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Tonga volcano spews spectacular plume into South Pacific sky

An undersea volcano in the South Pacific is spewing stunning columns of smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the air.

The eruption began Monday after a series of earthquakes near Tonga, a 170-island archipelago between Australia and Tahiti, residents told the Associated Press. There were magnitude-5.0 quakes there Sunday night and Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Though the Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) issued an advisory for the area, the plume isn’t endangering* island residents and so far hasn’t hurt fish or other animals, according to the AP.

Yesterday a plume rose to between 15,000 and 25,000 feet (4.6 to 7.6 kilometers), the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program reported. "It's a very significant eruption, on quite a large scale," Tonga's chief geologist, Kelepi Maf, told the Times of London. This is not unusual for this area and we expect this to happen here at any time."

It’s unclear whether the earthquakes are linked to the eruption. Sally Kuhn Sennert, who writes the weekly volcano report for the Smithsonian, didn’t immediately return a call and email for comment.

But Simon Turner, a geochemist at Macquarie University in Sydney, told the Times that the quakes and volcano eruption probably aren’t linked. "If this eruption was caused by the earthquake, it would mean magma coming 110 kilometers (68 miles) to the surface in a few days," Turner told the newspaper. "I think that would be fairly unlikely."

Tonga is part of the ''ring of fire,” an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones in the Pacific. We’ve got more on what causes a volcano to erupt and the ring of fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDXhntnMoQI

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What is a megamouth shark? Is it still a scientific mystery?

Filipino fisherman got more than they bargained for last week when they pulled up their nets: an extremely rare, humongous fish

On the morning of March 30, fishermen casting their nets in the Burias Pass, a centrally located channel in the Philippine archipelago, got the catch—not to mention surprise—of their lives: a megamouth shark so rare that some people still consider it a "cryptid", a creature that is seen so infrequently science can't confirm its existence.

That's likely an overstatement when it comes to the megamouth, first spotted in 1976 in waters near the Hawaiian island of Oahu. But, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) in Gainesville, which dubbed last month's catch "megamouth 41" (this being only the 41st observation of one of these sharks)—this is the eighth specimen snagged in the Pacific Ocean near the Philippines.

The docile leviathan, measuring 13 feet (four meters) in length and weighing in at about 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms), died after becoming entangled in the nets. The anglers brought it back to the municipality of Donsol where, over the objections of the local chapter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF–Philippines), they butchered it for food. (Shark is considered a delicacy in the Philippines.)



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DID YOU KNOW?

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

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Spirit rover stuck in Martian sand

The Mars rover Spirit is stuck in soft sand on Mars, and controllers are scratching their heads trying to work out how to extricate it.

In a phenomenon familiar to any driver who has got stuck in the mud, controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory say that efforts to free the vehicle have only resulted in it sinking even more deeply. They are now concerned that any further efforts to drive it out will simply ground it on the rocks beneath.

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Martian Winter Threatens NASA Rover

NASA's six-wheeled robot needs to reposition its solar panels in order to stay alive.
NASA plans to attempt a series of tricky maneuvers to save the Spirit Mars Rover from the Red Planet's oncoming winter.
Spirit is stuck in the sand on Mars' surface, and all of NASA's attempts to free it by remote control have failed to date.
Now, the space agency says the best it can do is redirect the vehicle's solar panels so it can generate enough electricity to make it through the winter and remain in contact with Earth.
"We need to lift the rear of the rover, or the left side, or both," said Ashley Stroupe, a remote Spirit driver at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, in Pasadena, Calif.
Spirit is currently facing south, but from its current location the winter sun will be mainly in Mars' northern sky.
"Lifting the rear wheels out of their ruts by driving backward and slightly uphill will help. If necessary, we can try to lower the front right of the rover by attempting to drop the right-front wheel into a rut or dig it into a hole," said Stroupe.
Spirit became stuck in the Martian sand early last year. NASA spent several months attempting to get the six-wheeled robot to free itself. On Tuesday, the space agency officially gave up.
"After six years of unprecedented exploration of the Red Planet, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will no longer be a fully mobile robot," NASA said.
Spirit first landed on Mars on Jan. 4, 2004, about six months after it was launched from Earth. Its twin, Opportunity, continues to explore the Martian surface.

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NASA: Good night moon, hello new rocket technology


Monday, February 1, 2010; 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is redirecting America's space program, killing NASA's $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon and using much of that money for new rocket technology research.

The moon plan, which NASA had already spent $9.1 billion on, was based on old technology and revisiting old places astronauts had already been, officials said. The previous NASA chief, in selling the old moon plan, had even called it "Apollo on steroids." The rockets were based on space shuttle boosters.

"Simply put, we're putting the science back into the rocket science at NASA," White House science adviser John Holdren said at a budget briefing Monday.

The $4 billion that NASA spends yearly on human space exploration will now be used for what NASA and White House officials called dramatic changes in rocketry, including in-orbit fueling. They said eventually those new technologies would be used to send astronauts to a nearby asteroid, a brief foray back to the moon, or the Martian moons.

The White House plan was short on details, such as where astronauts would fly next, on what type of rocketship, or when. However, officials were quick to point out the failures of the Bush administration's moon program, called Constellation. It included the construction of two types of rockets, Ares I and Ares V, and an Orion crew capsule. All were canceled. Shutting down the program will cost about $2.5 billion, NASA said.

Former President George W. Bush proposed the moon mission after the Feb. 1, 2003, space shuttle Columbia disaster that claimed seven lives - exactly seven years ago Monday.

Besides redirecting money to new technologies, NASA is getting an extra $6 billion over five years to encourage companies to build private spaceships that NASA could rent. Many of those companies are run by Internet pioneers. The companies included in the pilot project include Blue Origin, which is run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Another firm already building private rockets is run by PayPal founder Elon Musk.

NASA will also spend an additional $2.5 billion over five years for more research on how global warming is affecting Earth, including replacing a carbon dioxide monitoring satellite that crashed last year. NASA will also extend the life by several years of the International Space Station, which had been slated for retirement in 2016. NASA's yearly budget is $19 billion.

NASA said if the private companies work well on their unproven spaceships, astronauts could fly in them to the space station as soon as 2016. After the next five space shuttle flights, NASA will have to hitch rides to the space station on Russian rockets.

"The truth is we were not on a sustainable path to get back to the moon," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a telephone conference call. "We were neglecting investments in key technologies."

Congressional officials howled over lost programs and jobs, but it is hard for Congress to save such a large program that is being cut with redistributed money.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., called the cancellation of the moon program the "death march for the future of U.S. human space flight."

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US Wind Energy Sector Blows Record Away

Monday, February 1, 2010 5:29 PM ET

The US wind energy sector had a great year in 2009, upping capacity by 40 percent, and the future looks bright and green.

800px-wind_power_at_guanting_resevoirThe US wind energy industry blew the doors of its sector's previous efforts with a 2009 increase in production capacity that suggests it has no plans to slow down any time soon.

According to a Business Wire press release, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) indicated in its recent quarterly report that during the last year, 10,000 mega watts (MW) of wind-generated electric power capacity came on line. The 2009 increase alone increased the domestic wind sector by nearly 40 percent, to a total capacity of 35,000 MW.

According to the press release, this now places wind on equal footing with natural gas as the co-leading sources for new electrical power generation in the US, itself a significant achievement. Pause for a moment, and let that sink in: a form renewable energy is now on par with a form of fossil fuel for new power source development.

The New York Times has reported that China has taken on the role of global leader in research, design, and implementation of green energy and of wind in particular. However the rate at which new wind projects are being added here in the US indicates that the adoption of wind as an energy source is picking up momentum and likely to continue. At current status, our use of wind power allows us to avoid creating 62 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, which is the equivalent to taking more than ten million cars off the road.

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Geneva atom smasher to try record collisions

GENEVA — Operators of the world's largest atom smasher said Tuesday they will try in a week to collide proton beams at record high energy in a new bid to discover secrets of the universe.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, says beams have been circulating in the Large Hadron Collider at 3.5 trillion electron volts since Friday, 3 1/2 times higher than the previous record set late last year. The operators have kept the beams apart but they will attempt to collide them on March 30.

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Drowning Victim at Lifeguards’ Party

A guest at a party for lifeguards celebrating their first drowning-free swimming season in memory drowned Tuesday, the director of the New Orleans Recreation Department said today. Madlyn Richard, the department director, said the body of Jerome Moody was found on the bottom at the deep end of a department pool as the party ended. She said Mr. Moody, who was 31 years old, was not a lifeguard, but four lifeguards were on duty at the party.

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I know it has been awhile but, it is still very hard for me to visit this forum. I do, however want you all to know, if there is anyone still watching eyes, that I am still monitoring the forum and will be keeping it online indefinitely. Please use the forum as a private place for old friends to post whatever you like or just to say hi.

your friend always, wade THUMBS

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Hi Wade.
Understood about how hard it is.

Wishing you all Merry Christmas!!

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thanks and happy holidays to you and yours.


Jack wrote:
Hi Wade.
Understood about how hard it is.

Wishing you all Merry Christmas!!


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