What Is It?

A bizarre-looking web structure has been found in the Peruvian Amazon, and apparently nobody knows what it is, not even scientists.

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The strange formation resembles a tiny spire surrounded by a webby picket fence and is about 2 centimeters (0.8 inches) wide. Georgia Tech graduate student.Troy Alexander first spotted one of these on the underside of a tarp near the Tambopata Research Center in the Peruvian Amazon. At first he thought it might have been an aborted moth cocoon, he wrote on Reddit. But then he found several more, all of which looked quite similar.
He posted the photos to Reddit and asked other scientists to help him out, besides making queries around the Tambopata Research Center, to no avail. His guess is that “there are eggs in the base of the maypole in the middle of the horse corral, though it might be something pupating,” he wrote on Reddit. [See Images of Weird Amazon Web Structure]

 

Chris Buddle, an arachnologist at McGill University, said that neither he nor any of his associates know what it is. “I have no clue,” he said. It’s “a seriously fascinating mystery.”

“I have no idea what animal made that,” Norman Platnick, curator emeritus of spiders at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, told LiveScience.

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Amazon Developing It’s Own Wireless Network

The company behind the Kindle and other  high-tech devices reportedly has been testing its own wireless network that  would be used by Amazon-built devices to download books, movies and other  web-based content.

It’s unclear whether the testing is ongoing  or if it’s been completed, but it’s reportedly taking place at Amazon’s Lab 126  research facilities in Cupertino, California – where Kindles are  designed.

Currently, Amazon devices in America access  the Internet through its Whispernet service, which runs on AT&T’s 3G  cellular network.

 
The future: Amazon is reportedly trying to develop its own wireless network for its high-tech products like the Kindle
The future: Amazon is reportedly trying to develop its  own wireless network for its high-tech products like the Kindle

 

According to Bloomberg – which cites ‘people  with knowledge of the matter’ as its source – Amazon is testing a wireless  network using a spectrum that is controlled by a satellite communications  company called Globalstar.

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Al’s Global Warming Mega-Church

By: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Yesterday Rush Limbaugh once again spoke of the hoax that is global warming. It’s in the news again, don’t ya know.

 

This is a real pet peeve of mine. I’ve done many articles disclaiming this hoax. As Rush stated, how otherwise brilliant people can just buy into the lie is fascinating.

 

It just shows that it is indeed not science but a religion and for others, it’s the politics of money, power and control.

 

The evidence so clearly shows there is no warming and hasn’t been for over 15 years. Recall the published e-mails of climate “scientists” falsifying and deleting data to achieve the necessary result. Yet the obvious manipulation by these climate hacks seems to hold no sway to the true “warming believers”.

 

The latest revelation of the climate scientists is that there is 95% certainty of global warming and it is man-made.

 

And there you have it. Proof positive! All they have to do is announce it and the religious faithful will just eat it up.

 

Rush said it is especially prevalent with the twenty-something crowd. I agree. I believe they have an ongoing struggle to be relevant and will thus latch onto any feel-good cause. They ask for no data, no proof, and no evidence.

 

And there is plenty of real data out there. There is also plenty of doctored data. That unfortunately is what makes the headlines.

 

For people like Al Gore who have become super rich off the hoax, one needs no proof. His truth is the truth.

 

Yet, as I stated, there is no real science to support their claims. In fact, the unaltered science claims the exact opposite.

 

Just look at the graphs below. This is empirical/scientific data. The unaltered data shows cooling, not warming and that just won’t do.

 

James Hansen worked at NASA’s GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies) He is now a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Maybe if you’re lucky, he will be teaching your impressionable children all about global warming. Or at least his made-up version. Below is some of Hansen’s “scientific” handiwork. read more

Warsaw Uprising

Black and white silent footage taken during  the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis have been turned into a mesmerising  feature movie with sound and color.

The film is a riveting account of the  fierce  house-to-house fighting against the German army that began on  August 1 and  ended 63 days later with the insurgents surrendering,  following the deaths of  some 200,000 rebels and residents.

Titled Warsaw Rising, the film shows the  crews that the Polish resistance Home Army sent fanning through the city to  chronicle the uprising.

Captivating footage: Black and white footage taken during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis have been turned into a mesmerising feature film with sound and colour
Captivating footage: Black and white footage taken  during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis have been turned into a  mesmerizing feature film with sound and color

 

16 Most Expensive Apps on the App Store

Paid apps may be on the decline, but a small percentage of mobile users are willing to fork out for high quality content, and Apple’s app store still contains a selection of offerings for really big spenders.

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There are 900,000 apps in Apple’s App Store, but only a few cost the top price of $999.99 Photo: © Alamy
 

 

The Apple Store is the largest app store in the world, with more than 900,000 apps in total, consisting of both free and paid apps. Although 90 percent of iOS apps are now free, according to app analytics provider Flurry, some are expensive beyond imagination.

The highest price that any developer can charge for an app on the iOS App Store is $999.99 (£638). When the App Store first opened, a number of novelty apps were launched aimed at people with more money than sense. The most notable example was I Am Rich – an iPhone app that did nothing except proclaim the user’s affluence.

These days, however, the $999.99 club is made up primarily of apps with legitimate purposes, and mobile blog Top Apps has put together a list of the the 16 most expensive apps in the App Store.

Only four developers charge the top price of $999.99. One of these is VIP Black, which claims to give owners “VIP treatment – extra-special experiences like complimentary upgrades, surprise gifts, welcome packages, exclusive rates, priority access, and other unique privileges – across iVIP Ltd’s global range of luxury partners and services.”

As if paying nearly $1,000 for the app wasn’t enough, VIP Black also requires buyers to prove that their income is above £1 million.

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Crops Destroyed in Philippines

Genetically modified foods have an image problem all over the world. Field trials of GM wheat were targeted last year in the UK, and now some 400 farmers in the Philippines have stormed a government-owned GM research field.

The protestors destroyed 1000 square metres of Golden Rice – a variety created to reduce vitamin A deficiency.

Golden Rice is engineered to contain beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A which gives the rice its distinctive yellow color. Vitamin A deficiency kills up to 2 million people and causes blindness in 500,000 children worldwide each year. It was recently shown that replacing half of a child’s rice intake with Golden Rice provides them with 60 per cent of their daily vitamin A requirement.

Not everyone views it positively though. “The Golden Rice is a poison,” Willy Marbella, a farmer and deputy secretary general of the militant farmers’ group KMP, told New Scientist. Marbella, who attended the protest at Pili, Camarines Sur, where the Golden Rice in a trial site was uprooted, says malnutrition is caused by poverty and needs to be addressed by support services, not genetically modified crops.

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WiFi, TV, Radio, and Cellphones are banned

The town of Bomont outlawed dancing in the  movie Footloose, but the kids in Green Bank, West Virginia live with much worse: no electronics.

That’s because the small  town of 149 people lies in the middle of the 13,000-square mile National Radio Quiet Zone.

Scientists use this space to project  satellites into space for research, and they can’t have waves from personal  electronic devices interrupting their  signals. That means no radio,  TV, WiFi, cellphones or bluetooth.

Shh...Green Bank, West Virginia is home to the largest steerable satellite in the world - and it needs absolute radio silence to do it's work
Shh…Green Bank, West Virginia is home to the largest  steerable satellite in the world – and it needs absolute radio silence to do  it’s work

 

Switch off: WiFi, cellphones and TV are strictly off limits
WiFi, cellphones and TV are strictly off  limits

 

Emergencies only: First responders are the only residents allowed to use the prohibited electronics
First responders are the only residents allowed to use the  prohibited electronics

 

Green Bank is home to the largest steerable  radio telescope in the world – the  Green Bank Telescope. It is arguably the most powerful satellite observing  space.

To let the telescope operate without  disturbances the town has completely outlawed the use of electronic transmitting  devices and a policeman actually patrols the streets looking for wireless  signals.

Only first responders are allowed to use radios and there’s only one pay phone.  Residents still have access to the internet, but at the glacial streaming pace  dial-up offers.

Just the way they like it: The electronic regulations in Green Bank are scary for most modern people but a select few have been moving there to get away from all the devices
 The electronic regulations in  Green Bank are scary for most modern people but a select few have been moving  there to get away from all the devices
Relocators: The newer residents believe they suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity - a sickness not recognized in the medical community
 The newer residents believe they suffer from  Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity – a sickness not recognized in the medical  community

 

Obviously that makes modern life difficult  for the residents of the town, but it’s also looked at as a positive by many who  began flocking here in the mid-2000s to get away from all the technology.

Many of these newer residents say that they  suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), a disease not recognized in  the medical community.

People like Diane Schou believe that the  waves caused by electronic objects make them sick, much like allergies, and that  Green Bank is one of the only places they can live and be healthy.

‘Life isn’t perfect here,’ Schou told  Slate. ‘There’s no grocery store, no restaurants, no hospital nearby. But here at least, I’m healthy. I can  do things. I’m not in bead with a headache all the time.’

Attribution: Daily Mail

A Nasal Spray to Treat Alzheimer’s?

A host of debilitating disorders of the central nervous system cry out for treatment. Diseases like Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s — colloquially known as “The Long Goodbye” — come prominently to mind. All exact torturous tolls, both physical and mental, on the afflicted and their families. Nobody should have to endure them.

But imagine, one day, if Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s could be treated with a simple nasal spray. Wouldn’t that be incredible? Well, that’s just what Cobi Heijnen, a professor of neuroimmunology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, hopes to accomplish, using ubiquitous, often-overlooked bubble-like organelles present in almost all kinds of cells: exosomes.

Perhaps the most obstructing barrier to treating neurological conditions is quite literally a barrier. Tightly packed endothelial cells with restrictive junctions separate the body’s circulating blood from the brain’s extracellular fluid. This blood-brain barrier is a decidedly good thing, as it seals off our precious brains from common bacterial infections. However, like the overprotective father that blindly regards all of his daughter’s boyfriends as devilish miscreants, the blood-brain barrier frequently thwarts the delivery of many beneficial diagnostic and therapeutic agents to the brain, making it exceedingly difficult to treat neurological ailments.

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Veyron of the Sea

This James Bond-style powerboat was built to  chase down pirates with its remote controlled machine gun and 100mph speeds –  but now it could be yours.

The cutting edge boat – the fastest military  vessel ever made – is on general sale and is tipped to go for a fraction of its  $2.3 million value.

When it was launched in 2006 the XSR  Interceptor was described as ‘the Bugatti Veyron of the seas’ in homage to its  incredible 1,600bhp power and stylish design.

 
Dream machine: The XSR Interceptor powerboat made from Kevlar and carbon fibre was built to chase down pirates with its remote controlled machine gun and 100mph top speed 
The XSR Interceptor powerboat made from  Kevlar and carbon fiber was built to chase down pirates with its remote  controlled machine gun and 100mph top speed

 

 
Cutting edge: The military vessel is being put up for auction with no reserve and is tipped to sell for a fraction of its £1.5 million value 
The military vessel is being put up for  auction with no reserve and is tipped to sell for a fraction of its $2.3 million  value

After unveiling the boat Prince Michael of  Kent described it as ‘a true super product of which British industry should be  proud’.

 
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson called it ‘the  most beautiful thing ever created by man’ when it featured on the BBC  show.

But seven years on, the 48ft superboat is now  set to go under the hammer with no reserve – and anyone can bid provided they  put down a $75  refundable deposit.

It is among 300 lots including two other  incomplete boats being sold off by manufacturers XSMG World to recover money  owed to HM Revenue and Customs.

 
Cockpit: The cabin seats are worth £90,000 alone
The cabin seats are worth $138,000 alone
 
Powerplant: The boat's two powerful Isottafraschini engines put out a whopping 16000hp
 The boat’s two powerful Isottafraschini  engines put out a whopping 1600hp
 
Impressed: Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond pictured aboard the futuristic craft. The show saw the boat being raced against a Ferrari Daytona in the South of France
 Top Gear presenters James May and Richard  Hammond pictured  aboard the futuristic craft. The show featured a luxury  version of the boat being raced against a Ferrari Daytona in the South of France

The cutting edge boat is built from Kevlar  and carbon fiber and boasts a camouflage paint job and top spec navigation  equipment.

It even has a 0.5mm machine gun turret that  pops up from inside the front  of the vessel although the gun itself is not  included in the sale.

The onboard toilets cost a staggering $10,700  and the cabin seats are worth $138,000.

The dashboard was created by the same people  who made the Bugatti’s, the  front deck is crafted out of glass and the rear is  made out of the  finest teak.

Although the  boat, called No Boundaries, is  expected to sell for a snip, the winning  bidder will have to fork out £4,000 to  pay overdue marina fees.

The buyer will also have to negotiate a price  for the boat’s two huge 800hp turbocharged engines which are currently on loan  from the suppliers.

 
The carbon fibre and kevlar craft streaks across the sea powered by two huge engines
 The carbon fiber and Kevlar craft streaks across  the sea powered by two huge engines
 
The 48ft superboat, named No Boundaries, is among 300 lots including two other incomplete boats being sold off by manufacturers XSMG
The 48ft superboat, named No Boundaries, is among 300  lots including two other incomplete boats being sold off by manufacturers  XSMG
 
Streamlined: The boat, the fastest military vessel ever made - is being sold with no reserve and is tipped to sell for a fraction of its £1.5 million value
 The boat, the fastest military vessel ever  made – is being sold with no reserve and is tipped to sell for a fraction of its  $2.3 million value

A luxury model was driven by TV presenter  James May in a race against Richard Hammond’s Ferrari Daytona from Portofino,  Italy, to St Tropez, France in 2009.

It had also been listed for sale but has  since been withdrawn.

Shane Wisdom, of auctioneers GJ Wisdom, said:  ‘We have been instructed to auction the items from XSMG World on behalf of HM  Revenue and Customs.

‘All of the items are being sold with no  reserve, so the price will simply be determined by the demand on the day of the  auction.

‘Provided prospective buyers pay a refundable  $75 deposit to register, anyone can place a bid.

‘The nature of auctions is that items  don’t  come with a guarantee or warranty so these items are not going to  go for their  retail value.’

‘We have advertised the sale nationally and  there has already been a lot of interest.’

The XSR Interceptor boasts a ‘revolutionary’  stabilization system offering control in high-speed turns and greater stability  in extreme weather  conditions.

 
Hot rod of the seas: The dashboard was created by the same people who made the Bugatti Veyron's
 The dashboard was created by the  same people who made the Bugatti Veyron’s
 
The onboard toilets cost a staggering £7,000
The onboard toilets cost a staggering $10,700
 
Scuppered: Although the boat is expected to sell for a snip, the winning bidder will have to fork out £4,000 to pay overdue marina fees
 Although the boat is expected to sell for a  snip, the winning bidder will have to fork out $6100 to pay overdue marina fees

It has a range of 1,000 miles and can carry  up to 12 passengers.

XSMG World says the vessel ‘provides  governments and commercial users with high speed interception and offshore  patrol capability to counter the most complex of modern waterborne  threats’.

Its website claims their ‘world-class’ team  had come up with a boat that ‘redefines the operational boundaries of high speed  intercept, pursuit and patrol in coastal waters’.

Speaking at its launch in 2006, XSMG World  boss Ian Sanderson said: ‘Globally the ultra-rich are spending vast amounts of  money on luxury ‘supercars’ but there was no marine equivalent, so we challenged  ourselves to create one.

‘We wanted the XSR48 to be state of the art  so have taken the DNA and high performance of a supercar and transformed it into  a boat.

‘The top speed of the boat is 100mph making  in the world’s fastest diesel boat. It is the Bugatti Veyron of the marine  world.

‘If you are spending a million pounds you may  as well buy something that can take up to five friends and something you can  eat, sleep and entertain on.

‘The major advantage of the superboat as  opposed to the supercar is the freedom it offers.

‘There are no boundaries with this boat.  Everywhere you go these days on land there are speed traps and cameras, but here  you just have the wide open ocean in front of you.’

The auction will take place at the XSMG World  site in Marchwood, Hants, tomorrow.

Attribution: Mail Online

Green Failure

Business: The CEO of Siemens AG, the German manufacturing giant, has been sent packing. Seems the board had it with his stewardship. Instead of making solid gains, he took the company down a green energy hole.

Peter Loescher was picked from Merck & Co. in May 2007 to lead Siemens out of a troubling time. What they got was an executive who made a bet on a trendy interest and didn’t get the results that were expected of him.

“This weekend,” Bloomberg News reported Monday, the company “lost patience after Loescher’s expansion into green energy and expensive acquisitions led to a fifth profit-forecast cut.”

Loescher was then dismissed on Wednesday.

He can’t say he wasn’t warned. He needed only to look at Spain, where attempts to create a green economy failed miserably.

Researcher Gabriel Calzada Alvarez at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos looked at the Spanish effort and found that for every green job that was created, 2.2 jobs were destroyed. Alvarez also discovered that for each green megawatt of energy brought on line, 5.28 jobs were lost elsewhere in the economy.

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