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'Fluffy' the great white shark heads back to sea

Sydney (AFP) - A baby great white shark that stunned onlookers when it washed up on a popular Sydney beach was released back into the ocean Tuesday after spending the night in an aquarium.

 

The thrashing 1.5-metre (4.9-foot) animal, nicknamed "Fluffy" by marine experts, came ashore at busy Manly beach on Monday.

 

"When you see a real-life shark, it's scary," Dan Korocz, who was at the beach with his young family, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

"I've got a four-year-old and a two-year-old and we went down to the water's edge and then it came in."

 

Several attempts were made to immediately return the injured shark to the sea by staff from the nearby Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, but it kept coming back to land.

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They named the shark Fluffy? Just wait until it bites someone, it won't be so fluffy then.

 

 

More likely inspired by this....

 

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Scores of bird species at risk from climate change, study finds

Not even the state bird appears to be safe from climate change.

 

The black-capped chickadee, which inhabits nearly every corner of Massachusetts, is among scores of birds that are likely to disappear from parts or all of the state by 2050 as temperatures continue to warm, according to a new report by Mass Audubon, a conservation group.

 

Of the state’s 143 most common breeding species, 43 percent are considered “highly vulnerable” to climate change by the middle of the century, the researchers found.

 

“There is no credible doubt that the Earth’s changing climate and its living inhabitants are now on a collision course,” Christopher Leahy, a field ornithologist at Mass Audubon, wrote in the report.

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This is the same scam report they release every year to try and scare people about birds. What they don't say is birds fly south for the winter because they like warm weather naturally, so this whole concept make no logical sense. A 2 degree temperature change in not enough to even matter to birds.

 

 

It matters to birds,  other creatures, ocean currents and melting ice shelves.

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Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year’s recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement.

 

The 27th annual awards were announced Thursday at Harvard University. The ceremony featured a traditional barrage of paper airplanes, a world premiere opera and real Nobel laureates handing out the 10 prizes.

 

“It’s a strange honor to have, but I am thrilled,” Dr. James Heathcote told The Associated Press. A British physician, Heathcote won the Ig Nobel for anatomy for his big-ear research.

 

The awards are sponsored by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students.

 

This year’s winners — who each received $10 trillion cash prizes in virtually worthless Zimbabwean money — also included scientists who used fluid dynamics to determine whether cats are solid or liquid; researchers who tried to figure out why some people are disgusted by cheese; and psychologists who found that many identical twins cannot tell themselves apart in visual images.

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It must not be hard to find recipients for these awards, there are so many to choose from.

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RIP, Cassini: Historic Mission Ends with Fiery Plunge into Saturn

And just like that, it was gone.

 

NASA received its last data transmission from the Cassini spacecraft at 4:55:46 a.m. PDT (7:55:46 a.m. EDT, 1146 GMT) today (Sept. 15), before losing contact with the probe as it hurtled into Saturn's atmosphere. It was a fiery grand finale  for the probe, which spent 13 years orbiting the ringed planet. NASA officials expect that Cassini broke apart about 45 seconds after that final transmission, due to the intense friction and heat generated by the fall.

 

"I hope you're all ... deeply proud of this amazing accomplishment," Earl Maize, the Cassini program manager, said to the mission team after the spacecraft signal was lost. "Congratulations to you all. This has been an incredible mission, an incredible spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team. I'm going to call this the end of mission."

 

Cassini's descent into Saturn was intentional. The spacecraft was rapidly running out of fuel, after spending nearly 20 years in space, and NASA scientists decided to make use of the mission's inevitable conclusion.

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Plunging this spacecraft into Saturn's atmosphere may have caused global warming, there should have been protestors.

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RIP, Cassini: Historic Mission Ends with Fiery Plunge into Saturn

And just like that, it was gone.

 

NASA received its last data transmission from the Cassini spacecraft at 4:55:46 a.m. PDT (7:55:46 a.m. EDT, 1146 GMT) today (Sept. 15), before losing contact with the probe as it hurtled into Saturn's atmosphere. It was a fiery grand finale  for the probe, which spent 13 years orbiting the ringed planet. NASA officials expect that Cassini broke apart about 45 seconds after that final transmission, due to the intense friction and heat generated by the fall.

 

"I hope you're all ... deeply proud of this amazing accomplishment," Earl Maize, the Cassini program manager, said to the mission team after the spacecraft signal was lost. "Congratulations to you all. This has been an incredible mission, an incredible spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team. I'm going to call this the end of mission."

 

Cassini's descent into Saturn was intentional. The spacecraft was rapidly running out of fuel, after spending nearly 20 years in space, and NASA scientists decided to make use of the mission's inevitable conclusion.

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Plunging this spacecraft into Saturn's atmosphere may have caused global warming, there should have been protestors.

 

how dare nasa disrespect saturn like that. :lol:

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RIP, Cassini: Historic Mission Ends with Fiery Plunge into Saturn

And just like that, it was gone.

 

NASA received its last data transmission from the Cassini spacecraft at 4:55:46 a.m. PDT (7:55:46 a.m. EDT, 1146 GMT) today (Sept. 15), before losing contact with the probe as it hurtled into Saturn's atmosphere. It was a fiery grand finale  for the probe, which spent 13 years orbiting the ringed planet. NASA officials expect that Cassini broke apart about 45 seconds after that final transmission, due to the intense friction and heat generated by the fall.

 

"I hope you're all ... deeply proud of this amazing accomplishment," Earl Maize, the Cassini program manager, said to the mission team after the spacecraft signal was lost. "Congratulations to you all. This has been an incredible mission, an incredible spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team. I'm going to call this the end of mission."

 

Cassini's descent into Saturn was intentional. The spacecraft was rapidly running out of fuel, after spending nearly 20 years in space, and NASA scientists decided to make use of the mission's inevitable conclusion.

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Plunging this spacecraft into Saturn's atmosphere may have caused global warming, there should have been protestors.

 

 

 

If this wasn't done, Cassini would have gone into a wild useless orbit.  Slowly skinning the atmosphere and entry gathers data, more important to prevent an accidental collision with Enceladus or Titan which could cause contamination.  Did the same thing with the Jupiter Galileo probe regarding Europa.

 

More info on the final mission.

 

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/overview/

 

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Farewell.

 

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Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

 

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It must not be hard to find recipients for these awards, there are so many to choose from.

 

 

It is my understanding that the great difficulty in selection for the award is similar to picking the prettiest snowflake in a blizzard.

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Soylent: meal-substitute company admits products making people sick

The meal substitute startup Soylent admitted on Friday that another one of its products, Soylent Powder, is causing “a small number” of consumers to fall sick.

 

The news came days after Soylent Bar was pulled from shelves amid similar concerns. Soylent Bar was on Friday listed on the company website as “currently unavailable”. Soylent Powder, which uses the same formulation, was listed as “backordered”.

 

Soylent numbers the formulas for its products like a software company: “Powder 1.6” appears to be the culprit behind the current problems. Rather than revert to a previous release, the company said it would tinker with the design of Powder 1.6.

 

According to one complaint to the company about Soylent Bar, the current iteration results in a “bright green liquid/gelatinous substance on the inner wrapper”.

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I can't believe people are still eating this stuff when it is named after the movie.

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Report finds staggering decline in Canada wildlife

Montreal (AFP) - Half of the vertebrate populations in Canada are in staggering decline, despite the country's vast outback, according to a WWF report Thursday that highlighted threats to beluga whales and caribou.

 

The World Wildlife Fund in its Living Planet Report pointed to 451 shrinking animal populations out of 903 monitored over a 45-year period that ended in 2014.

 

They included mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Many have declined up to 83 percent, WWF-Canada found.

 

"It's easy to assume shocking figures of wildlife decline don't apply here in Canada," said WWF-Canada president David Miller.

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Another fundraising drive by the World Wildlife Fund, how shocking. They conveniently "find" that all animal species are becoming endangered.

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This is not of science being stupid but of how it can be amusing:

 

I read of the attack in London. The article speculated that the material used was TATP. This is tri-cyclic acetone peroxide. 

 

Derek Lowe, PhD. has a wonderful blog in which he regularly writes of: "Things I Won’t Work With." I seemed to recall that he had an entry concerning TATP and so searched the site for it. That entry mentions: FOOF which will at all times bring a smile to me because of his entry: "Sand Won’t Save You This Time."

 

He cites in the entry John Clark's quote regarding: FOOF: that it will spontaneously ignite: "cloth, wood, and test engineers"
 
I believe that even a non-chemist will find it amusing. It is at: http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time
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Soylent: meal-substitute company admits products making people sick

The meal substitute startup Soylent admitted on Friday that another one of its products, Soylent Powder, is causing “a small number” of consumers to fall sick.

 

The news came days after Soylent Bar was pulled from shelves amid similar concerns. Soylent Bar was on Friday listed on the company website as “currently unavailable”. Soylent Powder, which uses the same formulation, was listed as “backordered”.

 

Soylent numbers the formulas for its products like a software company: “Powder 1.6” appears to be the culprit behind the current problems. Rather than revert to a previous release, the company said it would tinker with the design of Powder 1.6.

 

According to one complaint to the company about Soylent Bar, the current iteration results in a “bright green liquid/gelatinous substance on the inner wrapper”.

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I can't believe people are still eating this stuff when it is named after the movie.

 

 

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World’s oldest cat dies at the age of 32 (that’s 144 in cat years)

When Nutmeg the Tabby was born, Margaret Thatcher was still on the throne and the Queen was just 30 years into her reign.

 

The world’s oldest cat has died at the age of 32 after dying as a result of heart failure.

 

When he first came to the nation’s attention as being a challenger to the mantle of oldest cat in the world he had three teeth, no longer ventured outside, but was still going strong.

 

His owners Liz and Ian Finlay, who cared for him for 27 years, said that the secret to their cat’s long life was to spoil him rotten with treats such as tuna, cream and hot roast chicken.

 

His health took a turn for the worst a few weeks before his death on August 29. Liz and Ian admit they have been left ‘absolutely heartbroken’ by his death.

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The pet food industry must not be very happy, this guy lived like a king on human food.

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Infants stun scientists with ‘amazing' insights

Babies might seem a bit dim in their first six months of life, but researchers are getting smarter about what babies know, and the results are surprising.

The word "infant" comes from the Latin, meaning "unable to speak," but babies are building the foundations for babbling and language before they are born, responding to muffled sounds that travel through amniotic fluid.

Soon after birth, infants are keen and sophisticated generalists, capable of seeing details in the world that are visible to some other animals but invisible to adults, older children and even slightly older infants.

Recently, scientists have learned the following:

  •     At a few days old, infants can pick out their native tongue from a foreign one.
  •     At 4 or 5 months, infants can lip read, matching faces on silent videos to "ee" and "ah" sounds.
  •     Infants can recognize the consonants and vowels of all languages on Earth, and they can hear the difference between foreign language sounds that elude most adults.
  •     Infants in their first six months can tell the difference between two monkey faces that an older person would say are identical, and they can match calls that monkeys make with pictures of their faces.
  •     Infants are rhythm experts, capable of differentiating between the beats of their culture and another.

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The most stunning thing is that they cry only to get attention.

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Aunt V, The World's Oldest Person, Dies In Jamaica At 117

Violet Mosse-Brown, the Jamaican woman believed to be the oldest person in the world, died Friday. Brown, known lovingly in her community as Aunt V, was born March 10, 1900, and lived to be 117, according to the Jamaican government.

She died at Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, about 2:30 p.m. local time, according to the Jamaica Observer.

Andrew Holness, the prime minister of Jamaica, announced Aunt V’s death on Twitter and included a photo of his last visit to her home in Duanvale, Trelawny.

Our oldest person in the world Mrs. Violet Mosse-Brown has died. She was 117 years old.

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She was able to survive global warming all those years, its amazing how things work.

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Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation

After eight months of living in isolation on a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat on Sunday and return to civilization.

 

Their first order of business after subsisting on mostly freeze-dried and canned food: Feast on fresh-picked pineapple, papaya, mango, locally grown vegetables and a fluffy, homemade egg strata cooked by their project's lead scientist.

 

The crew of four men and two women were quarantined on a vast plain below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in January. All of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay — the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth.

 

"My biggest fear was that we were going to be that crew that turned out like Biosphere 2, which wasn't a very pretty picture," said mission commander James Bevington in January.

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The first thing you should do is send all six to see a psychiatrist for even doing this.

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Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation

After eight months of living in isolation on a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat on Sunday and return to civilization.

 

Their first order of business after subsisting on mostly freeze-dried and canned food: Feast on fresh-picked pineapple, papaya, mango, locally grown vegetables and a fluffy, homemade egg strata cooked by their project's lead scientist.

 

The crew of four men and two women were quarantined on a vast plain below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in January. All of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay — the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth.

 

"My biggest fear was that we were going to be that crew that turned out like Biosphere 2, which wasn't a very pretty picture," said mission commander James Bevington in January.

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The first thing you should do is send all six to see a psychiatrist for even doing this.

 

 

I'n coo coo for Coca Puffs, coo coo for Coca Puffs!

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Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests

Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts predicted, giving countries more time to get a grip on their carbon output.

 

Experts now say there is a two-in-three chance of keeping global temperatures within 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the ultimate goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

 

According to the models used to draw up the agreement, the world ought now to be 1.3 degrees above the mid-19th-Century average, whereas the most recent observations suggest it is actually between 0.9 to 1 degree above.

 

The discrepancy means nations could continue emitting carbon dioxide at the current rate for another 20 years before the target was breached, instead of the three to five predicted by the previous model.

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You mean the climate models that the "scientists" have been using to scare everyone to get more funding are actually wrong? I am shocked.

 

 

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Climate change not as threatening to planet as previously thought, new research suggests

Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less quickly than 10-year-old forecasts predicted, giving countries more time to get a grip on their carbon output.

 

Experts now say there is a two-in-three chance of keeping global temperatures within 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the ultimate goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

 

According to the models used to draw up the agreement, the world ought now to be 1.3 degrees above the mid-19th-Century average, whereas the most recent observations suggest it is actually between 0.9 to 1 degree above.

 

The discrepancy means nations could continue emitting carbon dioxide at the current rate for another 20 years before the target was breached, instead of the three to five predicted by the previous model.

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You mean the climate models that the "scientists" have been using to scare everyone to get more funding are actually wrong? I am shocked.

 

 

I sort of figured our summer temp wouldn't reach 130 degrees with no ice caps and 300mph hurricanes.

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A guide to the things Silicon Valley ‘invented’ that already existed

If this sounds familiar — an “invention” that already exists — that’s because it’s been kind of a running theme in Silicon Valley products, particularly those that tend to make a lot of people mad. Below is a roundup of some of the “best.”

 

Juicero

 

What it “invented”: A wifi-enabled juicer with a powerful press designed to squeeze juice from a proprietary bag of fruit and vegetables.

 

What already existed: Your hands, Capri Sun, juicers.

 

Bodega

 

What it “invented”: A replacement for the corner store.

 

What already existed: Vending machines, minibars.

 

Lyft Shuttle

 

What it “invented”: Lyft, but for people who are cool with traveling on a set path in a shared vehicle for a lower rate.

 

What already existed: A bus.

 

Soylent

 

What it “invented”: A drinkable meal-replacement shake.

 

What already existed: SlimFast

 

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The biggest one was Theranos, the blood testing company. They actually used standard testing machines and got away with it until investors found out.

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A guide to the things Silicon Valley ‘invented’ that already existed

If this sounds familiar — an “invention” that already exists — that’s because it’s been kind of a running theme in Silicon Valley products, particularly those that tend to make a lot of people mad. Below is a roundup of some of the “best.”

 

Juicero

 

What it “invented”: A wifi-enabled juicer with a powerful press designed to squeeze juice from a proprietary bag of fruit and vegetables.

 

What already existed: Your hands, Capri Sun, juicers.

 

Bodega

 

What it “invented”: A replacement for the corner store.

 

What already existed: Vending machines, minibars.

 

Lyft Shuttle

 

What it “invented”: Lyft, but for people who are cool with traveling on a set path in a shared vehicle for a lower rate.

 

What already existed: A bus.

 

Soylent

 

What it “invented”: A drinkable meal-replacement shake.

 

What already existed: SlimFast

 

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The biggest one was Theranos, the blood testing company. They actually used standard testing machines and got away with it until investors found out.

 

 

 

Slimfast of made of PEOPLE? :o

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