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Friday, April 29, 2011

Six Planets Now Aligned in the Dawn Sky

If you get up any morning for the next few weeks, you’ll be treated to the sight of all the planets except Saturn arrayed along the ecliptic, the path of the sun through the sky.
For the last two months, almost all the planets have been hiding behind the sun, but this week they all emerge and are arrayed in a grand line above the rising sun. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are visible, and you can add Uranus and Neptune to your count if you have binoculars or a small telescope.
This sky map of the six planets shows how they should appear at dawn to observers with clear weather and an unobstructed view.

Astrologers have always been fascinated by planetary alignments, and the doomsayers of 2012 have been prophesying a mystical alignment on Dec. 21, 2012.
The modern tools of astronomers, such as planetarium software, show otherwise: absolutely no alignment at any time in 2012. But they also reveal a beautiful alignment visible during the month of May this year. [Planet Skywatching Guide for 2011]
Six planets at one time
While astrologers view planetary alignments as foretellers of disasters, modern amateur astronomers look forward to them as nothing more than grand photo ops.
If you go out any morning for the next four days, you’ll be treated to a view of the crescent moon and all but one of the naked eye planets.
Because the moon moves rapidly from one morning to the next, it will only be part of the lineup for the next four mornings, but the four naked-eye planets will be there for the next few weeks.
Venus is, as always, the brightest and most visible of the planets, and it can be your guide to spotting the others. About half way between Venus and the rising sun is Jupiter, the second brightest planet.
Mars will be a tiny speck just above Jupiter, and Mercury another tiny speck about half way between Jupiter and Venus. Uranus is slightly more than one binocular field above and to the right of Venus, and Neptune is much farther to the right, about 40 degrees away in Aquarius. The Moon will be just above Venus on Saturday morning, and just above Jupiter and Mars on Sunday morning.
How to photograph the planets
Capturing a photograph of this gathering of the planets couldn’t be easier.
Just about any camera will do, though a camera with a telephoto lens setting will be better. Let the camera’s exposure meter be your guide, though a slight underexposure will help bring out the colors of the dawn sky. [Astrophotography Telescopes for Beginners]
Try to place the silhouette of some foreground object to lend depth to the scene. The best pictures will be on the next few mornings, while the crescent moon is part of the grouping.

Six Planets Now Aligned in the Dawn Sky 28 April 2011 


I tornado flagellano gli Usa

Si aggrava il bilancio dei morti e dei danni causati dai violenti tornado che stanno colpendo a raffica il Sud degli Stati Uniti.
Finora oltre 300 vittime. Come sono ridotti gli edifici sui quali è passato un uragano, lo potete può constatare nel video qui sotto.
Da molti decenni gli Stati Uniti non assistevano a un evento di questo genere. Quest’anno i tornado sono così numerosi e violenti a causa dei cambiamenti climatici innescati dall’uomo? La risposta non è facile. Le immagini, poi ne riparliamo.
Un tornado è una sorta di colossale aspirapolvere formato da nubi che ruotano molto rapidamente su se stesse e che dal cielo scendono fino a terra. Si forma a partire da una massa di aria calda e umida sovrastata in quota da aria secca e fredda. Qui si vede il durante, e soprattutto il dopo.
Gli scienziati – come sempre di fronte agli eventi climatici estremi – spiegano che  un singolo fenomeno non può essere attribuito direttamente al global warming, l’aumento delle temperature innescato dalle attività umane. E’ piuttosto una questione di statistica.
Come riporta Live Science, un climatologo della Purdue University ha cercato di mettere in rapporto lo scenario dato dai cambiamenti climatici e la formazione dei tornado.
Il risultato: in alcune aree (compreso il Sud degli Stati Uniti) è verosimile che si producano più spesso le condizioni favorevoli allo sviluppo di questi fenomeni atmosferici distruttivi.

I tornado flagellano gli Usa, oltre 300 morti. Colpa dei cambiamenti climatici? 29 aprile 2011


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Contemporary climate change alters the pace and drivers of extinction

Local extinction rates of American pikas have increased nearly five-fold in the last 10 years, and the rate at which the climate-sensitive species is moving up mountain slopes has increased 11-fold, since the 20th century, according to a study soon to be published in Global Change Biology. The research strongly suggests that the American pika's distribution throughout the Great Basin is changing at an increasingly rapid rate.
The pika (Ochotona princeps), a small, hamster-looking animal sensitive to climate, occurs commonly in rocky talus slopes and lava flows throughout the western U.S. The study demonstrates a dramatic shift in the range of this rabbit relative, and illustrates the increasingly important role of climate in the loss of local pika populations across the nearly 150,000 square miles of the hydrological Great Basin.
The authors investigated data across 110 years on pika distribution and 62 years of data on regional climate to first describe the patterns of local pika loss, and then examined strength of evidence for multiple competing hypotheses to explain why the losses are occurring.
They found that among 25 sites in the Basin with 20th-century records of pikas, a species dependent on cool, high-mountain habitats, nearly half (four of ten) of the local pika extinctions have occurred after 1999. In addition, since 1999 the animals are moving up mountain slopes at an average (Basin-wide) rate of about 145 m (475 feet) per decade, as compared with an estimated Basin-wide average of about 13 m per decade during the 20th century.
In contrast, a recent (2003) review found that worldwide, species demonstrating distributional shifts averaged upslope movement of 6.1 m per decade. The species does not seem to be losing ground everywhere across its geographic range, but at least in the Great Basin, it may be one of a group of species that can act as 'early-warning' indicators of how distributions of species may shift in the future.
The study's most novel scientific contribution was that the factors apparently driving the local-extinction process were strongly different during the 20th Century than during 1999-2008. This may mean that knowledge of past population dynamics of a particular species may not always help researchers predict how and why distributions change in the future. That is, the rules of the 'extinction game' seem to be shifting.
This study was distinctive in that it relied upon fieldwork across an entire region rather than at just a few sites; had temperature data from the talus spaces that were previously or currently occupied by pikas (rather than simply estimated temperatures from weather recorders far from the study sites); and had three periods of data collection, which allowed for comparison of dynamics during the two intervening periods.
Unlike most other mammals that have attracted management and conservation attention in the past, pikas are not widely hunted, don't require large areas of habitat for their individual home ranges, and live in remote high-elevation areas that experience a smaller array of land uses than that experienced by other species.
Additionally, with a few localized exceptions, these pika losses have occurred without significant change in the amount or geographic arrangement of their rocky talus habitat. Habitat loss or degradation has typically been the most common cause of species decline, not only in mammals, but also among all animals.
In addition to being sentinels, pikas are important because they are food for an array of animals, and as the 'ecosystem engineers' that they are, their presence affects the local plant composition and nutrient distributions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Icone della Fine

L’umanità è sempre stata attratta, per non dire ossessionata, dall’idea della fine. Che si tratti della catastrofe planetaria in cui tutti periscono, o della biblica “fine dei tempi” (che rimanda istintivamente all’Apocalisse di Giovanni), o semplicemente della morte propria e dei propri cari, l’uomo continua a produrre da sempre immagini della fine. “Icone della fine”, per dirla con il titolo del libro di Andrea Tagliapietra (ed. il Mulino, 2010), che da sempre invadono la letteratura, la pittura e, nell’ultimo secolo, il cinema.

Tagliapietra esplora con fare dotto ma leggero questa galleria, dal saggio di Kant sulla fine di tutte le cose alle opere di Kandinskij, dal Concilio di Nicea sulle immagini all’Angelus Novus di Walter Benjamin. Approfondendo in particolare le espressioni del cinema contemporaneo, in cui spadroneggiano i cosiddetti desaster-movie come 2012 oThe Day After, nei quali appare chiaramente che l’uomo è tutt’altro che esausto di rappresentarsi la peggiore delle conclusioni alla propria terrestre avventura, personale e collettiva.

Immaginazione-immagini. Non è un caso che i film siano i protagonisti di quest’opera (che si potrebbe inscrivere, anche per questo motivo, nella categoria della filosofia “pop”, genere molto in voga oltreoceano, che spesso – come in questo caso – offre opere di filosofia accessibili ai più, in confronto con gli aspetti più prossimi alla vita quotidiana). Sono le immagini ad esprimere la fine, non le idee; perché la fine è un paradosso, un abisso, un controsenso, dove l’idea si arresta. Non si può pensare la fine. Si può soltanto raffigurarsela.

Partendo dalla constatazione di un’umanità sempre più consapevole dell’urgenza e della irreversibilità del problema ecologico, Tagliapietra spiega che le icone della fine emergono da un lato forse per esorcizzare la paura di un baratro che si percepisce in avvicinamento, dall’altro per impegno civile: assistiamo così a un cinema dedito all’esplorazione degli scenari più foschi e irredimibili. E non sempre dal lieto fine hollywoodiano.

La modernità tuttavia ha saputo raffigurarsi la fine non solo dal punto di vista del cataclisma definitivo, ma anche dal punto di vista individuale: nell’icona di Don Giovanni, gaudente libertino, si disvela il vuoto di un’esistenza passata alla dilapidazione seriale delle proprie risorse, del proprio talento, del proprio tempo; nel ritrito catalogo delle conquiste di Don Giovanni si legge la stanchezza di una vita dissipata, priva di qualunque ebbrezza o fascino, attanagliata dalla compulsione a ripetere le solite, inutili azioni di sempre (come nella scena degli zombie al supermercato di Romero). La fine non è solo la morte. E si può esser morti anche rimanendo in piedi.

Le icone della fine sono forse un modo per allontanare da sé lo spettro della morte. Ma anche, può darsi, un monito a vivere la vita in pienezza oggi, ricordando che la morte è davvero dietro l’angolo. Forse un invito, riprendendo il tema biblico, a “vivere in questo mondo come se non si fosse di questo mondo”. O infine un richiamo a riappropriarci di questa vita e di questo mondo. Finché siamo in tempo.


Icone della fine. Un saggio italiano di filosofia pop
. 22 marzo 2011




Saturday, April 9, 2011

How to Negotiate the End Times


E
very generation has its apocalypse. It may or may not be real, but if you are overcome with a sense that nothing can stop your society from sinking into the abyss of some type of destruction, you’re probably in one. Jesus of Nazareth claimed he lived in the end times and that the antichrist walked alongside him. Entire cities repented when the bubonic plague killed a third of Europe because people were convinced judgment day had arrived. World War I, the war to end all wars, succeeded in sowing the seeds of an even greater war. During the USSR and American squabbles from the next Great War onwards, the globe was gripped in fear that at any moment some unelected fool in a suit could start the megadeath. In 2011 there are even more apocalypses to choose from, an entire smorgasbord of end time scenarios, comets, ancient prophecies, solar winds, Mayan calendars, reverse Earth magnetism, climate change, species extinction and so on. Take your pick. To whittle some perspective out of all these options, you might ask yourself what do the antichrist, nuclear winter, the end of war and the end of the world have in common?

They never happened.
You might now be wondering why?
There are just as many reasons for this catastrophic buzz kill as there are ways to pass the point of no return, perhaps none greater than the idea that a front row ticket to Armageddon is the biggest ego trip going and that, well, human beings like to feel special. Not much can replace the singular importance one feels from living in the end times. Perhaps that’s why the end is always upon us.
Despite predictions otherwise, humans are more resilient than ever in the 21st century. In fact, humans haven’t slowed their pace since they left the Great Rift Valley and wiped out the Neanderthals. Today, just like our Cro-Magnon chums, almost everything non-human is dying. This is cause for reflection about the urgency of our epoch, maybe even reason to believe in the uniqueness of the 21st century scenario. In the past, the great fear sweeping humanity was the death of humanity. Today, however, it’s death by humanity – a slow death each time the heat is turned on, each time a disposable diaper is put on a child, each time the pump is placed in the nozzle, each time a crowd goes to see a show. Maybe all that Greek mythology about matricide and parricide is prophecy not allegory. Maybe the end is only in our heads.
Through the steam of a hot cup of organic shade grown–canopy blend–ethically traded–eco friendly–bird protecting–grass roots–community empowering–fair wage–co-op produced–gender equitable–pro union coffee I can see the new green residential towers in my neighborhood. I wonder how does a person tackle this? More people chasing fewer resources attempting to consume themselves out of the cycle? Each tower is branded with a slogan like nature valley, spring meadow, alpine view, community living and country in the city. My streets even have garbage cans that say, "Keep Vancouver Beautiful." The intention isn’t irony.
I spent weeks trying to find something inspiring to say about ecocide, but in the end wound up on an NHL hockey stats site, internalizing the storyline of a Canadian underdog team trying to make the playoffs. The results for the latter at least provided a degree of agency in individual hands.
When BP turns a profit less than a year after the largest environmental disaster in American history – and no one is in jail – you know the current environmental legal framework is not working. When traditional land tenure systems – the last vestiges of community – are being eroded around the world to encourage privatization and profit, the current paradigm is astray.
Is it possible for humanity to put ecocide and genocide on an even scale? Is it possible for the paradigm to shift and say this land is a part of me? Ecuador recently enshrined Wild Law rights in their constitution, laws that say a stream has the right to flow. Laws that could wrestle symbiosis back from the entitlement of parasitism – if that is even a word. From rights come enforcement and from enforcement comes criminality. At least that’s the big idea. What Ecuador has done in recognizing the rights of Pachamama, Mother Earth, is either the beginning of a new world rejecting anthropomorphism in law, or a progression down the spiral of old world green washing. That Ecuador can’t even protect its citizens from Chevron makes me lean towards the former.
But there is something that I can see beyond the community garden rooftops of the new towers in my neighborhood. It happened almost three years ago. In September 2008, six environmental protesters were found not guilty in a London court of property damage to a British coal-fired power plant. The jury accepted their defense, “lawful excuse.” It is the legal principle that a person can damage property if it is in defense of greater damage to other property. The protesters claimed the pollution from the smokestacks was doing greater damage to the environment than their graffiti did to the factory. The jury agreed.

How to Negotiate the End Times 08 Apr 2011


Magnetic Pole Shift May Drive Animals and Humans Mad

Scientific research suggests the Earth's changing magnetic field may cause otherwise peaceful animals to become enraged killers banding together in voracious indiscriminate attacks and killing both terrified humans and each other.

Rise of the 'zombie' animals?

During the final months of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, much attention was focused on mass animal deaths occurring throughout the world. Speculation revolved around many different causes, the most popular one being the current magnetic polar shift.
Although the hypothesis was dismissed as being unsupported by scientific evidence, that was not quite true. Scientific research does exist that tends to support the bizarre behavior of such suicidal animals.
Worse, that same research suggests the possibility that as the magnetic field becomes more unstable and the flux intensifies, masses of animals could literally lose their minds and embark on frenzied, murderous rampages. Every human would be at risk, for even a crazed squirrel can kill an unarmed person.

Beached whales point to future danger for humans

Captain David Williams of the Deafwhale Society asserts that for some time his organization and teams of researchers have known the reason why whales beach themselves.
The answer, he claims, is the phenomena of "barotrauma" caused by deep sea quakes.
The quakes create powerful waves and currents under the ocean that slam submerged creatures. Such force damages their brains and circulatory systems.
As the internal injuries progress over weeks or months, the creatures seek to end their intense pain by literally beaching themselves—committing suicide to end their misery.
It's a phenomena that seems sporadic and strictly tied to the undersea quakes.
Yet many of the quakes have links to changes in the Earth's magnetic field and the spinning liquid core that moves the tectonic plates precipitating the phenomena that ends in the deaths of sea creatures.

Geomagnetic fields, earthquakes and animals

Most people are unaware that magnetic field fluctuations can precipitate earthquakes and initiate strange mass animal behavior.
Yet it's been demonstrated that changes in the geomagnetosphere affect the Earth's plate tectonics. The reason why tectonics are affected has to do with how the Earth is built geologically.
The planet s primarily a core of superheated, dense viscous liquid with a relatively thin crust floating on the surface. That segmented crust—like a cracked pie crust—is what comprises the tectonic plates. They are in constant movement chiefly due to massive currents deep within the planet's mantle and molten core.
The edges where two plates meet are called faults. Faults relieve the titanic internal pressure of the planet. The faults buckle and create mountains, rifts, and volcanic conduits. Some faults are structured differently than others and exhibit different qualities.

Geomagnetic flux, often a precursor to mighty quakes, is sometimes accompanied by strange harmonics: people see colors dancing in the sky or hear what sounds like discordant music.
Animal and human brains can be greatly affected by permutations of the magnetic field and by intense solar flare activity. Research has revealed that all forms of life on Earth are affected to a degree by the variable solar-planetary-geomagnetic field matrix.
The geomagnetic field also affects critical brain rhythms and the normal hormonal balances. Many studies have proven that as hormones vary, so do the emotions and their intensity. It's true of both humans and animals.
Studies over the decades of mass human behavior have shown a correlation between the increase and decrease of wars that follows an approximate 11-year cycle. That cycle corresponds to the 11-year sunspot cycle and periods of increased geomagnetic activity. One of the most persuasive studies conducted on the relationship between increased irrationality and the solar cycles was undertaken by the late Professor Raymond Wheeler at the University of Kansas.

The ominous emergence of magnetic torsion fields

As the flux in the Earth's dynamic magnetic field becomes more erratic and the intensity of the field fluctuates to a greater degree, the formation of energetic torsion fields can increase.
A torsion field, as defined by A. Akimov, can manifest within an electrical field in a state of flux.
They are distinct energy fields that can interact and affect both energy and matter. Some experimenters have found evidence that their emanations sometimes appear to exceed the speed of light.
Torsion fields can change the light frequency of laser beams, affect electrical components, modify gravity waves, and impact biological processes. The primary biological functions the fields affect are the brains of animals.
Akimov's experiments revealed that torsion fields can influence consciousness including the process of thought.
Within a fluctuating magnetic field—such as an unstable geomagnetic field—intense, dangerous psychosis can be induced. Both animals and humans are susceptible.
The Russian's research was published in New Energy.

Magnetic fields, the brain and insanity

In recent years researchers have brought to light much new information that shows strong links between magnetic fields and the working of the brain. Although most of the work has focused on humans, it applies to animals as well.

Magnetic Pole Shift May Drive Animals and Humans Mad 


Magnetic fields have been shown to augment the brain process in good and bad ways. ["Magnetic fields may help brain work"]
For instance, studies have shown that the brain's right temporo-parietal junction lights up with activity when decisions are made. An MIT team showed that an electromagnetic field impairs the ability to evaluate the intentions of others, leaves perceptions confused and creates poor judgment. ["A Magnetic Field Applied to the Brain Can Alter People's Sense of Morality"]
Other experiments have suggested that chronic exposure to variable magnetic field intensities can cause adverse affects on the brain and electrochemical thought processes to intensify. That can lead to to impaired judgment, aberrations in perception, psychotic behavior, paranoia and heightened bouts of rage.
Mass animal deaths may be the early symptoms of this encroaching electrical brain disruption caused by the magnetic pole shift.
Scientists McCormick and Flavio Frohlich introduced slow oscillation signals into brain tissue. The experiment revealed that the signal created a feedback loop changing the electrical field guiding neural activity. In turn that strengthened the electrical field.

La crosta terrestre si sposta e si spacca

La Terra sta cambiando faccia. La crosta terrestre si sta muovendo sotto i nostri piedi ed in varie parti del mondo si stanno aprendo nel suolo fenditure lunghe chilometri e larghe decine di metri.
Cosa sta succedendo? Le placche terrestri sono uscite da un’era di relativo stallo geologico e si stanno spostando abbastanza rapidamente. Tutto ciò avviene a causa dei cambiamenti del magnetismo che stanno attualmente caratterizzando il nostro pianeta. Un’inevitabile trasformazione che stiamo vivendo e che vivremo in prima persona. Questi movimenti hanno causato il devastante terremoto in Giappone e ne causeranno, purtroppo, degli altri.
Sebbene le placche terrestri sembrino bloccate una contro l’altra, sono in continuo movimento. Movimenti che, il più delle volte, sono stati percepiti solo da sismografi ed altre sofisticate apparecchiature, però altre volte, sono stati così decisi e violenti da provocare devastanti terremoti e apocalittici tsunami, come il recente disastro vissuto dai giapponesi, ad esempio.

La crosta terrestre si sposta e si spacca 9 aprile 2011


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