Monday, July 28, 2014

Ebola only a plane ride away from USA

Ebola could easily arrive in the USA on board a plane, but wouldn't spread far, experts say. The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves as a grim reminder that deadly viruses are only a plane ride away from the USA, health experts say. The outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatality rates for Ebola have been as high as 90% in past outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Northern Hemisphere Cracks 400 ppm CO₂ for Whole Month for First Time

Carbon dioxide levels exceeded 400 ppm across the Northern Hemisphere for the entire month of April, a significant climate-change milestone. But this is the first time scientists have seen a whole month over 400 ppm at monitoring stations across the Northern Hemisphere, says Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, who was not involved with the measurements. "Four hundred ppm is not in and of itself particularly important physically," says Schmidt, "but it is emblematic of the fact that we are pushing the climate system into territory that is uncharted."

Friday, May 16, 2014

MERS An outbreak with pandemic potential

In the May 31 SN: An outbreak with pandemic potential, a macabre rejuvenating regimen, the dangers of being born big and death by black hole. Behind the news that the United States has had its first case of the deadly respiratory virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS coronavirus, is a far more worrisome trend: Case numbers are exploding on the Arabian Peninsula. As doctors struggle to treat patients, scientists are rushing to answer some basic questions about the virus’s biology, whose answers could stop the virus from becoming a pandemic. As far as anyone knows, the first human victims of MERS were a university student and a nurse, who both got sick and died in Jordan in the spring of 2012. In the two years between then and March 2014, public health officials recorded an average of 14 or 15 cases per month, for a total of 207 cases. Of those cases, 93 people died, making the mortality rate about 45 percent.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SKYWATCH: Planet alignment start of Armageddon?

Mars, Earth, and the Sun all aligned last night, a rare 'opposition of the planets' that only happens once every 778 days. But what made this event so remarkable is that it occurred precisely a week before everyone on earth will see the first of FOUR dark red 'blood moons', an extraordinary event some Christians believe represents the End of Days and the second coming of Christ. The King James Bible predicts: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes," [Joel 2:31]. And, according to NASA, a highly unusual 'Tetrad' - four successive total 'blood-red' lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons - will, indeed, start next Tuesday and finish on September 28 2015.

Monday, March 31, 2014


On Saturday, March 29th, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2017 erupted, producing a brief but intense X1-class solar flare. A flash of extreme UV radiation sent waves of ionization rippling through Earth's upper atmosphere and disturbed the normal propagation of terrestrial radio transmissions. Radio engineer Stan Nelson of Roswell, NM, was monitoring WWV at 20 MHz when the signal wobbled then disappeared entirely for several minutes:

Friday, March 28, 2014

4 cases of Ebola turn up in Guinea's capital

Guinea health officials: 4 Ebola cases turn up in capital; at least 63 dead in country's south since outbreak began Mar. 28, 2014 9:56 AM EDT CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they're now treating four cases of Ebola in the capital. D. Sakoba Keita, a spokesman for the health ministry, announced on national television that the virus had reached the city of 3 million. Already at least 63 people have died in the country's south since the Ebola outbreak began last week. The highly infectious virus causes hemorrhagic fever in its victims, with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. Keita said the new cases involved patients who had been in contact with the body of one of the earlier victims. He said health officials on Friday were seeking to quarantine anyone who took part in the burials. Authorities in neighboring Liberia are also investigating several suspected cases.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

California governor declares drought state of emergency

California Gov. Brown meeting w/ water leaders today on possible plan to transfer water from SoCal to areas of need. Experts Warn California Drought Bringing Black Bears Out Of Hibernation Early. California’s drought could be precursor to even drier days ahead