Yellowstone Super-Caldera Has Deformed

As small earthquakes continue to rumble around the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming, scientists have revealed new evidence of the changes going on beneath the ground.

A new map from the US Geological Survey shows how the ground around the Yellowstone caldera has deformed over the span of two years, as the quakes release uplift-causing pressure, allowing the ground to sink back down.

This activity is typically linked to changes in magma and gases deep below the surface – but for now, the experts say there’s no cause for worry.

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In the map above, a bulls-eye shaped section of uplift can be seen at the Norris Geyser Basin, where the ground has risen roughly 3 inches. And, an elliptical subsidence can be seen in the Yellowstone caldera, with the ground dropping about 1.2 inches

EARTHQUAKE SWARM 

The University of Utah’s Seismograph Stations (UUSS) have been monitoring the activity since it began June 12.

A total of 1,562 quakes have been recorded so far at Yellowstone since the swarm began.

Earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and, on average, comprise about 50 per cent of the total activity in the Yellowstone region.

Although the latest swarm is the largest since 2012, it is fewer than weekly counts during similar events in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. 

Tremors were recorded from ground level to 9mi (14.5km) below sea level.

Seismic activity could be a sign of an impending eruption of the supervolcano, although this is impossible to predict exactly

The map, created by USGS geophysicist Chuck Wicks uses data from June 2015 and July 2017 to show how the region around Yellowstone has changed.

In the map, the colourful rings show the changes in the ground’s elevation as seen by a radar satellite, according to USGS.

A bulls-eye shaped section of uplift can be seen at the Norris Geyser Basin, where the ground has risen roughly 3 inches.

And, an elliptical subsidence can be seen in the Yellowstone caldera, with the ground dropping about 1.2 inches.

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An Autonomous Helicopter Air Taxi

German automobile firm Daimler and other investors have has invested more than $29 million dollars (25 million euro) in aviation start-up Volocopter.

Volocopter plans to use the money to invest in further developing its electrically powered, autonomous Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft and ‘conquer’ the market for flying air taxis.

Volocopter’s ‘Volocopter 2X’ is a fully electric VTOL with 18 quiet rotors and a maximum airspeed of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour – and it can transport two passengers without a pilot.

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Volocopter announced that in the fourth quarter of 2017, it will work with Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to conduct tests of its vehicle as an autonomous air taxi. The trial operations and certification program is expected to continue for five years

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Spider-Scorpion Hybrid Found in Arizona

A spider-scorpion hybrid may sound like a creature from the latest horror blockbuster.

But such a creature exists in the real world, and one was spotted this week by a man in Arizona.

The animal is a camel spider, otherwise known as a wind scorpion – a cousin of both spiders and scorpions that has traits seen in both.

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The idea of a spider-scorpion hybrid may sound like a creature from the latest horror blockbuster. But such a creature exists in the real world, and one was spotted this week by a man in Arizona

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Nielsen to Add Hulu and YouTube

Nielsen will begin including Hulu Live TV and Google’s YouTube TV viewing in its TV ratings in the United States in an effort to capture the shift from traditional broadcast to watching shows on laptops or smartphones, the company said on Tuesday.

All programming on Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV that has the same commercials that ran when the program aired on TV, will be included in Nielsen’s ratings no matter the device or whether it was viewed live or on DVR, the advertising tracking company said.

As viewers increasingly ‘cut the cord’, or cancel their cable package subscriptions and move to skinny bundles such as Sling TV and streaming sites like Hulu, it is important for Nielsen to account for these digital players, Nielsen’s Executive Vice President of product leadership Megan Clarken told Reuters.

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UberEats to Provide McDelivery

McDonald’s has launched its long-awaited home delivery trial in the UK after teaming up with Uber’s takeaway service.

The fast food giant is offering its ‘McDelivery’ service through UberEats, with orders available from 22 locations across London and another 10 restaurants in Leeds and Nottingham.

It comes after similar tie-ups with Uber in the US, while McDonald’s already delivers in China and Singapore.

McDonald's has launched its long-awaited home delivery trial in the UK after teaming up with Uber's takeaway service (file picture)

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Mars Colonists May Evolve

Nasa plans to put humans on Mars by 2030 and has already begun to test the limits of its astronauts.

But we may have to take more drastic steps – including modifications to the body and mind – if we are ever to succeed in visiting our inhospitable neighbour.

And once we arrive on the red planet, its unique environment could force rapid evolutionary changes creating a whole new species, experts claim.

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Cognitive scientist Konrad Szocik believes astronauts undertaking missions to Mars may need electronic enhancements to the senses or drugs to dull panic and other emotional reactions to endure the trip (stock image)
Cognitive scientist Konrad Szocik believes astronauts undertaking missions to Mars may need electronic enhancements to the senses or drugs to dull panic and other emotional reactions to endure the trip (stock image)

THE PREDICTIONS 

Electronic devices to enhance the senses and drugs to dull panic and other emotional responses may be needed to successfully complete the trip to Mars.

Any humans who choose to stay and colonise the planet will be faced with other challenges, including the risk of inbreeding.

Colonists may quickly – in scientific terms – evolve into a separate species, with darker skin and thickened bones.

Social problems faced here on Earth, like conflicts, crime and wars, will also need to be addressed.

Cognitive scientist Konrad Szocik at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland, believes that preparations being carried out by Nasa come nowhere near to a realistic simulation of the conditions that they will face.

He suggests that electronic devices to enhance the senses and drugs to dull panic and other emotional responses may be needed to successfully complete the trip.

And any humans who choose to stay may evolve into a separate species, according to evolutionary biologist Scott Soloman.

Singing Skyscrapers

Storms brought misery to Britain last week as 90mph winds brought down trees, blocked roads and caused travel chaos.

But for those living in certain areas, the gales brought the very real headaches caused by screeching buildings and ‘singing’ skyscrapers.

A number of buildings have been heard giving off whistling noises during blustery weather, usually caused by architectural features added to the outside.

Torbay Hospital is the latest modern building to discover a ‘whistling’ problem in high winds

Torbay hospital is the latest to be added to the list, where locals noticed that a new metal facade on the building was whistling in the wind.

But the health centre is not the first to be hit by the issue. The Beetham Tower in Manchester has developed a reputation for howling, humming and whistling every time the wind picks up, prompting repeated attempts to tackle the problem.

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Judge Helps Illegal Alien Escape

You can’t tell me our courts aren’t completely politicized!

from the Daily Mail:

  • Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, faced court in Oregon on January 27 over a DUI
  • Judge Monica Herranz is accused of helping him leave Multnomah County Court so he wouldn’t be arrested by waiting ICE agents 
  • Salazar is an undocumented Mexican-born construction worker 
  • He ended up being arrested by agents two weeks later when he returned for a further court appearance
  • ICE is not conducting a criminal investigation into Judge Herranz but she is being investigated internally 
  • Judge Herranz is on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, appeared before Judge Monica Herranz to plead guilty in a DUI case on January 27 in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Salazar entered the courtroom with his lawyer but never came back out again.

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Russia Did NOT Provide Clinton Emails

This claim is unsubstantiated as yet.

from: Alana Goodman In Washington, Dc For Dailymail.com

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails – they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for ‘disgusted’ Democratic whistleblowers

  • Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and associate of Julian Assange, told the Dailymail.com  he flew to Washington, D.C. for emails
  • He claims he had a clandestine hand-off in a wooded area near American University with one of the email sources 
  • The leakers’ motivation was ‘disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the  ’tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders’
  • Murray says: ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks’
  • ‘Regardless of whether the Russians hacked into the DNC, the documents Wikileaks published did not come from that,’ Murray insists
  • Murray is a controversial figure who was relieved of his post as British ambassador amid allegations of misconduct but is close to Wikileaks

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Snoop Dogg’s Trump Song Isn’t Disturbing but a Parade Float Is

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In July, the piece of crap, drug using and women abusing rapper Snoop Dogg posted an anti-Trump video on his Instagram account. The “song,” and I use the word “song” in the loosest of terms, I guess is called F**k Donald Trump.

The lyrics are very catchy and must have taken him…say…30 seconds to write, as every other word is “yeah N**ger, or F**k Donald Trump.

I’m going to go way out on a limb and conclude Mr. Dogg doesn’t care much for Donald Trump.

After forcing myself to watch about 15 seconds of his masterpiece-of-crap, I proceeded to the nearest search engine to look for the appropriate backlash from every major news outlet in the land, decrying the caustic and racist nature of the “song,” and defending the Trumpster.

I thought surely, despite their misgivings with The Donald, all the major news outlets would join in to condemn such a hate-filled song.

Sooprise – Sooprise! Scrolling through two or three full pages in Google search, I found not a single posting by CNN, the Washington or Huffington Post, NYT, Salon – nobody. read more