Steel cont , Tessalit, Larus bulleri
BAMAKO, 22 March 2012 (IRIN) - Former Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré, overthrown this morning ..
the Comité national pour le redressement (CNRDRE), captain Amadou Sango, has dissolved state institutions, suspended the constitution, reportedly arrested several ministers,
Touré’s “incapacity to manage the crisis in the north ..
"There are no Malian soldiers left in the base, they have all fled," said Bayes Ag Dicknane, an officer with NMLA
600 rebel fighters .. the base in Tessalit and none of the rebels had been killed..
The government has few bases in the Sahara.. Tessalit is of strategic importance .. has an airport. .. National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad..
The NMLA began attacking towns across north Mali(the Azawad) in mid-January.
..Tuareg who once fought for Libya's Moammar Gadhafi..
one of the band’s founders, singer-guitarist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib and singer-guitarist Elaga Al Hamid are the two members stranded. Ag Alhabib is reportedly staying in a refugee camp near the Algerian border but the crossfire between the Malian Army and MLNA (Mouvement de Liberation National Azawad) rebels is so heavy he "is unable to get out using his vehicle..."
.. members of Lo'Jo will join Tinariwen on stage ..
Tinariwen album 'Tassili,' Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
Wellington Town Hall on 13 March at 8pm.
neonatal or newborn screening tests are no longer being carried out because there isn't enough money to pay for them.
Neonatal screening is the process by which babies are screened for up to 40 serious developmental, congenital and metabolic disorders, including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis, that may be treatable but difficult, or even impossible, to detect clinically. The tests are usually carried out on small blood spots obtained by pricking the infant's heel soon after birth.
In Greece, Hatzinikolaou said, "it is effectively grinding to a halt".
"If the institute's funding does not come through, or if it is closed down, national neonatal testing in Greece will stop. We will see children dying from disorders that we know how to detect, and know how to treat."
Castle Hill wind farm. At a potential 858 MW, Castle Hill would be the biggest wind farm in the country, and our second-largest power station;
"on at least one of the charges in question - possession of a Molotov cocktail - there seems to be very little scope for there to even be a "lawful and proper" purpose for having one. If you want to do that sort of thing, stick to paintball."- a "left" NZ blog ["norightturn'0 - evidently a Stalinist, who fantasises about micro-control over people, gasoline, stubbies, polystyrene beads, lighters.
- Bring on the libertarians, if they will protect us from these Stalinist overlord. It is NOT a crime to burne some gasoline/polystyrene
It was Ross Meurant in 81, as head of the Red Squad, who warned about the use of bean-bag refill as a dangerous cocktail additive - HART had no idea. Ironically Ross M is in the doc "Operation 8", now on t'other side.
a Malayan village called Batang Kali where the Scots Guards – involved in a conflict against ruthless communist insurgents – murdered 24 unarmed rubber workers in 1948
Whale Sharks Isla Mujeres, Mexico
1415 Agincourt " the recent adoption of steel (rather than iron) for armor."
1429 Orleans Jeane d'Arc armour made of steel? "rolled rusting steel" is "authentic"?
"In the middle of April, Joan was at Tours, where her standard was made according to her indications, and she was fitted with a steel armour like a knight's, a plain suit, however, and for this reason called white."
1872 England gets Phosphorous out of its ore
1877 Union SteamShip Dunedin orders steel ships
1888 Eiffel tower, iron not steel... Eiffel was familiar with iron
Quenching: in water bade the blade brittle. Tempering restored toughness
but many would not risk the brittle breaking breaking so not wate quenched (slave guts instead?)
"Slow Steaming" how slow can it go?
Baltic Dry Index how low can it go?
Phylo.. The aim of the game is to improve the sequence alignment of promoter regions ..of 521 disease-associated genes from 44 vertebrate species. Sequences are represented by strings of blocks with a color corresponding bases
find the best possible match between sequences for up to eight different species at a time by shifting the sequences to the left or right, one block at a time.
If a player's alignments were better than that calculated by MULTIZ, a state-of-the-art alignment program UCSC
12,252 registered users 3,000 regular players. 350,000 solutions to various MSA problems, beating the accuracy of alignments from MULTIZ in roughly 70%
humans' game-playing visual talents can do some things better than a computer algorithm
IN 1856 WILLIAM PERKIN invented mauve.
Afropop Worldwide (Host: Georges Collinet)
Global Village (Host: Chris Heim)
Mary Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering
Slacker.com World (Host: Tom Frouge)
Thursday Morning on WPKN (Host: Cliff Furnald)
Average amount of pesticides used per acre, per year,
on golf courses 18.0 pounds
in agriculture 2.7 pounds
New Zealand has 33 endemic seabirds. The next biggest country count is 5
.I take my lunch with Larus scopulinus eying my every move. A bird of "Least Concern"
Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus,
Snares Penguin Eudyptes robustus,
Erect-crested Penguin Eudyptes sclateri,
Yellow-eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes,
Antipodean Albatross Diomedea antipodensis,
Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea sanfordi,
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedeaepomophora,
Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida,
White-capped Albatross Thalassarche steadi,
Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita,
Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri,
White-headed Petrel Pterodroma lessonii,
Magenta Petrel Pterodroma magentae,
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata,
Pycroft’s Petrel Pterodroma pycrofti,
Cook’s Petrel Pterodromacookii,
Chatham Petrel Pterodroma axillaris,
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica,
Parkinson’s Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni,
Buller’s Shearwater Puffinus bulleri,
Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus gavia,
Hutton’s Shearwater Puffinus huttoni,
New ZealandStorm-petrel Oceanites maorianus,
Campbell Island Shag Phalacrocorax campbelli,
New Zealand King Shag Phalacrocoraxcarunculatus,
Stewart Island Shag Phalacrocorax chalconotus,
Chatham Islands Shag Phalacrocorax onslowi,
Auckland IslandsShag Phalacrocorax colensoi,
Bounty Islands Shag Phalacrocoraxranfurlyi,
Spotted Shag Phalacrocorax punctatus,
Pitt Island Shag Phalacrocorax featherstoni,
Red-billed Gull Larus scopulinus, LC least concern
Black-fronted Tern Sterna albostriata
[Black Billed Gull Larus bulleri why is it not on this list?]
threatened species (Figure S3), New Zealand retains “pole position”,having more than double the number of threatened species of any other country
... of the 22 species of albatross, 17 are in decline.
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Tsunami double waves
Boiling Water Piles
the Mark I, the "safety disadvantages" of which were highlighted in an internal memo at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission —the precursor to the NRC—as far back as 1972. The NRC nonetheless permits its use because "the Mark I can survive long enough to allow for actions that keep the public safe in the event of a radioactive release," Burnell says. In other words, there would be time to evacuate
.... The reactors at Fukushima had batteries big enough to power equipment, including monitoring instruments, for eight hours. U.S. reactors are required only to have two hours of such battery backup.
AP-1000, .. so-called passive safety ..enough water to cool a reactor for three days "If this design had been used in Fukushima, we would not have a news story," Aris Candris, CEO of Westinghouse
..the plume of contamination spreading to the northwest.. may (sic) have come from such spent fuel. Despite having been shut down for refueling, Unit 4 also suffered an explosion and what remains identified by Japanese authorities as a "lube oil fire." (.. "We know it wasn't a lube oil fire," Larry Camper, director of the NRC's Environmental Protection )..
In the U.S.,.. spent-fuel pools are even more densely packed, .. 45,000 tons..
Ironically, the loss of walls and roofs may have been the key to preventing a worse accident at Fukushima. ..the explosions enabled emergency workers to spray cooling water into the pools directly—if inefficiently—via water cannons (sic) and other devices. "
on March 10, 2011, the NRC licensed the boiling-water reactor of similar design and vintage at Vermont Yankee to operate for another 20 years just one day before the Fukushima crisis.
The one thing that the NRC crisis guide for boiling-water reactors "doesn't really do is tell you how to stop [a meltdown],"
As of 2000, conventional rocket (US$25,000 per kilogram) for transfer to geostationary orbit Saturn V low Orbit 120Tons
those people, including some suspected insurgents believed likely to return to the fight if released, would probably have to be released because Afghanistan has no law that allows for indefinite detention for national security reasons.”
Honestly, what kind of a backward country doesn’t have a provision for the indefinite detention, on suspicion alone, of prisoners without charges or hope of trial? As a mature democracy, we now stand proudly for global indefinite detention, not to speak of the democratic right to send robot assassins to take out those suspected of evil deeds anywhere on Earth.
in the country’s modern history, no Afghan national army has ever saved a government, or even tried. More often, such an army has either sat on its hands during a coup d’état or actually helped to overthrow the incumbent ruler.
Cambodia's Shrinking Forests
Botum Sakor National Park in southwest Cambodia is fast disappearing ..the Chinese gambler.
Chut Wutty, director of the Natural Resource Protection Group
Tianjin Union Development Group 340 sq km of Botum Sakor into a gambling resort ..
..economic land concessions 7,631 sq km most of it in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries,
Fishing families in Botum Sakor say that Union Group is using strongarm tactics to relocate them deep inland.
- mining for gold and other minerals -- are dominated by the Chinese..
Cambodia's 2001 land law forbids economic land concessions >10,000 hectares ..But China's Union Group won a 99-year lease thanks to a 2008 royal decree
Botum Sakor resort,
Mathieu Pellerin rights group Licadho, "Botum Sakor is melting away,"
.. "Cambodia is giving away 36,000 hectares to a foreign entity ..
..at the picturesque seaside village of Poy Jopon, people were preparing to leave after signing away their property to Union Group -- under duress
..Nhorn Saroen, 52, was among hundreds of families who have already been moved from another fishing village, called Kom Saoi. "We were told it was Chinese land and we couldn't cut down a single tree," ..
He was provided with a house in a purpose-built village far inland, robbing him of his main livelihood: fishing...Many families cannot make ends meet in the remote area and have moved away..
Seng Sok Heng of Community Peace Network,..Open Development Cambodia,.. additional bribes were common.
..huge leaseholds at the heart of wildlife sanctuaries such as Boeng Per and Phnom Aural, while 19 concessions have swallowed up almost all of Virachey national park
..cancelling a $3.6 billion Chinese-led dam project in September..
spiders after floods - saveing us from mossies?
highest levels of lutein and zeaxanthin 42 and 41% reduction in the risk of cataract
against age-related macular degeneration,
U Eastern Finland 1,689 between 61 and 80
113 cases age-related cataracts, of which 108 nuclear..
..significant reductions in the risk of cataract,
both ..similar levels of protection from cataracts.
The ratio of zeaxanthin:lutein is much higher in the lens
Both protect liposomal membranes from light-induced oxidative..
Z more effective protector against UV ..
also against peroxyl radical oxidation
So lets grind up all those crayfish shells
but its astaxanthin in crays?
"dietary xanthophylls (astaxanthin and zeaxanthin)"
hens increase in the astaxanthin concentration in theegg yolks, r
powder is produced dehydration process (5-8 seconds, 350 °C) at low pressure.
crayfish residues initial 70-80% moisture and after processing 8-10%.
The carbohydrate, fat and protein crayfish powder are 20.3%, 3.3% and 30.2%,
normal diet milled corn lutein (7.45 mg/kg), zeaxanthin (7.86 mg/kg) and canthaxanthin (2.30mg/kg).
Then 20% crayfish powder (provided by Seafood Sevilla S.L.) 25 d. Hens eat around 100 g per day
astaxanthin absorbancevalue at 470 nm concentration 90.3 mg/kg.
one of the few antioxidants that can penetrate the retinal barrier in your eyes.
benefits against a number of vision-related problems
astaxanthin, microalgae Haematococcus.
the most powerful antioxidant known in the natural world, demonstrating 550 times the antioxidant power of Vitamin E,
Swanson $8.50 60*4mg
see PLOOH below
Polyphenol-rich cranberry juice has a neutral effect on endothelial function but decreases the fraction of osteocalcin-expressing endothelial progenitor cells
osteocalcin, linked to hardening of the arteries
osteoblastic EPCs [endothelial progenitor cells],
urinary tract health proanthocyanidin (PAC)
(Vaccinium macrocarpon) 36mg of proanthocyanidins (PAC) reduce the adhesion of E. coli bacteria to the urinary tract
double-strength Ocean Spray four months.
peripheral arterial tonometry (EndoPAT)
markers of EPC and osteocalcin
no differences for endothelial function,