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
SOLAR FLARE SCRAMBLES RADIO SIGNALS
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
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Artic ice cracks expose ocean to toxic merury
Vigorous mixing in the air above large cracks in Arctic sea ice that expose seawater to cold polar air pumps atmospheric mercury down to the surface, finds a NASA field campaign. This process can lead to more of the toxic pollutant entering the food chain, where it can negatively affect the health of fish and animals who eat them, including humans.