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|Sunday, December 25th, 2005|
|One Small Step For Man
Ice Age footprints hold outback's clues tell a touching tale
By Kathy Marks in Sydney
Published: 23 December 2005
Archaeologists have unearthed the world's largest collection of Ice Age
era footprints, dating from about 20,000 years ago, in the bed of a dry
lake in the New South Wales outback.
The fossilised tracks, in a clay pan in Mungo National Park, are said
to be astonishingly well-preserved. They offer a fresh and touchingly
human insight into the lifestyle of ancient Aborigines.
Among the images they evoke are children milling around their
parents' ankles, a hunter sprinting at 12 miles an hour, mud squelching
between his bare toes, and a dead animal being dragged along the shore
of a lake.
"This is the nearest we've got to prehistoric film, where you can
see someone's heel slip in the mud as they're running fast," said Steve
Webb, a Queensland academic who heads the team excavating the prints.
With the help of Aborigines, the archaeologists have found 457
prints beneath sand dunes in the park, 500 miles west of Sydney. An
Aboriginal park ranger, Mary Pappin Junior, from the Mutthi Mutthi
people, stumbled across the first footprint two years ago.
The tracks range from toddler-size prints to a "bigfoot" set of
prints, believed to belong to a 6ft 6in man, with size 12 feet, who was
pursuing an unknown prey, possibly water birds. They also include
footprints left by a one-legged man who appears to have covered some
distance without a walking stick or other assistance.
The findings, to appear in the Journal of Human Evolution, were
described by Bob Debus, the state environment minister, as "one of the
most significant cultural and archaeological discoveries made in
Australia in recent times".
Mr Debus, who helped fund the project, said: "These footprints
present us with a moving snapshot of the people who lived during the
planet's last Ice Age." The archaeologists believe they have unearthed
less than one-third of the tracks in swampland near the shores of
Willandra Lakes between 19,000 and 23,000 years ago.
Professor Webb, of Bond University, added: "They're wonderful
prints, so lifelike. It brings that element of life that other
archaeological remains can't. We've hardly scratched the surface."
The footprint fossils have been discovered in the same area where
Australia's oldest human remains - believe to be from 40,000 years ago
- were found.
|More Xmas Food For Thought
Oh dear this will never do What will Rolf Harris say? Listen to his song Six White Boomers, soon to be five, four, three, two, one, none......
Q: When is a kangaroo not a kangaroo?
A: When it's being served up for dinner
By Kathy Marks in Sydney
Published: 21 December 2005
Australians could soon be tossing a chunk of australus on the barbecue, because of plans to rename kangaroo meat and divorce it from its cuddly Skippy image.
While kangaroo is a lean and delicious red meat, Australians have been squeamish about consuming their national symbol. Most kangaroo meat ends up as pet food, although it is also exported, particularly to Europe, where the Russians love to eat it in sausages.
|Dodo for Xmas
They have discovered the remains of an intact Dodo bird, if not several and no His name is not George Walker Dodo. And it is not yet known if the last of the Dodo's were eaten on Xmas day.
Dutch may have complete skeleton of Dodo bird
December 25, 2005
BY TOBY STERLING
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Scientists said they likely have found a complete skeleton of the long-extinct Dodo bird.
The Dodo was native to
Mauritius when no humans lived there but its numbers rapidly dwindled
after the arrival of Portuguese and Dutch sailors in the 1500s. The
last recorded sighting of a live bird was in 1663.
An international team
of researchers said they found the bones of the bird on a sugar cane
plantation on the island of Mauritius off the east coast of Madagascar,
and presented their findings in the Dutch city of Leiden Friday.
No complete skeleton
of a single Dodo bird had ever been retrieved before from an
archeological site in Mauritius. The last known stuffed bird was
destroyed in a 1755 fire at a museum in Oxford, England, leaving only
partial skeletons and drawings of the bird.
''We have found 700
bones including bones from 20 Dodo birds and chicks but we believe
there are many more at the site,'' said Kenneth Rijsdijk, a Dutch
geologist who led the dig.
DNA material from
other Dodos exists, but Rijsdijk said better samples could be retrieved
from the latest find, estimated to be 2,000 to 3,000 years old.
The Dodo's name comes
from a Portuguese word for ''fool,'' so named because the bird showed
no fear of humans and couldn't fly, making it easy prey. The Dutch
called it the Walgvogel, or ''nasty bird'' because it tasted so bad.
understand the Dodo more favorably. They believe the bird did not fear
humans because it had no natural predators on Mauritius and had lost
the ability to fly because it was so large: adults grew to around three
feet and weighed around 50 pounds -- far bigger than a pelican.
|Wednesday, November 9th, 2005|
|Another Legend Comes To Life
Hybrid goose legend not so silly: biologist
Last Updated Tue, 08 Nov 2005 19:27:49 EST
A biologist in Saskatchewan says there's evidence snow geese and Canada geese are interbreeding to produce a hybrid species.
Unlimited biologist Chuck Deschamps said he got a surprise recently
when two American hunters shot a pair of birds that looked like a
mixture of snow geese and Canada geese. The birds were shot in the
Quill Lakes area, about 160 kilometres east of Saskatoon.
Oklahoma hunters Bryan Baker and Bill Jackson found the suspected hybrid. (Photo: Anne Sanderson, Courtesy Wadena News)
The birds had bills that looked like snow geese, but were bigger and had dark heads like Canada geese.
"It was kind of a mixture of them both," Deschamps said. "It's not common, that's for sure."
for years, people in the area have spoken of the fabled Quill Lakes
goose, he said. Now it appears there was something to the legend. The
Quill Lakes goose may very well be the hybrid the American hunters
found, he said.
Deschamps said he hopes to do DNA testing on one of the hybrid geese to confirm they are offspring of the two species.
for how the hybrids came to be, Deschamp said one theory is that snow
geese eggs are somehow ending up in Canada geese nests. In a real-life
echo of the Ugly Duckling story, Canada geese mothers might be raising
the snow geese goslings as their own. After that, the adult snow geese
are mating with Canada geese.
"These birds are obviously imprinting on whoever raises them," he said.
|Friday, November 4th, 2005|
|All things Are Fire
"All things are composed of fire and are again resolved into fire. " The Greek phiosopher, Father of Dialectics and Pantheism, Heraclitus, said that and now NASA has proved it...... Astronomers say Draco's glow is the beginning of time
Cosmologists estimate that the Big Bang was 13.7 billion years ago.
Some 200 million years passed after this act of creation before the
first stars began to form from cosmic particles and dust. Scientists
believe these stars were likely to have been more than 100 times more
massive than the Sun, and would have been hot, bright and relatively
short-lived, each surviving a few million years compared to the
billions of years of conventional stars.
Top image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of stars and galaxies in
constellation Draco. Bottom image shows glow attributed to first stars
in the universe after radiation from other stars and galaxies is
removed. (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Kashlinsky/GSFC)
And once again the famed mythological monster the; Dragon (Draco) has touched our conciousness....
While more mysteries become revealed as Heraclitus predicted: "The
things that exist are brought into harmony by the clash of opposing
currents. All things come into being by the conflict of opposites"
Monster black hole lurking in our galaxy
02/11/2005 - 19:39:55
A super-massive object at the heart of the Milky Way is almost certainly a monster black hole, scientists said today.
New evidence appears to confirm that the black hole thought to lurk at the centre of our galaxy is real.
By observing radio emissions from the object, astronomers have also been able to measure it more accurately than ever before.
results indicate that the “hole” is as wide as the Earth’s orbit round
the Sun – considerably smaller than previous estimates suggested.
Yet it appears to contain a mass equivalent to four million Suns.
findings seem to rule out an alternative theory that the object, known
as Sagittarius A (Sgr A), is a cluster of super-dense dead stellar
remnants known as neutron stars.
Matter at such a high density level would be very short-lived, collapsing further into a black hole in only around 100 years.
believe all the evidence points towards Sgr A being a black hole - a
region of space in which gravity is so strong that nothing can escape
from it, not even light.
Scientists used 10 radio telescopes
spread across the US and working as one gigantic antenna to capture the
radio waves. The technique is known as Very Long Baseline
Black holes emit radiation from matter
swirling round the edge of the event horizon – the “point of no return”
after which there is no escape from their gravity.
the journal Nature, the astronomers, led by Zhi-Qiang Shen, from
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory in China, said the new radio image
provided “strong evidence that Sgr A is a super-massive black hole”.
an accompanying article, astronomer Christopher Reynolds, from the
University of Maryland in College Park, USA, said scientists were now a
step closer to the goal of actually taking a snapshot of a black hole.
The ultimate proof that black holes exist would be to obtain an image of the “shadow” produced by the event horizon, he said.
predicted diameter of the event horizon’s shadow for Sgr A is just 30
micro-arc seconds, or 120 millionth of a degree,” he said.
would be the apparent size of a tennis ball on the Moon when viewed
from the Earth, and is about a factor of four smaller than the scales
probed by the current VLBI experiments.”
Solved: the mysteries of the black hole
The concept of black holes,
supermassive voids that suck in all matter and light, has caught the
public imagination for decades. Now, for the first time, scientists are
on the verge of looking into the heart of darkness.
By Steve Connor
Published: 03 November 2005
© 2005 Independent News & Media (UK) Ltd.
They are probably the strangest things in the known universe. Black holes
are so massive and their gravitational pull is so strong that nothing can
escape - not even light itself - which is strange indeed for something made
A hole in space seems to make no sense at all, yet scientists are convinced
that these prisons of light are for real, even though they have never really
been seen and the only evidence for their existence is circumstantial.
But astronomers have now got close to staring a black hole in the face. With
the help of an array of 10 radio telescopes in America, they have pictured
the void at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy 26 million light years
away, where a supermassive black hole sits invisibly like the transparent
eye of a hurricane.
This particular black hole is estimated to have a mass equivalent to four
million Suns and yet the latest measurements, published in the journal
Nature, suggest it occupies a volume with a radius less than the distance
between the Earth and the Sun.
This is less than half the size previously estimated, indicating that
astronomers are close to defining the crucial outer boundary of one of the
most elusive phenomena in cosmology - one that has mystified scientists for
decades. "We're getting tantalisingly close to being able to see an
unmistakable signature that would provide the first concrete proof of a
supermassive black hole at a galaxy's centre," said Zhi-Qiang Shen, of
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory in China, one of the leaders of the study.
No light escapes from black holes, which is why they are so invisible. They
can however be detected by the radiowaves emitted from their periphery as
they gobble up any surrounding matter that falls within range.
The first sign of a black hole within our own galaxy came in February 1974,
when two American astronomers, Bruce Balick and Robert Brown, detected a
powerful source of radiowaves emanating from the constellation of
Sagittarius. Balick and Brown calculated that, whatever the cause of the
radiation, the source was coming from the dead centre of the galaxy. They
suspected a black hole at the heart of the Milky Way and the race began for
astronomers to capture the first image of this radio source, which they
called Sagittarius A* (pronounced "A-star").
"Black holes are perhaps the most exotic objects to impinge on the cosmic
consciousness," explains astronomer Christopher Reynolds of the University
of Maryland, writing in Nature. "They are formed when matter such as that
from a dying massive star collapses in calamitously under its own gravity,
forming a region of space in which the gravitational field is so strong that
it swallows all matter and radiation that come near it."
One way of looking at black holes is how they distort space and time.
Imagine the space-time continuum as a rubber sheet. An object the size of
the Sun would act like a heavy ball placed on a trampoline, causing a minor
indentation. Heavier objects, such as cannonballs, would create further
indentations in the space-time continuum but something as heavy and dense as
a black hole would cause such a steep dent that it would be like a
bottomless pit from which nothing could escape once it fell in.
>This view of black holes comes with the benefit of Einstein's theories of
relativity. But the concept actually predated his pioneering work. In fact,
black holes, like many cosmological phenomena, were predicted long before
scientists began to construct the sort of instruments that could detect them.
Indeed, an English clergyman and scholar called John Michell predicted in
1784 that some stars might be so big, and hence so heavy or massive, that
they would create a gravitational field strong enough to prevent light from
escaping. If something was 500 times bigger than the Sun, the Rev Michell
wrote, "all light emitted from such a body would be made to return towards
it, by its own proper gravity".
Such predictions were based on what was known at the time from Isaac
Newton's work on gravity. It was not until after Albert Einstein formulated
his general theory of relativity that further work could be done on the
theory of black holes - although no one actually called them by that name
Using Einstein's theory, Karl Schwarzschild, a German physicist, discovered
that relativity equations led to the predicted existence of an object so
dense that other objects would fall into it and never come out again.
Schwarzschild talked about a "magic sphere" around such an object where
gravity was so powerful that nothing within that sphere could escape.
Furthermore, all matter within the sphere would be crushed to a point of
infinite density occupying virtually no space. This point is known as the
"singularity" and every black hole is believed to have a singularity at its
J Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the American atom bomb, calculated that
a black holes was the ultimate end-product of a star's lifecycle, the point
when it collapsed in on itself and the resulting ultra-dense material gave
rise to a singularity.
But the real turning point came in 1967, when the American astrophysicist,
John Wheeler, actually coined the term "black hole" - and launched a wave of
popular fascination with these gravity-defying voids.
In 1971, the first experimental evidence from space for the existence of
black holes came with data captured by the American Uhuru satellite. Its
instruments detected a source of X-rays coming from a star that appeared to
be orbiting an invisible companion that was estimated to be five times the
mass of the Sun.
This was the first of several contenders for the "smaller" kind of black
hole caused by the collapse of a stellar objects. But in more recent years
scientists have been chasing much, much bigger black holes.
These black holes are supermassive affairs, like the one at the centre of
our own galaxy which is estimated to weigh in at about 4 million times the
mass of the Sun.
But astronomers believe there are even bigger ones, 10 billion times the
mass of the Sun, at the heart of every galaxy, said the cosmologist Marcus
Chown, author of The Universe Next Door. "No one knows how they form. No one
knows why they are at the centre of galaxies. It's even possible they were
there first and seeded the formation of galaxies such as the Milky Way."
Such is the mystery surrounding black holes that a small minority of
scientists still cannot quite bring themselves to believe in them. "The
truth is we don't absolutely know for sure that black holes exist. No one
has actually seen a black hole, " explained Mr Chown.
This is why the latest study is so important, because scientists are getting
so tantalising close to taking that first image of a black hole in all its
mysterious splendour. But what would "nothing" look like? How can we take an
image of something that swallows up all matter and radiation?
Professor Reynolds said that we may not be able to see a black hole itself,
but we should be able to see the boundary or "event horizon" beyond which
all matter is swallowed up. "What is needed is a more discerning test than
simply detecting something massive and compact; we need to find the event
horizon, the defining property of a black hole," he said.
"As physical phenomena go, event horizons are tricky to observe...
High-resolution imaging, however, does provide a compelling way to search
for an event horizon. If a black hole is surrounded by an almost spherical
distribution of radiation matter ... a sufficiently high-resolution image
should reveal a shadow around it.
"This dark circle is caused by radiation from sources behind the black hole
that are being swallowed by the event horizon. Surrounding this shadow would
be a bright ring - the result of the strong deflection by the black hole's
gravitational field of those light rays that do scrape past it."
Fred Lo, director of the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which runs
the array of telescopes that collected the latest data, said that, with a
slightly higher resolution, telescopes should soon be able to see this
shadow of a black hole.
"The extremely strong gravitational pull of a black hole has several effects
that would produce a distinctive 'shadow' that we think we could see if we
can image details about half as small as those in our latest images," Dr Lo
said. "Seeing that shadow would be the final proof that a supermassive black
hole is at the centre of our galaxy."
Mr Chown said that the best way to get the final elusive proof of the
existence of supermassive black holes is to observe the one that is closest
to us. "The proof will be to see a bright ring with a dark region inside it
- presumably, the bright ring is matter super-heated as it falls into the
black hole and the dark region is the black hole," Mr Chown said. "Fred Lo
and his people have come the closest yet to getting that proof."
Black holes are so strange that they may defy the laws of physics as we know
them, for instance by creating "wormholes" in space. When we are finally
able to see black holes with our own eyes, we may have also found gateways
to other universes.
Hubble Observations Add Two New Moons to Pluto
By Amir Alexander
November 3, 2005
As the New Horizons
team prepares for the fast approaching January launch, they received
startling news about the planet they are working so hard to reach.
Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope last May reveal that Pluto
has not one moon, but three! These include Charon, the large moon
discovered in 1978, and two previously unknown satellites, all orbiting
within 60,000 kilometers (36,000 miles) of their home planet. As a
result, when New Horizons visits the ninth planet in 2015 or
thereabout, it will be able to study four separate objects, all in the
immediate vicinity of Pluto itself.
More On New Horizons
When New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and Hal Weaver of the Johns
Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), first proposed to
use the Hubble Space Telescope to search for moons around Pluto, they
were looking for something quite different. As co-leaders of a team of
nine astronomers searching for Pluto companions, they thought they
might find very distant moons orbiting Pluto, so faint that they have
so far escaped detection. Other Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) are known to
have such far-off moons.
Accordingly, they instructed
Hubble to search the entire range of Pluto’s gravitational control,
stretching out over 2 million kilometers from the planet. On May 15,
2005, and again on May 18, the space telescope pointed its mirror in
the direction of Pluto, and took a series of pictures. The images show
no trace of the distant satellites Stern and Weaver had expected. They
do, however, show two bright spots orbiting very close to Pluto itself
– almost certainly two small moons.
“Pluto always baffles us” mused Stern. “We never expected Pluto to be a quadruple.”
A View from Pluto's Moon
An artist's conception of the view from one of Pluto's new moons showing Pluto, Charon, and the other small moon.
Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon
first to notice the two bright points in the Hubble images was Max
Mutchler of the Space Telescope Science Institute, who inspected the
images on June 15, at Weaver’s request. After informing Weaver of the
possible discovery, both had to put any plans for further confirmation
aside: for the next several months both researchers focused on the
Hubble observations of comet Tempel 1, which was struck by an impactor
from the spacecraft Deep Impact.
In the meantime, at
SwRI, Stern suggested to postdoctoral researcher Andrew Steffl that he
too take a look at the images and see what he could find. Although this
was done in coordination with Weaver, Weaver did not inform Stern and
Steffl of Mutchler’s suspicions so as not to bias their observations.
By mid August Steffl too had found two apparent satellites of Pluto. By
the end of the month it was clear that he had found the same objects as
Mutchler, in the very same images.
To confirm the discovery
Stern and Weaver asked three of the largest ground-based telescopes to
look for the moons. In September, The Keck and Gemini telescopes in
Hawaii, and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope
(VLT) in Chile all set their sights on Pluto. None, however, succeeded
in imaging the elusive satellites, most likely because Pluto was
already low in the sky at twilight and barely visible. In February,
when Pluto is farther away from the glare of the Sun, a new series of
observations is planned with Hubble.
Even without the
confirming observations, Stern, Weaver, and their colleagues have very
good reasons to believe the moons they have found are the “real thing.”
First there is the fact that the objects move through the sky with
Pluto. Other KBO’s, and background stars, which follow a different path
through the skies, appear in the images as blurry streaks, while the
suspected moons remain in focus.
Then there are the results of
preliminary calculations of the two satellites’ orbits. These appear to
be nearly circular, and on the same orbital plane as Pluto’s large moon
Charon. Stern, furthermore, suggests that the moons appear to be in
resonance with Charon, meaning that the ratio of the moons’ orbital
periods and that of Charon is a simple integer ration such as 2:1 or
3:2. The chances that such apparent orbits are artifacts of the random
movement of background objects is miniscule. However, these would be
precisely the orbits that one would expect of moons formed by the same
impact that created Charon.
Finally, and perhaps most
convincingly – the two moons have been imaged before. Marc Buie of the
Lowell Observatory and Eliot Young of SwRI found the moons in images of
Pluto taken by Hubble in 2002.
Pluto's Quadruple System
These images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for
Surveys (ACS) on May 15 and 18, 2005, show that Pluto has two small
moons in addition to its large moon Charon. Credit: NASA, ESA, H.
Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the Hubble Space Telescope Pluto
Companion Search Team
two moons, provisionally known as S/2005 P 1 and S/2005 P 2, are tiny
compared to their two companions. Whereas Pluto is 2400 kilometers
(1400 miles) in diameter, and Charon is half of that, the diameter of
S/2005 P 1 – the larger of the two moons – is anywhere between 50 and
160 kilometers (30 and 100 miles). Since size estimates depend on the
object’s brightness, the exact diameter of the moon depends on its
reflectivity (or albedo), which right now can only be guessed at. The
smaller moon, S/2005 P 2, is likely 10% - 15% smaller than its sibling.
newfound companions could provide scientists with new insights on the
Kuiper belt and the Pluto system. If the findings prove correct, said
Weaver, Pluto “will become the first body in the Kuiper belt known to
have more than one satellite.” This suggests that among the estimated
40,000 Kuiper belt objects that have moons, many may have more than
one. Furthermore, the size and orbits of moons are a crucial resource
for learning about their host planets. The two new satellites will soon
enable scientists to calculate better estimates of the mass and density
of Pluto and Charon. Down the road, when more is known about S/2005 P 1
and S/2005 P 2, they could help us understand the origins and history
of the Pluto system as well.
Apart from their importance to our understanding of the Kuiper belt, and their influence on plans for New Horizons,
the discovery of two new moons orbiting close to one of the traditional
nine planets is a remarkable discovery in itself. Stern put it most
aptly: “It blew our socks off,” he said.
Copyright © 1993 – 2005 The Planetary Society. All rights reserved.
|Thursday, November 3rd, 2005|
Yep its true dinosaurs f**ked.......what did you think they did? And man are they noisy.....Opps this isnt' about Brontosaurus Sex or even Tyrannosaurus Sex, its a couple of amobea's having a joining....sorry to get you all excited....sigh well I guess we will have to wait for Jurrasic Park VI
Scientists Find Fossils in Sexual Union
LUCKNOW, India - This was no one-night stand. Scientists in India say they have discovered two fossils fused together in sexual union for 65 million years.
The findings were published in the October edition of the Indian journal "Current Science," which said it was the first time that sexual copulation had been discovered in a fossil state, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
But voyeurs will need a microscope to view the eternal lovers.
The fossils are tiny swarm cells, a stage in the development of the fungus myxomycetes, also known as slime molds.
The cells reproduce by "fusing," Ranjeet Kar of the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in Lucknow reportedly told PTI. Once the cells fuse, long, threadlike appendages known as flagella, are lost, he said.
Finding the fossils in a fused position and with their flagella shed, is evidence that the two cells were having sex, Kar said.
"The sexual organs being delicate and the time of conjugation short lived, it is indeed rare to get this stage in the fossil state," the study said.
The cells were discovered in a 30-foot deep dry well in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
|Cryptozoology: Does a Moose Make a Sound in the Forest?
So when it comes to mysterious or
unknown beasts we don't have to look for exotic animals to fit the
bill, no need to think that a brontosaurus is stomping around in the
forest...nope in the world of cryptozoology it can be even as common as
a Canadian Moose....in Exile in New Zealand.......
0/20: A wild moose chase
Oct 20, 2005
Cronshaw from 20/20 goes bush with a man who has spent the last 35
years searching for a herd of Canadian moose last seen in Fiordland
more than 50 years ago.
on whether they still exist has raged for years but took a new
twist a few weeks ago when DNA testing suggested the legendary
beasts might still be there.
metre prehistoric giant was given up for dead half a century ago
but Ken Tustin swears it's no ghost he has come close to "maybe a
DNA test findings reignite hopes of Fiordland moose
06 October 2005
A new series of DNA tests confirms hair found in a remote part of
Fiordland came from one of a supposedly long-extinct New Zealand
population of Canadian moose.
The results are the second since June 2001 to suggest at least one of
the increasingly mythical animals, introduced to Fiordland from North
America in 1910 and last seen more than 30 years ago, was still alive.
At his home at Bull Creek in South Otago, scientist and moose-hunter
Ken Tustin called the "very exciting" findings independent proof of a
"subjective" hunch he had pursued since the 1970s.
"Significantly, this means that we have real, scientific proof that an
animal people said died out decades ago was actually still alive close
to when we collected this sample," Mr Tustin said.
"We know that instead of being dead, that a moose stood on a beach on
the northern side of the Wet Jacket Arm, that it fed there, and that it
moved on to feed somewhere else."
"This puts the hunt outside the realm of a hoax, which is what people
said when the first hairs were found. I have seen enough physical
evidence they are there, and this just confirms what I believe."
Mr Tustin and wife Margie collected the sample during a regular visit
to the thickly-wooded and steep area in October 2002, from hair snagged
on waist-high scrub on a beach opposite Oke Island.
The find was made a considerable distance from Shark Cove on the south
side of Dusky Sound near where, one year earlier, Kelvin and Charlie
Harper found hair that DNA tests in said came from a moose.
Hamilton-based researchers Deer Improvement sent the Tustins' sample,
the already-tested Harper hair, and about 40 other samples to a
forensic laboratory at Trent University in Ontario, Canada earlier this
The laboratory, which specialises in wildlife DNA, returned the results
late last month, and both samples were confirmed as having come from a
moose, Deer Improvement director Peter Gatley said yesterday.
Mr Gatley had "complete confidence" in the laboratory and its methods,
and was especially excited the hair could only have been exposed to the
elements for "weeks, rather than years" to give a viable DNA reading.
A couple of dozen samples of suspected moose faeces, collected by Mr
Tustin since the early 1990s, were likely to be DNA-tested before the
end of the year was also "tantalising and exciting".
"This is not quite the photograph that people who do not believe there
are moose there might want, but boy, this really is the next best
thing," Mr Gatley said.
A herd of 10 Canadian moose were introduced to Fiordland's Supper Cove
in 1910, but their population declined steadily under pressure from red
deer until the last rumoured sighting in 1971.
Spurred by that sighting, his discovery of a moose antler in 1972, and
now backed by the New Zealand Wildlife Trust, Mr Tustin spends about
two months each year in the Dusky Sound area documenting evidence of
Moose had eluded a network of cameras in the area but physical
evidence, such as bedding spots and browsing and antler marks,
suggested as many as 20 animals might still live there, Mr Tustin said.
A Natural History New Zealand camera took a blurred image of a
suspected moose in 1995, and Mr Tustin believed he had come so close
"that the hairs on my neck stood up...and I could smell it had been
"But people still doubt it, and why wouldn't they, because this is such
an unlikely event. But now we have more than my subjective
observations. Now we have independent evidence of the real thing."
Mr Tustin hoped confirming moose lived in Fiordland until at least 2002
would force the animal back into New Zealand literature as a permanent
part of the country's wilderness fauna.
It might also start a debate about whether an exotic animal that had
survived in such an inhospitable environment should be protected, Mr
|Tuesday, October 11th, 2005|
It's like something out of a
William Burroughs novel......gives new meaning to left coast home of
the gay counter culture..... gay fungi spores that are pathogens to
humans....yep right out of a Burroughs Novel...life is a virus he would
say now we know that it is also a spore.......Moves to London in 1960. Back in Tangiers in August of 1961, with
Ginsberg and others, meets Timothy Leary
who gives them all mushrooms. Burroughs doesn't enjoy the experience,
saying: "Urgent warning. I think I'll stay here in shriveling envelopes
of larval flesh... One of the nastiest cases ever produced by this
Homosexual fungi spawn deadly strain
Researchers in the U.S. report that a deadly fungus which
spread from Vancouver Island to the mainland was spawned when two
less-dangerous strains engaged in homosexual union. A paper published yesterday in the journal Nature argues that the
severe new strain -- cryptococcus gattii -- is the result of sexual
reproduction between two types of a similar species of fungi, despite
the fact that both were of the same sex.
DURHAM, N.C. – Same-sex mating between two less harmful yeast strains
might have spawned an outbreak of disease among otherwise healthy
people and animals on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Howard Hughes
Medical Institute geneticists at Duke University Medical Center have
reported. The fungus, Cryptococcus gattii, is normally restricted to
the tropics and subtropics.
The researchers said their findings provide important additional
insight into the origin of the Vancouver Island outbreak, which began
in 1999. Moreover, the evidence that sex played an important role in
the pathogen's expansion may provide a useful model for the evolution
of infectious diseases and parasites more generally, they said.
Earlier studies by the Duke team found that most Vancouver Island
outbreak isolates are sexually fertile, but all are of one "sex," a
trend that would seem to preclude the normal sexual cycle. A recent
laboratory study led by Heitman's group suggested a possible
explanation: the related yeast C. neoformans can undergo same-sex
mating between two alpha partners.
Among clinical and environmental isolates of the fungus from
British Columbia, the researchers identified two forms: an extremely
virulent major strain, which accounted for 95 percent of all samples,
and a less virulent and less common strain, which made up the other
By comparing select gene sequences that spanned the genomes of
the Vancouver Island fungi to samples collected from around the world,
the team traced the rarer type to identical isolates in Australia. The
major form matched a sample taken from an infected person in Seattle 30
years ago and another collected from a Eucalyptus tree in San Francisco
|Sunday, October 9th, 2005|
Another Giant Squid, the Kraken of seafaring legend, is discovered. And along with this discovery are other Giant Squid stories I found which are linked below. Yep Cuthulu Lives! And cryptozoology can be thanked once again for challenging scientists to search for unknown animals that they dismissed as myth and legend.
Holy Squid! Photos Offer First Glimpse of Live Deep-Sea Giant
September 27, 2005
Like something straight out of a Jules Verne novel, an enormous
tentacled creature looms out of the inky blackness of the deep
But this isn't science fiction. A set of extraordinary images captured by Japanese scientists marks the first-ever record of a live giant squid (Architeuthis) in the wild.
The animal—which measures roughly 25 feet (8 meters) long—was
photographed 2,950 feet (900 meters) beneath the North Pacific Ocean.
Japanese scientists attracted the squid toward cameras attached to a
baited fishing line.
The scientists say they snapped more than 500 images of the
massive cephalopod before it broke free after snagging itself on a
hook. They also recovered one of the giant squid's two longest
tentacles, which severed during its struggle.
"Colossal Squid" Revives Legends of Sea Monsters
for National Geographic News
April 23, 2003
Last month fishermen in the icy Ross Sea encountered a deep-sea giant.
Almost 20 feet (6 meters) long, with spiked tentacles and huge, protruding eyes, it was feeding on Patagonian toothfish caught on longlines set by the fishermen.
The creature was hauled aboard and taken to New Zealand for analysis. This confirmed the encounter as the first live sighting of a colossal squid.
Usually called Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, scientists who examined the Ross Sea specimen coined the term "colossal squid" to distinguish it from giant squid (Architeuthis). They say the species is the biggest and most fearsome squid known to science and could grow to 40 feet (12 meters) in length—longer than a whale.
Thought to be only the second intact example ever recovered, the massive cephalopod was armed with two huge beaks and rotating hooks along its tentacles.
This latest find has revived interest in sea monster legends of old. Could it be such monsters really existed, and still exist today?
Scientists who identified the Ross Sea squid have fueled such speculation.
New Zealand squid expert Steve O'Shea, from Auckland University of Technology, has described the squid as "a true monster." He told the BBC: "Giant squid is no longer the largest squid that's out there. We've got something that's even larger, and not just larger but an order of magnitude meaner."
Giant Squid Washes Ashore In Tasmania
By Bijal P. Trivedi
National Geographic Today
July 26, 2002
Earlier this week the largest invertebrate on Earth, an animal that has never before been seen in its native habitat, washed up on the chilly eastern shores of Tasmania, Australia. The giant squid, an adult female, bore the marks of a torrid sexual affair. Sucker marks decorated her neck, and the top of her head bore a nip, possibly from a male's beak. Sperm samples suggest that she may have mated nearby.
"Weird" New Squid Species Discovered in Deep Sea
Bijal P. Trivedi
National Geographic Today
December 20, 2001
Deep-sea submersibles have spotted and filmed a new type of squid in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
"We have never seen anything like it," says cephalopod biologist Michael Vecchione, of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and an author of a report, "Worldwide Observations of Remarkable Deep-Sea Squids," that appears in the December 21 issue of the journal Science. "It just shows how little we know about life-forms in the deep sea."
Squid are usually characterized by eight long arms and two modified shorter arms called tentacles.
The newly discovered squid has ten indistinguishable appendages which all appear the same length and which radiate from the main axis of the body like spokes on a bicycle wheel. All of the appendages have a sharp bend, like an elbow, from which the rest of the arm hangs straight down.
Other particularly "weird" features are the two enormous fins that stick out from a comparatively tiny body. The two fins are like elephant ears that flap as the creature floats around.
"It's a very weird-looking thing—really big fins, really long arms and this tiny little body in between," says Vecchione.
|Monday, September 19th, 2005|
|An Alternative to Creationism
This is a very funny site, with a very serious message. And some good receipes.
OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS SCHOOL BOARD
I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing
to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should
be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree
that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they
can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them.
I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent
Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design.
I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe
was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that
we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific
evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence,
put in place by Him.
It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request
that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the
other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not
agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m
sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory
is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed,
then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based
on science, not on faith.
|Saturday, September 17th, 2005|
|Why Did the Snake Cross The Road
To get to the other side. And now they can do it safely. Thanks to an
environmentally friendly road design. Medicine Hat has lots of rattlers
that get killed on the highway, maybe Alberta will adopt the idea of
tunnels for snakes that Manitoba now uses.
Snake population on the rebound
Friday, September 16, 2005
The legless stars of Manitoba's world-famous snake dens are once again thriving.
Ed Wasserman, a tour guide and advocate at the snake dens in
Narcisse, says the population has rebounded in a major way, thanks to
12 tunnels dug under Highway 17 by Manitoba Hydro in 2001.
In 1997, before the tunnels were built, about 25,000 snakes were killed by highway traffic.
Wasserman estimates the snake population is now approaching 70,000 -- the same level as a decade ago.
© Broadcast News 200
|Wednesday, September 14th, 2005|
City criticized for allowing topless cleaning company
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 Globe and Mail
Vernon -- A new cleaning company is wrapped up in something more than
just dirty laundry.
The city has approved a new business licence for a topless
housecleaning company, but the decision has outraged some members of a
local women's centre.
"We're concerned about the exploitation of women and we're concerned
about women's safety," said Debra Critchley of the Vernon Women's
So what if it was all guys doing the housecleaning, flexing those biceps......There is an assumption here that it's going to be women working for this company.....which is probably the case....however if it was men doing the cleaning topless, then the feminists would protest that they should be allowed to do it also....like the bare breast campaigns at public beaches a number of years ago......this just another bit of media titilation nothing to get worked up about, every couple of years some 'guy' figures he will make money off of topless cleaning or topless car washes etc. and they last about two weeks and then the thrill is gone and they disappear into the vast abyss of dumb ideas.
|Thursday, September 1st, 2005|
|Another Blow To Creationism
And God made Man in his image....Genesis
Oh my god no, no.....Charelton Heston Planet of the Apes
Chimp's gene map shows what makes humans different
|www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-01 08:15:52 |
|THE genetic blueprint of the
chimpanzee, humanity’s closest cousin, has been mapped in its entirety
by scientists, narrowing the search for the genes that make us human.|
Sep. 1 (Xinhuanet)-- The question that what sets humans apart from
other animals has been settled by scientists who have mapped the
complete chimp genome and compared it to the human gene map.
Differences in the sequence of four chemical "letters"
that spell out the genetic codes, or genomes, of chimp (Pan
troglodytes) and man (Homo sapiens) could account for the very human
abilities to write novels or fly to the Mars.
"As our closest relatives, they (chimpanzees) tell us special
things about what it means to be a primate and, ultimately, what it
means to be a human at the DNA level," Dr. Francis Collins, head of the
National Human Genome Research Institute, which funded the studies,
told a news conference.
The comparisons of the two genomes, published on Wednesday in
the journal Nature by 67 researchers in the Chimpanzee Sequencing and
Analysis Consortium, provide clear confirmation of the common and
recent evolutionary origin of humans and chimpanzees, as first
predicted by Charles Darwin in 1871.
Dr. Robert Waterston, one of the leaders of the international
research team, from the University of Washington in Seattle and
colleagues sequenced the DNA of a chimpanzee named Clint, who died last
year of heart failure at the relatively young age for a chimp of 24,
but two colonies of his cells have been preserved for future study.
They compared it to the human genome sequence and did a
letter-by-letter comparison of the DNA base pairs -- the A, C, T and G
nucleotides that make up both the human and chimp genetic codes.
Out of 3 billion base pairs that make up both the human and the
chimpanzee genomes, only 40 million differ between human and chimp,
"Within those 40 million differences are clearly
the genetic bases of what makes us human." said Dr. Waterston.
Genes usually code for proteins, the molecules that build and
operate a body, and many key differences are expected to be found in
genetic code that controls where proteins are made, how and in what
The chimpanzee is only the fourth mammal to have its genome
sequence completed, after humans, rats and mice, though a draft is
available for the dog. Of these species, humans and chimps are by far
the most similar. The differences between them are ten times fewer than
those between mice and rats, and sixty times fewer than those between
humans and mice.
But, added Collins, the study did not address philosophical or religious questions.
"It may very well not tell us about other aspects of humanity,
such as how do we tell right and wrong," Collins said. Enditem
Chimp, human DNA compared
Study finds vast similarities and key differences
By TOM PAULSON
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
international team of 67 scientists, led by a top genome researcher in
Seattle, may have moved us a few steps closer toward figuring out
precisely what in the genetic code makes us human -- or, at least, not
"By comparing the human and chimp genomes, we can see the process of
evolution clearly in the changes (in DNA) since we diverged from our
common ancestor," said Robert Waterston, director of genome sciences at
the University of Washington and lead author of a report on the project
in today's edition of the journal Nature.
Humans and chimps each have some 3 billion base units of DNA in
their genomes, differing by only 1.2 percent when compared in this way.
Other methods of comparison estimate a genetic difference of at most 4
"We're not that different," Waterston said.
|Friday, August 26th, 2005|
|One Lighting Bolt 14 dead
Lightning strike kills 14 cows at once
REGINA -- A lightning strike dealt a blow to a young Chaplin-area rancher when it killed 14 of his cattle in a storm early Tuesday.
Ouch one bolt, and its BBQ time.
|Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005|
|Another Lake Monster In Canada
Is this yet another case of a sighting of the rare, endangered sturgeon the dinosaur fish?
A tip o' the blog to Grandinite who blogged about this first. He also has a great collection of ugly fish photos.
See my previous enteries on Cryptozoology and Lake Monsters:
Cryptozoology Part 2
Kyoto accord signals death knell for dinosaur era fish in Canada
Manitoba man lands massive fish-a 200 year old sturgeon
Another Big Fish Story
Fishermen catch giant catfish
Current Mood: excited
Quebecer claims to have photos of lake monster
Jeff Stafford, owner of the Ripplecove Inn
CTV.ca News Staff
A Quebec innkeeper claims to have picture proof that the legendary monster of Lake Massawippi exists.
Although it doesn't enjoy the status of Ogopogo -- the country's
most famous water monster said to inhabit Lake Okanagan in the south
central B.C. interior -- "Whippy" has been alive in local monster
Townspeople have been reporting sightings of the elusive creature
for generations in the peaceful, picturesque lake nestled in Quebec's
Eastern Townships, near Sherbrooke.
Jeff Stafford, owner of the Ripplecove Inn, showed photos of what he claimed are "Whippy" to CFCF News reporter Rob Lurie.
Stafford said he was given the photos last week by a tourist, along
with a story of how the alligator-like creature surfaced from the
depths of the Massawippi and treated him to an extended view.
The series of blurry photos show a far shot of an oddly-shaped protuberance sticking out of the water.
"This thing was floating on top like a large crocodile or large
water snake," Stafford told CFCF. He said, according to the tourist,
that Whippy was 10 feet long, and had its head stuck out of the water
for several minutes.
"We were blown away," said Stafford, who didn't doubt the tourist's story for one second.
There are many stories of monster sightings in these parts, reports
Lurie. Nearby Lake Mephremagog has "Memphre"; Lake Champlains' has
But with this latest sighting on the Massawippi, the legend of Whippy has pulled ahead of the others.
Florent Hebert, who's been guiding tours on the lake for 23 years,
said he's seen a lot of strange things that he just can't explain.
He said he's been trying to convince people of Whippy's existence, and that these photos finally prove he's not crazy.
"I feel much better, because no one believes in the stories I've been telling about the lake," he told CFCF News.
Scientists have explained that these waters are inhabited by some very large fish.
At almost 500 feet deep, Lake Massawippi is home to many monster
sturgeons. Fishermen have spotted fish more than seven feet long in the
Vancouver author John Kirk, whose specialty is investigating unknown
animals, guesses the mystery creature in Stafford's photo "could be a
form of catfish."
"But it doesn't have the profile to be a classical lake monster," he told CTV News.
Stafford said whatever it was, it didn't act very fish-like. "It was
on the surface of the water for about 15 minutes -- that's not fish
behavior," he said.
With a report from CTV's Rob Lurie
|Another Blow to Creationism
Georgian scientists claim to unearth 1.8 million-year-old skull
By MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - Archeologists in the former Soviet republic
of Georgia have unearthed a skull they say is 1.8 million years old -
part of a find that holds the oldest traces of humankind's closest
ancestors ever found in Europe.
The skull from an early member of the genus Homo was found Aug. 6
and unearthed Sunday in Dmanisi, an area about 100 kilometres southeast
of the capital, Tbilisi, said David Lortkipanidze, director of the
Georgian National Museum, who took part in the dig.
In total, five bones or fragments believed to be about the same age
have been found in the area, including a jawbone discovered in 1991,
Lortkipanidze said by telephone. The skull, however, was in the best
condition of the five, and was sent to the museum for further study.
"Practically all the remains have been found in one place. This
indicates that we have found a place of settlement of primitive
people," he said of the spot, where archeologists have been working
Researchers said the findings in Georgia were about one million
years older than any widely accepted pre-human remains in western
Europe and were the oldest found outside Africa. The discoveries have
provided additional evidence that human ancestors left Africa a
half-million years or more earlier than scientists had previously
A well-preserved skull from the Dmanisi site would be "very
important" in helping to track the development and migration of human
ancestors, said Brian Richmond, a professor at the Center for the
Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology at George Washington University
in Washington, D.C.
Study of the skull could help scientists understand "what it is
about these individuals that allowed them to move outside of Africa" -
how their bodies and tool-use advanced to enable them to move more
freely, Richmond said.
It could also help determine the species of the remains at the site, Homo erectus or Homo habilis, he said.
Million-year-old fossils of hominids - extinct creatures of the
extended ancestral family of modern humans - have been found in Africa,
the Middle East, Asia, but not in western Europe. Georgia is south of
the Caucasus Mountains, east of the Black Sea and northeast of Turkey,
but is considered part of Europe.
Previously, Lortkipanidze's discoveries of bone fragments
contradicted a theory among anthropologists that the primitive humans
who left Africa were big, well-armed and smart. The human-like
specimens that Lortkipanidze found were smaller and slender with a
smaller brain, but still capable of making stone tools.
The Dmanisi site is located between two rivers. Researchers also
have found a wealth of animal remains from the same period, including
elephants, gazelles, rhinos, sabre-toothed cats, giraffes, bears,
ostriches, wolves and rodents.
|Monday, August 22nd, 2005|
This prove once again that it takes
Science a long time to even begin to prove theories, 75 years in this case.
Let alone to theorize about the little known, like cryptozoology.
Give credit to physics for coming up with wild theories like string theory, or even
quantum mechanics, while the other hard sciences imprison themselves in
the ideology of empiricism to keep them safe from asking thought
Einstein manuscript found at Dutch university
By TOBY STERLING
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - The original manuscript of a paper
Albert Einstein published in 1925 has been found in the archives of
Leiden University's Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics, scholars
The handwritten manuscript titled "Quantum theory of the monatomic
ideal gas" was dated December 1924. Considered one of Einstein's last
great breakthroughs, it was published in the proceedings of the
Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin in January 1925.
High-resolution photographs of the 16-page, German-language
manuscript and an account of its discovery were posted on the
"It was quite exciting" when a student working on his master's
thesis uncovered the delicate manuscript written in Einstein's
distinctive scrawl, said Prof. Carlo Beenakker. "You can even see
Einstein's fingerprints in some places, and it's full of notes and
markups from his editor."
"We're going to keep it as a reminder of his visits here, which is quite a fond memory for us," Beenakker said.
The German-born physicist, who was Jewish, taught in Berlin between
1914 and 1933, fleeing to the United States after Adolf Hitler came to
Einstein, whose name is now synonymous with genius was a frequent
guest lecturer at Leiden in the 1920s due to his friendship with
physicist Paul Ehrenfest, among whose papers the manuscript was found.
The paper predicted that at temperatures near absolute zero - 273
degrees below zero Celsius - particles in a gas can reach a state of
such low energy that they clump together in one larger "mono-atom."
The idea was developed in collaboration with Indian physicist
Satyendra Nath Bose and the then-theoretical state of matter was dubbed
a Bose-Einstein condensation.
In 1995, University of Colorado at Boulder scientists Eric Cornell
and Carl Wiemann created such a condensation using a gas of the element
rubidium and were awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 2001, together
with Wolfgang Ketterle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Beenakker said the student who found the manuscript, Rowdy Boeyink,
was painstakingly reviewing documents in the archive for a thesis on
Ehrenfest when he came across the Einstein manuscript and immediately
recognized its importance.
He said Boeyink had found other interesting documents during his
search, including a letter from Danish physicist Niels Bohr, and was
all but certain to receive top marks on his thesis.
On the Net:
Current Mood: jubilant
|Saturday, August 20th, 2005|
|SUPPORT LOCKED OUT CBC WORKERS
Adrienne Arsenault in Neve Dekalim on the Gaza Strip on August 15, day 1 of the lockout.
Contact Anne McLellan and ask that she help resolve the dispute.
Alberta Federation of Labour Aug 19, 2005
CBC workers, ranging from technicians to on-air personalities, were
locked out on August 15. The main issue in the dispute is CBC's attempt
to bring in temporary contract workers, undermining job security and
The Canadian Media Guild is asking Canadians to contact their MP to ask
that the federal government step in to help resolve the dispute. In
Alberta, we are being asked to contact Deputy Prime Minister Anne
McLellan. You can contact her here:
MP Edmonton Centre
Constituency phone: (780)495-3122
Ottawa phone: (613)992-4524
Find the contact information for your local MP here.
For more on the CBC Lockout, go to the Canadian Media Guild's website.
Also see my blog articles on the strike under Media Watch
And the issue is not Wages, like the Telus Lock Out, this is Management
attempting to outsource and privatize work. And it is a Lock Out by
Management this is NOT a strike.
Outsourcing is the 21st Century class stuggle; like the eight hour day
was the 20th Century labour struggle.
CBC, union see contract work as the great divide
Contracted labour: Better for corporate bottom lines, worse for society?
Trend toward contracts over full-time jobs bad for society, say experts
Labour disputes not about wages Current Mood: angry
|Tuesday, August 16th, 2005|
|IWW CLAC ATTACK
next CLAC ATTACK will take place on Friday, August 26th in Edmonton,
Calgary and Fort McMurray at the following times and locations:
Edmonton CLAC Office
15505 Yellowhead Trail, NW
Edmonton and General Contact E-mail: edmonton(at)haywood.iww.org
Calgary CLAC Office
232 - 2333 - 18 Ave. NE
Calgary Contact E-mail Chad: kibilz(at)shaw.ca
Bob Lamb Building - 8015 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray Contact E-mail Maryann: maryannroberts(at)shaw.ca
Alberta Phone Contact: 1-780-439-8235 (Ask for Bryan).
You can download the CLAC ATTACK Poster for distribution in your community.
Who is CLAC and why are we picketing them? Read our CLAC Attack leaflet to find out who CLAC is. Read our Why Picket CLAC? leaflet to find out why you should be helping to shut down the Christian Labour Association of Canada.
The IWW’s CLAC Attack demos this spring were very successful. For more information, read our article on the events in the first issue our branch newsletter, the Wobbly Dispatch. We’ve also been noticed by the CLAC supporters at Canadian Christianity.com who wrote the article Christian Union Stands Firm in Alberta.
Current Mood: bitchy
|Monday, August 15th, 2005|
Well it's always nice to find a site
that tackles the right wing nuts directly and here is one that I
encourage you to read as the debate on evolution being challenged in US
schools by Creationism and Intelligent Design and the Bushites continues to percolate. Next we will be teaching Flat Earth Theories as valid science.
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2005. Read the Site FAQ!
Welcome to the Creationism vs Science page! To your right, you will
see a 3.5 million year old skull excavated from Kenya in 1999.
Scientists have named it Kenyanthropus platyops, and it is being
proposed as another possible distant ancestor of mankind. Its features
are somewhat different than those of "Lucy", also known as
Australopithecus afarensis (discovered in Ethiopia in 1974),
with smaller teeth and a flatter face. It is also possible that it is
related to the australopithecus family, and that its initial
classification as a separate genus may have been premature.
Researchers are hopeful that more such remains may be found as
excavations continue. This specimen is being added to the growing list
of so-called "missing link" species, and the evidence is
clearly pointing to the conclusion that numerous such species would
have existed around the same time (2-3.5 million years ago), one of
which was successful enough to eventually become homo sapiens.
However, creationists have undoubtedly discounted this in their
minds as yet another fraud, just as they dismiss virtually all of the
geological, paleontological, and astrophysical research that shows
that the Earth is billions of years old. The creationist movement
is very powerful in America because it's so well funded. That funding,
plus a weak education system and a gullible public, has led to a very
successful misinformation campaign for the oxymoronically named
"Creation Science" lobby. Click on the links at left to learn
more about this insidious attack on science, and in some cases, on
religious freedom in society.