14 people have been killed in ice and snow storms that battered central, northeastern US, and Canada.

Over 500,000 homes and businesses have experienced a major power blackout in the US. Power provider, Consumers Energy, based in Jackson, Michigan, told AP that the area hasn’t seen so many storms since the company’s founding 126 years ago. About 17 percent (over 300,000) of all customers lost power on Saturday, and half remained without power on Tuesday.
More snow is expected to hit the US, as the storm is moving into the Great Lakes region and Midwest on Wednesday.

US authorities are keeping emergency shelters open for those who have experienced a power blackout in their home.
In Canada two people died from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a gas generator to heat their home northeast of Toronto, Ontario, after a power blackout. 90,000 homes were without power in Toronto, according to the authorities, as quoted by AP.

http://rt.com/news/christmas-storm-weather-batters-762/

Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse from Sean Goebel

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

Timelapse of the observatories atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The summit is at an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft and is the premiere site for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. As an astronomy graduate student at the University of Hawaii, I’ve enjoyed excellent access to the facility. Some of my favorite still images of Mauna Kea can be found at sgphotos.com/photostories/maunakea.

This montage was filmed on three nights in April (I was observing on one of the telescopes and would walk outside when things got boring) and four nights during summer 2013. More information (i.e. “What’s up with the lasers?” “What gear did you use?”) can be viewed at sgphotos.com/portfolio/timelapse/makingmaunakeaheavens/.

More of his timelapse work can be found here and at sgphotos.com/portfolio/timelapse. Please notify me prior to featuring my work.

Music: “All is Violent, All is Bright” by God is an Astronaut.

Standard disclaimer: Mauna Kea contains delicate ecosystems and is sacred to the Hawaiian people. If you go there, please be sensitive to the cultural role of the mountain and obey the rules contained at ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/visiting-mauna-kea. Permits are required for large groups or commercial filming, and more information can be found at the link. And above all, please be safe—accidents are much more likely when you combine high altitude, sleep deprivation, cold, snow/ice, and darkness!

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