December 26th, 2007

Antarctic Adventure

The Larsen Ice Shelf Expedition
In December 2007, a team of explorers will set off on a five-week expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, where they will traverse the Larsen Ice Shelf and Weddell Sea by skis, sea kayak, and sailboat.

The Larsen Ice Shelf expedition team will conduct studies examining how global warming is changing the topography of the seventh continent and how those changes could have dramatic impacts on the world's oceans.
 
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Mistletoe

Mistletoe "Keystone" to Forest Health
Mistletoe, it turns out, is important for far more than sneaking in smooches during the holidays.
 
The parasitic plants are a vital member of many types of forests—and may even be the key to renewing ailing woodlands, according to ongoing research. The plant serves as a nesting ground and food source for many animals, often increasing the number of species in its vicinity, Watson said.
 
"Even though mistletoe represents a minor component of the habitats it inhabits, in terms of species richness, abundance, and biomass, it has a disproportionately strong and pervasive influence on diversity patterns," said David Watson, an associate professor of ecology at the Institute for Land, Water, and Society at CharlesSturtUniversity in Albury, Australia.
 
In 2001 Watson wrote a paper outlining mistletoe's role as a "keystone resource" that helps increase the diversity and abundance of wildlife in forest environments. Since then additional research has shed light on just how important mistletoe is to the overall health of woodland plants and animals.
 
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What If...

MoD to release Top Secret Files

Top-secret details about UFO sightings are to be released to the public. The Ministry of Defense will release a total of 160 files dating back to that time to the National Archives in Kew. The first files will be made available in spring 2008 and the process is expected to take three years. Hmm… the thing that makes me worry is that these secret projects are happing around the globe. First France then USA and now England.
 
Just like the “UFO” scare over O’Hara Airport in Chicago this is another secret project by the government to see how the public will receive such information. If the panic level is too high then they have to come up with a new plan. A plan that will keep the public under control when the real and “official” contact with another alien species is established. I wonder if “something” has already entered our solar system and is on the way to make contact with mankind... if yes, are you ready? I’m not because this time around we definitely can’t relay on Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum to save us.
 
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

Image of the Day

Cave of Crystals

A sort of south-of-the-border Fortress of Solitude, Mexico's Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of Crystals) contains some of the world's largest known natural crystals—translucent beams of gypsum as long as 36 feet (11 meters). There is no other place on the planet where the mineral world reveals itself in such beauty.