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Is This the Cure for Deafness?

Most people will be familiar with the feeling of a ringing in their ears after a night of loud music.

Although the ringing is normally temporary, repeated damage like this in humans, and other mammals, leads to hearing problems and eventually causes deafness.

But sea anemones possess a skill we do not – they can repair cells like those damaged in human ears through loud noises, a new study has shown.

Repeated damage like this in humans, and other mammals, would eventually lead to deafness. But sea anemones have a skill we do no - they can repair the damage caused in their ears by loud sounds, a new study has shown
Repeated damage like this in humans, and other mammals, would eventually lead to deafness. But sea anemones have a skill we do no – they can repair the damage caused in their ears by loud sounds, a new study has shown

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Spaceship Cloud

It might look like visitors from outer space have landed on Etna but this saucer-shaped object was created much closer to home.

Although often mistaken for UFOs, lenticular clouds such as this one in Sicily are formed in the lowest layer of the atmosphere as stable humid air blows over a mountain range and drops on the other side. The mountain acts like a rock in a stream, creating a wave of air on both sides. As the air rises up, the water vapour cools and condenses on the crest of the wave – forming the cloud. But it disappears as the wave drops away and dries out.

This makes the disc shape look stationary, even though air is streaming through. Airline pilots try to avoid such clouds as the rotation of rising winds causes turbulence.

But glider pilots seek them out, as the air currents can help their crafts soar. read more

Disaster Survival Ball

It may look like a giant snooker ball, but this spherical capsule could save your life.

When a natural disaster strikes, whether it is a tsunami or earthquake, there are very few places to find shelter.

But now, The Survival Capsule – a personal safety system in the form of a giant ball – has been designed to combat this issue.

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Podcast – Muslims in Egypt Blame Violence on Cartoons and Video Games – Communist Cuba is Now the Coolest Place on Earth – Mt St Helens is Recharging

Yes, Muslim leaders and academics in Egypt believe they have found the source of jihad. No it’s not the teachings of radical clerics – it’s the cartoon Tom and Jerry and violent video games that have been driving young men to shoot others and blow them up.

For the liberal elites and the beautiful people in Hollywood, music and the fashion industry, the Communist Island of Cuba is evidently the place to see and be seen – more to be seen. Communist Cuba is cool, assuming you know nothing about it.

It seems Mt St Helens is recharging. Scientists are detecting tiny earthquakes deep below ground – an indication the mountain is slowly coming back to life. There’s nothing to worry yet, but it is again just a matter of time. read more

Bodyguards for Plant

Its attractive red berries, succulent leaves and brightly colored flowers might look like a tasty snack for a hungry herbivore.

But while the berries of the bittersweet nightshade already hold enough poison to put off even the most enthusiastic of grazers, it seems the plant also has another trick to defend itself – ant bodyguards.

The bittersweet nightshade, also called Solanum dulcamara, produces a sugary nectar directly from wounds inflicted on its leaves by animals chewing on them in a bid to attract ants.

A poisonous woodland plant called bittersweet nightshade has been found to 'bled' a sugary nectar from wounds when slugs and insect larvae eat its leaves. These secretions attract three different species of ant (red ants pictured) which attack the herbivores and protect the plant from suffering further damage

A poisonous woodland plant called bittersweet nightshade has been found to ‘bled’ a sugary nectar from wounds when slugs and insect larvae eat its leaves. These secretions attract three different species of ant (red ants pictured) which attack the herbivores and protect the plant from suffering further damage

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We Can Protect Ourselves From the Zika Virus

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Liberals are always attempting to lecture the rest of us about safety – especially the safety and well-being of the children. We must child proof our houses. Children mustn’t be allowed to play with small toys for fear of choking. We must purchase the correct car seat and kids must always have a proper bike helmet. We must make sure they have child approved medicines and keep them sealed. We must have no firearms within a mile of children. We must keep children away from lead paint, lest they ingest paint chips causing physical and mental defects.

Pregnant mothers are also treated with kid gloves. Every precaution is taken to make sure they give birth to a healthy baby. In other words, we do (and overdue) whatever is necessary to keep our kids and moms-to-be safe and healthy.

But even with all the precautions parents take, something as insignificant as a mosquito can throw an entire family for a loop. I’m speaking of course of the mosquito-borne Zika virus which is spreading rapidly through South and Central America and now into the Southern United States.

The Zika virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in otherwise healthy adults, “but in pregnant women it has been linked to an alarming increase in the rate of the birth defect known as microcephaly – a debilitatingly small head and brain size.” Dr. Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General describes the outbreak as an “extraordinary event and a public health threat to other parts of the world.”

Experts at the CDC have issued a new set of guidelines for travelers to affected areas and work on a vaccine is being done at a feverish pace. It seems everything that can be done at this time is being done to prevent the spread of the epidemic. read more

Worm Inspires Wet Adhesive

The sandcastle worm has inspired a new form of underwater adhesive

The sandcastle worm has inspired a new form of underwater adhesive (Credit: Fred Hayes)

Science has turned its torch to many corners of the animal kingdom in the pursuit of advanced adhesives. Immoveable mussels, grippy geckos and stubborn shellfish have helped nudge these efforts along in the past, and now another critter has emerged with a few sticky secrets of its own. read more

No Need to Fret over Global Warming – We Will Just Evolve

by: the Common Constitutionalist

“We’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy. Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.” That’s what the president exclaimed in his dog and pony show Tuesday night.

But really, is it already too late for that? Americans have been told that global warming will surely cause worldwide drought. At the same time it will cause massive coastal flooding due to melting of all the ice over the entire globe. Even the ice in your freezer will melt.

I suppose then, for those living along the coast it will get really wet and those inland, assuming there is any inland, there will be barren conditions, not to mention packing more and more people into an ever-shrinking land mass– so I guess its pick your poison. This is what the so-called global warming experts tell us. read more

The Mother of All Good Crises

by: the Common Constitutionalist

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before,” said Rahm Emmanuel, Chicago mayor and leftist hack.

We’ve seen this adage demonstrated throughout Obama’s dictatorial reign. Every time there is a shooting incident that involves a white killing a black, regardless of the justification, Obama, ever the community agitator, is one of the first to speak up.

The body of the dead is barely cold as Obama takes to a microphone and declares this could have somehow been prevented if only he could take all our guns away. Okay, he doesn’t say it, but you can bet he means it.

But he’s not the only one. Most large, sweeping government programs, rules and regulations come from a good crisis – real or fabricated. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailout supposedly saved the country from certain financial doom. The GM bailout was to save the car company, but it was actually intended to preserve the labor unions.

TARP also gave us Dodd-Frank, the effective federal takeover of the financial system.

Obamacare was born from a phony healthcare crisis, and the flood of illegals over the past few years was apparently due to poor Central Americans trying escape the strife in their own countries.

But the mother of all good crises may come from the aftermath of mega-hurricane Patricia, bearing down on Southern Mexico. read more

Podcast – Immigration Act 50th Anniversary – Climate Mega-Church Wants To Punish Deniers – Hurricane and Climate Predictions

On Segment One of this episode I discuss the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act Signed by LBJ and how we’re all worse off because of it. Segment Two is a discussion of The Climate Change “Perfect Con,” and how alarmists now want the Obama administration to prosecute corporations and deniers under the RICO act. Segment Three furthers the Climate Change discussion, juxtaposing it with the inaccurate science of predicting and tracking hurricanes. read more