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How 'Brown Oceans' Fuel Hurricanes
The News - Natural Disasters
July 17, 2013
brown ocean hurricane
Hurricanes and tropical storms typically gather strength while moving over warm oceans, where the energy released by evaporating water fuels these storms' high winds. These storms usually weaken rapidly as they move over land and are cut off from their fuel source.

But researchers are now gaining a better understanding of tropical cyclones that don't conform to the mold and grow stronger over continental land masses, even hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. Under certain conditions, continents act as "brown oceans" that keep a tropical cyclone from weakening and, in some cases, make the storm even stronger than it was over the ocean, according to a news release from NASA.
 
Armageddon Preppin: The Doomsday Readiness Game
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 16, 2013
Shelter? Food? Water? The three simple things you need to survive. Gather supplies while you can, but be careful of venturing too far away from your bunker. Disasters strike at every turn. *What is Preppin?* Preppin is a fast-paced, 2-4 player card game for ages 8+.

The goal of the game is simple; keep your family alive and be the lone survivors of the cataclysmic disasters that occur at the end of each round. *Where did Preppin come from?* The game creators had a stroke of inspiration while on a disaster-movie-and-TV-show watching binge. They decided to take that idea and implement it into a card game system. The goal? To make a fun game the whole family can easily enjoy. *Who made Preppin?* Preppin was made by two friends, Travis Watkins and Darth Rimmer. Travis is a filmmaker and graphic artist living in Portland, OR. Darth is a toy maker and artist living in Los Angeles, CA. He's been making and playing games his whole life.

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H7N9 Bird Flu May Be Developing Drug Resistance
The News - Current Events
July 16, 2013
H7N9 bird flu resistance
Some strains of the H7N9 bird flu in China are becoming resistant to the only antiviral drugs doctors have left to treat the infection, a new study suggests.

The study, which examined the viruses in a single person infected with H7N9, found that a portion of the H7N9 viruses lurking inside the person were resistant to the antiviral drugsoseltamivir (marketed as Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). About 35 percent of the viruses were resistant to these drugs, while 65 percent were sensitive, the researchers said. Treating such "mixed populations" of flu viruses within a single patient can be problematic — giving the patient oseltamivir or zanamivir may increase resistance to those drugs.
 
Russia holds biggest war games in decades
The News - War-Draft
July 16, 2013
Russia war games
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday watched Russia's biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of the nation's resurgent military might.

Dozens of Russia's Pacific Fleet ships and 130 combat aircraft also took part in the exercise, which began on Friday and continue through this week. Putin watched some of the drills on Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, where thousands of troops were ferried and airlifted from the mainland.
 
Disaster preparedness: lessons from cyclone Nargis
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 16, 2013
disaster preparedness cyclone Nargis
It has been five years since the worst natural disaster in Burma's history, cyclone Nargis, which affected the lives of 2.4 million people. I was part of UNFPA's emergency response team that travelled to Burma from Europe and United States and since the floods, I've been reflecting on my experience there and lessons learnt. How would the humanitarian response need to change if the same happened again?

As a result of the cyclone, 75% of Burma's health facilities in the affected areas were destroyed or severely damaged. UNFPA were to provide essential reproductive health supplies. Speed was critical. If emergency obstetric care was not made available, a pregnancy could be fatal for a mother and child.
 
Scientists Outline Long-Term Sea-Level Rise in Response to Warming of Planet
The News - Climate-Environment
July 15, 2013
sea level rise warming
A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms.

This international study is one of the first to combine analyses of four major contributors to potential sea level rise into a collective estimate, and compare it with evidence of past sea-level responses to global temperature changes. Results of the study, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, are being published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
Is Prepping The Next Evolutionary Meme On The Planet?
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 15, 2013
prepping meme
Ok, first things first; what the heck is a ‘meme’? Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

A meme (/ˈmiːm/; meem) is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures. [LINK]
 
How To Recognize, Treat and Avoid Heat Stroke
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 15, 2013
Also called sunstroke, heat stroke is a very serious, life threatening condition. Here's how to recognize it and how to handle it.
 
Summer's Worst Week of Heat NYC, DC, Philly, Boston
The News - Climate-Environment
July 15, 2013
2013 heatwave North East
Plain and simple, this week may feel the worst of any week for this summer in the Northeast. The I-95 region will be a virtual sauna bath.

High daytime and nighttime temperatures, high humidity, intense sunshine and lack of wind will make the area seem like the middle of the tropics. The pattern will pose health risks ranging from poor air quality to a dangerous buildup of heat in urban areas to risk of heat stroke for those physically very active.
 
New Studies: Conspiracy Theorists Sane; Government Dupes Crazy, Hostile
The News - Cover-Up-Conspiracy
July 15, 2013
conspiracy sane
The most recent study was published on July 8th by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent (UK). Entitled “What about Building 7? A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories,” the study compared “conspiracist” (pro-conspiracy theory) and “conventionalist” (anti-conspiracy) comments at news websites.

The authors were surprised to discover that it is now more conventional to leave so-called conspiracist comments than conventionalist ones: “Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist.” In other words, among people who comment on news articles, those who disbelieve government accounts of such events as 9/11 and the JFK assassination outnumber believers by more than two to one. That means it is the pro-conspiracy commenters who are expressing what is now the conventional wisdom, while the anti-conspiracy commenters are becoming a small, beleaguered minority.
 
Distorted GPS Signals Reveal Hurricane Wind Speeds
The News - Natural Disasters
July 15, 2013
hurricane hunter airplane
By pinpointing locations on Earth from space, GPS systems have long shown drivers the shortest route home and guided airline pilots across oceans. Now, by figuring out how messed up GPS satellite signals get when bouncing around in a storm, researchers have found a way to do something completely different with GPS: measure and map the wind speeds of hurricanes.

Improved wind speed measurements could help meteorologists better predict the severity of storms and where they might be headed, said Stephen Katzberg, a Distinguished Research Associate at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and a leader in the development of the new GPS technique. On a global scale, experts hope to use the new measurement method to better understand how storms form and what guides their behavior.
 
Report: Brinks Vaults Are Being Depleted: “Has the Appearance of a Run On the Bank”
The News - Economy
July 15, 2013
brinks bank run
The price of gold and silver has seen a massive decline as of late, prompting one analyst to suggest that there is no compelling fundamental reason to own precious metals and the only thing investors can do now is “hope and panic, in that order.”

But while current prices and technical charts may leave some with the feeling that gold’s bull run is over and the bubble has popped, others are scooping up as much yellow and silver metal as they can find, and in some cases they’re doing it by the tens of thousands of ounces.

According to recent data from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, private investors are rapidly exchanging their paper holdings and turning them into deliverable physical assets, an indication that the purported ‘free market’ price for gold on global exchanges is grossly undervalued. [SHTFPLAN]
 
Some Volcanoes 'Scream' at Ever Higher Pitches Until They Blow Their Tops
The News - Natural Disasters
July 15, 2013
volcano scream
It is not unusual for swarms of small earthquakes to precede a volcanic eruption. They can reach a point of such rapid succession that they create a signal called harmonic tremor that resembles sound made by various types of musical instruments, though at frequencies much lower than humans can hear.

A new analysis of an eruption sequence at Alaska's Redoubt Volcano in March 2009 shows that the harmonic tremor glided to substantially higher frequencies and then stopped abruptly just before six of the eruptions, five of them coming in succession.

"The frequency of this tremor is unusually high for a volcano, and it's not easily explained by many of the accepted theories," said Alicia Hotovec-Ellis, a University of Washington doctoral student in Earth and space sciences.
 
Revolutionary cancer treatment brings scientists closer to cure
The News - Current Events
July 14, 2013
cancer cells
A single-storey workshop on a nondescript business park in Oxfordshire is not the sort of place where you would expect scientific revolutions to take place. But behind the white-painted walls of this small start-up company, scientists are talking about the impossible – a potential cure for cancer.

For the past 20 years, the former academics who set up Immunocore have worked hard on realising their dream of developing a totally new approach to cancer treatment, and finally it looks as if their endeavours are beginning to pay off. In the past three weeks, the company has signed contracts with two of the biggest players in the pharmaceuticals industry which could lead to hundreds of millions of pounds flowing into the firm's unique research on cancer immunotherapy – using the body's own immune system to fight tumour cells.
 
78 Skills Everyone Should Know
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 14, 2013
78 skills survival
Survival is based largely on two things: a positive mental attitude and knowledge. With those two covered, you can make up for any lack of tools. Knowledge doesn’t break, wear out, and short of forgetting a thing or two, you generally can’t lose it.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of skills I think everyone should know. This is by no means a “complete” list because there is always room to learn more, and the more you know, the greater your chances of survival. But this will give you a solid foundation and a far broader skill set than most people. Everyone should know how to... [LINK]
 
'Radioactivity found in Swiss lake' near nuclear plant
The News - Climate-Environment
July 14, 2013
Swiss nuclear leak
Scientists have discovered a radioactive substance in sediment under a Swiss lake used for drinking water and situated near a nuclear plant, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported Sunday.

While scientists cited in the report stressed there was no danger to human health, the discovery raises concerns about safety practices and a lack of transparency at the Muehleberg nuclear plant in northwestern Switzerland. The plant is believed to have caused a spike in cesium 137 found in the sediment of Lake Biel and dating back to 2000 through the discharge of contaminated waste water into the Aar river that feeds into the lake, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) downstream, the weekly reported.
 
Sharknado: the most terribly good movie of the summer
The News - Humor
July 14, 2013
sharknado
Sharknado, pundemic on Twitter, has restored the B-movie back to its rightful place in American life: cult summer blockbuster and universal inside joke. To join in you don't need a TV or even to have seen the movie. You only must appreciate absurdity  -- and tolerate portmanteaus:

In case the title left anything to doubt, a quick summary of the film: a tornado spews sharks into Los Angeles. One lands in Tara Reid's pool, another bounces off a barstool. Helicopters throw bombs at the weather. A character named 'Fin', played by a Chippendales dancer, leaps into the open jaws of a projectile Great White and chainsaws his way out of its rubber belly, screaming. The tagline reads: "Enough said".
 
Hurricane Sandy Was 1-in-700-Year Event
The News - Natural Disasters
July 14, 2013
Hurricane Sandy 1 in 700
Hurricane Sandy's devastating storm track is a rare one among hurricanes; a new statistical analysis estimates that the track of the storm — which took an unusual left-hand turn in the Atlantic before slamming into the East Coast — has an average probability of happening only once every 700 years.

"The particular shape of Sandy's trajectory is very peculiar, and that's very rare, on the order of once every 700 years," said Timothy Hall, a senior scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies who co-authored the study. That means that in any particular year, the chance of such a storm track happening is 0.0014 percent. The storm's near-perpendicular strike on the coast was a major factor in the severe flooding seen in New York, New Jersey and other nearby states, Hall added. But the rareness of the storm's track doesn't mean that the coast is safe from other severe storms.
 
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July 14, 2013

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