Thursday, March 31, 2011
▽ ⊿◤◥ △ ▴ ▵Japan Creates Car Made Out of Water, While Tsunami Based Radioactive Rain Falls Over on U.S.◤◤◤
East Coast tests found iodine-131 from Japan in rainwater; California results due out in coming days
Rain falling on the United States contains radioactive material from Japan at levels that exceed federal safety thresholds.
Federal officials on Tuesday urged calm in the wake of the discovery of iodine-131, which blew across the Pacific Ocean from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, in rainwater.
Test results for California have not yet been released, so it's impossible to assess the exact dangers here. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish those results within the next day or so, according to Mike Bandrowski, chief of indoor air and radiation for the EPA's Region 9, which includes California.
Government officials for weeks have been downplaying the likely health effects of the radioactive fallout on Californians.
The level of radioactive material detected by the East Coast tests, however, “does exceed the EPA’s maximum contaminant level,” Bandrowski said. Because radioactive material degrades quickly, he said the contamination would likely be short-lived. “It’s all going to decay away in two months or so.”
Iodine-131 is among the most toxic particles released during nuclear accidents, according to Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It can build up in thyroid glands, where it can lead to cancer.
“We’ve had immense storms, so there was a large amount of rainfall that potentially brought down a significant amount of radioactivity,” Hirsh said.
The EPA's maximum contaminant limits for iodine-131 assume exposure over the course of a lifetime, according to Bandrowski, who said residents should not be concerned by the presence of the radioactive material for a “short duration.”
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So-named because some native peoples use their skin secretions to poison their darts, the poison dart frogs of the Amazon jungle are well known for their bitter taste and beautiful colors. The spectacular hues of these forest frogs serve to broadcast their built-in chemical weapons: skin secretions containing nasty toxins called alkaloids. Like the red, yellow and black bands on a coral snake or the yellow stripes on a wasp, their contrasting color patterns warn would-be predators to stay away, said lead author Juan Santos of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC.
As it turns out, the most boldly-colored and bad-tasting species are also the most physically fit, the authors report this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In forests in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Panamá, Santos subjected nearly 500 poison frogs -- representing more than 50 species -- to a frog fitness test. He measured their oxygen uptake during exercise using a rotating plastic tube, turning the tube like a hamster wheel to make the frogs walk.
Santos estimated the frogs' metabolic rates while at rest, and again after four minutes of exercise. The result? The most dazzling and deadly species had higher aerobic capacity than their drab, nontoxic cousins.
"They're better able to extract oxygen from each breath and transport it to their muscles, just like well-trained athletes," Santos said.
Poisonous species owe their athletic prowess to their unusual foraging habits, explained co-author David Cannatella of the University of Texas at Austin. Unlike snakes and other poisonous animals which make their own venom, poison frogs get their toxins from their food.
"They acquire their alkaloid chemicals by eating ants and mites," Cannatella said.
Because of their picky diet, poisonous frogs have to forage far and wide for food. "Nontoxic species basically stay in one place and don't move very much and eat any insect that comes close to them," Santos said. "But the bright, poisonous frogs are very picky about what they eat."
"It's not like a buffet where they can get everything they need to eat in one place," Cannatella added. "Ants and mites are patchy, so the frogs have to move around more to find enough food."
This combination of toxic skin and bold colors -- a syndrome known as aposematism -- evolved in tandem with specialized diet and physical fitness multiple times across the poison frog family tree, the authors explained. In some cases the frogs' physical fitness may have evolved before their unusual diet, making it possible to forage for harder-to-find food. But the specific sequence of events was likely different for different branches of the tree, Santos said.
The findings appear in the March 28 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
Spine TV meets Yuko Michishita as she explains her position regarding insects - dead or alive, Lucy Rose sings a beautiful version of 'Scar', Paul Fryer speaks about the responsibility of power and Fiona Bevan's rendition of 'Pirates and Diamonds'.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give almost to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labors to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people,
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
Or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young and with the mothers of families,
Read these leaves in the open air,
Every season of every year of your life,
Reexamine all you have been told,
At school at church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
And your very flesh shall be a great poem,
And have the richest fluency not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
And in every motion and joint of your body.
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If you have not been able to tell we are unreasonably excited about celebrating out two year anniversary. When we first threw Afrobeat we wanted to throw a party that people HAD to dance too. With so many parties in dc focused on what you were wearing and who was there, we wanted people to have a place where they could “come sweat out their week” even if they wanted to wear curlers. We ended up creating sweat lodges out of a basement restaurant on U street. It was amazing and it hasn’t stopped growing. Africa Undone is built out of the spirit of Afrobeat. Every morning for the past week, I have gotten up at 5 am, turned on this mix, and been compelled to throw a dance party for one in my living room. I dare you to not dance through this. I dare you not let your guard down!
In Underdog’s words
Nothing to say. Not worth words but ears. The mixing is “brackish” and has more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as seawater. It may result from mixing of seawater with fresh water, as in estuaries, or it may occur in brackish fossil aquifers. The word comes from the Congo root “brak,” meaning “salten” or “salty”. Certain human activities can produce brackish water dj mixing, in particular certain civil engineering projects like power plants in Japan or such as dikes and the flooding of coastal marshland to produce brackish water dj mixing pools for freshwater prawn farming. Brackish water is also the primary waste product of the salinity gradient power process. Because brackish water is hostile to the growth of most terrestrial plant species, without appropriate ears to catch it’s vibe, it is damaging to the environment. #juslissen
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Title: IJO (Official Video)
Label: Sole Channel Records
Producers: SIJI, Alix Alvarez & Tunji Ladoja
Video Concept; Akintunde Disu
Hot on the success of the recent Siji/Alix Alvarez collaboration comes the stunning visual interpretation to their classic single “Ijo”.
Shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria, where Siji has been rediscovering his childhood past following a 20yr plus absence, the colorful and visually arresting masterpiece showcases an open audition held for dancers drawn from the bustling metropolis.
It features cameo appearances from a colorful cast of characters including Afrobeat Singer, Ade Bantu, the delightful songstress, Yinka Davis, radio impresario Tintin ‘The Koolness’ as well as a royal prince, all of who masterfully played out the lyrics with quite amusing results.
The chart topping single ‘IJO’ is currently available for purchase on Itunes and all other digital platforms. For more information kindly visit;
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character” - author unknown
This is a portrait of a woman named Sabrida Shing. She is one of a few rare women to take on the task of becoming a Sadhu. After her husband died, she vowed never to cut her hair.